What is mindful eating? How can I start? Can you imagine slowing down when you sit down to eat to experience the tastes and textures of your food rather than wolfing it down in a hurry or snacking on the go all the time? We can absolutely learn to slow down and eat mindfully. We can also learn to see the food we eat as medicine that not only nourishes our whole system, but also tastes delicious.
Remember in the 80s when we were all eating "fat-free" and you could eat as many bagels as you wanted? You were gonna get skinny, and all would be well in the world. Needless to say, that didn't work. Sigh. And don't get us started on shoulder pads.
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 an afternoon of reward.
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.
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 needs under our roof.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start the day strong, and you can keep going all day long. I want to teach my kids this. Throwing a bowl of cereal at them in the morning would be the easiest, but I know that it is not the most nutrient dense and will not keep their brains and bodies working properly for too long.
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!
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 is vital for performance, while maintaining good health. Carbohydrates are especially key when it comes to game time.
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?
Summer is in full swing. It's officially "farmers market" season, and we couldn't be more excited to try this yummy, easy and versatile recipe from local business owner and yogi, Kelly Calabria, of Kelly's Jelly. Kelly was gracious enough to tape a quick video of this delicious recipe at another local favorite, Nic & Fig's. Check out this beautiful Lake Oswego locally-owned spot for sewing, craft making and cooking class for kids and adults.
Everyone is doing it. The ubiquitous smoothie. The quickest way to get in a healthy meal before work or working out, or after working out, for that matter. Have kids that eschew all things green? Throw in some mild greens along with the fruit and they will be none the wiser. All you need is a blender and you can whip up countless variations to suit even the pickiest eaters.
It’s a New Year and we are all planning our healthiest one yet. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t want yummy stuff. Sally Goerges, COO of Metabolic Research Center, and Twist Yoga regular, to the rescue. These easy, low-carb, gluten free, and very adaptable cheese crackers/biscuits are a great way to start.
I don’t know about you, but I read these recipes all the time, and either they look too hard to prep or don’t actually look super-appealing. But, on Sunday after Thanksgiving, I was browsing my Pinterest boards and found this little gem. It looked easy, fast, and actually quite tasty. It delivered on all counts. It was just what we needed post stuffing, pie, wine, and relatives.
Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles If you were fortunate enough to be in our Tuesday, Nov. 17h meditation class with Kristin Fritz, you experienced these delectable little gems of goodness. As we focused this month on Asteya, Kristin shared a practice of "non-stealing" as we concentrated on staying present. It was the perfect way to prepare for the holidays, and we got to enjoy these delicious truffles at the end! Meditation and chocolate - yes, please!
This time of year, I am looking for ways to use my overgrown mint! Even I can’t drink enough Mint Juleps to use it all before it gets too cold. I was so happy when Twist Yoga teacher, Katrina, shared this delicious salad with mint dressing! It’s perfect for me: easy, fresh, tasty, and I can make ahead and keep it in the fridge for the week.
Last week, I was planning a little birthday cocktail party for my fabulous sister-in-law, Suzi, and came across this recipe for “Skinny Coconut Margaritas“. I love a spin on the traditional ‘rita and was intrigued by the relative healthfulness of this yogi-esque concoction. It’s easy, refreshing, and I already had all the ingredients. BAM!
It made a TON of sauce and noodles. I prepped all the veggies, and then ran some errands, and it went fairly quickly after that. The sauce would freeze really well if you are just cooking for one. Or, the recipe also halves easily. It even makes a yummy soup if you add more broth or water.
I am the queen of trying to figure out new and interesting ways to gussy up the ol’ egg at breakfast time. I’ve added just about everything to “the perfect protein” but I am still on the hunt.
This weekend, I paired two of my current faves: Avocado Egg Bakes and “Life Changing Bread”. It’s been two days and my life hasn’t “changed” yet, but I have found another 5 ways to enjoy this yummy bread(like) recipe.
We’re so excited to collaborate with Portland nutritionist Monica Spoelstra Metz on her upcoming I Love Food Spring Detox. To help give you an idea of what the program looks like, we’re happy to share Monica’s recipe for her Easy Green Smoothie.
Often times, mine wanders to what I am going to eat after practice. Or, what I am going to eat at lunch? Or, what I am going to buy to eat at the grocery store? Or, what I would eat if I could eat anything in the entire world? You get the drift.
Last Sunday, I hosted a little birthday dinner for my beautiful Momma. Of course, in typical crazy-life style, the day was packed with commitments and I didn’t have a huge block of time to cook. Momma loves lentil soup, so I decided to try one of our “Healthy Recipes with a TWIST” pins on Pinterest — Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup.
Sometimes I get a wild hair and actually try to cook something I pin on Pinterest. This weekend, said wild hair cropped up, and I whipped up a batch of probiotic-filled Sauerkraut. And it’s not even Octoberfest.
On Mondays, in keeping with #meatlessmonday, I often turn to the tried and true baked potato bar. It’s sweet taters or yams for Mark and I, and good ol’ fashion starchy russets for the kiddos. It’s easy, fairly nutritious, gluten free, and makes everyone happy.