Breath, Body and Balance

superfoods Archives

Can YogaEarth make you better at yoga?

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

YogaEarthSet.jpg

When I first heard about YogaEarth, a new line of supplements created exclusively for yogis, I was skeptical. There are so many "health" products in the market that make false claims and use low-quality ingredients like cheap chemical fillers, that I've pretty much given up on supplements and instead eat for nutrition to stay healthy.

But YogaEarth was different. The products caught my eye when I found out that Elena Brower, the New York anusara yoga instructor known for taking no-BS in her classes and most recently, as the face of the Adidas Yatra yoga line, represented them. She wouldn't just take any old chemical-laden supps, would she?
Continue reading...

Eat This: Easy Chocolate Chia Superfood Pudding Recipe

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

ChiaPuddingGreenBowl.jpg

Many people assume that being a vegan means having a limited diet, but that's simply not the case. I'm never starving and I never feel left out at mealtime. If anything, my journey from vegetarian to vegan has greatly expanded my palate to include veggies, spices, legumes, fruits and exotic foods that I would've never touched if I still ate the way I did before I went meat-free (over 10 years ago!). 
One of the most wonderful things I've discovered is chia seeds. Yes, chia seeds are the same things used for Chia Pets and Chia Obama (remember that?), but these little seeds are packed with nutrition. You've probably heard the word 'superfoods' used loosely to describe foods such as walnuts, salmon, yogurt, avocados, etc. But true superfoods are plant-based foods that provide a combo of bio-available nutrition that the body can use instantly. Chia seeds are a perfect example of this.
Continue reading...

Fall in love with salads

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

RawFoodSaladBar.jpg

I have a confession to make. I'm the first person to deny it when someone says that all vegans and raw foodists eat is boring salads, but truth be told, there really is nothing I enjoy more than an awesome salad (well, maybe a delicious smoothie). But, I'm not talking about your run-of-the-mill dinner salad of tired mixed greens, a few carrot shavings and a slice of tomato. My kitchen is always stocked with organic dark leafy greens, sprouts, onions, beets, Fresno peppers, cucumbers, basil, avocados, saurkraut from RAW (because I'm too lazy to make my own), sesame seeds and hemp seeds (for protein), so I can make an amazing salad that I top with a salad dressing made of Udo's Oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard and raw agave nectar (thanks to Lisa Persico for that recipe). I love a good salad and I can't wait until summer for the amazing array of fresh, local organic produce at Farmer's Markets around the city, especially now that I have a copy of Philip McCluskey's newest eBook, The Raw Food Salad Bar.
Continue reading...

ShamSub: Making a healthy version of the Shamrock Shake

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

ShamWowIngredients.jpg

*Update! You can watch us make the ShamWow Shake and see Kyra's reaction on her blog!*
I'm the first to admit that I'm a little out of touch with what most people eat. I'm vegan and I eat a high-raw diet and while many of my friends aren't as much of a food nerd as I am, almost all of them are health-conscious and wouldn't be caught dead in a fast food restaurant, so I was shocked to see the RedEye's Kyra Kyle's post on the McDonald's Shamrock Shake- and I was even more surprised by how many people actually enthusiastically commented on her blog about it. Kyra admitted to me that this is a once-a-year treat, and I get it; we all deserve to indulge a little bit. But I know Kyra's a hardworking, busy young woman and I feel that when you demand the best from your job and life, you should fuel your body accordingly. It is a temple, right?
Continue reading...

Gearing up for Spring Cleaning

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

EjuvaKit.jpg

The Ejuva Cleanse kit.

I know it's hard to believe, but spring is technically only a few weeks away! 

I love spring because it's a chance to revamp your yoga practice or workout and do some serious internal spring cleaning. In its most simple form, a detox is an opportunity to give your body a break and clear out some of the old gunk, bad food and environmental stressors of the past few months. Spring is thought to be the best time to detox because it's the season for renewal. I've always been fascinated by detoxing because my health is important to me and I wasn't always so kind to my body in my youth. But while I was quick to try a detox, what I didn't know what that not all cleanses and detoxes are created equal and most importantly, detoxing didn't give you an excuse to go back and start eating like crap again.
Continue reading...

Super products to keep you supercharged

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

MyKitchenSpread.jpg

Some of the healthy products I always keep in my kitchen.

When it comes to buying groceries, I'm a perimeter shopper. Most of my shopping is done on the outskirts of the store where the produce, grains and non-processed foods are normally kept. I'm weary of a lot of products on the market that claim to do this or that and I don't buy things with strange manmade ingredients I can't pronounce, so when I find a product that's natural, healthy and delicious, I just have to tell everyone about it. Here are a few of my absolute favorite products that keep me energized, healthy and thriving. 
Continue reading...

A Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

Got a fitness fanatic on your holiday shopping list this year? If you're looking for the perfect gift for the person who never misses their weekly yoga classes, freaks out if they can't make it to the gym or is committing to a healthier lifestyle in 2010, check out my picks for functional, unique and fun healthy holiday gifts for 2009.

Gallery sneak peek (9 images):

View the gallery...
Continue reading...

Easy Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

RawCreationsLogo.jpg

Thanksgiving menu ideas and recipes have been all over the place lately, but they don't get much easier than this raw vegan pumpkin pudding from Raw Creations.
Continue reading...

Thriving on a Vegan Diet, Pt. 3

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

Thrivein30logo.jpg

As I mentioned in previous blogs, I'm doing the Thrive in 30 vegan diet challenge with a group of friends. They've all agreed to share info about their lifestyle, eating habits and experiences. This week's spotlight is on professional badass Heather Crosby.
Continue reading...

Thriving on a Vegan Diet, Pt. 2

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

Thrivein30logo.jpg

Last week, I wrote about being vegan and why I decided to do the Thrive in 30 Challenge with a few friends. Now it's time to hear from them. First up is acupuncturist Lisa Reichert. I asked Lisa to participate because I knew she could provide a Traditional Chinese Medicine take on Brazier's The Thrive Diet.
Continue reading...

Thriving on a Vegan Diet

user-pic
Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

I love October. As the month comes to a close, I'm finally finding the structure and balance in my workout and diet that colder temps bring. 

I'm doing the lululemon and CorePower yoga challenge, taking fun classes at H.E.R.O. Fitness and trying new studios all around town. Needless to say, I'm a very active person and I need a lot of energy to keep going. Most people are surprised to find out I don't eat meat or drink caffeine, but to me it just makes sense. See I'm a really active person and I need a lot of energy, so I don't eat foods that will slow me down. 
Continue reading...

Most Active Pages Right Now

ChicagoNow.com on Facebook