Teriyaki Tofu Salad

Teriyaki Tofu Salad –
This delicious recipe is a healthy dinner option and tastes amazing!

Photo from Taste.com

Photo from Taste.com

You Will Need:
1 tablespoon kecap manis

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 (250g) medium carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks

200g Japanese-style teriyaki tofu, thinly sliced

1 cup beansprouts, trimmed

3 green onions, thinly sliced

80g baby Asian salad greens

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

To Make:
Step 1 – Whisk the soy sauce and kecap manis together in a jug.


Step 2 – Combine carrot, tofu, beansprouts, onion and salad greens in a bowl. Drizzle with kecap manis mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve, eat and enjoy!

Surf Fitness Tips

Our resident surfer babe from Nicaragua (India Reinartz) shares some of her key tips to staying surf fit and healthy! 

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India’s 5 Tips for surf fitness:

1)   Cardio – interval cardio training will help with fast reaction time.

2)   Core strength – great moves are the plank pose, oblique and abs work outs and pilates!

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3)   Flexibility – overall, it’ll help with your movement in the water and will help you prevent injuries.

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4)   Continue swimming when you aren’t surfing to help with cross training to help maintain your paddle power.

5) Swim under water laps to maintain good lung control and help you keep calm under pressure.

You can read more about India and her amazing surf/wellness retreats in Nicaragua, in her interview!

Work Your Core – Yoga at home!

When it comes to surfing, core strength is key. Sadly (for me) it’s often the weakest point, leading to back pain, stiffness and other injuries. I will also admit not wanting a pot belly for the rest of my life.

Ol’ Peggy is back with some easy-as-pie core yoga moves. You can work your core from the comfort of your own room. Enjoy!

Yoga for Surfers 2 – Do it at home!

The lovely Peggy Hall is back with her usual bright outfits and perky haircuts to give you Yoga for Surfers 2 – Fluid Motion! If you’ve been following our yoga posts, we hope you are already feeling limber and flexible! If you’ve read them but haven’t had the chance to give it a go, get motivated!

This video has some awesome moves and is less than 4 minutes, so get your yoga on!

Yoga for Surfers – Do it at home!

Keeping surf fit is tough, especially when working and being away from the ocean. They say nothing keeps you fit like getting out there. But we think surf yoga is a pretty good way to stay in shape when you can’t go for a paddle.

Check out old mate Peggy’s Yoga for Surfers. It takes less than 5 minutes! Use it as a pre-surf stretch or as a part of your daily routine.

Get motivated!

Stretch your back – Yoga Time

After a surf I find that my back gets quite stiff and sore. I like to do some stretches before and after just to limber up and make sure I feel less like an old maid in the water! 🙂

This is a great back stretch video I found from veteran surf yoga instructor Peggy Hall. As an added bonus, she’s wearing some super bright yoga gear.

These stretches will ease that tight spine in no time! 🙂

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Truffles

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Truffles –
I’m never going to be able to give up chocolate. It’s something I realised very early on. What makes me happy is that there are now so many delicious recipes out there to make “healthy” chocolate treats. MMMMM We have our friends at My Urban Nutrition to thank for these!

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Ingredients:
4 teaspoons cocoa powder + some extra cocoa to roll the truffles in
1 tablespoon fat free vanilla Greek Yogurt
5 tablespoons vanilla protein powder or powdered skim milk
2 egg yolks
5 drops of vanilla extract
3 teaspoons stevia, agave nectar, honey or artificial sweetener

Directions:
Mix together all ingredients except protein powder. Add protein powder until the paste reaches a firm consistency. Put aside in the fridge for 30 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes. Before serving, roll the mixture into balls and dip into cocoa powder.

Enjoy!

Awesome After Surf Snacks – Popcorn

Need a new after surf snack? Think corn. POPCORN.

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Homemade popcorn is a healthy treat that will cure those after surf munchies. It’s better than stuffing your face full of chips and chocolate too.

I’m not talking about the super buttery microwave packets, they contain loads of nasties. Buy yourself a packet of plain corn kernels, put them in a pan, heat some oil and place the kernels inside. Then, secure the lid to avoid corn in the eye and crank up the heat, shaking the pan intermittently.

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It takes a few minutes but when the corn starts popping you know it’s almost done. Turn down the heat and wait for 4-5 minutes for the popping to ease.

Serve with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of oil. *If you prefer sweet popcorn, replace salt with some brown sugar…mmm

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NB: Nothing tastes worst than burnt popcorn, make sure you turn down the heat when the first kernels start jumping!

Enjoy!

Passionate About the Ocean?

National Geographic has created an education program to raise awareness about the ocean and it invites surfers and surf schools to get involved.

Working at National Geographic has always been my dream job. The stories that National Geographic tells are about the earth, history and the ocean. These stories might not make the evening news but they are fascinating, important and impact each and every one of us.

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

The National Geographic Ocean Education Program aims to engage and collaborate with the marine recreation community (us) with the goal of raising public awareness about ocean conservation and inspiring people to help protect the vital natural resources that the ocean provides.

Photograph by Sebastian Meckelmann

The Ocean Initiative is a great way to get involved. If you are interested in running a program perhaps with a school group or at your local surf club, there is a whole Tool Kit available on the site including some great planning material.