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Health Tips/ Meaning & Passion/ Zesty Adventures

Health isn’t a destination, learn to enjoy the ride

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Venturing beyond the kitchen

It was an epic powder day as I carved untouched lines between the trees. I lean back on the tail of my board and float through the blissful moment. My mind is sharp, body nourished and energy levels abundant.

I believe part of thriving in the moment is nourishing your body with the right foods. More than finding the perfect pre-workout or post-workout meal or deciding how many calories your ingesting, it’s about nourishment for life’s moments. It’s about eating nutrient-dense, whole foods. Real foods. Continue Reading…

Athletic Performance/ Nutrition for Sport/ Plant-Based/ Vegan

Spirulina: Superfood plant protein

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Potent, concentrated & nutrient-dense

Spiru-whata you say? Spirulina is a blue-green algae grown in warm, alkaline waters around the globe. It is dried and sold in a powder, pill or flake form at your local health food store.

With over 60% protein, Spirulina has the highest percentage of complete protein by weight of any food on earth— no shit Sherlock! The protein in Spirulina is also very bioavailable (meaning easily absorbed in the body), it contains all essential amino acids and none of the artery-clogging cholesterol you get with animal protein. Studies have also established a strong correlation between Spirulina intake giving enhanced endurance and expedited recovery—perfect for athletes!

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Athletic Performance/ Nutrition for Sport/ Plant-Based/ Zesty Adventures

Plant-powered athlete: Demystifying the need for meat

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Peace, love, plants

I’m sure many of you hear the term Vegan and envision some hippie chic who’s burning incense, hasn’t showered in weeks and is listening to the Grateful Dead in a “Meat is Murder” t-shirt—but did you know UFC Fighter, Mac Danzig is Vegan?

For elite athletes or someone like me who works out 5-6 days per week, hates incense and listens to Dierks Bentley, how can being vegan fit my lifestyle? Well, it’s difficult to argue with science and science is continuing show staggering data and benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Continue Reading…

Health Tips/ Nutrition for Sport/ Wellness

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats & Oils

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In order to flourish, you must nourish

If you want to thrive in your body, you need to fuel your body with the right stuff, and the types of fat you consume is critical. Fats provide energy for your body and are necessary for the growth and development of your brain, hormone production, blood clotting, skin maintenance and transporting/absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

It can be quite confusing what fats are actually good for you, so let’s make our way out of the woods and understand what the heck it all means, what fats help you live lean and light, fight illness and which ones contribute to adverse affects and weight gain. Continue Reading…

Breakfast/ Recipes/ Snacks

Feel the beet mmm, drop: Pre-ride smoothie

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Intergalactic Endurance

People always saying my style is wild. You’ve got gall, you’ve got guile to step to me, I’m a cycle-o-phile. Well, I gotta keep it going keep it going full steam. Too sweet to be sour to nice to be mean, this smoothie’s gonna keep you flowin’, keep you flowin’ full steam.

Unless you’ve been 
living on another planet for the last few years, you’ll no doubt have heard that beetroot juice has been creating quite the stir in sports nutrition circles. By enhancing blood flow in muscles, beetroot juice consumption can reduce the amount of 
oxygen needed by muscles to sustain a given output—Extending endurance.

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Nutrition for Sport

Get yourself dialed: Nutrition tips for athletes

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Top up or blow up

Being an athlete requires peak fitness and a carefully honed diet. It’s not just about putting calories in your body, the best results will come when you focus on nutrient requirements to quickly repair and build muscles.

Between mental and emotional health, immune system, muscle recovery, sleep habits and heat tolerance, there are lots of things to consider. Here are a handful of suggestions to chew on.
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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Nutrition for Sport/ Recipes/ Snacks

Mango go! Pre-workout smoothie

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Hit your flow with Mango

A nutrient-packed smoothie can help you hydrate and prepare for some pedal-pushing power. Vital to a good workout is balanced and easily digested energy beforehand. It’s important to consider the type of workout you’re doing and the required levels of carbs and protein.

This Mango-go smoothie is the perfect setup for a shorter high-intensity workout with its blend of healthy complex carbohydrates and fibre, which supplement your glycogen stores. The banana, date and ginger fuel you with energy and vitamins and the chia seeds will give you a little kick of protein.

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