Sun-Protective Smoothie

Everyone knows to slather on the sunscreen to block the sun’s UV rays, but there’s one crucial step your sun-protection routine might be missing: Breakfast!

Diet is an often-overlooked part of how we adapt to our external environments throughout the seasons. Let’s take a look into why the first meal of the day can prep and protect your healthy summer glow.

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Meal Prep Golden Chia Pudding

How much fiber are you actually getting a day? It’s recommended that we get between 25-35 grams, but most Americans are consuming half that amount. I thought I was doing pretty well until I tracked my meals for a few days and realized I was coming up a bit short. Even I have to take a moment once in a while to re-evaluate my choices when I’ve slipped into the same daily routine. So to kickstart our day, I came up with a breakfast that provides a major boost first thing in the morning.

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Apricot Granola Bars

Here’s a recipe I made for the 10-Day Energy-Boosting Meal Plan that got cut—not because it wasn’t delicious, but because it didn’t align with the goal of making meal prep a breeze. These apricot bars do take  a good chunk of inactive time, but prepping them is actually pretty quick, so if you plan on spending a rainy day at home, these are perfect for tossing in the oven while you get cozy on the couch with some tea.

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stress-relieving chocolate cherry smoothie

Cherry season is the best season! They’re currently on sale for less than $2/lb (from $5/lb) so after seeing that I got so excited I blacked out and bought 7 lbs. My blood is the juice of cherries.

Other than snacking on them plain, I like to have them with coconut yogurt, make a quick chia jam (you can use that recipe for any berry), dip them in raw chocolate and freeze them for when my sweet tooth needs a hit, and, of course, freeze them for smoothies!

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my favorite green juice

Juicing is a commitment. The appliance is a pain to clean, it takes forever, and sometimes spinach will get stuck and you’ll have to pull out globs of wet leaves to try and put back in the feed tube and get something good out of it. I’m really selling this to you, aren’t I?

But juicing is a really great way to get a TON of nutrients in your body all at once. “But what about the fiber?” you cry. “Can’t I just buy some Tropicana and get it over with?” you ask. Read on, my friends.

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marinated tamari eggs

If you’re not a yolk person then I suggest you TURN AROUND NOW. Consider this as serious as the first episode of Walking Dead when Rick wakes up in the hospital and sees “DON’T OPEN. DEAD INSIDE.” painted on the door. We all know how that turned out. Listen to your warnings!!

Anyway, this recipe is for marinated tamari eggs – salty, sweet, delicious additions to your morning meal, a post-workout snack, homemade ramen, whatever you like. The key is to actually follow instructions, and you’ll be rewarded with gooey, sorta drippy but mostly gelled, perfectly half-cooked egg yolks.

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