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Veggie Crunch Wrap

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Simple, fresh, and healthy, this is the perfect end of summer go-to dish for you and your family. Improvise by substituting your favorite and locally available summer veggies. Filling with a balanced list of wholesome ingredients while still remaining light enough not slow you down, this wrap allows you to get your daily required nutrients all in one bite.

Yield: 2

2 tortillas (whole wheat, spelt, or brown rice flour)
1/2 cup your favorite hummus
1 cup greens (romaine or mixed)
1/4 red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced
1 handful sprouts (optional)
Juice from 1 lemon
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
Olive oil

Spread 1/4 cup hummus on each tortilla, followed by some avocado, greens, cabbage, carrots, and sprouts, leaving about a 2-inch border around the edge.

Squeeze a little lemon juice and drizzle with good olive oil. Season to taste with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Roll up, slice in half and enjoy.

© Erin O’Leary Stewart

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Summerlicious Stacked Watermelon Salad with Coriander-Tahini Dressing

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This month, we’re getting summerlicious with a tasty recipe using fruits and vegetables of the season. With cooling and hydrating components like coriander, watermelon and cucumber, this Stacked Watermelon Salad with Coriander-Tahini Dressing created by DEFINE foods Chef Erin O’ Leary Stewart will make your mouth water!

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Yield: 4

Ingredients

½ watermelon, rind removed, thinly sliced into rectangle pieces

¼ large cucumber, thinly sliced

1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced

½ cup pistachios, toasted, cooled and roughly chopped

¼ cup olive oil

zest plus juice from one lime

1 Tbsp tahini

½ tsp honey

¼ tsp coriander

½ tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

flaky sea salt and red pepper flakes, for garnish

micro greens or fresh herbs like basil, cilantro or mint, for garnish

chili olive oil (optional)

Directions

To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, tahini, honey, coriander, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Place one piece of watermelon in the center of a small plate. Stack a thin layer of avocado, followed by 3-4 slices of cucumber. Drizzle with a small of amount of the dressing and sprinkle some of the pistachios. Continue layering watermelon, avocado, cucumber, dressing and pistachios twice more.  Drizzle with chili olive oil (if using) and garnish with fresh herbs, flaky sea salt, red pepper flakes and more pistachios.

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WHAT’S IN HENRY’S BAG?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Look no further. The new revolution zip bag is it. In addition to easy carrying of shoes for class, the water resistant bag can double as a dopp kit for travel necessities and toiletries.

When it comes to his go-to essentials, DEFINE founder Henry Richardson tells what he tosses into his.

1. iPhone 5G

“I just added a new rev playlist that’s been a big hit in class. It’s got everything from Kanye and Zedd to the Bee Gees and Stevie Nicks.”

Listen to the playlist here:

https://soundcloud.com/hanker1002/sets/rev-6-10-14

2. SHIMANO rev Shoes 

3. Crush Cleanse Green Juice

“The mix of kale, spinach, cucumber, romaine, celery, apple and lemon is a refreshing pick-me-up. I always head straight to the studio fridge for this after class.”

4. Marks & Spencer Anti-Bacterial Lemon Hand Gel

5. La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes

“These are great for freshening up after class.”

6. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Get the bag HERE

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Spend Summer at DEFINE

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Calling all undergrads!

Stay fit this summer while away from campus by attending classes at DEFINE. Take advantage of our Student Summer Special where you can spend your 3 months off finding strength, length and balance.

Student Summer Special

  • $333 for 3 months of unlimited body or revolution classes
  • For an additional $100 ($433), unlimited body and revolution classes
  • Receive 1/2 off ($6.00) a pair of spirit grippy socks from your school upon class package purchase (DEFINE socks if college is not available)

 

Call or visit studio to purchase. Must show valid student ID. 

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May Recipe of the Month: Smashed Pea Butter with Mint & Meyer Lemon

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Featured in Harpers Bazaar, Smashed Pea Butter with Mint & Meyer Lemon is a remix on guacamole curated by Natural Foods Chef and DEFINE Co-owner Erin Stewart. This fresh take on the beloved dip has us boosting into the summer with energy.

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Smashed Pea Butter with Mint & Meyer Lemon

{Yield: 4}

1 cup shelled peas

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

pinch red pepper flakes

¼ cup chopped spring onions

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

sea salt

1 Tbsp sweet miso

juice from ½ lemon

½ tsp lemon zest

¼ cup packed fresh mint, roughly chopped

Blanch the shelled peas in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Cool in ice water.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil with the red pepper flakes in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté a few minutes. Next, add ¾ of the blanched peas with a pinch of sea salt. Take off the heat and stir in the miso.

Once cooled, transfer mixture to a small food processor or bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, and mint and process (or smash with a potato smasher), adding olive oil a little at a time, until smooth but keeping a bit of texture. Fold in the remaining blanched peas and sprinkle with more sea salt, to taste. Garnish with fresh mint and lemon zest. Serve with homemade or store bought pita chips.

© Erin O’Leary Stewart

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Mission Of Yahweh!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The month of May, DEFINE’s strength4service is The Mission of Yahweh! Donation classes this month and a future mission trip,  this charity comes to us from DEFINE Founder, Henry Richardson & his friend Monica Hartland. They took a moment to share with us about this charity and how to get involved!

HenryDEFINE:  What is Mission of Yahweh?

logo_yahweh_lgHenry:  Mission of Yahweh is a Christian faith-based shelter for homeless women and their children.  Since 1961 they have given refuge to families in crisis.  They do such a wonderful job providing for these families on so many levels.  They don’t just provide shelter, they empower these women so they can become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

DEFINE: How did you become involved and why does this charity resonate with you? 

Henry:  My friend Monica Hartland made me aware of the charity and I was so impressed with what they do that I knew I had to get involved.  I am committed to meaningful community service through my works in organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America and so I know a well run charity when I see one. Mission of Yahweh is doing a tremendous job even in the face of growing needs in our community.

DEFINE:  What can people do to help or get involved?

Henry: Attend the DEFINE + yoga donation class: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Click here (http://www.missionofyahweh.org/volunteering/index.html) to see volunteer opportunities at Mission of Yahweh.

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DEFINE: Tell us what The Mission of Yahweh means to you and how you got involved.

Monica: I became involved with the Mission in 2003, which also happened to be my most challenging year financially. I was so touched by my family and friends that helped me get through that difficult year, that I felt compelled to pass it on.  The Mission was the place I chose. The Mission of Yahweh has been sheltering homeless women and Children for 52 years.  It is truly a Home Away from Home for women and children who have simply fallen on hard times, just like I did. They need a helping hand to get them back on their feet.  The Mission not only provides a safe haven but also 3 hot meals a day, clothing, job training and spiritual guidance.

DEFINE: What does paying it forward/giving back mean to you personally?

imageMonica: Bad days happen to everyone: sometimes it becomes a bad week or year, but as humans on this earth we are given a chance to help make someone’s day better by the most simple things.  Perhaps you have changed someone’s day by smiling or by an encouraging word or by giving a little bit of your time or money to others that really need it.  I have been on the receiving side of these acts of kindness and it changed the course of my life.  Today I give because it blesses my life to do so.

DEFINE: What is your connection to TheThe Mission Of Yahweh?

Monica: My heart is connected to the Mission of Yahweh, I receive much more by giving. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ”It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

DEFINE: What can people do to help or get involved?

Monica: The MIssion needs you to get involved there are so many ways that you can volunteer>  Donate women and children clothes, shoes, household items and definitely the Mission always needs money to continue its great work.

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LAYERING GUIDE 101 – DEFINE Style

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

If you’ve taken class at a DEFINE studio lately, chances are you’ve probably noticed our fashionable instructors and equally fashionable clients! All  of them rocking the layers of bras, tanks, and coverups. Straps of all sorts can be seen peeking out while comfy coverups emerge between classes for “street” wear. Layering is a true personal expression, and can be fit into everyone’s workout wardrobe.

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Our Suggestions?

Start out with a colored bra. Neon bras are a subtle, fun way to incorporate brights into your outfit. We like the Splits 59 Loren bra in lime acid for the color and super comfy feel. A more supportive option is the Splits 59 Reed Bra in aqua. This bra beautifully pairs with white and aqua with a touch of black surprise in the back.

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Add a long and fitted tank. This layer must have a performance based fabric while still being soft, with a flattering cut. Our favorites right now are the Splits 59 Ashby tanks in nude or white, and the Beyond Yoga Striped Layering Tank in grey/white. Both options provide comfy, long, flattering silhouettes that will hold up to any DEFINE body, revolution, or mind class.

Coverup with Cutouts. In studios now, we currently have a TON of fun coverup options! Unique shapes and cutouts rule the coverup category. We love that the different shapes allow visibility of layers, and give off the modern, sporty, layered workout look! Coverups pictured: Splits 59 Misty M. Pullover in black and Splits 59 Deena K. Coverup in Apricot.

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Henry’s Country Throwback

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Hey Y’all!

We know you’ve been itching to get a copy of Henry’s playlist from Saturday’s Rodeo Ride!  It’s finally here!  Enjoy!

 

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February Charity Highlight

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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Energized Teacher + Personal knowledge & experience= Inspired students

Houston-based Fund for Teachers supports that equation by funding teachers’ self-designed summer fellowships. By giving teachers the opportunity to pick what they want to learn and where they want to learn it, Fund for Teachers empowers educators to pursue knowledge that directly impacts students’ learning.

Since 2001, more than 5,000 preK-12 teachers from across America have used $18 million in Fund for Teachers grants to conduct field research, volunteer with community organizations, master new skills or deepen their understanding of a subject. These teachers return to classrooms more competent and confident about their teaching, and more excited to share their new learning and experiences with students.

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“I believe every child is unique and every child deserves the right to learn; therefore, I am willing to spend hours looking for and writing grants to ensure that my students have exactly what they need to become their best selves,” said Patricia Greenleaf, Houston teacher and Fund for Teachers Fellow. “Of all the grants I’ve written, my Fund for Teachers grant is the most meaningful. Receiving a Fund for Teachers grant provided more than materials to enhance curriculum, it allowed me to learn and grow in ways that challenged my life and my students’ lives.”

With her FFT grant, Patricia studied the influence of Galileo and Claudius Ptolemy on math and science. She viewed their tools and original works in Rome, learned about curriculum development through the Galileo Teacher Training Program at the United Nations Education, ScientificCultural Organization in Venice, and researched astronomical principles at the University of Padua (where Galileo was Chair of Physics) to motivate students to become engaged, independent learners.

Each October, teachers apply for grants through the nonprofit’s online application, due at the end of January. Throughout the spring, committees comprised of local education, business and philanthropy leaders convene to select those teachers who will go on to experience their self-designed fellowship during the summer break. Althoughoriginally available to only Houston teachers, Fund for Teachers now awards grants in nine additional cities, as well as across eight states – including Texas.

“Our grants honor exemplary teachers’ quest for life-long learning and intensifies the impact they make in the classroom,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers executive director. “By rewarding our nation’s best preK-12 educators with opportunities to deepen their scholarship, we’re catalyzing students’ growth, as well.”

More than 600 Houston-area schools now have teachers who’ve infused new skills and/or perspectives into classrooms as a result of Fund for Teachers grants. For more information or to participate in the selection of Fund for Teachers’ 2013 Fellows, email info@fundforteachers.org or visit www.fundforteachers.org.

Donation DEFINE revolution Class benefiting  the”Fund For Teachers” Program with Henry Richardson

Sunday, Feb. 17th at West University from 1:30-2:30

Click HERE to register

 

 

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Your Resolutions & DEFINE

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

It’s day two of 2013.  How many of you have already made a New Year’s resolution? For some of you, the idea of losing pounds may have been on your mind all the way through the holidays, preparing for the resolution with one last cookie or piece of pie.  For others, taking that first step towards achieving optimal health and wellbeing may have been on your mind for years. DEFINE is a great way to start or optimize your physical, mental and total overall health.

Before we go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Lori Hudson.  Some of you may know me already, I have been with DEFINE since the beginning. My training at DEFINE started before the first coat of paint ever went on the walls at the Tanglewood location, more than 3 years ago. My background – I was a competitive gymnast for 18 years; earned my doctorate in chiropractic; which was followed by a degree in nursing. My love for helping people and education of anatomy and physiology in the human body drives me to continue to share my experiences and knowledge with those around me!

So for the next several weeks, we will be here paving our way to achieving our health goals together!

Most envision the new year bringing new beginnings, hopes, dreams and lifestyle changes! Whether it is a small difference or a huge commitment, it’s human nature to start out strong and then fizzle out as time goes on. So how do we balance the excitement of a new challenge with maintaining the physical and mental stamina to achieve the results desired?

This week will focus on a few key points to starting and achieving that New Year’s resolution.

DEFINE is here to help motivate you into achieving your fitness goals and overall total wellbeing. Some things to keep in mind while we start this journey together:

1). Start with setting a new years resolution that is realistic and attainable. (Studies show that there is a only a twelve percent success rate when it comes to completing a resolution.)

2.) Aim on taking class about 3-5 times a week. By the end of week two the body begins to feel stronger, flexibility is improving, and energy levels are rising.

3.) These changes aren’t just limited to the physical; both mental clarity and mood have been shown to improve with regular exercise as well.

Pace yourself:

Alternate DEFINE body classes with mind and or rev classes. (More on balancing these classes in next week’s blog)

Being ambitious is a great attribute but your rest days are just as important as your workout days.

The benefits of DEFINE:

Each class is a perfect balance between strengthening, lengthening and stabilizing the body in order to build longer leaner muscles. We utilize lightweights and body weight to provide resistance and endurance within the muscles and joints.

 Targeting major muscle groups within the body – together the DEFINE classes provide an optimal environment towards achieving sustainable health for both the body and mind.

Stay tuned in this month!  Next week I will be addressing any muscle soreness you may be experiencing. We will also be covering the importance of balancing your workouts with DEFINE body, mind and rev classes in order to keep you on track towards achieving your optimal health and wellbeing goals!

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