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Did someone say tacos?

I have an affinity for Mexican food. It can get heavy or as Chrissy Teigen (John Legend's beautiful and hysterical wife) says, " bloaty mcbloatstown." But man oh man is it good. I like to keep it simple and quick in the kitchen. I am not the girl that likes to patiently stir the risotto but I do appreciate a good home cooked meal so I get creative. I was craving homemade tacos because this hilarious photo kept frequenting my Facebook newsfeed last week.

Guess what? YOU can have both!

Kale Tacos!

Here's what you need

1) Touch of olive oil, salt, pepper, and turmeric

2) Two handfuls of kale and mushrooms

3) 1/2 can of organic black beans

4) Corn tortillas

5) Beet hummus from Trader Joe's or slice some beets up

Cooking time (I so desperately just wanted to write HAMMER TIME)

1) In a pan combine olive oil, salt, pepper, turmeric, kale, mushrooms, and black beans. Sautéed on medium until done. I found it was between 5-7 minutes

2) Heat corn tortillas and spread beet hummus all over one side of them.

3) Place kale combination on top of the beet hummus or corn tortilla and voila it's time to EAT!

They left me feeling like this...

Vegan Gluten Free Hearts (ankle update too)!

I made some no bake vegan gluten free hearts but before we get to the treats...

Over the past two weeks my day to day has changed immensely. What I was able to do two weeks ago is not as seamless or feasible today. So what happened? In gearing up for LA FIT EXPO it was an intense month. I was non-stop teaching, prepping, on calls, filming, and running all over town getting all the last minute to-do's completed. I love the challenge and secretly I kind of love the chaos. I'll admit I love being busy and working towards something for the greater good. I was so excited and nervous and really looking forward to teaching. My energy level was at an all time high and if you know me you know I am literally the energizer bunny. Right before the doors were going to open for my first FLIGHT event of the evening, I tripped off a step and landed directly on my ankle. Oh me oh my! Everyone ran over and I had ten beautiful faces looking at me saying, "What do you want to do? Do you want to go to the hospital?" Now keep in mind I knew I needed to go to the emergency room, but with the help of my team, I knew the ONLY option was to try and teach. I could not walk, not a chance, so I knew my assistants Nicole and Jonathan (love you guys) would have to step up and help me. And boy did they! We did it! We got through one event and then in Savasana tears started rolling down my face and I knew it was time to head to the hospital.

Here is a photo of myself, Nicole, and Jonathan rehearsing in the 5 minutes we had while everyone was setting up and arriving.

Yes that is my little foot wrapped in ice.

 

I'll admit I am in pain. I am a tough cookie so I don't usually like to share all of that but the truth is that it hurts, real bad. To quote my dear mother, "Honey you don't walk you waddle." I have the most amazing mom, family, friends, and just all around support system that has been helping me tremendously and I could not do it without them. Love on the ones you love real hard because the truth is that we all need eachother and you don't know what the next minute will bring, so hold them tight, and cherish them. Oh and I also have a knee wheeler thanks to my sister so it makes for a great conversation piece and brings me a lot of laughs.

 

 

 

Now how does all of this relate to treats? I have been writing a lot of articles lately that will be published soon so I will keep my BF's in the loop but in doing so I have been looking up recipes. Now I love simple foods. I like throwing things in a bowl stirring it up and bam it's done and nutritious and delicious too. I also am more of a savory gal than one with a sweet tooth. But I have been interested in making my own version of the little energy bites. So since I have some added time at the moment I am trying some new things out in my kitchen. And I gotta tell you these are a winner! Throw these ingredients in your blender all together and enjoy! By the way, it won't take you more than 5 minutes.

 

1 cup of gluten free flour or almond flour (grind up your own if you are feeling adventurous).

1/4 cup of almond butter

1 tbsp. of agave (vegan) or honey

3 tbsp. of dairy free chocolate chips

3 1/2 tbsp. cacao powder (vegan) or cocoa

1 tsp. pure vanilla

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup of pitted dates

Pinch of baking soda

I hope you love them as much as I do! Take a photo and Instagram yours with hashtag #bennerfit and #bennerfiteats

 

XO,

Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

Love for Pilates

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A brand new Pilates studio has hit Hollywood!  Check out our reviews!  

Syd's Review -

I am officially 7 hours post my Pilates class with my dear friend,Tia Schroeder, owner of the new Hollywood studio, Love For Pilates, and I am sore.  Whoa!  Super sore.  You guys know I workout all the time.  I'm either teaching, workshopping, choreographing, or taking a new class around the Los Angeles area.  I love it.  All of it.  Pilates is an amazing workout for your core, alignment, flexibility, and overall body health.  It's a workout built on resistance training and it is so effective which is why it has been so expensive all this time.  Tia has opened a beautiful welcoming studio that is bright, positive, and inexpensive so most people now have an opportunity to get on the Pilates train.  She is a detail oriented teacher that watches every student in the room carefully making sure every exercise is catered toward their specific needs.  Brooke and I felt amazing when we left.  If I'm sore now I can't imagine what tomorrow is going to feel like!  Thank you Tia, so much love to you!

Brooke's Review -

I've been embarrassingly out of commission when it comes to working out. No I didn't tear an ACL or anything bad*ss. Instead I sit at a job all day which has thrown my hip flexors way out of whack and left my hammies super tight. I had done one personal Pilates session before but never in a group. Tia is a smartie because after her class I had some serious Love 4 Pilates. It made me stretch, feel lengthened and it really, really worked my stiff little hips. To the point where she asked me to lift my legs into a tabletop and my mind was totally doing it but my legs were definitely not moving. What I liked even more about the class is the intimate vibe. Tia is so very caring and makes sure each class member is in alignment and doing the moves properly. I left the class feeling very refreshed and a few hours later I was maybe a little bit sore. Okay definitely. Definitely sore. Loved it Tia! I'll be back soon!

We feel blissful!  I've already been back and can't wait for more.

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Check out loveforpilates.com to sign up!

Our uLive Show Launch!

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Well! It has been a bit crazy bananas over here in Benner Fit land in the very best of ways. Sydney and I have been working hard over the last few weeks on her latest fitness venture FLIGHT and it premiered this weekend! We couldn't have been happier with the way it went down and are so very grateful for all of you who were able to make it out for the big day. And for all of you who have been supportive of what we are doing - THANK YOU! We heart you big time. More of that to be blogged about soon enough.

Amidst the madness of prepping for Flight a few other AMAZING things happened. Like the fact that our first ever web show with the Scripps Network site uLive launched! Um... holy moly.  About a year ago Sydney and I starting going through ideas for a show that would be featured on uLive, and ultimately it turned into a summertime fun-time extravaganza. We are so happy with how it turned out. The amazing folks over at Watch It Now did fantastic job with the day of shoot and editing. The whole crew was wonderful and the shoot was a blast!

We made a little video about our excitement of the show launch:

http://youtu.be/aYDPTifmBZc

 

We took a little breather after the Flight class Saturday, so we don't have a new circuit for you this week - but check out all of the BennerFit fun over on uLive to hold you over until next Monday - ulive.com/bennerfit.

 

 

Vegan Cheese Recipe by April Norris

Vegan Cheese Recipe by April Norris

Looking to make the most delicious non-dairy cheese?! You've found it right here in BennerFit with guest blogger April Norris.

A Benner Fit Success Story!

A Benner Fit Success Story!

Autumn in NYC...

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I've been to New York in the winter, spring, summer, and this was my first time in the fall…

It was so dreamy...

I'm having post NYC trip disorder. It's true. I have loved New York since I first learned about New York as a wee little one. My childhood dream when I was just a mere ten years old was to be an optometrist during the day and a broadway star at night. I have always been very ambitious! :)

I've been fortunate enough to travel to NYC a few times a year for work and or play. This particular trip was a combination of the two which was ideal. Although, I did not end up becoming an eye doctor or a musical theatre performer I feel like the luckiest lady around that I get to do what I love everyday.

No matter where I travel to fitness is a part of my daily routine. And in New York City the fitness studios and class options seem endless. This particular trip I focused on my yoga practice and found some beautiful spots to do so.

I checked out Strala Yoga which is the wonderful, Tara Stiles, studio located in SOHO and loved the happy spirit of this space. It was light, bright, and welcoming! All the instructors have a positive and approachable presence which is really beautiful to walk into.

Jivamukti is a very traditional yoga studio located right near Union Square. Every instructor here has hours and hours of training and experience so you know you are in dynamic hands. The class I took had a beautiful flow, the transitions were seamless and although we held our poses for an extended length of time I really felt the energy and heard the breathe of all the students in the room which helped to center my focus. After class I ate at a delightful vegan cafe they have in the studio. The food was AMAZING! Even if you're not a yogi but you like to fill your body with healthy foods go to this vegan cafe, I highly suggest it!

mmm mmm good!

I also popped into a group pilates class and a Yogaworks studio which has locations all over the U.S.

When you are on the road and you don't necessarily have the time or income to pop into a class remember that BENNERFIT circuits are always there and available to you! YOU deserve feel your best! Making yourself a priority is not selfish at all but rather a necessity because when we feel our best we do a better job of being that for everyone around us.

I'll see you soon NYC!

Have a beautiful weekend Bennerfitter's!

A "Splendid" Afternoon

A "Splendid" Afternoon