Los Angeles Pilates Foodie Tuesday

Hi Challengers! Here’s a great recipe to help you flush out the crazy Holiday weekend and get back to freshness.  It’s an easy and fun recipe that even the kids will enjoy making these. Vietnamese healthy spring rolls with creamy peanut butter sauce are a perfect treat to yourself at home.  Filled with fresh veggies, noodles, fresh herbs like mint and lightly sautéed shrimp that create a flavorful healthy combo for lunch or dinner. It is an easy 30 min recipe and these spring rolls are so delicious that you would want to prepare them again and again.

Serves 4
  • 10 Shrimps, large
  • 1 1 small head iceberg lettuce, leaves from
  • 2 Carrots, small
  • 1 cup Coriander, springs
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup Mint, fresh leaves
  • 1 tbsp Chili garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup Peanut butter, plain
  • 4 tsp Soy sauce
Pasta & Grains
  • 3 oz Buckwheat noodles
  • 10 Rice paper wraps
    Baking & Spices
    • 1 tsp Avocado oil
    • 1 tsp Corn starch
    • 1 Salt
    • 1 Spring rolls
    • 1 cup Water


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add shrimp, 1 tsp soy sauce and salt if necessary. Sauté the shrimps for about 2-3 min or until well done. Let it cool for about 5 min.
  2. Meanwhile cook noodles according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to avoid further cooking.
  3. Combine all ingredients listed under ‘DIPPING’ into a small sauce pan. Cook the mixture on medium heat for about 3-5 min or until corn starch is cooked.
  4. Cut cooked shrimp into half lengthwise.
  5. Take very warm water in a large skillet or large plate. Dip rice paper wrap in the water for 10-15 sec and then spread it carefully on a slightly wet cutting board.
  6. Now put lettuce, some noodles, 2-3 carrot juliennes, 2-3 cucumber juliennes, some cilantro leaves, 3-4 mint leaves on one side of the wet wrap. Also layer 2-3 shrimp halves ahead of veggies leaving some gap in between. Gently fold the rice paper wrap from noodle and veggie side once. Then tuck in the side edges of the wrap and continue to fold over the shrimp and roll until seam is sealed. Repeat this step for each roll.
  7. Enjoy these fresh healthy spring rolls with prepared peanut butter dipping.

Recipe Notes

  • Also, sprinkle some water over the cutting board or flat surface before putting wet rice paper wrap first the time.
  • Do not dip rice paper in warm water for longer else it will be difficult to spread it on a flat surface.
  • It may take some practice initially to roll these wraps.

Happy Foodies Tuesday Challengers! 

This pesto pasta is loaded with all your favorite summer vegetables and it’s so light and easy to prepare. This is perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner. It’s something I’m sure the whole family will enjoy too. I mean what’s not to love? For the meat lovers you can always add your favorite protein of choice as well. Let us know if you make this and what you think of it!!
1 lb. spaghetti
ears corn, shucked
medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
small bell pepper, seeded and cut into sixths
green onions, trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. store-bought refrigerated pesto
1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. packed fresh parsley, chopped

Heat grill on medium-high. Cook spaghetti as label directs. Rinse, drain well and let cool completely.

  1. In large bowl, toss corn, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and onions with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper until well coated. Grill corn, turning, 10 minutes or until charred in spots. Grill squash, zucchini and bell pepper 4 to 6 minutes or until tender and grill marks appear, turning once. Grill onions 2 minutes or until tender and slightly charred, turning occasionally.
  2. Into large bowl, from lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Whisk in pesto and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Chop squash, zucchini, pepper and onions; add to bowl with pesto. Cut kernels from cobs; add to bowl along with tomatoes, parsley and cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.

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The Benefits of Pilates for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis

The benefits of exercise for people living with MS are well-known, with research showing that regular and moderate activity can actually reduce fatigue levels, as well as improve muscular strength to support the skeletal system, increase mobility and help with regular bowel and bladder function.

From Zumba to spinning, deep water exercise to running, people with MS often tell us about the weird and wonderful exercise classes they partake in and how much it has helped them to manage their MS. One type of exercise which is proving particularly popular among the MS community is Pilates, with research showing that this core-strengthening exercise can improve balance, mobility and muscle strength, plus lead to greater improvements in cognitive symptoms and quality of life when compared to more traditional exercise.

For those unacquainted, Pilates – according to the NHS website – is a form of exercise “that aims to strengthen the body in an even way, correcting any imbalances present throughout the body, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well being.” Developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected, Pilates exercises are often done on a mat or using special equipment like soft balls and bands which are easily transferable for workouts clients can do at home.  At Archer Pilates, we have the benefits of additional equipment, that many studios in our area do not have access to.  Our Studio has the Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Barrel, which allow for a greater array of balance and strength exercises.  The resistance from the Springs on our specialized equipment, is ideal for clients living with MS to regain the muscle strength lost, that is unfortunately one of the most debilitating symptoms of their disease.

Pilates exercises are low-impact but work every part of the body, and we at Archer  Pilates have seen first-hand just how much of a difference this type of exercise can make to people with MS.  There are a huge number of benefits.  Our focus is building strength and control of the muscles, which then helps support the joints and skeletal system. It can improve balance, posture and body awareness, and just general well being, so if you’re feeling particularly tense or tight, Pilates really help you to relax and generally gets everything moving in a well balanced fashion.

We’ve seen huge improvements in all of our clients here which is so rewarding to see. It doesn’t happen overnight, and you have to work hard, but long-term we have seen changes and we know they would all agree.  You can see first hand from one of our long term clients Toni Patillo, with her video testimonial here, on how much her life has improved through our Program at Archer Pilates.


The Benefits of Pilates for People living with Fibromyalgia

There are many reasons why using Pilates is effective for conditioning or rehabilitation of a client with Fibromyalgia.  Pilates is a low impact program that focuses not only on core strength and stability, but the use of breathing and breath work. Breathing oxygenates blood and increases circulation to all regions of the body. With recent studies showing that breathing while incorporated during exercise can increase relaxation of muscles and thus avoid undue tension, the use of Pilates is a “no brainer”.

A strong tendency for those suffering from Fibromyalgia is to “disconnect” from their body. Pilates’ emphasis on the connection of the mind to the body, can also be a huge benefit. Clients’ ability to participate in an exercise program from which there is no exacerbation of symptoms can greatly improve their sense of well being. From a musculoskeletal standpoint, it also allows for the improvement in articular mobility of the spine in a very gentle and supported environment.

Hypermobility has been reported to be an additional factor affecting clients with Fibromyalgia. There is a greater tendency for the muscles to rotate, causing imbalances and trigger points. (Travell and Simmons 1983)

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Key areas of focus for this type of program design are primarily endurance, posture and managing fatigue. One strategy for optimizing the exercise experience for the client is timing their sessions earlier in the day. By starting the day with an oxygenating breathing-focused routine, the onset of fatigue can be pushed back in some cases.

Clients with FMS will improve best with personalized programs, which can be accomplished with Pilates. The focus should be on gentle stretching exercises and on deep, core stabilization work for both pelvic and scapula stabilization.


Summer’s almost here, and finally the Los Angeles weather is feeling like it! So Be Lean and Mean this Summer with the Archer Pilates Spring Into Summer Challenge beginning April 23rd!
Get your Summer Body ready with the 6 Week Archer Pilates Spring Into Summer Challenge!
Whether it’s body fat percentage or inches,for ONLY $40, we will help you achieve your goals with challenges in every class you take, and weekly prizes for working out and achieving your goals!  Some of our giveaways include new Spring Toesox, Archer Pilates Tank Tops, Reformer Loops, Mats, even a Brita Water Filter!
To help you achieve your goals during our challenge, Archer Pilates is offering an AMAZING Promotion for 15 Classes, to be used within the 6 weeks for ONLY $245!
All Classes MUST be used within the 6 weeks, beginning April 23rd and ending June 7th, No Exceptions. Monthly Members can use these classes in addition to their current memberships, so you can fit every workout in you can to try and win the challenge!
Let Archer Pilates build your strongest self!  Check our ArcherPilates.com for our full schedule, we offer classes everyday, fit for anyone’s schedule!

Blueberry Almond Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cup

Happy Foodie Tuesday!!!
Here is a delicious easy breakfast or on the go snack. We all love muffins, but they aren’t always good for us. Unfortunately most of them are loaded with sugars. These thankfully are not and they still taste great! I usually make them at night and grab them as I head out the door in the morning. I hope you enjoy them!!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Vegan
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats, gluten free certified if necessary
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and scoop oatmeal mixture in using a large ice cream scoop or a 1/4 measuring cup. The mixture will be a little watery, so it’s important to mix well before each scoop to make sure you get an even combination of milk and oats.
  3. Bake oatmeal cups for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Roasted Chickpea Gyros for our Foodie Tuesday

This is a simple and delicious Mediterranean inspired vegetarian roasted chickpea wrap with refreshing tzatziki sauce. Who doesn’t like to take a quick break from meat every now and then? This is the perfect way to quench your appetite and still get delicious plant based protein. I hope you all enjoy it!!

Time 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas 425 g, 1 ½ cup soaked chickpeas if starting from dry, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp paprika* 7 g
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper 3 g
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1.5 g
  • 1/4 tsp salt 1.5 g
  • 4 pita flatbreads
  • 1 cup tzatziki (click for recipe) 250 g, use ⅓ recipe if you’re just making it for these gyros
  • 1/4 red onion cut into strips
  • 2 lettuce leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato sliced


  Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Pat dry chickpeas with paper towel, removing any skins that may come off. Gently toss chickpeas with oil, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  1. Roast: Spread chickpeas onto a greased rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned but not hard.

  2. Assemble: Spread some tzatziki onto one side of the pita, then sprinkle in ¼ of the chickpeas and add veggies. Fold in half and enjoy!


  • *If you don’t like spicy foods, halve the amount paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Taste a chickpea before baking and adjust flavors as needed.
  • If your pita breads crack when you fold them, cover them with a moist paper towel and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Assemble your sandwich immediately after microwaving.

Happy Foodie Tuesday!!!

Fried tofu adds a delicious crunch to this cucumber and cashew-filled vegan quinoa bowl.

PREP: 0:05
YIELD: 4 servings


  • 14 oz. extra-firm tofu
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. quinoa, cooked
  • 2 tbsp. roasted cashew halves
  • Parsley leaves, for garnish


  1. Slice tofu 1/4 inch thick. Place on cutting board between paper towels; top with baking sheet. Top with large cans or other weight; let stand 10 minutes. Soak red onion in cold water.
  2. Whisk red wine vinegar and Thai sweet chili sauce, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pat onion dry; toss with half of vinaigrette and cucumber.
  3. Sprinkle tofu on both sides with cornstarch. In 12-inch skillet, heat vegetable oil on medium-high until hot. Carefully add tofu. Cook until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Divide quinoa among 4 bowls. Top each with salad, roasted cashew halves, parsley leaves and tofu.

Test Kitchen Tip: Love your tofu extra crispy? Let stand 30 minutes instead of 10.

Archer Pilates Academy Introduction to Pilates Workshop

Saturday April 14th  12:30pm – 4:30pm

This Workshop is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the intricate details of Pilates and how to maintain correct form during your Pilates Workouts.  Get the most out of any and every Pilates class you take, by spending the day learning about the Fundamentals of the moves you’re doing, what parts of your body you’re working, and most importantly WHY you’re doing them!

If you are enrolling in the Teacher Training Program, this workshop is mandatory.  But whether you’re planning on becoming an instructor, or just love Pilates and want to learn more, this is the workshop for you!

The workshop includes an introduction to client assessment, cueing, alignment and basic anatomy and terminology.  We also cover principles and philosophies of Joseph Pilates.