Alex Liz Pullen (@healthy_ballerina) is a Los Angeles-based professional ballerina turned wellness activist.
My schedule is different every day, but I always make sure I start it with a relaxing morning. Even if I have to get up early for work, a workout, or an event—I’ll get up extra early just to have a leisurely morning. My morning sets the tone for my whole day, so I always make an effort to make it count. If I start the morning stressed out, rushing, and running late, I’ll be on edge for a better part of the morning and it’ll even trickle in to the rest of my day. I ALWAYS make time for breakfast. Eating a nourishing and nutrient-rich breakfast sets you up for a day of healthy eats.
If I know I’m not going to get a workout in until later in the day, I like to go for a light walk/jog to get some Vitamin D and get my legs moving. We really spend so much time sitting down in our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s at a desk at work, sitting in class, at a coffee shop blogging, sitting in LA traffic, or catching up with friends over dinner…it’s a lot of sitting. I try and counteract that with staying active and walking whenever possible. I don’t always wear a step tracker (it makes me a bit neurotic to get my steps in), but I like to feel like I’m hitting the 10,000 steps a day bracket at least. That means opting to walk when I can, and going for a walk in the morning if I can squeeze it in. It can be as short as 10 minutes—I just like to get my body moving when I first wake up.
Some days, I’ll opt for yoga instead. I’ll either find a spot on my walk to do some yoga flows, or I’ll go out on my balcony and put on a Udaya guided yoga video or just do my own thing. It’s not a “work out,” it’s just moving and listening to what my body needs and it feels amazing. My balcony is my favorite space in my little world. It’s small, only big enough to fit my yoga mat. It’s super private but I still feel like I’m outside, and it’s the most amazing feeling to roll out of bed and just start stretching outside on my balcony. It can even be something as simple as a meditation with a couple sun salutations. For me, this practice just serves as a moment of stillness before the craziness of the day ensues.
After moving my bod, I make breakfast and coffee. Lately I’ve been loving the combo of my Bulletproof Coffee & Turmeric Overnight Oats (see below). If I don’t have any obligations until later in the day, I’ll skip my at-home practice and head to Hot 8 (my favorite Hot Yoga studio) after eating breakfast. Every day is different, but one thing that remains the same is my morning routine. After showing myself love with some movement and a nourishing breakfast, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
Turmeric Overnight Oats:
Mix all ingredients in a mason jar and store overnight in the fridge!
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The Brothers Buoy (@thebrothersbuoy) are a Brooklyn duo that consists of Graham (photographer) and Jackson (wordsmith -- also pictured above and below). They are not your average, run-of-the-mill, "food account" on Instagram but they are so much more.
In a very crowded space where food photography is plentiful and monotonous, The Brothers Buoy have broken away from the pack with a steady funk. As the great Don Draper once said, "success is related to standing out, not fitting in."
They’re bringing craftsmanship and most importantly, a sense of humor, to properly showcase the grub they eat, the joints they eat at in NYC, and the events they throw. They also give some complimentary tips to those aspiring food photographers out there.
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I believe it was the great Patrick Henry who once said “Give me caffeine or give me death.” Just kidding, he definitely didn’t say that, but let’s be real, next to liberty, caffeine is a pretty close second.
Like many respectable humans, I’ve been a coffee fan for some time now. However, this year I started working as barista at a local coffee shop and my love of coffee has grown exponentially, which I wasn’t even aware would be possible.
It turns out making coffee all day is as fun as it sounds (when you’re a caffeine junkie). Nothing makes a barista happier than helping their customer find the perfect drink. If you’ve ever had questions about what a drink is, never be afraid to ask. Baristas are coffee lovers and love to talk shop, especially if that means helping you find your new ‘regular.’
5 Ways to Switch Up Your Coffee Shop Routine:
If you have a little extra time to sit down and enjoy your coffee try….
Extra time on your hands? Try a single origin pour over. A pour over is a single cup brewing method that takes about 5 minutes but extracts all of the amazing flavors that different coffees have to offer. Let your barista know which kinds of coffee you like, even if it’s just dark vs. light and they’ll be able to recommend a great coffee for you to try.
If you like regular coffee but want to switch things up…
If you usually go for drip coffee why not give an Americano a try. An Americano is a drink made with espresso and water. This means you’re getting the fresh, rich espresso flavors, while also enjoying a drink you can sip on a little longer.
If you like iced coffee but wish it were stronger…
Have you ever wanted ice coffee but felt it was missing a little umph? Or by the time you get to your drink half the ice has melted? Try an iced red eye. This is an iced coffee with a shot of espresso. All the iced coffee goodness THEN some.
If you’re not sure whether you like lattes or cappuccinos…
Ahh yes, the age old question: What’s the difference between a cappuccino and a latte? It’s a good question! The answer: foam. Lattes are mostly steamed milk with a very light layer of foam, while cappuccinos have equal parts steamed milk to foam. So if the foam is your favorite part stick to cappuccinos. If you prefer the steamed milk, a latte is the way to go.
If you like lattes but wish there was less milk try…
If you love the creamy texture of a latte but wish the espresso flavors were stronger try a cortado. This is basically a mini latte with the same amount of espresso as a traditional latte.
If you’re really serious about your caffeine love why not try it in your next smoothie! Yup, that’s right, coffee in a smoothie. Not just any smoothie though, a smoothie bowl. This thick, creamy delicious breakfast will satisfy both your (healthy) sweet tooth and your coffee cravings.
The Death Before Decaf Cold Brew Smoothie Bowl
2 frozen bananas
1 Scoop of chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1/4 cup of cold brew
1/4 cup of Granola
1 tablespoon of Chocolate Nut Butter
2 tablespoons of your favorite nuts & seeds
In a high powered blender, mix together bananas, protein powder, coconut milk and cold brew until smooth and creamy.
Top with granola, nut butter and your favorite nuts and seeds.
Serve in a bowl.
Time: 15 minutes
This post was written by Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run, all text and photos credited to her. Thanks to Georgie for collaborating with us for this post!
Mix up your regular pancake routine by adding an extra special crunch, that's right granola! An exclusive recipe for Pyknic and blog post crafted by Georgie of InIt4TheLongRun.com / @InIt4TheLongRun on Instagram.
I think we can all agree that you physically can’t be upset when you’re eating a good stack of pancakes. It’s like how you naturally smile when you say “cheese,” it’s just a fact. So, I’m not trying to brag, but I’m pretty much sharing a recipe for happiness… #nobigdeal. These fluffy little delights are stuffed with crunchy granola and topped with fresh peaches. Bonus: if you’re feelin’ extra jazzy (like I was) you can drizzle some almond butter on top. Yeah, this flavor/texture trifecta is not to be messed with.
I’m bringing this recipe for happiness to you as a part of mini series with the lovely folks at Pyknic. Whenever I wear my “Pancakes Please” tank, which incidentally is quite a lot, I always think of Amanda Bynes saying “Amanda Pleaase.”
Poor poor Amanda. She is a prime example why I would never wish fame on my worst enemy. I have huge amounts of respect for the celebrities who keep it together under all of that pressue… and plenty of sympathy for those who… don’t. How insane it would be to have random herds of strangers in your face 24/7 wherever you go? As an introvert that literally sounds like my worst nightmare *shudders.*
But anyway, back to happier thoughts… like these pancakes! I think we can all agree that pancakes are just better with stuff in them. As much as I’d like to take all the credit for granola-cakes, alas I cannot. I was inspired by one of my favorite breakfast joints growing up who had “trailcakes” aka granola stuffed pancakes. They were a perfect juxtaposition of fluffy and crunchy.
You can use whatever granola you’ve got on hand, but if you’re looking for a homemade recipe here’s one of my favorites I’ve shared: Extra Crunchy Super Seed Granola.
Sarah Loven of ReadyGypsetGo.com is a firm believer that "to travel is live". She and her husband acquired a vintage '72 Airstream, named it "Flo", and took their lives to the open road. The two creatives seek adventure and new experiences as they roam the back roads of America. Inspiration for their photography, cinematography, writing, and music is bountiful.
Sarah feels most at home while on the road where she is free; free from the "normal life" of having a boss and working in a hamster cage of a cubicle or even just having to pay the rent. Since when have these things become the normal expectations of existence in this life or dare we even say, "The American Dream"?
"Once I get a good idea in my head, I have to go for it. And I'll be damned if someone tells me I can't. The moment you listen to everyone else, you lose your purpose."
You are most likely seated if you are at the computer but if you are reading this on the phone, you may want to take a seat. I am going to be completely candid, as a kid I wasn't a fan of breakfast *gasp*. Maybe it was a string of vomiting issues at Denny's to the point they probably had a photo of my face along with a note "don't allow this kid to eat here", that did me in?
Not sure why exactly but if the family was at a diner (not Denny's... I grew up in N.J. so we were full of amazing diners) I'd always opt for the lunch menu no matter what the hour. Even though there were hardly ever any foods I would turn down, besides breakfast obviously, my tastes have matured and evolved with time.
A stack of fluffy, homemade pancakes covered with blackberries, powered sugar, and dripping in syrup mean a lot more to me than the taste or the beauty on its surface. To me, "pancakes" mean family since not many are taking the time to just make a whole stack for themselves. It means the comfort of taking my time on weekend mornings with my wife to prepare the breakfast and enjoying it alongside her and our two pugs, Duncan and Sirius Black. Now I'll never skip a weekend breakfast.
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Meet Dayeanne Hutton: blogger at Potpurrri.com / actress ("Harriet Smith" of Emma Approved) / crocheter / lover of donuts, also loves a good brunch. Rather than going out to get one though, she enjoys making a good Sunday brunch in the comfort of her own home.
In regards to her homemade brunch Dayeanne states, "minus the lack of mimosas, it’s still pretty great."
"The only thing I like better than talking about Food is eating." – John Walters.
Photos by Graham Robbins. You can get our "I Attend Brunch Every Sunday" Long Sleeve Top HERE.
Weekends are for Waffles just as Trix are for Kids, simple as that. If you want to get more complicated, weekends are also for skinny dipping at your favorite secret swimming hole but please make sure you wait a half an hour after eating those waffles!
But back to the waffles, nothing beats waking up knowing that there's nothing major, like work, on the agenda for the day and you can finally take your time with breakfast. You pull out the ole waffle iron that now has some grit and patina to it from weekends' past and start whipping up some homemade waffle batter. You know, the perfect batter that will have a slightly crispy outside with a light & fluffy inside once gently pressed between the iron. Now the crucial part is spreading on that Earth Balance so that it gets in each crevice then pouring organic, pure maple syrup all over the stack of warm goodness.
Well, I think we just sold you on making waffles this weekend now. But hey, if you want to be dressed properly for the occasion (pajama bottoms certainly welcome and acceptable), get your favorite cut of our Weekends Are For Waffles HERE. This includes our brand new, "slightly" cropped (to fit all ladies) tank which is pictured above.
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Our friends over at BUST recently just featured our "Weekends are for Waffles" tank in both in their June/July 2015 Issue (on newsstands now) as well as on their website. It was selected because it was not only cute but allows for some sideboob, as Bust puts it: "This summer is all about pits and tits, thanks to tanks with super-low-cut necks and armholes. And with these sweet sets, you can wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care that they can see your underwear." Couldn't have said it any better if we tried!