Taking A Blueberry Break On Busy Days (+ Giveaway!)
This post was done in partnership with The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.
It can get so crazy at work this time of year! Between planning SIMPLY NYC, holiday events, and wrapping up end-of-the-year campaigns, December is incredibly busy for SIMPLY. That's why it's so important to take little breaks throughout the day and refresh. Check out some tips from our founder Sarah on how she powers through the day:
We have so much going on during the holiday season, so I always make sure I have healthy snacks that will keep me sustained and energized throughout the day. One of my favorite healthy snacks is blueberries.
Whether on their own or added to a yummy recipe, my team will often find me munching on blueberries. I'll often have a cup or bowl of them on my desk that I'll eat while answering emails, editing blog posts for the SIMPLY site, or going over details for our events.
Especially during the busy holiday season when I have so much going on, I like to start my day on a fully energized note, and that means a healthy and filling breakfast! Here's the blueberry yogurt recipe I often make for breakfast:
Sarah's 5-Ingredient, 5-Second Breakfast Recipe
- Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2/3 cup of almond butter whole grain granola clusters
- 2 tbsp. of organic chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. of honey
The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make, and how many ways you can mix it up. Sometimes I will switch out the granola clusters for cereal, or I'll sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
It's also a great breakfast for entrepreneurs on the go. If I'm making this at home, I'll put it in a to-go cup and eat it on my way to the office. It takes 5 seconds to make, and I can even create it while on a conference call. No pots or pans needed!
On other days, once I've made my blueberry yogurt breakfast at the office, I like to sit outside on the patio before the workday gets too crazy. It's nice to take a moment before the day kicks into high gear to enjoy the morning and the gorgeous LA weather while creating my day's to-do list.
Giving myself that little "me time" in the morning allows me to feel fully refreshed, and even on hectic days where there are a million things happening, I try to sneak in those tiny breaks when I can so I can regroup and take a mental breather.
Here are some other tips I have for de-stressing during the end of the year:
- Pamper yourself — get a massage or facial that will help you to relax
- Eat healthy and work out — working out is known to reduce stress; I love boxing and Y7 (hot yoga meets hip hop!)
- Unplug — we're on our phones 24/7, but it's okay to let go and put the phone down while spending time with family and friends
- Plan a girls’ night out with your friends — it will help take your mind off things
- Rediscover an old pastime — while you have some down time, take up that hobby you've been wanting to devote more time to
What are your top tips for de-stressing and not letting the holiday season overwhelm you? To add blueberries to your arsenal, check out more recipe ideas at littlebluedynamos.com.
To make sure you get that "me time" and get a little pampering, The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a giveaway where you can win a $300 gift card to Kiehl's! Check out THIS POST to find out how to enter. Giveaway ends 12/31/2017.