Transitioning from the sun-kissed days of summer to the rhythms of everyday life can often feel bittersweet. But fear not, for we're here to provide a silver lining to this seasonal shift. As we bid adieu to summer's leisure, a world of exciting possibilities awaits. Embrace the post-summer chapter with enthusiasm, as we present our comprehensive guide to a September reset. This blueprint will empower you to seamlessly transition back to routine, harnessing the potential for a fresh start and renewed vitality.
Returning to routine
Getting back into routine usually means going back to healthy habits, especially after summer trips, eating out, visiting family members and friends, and having drinks on the most incredible rooftops in town.
Back to meal plannings and preppings
Transitioning back to a health-focused dietary regimen might seem a little tricky sometimes. The key lies in appreciating the tremendous vitality that accompanies nourishing our bodies with functional foods.
The concept of functional foods is rooted in the idea that certain nutrients and compounds found in foods can have positive effects on physiological functions in the body. These foods are designed to offer more than just basic nutrition and can provide additional health benefits. Functional foods can come in their natural or slightly processed state (such as MCT oil) or as supplements designed to improve your health. A few examples of supplements include foods fortified with vitamins, minerals, probiotics, or fiber. Some of our favorite nutrient-rich ingredients are mixed berries, cruciferous green vegetables, nuts & seeds, fermented foods, fatty fish, herbs, and of course, MCT oil. All these foods are considered functional foods.
Going back to your workout routine post-holiday season can indeed be a challenge. We get it, your body might be giving you those "not again!" vibes, and finding your workout motivation can feel like searching for your lost keys. But it’s time to go back, and this is when having a workout plan can be very useful to help you on your fitness journey. A well-structured workout routine isn't just about your physical gains. Nope, it's also a VIP ticket to the mental wellness party. Think of it as an instant happiness injection – those post-workout endorphins are like your personal cheer squad.
You can alternate high-intensity workouts with low-intensity workouts to keep a good balance and don’t overstress your body. Also, try to incorporate LISS cardio (Low-Intensity Steady State) into your daily routine by walking, biking, or jogging. This will help you recover from your workouts while staying healthy and burning fat at the same time. You're not just going back to the routine; you're going back to feeling awesome and pumped up for the next round.
On-the-go functional snacks
The end of the summer might also mean going back to work (or school). Which normally reflects on not eating at home every day. However, Dining out doesn't have to mean compromising your nutritional goals. Don't forget functional snacks; they're your allies in staying aligned with your wellness path. Here's a glimpse of the functional snack realm you can take along – because staying the course with your healthy habits should be stylishly effortless.
A mix of nuts is always a great idea to have in your bag. However, to give it a twist and make it an even more delicious snack, you should try these plant-based Sugar-Free Nuts and chocolate Protein Bars. If you want to add some extra protein to your day in the form of an on-the-go snack, these are perfect and filling for you. Store-bought bars are not always the healthiest option due to their ingredients, so the best option is to make them yourself at home. The good part is that you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on what you like and you can meal-prep them in advance, store them in the fridge, and have them ready to eat whenever you feel like. The recipe makes for 8 bars so go crazy with it!
Funky Fat Chocolates
Whoever said chocolate can be healthy didn’t know what they were talking about. Our Funky Fat Chocolates are made with functional ingredients that boost your health. You’ll probably ask, what does that even mean? Well, that means that each functional ingredients was picked for a reason. From the cacao beans to the MCT oil. We use MCTs C8 and C10 which have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties and have been shown to improve skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and dermatophilosis. However, due to these properties they also improve gut health, and fight Candida Albicans.
These healthy chocolate bars are very easy to take with you to work, or anywhere you go, to be honest. You can use them as a pre or post-workout snack, as a dessert, as an office pick-me-up, or use them for your favorite recipes.
If you think of flax seeds you probably don’t imagine them as a very fun, appealing snack on the go, right? Well, we want to show you that besides being super healthy, they can be fun as well. These protein cookies are made with flax seeds. They’re healthy, easy to make, and the perfect snack to eat during your coffee break. You can meal-prep them and have them ready for the week.
DIY functional sheets
We’ve already mentioned that our Funky Fat Chocs are healthy and functional and that you can eat them as they come or use them for fun recipes. Well, you can try to make these Functional Sheets and get as creative as you want with them. You can make them in advance and store them in the fridge for when you need them. They’re the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and the best part is that they are super easy to make and they are delicious.
Quick breakfast ideas packed with nutrients
In case you’re running low on healthy breakfast ideas filled with functional foods, don’t worry, here are our favorite functional breakfasts.
In case you haven’t heard, turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and a superfood, this is why we love this turmeric smoothie so much. It will make you feel recharged and with more energy and focus for your day. If you’re a busy person you can pour it into your favorite bottle and drink it on the go.
Berries are great to use in smoothies. They add a sweet taste without compromising your health. Also, they’re packed with nutrients. The only few things you need to make yourself a great smoothie are veggies, fruits (we love berries for this smoothie), and a liquid such as water or plant-based milk. If you want to get creative and add more nutrients, you can always add collagen, adaptogens, superfood supplements, and/or Funky Fat Chocolates.
Raspberry & White Choc Protein Smoothie Bowl
If you don’t want to drink your smoothie but you’d rather eat it, you can also make a protein smoothie bowl, like this delicious and nutritious raspberry and white chocolate protein smoothie bowl with your favourite protein powder. This breakfast is an ideal way to kickstart your day with a burst of energy. Its invigorating freshness has the power to transport you back to those cherished summer getaways, ensuring your mornings begin with a radiant smile.
Collagen has a lot of health benefits you can learn from here, this is why it is so vital for many to include it in your daily nutrition, specially after your 30s. Surprisingly, collagen reigns as the most prevalent protein in your body, comprising around 30% of your total protein content. An effortless method to incorporate this vital nutrient into your routine is through our collagen-infused smoothie. Designed to nourish and energize, this blend serves as a delightful daily ritual. With a medley of healthful and functional ingredients, it not only fuels your body but also provides sustained satiety, keeping you satisfied for longer periods.
Step into this month with purpose and energy, ready to make the most of every day. Our dynamic guide to reset after the holidays empowers you to kickstart September with a renewed spirit, setting the tone for a vibrant journey until the year's end. Embrace routine as a pathway to wellness, indulge in the vitality of functional foods, invigorate your workout routine, and revel in the convenience of smart snacking. Let's conquer this season with enthusiasm, setting the stage for a year-end celebration of your vibrant, empowered self.