5 Ways to Support A Healthy Body & Planet With Your Food

By Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN

By implementing even one of the practices below, you will be well on your way to advocating for and supporting a food system that works for the health of both people and planet. Even small changes can really add up over time so never take for granted what even one person can do to change the world for the better.

Eat Locally

Eating locally is one of the best ways that you can support a more sustainable food system as it helps to reduce the carbon impact your food has from transportation and allows you to get to know your local farmers. One of the best ways that you can work to eat more locally is by seeking out local farmers markets or CSAs (community supported agriculture programs) in your area. Showing your support to your local farmers in this way helps to protect your local food system, environment, and makes for a more regionally independent and sustainable local food system.

Support Regenerative and Organic Farming

In addition to eating locally, choosing to support regenerative and organic farming as much as possible is equally important as it helps farmers make the often more expensive transition to sustainable farming, and shows larger farms and corporations that there is an economic incentive to farming in this way. While choosing organic and regeneratively grown food can be more expensive, try to think of it as a priority for the future of your health, the health of your family, and the health of the planet. 

Purchase From Sustainable Brands

Brands absolutely have a role to play in supporting a sustainable food system, which is why showing your support for brands that are farming the right way is so important. Amazing Grass is a great example of a sustainable company that began as a small family farm in Kansas committed to growing organic harvests that put the health of people and the environment first. Their reason for farming since the beginning has been to support the earth using slow growing and organic practices, while growing the most nutrient dense food possible for the health of people everywhere.

Eat More In Season

Similarly to eating locally, eating in season is a great way to support your local food system, get more acquainted with what is in season in your area, and reduce the carbon impact of your food. Often before people start eating seasonally they aren’t even aware of when their favorite foods are actually grown and harvested. This can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, which is why the Seasonal Food Guide Calendar is such an amazing resource to utilize when first getting started with seasonal eating. Simply choose your state and the month you are in and it will show you a complete list of everything that is in season in your area.

For those that do live in regions where locally grown food can be limited during certain times of the year (like during the winter or extreme summer heat) it is best to focus on eating in-season as often as possible during the other months, and then prioritize choosing organic and sustainably grown food that may need to come from further away during those low-growing months.

Educate Your Friends And Family

Once you have started to make some changes to supporting a more sustainable food system in your own life it is time to start sharing everything you have learned with your friends and family. Education has so much power and the more people are aware of the ways they can make changes to support a better food system the more impact we will begin to make. So don’t be afraid to share what you have learned with those that you love and use your newfound education for good!

 

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Support a Healthy Body and Planet with your Food

By Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN

Our food has the power to connect us in so many ways.

It can help us nourish our bodies, bring communities together across cultures and generations, spark memories of special moments, and provide us with an incredibly powerful solution for supporting the health and well-being of our planet.

Our food and the global system it is a part of has the potential to not only support the health of every person on this planet, but also reduce and reverse many of the climate related issues we experience today. For these reasons our food is one of our most valuable tools for influencing both personal and planetary health, but it is up to us to ensure that it reaches its full potential.

Our Current Food System
Unfortunately, our current global food system today has prioritized convenience and profit over the health of our food and environment. Today if you walk into any grocery store you will most likely be able to find almost any item of produce or packaged food that your heart desires. It doesn’t matter what season you are in, strawberries and avocados are available all year round, but the question is at what cost?

While there are many benefits to living in a world where almost anything we could want or need is at our disposal and where the access we have to foreign foods allows for us to experience different cuisines that we may not have been able to otherwise, the larger impact on our planet is taking its toll.

Today most of the food grown around the world is done so using mono-culture and conventional farming practices that go against the very principles of farming that protect and value land health and biodiversity. We are seeing the consequences of these practices in the increased need for pesticides and fertilizers, the decline in our pollinator populations, deforestation for even more land cultivation, and the quickly eroding topsoil that in many areas has been so overfarmed it no longer is usable. In fact, it is estimated that if our farming practices globally continued at the rate they currently are, we could be looking at a complete lack of farmable topsoil in as little as 50 years.

But rather than feel overwhelmed by the state of our current food system lets take a look at what it could look like, and the incredibly positive impacts that a sustainable food system could have on our health and the health of our planet.

What A Sustainable Food System Looks Like
People have been farming for thousands of years, and it is only in the last 50 years or so that our farming practices moved so rapidly away from the traditional farming practices that generations of farmers grew up on. Before the mono-culture crop and factory farm model was a system of farming that worked in unison with nature. This system was a truly sustainable and regenerative system that viewed the farmer and the farm as a part of a larger ecosystem, one that could work to support the health of the soil, the biodiversity of the landscape, and the conservation of water.

While globally we may have moved away from this system, there are many farmers and advocates that are standing up for a truly regenerative way of farming, who are returning their farms back to ones that support soil health and biodiversity, and who are our best chance for protecting our own food security in the future and reversing the impacts of climate change today.

Learn more about 5 Ways to Support A Healthy Body & Planet With Your Food.

 

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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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Travel Survival Blog

Hitting the road or traveling home for the holiday season? While your home routine might keep you glowing, it’s not always easy to keep your healthy habits while traveling. Here are some of our tips to keep you happy and healthy no matter where your trip takes you!

  1. Stay Hydrated
    Whether you’ve got a long flight or just long hours in the car, traveling is dehydrating. Dehydration can leave you with a headache or just feeling generally fatigued. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water not only en route, but also after you arrive.
  2. Be Active
    Vacation can involve a lot of lounging and downtime, so get up on your feet when you have a chance. Even a short walk or stroll can make a big difference in your physical vitality, and try using a step tracker or Fitbit to monitor your activity.
  3. Get your Nutrients
    Not sure if your next meal will be nutritious? Have some insurance on hand with our Fizzy Green Tablets or organic super greens. Easy to drop into a water bottle, these tablets are crafted with an organic blend of alkalizing greens including wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa grown on our family farm in Kansas plus a potent blend of over 30 antioxidant-rich superfoods.
  4. Plan Ahead
    Planning your meals ahead of time will help ensure you don’t end up with nothing but processed, unhealthy choices. If you’re traveling by car, stock up on healthy snacks like fresh veggies and nuts. Once you’re at your destination, check out restaurant menus online before you head out so you know you’ll have healthy options.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to return from your trip feeling rested and rejuvenated.

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy at Holiday Parties

How to holiday party with cheer instead of fear.

With the holiday season approaching, it can be hard to resist the endless treats and indulgences at parties and gatherings. No one wants to toss all their healthy habits out the door so we came up with a way to stay on track with these 5 tips to stay healthy at holiday parties.

Don’t show up hungry

If you arrive at a party already famished, it’ll be that much harder to stick to your healthy habits. Make sure to have a light, healthy, plant-based meal before you leave the house.

Load up on veggies

There may be tons of rich items to choose from, but most parties will have a veggie plate. Eat plenty of veggies with your more indulgent treats and you’ll help slow down your intake of heavier foods.

Drink plenty of water

Whether you’re drinking alcohol or juice, make sure you’re staying hydrated with water. Staying hydrated helps manage your appetite and also helps balance high sodium party snacks.

Cover your nutrient bases

If you expect to be eating a lot of meals at parties, it can be hard to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Mix Amazing Grass superfood supplements with water or juice for a powerful blend of nutritious super greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Bring a healthy dish

If you don’t expect to have a lot of healthy choices at your next party, bring a healthy option with you. Try plant-based recipes like a hearty cabbage salad, homemade kale chips, or fruit salad.

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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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Superfood Spotlight: Holy Basil

By Superfood Chef & Bestselling author Julie Morris / @superfoodjules

More than likely, in the last week or so, you’ve said the “S-word” at least once: Stress. 

Exposure to stress has become a ubiquitous part of modern-day culture, and as we try to combat its overwhelming effects mentally, our bodies are busy striving to adapt and maintain balance physically. Stress taxes us on every level: it accelerates aging, hijacks productivity, increases disease and injury vulnerability, and diminishes our quality of life. For all these reasons and more, we need a regular stress solution. And that’s why the powerful natural therapy of adaptogenic superfoods is so useful, now more than ever.  

Adaptogens, like their name suggests, help us adapt to (and increase resistance against) all kinds of physical and environmental stressors, while restoring normal physiological functions in the process. Adaptogens promote balance, and often offer additional realms of healthy support as well.

One particularly powerful adaptogen is a special herb called holy basil, sometimes also known as tulsi or sacred basil. Holy basil is an adaptogen that’s revered for its versatility of its benefits, making it a favorite tool of natural practitioners.

Holy basil is often used to:

  • Mitigate stress response and enhance a feeling of “calm”
  • Promote better sleep
  • Help remedy depression and anxiety
  • Support balanced blood sugar
  • Offer protection for the brain against disease 
  • Support cognitive performance overall, including better memory and clearer thinking
  • Protect against advanced aging with naturally-occurring powerful antioxidants 

In other words: Holy basil promotes whole body wellness, literally from your innermost mind to the surface of your skin. 

Because of its calming effects, you may be wondering if holy basil can make you sleepy or reduce your energy, but in fact, holy basil does neither. Consuming the herb just helps you maintain balance, so you feel good during the day, and ready to rest by the time you hit the pillow. 

You can incorporate holy basil in your diet in a delicious and easy-to-use manner by enjoying it in the Amazing Protein Glow blend. You’ll likely find this special ingredient promotes an optimal kind of radiance that you can not only see, but actually can really feel.

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The most powerful choice you can make with your diet is adding Superfoods

By Superfood Chef & Bestselling author Julie Morris

Superfoods are extraordinary…
They are the strong and mighty food tools that can help you create the positive change you desire in your wellness more effectively than anything else you consume. They can help you heal, energize, think better, move stronger, and live at your fullest potential.

Green Superfoods can, quite literally, change your life. I would know, too. After struggling with the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome in my early twenties, I found that incorporating superfoods was a game-changer in my healing process. And ever since a superfood-rich diet gradually helped me evolve from “better” to “good” to “amazing,” I’ve made it my mission to share this transformative information with everyone I can.

Over the past fifteen years working as a superfood chef in the Los Angeles area, I’ve authored five best-selling cookbooks on the subject, including the New York Times bestseller Superfood Smoothies; I’ve worked with leading natural food companies and restaurants as a recipe developer and consultant; and everyday I have the great privilege of working with students from all around the globe through my online superfood cooking school, Luminberry.com. I love teaching people not just how to cook well, but how to cook for wellness, and it’s been a thrill to see the superfood movement gain such impressive momentum over the past several years.

But if you’re left still wondering what all this organic superfood fuss is really about, allow me to shine a little light on the subject. Simply put, superfoods can be defined as the most nutrient-dense, benefit-rich foods on the planet. Really key to this definition is understanding the idea of “nutrient-density:” the ratio of micronutrients to calories. Unlike macronutrients – fat, protein, and carbohydrates (the things which compose calories and are in all foods) – micronutrients are the things you need in very small quantities, but are absolutely essential to your health and wellness.

The category of micronutrients consists of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Interestingly, while all of these components are often at the forefront of research studies on augmented health and disease prevention, many of these findings are due to the fact that micronutrient deficiencies themselves are so common. Nope, it’s not just you – most of us are walking around with various levels of micronutrient deficiencies due to a poor diet, personal biology, stress factors, environment, and so much more. So how do we remedy this? With superfoods!

As the foods with the highest nutrient-density (the most of those valuable micronutrients per calorie), simply adding superfoods into your day can instantly boost your food choices and supply your body with the micronutrients it so desperately craves.

Even better, we’re not just talking about one or two foods here – the category of superfoods is as large as it is diverse.

Here are a few superfoods to consider:

As far as using these incredible ingredients, it’s surprisingly easy. “Superfood cuisine” is a rewarding practice: one that makes a superfood lifestyle less intimidating, and most certainly more motivating (as I like to say, nothing is as convincing as delicious!). Plus, it’s just plain old fun to explore the endless ways superfoods can be used in cooking – from making hearty casseroles enriched with superfood seeds and greens, all the way to decadent desserts, like the ever-popular Revitalizing Raw Chocolate we offer as one of our superfood cooking courses at Luminberry.

But I want to let you in on a little secret: the “best” way to use superfoods is the everyday way. Superfoods, and the nutrients they contain, aren’t a magic potion that work their remedies in the realm of one healthy meal or totally epic dessert. Superfoods are a long-term wellness strategy, with their nutrient benefits accruing and compounding over consistent use and time. You certainly don’t have to use every item on the list above, and for ease-of-use, organic superfood formulas are extremely helpful as a pre-curated selection. But you should aim to make using your chosen superfoods part of your daily routine.

Whether it’s boosting a smoothie with superfoods, mixing superfoods into your morning breakfast bowl, or adding Amazing Grass® Green Powder into your water bottle, it’s all about creating goals you don’t struggle to meet, that become the healthy habits you don’t even think about. Make a superfood boost your new daily challenge, and discover your own wellness potential. I’m betting it’s pretty amazing.

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3 Healthy Morning Habits for Busy People

Caitlin Shoemaker of FromMyBowl

Whether you have a long commute, like to sleep in, or are just a busy person who likes to get sh*t done, many of us don’t have time to sit down and slowly savor our mornings. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have to ditch the healthy habits! These easy habits will give you a great kick start to your day, all while getting you out the door in no time flat.

1. Wake up to sunlight
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a jarring, obnoxious alarm, right? …wrong! Studies show that waking up to gradually increasing sunlight helps to regulate your body’s biological clock. This is easy during the summer when the days are long, but can get a bit tricky during those dark and dreary winter days. To counteract this, try investing in a light alarm clock, which wakes you up with gradually increasing light as opposed to noise. Don’t worry though – you can still choose a peaceful tune to wake you up in case you miss the first wake up call.

2. Meal Prep
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But so many of us “skip” it or resort to pre-packaged options when we are pressed for time. Preparing your breakfast ahead of time ensures that you’re not going to go hungry, and that you’re going to be well-nourished with food that loves you back. Overnight Oats and Protein-Packed Muffins are always great options. If you’d like something a little more refreshing, try out some Smoothie “Ice Cubes!” Simply blend your favorite fruits and/or veggies together ahead of time, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, and freeze. All you have to do in the mornings is add a few cubes to your blender along with some liquid and your favorite Amazing Grass Organic Plant Protein Powder of choice (I recommend the Vanilla or Chocolate Protein & Kale Line), and you have a well-balanced meal!

3. Make it Special
Even if you’re just rolling out of bed, throwing on some clothes, and brushing your teeth, try to find some joy in your morning routine and make it special for you. Setting aside a few minutes every morning to “center” yourself and prepare for the day ahead starts your day on a high note and can help increase your productivity. Whether it’s playing a favorite song, dancing in the shower, or waking up a few minutes earlier so you can sit down with that cup of tea or coffee, all small acts are still good acts 😉

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