Fit Comp: Dreaming Of A Home Gym? Here’s Your Chance To Set One Up!

Hold up fitness fanatics – we have found your new one stop store for all things sports related…

Whether you’re looking to stock up your home gym (or a corner in your bedroom), if you need equipment to assist in the rehabilitation of an injury, or for training or helping others do so, this is the place to go.

Sharing our ethos that being fit and healthy should be attainable to people from all walks of life – 66fit was created to supply individuals in need with physio and rehabilitation equipment that’s practical and affordable.

Our one stop shop for home fitness, gym and sports equipment, 66fit provides everything from exercise bands and foam rollers for stretching and lengthening, to balance boards and weights for strengthening as well as tape, mats and support for those coming back to training after an injury!

WIN A HOME GYM

So if you’re thinking of setting up your own fitness space – get excited! We are teaming up with 66fit and holding a twitter competition for our Hip & Healthy readers. Enter now and you’ll go into the draw to receive £100 to spend at 66fit on us!

How to enter:

Simply follow @66fituk on twitter, then head over to our page and retweet our daily tweet: “Dreaming of a Home Gym – here’s your chance to own one! #hipandhealthycomp

Ends this Sunday 15/07/15! Good luck!


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The Latest Fitness Craze To Take Over London…

…is Floating Yoga! If you’re yet to hear of this fun new workout, we’re here to give you the lowdown. An initiative brought to life by the Priveé Project and Aquaphysical, as the name suggests, Floating Yoga is yoga on water, a completely different, totally new and more challenging and diverse way to put your muscles and core strength to the test.

Here at Hip & Healthy, we encourage spontaneity, happiness and a healthy challenge, so if you weren’t lucky enough to attend the first session, below are 4 reasons why you should sign up for the next. Believe us, you won’t want to miss it!

1. It’s unusual. How many of your friends have ever tried Floating Yoga? If you’re looking for something fun and different, aren’t scared of a little water and you’re happy to put your body through different challenges then this workout with a difference is for you. Gone are the days of sitting in a room with someone else’s leg or downward dog in your face or the terror of someone losing balance and crashing down on top of you during a headstand. The water adds an element of calm as well as excitement and adrenaline (as no one wants to deliberately fall in!)

2. You’ll use muscles you don’t realise you’re engaging in traditional yoga. Try to balance while wobbling on hard ground is hard enough, but to stop yourself falling into the water is a completely different ballgame. The energy and focus you automatically adapt to ensure you stay upright and dry makes your muscles and brain work twice as hard.

3. It’s fun. Finding a work out regime that not only works for you but also mixing it up is important. Keeping yourself active and your body guessing will ensure you receive the best results and keep your mind stimulated.

4. Participating in Floating Yoga gives you the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself. Everyone knows that anything in life worth having is hard work and nothing comes easy. Exercise is the same, if you want to get good at something, you have to work for it! SUP yoga is the perfect activity to test yourself and work towards a different goal. Trust us – standing on one leg on hard ground is completely different to standing on one leg on water!

If you’re interested in taking part in the next Floating Yoga event, follow @thepriveeproject on Instagram or check out their website here to be the first to hear about upcoming events.

Image: Kate Cowdrey


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Hit The BARRE This Summer + A H.I.P Workout Just For Us!

There’s a reason ballet inspired workouts are so popular with celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Katie Holmes. Barre based classes are low impact but high intensity, helping to create and maintain lean, toned physiques.

Barreworks, based in Richmond, offers a range of ballet inspired workouts so no two classes are ever the same. Teachers include Royal Ballet School trained dancers and barre instructors trained in-house to the highest level, so you know you’re learning from the very best. Online classes are also available so you can enjoy Barreworks wherever you are based.

Barreworks founder Vicki Anstey says: “There’s no secret to achieving a lean, sculpted dancer’s body. It takes regular investment in the right kinds of exercises and a combined use of key muscle groups. Targeting both large and small muscle groups not only burns calories, it also promotes good posture and subtle but noticeable tone. Because no dance or exercise experience is required, our classes are suitable for any body type or fitness level. There’s no jumping around, no pounding heart and no sweating so you don’t even need to shower afterwards, even though you will have worked out your entire body!”

Get excited Hip & Healthies, Vicki has created a H.I.P workout exclusively for us! So dust off that leotard and get ready for a whole body workout that we hope you’ll love as much as we do…

H IS FOR: HIP LIFT

Targets: Abdominals, legs

–     Lie on your back, with knees bent, engaging and flattening your abdominals.

–     Lift both legs straight over your hips, trying to work with straight legs for as long as possible.

–     Support your head with both hands and keep your chin lifted from your chest.

–     Using your deep, low abdominals move your hips a paper-width off the floor then lower back down.

–     Move your legs into second position and as you do so, bring your head and shoulders off the floor using your abdominals.

–     Repeat, aiming for three sets of ten repetitions.

 

I IS FOR: INNER THIGHS

Targets: Quads, adductors

–     Lean against a wall and press your back firmly against it, engaging abdominals.

–     Squeeze knees together tightly then alternate one minute sessions of squeeze and release, pressing your inner thighs, ankles and knees together tightly.

–     Repeat three times, standing up between sets.

 

P IS FOR: PLANK EXHALE

Targets: Core, legs

–     Get into perfect plank position, with your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles aligned.

–     For ten seconds, exhale slowly and steadily to expel all the air from your lungs, while drawing the abdominal wall in and up to your inner spine.

–     Aim for three sets of ten seconds, aiming not to pause in between sets and not to hold your breath at any point.


LONDONS HOTTEST NEW FITTEST DESTINATION: WE TRY CORE COLLECTIVE


 


If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Make A Smoothie Bowl!

Smoothie bowls are our absolute favourite summer breakfast, and the great thing about them is that anything goes! Whilst some recipes call for overly complicated methods and ingredients, we prefer to keep ours quick and simple like this one. The perfect way to stay hydrated and healthy during the warmer months – read on for the lowdown on why we’ll be slurping up smoothie bowls all summer long.

BEAT THE BLOAT

A heavy breakfast can often leave us feeling bloated and with poor digestion for the rest of the day, however a light and refreshing smoothie bowl is one that never fails to keep our digestion moving and our stomachs flat! Whilst purely produce-based versions are best enjoyed as snacks, we make sure to amp up the healthy fats and plant based protein in our morning smoothies to ensure we give our bodies the energy they need to thrive throughout the day.

HYDRATE

Refreshing, hydrating and full of nutrients – smoothie bowls are a great breakfast to enjoy throughout summer thanks to the high content of water-based fruits and vegetables that keep us hydrated as they fill us up. As we require a larger amount of water in warmer weather, the more you can get from your food the better – so slurp away until your hearts content!

BOOST ENERGY

In case you didn’t know, healthy digestion means healthy energy! Easily digestible fruit, vegetables and plant-based protein is much easier for our bodies to break down than a greasy fry-up, meaning more energy can be spent on being productive (spin class anyone?) as opposed to digesting. As a bonus, consuming a nutrient rich meal first thing in the morning is a sure-fire way to get a whole host of essential vitamins and minerals directly into your cells.

GET YOUR GREEN ON

Here at Hip & Healthy we’re all about getting as many greens into our day as possible, so what better way to sneak in a few extra portions than in our morning smoothie bowl! Feel free to play around with the leafy greens that you use and be sure to experiment with different textures and tastes to see what takes your fancy. We love adding avocado for a creamier texture or a sprig of fresh mint to our cacao based bowls – yum!

CHEW YOUR DRINK, DRINK YOUR FOOD

One of the great things about smoothie bowls is they’re usually bejewelled with crunchy toppings that require some adept chewing to break down. Whilst smoothies in a glass or bottle are more than easy to guzzle in a few sips, smoothie bowls are intended to be eaten with a spoon and in the same fashion as you would eat your usual bowl of oats – significantly slowing down the process. When we consume liquid-based foods such as smoothies or soups without chewing, they enter our digestive systems much to fast for our bodies to process what is going on. This is why it’s super important to ‘chew’ everything you consume to enable the nutrients contained within to have a better chance of being absorbed by our bodies instead of passing straight through.

By Zsa Zsa Vella 


NATURALLY SASSY PINK SMOOTHIE BOWL | ACAI BERRY BOWL 



A Hip & Healthy Guide To Ibiza

Notorious for its 24/7 nightclubs and never-ending beach parties, the infamous party island Ibiza is increasingly appealing to a new set of island-goers set to challenge the reputation this beautiful island in the Mediterranean has for decades held true. On what is often referred to as the ‘other’ side of the island – a wellness hub has been slowly and steadily emerging. From spas, retreats, fitness bootcamps and healthy eateries – we are super excited to report on what is fast becoming one of the key wellness destinations in Europe. Below we have rounded up four of our favourite Hip & Healthy Ibiza landmarks to add to your itinerary for your next visit…

EAT

Passion Cafe: Known as the ‘Home for health and happiness’ – boasting four juice and superfood smoothie cafes and restaurants around the island, Passion Cafe is a must-visit for any healthy food lover. With a menu focused on vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, local and raw dishes, Passion Cafe is our top foodie destination for anyone seeking a delicious and nutritious plant based meal to compliment their healthy holiday. A must-try is their raw, vegan ice cream and range of nut milks boasting flavour and freshness that keep us going back day in and day out – we love!

SHOP

B London Boutique: Newly opened and stocking the most gorgeous luxury swimwear on the island – B London boutique is our one-stop-shop for all things beach and beauty. The perfect mix of carefree yet chic resort wear and bold yet sophisticated swimwear, you’ll want to ensure you leave room in your suitcase for bikinis, sunglasses and a bucket-load of jewellery as this gorgeous boutique is impossible to leave empty handed. Brands to definitely check out are Melissa Odabash, Camilla Loves, Paloma Blue and the covetable beach jewellery collections by Californian brands Blee Inara, Tai and Italian designer Amanda Marcucci.

WORK OUT

Santhosh Dance Retreats: Hosted at the luxurious Casa La Vista, a beautiful private villa located on the north side of the island – Santhosh luxury dance retreats are the perfect place to venture with a group of friends and get your sweat on in a fun and unique way. Expect lots of dancing alongside daily sunrise yoga, forest hikes, pilates, therapeutic massages as well as optional life coaching sessions all hosted by expert instructors – as well as healthful, nutritious food made by a chef on site using organic, local, seasonal produce.

Balearic Bootcamp: Hosted by renowned ‘body transformation’ coach Hugo Martini, this bootcamp with a difference is a fit destination for anyone from athletes to new mums. Featuring a range of activities such as cross-training by the stunning pool, paddle boarding in the sparkling Mediterranean and mountain biking through the forest to name a few – with such stunning scenery and enjoyable activities you’ll forget you’re even working out! To top it all off, there is a massage therapist, physiotherapist and chef in residence, with nutritional talks and educational sessions available to provide a holistic reboot to partied out island-goers or those simply looking to increase their wellness and vitality.

PAMPER

Spa La Posidonia: Named after the protected seaweed that grows around Ibiza and Formentera, The Hotel Haciendas beautiful Thalasso spa in La Posidonia is our pick of the crop if a serious pampering session is what you’re after. Dedicated to enhancing the spiritual and physical wellbeing of its guests – this luxury destination provides panoramic views of the ocean from the eight heated, filtered sea-water pools that embellish the cliff-edge. Located within the spectacular hotel are the treatment rooms, where guests can indulge in full body massages, steam baths, facials and health and beauty rituals – heavenly!

By Zsa Zsa Vella

Image: Seafolly


A HIP & HEALTHY GUIDE TO ROME


 


Top 5 Places to Play Tennis in London

Tennis has always been a hip sport, but it’s especially hot right now in the midst of Wimbledon. Though Tennis Clubs can rack up quite the bill, we have chosen five spots where you can still enjoy a match or two without being a member. The perfect weekend or evening activity for the warmer months, get your sweat on outdoors and enjoy the lovely sunny days whilst they last with these tennis hotspots…

Westway Tennis Courts – Crowthorne Road W10

If you’re in the Notting Hill area, pop into Westway Sports and Fitness Centre where you will find two amazing outdoor floodlit clay courts. In the case that the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse, they also have eight indoor courts with acrylic flooring – the same material used for the Australian Open grand slam! After a good sweat, treat your tired feet to a pedicure just down the road at Cowshed. This spa has the most comfortable chairs covered in loads of pillows for you to relax on whilst you get your treatment. Cowshed also offers juices, fresh baked treats and super healthy bites in case you fancy something to nibble on while you’re being pampered.

Rocks Lane Tennis Courts – Bishop’s Park SW6

This massive tennis facility is located in the beautiful Bishops Park just next to the River Thames in Fulham. Made up of twelve hard courts and four mini courts, they also have a tennis centre with the availability of private lessons and cardio tennis sessions if you want to step it up a notch. If you’re looking to crank up the competition you can even join their league team. A great place to head over to with a bunch of friends for a big game of round robin on a weekend – after some friendly competition, be sure to check out Hally’s in Parson’s Green for a delicious brunch!

Millennium Arena – Battersea Park SW8

Made up of nineteen outdoor hard courts, Millennium Arena in Battersea Park is the ideal location for South West Londoners looking to improve their game. Made up of nineteen outdoor hard courts that are lit at night if you fancy an after work sweaty session – grab a friend to play with you and make it a memorable evening by taking a stroll across the bridge to Angelsea Arms in Chelsea for a drink after. This lively pub is always packed and has a great outdoor area where you can cool down after your match in style.

Southwark Park SE16

If you are in southeast London and want to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, head over to Southwark park. Not only are there two relatively inconspicuous tennis courts amongst the trees, but there is also a picturesque lake, a bowling green, a playground and more. If you’re not in southeast London and have a car, make a day trip out of it and pack a lunch to enjoy by the lake or pop into the lakeside café for some well-deserved nourishment.

Hackney Tennis – Clissold Park N16

Located in Stoke Newington, the two tennis courts in Clissold Park are situated in the heart of this quaint, arty and leafy suburb of North East London that is well worth the trek to. Clissold Park is home to a host of tennis courts, available from £4 an hour alongside a tennis centre providing private lessons and guidance for those who’re after a little something more. To re-fuel post-workout, be sure to stop by Esters, just a ten minute walk down the road, for one of our favourite North East London Brunches. We love their bircher muesli with house-made yogurt and their almond milk coffees – a definite must-try!

By Isabella Stelle 


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FITSPIRATION – Claire Finlay, Transition Zone Founder

If you’re not yet familiar with Claire Finlay – get acquainted. Creator of Transition Zone in Parsons Green where her mantra TRAIN EAT RECOVER REPEAT is put into practise – this week, Claire filled us in on her fitness philosophy, foodie favourites and a whole lot more. Read on and get motivated to move…

Following a successful career in advertising, what inspired you to take a leap of faith and start a career in the fitness industry?

Fitness has always been in my blood. As a teenager I was a cross country competitor at county level, so turning it into a career was a completely natural progression. Having previously worked for over a decade as a Client Services Director in the advertising industry – making calls at 2am to coincide with differing time zones – I was totally ready to move on to something more fulfilling.

In a nutshell, what is your fitness philosophy?

TRAIN EAT RECOVER REPEAT – it’s the mantra I live by and one I drill into my clients at every available opportunity! I am not about fads or trends in fitness, health and fitness for me is a complete lifestyle.

What is your favourite way to work out?

For me it’s all about fusion fitness; mixing up disciplines to encourage your body to dig deep and to find new strength and stamina reserves. If you do the same thing day in day out you plateau and stop seeing results. I was a big fan of high intensity training long before it hit the headlines. My approach mixes HIT principles with strength training, knitting it all together with a strong sense of flow, which stems from my yoga teaching.

What is your top tip for staying motivated to stick to a fitness regimen? What is your main source of motivation?

Diarise. Simple as that. Treat your fitness schedule as you would your professional or social life. Look at classes as appointments, plan ahead and get them booked in at the beginning of the week. That way you can’t talk yourself out of them or get to the end of the week and discover you don’t have time. Also remember that a session doesn’t have to take up masses of time. A regular 20 minute slot – where you really go for it – can be hugely beneficial.

In terms of motivation, I’m lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you see it!) to be incredibly driven. I’ve never been one to sit around when I could be doing something more proactive. It drives my husband mad, but I love the mental and physical benefits that a killer workout gives me.

With summer in full swing, what would you suggest is the most efficient workout for seeing fast results?

First off, I should say that I am a staunch supporter of the strong-not-skinny school of fitness. Drop into Transition Zone and you’ll see clients of all ages, all shapes, all sizes and all fitness levels. Age is by no means a barrier to fitness – I’m 46 myself – and I’m seeing more and more women understand the benefit of feeling strong and happy in their own skin. Having said that, we all want to look our best and the thought of revealing all poolside can be daunting. Short HIT drills mixed with strength and weight training deliver quick results. Eating clean plays a big role too.

How did Transition Zone come to be? Tell us a bit about the space…

I actually started off teaching clients in my spare room at home. My way of training seemed to really hit the mark, word spread and to cope with demand I had to find a bigger space. I started with a 6-month pop-up and then in May 2014 took the plunge and opened Transition Zone in Parsons Green. It’s a brilliant space: 3,000 square feet of open plan, urban edginess with a Recovery Cafe that offers freshly prepared organic smoothies, juices and nutrient packed power snacks. The studio is big enough that we’ve been able to host supper clubs and community events. I’m really keen to educate people on all things related to health and fitness so we’ve organised workshops, fairs and exhibitions and have lots more in the pipeline. As ambassador for Sweaty Betty I’ve also been lucky enough to work alongside some big noises in the industry.

The name, Transition Zone, comes from my triathlon days and relates to fitness training’s phenomenal transformative powers. All our classes are deliberately kept very small (a maximum of 8) so that clients receive a truly personalised service but remain part of a group environment. I wanted to create a buzz where you can see other classes going on at the same time as yours and feel motivated and inspired about what you might potentially do next. We only offer tried and tested disciplines, ones that truly bring about change. Like our general approach and attitude to health and fitness you won’t find anything faddy or trend driven on our timetable.

Aside from teaching classes at your studio Transition Zone – what other healthy activities (foodie or fitness) do you enjoy?

Aside from teaching…are you kidding me?! I’m here 7 days a week doing early morning sessions right through to evenings. On my rare days off I have a 1-to-1 swimming lesson to perfect my technique and support an ongoing back niggle. As any industry start-up knows, getting a business off the ground is all-consuming, so these days I’m finding that my work life and free time are pretty much one. It’s just as well I love what I do! I’m constantly trialling new, scientifically proven methods of training which, as I see it, are the future of fitness. Recently I was at Harvey Nichols giving the new High Octane Ride (HIT bike) a run for its money. It’s based on the Wingate theory that just nine minutes of exercise – as long as that involves 2 x 20 second bursts of pushing to the max – can make a marked difference to fitness levels. Technology plays a major part in the industry now which is why we are really excited to be launching our new metabolic conditioning zone this summer.

Tell us about Train.Eat.Recover.Repeat. What is the fundamental goal of this approach to training?

Eating and recovering properly – whether that’s through massage, meditation or mindfulness – allows you safely to continue the training process. We all know a one-off session doesn’t deliver results. To make changes, you need to keep up the effort. Put simply, if one of the TRAIN EAT RECOVER elements breaks down, you can’t REPEAT. At Transition Zone we foster all four of the parts of the cycle.

In the busy, fast paced city that is London, what is your advice for individuals short on time to factor in a workout?

Thankfully the days of long slogs in the gym are a thing of the past. I believe in keeping workouts short but keeping your effort high. Buy a TRX strap, hook it over a tree or a door and use it as a portable gym. Look for studios close to where you work or ones that have a crèche if you are a parent, to make fitness fit as seamlessly into your life as possible. Train with friends to keep motivation up. Run with your dog. Get your family and kids involved. No excuses!

Describe your typical day on a plate…

I start every day with hot water and the juice of half a lemon. It naturally hydrates, oxygenates and leaves me feeling refreshed and revitalised. It’s also incredibly alkalising and makes me feel less bad about the coffee that I drink mid-morning! Breakfast is usually chia with almond milk which I pimp up with fresh berries, nuts, seeds and CoYo. If I’m flagging later on, I’ll get one of my nutritionists to whizz up a green smoothie and then for lunch I have an amazing Pollen & Grace salad delivered. For dinner it depends when I leave the studio. If I get home in time I’ll have an omelette with salad or veg but if it’s late I’ll just pack heaps of goodness into the Vitamix (avocado, spirulina, kale) and eat my greens that way.

We love that Transition Zone includes a Recovery area with a healthy cafe – what are your must-try pre and post workout snacks that the cafe offers?

Pre-workout I’ll often down a beetroot and lemon shot for stamina and have one of our very popular no grain Protein Chunks (made from pumpkin butter, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, hemp and coconut flour). Protein-wise, it’s the equivalent of a chicken breast but is made from completely plant based ingredients.

After that I would opt for one of our Protein Smoothies which packs in chia seeds, banana, hemp, cacao, almond milk and almond butter. Smoothie combos don’t get much better: it’s high in fibre, calcium, protein, fills you up for hours and is perfect for post exercise recovery. That’s a lot of boxes ticked from one 250ml bottle! I’m addicted to the wonderfully creamy, chocolatey flavour.

We love the look of the Reformer Pilates Chair classes at Transition Zone – fill us in on the benefits we can expect from using a Reformer Pilates Chair – does it strengthen certain areas more than others or does it enable a full body workout?

The Reformer Chair is a relatively small piece of equipment (it’s a third of the size of a Pilates reformer bed) but packs a serious punch. It’s a powerhouse for the core but, as with everything we do in the studio, we ramp it up a notch by integrating light weights, Power Plate, HIT drills and cardio to ensure a kick-ass session that sculpts, lifts, tightens and strengthens. We’re immensely proud to be the only place in the UK that offers it as a class. It’s also Michelle Obama’s favourite workout. Have you seen her guns? Enough said.

Find out more about Transition Zone here. 

By Zsa Zsa Vella


#FITSPO: PILATES GURU LOTTIE MURPHY



Nakd Pistachio Tennis Ball Truffles

How cute are these raw and vegan treats by Nakd? Easy to make and the perfect healthy treat to serve at your Wimbledon final party – celebrate the Hip & Healthy way with these tennis-ball inspired truffles featuring a Nakd Cocoa Delight centre and a pistachio coating.


Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Nakd Cocoa Delight bars
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 100g raw pistachios, unshelled
  • A pinch of ground turmeric

Hip & Healthy icing

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons date syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, as needed for blending

 Method

  1. Cut the Nakd bars into halves and roll each half into a ball. Rinse your hands with cold water before you begin to make it easier. Leave the balls in the fridge whilst you prepare the coating.
  2. In a food processor or coffee grinder, grind the pistachios and turmeric together until you get a fine green-yellow powder. You may need to add more turmeric to achieve the classic Tennis ball colour but don’t worry – you won’t be able to taste the turmeric!
  3. Add the agave to a small bowl and dip the Nakd bar balls into the agave to cover before dipping into the pistachio powder, rolling it around to fully coat.
  4. Place on a plate in the fridge to fully set.
  5. Now it’s time to make the icing! Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding water as necessary to facilitate blending.
  6. Set icing in the fridge for about an hour before transferring to an icing bag.
  7. Bring your tennis truffles to life by creating the tennis ball lines as shown in the image.

These truffles keep for 3 days in the fridge.


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Vegan & Gluten Free Afternoon Tea At Ethos

Looking for a healthy way to celebrate Wimbledon? This week we’ll be indulging in a ‘deliciously different’ afternoon tea at Ethos.

If you’re yet to experience the lovely atmosphere of one of our new favourite healthy havens, their Afternoon Tea In The Forest running all week long is the perfect chance to do so.

Served against a stunning backdrop of silver birch trees, this luxurious atmosphere is the ideal setting to get into the Wimbledon spirit, with live screenings of all matches alongside the selection of tea and treats.

Catering to both our gluten free and vegan hip & healthies, with options for those who would rather indulge in more traditional offerings, there’s something for everyone!

We can’t wait to sink our teeth into strawberries and coconut cream, the gluten free and vegan Peanut Butter Bombs and the Chocolate Kugelhopf – yum!

Afternoon tea will be served from 3-5.30pm until the 12th of July

For more info visit: www.ethosfoods.com

By Zsa Zsa Vella


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If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Eat Alkaline!

Claiming to restore the body to its optimum state, the alkaline diet is filled with nutritionally rich food devoid of refined sugar, gluten, cow’s dairy and meat. Glowing A-listers from Elle Macpherson to Miranda Kerr credit alkaline eating as one of their secrets to maintaining a healthy physique. When managed successfully, this lifestyle can leave our bodies feeling lighter, cleaner and bursting with energy. Intrigued? Us too, and the best thing is it’s super simple to follow! Here are 10 ways to alkalize the body naturally…

Start The Day Right

Speak to any nutrition expert with glowing skin and we can guarantee they will say they start their day with a glass of warm water and lemon. Despite their acidic reputation, citrus fruits actually help clear the body of excess acids and create an alkaline forming state. Try to drink this combination within half an hour of waking to give your digestive system a kick-start before breakfast.

Eat Your Greens

Fresh vegetables should make up 70% of your daily food intake and filling your plate with leafy greens has countless benefits. Among the best sources of essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, these nutritional powerhouses are also filled with chlorophyll, a potent alkaliser and blood builder. Add spinach to your smoothies, kale to your salads and broccoli to stir fries for an instant energy boost. Leafy greens have also been proven to improve sleep quality, so expect a good nights rest.

Cut Down On Sugar

It will come as no surprise that refined sugar is one of the most acid forming substances for the body. All refined sugars cause inflammation and raise acidity levels, so try and swap your sweet treat for a healthier alternative. Be sure to cut down on fizzy drinks and fruit juices unless freshly processed in small quantities.

Be Mindful

It is not only what you eat that can cause the body to become out of sync – stress is highly acid forming. When the body moves into ‘panic mode,’ this causes the digestive system to shut down and cease to eliminate toxins. Try adding a yoga class to your workout routine, deep tummy breathing or download a meditation app to help reduce the effects of stress.

Less Meat, More Veggies

Meat is amongst the most acid forming foods, with red meat particularly high on the scale. It is not only difficult to digest, but recent studies have shown we are eating far more animal products than our body can break down. Try #meatfreemonday as an excuse to experiment in the kitchen and add more vegetarian meals into your diet.

Go Honestly Healthy

Widely credited with bringing the alkaline way of eating to the UK, Honestly Healthy’s Natasha Corrett discovered alkaline eating after visiting an acupuncturist for health issues. After being informed her body was extremely acidic, the 21 day alkaline cleanse she partook in has now inspired three bestselling books, an app and more, all ideal for those looking for an easy guide to alkaline eating.

Eat Your Fats

Avocado fans rejoice, the creamy favourite is one of the highest on the alkaline scale. This nutrient-dense superfood is filled with key antioxidants that have serious anti-inflammatory, heart health and blood sugar regulating benefits. Furthermore, the high-density of omega oils speed up the metabolism, leading to weight loss. Add to smoothies or mash it up for a creamy toast topping.

Hydrate

Keeping the body hydrated is essential for maintaining an alkaline state, so try to drink at least two litres of water a day to flush out toxins, improve all bodily functions (and even help you lose weight). However, try to ensure you have a filter to hand as regular tap water is filled with harmful chlorides. For an even better alkalising effect add a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt to your glass.

Get Active

Exercise helps to get your digestion moving so your body can eliminate acidic waste products more efficiently. However take note cardio fans, excessive exercise can actually have the opposite effect due to causing a rise in stress levels, so try not to overdo it. Instead opt for a few yoga classes per week alongside your HIIT.

Cut the CRAP (that is caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol & processed food)

Caffeine, Refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods are filled with harmful, acidic chemicals that do no favours for your body (or skin for that matter). Instead fill your cupboards with fresh produce and notice the change in how you feel. Additionally, try to cook as much as you can from scratch, as this means you know everything that is going into your body. If you’re stuck for time, we swear by a Sunday prep session to keep you going all week.

By Harriet Tisdall 


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Get The Recipe – Orange Sorbet topped with Louola’s Superfood Quinola

We love healthy granola, but it’s often hard to come across one that isn’t full of refined sugar, gluten and artificial flavourings. As here at Hip & Healthy we like to be all-inclusive and provide options for all of our foodie friends, gluten intolerant included, we are super excited to share with you a granola alternative that everyone can enjoy. Created by Nutritional Therapy student Louise Amy Lee, this week we caught up with the self-confessed cereal addict who was lovely enough to share a recipe she has on high rotation this Summer featuring her very own Superfood Quinola. Over to Louise…


I created Louola’s Superfood Quinola as a grain, dairy and unrefined sugar free cereal alternative, naturally high in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Louola’s can be enjoyed as a healthy addition to your meals and even desserts as you’ll see below.

An all time favourite summer dessert is homemade Orange sorbet. There’s nothing better than a delicious and refreshing treat to cool off on a warm summers day with the added benefit of our daily dose of Vitamin C!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Agave Nectar
  • 6 Oranges
  • 1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup of Water

Method:

  • Begin by cutting the top of the orange. Cut enough away so you can remove the flesh from the shell with a sharp knife and spoon. Be sure to do this over a container to catch the juices and place all the orange flesh into a bowl. Remove any pips from the orange flesh or juice.
  • To prepare the shells rinse them under water and set aside to dry.
  • In a saucepan bring the agave nectar and water to boil on a low heat.
  • Whilst you are waiting, put the orange flesh and juice into a blender and blend until a liquid consistency.
  • Once the agave nectar and water has boiled, stir in the juiced liquid.
  • Poor the mixture into a dish and freeze for 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours, remove this mixture from the freezer and place into a food processor or blender. Blend the mixture until it is smooth.
  • Place the mixture back into the bowl and freeze again for 1 hour.
  • Once the mixture is ready, remove it from the freezer and fill the orange shells to round ¾ full.
  • Top the shells with a large spoonful of *Louola’s Superfood Quinola flavour #3: Mixed Nuts, Cranberry and Cinnamon. Sprinkle some extra Quinola over the edges.
  • You can add a swirl of Agave nectar if you are after an extra sweet treat!

Visit Louise’s website for more information & recipe ideas here: www.louolas.co.uk/recipe-ideas


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Alfresco Fitness – Take Your Summer Sweat Outdoors

You know what warm weather means – outdoor workouts! We love getting our fit on in the open air, and whilst nothing quite beats a beachside yoga session on a balmy summers morning, we’ve put together a whole host of outdoor workouts you need to be factoring into your fitness schedule this season…

Rooftop Hula Hooping When it comes to keeping fit we like to mix things up, so when we heard of Rooftop Hula Hooping, we were more than intrigued. In residence at the rooftop pool at the Berkeley health club and spa, this fun and summer-sensible workout offers a great mix of high intensity and toning exercises to sculpt waist and hips. Following each class, hula-hoopers can enjoy a relaxing dip and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

Paddle & Prosecco Planning a beach holiday this sunny season? Make Newquay your healthy holiday destination. The perfect summer combo – Paddle & Prosecco launches on the 9th of July on Newquay’s beautiful Great Western Beach. Easier to learn than surfing but just as exhilarating, paddlers will be equipped with all necessary equipment and guided through the still waters of Newquay’s idyllic bay and surrounding headland, taking in the sights of beautiful coastline and marine life along the way. The evening ends with a post-paddle glass of bubbles on the terrace overlooking the ocean – pure bliss!

Aqua Physical You may have seen this innovative new workout popping up around London this Summer, but if you haven’t – wer’re here to give you the scoop. An effective and challenging way to enhance your yoga practise, Aqua Physical is a low impact cross training workout performed on floating inflatable boards that use the natural fluidity of water to help you achieve flexibility, stability and strength. Plus, it’s as much a workout for your brain as it is for your body thanks to the concentration and focus required to stay balanced and afloat! Stay peeled for our Hip & Healthy review coming soon.

Hyde Park & Yeotown Retreats Park lovers rejoice – The Royal Parks foundation is partnering with Yeotown Health Retreat to bring health, happiness and wellbeing to the masses in the heart of Londons beautiful Hyde Park. Ongoing until November this year, the park will host a mix of workshops in yoga, healthy eating and mindfulness – a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and keep fit and healthy whilst at it.

By Zsa Zsa Vella

Image Credit: Roxy


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