But first, coffee…

It’s National Coffee Day!!!

I can’t keep up with all these made up holidays, but this is one I can get behind 😂😂

I LOVE coffee. I love the smell as my husband brews it first thing in the morning (he’s the best ❤️❤️), I love holding a warm mug in my hand on a cool morning, and I really do like the taste of good coffee.

But I get questions from clients a lot about whether or not coffee is good for them, good for their workouts or how much they should be drinking.

Like most things, the answers for this vary for individuals, but here are a few guidelines:

☕️Coffee can be a great source of energy in general, and before a workout. Coffee creates stress in the body, but for many of us, it’s the “good” kind of stress (when consumed in a reasonable amount). So having caffeine as a preworkout (in the form of coffee or another caffeinated beverage) can definitely give you that energy before your workout 🏋🏻‍♀️

☕️Is coffee good for you?? Maybe/likely/for some of us 🤷🏻‍♀️. Sorry for the lack of clarity on this one, but this is where individual characteristics come into play. Does coffee contain antioxidants? YES. Do those antioxidants ward off Alzheimer’s? MAYBE. Does coffee lead to anxiety? IN SOME PEOPLE, DEFINITELY

☕️Should I buy organic? Truthfully, I would 🤷🏻‍♀️. For one thing, many of us consume coffee regularly- so, if you’re ingesting something every day, you should likely pick the cleanest form of it. Also, coffee is notorious for containing mold, myotoxins and solvents. I just don’t want that in my body.

☕️Is it ok to add stuff to my coffee?? I get this question a lot, and again, the answer varies. Some of my clients don’t feel well drinking black coffee, so they add a little unsweetened milk. Would I add sugar? Personally, I wouldn’t, as we know sugar is pretty toxic. Would I add a ton of cream or highly processed plant based milk? Probably not this either. Honestly, if you feel like you need to add alot to your coffee, I might suggest looking into some other clean sources of caffeine or energy suppprtive products- and I have lots of good ideas for that (adaptogens anyone?? 👌👌)

☕️What about coffee “desserts”? You know what I mean here, right?? Next time you wanna order a frap/mocha craziness- just take a peek at the calories and sugar content (and the price!). I just don’t think it’s worth it. BUT, you can probably concoct something amazing and delicious at home, like this:

𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐞, but make it a vegan, protein-packed healthy snack🙌🏼
This delicious, creamy, fancy coffee drink that supports my goals instead of derailing them, & this whipped coffee creation is no exception!
Like the whipped coffee recipe floating around the internet, but removed the sugar & added in Vanilla Plant-Based IsaPro for a little extra nourishment 💪🏼
2 Tbsp instant coffee
2 Tbsp hot water
8 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Vanilla Plant-Based IsaPro (https://jessicatreadwell1.isagenix.com/en-us/shop/daily-nutrition/isapro-plant-based-protein?pid=2f866f872ddd41f4a823332d0603f30f)

Combine the instant coffee and hot water in a bowl, whip vigorously, using an electric stand or hand mixer if you have one.
Whip for 5 minutes (seriously) or until your coffee becomes nice and fluffy!
In a shaker cup add 8 oz of almond milk and 1 scoop of Vanilla IsaPro, shake until combined.
Pour over ice and top with the fluffy whipped coffee.

So, do I think you should continue to enjoy coffee if you appreciate it as much as me?? Absolutely!!
Do I think it’s worth gradually reducing the number of coffee deserts you buy? Absolutely!
Do I think you can also gradually reduce what you add to your coffee and gradually switch to organic, mold/mycotoxin tested? YEP!

Bottom line- keep enjoying what you love and reap the many potential health benefits. Choose one way to make your coffee healthier this month, if it’s not super healthy yet. And experiment with healthy brands and recipes.

If you’ve made it this far in this post, I’d love to reward one lucky reader with a free batch of my favorite clean coffee. Comment below with one takeaway and I’ll choose a winner tomorrow!!

Cheers! ☕️☕️☕️



Let the world know…

Fitness Friday‼️‼️
Let the world know you are taking care of yourself! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

I loved this quote during this morning’s Peleton workout.

Yes- I’m the person that sometimes posts workout selfies or stats. And I used to worry what others would think. But let me tell you why I do it…

Because, unfortunately, this world is a bit of a toxic place 🤷🏻‍♀️ I mean, we are physically burdened with toxins (more on that when I explain why I post on my detox days), but social media (or any media) can also feel super toxic.
I will be the first to send support when anyone I know is struggling, but I’ll also be the first to cheer you on when you post your sweaty workout selfie or post workout smoothie or healthy salad for lunch.

6 AM Fitness Friday in my house 💪💪

Do I think everyone needs to be healthy 100% of the time?? No- that’s crazy and impossible. But, do I think we could all benefit from motivation to move, to choose nutritious foods over toxic ones, to use non toxic brands in bodies and our homes, to drink more water…all of that? Yeah, I really, REALLY do…

I’m in several accountability/support/healthy living groups all over and I can tell you, I have benefited tremendously. There are days I choose to eat something that may not serve my body or to skip a workout- that is healthy and balanced, my friends. But I can tell you this- I don’t stay there for long, because I surround myself with people who are also often making a healthy choice and then sharing it with our groups. And they make me do better too.

Research has shown time and time again that surrounding yourself with people with similar goals is HIGHLY effective in helping you reach yours. So post in those groups!! Cheer yourself on and cheer for others even louder!!

And don’t be shy about posting what you’re doing for the world to see too!! There are many people who may not love my posts, but there are also people who are motivated by them (grateful for those of you who have shared that with me). I know I’ve definitely been motivated to make healthy choices when seeing others post. 🙏🙏

So- let the world know you are taking care of yourself!! Whether it’s eating healthy, moving our bodies, choosing non toxic skincare or cleaning products…we all deserve to do the same and you never know who might move the needle in a positive direction that day because of what you’ve shared. 🌻🌻🌻

Happy Friday, friends. Cheers to you- and whatever healthy choices you make this weekend 👏👏

Back to school, chaos free 🙌🏼🙌🏼

I’m not sure where you’re all reading from today, but if you’re here in the Northeast, these past few weeks have probably involved some transitions. It was back to school week for many of our kiddos and back to work (atleast according to the traffic outside of Boston) for many more.

For our family, it means back to a busy morning routine and, for the first time ever, having actual timeframes to abide by. My son started kindergarten and we like to walk him there in the morning…which means easy, quick breakfasts and easy to pack snacks are a must.

As with most schools, we have to send in allergy friendly snacks, which we’ve also never had to do before. That took a bit of thinking on my part, cause our “plant forward” lifestyle involves lots of nuts and nut butters.

But anyway, the fact that I’m writing this means we did, in fact, survive our first two weeks. (Well, I’m still emotional about the fact that my baby is actually a kindergartener, but I physically survived. So there’s that.

Here are a few of our current breakfast/lunch ideas to make for easy (or atleast easier) mornings.

Breakfasts have had to be a bit quicker cause of the arrival time at school. So I’ve been whipping up a batch of steel cut oats in the beginning of the week to last for a few mornings at a time. Overnight oats and baked oatmeal are also some of our favorites.

I typically work out first thing in the morning, then train a client, then check backpacks/brush their teeth/apply their sunscreen/yell at them to get their shoes on 857 times…you know the drill. So, 5 minutes is literally more time than I have to eat. That’s when I whip up my morning shake (full macronutrient balance/complete meal as is), and I can sip it as we walk the kiddos to school.

School snacks for the kids are actually easier than I expected. This week, it was fruit or veggies from our garden paired with something else- string cheese, brown rice cake with hummus or sun butter, pumpkin oatmeal “muffins” or protein energy bites. All were easy, minimally processed, contained some healthy fats or protein and devoured every day.

For lunches, we’re actually letting my son try out the school lunches, since they’re free again this year (which I think is a totally GREAT idea for always). That being said, we have printed out the calendar and discussed with my son what the healthiest option available is. He’s also starting to understand why we don’t want him to have the chocolate milk every day, though he may not fully agree with this decision 😂 (don’t worry- he’s still getting the French toast sticks when they come- I was a kid once too and I’m not a total monster!) But, if he decides he wants to take lunch in, I’m ready to prep some hummus and veggie sandwiches, Sunbutter on whole wheat bread, vegan bean salads with pita bread and whole wheat pasta or chickpea pasta salad with lots of veggies. He likes all these things and they’re pretty easy to prep beforehand (or atleast quickly in the morning).

Blessed to have such a full garden this year. It means we’re eating these every day, like it or not 😂😂

Afterschool snacks are much of the same, but when we’re home, they can have some of their favorite sources of nuts. My son will eat fruit or veggies with peanuts or cashews, and both kids love peanut or almond butter with apples, fruit with string cheese or Greek yogurt or occasionally a larabar. All stuff they can grab themselves- WIN/WIN!!

Dinners have become trickier as the kids’ sports, swim lessons, etc…have picked up. But we typically make leftovers whenever we make anything. We roast a ton of veggies at the beginning of the week and make a big batch of rice or quinoa. So cooking up some protein quickly (fish, tofu, chicken) is not as overwhelming as prepping the whole meal when we get home late. I handle baths, backpacks, prep for the next day while Adam cooks. Thank gosh for teamwork!

Wherever this school year finds you, I hope you are finding some preparation tips that fit into your life and still keep your health front and center. It takes some getting used to, but I promise it’s possible!

Here’s to two days OFF and hopefully some sunshine where you are ☀️☀️☀️

To your health,

~Jess 💕