Go Get Em’ Smoothie

Today I felt like I was in a lull. I had a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed, and, I felt like I was going to fall asleep standing up all day! My natural instinct was to go and get the biggest cup of coffee I could find! But, I knew this would just end up making me crash in the matter of a few hours. Instead, I whipped up an awesome green smoothie recipe to get me going. It worked amazing! Try this out the next time you feel like you need a pick me up!

What you need:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • tsp cocoa powder
  • tsp chia seeds

Blend everything up and drink!

Much Love!

Sierra

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Sleepless Night Tricks

We all have those nights. Either we have to study and have no choice but to pull an all nighter, or, we just can’t sleep and there is nothing we can do about it. Either way, the next day we feel AWFUL. We have no energy, are irritable, and can’t concentrate. Luckily, there are ways (besides sleep) that you can up your energy and make it through your day. Although these things won’t make you feel like you had a full night of sleep, they will allow you to at least have a bearable day.

#1

The first trick you can try is to take a super cold shower when you wake up, or when you have to start your day. The cold water will completely shock your body and as a result make you feel more alert and awake. 

#2

Drink TONS of green tea! Green tea is a good source of energy and usually doesn’t give people as much jitters as things such as coffee. Do make sure that you eat when you drink green tea, otherwise you will end up crashing.

#3

Eat a energy filled breakfast! Things like egg omelets, yogurt and granola, oatmeal, and veggie protein filled breakfast burritos are great things to have!

#4

Eat snacks throughout the day to keep your energy up. Nuts, apples, kind bars, and veggies with hummus are all good to have on hand!

#5

Start your day with a little YOGA. As a yoga teacher, I know how much yoga can be used to energize yourself. Try this easy flow right when you wake up:

  • Start standing with your arms by your side
  • Inhale your arms up overhead
  • Exhale fold forward bringing your fingertips to the floor
  • Inhale plant your hands on the floor and step back into a pushup position
  • Exhale lower yourself down onto the mat
  • Inhale lift head,neck,and chest off of the mat
  • Exhale lower back down
  • Inhale press back up to a high push-up position
  • Exhale press your hips back, chest towards the floor (downward dog)
  • Inhale step back to a forward fold
  • Inhale to stand

This flow will wake you up and energize you!

Personally, I didn’t sleep last night, so I will definitely be using all of these tricks today!

Back To School

First off, I would like to apologize for not doing the summer kick off series, things got out of control. I am now in a place where I can start blogging again, I am excited to be back!

To kick off my return I am going to do a back to school post! Here are some of my favorite snacks, and lunches to stay healthy through the school year:

Snacks

1.Peanut Butter Banana Sliders

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Toothpicks

HOW TO:

  1. Slice the banana into medium thick pieces
  2. Spread peanut butter on each piece, using entire tablespoon
  3. Make tiny finger sandwiches with 2 pieces each
  4. Hold together with toothpick

2.Power Kebobs

INGREDIENTS:

  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls- small
  • Mint leaves
  • Skewer Sticks

HOW TO:

  1. Slice strawberries in half
  2. Cut mint leaves in half
  3. Place ingredients on skewer in this order: grape, cheese, mint, strawberry, cheese, mint

3.Protein Trail Mix

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup dired cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs

HOW TO:

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Split in half for correct portion

Lunches

1.Turkey and Hummus Tacos

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pieces of organic deli turkey
  • 1 tablespoon hummus
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 8 slices of peppers

HOW TO:

  1. Spread hummus evenly on the turkey slices
  2. Spread out cashews on the turkey pieces
  3. Place 2 sliced peppers on each slice
  4. Wrap and eat like a “taco”

2. Brown rice stuffed salad stuffed bell pepper

INGREDIENTS-

  • 1/2 cup brown rice (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup black beans (cooked)
  •  1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 Bell pepper color of choice

HOW TO:

  1. Cook rice and beans
  2. Cut off top of bell pepper
  3. Clear out middle of pepper
  4. Fill pepper with rice beans and tomatoes

All of these recipes have ingredients that will fire up your brain and metabolism, and keep you full through classes and sports.

 

 

 

 

The Breakfast Club- Health Nut Edition

Having breakfast with my friends is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Waking up, and filling the house with the smell of fresh coffee and delicious food is the best way to start a day after a long night with friends. But, if you aren’t careful, you could end up filling your body with a bunch of crap that will make you feel badd throughout the day. And who wants to feel like that? Luckily there are some delicious and healthy food options out there for you to cook for a special breakfast with friends!

Some of my favorites:

  • You wouldn’t even know its Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
  • Original French toast made with Ezekiel bread (Can be found in the frozen organics section) Prepare like regular French Toast
  • Yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, honey, peanut butter, with a side of fresh toast
  • Pancakes with banana, blueberries, and greek yogurt to top
  • Veggie Omelets
  • Fresh Fruit salad
  • Chocolate fried bananas
  • Turkey bacon with eggs and Ezekiel toast, topped with hot sauce

All of these recipes are delicious… I have tried them all and so have my friends, there were a very big hit. The cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and chocolate fried bananas are more “treats” so make sure that these aren’t an everyday occurrence. Everything in moderation!

And… to make the morning even more fun, do a yoga routine right before you start cooking! Something like Sun Salutations, or a quick vinyassa flow you find on YouTube.. Speaking of YouTube… I should have my business up and running soon, lots of videos coming, I am so excited!

Your Friend,

Sierra

Back and ready for #Spring!

Hey guys! Sorry I have been MIA for a while, been super busy for me! Lot’s of family and personal things going down… not going to get into detail, just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you! 

I’m sitting here writing OUTSIDE with the birds chirping and the sun shining, and let me tell you that it is completely awesome to be able to hang outside. It feels like spring is on it’s way! Spring brings a whole lot of things, flowers, rain, shorts, tank tops, and the need to sit poolside and drink fruity teas and drinks all day. Sounds heavenly to me I don’t know about you!

From talking to a lot of other teens, I have realized that many of us our nervous for spring because it brings, well, lets say less clothing to cover up all those baked yummy goods we have been eating during the winter. Well lucky for you, there is still time to whip yourself into the shape that allows you to feel comfortable in shorts, tank tops, and soon enough bikinis!

Ive been eating super clean, lots of veggies and protein, limited fruit, and have been exercising every day for an hour or two. (How ever long I can on any particular day). I don’t know if i have “lost weight” because I don’t weigh myself, but my clothes definitely fit better, and I am feeling a lot more comfortable. Which, in the grand scheme of things is what really matters.

What have you all been doing to get ready for spring? Let me know in the comments below!