Hey all!!! I hope your Thursday is going as well as mine is! This morning, I started my day with a “Branch out Breakfast” (Recipe coming tomorrow), followed by a fantastic Yoga class at Yoga Vida NYC (Thanks ClassPass!)
I will admit, I am not an avid Yogi. I usually like for my workouts to be intense, sweaty, and exhausting (which is why I also had a Boxing session today ) . Although Yoga is the total opposite, I try to take a class once in a while to open up my body, reconnect with what is going on inside, and STRETCH every muscle.
For todays Trainer Spotlight, I wanted to highlight someone who I feel is really in tune with herself. This trainer is not only nutritionally savvy (she is a holistic health coach!), she works her students to the edge, while still enabling them to feel connected to every inch of their bodies.
I first met Hannah while I was waiting to go into a FlyWheel class. As I was standing there, this gorgeous little lady walks up to me and says “Hey! I’m Hannah!” Now, maybe this doesn’t sound so out of the ordinary, but in a city as fast paced and as informal as New York, it is rare that someone just comes up and introduces themselves. That’s the sort of person Hannah is. The first word that comes to mind when I describe her is KIND. She is kind to strangers, kind to friends, kind to her students, and kind to herself. Hannah is the perfect example of someone who is kind to her body. She lives one of the most genuinely healthy lifestyles of anyone I know!
Before I share her interview, I have to let you all know something. HER CLASS IS HARD. Like REALLY HARD. This pint-sized instructor will kick your butt big time! Her “FlyBarre” class at Flywheel Sports is one of the most difficult (and popular) classes at the studio. She will push you to your limit, and truly make you believe that you can “Pulse just a little lower”.
I happened to drop into her class on her birthday this year. At the end of class, when I thought I could no longer move any part of my body she says, “I have vegan cookies for anyone who would like to celebrate my birthday with me!” Yup… the girl gave us a gift on her birthday. Delicious vegan baked goods. Yeah, she’s the best.
Name: Hannah Bornstein, instructor at FlyBarre & Flex Studios
Dietary style: Vegan!
Favorite meal: This is two-fold. I love to cook at home; so when I am being my own personal chef, I love to cook something nutritious and comforting. During these cold winter months, I love a big bowl of sautéed veggies: kale or swiss chard, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions - whatever I have in my fridge! I’ll throw these over quinoa, add raw or lightly toasted pumpkin and hemp seeds, avocado and drizzle with liquid amino acids (a healthy, nutrient-rich alternative to soy sauce) and tahini (my favorite condiment).
If I’m getting fancy and eating out, I love Cafe Blossom‘s decadent vegan lasagna. Definitely food porn-worthy, and not something I’m going to attempt at home anytime soon!
Snacks & workout fuel:
I am a huge breakfast believer. My favorite is overnight chia oats; a filling and energizing meal that fuels me through my mornings teaching. Plus, it takes less than 5 minutes to put together as part of my bedtime routine:
1. Add these ingredients to a mason jar:
1/3 cup oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
splash vanilla extract
raisins or frozen berries (optional)
2. Cover ingredients with almond, coconut or rice milk.
3. Shake em all up. Put in fridge overnight.
4. In the morning, top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds or my favorite - almond butter.
Tips for readers: Listen to what your body is craving, and learn to translate those cravings into a healthier language. If all you want after a challenging workout is a huge donut, or a cheeseburger, your body could actually be asking you for good quality carbohydrates and fats. Try reaching instead for some whole grains like oats with some rich nut butter and sweet fruit, or a grilled veggie sandwich with creamy avocado and hummus on sprouted whole grain bread. Find foods you love that are also nourishing and enjoy them thoroughly and often!
If you’re interested in working with Hannah, and finding out about living a vegan lifestyle, visit her website!!!