Embrace Minimalism in Barefoot Shoes

barefoot-shoesWe’re all about embracing and enjoying nature as much as possible in the summer months. What better way to do so than by connecting to the natural world through your shoes?

The best feeling is grabbing a pair of old, worn shoes that you adore and heading out for a day of adventure. Those go-to shoes that always stay comfortable, always take you to the dreamiest places, and always give you good luck in seeing magnificent sights; they seem to somehow connect you to the world around you.

For those of us who haven’t found that perfect pair quite yet, we suggest trying out barefoot sneakers for the best in outdoor adventure. With impeccable minimalist construction, these sneakers keep you close to the ground and in sync with nature the whole day through.

Weren’t the best times those bright summer days back in your childhood, running around barefoot in the grass or the sand? Barefoot construction brings you back to that innocence, while protecting your feet from all those rocks and crags that could potentially harm you. These shoes work with the body, not against it, forming to your foot for the ultimate shoe-wearing experience.

Find some of our favorites below, or check out our entire selection of barefoot shoes at PlanetShoes.

39193_208_thumb23628_243_thumb39867_G0F_thumb28085_960_thumb (1)

 

 

26546_F0I_thumb39174_214_thumb25632_185_thumb39879_182_thumb

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Change Your Habits to Reduce Food Waste

reduce-food-waste-portioningThere’s some interesting movement happening in the food world, particularly around food that isn’t sold and used. Looking at the numbers, food waste around the world is at an appalling high; with our landfills getting fuller by the year, and many people throughout the world struggling to find the food they need, new, creative solutions to decreasing this waste have been popping up worldwide.

Our home state of Massachusetts passed a law last year banning the disposal of food waste by commercial businesses (i.e. supermarkets, colleges, hospitals, hotels, etc.). This ban diverts food waste from landfills and instead sends it to waste-to-energy plants and composting facilities.

France passed a law just last week banning supermarkets from disposing or destroying unpurchased food; now, “all unsold but edible food should be donated to charities for immediate distribution to the poor,” and “food that is unsafe to eat is to be donated to farms for agricultural purposes.”

Neither of these laws apply to households, but there are plenty of small changes you can make to do your part and reduce waste!

435 (1)Buy less, more frequently. Some studies have shown that, while buying in bulk saves money in the short term, the amount of bulk goods that are thrown away before they can be used makes this practice ineffective, and leads to losing money rather than gaining.

Buy ugly produce. We promise, it all tastes the same! Supermarkets often end up with lots of “ugly” produce, great in quality and taste, but a little deformed. Buy the unsightly stuff and save it from the trash!

Shop your fridge. When deciding what to make for dinner at night, take a gander at your fridge. Frame your meal around what’s in there first; then head over to your pantry and add some unperishables.

Utilize your freezer. This part of the refrigerator is the best: not only does it store fresh food before you’re ready to use it, but it can store the leftovers you have after you make the fresh stuff into a delicious dish.

Pledge to the meal plan. Going to the grocery store with a set list – including exactly what you need, and how much you need of it – will cut down on waste significantly. Only buy what you know you need, not what you assume you might like, to cut down on how much you end up throwing out.

How do you cut down on food waste? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

How to Unplug and Really Reset

unplug-todayAs we know, our bodies and minds need rest to stay stress-free, happy, and healthy. Many tout the importance of getting enough sleep to reset and prepare for the day ahead. Others prioritize incorporating a rest day into your workout routine, giving your body a break from the strain you put on it while staying active.

One type of rest we don’t hear about so much? Taking a break from technology. We know that our minds and bodies need some time to rest and reset in other ways; perhaps the next step is taking the time to reflect without the help of a handheld computer.

The importance of “unplugging” has been bubbling up to the surface of health blogs recently, and we’re all on the same page. As reported by the New York Times,

“The technology makes the tiniest windows of time entertaining, and potentially productive. But scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.” 

With so much going on, how exactly do you find time to completely unplug? Like anything, it’s easiest to start small. One movement we love – called DinnerMode – challenges people to unplug for an hour a night, during dinner, to connect with loved ones and to give the mind a break from technological stimuli. ScreenFree, a similar idea, requires people to unplug together for six days, acting as an event to foster meaningful connection between friends and neighbors, smartphone free.

If travel is more your scene, many destinations are now offering “detox destination” packages; some give you a discount to leave your phone at the entrance to a resort, and others offer daily yoga classes and meditation to help the mind reset without the help of technology.

For something a little simpler, start by taking a bit of time each week to leave your phone at home, or turn on Do Not Disturb setting. Pledge not to take your phone out during a dinner with friends, or at an event you’re attending. Delete unnecessary apps to rid your phone of clutter, turn off push notifications, and be cognizant of living in the moment. It may better your health, relationships, and more; who knows the opportunities such rest could provide!

How do you “unplug” each week? We’d love to hear your ideas! 

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Healthy Snacks for a Time Crunch

lazy-healthy-snacksEating healthy on the go can certainly be a challenge. Running between appointments, meetings, work, and the gym, eating well can feel nearly impossible; passing by convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and other on-the-go food joints sure doesn’t make it any easier to find good-for-you options quickly.

One thing that can seriously help with this dilemma? Thinking ahead. A little Sunday night prep work can go a long way in having consistently healthy snacks with you all week long for when the hunger pangs set in. Of course, the more protein, fiber, and nutrients you can get into these prepped snacks, the better.

We’ve found some delicious, filling snacks to chop up tonight, perfect for packing into small baggies, placing in your bag, and having with you when you need them most. Each snack incorporates a source of protein and produce of some kind, the perfect combination to keep you full while staying low in calorie and high in vital nutrition. Even better, these snacks are all super easy to make (read: less than 10 minutes) for those with little time (or energy) today.

1) Spicy Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas
2) Mason Jar Hummus Snack
3) Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
4) Banana Dog Bites
5) Quick Homemade Sweet Potato Chips
6) Cocoa Protein Bites

What are your favorite healthy on-the-go snacks?

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

DIY Sushi Roll… in a Bowl!

Sushi-bowlYou know what tastes sooo good in the summer? Sushi. The perfect dinner for a hot summer’s eve, sushi instantly cools you down when you simply can’t imagine the thought of cooking over a hot stove.

Sushi-bowl-topHave you ever made your own sushi before? Many think of sushi as a order-in staple, and therefore haven’t tried. The first step? This awesome Sushi Roll in a Bowl, put together by Andrew from One Ingredient Chef. With this recipe, he takes all of the delicious flavors and ingredients from your favorite sushi roll, layers them all together, and makes it into an easy weekday meal you can whip up in a flash!

Who knew sushi could be so simple? This recipe is super versatile, so sub in your favorite sushi ingredients to make this bowl your own. Better yet, we challenge you to experiment with this dish, combining a wide array of flavors to make your best sushi yet. That’s the great thing about cooking (and not ordering in)… you can totally customize! Check out this vegan recipe from One Ingredient Chef below to get you started on the right track.

sushi-roll-in-a-bowl

For full instructions for putting this Sushi Roll in a Bowl together,
head on over to One Ingredient Chef!

About One Ingredient Chef
One Ingredient Chef is a healthy food blog run by Andrew Olson. His goal is simple: he wants you to become healthier than ever before while cooking the best food of your life. As he says, “The One Ingredient Diet is my simple answer to a world of processed foods. But this isn’t about munching on lettuce! My job is to show you (step-by-step) how to cook deliciously healthy food with only *real* ingredients.”

Connect with One Ingredient Chef
See the Original Post
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Decoding your Favorite Brunch Food… Eggs!

egg-labelsWalk into the supermarket these days, and you’re thrown in a million different directions. With a whole ton of marketing and not much explanation following it, it can be easy to be confused by food labels, packaging, pricing, colors, names, and more.

In an ideal world, good nourishment would be easy, not confusing, and supermarkets would be filled with delicious, easily describable food that is good for your body and soul. Because reality is more difficult than that, we’re here to help.

First stop? The egg aisle. These versatile, protein-packed orbs of deliciousness range from go-to breakfast staple to decadent brunch creation to dinner side and everything in between. So how did they suddenly get so confusing? Free range? Pasture-fed? All natural? What do these labels mean, and how can we decipher them in a way that’s best for our health and the environment?

We think the only difficult decision you should have to make with your eggs is whether you’ll scramble, fry, or poach. Below, you’ll find some common labels that have made their way onto cartons of eggs in the last few years. But what do they really mean?

organic-eggsThis is the most rigorously regulated label of them all; there are over 90 organic certification agencies around the globe policing these standards. Organically labeled food must follow a variety of rules, including maintaining ecological balance and biodiversity, as well as not using synthetic fertilizers. Organic eggs specifically come from free-range chickens, who were not given growth hormones.

free-range-eggsThis indicates that the chickens are provided shelter indoors and unlimited access to food, water, and the outdoors. The outdoor area may be fenced.

cage-free-eggsThese chickens are not confined to cages, but rather may freely roam a building or room. They also must have unlimited access to food and water.

natural-eggsThese eggs are “minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients.” It is important to note that this label only applies to meat and egg products; “natural” labels on other foods are not regulated.

pasture-raised-eggsThese animals had continuous, free access to the outdoors for a large portion of their lives. They must not have been confined for any long period of time.

no-added-hormones-eggsThis has always been a rule for poultry, pork, and goat, so eggs have never been allowed to contain hormones according to federal rules.

humanely-raised-eggsThere is no USDA definition for this term.

And what about a simpler, age-old question… brown eggs or white? The jury’s still out on this one. Neither the brown egg nor the white egg has been proven to be a healthier choice than the other; they simply come from different breeds of chicken. The bottom line: go with whichever you prefer.

What food labels are confusing to you? How do you decipher the labels in the egg aisle? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS