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Packed with protein and nutrients, the smoothie is a classic and healthy snack you just can’t beat. This summer, break out the blender and stay cool with these easy and *delicious* recipes!
By far my favorite way to start the day, the key to this smoothie is the combination of homemade cashew milk, tasty wild blueberries, and Hawaiian Spirulina. Fruits, especially wild blueberries, are an antioxidant powerhouse—and are easy to find in the frozen section of your favorite health food store when they aren’t in season. Plus, wild blueberries and Hawaiian Spirulina are known to help remove heavy metals from your body. With an amazing amount of antioxidants and protein, Spirulina has been a great addition for my wellness routine.
- Pour cashew milk and coconut water into the blender, followed by banana and blueberries.
- Add Spirulina and cinnamon (and any optional ingredients listed below).
- Blend the ingredients until desired consistency, adding additional cashew milk if needed.
- Pour into your favorite mason jar, grab your glass straw and enjoy!
If you are looking to incorporate a little something extra to your Wild Blueberry and Spirulina Smoothie, here are a few of my favorite ingredients that make great additions to this recipe:
- 1/2 scoop of vegan protein powder
- 1/2 tsp of maca powder
- 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp of almond or nut butter or your choice
Nothing welcomes warm weather like mango—and it’s in season, so buying fresh mango is easy. Not only does this tropical fruit help to alkalize the entire body, but it also aids in digestion and is rich in antioxidants. Blend it with strawberries, and you’ll be sipping on paradise.
- Pour cashew milk into the blender, followed by banana, mango, and strawberries.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top (and any optional ingredients listed below).
- Blend until desired consistency, adding more cashew milk or water if needed.
- Pour and enjoy!
I like adding in one (or both) of these ingredients to my smoothie for a complimentary boost of not-so-sweet flavor:
- Handful of shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp of raw cacao
If you’re bored of the same old oats every morning, grab a spoon and try this refreshing treat. Perfect for summer, this bowl has the same nutritional value as smoothies… plus, you’re chewing instead of drinking. Digestion starts long before food hits our stomach—it begins when we are chewing our food. Smoothie bowls have so many healing properties and antioxidants benefits and will leave you full and healthy for all that fun in the sun.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries of your choice
- 1-2 cups of preferred nut milk (I like to use almond)
- 1 tbsp of Hemp protein
- ½ teaspoon Açaí powder
- Dash of Ceylon cinnamon
Choose one or all!
- Almond butter or cashew butter
- Organic granola
- Hemp seeds
- Shredded coconut
- Bee pollen
- Add nut milk, banana, and mixed berries to the blender.
- Sprinkle hemp protein, acai powder and cinnamon on top of mixture.
- Blend until desired consistency, adding more nut milk if needed.
- Scoop out into your favorite bowl and add your preferred toppings. Enjoy!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.