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Fit This Fall Recipe: Butternut Squash Chilli with Quinoa

Ready for the season to change?  We will miss the warmth of summer and those fresh summer fruits, but we are excited for the entrance of Butternut Squash and more warm foods into our dinners!

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Here’s a great recipe for Butternut Squash Chilli with Quinoa – Ready in 30 minutes and serves four!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion , finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp mild chilli powder (Schwartz does a good one with added cumin, oregano and garlic)
  • 1 butternut squash , about 1kg, peeled and cubed
  • 100g quinoa , soaked in cold water for 10 minutes (available from health food shops and some supermarkets)
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin red kidney beans
  • a small bunch coriander , chopped
  1. Cook the onion and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil until soft (about 7 minutes). Add the chilli powder, cook for a minute then add the squash, quinoa and tomatoes.
  2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the squash and quinoa are tender and the sauce has thickened. Add the beans and heat through. Stir in the coriander and serve in bowls.
Per serving: 306 kcalories, protein 13.9g, carbohydrate 53.4g, fat 5.6 g, saturated fat 0.7g, fibre 10.1g,

We love this homemade healthy chilli and hope you can too!  Its easy, fast and SO YUMMY!

Enjoy, look for more recipes coming your way soon, and stay Fit This Fall!

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Grocery Shopping: A Peak Inside CA YogaSport’s Kitchen Cabinets

Grocery Shopping with California Yoga Sport

Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. Pushing your fitness limits & hitting thresholds. Dynamic training schedules. Stretching. Resting. Listening to your body. These are all important factors when training as an performance athlete, however one major part of this balanced equation is nutrition. Unless you have the unique luxury of working solely as a sponsored performance athlete, you most likely run into the dilemma of maintaining a consistent & balanced diet amidst a chaotic work schedule. Whether instructing 4 back-to-back heated core power yoga classes in one day or sitting at a desk from 9-5, it can be a challenge to maintain that athletic mindset when it comes to diet & nutrition even in the workplace. Which leads us to the question.. What are the must-have grocery tips & items for athletes?

That question is not so easy after all. We each have very different tastes in foods & snacks that keep us powered through the day, but we definitely know what works for us! Therefore we decided to take a peak into our own kitchen cupboards to discover what items in our pantry are absolutely necessary for our performance & training. Check out below what we cook up & use daily to keep our bodies fueled!

 

 

CYS Tips to Grocery Shopping for Performance

CYS Shopping Cart

1. Stock & buy only what you need for up to 3 days at home. Loading up on fresh healthy fruits and vegetables isn’t just altruistic, it truly does make a difference to your cooking palate & encourages you to eat seasonally! Grab just a few of everything so you don’t waste food if it spoils. Be sure to avoid overly processed foods or any items with preservatives.

2. Keep it colorful. As pictured above in our shopping cart we have a range of colors. Keeping your dishes colorful will ensure that you are getting a mix of many vitamins & minerals which helps your meals stay nutritionally dense. Kale, avocado, bell peppers, and eggplant usually help knock out some of the Roy G. Biv rainbow we were going for.

3. Bring one reusable grocery bag. Keep it eco friendly & bring your own grocery bags. Another plus to this tactic is if you only bring one bag it will help limit your purchases to fewer items. This will encourage you to frequent your grocer more often & will empower you to avoid those bulk & unnecessary purchases of processed or overly packaged foods.

CYS Kitchen Cupboard

4. Purchase raw & unprocessed foods. Raw nuts, raw unblanched organic almond or peanut butter, Lara bars, and dried fruit are some of our must haves at the store. The whole ‘Rawvolution‘ has some pretty big takeaways as far as diet & nutrition are concerned for athletes & non-athletes alike. In a society full of quick & easy goods prepackaged to our liking the more processed a product has become the less nutrients it contains. Going back to our ancient ways of eating raw food allows our digestive system to naturally process & gain the most from those items such as nuts & vegetables.

5. Add Wheat Grass Drink Powder to the shopping list. This powder is vegan, gluten free, & raw. No excuses not to add this powder into your morning smoothies. Wheat Grass powder provides a natural balanced source of phytonutrients and carotenoids, 2x more dietary fiber than an 8 gram serving of oat bran, 2x more iron than a 30 gram serving of fresh spinach, and an excellent source of folic acid, beta carotene and vitamin C. So much good stuff wrapped up in a powder that can be virtually added to any juice, smoothie, or recipe you choose.

6. Pick up some Apple Cider Vinegar. If our fellow yoga extraordinaire, Kathryn Budig, swears by it and we do too than we had to add it to our list. If your sweet tooth craving is coming on post dinner grab a spoonful of this to help curb the urge for reaching for something sweet. After pounding this stuff it will help to stabilize your blood sugar levels & has also proven benefits to  help with allergies, flu, diabetes, heartburn & high cholesterol.

7. Maca Root. Don’t ask questions, just know that this Incan root will soon be replacing your morning cup of coffee & is the ultimate CYS secret superfood!

Happy Grocery Shopping!

We hope that you find these tips helpful! Feel free to send us your personal favorite grocery items that fuel your body! Always room to add more to this list above!

Homemade Snack Foods: CYS Granola Bar Recipe

Ever have that craving for a quick snack …but not just any snack.. You desire something so fresh, pure, & organic that you were able to make it in your very own kitchen from scratch?! Yes..just like Mom used to do.

After the Yoga Journal Conference this past weekend, while amidst a 4 class series with only 30-minute breaks in between sessions it was tough to keep up with our bodies hunger and we only had access to quick fixes like Luna Bars. Therefore as Monday rolled around, to get back on track we were determine to seek out an alternative recipe that worked for our taste buds, schedules & lifestyle when it came to a quick snack bar. We figured if we can find a way to put a little extra effort & TLC into the things we eat on-the-go that snack foods didn’t need to be such a processed & packaged product. Say goodbye to overly processed snack foods after you try this recipe below. A definite new California Yoga Sport favorite!

CYS Homemade Granola Bars

CYS Homemade Granola Bars

What You’ll Need:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup roasted soy nuts

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 hemp seeds (CYS fav!!!)

1/4 chia seeds

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 large egg, beaten

1 1/2 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 tbsp orange zest

1 cup dried tart cherries, roughly chopped or raisins

*Option to add raw dark chocolate chips for that sweet tooth craving.. or for the ultimate healthy alternative make sure its organic dark chocolate with at least 60% raw cacao if we want to get specific 😉

*Feel free to add or substitute any of your favorite nuts to suit your personal tastes!

Steps To Prep:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13″x9″ baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a food processor, pulse soy nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, & hemp seeds until roughly chopped, about 30 seconds.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped nut mixture, oats, dry milk, brown sugar, salt,  & cinnamon.

4.In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, & orange zest.

5. Pour wet mixture into large bowl containing dry ingredients. Add cherries or raisins. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Pour into prepared baking dish & smooth with knife until batter is evenly distributed.

6. Bake for 25 minutes. Do a crossfit challenge 😉 or meditate. Remove from oven & allow to cool completely before cutting into 15 equal-size (3″x2″) bars. Per bar its approx. 170 cals packed with loads of protein & fiber! Be sure to wrap the bars individually in saran wrap for on-the-go convenience. Enjoy!

CYS Homemade Granola Bars

Have any recipes of your own for quick & easy ways to eat healthy in rush?! Please share & contact us by commenting below or email us here!

New Years Resolution Eating Habits: 5 Tips & 3 Great Recipes to Create A Fresh Start

Feeling like that New Years Resolution to eat better, fresher, & healthier in 2012 is a bit overwhelming? Have no fear.. a few simple recipes is all you need to get started. First, not without some California Yoga Sport tips on how to get those healthy eating habits to stick!

Tips to Creating a Healthy Eating Habit:

1. Keep it simple. For instance.. Eat when you’re hungry… Don’t try to make anything too fancy – the more raw, organic, & basic ingredients you use the better! …The less complicated you make the foods you eat the easier it will be to keep up with incorporating those foods in your daily diet.

2. Rotate the same 5 meals for a whole week. It sounds boring for your tastebuds, but the less focus you put on the rich & different foods you crave the more likely you will eat to fuel your body. Plus your digestive system appreciates the regularity & predictability of the food intake – less stress on the tummy!

3. Prep your food for the week. If you are a busy athlete & working adult its tough to make the time for healthier on-the-go food selections & may force you to either sacrifice quality nutritionally balanced foods for quick bites at odd hours. By cutting up vegetables or fruit & having them stored in large tupperware or individually packaged reusable cups is an easy alternative to always have the healthy option at your finger tips. Make it a habit on Sunday & Wednesday nights to grab fresh fruits at your local market & prep for the days ahead.

4. Avoid looking at the clock for meal times. Eat when you get hungry as mentioned in point #1. This is important because your body knows best & with the social protocol to eat breakfast at 8, lunch at noon, dinner at 6, late night snack at 9… You feel the pressure to follow everyone else’s habits. Break it off! Be sure to listen to your body & stomach to become in tune with what it needs. Majority of the time you aren’t really even hungry, you are just dehydrated! … which brings us to point #5.

5. Drink lots of water. No joke. You’ve heard this a million times. So choose to listen this time around. Hydration is key & will probably help curb all of your poor eating habits by eliminating your misinterpreted hunger pains.

Now.. Three new recipes to try that will make you fall in love with salads again!

Weekend Glow Kale Salad by Oh She Glows

Black Bean Salad by Once Upon A Chef

Citrus Salad by WholeLiving.com

Have any favorite recipes or tricks of your own that help you get back on track with healthy eating habits?! Feel free to share your ideas below in the comments section or email them to us! We’d love to hear about new & fun ways to keep our bodies fit & healthy!

Thanksgiving Day – Why Turkey Is A Diet Friendly Food

It’s that time of year again when the family gathers around a table full of delectable Thanksgiving dishes… Mom’s famous stuffing, Auntie’s to-die-for pecan pie, the cousins typical mashed potatoes & cranberry sauce, and Dad’s amazing oven roasted Turkey. Yup! It’s the Holiday Season! 

@RunnersWorld tweeted today quoting Olympic Marathon runner, Joan Benoit Samuelson, “If you feel like eating, eat. Let your body tell you what it wants.” We at CYS feel this is especially applicable on a day like today when temptation will rear its ugly head pulling you further away from your disciplined Yoga Athlete diet.

In order to help ease your guilt, here are a few benefits of choosing Turkey on a day like today:

-Turkey is naturally low-fat without the skin, containing only 1 gram of fat per ounce of flesh.

-A 5-ounce serving provides almost half of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, which helps prevent heart disease & depression.

-Turkey is a good source of vitamins B, B1, B6, zinc & potassium, which are known to keep blood cholesterol down, protect against birth defects, cancer & heart disease, aid in nerve function & growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and assist in healing processes.

-Its delicious & makes for a really amazing nap post Thanksgiving festivities!

Enjoy the holiday with family & friends and remember to be thankful for your health & strength as well as the gift of yoga!