Beirut Fitness X Lorna Jane

Australia’s leading active wear brand and one of my favorite brands has finally landed in Beirut!

I’ve known this brand for a couple of years and I would always look for it every time I travel. What I love about Lorna Jane is that every single item has something special and unique; no matter how simple it is. They are known for having fashionably fit unique items that make you feel fabulous. Whether it is the integration of mesh, net, or cut outs the flattering and durable fit is what makes this brand stand out.

For those of you looking for a last minute Christmas gift, you can now shop my look or any other Lorna Jane outfits at Zahar Lingerie stores across Lebanon! Any woman would definitely love to receive a comfortable and fashionable outfit to add to her “athleisure” wardrobe 🙂

Check out their fun and trendy collection of black and printed leggings and add a twist to this everyday MUST-HAVE.

Happy Shopping!

In the pictures I’m wearing the black and mesh leggings from their new collection paired with electric orange sports bra and a vest lined with fur.

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Finishing the photo shoot with my favorite pose!

PS: Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram account @Beirutfitness for more photos and fashion tips!

Guacamole Recipe

Whether as an appetizer with some crackers, or as a side dish with your main course, this super quick, easy, and delicious Guacamole recipe is a MUST-HAVE on your Christmas dining table this Christmas eve.

Ingredients Needed:

4 ripe Avocados

½  large tomato

¼  white onion

1 tbsp of chopped Cilantro

1 Lemon

Salt

1 Jalapeno pepper

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Procedure:

[The quantity used is for about 6-8 people]

Choose 4 ripe avocadoes, peel them and cut them into small cubes

Dice ½ a tomato, ¼ of an onion and the Jalapeno pepper into small cubes and mix all together in a bowl

Add 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro to the bowl

Squeeze one lemon and add the juice to the mix

Finally, add some salt to taste and mix all together

The amount of jalapeno used varies depending on your choice; I usually cut a small piece from the edge and chop it into tiny pieces. Start with a small amount and then keep adding until you reach your desired level of hotness.

Remember that this recipe is very flexible; it all depends on your taste. If you like a lot of onions, lemon, or more spices like black or cayenne pepper. I suggest starting with this recipe as a base and then adjusting it to meet your taste.

Personally, I love this recipe, it’s simple and savory and you can literally just add it as a side dish with anything!

Sahtein Xx

EMS workout with Voltfit

I love trying new things! New year’s eve is right around the corner, have you started thinking about your new year’s resolutions? I’ll be telling you more about my long list and another blog post, soon 🙂

So, I’ve recently tried out a relatively new  type of workout called EMS. After trying 2 sessions of EMS and interviewing Elie, Owner of Voltfit, in order to know more about how the workout works; I am sharing with you my experience below:

EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a type of workout that involves the transmission of electrical impulses, in the form of electrodes, directly to the muscle.

For those of you who claim to not have time to work out, I have found a solution for you. Shut the excuses away and say “Yes I can make time for myself and my body!” The EMS workout is ONLY a 20 minutes workout so I’m sure you can make time for 20 minutes 😉

The EMS workout is thus equivalent to about 3-4 hours of regular gym training because you are using almost all (95%) your fiber muscles at the same time.  Around 440 contractions are made in 20 min!

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At first, I did not know what to expect, I had not tried anything of this sort before. The electrodes feel like vibrations across your body. In order to feel the vibrations properly, you are advised to wear the special leggings and top that they provide to you. The machine is then attached to a vest that you wear on top of the top in order for the electrodes to flow.

So, how does it work? The machine is made up of 3 currents:

Each current has a specific frequency, intensity, and period.

  • Current for fat loss:

Continuous current

Fast Frequency

Lower Intensity

Involves Cardio

  • Intermittent Current:

4 seconds on and 4 seconds off

Mainly used for toning, shaping and muscle building

  • Relaxation/ Recovery Current:

Fast intermittent (the impulse comes and goes)

Throughout your 20 min workout, all the 3 different currents are being used (not at the same time).

According to Elie, 2 EMS workouts per week along with some regular PT sessions is recommended.

So, are you ready to get shocked?

Book your first FREE session now by contacting Voltfit at +961 76 109 409 and check out their website for any additional information: www.voltfit.com

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Post EMS workout selfie with Elie, Owner & Trainer at Voltfit

Strawberry Blossom Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Here it is, my second smoothie bowl recipe. It will only take up to 10 min of preparations!

According to Best Health Magazine, strawberries help boost your immunity, promote eye health, is rich in antioxidant properties, reduce inflammation and more.
Ingredients needed:
8-10 small strawberries
1/2 cup of almonds or walnuts or any other nut of your choice
1/2 mango
1 small banana
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 tea spoon of raw cacao powder or chocolate protein powder (optional)

Procedure: [The quantity used creates two small smoothie bowls]

Add ½ a cup of nuts of your choice into the blender;  almonds are my personal favorite. Peel and cut 1 mango into pieces and add 1/2 of it. Add a small banana. Add the strawberries. Pour in ½ a cup of almond milk or any type of milk. Finally add a pinch of spices of your choice such as cinnamon, raw cocoa powder, or even some protein powder. Blend all together for a few minutes until smooth.
Once smooth, pour into a cup or bowl and add toppings. I usually like the toppings to be the ingredients used within the smoothie. So in this case, I topped my smoothie bowl with mango slices, banana, raw cocoa powder, and I added some oatmeal.
If you like your smoothie on the go and not in a bowl, then add a little more milk to make it smoother and blend for a little longer.
Sahtein!!
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Eyes on Diabetes

Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day.

Because someone I love has diabetes, I’ve joined efforts together with The National Diabetes organization (@dialeb) for the past 6 years as their youth coordinator to raise diabetes awareness and prevent its complications.

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My number is 96 , #Whatsyournumber? 

Dialeb was founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Maalouf and Mrs. Sylvie Issa. Dialeb’s main mission is to help those affected with diabetes, not only health wise but also on the moral level, creating support groups and spreading the awareness all over Lebanon.

In these 6 years, Dialeb has visited over 36 schools; around 40 universities (some universities are visited more than once); and over 50 municipalities across Lebanon.

We proudly announce that Dialeb will very soon be announced as an official member at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

According to the IDF, approximately 415 million people, worldwide are affected with diabetes. This is actually quite a large number.

Many studies have shown that lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and other diseases. General recommendations include:

  • Regular sleeping patterns
  • Eating healthy and moderately
  • Exercising regularly
  • Qutiting smoking

Finally, I would like you to join me on Saturday at Hilton Beirut for Dialeb’s 6th annual fundraising gala dinner. It is the only event of the year that helps us raise funds for the NGO. Get your tickets by contacting me or by contacting the office at + 961 1 88 88 74 or by email to events@dialeb.org

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Don’t forget to follow Dialeb on Instagram and Facebook for daily nutritional and health tips 🙂

Oman trip with Semsom

After being nominated as the Beirut Hummus Ambassador 2016 along with Yasmina Audi (@supermom_blog); Yasmina and I were given the opportunity to discover Oman and judge the Hummus Games – Oman Edition (Check out all about the Hummus Games – Lebanon edition – and our winning recipe: here).

Day 1:

Upon arrival, we spent our first day touring the city of Muscat where we checked out the beautiful Grande Mosque, the opera house, the traditional Souk: “Souk Mutrah”, the beach, and of course the malls for some quick shopping! I loved the different arches and architectural designs that the entire country is made up of.

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Opera House – Muscat

At night, after a long day of touring, we joined the Semsom team and enjoyed a delightful Lebanese dinner at Semsom’s first branch in Oman.

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Day 2:

The second day was the busy fun day that we were waiting for. We were honored to be present to attend a lunch to celebrate the opening of the second Semsom branch at Shatti Al Qurum.

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Happy Faces after a yummy lunch!

After the opening, the team began decorating and re-organizing the layout of the restaurant in preparation for the Hummus Games! Several bloggers came excited to share their own hummus recipes. It was very interesting to see how different cultures add their own unique tastes and spices to our traditional Lebanese hummus. It was my first time playing the role of a judge and it was an honor to be alongside Christine Sfeir (@casfeir) – CEO of Semsom and Anthoy Rhayel (@nogarlicnoonions) – Food expert and founder of Lebanon’s Street food market: Souk el Akel.

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Decorating for the Hummus Games
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Let the judging begin

After tasting several different hummus, the winners were announced! Congratulations to Rupali and Kalpita for their yummy and creative hummus dish 🙂

Thank you Semsom for a lovely getaway and for giving me the opportunity to experience a new culture and judge the Hummus Games – Oman edition. May you continue making us proud and spreading the Lebanese Cuisine across the globe!

I can’t wait for next year’s Hummus games 🙂

My 2 Day Detox Experience with Succo

For all of you wondering what a detox is and why I decided to try it out myself, this post is dedicated to you! I warn you this post is going to be long because I will be sharing with you my full detox experience (during and post).

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@beirutfitness) and Snapchat (Christinem961) then you probably know that I just finished my first detox cleanse in collaboration with Succo Beirut. For the past 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) I’ve been living on juices and water; NO food. I’m sure you guys know how much I love food; I usually plan my days around food, what time are we going to eat, where are we going to eat, what to eat…

As I’ve mentioned earlier on some social media platforms, I’ve never done any type of detox cleanse before, so I decided to give it a try and allow my digestive system to have a break. I only wanted to do one day because I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to stay without food, but the team at Succo kept motivating me and assuring me that I would be able to complete more than a one day detox plan.

Therefore, together with Succo, we chose the Beginner package for me to try. I was told to eat light and have no alcohol, one day prior to the detox. I was actually very worried about this detox, especially because it’s something new; I didn’t know what to expect!

According to SuccoBeirut, “our bodies are constantly bombarded with toxins which can overwhelm our natural coping mechanisms,” and the detox cleanse allows us to give it a break and get back on track. The one day cleanse consists of 6 cold pressed juices. I woke up on Monday, drank water and went to Succo,on my way to university, to pick up my juices. It was one of the few times I left the house without having breakfast (P.S. breakfasts are one of my favorite meals!). Here’s a list of the juices and what each was made up of.

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Green 3

Juice #1 – Cacao Almond Mylk: Almond milk, dates, cacao and chia seeds

Juice #2 – Carrot Cleanse: Carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger

Juice #3 – Green 3: Apple, cucumber, spinach, lemon, broccoli, and ginger

Juice #4 – Beet water: Pineapple, apple, beetroot, lemon, and filtered water

Juice #5 – Green 2: Pineapple, cucumber, spinach, kale, broccoli, lime, and celery

Juice #6 – Cinnamon Almond Mylk: Almond milk, dates, cinnamon, and chia seeds

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Carrot Cleanse

Overall the juices tasted sweet, my favorites were the Carrot Cleanse, Green 3, and Beet water juices.

Throughout the 2 detox days I did not work out, since I was only living on around 950 calories I already felt tired and drowsy,so exercising was not a good idea.

The first morning I felt extremely hungry, my stomach was used to having a good healthy breakfast. I had a mild headache, however within a few hours I got used to the feeling. In the afternoon, I regained some of my energy and felt better. The urge to eat had gone away but what I missed was chewing. I felt the detox to be more of a psychological test that involved patience and will power. I am having all the nutrients I need so I’m not supposed to be hungry; it was just the idea of not eating solid food that kept roaming around in my head. As the first day finished, I felt better than I expected so I spoke to Succo team and decided to do a second day. Surprisingly, I felt even better; I did not have my full energy back but my body had adjusted to this change. I also drank lots of water along with the juices and I’ve never visited the restroom this many times in just 3 days 😛

I was so happy and proud of myself for being able to withstand the smell of food and not cheat throughout the detox. However, I really did not want to do the 3rd day. On Wednesday I had decided to eat, and have the juices as healthy snacks. I have been regaining my energy and eating slowly in order to get my digestive system back working!

I assure you it wasn’t easy, it was a challenge for me. If you are looking to give your digestive system a break, give it a try!

It is important to keep in mind that each body is different and you might experience other side effects during a detox! Also, remember to always check with your doctor if you are taking prescribed medicine or you have any medical condition before undergoing a detox.

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Mango Sunrise Smoothie – Recipe

I’ve always seen smoothie bowls all over my Instagram home page and although I knew that they are super easy to make, I never seemed to take the initiative and try making my own smoothie mixes.

So here it is my Mango Sunrise Smoothie, it’s a delicious mix that only takes up to 10 minutes of preparation.

Ingredients needed:

½ cup of almonds

1 mango

1 small banana

½ small avocado

½ cup of almond milk

1 tea spoon of raw cocoa powder

Procedure:

[The quantity used creates two small smoothie bowls]

Add ½ a cup of nuts of your choice into the blender (you can mix two types of nuts such as walnuts and almonds); I chose almonds for this smoothie. Peel and cut 1 mango into pieces. Add a small banana. Peel an avocado and add half of it into the blender. Pour in ½ a cup of almond milk or any type of milk that you happen to have at home. Finally add a pinch of spices of your choice such as cinnamon or raw cocoa powder. Blend all together for a few minutes until smooth. (If the smoothie happens to not be very cold, add a few ice cubes into the blender and blend until the ice cubes are crushed). Once smooth, pour into a cup or bowl and add toppings. If you’re in a hurry then pour into a cup and drink it on the go. But if you are feeling creative, pour it into a smoothie bowl and decorate the top with toppings. I usually like the toppings to be the ingredients used within the smoothie. So in this case, I topped my smoothie bowl with avocado slices, mango pieces, banana, and raw cocoa powder.

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Stay tuned for some more smoothie recipes soon!

PS: don’t be scared of experimenting and trying to make your own smoothie recipes (I suggest using not more than 2-3 types of fruits).

“Fit Hummus”: the Winner of #TheHummusGames 2016

Exactly a year ago, at the Hummus Games Season 1, I met Yasmina and her kids after being in touch on social media for a while. Little did I know that this was going to be the start of a wonderful friendship!

The Hummus Games Season 2 took place last night at Semsom, Citymall. Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with hummus. Whether it was a Lebanese lunch or just any type of lunch, hummus would always be available. My mom would even call me “Imm Hummus” (mother of hummus) … and she still does. In the recent years, with all the new twists and fusions that restaurants have come up with to change the traditional Lebanese cuisine, I still enjoy my hummus the traditional way; plain and delicious.

Well, here comes the challenge, at least to me; Semsom wanted each team to create a new Hummus while using Semsom’s signature hummus as a base and adding any ingredients and spices to it.

So, Yasmina and I teamed up and created our “Fit Hummus”.

We were given only 10 minutes to get the ingredients we needed from “the Market”. Everyone was running around getting the necessary ingredients to create the perfect hummus (it felt like we were on the Master Chef Television show). The market then closed, and the timer was set to 15 minutes.

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Chaos at the Market Place

Each team was trying to make the best hummus in this short period of time. When the time was up, we all presented our hummus creations to the jury and awaited the response.

Minutes later, Anthony Rhayel (Founder of No Garlic No Onions) and Christine Sfeir (CEO of Semsom) had finished judging and they chose 3 finalists.

To our surprise, our “Fit Hummus” won the competition! We were awarded the Hummus Ambassador trophy as well as a trip to Oman Hummus Games, and free daily hummus in all Semsom stores Worldwide all year long. I seriously can’t wait to discover Oman with the Semsom team and attend the Oman Hummus Games 😀 Good luck to all the participants in Oman! See you very soon 🙂

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Now I know you are all waiting for our secret recipe, so here it is. Our Hummus recipe is very simple; all you need are three ingredients to add onto the traditional hummus:

  • A handful of crushed walnuts
  • A handful of crushed pistachios
  • ½ pomegranate

These ingredients were then mixed into the hummus. The individual pomegranate pieces were squeezed a bit during the mixing process in order for the sourness of the pomegranate to penetrate the mixture.

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Thank you Beiruting for all the lovely photos!

Succo now open in Jemmayzeh!

On Tuesday September 20, Succo Beirut celebrated the official opening of it’s second branch in Jemmayzeh, Pasteur road (facing Monop supermarket).

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A while back, I visited their main branch located in Ramlet el Bayda and tried out some of their organic cold pressed juices, surperfood smoothies, and healthy bites! Succo Beirut is a great place to go to when looking for some healthy yet savoury snacks and juices. They offer a wide variety of detox cleanse packages that range from 1 day up to 5 days.

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Succo Juicery is orginially a brand that was incepted in 2013 and lunched in February 2014 in the United Kingdom by a couple  who were looking to set up a shop that sells fresh cold pressed juices  as well as healthy salads. (click here to know more).

Succo’s goal is to provide nourishing clean fuel for the mind, body, and spirit. “We serve pressed juices which provide face more nourishment and health benefits than traditional methods of juicing.”

Stay on the lookout for #BeirutfitnessXsuccoBeirut !

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Protein Balls
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Wheat Grass and Carrot Cleanse Juices