• Food For Thought/ Product Picks

    Happy National Coffee Day…From One Java Junkie To Another

    Coffee Is God

    Coffee makes me a better person. No, really, it does.

    But not all coffee is created equal. I am talking, specifically, about the beauty of cold brew iced coffee.

    Oh, you mean coffee poured over ice? Haaaayle no. That is a mere bastardization of what I am about to bestow upon you as a valuable life lesson.  This is where my Pre-Med/Biology BS Degree comes in ;-)

    I present to you, the concept of cold brew or cold press iced coffee.  It is coffee that was never hot. It steeps or soaks in room temp or cold water for an extended period. Because the coffee beans in cold-press never come into contact with heated water, the process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a different chemical profile than conventional brewing methods.

    The result? A smoother, naturally sweeter, rounder coffee experience with 67% less acidity, making it a better option for both your digestive tract and teeth! 

    My pick? As a cold brew connoisseur, I can tell you with authority that New York’s Birch Coffeeis hands down the best.  It is a Brazilian/Honduran Farm To Cup blend, and it is simply spectacular. I am so bound to this brew that I have their cold brew beans shipped to me in LA and I cold brew them myself with my at-home apparatus from Filtron.

    I get these 64oz growlers delivered from Birch Coffee, when I'm in NY.

    I get these 64oz growlers delivered from Birch Coffee, when I’m in NY.

    Not that hardcore? I understand. I was born this way, and don’t really have a say in my own crazy commitment to quality coffee.

    Do yourself a favor and find which local coffee shops offer cold brew iced coffee. Otherwise certain grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fairway sell bottled cold brew where you’d find cold drinks. Two brands I love are Seaworth Coffee Co. and Chameleon Cold-Brew.

     

    So trust me, and grab yourself a cold one. You’ll be better for it.

  • Fitness

    Hosting Today’s CrossFit Competition!

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    16 Teams. 96 Athletes. 1 Sport…CROSSFIT!

    I am honored to be hosting today’s Project Mayhem: Battle Of The Boxes. 16 teams from across Southern California will be pushed to their limits, as we get to observe both their prowess AND 360° views of Hollywood and Downtown LA at the famous Sunset Gower Studios. It’s going to be a beast of a battle. Come join! #YouveBeenWarned

  • Cooking Clean, Product Picks

    Celebrate National Pancake Day with My Paleo Pancakes…Around Your Burger

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    Fit To Feast Paleo Pancake Bison Burger from Allison Hagendorf on Vimeo.

    I love pancakes. I mean, who doesn’t. I make them from scratch on the regular…and I don’t stop there. I’m what you call, a pancake pioneer. Ok fine, only I call myself that. I create different pancake permutations on the fly and then I brainstorm ways to incorporate my pancakes into different meals.

    Enter, my bison date burger. Instead of a bun, I sandwich my sirloin in between two of my perfect paleo pancakes doused in 100% Organic Grade B Maple Syrup. Why? Because I’m an innovator…and this combination creates a true breakfast of champions.

    Why Bison? It’s my preference to beef. It is leaner, cleaner, is higher in Omega-3s, antioxidants, Vitamin E & Selenium, AND has a sweeter taste. Throw some chopped dates into the patty and prepare for a perfectly sweet symbiosis between my pancakes and syrup. THIS is why I rarely go out for brunch.

    Why Grade B Maple Syrup? It’s the real deal. Produced late in the season, Grade B Maple has the most robust flavor of all the syrups, meaning you need to use less for that full flavor. Plus, Grade B has more antioxidants and minerals than some of the other varieties. Most importantly, just make sure you are using 100% Pure Maple Syrup and NOT a maple-flavored pancake syrup instead. Use the real stuff and make it count!

    Why Bison, Pancakes, & Maple Syrup Together? Because I am the queen of concoctions and I’ve consumed what no man or woman has consumed before.

    Embrace your inner pancake pioneer. I believe in you.

    HAPPY NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY!

  • Cooking Clean/ Fitness/ Food For Thought

    It’s Officially Fall, So Fall into Your Best YOU, with ME, as Your HEALTH COACH

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    Ah, it’s officially Fall, which is synonymous with pumpkin, uh, EVERYTHING. I am here to make sure that you can consume delicious pumpkin pleasures, without  turning into a pumpkin yourself ;-)

    Fortunately, I am now accepting new clients for the Autumnal Season (I just wanted to impress you with my use of “Autumnal”).

    Sign up here so we can get you on track as we cruise into the colder months. Remember rocking big sweaters, doesn’t need to mean rocking a bigger you.

    Let’s get you fit and focused, so you can eat that pumpkin pie with pride. And btw here’s your recipe for a grainless, gluten-free pie.

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    I got you,

    Health Coach Hagendorf XO

  • Product Picks/ Where I Feast

    A Slam Dunk of Coffee Cred With the Dunkin’

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    My name is Allison Hagendorf and I’m a Java Junkie. I jones for Joe, and I brew my own cold brew iced coffee with an at-home apparatus. Shout out Birch Coffee.

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    I brew my own ColdBrew coffee from Birch Coffee. Origin: Central & South America

    I now live in LA, but when I’m back in the brisk, bold Fall weather of NY, and I’m about to hop on a subway, ya just need to grab a cup of good ole Dunkin Donuts. I’m what you call a locavore. I eat & drink whatever the locals eat & drink. In NY, we rock the Dunkin.

    I was proud to post my passion for my hot cup of hazelnut, and was rewarded by requited love from her majesty, Dunkin Donuts.  Apparently they stay abreast of my brew banter on FitToFeast, and on instagram. I am truly flattered…and very caffeinated at the moment I must admit.

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    I know a location just opened in LA, but like I said, I’m a locavore. LA peeps don’t do the Dunkin’ like New Yorkers. I’ll stick to my own home brew there instead. Stay tuned…you know I’ll have my own FitToFeast blend in just a matter of time.

    Coffee Makes Me A Better Person,

    Allison

  • Cooking Clean

    Because You Wake Up And Need Pancakes NOW

    Fit To Feast grainless pancake

    Every morning, I eat eggs for breakfast. They’re an excellent source of lean protein & omega-3s, and are just delicious with their yolk-oozing awesomeness.

    But some mornings ya just want a stack of PANCAKES oozing with maple syrup. Today is that morning.

    This is why I always keep a few simple ingredients ready to go at all times, and ofcourse organic eggs are one of them. Aunt Jemima’s pancake batter, is not…(Sorry, Mom. I did love it growing up. But this grown girl now likes to helm her own hotcakes.)

    What you will need to make 8 great ones from scratch:

    • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
    • 3 large organic eggs
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 4 TBSP of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 TBSP organic raw honey (optional)
    • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
    • Certified Organic Grade B Maple Syrup to pour on top (not optional)

     

    1. In a medium bowl mix together the almond flour, baking soda, salt and any spice you’d like to use.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, and vanilla
    3. Add the liquid loveliness to the dry ingredients, mix well, and let sit for a few minutes
    4. Add the batter to a hot skillet (medium heat). Should make about 8 perfect pancakes.

     

    Man that maple syrup and pour away. Video it in slow-motion like I do and play it back repeatedly. Don’t judge me.  Join me.

    Post your pictures and videos with #FitToFeast. Let’s unite over our fascination with flapjacks.

    In fact, I encourage you to go next level with these pretty pancakes. Live out your fantasies. I add some almond butter, banana, and dark chocolate chunks to the mix OR some beautiful blueberries. Go nuts.

    Nuts are a good idea too.

    Remember, the sky’s the limit for both your pancakes and your exciting day ahead. Take a bodacious bite out of both.

     

  • Food For Thought

    Somebody’s Got A Case of the Mondays? Perfect!!!

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    Please tell me you are familiar with this infamous scene from the amazing 1999 movie, Office Space.

    Everyone loves to hate Mondays, but I actually love to love them. I get it. They represent the end of the weekend.  But really they symbolize the start of a new beginning. Monday means that the Making Of A New Day Awaits You.

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    Look, we all have goals, but we are all human. I had decided last week I wasn’t going to drink or eat sugar for the next 30 days. Well guess what happened. I had both wine and dessert this weekend. IT’S OK! That doesn’t mean that I just throw in the towel and give up.  Instead, it calls for 2 things.

    ONE, that I made those moments really count…it was an incredible sauvignon blanc and it was my very own carob nut clusters that I absolutely LOVE! (recipe for those coming soon).

    And TWO, that I make sure my next meal is an opportunity to make a healthful choice. No bloody mary for breakfast…today ;-)

    Monday is a new opportunity for all of us to get back on track. All good! When you go off-goal, just think of it as a little wiggle room you are giving yourself as part of the bigger picture: A healthy LIFESTYLE, not a life of DIETING. Ugh.  Erase that word, diet, from your vocabulary. Remove the “T” from “DIET” to make it Die, and instead use that “T” to Thank yourself. Be good to yourself. Go be great.

    Looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays? Good for you!

  • Cooking Clean

    Yolk Porn: How Sweet (Potato) It Is

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    I am blowing my own mind with this simple #FitToFeast creation.

    Simply roast some sweet potato slices in some coconut oil. Cook up a runny organic egg. And bam. You’ve got yourself this saucy slider.

    A nutrient-dense duo of carbs and protein perfect for pre- or post-workout, or uh, WHENEVER! I ate this alongside some grilled chicken breast to give it an extra punch of protein, but complement this creation however you’d like…and comment below.

    Would love to hear about YOUR creations. #FitToFeastFriends

  • Where I Feast

    This is My Favorite Thing To Hold in My Hand. I Also Enjoy Wearing a Bib. TMI?

    Fishing With Dynamite Fit To Feast Allison Hagendorf Lobster Claw

    Sometimes you gotta claw your way to the top. And the top today was Manhattan Beach’s, Fishing With Dynamite.

    This place is claws down (ok, I’ll stop now) one of my favorite restaurants. Period. Masterfully manned by chef/owner David LeFevre, this guy fuses Old School New England crab shack with his own New School innovative twist.

    My full review on his delectable dishes coming soon, but in the meantime, just feast your eyes on this lobstah claw. Yes, it’s really spelled that way. ;-)

  • Cooking Clean/ Product Picks

    I Like My Avocado With A Side Of Omelette

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    This nutrient-dense breakfast is the perfect way to get back on track post-celebratory holiday weekend….read: I was out of control. We’re talking cocktails and cake (and BBQ) all weekend long (Stay tuned for those restaurant reviews.)

    All good! We have to live, right? Each new day, and actually each meal is an opportunity to make fresh healthy choices that are on-goal.

    Today I’m kicking off this short week with an omelette packed with greens, shitake mushrooms, and zucchini. I strongly suggest keeping these Super Greens in your fridge at all times. They’re already pre washed and have swiss chard, tat soi, arugula & spinach. Perfect to throw into or onto anything. Look, I’m lazy (sometimes). Gotta keep it convenient!

    And another thing, do NOT be afraid of egg yolks. I use whole eggs every time. They are packed with nutrients and the fat of the yolk is what will make your omelette savory. Skip the cheese and go for whole organic eggs instead, with ofcourse some avocado on the side…

    And here’s my avocado monologue: Avocado makes everything better. It has 35% more potassium than a banana, which helps control blood pressure levels. The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados help regulate blood sugar levels, keeping you satiated until you make your next smart food choice. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system. Honestly, the list goes on and on, but I really want to go eat my breakfast now. You get the point. Get back on a point. It’s a new day and a new opportunity to start anew. Start now. I’m with you.