Health and Wellness for Back-to-School Season
The school supply sales have already started in stores. It won’t be long now before kids are back in school again and everyone’s schedule gets a little bit busier. To help you make the most of the busy back-to-school season, we’ve put together a guide for how to infuse healthy habits and active wellness into your life.
Exercise of the Month: 30-Minute Cardio
This time of year, you have to make your exercise routine work for you. What about seizing the opportunity to get 30 minutes of cardio from walking the kids to school or their bus stop? Or once you’ve dropped the kids off at school, you could ride your bike for 30 minutes, walk the bridge, walk the beach or walk around Marina Jack.
Your goal should be to get 30 minutes of cardio five times a week. That’s easy when you make it work for your schedule.
There are so many benefits of doing cardio workouts — it burns fat, it helps you lose weight, it improves your heart health, it increases your lung capacity, it helps you sleep better and it can help you reduce stress. So what are you waiting for? Step outside and get moving!
Delicious Treats for Back to School
Just because back-to-school time is busy, it doesn’t mean that’s an excuse to eat food that’s not good for you and your family. This is a great opportunity to try some new healthy recipes.
Breakfast can be a particularly stressful time of day as you try to get your kids out the door before school. Make the morning a little easier by whipping up some Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups the night before. Here’s how to make them:
Wisk together the following ingredients:
- ½ cup mashed bananas
- ¼ cup all-natural nut butter
- ½ cup almond milk
- Chia “egg” (combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water, whisk and let sit)
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Bake the whisked mixture in a muffin tin for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Then top with your favorite toppings, like nonfat plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup or berries and eat them up for a calmer, more nutritious morning.
For an after-school snack, try these scrumptious No Bake Protein Brownie Bites. Here’s how you make them:
Combine the following ingredients in your food processor:
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Protein Powder Nutritional Booster
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk
Pulse the ingredients together until a ball forms. Add 1/3 cup vegan mini chocolate chips. Pulse again until combined. Roll into balls. Enjoy!
For more healthy back-to-school recipes, check out this website.
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Everyone is getting into the back-to-school spirit, including doTERRA! The company has some special essential oils to make the most of the season. From helping get everyone up in the morning to giving your kids an extra boost to get their homework done to keeping everyone calm come test time, doTERRA has the oils for you.
See the Light
Did you know LightForce deep tissue laser therapy can help you relieve pain and inflammation? From neck pain to sprains and strains, you might want to consider seeing the light and scheduling an appointment at BeFitSRQ today.
Soak in the Summer Fun
You’ve heard of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, but our local treasure Mote Marine also has its own shark-focused events. Shark Days at Mote 2019 will run from August 7 to 10 and include an educational talk, crafts and yoga. The Yoga with the Sharks event on August 10 will allow you to enjoy a one-hour morning yoga session overlooking the SharkTracker exhibit.
The Sarasota Slam on August 8 to 10 is a fun fishing tournament right in our own backyard. Marina Jack is the home base for this event that includes multiple competitions.
If you want to sit back, relax and enjoy some music, head to Van Wezel’s Friday Fest. On August 16, Reverend Barry & The Funk will play original songs and covers of funk and soul music. The eight-piece band is sure to put you in a good mood — and they might even get you up and dancing.
Here’s to soaking in the summer before the school days begin!