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Smoothies You’ll Be Sippin’ on All Summer Long
Wellness
Published Friday Jul 06, 2018 by Erica Fowler

Smoothies You’ll Be Sippin’ on All Summer Long

Nutrition
Drink

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! 

Wild Blueberry and Spirulina Smoothie  
Blueberry and Spirulina Smoothie

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. 


INGREDIENTS:  

- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 cup of homemade cashew milk
- 1 cup of coconut water 
- 1 tsp of Hawaiian Spirulina
- Dash of Ceylon cinnamon
 

INSTRUCTIONS:  

- 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

Strawberry Mango Bliss Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Bliss Smoothie

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. 


 
INGREDIENTS: 

- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup diced mango
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 cup homemade cashew milk (or store-bought if you’re in a rush)
- Dash of Ceylon cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS: 

- 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

Scrumptious Smoothie Bowl 
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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. 


INGREDIENTS:

- 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
 

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS


Choose one or all!

- Almond butter or cashew butter
- Organic granola
- Hemp seeds
- Shredded coconut
- Bee pollen

INSTRUCTIONS:  

- 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! 

Erica Fowler
Written by
Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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bree lewis headshot
Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!