6 Ways to Practice Self Care

Self care sounds easy, but sometimes we just fail at making it a priority.

It’s time to take charge of your mental health. That doesn’t mean you have to restructure your entire, busy life. Small, simple changes can make a big impact. Here are some self care tips that are totally doable.


Stay Active

Exercise increases endorphins in your brain. Tip: Make your goals realistic. Commit to yoga a few times a week, running, walking, biking, or something that makes you happy. If you don’t enjoy it, you aren’t going to do it regularly.


Nourish Your Body

It is very easy to get lost in your routine and not have a well-balanced diet. A wholesome diet not only nourishes your body but your mind as well. Start your day with Greens Blend for an easy and delicious way to get your 2 servings of greens, fruits & veggies.


Take a Break

In a world that runs so fast, it is very easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule and not take time out for yourself. Your body and mind both need some time to recover, so give yourself that much-needed break every so often.


Socialize

Although the pandemic has made this especially hard this past year, we can lean on the power of technology. Schedule a Face Time or even host a virtual dinner party. Remember, no matter how busy you are, friends & family will always prove to be your stress busters. 


Prioritize sleep

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling irritable and exhausted in the short term. In the longer term, it can lead to weight gain and serious health consequences. Your brain and body need time to rest. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night by setting an alarm an hour before you want to be asleep by.


Remember to Hydrate

Dehydration may lead to constipation, dizziness, confusion and low blood pressure. (Bonus points if you include a Fizzy Green Tablet!) Why? It’s filled with 1 full serving of greens & veggies in each tablet for an added nutrition boost.

 

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Self-Care During the Holidays

With the chaos of 2020 + holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to de-stress with a little self-care 101!

Leading up to the holidays is the perfect time to start prioritizing self-care. Once the craziness of holiday-prep gets underway, it’s hard to take time out to care for ourselves. We’re always so focused on taking care of others that our own self-care falls short. Before the holidays are in full swing, we recommend setting up a game plan to stay healthy and happy all winter long. Need some tips for how to put yourself first this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite ideas for prioritizing self-care.

1 Hour of Me Time: It’s easy to feel lost or overwhelmed these days and especially during all of the holiday hubbub. Even if you’re staying home for the holidays, plan ways to make space and time for yourself to decompress. Whether it’s a weekly at-home spa day, curling up on the couch with your favorite book or live-streaming a yoga class, make sure to carve out these 60 minutes each week where you are doing something special, just for you.

Meditation: Meditation can scare a lot of people away. But, it’s truly an exceptional way to reduce stress and bring clarity. Try apps like Headspace or Omva to get started. Each app uses guided meditation, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught up in your train of thought. Start with 5 minutes a day and gradually work your way up.

Nutrition: The holidays are always a time when our nutrition seems to go out the window. From parties to family get togethers, it seems like the temptations are everywhere. Instead of stressing about eating perfect all the time, keep some of our Green Superfood Original on hand. This way you can still indulge occasionally, while ensuring you’re getting the nutrients you need. Throw some of our organic wheatgrass powder or effervescent tabs into a small glass of water or smoothie for a delicious and convenient way to get your daily dose of green nutrition..

Have Tech-Free Time: Being connected to everyone all the time can be very overwhelming, so you should try having periods during your day where you put your phone down. If you’re deeply addicted to your phone, start by setting aside 10 minutes, setting a timer, and doing something that can be done completely tech-free, like cleaning or reading. Eventually, you can build up your tech-free tolerance and be able to set aside an hour or more to be away from your technology. If you’re seeing family over the holidays, make a pact to dedicate a full night or more to shutting off your devices and talking, playing a game or going for a walk!

Exercise: Speaking of walks, just like nutrition, physical activity often falls to the wayside during the holidays. Keep up with those quarantine walks and indoor workouts. Moving your body for just a few minutes each day can really help boost your mood and reduce your stress.

Have a Spa Day: Nothing says self-care like a spa day, 2020 style – from the comfort of your own home that is. Grab a face mask, book, glass of wine (or some greens!), and enjoy some relaxation in a hot bubble bath.

Web Story – How To Care For Yourself During The Holidays

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How to Build the Perfect Smoothie to Keep You Fuller Longer

Smoothies can be one of the most delicious and simple ways to get some easy-to-digest nutrition into your diet. However, when set out to build the perfect smoothie, you want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row! We’re ex-naying the guess-work and giving you the formula. Now you’ll know how to build the perfect superfood smoothie to keep you fuller longer, complete with all the goods.

Liquid Base: Start off with about 8oz of liquid. This can be almond milk (preferably unsweetened), coconut milk, coconut water, juice, etc. Choose something that is going to pair well with the rest of your ingredients. Making a creamy smoothie? Choose milk. Want something more fruity, almost like a slushy? Choose juice or coconut water.

Veggies/Fruit: One of the most functional parts of the smoothie is the ability to consume lots of fiber in a super easy to digest way. Some perfect smoothie additions can be berries, mangos, pineapple, peaches, kale, spinach, cauliflower, you name it! Add about 1 cup fruit or veg on top of your liquid.

Creaminess: One of the keys to a perfect smoothie is the texture. Although the liquid base contributes to this a bit, you always want to make sure to add something extra to really give the smoothie its classic creaminess. Some great options are frozen bananas or yogurt. Add 1 frozen banana or about ½ cup yogurt.

Ice: If you’re using frozen banana in your smoothie, it’s likely you won’t need ice. However, adding in a few cubes can make your smoothie extra cold and delicious. Pro tip: freeze up some plant milk/juice or choice in ice cube trays beforehand. Pop them into smoothies for a creamy delight without watering your smoothie down!

Protein: Protein is a great way to balance out the sometimes high-fat or carb content in a smoothie and make your smoothie more like a full, balanced meal. Try our Organic Plant Protein Blend as a great plant-based protein option for that perfect smoothie. There are numerous flavors depending on what you prefer, plus each scoop has 2 sneaky cups of fruits & veggies and 7 nutritious greens (nothing like a little hidden nutrition 😉).

Fat: Adding a tablespoon or two of coconut butter or any type of nut butter is another great way to ensure your smoothie is perfectly balanced. If you don’t have nut butters of any sort, you could also throw in a handful of nuts if you have a high-powered blender.

Extras: Now that you have the basics taken care of, have a little fun! Add in or top your smoothie with extra goodies like chia seeds, temp seeds, bee pollen, cacao nibs and much more! Also, try our Organic Smoothie Boosters for as an extra nutrition addition. Both in Functional Boosters like Brain, Energy and Collagen or Nutritious powders like Adaptogens, Kale, Supergreens and Grass & Shrooms. Just add in one 1 tsp and address all your wellness needs!

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5 Superfood Staples For Healthy Holidays

Although we might associate the holiday season with sugar, treats and other indulgences, it’s still possible to sneak green superfoods, fruits and veggies into your diet along the way. In fact, a lot of the classic holiday ingredients that may come to mind, are in fact healthy and nutrient-dense. As long as you eat these ingredients in healthy dishes (and not necessarily baked into pies or covered in sugar), you can indulge guilt-free!

Pomegranate: Other than being rich in nutrients, pomegranates are both gorgeous and fun to eat. Not only do pomegranates contain vitamin C, K and folate, but the seeds of just one pomegranate contain about 45% of our daily-recommended value for fiber. [1] Add pomegranate seeds to a delicious winter salad or eat one as a snack!

Cranberries: Nothing says Thanksgiving like cranberries. Ditch the canned stuff this year and opt for fresh cranberries, which are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, plus help our bodies to naturally detox. [2]

Pumpkin: Even more so than cranberries, pumpkin might very well win when it comes to the most popular holiday ingredient of all. From pumpkin stews, to smoothies and pie, it’s hard to resist this festive ingredient. The good news is that pumpkin contains vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber, making it particularly helpful for warding off that holiday hanger. [3]

Pecans: Although pecans are often associated with desserts, there are a ton of recipes that utilize them in a healthier, but still irresistibly delicious way. Pecans are not just a classic holiday ingredient, but they’re also extremely nutrient dense. Loaded with healthy fats and anti-inflammatory properties, they are a perfect ingredient for sprinkling on top of your salad or pumpkin chia pudding! [4]

Cinnamon: Spices are key to holiday cooking and cinnamon is no exception. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle this superfood all over your holiday dishes! Cinnamon has been shown to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and is a good source of manganese, fiber and calcium. [5]

Brussels Sprouts: Couldn’t complete this list without including at least one green veggie! Whether you like them or not, there’s no disputing that Brussels sprouts are a powerful superfood. Brussels sprouts are packed with vitamin C, fiber, folate and antioxidants and make a great choice for your next holiday side dish![6]

Want an easy way to incorporate nutrition into your busy holiday schedule? Our Greens Blend is packed with organic greens, wholesome fruits and vegetables, nutrient-dense superfoods, plus fiber and probiotics. It’s a convenient way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs in a delicious powder that’s simple to enjoy. Simply add one scoop to water or juice, boost your favorite smoothie or even bake into holiday recipes as a convenient way to help maintain overall health and wellness.

 

[1] “Pomegranates, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories”. SelfNutritionData.com. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

[2] “Cranberries”. Worlds Healthiest Foods. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

[3] Klein, Sarah. “8 Impressive Health Benefits of Pumpkin”. The Huffington Post. 5 Oct 2012. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

[4] Barrett, Mike. “Health benefits of Pecans – Over 7 Reasons to Enjoy Pecans.” Natural Society. 11 March 2013. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

[5] “Cinnamon, ground.” World’s Healthiest Foods. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

[6] “What Are the Health Benefits of Eating Brussels Sprouts?” SF Gate Healthy Eating. Web. 7 Nov 2016.

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10 Alkalizing Foods to Help Heal

It’s true what they say: your gut really is like a second brain. So, when it’s off balance, it can seriously affect your mood, digestion, and energy. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to keep your gut in tip-top shape. A first step? Try adding more alkaline-promoting foods to your diet.⁠ ⁠

Most alkaline-forming foods can be considered superfoods, not just for their ability to help our body maintain a healthy pH balance, but also due to their nutrient density. By eating alkaline-promoting foods we can effectively battle the acid we consume in things like caffeine, alcohol and some processed food. The most alkaline-forming foods are often plant-based and have been shown to have a multitude of healing properties.

Here is a list of some of our favorite alkalizing foods, all of which are delicious and versatile or try our Greens Blend Alkalize & Detox that is thoughtfully crafted with 7 alkalizing farm fresh organic super greens, 1 serving of wholesome fruits and veggies, plus over 12 cleansing ingredients for the healthy elimination of toxins for pH balance and detox!


Tomatoes

Tomatoes are most alkaline when they are uncooked, but contain many nutrients, both raw and uncooked. They are a great source of vitamin C, digestive enzymes, and a good source of vitamin B6, which is often difficult to find! [1] Eat sliced tomatoes as a snack with a bit of pink sea salt or mix into your favorite salad or omelet. [1]


Almonds

Almonds make a fantastic alkaline-forming snack or addition to any recipe. They are high in healthy fats, which also makes them both filling and nutritious. The high magnesium content of almonds is what makes them alkaline-forming. [2]


Spinach

Most leafy green vegetables are alkaline-forming in the body, but spinach is one of our favorites because it’s so versatile. Even those who don’t love greens will often enjoy spinach because of its mild flavor. Spinach is rich in chlorophyll, vitamin K, vitamin A and so many more… it would take us all day to list them all! [3] Try spinach in your morning green smoothie or in an omelet or salad.


Parsley

Parsley is a highly alkalizing food that’s also excellent at cleansing the kidneys and assisting with digestion. [4] Consume parsley in juice or as a nutrient-dense ingredient in many different dishes from soups to chilis to salads!


Lemon

Lemons are definitely known to be one of the most alkalizing foods out there. They are excellent for healthy detox, assisting with digestion, and support the liver in eliminating toxins from the body. [1] Enjoying a glass of lemon water every morning is a fantastic habit to work into your routine that will help you feel great throughout the day.


Jalapeño

Not only are jalapeños alkaline-forming, but most peppers, mild to spicy help our bodies maintain a healthy pH level. For those who enjoy a punch, jalapeños are a fantastic addition to an alkaline diet, can help support the endocrine system and prevent free radicals in the body. [6]

 


Garlic

Garlic is an anti-inflammatory superfood that rates very high on the alkaline scale. Garlic has been shown to prevent disease, increase immunity and acts as a powerful anti-bacterial in the body. [5]

 


Avocado

Avocado is a powerhouse of both nutrients and deliciousness. Avocado contains a ton of healthy fats in addition to being alkalizing, anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy. [3]

 


Basil

Heading into summer, basil is definitely one of our favorite alkalizing ingredients. High in vitamin A, K & calcium, basil has also been shown to be high in flavonoids, which have antioxidant effects. [7]

 


Red Onion

Lightly cooking onions in a bit of healthy fat might increase the level of alkalinity of onion, but consuming them raw is also a fantastic choice as onions have a variety of nutritional benefits in addition to being alkaline-forming. Onions are high in vitamin C and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. [7]

 

[1] McClees, Heather. “Acid to Alkaline: Naturally Acidic Plant-Based Foods That Alkalize the Body”.  One Green Planet. 19 March 2016. Web. 31 May 2016.

[2] Campbell, Meg. “Which Nuts are Alkaline Forming?” LiveStrong.com. 9 Jan 2014. Web. 31 May 2016.

[3] Ross. “The 7 Most Alkaline Foods”. LiveEnergized.com.  Web. 31 May 2016.

[4] Jacobs, Craig. “The Healthiest Choice: Top 10 Alkaline Foods for your Diet”. VividLife.com. 5 May 2010. Web. 31 May 2016.

[5] Coles, Terri. “Benefits of Garlic: 11 Healthy Reasons To Eat More Of This Smelly Superfood”. The Huffington Post.17 June 2014. Web. 20 April 2016.

[6] “Top 10 Alkaline Foods List for a Healthy Diet!” AlkalineDietBlog.com. Web. 31 May 2016.

[7] “74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body”. Bembu. Web. 31 May 2016.

 

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Feel Well Rested & Energized as Ever With These Fall Rituals

The sun is setting earlier and it’s time to get into a fall rhythm! Though we’re missing long summer nights, fall is a great time to check in with our bodies and prepare for the upcoming change of season. Need a few tips to gracefully enter the colder months? We got you covered. Feel well rested & energized as ever with these fall rituals…

Wind down earlier
With the sunlight hours decreasing, try going to bed earlier. If you’re an early riser, waking up while it’s still dark can be a challenge, so hitting the sack earlier can mean you wake up more rested. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.

Decompress before bed
Bedtime rituals are important for ensuring a good night’s sleep. If you often have trouble falling asleep, incorporating some relaxing activities an hour or two before bed will help you reach a peaceful slumber more easily. The blue light from screens and devices has been shown to disrupt sleep cycles, so switch to a book or magazine before bed. Dim the lights in your room and consider some gentle stretching, breathing, or meditation.

Get some sun
If the darker season tends to make you tired, get outside when you can. An afternoon walk in the sun can be energizing and invigorating. If you find yourself really missing the light in the evening or early morning, try a sun lamp, which mimics the light from the sun.

Don’t skip exercise
If you often exercise outside, you may be tempted to skip your workout as temperatures drop. Whether you layer up or just start using a gym, find a way to stay active in the colder months. Studies show that people who exercise during the day often sleep better at night.

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5 Ways to Keep the Summer Magic Alive All Year Long

Between vacations, trips, and no school, summer lets us have fun and relax. With Fall officially here though, the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. But there’s no reason to lose the summer spirit. Here are 5 ways to keep the summer magic alive all year long.

Spend time outside. Temperatures may be dropping, but if we layer up we can still enjoy some sunshine. Whether you have a favorite hiking trail or just prefer a stroll around the block, don’t let shorter daylight hours keep you from getting on your feet!

Exercise in unconventional ways. Summer often has us exercising without it feeling like a stale routine. Try hula hooping or jump rope for a fun, upbeat workout!

Grill outside. Before it gets too cold, keep grilling your summer faves through the fall. Try grilled veggies brushed with olive oil.

Travel. Since most people travel in the summer months or over holidays, fall is a great time to find affordable rates for flights and hotels. Take a long weekend and discover a new place!

Eat seasonally. Summer offers us a bounty of produce, but each season continues to bring us a harvest. To stay in season after summer, incorporate squashes, root vegetables, and dark leafy greens.

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How to Stay Healthy & Avoid Junk-Food-Fails on Your Next Road Trip

Road trips are an exciting way to explore new places and destinations. When you travel by car, your whole route becomes part of the experience. Though road trips can be a fun way to travel, it can often be difficult to find healthy options and eat well en route. Here are some of our tips for staying healthy on a road trip!

1. Plan your non-perishables ahead of time.
So long as you have room in the car, stock up on your non-refrigerated items before your trip. We like raw nuts, dehydrated veggie chips, and rice crackers.

2. Pack a cooler.
If you have a reliable way to keep things cold, you can pack fresh fruits and veggies and organic dairy like yogurt or string cheese. If you plan on staying in hotels, you can check that they have a mini-fridge to re-freeze your ice packs each day.

3. Stay hydrated.
Being in a car for long hours can be dehydrating, so pack a case of water so you never have to stop when you need a drink. Even better, consider buying larger jugs of water and filling reusable bottles!

4. Add greens.
It can be hard to pack a lot of nutrition in a small package, but our Fizzy Green Tablets and Organic Wheatgrass Powder make it easy. Add a tablet to organic juice for a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.

5. Stop at grocery stores.
Don’t forget that your only option isn’t fast food or convenience stores. Make a point to stop at grocery stores along the way to load up on healthy snacks when you run out. Many grocery stores often have affordable salad bars and other healthy options.

 

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The Secret to Producing the Most Nutrient-Dense Greens on Earth

You’ve got choices when it comes to gettin’ your greens. And of course, everyone wants the most nutrient-dense super greens they can find. What makes Amazing Grass the best choice?

Simple. Our process.

See, we’re obsessively thoughtful about all the little details, right from the beginning.

We’ve organically grown grasses on our family farm in Kansas for over 3 generations. In that time, we perfected a simple process: slow growth, deep roots, mineral-rich soil, and harvesting at peak nutrition.

Our cereal grasses, which include wheat grass, barley grass and alfalfa grass (kale to come – yes, be excited!) are planted on our family farm in Kansas around August/September, and grown through a cold winter. Grass needs time to grow. We’re talking slow growth, so 200 days later, we harvest. We only harvest once a year at the crops’ nutritional peak, prior to the jointing stage.

Our roots run deep. You may have seen this phrase on our packaging and may be thinking to yourself, ‘Cool. All roots run deep, right?’ or possibly, ‘I don’t know why that matters. Don’t care. Sounds like Marketing mumbo jumbo.” Here’s what we mean though…

Growing our grasses through a cold winter forces the roots to grow deeper, away from the frost line, in order to soak up maximum nutrients from the soil. Our grasses quite literally dig deep to survive. Consequently, deeper roots yield a substantially more nutrient-dense grass; greener in color too.

Just like people, crops also require real time and work to grow into something substantial. We are such nature-copy-cats.

Amazing Grass Roots Run Deep
Time to harvest, so who makes the cut?  Just the tips. Why? Because grass blade tips are where it’s at – this is where most of the nutrients like to hang out. Of the grass blades we cut, 85% is digestible plant nutrition, and about 15% indigestible plant fiber, which helps promote a healthy digestive tract.

Cutting just the tips means producing a lower yield (less product) but higher quality (more nutrient-dense).

After all that, how do our grasses stack up against others? Kind of like comparing spinach to ice-berg lettuce.

Amazing Grass - Greener on Our Side

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The Must-Have Green Drink You Can Stash Anywhere

By Superfood Chef & Bestselling author Julie Morris / @superfoodjules

When I was an art student, I lived half a block away from a cozy coffee shop, which quickly became my home away from home. I fully counted on coffee to get me through the day, and depending on my level of schoolwork procrastination, often through the night, too. Like most addictions, the more I consumed, the more I needed. The more I needed, the worse I felt, and so the more I consumed. It is my belief that, over time, my excessive caffeine habit is partly to blame for my development of severe adrenal problems and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Eventually, I kicked coffee to the curb and simultaneously began my journey of superfood cuisine, with the pursuit of energy still first in mind.

My food revolution was over 15 years ago, and since then, I’ve stocked up on a ton of simple yet important tricks to feeling pretty darn good most of the time. Arguably, the number one lesson I’ve learned is to seek energy via nourishment … and not through a stimulant. So while energy drinks are still a part of my daily routine, they’re not the traditional kind (that bludgeon your system with massive doses of caffeine). Instead, we’re talking nutrient-dense smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and superfood-rich elixirs. And when I’m seeking a reboot on the go, recently I’ve been enjoying a dynamic new answer: Amazing Grass Effervescent Greens. To make this snooze-defying elixir, all you have to do is pop a little tablet into some water, and watch the fizzy alchemy take place in a matter of mere minutes as your deliciously flavored drink is “made.” Bottoms up and hello energy!

So, how does it work? While the satisfying fizz from the dissolving tablet may suggest that some kind of pure magic is behind this uplifting potion, the real answer lies in the ingredients. Living up to its name, Amazing Grass packs each tablet full of all the most powerful alkalizing greens: wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, and chlorella. Greens are a first-choice natural energy food, as they help the body get rid of all the gunk that’s slowing down basic functioning, while at the same time helping build red blood cells, so oxygen and nutrients can circulate more efficiently. Also included is a premium litany of revitalizing, antioxidant-rich organic superfoods, ranging from camu to elderberry, garlic to oregano, elderberry to mangosteen … I mean, there’s even Brussels sprout concentrate in here, people! The result is a food-based energy drink (which tastes like lemon-lime or berry, depending on the flavor you choose), that covers a massive amount of your nutritional needs, including 100% of your daily B12, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. All this goodness clocking in at 15 calories and 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar … maybe it actually is magic after all.

Sure, I still drink coffee on occasion (maybe once a month) – I do love the flavor. I still consume small amounts of natural caffeine through things like matcha or chocolate, as the stimulation of these superfoods is so very gentle. But overall, nothing compares to the clean energy that’s earned from incorporating great nutrition. Stashing a little tube of these Effervescent Greens in my bag wherever I go is a game-changer for those of us hooked on feeling good … for all the right reasons.

Guest post thanks to Amazing Grass Ambassador Julie Morris – a Los Angeles-based natural foods chef, on-camera personality, and New York Times best-selling cookbook author. 

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