When it comes to the rock & roll lifestyle, you might be surprised to hear that it’s not all about drinking and late nights. While the party atmosphere may be the stereotype of stardom, many of the world’s top artists maintain strict health routines similar to professional athletes to keep their immune systems primed for life on the road.
From Adam Levine, to Lenny Kravitz, Joan Jett, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, many of the world’s biggest rock stars have found that a well-balanced lifestyle is the key to rock & roll immortality. As you might expect, this comes down to four simple ingredients: fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and plenty of sleep.
With our crazy work-from-home schedules, our bodies need this balance more than ever. Choose a fitness routine that you enjoy (e.g. yoga, running, surfing), compliment it with mindful activities like meditation or even pausing your day for a 20 minute stroll, and find a nutrition regimen that suits you (e.g. Kravitz rocks a macrobiotic diet, while Jett is all vegetarian). And, be kind to your cravings — Dave Navarro lives by the 90/10 rule, “I’m not fanatical in my diet by any means. I try and stay away from … sugars, and dairy products. But I will indulge, like the occasional pizza or In-N-Out burger, from time to time” [source: LA Times].
While lockdown has got us all thinking pretty creatively in the kitchen, here’s three simple meals from our EVP and resident master chef, Marsha Sharpe, that you can prep when it’s time to raid the pantry:
SongDivision Frittata Muffins
For those days where you’re stuck in Zoom meetings to the point you’re famished and can’t think straight, much less prep a good meal, these yummy egg bites are the perfect prep-ahead finger foods that take no time to make, reheat beautifully, and can be eaten anytime of the day.
Prep Time: 20 min.
10 large eggs
2 tablespoons cream or milk (coconut milk works for DF)
*Optional, but yummy: cheese, herbs, diced onions, diced peppers, cooked bacon/chicken/sausage, cheese, tomatoes (sundried are delicious), whatever you’re feeling!
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Use butter or spray to grease a 12-muffin tin or line each compartment with parchment paper. For any veggies you’re adding, cook ahead of time to reduce the water content (e.g. saute, roast, pan fry). Lightly beat eggs with 2 tablespoons of cream or milk and pour into muffin tins, and fill each ¾ full. Sprinkle any of your optional items in and a pinch of salt over the whole tray (if you add it to the large bowl it sinks to the bottom). Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until set. Let cool for 10 min., then loosen by running a knife or small spatula around the edges. Keep for up to a week or so in the fridge for easy microwave snacks (about 10 sec. wrapped in a paper towel). Enjoy!
SongDivision Bright Green Soup
Nothin’ fancy and super easy (even the kids will like it)! This very healing and nourishing soup, originally known as Bieler’s Broth (that’s Bieler’s, not Bieber’s), does wonders for the adrenals and body. Who doesn’t need that right now? As with all things SongDivision – we’ve added our spin on it!
Prep Time: 20 min.
2 medium celery stalks chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 cup string beans, ends trimmed and chopped
½ cup fresh parsley
1-2 cups water (filtered preferably)
*Optional, but yummy: pan-fried fennel, garlic, sausage, etc. Traditionally this soup doesn’t have salt and is very plain, but adding some to taste makes it yummier.
Place all the ingredients in a pot and cover with water (you can also steam these if you prefer – just save the steaming water to thin the soup as needed). About 6 minutes for steaming or 4 minutes for boiling, or until vegetables are tender but not mushy. Place into a high powered blender (for a smoother soup) or use an immersion blender. If you like parsley or want a brighter green soup, add the parsley just before blending.
SongDivision Nut Balls
Quite possibly the perfect description of everyone here at SongDivision, and also an incredibly easy go-to snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt.
Prep Time: 10 min.
1 cup nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc)
½ cup dates
¼ cup shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
In a blender or food processor put in your nuts (don’t laugh) and dates and process until finely chopped. If this doesn’t stick together when pinched, add a splash of water and process again. Keep doing this until it does. If it gets too sticky, add more nuts. Take heaped teaspoons of the mixture and roll into balls and cover with coconut. You can get creative with these and add cacao powder, nut butters and protein powder too.
Now that you’re thinking on a full stomach, see what else rock & roll can do
for you and your teams during the lockdown.
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