Cereal Bars: Sneaky fat or healthy snack?

One thing I happen to love about cereal bars is how convenient they are. I tell clients when they are in a Nutrition Counseling session that it is ok to have these items with you so you do not grab an unhealthy snack. It can also help you fight off the temptations that may arise when you find yourself hungry during the day.

However, a recent study shows that some of the most popular bars actually contain as much sugar as a serving of cookies! We all know that if you are looking for a healthy snack, a cookies is not your go-to item.

So what to do? READ THE LABELS. Right now. If you have your favorite box of granola bars near you, grab the label and look at these key points:

1.) Does it have at least 3g of Fiber?
Think about it; fiber helps keep you fuller longer, so the more fiber in the bar, the longer it will hold you over if its in between meal (or a quick breakfast option).

2.) Does it have at least 5 grams of Protein?
This amount of protein will add balance to the calories and fiber, and again keep you satiated.

3.) Does it contain less than 35% of its calories from sugar?
This is our main argument. Unfortunately, what you may find will shock you!

There are plenty of bars out there, but all-in-all, it is always better homemade. Check ou our  favorite bar recipes!

Face Yoga: The Ultimate Natural Facelift

A wonderful form of Yoga is “Revita” Yoga, which technically means “to revitalize”.

Colloquially, this form of Yoga is called “FACE YOGA”, which is, as the name implies, yoga for the face.

Instead of the warrior poses of traditional yoga, this form of yoga involves contorting the face into a variety of expressions, including the “lion face”, “fish face”, and Satchmo.

Face Yoga is designed to be a natural, non-invasive alternative to the Botox fillers and plastic surgery that Americans pay millions of dollars for every year, and its proponents claim the facial exercises can help keep people looking younger.

There is a specific technique to making the Revita faces. It’s not randomly making squirmy faces. There is a regimen of actively stretching each muscle of the face. This muscular activity helps to prolong the production of collagen and elastin, which helps make the face firmer.

Face Yoga stimulates muscles. Stimulating any component of the face, like the facial muscles, has a beneficial effect in terms of overall appearance.

Each “face” in a Revita class, has specific benefits.  For example, the “fish face” firms the lips; the “bumblebee” firms the jaw; the “Satchmo” firms the cheeks, and the “lion face” stretches all facial muscles and releases tension.

Fish Face: Firms and tones the lips and cheeks

Grip Shake: Releases jaw tension and stress in the jaw

Kissing the Ceiling: Firms the jaw, neck, and throat, while helping to plump the lips

Smart Workout offers Face Yoga two times a week: Thursdays at 9:00am, and Wednesdays at 5:30pm, and offers one complimentary class to all. For further detail, check out our website, www.smartworkout.net.


By, Jan OConnell, RYT

New in November

Pole Fitness

Pole Fitness joins our offerings Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm


Ballet Barre

Our Barre class strengthens and tones. Try it out on Mondays at 7:45pm


Try any of Smart Workout’s Signature Selection: Pilates on the Reformer Machine, TRX Suspension Training, Zumba, Bootcamp, Helix, Wedge, Rowing, Kickboxing, BOSU, and our original, award-winning, Airopes TW.

Class packs of 10 classes $275

Class packs of 20 classes $500

*See our class schedule here.


Smart Workout’s Personal Trainings:

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Packages of 10 sessions $650

Packages of 20 sessions $1200

We are happy to offer a free day to anyone who hasn’t yet tried our classes.

 All classes are size limited, so call ahead to reserve a space. (212) 661-1660.

Smart Workout

124 East 40th Street Suite 603

New York, New York 10016

(212) 661-1660