ROLLING WITH SOUL LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

DON’T WORRY, EAT HAPPY: LABOR DAY

As summer comes to a close and Labor Day weekend fast approaches, Soul Cycle and I wanted to help inspire with our story and to keep you smiling with nourishing sips as we all Roll with the Changes!  Stay Strong. Ride Safe. You-Me-Us.

Let’s Play!

Be sure to check our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages for updates or email mindy@mealsonheelsbymindy.com to schedule your individual phone consultation for specialized private cooking lessons with kids; healthy family-friendly pantry make-overs and school lectures. Don’t Worry, Eat Happy!

EAT WELL. FEEL WELL. ENTERTAIN WELL.

LOVE your life!
CELEBRATE your culinary creativity!
PLAY with a renewed vitality!
Exercise! Breathe Fresh Air! Exhale Sunshine! Listen to INSPIRING TUNES WHILE COOKING!
Music, one of my daily culinary inspirations, is not just background noise…it is a way of life and joy in the kitchen.
  • Roll with the Changes, REO Speedwagon
  • Hotel California, The Eagles
  • Roar, Katy Perry
  • Applause, Lady Gaga
  • Dance Apocalyptic, Janelle Monae
  • Love Stoned, Justin Timberlake

Riding at SoulCycle inspires lifestyle and entertaining expert MINDY KOBRIN to cook healthy and teach others to do the same. The founder of Mindy’s Meals on Heels shares her SOUL journey — and a few recipes for delicious smoothies.

A few years ago, I was biking to New York City’s Union Square Famers’ Market aboard my old mint green Raleigh and passed by the SoulCycle studio on 18th Street. As the off-the-charts happy riders were exiting the studio, I just knew something very special must be happening inside that classroom…and so my Soul experience began! So much of what Soul Cycle stands for and embodies matched up with both my personal philosophy and company’s mantra: Eat Well. Feel Well. “Don’t Worry, Eat Happy!” The sense of community, excellence, effort and joy found within the Soul Cycle world is truly magical…transforming. I just fell in love with it.

When my schedule permits, I try to saddle up on the bike at least two or three times a week to get my day started with an exhilarated smile. Most often you can find me at Marvin Foster Jr.’s classes. During class, I just ride in the moment and allow the music to go deep inside… it’s the only 45 minutes I have all day to be free of obligations, phone-calls and work commitments. It’s pure, unadulterated joy.

After class, I feel focused, inspired and ready to dream bigger, push harder… all with renewed enthusiasm and a big smile across my face. It’s electric. It helps keep me fit inside and out. SoulCycle has helped shape one of my company’s programs with students. My lectures and cooking classes advocate a nutritious Mind-Body-Spirit excellence in all facets of life…starting in the kitchen.

Like many New Yorkers, I’m a Type-A personality: detailed, thorough, prepared, always on the go-go-go, and juggling a lot all the time. Knowing that mental well-being is intimately tied to physical health, moving our bodies and listening to music can tune-up our brains and make us more balanced and happy. Because mood plays such a strong role in all our choice-making, SoulCycle and its instructors puts me into the BEST mood. Those precious 45 minutes inject me with gratitude, strength and mental empowerment. It’s the perfect way to start the day. Equipped with all that physical goodness, it’s important to nourish it all with good food and a good attitude. Here are a few of my favorite post-workout recipes. Hope you enjoy them too!

LEAN GREEN MACHINE SMOOTHIE
4 leaves Collard Greens
4 leaves Purple kale
2 Leaves Rainbow Chard
1 pear, cored and cut into pieces
Small piece of fresh ginger
1 Banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups water plus 1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour into chilled highball glasses.  Yields 2 servings.

SPICY MANGO SMOOTHIE
2 very ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour into chilled highball glasses. Yields 2 servings.

KID-FRIENDLY GREEN MACHINE SMOOTHIE
This kid-approved smoothie has rich anti-inflammatory compounds from pineapple as well as essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, from Chia seeds. Chia seeds also provide extra protein to boost your energy levels.
1 cup fresh cut pineapple or defrosted frozen pineapple chunks
1 apple, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 large handful baby spinach, washed and dried
1 banana, peeled and cut into pieces
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Chia seeds
1-2 handfuls of ice

Place all ingredients in blender for 45 – 60 seconds. Liquefy and pour into cups. Enjoy with a colorful straw!  Serves an 8-oz glass.
You can also make the following substitutions:
Pineapple:  orange, grapefruit, mango
Apple:  pear
Spinach: kale leaves
Banana: avocado
Almond milk: coconut water
Chia seeds: ground flax seeds
For more recipes, cooking tips and entertaining advice, check out Mindy’s website.  Questions or comments? Email blog@soul-cycle.com!

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