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Three Home Workouts You Should Be Doing

Workout tips from Sola

Whether you’re an athlete or making the switch to a healthy lifestyle as your new year’s resolution, home workouts are an excellent option for keeping fit and healthy. Working out at home is a cheap and accessible alternative to a gym membership.  Let’s be honest when it comes to keeping up with new year’s resolutions, the more hurdles we can eliminate between us and our daily workout, the better.  Skip the drive to the gym, and the monthly fees with an in-home solution! Here are some fitness tips for a more efficient home workout for keeping fit and healthy.

When creating your home workout, it’s essential to include all of the basics of a healthy routine. The number one fitness tip for beginners is always to include a warm-up and a cool-down routine, as well as stretching in your in your home workout. If done at the right time, stretching works to strengthen muscles and reduce your chance of injury. However, research shows that stretching cold muscles can damage them. Five or more minutes of light cardio such as jumping jacks or jump rope works to get the blood flowing to the muscles and avoid pulling or tearing them while stretching. Once the muscles are warmed up, they’re ready to be stretched.

Cooling down after a workout helps to slow and safely bring your breath and heart rate down, preventing dizziness and heart strain. Walking stretches, jumping jacks with moderate effort, or your favorite yoga poses are all examples of great cooldown exercises. The cooldown phase is the best time to stretch out and lengthen tired muscles. Remember, stretching is a cumulative activity. Every stretching session builds on itself working to develop strength and flexibility.

A well-rounded home workout routine should incorporate both cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Circuit training is a great way to include both of these elements into your home workout. The great thing about home workout circuits is that they function like a grab bag allowing you to choose exercises that target the areas you want to improve. The level of cardio in your home workout depends on your healthy lifestyle goals. Alternating higher levels of cardio with strength building exercises work to better burn fat. Alternating lower levels of cardio with weightlifting works to build more muscle.  Create your personalized at-home circuit to improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Working an exercise circuit into your weekly routine can help to make that trip up the stairs or carrying that extra bag of groceries between the car and the house a breeze.

Here are three exercises that when incorporated into a circuit serves as a cheaper, more convenient, and efficient home workout.

Jump rope

Home workout equipment can be expensive and bulky. A great alternative to the traditional treadmill or exercise bike is the jump rope. Jumping rope is a cheaper alternative and not to mention a lot more fun. Compared to jogging, jumping rope is an extremely efficient cardio workout, earning the same cardiometabolic exercise points for half the time. Jump rope for only a few minutes, and it’s clear that it’s a great cardio exercise, but we may not notice the full body benefits of jumping rope until the next morning. Jumping rope improves stamina, balance, agility, all the while working your cardiac, lung and many other muscles in the body. With the use of weighted ropes, jumping rope works the forearms, biceps, shoulder, back muscles, gluts, and more. Easy access makes jumping rope an excellent option for beginners; however, as with any exercise, it’s important to practice good form to avoid injury. Finding the right rope means grabbing one that is an appropriate length. Ropes of the correct length allow us to practice the excellent posture needed to limit mistakes and reap the muscular and agility benefits associated with jumping rope. A weighted rope adds resistance which, when combined with proper posture, works to activate our muscles better and leads to a full body workout. Maintaining a good posture such as a straight back, shoulders back, and eyes forward will help to ensure the best workout results.

Planks

A plank is a strength building exercise that requires little to no equipment and whose intensity can be altered depending on skill level, making it the perfect home workout. Strength building exercises use resistance to build muscle and endurance. Planks are low-impact exercises for building inner core strength. If it was your New Year’s Resolution to lose the winter belly fat, then this is the workout for you. While Planks can have some appealing effects on the appearance of our tummy area, they provide so much more than tight abs.  A strong core puts less pressure on the back, reducing back pain. In addition to flattening the tummy and reducing back pain, planks increase flexibility and improve posture.

The basic plank is accomplished by first laying face-down and using your arms to push yourself up into the push-up position. When doing a plank, the back should be flat like a board. When ready to begin, arms should be bent until the forearms lay flat on the ground, and the abdominal section tightened, then hold the position. To get the most out of a plank exercise and to prevent injury, it is essential that the back remains flat. Having a second pair of eyes to make sure the back is laying flat can help to avoid subtle arching. There are a few alterations to the basic plank which makes them a perfect option for any skill level. A workout tip for beginners is that the basic plank can be altered for those just starting by simply lowering the knees while holding the classic plank form. The tension applied to the core is lessened, still working to build core strength but not to overexert someone who is newly embarking on a healthy lifestyle transition. For those who are more advanced, The Up-Down Plank is a formidable challenge. All you have to do is while holding the classic plank position lift alternating sides of the body into the push-up position. Once both hands are palm down on the floor alternate letting each side back into a plank. This higher intensity plank works to strengthen the biceps and back muscles as well as the core.

Walking Lunges

There are countless benefits to the lunge workout, the most obvious being the strengthening and toning of our legs and bottom. However, other benefits include core strength and hip flexibility. While this workout can be accomplished while walking or standing, the benefits of walking lunges give us more results for our time. Walking lunges do everything a stationary lunge can do while improving balance and providing additional muscle toning to calves and thighs. To accomplish a lunge correctly, attention to posture is critical. Begin by standing feet firmly planted on the ground, shoulder width apart, and lowering your pelvis straight down, while maintaining a straight back.

Finally, our final fitness tip is to keep in mind that when creating an individualized home workout, switching up which exercises we incorporate daily keeps our bodies and minds more involved in our workouts ultimately keeping us fit and healthy.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17170203

https://www.livestrong.com/article/403629-circuit-training-benefits/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercise-101-dont-skip-the-warm-up-or-cool-down

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/how-much-exercise-do-you-need

https://performance.nd.edu/strength-conditioning/recommended-reading/self-limiting-exercise-jumping-rope/

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5 Tips on How to Practice Self-Love

Practicing Self Care

On the month of love and significant others, we want to remind you to invest time in yourself. While we’re trying to reach health through fitness, and dietary needs we also need to look inward. Making sure we’re watering our mental garden and are upkeeping our best self. We believe that being healthy does not just include your body health but your mental health as well! This Valentine’s day give yourself the gift of self-love. It’s a process but one that’s worthwhile.

Don’t Let Negative Thoughts Foster

Sometimes we’re so focused on reaching certain goals that when we fail to meet them, we end up putting undue stress on ourselves. We’re not perfect and sometimes we will fail whether we like it or not. It’s about changing the way you perceive “failure”. Failure is just another word to try again and see where you went wrong. Adjusting your course until you find the success you’re happy with. Negativity is an addicting state of mind, don’t dwell too long there. Remember that you’re a person that deserves as much gentle care as you give those who you love.

Spend Time with People You Love

In the month of love remember to spend it with people who bring you joy whether that’s your romantic partner, friends who you cherish, or family. Laughing and enjoying your time with people who make your day a bit brighter puts you in a better disposition. Likewise, don’t spend too much time on those who bring you down or who spark no joy. Life is too short to do things you don’t like doing and too short to spend it with those you don’t like. It’s all about loving yourself enough and knowing what brings you happiness. Spending time with the people you cherish is a kindness to your soul because you’re healing and recuperating.

Don’t Get Stuck on the Numbers

When we’re trying to get healthy, we become so focused on numbers. Did I reach my weight goals? Did I eat too many calories? Is it the end of the world? No. Don’t let numbers rule your life. While it is important to have goals don’t follow them so rigidly that you can’t stop thinking about them. Sometimes you’ll go over and that’s okay. That just means you have to look at the day and ask yourself what was different? Was I stressed? Was I sad? Or was it because I was at a social event? Look at everything, not just the number. Remember you are so much more than numbers, you’re a human worthy of love no matter if you meet your goals or not.

Do Something You Love Regularly

Hobbies. These are great to have something to look forward every week. Whether it be a language course or an exercise class like kickboxing. Don’t get stuck in a monotonous cycle where you are not actively allowing yourself to grow. It doesn’t even have to a class. Instead try something as simple as reading a book or writing in a journal. Give yourself a moment where you allow yourself to forget the world exists and focus on your personal growth. While the world may be chaotic, we don’t always have control of it but we have control over how we react to it. Centering ourselves every day allows us to take care of our problems before they become too big. It’s all about gifting yourself time for self-reflection.

Have Boundaries

The world asks a lot from us sometimes and it is okay to say no. Learning how to establish boundaries and keep them is hard. We want to please everyone around at the expense of our self. The reality is that you’ll run yourself to the ground before completing every task you said yes to. Learning how to say no is both empowering and kind. It’s having enough self-awareness of what you can realistically accomplish. Emotional boundaries are important too. If someone does something that makes you uncomfortable, tell them. Communication of boundaries is key and most people are receptive to them. Keep yourself sane and safe.

It’s All About Balance

At Sola, we believe that being healthy is an overall concept in both how you feed your body, mentally and emotionally. We provide healthy alternative snacks that are low in carbs but keep the taste. Our chef-crafted low-carb bread, granola and more are perfect for those looking to change the way they eat and feel. Remember love starts with you and taking care of yourself.

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Celebrating #ToastTuesday with these Sola Recommendations

Delicious low-carb options for #toasttuesday

We’re surrounded by processed carbs and hidden sugars in our daily meals. Low-carb bread options allow us to eliminate carb-dense foods and make it easier to shift to a low-carb diet. On this #toasttuesday we have included two sweet and two savory toast options that maintain a commitment to a low-carb lifestyle while preserving the deliciousness of the food we know and love.

These recipes were created with the intention of shifting from an empty high-carb breakfast to high fat, high fiber, low-carb alternative. The typical American carbohydrate loaded breakfast (i.e., bagel and cream cheese) tends to make us feel fuller at the moment but burning us out before lunchtime and leading to dangerous levels of inflammation and weight gain.

A focus on low-carb, high fat, high fiber toast options, works to keep us feeling fuller for longer while tempering the chronic inflammation associated with a diet that’s loaded with processed carbs. While inflammation in our bodies is what works to help us heal if we take a tumble, the chronic inflammation that comes with a high-carb diet has been linked to health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Pairing a commitment to a low-carb diet with a high fiber intake works to keep our digestive tracts moving and healthy.

It is natural to crave carbs and sugars when you’re first making a change to a healthier lifestyle.  Switching to low-carb alternatives will allow your body to get used to fewer carbs but still maintain some of your favorite foods. No one can change overnight, and you don’t have to! Baby steps. Here are a couple quick but flavorful low-carb recommendations that are perfect for a busy #toasttuesday morning before work or even a lazy Sunday brunch.

Recommendations:

Low-Carb PB&J toast

  • One slice Sola Golden White Wheat bread, crunchy unsweetened sunbutter, raspberries, shredded coconut
  • When switching to a low-carb diet, the sugar cravings can be overwhelming. A great alternative to processed sugars is a handful of berries. Some fruits such as bananas, pineapple, or mango can have a higher amounts of sugars than other fruits like raspberries, and strawberries. Berries, in moderation, are a delicious and low-carb friendly alternative. If you coupled them with a low-carb, unsweetened nut butter such as sunflower seed, macadamia nut, or pecan butter to keep us satiated for longer, these toast toppings are a win, win. A shaved coconut topping not only adds an extra dose of fiber but also tastes deliciously indulgent. Keep in mind that fresh berries can be bought or picked seasonally in bulk and frozen for the winter months, ensuring that there are always low-carb toast toppings on hand.

Low-Carb Sweet Yet Savory Toast

  • One slice Sola sweet oat bread, crumbled goat cheese, fresh blackberries, cinnamon
  • Nothing compliments the sweetness of fresh, juicy blackberries like the tangy flavor of goat cheese. For those who are not big on goat cheese, cottage cheese is another tasty (and thriftier) option. A sprinkle of cinnamon compliments this recipe with a bit of light spice, not to mention the anti-inflammatory properties of the cinnamon.

Low-Carb Avocado Toast

  • One slice Sola Deliciously Seeded bread, half an avocado sliced, cherry tomatoes roasted, and a mixture of sesame seeds, dry onion, garlic salt, and poppy seed sprinkled on top.
  • What would a blog post about toast be without featuring the beloved avocado! Avocados pack a hearty, healthy punch. The fat contained in an avocado works to keep us fuller for longer. They also include lots of the fiber we are looking for in a low-carb diet. All the while, providing the delicious and creamy texture which is its claim to fame. Roasted tomatoes complement our avocado toast by adding texture, fiber, and sweetness for taste. Sprinkling a slice of low-carb toast with a seasoning mixture of sesame seeds, dry onion, garlic salt, and poppy seed gives all the flavor of a bagel without the processed carbs.

Low-Carb Farmer’s Market Toast

  • One slice Sola Sweet Oat Bread, softened brie, sliced prosciutto, poached egg, and a sprinkle of black pepper and sea salt.
  • This savory toast option feels gourmet but can be made in a matter of minutes. Starting with a spread of soft brie cheese, stack a slice of prosciutto (or bacon), and a poached egg on a slice of low-carb bread. When cutting down on carbs, the first thing to go is often that bagel or English muffin we are accustomed to for sopping up those delicious egg yolks at breakfast. Switching to a slice of Sola Sweet Oat bread for our morning meal allows us to stick with tradition while maintaining a commitment to a low-carb lifestyle.

Resources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-inflammation

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948

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Eat Smart for Your Heart

Happy Valentine's Day

It’s February, and the winter season is at its peak. When it’s cold, most people turn to comfort foods such as sweets, high-carb foods and … did we mention sweets? It wouldn’t be February without Valentine’s Day enticing us to shower our loved ones with mounds of chocolates and sweet guilty pleasures. Next thing you know, your New Year’s resolution to practice healthy habits goes down the drain. More importantly, unhealthy foods and sweets can lead to several deadly diseases — heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. In the U.S., approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease every year, which means one in four deaths are related to heart disease![1]

These numbers are staggering, and since February is also American Heart Month, it’s crucial to spread awareness and encourage heart-healthy lifestyles. At Sola, we believe it’s imperative to practice healthy habits, so we want to help you lower your risk of heart disease and eat smart for your heart. During American Heart Month, we are doing just that — giving you the information you need to prevent heart-related issues, including tips to adopt alternatives to unhealthy foods. What’s the first heart disease enabler on the list? You guessed right — the sweet but silent killer, sugar.

Added sugar isn’t very sweet after all.

We’ve all been told to limit sugary foods and drinks, but do we actually follow through? Most of us probably consume too much sugar than recommended. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that men should have no more than nine teaspoons of added sugar per day, and women should have no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day.[2] Yet, Americans consume about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar per day — that’s 66 pounds of added sugar every year![3] Consuming too much sugar can put you at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation and liver disease which are all linked to increased risk of a heart attack.[4]

The key to preventing heart-related issues is monitoring your sugar intake and shopping wisely at the grocery store. Always read the food label and ingredients of every food and beverage you purchase. In most cases, food labels state the sugar amount in grams. To put it into perspective, one teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to four grams of sugar. Also, watch for sugars that mask themselves as high-fructose corn syrup and rice syrup. Instead of purchasing high-sugar foods for you and your family that risk your health, consider replacing them with choices that contain less sugar and come from nature. A new option could be to switch to Sola products which aim to lose the sugar but keep the taste we know and love. Our products come from natural substances and contain less sugar. For those with a sweet tooth like us, consider using Sola sweetener, which contains only four calories per teaspoon versus traditional sugar that has more than sixteen calories per teaspoon — that’s over 75 percent more than Sola sweetener! We also provide a selection of delicious ice cream that contains only six grams of sugar, which is 60 percent less than traditional ice cream. Your heart and overall health will thank you for making daily choices to limit your sugar intake and opt for foods with more natural sugars.

Limit saturated fats.

Most people have butter, fatty meats and in their refrigerators. However, these foods are packed with high levels of saturated fats that can increase LDL cholesterol levels in your blood, which also increases your risk of having a heart attack.[5] Therefore, consider lowering your saturated fat consumption and look for foods that contain healthy unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which have the reverse effect on cholesterol levels. These unsaturated fats are known to lower blood cholesterol levels and decrease risks of a heart attack and other heart diseases.[6]

To limit your saturated fat consumption, consider swapping to Sola products such as Sola bread, which contains only .5 grams of saturated fats and includes two grams of polyunsaturated fats and one gram of monounsaturated fat. Another healthier food swap is Sola granola, which is low in saturated fat. Our granola contains 50 percent less sugar than traditional granola, and it has only three grams or less of net carbs. Sola granola also contains only 1.5 grams of saturated fats, three grams of polyunsaturated fats and six grams of monounsaturated fats. The list of foods low in saturated fats doesn’t stop there. You may consider opting for Sola’s healthy Greek yogurt — the perfect way to start your day. Sola yogurt contains only 1.5 grams of saturated fats and is packed with probiotics and delicious, creamy flavor.

The bottom line.

When we maintain a healthy lifestyle, our bodies work to fight off and prevent many diseases, especially heart diseases. Therefore, during American Heart Month let’s try to push ourselves a little more every day to make healthier decisions such as swapping sugary, fatty foods for choices with less sugar and healthy fats. Trust us, your body and overall wellness will thank you for making healthier decisions and eating smarter for your heart.


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db87.htm

[3] http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption.html#.XEzGCs9KhmB

[4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar

[5] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/eat_smart/heart-healthy-eating-on-a-budget

[6] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550

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Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions with Simple Changes

keep your new year resolution!

Now that we’re halfway through January, how are your New Year’s resolutions going? You can be honest, we won’t tell. As 2019 progresses, it’s easy to let your health goals fall to the wayside. If you’re finding it difficult to practice your health habits on a daily basis, you’re not alone. According to the University of Scranton, only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.1 So, what’s the secret for the eight percent? Here are some tips to make lifestyle changes that will last. The key is to take small steps that lead to a larger goal. Think about it — you can’t go from 0 to 100 in one month. At Sola, we believe living healthy is a lifestyle change, and it’s never too late to start.

Keep it simple.

The new year brings new goals, and you’re excited to start implementing changes to your daily schedule. You want to exercise more and lose 20 pounds, cut out sugar and carbs entirely and so on. However, have you considered the reason you haven’t previously achieved these resolutions is you’re biting off more than you can chew?

Set simple, achievable goals so you can celebrate the small victories and feel motivated. Instead of losing 20 pounds, aim for 10 or even five pounds. The smaller number is more realistic, resulting in less stress and higher satisfaction in the long term. Once you’ve conquered that goal, challenge yourself to lose another 10 pounds.

Set SMART goals.

If you really want to follow through with this year’s resolutions, you need to be specific about what you want to accomplish. Try creating goals that are SMART — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Instead of saying you want to hit the gym more, schedule your workouts to hold yourself more accountable. For example, block time to exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes. Evaluate your schedule every week and add the workouts to your calendar, so you have dedicated time to spend at the gym. However, if going the gym is a bit of a stretch, consider trying some home workouts. There are plenty of workouts you can do at the convenience of your home with just a few inexpensive exercise props, such as dumbbells and resistance bands.

Swap unhealthy foods with healthier options.

Many people believe it’s hard to eat healthy if they don’t know how to prepare clean foods that taste good. Fortunately, you can find plenty of low-carb, low-sugar and healthy food alternatives that taste great at your local grocery store. At Sola, we offer low-carb bread, low-sugar ice cream and plenty other healthier food swaps to satisfy your bread craving and sweet tooth, while maintaining a low-carb diet.

Track your progress.

Another great way to maintain your resolutions is to monitor them. Track your daily progress so that you have a physical record and will know how much further you need to go to reach your goal. Check out these free apps that will help you on your journey.

Save time with meal prep.

Meal planning saves time and energy (and money!) and prevents you from ordering last-minute unhealthy takeout options that are usually full of sodium, sugar, and calories. Choose one day to meal plan and prep for the upcoming week. For example, if you find yourself craving Chinese, spend a Sunday afternoon prepping our Sweet and Sour Sesame Chicken with Vegetables for a healthier alternative to the takeout classic for your weekday meals.

According to Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN, founder of Essence Nutrition, “meal prep takes the guesswork and potentially bad decisions out of food. When you’re hungry at 12:30 p.m., you’ll order or eat the first thing that crosses your plate. Having a prepped meal cuts back on food anxiety and insecurity, and ensures proper food decisions.[1]

Moreover, don’t forget the snacks! Sola nut bars and Sola granola are excellent healthy snack options for those mid-afternoon cravings. Keep some on hand at work or try some of our delicious low-carb, low-sugar recipes that will help satisfy your cravings, including our Crunchy, Low-Carb, High-Protein Granola Bites or our Coconut, Apricot and Pumpkin Seed Breakfast Granola.

Celebrate small wins.

Rewarding yourself and celebrating small wins should be part of the process. Celebrating losing two pounds, a week full of choosing healthy meals or cutting out sugar will keep you motivated and determined to achieve your goals!

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#6ccf58e9596b

https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/national/ways-stick-with-your-new-year-fitness-resolutions/subyRIMSpQr3EYR8uwyviM/

https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/holiday/ways-ensure-your-fitness-new-year-resolution-comes-fruition/bsh9i0wG4RJaXKHcudZeCN/  

https://www.foxnews.com/health/make-your-new-years-resolutions-smart

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/291319/meal-prep-for-weight-loss-8-ways-it-will-make-you-more-successful/

https://www.foxnews.com/health/make-your-new-years-resolutions-smart

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New Year, New Health Goals in 2019

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It’s the new year and with it comes along a slew of goals that we set for ourselves for new year’s resolutions. At Sola, we believe health is a lifelong journey that is never too late to join. Being healthy isn’t just about eating nutritiously but also taking care of yourself mentally and physically. This new year, pick resolutions that match up with the life YOU want to build for yourself. Here is how we are making our goals this year and how to stay motivated along the way.

Realistic Expectations

Be realistic. Nothing is going to change overnight. Neither your health or yourself. At its core, change is a slow process but ultimately worth it. As you write down your goals for the year, remember to make them realistic to your lifestyle. If you work a demanding 8 to 5 job that tends to drain most of your energy, then putting in 3 hours at the gym will be somewhat unrealistic. Maybe start with 30 minutes of intense workout and see if it’s a reasonable expectation. Don’t get discouraged if reality ends up of short of your expectation. Just adjust as you go along.

Incremental Changes

Nothing changes overnight and neither should your entire diet or workout lifestyle. Why? Because it’s that much easier to go back to bad habits. Start with small things such as taking away all sugar filled drinks such as soda or fruit juice. Swap it for sparkling flavored water which tends to have lower sugar-content and eventually just switch to water and tea (coffee can be enjoyed too in moderation). Or switching to low-carb bread and low-carb granola rather than the regular carbohydrate-filled versions.  It’s all about knowing how much adjustment you can realistically do without going back to old habits.

Enjoyable Activities

This one goes without saying: if you don’t like to do something you won’t stick to it. Find something you’re passionate about whether it be kickboxing, rock climbing, yoga or running. Pick something you would want to do every day and actually find some fun out of it. It’s all about knowing your likes and wants before making a change. What new skill do you want to pick up? What exercise seems interesting to you? What classes are offered near you? Can I do this at home? These questions will allow you to confirm what activity you want to follow and if you will be willing to upkeep it. It’s always fun learning a new skill!

Check-in With Yourself

As you try to reach your goals, please remember to check in with yourself. No new year resolution should give you anxiety because you’re not fulfilling it. Remember it’s a journey, not a race. Remember that you are not any less worthy if you don’t reach your goal it just means that you have to adjust and examine where you are going wrong. If anything, you should be proud that you’re actively trying to change and working towards it. There many roads to a goal, and you’ll have to adapt as roadblocks emerge. Remember to love yourself in the now and not the future. You’re deserving of love NOW, not later.

Buddy System + Ask for Help

It always helps to have a friend with you. Having a built-in cheerleader and someone who understands what you’re going through is tremendously helpful. Both of you will be able to keep each other on track and encourage one another when things get tough. You can also ask for help when things become too much or confusing. It’s nice to have someone to bounce off ideas, questions, and just overall thoughts. Especially when you’re just beginning your health goals. It’s all about community.

We Believe In You

Healthy habits is a lifelong journey and a fulfilling one. As grocery stores continue to carry carbohydrate-filled foods, we will try our best to be a healthy alternative that you can rely on and trust. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or you have been doing this for years, we believe in you. May your new year be filled with pleasant surprises and positivity.

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Why Cooking with Your Kids Can be Beneficial

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Some of our fondest memories start in the kitchen, whether it’s helping grandma with sweet treats like baking cookies or helping dad grill the pork. Children, no matter the age, will always carry the memories of cooking with their parents and grandparents. And it’s not just good memories but essential life skills that they will need as they grow older. Here are some reasons why it’s beneficial to cook with the kids in your life.

It Teaches Trial and Error

trail and error

When anyone starts cooking, interesting results can happen. Like an apple pie that tastes like lemon because someone confused lemon juice with lemon extract… well, at least the crust was flaky! It’s mistakes like these and doing a recipe more than once that allows us to make a recipe better the next time. Eventually, we are even able to modify the recipe to tailor it more to our taste. This lesson is invaluable as it teaches children that working hard creates results.

Nutrition and Health

nutrition and health

Now is the perfect time to start talking about nutrition and health with your child. As you’re cooking and creating different meals, you’re creating an opportunity that makes the conversation of what we put in our bodies that much more powerful. Talking about the benefits of some vegetables and making them taste delicious allows children to see healthy eating in action and are able to appreciate the hard work that goes into creating foods that are healthy and nutritious for the family.

Picky Eaters No More

picky eaters no more

While it might not eliminate your picky eater entirely, allowing kids to be part of the cooking process grants them a view into different flavors and helps them try new foods they otherwise wouldn’t have. Having them taste-test new creations will be easier because they made it. Kids that are more engaged in making their own food are more willing to try new things for the simple fact that it’s their own creation. This gives the adults in the room a bit more breathing room when introducing them to new foods or incorporating old ones.

Essential Life Skills

Essential life skills

The most obvious reason is it teaches an essential life skill. We will all at some point need to cook for ourselves, and the earlier start we get the better and more nutritious our college days will be. It’s all about making the young ones in our life have the proper life skills that will allow them to flourish. Cooking whether it’s for pleasure or necessity is a form of stress relief and nurtures the soul.

Science and Math

science and math

There are some chemical reactions that will forever amaze us. The primary one being how yeast allows bread to rise or how vinegar/ lime stops certain foods like avocado from turning brown too quickly. Little things that help us understand the world around us. Another pro-cooking point is that it teaches kids some math. What’s bigger ½ cup or ¼ cup? What will happen if you put something on 400 F instead of 450 F. It allows kids to apply abstract concepts into real-world situations.

Kid-Friendly Recipes

Start with simple recipes where the margin error isn’t as bad and it allows both of you to have fun without that much of a mess. One of our recommendations would these adorable Strawberry Santas that can be made with any age group. Learning how to make whipped filling and letting it chill will give the children a little taste of baking harder dishes that need certain fillings to be chilled before use. Cooking with your kids isn’t only for bonding but teaching them the intricacies and simplicity of life. We all have to break some eggs before learn

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How to Cut Out Sugar from Your Diet

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We all know by now that sugar is bad for you and it’s rampant in our grocery aisle. So many things now contain sugar that you probably haven’t thought about like salsas, bottled salad dressings, yogurts, and granola. Making changes to reduce your intake of sugar is necessary for long-term health, and it might seem daunting at first, but we have some tips that’ll help!

Lessen Your Sweet Tooth

Weaning off sugar is a mighty endeavor, and the first thing people do is stop cold turkey. Please, don’t. Start simple. Start by giving up the biggest culprit of sugary intakes such as flavored drinks, candy, and soda. Especially soda! It might seem hard at first, but eventually, you won’t crave these sugar-filled drinks. You can change to fruits and water by doing a simple cucumber lemon mint water. It’s refreshing, and it helps your need for flavored drinks.

If you love to bake or eat desserts in general, then itmight be time to switch your sugar with a low glycemic sweetener. The patent-pending Sola sweetener was formulated using sweeteners that can be found in nature such as erythritol, tagatose, monk fruit, stevia, and a small dosage of maltitol. Sola’s one of the only sweeteners that tastes EXACTLY like sugar, with 75% fewer calories and zero net carbs. With its nature derived sweeteners, you can reduce your sugar intake and still be within any low-carb style lifestyle. A win-win!

Read Labels

Always read the labels of any food you pick up. Sugar is everywhere! Another fun fact… stay away from low-fat options. Usually, low-fat options have less fat BUT more sugar. For example, a low-fat vanilla yogurt will have 16g of sugar, and a full-fat plain yogurt has only 5g of sugar. Be wary. Compare the labels of whatever you’re eating.

While reading the label be careful of sucralose, aspartame, and saccharine which are other names for artificial sweeteners. If an ingredient is at the top of the list that means it contains more of that particular ingredient and vice versa.

It’s all about being conscious of what you put inside your body.

Simple Swaps

Sometimes we just want some of our all-time comforting foods whether it be a classic pecan pie or even a scrumptious pumpkin pie. You don’t have to lose these essential dishes all you have to do is get a bit creative and do some alterations. Instead of using regular bread, you should use low-carb bread which is just as good but with fewer carbs and sugar! Use alternative sweeteners instead of table sugar.

Want your daily yogurt and granola? There are low-carb, low-sugar options for those as well such as Sola granola and Sola Greek yogurt! You can combine these delicious morning starters with eggs and bacon. It’s all about changing the way you view food and how you interact with it.

Fruits Are Your Friend

Fruits are your friend for your sweet tooth. While somefruits are notorious for their sugar content,they have more nutritional value than processed sugars. Some low-sugar fruitswould include raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, grapefruit andavocado. These delectable delights willcurb your sweet needs without spikingyour blood sugar. The more research we do of what we are putting in our body(yes, even fruits) the more we can be aware of our body’s reactions.

A Good Decision a Day…

Keeps the doctor away. Choosing to reduce your sugar intake drastically might be daunting in this sugar filled world, but it is possible. Just remember everything takes time and eventually you won’t even miss the sugar!

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Which Retailers are Sola Products in?

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Sola is all about enhancing the low-carb lifestyle with some of your all-time favorites like granola and bread. As the carbohydrate problem rises, Sola is taking an active stand against filling our products with sugar and carbs by creating healthy alternatives that taste good and leave you feeling good. As a small company we are trying to get into more stores, but it’s a slow process.

Meanwhile, here are the following retailers who carry our products.

Jewel-Osco

Jewel carries our four flavors of our ice cream: French Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and SaltedCaramel. As well as four flavors of our yogurt Blueberry, Peach, Strawberry, and Vanilla.  If you want to see more of our products in this retail store go to the bottom!

H-E-B

HEB carries our sweeteners and 7 of our ice cream flavors: Butter Pecan Caramel Swirl, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, French Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Strawberry Swirl. Want more Sola products? Go to the bottom of the blog.

Meijer

Meijer store carries our bread, sweetener, and select stores will start selling our granola. Have you fallen in love with Sola products? Wait until down below to see how YOU can help us.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter carries all of the Sola line except our Greek yogurt. They sell ALL of our ice cream flavors, bread flavors (located in the freezer aisle), sweeteners, all granola flavors, and all nut bar flavors.

Hy-Vee

At Hy-Vee, you get to experience all of the Sola line. They carry all 7 of our ice cream flavors, our Greek yogurt, granola, nut bars, and sweeteners. Select stores carry our low-carb bread.

Food City

Recently joining our Sola family is Food City. They will also carry the whole Sola product line with our ice cream, Greek yogurt,granola, nut bars, low-carb bread, and sweetener!

Wait, Where’s My Retailer?

Does your retailer not carry any Sola products? That’s okay! You can help get more of our better-for-you products into your favorite store by requesting it. All you have to do is fill out our product request form, print it out, and give it to your local store manager. The more people show interest in our products the morelikely we can get into different stores.

Our dream is to be available everywhere, but we need YOUR help. We’re trying our best, but with you, as our advocate, we can accomplish so much more. Low-carb and low-sugar products should be for everyone, but first let’s make it available to everyone.

Nationally our products are available through Amazon. We have variety packs, 2-packsor 3-packs, and free shipping!

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Four Low-carb, Delicious Holiday Comfort Foods to Indulge In

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When the holidays arrive, we often find ourselves at celebrations with the traditional comfort foods we all know and love. However, most of these dishes are notorious for being unhealthy and have an abundance of carbohydrates, which throws our healthy diets out the window. Here at Sola, we have found a way to indulge in all our favorite holiday foods with fewer carbs. These are our four low-carb recipes for healthy holiday eating you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Side dish: Creamy Parmesan Mashed Kohlrabi with Truffle Oil: Carbs = 4.42g

Mashed potatoes, a holiday staple, are loaded with carbs and lack nutritional value. A healthy alternative is mashed kohlrabi. Also known as German turnip, kohlrabi has nutritious vitamins and minerals that fuel and nourish your body with all the right stuff. More specifically, kohlrabi provides copper, potassium, manganese, iron and calcium along with vitamins C, B, A and K. Parmesan cheese and truffle oil are added to give this kohlrabi dish some richness and flavor. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 75
  • Fat (g) 6.25
  • Protein (g) 1.46
  • Carbohydrates (g) 4.42
  • Dietary fiber (g) 2.42
  • Total sugars (g) 1.73
  • Net carbs (g) 2.00
Ingredients — Makes 12 portions
  • 1 to 1.75 pounds (770g) kohlrabi (German turnip)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ stick (55g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 2 heaping tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • Drizzle of truffle oil to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions Wash the kohlrabi thoroughly and use a sharp knife to remove the rough outside skin. The peeled kohlrabi should be white in color, similar to a potato, sometimes with a tint of green. Dice the kohlrabi and place it into a food processor with the garlic clove. Add the butter, cream, parmesan, and chopped thyme, and blend until smooth and creamy. Return the puree to a clean pan and heat slowly until the mixture is piping hot. Season the puree with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. To serve, spoon the kohlrabi mash into a large bowl, sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley, add freshly ground black pepper and drizzle the truffle oil over the top.

Main course: Blood Orange & Wholegrain Mustard-Glazed Holiday Ham: Carbs = 15g

Impress your friends and family with this show-stopping holiday ham. You will get all the traditional and delicious flavors, but lower carbs and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 226
  • Fat (g) 7
  • Protein (g) 32
  • Carbohydrates (g) 15
  • Dietary fiber (g) 1
  • Total sugars (g) 2
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 12.5
  • Net carbs (g) 1.5
Ingredients
  • 10-pound half-leg ham on the bone
  • Water to cover the meat
  • 1 cup (190 g) Sola® Sweetener
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 bunch celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
Glaze
  • 2 cups (380 g) Sola Sweetener
  • 4 blood oranges (zest and juice) or substitute
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Directions Place the ham in a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the ham by 2 inches. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a rolling simmer and cook the ham for approximately 20 minutes per pound of meat (a 10-pound leg of ham takes approximately 3.5 hours). When done, remove the ham from the stock and place on a clean serving dish (retain the stock to make a delicious soup or gravy) and allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to glaze the ham, preheat the oven to 400F. Place the zest and juice of 4 oranges and the remaining ingredients into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring well. Reduce the heat to a rolling simmer and cook for 5 minutes until syrupy. Place the cold ham on a wire rack over a baking pan covered with foil (this makes it easier for cleanup). Using a sharp knife, remove the skin and score the remaining fat in a crisscross pattern. Brush ¼ of the glaze and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and repeat the process in 15-minute intervals until the ham is fully glazed, sticky and caramelized. To serve, place the ham on a platter garnished with seasonal fruits and fresh herbs — voila, a show-stopping centerpiece for your holiday meal!

Cocktail: Raspberry Champagne Fizz: Carbs = 9.35g

Start your party the right way – with some festive low-carb bubbly! Indulge in some champagne fizz with this raspberry champagne drink. It takes only 10 minutes to make and contains only 9.35 carbs! Plus, get your antioxidant fix with fresh raspberries. Say cheers to a delightful low-carb holiday beverage! Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 119
  • Fat (g) 0.00
  • Protein (g) 0.13
  • Carbohydrates (g) 9.35
  • Dietary fiber (g) 0.28
  • Total sugars (g) 0.41
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 7.50
  • Net carbs (g) 1.57
Ingredients — Makes 12 glasses 23 tablespoons fresh raspberry puree 12 ounces (110ml) simple syrup 12 ounces (110ml) vodka ½ bottle dry champagne or sparkling wine 12 fresh raspberries to garnish Directions Divide the raspberry puree, simple syrup, and vodka evenly between four chilled champagne glasses and mix well. Pour a small amount of champagne into each glass and stir well. It will fizz up and bubble, so pour very slowly. Carefully top the rest of the glasses with champagne and stir very gently, being careful not to let it overflow. Place a fresh raspberry into each glass and serve immediately.

Dessert: Almond Coffee Canelés with Coffee Walnut Syrup: Carbs = 16.57

Who has room for dessert? We do! This dish is not only low in carbs, but it’s also gluten-free! It’s nutty, moist and has a hint of coffee flavor. You and your guests will be completely satisfied after you finish your holiday meal with this delectable Almond Coffee Canelés with Coffee Walnut Syrup. This dessert is best served warm. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 307
  • Fat (g) 28.81
  • Protein (g) 6.98
  • Carbohydrates (g) 16.57
  • Dietary fiber (g) 2.50
  • Total sugars (g) 0.43
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 12.08
  • Net carbs (g) 1.99
Ingredients — Makes 12 servings
  • 1 ½ sticks (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (145g) Sola sweetener
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups (212g) finely ground almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Syrup
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup (120ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • ½ cup (95g) Sola sweetener
  • ¼ cup (30g) walnuts, chopped
Directions Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Cream the butter and Sola sweetener in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, add the eggs and mix well. Add the almond flour, baking powder, salt, dissolved coffee and almond extract, and mix well. Pipe or spoon the batter into the canelé mold, filling each hollow about ¾ full. The silicone version of the canelé mold is easy to use and does not need to be greased. Place the mold into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes until the cake is light golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove the canelés from the oven and leave them in the mold for 30 minutes to cool. Make the syrup: place the cream, water and coffee powder in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and add the Sola. Cook the mixture for approximately 10 minutes, until it reaches a syrup consistency. Stir in the chopped walnuts and continue to cook for one minute. Remove the cakes from the mold and place them onto a wire rack. Pour the syrup over the cakes while they are still hot. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

Happy Holidays!

So, there you have it. Prepare these four low-carb, heavenly holiday recipes without the guilt. If you are interested in more healthy alternatives, check out our full product line that includes Sola bread, Sola granola, Sola nut bars, and Sola yogurt. Find more healthy and low carb dishes in our recipe book, Boundless, The Low Carb Lifestyle.
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