Mid-Day Green Booster

This simple Mid-Day Green Booster incorporates our latest green super food powder, Jugo Verde. This fairly new green powder offers all the wellness of nopal cactus combined with the power of chlorophyll-rich greens and aloe vera for effective detox and whole–body balance. There's also a combination of alkalizing greens, aloe and seaweed for comprehensive body detox, healthy digestion and immune support. 

Ingredients

  • ½ ripe large avocado

  • 2 kiwi, peeled

  • ⅛ C lime juice + 1T

  • 1 scoop Jugo Verde

  • 1C Almond milk or coconut milk

  • honey to taste 1 T

  • 2-3 ice cubes

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smoothe. 

 

 

 

Super Kids Vibrance Fudgy Banana Pops

Super Kids Vibrance Fudgy Banana Pops

These pops are so easy to make, even your kids can make them! They're super duper tasty too, without the added sugar like most fudge pops have. Have your kids give them a try today! 

Ingredients 

1 scoop of Super Kids Vibrance, cool chocolate

4 oz of almond Milk

1 cup of bananas

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth and pour mixture into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks. Place popsicle molds in freezer for at least 3 hours. Enjoy!

The Green Monster

Revitalize with this Green Monster Smoothie! 

The Green Monster

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup Almond/Coconut Milk

  • 2 Scoops of Green Vibrance

  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple (Canned or fresh)

  • 1/4 Cup Spinach (Fresh or Frozen)

  • 1/2 Avocado

  • 1/2 Orange

  • 8 Ice Cubes

Directions: 

1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smoothe. Enjoy! 

Lucky Green Pancakes

Here's a yummy recipe to make your day a LUCKY one! 

Ingredients 

  • ⅓ cup coconut flour

  • 1-scoop Pro Matcha Natural

  • ¼ tsp baking powder

  • 6 egg whites (¾ cup)

  • ½ cup yogurt

  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup, or agave nectar)

Directions: 

1. In a medium bowl, add egg whites, yogurt and honey. Mix well.  

2. Next, add flour, protein powder and baking powder. Mix well. 

3. Spray medium skillet with cooking spray. Heat on medium heat. 

4. Spoon batter onto skillet. Cook each side for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. 

5. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with chopped nuts of choice. 

Nutty-Matcha Granola

Boost your daily antioxidants with matcha and assorted berries, and fuel your day with plant protein with this delicious granola topping!

Nutty-Matcha Granola

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup almond butter

 

 

1/4 cup honey

 

 

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

 

2 cup rolled oats

 

 

1 serving vanilla ProMatcha 

 

 

2 Tbsp. ground flax

 

 

1 tsp. cinnamon

 

 

1/4 tsp. salt

 

 

1/3 cup chocolate chips

 

 

 

 

Directions

 

 

1. Preheat oven to 325F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray 

 

 

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add honey and almond butter. Stir until almond butter is melted. Add vanilla extract, then remove from heat

 

 

3. Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and flax. Mix well. 

 

 

4. Spread granola evenly over baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, then mix and bake for an additional 8 minutes. 

 

 

5. Cool, then add chocolate chips

 

 

Vibrant Assemble idea: Top 1/2 cup of Nutty-Matcha Granola over organic vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup each of blueberries and strawberries- YUM! 

 

 

 

Almond-Chocolate Joy Smoothie

Almond-Chocolate Joy Smoothie

Chocolate coconut smoothie milkshake blended with cacau, coconut

Almond, chocolate, and banana blend perfectly in this delicious nutrient-dense smoothie!  

Skip the dessert and indulge in this heart-healthy alternative that's sure to bring you JOY!

Ingredients

1 large frozen banana

1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, plus more if necessary

1 scoop Chocolate Maximum Vibrance

1 cup spinach 

**A few ice cubes

 

Toppings:

Drizzled Almond Butter

Toasted Almonds

Chia seeds

Organic, gluten-free Granola

Sliced Bananas

Unsweetened Coconut flakes

 

Directions

1. Add all ingredients except desired toppings to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a glass and top with desired toppings such as chia and granola.

Serves 1.

Vibrant Green Detox Smoothie

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

ENJOY THIS VIBRANT GREEN DETOX SMOOTHIE TO JUMPSTART THE NEW YEAR! 

This nutrient dense drink will help detoxify your system and help you feel MORE vibrant for 2017! #STAYVIBRANT

Ingredients

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 small cucumber, chopped

1 scoop Field of Greens

1 handful spinach

Handful of fresh parsley or cilantro

1 lemon peeled

1 organic apple, seeded, cored and chopped 

Directions

1. Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy! 

 

 

Road Tripping: Safe and Comfortable Travel with Your Four-Legged Friend

Travel adventures are always more fun with your BFF. But when your BFF has four legs instead of two, a road trip may seem daunting. Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be unsafe or inconvenient. Here’s how to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for your four-legged friend.

Take Your Pet to the Vet Before Traveling

You’ll want to make sure that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations before traveling, so a trip to the vet is in order. If your pet is likely to be around other animals at your destination, it’s a good idea to ask for a kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccine. This vaccine is also required by many boarding kennels and dog sitters, so if there’s even a slight chance that you may have to enlist the services of a boarding kennel or doggy daycare service while you’re away, you’ll be prepared.

Don’t Feed Your Dog Before a Lengthy Car Ride

Dogs are prone to motion sickness, so filling up your pup’s belly right before heading out on the road can lead to a smelly mess if your dog gets sick. Plus, a full belly means that your dog will need to relieve himself sooner rather than later, making it necessary for you to find a pit stop with a grassy area so that your pup can find the perfect spot to do his business.

Take Comfort Items to Reduce Anxiety

If your dog isn’t used to being in the car, he may experience anxiety during the trip. Taking some comfort items, such as a favorite stuffed animal, toy, or bone, can provide some entertainment for the trip and ease your dog’s nerves. If your dog is prone to anxiety in unfamiliar or stressful situations, try using a ThunderShirt to help her relax.

Use Safety Measures for Car Travel

Some pet parents crate their pets for long car rides to prevent them from moving freely around inside the vehicle, which can be dangerous for both people and pets. An alternative to crating your dog is a dog seat belt, which keeps your pet restrained so that they aren’t a distraction for the driver and also prevents your dog from becoming a projectile in the event of an accident.

Book Pet-Friendly Hotels

For long road trips, you might want to book a hotel room for a night to get some rest partway to your destination. Not all hotels have pet-friendly accommodations, so this requires a bit of preemptive research. Some hotels offer pet-friendly rooms for an additional fee. Some websites, such as BringFido.com and Pet Friendly Hotels, make it easy to find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more near you.

Follow the Rules for Air Travel

The rules are a bit different for pets traveling by air. In some cases, your dog can fly with you in the cabin, while other airlines may prohibit pets in the cabin outside of therapy animals and service dogs. Find out what your airline’s rules are ahead of time to avoid surprises at the gate. Some airlines have size, age, and breed restrictions on which pets are permitted in the cabin, and all airlines will require a health certificate, particularly for international flights.

You don’t have to leave your best friend behind for your next adventure, provided you’re prepared to do the legwork to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for travel, taking steps to ensure your pet’s safety on the road or in the skies, and finding accommodations that are pet-friendly. After you take these precautions, you and your dog are prepared to enjoy the travel adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author

Jessica is a dog lover and creator of OurBestFriends.net, which highlights photos of our furry pals!

 

 

Image via Pixabay by AndreaHegel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude

5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude #lawofattraction #gratitude #health

The holidays often prompt us to revisit and think about what we're thankful for. And while we can always use a reminder, this "attitude of gratitude" is usually short lived. Come January, many have forgotten to make gratitude a part of their daily lives. We've slipped back into our daily routines and that "gratitude" quickly dissipates.  

For some people, gratitude is a long-term practice. And those people, according to research from the University of Indiana, have greater psychological benefits. From my personal experience, I know when I focus on feeling grateful, it is harder to feel sad or depressed. And when I do find myself feeling low, making a conscious choice to focus on the good pulls me out of those depths faster than anything else. 

In short, this research shows that practicing gratitude exercises can reduce depression and increase feelings of well-being, and these feelings linger well after you have finished the exercises. And the more you practice it, the stronger that gratitude muscle gets, and the more aware of it you become. If you can become consistent with gratitude practices even for a month, you'll feel the benefits of it for weeks to come. 

5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude 

  1. Place sticky notes with the word “Gratitude” written on them around your house and at your work desk. These can serve as reminders throughout the day to take a moment to think about something you are thankful for. 
  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Before bed every night or when you wake in the morning, write down three things you are grateful for.  
  1. Start your morning with gratitude. When you wake up, think about five things you’re grateful for. Try, “I’m so grateful for being able to wake up this morning and take these energizing deep breaths.” Think about something that works for you.  It can set a positive tone for the day. 
  1. Express your gratitude and positivity. Watch what you say and put out into the world. When you're feeling blah, you put that energy out there and it attracts that same type of energy. Sometimes I will wake up and do my gratitude exercise only to discover morning road rage on my way to work. I take a deep breath and tell myself I'm hitting a "reset" button for my day. That's not the energy I want to put out there for the day! 
  1. Turn a negative into a positive. If you perceive something negative is happening, ask yourself, "What am I supposed to learn from this? What lesson is it teaching me?" Often, you can see how the situation may be helping you without even realizing it. 

We can’t control everything that happens in our lives but we can certainly control our outlook or reaction to it. Feeling gratitude is the best way to bring inner peace. And if you believe in the Law of Attraction, a way to bring positive things into your life. So why not make this a daily practice instead of a holiday practice?

Shannon Steffee is a magazine editor by day, and a mom, health nut, and music lover by night. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about health-related topics and sharing her personal experience with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and gluten-free eating. You can find her on Twitter: @ShanSteffee. She is based in Orlando.

 

Gratitude Smoothie Bowl

Gratitude Smoothie Bowl #thanksgiving #gratitude #smoothie #smoothiebowl #recipe #yum #autumn

Gratitude Smoothie Bowl #thanksgiving #gratitude #smoothie #smoothiebowl #recipe #yum #autumn

Gratitude Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
8 oz container Greek Yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 cup spinach
1 scoop of Joint Vibrance
¼ tsp cinnamon, cardamom,
and nutmeg (to taste)
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1 tbsp raw honey or agave
1/2 tbsp coconut oil melted
1 capsule (opened) Maximized
Turmeric 46x
 Ice

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.

Optional: Garnish with banana slices,toasted pecans, pumpkins seeds, and shredded coconut.