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Asana Breakdown: Seated Twist (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)

This Yoga seated twist

photo by Myah McNeill

The kids are back to school, and routines may be beginning to adjust to the new “normal”. The start to the school year oftentimes feel hectic and overscheduled. This can result in aches, pains, and digestive issues. I feel ya!

First off for Septemeber — this simple seated twist: Half Twist 
(in Sanscrit, the laguage of yoga, know as ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA or “Half Lord of the Fishes”

This pose energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire. If you are at all like me, the summer fun starts to catch up with you in September. One too many burgers or mules? Me, too. This shape will help ease a bit of that.

The many benefits include:
• Increases your spinal flexibility and range of motion (great for golfers!)
• Expands your chest and shoulders (combats “text neck”)
• Relieves thoracic or mid-back spinal tension (great if you sit at a desk)
• Strengthens your abdominal oblique muscles (who doesn’t need this?)
• Stretches your hip rotators and hip (beneficial for runners and cyclists)
• Traditionally thought to massage your abdominal organs, detoxify your liver and kidneys, and stimulate digestive fire (neccessary for those that enjoy the extra “fun” summer life!)

To try out Half Twist Pose on your own:

  1. Sit up with the legs stretched out straight in front of you, keeping the feet together and the spine erect.
  2. Bend the left leg and place the heal of the left foot beside the right hip (optionally, you can keep the left leg straight).
  3. Take the right leg over the left knee.
  4. Place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand behind you.
  5. Twist the waist, shoulders and neck in this sequence to the right and look over the right shoulder.
  6. Keep the spine erect.
  7. Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.
  8. Breathing out, release the right hand first (the hand behind you), release the waist, then chest, lastly the neck and sit up relaxed yet straight.
  9. Repeat to the other side.
  10. And, don’t forget to breathe. And smile!

If you find you are tipping over, or rounding through your lower spine, you may take some height underneath the sitting bones. Arrange a cushion or a blanket so that your sitting bones are on the edge, the pelvis is tipping forward, and you maintain your lumbar / low back curve. If your elbow does not quite reach the outside of the thigh, you may keep your arm straight, bringing the forearm in contact with the thigh.

Back or spine injury? Perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher.

This pose can be practiced any time of the day, and is perfect for beginners and seasoned yogis alike.

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Asana Breakdown: Seated Twist (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)

The kids are back to school, and routines may be beginning to adjust to the new “normal”. The start to the school year oftentimes feel hectic and overscheduled. This can result in aches, pains, and digestive issues. I feel ya! First off for Septemeber — this simple seated twist: Half Twist 
(in Sanscrit, the laguage…

Read More

TWIST Tips: Crow to Headstand Asana Breakdown with Jessica

Join Jessica Baker on Thursday, Feb. 23rd from 10:45-11:30am for a mini posture clinic and discover safe and fun ways to work into crow pose (Bakasana) and transition to headstand. It’s great for beginners or those looking to transition from headstand back to crow or even in and out of side crow. Register today and…

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Asana LAB: The "Magic" yoga for athletes that saves your hips and hammies!

THE MAGIC POSE: SUPTA PADANGUSTHASANA (serving the HIPS, HAMSTRINGS and LOWER BACK) Ease lower back pain, lengthen the hamstrings and calves and open the hips in this yoga pose series from Twist Yoga teacher, Ali Matt that’s perfect for recovery. This series is an athlete’s best friend. Runners, cyclists and most traditional athletes can benefit from this…

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Asana LAB - Chaturanga, Upward Facing Dog, & Revolved Half Moon

Sometimes, we get to a point in our practice where we are ready to really break down our asanas and shed some light on proper alignment, and take things to the next level. Ali Matt and Jessica Baker, two of our Twist Yoga Teacher Training leaders, take individual poses and present them in a way…

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Twist Eats: 10 minute lunch – Veggie Bowl of LOVE

Twist Yoga Buddha BowlYes, we know … healthy lunches are a struggle. Eating on the run, drive-thru, protein bars, and another cup of coffee sometimes takes the place of what you really need … A FAST & HEALTHY LUNCH that will fuel the rest of your day.

Well, check this recipe out – 10 minutes of prep and an afternoon of reward.

10 Minute Veggie Bowl of Love

Ingredients:
+ Veggie kabobs (you can buy pre-made or prep the night before with your fave veg)
+ Frozen chopped broccoli or cauliflower  from Trader Joes
+ Prepared hummus – plain or your fave variety – we used HOPE Sriracha
+ Raw nuts – we had cashews in the pantry, so threw those in
+ Avocado – because, you know — good fat
+ Hemp seeds – protein and crunch

Prep:

  1. Heat grill if you chose to cook kabobs – skip this step if you are just adding raw chopped veggies
  2. Heat coconut oil in frypan on stove
  3. Put kabobs on grill – we brushed ours with Bragg Liquid Aminos
  4. Pour some of the frozen broccoli or cauliflower into the hot oil – we also stirred in some Nutritional Yeast for an extra kick of nutrition and cheesy goodness
  5. Smile and try not to drool on the goodness that awaits. Pat yourself on the back for “adulting”

Assemble the bowls:
Grab a bowl and fill the bottom with the warm broccoli or cauliflower, top with kabob, avocado, a dollop of hummus, handful of nuts, seeds and any chopped herbs you have in the house. If you are feeling it, you can sprinkle turmeric on top for bonus points, a squeeze some lemon.

These are vegan and gluten free, but you can add meat for the meat lovers in your house pretty easily. We’d love to see the LOVE BOWLS you create! Share with us on Facebook and IG anytime! #twisteats

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Twist Eats: 10 minute lunch - Veggie Bowl of LOVE

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Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

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Twist Eats: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

We are totally crushing on The Conscious Dietitian! Check out this beautifully written and documented blog from a writer out of Victoria, BC. We came across this simple recipe when it was featured in Fitness Magazine and made them for our 2017 yogis in Twist Yoga Teacher Training as a little Mother’s Day pick-me-up. They…

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TWIST Eats: Meatless Monday Buddha Bowl Recipe

On Mondays, sometimes we have to “make-up” for the weekend (if you catch my drift) and this recipe for the perfect, easy, fast, gluten free, and vegan meatless Monday buddha bowl is the ticket. It’s easy to make-ahead, customize, and throw together when the inevitable “hangry” (hungry + angry) hour hits. Use this as a…

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TWIST Eats: How to get Protein from Plants

Sometimes, we want to take ‘Meatless Monday‘ a little longer and get protein from plants alone. But, it’s hard to know how much and what to eat. It’s true — all plants and vegetables contain protein. In fact, according to one of our favorite websites, The New Potato, “spinach and kale have nearly twice as much…

Read More

Twist Eats: Quinoa Egg Power Bites a la Kathryn Budig

Whip up a batch or two of these little suckers, and stow them away in the freezer for quick breakfast, lunch or dinner solutions. Gluten free, high protein, and vegetarian … viola, deeeeelish! You can add in any veg or cheese combo that your heart desires. We went with red pepper, nutritional yeast, chives, finely…

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TWIST Eats: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup-a-licious

SLOW COOKER BLISSFUL BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP courtesy of Skinnytaste Being a gluten free, semi-vegetarian, kid friendly, low carb, high protein household, it’s hard to find a recipe that fits all the varied tastes and demands. We love the options on Skinnytaste – they are easy, fun, whole, and there’s something for all the “special” dietary…

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TWIST Tips: New Infinity Straps in the studio!

We love the new Infinity Straps we have at the studio! They are so easy to use and help make so many poses more accessible, safer and more fun! Check out this video for a home practice using the Infinity Strap (available in studio for just $20). This easy-to-use strap can be used for stretching, arm balances and aligning the shoulders to build stability and strength.

You’ll see them incorporated into class and available for sale at the studio!

 

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Asana Breakdown: Seated Twist (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)

The kids are back to school, and routines may be beginning to adjust to the new “normal”. The start to the school year oftentimes feel hectic and overscheduled. This can result in aches, pains, and digestive issues. I feel ya! First off for Septemeber — this simple seated twist: Half Twist 
(in Sanscrit, the laguage…

Read More

TWIST Tips: New Infinity Straps in the studio!

We love the new Infinity Straps we have at the studio! They are so easy to use and help make so many poses more accessible, safer and more fun! Check out this video for a home practice using the Infinity Strap (available in studio for just $20). This easy-to-use strap can be used for stretching,…

Read More

Twist Tips: 48 Questions to ask your kids

While we were planning for Kids Yoga camp this week, we came across this amazing and easy craft from Glennon Doyle at Momastary — our go-to BLOG for all things sparkly, spiritual and fueled by LOVE. It’s a simple jar filled with 48 “key” questions to ask your kids to spark conversation, giggles and connection. It’s…

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Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

Read More

TWIST Eats: One Day Vegan Mason Jar Meal Plan

We dig the recipe site TASTEMADE and love this easy vegan gluten free one day meal prep!

Prep the night prior and be ready to take on the day with four easy recipes:

  • Breakfast: Berry Chia Seed Parfait
  • Lunch: Quinoa & Greens Buddha Bowl
  • Snack: Sliced Apple and Nut Butter
  • Dinner: Sesame Ginger Instant Noodles

Check out the fun and festive video directions here!

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Yes, we know … healthy lunches are a struggle. Eating on the run, drive-thru, protein bars, and another cup of coffee sometimes takes the place of what you really need … A FAST & HEALTHY LUNCH that will fuel the rest of your day. Well, check this recipe out – 10 minutes of prep and…

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TWIST Eats: One Day Vegan Mason Jar Meal Plan

We dig the recipe site TASTEMADE and love this easy vegan gluten free one day meal prep! Prep the night prior and be ready to take on the day with four easy recipes: Breakfast: Berry Chia Seed Parfait Lunch: Quinoa & Greens Buddha Bowl Snack: Sliced Apple and Nut Butter Dinner: Sesame Ginger Instant Noodles…

Read More

Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

Read More

Twist Eats: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

We are totally crushing on The Conscious Dietitian! Check out this beautifully written and documented blog from a writer out of Victoria, BC. We came across this simple recipe when it was featured in Fitness Magazine and made them for our 2017 yogis in Twist Yoga Teacher Training as a little Mother’s Day pick-me-up. They…

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TWIST Eats: Meatless Monday Buddha Bowl Recipe

On Mondays, sometimes we have to “make-up” for the weekend (if you catch my drift) and this recipe for the perfect, easy, fast, gluten free, and vegan meatless Monday buddha bowl is the ticket. It’s easy to make-ahead, customize, and throw together when the inevitable “hangry” (hungry + angry) hour hits. Use this as a…

Read More

TWIST Eats: How to get Protein from Plants

Sometimes, we want to take ‘Meatless Monday‘ a little longer and get protein from plants alone. But, it’s hard to know how much and what to eat. It’s true — all plants and vegetables contain protein. In fact, according to one of our favorite websites, The New Potato, “spinach and kale have nearly twice as much…

Read More

Twist Eats: Quinoa Egg Power Bites a la Kathryn Budig

Whip up a batch or two of these little suckers, and stow them away in the freezer for quick breakfast, lunch or dinner solutions. Gluten free, high protein, and vegetarian … viola, deeeeelish! You can add in any veg or cheese combo that your heart desires. We went with red pepper, nutritional yeast, chives, finely…

Read More

TWIST Eats: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup-a-licious

SLOW COOKER BLISSFUL BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP courtesy of Skinnytaste Being a gluten free, semi-vegetarian, kid friendly, low carb, high protein household, it’s hard to find a recipe that fits all the varied tastes and demands. We love the options on Skinnytaste – they are easy, fun, whole, and there’s something for all the “special” dietary…

Read More

Twist Tips: 48 Questions to ask your kids

While we were planning for Kids Yoga camp this week, we came across this amazing and easy craft from Glennon Doyle at Momastary — our go-to BLOG for all things sparkly, spiritual and fueled by LOVE.


It’s a simple jar filled with 48 “key” questions to ask your kids to spark conversation, giggles and connection. It’s easy to print, easy to prepare; but results in endless memories. Inspired by Glennon’s child’s teacher, this kit will jumpstart dinner or road trips with ease. There are two sets included – keep one in the kitchen and one in a little baggie in the car!

“It is vital that when educating our children’s brains,
we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama

 

Here is the Key To Unlocking Your Child’s Heart

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TWISt Tips

Asana Breakdown: Seated Twist (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)

The kids are back to school, and routines may be beginning to adjust to the new “normal”. The start to the school year oftentimes feel hectic and overscheduled. This can result in aches, pains, and digestive issues. I feel ya! First off for Septemeber — this simple seated twist: Half Twist 
(in Sanscrit, the laguage…

Read More

TWIST Tips: New Infinity Straps in the studio!

We love the new Infinity Straps we have at the studio! They are so easy to use and help make so many poses more accessible, safer and more fun! Check out this video for a home practice using the Infinity Strap (available in studio for just $20). This easy-to-use strap can be used for stretching,…

Read More

Twist Tips: 48 Questions to ask your kids

While we were planning for Kids Yoga camp this week, we came across this amazing and easy craft from Glennon Doyle at Momastary — our go-to BLOG for all things sparkly, spiritual and fueled by LOVE. It’s a simple jar filled with 48 “key” questions to ask your kids to spark conversation, giggles and connection. It’s…

Read More

Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

Read More

Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

crock pot black beansStarting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for crock pot cooking and loved it!

“Dry black beans complement rice dishes, as well as Mexican and Latin American cuisine. The small black, glossy dried beans typically require a long soaking time prior to cooking to help rehydrate them so they become tender and palatable. Preparing them in a Crock-Pot, or slow cooker, requires minimal effort and no long soaking. There’s still some preparation prior to placing the beans in the Crock-Pot, but you can do it immediately before you begin slow cooking them.”

Check out the easy directions on Livestrong here.

For more info on the cleanse, contact Twist Tribe member Jen Albertini here in her Facebook Group: Food, Fitness & Arbonne with Jen

Check out a video from her here as well with some of her favorite summer products.

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Yes, we know … healthy lunches are a struggle. Eating on the run, drive-thru, protein bars, and another cup of coffee sometimes takes the place of what you really need … A FAST & HEALTHY LUNCH that will fuel the rest of your day. Well, check this recipe out – 10 minutes of prep and…

Read More

TWIST Eats: One Day Vegan Mason Jar Meal Plan

We dig the recipe site TASTEMADE and love this easy vegan gluten free one day meal prep! Prep the night prior and be ready to take on the day with four easy recipes: Breakfast: Berry Chia Seed Parfait Lunch: Quinoa & Greens Buddha Bowl Snack: Sliced Apple and Nut Butter Dinner: Sesame Ginger Instant Noodles…

Read More

Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

Read More

Twist Eats: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

We are totally crushing on The Conscious Dietitian! Check out this beautifully written and documented blog from a writer out of Victoria, BC. We came across this simple recipe when it was featured in Fitness Magazine and made them for our 2017 yogis in Twist Yoga Teacher Training as a little Mother’s Day pick-me-up. They…

Read More

TWIST Eats: Meatless Monday Buddha Bowl Recipe

On Mondays, sometimes we have to “make-up” for the weekend (if you catch my drift) and this recipe for the perfect, easy, fast, gluten free, and vegan meatless Monday buddha bowl is the ticket. It’s easy to make-ahead, customize, and throw together when the inevitable “hangry” (hungry + angry) hour hits. Use this as a…

Read More

TWIST Eats: How to get Protein from Plants

Sometimes, we want to take ‘Meatless Monday‘ a little longer and get protein from plants alone. But, it’s hard to know how much and what to eat. It’s true — all plants and vegetables contain protein. In fact, according to one of our favorite websites, The New Potato, “spinach and kale have nearly twice as much…

Read More

Twist Eats: Quinoa Egg Power Bites a la Kathryn Budig

Whip up a batch or two of these little suckers, and stow them away in the freezer for quick breakfast, lunch or dinner solutions. Gluten free, high protein, and vegetarian … viola, deeeeelish! You can add in any veg or cheese combo that your heart desires. We went with red pepper, nutritional yeast, chives, finely…

Read More

TWIST Eats: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup-a-licious

SLOW COOKER BLISSFUL BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP courtesy of Skinnytaste Being a gluten free, semi-vegetarian, kid friendly, low carb, high protein household, it’s hard to find a recipe that fits all the varied tastes and demands. We love the options on Skinnytaste – they are easy, fun, whole, and there’s something for all the “special” dietary…

Read More

 

TWIST Tips: 5 Reasons Men Should Practice Yoga

Five Reasons Why Men Should Practice Yoga
(Yeh, that means YOU!)

  • Do you think yoga is a “girls only” club? 
  • Are you afraid to try because you think you aren’t flexible and the teacher may tell you do fold your leg behind your head?
  • Do you think you have to eat kale and drink kombocha?
  • Do you think of yoga is just about flexibility, and not a good cardio, core or strength workout? 
Yoga for Men

No Kale here. But, I do see a post-yoga beer!

The truth about yoga lies far from these common misconceptions. 

 Yoga is actually an ancient method of relaxation, exercise and healing that was originally only practiced by men. Then, it was used as exercise for the military to prepare young men for the rigors of battle. Trust me, yoga will not transform you into a touchy-feely kale-eating girlie man – instead it will simply create movement and structure to improve almost all aspects of your everyday life.
Here are my top 5 reasons every man should practice yoga:
  1. Yoga works the WHOLE body
    Yoga builds muscle evenly. Even if you simply supplement your regular workout routine or sport, you will activate muscles that you may typically ignore. Yoga will widen your range of motion, and increase access to more muscle fibers. The postures we do in yoga are a series of focused, isometric contractions that we combine with breath to target flexibility, strength and mobility. By using your body weight, you minimize risk of injury by functionally moving your body through safe, aligned movements.
  2. Increase flexibility and balance – decrease injuries
    Yoga increases your flexibility and balance by strengthening the core in almost every pose. Yoga is designed to increase your flexibility over time in a safe range of motion. As flexibility increases, chance of muscle injury decreases. Muscle injuries happen when we put force on muscles that exceeds their capacity. Creating stability in the musculature — especially around the joints – will certainly help keep your body healthy.
  3. Increase energy and focus and reduce stress
    In a yoga class, special attention is focused on the breath, and learning to extend the exhale and inhale, and help bring the nervous system to a more relaxed state (parasympathetic). Whether sinking that birdie putt or really focusing at work, yoga will teach you how to concentrate and tame that inner ‘monkey mind’ and create more mindful actions.
  4. Relieve lower back pain
    Sitting at a desk or in the car shortens the hip flexor and compresses the spine. In our daily lives, we typically only move the spine in one direction — flexion (think bending forward to tie your shoe or hunching over a computer. In yoga class we move the spine in all six directions. Lower back pain is also directly related to weak abdominal muscles. Yoga engages the core and creates space for the lower back in many of the poses.
  5. Yoga will make you “better” at other sports
    Whether you play golf or tennis or are a CrossFit junkie, yoga will make your primary sport or exercise routine even better. Moving the body and stressing the muscles in new and different ways will create lean and defined muscles that support your passions. Oftentimes, when we play a sport, we create imbalances on one side of the body (golf swings) or in particular muscles (quads and achilles). Yoga will help balance the body by moving both sides of the body in the same movements and increase your range of motion.
Yoga for MenOf course, finding the right yoga class for you is the challenge. There are many different styles of yoga — from totally restorative and relaxing to extremely intense hot yoga. There is, indeed, something for every man I know. You don’t have to be Gumby, or Sting, or Shaq to roll out a mat.
If you don’t need less stress and more balance in your life, or if you don’t need to shave off a few points on your golf game, and you’ve never had any back pain, than you don’t need yoga. Congrats to you – keep doing what you’re doing.
But, if you want to try something new for your mind and body, and are open to giving yoga a shot, you won’t be disappointed. Just remember – it’s a practice. You can’t take one class and simply check yoga off your list.
The bottom line, guys
Yoga allows you to continue to do all the things you love to do as you get older.  If you golf, or ski, or snowboard, or play basketball or tennis, yoga works the things on the inside that guys often neglect.  Fast, high impact sports are fun, but they can lead to injuries and broken bodies. Yoga will you keep doing the things you love to do — and feeling good all day — for a long time.

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TWIST Eats: Hydrating for Sports

HYDRATING FOR SPORTS Hydration is the key to good nutrition, healthy muscles, and peak performance. It reduces injuries, heat stress, and illness. Players must stay properly hydrated before, during, and after games and practices. But, how much do you really need to drink and why? And, how about sports drinks? We lay it all on the…

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TWIST Eats: Nutrition and Sports

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Twist Eats: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

We are totally crushing on The Conscious Dietitian!
Peanut Butter Protein BallsCheck out this beautifully written and documented blog from a writer out of Victoria, BC. We came across this simple recipe when it was featured in Fitness Magazine and made them for our 2017 yogis in Twist Yoga Teacher Training as a little Mother’s Day pick-me-up. They were a huge hit. We think you’ll love them (and so will your kids!) as much as we do. Pair them with one of our many smoothie recipes, and you’ve got a perfect meal.

 

 


No Bake 100 Calorie Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Makes: 22 snack balls
Recipe by: Rachel
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2/3 cup shredded toasted coconut, unsweetened
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or your fave nut butter)
3 tbsp. flaxseed, ground
1/2 cup dried, sour cherries (or your fave dried fruit)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup if you want vegan
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp. water (optional)

Method for No Bake 100 Calorie Peanut Butter Energy Balls

If your coconut is not already toasted, you will have to turn the stove on a give it a quick toast. This helps to intensify the flavour. To do this, heat a frying pan on medium heat and add the coconut. Watch carefully as it will burn quickly. Toss around the frying pan for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

Combine all ingredients except for the water in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Once it has sit for half an hour check it, and if the mixture seems to dry add the water. You want the mixture to stick together, and not be too crumbly.

Now the fun begins! Roll into 22 small, equal sized balls. They should be about 1.5″ diameter.

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week, or freeze them and take them out as needed.

Nutrition Information:

Calories 94cal
Carbohydrate 10g
Fibre 2g
Sugar 5g
Protein 2.5g
Fat 5.5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Potassium 90mg
Calcium 12mg

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Twist Eats: 10 minute lunch - Veggie Bowl of LOVE

Yes, we know … healthy lunches are a struggle. Eating on the run, drive-thru, protein bars, and another cup of coffee sometimes takes the place of what you really need … A FAST & HEALTHY LUNCH that will fuel the rest of your day. Well, check this recipe out – 10 minutes of prep and…

Read More

TWIST Eats: One Day Vegan Mason Jar Meal Plan

We dig the recipe site TASTEMADE and love this easy vegan gluten free one day meal prep! Prep the night prior and be ready to take on the day with four easy recipes: Breakfast: Berry Chia Seed Parfait Lunch: Quinoa & Greens Buddha Bowl Snack: Sliced Apple and Nut Butter Dinner: Sesame Ginger Instant Noodles…

Read More

Twist Eats: Crock Pot Black Beans

Starting the Arbonne 10 day cleanse today and batch cooking for the week! We are super excited for the Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili recipe. But, it calls for 2 cups of cooked black beans – NOT CANNED! Yikes, no time for traditional bean soaking and cooking today. We found this great option for…

Read More

Twist Eats: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

We are totally crushing on The Conscious Dietitian! Check out this beautifully written and documented blog from a writer out of Victoria, BC. We came across this simple recipe when it was featured in Fitness Magazine and made them for our 2017 yogis in Twist Yoga Teacher Training as a little Mother’s Day pick-me-up. They…

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  Ingredients:
Riced Cauliflower
Coconut Oil
Turmeric
Black Pepper
Broccoli
Asparagus
Cucumber
Flat Leaf Parsley
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Red Onion
Whole Foods Coconut Peanut Sauce

Meatless Monday Buddha BowlsDirections:

  1. Saute riced cauliflower in coconut oil. We love the pre-riced frozen options out there now but, by all means, it’s easy to rice a whole head up in the food processor and save some money. When the “rice” starts to soften, sprinkle in turmeric and black pepper. They are BFFs and should always be used together. Find out why here.
  2. In a separate pot, steam broccoli and when it’s almost done, add in asparagus.
  3. Assemble the bowl: riced cauliflower on the bottom, topped with steamed broccoli and asparagus, chopped red onion/cucumber/parsley on top of that. Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds and drizzle with the coconut peanut sauce.
  4. Enjoy!

    These do pair perfectly with our Skinny Coconut Margarita recipe here

Turmeric Riced Cauliflower

Turmeric Riced Cauliflower

Easy swaps:
+ Any nuts for healthy fats
+ Brown rice, quinoa, couscous, or faro
+ Any veg at all – use what you love and what you have
+ Any other easy creamy sauce – go Italian, Indian, Mexican … the sky is the limit

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For more details check out:
How To Get Protein From Plants
Take A Break From Red Meat

From Lindsay S Nixon, Happy Herbivore

  Here are 10 rich sources of protein from plants:
+ lentils
+ beans
+ peanuts
+ tree nuts (such as cashews and almonds)
+ seeds (such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds)
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+ nutritional yeast
+ tofu and tempeh
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