Take a deep breath… can you smell SPRING in the air?

I certainly can, and I’m pretty excited about it! Spring is the perfect time to get outside and move. There’s nothing quite like a run in the crisp spring air – not too hot and not too cold – or even a game of flag football or frisbee outside with friends and family!

It’s also the perfect time to take stock of what’s working (and what’s not!) in your health and fitness routine. Different habits, practices, and routines serve us in different seasons of life, and it’s healthy and normal to drop what no longer serves you with each turn of the seasons. Maybe that early morning HIIT class worked for you during the burst of energy following New Year, but now you’re feeling more drawn to an evening Yoga flow. Maybe lifting heavy was giving you the best results of your life a few years ago, but now you’re feeling more excited about calisthenics.

It’s important to honor your intuition in every iteration of your fitness journey, so pull out a pen and a pad of paper and jot down what you’re taking and leaving behind as the Winter turns to Spring.

Movement of the Month

This time of year is truly my favorite for outdoor movement!

Especially for us Floridians, there’s nothing more fun than an afternoon paddleboarding on the water or an early morning beach yoga session! I already mentioned that this is the perfect time of year to switch up your routines, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to swap indoor activities for outdoor alternatives.

This might look like switching out your 12-2-30 cardio workout for an outdoor hike or a fireside chat with friends for a fun tennis session in the sunshine.

If you’re looking for fun outdoor alternatives to your favorite indoor workouts, check out this informative article from Very Well Fit.

Get Lucky With These St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year? If so, I’ve got some exciting recipes for you! Even if you’re not hosting or attending any parties, I encourage you to try these delicious and shareable snacks. There’s nothing better than an excuse to cook yummy new foods for yourself and your loved ones!

Oven-Fried Fish Chips

Ingredients

  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ¼inch-thick wedges
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning divided
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound cod, or haddock, cut into 4 portions

Directions

  1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set a wire rack on another large baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a colander. Thoroughly rinse with cold water, then pat dry completely with paper towels. Toss the potatoes, oil and ¾ teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning in a large bowl. Spread on the baking sheet without the rack. Bake on the lower oven rack, turning every 10 minutes, until tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coarsely grind cornflakes in a food processor or blender or crush in a sealable plastic bag. Transfer to a shallow dish. Place flour, the remaining ¾ teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning and salt in another shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge fish in the flour mixture, dip it in egg white and then coat all sides with the ground cornflakes. Place on the prepared wire rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the fish on the upper oven rack until opaque in the center and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

Whipped Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (regular or nondairy)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-2 drops natural green food coloring
  • Whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs and sprinkles for garnish

Directions

  1. Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and food coloring in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 tall glasses and top with whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs and/or sprinkles, if desired.

Are fish, chips, and shakes just not your thing? Not a problem; just check out this delicious and nutritious list of St. Paddy’s favorites!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Fresh Scents

The Cutest (& Most Functional) Dress of The Season

I’m so excited to share my favorite functional fashion piece of the season! It can take you from the beach to the pickleball court and everywhere in between!

Introducing (drumroll please) … The Women’s Hoodie Dress from BloqUV!

This adorable and flattering dress comes in 14 different colors and protects the skin on your chest, arms, back, and stomach from the sun’s harmful rays. What’s more? It has a hood that you can pull up if you’re feeling chilly on the beach or if you simply want to protect your scalp and face from UV rays.

You can order yours next time you’re in the studio… I can’t wait to match with you!

New Season, New Self-Care Rituals

Does your self-care routine need a makeover?

If so, you’re in luck!

Element Tree Essentials has done it AGAIN. Their newest Golden Amber lotion candle scent features the alluring and warm scent of amber with infusions of vanilla and patchouli. This lotion candle will have your skin and home smelling irresistible- be sure to order yours next time you’re in the studio!

The DENTAL Benefits of Laser Therapy?!

That’s right, y’all! Our friends at Lightforce Medical offer dental laser solutions for those struggling with TMD and myofascial dysfunctions. Just as laser therapy can benefit those with joint pain, it can also benefit those with jaw pain!

If you’ve been struggling with tension or pain in your jaw and are looking to avoid masseter botox or invasive dental work, give laser therapy a shot! You can make your appointment the next time you’re in the studio.

Click here for more information.

Getting Out & About This Month In Sarasota

Register for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon on March 2! This fun and family-friendly event will benefit the education of guide dogs for the deaf, blind, and disabled veterans.

 

 

Kick off your Spring workout routine with Namaste at The Bay every Thursday. Join Sarasota’s Yogi community as they share their practices on The Bay at 6 PM on Thursdays! Bring your mat, water, and a friend to expand your yogic education alongside a supportive community. View the complete schedule here!

Ready to play some Sunday Polo at The Sarasota Polo Club? Join them for their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of the 12-Goal USPA National Inter-Circuit Championship. View the complete schedule here.

I hope you have a fabulous March and I look forward to seeing you at the studio this month!

Cheers,
Michele

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