• Eat Your Way Through A Healthy Day, Part I: Breakfast

    By Nick on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    ​While scrolling through countless recipes on one of our favorite websites—local writer Becca Boyd’s food blog, entitled “Homebeccanomics”—our mouths watered, our stomach’s growled and our appetites grew. We can only assume this response happens frequently; through dozens of snacks, entrées and desserts, Becca takes readers on a culinary journey, all while supporting a healthy lifestyle.

    While we may not publish a blog with delicious recipes, we do share Becca’s appreciation for healthy living. By delivering feel-good footwear for chefs, teachers and countless other professionals who spend all day on their feet, we successfully promote positive foot, leg and back health, making a meaningful difference in the lives of our loyal fans. 
    So, in the spirit of “sharing something great,” we collaborated with Becca to jumpstart a four-part blog series. In each post, we will share a recipe from Homebeccanomics, starting with breakfast and ending with dinner.
    Go ahead … start baking! And while you’re waiting for your breakfast muffins to rise, check out the rest of Becca’s story—from her days as a culinary arts teacher to her experience as a mother of two.
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      From Becca: Muffins can be a great way to start to the day. Pair these with a grab-and-go fruit and a latte and you’ve got a high-protein, high-fiber (not to mention delicious) breakfast, fit for a king. Makes 16-18

      1 1/2 c. white whole-wheat flour
      1/2 c. chocolate protein powder
      1/4 c. dark unsweetened cocoa powder
      2 tsp. baking powder
      1/2 tsp. baking soda
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1/3 c. sugar
      2 eggs
      3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
      1/2 c. greek nonfat or lowfat (plain) yogurt
      1/3 c. canola oil
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
      1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees
      In a medium bowl, whisk flour, protein powder, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
      On a plate, mash bananas with a fork
      In a large bowl, whisk eggs, bananas, oil, sugar, vanilla, and yogurt until combined
      Fold dry ingredients into wet until halfway mixed
      Add walnuts and chocolate and continue to fold until just combined
      Spray two 12 c. muffin tins with nonstick spray or fill with paper liner
      Divide batter evenly between the holes, filling each about 2/3 of the way full
      Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until you touch the top of a muffin and it’s no longer wet
      Let cool in the tin for about five minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely
      These will keep at room temperature for several days. They will freeze well; put them in bags of two and take them out as you need them for breakfasts on-the-go.
      Stay tuned for Becca’s next recipe: Black Bean Soup with Bacon sand Cilantro.


      [Photo Credits, All: Rebecca Boyd]

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  • Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe

    By Nick on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    ​Meet Annelise Rowe. As a member of the Idaho Air National Guard, and as a dedicated lifestyle blogger, “Aunie” strives to stay active from sunrise to sunset. And she just so happens to wear Dansko shoes.

    Last fall, in search of a career kick-start, Aunie made a life-changing decision: the Boise, Idaho native enrolled in the Air Force, ultimately taking part in Basic Military Training. Aunie's experience forever changed the way she lived, worked, and operated, from mornings at home to afternoons in the office.

    “Military Training completely transformed my pursuit of excellence” Aunie responded. “I constantly found myself on the move while learning to push the boundaries of success. I can apply this mentality to so many every day lessons.”

    Today, Aunie supports development functions in the fundraising office of a local hospital, a role that has greatly benefitted from her experience in the military. She uses a standup convertible desk, which offers the option to stand or sit while working on her computer, and performs exercises, like squats or shoulder raises, in her office space. She refuses to let a desk, or a chair, or any other circumstance interrupt her pursuit of healthy living.

    To navigate busy days in the office, Aunie relies on the comfort and support of Dansko shoes. And while she owns several pairs of clogs, she wears our Sophie Sandal as her top choice for standing, walking and moving through the work day.

    “Dansko shoes just look so cute with all of my outfits,” Aunie said. “I wear them everywhere. Regardless of the setting, their quality is unmatched.”

    Just in time for a healthy autumn, and a new workday routine, we asked Aunie to map out a day in the life of Annelise Rowe. We hope you find time to practice these simple and straightforward fit tips! For more information about Aunie’s healthy lifestyle, visit AunieSauce.com.

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      1. Jumpstart your morning! My best days always happen after I make time to fit in a quick workout in the morning. A morning workout doesn't require waking up at the crack of dawn. Whether it's a brisk 30-minute walk, a few sets of push-ups and squats in your living room, or an awakening and relaxing 20-minute yoga session, get up that few minutes early to give your day (and body!) a jump-start.

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      2. Amp up your water. I try to drink a good amount of water each day, but sometimes it can seem like a lot! Each morning before breakfast, I drink 20 ounces of warm water with lemon. I try to drink a full 20-ounce bottle (or glass) of water before each meal. It helps me feel a little more full before I eat so I don't over-indulge. Also, the lemon works with your body to speed things up and keep your metabolism revved up all day!

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      3. Pack lunches. Each Sunday, I take about 10 minutes to throw a meal together in the slow cooker that can be divided up for the week's lunches. I try to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Oatmeal for breakfast, fresh fruit for a snack, protein and veggies for lunch, veggies or crackers for an afternoon snack, and protein, veggies and a little starch for dinner. There are so many combinations to make (especially if you cook in bulk in the slow cooker!) and they pack up so easily for a quick grab-and-go solution.

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      4. Exercise through the day—yes, at work! A couple times a day (typically when I need to leave my desk to refill my water or use the restroom), I'll do a couple reps of an exercise. I try to hit a different body part each day, and typically choose from squats, standing leg lifts, shoulder raises, side bends and calf raises. Each of these exercises is one that can be done without anyone noticing (should you work in a busy office environment, like I do). Exercising throughout the day keeps my heart rate up and keeps me awake and alert!

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      5. Don't fall for the afternoon slump. Feeling tired around 2-3 pm? Skip the energy drinks and instead opt for a hot or iced green tea. Brewed green tea offers antioxidants and has even been suggested to help lower cholesterol and the caffeine can help to increase your metabolism. It's a pick-me-up and a healthy choice!

      To learn more about Aunie’s all-time favorite Sophie sandal, and the rest of our comfortable, supportive styles, visit Dansko.com.


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  • Six Stretches for your Workday

    By Meghan on Thursday, May 01, 2014

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    ​Like many of us here at Dansko headquarters, you may spend part of your day seated at a desk, typing away on a computer or meeting with co-workers. Below, we share six workday exercises – each fit for a healthy, active lifestyle – which you can do from the comfort of your desk chair. Join us!

    But before you do, remember – safety first! Stop any exercise or movements if it causes discomfort, and make sure to hydrate regularly. We want to keep you safe and healthy :)

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      1. Wrist Twist: Sit at the edge of your desk and plant your feet firmly on the floor. Inhale, lift your arms up, clasp your hands, interlace your fingers and invert your palms. Make sure to keep your shoulders down away from your ears as you stretch your sides, elbows and wrists. Hold the position for 5-8 breaths.

      2. Spinal Twist: Sit at the edge of your chair once again and twist to your right. Place your left hand on the seat of your chair and your right hand on the back of your chair. Inhale and exhale for 5-8 breaths before twisting to the other side.

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      3. Head Tilt: Sit in your chair, place your feet flat on the ground and keep your back straight. Put your hands on the back of your head and carefully push your chin to your chest. Hold for 3 seconds. Then bring your head up. Finish by tilting your head straight back.

      4. Leg Lift: Start in the seated position with your back straight and feet planted firmly on the floor. Slowly lift your feet up so that your legs point parallel to the floor. Slowly lower your feet back toward the ground.

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      5. Calf Raise: Stand up and gently place your hands on your desk, making sure to keep balance throughout. Slowly raise your heels off the floor until you feel a contraction in your calf muscles, then gradually lower your heels back down. Repeat five times.

      6. Overhead Stretch: Slide toward the front of your chair and place your feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms straight up beside your ears and clasp your hands together. Invert your palms and straighten your arms, keeping your shoulders relaxed. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing steadily.


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