If we ever got the chance to meet Katie Levans, or should we say Tater, from Sweet Tater in person, we can only imagine it would be full of smiles, laughs and quickly segue into a blissful hot yoga session. The instructor and nutritionist draws us in with her yummy meal posts and makes us laugh with her weekly "Caturday" blurbs.
Since we likely won't get to hang anytime soon though (darn!), we'll take the next best thing: Katie is starring on one of our favorite guilty-pleasure TV shows: season 17 of The Bachelor. Gunning for Sean Lowe's heart, we'll cozy up on the couch while she tries to win the coveted rose week after week from the blonde heartthrob. If he doesn't immediately fall in love with her beautiful curly hair like we did, then the bachelor definitely will once he sees her bust out some yoga poses, right?
Regardless, we wanted to get to know a bit more about the yogi with great taste. Check out some of her favorite things, and keep reading for a super yummy recipe!
My favorite way to work out: I practice hot yoga every day, but prefer to separate that from the concept of "working out" because it's so much more than that. When I strictly want to work my body, I head to FlyBarre. It's 60 minutes of low-weight, high-rep intervals that tone and tighten all over. If you're looking to shed inches (not necessarily pounds), this is hands-down the most effective workout I've ever done.
I'm happiest when I'm: Cooking. I guess when most people are stressed out or short on time, they order takeout. I crack open a cookbook and all of my cares seem to melt away. There's something so therapeutic about chopping, dicing and dreaming up new dishes.
My fave fit snack: If I could buy Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds by the barrel, I would. I usually prefer not to eat immediately before or after a hot yoga class, but almonds fuel me with healthy fat and protein without leaving me feeling full or unsettled.
My "I Did It" moment: When I finished my 200-hour yoga teacher training and Master of Science in Nutrition in the same week. In hindsight, it probably wasn't wise to work on both simultaneously. I was mentally and physically burned out and, by the end, had hit a major breaking point. Once I was done, the sense of accomplishment overshadowed anything else, but I can't say I'd do it all again.
My gym bag must-have: Suave Dry Shampoo. When I'm teaching back-to-back classes or have to run straight from the studio to an appointment, dry shampoo saves me the hassle of washing and air-drying my long, unruly curly hair. People are always telling me I smell so clean. But oh, if only they knew!
For a fun, hearty recipe sure to warm you up during these cold winter months, check out Katie's Vegan Chili below - the dish comes straight from mom!
Mom's Vegan Chili
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
- 1 28oz. can undrained whole tomatoes, chopped (I use diced)
- 2/3 c picante sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 large green & red peppers
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
Saute onion in hot oil until tender. Add tomatoes, picante sauce, cumin, salt and oregano. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in beans, peppers and carrots. Cook over medium-low heat for 25 minutes or until veggies are tender.
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