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The Gin and Tonic of Your Dreams

Next to wine, you could say the national drink of Spain is gin and tonic. When I moved to Spain for my study abroad, I was introduced to the gin and tonic. Growing up, vodka or pisco sours had been the drink of choice and once I tried this ‘foreign’ cocktail, I never really looked back. Ironically, in Spain, one of the primary gins is Seagram’s which is an American gin.

La Terraza del Yandiola knows where it’s at when it comes to a good gin and tonic. You’ll just also happen to have one of the best views of Bilbao. If you order a Seagram’s, they pour it in the coolest contraption full of fruits to let the gin absorb and infuse flavor for your cocktail. Next up, chill it up with some dry ice. Top it off with some tonic and you’re good to go.

The emblematic Alhóndiga Building used to be a wine cellar. With a facelift, by designer Philippe Starck, it reponed in 2010. While it once started with wine, this chic rooftop leaves you ending up with gin and tonic of your dreams.

La Terraza de Yandiola Bilbao Gin and Tonic

Where is your favorite gin and tonic from?

Back to School Health Tips

Everyone is returning from vacation and it is time to head back to school. While it is important to try and stay healthy throughout the whole year, the stress and change in pace coming back from the holidays can make it hard to stay in routine. From packing healthy lunches to fitting in family physical activities, keep in mind the below tips to help you and your family stay on the right track!

Start the Day Right

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It kickstarts your metabolism and allows you to have energy stored for the day. Eating your morning meal as a family is a perfect opportunity to spend quality time together, while also ensuring a healthy breakfast for the kids. Things like oatmeal with berries, eggs with whole wheat toast, and yogurt parfaits are all good options to keep you full until lunch rolls around.

Try: Raspberry Banana Turmeric Chia Pudding – Turmeric helps with immunity, digestion, arthritis, heartburn and skin conditions to name a few. It adds a subtle note into the mix of your chia pudding but goes a long way in terms of your added health benefits!

Eat Healthy

Whether you are heading to school or working in an office, packing a lunch can an easy way to make sure that you have a balanced meal. Fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains should be central to your diet. To keep it balanced, make sure to include lean sources of protein such as tofu, fish and poultry. Eating this way will allow you to skip the bad snacks which likely have artificial sweeteners or colors and hidden sugars. If you do not have time to pack something ahead of time, research a few spots that offer healthy options for both breakfast and lunch.

Where: Jugofresh, 222 NW 26th St, Miami, FL. This outpost of healthy options includes organic juices & cleanses. Jugofresh is known as the place to detox deliciously. Whether you’re starting to get the sniffles or you had a long weekend of fried food, the juice bar has something for you.

What: Saca Lo booster : lemon, lime, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, oregano oil, echinacea extract, raw honey (Known to support as a decongestant + virus fighting + immunity boosting shot.)

Stay Active

Staying physically active is important to keeping up with your health. Cardio helps to strengthen the heart and lungs, strength training helps build muscle, and stretching is vital to help with flexibility and avoiding injury. You do not need a gym to stay fit; living in the beautiful sunshine of Florida allows us to take exercise outside ranging from leisurely walks to power jogs to pick up team games.

Where: Your local park.

What: Pick up soccer game or a walk around the park.

Hydrate

When we’re back to school and in the swing of things and busy with our schedules, we may forget to hydrate our bodies. As our bodies are made up of up to 70% water, it is a vital nutrient that helps move nutrients through the body and get rid of toxins.

What: Swell 9 oz bottle, This compact bottle is perfect for on the go; it keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need!

Rest

Although it might not seem the case, the amount that we sleep affects both our physical and mental health. On average, most people do not get enough sleep for the amount they are doing on a daily basis. Mood, metabolism, concentration, and even immune system can be affected by lack of sleep. By ensuring you get a full night’s rest, you’ll allow the body to repair and rejuvenate that cannot be attained in a way that is not possible when awake.

Getting in the groove of going back to school can be a hectic time, but staying healthy doesn’t have to be. Use the above as a guide to getting off on the right foot. In the end, it is a combination of all the things that you do that will help you stay in good shape!

What are some of your tips?

Sip Good Beer with Edible Manhattan

Sip Good Beer with Edible Manhattan

Hot days and the scorching sun in the summer are always welcomed by a tall, chilled glass of beer. Edible Manhattan has rounded up a plethora of craft beer companies this Thursday, July 28th that will showcase a bunch of their good beers from the area and pair it with some scrumptious food. You can expect to see the following at the Good Beer eventContinue Reading

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