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  • 5 Best Post Morning Practice Meals // by Stephanie Warthling

    0 comments / Posted by Melissa Matheson

    Look lets be real, no one wants to cook after practice… we want to stuff our faces and get going with our day. It’s time to change things up from the standard protein bars and eat a real breakfast to start recovering faster and get your energy back up.  I grabbed five of my fast and easy breakfasts to help you get your day going after practice.

     
    If you’re unsure of quinoa for breakfast just try it once and you will be hooked! Quinoa is a great source of protein, it contains essential amino acids the body requires as well as carbohydrates to provide fuel for your body. Combine all these great benefits together you get a versatile complete protein! I love to make these on Sunday so I have breakfast ready to go for the next few days. These are delicious heated or cold, plus you can customize them to whatever is in your fridge!

     

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup dry quinoa 
    • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
    • 2 tablespoons ghee or extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 1/2 cup cheddar or pecorino cheese *
    • 1 zucchini diced or shredded*
    • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms *
    • 1/2 diced tomatos *
    • 1 patty of vegetarian sausage cooked and chopped up *
    • Salt/pepper, to taste
    • Hot sauce, to taste (optional) 

    *Indicates optional add-ins*

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Soak the quinoa for 5 minutes and drain.

    In a saucepan over high heat, combine the quinoa with the broth/water and 1 tablespoon of the ghee/olive oil and bring it to a boil. 

    Reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is fluffy and all the liquid is absorbed.

    In a bowl combine the eggs, cheese, (whatever add-ins you want) I personally love cooked vegetarian sausage and tomatoes but sometimes I just toss in whatever I happen to have in the fridge, cumin, cayenne, salt, and remaining ghee/olive oil in a large bowl. 

    Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the cooked quinoa and add to your bowl with the eggs and add-ins.

    Spoon the mixture into a greased 12-cup nonstick muffin tin. Bake the protein bites for 20-25 minutes. 

    Remove them from the tin and let cool on a rack. 

    If you’re like me splash on that hot sauce for an extra kick!

     

    Approx:
    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 12
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 108  
    Total Fat 5.6g 7%
    Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
    Trans Fat 0g  
    Cholesterol 66mg 24%
    Sodium 531mg 23%
    Potassium 174mg 4%
    Total Carb 9.2g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 1.3g 4%
    Sugars 0.8g  
    Protein 6g  
    Vitamin A 6% · Vitamin C 5%
    Calcium 3% · Iron 9%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    I am fully aware this is so last year, but it’s in my top 5 favorites for a reason. Creamy avocado with crisp toast and a nice runny egg on top makes me drool as I type this. Besides tasting so good avocados are rich in potassium and help prevent muscle cramping after a crazy morning practice… not that any of us need an excuse to eat more avocado. The toast and egg are just the cherry on top adding protein and carbs to keep that energy up and not crash after practice.

    Ingredients

    • 1 avocado
    • 2 slices of bread (I love French bread guilty pleasure)
    • 2 eggs 
    • fresh cracked pepper and sea salt

    That is it, seriously guys this is all it takes

    Directions:

    Toast two slices of bread.

    Mash the avocado in a bowl. 

    Cook two eggs to your liking (I prefer them fried in a nonstick skillet)

    Spread the avocado on to your toast, grind salt and pepper to taste on the avocado, then top with your egg!

    Seriously it is that easy and SO good. 

    Approx:
    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 1
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 600  
    Total Fat 36.6g 47%
    Saturated Fat 6.7g 34%
    Trans Fat 0g  
    Cholesterol 327mg 119%
    Sodium 708mg 31%
    Potassium 1078mg 23%
    Total Carb 51.8g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 13.3g 48%
    Sugars 2.8g  
    Protein 22g  
    Vitamin A 23% · Vitamin C 26%
    Calcium 8% · Iron 28%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Sweet potatoes may be my weakness; I could eat them every single day and never get tired of them! Sweet potatoes provide healthy complex carbohydrates which take longer to be digested so your body gets a better supply of energy unlike a simple carb. They also happen to have potassium, oh and they’re a good source of fiber which tells your blood sugars to chill out and makes them an excellent source of energizing goodness. This is another recipe I like to cook ahead of time and just scoop out my portion for the next day.

     

    Ingredients 

    • 1  large sweet potato
    • 1/2 yellow onion
    • 1 red or green bell pepper
    • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
    • Eggs for frying
    • Salsa (el pato jalapeno salsa is my absolute favorite)
    • Cumin
    • Cayenne
    • Garlic and onion powder
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut/olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)

    Directions:

    Chop up half of an onion and start sautéing it in 1/2 tablespoon of coconut/olive oil in a large pan so you have room to add everything else.

    Dice up the peeled sweet potato into half inch cubes while your onions simmer down. 

    Once you are ready to start cooking the sweet potato toss in the other tablespoon of olive oil (I will admit I occasionally toss in a tablespoon or two of butter, I’m from the south and no matter how healthy I try to be sometimes you just need some butter)

    Toss in the sweet potatoes and season with S&P, cumin, cayenne, garlic and onion powder to your taste. 

    Cook until the potatoes are almost done, about 10 minutes on medium high heat, then add in your bell peppers. Once potatoes are nice and tender turn down the heat, add your black beans and cook until warm.  Top with fried eggs cooked to your liking a spoonful of salsa and dig in!

    Approx:
    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 6
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 118  
    Total Fat 6.2g 8%
    Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%
    Trans Fat 0g  
    Cholesterol 67mg 24%
    Sodium 48mg 2%
    Potassium 261mg 6%
    Total Carb 12.1g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 2.6g 9%
    Sugars 3.8g  
    Protein 4.3g  
    Vitamin A 29% · Vitamin C 82%
    Calcium 1% · Iron 10%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Trust me on this one, just eat it.
    It’s the pizza of breakfast foods, hot or cold it doesn’t matter … just like a good slice of leftover pizza. Oh did I mention it is super easy to make and also delicious. Eggs are the go-to protein food, they also contain vitamin D and plenty of B vitamins! Bonus: spinach and mushrooms are also protein bombs too! 

     

    Ingredients:

    • 6 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk (can be soy, almond etc)
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup feta 
    • Handful of halved cherry tomatoes 
    • 1 packed cup of spinach
    • 1/2 yellow onion
    • 1/2 cup mushrooms (I use whatever is on sale button or portobello)
    • Garlic and onion powder to taste
    • 1 tablespoon coconut/olive oil

    Directions:

    Preheat your over to broil.

    In a bowl, whisk together your eggs, milk, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

    Get out a cast iron skillet or any skillet you can also place in the oven. 

    Make sure to grease the sides and bottom, especially if using a cast iron.

    Dice your onion and toss it in the skillet on the stove top with the tablespoon of oil and let sauté until light golden brown. (I let mine go for 15-20 minutes while I mix chop and prep everything else so that I get them nice and caramelized)

    Slice or dice your mushrooms to your preference.

    Add in your mushrooms let them cook down for a minute or two then give everything a good stir because you’re about to not touch it anymore. 

    Top your onion mushroom layer with the spinach so that it covers the entire skillet bottom and begins to wilt.  

    Pour your egg mixture over the spinach and let it cook on the stove top until the eggs begin to set then sprinkle with feta cheese.

    Once the eggs start to set transfer the skillet to your broiler for about 5 minutes.  If you have an old gas broiler and the flame is close go ahead and just keep an eye on it as yours may only take 2-3 minutes. When it’s done flip it over on a serving plate and dig in!  I love to make this ahead of time and slice it into four giant pie slices  wrap them up individually and eat one in the morning cold.

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 4
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 183  
    Total Fat 12.7g 16%
    Saturated Fat 6.8g 34%
    Trans Fat 0g  
    Cholesterol 256mg 93%
    Sodium 514mg 22%
    Potassium 298mg 6%
    Total Carb 6.3g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
    Sugars 4g  
    Protein 11.8g  
    Vitamin A 44% · Vitamin C 13%
    Calcium 10% · Iron 11%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



    Yeah that’s right, I said it … cookies for breakfast.  These cookies are addictive and full of ZERO guilt.  They have oats which are excellent at allowing your body to slowly release sugar giving you a long steady stream of pumped up energy, Vitamin B1 to turn carbs into more energy, fiber to feel full, and bananas to provide those carbs you’re turning into energy! Bananas are also the potassium queens and make magic happen.  Maybe we should call these super energy cookies instead? Regardless of what they are called these are perfect for when you need to feel replenished after your morning practice but may also be guilty of wanting sweets this is the way to go.  Totally customizable to your taste and so easy to pop out of your bag after morning practice and devour. 

    Ingredients:

    2 large old bananas (the best ones have black marks and may be a touch too squishy) I keep bananas in the freezer in bulk strictly for this recipe.

    1 cup of quick oats

     

    Additional add-ins: (optional)

    1 tablespoon of peanut butter 

    1 tsp Cinnamon

    Dark chocolate chunks

    1/4 cup crushed nuts (walnuts or peanuts are excellent)

    Shredded coconut

    Dried fruit (cranberries etc)

    Directions:

    Preheat your over to 350.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and give it a light spray of cooking oil.

    Mash those bananas! Mash, mash, mash until they are creamy with a handful of chunks left!  Don’t worry if you are using old frozen ones and it seems watery the oats will soak it all up.

    Add in your cup of quick oats and mix it all up together.

    This is the fun part, pick out whatever add-ins you want just don’t get too crazy and add ten things in or the cookies won’t hold together.

    I always add in 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and a teaspoon of cinnamon to mine.  On occasion I toss in chocolate chunks but honestly these are so good they don’t need them.

    Once you have your cookie ‘dough’ ready scoop out 12-16 cookies and flatten them a little into a cookie shape then bake them for about 15 minutes. Let them cool and toss in a bag to bring to practice!

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 1
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 620  
    Total Fat 14.2g 18%
    Saturated Fat 2.9g 14%
    Trans Fat 0g  
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 81mg 4%
    Potassium 1255mg 27%
    Total Carb 114.3g 38%
    Dietary Fiber 16.6g 59%
    Sugars 31.2g  
    Protein 17.4g  
    Vitamin A 5% · Vitamin C 34%
    Calcium 6% · Iron 32%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet




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  • HARRIET BROWN’S TOP FOUR MEMORIES FROM MOLOKAI

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    HARRIET’S TOP FOUR MEMORIES FROM MOLOKAI

    Harriet Brown is the current Nutri-Grain World Iron Woman Champion. She recently finished 1st in the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship, setting a new record time for the female division. The 32-mile paddleboard race crosses the Ka’iwi channel and is the fastest downwind route in the world.


    My *Lucky* Pants

    I like to try to be organised and well prepared. “Try” being the operative word. Despite my best attempts at organisation, I tend to forget or misplace things when I get caught up in the moment, and my Molokai 2 Oahu experience was no different. I had everything planned, from my nutrition and hydration strategy to the earrings I would wear, and, of course, my favorite JOLYN bikini. Countless hours of training and preparation went into this race, so I didn’t want to leave anything up to chance. At 5:30 am, the morning of the race, we drove to the starting line on the other side of the island. Just as I was about to change into my race gear, I realised that I had left my Jolyn bottoms drying on my hotel balcony! Oops! But the race must go on. I ended up paddling the entire 32-mile race in my underwear (covered by paddling pants – thankfully.)

    Keeping Dad Quiet  

    Five hours and fifteen minutes is a long time to be paddling. I knew that I needed to enjoy the paddle and stay positive if I wanted to do well, so I told my dad, who was a part of my boat crew, that he wasn’t allowed to yell out at me. I’m happy to listen to my friends, but I knew that any parental commentary (even if it was well-intentioned) would just frustrate me – I’m sure many of you can relate! I love my dad dearly, but he kept quiet, and the ‘yewwwwww’s coming from my friends every time I caught a runner kept a smile on my face and helped carry me over the finish line.

    Science of Sweat

    I love science and learning about high-performance sport. A couple of months before the race, I did a sweat test to figure out how much I would be sweating and how salty my sweat was. I didn’t want to get dehydrated from drinking too little or bloated from drinking too much, so I turned to science. By figuring out how much energy I would be using each hour, I could ensure that I was taking in the proper amount of hydration, electrolytes, and calories. It was amazing to see the difference that nutrition makes. After the race, I chatted with a few athletes who didn’t have quite such an organized plan and had ended up cramping or ‘hitting the wall’, and running out of energy. For me, I believe that nailing my nutrition was key to my success.

    Jelly Legs

    Finishing the race, I was ecstatic but also exhausted.  When I first tried to stand up, my legs went to jelly and I fell straight down! I was so out of sorts I had to get the race officials to help me out of the water. So much for a photo finish.

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  • JOLYN Sponsored Athletes + Brand Ambassadors

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    BEACH VOLLEYBALL JoPros

     

    Meet Lauren Fendrick! Lauren made her first AVP appearance in 2003 in Tempe AZ and at 6 foot 2 inches is a towering beach VolleyBall veteran. Since then, she has AVP victories at Cincinnati, Miami, Huntington Beach and New York City. Lauren was a member of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic team. This season, Lauren is competing in both the domestic AVP and international FIVB tours. Most recently, she is the 2017 Champion of the AVP New York City Open - Gold Series Tournament while playing with former 2016 Olympic teammate April Ross. Lauren is one inspiring woman! In-fact, she is so inspirational that we named a suit top after her!

    Shop the Fendrick Collection here: https://jolynclothing.com/search?type=product&q=fendrick


    Follow Lauren on instagram to see where her competitions take her! @LaurenFendrick

     

    Caitlin Ledoux joined the JOLYN family this season as a young gun to watch in both the AVP and FIVB tours. Caitlin competed collegiately for Long Beach State. Her 2017 Season accomplishments include a 7th place finish at the Huntington Beach AVP Open, a 9th place finish at the Austin AVP open and a 5th place finish at the New York City Open - Gold Series Tournament!

    Follow Caitlin on instagram to see where her competitions take her! @CaitlinLedoux

    WHITEWATER KAYAKING JoPros

    This Month JOLYN welcome’s our first ever Kayaker to the family! Brooke Hess is a professional whitewater kayaker and a member of the National Freestyle team. Brooke inspires us through her courageous love for the water and her fearless approach to paddling some of the biggest river’s out there! Through international competition, Brooke is a world traveler and lover of the outdoors not only through paddling and water sports, but also through climbing. Brooke is spending this summer training in Canada preparing to compete in the Freestyle World Championships in November of this year.


    To follow along with Brooke’s journey, you can follow her on instagram @BrookeHess

    JOLYN BRAND AMBASSADORS

    JOLYN Welcomes in a new group of people, our brand Ambassadors! What is a brand ambassador?

    • JOLYN ambassadors embody what it truly means to be an inspirational woman. Whether that means dominating in the pool, on the sand, surf or turf. Through sport, fitness, creativity or just kicking-butt in whatever they do, ambassadors lead others, and inspire their communities. Ambassadors are those who not only inspire us at JOLYN, but everyone around them! Ambassadors are different than our JoPro’s in that they do not HAVE to be professional athletes. An ambassador can be anyone that lives the JOLYN lifestyle and brings JOLYN into their respective community. They are creators, leaders, travelers, writers, or anyone that lives an aquatic, coastal, or inspiring lifestyle.

    This Month, we welcome our first official JOLYN Brand Ambassador, Caprice Dydasco!

    Caprice Dydasco is a professional soccer player for the Washington D.C. spirit. An alumni of UCLA, Caprice is a tremendous athlete. Beyond her sport, Caprice is a Hawaiian native with a deep love for the ocean and the Aloha spirit. Caprice’s passions lie in meditating with yoga, experiencing the beach, paddle boarding, and traveling the world all while pursuing her career as a pro. soccer player! Caprice was able to come back to playing professional soccer after a devastating ACL tear. It is through her perseverance, hard work and positive attitude that Caprice inspires us at JOLYN and everyone around her!

    Follow along with Caprice’s adventures at @CapriceDydasco

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  • Another Time and Place - Havana // By Hailley Howard

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    We time traveled.

    As Cuba's borders have now opened to certain Western nations, people are flocking to get a glimpse into the past. Havana; a beautiful city romantically hovering somewhere between now and then. One moment you might find yourself asking if you fell into a time warp and the next moment you catch a local taking a selfie and you’re back in 2017 again. The people are kind and honk a friendly “hello” on their horns to their friends in their 1950’s-esque classic cars  (which may or may not be pieced together bit by bit and held together with duct tape and superglue). Where it feels like everyone is a friend and you’ve been invited join their club.

    *streets of Havana

    We jumped at the opportunity to shoot the next JOLYN lookbook in this land of saturated color, chipping frescos and stolen time. A rare opportunity to see into a striking and raw time capsule. Where one has little to no ability to access the internet and emails and Instagram and other distractions that normally fill, and sometimes clutter, our lives. Cuba might soon change into something modern and new, as things do, when Pizza Hut and McDonald’s move in and all of a sudden everything is different. When a country that has been forcibly frozen in time and politically oppressed opens its doors opportunistic enterprise strikes. Modern shifts are rapidly occurring and this developing nation’s unique charm is delicate and dwindling. The last grains of yesterday’s sand are falling in Cuba and with our quick glimpse we can’t help but wonder if some of the simplicity will be greatly missed by its people.

    * Behind the scenes shooting with Alesha in the streets of Havana

    The buildings are old. The streets are old. The cars are old. Do not mistake the stares and curious eyes as something sinister, they are shared and exchanged in both kindness and simple curiosity. The Havana people are just as curious as we are. If they can’t speak it you’ll find it in different symbols everywhere; the Apple logo and the American flag surreptitiously plastered on t-shirts and the sides of buildings, and the excitement in people’s voices when they ask, “are you American?” For those that have traveled you are probably privy to the {sometimes} uncomfortable moment immediately following the answer to that question: YES. But not in Havana. The people are excited to share their beautiful city and ripe culture with their new friends.

    * Location: Havana City, Club Havana Beach, Fuserlandia 

    Havana is not a place that you should choose for your next travel destination if you want 5-star accommodations and lazy beach afternoons. No, this is where you adventure and soak in the spirit and brightness all around you. Where you sweat and stain your clothing. Where you get blisters on your feet from the unkept roads. Where you watch the street dogs and cats read the traffic just as the people do. Where you see adults sharing their single-seat bikes with other adults, with smiles on their faces. Where you get up early with the heat and stay up late dancing and meeting new old friends. Where hot water doesn’t flow every day. Where fresh veggies are hard to find but the mango and pineapple are the best you’ve ever had. Where you will find good cocktails before you find good food. Where with enough mingling you might just be able to find a gorgeous rooftop bar for sunset, looking out over the city wondering if the old world was always so deliciously pink.

    *Behind the scenes, shooting Malena from Cuba Modela 

    You go to Cuba to feel alive and share smiles with passerby’s. You go to remember that you don't need much to be happy and that life is about experiences and not things. You go to remember that no matter how different we all are, we are all the same and that this world has so much color to see - and share. Thank you, Cuba - thank you, Havana. For the memories we will always cherish and the golden opportunity to experience something akin to yesteryear. We all daydream about what it might be like to experience another place in time and for now, Havana is still somewhere both here and there.

    * A big thanks to our crew!: Creative Director: Mallyce Miller @mallyce - Photographer: Hailley Howard @hailleyhoward - H/MUA: Marlaine Reiner @mjr_makeup - Model: Alesha Deesing at Brand Models @aleshadeesing

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  • BRAND CRUSH // Companies De-Polluting the Ocean By Samantha Dammann

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     If you love Jolyn you probably love the water too. Whether it’s a lake or an ocean, we all have that one special place. Now, imagine your special water spot full of trash. It’s not a pleasant thought, is it? United By Blue and Devocean Co. are two companies, that we have major brand crushes on, working to make sure that nightmare never becomes a reality.

    United By Blue and Devocean Co. both offer purchasable goods and volunteering opportunities. Purposeful purchases are great, and so is actually getting outside and physically affecting change. Whether you’re in need of a new pair of socks, or have a free weekend coming up, United By Blue and Devocean Co. give you the opportunity to make a splash with your actions.

    UNITED BY BLUE

    United By Blue Brand Video from United By Blue on Vimeo.

    United By Blue manufactures “responsible and durable goods,” and removes one pound of trash from the earth’s oceans and waterways for every product they sell. Since its inception in 2010 the company has led 177 cleanups in 26 states, reaching a grand total of 1,001,784 pounds of trash removed thus far from our precious bodies of water.

    United By Blue products are meant to be used by urbanites and adventurers alike. They believe that all humans, no matter where you live or whether you enjoy swimming or not, are tied together by our common need for water. Here is their proclamation, found on their website:

    “Whether you take our backpack camping or on the subway, or wear our flannel for fly fishing or bar hopping, we believe that we’re all united by the blue of our world’s oceans and waterways. We all share the responsibility of protecting them.”

    United By Blue offers an array of products. Along with clothing, they offer items such as candles, soap, pocketknives and blankets. While the company manufactures some pricier goods, items under $15 are also available for purchase.

    One of the coolest aspects of United By Blue is that they don’t restrict customer’s involvement to purchasing stuff. Anybody can be a part of United By Blue’s water cleanups and help remove trash from oceans and waterways. Joining a cleanup is free and easy.  

    DEVOCEAN CO.

    Devocean Co. from Alex Schulze on Vimeo.

     Devocean Co. is a company that’s devoted to removing pollution from the earth’s oceans in order to save sea turtles. The company was founded in 2015 and currently donates 20% of its net profits to FAU Marine Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and also Friends of Gumbo Limbo. These organizations remove pollution from Florida’s waterways and protect and research sea turtles.

    Like United By Blue, Devocean Co. offers a variety of products along with clothing, and also gives ocean-lovers a chance to get involved. Their blog provides readers with timely information about sea turtles and also gives updates on community engagement opportunities. Friends of Gumbo Limbo, one of the organizations that Devocean Co. donates to, offers even more opportunities to get involved, especially for people living in Florida.

    Cleaning the world’s oceans is obviously a long-term group endeavor. It takes a village to pollute a lake and it will take a village to clean one up: so join us! The next time you have to buy something, consider buying it from an organization that fights to protect the natural world, and the next time you have a free weekend, consider getting out there and donating your time!

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