7 ACTIONS FOR A HEALTHY & HAPPY MORNING

1. The benefits of positive thinking are not questioned anymore. Every morning, when you wake up,  try to think of 3 positive things for the day ahead. Even small things, like being grateful for the rays of sunlight outside, will improve your mood and create a calm and positive mind for the rest of your day.

2. Upon waking, drink an entire glass of water. Water is really important to hydrate and purify your body, if it is your first action of the day, you will feel the positive effects multiplied by ten.

3. A little bit of stretching with some deep breathing will help re-equilibrate your energy and prevent body pains.

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4. Accompany your breakfast with a glass of squeezed lemon and water. Lemon helps to stimulate and detoxify the body and will give you energy to start a beautiful day.

5. Never skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day as it gives you energy. Plus eating a healthy meal first thing sets the tone for the day and you will more likely make healthier choices throughout the day. If you find it difficult to eat a meal go for a smoothie. There are thousands of  delicious recipes out there or create your own! Some inclusions may be vegan milks (almond, oat or seed milks), fruits, vegetables, cacao… choose your favorites and mix them up to benefit from a range of different fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Also try adding different superfoods to your diet!

6. If you enjoy a full breakfast, great! Options are unlimited, whether you prefer a sweet or savoury dish. Examples include vegan pancakes, smoothie bowls, scrambled tofu or just a simple smashed avocado on toast. The list is endless! The important thing is to listen to your body and use healthy and wholesome ingredients (wholemeal bread, nuts, seeds, grains, quinoa, vegan raw chocolate, whole fruits/vegetables etc.) Try to incorporate a healthy source of carbohydrates, fats and protein (vegan ideally!). This will help to ensure that you stay fuller for longer and should satiate you until lunch time.

7. Before going about your day, smile at your reflection in the mirror. Strange advice isn’t it? Well, studies have proved that a smile, even forced, always send a message to the brain that will immediately send happy hormones  all around the body.

Is there something you do in the morning that contributes to you having a happy day? Comment below and share the love with the rest of the Grassy Hopper community!

The Joys of Sprouting

Sprouts are so much fun. They give us the chance to bring all the joys of gardening and food preparation into one experience. They are easy to grow and have so many health benefits.

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The specific benefits will depend on the type of seed that’s used but in general all sprouts are rich in micronutrients and fibre, whilst also being low in calories so they’re great to add to salads and on the side of any dish. It’s a good way to get some raw goodness into any meal.

From a more holistic point of view we can understand the power of sprouts by looking at children. Kids have so much energy, they can run around all day and still be wide awake at bed time. This is because they have a lot of life force energy (also known as prana or chi in some eastern traditions). Sprouts and baby greens also have a lot of life force energy and by eating them we take that fresh prana into our systems.

Besides sprouting there are even many benefits to simply soaking our seed of choice. Nuts and seeds and designed by nature the last for months. They lie on the soil throughout the hot summer months and once the first autumn rains arrive they begin to spring to life. This mechanism works due to enzyme inhibitors that are found in the seeds that prevent them from growing when the conditions aren’t quite right. With the first rains these enzyme inhibitors are washed away and the enzymes in the seed are able to do their job and make the plant grow. By watching the patterns of nature we can recreate this mechanism by soaking our seeds and nuts overnight. When we throw away the water the next morning all the enzyme inhibitors are removed and the seed comes to life. At this point its life force energy and nutrient content have increased and it becomes easier to digest since the body no longer has to handle the enzyme inhibitors that we find in unsoaked nuts. The soaked nuts and seeds can be consumed as they are, added to salads and smoothies or even dehydrated once again for those that prefer the crunch.

Almost any grain, seed or nut can be soaked and sprouted, although some are easier to digest and tastier than others. The ones we would recommend to sprout are: mung beans, alfalfa, red clover, broccoli, buckwheat and radish. These are some of the easiest to sprout so you can start experimenting right away. All other nuts and seeds can be soaked before consuming, here are some great ones to start with: walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
 

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Sprouting - here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Soak your seed of choice in good quality water overnight

Step 2. The next morning, drain the water and thoroughly rinse the sprouts with fresh water.

Step 3. Place the moist seeds in a jar with a piece of mesh/cheesecloth around the lid held in place with a rubber band. Keep the jar at a 45° angle so that any remaining water can continue to drain.

Step 4. Rinse the seeds at least twice a day.

Step 5. Once you begin to see small tails to grow on the seeds you can rinse and dry the sprouts and consume.

You can buy boxes of organic sprouts in compostable packaging from our Gzira outlet. 

Podcast Episode 3 with Simon Paul Sutton Now LIVE!

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Simon Paul Sutton is a dear friend and supporter of the Grassy Hopper mission, so it is a great pleasure to have him on the podcast sharing his story. Simon is a hugely inspirational and humorous character who candidly talks about some pretty intense life experiences that he has been through. 

This episode of the podcast is largely centered around personal transformation and how we can live more honestly and authentically. Simon draws from his own life experiences to share the wisdom that he has gleamed and the vision he has for every person to step into greater levels of honesty.

As always we love your feedback and comments and would really appreciate if you could give our podcast a review in itunes and share with any friends who you think could benefit from this message.

Listen to the podcast here or search for The Grassy Hopper podcast in your smartphone Podcasting App or the itunes Podcast store. 

 

 

Green Smoothie Challenge starts Monday!

The Grassy Hopper Green Smoothie Challenge is back! We start this coming Monday 23rd January on this quest to live a more nourished life. The challenge is a simple commitment to have a Green Smoothie every day for 14 days… sign up to our mailing list to receive recipes, tips and motivation.

Our intentions behind this challenge have not changed. We want to show you just how good you can feel by introducing this green drink into your diet. It’s a simple change with powerful effects. Our manifesto is all about eating to fuel a happy and fulfilled life, and this challenge is the most efficient way to get there. Get ready for more energy, improved hair, skin & nails, a clearer and more focused mind and just an overall boost!

A green smoothie every morning sets your body up for a full powered day. The benefits are endless! It’s a super easy and delicious way to kick start your metabolism, alkalise your body & fill your body with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to feel great! You can also add in a number of superfoods if you want that extra special kick! The passion and commitment that we can bring to our lives is proportionate to the fuel we put into our body so this challenge is not just about the physical effects but also about getting closer to your highest potentials.

Every great finish was once a simple beginning. Start now.
— Robin Sharma

You can buy your green smoothies from either of our outlets at a reduced price over this period or you can make your own at home. We will give you recipe ideas and would also love to hear yours.

To help you keep up the challenge and get inspired by other challengers, get creative and post photos of your green smoothie on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #14greendays . We will be giving out prizes to the most inspirational, dedicated and funny photos

We encourage you to continue the challenge on your own after the two weeks are up and are sure that once you experience how good you can feel, you will !

Here’s to a more nourished life!

 

 

Podcast Episode 2 with Maria Farrugia Now LIVE

This episode (#2) features an interview with permaculturist and founder of the Kul Kul farm, Maria Farrugia. The conversation goes into the twists and turns of the journey which took her all the way to Bali from Malta and ended up with her co-founding the Kul-Kul farm with her partner Orin.

Maria is a down-to-earth yet hugely inspirational person, who talks candidly about her inner battles and the joys and struggles of starting a conscious business.

The Grassy Hopper podcast is all about sharing stories that will give you the courage to pursue your own path, stimulate your thoughts and ideas and ultimately inspire you to live a more nourished life. 

You can listen to the podcast from the link below, through Soundcloud or by searching for The Grassy Hopper Podcast in your iTunes Podcast App directly from your smartphone.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please do send us your comments, questions or guest suggestions to info@thegrassyhopper.com

First Episode of the Grassy Hopper Podcast now live!

We are so happy to be able to share with you the first episode of our new podcast.  This Podcast is our space to explore further what it means to live a healthy life. 

The Grassy Hopper is not just about food. Food is a big part of it, but as you can read in our Manifesto, we also feel that living a healthy and fulfilling life has many other aspects to it. On this Podcast Yasmin interviews people who have an inspiring perspective or life experience to share. The interview will cover a vast range of topics, and often food might not even get mentioned, the common thread is a reflective view on life and how we can be more happy and fulfilled.

Our first episode welcomes David Zammit who is an adventurer, blogger and photographer, who left the corporate world behing to travel the world. His adventures include an epic 4,000km cycle, alone across the Australian continent. This conversation does into why Dave made certain choices and the impact of his adventures on his life view.

Subscribe to our Podcast for more episodes: 

https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/grassy-hopper-podcast/id1178075086 

If you enjoy the interview, please send us your comments and recommendations of more inspirational stories that need to be told.

Massive thanks to Monochrome Keys Music Studio for producing the track. Check out the website for one of the most passionate and awesome musicians we know.  Guaranteed quality tuition and workshops!