4 Homemade Sports Drink Recipes to Beat the Heat

It’s brutally hot here, you guys. That yucky humid heat that just lingers and sucks all of your energy smooth out of your body. Because of this weather, my usually temperate home yoga routine has inadvertently become hot yoga for two days in a row now. Anyway, after yesterday’s hot yoga session I was feeling a little light headed and super thirsty. Fortunately, the hypochondriac in me immediately diagnosed my symptoms as being the tell tale signs of mild dehydration. I needed a sports drink fast not only for the electrolyte replenishment, but if for no other reason, the placebo effect. Hypochondria is real, y’all.

Anyway, these homemade sports drink recipes will have you feeling fully hydrated and raring to go no matter how hot the weather gets in your neck of the woods. With ingredients like coconut water, fruit, and even herbal tea, you’re getting all kinds of healthy goodness with delicious flavors to match. Best part is you can totally skip all the unnecessary sugars and additives that you’ll find in traditional sports drinks. You must try this!

1. Cucumber Lime Electrolyte Refresher

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 limes, peeled
  • 1½ cups coconut water

Directions

  • Juice the cucumber and lime in a juicer
  • Mix with coconut water
  • Serve chilled or over ice

2. Homemade Gatorade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  • In a blender, add all ingredients and mix well
  • Serve chilled or over ice

3. Watermelon Electrolyte Booster

ingredients

  • 1 quarter of a watermelon, seeded
  • 2 large glasses of coconut water
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions

  • In a blender, add all ingredients and blend well
  • Serve chilled or over ice

4. Herbal Cooler

ingredients

  • 4 cups herbal tea
  • 2-4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in the fridge
  • Serve chilled or over ice

This Video of Beautiful Men in Kilts Doing Yoga is Everything

Let’s all go ahead and try to forget the fact that ‘Men in Kilts Doing Yoga’ would make a pretty rad 80s band name. Let’s also try to forget that the music in the clip,  though not 80s style awesome, is totally savage. We gotta focus here on what’s important. This right here is video proof of my working theory that kilts just make everything better. I don’t know about you, but I am totally inspired for today’s workout! Thanks again, Scotland!!!

The genius behind this amazing video is Finlay Wilson a Dundee, Scotland based yoga instructor. Fortunately for those of us who aren’t in Dundee, you can check out Wilson’s online classes here. On a serious note, this guy is not just a pretty face and an awesome body, he’s actually seriously inspirational in terms of his story and his focus on modifications for poses. Check out the bio below from his yoga channel:

Finlay is the founder of Heart Space Dundee, providing specialist services to all sectors of the community specialising in work with children, special needs, disability, injury and cancer rehabilitation. Finlay is a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and has assisted Ana Forrest in Peterborough, working closely with her on adjustment and energy work. Finlay came to Yoga for his own rehabilitation after surgery on his legs and uses his experience, knowledge and sensitivity to work with people with complex physical needs. He continues his education through a daily Yoga practice and study of biomechanics and functional anatomy.

Finlay is equally passionate that radiant health comes not just from posture, but from managing scar tissue through bodywork, processing emotionally through Forrest Yoga, and eating nourishing, nutrient-rich foods in as whole a form as possible. This rule of four (posture, scars, emotion, nutrition) defines his daily practice and passions. Finlay offers bodywork sessions and private Yoga sessions to help you achieve radiant health and can offer guidance on various ways to achieve your goals.

Yoga Essentials for Beginners and How to Use Them

Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them

I started out doing yoga because I knew I needed to exercise. My energy levels were super low, no matter how much coffee I drank and by midday I was ready to crawl back into bed. The last straw was that my lower back and legs started to hurt more and more each time I leaned down to tie my shoes. Despite the fact that my body was functioning like I was 176 years old, I still wanted to find the lowest impact exercise I could, because lazy. That’s how I settled on yoga. I figured, I stretch and breathe every day already so yoga is totally in my wheelhouse. I was too embarrassed to actually go to a yoga class though. I chose an at-home yoga app, and in the privacy of my own living room, I began my yoga practice.

My very first full yoga routine was on New Year’s Day of last year and I’ve done a yoga routine every single day since then. I can’t begin to describe to you the difference it has made in my life. I have more energy than I’ve had in years and yoga is totally bringing my sexy back. Anyway, this last year has taught me some of the finer details of yoga—the things I wish I had known when I started that could’ve saved me from some aches and pains and other minor inconveniences. If you are just toying with the idea of starting on a healthier path, and you think yoga might be for you, here are some beginner essentials that you should totally invest in. Where applicable, I’ve also posted a link to a short video to show you how to use the particular item.

Yoga Mat

It pays off to invest in a good yoga mat. What makes a good yoga mat, you ask. One that doesn’t roll up or slip around when you’re moving from one pose into another. One that doesn’t get noticeably sticky when you start to sweat. Most of all, one that doesn’t wear out quickly and start to shed little pieces of mat all over the place. I really love Gaiam yoga mats (currently discounted here) and Manduka Prolite Mats (find them here).

Yoga Mat Towel

If you naturally run a little bit hot when you exercise,or if you plan on doing hot yoga, yoga mat towels are a must. These towels are specifically designed to wick up sweat. You can use them in place of a yoga mat or lay them right on top of your yoga mat (especially useful if you’re using the ‘bowling shoe’ yoga mats that the gym lends you).

Yoga Bolster

Yoga bolsters make it easier to get into and maintain poses that are a difficult for you. These are key when you’re trying to relax in a pose that you find a little bit strenuous. Here are some yoga poses that really benefit from the use of bolsters.

Yoga Strap

I didn’t know how great yoga straps were when I first started doing yoga, but these things are amazing. Yoga straps are so helpful when it comes to improving flexibility. Even if you’re not new to yoga, yoga straps can really help you sink deeper into a pose. Here’s how to use them.

Yoga Block

Yoga blocks are also useful for improving flexibility, but they also assist in maintaining the proper alignment in a pose. Check out this intro to yoga blocks.

***Even if you don’t pick up all of these items, you can still get moving and start your daily yoga practice. Remember: this time next year, you’ll wish you’d started today. You can do this!!!

 

2 Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram

2 Yogis You NEED to Follow on Instagram

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of this year that I would do yoga, no matter what, every single day. I’m proud to report that 11 months later, I’ve actually stayed true to that promise. I can’t say that it hasn’t been difficult. I had to overcome some stumbling blocks along the way. I had a pretty bad cold earlier in the year, I traveled quite a bit, and other times I was just plain exhausted. Even still, I managed to squeeze in at least 15 minutes to an hour of yoga everyday and I’m so glad that I did!

From time to time I need a little motivation. It just takes a little bit of inspiration to spark a fire in you that burns bright and makes you not ever want to quit. I turn to Instagram in my moments of weakness (don’t judge me) and I swoon over the incredible yogis that decorate my feed. Yeah. Sometimes it’s like that for sure. I don’t know which one I love more, but Christine Hewitt and Soren Buchanan are probably my top 2/number 1 favorites.

These ladies definitely find the right balance (no pun intended) between physical fitness and showcasing the human body as an organic piece of art. I’m way into the colors and movement captured by these photos and their feeds never cease to motivate me. So if you need a little bit of inspo, just check out some of these incredible photos and join the movement. #yogaeverydamnday

Follow Christine Hewitt on Instagram:

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Follow Soren Buchanan on Instagram:

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Try This---Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Try This— Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl Better Than Ice Cream

Have you ever had green tea ice cream? If you haven’t had the pleasure of indulging, let me try to paint the picture for you. It’s all ice cream-y goodness, but with a taste that makes you feel like you’re saving the environment while pigging out. But alas, ice cream is still ice cream, and if you have fitness goals that exclude indulging in such deliciousness, even the deceptively green taste won’t help.

So I started thinking about smoothie bowls, which I’ve heard are the clean eating alternative to ice cream. I even pinned a recipe on Pinterest so I wouldn’t forget to try it. Full disclosure: I actually pinned it more for the awesome looking wooden serving bowls and cool wooden spoons featured in the picture, but I promise I seriously wanted to try the recipe too!

Anyway, that recipe soon became one of my most popular pins, and guess what? I still kept putting off making it. I was too busy using my matcha powder in spa facial recipes.

I finally tried this simple recipe (adapted from cooktoria.com) the other day, and it is absolutely amazing! It’s perfect for breakfast and snack time—the kiddos will love it as a back to school treat. It’s perfect as a post workout recovery shake—fitness goals, y’all. And best of all, it’s perfect as a dessert—a clean eating, naturally sweet indulgence that gives ice cream a run for its money. You must try this!

Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

makes 1 serving

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 fresh kiwi, sliced
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2c almond milk

Directions

  • Add all of the ingredients into your blender and process until smooth
  • Enjoy!

***NOTE: For what it’s worth, I suggest using decaf matcha powder if you’re preparing this for the kids. There’s nothing quite as exhausting as your already wired 2nd grader even more wired on matcha. Lesson learned the hard way.