The time has come for you to pack your suitcase, hop in the car, and head to your folks house for the holidays. Okay, maybe you’re not going to your parents house, but travel is at its peak during the holiday season and chances are that if you aren’t the lucky host of the year, you’re headed to someones house to celebrate the season! The most difficult part of holiday travel (hint: it’s not flight delays, traffic, or lack of a good nights sleep), is staying healthy and motivated. We know we aren’t the only ones who have this problem, so we’ve got some tips to help keep you your healthiest during this chaotic time of the year!
Recipe and photos courtesy of: Goofy Foot Foods Our friends over at Goofy Foot Foods have put a healthy twist on a holiday classic. This smoothie turns a heavy, boozy cake into something refreshing and light, a much needed change during the holiday season! It features all the fruit cake necessities but blends them together to make a delicious smoothie that you can feel much less guilty about and even reap benefits from! Essentially every ingredient in this cake-turned-smoothie gives you some sort of health boost, no complaints here. Check out just how each ingredient is helping you out during this holiday season: TART CHERRIES: High concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins that may help reduce the risk of cancer. FIGS: Dried figs are rich in protein, carbohydrates, calcium, potassium, iron and B vitamins and are high in dietar
Things can get pretty stressful around the holidays—and this should not be a surprise, but stress in no good for your bod. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, studies show that stress can increase your risk for breast cancer as well. You don’t need a zen retreat to escape the holiday crush—these simple strategies will help you relax, no matter how short on time you are. 10 Seconds: Laugh Even just anticipating a chuckle is enough to relieve stress and elevate hormones that combat depression and boost immunity. Need some ideas on how to get happy? Check out 9 more tips on the B4BC blog on how to increase happiness! 5 Minutes: Chew Gum Chewing two sticks a day for two weeks can fight off anxiety and fatigue and improve mood. 15 Minutes: Meditate Research has shown that a quarter of an hour of guided meditation performed in t
It’s that time of year where it seems like we are always GO GO GO, but that doesn’t mean you have an excuse to stop eating right. Although the mornings may be chilly, smoothies are still a perfect way to get your day started out right and still make it out the door on time. This cancer-fighting green smoothie is packed with protein and potassium and will keep your stomach satisfied until lunch time!
It has been a super wet week here in Southern California and with rain comes snow… We are STOKED! Snowboarding season is finally here and is definitely one of our favorite times of the year. We cannot wait to spend all of our free time in the mountains! Not only is snowboarding insanely fun, it’s a great way to stay active during the chilly winter months. Burn calories and spend our time out in beautiful mother nature, you don’t have to tell us twice. Whether you’re a pro or just beginning, we’ve got a few reasons why you should spend some time on a board this season!
With this years Thanksgiving festivities wrapped up, we move full steam ahead into the time of giving. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to come up with gifts for your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and all the other amazing people in your life, but we have a solution! Homemade gifts are always the best and this recipe from our friends at Goofy Foot Foods is an absolutely perfect way to cross some names off your shopping list. Combine squash, spices, and other simple ingredients, blend them all together, pack it in a jar, and you’ve got yourself a DELISH Coconut Squash Butter to share for the holidays!
Happy almost Thanksgiving B4BC family! We are so very thankful for this amazing time of year and for all of you! Tomorrow is the day we get to indulge on a DELISH meal with the people we love. We know just how hard it is during this time of the year to remain healthy, so we’ve compiled a list of quick tips to help keep you on the right track during this holiday season!
B4BC Team Rider Elena Hight is back with another incredible Tasty Tuesdays recipe for Thanksgiving! Check out her Steller story to get the scoop on these A M A Z I N G Vegan Pumpkin Truffles that everyone will be saving room for at Thanksgiving dinner:
When it comes to the products you put on your body, skin, or hair, one thing’s for sure: most companies that makes those products don’t have your back. Heather White, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, explains why our lotions, makeup, and shampoos are loaded with dangerous chemicals, why babies are born with hundreds of toxins in their blood, and what you can do to make your immediate environment — and the world — a little bit safer.
While most people consider skating to work a little too much to handle, the guys over at That’s A Tripp can’t seem to get enough of it—130 miles skated from Manhattan to Montauk and $2000 fundraised later, these guys are as stoked as ever on their amazing Tripp that benefited B4BC’s breast cancer education and prevention programs…and their story is DEFINITELY one you want to read! Check out their blog recap below with some awesome photos and incredible moments along the 130 mile skate! 5 years ago Jack Staley and I were delivering food for a small Cafe in SoHo NYC. We weren’t on bikes, though—no,we liked to haul it through the rough New York City streets with 4 or 5 bags at time straight for a 6 hr shift on our SKATEBOARDS. Pushing ourselves, timing runs and counting blocks, dodging Yellow Cab doors and sidewalk basement openings a
Showing your love for other people, nature, and whatever else you so choose is awesome but don’t forget who else needs love too… YOU! Loving yourself is one of our 7 steps to stomp out breast cancer and it is key in maintaining good overall health in all aspects of life— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. For some, loving yourself may seem difficult, but we promise you it can be quite easy and SO worth it. Finding your inner confidence will make you so much happier and so much healthier!
The weather is getting chillier but that doesn’t mean a good salad won’t hit the spot! It’s time to take advantage of what’s in season and whip up some fantastically creative and oh so delicious dishes. That’s where this recipe comes in! Combine the superfood of all superfoods, kale, with roasted butternut squash, and chickpeas, add a drizzle of tahini dressing, and you’ve got yourself a cancer-fighting, phytonutrient packed, all around insanely healthy salad that will be sure to get your taste buds excited!
We had an incredible time at the 7th Annual Halloween Haunted Heats Surf Contest presented by ZJ Boarding House, and we were so honored to be the beneficiary of their surfboard raffle again this year! Three boards donated by …Lost Surfboards and Firewire Surfboards were raffled off, raising a grand total of $1,650 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education, prevention and support programs. We want to give a HUGE thank you to Teddy Vecchione, Todd Roberts and the rest of ZJ Boarding House crew for the continued support they give our organization, and to …Lost Surfboards and Firewire Surfboards for their contributions. This event is always a hit, and the MUST SEE photos below from a successful and highly entertaining day can attest to that: Keep surfing and #behealthygetactive, and find out where we’ll be next by keepi
We all know that eating our greens is important, but guys… It’s more important than we thought! Leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, all things that our bodies LOVE. Leafy greens are somewhat of a secret superfood because people just don't realize how many amazing benefits they can get out of them!
We have to face it. It’s that time of year when the weather starts to cool down and we start to crave all kinds of warm, delicious comfort foods. Only problem with this it that comfort foods don’t tend to be the healthiest foods, thus the extra pounds gained during the coming months. We have found one AMAZING solution to this issue in this recipe for Quinoa Chili! Super filling and hearty, this meal will leave your mouth packed with flavor and your bod full of fiber, protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants. A bowl of this on a cool fall evening sounds like the perfect way to end the day if you ask us!
B4BC and Bea Miller have teamed up for the last days of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind you to put health education at your fingertips! Just download the free B4BC app for iPhone and Andriod by searching ‘B4BC’ in the App Store or Google Play then enter your email address under “SIGNUP” for a chance to win a rockin’ #checkonetwo prize pack by New Era and Fugoo Wireless Speakers (value=$350). The B4BC app allows you to set a custom breast self-exam reminder, plus stay up-to-date with B4BC events and educational info. Contest ends tomorrow at midnight. Download the app for iPhone, iPad and Andriod here: http://bit.ly/appb4bc
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEK! Pumpkins, costumes, and…. candy galore. The one downfall to this amazing holiday. We are constantly being bombarded by all kinds of sweet treats that are packed with artificial sugars, colors, and all kinds of gnarly chemicals. We’re still not sure why things that are so bad for our bodies taste so good, but you know what? Things that are good for our bodies taste even BETTER. These super simple gummy treats are made from fresh fruit & veggie juice and taste WAY better than your average halloween candy. The best part? They are SO much better for our health and there is no need to feel guilty after satisfying your sweet tooth.
Debatably the simplest form of exercise, running is amazing for so many reasons! It boosts your overall health, relieves stress, helps prevent diseases, & the list goes on. Some people love it, some people hate it. Whether running is your “thing” or not, we’ve found some awesome tips to help you make running a FUN & enjoyable experience, not just a way to burn some calories.
Team B4BC rider Elena Hight is back as a guest chef for another Tasty Tuesday, and her Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie is EVERYTHING you need for fall! Click through the image to read her Steller Story and get the recipe now:
Our volunteer community plays an incredibly important role in helping us spread our message and keep our programs strong & moving. Today we wanted to highlight longtime B4BC volunteer, Margaret “Margo” Stoney. Margo has been quite the utility player for B4BC over the years and we’re so thankful for her support. Read on to hear how she got started and what her most recent volunteer project was with B4BC… “I volunteered for my first Boarding for Breast Cancer event about ten years ago – it was a board-a-thon at Crystal Mountain, Michigan. Since then, I’ve been involved with the organization in a variety of ways. Fundraising, volunteering at the booth, and I’ve even been lucky enough to do some graphic design work as well. “Recently, I created a poster for their Skate the Lake and Skate the Coast events, which was a huge hono
Although we don’t have much say in the nasty chemicals in the air outside, we do have the power to make our homes a toxin-free haven! We deserve to have living spaces full of fresh, clean air where we can be at peace with what we are putting into our bodies and not have to worry about cancer-causing carcinogens. Many people unintentionally fill their homes with products that are not the safest and we think it’s time to put a stop to just that. We’ve got a few different ways to help you cancer-proof your humble abode to help you live a healthier life! MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING PRODUCTS Although store-bought cleaning products do a great job at killing germs in our homes, they do an even better job at exposing us to all kinds of chemicals that are then absorbed into our skin and bodies. Avoiding this is simple and cheap: make your own cleaning
We think it’s safe to assume that we are all busy people. Whether it’s a job or school, a job and school, or anything else for that matter, we all get caught up running around and attempting to keep up with our everyday lives. It’s safe to say our healthy habits go out the window every once in awhile (we’re guilty too) and that is totally okay. Everyone needs a cheat day here and there! However, if you can start your day and end your day in a healthy way, chances are you will feel a lot better about your mind, body, and soul. We’ve found 2 great tips that will make your AM and PM more productive for your health and can help you live a little bit healthier! Not only that, they are SUPER easy to follow!
Article and photos courtesy of: POPSUGAR We’re always sad to see summer go but we couldn’t be more excited to jump right into fall. When we think of fall, we tend to think of pumpkins and squash but we have good news! The fall harvest brings in tons of other fresh, tasty fruits and veggies! These days it isn’t too difficult to find all kinds of produce year round, BUT it is important to know what is actually in season. If you are eating produce when they are not actually in season, chances are you are eating something that was either grown in a hothouse or shipped from across the world. Both methods affect the taste and nutritional value of the produce itself. According to Brian Halweil, author of “Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket,” “If you harvest something early so that it can endure a long distance shipping experi
B4BC and Elena Hight teamed up with GoPro and Volcom for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to give you a reason to put health education at your fingertips! Just download the free B4BC app for iTunes and Google Play then enter your email address under “SIGNUP” for a chance to win Elena’s PINK signed GoPro + signature Volcom snow jacket!! The B4BC app allows you to set a custom breast self-exam reminder, plus stay up-to-date with B4BC events, athletes and educational info. Contest ends Oct. 19, 2014 The prize pack contains the Volcom Astrid Gore-Tex Jacket and a custom PINK GoPro Hero 3+, along with goodies from B4BC! As long as you sign up through the B4BC app, you will be entered to win. Don’t forget to set your BSE push-notification reminder, and remember to #checkonetwo!
October is now in full swing and we are totally enjoying what we believe to be one of the most important months of the year (Not that all the other months aren't important, this just happens to be our favorite)! This month we get to talk even more about the something we are oh so passionate about, BREAST CANCER PREVENTION.
Most people don’t think of using pumpkins for anything other than making jack-o-lanterns or pie, but… in actuality, pumpkin is packed with nutrients that our body craves. A lot of the time pumpkin is thrown to the wayside simply because people are unsure of what to do with it, but there are actually SO many ways to incorporate it into meals year round. And, it would be a good idea to start doing so because there are tons of benefits to take advantage of!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, and Malia Manuel + B4BC are giving you a reason to put health education at your fingertips! Just download the free B4BC app for iTunes and Google Play then enter your email address under “SIGNUP” for a chance to win Malia’s prize pack (value = $250) from B4BC, O’Neill Women’s and Sanuk! The B4BC app allows you to set a custom breast self-exam reminder, plus stay up-to-date with B4BC events, athletes and educational info. Pretty cool, huh? Download the free app for iPhone, iPad and Android by searching “B4BC” in the App Store or Google Play, or here: B4BC APP Contest ends Oct. 12, 2014. The prize pack contains the 365 Refresh Leggings and 365 Tranquil Active Tank from O’Neill, and Malia’s choice of Shy Anne shoes from Sanuk, along with
The other day somebody asked me the question: “So what have you gained from this whole experience?” Being in an interview conversation, I felt the (personal) pressure to say something amazing. I mean, come on Megan, you’re alive to tell this story! But, I stuttered around the words and for some reason—at that moment—I couldn’t quite define it. It’s a no brainer for me, a heck of a lot has come out of all of this: a new me, and an old me that still lingers (especially when there is chocolate around). What I had to realize and admit is that there is still a lot of processing I have yet to do. I told myself throughout the process: “I don’t want time to rush—I have these two beautiful children to watch grow, and time is already accelerated as a parent. But for some reason, as soon as things became challenging again, I found myself back
September is National Yoga Month, so we caught up with Team B4BC rider and Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson who knows a thing or two about the benefits of yoga—and between the strength, flexibility, balance and meditation aspects of yoga, has credited it to much of her snowboarding success! Jamie finds balance all over the world through practicing yoga, which she tell us "has not only helped my snowboarding, but everything in my life."
Okay, we know it sounds pretty strange! Avocado and smoothie just don’t seem like they should go together in a sentence, let alone in something we put in our mouth. But… this recipe shows us how to make a powerhouse smoothie that is sure to satisfy your taste buds & your body! Packed with fruits and veggies, this A M A Z I N G superfood smoothie is begging to be made and will provide your bod with an extra dose of cancer-fighting carotenoids & vitamin E!
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.