Creamsicle Power Smoothie

Spring is arguably the most promising of seasons, showing signs of growth, vibrance, sunshine, and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, spring also brings about unreliable weather, the peak of allergy season, and those end-of-flu-season germs that have us needing some serious Vitamin C. Ditch the pills and give your immune system a healthy boost with this tasty treat instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange or 2 clementines or 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop high quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce (optional)
  • dash of turmeric or small piece of turmeric root (optional)
  • ice cubes (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the liquids. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes if you wish. Pour into a glass and enjoy, knowing that you’re feeding your body right.

One Healthy Breakdown: real food cures all most!

Matcha Me. Matcha Tea.

Whatcha matcha? Matcha is a high-quality powdered form of green tea. With tons of uses, matcha is pretty universal, but currently trending in the latte department as well as flavoring baked goods, smoothies, and sweets. Did I mention universal? Although all green tea is extremely healthy, matcha may just be a front-runner because the powder allows us to consume the whole tea leaf, getting a much higher “bang for our buck,” nutritionally-speaking.

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Matcha is packed with antioxidants that help the immune system to fight toxins, bacteria, viruses, aging, and even cancer. As a natural detoxifier, matcha is also high in fiber and amino acids. It boosts metabolism, prevents the dissolving of fat cells, and even burns calories while improving hair and skin health. Known as both a stimulant and a relaxant, matcha boosts mood, energy, and concentration while calming and reducing anxiety simultaneously. Additionally, matcha lowers cholesterol and blood sugar without increasing insulin levels. Hows that for a superfoodpowder?! You can find matcha powder at a health food store or online. Sorry to say, but Starbucks matcha is not the real deal (I said I was sorry!) To make up for it, I’m sharing my new favorite afternoon pick-me-up:

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Matcha Me Latte

Mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 3/4 cup hot water. Add remaining 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice.) If you fancy, top with frothed milk and cinnamon. For extra sweetness, add a small teaspoon of honey or stevia.

One Healthy Breakdown: matcha me some green tea!

Ya Snooze, Ya Lose

You’ve heard it a hundred times: 8 hours of sleep a night! Let’s face it – for most of us, that’s almost impossible really, really, really hard….

MP900181418…but now that these adorable puppies got your attention, let’s talk about why sleep is SO important! It’s not just about feeling rested (although isn’t that such a great feeling?!) Sleep, along with hydration and nutrition, make our bodies efficient, from the inside out to our very top layer of skin cells. Lets uncover all of the benefits of sleep, including, yes, you guessed it: weight loss.MP900385227

Sleep literally creates energy, so we function efficiently in all walks of life, at all stages of life, from the classroom to the gym, at the office, with our families, and beyond. Healthy sleep aids brain functioning, memory, creativity, and focus to ensure we’re on our A game. With a big exam or job interview approaching, the smart thing is to spend those wee hours sleeping instead of cramming.

The immune system is most efficient at prevent illness and disease with ample sleep. Sleep also controls inflammation and balances hormones linked to mood, stress, weight, and appetite. The likelihood of losing weight and keeping it off long-term is far increased by good quality sleep.

With ample sleep, we’re able to efficiently metabolize food, absorb nutrients, cleanse toxins, rebuild muscles, strengthen bones, and control our appetite. That’s right, the difference between a poor night’s sleep and a good night’s sleep can be the difference between choosing healthy foods and…not. Hormones that cue hunger and fullness are thrown off by lack of sleep, as are cortisol levels, causing unnecessary stress, which also adds to weight gain, and the vicious cycle repeats.

Along with healthy eating, regular exercise, and emotional balance, we can become better versions of ourselves with the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Like recharging a battery or filling up a car with gas, sleep is the ammunition that fuels our bodies, a huge factor in mental, physical, and emotional health. If we ALL got enough sleep, imagine the possibilities…!

One Healthy Breakdown: Do your body right – get your eight hours tonight!