REVIVE Recipe: Goûter’s Overnight Vanilla Oats

DC-based raw vegan company, GOÛTER, has taken over the healthy living/foodie scene one unique tonic at a time. Their mission? To make snacking as healthy, unprocessed, energizing and EASY!

Goûter’s dynamic duo, Steve Mekowski and V Orban, often hear complaints that eating healthy takes too much time. Here’s one of their go-to recipes for breakfast (it’s also great as a snack!) that proves eating healthy can be quick AND easy.

How it REVIVES:

Not only is this recipe for Overnight Vanilla Oats quick and easy, but it’s full of nutrients you’ll need throughout the day.

Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3s. The oats give you protein and fiber, and they help reduce hunger cravings.

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The RECIPE:

  • 1 bottle GOÛTER Nourish Melk (our signature dairy-free melk made with hemp seeds and dates) – one bottle has about 12 grams of complete protein and is full of omega-3s and 6s
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • Optional: add a pinch of vanilla bean or cinnamon
  • Seasonal fruit to top off
Grab your jar or container and put all the above ingredients (except for the fruit) inside. Whisk briskly for a few minutes then let sit a few minutes. Stir again. Repeat several times so that the chia seeds and oats don’t stick together. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning or for a snack to bring to work, open up your jar, grab a spoon, taste and give yourself a pat on the back…SUCCESS!  Don’t forget to add some seasonal fruit to top it off.
Make this recipe in the evening (it should take you about 5 minutes to put all the ingredients together in a jar) and when you wake up the next morning…VOILA!

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For more ways to “goûter” your way to a raw vegan life, follow V and Steve on Twitter and Instagram. Arlington Riders can find their tonics at South Block Cafe and Lava Barre.

Featured Revolve Riders: The Workout Wonks

“A pair of fitness geeks in our nation’s capital”, the Workout Wonks (otherwise known as Lexie and Kristine) have taken over the D.C fitness scene one workout at a time.  As co-workers and co-bloggers, Lexie and Kristine love to work and workout together.

Running StairsThe Wonks smiling through a freezing run in Meridian Hill Park

You two went from co-workers to co-bloggers. What prompted the creation of the Workout Wonks?

Workout Wonks came about very organically. We both enjoyed trying new workouts and just wanted an outlet to express ourselves. We expected our only readers to be co-workers, friends and family members.

Thanks to the awesome Washingtonian article “9 DC Fitness Bloggers to Read Now“, things have really taken off! We’re having a blast and love seeing the blog grow. A special shoutout goes to the readers as well as our favorite fitness studios (Revolve is at the top of the list!) that have encouraged us along the way.

How are your workout styles different?

We do very different things. Kristine is obsessed with indoor cycling and Lexie is a yoga fanatic, but we aren’t married to one location or activity. Kristine tests out indoor cycling classes all over the DMV, while Lexie just joined a gym and started working with a personal trainer.

Kristine uses workouts to relieve stress from her day job and help maintain a work-life balance. For Lexie, exercise is more about habit and journey. Starting with yoga and through teacher training, physical activity has now become an integral part of daily life.

Who pushes the other?

We act as each other’s pseudo-life coach. Pushing each other isn’t just about workouts. It’s also about encouraging healthy life choices, whether it’s walking to a meeting instead of taking a cab, or eating a salad for lunch rather than something less healthy.

Why does working out together motivate you?

It holds us accountable. It’s hard to skip a workout when you’ve made plans to meet someone there. There’s also a social aspect to exercising together. We chat and catch up before and after class, and have now found ourselves part of a great fitness community in DC.

Tell us about your post-workout ritual. Be honest, do you refuel with something healthy, or indulge a little?

Food and shopping. South Block in Clarendon has delicious smoothies as does Protein Bar in Ballston. We’re itching for the new location to open just around the corner from our office!

We’re usually sipping on a delicious, often green, smoothie as we stroll through shops. Unfortunately for fellow shoppers, we often don’t smell lovely, but working out makes you feel hot! And a new outfit never hurt.

How do you keep up with your workout dates together?

Because of our job, we’re always bouncing around town. Morning meetings and evening events often force us to work out as individuals. We plan in advance and make our fitness goals a priority. We’re big fans of calendar invites, and honor them as we would any other meeting.

For more Lexie and Kristine, follow them at @KristineinDC and @lexie1218 or follow their workouts on Facebook and Twitter!

REVIVE Your Smoothie with These 7 Ingredients

Smoothies are one of our favorite go-to options for on-the go and post-workout meals. They’re delicious and quick to make, but it’s also easy to get into a rut with the same smoothie recipe every time. Tired of your standard frozen fruit and milk-of-your-choice smoothies? We’ve highlighted seven super ingredients that will revive your smoothies from boring to BOOSTING.

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  1. Chia seeds

    How it REVIVES: Yes, chia as in “ch-ch-ch-chia pet”. When added to liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous in texture. These tiny seeds aren’t just good for growing fun houseplants; they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber.

  2. Flaxseed

    How it REVIVES: Flaxseed is another good source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and gives smoothies a nutty flavor and texture. Ground flaxseed meal is the easiest to find in your local grocery store – just 1-2 tbsp of ground flaxseed meal gives you the recommended daily dosage.

  3. Almond butter

    How it REVIVES: Revolve NYC instructor Dyan Tsiumis loves putting almond butter in her smoothie. A good alternative to peanut butter, this ingredient provides a big dose of flavor and healthy fat to give your smoothie more staying power. We like Whole Foods freshly ground raw, unsalted almond butter.

  4. Kombucha

    How it REVIVES: This gut-healthy fermented tea contains probiotics, alkalizes your body’s pH levels, and detoxifies the liver. Try adding 1-1.5 cups to your smoothie instead of water or your choice of milk.

  5. Eggs

    How it REVIVES: No need to scramble, fry, poach or boil – raw eggs can be a valuable addition of protein and fat. Revolve DC instructor Grant Hill likes to add two organic raw eggs to his grass-fed whey protein and banana smoothie after intense workouts – “tastes like banana pudding!”

  6. Silken Tofu

    How it REVIVES: A good vegan and protein powder alternative, tofu gives your smoothie that extra protein boost. Make sure to use silken tofu for the best silky smooth, creamy texture.

  7. Green Produce

    How it REVIVES: Think spinach, kale, and even avocado. Throwing some greens into your smoothie is one of the easiest ways to get one of your recommended five to nine servings of vegetables a day. Baby spinach is hardly noticed flavor-wise, while kale can result in a more earthy, kale taste. Adding 1/2 an avocado thickens texture and the healthy fat will keep your hunger at bay.

What ingredients revive your smoothies? Share your tips in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!

REVIVE Recipe: DIY Sports Drink

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In our first installment of our new series, Revive Recipes, we’re going to make things really easy for you.  Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill’s recipe for a homemade orange-based sports drink is simple, healthy, tasty and environmentally friendly!

How it REVIVES:

A glass of this gives you water, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and more), and enough sugar/carbohydrate for an energy kick without the huge insulin response you’d regret in the middle of your Revolve ride.  The best part is what the recipe doesn’t contain: food coloring, loads of added sugar, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup.

The RECIPE:

  • Start with a glass of filtered water filled about 3/4 of the way
  • Add a quarter cup of orange juice (or juice of one orange)
  • Add a pinch of sea salt
  • Mix it all up!  The salt should dissolve in a couple minutes
  • Lemon juice (optional variation for orange haters)

Too simple not to try, right?  Bring some to your next indoor cycling class at Revolve… and thank Grant if you’re in DC!  #dontstopdontquit

Check out Grant’s Revolve Classes

Share your tips for healthy sports drinks in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Grant’s Two Cents on Good Eats

Ever wonder what the best breakfast option is to kick off your day?  And what about those snacks that really power you through until the next meal?  If these are questions that have crossed your mind, read on!  Grant is a powerhouse of knowledge on smart eating so we asked him to share some tips on breakfast and snack choices that are paramount.

Breakfast: One word. EGGS!  They keep you going for a long time as they are the most complete form of good fat and protein on the planet.  Your body simply loves them.  PERIOD.  Some people ditch the yolks opting for egg white omelets.  This is generally due to assumptions that the yolk results in high cholesterol.  Grant offers that you should not be trashing that precious yolk.  Cholesterol does not spike from the yolk rather it is an inflammatory response due to toxins, poisons, and an unhealthy Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.  In sum, the yolk is not the bad guy!  Grant suggests local, pasteurized eggs which offer the highest contents of the “good stuff.”  There are plenty of fun way to take in eggs- hard boil them, pan fry them, scramble them, make a frittata, make an omelet.  Get creative and add various veggies, fresh herbs, low-fat cheeses and/or meats to make them as enjoyable as can be.

Snacks: Those windows of time between meals can be filled effectively with long, sustainable sources of energy AKA not carb-laden snacks.  If your meals are carb-packed, you will find yourself insatiable between meals.  This is because the intake of lots of carbs are like kindling a fire- they light up fast but the fire burns out quickly.  What does Grant suggest targeting (and avoiding) to achieve this long, sustainable energy? Here are some tips:

  • High-quality nuts and seeds like macadamia, almonds, and Brazilian nuts (Caution: Be moderate here.  A handful is just right!)
  • Home-made grass-fed beef jerky
  •  Veggie chips by Terra
  • Go easy on the fruit due to the sugar content
  • Avoid the “100 calorie” packs and opt for real food

Another idea is to consider NOT snacking at all.  Instead, fill yourself with nutrient dense meals to hold you over from one meal to the next.  Give your body the chance to naturally burn some of the stored energy (fat).  Even lean people have a reserve of about 20 pounds of fat.  Point being that you will not kick the bucket if you do not snack.  Snacking has become a mainstay because of the sugar roller coaster so many are riding these days.  Avoid the refined carbs and extra sugar and strive for real human meals packed with organic veggies and high-quality meat and not only will your energy soar on the reg, but you will be head towards the “fat optimized” zone where your body will USE rather than STORE both dietary and body fat.