Are you Team Coffee or Team Matcha?
It’s the battle between two of our favorite caffeinated contenders: coffee and matcha! Normally when you ask someone to choose their favorite caffeinated beverage there is zero hesitation...coffee lovers will jump out of bed to run straight to their french press and matcha fans will never start their day without their go-to green drink. With such strong opinions out there, we had to do a little digging to find out which kind of “caffeine crazy” is the right kind of crazy!
News flash...your gut does SO much more than digest food. Think of your gut as the command center of your entire body. It affects everything from how you feel to how you think! In fact, the relationship between your gut and brain health is so closely related, it’s even been described as a “second brain.”
Gluten free options are available everywhere you look, which is a great thing for people that are intentionally avoiding gluten in their diet! With the popularity of gluten free foods rising, it’s important to know what gluten sensitivity is and who can potentially benefit from avoiding gluten all together.
Protein has gotten a lot of attention over the years, and most recently, there has been a lot of conversation around plant-based proteins. According to New Nutrition Business demand for plant proteins grew by 20% in both 2018 and 2019.The great news is you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to be plant based, the benefits to incorporating more plant-based proteins can be beneficial for everyone!
Did you know research has found that consumption of added sugars has been implicated in increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity!? The average American consumes about 152 pounds (yes you read that right) of sugar each year! This equates to roughly 22 added teaspoons of sugar per day, with children consuming about 34 teaspoons each day. Yikes!
If you’re following a plant-based diet and wondering where you can find a bunch of amazing options, look no further than Trader Joe’s! As if we couldn’t love them more, TJ’s is constantly upping their game with a TON of vegan-friendly offerings. Trader Joe’s has turned into my one-stop-shop for all things vegan when it comes to my weekly grocery shopping. The best part is, you can find yummy options for every meal- from plant-based yogurt for breakfast, to quick and easy dinners and everything in between!
There ismatcha hype around all of the health benefits of Matcha, but what even is that vibrant green powder we love to add to our smoothies and lattes? Matcha green tea is a powerful polyphenol which contains many antioxidants, amino acids and phytochemicals, which have been studied for a wide range of health promoting properties.
Carbohydrates… one day we love them, one day we are afraid of them and one day we are binging on them, so what is really the deal with carbohydrates??
How are we an entire month into 2021? In case you’re already needing a refresh on your workouts, we got you covered! I find that trying new types of workouts keeps things fresh- especially when my living room is also serving as my gym these days. Some of the best workouts I’ve found were simply by chance and it got me wondering, how do people find out about these awesome trainers and programs?
Eating healthy when you’re on the go is HARD. It’s so tempting to grab a cookie with your afternoon coffee or reach for a bag of chips to hold you over until dinner. The bad news is, the temptation to cave and eat something you might regret later is EVERYWHERE. The good news is, YOU can prevent this from happening! Having healthy snacks on hand (meaning with you and ready to go whenever hunger strikes) is key. It’s all about preparation here. When you know you’ll be out of the house for a while, throw one of these healthy alternatives in your bag to keep you satisfied and full from nutrient dense foods!
Being totally honest here, it actually took me a while to get into listening to podcasts on a regular basis. I gradually started listening to more and more motivational, self development podcasts around the same time that I started my own entrepreneurial journey with Protein Power Ball (about two years ago). There is truly something so awe-inspiring when the guests (or even hosts) of these podcasts share their stories of success, struggle, grit, and ingenuity.