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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 Tips: 5 Reasons Men Should Practice Yoga

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FUELING FOR FOOTBALL: Nutrition and Sports Eating before a football game is serious business. Players need to have sufficient energy to last for anywhere between 48-60 minutes. In order to do this, players must have energy in immediate reserves. Nutrition and sports go hand-in-hand to really take your craft to the next level. Well-rounded nutrient intake…

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Yoga for Football Players

Lake Oswego High School Lakers Add Yoga to their Football Practice For several weeks after their Wednesday morning regular practice this summer, the entire Lake Oswego High School football team took off their cleats and joined the coaches on the field for a one hour yoga class. Lead by certified yoga teacher Ali Matt of Twist…

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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: 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

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Tinty’s Matcha smoothie This beautiful and satisfying smoothie comes to us from the equally radiant new Twist Yoga teacher, Cynthia Pedraza. Once you experience one of her love-fueled classes, you’ll want to know what her secret is, too! -Frozen organic Blueberries -Frozen organic Raspberries -1/2 banana -Handful of spinach -Almond milk -Cinnamon -Teaspoon of matcha…

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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 base for adding and subtracting anything you or your family likes. Of, of course — whatever you have in the fridge. These buddha bowls are a hit at our house because everyone gets to customize and make it their own.

  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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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…

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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 Eats: How to get Protein from Plants

Twist Yoga Protein from PlantsSometimes, 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 protein as beef, calorie for calorie.”
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)
+ quinoa
+ leafy greens
+ nutritional yeast
+ tofu and tempeh
+ wild rice
+ green vegetables

Check out these other great vegan and vegetarian options from our blog:
Vegan Truffles
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Green Smoothie
50 Shades of Smoothies
Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup
Don’t Doubt Kraut
Cinnamon Coconut Granola
Roasted Red Pepper Coconut Soup

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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…

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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…

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

Pumped Up Kid-Approved Breakfast

Healthy, easy, kid-approved make-ahead breakfast idea all your kids will love by, Jennifer Albertini Arbonne Mornings are crazy. Trying to get four kids fed and dressed and in the car by 7:45 is insanity! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start the day strong, and you can keep…

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TWIST Eats: Tinty's Matcha Morning Smoothie

Tinty’s Matcha smoothie This beautiful and satisfying smoothie comes to us from the equally radiant new Twist Yoga teacher, Cynthia Pedraza. Once you experience one of her love-fueled classes, you’ll want to know what her secret is, too! -Frozen organic Blueberries -Frozen organic Raspberries -1/2 banana -Handful of spinach -Almond milk -Cinnamon -Teaspoon of matcha…

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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 Tips: Five Spring Break Lifesavers from Jen Albertini and Arbonne

Twist Yoga - Jen Albertini ArbonneSpring Break … I’m outa here!
– Jen Albertini
Twist Yoga yogi, mom, and Arbonne Rep

One week until Spring break here in Oregon. This has been the longest winter ever! My shoes are still soaked from running 2 days ago! My family is headed for the sunshine and I am hoping to bring it back with me so we can officially start Spring.

Our bodies go through changes along with the seasons and thank you to Arbonne for having these 5 products to help us transition to sunnier times. Not only do these products work, but they are all botancially based and created using the best of science.  So, not only do I feel good using them, but my entire family can benefit. Read a bit about each and let me know how I can help you look and feel healthier this spring!

FullSizeRender-31.    Pomegranate Fizzie. I cannot live without these energy boosts in the afternoon. They help promote alertness and refuce fatigue with the help of green tea, guarana, ginseng, and B vitamins. And for a refreshing spring drink make my Pom Basil Fizz:
In a blender, mix 3-5 frozen strawberries, 1 Pomegranate fizzie, 2-3 Basil leaves, Ice & water.

 


FullSizeRender-22.   “I want one, too!” Parents out there know that whenever you are enjoying a fun, fruity drink, pretty soon your little ones will want them.  I am the uncool mom who hates Gatorade and refuses to buy it. Instead I use Arbonne’s Complete Hydration to make my kids my old school favorite Orange Julius. Complete Hydration has 6 electrolytes to support hydration in both adults and kids. Try this next time your kids are begging for a smoothie or drink.

 

 Arbonne Orange Julius: In a blender, mix:
+ OJ
+ Almond milk
+ 1 pack Arbonne Complete Hydration
+ Frozen mango
+ Ice
+ Arbonne fiber boost (12g of soluble fiber)
+ 1tsp vanilla extract
Enjoy!

FullSizeRender3.   The winter months have left my face feeling rough and blah. That is why I am breaking out my Genius Resurfacing Pads. The name says it all! These genius face pads come with a bottle of the first plant based retinol solution. How smart of Arbonne to create an effective and safe solution to target dark spots and fine lines? No nasty side effects. I cry when I run out of these!

 


Twist yoga - lake oswego yoga4.   When the sun comes out and the weather wamrs up, I am graced with shiny forehead!  This is where our Mattifying Powder comes in handy in my purse. This looks great on any skin tone and can be applied on top of your makeup for an instant matte finish.

 

 

 

Arbonne Lake Oswego

5.  And finally, an absolute staple in my suitcase when our family travels this spring and summer, Arbonne’s Sleep Well Spray. This is an life savor. Traveling can disrupt our routines and schedules, especially when it comes to sleep.  A blend of Melatonin and Botanicals in this spray is all that we need to fall asleep easier. 1-7 squirts on the tongue depending on age, and you are off to dreamland. It has been a life savor for my kids too when they hit that over-tired insane state!

 


Have a wonderful Spring Break wherever that may be. Even if you have to create your own sunshine. Thanks for letting me share some of my pure, safe and beneficial favorites. Let me know if you have any questions or wat to learn more or try some of these products.

About Arbonne products:
Botanically-based and scientifically proven, gluten free, these products were developed in Switzerland in 1975. Pure, safe, beneficial, their personal care and nutrition products are vegan certified and adhere to the strictest Purity and Safety guidelines.

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TWIST Tips: Spring Break Page-Turners: Betty’s Book Club

Yes, it’s almost here … SPRING BREAK!

Brow Betty Boss Lady Jackie MansTime to pack the bags, kids, sunscreen and the perfect book! We don’t know about you, but we think the BEST books recs come from friends. We’ve turned to the experts at Brow Betty – avid readers and fun fanatics – to share their top reviews (the good, the bad and the ugly) from the Betty Book Club:

  1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern – 2012
    “This one is so hard to describe but it was just so beautiful and mind-blowing I could not put it down! It takes place in the early 1900’s, the overall main setting is a mysterious black and white circus that suddenly appears in towns overnight. It follows two magicians since their youth, being taught by different mentors, and unbeknownst to them they are pitted against each other in a lifelong game of magic. “
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware -2016
    “The first half of the book moved really slow and all the character names were so confusing I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. It takes place on a private cruise that has been set up to include the wealthy owners, a few of their friends and various news writers and photographers. If you are looking for a no brainer, somewhat of a page turner you might like this one. Stick to one glass of wine prior to reading or you’ll just get lost.”
  3. Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story – Alexandra Wolfe – 2017
    “Grabbed this one because I am so curious about what really happens in Silicon Valley. It was an easy, witty read with some interesting stories! The book follows several kids who opt out of very prestigious colleges to live and work in the craziness of Silicon Valley. It has some great name dropping and story telling of how these kids rise, fall and then rise up again in hopes of becoming the next Zuckerberg.”
  4. All is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker – 2016
    “I have no idea what this is about so I am excited to read! It’s a long one so here we go…”
  5. Next on the nightstand: The Nix, I’ll take you there, Them, All grown up, Just Mercy, The Queen’s Necklace.

We also love this list from Modern Mrs. Darcy

  1. You Will Know Me
  2. What Alice Forgot
  3. Rules of Civility
  4. The Thousand Dollar Tan
  5. The Fall of Marigolds
  6. Dark Matter
  7. Good as Gone
  8. Sleeping Giants
  9. I Let you Go
  10. The Forgetting Time
    and, more… 17 UNPUTDOWNABLE books!

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24/7 love Twist Yoga in PortlandWe are over the moon excited for the upcoming 24/7 LOVE event with Twist Yoga meditation teacher Krissy Fritz April 21st and 22nd. We’re honored to be a part of such a love-fueled event. With only 50 tickets available, this will sell out fast. Get your early bird tickets now and take advantage of the discount:
Get more info and buy tickets here

http://bit.ly/2moIu8L #24sevenlove #chooselove

At 24/7 Love you will radically reframe and reignite your fullest expression of purpose on this planet, so you can lead others in doing the same. Just imagine what would it feel like to be liberated from the uncertainty, confusion and overwhelm that holds so many back?

Learn more about Meditation at Twist Yoga here and register for our weekly classes.

Twist Yoga in Lake Oswego Meditation

photo by Myah McNeill

 

“I have decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go.”
– Martin Luther King

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 chopped broccoli and topped with sesame seeds – simply because they were in the fridge that day.

Quinoa Egg Power Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium cucumber, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pecorino cheese (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup basil, julienned
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 12 whole pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Hot sauce, to taste (optional) – we used red pepper flakes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Soak the quinoa for 5 minutes and drain. In a saucepan over high heat, combine the quinoa with the broth and 1 tablespoon of the ghee and bring it to a boil. Stir well, reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is fluffy.

Combine the eggs, cucumber, cheese, basil, cumin, cayenne, salt, and remaining ghee in a large bowl. Stir in the quinoa.

Pour the mixture into a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin and top with the nuts, if desired. Bake the power bites for 20 minutes. Remove them from the tin and let cool on a rack so you don’t burn your excited mouth. Douse them in hot sauce if you like an extra kick!

Nutrition Information if following the original recipe

Serves: 12 | Serving Size: 1 bite (Note: yeh, right – we know you cant eat just one. We certainly can’t)

Per serving: Calories: 119; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 555mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 6g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 55mg; Iron: 6%; Vitamin A: 4%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 6%

You can find this recipe and lots of other goodies here on Kathryn’s book “Aim True”

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

SLOW COOKER BLISSFUL BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

courtesy of Skinnytaste

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eing 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 needs under our roof.

This week, the butternut squash were looking extra yummy at the store so, we found ourselves home with one and lots of options on this site. From treaty gratins, to breakfast burrito bowls, to lasagna rolls…the options are endless.

Twist Yoga Butternut Squash SoupThis soup won out because it was the easiest and we happened to have all the ingredients in the pantry. Well, not totally true – I substituted garlic and green onion for shallots, but no biggie. That’s how we roll…about 90% recipe/10% making-it-work.

I paired my bowl with a green salad, one kid had a cheese quesadilla on the side, the other had a grilled salami and cheese on an english muffin. Everyone was happy and I knew they were getting a nice dose of betacarotene and vitamin A. ”
Adulting” A+ as far as I’m concerned.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 oz (1/2 small) butternut squash, halved, seeds removed
  • 16 oz (1/2) buttercup or kobacha squash, halved, seeds removed but not peeled (I used acorn bc it’s what we had)
  • 2 large shallot, quartered (or garlic/onion combo)
  • 2 cup chicken or vegetable broth (or 1-1/2 tbsp Better Bouillon w/water)
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk (I used whole because — well, you know)
  • pinch nutmeg
    optional garnish: drizzle coconut milk, chives, pepitas (I sprinkled hemp seeds and red paper flakes on mine)

    DIRECTIONS:
  • Place the squash, shallots and broth in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or high 4 hours, until soft and cooked through, a knife should easily be inserted.
  • Remove squash from skin and discard the peel.
  • Stir in coconut milk and nutmeg.
  • Blend in a blender or using an immersion blender.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with more coconut milk and chives, if desired.


NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving:
Smart Points: 2
Points +: 4
Calories: 152
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 2.5mg
Sodium: 310mg
Carbohydrates: 35g
Fiber: 8.5g
Sugar: 1.5g
Protein: 3g

Read more at http://www.skinnytaste.com/slow-cooker-blissful-butternut-squash/#5kWIuRlrSoGkqJ1f.99

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TWIST Tips: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy (while still having fun) this Spring Break

spring break familyOh, Spring Break! You’ve looked forward to it, planned and then planned some more, made the travel reservations, and even bought a new bathing suit. You’re ready to let the fun begin, but don’t want to let all the pre-Spring Break ‘New Year’ intentions and hard work go down the drain.

With a little pre-planning and a few smart and easy tips, this Spring Break can be both fun and healthy! And, when April rolls around and the suntan is gone, you’ll wee left with fun memories and few new healthy habits.

These six tips to stay “Spring Break” healthy will keep you on track:

Twist Yoga Smoothie1. Get off on the right foot

Whether you are driving or flying, a little departure day meal planning is a great way to get off on the right foot. We all know airplane food and drive-thru interstate options are dismal and guaranteed health bombs. I like to pack a healthy, yet indulgent, goody bag for the first travel day. I’ll hit my favorite local grocery store and get a hearty supply of healthy, portable foods. I stock up on flavored kombucca, spiced nuts, dried fruits, dark chocolate, protein bars, crackers and hummus, and anything that is easy to eat, but feels like a treat. They may seem expensive at the time, but you’ll be so happy to have them while traveling and won’t be tempted by the fast food options. I make a separate bag for each kids with some of their favorite treats as well. This way, I can somewhat control the junk-fest. Sometimes, on long travel days, I make several smaller bags for the kids and label them with varied times so they have something new and exciting to look forward to.

YDL2. Research and pre-book a fitness class at your destination

Don’t hang up your exercise routine or roll up your yoga mat just because your are on vacation. Ask friends or research online options for classes, trails, or bike rentals. Commit to at least one, and register yourself before you depart. This puts some structure in your trip and keeps you moving. You’ll have to pack the right clothes or shoes and the goal may be to get a little movement each day. Check out the Mindbody, Inc. app and download it before you go to book fitness, yoga, and wellness classes around the world.

twisthydro3. Pack a reusable water bottle
It seems simple, right? But, sometimes we think it’s just another thing to wash, keep track of and worry about. But, if you bring your own water bottle along on your trip, you have no excuse not to stay hydrated while on the go… maybe even make a small goal of refilling your bottle a certain number of times and drinking it before you have a special sweet treat or cocktail.

4. Cheers without fears
My vacation trick for ‘adult beverages’ is to add half sparking water to my cocktails or white white. This way, even if you enjoy a drink or two with lunch, happy hour and dinner, you’re saving yourself the calories and potential headaches by about 50% already! And trust me, you won’t know the difference when you’re toasting away to another day in paradise!

5. Pick one meal each day to “treat” yourself

We deserve to celebrate vacation. We all work hard, and it should feel like a true “vacation” from our normal routines, right? YES! My grounding rule here is to pick one meal each day where I really let all my normal healthy(ish) goals slide away…without regret. By choosing whether that means to have a chocolate croissant, an almond scone and a cafe au lait for breakfast in Paris, or an overstuffed burrito, chips, guac and a beer (or two) for lunch in Mexico, or a family-favorite Animal Style In-n-Out Burger and fries for dinner in Caly, it doesn’t matter. I don’t give it a second thought. I enjoy every last bite of that splurge — just make sure the rest of day is somewhat balanced, and you’ll feel rewarded and disciplined at the same time. I have one friend who eats a raw diet (think fruit, nuts, and salads) for two of her three vacation meals and uses that as her way to stay focused.

twist yoga lake oswego natural calm6. Get your ZZZZZs
We all know how it feels to get back from vacation and feel like you need a vacation to recover. Commit to getting a good night’s sleep, or maybe even taking a nap here and there. You may consider bringing your own pillow, a sleep mask, or my favorite natural sleep aid – Natural Calm – a magnesium booster that soothes sore muscles and relaxes the body. You might bring some lavender essential oils if you really want to create a zen environment on the road. Slowing down, turning off the devices, and really listening to how your body feels will serve you in so many ways.

Now, go forth this Spring Break — use your sunscreen, pack your yoga mat, get dessert, and have fun! And, don’t forget … our April 30th day challenge is waiting for you when you get back!

XO,

your #twisttribe