Food

On-The-Go Hearty Breakfasts

Our fast-paced lives can get the best of us, but it’s crucial to reserve time for breakfast each day (if we are to protect anything). You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When you jumpstart your day on a positive note with a hearty breakfast, you’ll not only be getting the nutrients and energy you need to fuel your activity, but you’ll also simply be happier! With that said—here are three perfectly satisfying, filling, and healthy breakfasts to bring with you on-the-go.

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Yogurt Parfaits

via The Chic

Greek yogurt / Berries / Pomegranate seeds / Granola / Sliced almonds / Plastic storage containers

 

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

via The Wholesome Dish

Eggs / Canola oil / Brown sugar / Applesauce / Milk / Vanilla extract / Ground cinnamon / Rolled oats / Baking powder

Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

Apple Sandwiches

via The Kitchn

Rolled oatsGround cinnamon / Peanut butter / Honey / Raisins / Apple

 

There you have it—easy, filling, and packable lunches to bring with you when you’re on the go. For an even more carefree morning, prep these the night before. While you’re at it, pack a lunch, too!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast? Tell us in the comments below!

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Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

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4 Suprising Uses For Oats

You’re probably familiar with some uses for oats, such as oatmeal granola and cookies. But did you know that oats have plenty of uses besides feeding your appetite?

The versatile grain is handy for a number of non-dietary purposes, from creating soothing beauty products to making natural clay for your kids.

Oats as a beauty regimen:

When it comes to beauty and skincare products, oats and oatmeal have been a long time favorite ingredient. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, oats are an effective home remedy for relieving itchy skin. Oats are also a popular option for natural face masks or scrubs, wether bought in a store or created at home. Mix oats wit a tiny bit of salt and water for a DIY scrub.

More ways to use oats:

Some other surprising ways to tap into the power of the versatile grain:

  • Put an open bowl of oats in your fridge to help eliminate stinky smells.
  • Mix rolled oats with flour and add a bit of water and food coloring to create molding clay for your kids to play with.
  • Add oats to ground beef to get more bang for your buck when making meatloaf or meatballs.

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The Benefits Of Chocolate, According To Science

Almost everyone likes to eat chocolate and no one would complain if you told them it was actually good for you. But that may very well be true.

I recently read on article about it, it said that chocolate isn’t all sugar and calories. Scientific research suggests that there are beneficial properties in dark chocolate. Personally, I prefer milk chocolate but what can you do.

Dark chocolate containts antioxidants, which terminate the chain reactions that create harmful free radicals. Flavonols are present in cocoa, which, acording to recent research, may enhance brain blood flow and improve cognitive health.

Many people (including me) would tell you that eating chocolate has the ability to just make them feel better and there’s science to explain it! Eating chocolate releases serotonin in your brain, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical and mood stabilizer.

So, why is chocolate so good for you?

  1. The amount of sugar, flavoring and dairy of a piece of chocolate can be identified by the remainder of the precentage cacao it has.
  2. The impact the flavor of chocolate in the processing, you can under- or overroast the bean, keep it raw, ferment differently and more.
  3. Your brain releases the feel-good chemical serotonin when you eat chocolate.

What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a piece of chocolate and enjoy it guilt-free! Follow my blog for more amazing posts like this one!

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Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

What’s in your post-workout routine? Have you tried any of these products? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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On-The-Go Hearty Breakfasts

Our fast-paced lives can get the best of us, but it’s crucial to reserve time for breakfast each day (if we are to protect anything). You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When you jumpstart your day on a positive note with a hearty breakfast, you’ll not only be getting the nutrients and energy you need to fuel your activity, but you’ll also simply be happier! With that said—here are three perfectly satisfying, filling, and healthy breakfasts to bring with you on-the-go.

 

Yogurt Parfaits

via The Chic

Greek yogurt / Berries / Pomegranate seeds / Granola / Sliced almonds / Plastic storage containers

 

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

via The Wholesome Dish

Eggs / Canola oil / Brown sugar / Applesauce / Milk / Vanilla extract / Ground cinnamon / Rolled oats / Baking powder

Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

Apple Sandwiches

via The Kitchn

Rolled oatsGround cinnamon / Peanut butter / Honey / Raisins / Apple

 

There you have it—easy, filling, and packable lunches to bring with you when you’re on the go. For an even more carefree morning, prep these the night before. While you’re at it, pack a lunch, too!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Ingredient Breakdown: Eggs

By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don’t really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We’re making it easy! In this series, we’ll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. Today we’re spotlighting a kitchen staple—eggs.

Eggs are like mini powerhouses. Each one packs a punch with a combination of nourishing vitamins and minerals. This potent product is notoriously difficult to package and distribute but (no surprise here) innovative Korean brands have recently been able to bottle up eggs into products you can use daily to fight wrinkles, promote brightness, and minimize the appearance of pores.

The Ingredient: Eggs

Also known as: your favorite breakfast food

Quick take: tightens pores, battles puffiness, nourishes skin with fatty acids and vitamins

Claims to fame: You already know that eggs are packed with body-loving protein and vitamins and those benefits translate easily to your skin. Eggs contain copper, manganese, choline, and vitamins B6, A, and E, all of which promote collagen production, nourish skin, and help to minimize pores and de-puff. Egg whites are also highly effective cleansers.

Where to find it:

1. Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Soap Facial Cleanser, $20, at Sephora

 

2. Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask, $6 at Sephora

3. PHYTO Secret de Nuit Hydrating Regenerating Night Treatment, $40, at Sephora

 

Which egg-based products do you love? Have you ever tried egg products in your skincare routine? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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