I love this Cinnamon Tonic that Tiffany turned me on to a few years ago! It’s worth a repost. xoxo
It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cool, you may have even lit your first fire. So on your next visit to the grocery store pick up these simple ingredients. Among countless other benefits, ginger root is a powerful antioxidant and helps diminish bloating. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. (check out the study if you are interested) The orange gives a small dose of Vitamin C and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness—for serious Vitamin C boost add 1/2 teaspoon of one of BEC’s fav superfood Camu Camu—and last…… the cinnamon adds insane flavor and has all sorts of healing properties, anti-inflammatory being at the top of my list. For some reason cinnamon helps my clients diminish their sweet cravings. Yes you read that correct. It helps take away sugar cravings. I promise it’s worth a try.
But, as you know, I love reading about your day, your schedule, your routine, your ritual, your whatever. I find it fascinating. Mine not so fascinating; but I am really liking my mornings now that I have a great rhythm with my ONE YEAR OLD. If you don’t care, keep on scrolling but if you’re like me and enjoy a peek into the start of someone else’s day read on.
My morning routine often starts the night before. I pull out my three tea bags and place them in a mug near my Keurig. I take a (clean, empty) baby food jar and dump about two tablespoons of cold pressed coconut water and a tablespoon of Spirulina or Chlorella powder, give it a good shake and stick it in the fridge. These couple of steps maybe save me two minutes in the morning but to me, every second counts.
Also, I don’t set an alarm, I have a baby who lets me know when it’s time to wake up.
He. Is. An. Awesome. Sleeper.
So, every morning starts the same around 7:00 when I hear Aubrey starting to coo and talk from his room across the hall. Thankfully I have always been a pop out of bed, non snooze button user so I do just that. I get right up and hit the bathroom to chug 8 oz of water and then spend about two minutes dry brushing my body. IT IS THE BEST. You can read my post on it here and a great goop article here.
I then take a quick shower and get dressed. Aubrey is still chatting away playing in his crib with his lovies, happy as a clam.
My three dogs and I head downstairs, they go outside, I flip on the news, and I am off to the kitchen.
I get the hot water flowing into my mug with the tea bags I laid out the night before. Green Detox, Dandelion Root, and Skin Tea are my current favorites. I also love Big T NYC tea but if I need to grab something quick I like the Yogi brand I can buy at my local market.
After adding 16 oz of water to my large mug I throw in two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Powder. I then set it aside to cool, dissolve, and steep.
Idrink a warm lemon water to chase my made-the-night-before green algae drink from the baby food jar. Guys, it isn’t tasty, it isn’t pretty, but it’s doable and it is super good for you. I take it like a shot and drink a bit more of my lemon water.
I then whip up Aubrey’s milk, let the dogs in and feed them, and then FINALLY go get my baby (literally my favorite part of the day) around 7:30.
After getting him changed we head downstairs where he has his milk and I make him a scrambled egg, a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread raisin toast and cut up fruit (a lot of strawberries, blueberries, and mango this summer). While he eats, I drink my tea and make my game changer green smoothie with SO MANY GREENS and throw in add ons like camu camu which is super high in Vitamin C.
I share my smoothie with Aubrey and he absolutely loves it!
By this time, his sitter is arriving and I am heading to Iron & Grace for a killer workout and then off to start my day.
I am usually so full from my breakfast routine that I don’t need anything further until 1:00 when Aubrey and I have lunch together.
It probably seems like a lot but this routine really flows well for us! Now, I would love to know how you spend your time each morning!
Chlorella is blue green algae and it is also my current favorite superfood. I started reading about it a while back and just decided to go for it. I have a shot every morning. I know, I know. But it really isn’t bad and the benefits outweigh the scary color and interesting taste.
I have included several links here for you to read yourself but here are a few highlights:
Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies. It also promotes weight loss and MAKES YOU LOOK YOUNGER –Dr. Axe
Chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process –Web MD
I order microingredients brand here in powdered form from Amazon. Each morning I mix a teaspoon of chlorella with about two tablespoons of cold pressed coconut water (this stuff is so good on its own too FYI). Shake it up in a clean baby food jar (or whatever you have lying around) and bottoms up! It sort of “sticks” to the sides sometimes so I loosen the remainder up with water and take the rest down the hatch (like a boss).
I used to get sore hands and even have a little bit of a twitch in my hands at times and I think the healing power in chlorella has helped vastly. I also think it has helped clear my skin. And it’s easy! One shot and boom, you’re on your way to better health.
Try it and let me know what you think!
PS Featured Image from Collective Evolution. Learn more about them here.
I love wine. I am no expert, but I love wine. Did I mention I love wine? However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine. Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).
So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine. Guys, it’s awesome. AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good. I have ordered two cases so far. I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet. I think they are both delicious.
A little about the company direct from their website:
How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.
Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter. Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.
Our Grapes We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.
What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”. We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.
I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell). Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself. Check here to see if they are at your local store. (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)
If you don’t believe me, read the reviews. There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive. That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.
They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer. You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.
Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!