Watch: How to Make a Quick and Delicious Green Smoothie

Have heard about the health benefits of juicing and fresh smoothies, but don't know where to start? Have you tried a bottle from your local grocery store, and want to recreate those recipes at home for half of the cost?

In this video, Drea Beauty walks us through her green smoothie recipe that is packed with fiber from spinach, protein from bananas, and other essential nutrients from the rest of the ingredients- all while tasting great. We even tried it!

(Scroll below for the full recipe)

Green Spinach Smoothie Recipe

- 3 to 5 cups of Spinach (freeze for a thicker smoothie)

- 1/2 Banana

- 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

- 1-2 scoops of Orgain Organic Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder

- Powdered Peanut Butter to taste

- Ground Cinnamon to taste

Watch: Day One Beginner's Guide to a Yoga Exercise

Have you been wanting to try yoga, but don't have a yoga studio nearby, don't wan't to go as a complete novice, or can't fit going to a group meeting into your busy schedule? Luckily Yoga with Adriene over at YouTube has made the perfect video to get you started!

In this half-hour walk through, Adriene teaches you step-by-step how to get into a yoga routine. She starts by showing you how to center yourself, then expands into a full exercise that is approachable- but will also get you to be more familiar with the basics of yoga, so that when you do go to a class, you'll fit right in!

The benefits of yoga are well documented and range from increased brain function & reduced stress, to stronger bones & lower risk of heart disease. It is also a low impact, low intensity exercise which means that you don't have to adopt the regiment of a body builder to start experiencing the benefits of it!

If you're a beginner and want to try yoga, this is a perfect video to start with, because you'll be introduced to the basics and you can build from there!

6 Simple Recipes That are Easy to Make and Taste Great

Now that February is here, are you still trying to eat healthy into the New Year? 

Whether it's berry smoothie bowls, sweet potato fries, grilled vegetable skewers, baked ratatouille, tomato pesto salmon, or shrimp asparagus stir fry - this step by step walkthrough video made by Tasty breaks down how easy it can be to keep up with your healthy eating goals!

Because a lot of healthy recipes can be made out of whole ingredients, it doesn't have to take a long time or be difficult to prepare a meal that tastes great and is great for you!


In Kind Spotlight: The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan is a nonprofit that is located in Detroit, Michigan. The organization was founded by Veronika Scott when she was in a class studying product design, where the class was focused on finding actual needs. Already having noticed a population with needs, the homeless of Detroit, she was inspired to design a coat to help serve that community. It functions as a waterproof coat, sleeping bag, and over the shoulder bag.

Her organization is located in Detroit, manufactures its product in Detroit, and hires employees from the homeless shelters of Detroit. The organization accepts donations, makes the coats, and then distributes them to the homeless.

The Empowerment Plan is an organization that we'd like to shine a light on for the important work that they do to help an underserved population- the homeless.


Watch: Positivity and the Power of Choice

In this TEDx speech on the power of positivity, Samantha Rea breaks down how you can incorporate positive thinking into your daily life.

She begins be acknowledging that there are problems in the world, that it would be impossible to ignore them, and that it is unreasonable to think that simple positivity can solve every problem. Her argument, however, is that positive thinking can be an essential stepping stone to real world action, and lays the groundwork for people to begin to tackle problems.

By keeping a belief that things can and will get better when things seem hopeless, you immediately help yourself to start changing things. When you look for positive things, and choose to have a good day (as described in the video), you begin to focus on the good things in life and not the negatives- which leads to an increased quality of life.


Watch: Day One Beginner's Guide to Knitting

Have you exhausted your supply of crayons by melting all of them, and are looking for a new craft to try? Have you ever wanted to pick up knitting, but were intimidated by the needles and how complicated it looks?

In this video, Shandy from Expression Fiber Arts shows you step by step how to go from ball of yarn, to making your own scarf!

Knitting is a great hobby because not only can you do it while having conversation with your friends in a group setting, you can also pick it up and put it down at your leisure if you want an ongoing project!

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The great thing about this basics video is that once you get the technique down, you can then expand to more complicated knitting projects (like hats and sweaters)- with a whole range of projects available on her YouTube channel!