Monthly Archives: September 2015

6 Simple Additions That Can Boost Up Your Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  However, did you know that by simply adding a few key ingredients it can also increase your energy, boost your metabolism and change your cravings for the entire day?  Try these simple additions to help make the most of your breakfast!

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are loaded with cholesterol reducing fiber, energizing protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Because they are relatively tasteless and don’t need to be ground like flaxseeds, they are also extremely easy to incorporate into your day.

Try adding 1tbsp of chia seeds to 1 cup of Greek yogurt and ½ cup fresh fruit for a refreshing and energizing start to your day.

Egg Yolk

The egg yolk has gotten a bad rap because it is where the cholesterol and majority of the calories are found in the egg.  However, it has recently been discovered that dietary cholesterol does not significantly impact body cholesterol.  Moreover, the egg yolk contains high levels of choline, which helps improve brain function.

Try adding 1-2 whole eggs to your morning egg scramble for a brain boosting beginning of your day.

Almond Butter

Almonds are one of the most nutrient dense nuts, which means that calorie for calorie you are getting more vitamins and minerals than any other nut.  One tablespoon of almond butter also contains as much protein as the same amount of animal meat.  Protein keeps you satisfied much longer and helps reduce your cravings for sugars and refined carbohydrates.

Try adding 1tbsp of almond butter to ½ cup of oatmeal for a sustaining start to your day.

 

 

Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are a completely amazing yet underrated source of vegan protein.  A single serving of 3 tbsp., has 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of Omegas and 3 grams of fiber. They have a texture similar to sunflower seeds but with an even more delicate flavor, making them a perfect way to sneak in extra protein to your plant based breakfast without changing the taste.

Try adding 3tbsp of hemp hearts to your morning smoothie for a nutrient balanced start to your day.

Green Tea

One of the most powerful components of green tea is its high level of the antioxidant EGCG.  EGCG has been shown to protect your cells and have a powerful impact on cardiovascular health.  A study at Purdue University showed that the simple step of adding lemon juice increased the amount of EGCG by up to six times!

Try adding fresh lemon juice to your green tea first thing in the morning for a heart healthy day.

Vegetables

Vegetables are our best source of vitamins and minerals.  Unfortunately we typically wait until the end of the day to incorporate them.  Vegetables are also high in fiber so trying to get the recommended 5 servings in one sitting can be daunting, if not uncomfortable!  Breakfast is a great time to incorporate more vitamin filled vegetables, which will help you feel full longer as well as energized from the added vitamins and minerals.

Try adding ½ cup of chopped vegetables to your egg scramble or sneaking in 1 cup of leafy greens to your morning smoothie for an invigorating start to your day.

This week try adding one of these simple breakfast additions and be sure to let me know how it goes!

Cozy Orange sits down with Brand Ambassador Lauren Peterson to reveal why she loves yoga and the future of SUP.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Third times a charm. I have been introduced to yoga three times in my life. The first time was in high school, I was a little bit too immature to appreciate it. The second was during my associates and bachelors degree as a form of conditioning and injury prevention, for dance. I saw it as just another way of getting a good stretch in preparation for dance. The third time I attended a class during my masters degree, the teacher ended the heated vinyasa flow class with thirty minutes of yoga Nidra! I was hooked. Yoga nidra, (yogic sleep) or lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga isn’t all about the asanas… Their the cherry on top to the big picture. The part I fell in love with is It offers life lessons off the mat, appreciation for life, and relaxation of the body mind and soul. Very grateful I gave yoga a third try. It has been an instrumental part of my life both as a student and a teacher for the past 10 years.

Explain what a “healthy lifestyle” means to you and how you apply it to your everyday routine.

Living a healthy lifestyle is the ability to find balance and peace for the body and mind. I have a very busy schedule, teaching from 7am to 7pm during the week. I make sure that I make the time to meditate, to eat healthy, and to have time for my personal yoga practice.

 Who/what inspires you? Selfless acts of kindness.

My family is a huge inspiration to me. At a young age, my parents taught me the importance and value of community service.
What’s your advice for new yogi’s looking to up their yoga game?

Practice Ahimsa, non violence and compassion for your yoga practice. Listen to your body, and welcome restorative yoga when needed. Enjoy every minute of the journey, be patient, and practice daily. Trust and have faith in the process.

Do you have a favorite time of day that makes you especially excited to get outside and practice a flow?

Sunset, when the sun kisses the horizon at the end of the day is my favorite time to practice yoga.

Do you prefer to exercise in a studio/gym or outdoors?

Outdoors

Explain SUP and your role in that space?

I am founder of NamasteSUP,http://namastesup.com/ a global community that brings stand up paddle yoga enthusiasts together. Furthermore, I created a Land based stand up paddle yoga curriculum for grades 2-12 and University Courses.

Where would you like to see the sport of SUP one year from now?

I would love to see SUP in more schools across the country. Stand UP Paddle is a great sport for all ages and levels. My hope is that by teaching Stand Up Paddling, more people will become environmentally conscious.

What are your health and wellness goals for Fall 2015?

To inspire my students to reach their goals and provide them with tools to decrease stress.

 Finally, tell us a little bit about why you are a Cozy Orange representative.

Cozy Orange is affordable, fashionable, and comfortable.. but the main attraction for me was Cozy Orange’s sustainable promise: Fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles, packaging is made with recycled and reusable materials, and efficient Eco-friendly production.