Food

YogaStyle: A Thank You

It's been over a week and we are just getting over our speechlessness that was left behind by the turnout to YogaStyle. We had a fully packed house - over 40 people who joined us for Sydney's yoga-cardio-dance infused class, leaving us with a smile on our face for days. We sweat, we snacked, we shopped!

It's been just over a year since we launched Benner Fit and we were so lucky to have been able to experience one of our biggest goals of the year with so many wonderful people. We cannot express how truly grateful we are to all who follow the blog, and all who attended YogaStyle.

 

Take a look at the day here:

 

And to all of our wonderful vendors, we thank you! Be sure to check out all of these amazing people:

 

Yoga Shelter - Amazing instructors,  inspirational classes, teacher training, life training and retreats are all available through Yoga Shelter, and the incredible Eric Paskel. Take your first week of yoga at Yoga Shelter for FREE!

 

Body Language Sportswear - Their latest fall line was on display at YogaStyle. Check out their fashions here. All amazing clothing that holds up through the wear and tear of working out!

 

Hanna LA Handmade - Not only is Hanna Ketai an incredible instructor at Yoga Shelter, she makes the most magnificent jewelry. Check out her work on Facebook.

 

Food, I Love You -  Colleen Kaufman, the blogstress of Food, I Love You created the delicious treats and drinks at YogaStyle. Colleen is not only an amazing cook/baker - she has launched her own event planning company, Little Lover Events. If you are planning a wedding, you should contact Colleen - she has impeccable taste and is a pleasure to work with!

 DJ E-Rage - Our dear friend Eric Rogers came out and knocked the music out of the park! Here's a sampling of his awesome!

A Scrumptious Raw Lunch with Chef Adam Graham

Raw Lunch at Camp Rawnora on Benner Fit

A few weeks ago while in Michigan, Sydney visited Camp Rawnora a "raw-juvenation" wonderland. There she met up with the camp's director, Adam Graham - a magical and amazing raw food chef who prepared a lovely meal for her and a handful of yoga friends. She documented their day of cooking and dining on video. Check it out!

Recipes Featured in the Video:

RAW PIZZA PARTY ESSENTIALS:

ONION BREAD for the crust:

3lbs. Sweet Onion - Pureed 3 C Flax - ground 3 C Sunflower Seeds - ground 1 C Sprouted Buckwheat - ground 1/4 C Mequite Powder 1/2 C Olive Oil 1/4 C Chickpea Miso 1 tsp. Pink Salt

Grind flax seed in a food processor or blender, along with the sunflower seeds, buckwheat, and mesquite powder. With a mixer, slowly add the  sweet onion puree to the batch and mix. Add olive oil and chickpea miso. Lay dehydrator sheet on a tray and spread the dough evenly with an offset spatula. Score the bread. Dehydrate the bread at 125 degrees F for 3 hours. Lower the temperature, remove the teflex sheet and continue dehydrating for another 3 hours. Total drying time will be about 10 hours.

Watch Adam make it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQLYAdtDTpU

CASHEW CHEESE: 2 C cashews - soaked 1 hour 2 TB chickpea miso or white miso 1 TB apple cider vinergar - raw, unfiltered 1-2 cloves of garlic or 1/2 C diced onion 1-2 tsp of paprika, I recommend a smoked paprika 1/4 tsp salt or to taste

Drain cashews. Add all ingredients to food processor and process smooth. Add water for smoother cheeze.

A SLICE OR TWO OF TOMATO and BASIL to your liking.

Poof! Raw Vegan Pizza!

Raw Pizza on Benner Fit

Kale Salad with Apricot Vinegarette: 

Picking kale straight from the garden? Learn how to massage your kale into eatable goods in Adam's video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO4di4UuG1g

Apricot Vinaigrette (straight from pg. 135 of Adam's Raw Food Detox book):

1 C Dried Apricots soaked in 1/4 cup of water for at least 30 minutes 1 C Olive Oil 1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar 1 TB. minced terragon 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree or pulse until blended and smooth.

Be sure to check out Adam in all of his greatness:

Check out Adam's YouTube Channel! Buy his book! Follow him of Facebook! Check out his website - livefoodexperience.com! Visit Camp Rawnora!

PBJ Smooth - A Scrumptious Smoothie Recipe

The other night we went out to a delicious dinner with Colleen from the blog Food, I Love You. We've got some super fun things in the works with Colleen that we are really excited about, and our meeting got us inspired to whip up one of her recipes. Take a look! 

 

PBJ SMOOTH MOVE (via Food, I Love You)

Ingredients:

1 C. low-fat, plain kefir

½ frozen banana

½ C. fresh strawberries, hulled

1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil

1 tsp. local honey

(Add some whey protein if you're feeling adventurous!)

Directions:

Blend it all up! Get your drink on!

BS in the Kitchen: Fruit & Quinoa CELEBRATION!

Last week we went into the kitchen, somewhat delirious - unsure of what the heck we were doing. We had a recipe we were working off of,  but we may have not exactly been entirely confident in our efforts - especially since we were changing it up a bit and were both ridiculously sleepy. But don't you worry! It turned out to be DELICIOUS and uniquely flavored. A total success. 

Here is the recipe, {inspired by Amy Casey Cooks (we should have known right there it would be a winner) }

Ingredients:

2 cups of veggie stock, or water 1 cup quinoa 1 cup red grapes 1 cup strawberries 1/4 cup pinenuts 2 tablespoons parsley 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Djion mustard 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt & Pepper (to your liking)

Instructions:

Cook the cup of quinoa in the veggie broth, or water (if using veggie stock we recommend holding back on the salt and pepper in the end). Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the apple cider, vinegar and olive oil. Set aside as your vinegarette. Halve your grapes, quarter the strawberries and toss in with the cooked quinoa. Add parsley and pinenuts. Pour in the vinegarette and toss to coat. Enjoy! (Even better if it's chilled!)

The Adventures in Juicing aka The Big Whiners Club

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Thursday I felt like a sausage. (That seems like a good way to start this.) I was tightly jam packed into my pants - a month's worth of overeating and not working out nearly enough. (Yes Benner Fitters, I admit it - I love to stuff my face with food and find it incredibly hard to get back in the gym after I've stopped. I cannot tell a lie.) I've been wanting to try a juice cleanse for a while now to give my body a hearty reset. It was about time. So I documented my day. Yes, DAY. We juiced for one day. ONE! People do this for a week. It turns out - this girl really likes chewing and is a big baby when she doesn't get to do it.

Before I get to my notes of the day - let me break down what I learned from juicing:

1. I think about food all. the. time. I never realized that every little thing, every location where I stand - it all impacts my  neural sensors, triggering daydreams of food. Apparently my house is tied to potato and rice chips. Driving to work makes me want oatmeal. Sitting at my desk triggers a coffee craving. When the local food vendor brings breakfast to work, I immediately want a hard boiled egg. My stomach really does speak to me. I would imagine doing more than one day of juicing would eliminate these reactions a great deal and would be an important part of the cleanse; reincorporating your body back into the world without specific desires. I would love to experience how it feels to not have these automatic responses. To have my brain think of something quite different, entirely not related to food. Maybe I'll get a hypnotist on that action...

2. I have willpower. How about that? He poked his head out for the day screaming, "REMEMBER ME!!!"

3. Drinking is really difficult. I don't actually enjoy it. It's much harder for me to drink something I don't like than to eat something I don't like. My body will sometimes just say, "Nope, not gonna swallow that." and I'm sitting there with carrot juice in my mouth for longer than I care for.

4. Certain fruits and veggies can do wonders. Even carrot juice.

Let's get to it. Here was my day:

8:30 A.M. My tummy is growling. Probably not the greatest way to kick this thing off. What lays ahead for the day is a highly stressful workday at the pinnacle of my busy season, then an evening of goodbyes to a fellow coworker followed by a crafting night with some lovely ladies. Temptations galore. This should be interesting.

10 A.M. - Juice #1: greens 3 - kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger First juice = done. Greener than I thought it would be but pretty tasty! The ginger and apple smoothed out the greens and I'm grateful that the ginger was just the right potency. Driving to work I craved about 50 different breakfast items all because my brain is incapable of agreeing to this situation. Not starving, yet not too full either.

11:18 - I'm hungry! Blerg. This Chlorophyll water is not cutting it. It feels like slightly syrupy water. I swore I drank at least half the bottle, but instead it was this much:

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Feeling nicely alert however. Take that coffee! I don't need you!

11:40 - I've had to go to the bathroom like 8 times in 2 hours. TMI? Sorry. It's just so much water!

12:15 -  Eek, went from super high energy to very low and all focus is gone. Now I'm just feeling frustrated so I'm diving into drink #2.

12:16 - Juice #2: Citrus 2 - apple, lemon, pineapple, mint Oh my. This is so very delicious. I'm in love. So refreshing and light. This is my idea of a perfect drink. Why does the addition of mint in any fruity beverage make it 20 times more tasty?

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1:15 -  I might have exclaimed "Ugh. This is stupid!!" to my friend Lupita.

2:50 - Juice #3: Roots 2 - spinach, parsley, cucumber, carrot I've been dreading this one. Thank god this is more carrot than parsley. Not sure I'm gonna get through this whole thing.

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4:15 -  I hate you carrots! You're so hard to drink! You should be in solid form not liquid!! I do not want to give you any credit for taking away a pounding headache and filling my oh so hungry tummy up, even if you deserve it. You are torture. Not to mention every Friday during the summer my company provides a treat at 3pm. It's always a surprise and today, of course, is what people deem as the "BEST" treat of all - the Tango Mango Italian Ice truck. You are no treat to me, carrot-spinach-parsley. No treat to me.

5pm - TAKE THAT JUICE #3!! After nursing the bottle for hours I just wanted to move on with my life so I iced the carrots and chugged the remaining quarter of a bottle. I know - nasty. But I was supposed to be way into drink #4 by now.

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6:45 - Juice #4 : Citrus 4 - cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, aloe vera I survived the visit to my friend's going away celebration at the bar by continuing to drink water. Driving to Wine and Craft night, or for me - Whine and Craft night.  I was hoping that this citrus was going to be as delicious as the first from this morning. This one is a little rough for me to get through as it's thicker in comparison due to the coconut water and aloe. The flavors are nice, it's just a lot on my tummy right now. I'm feeling pretty darn full still.

10pm - Juice #6 (#5 skipped): Vanilla Almond - almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water Get me home, get me home, get me home! Not because I wasn't having fun crafting, but because I can't wait for my last drink of the night! I skipped juice #5. It was just too much for me to put that in my body within the very few hours I have left in my day. But I will make room for Vanilla Almond anytime!! I've gotten this from Pressed before and I love it so. It's creamy and vanilla-y and just very delightful. Like a healthy milkshake! A perfect treat for the end of the day!

11:45pm - Aloe Vera Water I was dreading this one as I've had aloe juice before and was not a fan that first time around.  But this is nicely watered down, and it isn't as bad as the chlorophyll water I have been drinking throughout the day.

12am - I made the mistake of downing the aloe water on an already full stomach and actually got the chills and felt pretty sick afterwards. Clearly this was my fault, and I shouldn't have overdone it. I warmed up next to my hubby watching a movie and eventually the cold in my bones went away.  So very sleepy...

SATURDAY MORNING - THE AFTERMATH:

Well, I did it. I feel pretty good. My tummy isn't so bloated, it was easy for me to get up. I drifted off faster than I drank that Vanilla Almond drink - which was, well, super speedy. I was out like a light. Not sure if that was due to my juicing or my overall end of week exhaustion.

I can see the good that comes from cleansing. I'm definitely glad I did it  and I think that the experience brought to light how much certain foods can really impact my body and slow down my functions. I love the alert feeling I had throughout the day (and could do without the few minor dips). I will say, when your energy drops - it DROPS when you juice. Quickly. And when you are feeling focused, it's intense and energizing.

Would I juice it again? I'm still thinking about that. If I did it again, I would want to go longer - see how much more it affects my body. I fear however I might Hulk out and I would not want to put my loved ones through the wrath of the Juicing Brooke.

I do very much love Pressed Juicery. I wanted to be sure to say that! All of the drinks were quite tasty (yes, even the carrot was better than expected - just hard to drink a big bottle of...) and if I were to do it again I would love to go through them. Highly recommended for all of you in the LA area!

BS in the Kitchen: A Tomato and Kale Egg Casserole

We made a tasty breakfast dish that we wanted to share! And for all of you yogi's who went on the retreat - this was prior to Sydney's vegan experience - so be prepared for eggs and cheese in all of their glory!

A Tomato and Kale Egg Casserole {inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen}

Ingredients: 5-8 oz. kale 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup of feta 2 tsp. of olive oil salt & pepper & italian seasoning (to your liking)

Directions: Pre heat your oven to 375° F. Saute your kale in olive oil until it begins to wilt (3-5 minutes). Spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray or olive oil. Once your kale is sautéed, line a small casserole dish with the kale. Sprinkle your feta on top of the kale. In a bowl, whisk your eggs, stir in tomatoes. Pour your egg and tomato combination over the kale and feta. Bake for 30 minutes, and voila!

 

BS in the Kitchen - Coach's Oats!

Coach's Oats sent us a tasty sampling of their delicious oatmeal, so we threw together a morning treat! 

Many thanks to Theresa for opening our eyes to these 100% whole grain oats. They made our day!

If you have a recipe you'd like us to try, reach out! Contact us at bf@bennerfit.com, send a message on Facebook or a find us on Twitter!

BS in the Kitchen: Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich

On today's BS in the Kitchen, we whipped up a little recipe with inspiration from Two Peas and Their Pod! The fabulous recipe can be found below:

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (or go garbanzos!) 1 large (or 2 small) ripe avocados 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped green onion 1 lime (for the juice) Salt & pepper, to your liking Bread for toast!

We made ours open face, but if you go sandwich style, add some tasty toppings - spinach and sprouts sounds like a delightful combo for this sandwich!

 

DIRECTIONS:

Drain the chickpeas and rinse them with some water.  Dab dry with a paper towel.

Toast up the bread.

In a medium bowl, combine all of your ingredients (bread excluded, of course) and smash them up with a fork or potato masher. Flavor with salt and pepper, to your liking.

Spread your avocado/chickpea smash on your toasty bread and enjoy!

BS in the Kitchen: Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

BS in the Kitchen: Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

We whipped up another tasty smoothie for you all!

Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients 1 banana 2 large pieces of pineapple 2-3 tablespoons of greek yogurt 1 large handful of spinach (approx. 1 cup) 2 mandarin oranges (peeled, seedless) 1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut water 5 ice cubes

Directions Cut your fruit to manageable pieces, and add to blender. Throw in a hearty handful of spinach along with the greek yogurt. Pour coconut water, add ice, throw in some shenanigans and BLEND!

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