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Stamped Spotlight: Lululemon

A good way to get motivated for a good workout is to buy some fashionable workout attire.  I have a few favorite spots for shopping for said attire, but for now I’ll just share one.

I’m turning the spotlight on Lululemon.  They specialize in technical athletic apparel for yoga, running, dancing, and most other sweaty pursuits for men and women.  Whether you are a yoga head or an avid runner, this store has the gear for you.  Here are my stamped favorites for men and women from Lululemon:

  1. Wunder Under Crop Pant – This fancy pant is great because the tight fit makes it easy to check alignment and the calf-length leg allows for extended flexibility during yoga, dance or a Pilates class!

lulu pants

 

  1. Precise Tee – Mesh – This tee is great for men because it’s engineered with anti-stink Silverescent and mesh fabrics so it will smell fresh post-wash even if you forget it in your gym bag overnight.  The fact that it is quite the fashionable find, is icing on the cake!

lulu shirt

So, if you haven’t already, stop by a Lululemon store near you or let your fingers do the walking to the online Lululemon Store!

Tell them Olisi from Stamp On Style sent you 😉

You’ve been Stamped!

XOXO,

O

ATTENTION!

Do    not    skip    breakfast — or    grades    could    pay    a    price.

 

Evidence suggests that eating breakfast really does help kids learn. After fasting all night, a developing body and brain need a fresh supply of glucose — or blood sugar. That’s the brain’s basic fuel.

Dozens of studies from as far back as the 1950s have consistently shown that children who eat breakfast perform better academically than those who don’t. In a recent study of 4,000 elementary school students, researchers measured the effects of eating breakfast by administering a battery of attention tests. They measured short-term memory and verbal fluency. Across the board, the breakfast eaters performed better than those children who had skipped breakfast.

So breakfast is important, but does what kind of breakfast kids eat matter? The answer is: Yes!

Finding a meal that has a low glycemic index will help keep a child more alert. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly the carbohydrates in food is absorbed into our bodies and converted to fuel. When it comes to sustained brain power, food that is low on the scale is preferable. Even though a bowl of sugary cereal and a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal may have the same number of carbohydrates, they have very different glycemic loads.

Sugary cereals get into your body quickly and cause a peak in blood-sugar levels, but the levels then fall dramatically after two hours. This dip in blood sugar can bring a release of hormones that affect mood, and in some children, the hormones seem to affect concentration and memory. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is absorbed slowly, so there is a slow rise in blood sugar and enough energy to last through the morning.

Scientists have recently begun to study this phenomenon. One recent study had one group of children eat sweetened oatmeal for breakfast while another ate Cap’n Crunch cereal. Then both groups were given academic tasks, like memorizing the names of countries on a map. Both cereals had the same sugar content, but the oatmeal eaters did up to 20 percent better than the Crunch consumers. The reason being, the oatmeal had more protein and fiber, and therefore a lower glycemic index.

Families should start to make breakfast part of kids’ morning routines. There are some easy and quick meals that have low glycemic index that will help keep your child full without taking up too much time in the morning.

Smart    Simple    Breakfast

Banana with peanut butter
Banana sliced into yogurt
Oatmeal with fruit: apples, blueberries, or peaches
Small tortilla with a few tablespoons of nut butter and chopped strawberries. Roll it up, slice it.
Breakfast smoothies — berries, ice, and milk or yogurt.

 

You can also try making your own granola bars which will be less processed and contain less sugar. Try making the recipe below and get the kids involved in the kitchen!

 

Granola    Bars

Ingredients:

granola

1 & 3/4 C rolled oats

1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal

3/4 C seeds (1/4 C each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds)

1/4 C finely ground flaxseed

1/4 C unsweetened coconut

1/2 C brown rice syrup

1/3 C creamy peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 T of mini chocolate chips

Directions: Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix them together. In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then   microwave them for about 20 to 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix and add to the dry ingredients since it’s really sticky! Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix! Keep mixing until the wet binding ingredients are as well distributed as possible. Put some muscle into it! Then, put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Refrigerate. Done and done!