Natural Energy Boost

Natural Energy Boost -

A Natural Approach with Cheryl -

The most effective ways to avoid your own energy crisis are to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat a wholesome, balanced diet, exercise and try your best to avoid stress.

Now, with that being said and in an attempt to be realistic in this overworked, under-hydrated, time-crunched and stressed out culture we are all trying to live in, let’s look at some easy ways to try to achieve the balance that will help us fight fatigue.


The guidelines set by the National Sleep Foundation suggest 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults ages 18-64. Following a regular sleep cycle—same bedtime, same wake time is the best way to get in good sleep.

Avoid stressors in the hour before you go to bed, such as the news, the internet or serious discussions. Light producing electronics, even most alarm clocks emit enough light to interrupt peaceful sleep. A bath, book and quiet time to just “be” are nice ways to unwind. Keep a pad and pen by your bed to jot down the OMG thoughts like “I forgot to pay that bill” or “Remember to get a gift for Sue” will help to put your mind at ease.

Stay Hydrated with Lemon Water, Natural Energy Boost - www.cobornsblog.comStay Hydrated

We all know that we need to drink plenty of water, but truth be told, knowing and doing are two separate things. Even mild dehydration can sap your energy and cause a sense of fatigue.

Putting lemon in your water will not only make it more palatable but has an uplifting effect. It produces a clean energy that caffeinated beverages do not. and are great websites to learn more about the cleansing and energy producing effects of lemon water.

Eat a Wholesome and Balanced Diet

Eating well usually won’t happen from a bag, box or a drive through. Eat the apple rather than the apple flavored toaster pastry. Become a label reader and be aware of the ingredients in your food choices.

Choose whole grains, real whole fruits and vegetables—again, eat the potato rather than the chip—healthy fats and lean proteins. The best sources of healthy fats are vegetable oils (olive oil!) nuts, seeds and fish. Whole energy producing foods are kale, blueberries, oatmeal, and salmon just name a few.


Exercise and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comMove that body! My motto has always been “any movement is better than no movement”. Walk to your mailbox instead of driving to it. Even that can help create a lift. The American Heart Association recommends thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week. You can even break up that thirty minutes into two or three 15 or 10 minute sessions.

Find what works for you. I have found I seem to like exercises that have a “K” in them…walking, hiking, biking and kayaking are my favorites. Even running around the backyard with the kids helps. And remember to seek your doctor’s advice before beginning any exercise program.

Avoid Stress and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comAvoid Stress

Now that’s a stressful statement. Right?! Life is full of unavoidable stress; work, bad drivers, death of a loved one, just to name a few. So wherever you can, choose your commitments carefully and wisely.

Schedule times to de-stress because often if it’s not on the calendar, something stressful will be. I met with my good friend, Michelle, to brainstorm ideas for this blog and in the process we talked and laughed—relaxation at its best! Meditation, prayer, listening to birds, being still and thankful are great ways to de-stress.

Now I know all these suggestions are probably things most of you already knew and many of you already try to do but always can’t achieve. So when time is tight and sleep and good food are eluding you, try this great energy boosting smoothie. Michelle found it on the internet for me at The TropiKale Green Smoothie is only four ingredients, quick and easy to make, tastes amazing and will give a quick, proper energy boost.

TropiKale Green Smoothie

Tropikale Green Smoothie, Natural Energy Boost -

TropiKale Green Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • ¾ Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Medium Frozen Bananas, peeled & sliced
  • 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Heaping Cups Kale
  1. Blend all the ingredients on high for 3 minutes or until smooth, adding more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
Makes enough for two smoothies, one for now and one for later, or to share with a friend. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours.

Because I have just completed the most stressful and energy zapping move of my life and have no idea where my blender is, my friend Mel and her daughter Chloe tested this recipe for me. Chloe is six and will be using it for her 4H demo because she says it’s a winner!

I would like to thank Michelle, Natural Foods Manager at the Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud, MN for helping me figure out this subject in a sensible way. As well as Melanie and Chloe, kitchen enthusiasts, who knew where their blender was.

Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Clearwater, MN

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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders

Pepsi DIY Drink Holders - - Crafty Creations with Lynell

Summer is finally here! With summer comes camping, picnicking and getting together with friends and family. We sit around, play games, visit, eat and drink. In comes the problem. Where do you set your Pepsi? So the crafter in me came up with a solution, the Pepsi DIY Drink Holder.

Pepsi DIY Drink Holder -

Wrapped in patriotic duct tape for the 4th, holding my Pepsi (which is also Red, White and Blue, I can be so festive)! Feel free to buy a few different colors and patterns of duct tape and that way each person in your family knows which one is theirs.

I used Progresso soup cans since they are nice and wide. They can hold a 12 oz. can, 12 oz. bottle and even my 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi.

Pepsi DIY Drink Holders fit 12 Oz. Cans, 12 Oz. Bottles & 20 Oz. Bottles -

They are pretty simple to make! Step by step instructions below.

Pepsi DIY Drink Holders are Easy to Make! -

Pepsi DIY Drink Holders
  • 4 Progresso Soup Cans
  • 4¼” Threaded 36” Steel Rods
  • 8 Nuts
  • 8 Washers
  • Colored Or Patterned Duct Tape
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
  1. Clean 4 Progresso soup cans making sure all labels have been removed and cans have been washed.
  2. Using the ruler, find the center of your can and mark it with the marker on the bottom.
  3. Drill a hole through center using a ¼” drill bit.
  4. Decorate can using duct tape by layering 3 rows around the can.
  5. Make sure the top row of tape folds over the cut edge of the can to cover any rough edges.
  6. Attach one nut onto the threaded end of the steel rod.
  7. Apply Gorilla Glue to the flush side of a washer and place the non-glued side towards the threaded nut.
  8. Place can on rod making sure the glue side of the washer is on the bottom of the can.
  9. Apply glue to the flush side of another washer and place over the rod on the inside of the can making sure the glue side is towards the bottom inside of can.
  10. Thread on a second nut and tighten with a wrench and socket wrench.
  11. Repeat until all four cans are done.
  12. Let dry over night.
  13. Poke into the ground and place your nice cold Pepsi in your cool looking holder.

Please comment below and show me how your Pepsi DIY Drink Holders turned out! Have a great 4th!

Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal

Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal - Add some culture to your meal. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this authentic meal. - Fun with Family with Rebecca

May is a month of celebrations at our house, starting with May Day on the first, the twins’ birthday on the third, Cinco de Mayo on the fifth, my husband’s birthday on the seventh, lots of other relatives’ birthdays, and countless school-related activities to carry us through to the cabin opener on Memorial Day weekend.

With all this celebrating going on, we opt to bring a little culture into our lives so we don’t get burned out on grilled hot dogs and birthday cake. On the technical side, we don’t have any Mexican ancestry that we know of, but we do make a point to add a little history lesson into the mix, along with a fabulous meal to observe Cinco de Mayo.

According to, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.”

Each year on May 5th, we make a wonderful meal at our house that consists of Mole Poblano Chicken, which has often been called the jewel of Puebla food, Chile Lime Corn on the Cob, Horchata, which is a cinnamon-y rice milk drink, and Fried Ice Cream.

Mole Poblano Chicken

Mole Poblano Chicken - Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal ideas -

Mole Poblano Chicken
  • 2 T. Butter
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 9 Minced Ancho Chiles, (dried poblano peppers) seeds and stems removed
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • ¼ tsp. Anise Seed
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ½ Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 Biscuits or Hard Rolls, cut into chunks
  • ½ oz. Mexican Chocolate, grated
  • 4 lb. Chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 T. Sesame Seeds, toasted
  1. Brown onion, garlic and chiles in butter in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add in the bay leaf, pepper, cloves, tomato sauce, chicken broth, anise, cinnamon, sugar, peanut butter, and bread.
  3. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in chocolate until it melts, then add chicken, covering each piece with mole sauce.
  5. Simmer on medium-low heat for at least 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
  6. To serve, pour mole over enchiladas or tostadas and top with sesame seeds.
DOÑA MARÍA also has a Mole sauce in a jar that is available in the Mexican Food section of our stores. It’s pretty similar to my recipe, only much quicker to prepare. The contents include chile peppers, soybean oil, crackers, sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, salt, and cocoa.

Chile Lime Corn on the Cob

Chile Lime Corn on the Cob - Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal ideas -

Chile Lime Corn on the Cob
  • 6 Ears Corn on the Cob, cleaned
  • ½ Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 T. Chipotle or Chili Powder
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat your grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. While the grill is warming, soak the husked ears of corn in water for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix lime juice, chili powder, salt, and black pepper in a separate bowl.
  4. Remove the corn from water and grill, turning it frequently, until corn is golden brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. As you turn the corn, brush it with the seasoned lime juice.
  6. As you serve the corn, sprinkle with parmesan, salt and pepper.



Horchata - Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal ideas -

  • 2 Quarts Rice Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Light Coconut Milk
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. Almond Extract
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
  1. Heat water, sugar, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Simmer until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove mixture from heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour rice milk into a large pitcher and add the sugar water mix.
  5. Serve over ice or blended with ice.
  6. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick.


Fried Ice Cream

Fried Ice Cream - Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal ideas -

Fried Ice Cream
  • 3 Cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed
  • 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  1. Pour crushed cereal in a bowl.
  2. Quickly roll scoops of ice cream in the cereal to fully coat the ice cream.
  3. Place the coated scoops on a jelly roll pan, then freeze the ice cream for at least an hour.
  4. Just before serving, remove the pan from the freezer, drizzle honey over the balls and broil the ice cream about 6 inches from the broiler for about 30-45 seconds, just enough to brown the tops and crisp up the cereal coating.


– Rebecca
Coborn’s Communications Manager


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