Best Metabolism Boosters

Image-1(5)Metabolism. We all have it. Some faster. Some slower. Metabolism is the rate at which we burn energy, aka the rate at which we burn calories. Though our individual metabolism is largely determined by our health and genetics, here are a few ways to boost metabolism…aka burn more calories…in less time. Aha, now you’re paying attention! Try these simple tips:

Hydration. How many times do I have to say it; drink up. Water, water, water! Sparkling water, lemon water, tea, and hydrating smoothies all count! Here’s how much water you really need.

Exercise. Move your body. While cardio definitely burns calories, strength training exercises boost metabolism for hours after the workout is complete. Also, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns. Find what you love, switch it up, and work those muscles. Varying your workouts also causes muscle confusion and prevents boredom and plateau.

FullSizeRenderSleep. The body can’t metabolize food effectively without adequate sleep. 8 hours, people. Read all about why you snooze, you lose here.

Eat. Yes, eating (and digesting) burns calories and boosts metabolism. Breakfast is key as it literally breaks the fast that our body undergoes overnight. Not only is it important to eat throughout the day, there are also quite a few foods that are known for their boosting power.

FullSizeRender_1One Healthy Breakdown: boost a bit to burn more!

Make Mom’s Day this Mother’s Day

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Here are some special, personal gift ideas for mom:

  • write down best memories and make a collage or memory book
  • cook her a meal or make it a bonding experience and cook together
  • make a photo album (a real, tangible, real life one, not online!)
  • go to her favorite fitness class or activity with her
  • rent her favorite movies and watch it with her (make her popcorn for extra points)
  • take over the laundry, dishes, cleaning for the day (or week if you’re extra dedicated)
  • give a signed document that says “you were right all along”
  • if you’re crafty, make her something with love
  • take her to get a manicure/pedicure
  • a puzzle with a family photograph
  • a cookbook of your favorite family meals
  • a recorded Happy Mother’s Day video
  • send a jib-jab (who doesn’t like a jib-jab?!)
  • bring her breakfast in bed
  • give her favorite tea, coffee, or wine 😉
  • a subscription to her favorite magazine
  • whip her up a batch of Mom’s TLC Oatmeal Cookies
  • send flowers

One Healthy Breakdown: it’s the thought that counts, put some thought into making Mom’s day this Mother’s Day!

Easter Basket Upgrades

It’s no secret that Easter is a super duper sugar-coated holiday. Trade in the pastel Peeps, massive chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans galore for some healthier treats that even the bunny himself would get egg-cited for.

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  • DVD’s
  • Dark chocolate
  • Organic lolli-pops or fruit snacks
  • Dried fruit
  • A jump rope
  • A yoyo
  • Seeds to plant
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Chapstick
  • Nuts
  • Sunscreen
  • Coconut
  • Stationary
  • Popcorn
  • Stickers
  • Gift cards
  • Arts & crafts
  • Dark chocolate covered nuts & seeds
  • Yogurt bites
  • Play-doh
  • Toothbrush
  • Books/magazines
  • Fun socks and other accessories

One Healthy Breakdown: bet you were expecting carrots to top the list, but that’d be egg-stra boring!

10 Things to Do This Spring

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1. Plant something. A garden, a plant, a flower, a chia pet…

2. Drive less. Walk more.

3. Spend an entire day outside, morning til night.

4. Explore a new beach.

5. Play like a kid, without a care in the world. Catch, mini golf, swing on the swings!

6. Eat al fresco, even at your own house.

7. Jump in puddles.

8. Feed the ducks.

9. Make one new (healthy!) recipe each week and make everyone in the house try it.

10. Wear flip-flops.

One Healthy Breakdown: tis the season to spring into SPRING!