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Home-grown vegetables always taste fresher and crisper than vegetables bought from the store. Do you want to grow some of your own vegetables? Is the new farm-to-table movement inspiring you? Start today with simple gardening tips from Naturade! The most difficult part is choosing what to grow!
There are three basic concepts you have to master to be a successful gardener: planning, preparation, and process.
Keep ideal temperature, sunlight exposure, and potential yield in mind when choosing which crops to grow. Map out your garden before planting.
Now that you have a great foundation, start putting it to action! Buy the tools you need, such as gloves, a hose, snips, pruners, a spade, trowel, or hand fork. Before planting, loosen the soil where you plan on putting your first veggies. If you desire, you can also add composted manure or other organic materials to the ground.
It’s finally time to have some fun and start growing! Once you’ve planned and prepared your gardening area, all you have left to do is plant those seeds. Remember to nurture and take care of your plants, checking and watering them regularly.
Below are some tips for choosing, growing, and harvesting your new garden!
Summer is coming to an end, but don’t let the changing seasons stop you from enjoying your favorite summer smoothie recipes like our Summer Sun Soy Protein Smoothie! This smoothie is a delicious combination of cucumber, honeydew, and mint that will leave your taste buds screaming for more. Drink this smoothie as a refreshing breakfast shake to invigorate your morning or as a revitalizing afternoon snack.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this summery smoothie:
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup ice cubes
2/3 cup peeled seedless cucumber
2/3 cup honeydew melon
1/8 cup fresh mint
Zest of half an orange
Dash of lemon juice
3 scoops Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Flavored Meal Replacement Mix
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In a blender or smoothie maker, combine water, ice cubes, cucumber, melon, orange zest, and mint. Halfway through blending, mix in two scoops of vanilla flavored Naturade Shake Mix. Process until very smooth. Garnish your serving glass with additional orange zest curls, orange slices, cucumber slices or honeydew slices for an extra flair.
Relax and drink your way to healthy living no matter the season. Enjoy all year round!
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Summer is a time for delicacies, but it can also be a time for healthy eating. Summertime is filled with lots of opportunities to eat and drink outdoors at parties and barbecues. However, it’s important to remember to incorporate some healthy foods into your diet as much as possible.
Celebrity wellness guru, Dr. Frank Lipman, shares some of the healthiest foods in season during the summer that everyone should be adding to their daily diet.
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1. Lemons: This first choice is one of our favorite picks as it has so much potential! Need an extra incentive to drink enough water everyday? Squeeze in some lemon juice to give your water some added flavor. Cooking a salad, salmon, or chicken, but want some extra zing? A small squirt of lemon can make all the difference to a delicious meal and is an extra source of Vitamin C.
2. Cruciferous Veggies: This green group includes brussel sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. These vegetables add vitamin C and soluble fiber to your diet and are so versatile that your options are limitless. Boiled, grilled, or sautéed – greens are always a healthy addition to any meal!
3. Avocado: Not only do they have an extremely high nutrient value, avocados are also full of flavor and rich texture! With oleic acid, Vitamin E, and glutathione, this fruit is super healthy. You can make avocado toast or add it to salads. You can make yourself some guacamole or even just scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain or filled with tuna.
4.Garlic: It might not do much for getting you that kiss at the end of the night, but garlic is known to have great antibacterial properties. It is also easy to sautée into almost any meal. Whether you are making green veggies, grilled meat, or even a dipping sauce, garlic is always a flavorful addition!
5. Fresh Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, and basil are all excellent examples of herbs that help mix-up any meal! The easiest way to use herbs is as a last minute addition to a meal. A small sprinkle can make your food taste significantly better! If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you can try making some pesto out of herbs or even use them to marinate your meats.
With options like these it seems like being healthy this summer may be more fun than we expected!
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Getting out of bed can seem nearly impossible without hitting the snooze button. Does this sound familiar? Hate doesn’t even begin to describe what you feel for your alarm when you hear that loud buzz waking you from a deep slumber. Don’t waste your energy fretting, Naturade is here to help you shake it off and finally become a morning person.
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Becoming a morning person isn’t about following a social norm. Recent studies show waking up early leads to an overall healthier life compared to staying awake later. It is also proven that early risers are often more productive and content as they get their most pressing to do’s out of the way before the rest of us.
If living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t change your mind, maybe the sheer simplicity of these quick tips will help make waking up early more appealing!
1. Don’t Give Up
It takes 21 days to effectively form a habit. Keep at it! The first few days may make the whole idea seem crazy or impossible, but the important thing is to create consistency. Hold your self accountable to keep up the healthy routine.
2. Don’t Compromise on Sleep
An important thing to remember when making any of these life changes is that they shouldn’t compromise any other healthy habits. Allow yourself to wake up a couple hours earlier, but don’t lose hours of sleep by doing so. If one night you are going to bed at 3am, don’t wake up at 6am the following morning. This can lead to exhaustion and lower productivity.
Listen to your body. Make sure you’re getting approximately 7-8 hours of sleep. Set a strict bedtime and enforce it until you’ve seen how great it feels to get a good night’s rest!
3. Play Hide and Seek
It may seem silly, but moving your alarm clock across the room forces you to get up and realistically, isn’t that half of the struggle? When immediately jumping out of bed starts becoming easier and easier for you, try putting the alarm clock in new places every night and playing a little game every morning. This will wake you up quickly!
4. Get Hydrated
After a full night’s sleep without drinking any water, waking up dehydrated can cause that grogginess we know too well! A glass of water can work miracles and keep get you pumped for the rest of your day!
5. Exercise Early
It is not only true that early morning exercises are more productive and effective, but they also give you that extra boost of energy to get you through the rest of the day. Are you really going to say no to endorphins?
6. Plan Ahead
Lay out your clothes the night before and make sure to pack your lunch and gym bags in advance! Make your mornings as quick and efficient as possible by making small changes. Taking the rush out of your morning is a sure-fire way to make it seem less dreadful!
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A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be so hard to achieve. The NaturadeLife is about incorporating fitness, environmental awareness and social consciousness into your everyday life.
The NaturadeLife is about making the choice to take the stairs up to your office or choosing to get a Citibike instead of a taxi. It’s about making the decision to put beautiful flowers in the window that not only help decorate your apartment, but also filter the air your family breathes! Most importantly, this lifestyle is about realizing that health begins with yourself, but also extends outwards to the world around you.
Has this ever happened to you? You stayed overtime at work and the gym closed before you could make it. Why should you compromise on your workout? Take the stairs or walk to the train station instead of driving. Those extra five minutes in your commute could help you burn more calories and take a few minutes to enjoy your surroundings.
Ever run into this situation? Your babysitter cancelled and you’re stuck at home when you should be out and about? Instead of fretting, tweak your plans to fit everyone’s needs. Take out those yoga mats and stretch it out with your children. Follow in the footsteps of Instagram stars like Laura Kasperzak (@laurasykora) that show how productive, fun and easy it is to do yoga with your kids.
There are ways to live out the NaturadeLife in your home as well. Consider buying energy efficient home products that aren’t harmful to the environment and add to your healthy lifestyle both inside and out! It’s easier than ever and a simple shift to energy efficient light bulbs on a global scale is predicted to trim the world’s electricity bill by nearly one-tenth.
These choices may seem insignificant, but in reality these small choices truly add up and make a big difference. You don’t have to be a fitness guru or a dietician to know how to live a healthy life. It all starts with these small changes to improve your health and mood a little more each day.
The NaturadeLife is for everyone, the question is whether you choose to live it.
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One of my favorite ways to workout is by doing high intensity interval training. It instantly gets your heart pumping and your sweat dripping and will keep your body burning calories for up to 48 hours after you finish! Who wouldn’t be a fan of that? Many gyms now offer HIIT classes and I recently found my new favorite spot to workout! It’s called The 12, where you perform four series of mini workouts at your peak performance! You go as hard as you can for a bunch of short bursts and you walk out of the class feeling like a rock star! So if you’re looking for the next great way to whip your body into shape for bikini season, try HIIT! You will be sore, but you won’t be sorry!
Tips from Naturade:
Never go into any workout without warning up, doing so may result in injury. Do warmups that will get your heart rate up and prepare your body for work.
Use a timer with sound
Time your intervals to ensure that you’re staying on track and working to your full potential.
Bring the intensity
It’s called “high intensity interval training” for a reason! During active periods make sure you are working as hard as you can while maintaining proper form and during your rest intervals make sure you are powering up for your next set.
In order to get the most out of your workout you need energy to burn. For high intensity, quick workouts, eat something that is easily digested 20-30 minutes before you train. A smoothie or shake with VeganSmart can power you through HIIT workouts! Learn How to Build the Perfect Smoothie
Some people say that health is about diet much more than exercise. While I completely agree, I also believe that fitness and exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, so I prioritize fitness into my schedule every day. People who are fitter are healthier and live better lives. Inactivity and lack of exercise can lead to loss of muscle, reduced functional ability and a lack of energy.
One of the hardest things to keep up with is nutrition. Lets be honest we have all went through times, or are currently going through them, when we did not keep up with the proper intake of fruits and veggies. Sometimes people go weeks without having any fresh fruits or veggies at all. With many of us eating fast food as our standard diet we have to find a way to get these fresh items into our diet. It’s not only a necessity but it’s medically needed in the long run. Humans need these micro and macro nutrients to keep us properly fed from nature, not the overly processed items we are constantly taking in.
After falling in love with other healthy living blogs and realizing she may have the material to start her own, Alyssa created her health, fitness, and lifestyle blog, Life of bLyss, to chronicle everything “blyssful” in her life (get it? Alyssa + bliss = blyss?). Alyssa’s blog covers her favorite tips and tricks, experiences and misadventures, and her life working in the fitness industry.