IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 71 of the 100 Day Challenge! New exercises are not only fun, but they work muscles that don’t generally get activated with your classic push up, sit up routine! Inspire some muscle confusion with this new Tabata: Heavy Bag Knee Strike! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Adventure Trail Mix If you’re not keeping Tupperware or Ziploc bags of this perfect snack in your car, and at your desk, you’re missing out. Raw nuts and seeds mixed with a little organic dried fruit make for a satisfying and healthy snacks. Moms, are you listening? This is the solution to having a car full of hungry kids and succumbing to convenience “die-fast” food.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. 
~ Victor Hugo

Essential Element: Late night television, the internet, 24 hour drive-thrus, and 60-hour work weeks have created a cultural norm of nocturnal living that is unrecognizable to our ancient hard-wiring.  If you are like most people, your body expects and requires more sleep than it gets [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep].

Journal:  In our culture’s attempt to produce more, make more, do more – we sacrifice the truly important for the urgent. We may amass great things now – but at what cost? We are only human. We can only accomplish so much! Give yourself permission to let life go on without you for a few hours. Turn off your computer, phone, ipod – and just be with your kids, your spouse, God. Prayer – actively trusting in the unseen – is a beautiful practice – freeing us from human responsibility of caring for all.  Journal… what do you recognize you are not in control of? Who/What are you trusting those things to?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Here’s a new movement you might not have tried: Kipping Ring Dips! And trust us… after you’ve given them a go, you (and your muscles) won’t soon forget them!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Adventure Trail Mix If you’re not keeping Tupperware or Ziploc bags of this perfect snack in your car, and at your desk, you’re missing out. Raw nuts and seeds mixed with a little organic dried fruit make for a satisfying and healthy snacks. Moms, are you listening? This is the solution to having a car full of hungry kids and succumbing to convenience “die-fast” food.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:

Essential Element: Getting to bed before 11 p.m. is a best practice followed by the healthiest, most energized people in the world. [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep]

Journal: How early have you gone to bed for the last 7 nights? Or how late? This week – give yourself a bed time, allowing your self a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night. Chart out your week in your journal. Each day – jot down  how many hours of sleep enjoyed, how you felt upon waking (well-rested or still drowsy)  and how the day was colored by your having been rested (or not!).   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
A variation on the tried and true Dead Lift, the Sumo Dead Lift has a wider stance and more importantly involves a squat. Give it a try! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Don’t get stuck without a healthy snack nearby! Prep these Roasted Rosemary Almonds tonight and keep those midday cravings (and subsequent poor food choices) at bay!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. ~ Lin Yutang
Essential Element:. Claim ownership of your time and schedule. Make a standing “napping appointment” in your daily schedule if at all possible.  Even Presidents of the United States have made this a priority – and they have a demanding schedule, too.   [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest and Repair]
Journal: What if taking a nap became an essential part of your day. What would you have to get rid of in order to make space for this new crucial practice. For three days in a row this week– give it a try. Carve out specific time for a 20 minute nap. You don’t have to sleep – just shut your eyes. At the end of the day, jot down your observations as to how you felt after it and what, if anything , it gave to your day.    [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

Ants on a Log

by admin

This is a great snack – kids love ‘em!

raw almond butter
organic raisins
celery stalks

  • Fill the celery stalks with the raw almond butter (try stirring in some olive oil to make it ‘smoother’)
  • Cut stalks into 3” “logs” and then place raisins on top
  • NOTE: Can be packed into a Tupperware container to take to work or in the car
  • Eating this with a hard boiled egg or two can be a meal itself or to add a protein punch and preventing getting hungry beforel your next meal.

Bonfire Adventure Trail Mix

by admin

This is one of the most nutritious snack foods you can make; keep some in Ziploc baggies or Tupperware in your car, at your desk, in your backpack or briefcase - never be without some raw nuts (no roasted or salted nuts allowed – raw is what provides quality nutrition and no gas!).

RAW NUTS (use some or all of these – your choice):
raw walnuts
raw almonds
raw hazelnuts (filberts)
raw sunflower seeds
raw pumpkin seeds (‘pepitas’)
raw pinenuts (‘pignolias’)
raw macademia nuts (expensive)

*EXTRAS
raw cacao nibs
unsulphured raisins
dried Goji berries
dried figs, chopped

* Don’t go overboard on these EXTRAS – think of them as ‘spices’ for your mix, not a source of indulgence.When buying dried fruit, look for ones labeled ‘unsulphured’, as sulfites are chemical preservatives.

Mix whatever combination of nuts and ‘extras’ that suit your taste – each batch you make will have its own personality.

Chili Roasted Carrots

by admin

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds carrots (10-12 medium), cut into 1/4-inch diagonal slices
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice

  • Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450ºF.
  • Combine oil, chili powder, cumin and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Add carrots and toss well to coat.
  • Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast the carrots, stirring once, until tender and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Toss the carrots with cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately. (EW)

Grilled Artichokes

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2 Artichokes
2 cloves garlic
oil of your choice
sea salt, to taste

  • Cut artichokes in half
  • Steam for 20-30 minutes
  • Mix oil and garlic, and drizzle combination over artichokes
  • Place artichoke halves on the grill (or oven) 10-15 minutes.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

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2 lbs fresh tomatoes (vary if possible use yellow and red, heirloom tomatotes make this the best)
1 clove fresh garlic
1/2 purple onion sliced into thin rings
handful fresh basil leaves
3 tbs avocado, macadamia nut or extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
sea salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper
avocado slices
fresh local herbs ( optional)

  • Wash tomatoes. Remove green crowns.
  • Cut tomatoes into one inch chunks and place in a bowl.
  • Add chopped garlic, sliced onions, and shredded basil leaves.
  • In a small jar mix the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. You may also add seasonal herbs, fresh mint is my favorite to the dressing, Shake and mix into tomatoes.
  • Add sliced avocado when prepared to serve.

Kale Crisps

by admin

You won’t believe how yummy this crunchy-salty, yet nutritious snack is – it’s addicting!

1 bunch kale, torn into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Preheat broiler and move rack to middle of oven
  • Toss all ingredients into large mixing bowl
  • Mix well to coat kale with olive oil, salt and garlic
  • Spread onto baking/cookie sheet
  • Bake in broiler over for 8-9 minutes until crispy – KEEP AN EYE ON IT, it can burn easily
  • You may have to pull baking sheet from oven and redistribute kale pieces to get them evenly cooked