Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie

Hello Fit Fathers and family. Please try this nutrient-packed Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 2 large smoothies

 2 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach (see Note)

1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple cubes or chunks

1/2 cup thickly sliced cucumber

1 large lemon or small orange, peeled

1 to 1 1/2 cups sliced overripe banana (frozen or fresh)

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water (or more to thin as desired) [Read more…]

Going Green Smoothie

Makes about 6 1-cup servings

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach or kale
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or pineapple chunks
  • 3 cups green grapes
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups ice

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is incorporated.

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Better Together: Amy & Brian Share Tips for Successful Self-Improvement

originalWith the overwhelming amount of self-help books, webinars, and workshops available, self-improvement becomes commercialized and can start to seem like a New-Age gimmick. Simply put, self-improvement is an inner process that aims for a better, happier self. It is the act of consciously choosing to find ways to have more satisfaction and fulfillment in life. Former NBA coach, Pat Riley, summed it up well when he said, “excellence is the gradual result of always trying to do better.” In an effort to help others Be Better™ and effectively live more joyfully, Amy & Brian Coconut Water (www.amyandbriannaturals.com) encourages everyone to make 2016 a year of improvement.

Knowing where to start is the first step toward success. As a trailblazer in the coconut water industry, Amy & Brian provides the following self-improvement tips for small yet significant steps toward achieving goals.

Cultivate Relationships. As a family-owned business, Amy & Brian knows the importance of healthy relationships. According to a study at the University of Illinois, the most common characteristics shared by students who were very happy and showed the fewest signs of depression were “their strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them.” In today’s busy world, it is easy to lose touch with loved ones due to being busy or forgetful. Relationships are like flowers; they need to be cared for or else they wither. Tend to an old relationship by meeting someone for coffee or a hike. Face to face contact is the only way to share a smile!

Drink to Your Health. Having a healthy and fit body is essential to optimizing satisfaction with life. Feeling good in one’s own skin maximizes overall enjoyment in all activities. The simplest and most important thing that can approve health dramatically is making sure the body is properly hydrated. Dehydration can lead to an increased risk of obesity, affiliated with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, among many other ailments. To stay hydrated, it’s essential to drink enough water. Adding fresh or frozen fruit to a large water bottle will enhance the desire to drink every last drop. Another way to increase hydration is by drinking all-natural coconut water like Amy & Brian. Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes- minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride that help maintain proper fluid levels in the body and regulate muscle function.

cinnamonSpruce Up. An easy way to make your workspace more cheerful is with pretty plants. According to a recent survey in the journal HortScience, people who spend their days in offices with plants tend to be more satisfied with their jobs than those whose 9-to-5 spaces are foliage-free. What’s more, they feel closer to their co-workers, believe their bosses are more competent, and view their overall quality of life in a more positive light. Fresh cut flowers and potted-plants scattered throughout the office provide a fresh boost of creativity and happiness.

Reflect- Not only can gratitude increase positivity and awareness of the good things in life, recent studies have concluded that the expression of gratitude can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages. Take advantage of the power of gratitude by starting a ‘gratitude journal’. At the end of each day, write down 5 things that inspire gratitude. Reflecting on the positive aspects of each day will increase joy for even the simplest of things.

This year, Be Better with Amy & Brian.

About Amy & Brian Naturals

Amy & Brian Naturals, a family run business, has been selling coconut water for over a decade. Sourced only from young green Thai coconuts, Amy & Brian coconut water has a natural sweetness and well-rounded coconut taste with no added sugar. Available in a variety of flavors (including original, pulp, lime, grape and cinnamon) and sizes, Amy & Brian is passionate about giving consumers a great tasting product. Amy & Brian Coconut Water can be found with or without pulp in mainstream and natural specialty supermarkets throughout North America.

Find Amy & Brian on Facebook and follow on Twitter & Instagram (@amybriannatural).

The 7-Day Summer Juice Cleanse

The 7-Day Summer Juice Cleans

It’s time for a summer refresh so please join Fit Fathers for the The 7-Day Summer Juice Cleanse right after 4th of July weekend.  This implies you are ready to clean out your plumbing including the gastrointestinal as well as your colon. Don’t be shy of these terms! It’s natural.

Why Juice? Though juicing disregards the fiber from fruits and veggies its benefits are plentiful. Vitamins and minerals are absorbed directly into the blood stream without the fiber, which slows digestion and absorption. Juicing heals and repairs tissue, strengthens the immune system and gives the digestion system and liver a well-deserved break. But most of all, a juice detox forces toxins out the body which in-turn encourages fat lost, since the body actually produces additional fat just to store and protect you from these toxins. Reduced toxins equals less body fat. Also juicing allows organs to temporarily vacation. [Read more…]

Welcome to Kick the Can Parents!

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You’ve arrived at THE place to find information about the dangers of sugar-loaded drinks. Get tools to start a movement in your community, and change what kids and their families reach for when they’re thirsty!

What are sugar-loaded drinks exactly? We’re talking: sweetened sodas, so-called “sports” drinks, iced teas, juice drinks, vitamin waters and energy drinks. Beverages so cheap and easy to get, that kids are drinking way more than their fill. They’re getting the equivalent of over a dozen packets of sugar a day from their beverages alone! But together, we can stop Big Soda’s push to keep kids guzzling these harmful drinks which–science has proven–lead to obesity, preventable diabetes and tooth decay!

For more info visit http://www.kickthecan.info/

Smoothies for the BBQ!

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I had no choice but to break the traditional BBQ mantra by making fresh organic smoothies in our Vitamix 750. And guess who requested one? All 40 family members! This mix comprised of coconut water, organic berries, bananas, kale, mangos and walnuts. Drink clean my friends!

 

Kimatni D. Rawlins

Fit Fathers Guerilla Performance Shake: Supplement-free and Protein Powder-free Natural Energy Enhancement!

Fit_Fathers_Power_Smoothie_It is very simple energizing your body and creating foods that convert to sustainable glucose for endurance and performance fuel. Why go the synthetic and processed route when nature provides all you need. Here is Fit Fathers unique but simple spin on the traditional green smoothie.

In your Vitamix  mix:

-Coconut water for your base and electrolytes
-3 Broccoli stalks
-4 to 6 Dates for natural energy boosts
-An orange for iron absorption
-3 Bananas for binding and energy
-2 Handfuls of both strawberries and blueberries
-Flaxseeds and chia seeds for Omega 3 and added protein
-Pumpkin seeds for added iron

Spin on Smoothie mode and serve. Makes an amazing 7 cups (64-ounce Low-Profile Container) !!!

You got it. The supplement industry and muscle heads have society thinking we need an endless amount of protein. This macronutrient should  comprise 5 to 15% of our daily caloric intake. It’s complex carbohydrates which fuels our bodies first. Overdosing on protein can possibly lead to rouge cancer cells developing from cellular division (when tissue splits and divides) and can pull calcium from the bones since the amino acid breakdown requires a mineral — Calcium — for neutralization. This is long thought to be one of the reasons why America (and other high consumption dairy and meat eating countries) have high cases of Osteoporosis.

Vitamix blenders are like the Jeep Wranglers of the blending world. They do what they do best because of their powerful motors, unique blades and various spin cycle modes such as Hot Soups and Purée. We’ve made hummus to avocado puddings in our Vitamix 750 Series. You will spend more for the quality, but we don’t mind investing in our health. Cancer and Diabetes are far more expensive.

Kimatni D Rawlins

Just Juice It: The Orange Bowl!

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It’s Day 3 of our impromptu juice fast and we wanted a very energetic mixture. With this carrot based energy drink pressed from our Omega VRT350 masticating juicer we’ll have no problem conquering the Orange Bowl in dominant fashion. The formula is simple: carrots, celery, ginger and wheatgrass. Drink up and always drink clean!

Just Beet It

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The Formula — Freshly pressed Beets, Kale, Broccoli stalks, Oranges, Ginger and Apples. Purity! Drink clean!

The Green Goddess

10460460_10204076190093895_1616487941016780329_nSipping on a freshly juiced Green Goddess for breakfast. Kale, oranges and apples. Simple but pure! Make sure to add this juice mix to your nutritional routine a few times a week, if not every day.