Tag Archives: wellness

take pride in being outside

15 Feb

photo-5Many of us spend our days indoors.

Whether we are teaching, marketing, trading, defending, problem solving, designing, entertaining, creating, consulting, financing, advising or diagnosing we do much of it inside.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. A significant amount of time indeed!

Being indoors can certainly impact your life as most of us sit for long periods of time, and breathe in lots of indoor air.

We are here to help inspire that remaining 10% (if not more) of your time to be spent outdoors, even in winter time. Read below for 5 daily outdoor and wellness tips for each part of your workday:

Before work:

  1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to go for a walk outside. If you live in the country, take a walk around your yard. City dwellers take a walk to your nearest park. Bring your beloved coffee/tea in a to-go cup, sip as you go.
  2. Take a look at some early morning outdoor exercise programs like an outdoor bootcamp.
  3. If it’s cold out, prepare yourself by layering, and keeping your extremities warm and bundled (hat, scarf, gloves, boots).
  4. When the sun is shining earlier in the day, wake up with the sun for even more time outdoors.
  5. Soak up your vitamin D: try for at least 5-10 minutes of sunlight in the morning, and bask in it’s glow.

During work: 

  1. Get up from your desk every hour to stretch and get your blood flowing. Check out some simple yoga poses you can do while at your desk.
  2. At lunchtime, try to step away from your screen and prepare your lunch while clearing your head. Eat mindfully, focusing on chewing properly. Connect with coworkers, and have a chat/laugh a little! If you are working solo, play some music or daydream. If you must eat at your desk, catch up on some reading.
  3. In cold weather, eat by a cracked window to breathe in some fresh air.
  4. In warmer weather, eat alfresco.
  5. Consider a stand-up desk.

After work: 

  1. When you return home put your clothes, bag, coat etc… away in it’s proper place. Expending the effort right when you get home will save your sanity in the long run!
  2. Hungry? Have a light snack like nuts, hummus + crackers, fruit, crudités.
  3. After you’ve digested your snack it’s exercise time! Get those sneakers on and go outside for a power walk, jog, bike ride. If it’s warm and you like yoga or pilates, bring your mat to the park, your lawn or roof for an outdoor session. If you have a garden, garden away!
  4. Near a nature preserve, go for a hike, or exercise somewhere with a great view.
  5. In the city, chose to exercise away from traffic fumes.

Weekends: 

Plan outdoor activities with loved ones:

  1. Go for a hike
  2. Take a walking tour of neighborhoods
  3. Garden
  4. Play outside
  5. Go ice skating

Take ownership and pride in being outside! Your body, soul and mind will thank you!

summer plans

30 Jan

IMG_0004Winter is still here, but summer is not that far away!

Come get a head start on your summer plans by visiting us this Saturday at PS 321’s Summer Camp Expo to learn more about our fun-filled food & garden summer camp!

Not only will our Co-Founder and Camp Director be there to answer all of your questions, we will also be sampling our homemade camp snacks like our famous granola bars and giving out some seed packets for garden inspiration.

Our summer camp is all about food! How to grow, harvest, cook, compost, where it comes from, who is behind the scenes, how much energy it takes to get to us, and why it’s good for us. All while having fun in the sun, and enjoying the summer-time to it’s fullest.

For those who sign up for camp at the PS 321 event, we’ll give you an additional $75.00 off, along with our 10% off promotion.

See you there!

easy green salad with goodies

23 Jan

photoNeed some veggie inspiration?

Here’s an easy green salad recipe which will help inspire your daily veggie intake.

Take this recipe with a grain of salt since we used what we had on hand. Feel free to use the ingredients available to you (don’t go to the store just to buy blue cheese).

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1.5 cups of pre-washed mixed greens
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 thin slice of red onion
  • 2 small mushrooms
  • 2-4 small slices of blue cheese
  • 3-4 cracked olives
  • Sprinkle of sunflower seeds

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • quarter size dollop of dijon mustard
  • dime size scoop of honey

Directions:

Prepare your salad:

Place pre-washed greens on your plate. Pull out your favorite cutting board and knife. Take out a carrot, rinse and cut into matchsticks. Slice a thin circle of red onion, cut in half and slice into bite sized pieces. Cut mushrooms in thin slices, then cut slices of cheese, add cracked olives, and finish with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Prepare your vinaigrette:

Add oil, vinegar, mustard and honey into a small cup. Either shake with a lid, or whisk with a fork until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over your salad in a circular motion, and you have yourself a delicious salad featuring all sorts of nutritional powerhouses. Your taste buds, and body will thank you!

cold season citrus salad

16 Jan

DSC_0031This recipe is dedicated to all of you who are experiencing some form of cold symptoms. The vitamin C content in this salad should help get you on the road to feeling better!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 cara cara orange
  • 3 blood orange
  • 2 navel orange
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh rosemary sprig

Directions:

Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan over medium/high heat. Once hot, add fresh rosemary leaves, let fry until crispy (1-2 minutes). Set aside. Peel citrus, cut off the skin and pith with a sharp knife, then cut into slices. Add citrus to a big salad bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss gently. Top with sea salt and fried rosemary.

Photo courtesy of eren (sea + prairie)

dynamic eggs

14 Jan

photo-2Eggs are a versatile protein. Whether they are poached, scrambled, fried or served sunny-side up, over-easy, hard or soft-boiled or transformed into an omelette, eggs will never let you down.

They contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, D, E along with calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, folic acid, omega 3’s, and choline.

Not only are these gems packed with nutrition, and are a dynamic addition to your diet, they make a great base for adding in lots of worthy veggies that are currently sitting in your fridge, ripe for some attention.

Here’s a recipe that we welcome you to adjust based on the contents of your fridge:

Scrambled eggs with swiss chard and red onion – variations are endless!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 medium swiss chard leaves
  • 1/3 of a medium red onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • sprinkle of sea salt + crack of pepper

Directions:

Rinse swiss chard. Remove stems from swiss chard leaves. Chop up stems into 1 inch pieces, and separate from leaves. Roll up swiss chard and cut into thin slices. Dice red onion into uniform pieces. Crack eggs into bowl and whisk until mixed thoroughly.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions, let sauté until soft. Then add swiss chard stems, mixing until they have become softer. Add leaves, and mix until they have wilted, but aren’t too soft. Pour eggs over, and scramble until eggs are still soft, but not dry.

Plate then add some salt + pepper, then dig in!

Depending on what you like, you can add hot sauce, cheese, avocado. Eat alongside toasted bread, or on it’s own. Delight in the flavors and textures, and get ready for a beautiful day ahead!

What does your ideal scramble look like?