How to Totally Rock Your Health Goals in 2019

Caitlin Shoemaker of From My Bowl provides her best tips to keeping those 2019 intentions .

There’s nothing wrong with having a New Year’s resolution, but it is a little strange how most of us fall off the bandwagon in a month or two. Here are 4 easy tips to help you accomplish (and totally rock) your health goals in 2019:

  1. Pick a sustainable goal
    If you order takeout every night or haven’t been to the gym in 5 months, odds are you aren’t going to start daily Meal Prepping and become an extreme fitness god(dess) overnight. Pick a realistic goal for yourself, otherwise you’re much more likely to feel overwhelmed and give up. It’s okay to have a larger long-term goals, but you’re much more likely to keep at it if you celebrate the baby steps along the way!
  2. There’s nothing wrong with a “Life Hack”
    Whether it’s a quick-and-dirty workout when you’re pressed for time or tossing a scoop of the new Amazing Grass Glow Protein (which has greens and supports collagen synthesis) in your smoothie – get it, girl! (or guy). We’re all busy people – if something helps you get to those goals faster, go for it! As long as it’s health-promoting, and not illegal, of course 😉
  3. Find an accountability buddy
    Things are always easier with a friend – health and fitness goals included! Whether it’s your bestie, your mom, or a public Facebook group, you’ll feel way more motivated to get things done when you have to report your progress to someone else. Plus, you and your buddy can help build each other up when the going gets tough!
  4. Determine your motivation
    A wise friend recently reminded me that most of our actions are driven by either fear or love. Do you want to hit the gym because you feel insecure, or because you find joy in your movement and want to celebrate your strength? Are you determined to eat healthier because you’re scared you won’t “look as great”, or because it helps you to feel your best and take on the day? While both roads may drive you to the same end result, your journey to get there will be far more enjoyable if you treat yourself with kindness. After all, you’re pretty great already!
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3 Healthy Morning Habits for Busy People

Caitlin Shoemaker of FromMyBowl shares with us the 3 morning habits we can start incorporating in our every day.


Whether you have a long commute, like to sleep in, or are just a busy person who likes to get sh*t done, many of us don’t have time to sit down and slowly savor our mornings. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have to ditch the healthy habits! These easy habits will give you a great kick start to your day, all while getting you out the door in no time flat.

 

 

1. Wake up to sunlight
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a jarring, obnoxious alarm, right? …wrong! Studies show that waking up to gradually increasing sunlight helps to regulate your body’s biological clock. This is easy during the summer when the days are long, but can get a bit tricky during those dark and dreary winter days. To counteract this, try investing in a light alarm clock, which wakes you up with gradually increasing light as opposed to noise. Don’t worry though – you can still choose a peaceful tune to wake you up in case you miss the first wake up call.

 

2. Meal Prep
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But so many of us “skip” it or resort to pre-packaged options when we are pressed for time. Preparing your breakfast ahead of time ensures that you’re not going to go hungry, and that you’re going to be well-nourished with food that loves you back. Overnight Oats and Chia Seed Pudding are always great options. If you’d like something a little more refreshing, try out some Smoothie “Ice Cubes!” Simply blend your favorite fruits and/or veggies together ahead of time, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, and freeze. All you have to do in the mornings is add a few cubes to your blender along with some liquid and your favorite Amazing Grass Protein Powder of Choice (I recommend the Vanilla or Chocolate Protein & Kale Line), and you have a well-balanced meal!

Protein & Kale Smoothie Bowl
Protein & Kale Smoothie Bowl

 

3. Make it Special
Even if you’re just rolling out of bed, throwing on some clothes, and brushing your teeth, try to find some joy in your morning routine and make it special for you. Setting aside a few minutes every morning to “center” yourself and prepare for the day ahead starts your day on a high note and can help increase your productivity. Whether it’s playing a favorite song, dancing in the shower, or waking up a few minutes earlier so you can sit down with that cup of tea or coffee, all small acts are still good acts 😉

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Travel Survival Blog

Hitting the road soon? While your home routine might keep you glowing, it’s not always easy to keep your healthy habits while you travel. Here are some of our tips to keep you happy and healthy no matter where your trip takes you!

  1. Stay Hydrated
    Whether you’ve got a long flight or just long hours in the car, traveling is dehydrating. Dehydration can leave you with a headache or just feeling generally fatigued. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water not only en route, but also after you arrive.
  2. Be Active
    Vacation can involve a lot of lounging and downtime, so get up on your feet when you have a chance. Even a short walk or stroll can make a big difference in your physical vitality, and try using a step tracker or Fitbit to monitor your activity.
  3. Get your Nutrients
    Not sure if your next meal will be nutritious? Have some insurance on hand with our Effervescent tablets. Easy to drop into a water bottle, these tablets are crafted with an organic blend of alkalizing greens including wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa grown on our family farm in Kansas plus a potent blend of over 30 antioxidant-rich superfoods.
  4. Plan Ahead
    Planning your meals ahead of time will help ensure you don’t end up with nothing but processed, unhealthy choices. If you’re traveling by car, stock up on healthy snacks like fresh veggies and nuts. Once you’re at your destination, check out restaurant menus online before you head out so you know you’ll have healthy options.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to return from your trip feeling rested and rejuvenated.

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy at Holiday Parties

How to holiday party with cheer instead of fear.

With the holiday season approaching, it can be hard to resist the endless treats and indulgences at parties and gatherings. No one wants to toss all their healthy habits out the door so we came up with a way to stay on track with these 5 tips to stay healthy at holiday parties.

Don’t show up hungry

If you arrive at a party already famished, it’ll be that much harder to stick to your healthy habits. Make sure to have a light, healthy, plant-based meal before you leave the house.

Load up on veggies

There may be tons of rich items to choose from, but most parties will have a veggie plate. Eat plenty of veggies with your more indulgent treats and you’ll help slow down your intake of heavier foods.

Drink plenty of water

Whether you’re drinking alcohol or juice, make sure you’re staying hydrated with water. Staying hydrated helps manage your appetite and also helps balance high sodium party snacks.

Cover your nutrient bases

If you expect to be eating a lot of meals at parties, it can be hard to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Mix Amazing Grass with water or juice for a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Bring a healthy dish

If you don’t expect to have a lot of healthy choices at your next party, bring a healthy option with you. Try plant-based recipes like a hearty cabbage salad, homemade kale chips, or fruit salad.

 

 

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Feel Well Rested & Energized as Ever With These Fall Rituals

The sun is setting earlier and it’s time to get into a fall rhythm! Though we’re missing long summer nights, fall is a great time to check in with our bodies and prepare for the upcoming change of season. Need a few tips to gracefully enter the colder months? We got you covered. Feel well rested & energized as ever with these fall rituals…

 

Wind down earlier
With the sunlight hours decreasing, try going to bed earlier. If you’re an early riser, waking up while it’s still dark can be a challenge, so hitting the sack earlier can mean you wake up more rested. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.

 

Decompress before bed
Bedtime rituals are important for ensuring a good night’s sleep. If you often have trouble falling asleep, incorporating some relaxing activities an hour or two before bed will help you reach a peaceful slumber more easily. The blue light from screens and devices has been shown to disrupt sleep cycles, so switch to a book or magazine before bed. Dim the lights in your room and consider some gentle stretching, breathing, or meditation.


Get some sun

If the darker season tends to make you tired, get outside when you can. An afternoon walk in the sun can be energizing and invigorating. If you find yourself really missing the light in the evening or early morning, try a sun lamp, which mimics the light from the sun.

 

Don’t skip exercise
If you often exercise outside, you may be tempted to skip your workout as temperatures drop. Whether you layer up or just start using a gym, find a way to stay active in the colder months. Studies show that people who exercise during the day often sleep better at night.

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5 Ways to Keep the Summer Magic Alive All Year Long

Between vacations, trips, and no school, summer lets us have fun and relax. With Fall officially here though, the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. But there’s no reason to lose the summer spirit. Here are 5 ways to keep the summer magic alive all year long.

 

Spend time outside. Temperatures may be dropping, but if we layer up we can still enjoy some sunshine. Whether you have a favorite hiking trail or just prefer a stroll around the block, don’t let shorter daylight hours keep you from getting on your feet!

 

Exercise in unconventional ways. Summer often has us exercising without it feeling like a stale routine. Try hula hooping or jump rope for a fun, upbeat workout!

 

Grill outside. Before it gets too cold, keep grilling your summer faves through the fall. Try grilled veggies brushed with olive oil.

 

Travel. Since most people travel in the summer months or over holidays, fall is a great time to find affordable rates for flights and hotels. Take a long weekend and discover a new place!

 

Eat seasonally. Summer offers us a bounty of produce, but each season continues to bring us a harvest. To stay in season after summer, incorporate squashes, root vegetables, and dark leafy greens.

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How to Stay Healthy & Avoid Junk-Food-Fails on Your Next Road Trip

Road trips are an exciting way to explore new places and destinations. When you travel by car, your whole route becomes part of the experience. Though road trips can be a fun way to travel, it can often be difficult to find healthy options and eat well en route. Here are some of our tips for staying healthy on a road trip!

1. Plan your non-perishables ahead of time. So long as you have room in the car, stock up on your non-refrigerated items before your trip. We like raw nuts, dehydrated veggie chips, and rice crackers.

2. Pack a cooler. If you have a reliable way to keep things cold, you can pack fresh fruits and veggies and organic dairy like yogurt or string cheese. If you plan on staying in hotels, you can check that they have a mini-fridge to re-freeze your ice packs each day.

3. Stay hydrated. Being in a car for long hours can be dehydrating, so pack a case of water so you never have to stop when you need a drink. Even better, consider buying larger jugs of water and filling reusable bottles!

4. Add greens. It can be hard to pack a lot of nutrition in a small package, but our Green Superfood packets and Wheat Grass packets make it easy. Add a packet to organic juice for a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.

5. Stop at grocery stores. Don’t forget that your only option isn’t fast food or convenience stores. Make a point to stop at grocery stores along the way to load up on healthy snacks when you run out. Many grocery stores often have affordable salad bars and other healthy options.

 

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The Secret to Producing the Most Nutrient-Dense Greens on Earth

You’ve got choices when it comes to gettin’ your greens. And of course, everyone wants the most nutrient-dense greens they can find. What makes Amazing Grass the best choice?

 

Simple. Our process.

 

See, we’re obsessively thoughtful about all the little details, right from the beginning.

 

We’ve organically grown grasses on our family farm in Kansas for over 3 generations. In that time, we perfected a simple process: slow growth, deep roots, mineral-rich soil, and harvesting at peak nutrition.

 

Our cereal grasses, which include wheat grass, barley grass and alfalfa grass (kale to come – yes, be excited!) are planted on our family farm in Kansas around August/September, and grown through a cold winter. Grass needs time to grow. We’re talking slow growth, so 200 days later, we harvest. We only harvest once a year at the crops’ nutritional peak, prior to the jointing stage.

 

Our roots run deep. You may have seen this phrase on our packaging and may be thinking to yourself, ‘Cool. All roots run deep, right?’ or possibly, ‘I don’t know why that matters. Don’t care. Sounds like Marketing mumbo jumbo.” Here’s what we mean though…

 

Growing our grasses through a cold winter forces the roots to grow deeper, away from the frost line, in order to soak up maximum nutrients from the soil. Our grasses quite literally dig deep to survive. Consequently, deeper roots yield a substantially more nutrient-dense grass; greener in color too.

 

Just like people, crops also require real time and work to grow into something substantial. We are such nature-copy-cats.

Amazing Grass Roots Run Deep
 

Time to harvest, so who makes the cut?  Just the tips. Why? Because grass blade tips are where it’s at – this is where most of the nutrients like to hang out. Of the grass blades we cut, 85% is digestible plant nutrition, and about 15% indigestible plant fiber, which helps promote a healthy digestive tract.

 

Cutting just the tips means producing a lower yield (less product) but higher quality (more nutrient-dense).

 

After all that, how do our grasses stack up against others? Kind of like comparing spinach to ice-berg lettuce.

 

Amazing Grass - Greener on Our Side
 

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The Must-Have Green Drink You Can Stash Anywhere by Julie Morris

When I was an art student, I lived half a block away from a cozy coffee shop, which quickly became my home away from home. I fully counted on coffee to get me through the day, and depending on my level of schoolwork procrastination, often through the night, too. Like most addictions, the more I consumed, the more I needed. The more I needed, the worse I felt, and so the more I consumed. It is my belief that, over time, my excessive caffeine habit is partly to blame for my development of severe adrenal problems and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Eventually, I kicked coffee to the curb and simultaneously began my journey of superfood cuisine, with the pursuit of energy still first in mind.

 

My food revolution was over 15 years ago, and since then, I’ve stocked up on a ton of simple yet important tricks to feeling pretty darn good most of the time. Arguably, the number one lesson I’ve learned is to seek energy via nourishment … and not through a stimulant. So while energy drinks are still a part of my daily routine, they’re not the traditional kind (that bludgeon your system with massive doses of caffeine). Instead, we’re talking nutrient-dense smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and superfood-rich elixirs. And when I’m seeking a reboot on the go, recently I’ve been enjoying a dynamic new answer: Amazing Grass Effervescent Greens. To make this snooze-defying elixir, all you have to do is pop a little tablet into some water, and watch the fizzy alchemy take place in a matter of mere minutes as your deliciously flavored drink is “made.” Bottoms up and hello energy!

 

So, how does it work? While the satisfying fizz from the dissolving tablet may suggest that some kind of pure magic is behind this uplifting potion, the real answer lies in the ingredients. Living up to its name, Amazing Grass packs each tablet full of all the most powerful alkalizing greens: wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, and chlorella. Greens are a first-choice natural energy food, as they help the body get rid of all the gunk that’s slowing down basic functioning, while at the same time helping build red blood cells, so oxygen and nutrients can circulate more efficiently. Also included is a premium litany of revitalizing, antioxidant-rich superfoods, ranging from camu to elderberry, garlic to oregano, elderberry to mangosteen … I mean, there’s even Brussels sprout concentrate in here, people! The result is a food-based energy drink (which tastes like lemon-lime or berry, depending on the flavor you choose), that covers a massive amount of your nutritional needs, including 100% of your daily B12, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. All this goodness clocking in at 15 calories and 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar … maybe it actually is magic after all.

 

Sure, I still drink coffee on occasion (maybe once a month) – I do love the flavor. I still consume small amounts of natural caffeine through things like matcha or chocolate, as the stimulation of these superfoods is so very gentle. But overall, nothing compares to the clean energy that’s earned from incorporating great nutrition. Stashing a little tube of these Effervescent Greens in my bag wherever I go is a game-changer for those of us hooked on feeling good … for all the right reasons.

 

 

Guest post thanks to Amazing Grass Ambassador Julie Morris – a Los Angeles-based natural foods chef, on-camera personality, and New York Times best-selling cookbook author. 

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The Official Travel Hit List You Need If You Plan to Get Your Wander On

Ever feel restless like you just need to get outside and explore? You’re not alone. Exploring a new environment and taking in the wonders of nature can ground us and leave us feeling refreshed and recharged after our trip. Here are some of our favorite places to travel to and explore. If you come across spots you haven’t seen yet, perhaps it’s time get your wander on…

 

Grand Canyon: This vast canyon, which overlooks the Colorado river, is 277 miles long, nearly to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.[1] The canyon is visited by over a million people each year, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The breathtaking views and stunning cliffs make this a sight not be missed.

 

Yosemite: Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.[1]  It’s often visited for its waterfalls and ancient giant sequoia trees, some of which can be up to 3000 years old![3] Be sure to visit the Yosemite Village where you’ll find shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery of photos from the area.

 

Sedona: Sedona is an Arizona desert with gorgeous red rocks, steep canyons, and pine forests. Visitors enjoy its mild climate and thriving arts community. Uptown Sedona features shops, spas, and galleries. On the outskirts of town is Red Rock State Park where you can hike, bird watch, and picnic.

 

Big Sur: Considered the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the United States, Big Sur includes both rugged mountains and gorgeous ocean views.[4] Big Sur’s Cone Peak at 5,155 feet is just 3 miles from the ocean. There are multiple beaches to explore as well as camping sites.

 

Martha’s Vineyard: This island in Massachusetts is just south of Cape Cod. Only accessible by boat or air, the island features beaches, lighthouses, and farmland. A favorite travel destination for the Obamas, Martha’s Vineyard offers tons of great vacation activities like street fairs, farmer’s markets, fireworks, spas, and more.

 

Fire Island: Located off the southern shore of Long Island, Fire Island is a small island primarily accessible by ferry. This unique place has very few cars and residents and visitors travel mostly by bike. Enjoy the beautiful beaches or go hiking along nature trails. Ocean Beach, a popular destination, has a collection of restaurants and shops.

 

Wherever your travels take you, we hope you return home feeling amazing!

 

[1] https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

[2] https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

[3] https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/sequoia-research.htm

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur

 

 

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