Did you know? aquaBelly™, founded in 2010, is a national fitness and healthy living brand that focuses on Moms, Moms-To-Be and Active Adult Women. What are you waiting for sign up today! Winter classes are held indoors at a private pool in Gainesville.
Classes are scheduling now! Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Space is limited in our Aquatic Therapy Heated Pool so don't delay contact us today!
Has your New Year's Resolution of "getting fit" left you sore and in pain? Listen I know it's hard to get back in shape. After all those wonderful meals we all ate during the holidays have definitely packed on a little more weight than we would have anticipated! In our aquaBelly classes, our aquatic therapy pool has a large flat floor with no hidden obstacles. The buoyancy of the water and the controlled temperature make it perfect for a variety of aquatic exercises. Ladies can walk or jog in place against a gentle current, large noodle float, or our unique aquatic exercise equipment while performing arm, leg, and exercises. When the jets are off, you can experience the benefits of resistance training and range of motion exercises including Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, Cardio, and Strength Training. Our pool also features stainless steel grab bars at the end of the pool and on each side! Why not try a workout that can be fun, provides less stress on your muscles and doesn't leave you in pain?
I am thrilled to introduce a new branch of aquaBelly to so many new mamma's in our area! aquaBellly Baby™ is a specialty class that involves using your little one as you strength train. aquaBelly Baby™ is the perfect way to exercise and bond with your baby too! You must be able to hold your little one for the duration of the 30-minute class, and not to worry, your baby will not go under the water. If your baby is at least 4 months old, and you are thinking about getting into shape before summer, contact me today! This is such a great use of time where you and baby are able to "socialize" while you get a full body workout!
Soups are a perfect addition to eating healthy during your pregnancy. This recipe is easy to make and is so delicious! Yellow Summer Squash is packed with nutrients and vitamins. Their antioxidants help fight the free radicals that are known to cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Are you suffering from pregnancy constipation? Well, the fiber in yellow squash not only fills you up but it is good for your colon and digestion too!
1 tablespoon organic unsalted butter
1 medium organic onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds organic yellow summer squash, roughly chopped
1 large organic baking potato, peeled and cut into cubes
3 1/2 cups organic chicken
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Fresh herbs, finely chopped, for garnish (scallions, chives, rosemary, or basil)
Place meal-ready portion sized amounts into temporary containers and freeze. Once frozen, slip the frozen blocks of food out and repackage in Food Saver Vacuum Sealer Bags (cut to size if needed). When ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator and then either pour into a pot and reheat on medium-low until hot and bubbly or reboil in the bag.
Benefits to our baby:
I hear this all the time "I'm too busy to workout!". I know working out is hard to make time for, it sure is for me, but what if you were able to exercise in a fun and refreshing environment? Then aquaBelly™ Fitness of Lake Lanier is for you! aquaBelly™ Fitness isn't only for pregnant women; it is great workout for women of all ages and is a low-impact option after birth to return to your pre-pregnancy look!
Here are a few key reason why you should take an aquaBelly class:
Even if you are not from Georgia I am quite sure you heard about our "Snowmageddon" we experienced this past week. Our school got canceled the next day and with all my lesson plans finished I had to find something to do...so I cooked! I love to cook! It's my own personal therapy and it's my favorite way of showing my friends and family how much I love them.
I decided to cook one of my new favorite southern meals: Black Eyed Pea and Collard Soup. It just so happens to be my own personal prize winner (at least to my family it is). It’s warming in cold weather, and considering how many meals I can get out of this recipe, it is super cheap! I know that not everyone has the southern cravings that I have, but if you like a spicy, wholesome nutritious meal that will feed an army then keep reading.
First, I'd like to say that the pictures do NOT give it justice. I have made this dish twice now since New Years Day and it keeps getting better. I make this dish in a crockpot, however using your stove would work just as well.
How Healthy Is This Dish?
Black-eyed peas and collard greens are packed with nutrients. They are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and all kinds of yummy flavors. If eating healthy for the new year is one of your goals, then start now by making this wonderful dish! So...it's healthy. It's cheap. It tastes so delicious. What are you waiting for? Collard greens are one of the oldest members of the cabbage family. They are rich in Vitamin K, high in calcium an essential nutrient that promotes healthy blood clotting. 1/2 cup of black eyed peas contains 25% of your daily value of folate! Bloated? Celery will help your body get rid of excess fluid and sodium.
2 packages of black-eyed peas, (I use the dried peas...then soak and cook them myself)
1-2 27oz cans of Glory Southern Style Collard Greens
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 large organic celery ribs, finely minced
6 large organic carrots, peeled and cut into a 1/4-inch dice
1 shallot thinly sliced
1 organic leek sliced
2-3 cups homemade organic chicken broth (homemade is healthier)
1 smoked ham hock
2 tbs Italian dressing (odd I know)
1 tbs hot sauce
(optional) 1/2 pound ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Cook or soak the black eyed peas according to directions. Turn your crockpot on to Low. Place the shallot, celery, leek and carrot in first (cover with lid). Get the rest of your ingredients out and ready. Give the veggies a quick stir, then add the rest of the ingredients. I put the hamhock in first.
Let it cook for 6-8 hours. Prepare for the goodness! And lawdy child do not forget the buttermilk skillet cornbread!
Accompaniment and Substitutes
Tabasco or hot sauce
Buttermilk Corn Bread/Muffins
Use a packet of Goya pork flavorings instead of hamhock.
© aquaBelly Lake Lanier 2014
So what are the best noodle workouts that focus on core exercises? An effective pool noodle workout while pregnant should be both safe and beneficial focusing on both strengthening and engaging your core during each trimester. Strengthening your core helps your body prepare for a healthy delivery as well as helping your body bounce back quickly post baby. So how can using a pool noodle help strengthen your CORE? As the picture demonstrates, we are using a pool noodle which is effective due to its buoyancy in the water. Once you submerge the pool noodle you are probably not aware of all the different muscles you are using to keep it from rising to the surface. In turn, you are burning calories and toning muscles at the same time!
After an aquaBelly workout I think of nothing but RED MEAT! Did you know that craving meat is completely normal. Your muscles need protein after a workout and meat will give you just that...and more! The way I look at it is my body is telling me something important. "EAT MEAT" Let me be clear, I'm a southern girl and love, love, love meat and potatoes, but that's reserved for Sunday's right?!
There is nothing wrong with craving meat. You need to give your body protein after a workout. I know red meat isn't for everyone, but for me, protein shakes just don't cut it. I find them weak and my body deserves better than some man made powder drink. Be mindful of your portions don't go overboard when consuming this oh so tasty meal! Enjoy and let me know how your red meat turns out!
1 (3 pound) beef roast (I used Beef Top Sirloin for this recipe)
Rub w/ butter, salt, pepper, garlic generously all over! *Use gloves...I did
1. Preheat oven to 500 F
2. Place cast iron skillet in oven to heat for about 5 minutes
3. Take skillet out of oven and place it on your stove (set to high) sear meat 3 minutes per side.
4. Next place the skillet and roast in the preheated oven. Roast for 21 minutes (seven minutes per pound) then turn off the oven and let the roast sit. Do NOT open the oven door!
5. Take it out of the oven and let it rest for a bit...slice and enjoy!
We served this with some roasted Brussels sprouts and a nice green leaf salad with tomatoes and apple cider vinegar dressing!
A common question that women are always wondering is "What are a few safe core exercises I can do during pregnancy?". This featured exercise is both safe and beneficial focusing on both strengthening and engaging your core in a safe way during each trimester. Strengthening your core helps your body prepare for a healthy delivery as well as helping your body bounce back quickly post baby.So how can using a pool noodle help strengthen your CORE? As the picture demonstrates, we are using a pool noodle which is effective due to its buoyancy in the water. Once you submerge the pool noodle you are probably not aware of all the different muscles you are using to keep it from rising to the surface. In turn, you are burning calories and toning muscles at the same time!
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From workouts and healthy meals, fitness tips and fashion, to baby love—I'm excited about keeping my clients informed about their health, fitness and life on Lake Lanier! I am a certified pre and post natal fitness specialist, entrepreneur, wife and mother!