5 Ways To Keep Cool This Summer

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Summer is upon us, and that means fun in sun. It also means hot, hot, hot weather. So how do you keep your family cool when the mercury levels skyrocket? Here's 5 tips for staying cool this summer:

Ceiling Fan Switch-a-Roo: Did you know you should change the rotation of your ceiling fan seasonally?  Set it counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you “feel” cooler.
    Keep it Cool in the Kitchen: Avoid turning on the oven during the summer as much as possible. We eat a lot of salads in the summer (this is one of our favorites, as well as this one, and this one). And the slow cooker is your friend anytime of year. 

      Snack Smart: When it's hot out, keeping hydrated is extremely important. But it can be hard to get kids to slow down enough to drink enough water. Try a slushy frozen in a Little Green Pouch. This recipe with coconut water in it is great for staying hydrated as well. The kids (and adults) will love them, they will stay hydrated, and you will avoid the dreaded melted popsicle mess. 

      Wear light, loose-fitting clothing: Linen, cotton, and silk are the fabrics of the summer. Light colored clothes and hats will reflect sunlight, rather than absorbing it like dark colors do.  

      Plan some indoor activities: While summer is all about being outside, on especially hot days, take advantage of free air conditioning. Go out to lunch, to the museum, library, or window shop at the mall. 

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        Healthy Eating On-the-Go: Is it Possible?

        Posted on March 31, 2016 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

        This post comes to us from Katie Jasper. Katie is a functional nutritionist, and co-founder of Prescribe Nutrition.  

        Healthy eating. On-the-go.

        …. Aaaaah hahaha.

        Amiright? Those two statements, while ideal, sometimes feel like the farthest from the truth. Sure we give it our all some weeks, but as life picks up, we juggle a gazillion tasks, errands and then some - healthy eating on the go because a ginormous j.o.k.e.

        Here is the deal, Prescribe Nutrition is built on eating whole foods, particularly with a combination of the magic trio: fat, fiber and protein. Making sure each meal and snack has a combination of fat, fiber and protein is going to help you feel satiated and keep your blood sugar levels stable. One of our favorite and easiest ways to achieve this? A smoothie. Not to mention that we're always be delighted by the chance to start the day with greens. Always.

        But smoothies have their challenges on the go - spilling, smoothie ‘staches, your mason jar NOT fitting in your cup holder or feeling safe in your purse, being tough to clean out, etc. We know you're feeling us on this one! Enter the Not So Little Green Pouch which has 14 oz. of space for your enjoying. And being dishwasher safe and free of toxic materials was a must (thank you!). Plus, this new pouch is cupholder-friendly, making it truly perfect for on-the-go. 

        Our favorite smoothie combinations usually incorporate:

        - Water or nondairy milk
        - Dark leafy greens
        - An avocado (trust us on this - it thickens, adds healthy fats and a boat load of fiber)
        - Frozen veggies or berries (trick: frozen zucchini is just as great as frozen banana for thickening)
        - A superfood: chia, goji, maca, matcha, etc.
        - Option: a whole foods, free of artificial sugars and flavors protein powder. And if you’re using whey protein, aim for grass fed.

          As we head towards warmer weather this citrus-y, uber refreshing smoothie is a favorite:

          KEY LIME PIE SMOOTHIE [1 LARGE OR 2 SMALL SERVINGS]

          2 cups dark leafy greens, your choice
          1⁄2 cup coconut water*
          1⁄4 cup full-fat coconut milk
          1 large frozen banana
          1⁄2 cup chopped, frozen zucchini Juice and zest of 2 limes
          1 date, pitted
          1⁄2 teaspoon matcha powder* 1⁄4 ripe avocado, pitted

          *Optional!

          1. Blend all ingredients except for the ice until well blended and creamy. Add additional milk or water if needed to thin to your desired consistency.
          2. Add ice to get it colder! Note: ice will thicken the smoothie.
          3. If using protein powder or seed mix, add at the very end (you don’t want to overblend protein powder).

          Voila! Now funnel this bad boy into your Not So Little Green Pouch, and you’ve got yourself a bangin’ breakfast (or snack!) in the most easy to use and clean container that exists.

          For more great recipes, tips and tricks from this fantastic nutrition team of experts, join them (and us!) for Prescribe 20 starting this Sunday, April 3rd. Use the code: ‘LGP’ for an additional 20% off!

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