I don’t care if it’s in between holiday concerts, crazy work hours, open houses, or gift shopping. Find something you love to do, and do it! Maybe you grab a spin class or go walking. Maybe you do a few downward dogs before finishing up the errands. Go for a run or do Pilates before taking care of everyone else. Exercising helps to reset the body, burn calories, ease stress, and help you focus. Plus, it’s just fun and pretty darn joyful.And honestly, isn’t that what the holidays are about anyway? Read More
Everyone knows the old Welsh proverb that goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. What many people may not realize is that there is a surprising amount of truth in these wise words. Along with the banana, apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in the world. Studies show that they can potentially be amazing for your skin as well as offering anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.
- 3 oz nourish your soul watermelon mint
- 1 oz vodka
- splash of St-Germain(elderflower liqueur)
- handful of muddled blueberries
- Shake. Pour. Add a garnish ofwatermelon, blueberriesand mint!
In honor of their unconditional love, we are honoring all mothers this weekend. A mother’s love comes in many different forms, all of which nurture and help us grow. I’m grateful for the influence my mom has on me; it’s shaped and helped me grow into who I am today.
In fact, this weekend, we honor all people who we have connected to their nourishing and nurturing energy, and allowed us to grow into who we’ve become. Take this time to celebrate the women in your life for their unconditional love, and the sacrifices they’ve made for us. Show them true gratitude for the lessons we’ve taken from them as we move along on our own journeys as mothers or women. Honor the mother in your life, or maybe the one that exists within you, on this Mother’s Day.
One of the most delicious nuts out there, cashews also come with a big bonus: They’re extraordinarily good for you!
For starters, they contain zinc, which helps with collagen production. They’re also high in essential vitamins and minerals, are loaded with potent antioxidants, and are a solid source of copper, manganese, magnesium, and fiber.
Our Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.
In this post we focus on Molly Powers, who works as a medium, a Reiki Master, and also as a yoga instructor in her business, Powers of Healing. We sat down with her to find out more.
With the holidays fast approaching, we’re more tempted than ever by all the rich, not-so-healthy foods around us. And while indulging now and then is part of life, we can all use a few delicious-but-nutritious snacks to enjoy in between those moments of heavy meals and treats. Here are a few easy, tasty, and fortifying dishes you can whip up this weekend:
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Like Kubler-Ross, we know that radiant, glowing skin is more than surface-deep. It’s about what we put into your body, what we do to reduce stress and find inner calm, and how we choose to spend our time. So here are six sustainable actions you can incorporate into your daily routine to achieve radiant skin. If you have more tips or ideas, please shoot me an email and let me know!
The holidays have officially kicked into full gear… and with them, so has that annually familiar push-and-pull, yin-and-yang conflict we often have with ourselves this time of year.
In short, it’s this: How do you enjoy the festive indulgences of the season (Hello, cornbread stuffing and eggnog martinis!), while still staying healthy and keep from going off the rails?
To ground ourselves, we need to remove ourselves from the clutter in our minds and connect to the present moment. We literally need to ground ourselves to Mother Earth and connect to its energies. Grounding ourselves energetically is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health.
So what’s the best way to ground ourselves and connect to the energies of the earth? That’s as easy as it is simple: Walking barefoot in nature. The surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy that can recharge and heal. Rooting down into the earth provides us with a strong foundation to allow us to grow, blossom, and create.
What do we do when we can’t always take our shoes off? Here’s a list of things that I do:
Yes, yes. We know it sounds pretty counterintuitive at first. But bear with us for a moment on this, and we’ll explain. Activated charcoal is actually one of the healthiest, most physically helpful substances you can welcome into your body.
Did you know that during your cleanse we also provide you with not just the key juices, but also an a.m. water and a p.m. water?
We do that for a handful of very important reasons. The biggest benefit of any cleanse is that it moves toxins through the body. Without proper hydration, that can’t happen, and toxins may instead even re-accumulate in your system, causing more harm than good. While cleansing, make sure to drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water daily to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Why drink lemon water in a.m. hours? If you do one thing during and after your cleanse, this should be it. It’s the ritual that can most improve your health. And it’s best first thing in morning, and at room temperature. Its huge benefits include:
We’re kicking off our Grand Opening at Healthworks in Back Bay with brand new cleanses to encourage a brand new path of your healthiest fall living!
Even better, order any Nourish Your Soul cleanse by October 15th online, and use code CLEANSE10 and you’ll save 10%. Choose a 1- to 5-day cleanse at three different levels. Cleanses can be picked up at any of our three locations or delivered straight to your door.
Our fantastic two new cleanses include…
As the chillier weather sets in, we naturally start craving warm, comforting foods …some of which aren’t as healthy for our bodies as they could be. Well, here’s one that is. Not only is it enormously satisfying, it uses unsweetened coconut milk instead of the unusual milk or cream, which keeps things light. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes to make, and can be done days ahead of time so when you need a simple meal, just open the fridge and reheat.
It’s also a great meal for transitioning out of a cleanse back to your regular eatings habits.
We consider it a triple threat: easy to make, good for you, and downright delicious. Enjoy!
Our new breakfast items will set the tone for your whole day. Eating a satisfying, delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy weight, and to remind yourself that you’re a person who values healthy choices. When you make the right choices, you keep your metabolism cranking, your mental clarity and energy levels high, and you set your entire day on the right track.
I also recommend starting with a green juice to kick off your day. So add it to any of our brand new breakfast items offered at our location at Healthworks in Back Bay, including the following two. Both are bolstered in nutritional value since they contain our almond milk which is loaded with protein, antioxidants, plus vitamins such as E and B complex, and minerals such as manganese, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and fiber.
We all know what happens at the beginning of every new season: We generally make a slew of big promises to ourselves that never wind up coming to fruition. Or we do well with them for a week or two, and then slip right back into our old self-destructive habits.
But so often, that’s because people jump right into overly ambitious goals without starting with a clean, healthy base structure. By that a mean, a clear head, a clean, toxin-free, healthy body, and the energy they need to focus on their next goals.
Nourish Your Soul has always been about fresh starts, and so I couldn’t be more excited to announce one of our own: a third location upstairs at Healthworks Back Bay, at 441 Stuart Street, in Copley Square, Boston! The location will be completely open to the public, so you don’t have to be a Healthworks member to come by.
Did you know that apples, one of our favorite fall foods, are powerful detoxifiers that work to cool your body from the lingering heat of the summer?
So much so, in fact, that you can consider them one of your most potent fall beauty staples.
Whether you’re headed out of town with family and friends for Labor Day weekend or staying put and relaxing, odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the holiday to kick back and enjoy yourself. So, congrats! You deserve it. At the same time, of course, you want to be good to yourself so you don’t come back to reality (and September is always an especially busy reality, to be sure) next week feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation… just in order to recuperate.
Dairy can be very difficult for the human body to digest—for a bevy of reasons.
First, our bodies have a hard time breaking down the protein molecule in the cow’s milk called casein. Second, since milk is pasteurized, many of its good attributes are processed out, including its natural enzymes.
Butter and cream, on the other hand, don’t contain casein and are much easier to break down. Goat and sheep’s dairy are also easier to digest. Other very good options are almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk, and goat milk.
Summer—and August in particular—is the ideal time of year to eat tomatoes in New England. Not that they don’t taste great all the time, but during this small seasonal window, they’re locally grown and in their peak, meaning they taste sweeter, lusciously acidic, juicier, and more like a fruit (which technically, they are) than at any other time.
They’re also a treasure trove of nutrition, including a type of phytochemicals that bring all kinds of health perks. That jelly-like stuff around the seeds? That’s packed with vitamin C, as is the rest of the tomato. It’s also a great source of lutein, zeaxanthin, as well as vitamins A, E, and the B vitamins, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.
It turns out mom was right when she told you to always say thank you. And not just because it’s polite, but also because it could seriously improve your overall health.
A movement called positive psychology has done several studies that show grateful people (meaning those who describe gratitude as a permanent rather than temporary in their everyday lives) tend to take better care of themselves, practice more healthful habits like diet and exercise, and in general, are far less stressed out.
Blueberries do a body good! This little fruit softens dry skin, boosts your brain, and may even prevent cancer. In fact, they could just be the king of antioxidant foods; they protect our bodies from damage by free radicals–unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to aging and diseases. And they do way more, too….
August is upon us and to many that means taking a summer vacation before we get back to our fall routines. We take care of our bodies all year long, and then vacation comes along, and those efforts often fall to the wayside. The question is: Do they have to? Vacation should be about relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking a break and also playing. But it’s important to find that balance and go with the flow. Routines are great and healthy, but so is changing it up and remembering that having no rules can be just as important.
Do any of us really ever need an excuse to eat chilled, refreshing watermelon on a hot summer day? Well, just in case you do, here’s a great one: It’s National Watermelon Day. Make the most of it with the following delicious watermelon salad recipe—a perfect dish for dinners on steamy nights, and an equally perfect one for eating deliciously but healthfully.
This is one time of year that, more than many others, celebrates the glory of the barbecue. Grilling meat is embedded in the culture of American summer. And though I wouldn’t ever advise anyone against enjoying it if it’s what they enjoy, it is worth having a conversation about how do to it the right way—for your own health, for the health of our planet’s animals, and its entire ecosystem as a whole.
Summer’s here and we’re surrounded by fresh fruit and veggies that are in season! BUT… instead you find yourself overindulging in not-so-healthy foods. You’re not alone. Maybe it’s the BBQ, picnics, drinks, or just eating more on vacation. Instead of feeling light, you feel bloated, hung over, and far from your best self. Believe me, we’ve all been there!
There’s no black and white when it comes to our well being. Going to extremes is never good for anyone emotionally or physically. We all know that eating healthy foods (meaning whole, fresh, and not processed) is the way to go, but there are times when we indulge too much and overeat, or just plain make the wrong choices. I’m here to say it is OKAY to do that sometimes. Let go of the guilt; it doesn’t help. The way we live should never be all or nothing. When we fall off the wagon, we just need to get back on track to find the right balance.
So how do we do that? It’s about nourishing your soul.
People tend to think of meat as lord of the grill, but summer’s bounty of fresh veggies is here to prove otherwise. This recipe is a healthy, amazingly tasty, and easy-to-make alternative to carnivorous dishes. Bring a platter of it to a barbecue and watch friends dive in.
I’ve made no secret about my enthusiasm for the greatness of cucumbers. And as fantastic as they taste raw, fresh cukes are also delicious braised in olive oil and tossed with leeks and dill.
This is just the kind of simple, easy, no-fuss recipe that’s perfect for summer eating. Enjoy!
Today we’re welcoming another guest blogger, Gabrielle Rossetti. Gabby received her Yoga Teacher Certification from South Boston Yoga and her Kids’ Yoga Certification from the Open Doors Teacher Training Program. She began sharing yoga with the families she babysat for and quickly fell in love with teaching children. Her classes are playful and relaxing, incorporating fun games, singing, music, and traditional yoga poses. Here, she shares her love and knowledge with all of us, so we can all experience the joy of practicing it with our kids.
Children are natural masters of yoga. They’re flexible, creative, open to trying new things without fear of failing, and they adore movement. They also have a sharp memory and love music. Here are five ways you can start incorporating yoga into your child’s day:
Ah, beets. Those boldly hued, sweet-flavored, healthy harbingers of summertime. They’re as appropriate at a sophisticated luncheon in a smartly dressed salad as they are wrapped in tinfoil and thrown on the grill at a casual barbecue. Now that summer’s underway, they’re with us to stay for a while—in New England that means June through September.
Nutrition-wise, this root vegetable is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains, and both are hugely helpful to our detoxification systems, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
What’s more refreshing and nutritious than sipping on our watermelon mint juice? Not much at all, thanks to its main ingredient—that perennial summer favorite, the watermelon.
Sweetly delicious on its own, the fruit is made even more crave-worthy when we add the bright flavor of mint. But even if it weren’t as tasty as it is, we’d still want to eat it for health reasons.
Gabby Rossetti, who many of you have met at Nourish Your Soul events and at one of our locations, is working with Nourish Your Soul to widen our ever-growing community. Her first collaboration is with John Libonati, Founder and Owner of Social Wines, a Boston wine, craft beer, and spirits store. Since it’s almost Memorial Day long weekend, Gabby figured this was a perfect time to ask John to provide us with some insight about the best spirits to mix with three of our cold-pressed juices: PPM, Tropical Cleanser, and Green Juice. We also asked John his opinion on organic, locally-sourced spirits.
While we ALWAYS believe in nourishing your body with the most nutrient dense foods possible, we also believe in living life and finding balance! Many of our clients have asked me for “healthy” drink options that they can enjoy at cocktail parties, BBQs, family gatherings, and other celebratory events. What I do believe, like John shares below, is that we can “enjoy the essence of the botanicals used in spirits without overindulging.” So with that in mind, this weekend and every weekend, enjoy your celebration with no guilt.
A finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder, matcha has been a focal point of Japanese tea ceremonies for more than 900 years. The Buddhist monks honored it as a health elixir for its potential to heighten concentration and enhance the metabolism.
The organic tea is high in antioxidants called catechin polyphenols, which are linked to everything from decreased cancer risk and reduced cholesterol and blood pressure to boosted metabolism.
It’s also high in antioxidants; one cup provides five times the amount of any other food. Antioxidants are responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger looking skin, and an increased immune system.
So you’re nearing the end of your cleanse (or are thinking ahead to when you will be)? Transitioning back to everyday healthy eating doesn’t have to be tricky; it can actually be pretty darn easy and downright delicious.
Take, for example, this fresh springtime favorite that we love at Nourish Your Soul. It employs unsweetened coconut milk instead of the unusual milk or cream, which keeps things light and healthy. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes to make, and can be done days ahead of time so when you need a simple meal, just open the fridge and reheat. That also makes it the perfect dish to incorporate into your #springfittraining regimen. Enjoy!
What a mighty ally the cucumber is! They hydrate us, replenish us with vitamins and minerals while helping eliminate toxins. They’re loaded up with anti-oxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. What’s more, they aid in weight loss, digestion, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood pressure. Now that’s a power veggie.
Sunny days and balmy breezes are just around the corner this spring, and before we know it, right behind them will be the gorgeous days of summer. So now is the time to get your body and mind in the right shape to enjoy them!
We at Nourish Your Soul want you to look and feel as healthy and happy as you can at one of the year’s most beautiful times of year, and be the best version of you!
So we’ve launched a month-long mission: Join us all throughout April for our #springfittraining program. Follow along with us as we get you motivated to take care of yourself by working out, eating and drinking things that give you energy and lightness, and thinking the thoughts that keep you smiling, laughing, and feeling proud.