It’s been going around recently that caffeine is NOT good for you. Let’s put that myth to rest. TOO MUCH caffeine is bad for you. In moderation, it serves to activate brain functions, stimulate your nervous system and help it fire better, helps you focus, gives you clarity, and boosts your metabolism. These are all benefits of drinking caffeine, but don’t be fooled, not all caffeinated drinks are good for you.
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Those sugary frappucinos definitely are not good for you. The same goes for concentrated energy drinks. Pass on those as well. Opt for simple drinks like unsweetened teas and coffee. My drink of choice is a plain Americano. However, when I’m feeling like I want something a little more decadent, I’ll steam unsweetened almond milk to make a creamy vegan latte!
Most coffee shops offer milk alternatives, so next time you go out for coffee, ask your barista what vegan options they have! Look for drinks that are low in refined sugar and remember, everything in moderation!
P.S. You can add 1 scoop of our VeganSmart for a protein boost!
Try this Proto-Mocha-Latte Recipe from Vegan Health and Fitness Editor, Austin Barbish.
Our phones are always in the palm of our hands, so why not make them useful to our health. Here are ten great apps you can download to keep you healthy and motivated:
A wonderful exercise routine can only do but so much of the work, it is all about what you put into your body that counts. MyFitnessPal is a simple calorie counter that allows you to keep track of your food intake daily, setting caloric goals and factoring in your exercises to give you an accurate readout of how your diet shapes up every day.
Nike Training Club
It’s almost hard to believe that the Nike Training Club app is free. The app allows you to select workouts based on your desired goals which can include: sculpting, toning, strength and quick workouts that focus on different areas of the body.
Music is important and many of us set up workout mixes to help pump up our workout. A bad playlist can put a damper on your workout and you don’t want to spend your whole time looking through your endless music library. Fit Radio is the perfect solution.
If yoga is your thing, Pocket Yoga is just right. This app allows you to bring full yoga workouts right to your fingertips. Just roll out that mat and follow along with your phone. The app is even helpful to beginners and includes a dictionary describing each movement and pose in detail.
If you’re the kind of person you needs to track everything in order to stay on track with your fitness routine, Fitbit is the right app for you. The app allows you to map out routes to follow (running, hiking, or cycling.) You can also use a calorie tracker and gain access to graphs and charts that dive into your activity and more.
Workout Hero is one of the easiest apps to use. You can choose from over 700 workouts daily, logging activity and following your progress. You can also have reports delivered to you and shared on your social media, highlighting your progress. The most helpful, are the how-to videos and gym locator right on the app.
Everyone should want to make working out fun. The Fitocracy app is certainly worth checking out. The app helps you track your workouts, beat levels and fitness quest, and even earn points and unlock more features.
Gym Buddy is just that, a buddy on your phone while you’re at the gym. The app helps you keep track of all of your workouts easily and effortlessly.
If you want to get away while you workout, this app is definitely for you. Virtual app takes you virtually to some iconic race courses while you’re on the treadmill.
If you haven’t realized, the zombie fad is far from over. Think of this app as one of the apps to get you motivated in a different way. Once you download this app, plug in your headphones, press start and start running, once you do you’ll hear those zombies coming after you along with orders from voice recordings guiding you through a successful run.
With Spring Break near that means some traveling is set to happen and we’re often asked how do we stay healthy when we travel. Well, here are 6 easy tips to keep you healthy:
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Take a multivitamin to strengthen your body and immune system.
The slightest change in daily activity can cause the body to react, so strengthening your body and immune system with the appropriate vitamins can help keep you healthy.
Avoid crash diets that you will abandon as soon you start your vacation.
Crash diets are often you starving your body from the proper nutrients it deserves. You should never eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day because not only will it slow down your metabolism but it will cause your body to think that you are starving, shocking your body. Then once you begin to eat normally once on vacation your body will only feed on those fats causing weight-gain.
Make some time for a little exercise/ Weight-Gain associated with trips/cruises
Making time for exercise can never hurt anybody. Weight-gain is often associated with vacations, because we all tend to let go and enjoy the unlimited amounts of food our vacations have to offer. But wherever you go, it’s easy to take the gym with you without all the heavy machinery. Squeeze in a 30-minute workout daily, maybe first thing in the morning or before you go to bed at night. Taking a nice jog, brisk walk, yoga or even swimming a couple laps at the pool can help you keep the exercise on your agenda.
Disconnect from home and work (stress)
When we constantly are checking our mobile devices, including cell phone, tablets and laptops we are being disconnected from the main reason we decide to take vacations, relaxation. If you’re going on vacation during a busy time, you will most like be worried about what’s going on at the office instead of focusing on the fun causing you to stress. Stress is one of the most common factors in suppressing our immune systems, leaving us vulnerable to a common cold and sometimes worse.
Getting sleep is often hard to do on vacation when we’re so wired up on having fun and spending the night doing fun activities. But planning activities and planning times to sleep can help keep you smiling rather than yawning. Afternoon naps should be common in preparing you for night time activities. A lack of sleep can compromise our immune system’s ability to be our great line of defense.
Easily stay healthy on your vacation while enjoying every moment of your getaway.
Check out this recipe: The Super Smoothie Recipe
You may be missing ingredients in your daily diet that supply your body with nutrients needed for better workout performance and healthy living. These six power foods will give you a boost in all the right places:
Banana: Effective in keeping your electrolytes balanced just like sports drinks do but without all the sugar.
Pistachios: They help to curb post-workout hunger without adding all the extra stuff.
VeganSmart: VeganSmart is 20G non-GMO protein, plus vitamins, minerals and more.
Oats: Oats help you retain your energy and help keep you fuller, longer.
Raisins: Gain some energy with a handful of raisins during a long workout. Raisins are a natural energy boost.
Edamame: Soybeans are high in protein and fiber.
Check out this recipe: Vegan Vanilla Chai Shake Recipe
Eating healthier can really be quite simple by making a few changes and swaps to the use of your daily ingredients. Here are four simple ingredients you can trade into your kitchen for quick and easy ways to eat better daily:
Now we’re not saying you need to get rid of coffee all together but if you swap out one cup of coffee for tea once a day you can help lower stress levels all while reaping the benefits and nutrients of herbal tea.
Although coconut oil may mean there will be an extra couple of dollars coming out of your wallet, your waistline will thank you later. Coconut oil has tons of health benefits that your vegetable oil doesn’t and it also can help keep your appetite under control.
More dark leafy greens
Let’s forget about what we need to get rid of in your diet. Think proactively and think of what you should be adding to your daily diet instead. Dark leafy greens tend to be high in antioxidants, fiber iron and more nutrients your body deserves.
Prepare more meals at home
Spending your time prepping, washing, and chopping in the kitchen is always worth the effort. Being able to see exactly which ingredients are going into your meal will allow you to avoid all the unhealthy fats and sugars.
Try this healthy, vegan lettuce wrap recipe!
Today’s post is about getting back into a groove, finding a routine that works for you. Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t enjoy working out and you struggle to drag yourself to the gym everyday. Maybe you used to workout often, but your priorities have changed as you’ve gotten older. Maybe you workout regularly, but have noticed you’ve plateaued and are no longer seeing the results you want. If you fit any of these characteristics, it’s time to change it up!
The great thing about exercise is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. From hitting the gym, to hitting the court, there are so many ways to get your heart rate up. If you’re stuck in a fitness rut, try something new, something fun and engaging, something that sparks your interest and will keep you coming back for more. My number one recommendation, take a spin class!
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of indoor cycling. Go in with an open mind and leave wanting more. It’s a great workout, it’s fun, it’s low impact, and it really makes you sweat, what more can you ask for?
This may be just the thing you’ve been looking for to jump start your fitness regime as well as boost your motivation and confidence.
When you workout, your body releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that regulates your mood, appetite, and sleep cycle. The more you exercise, the more serotonin is released into your brain, and the better you feel. The better you feel, the more motivated you are to workout, and the cycle goes on. You just have to find something active that you enjoy doing and you can find a groove that works for you. So go out there, try something new. Take a spin class, get active, get moving, and you’ll get back on track!
After a workout, enjoy this recipe or a refreshing smoothie: Vegan Meal Substitutes-Lettuce Wrap Recipe, The Super Smoothie Recipe
It’s February and your New Year’s resolution is still going strong, you’re eating healthier and working out more but you may be making some common fitness mistakes. We’ve all made these mistakes at one point or another, so don’t worry!
Correcting these mistakes and learning the right ways to take care of yourself is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 common fitness mistakes you might be making:
Spending too much time at the gym
You wouldn’t stop to think that spending too much time at the gym may be a problem, but it’s not about how long you spend on a workout its about your determination and hard work during the workout. Instead of spending two plus hours working out, switch up your routine to 30 minutes of a high-intensity workout. A high-intensity workout can help you burn more calories in a shorter time.
Wearing the wrong shoe
Sneakers aren’t just sneakers, especially not when it comes to fitness. Different sneakers are designed for different reasons and specific areas of athletics, from basketball sneakers to cross-trainers and running sneakers. Not wearing the right one can result in injury.
Walking in the gym without a plan
Always plan for success. Walking into the gym without a plan will leave you with no structure and will take up too much time just figuring out what you want to do. Planning is the only way to make progress. Once you have a plan you can also set your goals.
Magazines and books
When some people workout they see it as having some down time and try to sneak in some reading while on the treadmill. However, that may not be the best idea. Thumbing through that book or magazine will take your focus off of you pushing through the workout, so put down that book and turn up the intensity.
The perfect routine
The perfect routine is only perfect for a short amount of time. Once your body adapts to a workout routine it becomes less effective and doesn’t produce as many results. Your routine doesn’t need to be changed completely but you should always try adding in something extra and more intense to keep the workouts working.
Living a healthy lifestyle is key. Diets and fads don’t produce the same results that changing your lifestyle can. Creating a habit of working out and eating properly consistently can change your life.
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Eating Vegan doesn’t always mean healthy.
Here’s a lifestyle tip for those living the lifestyle or flirting with the idea of veganism.
Just because you start eating vegan, doesn’t automatically mean you’re eating healthy. There are plenty of artificial, refined, deep fried foods that are completely animal friendly, so its important to be proactive with your health. Set some goals. Opt for plenty of color in your diet because it’s crucial for us vegans to get plenty of necessary nutrients!
Make veganism a lifestyle for yourself and go green! Whether you’re cooking instead of eating out, making protein shakes or getting green juices, or even having raw kale chips instead of potato chips, it makes a huge difference! You’ll feel more energetic, stronger in mind and body, and ready to conquer the world! I can’t say the same about eating junk food….
This week, make a change. Commit to one home cooked meal, one less soda, or anything that will propel you in the right direction and enjoy life!
You may be wondering how an herbal expectorant works and the answer is simple. Expectorants work by thinning the mucus and coating the throat so it’s easier to eliminate mucus caused by the sniffles.
Naturade Herbal Expec® with Guaifenesin, relieves mucus buildup and makes nonproductive coughs more productive and less frequent – allowing you to focus on what is important – GETTING BETTER!
Our Herbal Expec®, has been breaking-up congestion, clearing out excess mucus, and controlling coughs for generations.
Here are three things you may try to make you feel more comfortable when you have a cough:
Steam & Essential Oils
Steam can do the job of loosening buildup and mixed with essential oils like tea tree oil and eucalyptus you can help alleviate and open up your passageways. Here’s what you’ll need:
- small towel
- bowl of water
- 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 2 drops of tea tree oil
Pour boiled water halfway into a heatproof bowl, allowing it to cool off for about a minute. Then, add your essential oils while stirring the water to release its vapor. cautiously use the towel over your head and lean over the bowl and breathe in to reap the benefits of the essential oils and steam.
Warm liquids can help before bedtime to clear your airways, reap the benefits of herbal tea and honey to coat and soothe your cough.
Keeping your bed ultra tidy and fresh will help eliminate dust and keep you healthier.
The Pre-Golden Globes place to be was at the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar featuring the VeganSmart Beauty Bar at the Chateau Marmont’s Selma House Friday and Saturday before the big Golden Globes day.
The Beauty Bar was packed with stars and media outlets having VeganSmart Shakes, getting manicures, massages, hair and makeup and getting the true VIP treatment.