From drinking matcha to meditating, we're sharing the 10 things you need to do to start your year off right
1. DRINK LEMON WATER EVERY MORNING
You consider yourself pretty savvy when it comes to your health. You exercise regulary, go to that yoga class every Sunday morning, eat lots of fruits and veggies and even meditate a few times a week. But did you know that there is one ultra simple thing that you can add to your morning routine that checks a ton of those health benefit boxes? Lemon water. That's right, lemon water. From keeping your skin clear and radiant to giving your immune system a daily boost, this one simple act can drastically improve many aspects of your health and well-being. And, as far as routines go, this one's pretty much as simple as you can get, so there's really no excuses.
2. MEDITATE OFTEN
Let's face it, meditation can be tough. Eliminate all stray thoughts? Focus only on your breath? Sit still for (a minimum) of 10 minutes at a time? But, we are learning more and more that practicing daily meditation has so many amazing benefits; from helping us become more compassionate to enabling us to be more patient, loving, joyful, forgiving and generous. Thankfully, there are some foods that we can start to incorporate into our diets, that can help us gain that laser focus we are looking to experience when we sit down to meditate. Read on for the 4 groups of foods we think are the best.
3. DRINK MATCHA
Way more than just green tea, matcha (green tea powder) is making headlines everywhere. From trendy cafés serving up matcha-spiked lattes to models downing shots of this trendy beverage during fashion week, matcha is being hailed as the superfood to beat all other superfoods. And for good reason, matcha's list of health benefits is seemingly endless. It promises not only to boost energy, but it helps to detox the body, fight cancer, help you loose weight by boosting metabolism, halts the aging process, improves brain power and reduces stress. How does matcha do all this? It's infused with high levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and chlorophyll. In fact, it has more antioxidants than goji berries, blueberries, acai berries, pomegranate, spinach and broccoli combined. And unlike your regular cup of joe, matcha slowly releases caffeine over several hours (as opposed to all at once,) so you feel energized all day and avoid that jittery feeling that coffee imparts.
4.START DRINKING (GREEN) TEA
Many ancient cultures associated tea with long life and health. In fact originating in China, it has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Green Tea has not only been filling our mugs for a long time but has taken a role as a key ingredient in many a dessert. So what’s the deal with this hot bevy? It has been the subject in numerous medical and scientific studies to determine whether its long toted health benefits actually carry any merit.
5. EAT BERRIES, AVOCADOS & GINGER
At RecipeGeek, we love sharing info on why you should be eating certain foods as much as possible, in our "Why You Should Be Eating" feeature. Three of our faves this past year has been berries, avocados and ginger. Berries may be small but they are truly a miracle of nature. Tiny little flavour bombs that are packed with vitamins, nutrients and other things that can help prevent disease, fight fat and reverse the effects of ageing. We love Avocados, because they are ultra-versatile (they can be eaten raw, grilled or even fried and are equally amazing when used as a spread, dip or even in desserts,) and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and essentially a vitamin-bomb for your body, mind, hair and skin. Ginger is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that have powerful benefits for both your mind and your body. In fact, this gnarly looking root has been shown to be beneficial for a host of things from taming your worst tummy troubles to helping reduce blood pressure and acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
6. KEEP DRINKING COFFEE REGULARLY
Yes, we all love the energy boost and increased mental sharpness we get from that first cup of coffee in the morning. But did you know that drinking moderate amounts (3-5 cups) of coffee a day has many hidden health benefits? Read on for our 7 reasons you should reach for (at least) one more cup today.
6. DRINK SMOOTHIES!
Found yourself in a bit of a smoothie rut lately? Adding the same 4 ingredients to your vitamix blender and then mindlessly slurping it back on your commute to work? We think it's time to put some bang back into your morning routine and we've got 4 superfood-packed smoothie recipes that should do the trick. So, next time you pull out that blender, think to add some fresh ginger and lime (like in our flavour-packed blackberry, lime & ginger smoothie) or create a unique flavour combination (by using nectarines, oranges, chia seeds and almond milk) to switch things up a little. We promise your taste buds AND your body and mind will thank you!
7. UP YOUR GRAIN INTAKE
Move over couscous, pasta and rice. There are some new grains in town, and they not only taste amazing, but they are WAY healthier for you too. From quinoa to freekeh to farro, we're sharing 5 ancient grains that you should start eating today.
8. SLEEP BETTER (AND MORE OFTEN)
Sleep is a blissful reprieve from the stresses of everyday life – that is, if you can get any. Some people have trouble falling asleep while others have trouble staying asleep. But regardless of which afflicts you, dealing with sleep-related struggles can transform that sweet reprieve into a nightmare. The clichéd anecdote to haywire sleep patterns is to find solace in a glass of warm milk. But is it an old wives’ tale or does food really have the power to help regulate your circadian rhythm? Well, we like to think food can do just about anything, so we compiled a list of sleep-inducing foods for a better, longer and more beneficial sleep.
9. ADD SUPERFOODS (LIKE BEE POLLEN) TO YOUR DIET
Superfoods are foods that basically have super powers -- they are so rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it would be silly not to include them in your diet. Check out our superfoods we love features on bee pollen, pomegranate, berries, walnuts, matcha and cherries!
10. HAVE MORE SEX (YIPPEE!)
Striking a work/life balance isn’t easy. In fact, a lot of the time it’s stressful. When you’re not at the office, you’re carting the kids around and when you do make it home, there’s a mountain of laundry to greet you. Doesn’t it sound romantic? With all the pressures of modern life it’s not surprising that many otherwise healthy women experience low sex drive. Thankfully there’s a way around this stress induced celibacy and it happens to be delicious. If you’re looking to rediscover your sexy self, load up on these five libido-boosting foods – your spouse will thank you.