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As busy American chicks, we’re always on the go. On the way to yoga, spinning and the odd trapeze class to mix it up, it’s awesome to have a quick snack to boost your energy on the commute. We’ve always been a fan of Luna Bar but now we have even more cause to nibble on them. Brace yourself for a group of new alluring Luna Bars. Choosing may be more difficult than picking the next Bachelor.
Meet the contestants!
Contestant No. 1: Chocolate Salted Caramel (for the lady who lunges)
“Hi, I’m Chocolate Salted Caramel. You know, salted caramel flavors are sooo in right now. You should pick me because I’m chewy, filling, and satisfy your sweet tooth”.
New Chocolate Salted Caramel delivers 12 grams of protein with only 170 calories. We also love its low glycemic load, meaning it won’t leave your blood stream in a tizzy, or leave you crashing down from a sugary high.
Contestant No. 2: Chocolate Cupcake (for dames who like it dark and mysterious)
“Hello lovelies. I’m Chocolate Cupcake and I know how to make a lady feel right with dark chocolate chips. Put that flabby cupcake back and get a lean mean version that surprises and satisfies”.
Chocolate Cupcake, where have you been all our lives? With 8 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber, we dug Chocolate Cupcake’s surprisingly decadent taste.
Contestant No. 3: Lemon Zest (sometimes you want something lively and bright!)
“Aren’t you looking fab today! Bring the sunshine back into your life with a zesty combo of lemon and vanilla”.
Lemon Zest isn’t a new flavor but did you know all Luna Bars, including the luscious lemon, are gluten free now? Get reacquainted with your citrus side with 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
We got to sample all 3 at Luna Bars recent “Try Something New” Chi Reveal Party at Equinox. There, Kate and her friend met up with several bloggers and sampled a TRX max/yoga class at Equinox. Sweat was pouring as the instructor blended interval training with the TRX ropes, a sandbag and body weight exercises. We relaxed in the second half with a dynamic yoga flow. Needless to say, we snacked on Luna Bars to recharge once we finished!
Which contestant will you pick to recharge your fitness life? What new fitness activity would you like to try with your new Luna Bar experience?
Free Core Fusion Classes on May 19th!
WHO: Women’s Health & Exhale’s Core Fusion
WHAT: Women’s Health magazine and Exhale Spa are proud to celebrate the 3rd annual FusionFest. Open to the public, the event will include complimentary evening Core Fusion classes, lite bites, goodie bags, giveaways, DJ’s and more at 18 exhale locations nationwide.
In conjunction with the FusionFest events, Women’s Health is kicking off its 3rd annual “Next Fitness Star” (thenextfitnessstar.com) competition with its July/August issue. After vetting thousands of submissions, Women’s Health has selected the top five finalists who are competing to star in their own DVD series and become a fitness industry leader. In select cities, the finalists will be in attendance at FusionFest to participate in the Core Fusion workouts and offer health consultations with attendees.
Exhale leads the barre fitness industry with a full suite of transformational classes including Core Fusion Barre, Core Fusion Barre+Cardio, Core Fusion Boot Camp, Core Fusion Cardio, Core Fusion Extreme, Core Fusion Sport and Core Fusion Yoga. All classes focus on core strength for the ultimate full body workout. Using weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance, each class keeps you burning calories long after the class is over. Prepare to sweat, shake and melt the fat away as you lengthen and tone your body, and revive and refocus the mind.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
WHERE: Exhale Chicago 945 North State St., Chicago, IL 60610
BONUS: Anyone attending the complimentary FusionFest classes will receive a free month subscription to WH Fit Club, the online fitness center that gives access to the hottest, most coveted workout studios and leading fitness experts across the country—including exclusive workouts from exhale co-founders Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp and exhale’s National Yoga Director Stefanie Eris.
RSVP: To book your complimentary Core Fusion class at FusionFest, visit info.exhalespa.com/fusionfest.
*Above content and pictures are utilized courtesy of Rodale Publishing*
Our Take: Going to exhale spa makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical vacation. The lighting and decor of the studio space are smooth and inviting. Before or after class, you can pamper yourself with exhale blended hot teas. Classes are challenging, mats are cushy and nice to the wrists, and teachers are hands on, supporting and pushing you at the same time. Women’s Health Magazine is a leader in the fitness mag industry and we love their unabashed covering of “taboo” women’s health topics and up to date research on nutrition and workout topics. We hope we snag a free mag in our swag bags (yup, rhyming is too cool)! Come join us next Tuesday for a free fabulous workout class and more at Fusionfest!
Some work days just make you feel like doing a flash dance when you get home to shake off the stress and yet Tuesdays aren’t huge clubbing nights. Next week (May 9th-14th), however, our disco ball dreams can come true. ((305)) Fitness, New York’s trendiest underground dance fitness party is coming to Chicago. Imagined and created by Brown graduate, Sadie Kurzban, ((305)) Fitness combines the fiesta atmosphere of clubs (dark lighting, live DJs, flashing lights) with high powered dance moves, interval training and sport training elements. Sadie will lead all the classes.
SO why try ((305)) dance fitness?
- You forget you’re working out when you hear you jam
- You can burn 800 calories a class
- You can wear outlandish fitness clothing and not get stared at
- Dancing makes you smarter-not only does mixing up your fitness routine challenge your muscles but dancing activates your brain!
Just Salad…the restaurant title explains some of the genius of Chicago’s brand new salad eatery chain, a transport from the NYC. It also makes us think of “Just Jack” and believe us, these salads will make you wanna do the same Will and Grace character Jazz Hands!
The first Just Salad location, placed conveniently for the downtown business set or tourists/culture lovers is just steps away from Grant Park at 20 E. Jackson. Vibrant orange and lime green accent walls add energy to Just Salad‘s design and the Chicago location is situated in the historic Gibbons building which adds to the charm of the atmosphere. Just Salad separates itself from the downtown munch bunch by providing quality healthy food with affordability.
These key points will make other eateries green with envy:
- Just Salad‘s menu is created by a registered dietitian and nutrition info is readily available.
- Protein offerings range from grass fed meats, sustainable creatures of the sea (aka seafood), organic tofu, & humanely raised antibiotic free cluckers.
- Many produce options are GMO-free, organic and even local when possible. Veggies are baked, raw or steamed and never canned (hey hey no BPA!)
- Just Salad encourages us to reduce, reuse, recycle and be rewarded! You can purchase a reusable ultra cute salad bowl and every time you bring it back for a salad refill you score extra toppings or CHEESE.
So what did the Chiorganicgirls (royal we) think of it? Well dang, who doesn’t love a good fresh salad. As you walk in, you enter into a world of your salad imagination. Like Chipotle x2, there’s a long topping assembly like starting with a bevvy of green choices. Romaine, kale, mixed greens, spinach, and other lettuces start you off and then your head begins to spin (salad spin, ha) with the possible salad combinations. The produce was very fresh, colorful and crunchy. The portion size for the price was superb and the reusable salad bowl held about 2 servings of salad=only about 4-5 bucks for a big serving of salad with primo toppings.
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, you can start with a signature salad recipe. Our favorites were the Thai Chicken Crunch with romaine, red cabbage, celery and crispy wonton pieces, and the (what did you like Monical?). There’s even a Chicago inspired salad, the Windy City Kicker, with Italian sausage, giardiniera,red onions and celery. If you wanna get really jazzy, get your Dr. Frankenstein on and create your own crazy salad (butternut squash, falafel, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, horseradish chive dressing…you monster!). We also really loved the menu because it’s colored coded to help you avoid allergy or even preference snafus. You can easily tease out sneaky hiding seafood, gluten, or dairy. Finally, don’t let the name fool ya. Wait for it! SURPRISE, there is more than just salads at Just Salad. Wraps, juices and smoothies are available too. We def need to go back after some sweaty warrior II poses at the Millennium Park summer yoga to try the Peanut Butter Chia Warrior with almond milk, chia seeds, PB, agave nectar and banana. Doesn’t that recipe make you want to do Just Salad Jazz Hands now?
No? Well how about a Kale Yeah (sorry had to!)
JUST SALAD is open!
20 East Jackson Blvd
Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 9pm
Sat – Sun: 11am -8 pm
*We were not compensated for our opinions but did get to try some yummy free salad.