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Ditch Your 2021 Resolutions. Commit to Original G·E·M·S Life!

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Every year’s the same story; on January 1st, I sit down and thoughtfully write out my lofty New Year’s resolutions, only to feel defeated by mid-February. Resolutions can be so binary, leaving no room for error. If you’re not first, you’re last — but that’s not how change works, and that’s not how life is.


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To be clear: Reflecting on your life and setting goals of self-improvement are critical to an evolved and enriched life, for SURE! But let’s face it, none of us is perfect. We falter, over and over (and over!) again. Growth simply doesn’t happen overnight. It takes small, daily habits to create long term change for the better.

That’s why we’re inviting YOU, dear GEM, to commit to our new program this year to bring more happiness and health to your life — your Original G·E·M·S Life. 

Start. Commit. Grow. 

By starting each morning with just ONE Original G·E·M·S Life practice in each category — Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine — you’ll set the tone for the rest of your day, creating long-term benefits for your mind and body. 

Our Original G·E·M·S Life program isn’t about living the perfect life; it’s about committing to doing something to feed your body and soul every day — and when (not if!) you falter, getting back on and recommitting over and over again. And it’s about small, easy-to-remember things you do every day. Lovely, delicious, relaxing, indulgent practices that are enjoyable as the results they produce. It’s also about the fact that you will fail, because you are a person, not a butterfly or a caterpillar — when you do, you simply begin again. 

Original G·E·M·S Practices for a Shinier New Year!

It’s so simple. Just start each morning with just ONE Original G·E·M·S Life practice in each category — Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine — and get ready to Shine Brighter this year! Here are a few ideas to get into the groove.

  • GRATITUDE: Go out of your way to make someone smile.
  • EAT CLEAN: Drink a Green Glow juice with breakfast.
  • MOVE: Squeeze in a 10-minute workout between Zoom calls.
  • SHINE: Take Natural Calm at bedtime to support a good night’s sleep. 

If you miss a day, don’t stress. Just get back on the disco train and start again. This program doesn’t have an end point — the goal is growth, positivity, and your intention to Shine Brighter.

Original G·E·M·S Life Practices Just for YOU!

Ready to get inspired? Check out our collection of GEM-approved practices to help you incorporate Original G·E·M·S Life daily. And here’s to more health and happiness in the coming year!

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook!

Happy 2021, GEMs!

About Our Original G·E·M·S Life Program

Shine Brighter all the time with an Original G·E·M·S Life, a daily playbook based on The GEM’s founding principles. Jump on our disco train and commit daily to just one practice in each of the categories, Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Add in more practices and grow with the program when you’re ready and create your own Original G·E·M·S Life! Get started today!


Sleigh Holiday Stress with Original G·E·M·S Life – Part II (SHINE!)

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The holiday season brings with it happiness and joy, but can also be a stressful time for even the jolliest of GEMs. Solution? Beat that stress to the punch with our Original G·E·M·S Life program. By doing the four practices every day — Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, Shine — you’ll see less and less stress in your life and more peace and happiness.


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In our last blog post, we focused on ways to combat stress with MOVE. This week, we’re introducing new SHINE practices to help you stay stress-free during the holidays. Care for your body and soul this holiday season with these five SHINE practices.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Holidays with SHINE

  • Skip the Eggnog: Curb the nighttime cocktails this holiday season by drinking festive mocktails — try an ounce of Immunity Mix with sparkling water and garnish with thai basil and a sliced radish! It’s soooo good–with or without your favorite spirit. Alcohol may make you fall asleep faster, but it will make your sleep less restful. Try to limit your drinking to once a week (or no nights!) as your SHINE practice. 
  • Breathe In. Breathe Out. By practicing simple breathing exercises, you can help regulate your nervous system and manage anxiety for a restful night’s sleep. Try these techniques from Mind Body Green and do one every night before bed to check off your SHINE practice. 
  • Deck The Halls with CBD. CBD oil is known to relieve anxiety and depression symptoms, among many other benefits. Stock up to make CBD part of your daily SHINE practice. (Trusted Lab CBD products make awesome stocking stuffers, too!)
  • All is CALM. A dose of Natural Calm every night can help quell anxiety and promote a more restful sleep. Magnesium deficiencies are often the culprit of tossing and turning. Try a little bit at first — and increase from there. Magnesium will also help you be a little more, ahem, regular, so you don’t want to overdo it. 
  • Rudolph’s Root Routine. Add a one-two punch of turmeric and ginger to your morning drink for better digestion, decreased inflammation and, we think, a nice calming drink. You can pick up a Turmeric Latte during the day at The GEM, or make one at home with our house made Cashew Milk and Bottled Turmeric or Ginger. Adding these roots to your daily supplementation routine will make quick work of your SHINE practice. Done!

Prioritizing your health during the holidays is the BEST way to curb anxiety and stress. Following these Original G·E·M·S Life practices through MOVE and SHINE will bring peace and joy to both you and your family, and help you enjoy the very best this season has to offer. 

Merry merry, GEMS!

Jump Into Original G·E·M·S Life!

Shine Brighter all the time with an Original G·E·M·S Life, a daily playbook based on The GEM’s founding principles. Jump on our disco train and commit daily to just one practice in each of the categories, Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Add in more practices and grow with the program when you’re ready and create your own Original G·E·M·S Life! Get started today!

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook


Sleigh Holiday Stress with Original G·E·M·S Life – Part I (MOVE!)

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Let’s be honest about health and wellness during the holidays…stress happens. And when we experience stress, our health suffers. Our body’s energy fuel tank gets depleted. We tend to lose sleep, and become more anxious. Stress actually affects your immune system. Because of this, it’s crucial to approach this time of year with a plan to combat the impending stress.


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The holiday season brings with it happiness and joy, but can also be a stressful time for even the jolliest of GEMs. Solution? Beat that stress to the punch with our Original G·E·M·S Life program. By doing the four practices every day — Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, Shine — you’ll see less and less stress in your life and more peace and happiness.

In our last blog post, we focused on ways to practice GRATITUDE. This week, we’re introducing MOVE and SHINE practices to help you stay stress-free during the holidays.

Make your nights more silent and your days more jolly during this special time of year through these MOVE practices from Original G·E·M·S Life.

MOVE: Five Ways to Shake Holiday Stress Away

  • Sleigh Your Ride. Go old school and take your bike on quick errands. Or for a super awesome treat, gift yourself a Peloton bike! MK loves hers — as does everyone we know who has one! This bike comes with instructors and personalized training plans that you can do any time — check off that MOVE practice!  
  • Jingle Bell Walk. Feeling a little cooped up? Don’t make heavy going of your MOVE practice, just put on some comfy shoes and get outside! Don a festive hat and join a friend for a brisk walk! Throw on some leg warmers and ankle weights and get retro if you want to burn calories. Whatever you do, just move! 
  • Try a Personal Trainer. Ready to sweat? Hire a personal trainer to come to your home — they’ll bring the equipment and you don’t need to step foot into a gym.  They can even give you light exercises or stretching work to do on your rest days so you can check off your MOVE practice every day of the week.  
  • Practice Yuletide Yoga. Whether for spiritual transformation, stress management or physical well-being, the benefits are undeniable. It’s easy to get your MOVE in every day with 10 or 60 minutes of yoga. Just grab your mat and YouTube with Yoga with Adrienne — and don’t hesitate to get the fam involved. Yoga is great for kids too! 
  • Reindeer Games. Forget Apples to Apples, try these active family games for the holidays like the Jingle Bell Shake, Elephant March, or Poop the Potato. Making physical activity a family affair is an easy way to get your MOVE practice done for the day.

Prioritizing your health during the holidays is the BEST way to curb anxiety and stress. Following these Original G·E·M·S Life practices through MOVE and SHINE will bring peace and joy to both you and your family, and help you enjoy the very best this season has to offer.

Merry merry, GEMS!

Jump Into Original G·E·M·S Life!

Shine Brighter all the time with an Original G·E·M·S Life, a daily playbook based on The GEM’s founding principles. Jump on our disco train and commit daily to just one practice in each of the categories, Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Add in more practices and grow with the program when you’re ready and create your own Original G·E·M·S Life! Get started today!

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook


5 Eat Clean Practices for a Holiday GLOW (Original G·E·M·S Life)

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Gingerbread cookies and reindeer treats and holiday pies, OH, MY! With the fun traditions of the holidays comes the inevitably tempting seasonal sweet treats and sugary goodies. But our new program, Original G·E·M·S Life, is designed to help you stay on track through the holidays and every day.


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Taking part in Original G·E·M·S Life just requires doing four daily practices, one in each of these categories: Gratitude, Eat Clean, Movement, Shine. Eat Clean practices include our tried-and-true food rules that keep your body at its best.

By adding one of these EAT CLEAN practices to your Original G·E·M·S Life you can rest assured you’re doing right by your body AND enjoy your holidays at the same time.

5 Eat Clean Practices for a Holiday GLOW

  • STAY HYDRATED. Drink 32 ounces of water upon waking every day. Then remember to drink a big glass of water an hour before you sit down to dinner. (If you drink it too close to eating, it dilutes your gastric juices and impedes digestion.) Oftentimes we mistake hunger for thirst. In reality, our bodies are simply dehydrated. 
  • DRINK YOUR DAILY JUICE. You can pick your favorite juice, but make sure you drink it every day. I crave my celery juice in the mornings—and I add parsley and kale for a bigger chlorophyll punch). This ensures I stay hydrated, but also boosts immunity, manages blood sugar levels, and reduces cravings.
  • EXTRA GREENS AT EVERY MEAL. Put in the effort to add some in every meal, every day. Pack them onto your plate or blend them in! Add them to your morning smoothies, blend into sauces, soups and even rice (blend garlic, cilantro, and spinach in your Vitamix with a cup of bone broth, then use it to cook your rice or quinoa!).
  • EAT BEFORE YOU GO-GO. Have a healthy snack before you leave the house every day. Keep nutrient dense foods on hand, like our MVP soup. It is super satisfying and is loaded with veggies and satisfying fiber. It’s a secret weapon for hunger cravings!
  • ENJOY A DAILY INDULGENCE. Don’t deprive yourself. Whatever your treat is, treat yourself every day. Keep your portion small, and don’t eat other indulgences, especially just because they’re there! Make your splurge worth it.

Don’t let holiday eating take control of your diet. You can take control with these EAT CLEAN practices from Original G·E·M·S Life and come out of the holidays with habits that you keep for a lifetime!

Jump Into Original G·E·M·S Life!

Shine Brighter all the time with an Original G·E·M·S Life, a daily playbook based on The GEM’s founding principles. Jump on our disco train and commit daily to just one practice in each of the categories, Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Add in more practices and grow with the program when you’re ready and create your own Original G·E·M·S Life! Get started today!

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook


Original G·E·M·S Life: 8 Ways To Show GRATITUDE This Thanksgiving!

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We adore this energizing, inspiring holiday. Let it be a day of total GRATITUDE: for family, friendships, abundant delicious foods, and vibrant health. An all-nourishing kind of day – the body and soul. Don’t take it for granted…gratitude makes you GLOW.


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Last week we shared our Original G·E·M·S Life, a recipe to Shine Brighter. We SPELLED it out very simply: select a practice that resonates with you from each of the four Original G·E·M·S categories: Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. The first category is Gratitude. How appropriate that we begin the Original G·E·M·S Life just days before the biggest gratitude day of the year. 

To make this a GEM-my Thanksgiving, embrace these small acts of kindness that will result in an elevated feeling of gratitude for all your blessings of abundance.

8 Ways Original G·E·M·S Show GRATITUDE for Thanksgiving

  • DECORATE. Adorn your table with words and photos of gratitude.
  • VOLUNTEER. Find ways to serve someone less fortunate. 
  • EMBRACE. Invite someone who would welcome the company.
  • SHARE. Share extras with a neighbor, a friend, or someone in need.
  • EXPRESS. Thank the top 5 people who have made a positive influence on your life. Tell them why.
  • GIVE. Make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank, or any other local non-profit organization. 
  • EXEMPLIFY. Provide guests with cards they can write down what they are grateful for. 
  • JUST BECAUSE. Bring a busy friend a turmeric latte or elevated coffee on Wednesday morning as they prep for the big day.

And don’t forget, dear GEMS:

  • CENTER YOURSELF. The holidays, even with all their glitter and excitement, can be emotionally draining. Family dynamics, loneliness, financial issues, and just the intense chaos of it all can be overwhelming. Take some time for yourself the night before to decompress. We need to take care of ourselves first!

We are most grateful for you, our dear GEMS—for your support, your passion for better health, your smiles, and your kind words we hear from you daily. Have a gratitude and laughter filled, healthy Thanksgiving. We love you, GEMs! See you back for more GEM goodness soon.

Jump Into Original G·E·M·S Life!

Shine Brighter all the time with an Original G·E·M·S Life, a daily playbook founded on The GEM’s founding principles. Jump on our disco train and commit daily to just one practice in each of the categories, Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Add in more practices and grow with the program when you’re ready and create your own Original G·E·M·S Life! Get started today!

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook


Embrace the Original G·E·M·S Life!

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The Original G·E·M·S Life program starts today.


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They say it takes 21 days to make a habit — and if those habits are positive ones, it will create a happier and healthier life. The Original G·E·M·S Life consists of simple daily practices that have been part of The GEM since its founding 10 years ago. 

4 Letters = 1 Recipe to Shine Brighter

Sounds too good to be true? Well, friends, it’s for real! We know through experience that if you set your intention to grow by implementing positive practices, you attract positive results. You emerge as shinier, stronger, Original G·E·M·S. 

Create Your Own Original G·E·M·S Life

We SPELL it out for you. Commit to your own Original G·E·M·S Life on the daily! Simply select one practice that resonates with you from one or all of all of the four Original G·E·M·S categories: Gratitude, Eat Clean, Move, and Shine. Commit to doing it daily for a week, then a month (and eventually forever). Add on more when you’re ready, and watch the transformation begin! 

A typical Original G·E·M·S day may consist of

  • GRATITUDE: Complete a morning gratitude list.
  • EAT CLEAN: Add an extra serving of organic greens to each meal.
  • MOVE: Simple stretching and breathing exercises for 15 minutes.
  • SHINE: Take Natural Calm at bedtime to support a good night’s sleep. 

If you miss a day, don’t stress. Just get back on the disco train and start again. This program doesn’t have an end point — the goal is growth, positivity, and your intention to Shine Brighter.

Start. Commit. Grow.

Why is this important to your personal growth? The GEM evolved out of my own personal health crisis — a challenge that seemed more powerful than I had the strength to endure. Yet I emerged stronger and brighter because I discovered and embraced habits of health and happiness as a WAY OF LIFE—The G·E·M·S Life. And since then, we’ve watched so many of you do the same at The GEM! We can’t wait to see so many more with this program

Original G·E·M·S Shine Brighter, Shine Together 

Join us now, and stay the course!  We’re all Original G·E·M·S, and we’ve been on this journey together since day one. Dive into the program on our easy-to-start, easy-to-follow detail page and see you can shine into action. 

Let us know what practices you love, and share your ideas for other practices on our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook


Inside Our Ingredients (And Why ORGANIC Matters!)

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Here’s our hot take, GEMs; Living an #HonestlyOrganic lifestyle means choosing only the BEST for your body. No pesticides, no GMOs, no kidding.


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Being conscious of where our food comes from offers long-term benefits for both body and mind. When you choose organic, you unleash the superpowers of clean, whole foods that produce a positive environment on our insides AND on our earth. 

We’re committed to providing you with Honestly Organic ingredients to help you on your path toward healthier living. Here’s the lowdown on each of our ingredients inside The GEM. 

THE HEALTHY SCOOP ON OUR HONESTLY ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

  • Almonds: A good source of manganese and copper, and high in health-promoting fats associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Apples: High in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and soluble fiber.  An apple a day… 
  • Bananas: Rich in Vitamin B6 and C, plus a good source of fiber, magnesium and potassium. They make our GEM smoothies super rich and creamy!
  • Beets: supports healing and detoxification of the liver and kidneys, and helps stimulate the lymph system, flushing out fatty deposits.
  • Blueberries: An incredible antioxidant cancer-fighting, cardiovascular health-promoting super fruit.
  • Carrots: High in vitamin A, offering optimal immune support and healing properties. stimulates a fat-flushing reaction in your system.
  • Cashews: Great source for healthy dairy alternative, provides a wide array of health benefits and is high in B vitamins, magnesium and copper.
  • Cayenne: This anti-inflammatory spice stimulates circulation, increases metabolism and neutralizes acidity in the body, 
  • Celery: This anti-inflammatory  heals the gut, purifies the blood, strengthens the bones, and lowers blood pressure.
  • Chia Seeds: high in iron, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3s.
  • Chlorophyll:  Boosts the immune system, cleanses the digestive tract, the liver and the blood. Found in all leafy greens. An amazing natural defense against the effects of stress. 
  • Cinnamon: Regulates the body’s blood sugar levels, and rich in trace minerals, iron, calcium, and quality dietary fiber. 
  • Cucumber: A natural diuretic that aids in kidney, liver and pancreatic detoxification, helps regulate blood pressure. Incredibly alkalizing!
  • Coconut Butter: Contains healthy, healing, MCT fats–considered a rare and important building block of every cell in the human body. Boosts immunity, kills bacteria and viruses, protects against cancer, heart disease and promotes calcium absorption. Great for skin radiance.
  • Dates: High in fiber, Vitamin A, magnesium, and antioxidants.
  • Ginger: aids digestion and circulation while reducing inflammation and nausea. It is the ultimate ally in fighting nasty cold and flu symptoms.  Also considered to have anti-cancer properties.
  • Hemp: rich in protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, B-12 and folic acid, and is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium. 
  • Kale: contains more readily absorbed calcium than milk. Rich in lutein and beta-carotene, major anti-cancer phytochemicals playing a role against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases. The detox benefits of chlorophyll alone make this one of the MVPs of kale nutrients.
  • Lemon: stimulates the digestive system, purifies the liver and clears out toxins. a natural antiseptic—clearing bad bacteria out of the system. Incredibly alkalizing. 
  • Maca: Nutritionally dense super-food rich in B vitamins (energy),Beneficial for hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men. For this reason, it’s earned the nickname “nature’s Viagra.”
  • Mango: Rich in dietary fiber, potassium and antioxidant compounds, and has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
  • Maple Syrup: contains 54 different antioxidants.
  • Orange: rich in Vitamin C, plus plenty of fiber! 
  • Pomegranate: rich phytochemicals that fight certain cancers
  • Sea Salt: Naturally alkalizing with many essential trace minerals your body needs.
  • Spinach: This chlorophyll-rich green is loaded with Calcium, Lutein,  Folic Acid, Vitamin K and Iron. Spinach is also rich in Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse.
  • Turmeric: Fights infection, reduces joint inflammation, and treats digestive problems like bloating and gas. Also provides super protection against breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer.

Living an #HonestlyOrganic lifestyle means choosing only the BEST for your body. No pesticides, no GMOs, no kidding. Going organic is your best weapon against disease, and the key to living a healthier, happier life. We’re living proof! Questions about our ingredients? Come visit today!


Supplement Your Way to SHINE — Our Top Recommendations!

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The right supplements give your body the turbo boost it needs to stay healthy and strong. BUT! All supplements aren’t created equal. Because of this, we’ve compiled our full guide to must-have supplements, just for you.


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Getting the right nutrients used to come easier. Today, soil depletion, industrial farming, pesticides, and the air itself puts a HUGE strain on our food supply (and our bodies)! The right kind of supplements give your body the turbo boost it needs to stay healthy and strong. But all supplements aren’t created equal. Fortunately, we’ve got the good ones at The GEM and can coach you on what to look for.

Six GEM-Approved Supplements To Save the Day

  • MULTIVITAMIN. Look for vitamins naturally derived from food, and preferably organic ingredients. We carry some awesome brands for men, women, pre- or post-menopausal, prenatal and more. 
  • PROBIOTICS. Fact: 70 percent of our immune system is housed in our digestive tract—which can be compromised by stress, poor eating, and antibiotics. The right kind of probiotics replenish healthy bacteria, improving digestion and overall mental and physical health.
  • VITAMIN D3. This multitasker supports immune function and can reduce your risk of breast cancer by as much as 50 percent! It aids calcium absorption and plays a central role in muscle function.
  • OMEGA 3 FISH OIL. Omega 3s greatly reduce inflammation in your body, support brain and heart function, and treat rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and ADHD. It’s our all-star anti-inflammation supplement.
  • TURMERIC BLEND. With a mix of potent detoxifiers, our blend amps up the body’s natural ability to remove harmful compounds and decrease inflammation. 
  • COLLAGEN. Talk about a badass Fountain of Youth: It gives our skin strength and elasticity, lines our digestive tract, and forms the building blocks of joints and tendons. However, collagen production slows as we age. Alleviate the sagging skin, digestive issues and joint pain with consistent supplementation!

Want better overall health? Optimal brain function? Stronger immune system? Supplements help your body REPLENISH the necessary amount of dietary nutrients it needs EVERY DAY! This benefit is so vitally important, especially if you’re skipping meals or, worse, eating over-processed foods on the run! But remember—supplements are just ONE important component of a healthy, GEMMy lifestyle that includes the right amount of exercise, sleep and better nutrition. So stop by and stock up on your supplements today!


10 Teen-Approved HEALTHY Summer Snacks

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Those hungry teenagers eating you out of house and home? Don’t order Dominos just yet! We’ve got a few yummy, homemade ideas to keep them happy on snacks that are filling, fun and most importantly, HEALTHY.


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The biggest key to eating healthy is to BE PREPARED! When you hit the grocery store or visit The GEM, pick up these staples to keep on hand for when hunger strikes this summer.

10 Summer Snacks For Hungry & Healthy Teens

  • CHIP DIP STATION! Siete Tortilla chips surrounded with a fun array of dips! Siete also makes an amazing, plant-based queso blanco that is really tasty! Add guacamole, GEM Pico, Rick’s Salsa, and GEM Jalapeno Pesto. Don’t forget our Badass 3 Bean Salad with corn chip dippers, too! 
  • VEGGIE PLATE with carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes. Add a ramekin of our GEM Hummus, Ranch AND Jalapeño Pesto for the best dipping trio. The secret is to douse the carrot medallions and cucumbers with lots of fresh lime juice and sea salt. Don’t skip over this one! It’s magic.
  • SMOOTHIES. Pick up a few frozen smoothie kits from The GEM (our Maui GEM with pineapple, banana, orange and coconut is a crowd pleaser), or make your own at home with this perfectly simple, lightning-fast recipe:
    • Add 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice, 1 frozen banana, 1.5 cup of fruit to the blender and ENJOY! Frozen, organic strawberries and blueberries work best.
  • ITALIAN PLATTER with chunks of parmesan cheese, nitrate free salami (my kids like Naturalissimo Milano style), Milton GF crackers, gherkin pickles, grape tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt, hummus topped with basil pesto. BAM!
  • FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SLICES. Sandwich your favorite brand of organic peanut butter in between sliced bananas, then freeze. Dip in melted chocolate for an added treat. 
  • FROZEN GRAPES (Warning: highly addicting snack!). Simply freeze and eat!
  • AVOCADO TOAST sprinkled with cayenne, sea salt, and a little lemon, served on grain bread (Killer Dave’s makes the best!). Cut into quarters. PRO TIP: Let your avocados ripen on the counter, then put in the fridge—they will keep for much longer!
  • GRANOLA PARFAITS. What’s cool about these is you can make a few in small, 6-oz. mason jars and your teens can pop them out whenever they are ready! Here’s how we assemble them: 
    • Begin with a little granola on bottom, layer with plain Greek yogurt—or try an amazing dairy-free, plant-based option like from Kite Hill or Siggi’s. Milk & Patience is local and  has the most amazing vegan yogurts, too!
    • Layer berries. Raspberries, sliced strawberries, blueberries…don’t be shy!
    • Add more granola. One of our favorite granola brands Park Lane Pantry, a local company with amazing flavors—including a new chocolate flavor, too!
    • Top with a drizzle of maple syrup, honey or agave, a little extra fruit, and enjoy! 
  • EDAMAME. Just pour the frozen bag into boiling water for a couple minutes, drain, and add coarse sea salt. Try sprinkling with Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Salt.
  • BONUS SNACK IDEAS! Always have these items on hand for when you find yourself in a pinch:
    • Hard boiled eggs.
    • Nut butter with apples.
    • Organic popcorn made with coconut oil and sea salt.

Give yourself a variety of choices and healthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring. Whether it’s one or two of these each week, make it a habit of stashing a few of these items at the house. The key is to choose healthy snacks that will fill them up and help nourish your teens without adding too many calories. Try and you’ll see—our top ten teen-approved list of healthy summer snacks is sure to make you the hit of the summer snacking frenzy!

Happy Summer Snacking!


Poolside Sips & Snacks For A Summer GLOW

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With summer vacations being cancelled left and right this year, it’s shaping up to be a wet, hot, GEMmy summer of lazy days spent by the pool. The good thing about being stuck at home is it gives us more control over our health and daily habits than we would have when traveling. So we’re taking advantage of a summer at home and getting (and KEEPING) our health in check with some deliciously nutritious poolside sips and snacks!


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Spoiler alert: we might be partial to watermelon and pineapples — the perfect summer refreshers. Anti-inflammatory pineapple aids in digestion, boosts immunity, and accelerates healing, while watermelon hydrates, promotes heart health, lowers inflammation and oxidative stress, AND both keep you feeling light and bright.

Even if your summer destination vacation has been put on hold, celebrate the summer in style with these 3 GEMmy poolside treats.

Homemade Sips & Snacks For A Healthy Summer GLOW

WATERMELON LIME SLUSH

This poolside sipper is super-duper refreshing, a.k.a. summer in a cup! 

Ingredients:
– 5 cups diced seedless watermelon (if you have prep time, cut and freeze the cubes!)
– 1 tablespoon agave
– 1 cup ice (unless you use frozen watermelon)
– Juice of 2 limes

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately!

Rather not slice or dice? Grab a few Maui GEM Smoothie Kits to keep on hand, then just add water and blend! It’s the beach in a cup: pineapple, banana, orange, coconut! I can hear the steel drum band right now! (Rum & cabana boy sold separately). 

FRESH FRUIT SKEWERS

Ice cold watermelon and pineapple skewers are pretty to look at AND fun to eat. Pop some in the fridge and serve as a poolside snack to keep you cool. You can even add blueberries for more beauty (and help your body reduce DNA damage — a leading driver of aging and cancer!). 

For an exotic kick, sprinkle this fresh fruit with Trader’s Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning Blend — one of our favorite snacks! Pro tip: sprinkle on top of grilled pineapple for a good time. Trust us. 

WATERMELON ARUGULA SALAD

Elevate your salad game with one of our all-time summer favorites! Honestly, you don’t really have to follow the recipe to make this true GEM of a salad.

Ingredients:
– ½ pound baby arugula
– 2 cups (or more) seedless watermelon, ¾-inch pieces
– ⅓ cup olive oil
– ¼ cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
– 1 teaspoon sea salt
– ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
– Parmesan Reggiano cheese
– ¼ cup pistachios

Directions: Add arugula, pistachios and watermelon in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. Drizzle dressing on the arugula. Toss well. With a very sharp knife or a vegetable peeler, shave parmesan into large shards and sprinkle them on the arugula and watermelon. Sprinkle with salt and serve. BAM!

These healthy homemade summer snacks are three super easy ways to make good choices during swimsuit season. Try them and we’re certain clarity, energy and vibrance are in your very near future — and if you’re still needing a little bit of help, you can always kickstart your way into summer health with a detox cleanse from The GEM.

Stay cool and kind, dear GEMs.