We’re not 100% sure how to pronounce acai, but we’re 100% sure we love the taste of it. The benefits of acai berry are booming, and trust us when we say there’s a reason people call it a “super food”. We love eating our acai in bowl form, cause it’s easy, delicious, and tastes like a tropical getaway in our mouths. Below is our favorite acai bowl recipe, but here’s the great thing about acai bowls, exact measurements are not required! Add a little more or less of any of the below and your bowl will still taste delicious.
Ingredients in blender:
- -7 ounce Acai frozen packets (these can be ordered off the internet or found in the frozen section at most grocery stores)
- -1 cup orange juice/apple juice/soy milk/coconut milk
- - 2 banana (frozen or fresh)
- -2 cup frozen strawberries (or any combination of frozen fruit)
- -Shredded coconut
- -Granola (our favorite is all natural Nova granola, which can be purchased here)
- -Drizzle of honey
- -Sliced banana or strawberry or both
*Calories will vary on how you prepare your bowl, but there’s an average of about 100 calories in the above mentioned acai serving size
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Making the decision to run your first 5K could be your first step to a total fitness
overhaul. It could be the end of a long-term fitness goal. Or the start of a serious
relationship with running. Here’s our list of helpful hints to make the bet of your
-You don’t have to run the whole 3.1 miles. Just because it’s a 5K run, don’t feel
pressure to keep up a running pace the entire time. Add some walking to your run
and you’re still gonna get over the finish line with your head held high.
– Rest; don’t run the day before your 5K. Give your muscles a break before you push
your limits. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated during all 3.1 miles.
-Drink plenty of fluids and eat something light the morning of your run.
-During the run, start at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Don’t feel pressure
from other runners to quicken your pace from what you feel comfortable with. It’s
your 5K so take it at your own speed and time.
And the only thing you need to expect from running a Color Me Rad is to have the time of your life. Enter your email here to get even more fit tips!
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
- Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Feel free to substitute any of the above ingredients to accommodate food allergies or special diets. Add cranberries, raisins, goji berries, or anything you like. There’s no wrong way to eat an energy ball!
- Working Out Makes You Happy
Even a quick workout will repel any bad mood. Working out boosts production of brain chemicals that will help ease anxiety and stress. Or in the words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” So if you’re not going to work out for yourself, at least do it for your significant other.
- Strengthen Memory
Can’t remember where you left your car keys; or even worse, forgot your age (I could have sworn just yesterday I was 25!)? Working out can help you get your memory into tiptop shape. Just a single exercise session can result in higher levels of memory strengthening hormones. Keep working out and before you know it you’ll remember everyone from your graduation class without even using Facebook.
- Boost Creativity
Exercising can help you think of the next great idea. Studies have found that those who exercised four times a week were able to think more creatively than those with a more sedentary lifestyle. You’re in good company when you workout to get your creative juices flowing; Steve Jobs often took walking meetings to help brainstorm new ideas.
- Helps You Feel More Confident
Self-confidence is all based on what we think we can do and seeing ourselves accomplish surprising feats. So watching your body run that extra mile, not stop during the entire Zumba class, and upping your weights will not only tighten and tone those limbs, but your confidence will be through the roof. Go get your workout in, see what amazing things your body can do and then go get that raise, date, or new swimsuit.
- Minimize Sick Days
Research shows that getting to the gym at least 2-3 times a week will give your body a stronger ability to fight off bacteria and viruses. One thing we know for sure is burpees are less brutal than body flu. Totally worth it.
And when you register to run rad with us you’re going to see workout results in a very colorful way.
The Riverside Health System retirement community in Newport News, VA got a group together to run RAD of members aged 6 to 85! They’re getting color bombed and breaking down barriers of what it means to live in a retirement community. The Warwick Forest Warriors really prove that RAD sees no age. Get planning a team of anyone because running RAD is for everyone!
Sure, stretching your hamstrings before you run is a great idea, it’s probably even recommended by that trainer at the gym who benches 220. But it’s not very fun. Throwing down a few stunning dance moves is a great way to warm up muscles, dispel nerves, and impress/surprise your friends.
You don’t have to have moves like Jagger to enjoy the benefits of a dancing warm-up at Color Me Rad 5K. It’s all about having a great time. Whether you grew up doing The Moonwalk, The Robot, or The Single Ladies Strut, here are a few moves that can get your heart rate racing before your legs do (and no prior dance experience is needed.):
“Wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble baby…” The lyrics of the appropriately titled “Wobble” by V.I.C. make this dance pretty straightforward. It’s all about the wobble. We like this one for the full-body movement encouraged in this head-to-toe, side-to-side shakeout. Listen to the words and you’ll know what to do. And if you don’t know what to do, just keep wobbling. No one will notice.
This song took off like a racehorse in 2012 and it’s not slowing down as a great way to warm up pre-race. Whether you’re riding an invisible pony or throwing an imaginary lasso around your head, you’ll feel this one in your arms and legs. Just try standing still during this catchy pop tune. It’s not possible. Add your own style to Gangnam Style and you’ll be ready to run.
The Harlem Shake
For the seriously dancing-impaired, never fear, there is always the Harlem Shake. No special moves required for this one. The viral videos inspired by this song show costume-clad revelers shaking, jumping, and head-banging with reckless abandon. If you look ridiculous, you’re doing it right. Try to incorporate every muscle group in your Harlem shaking, and you will have the advantage on the racecourse.
No matter how you shake your tail feather, if you’re having fun you’ll be glad you participated in pre-race dance warm-up. Register HERE so you won’t miss out on any of the fun!