Swim Life

Spending more time in the water. Less on land. No frivolous talk of plans. Just swimming.

Fave lil’ preworkout swim snack. Small bag of sea salt popcorn and a super short hazelnut latte with coconut milk. 

I don’t rely on the caffeine to push my workout. I drink decafeinnated tea seven days a week. The occasional latte is a nice way to warm up for these chilly LA night swims. I usually consume eighty ounces of water throughout my work day. So by the time I hit the pool later I’m pretty hydrated. Thinning out any heart rushing effects compliments of Starbucks.

Rawberri Swim

Turns out my bowl of trail mix packed cereal wasn’t enough to kickstart the preworkout vibe on Wednesday. By the time I hopped off the second bus I was beyond hungry. Skated past the gym in the direction of PowerZone. Then I saw this sign.

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Didn’t have to read much further. They had me at organic acai bowls. Popped into Rawberri www.rawberri.com where all things are vegan. Sustainable vibes abound. Score and score! Ordered a classic pitaya bowl after I learned that it was another name for dragon fruit. I’m all about question asking. Yes, I meant to phrase it that way.

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Snagged a medium bowl. Didn’t want to risk swimming on a full stomach. Can I say it was awesome? Why yes you can. Okay, weird third person moment. But seriously it was bomb. Natural. Organic. It’s amazing how quickly the taste buds adjust to food in its proper state.

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The vegan granola was exceptional, the coconut flakes crunchy and the fruit was fresh as hell.

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Even the spoon was green. Literally and figuratively. Eco love. Shout out to the planet.

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Had the most righteous swim afterwards. Didn’t feel full. Stomach felt clean. Live food energy fueled each stroke. It’s moments like this when I consider going fully raw as a vegan. Figuratively clutching bag of chips while having a Cookie Monster moment. Baby steps.

Places like Rawberri help to encourage the clean eating and cruelty free vibe. They do it in a way that’s not pretentious and that’s always cool. Like the sign says Good Vibes Only. Dig it. I shall return.

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It’s all about that Cocowhip on my next visit. Vegan frozen yogurt y’all. Enough said.

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8582 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 652-7010

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Pre NTC Smoothie

Drank this about 45 minutes before class yesterday. It definitely helped to sustain me as we jumped from one drill to the next .

My mental game was on point too because I wasn’t plagued with the usual hunger pains at the halfway mark. Although I dug the blend it was a little on the sweet side for me. Next time I will probably leave out the agave. Or maybe use less coconut flakes. Try it! Let me know. Gotta go!

Pre NTC Smoothie

kale
spinach
banana
frozen berries
agave
coconut flakes
almond coconut milk

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Pre-Workout Tips

There’s nothing worse than feeling sluggish during a workout. You’re low on energy and all you can think about is the finish line. Here’s the kicker, you haven’t even gotten started yet. You lose out on achieving any benefits from that yoga sesh or kickboxing class by not properly preparing beforehand.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you all in check(singing in my Busta Busta voice) Like it says I’ve learned the hard way.

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Pre-NTC Beast Smuice

Nike Training Club(NTC) is one of the hardest workouts you will ever do. It’s a nonstop hour of cardio and weights. Functional strength training at its best. Fitness experts like to refer to it as HIIT. High intensity interval training.

I’m no expert. I’ll leave that to those sponsored folk. What I do know is that I’ve yet to find the right food combination to sustain me during NTC. It’s a heavy duty workout which requires proper rest, the right amount of food intake and hydration.

Whipped this kale based smoothie up this morning in hopes of finding the secret to sustained energy. I’ll let you know later if it worked or not. Headed to NTC with Fit Moni B at 24HR Fitness LaCienega Sport. Enjoy!

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Ice Cream Before The Workout

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Yup! That’s what I said. Ice cream before the workout. Come on, let’s break all the rules.

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Let the vegan cursing begin! Before your eyes roll completely out of your head, peep the recipe.

•short Nutribullet cup
•frozen berries, pineapples
•coconut water

I may have thrown some chia seed up in the mix. Can’t remember. Whipped this up one day before NTC(Nike Training Club). The best damn thing ever.

HYDRATE
SATIATE
TASTES GREAT
INCREASED ENERGY

If you’re like me and stuck with a Nutribullet(until Santa brings me a Blendtec or Vitamix)
I suggest letting the fruit soften for a few minutes before blending. The Nutribullet blades are not that strong. Mine started producing a burning rubber smell a few months after I got it. So I try not to stress it out.

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You can make your own ice cream with pretty much any frozen fruit combination. Even using water for the base. I flipped the vibe nutritionally with the coconut water to sustain me through NTC. It worked! Definitely a keeper for summer recipes.

Going…

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Gone.

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