With the Spring standup paddleboarding season arriving, it’s a great time to stock up on SUP accessories, clothing and gear. Here are five items worth checking out:
SUP Wheels Carrier
Transport your standup paddleboard easily with the SUP Wheels Evolution carrier. The newly designed carrier allows for an easy one-handed transport to the water. It’s versatile and can be used for paddleboards or kayaks. SUP Wheels also gives you an option of peddling before paddling. Leave your car at home, and attach your board to the back of your bicycle.
Helen Jon Board Shorts and Skirts
Helen Jon is a company that is passionate about making apparel for women to feel beautiful and confident. The lovely print board shorts and skirts are chic, fashionable and functional. The fabric stretches to allow for both easy movement and a good fit. Read the rest of this entry »
Last summer, an international fleet of artists and scientists traveled the Alaska coastline to research and observe the global ocean pollution tragedy. They collected marine debris and their findings have now been turned into works of art at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska. The exhibit, called “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” is an effort to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on oceans and wildlife.
The Gyre, or rotating ocean currents, move debris throughout the world. According to the exhibit, it’s one of the reasons that “a flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter.”
If you are feeling sluggish and are looking for a healthy energy boost, try adding nuts to your diet. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses that protect your heart and energize your brain. Adding just one ounce per day will pump you up with healthy omega-3 fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
A recent study published in the New England Journal of medicine found that people may live longer by eating nuts. Nuts may lower cholesterol, inflammation and overall reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Best nuts for your heart
It’s time to Go Walnuts! According to a Harvard Review, eating walnuts can reduce heart attack risk, especially during times of acute stress. Walnuts are packed with the same omega-3 fatty acids as salmon. And studies have also found that walnuts are as effective as olive oil in reducing inflammation in the arteries after consuming a heavy meal.
Best low calorie nuts
Almonds, cashews and pistachios are the lowest calorie nuts for your waistline. It’s best to eat these nuts raw or dry roasted, and to avoid nuts packaged or roasted in oil. So the next time you are whipping up a stir-fry or salad, toss in a few cashews or almonds.
Best nuts for disease prevention
Almonds help fight inflammation and are a good for your overall health. They lower bad cholesterol, reduce heart attack risk and prevent heart disease. The phosphorus found in almonds also helps to promote strong bones and teeth. So add a dose of almonds to your cereal, oatmeal or side of string beans.
Best nuts for your brain
Peanuts contain braining boosting healthy fats and vitamin E. They are high in folate, which prevents mental fatigue and protects your memory. Grabbing a handful of peanuts will help your cholesterol. They also contain vitamins that keep your skin and digestive system healthy.
Best ways to add nuts to your diet:
It’s easy to grab a handful of nuts for a snack or add them to salads, meals or desserts. You can add walnuts into pasta dishes with olive oil, basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss almonds into a sizzling vegetable stir fry or sprinkle into a tasty kale salad.
And if you are heading out for a standup paddleboarding session, create your own trail mix with dried fruit and a handful of your favorite nuts. It will energize you and keep you healthy!
During the bitter winter months, it can be hard to keep colds, the flu and the blues away. Adding immune and energy boosting fruits and veggies to your daily routine can help you stay healthy.
Here are a few Paddle Diva flu fighting superfood picks:
Avocados contain a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K and B6. These powerful globes help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and combat cancer. It can help to improve digestion and strengthen eye health. When slicing, add a little lemon juice — it will prevent the avocado from browning. Plus the vitamin C in the lemon juice works well with the avocado’s monounsaturated fats to reduce belly fat. Besides delicious guacamole, you can also reap other benefits. The oils inside an avocado can help repair damaged hair, treat sunburns and is a natural moisturizer for soft skin.
It’s a win-win for all!
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Stand up paddleboarding is a great sport to help build a child’s agility, athletic skills and confidence on the water. It can also provide a platform for teaching kids about water safety and ocean conservation.
Kids have a natural balance and always seem to want to try stand up paddling without needing any extra coaxing, but even a reluctant child can be enticed. One way to get kids excited about SUP’ing is with a board that features vibrant colors, images and graphics. Recently, Paddle Diva custom designed a SUP board for the St. Sebastian School located in Needham, Massachusetts. The school was holding a fundraiser and wanted a board custom designed with its signature red and black colors to be sold at auction. Sadly, we don’t have details on the winner of the board, but we just know the owners must be happy with their purchase in addition to feeling proud to support a worthy institution!