The Super Heroes of Food: “To Boost & Protect!”

By Rita Larsen, RD; Elite Sports Clubs Dietitian and Nutrition Counselor

With cold and flu season quickly approaching, heading out to the pharmacy every week can get time consuming — and expensive. But finding the best solutions to fight those pesky bugs and viruses could be right in your kitchen!

Super Hero Foods Continue reading The Super Heroes of Food: “To Boost & Protect!”

Member Stories: Marian C. Kieckbusch “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments: Continue reading Member Stories: Marian C. Kieckbusch “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

Tennis League Kickoff – Partay!

By Marty Badt, Elite Sports Club-North Shore Member Services Representative & Tennis League Co-Coordinator

Tennis Kickoff Party at Elite River Glen
Cheers to Tennis!

This past Monday (Sept. 9) we had tennis league kickoff party at Elite River Glen. It was a great turn out with lots of fun and enthusiasm. There were some great questions regarding upcoming tennis leagues – since great minds think alike, we figure you have similar questions. Continue reading Tennis League Kickoff – Partay!

Unlikely Pairs: Bikes & Brews

Five years ago Kay, Elite Sports Clubs owner, challenged her staff to share their passions with the members, the point being to connect with more members and go beyond being seen as just a fitness center, but also become a destination for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Bikes & Brews founder, Paul Alexander says he is “passionate about health and fitness, but I also love good food and great craft beer. Little old Milwaukee, Wisconsin has some great dining options, but the city and the state is truly becoming a mecca for craft beer. Before I went to college, I cooked for a living. I thought to myself; whip up some grub, pair it with locally brewed craft beer and share! ‘Bikes and Brews’ was born!”

In the years since, Elite has hosted many variations of Bikes & Brews. Paul started with your traditional indoor cycle class with craft beer tasting to follow, but then ventured outdoors to the Elite Sports Club-North Shore deck, and even biked the streets of Milwaukee on the now well-known Pedal Tavern!

Elite Bikes Brews Pedal Tavern Outing

Next week “Bikes & Brews” is switching up the location, and hosting the event at Elite’s West Brookfield location. Paul and co-host Melissa Mueller say that they are “excited for a change of atmosphere, and hopefully will see some new faces. We are also excited to welcome back  craft beer samplings from Big Bay Brewery!”

Paul explained that “from past visits we have learned that Chris Piotrowski, one of the founders of Big Bay, has a wonderful story on how he named his beer company. He contacted a local historical society to find out if there was ever a brewery in Shorewood or Whitefish Bay in the past. Surprisingly, there never was a brewery in the North Shore. That’s not to say there wasn’t beer in North Shore.”

“Pabst Beer had a beer garden at Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay and people took the trolley up Lake Shore Drive on the weekends. Chris’s beers utilize a unique hop to flavor the beers so they have a very distinct taste. One of my personal favorites is “Long Weekend,” a slightly hoppy and very balanced India Pale Ale. (It pairs very well with my honey jalapeno chicken wings!)”

Beer tasting at a health club? What does that have to do with health? At Elite, we believe a big part of health is balance, “Bikes & Brews” is a perfect example of this balance. Our members come to the club after a hard week of work, break a good sweat during a special cycling class, and then relax while learning about Milwaukee’s long history of being America’s brew city. We are supporting local small businesses, which is healthy for our local economy, and balancing our hectic, fast-paced lives with a little R & R.

Bikes Brews Handout
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As mentioned above, the next Bikes & Brews event will be held at the Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield location, on Friday, September 20th, 6-8 pm. Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield Fitness Director, Melissa Mueller, and Elite Sports Club-North Shore Personal Training Director, Paul Alexander will once again host an easy-paced 45 minute cycle ride, followed by food and beer tasting featuring Big Bay Brewery. Check out the Facebook event, and RSVP with the Front Desk or in the Fitness Center 262-786-3330.

Can’t make it to the first event? The next one will be Friday, October 18th at Elite Sports Club-North Shore! Everyone is invited to both events, so members, you are welcome to bring friends!

What is your favorite unlikely pair? Can you think of other exercises that “pair” well with certain foods, drinks, or hobbies?

It’s about time you tried a Green Smoothie!

By Rita Larsen, RD; Elite Sports Clubs Dietitian and Nutrition Counselor

Many people are busy today with work and activities other than preparing meals. You may want to try this smoothie recipe as a fun addition to your meals.

One good suggestion is taking this to work with you after you have prepared it and frozen it in freezer cups. Then, throughout the day, you are able to take out of your lunch bag and let it defrost. Shake well and it is ready to drink!

Try a Green Smoothie

Reasons to hop on the Green Smoothie craze:

  • It can contain all the fruits and vegetables that you need daily.
  • It can also have additional ingredients based upon what you have on hand.
  • Protein powder can be added in the form of soy, whey, rice, or casein. If you do add one of these, you can consider this smoothie a complete meal!
  • It tastes great! See for yourself if this is something that would be tasty for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner!

Note: It is best to use a high powered blender. Don’t have one? Then just remove some of the peel from citrus.

Mmm Green is Good!

Green ingredients can often vary based upon your tastes. (But, not all greens are easy to blend!) Try these ingredients at your own pace:

  • Seedless cucumber, 1/3 to 1/2 English version
  • 1-large bunch Spinach (or Kale!), fresh and cleaned (sometimes it helps to freeze in advance)
  • 1-Kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1-Avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1-Lime, whole including the rind, cut into at least 8 pieces

Try adding these for additional flavor, texture, & nutrition!

  • Bananas
  • Cuties or mandarin oranges, including the skin
  • Grapes
  • Flax Seeds, 2-Tbsp. or Flax Seed Oil
  • Plain or Greek yogurt

These smoothies provide all the nutrients that a meal could provide. They are especially high in antioxidants, B complex vitamins, minerals, such as iron and potassium, and are high in fiber.

Just another way to increase our nutritional strength without all the fuss in the kitchen!

Calories: 16-oz. portion for 175 calories; with 2-scoops of protein added, 16-oz portion for 375 calories. For more helpful nutritional advice and recipes, tell us a little more about your goals! Or check out our ongoing health & nutrition programming for everyone from children to adults!

There are MANY more possible green ingredients to include in smoothies. What are some of your own suggestions? Do you drink green smoothies?