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Client Appreciation Day, September 16, 2012

28th September 2012
Client Appreciation Day, September 16, 2012

My very first Client Appreciation Day was a smash! It was heart warming to see all of my personal training clients working together and cheering each other on as we progressed through a grueling workout in the blazing sun, got some great nutritional advice from a registered dietitian, and ate a heart-healthy lunch on the sands of Redondo Beach.
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After our rigorous workout we were honored to have Sumner Brooks, Registered Dietitian, teach us all a little about nutrition. Here is a summary of her key points:

  • Non-Dutch style cocoa powder is a great antioxidant (Sumner uses unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder).  1-2 tablespoons provides potent anti-inflammatory properties and is a fiber boost of 2 grams per tablespoon! No sugar, just great nutrition from the natural cocoa bean.
  • Cloves are also powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory! Take ¼ teaspoon in a smoothie, in your oatmeal, or stir it into yogurt.
  • Trader Joe’s Carrot & Beet Juice is a post workout drink that can help reduce muscle soreness. Take 4 ounces before or right after a workout, and count it as part of your carbohydrate in your pre- or post-workout snack. Real 100% POM juice or tart cherry juice will work too.

Then it was time to eat! I made some healthy salads that everyone seemed to love. As requested, here are the recipes:

Quinoa Salad – I cooked quinoa in vegetable broth and then added the following ingredients as it cooled: grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber, black olives, avocado, cumin, fresh garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, chick peas, black beans, and cilantro.

Arugula Salad – This one is super easy! I found a low calorie raspberry vinaigrette at Trader Joe’s tossed it with arugula, strawberries, toasted almonds and bleu cheese crumbles.

Tuscan Kale Salad – I got this recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil. I added grilled chicken to the salad that I spiced with Trader Joe’s lemon pepper and some fresh squeezed lemon juice. I substituted tomatoes for the breadcrumbs that were called for in the recipe. Here is the link:


I can’t wait to start planning my next CAD!  In addition to this being a great way to say thanks to my amazing clientele, it was also important that my clients understand that there are other people here in the South Bay of California who are battling to lose weight, get stronger, and lead healthy lives. I feel so grateful to have such an amazing group of clients… you inspire me to continue learning and loving my job! And for that, I thank you all!

I would love to hear from you…where would you like to have our next Client Appreciation Day? Leave a comment below.


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October 5, 2012 9:17 am

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