Bulletproof Matcha Latte

Give your matcha tea an extra BOOST with brain-boosting fats and energizing collagen.

Bulletproof Matcha Latte // paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

- 3/4 cup water

- 2 tsp matcha powder

- 1 tsp ghee or butter (can use coconut butter for vegan version)

- 1 tsp coconut oil

- 1 tsp collagen powder

- vanilla + stevia or sweetener to taste

Instructions:

1. Heat water and almond milk until hot but not boiling.

2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy!

5 Tips to Increase Your Energy

Good morning and happy spring!  Even though it is not quite spring officially, it certainly is starting to feel like spring, which is such a relief after all the snow and the cold we have had this winter. 

Spring is a time of starting fresh, beginning new projects, and a time of rapid growth.  As the flowers start to emerge from the ground and the air begins to warm, there is a palpable buzz of energy in the air.  Here are five simpls tips to capitalize on that natural buzz of spring:

  1. Drink more water - My number one tip for increased energy is to drink more water.  This is especially important now as we transition from the dryness of winter.  Try this:  Throw a few slices of fruit and/or fresh herbs into your water bottle for a flavor (and nutrient) boost.   My favorite combination is mint and lemon - yum! 
  2. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables - Springtime means many farmers markets are back in full swing, and all sorts of great fruits and veggies are in season: arugula, asparagus, fennel, garlic, mint, new potatoes, parsley, peas, radishes, ramps, the list goes on!  Eating in season means you are getting the freshest produce with the most nutrients.  More nutrients = more natural energy.  Score!
  3. Eat more greens - Leafy greens are the best way to fill up without feeling heavy.  Not a huge salad fan? Try adding a handful of greens to smoothies, sandwiches, stir frys, and soups.  
  4. Move your body! - Exercise!  Even if it is for only 15 minutes, try to incorporate some sort of movement into your daily routine.  Getting the heart rate up and the breath pumping floods the body with new life and flushes out toxins.  No time to go to the gym?  Try some simple exercises in the comfort of your own home.  YouTube has tons of exercise videos - from gentle yoga to high intensity interval training - there is something for everyone. 
  5. Spend time outdoors - My favorite way to beat the afternoon slump?  Go outside for a 15-30 minute walk.  Not only are fresh air and sunshine are a vital part of a healthy diet, but the short break from whatever you were working on will allow you to return focused and clear headed. 
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Incorporating just one of these tips into your daily routine will have visible results.  Once you’ve got one down, see if you can work up to all five, and watch your energy levels soar!

What is your favorite way to boost your energy naturally?

Morning Routine to Ignite Your Day!

I've always been a morning person - even after no sleep- sleepovers with my girlfriends in high school, I was always up with the sun, out for a run while everyone else slept in.  I love mornings, but over the past few months I found myself dragging in the morning and reaching for coffee or sweet things to wake me up.  While the caffeine and sugar certainly got me going, I didn't like the way it made me feel later - more tired in the afternoon, and unhappy with myself for starting my day off poorly.  And my skin was going nuts - breaking out a lot, which was weird for me.

I decided that the new year would be a good time to re-vamp my morning.  My new routine is based on Ayurveda practices.  Ayurveda - the "science of life"- is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing from India.  It offers lifestyle guidelines that support lasting vitality and balance.  

In the short time since I started my new routine, I've noticed great changes - my skin is clearing up, my smile is brighter, and, most important of all, I feel invigorated and excited to take on the day.  I feel like my normal, morning-person self once again.  

Here are my secrets to morning success:

- Water (with lemon) - Immediately upon waking I drink a glass of water, usually with lemon.  Lemon is great for stimulating the digestive system and is naturally detoxing.  In the summer, I put a big glass of water with lemon slices in the refrigerator at night so it is nice and cold when I wake up.  In the winter, I will often have my lemon in hot water, sometimes with raw local honey and cinnamon. 

- Oil Pulling - After my water, I place a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swish it around for 10-15 minutes.  Oil pulling is a natural was to strengthen the teeth and the gums, as well as "pull" bacteria and toxins out of the body.  At the end, spit the oil into the trash and rinse your month with fresh water to get rid of any of those toxins.

- Dry Brushing - Few people realize that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and that it is an organ of elimination.  Dry brushing helps to stimulate your lymphatic system, unclog your pores, and release toxins that may be trapped in the skin.  While it takes a few days to get used to the brush, I love how this practice wakes me up and invigorates my whole body. 

- Tongue Scraping - This involves scraping the tongue with a U-shaped metal instrument.  I know, I know, it sounds a little weird and crazy, but trust me, it has its benefits.  In Ayurveda, this practice is meant to remove 'ama' - accumulated toxic residue resulting from improper eating, poor digestion, or an imbalance in your system.  I like that it makes my mouth feel cleaner, my breath fresher, and my food tastes better (since your taste buds aren't clogged or blocked). 

I also like to splash my face with cold water a few times and brush my teeth.  Then I usually do some sort of exercise (run or yoga) to really get my blood moving (this wakes you up better than coffee).  I still have my morning cup of joe, but I've found I don't need as much if I've done all the things listed above (mainly I just like the comfort of a warm cup on these cold winter mornings!). 

As I mentioned, these small changes have had a great impact on my well-being and mood.  I'd love to hear about your morning rituals and how they set the tone for your day.  Also, if you do try out any of my suggestions above, let me know how its going in the comments below!

Good Morning Green Juice

It's a fact: I LOVE me some fresh green juice.  However, I have been neglecting my juicer the past few months and instead have been frequenting Organic Avenue and Juice Press for a daily hit of fresh pressed fruits and veggies. While this allows me to experiment with flavors and ingredients I don't normally have at home, buying at $10+ juice every day is just not in my budget.  Now that I am back in NYC with no big trips, I am making a conscious effort to juice at home more.  This is my go-to green juice combination - slightly sweet, slightly tart, and easy on the digestive system, this juice gives me a nice kick of energy first thing in the morning, without the headache or stomachache that comes with coffee and sugar-filled breakfasts.

This recipe make one extra large or two regular servings.  It is best enjoyed immediately, but will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. 

Good Morning Green Juice
2 Granny Smith Apples
2 medium cucumbers
10-12 kale leaves
1/2 inch knob of ginger
Optional: small knob of turmeric, handful of herbs (mint and cilantro are my favorites), squeeze of lemon

Juice and enjoy!