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We Are Moving!

Our River Road location will be making the transition over to Mellwood Arts Center beginning this Thursday, 12/14/17.  All classes will be canceled on Thursday 12/14, Friday 12/15, Saturday 12/16, and Sunday 12/17.  We will *tentatively* open back up on Monday, 12/18/17 at 6:00am.  Please check email and/or Facebook, as we will post an update on Sunday with progress.


Our new address is 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Suite 197.  It is the first space on the right when entering Mellwood Arts Center.

*Please be aware that our bathrooms will not be finished for at least another week.  Restrooms will be available for use across the breezeway, but there will be no showers for the time being.  Thank you for being patient with us during this transition period!*

Heuser High Five: Amy Stemmle

Her Heuser Story:

Amy was born and raised in Louisville, KY. During the day, she works as a Senior Account Manager/Office Manager at Commonwealth Insurance Partners, and at night, she can be found teaching at her dance studio, Dance 502. She’s married with 2 kids, 2 dogs and too many hermit crabs.  She joined Heuser in November 2014 when her boss decided to offer it as a benefit to interested employees. She knew she needed some extra help after having her second child and was stoked to join the program. She was a casual member that enjoyed the classes when she could make it, but got a lot more serious in 2015 when she took ownership of her dance studio and wanted to be a better role model for her kids and students.  

Since joining Heuser, Amy is down 25 pounds and several dress sizes. She still wants to lose 50 more pounds but in the meantime is enjoying other gym-related victories. She holds 4 (very prestigious though some were won uncontested) Heuser individual medals, her team came in 8th (not last place!) in the most recent Heuser Cup and she can now bench press 145 lbs.After starting to regularly attend the Thursday Bodybuilding class and discovering her love of lifting heavy weights, she started personal training with Heuser trainer Donny Hack who causally mentioned training for a powerlifting competition. Amy ran with it and trainer Donny is now Coach Donny. She’s hoping to finally compete in 2018!


Fun Facts About Amy:

  • She owns a dance studio and loves to teach dance
  • Loves going to the gym (most of the time!)
  • Enjoys hanging out with her husband and two kiddos


Holiday Recipe Swaps!


While most consider this the season of indulgence, we work too hard here at Heuser Health to become victims of the holiday!  With just a few swaps, you can save your waistline AND enjoy all of the delicious foods that appear only once a year.  Try out the ones below from He and She Eat Clean and let us know how they turn out!




Recipe of the Week: Egg Nog Smoothie

Egg Nog lovers, rejoice!  This recipe tastes JUST like the real thing, but is packed with protein and about 75% less calories.  Thanks to  Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat we can enjoy this delicious holiday favorite without the guilt!



Egg Nog Smoothie 


by Angela Simpson

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega Performance Protein (or vanilla protein powder of your choice)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen peeled banana
  • 2 tsp natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg and ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 5-6 ice cubes


Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add ice as needed to thicken, and continue blending until no chunks remain.

Pour into a glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cinnamon stick.Egg Nog Smoothie by Angela Simpson Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 0 mins Ingredients (1 serving) 1 scoop vanilla Vega Performance Protein 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 frozen peeled banana 2 tsp natural almond butter 1 tsp ground cinnamon dash of ground nutmeg and ground cloves 1/4 tsp almond extract 5-6 ice cubes Instructions Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice as needed to thicken, and continue blending until no chunks remain. Pour into a glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cinnamon stick.

For more delicious and healthy holiday recipes from Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat, click HERE!

Salmon: Wild vs Farmed

WE LOVE SEAFOOD! In fact, the average american consumes 16.1 pounds of seafood per year. According to The National Fishery Institute, the top three most consumed seafood products are Shrimp, canned Tuna, and SALMON.

The American Heart Association recommends people should eat fish twice a week, especially salmon. Salmon is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fat and is a good source of protein while being low in calories and saturated fat. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death and are associated with better cholesterol levels. You can learn more about the benefits of Omega-3’s at Health Ambition. With our demand for salmon growing each year, it’s no surprise our population of wild salmon is dwindling down. This lack of natural wild salmon has increased production of “farmed salmon.”

Based on the naked eye and taste bud, one would think there’s no nutrient difference between farmed and wild salmon. However, your taste buds are lying to you. Farmed salmon has nearly double the calories and fat than wild salmon! Wild salmon also contains more calcium and iron as well as potassium. Here’s a play by play break down: Read the Full Article ➨

Recipe of the Week: Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Add some pizzazz to your Mexican night at home with this low carb enchilada option from  Brita Britnell!






* 1 tablespoon of oil

* 1/2 of a sweet onion

* 1/2 red bell pepper

* 3 cloves of garlic, minced

* 1/4 teaspoon of cumin

* 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano

* 1/4 teaspoon of paprika

* 1/4 teaspoon of salt

* 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed

* 3 medium zucchinis

* 1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce

* optional for topping: 1/2-1 cup of vegan cheese



  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a baking dish.
  2. Prepare your zucchinis by cutting them in half long ways and gently scooping out most of the inside of the zucchini and discarding. You want it so that the shell of the zucchini is just about 1/4 inch thick once the insides have been removed (see photo).
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, heat your olive oil and then add in the onion and pepper to sauté for 5 minutes. Add in garlic and spices and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Add in black beans and cook for abour 3 more minutes until the black beans are heated through. Take off of the heat.
  5. Dividing evenly, spoon the mixture into the zucchinis and place them in the greased baking dish.
  6. Top the zuchinnis with the enchilada sauce.
  7. Optional: top with vegan cheese.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.
  9. Let cool slightly and ENJOY!!


Check out more delicious recipes on B.Britnell’s blog HERE!

Recipe of the Week: No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

It’s almost Fall, and what better way to celebrate than to bring on the pumpkin!  These quick, easy no bake bites from Bless This Mess are a great pick me up snack and can be stored all week. Not to mention, delicious!  


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup quality honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Again, it’s ok if it’s a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn’t the goal.
  2. When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.



Having Sleep Troubles?

Have Trouble Getting Quality Sleep? Here are Some Tips and Tricks!


I think if you asked 100 people if you think they sleep enough, or if they get quality sleep when they are catching some z’s, a majority of them would say no. The thing about it is most of us have some bad habits that inhibit us on getting the high quality sleep we all strive to get! Here are some tips and tricks on how to improve our quality of sleep.


Tip 1: Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake schedule.

-This is one of the most important things to do! If you are able to keep a good sleep pattern you will feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times.

-Try to go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time every day! It will help set your internal clock and optimize your quality of sleep.


Tip 2: Control your exposure to light

-During the day: Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning, the light will help wake you up. Spend more time outside during daylight. Let as much natural light into your home or workspace.

-At Night: Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime. So no to late night television. Don’t read with backlit displays. Make sure the room you are sleep in is dark, try putting up darker curtains!


Tip 3: Exercise during the day!

-People who exercise regularly sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day. It can help increase the amount of deep sleep you get. The more vigorous the better!


Tip 4: Be smart about what you eat and drink

-Limit Caffeine and nicotine à It can cause sleep problems as far as 12 hours down the line!

-Avoid big meals at night

-Avoid alcohol before bed. It can interfere with your sleep cycle once you’re out.

-Avoid drinking too many liquids before bed, it may result in frequent bathroom trips before bed.


Tip 5: Wind down to clear your head.

-Things like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and visualizing peaceful, restful thoughts can go a long way to turning your brain off.

Heuser High Five: Debbie Finney

Her Heuser Story:


Debbie grew up across the river in Jeffersonville, IN and lived there until she and her husband moved to Prospect, KY in 1999 where they owned a large farming business.  She has been an RN for a little over 40 Years.  Debbie joined Heuser Health about 5 years ago and lost 50 lbs!  However, when her friend and workout buddy quit, she decided she could “maintain it on her own” but fell off the wagon and gained back nearly all of the weight she had lost.  Now, at 63, she knows that she has to stay motivated and strong, and rejoined in April of 2017.  Debbie says “I’ve gained way more than weight loss.  Mentally I am stronger.  Physically I am stronger.  I am coming “alone” but I have met so many people doing the same thing for themselves.  We are a community.  We encourage each other.  We cheer for the successes.”  Since rejoining, Debbie has lost 15 lbs, 7 inches off her waist, and 9% body fat!  Her current goal is to lose that 50 lbs (at least!) and stay focused on maintaining the plan.  Great job Debbie!  You are well on your way!


Fun Facts about Debbie


  • Debbie and her husband share 6 children and 13 grandchildren!
  • Enjoys knitting, crocheting, and sewing
  • Also loves hiking, reading, and gardening