Red Pepper Dressing Vegan Dinner Bowl

I love this recipe! It is so delicious and good for you. I find garbanzo beans to be extremely delicious and filling. In my personal food choices, I have been moving towards more and more vegan dishes just because I always feel so energized and happy after a good vegan meal. ❤

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Ingredients:

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Garbanzo Beans

1 16 oz can Garbanzo Beans

1 tbsp Olive Oil

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Chili powder

1 tsp Paprika

Quinoa

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Cups Water

Dressing

1 tbsp Olive oil

1/4 Cup Cilantro

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 lemon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Tumeric

Toppings

Cilantro

Avocado

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Begin by setting the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl mix strained garbanzo beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and evenly disperse the beans on top. Place them into the oven for 8-10 minutes.

In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Once boiling, add rinsed quinoa to the pot, cover with a lid, and turn to medium heat.

Meanwhile, place diced bell pepper, Cilantro, Olive Oil, lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric into a blender. Blend until it becomes a saucy consistency. Add water if needed.

Once the quinoa is finished, you may want to drizzle some olive oil, salt, and pepper over it. Mix well.

In a bowl, add quinoa, garbanzo beans, sauce and toppings to make your vegan bowl!

 

Enjoy ❤

3 Ways to Improve Mental Hygiene

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It feels like the thoughts in my brain become extraordinarily more vicious as soon as I become conscious of them.

Several days ago, someone told me how in Toltec philosophy, they believe that there are etherial beings that act as parasites to our beings. Similar to the story of the two wolves, the parasite feeds on certain negative emotions that are particular to each individual, and thus puts us in situations that will create more of this emotion on which it can feed.

Truthfully, if I had to guess what mine was feeding off of? It would be sadness. Now, regardless of whether or not the Toltec philosophy plays to your world views on this point doesn’t matter. This conversation of habitual patterns and self-talk comes up time and time again in pop psychology.

We, as humans, have a tendency to have extremely negative self-talk. Things we would never say to any one else, especially someone we care about. What causes this type of behavior? Perhaps it is the “parasite” or the ego or our culture or perhaps that is just how the mind works.

Interestingly enough, I have been playing with the idea that my negative emotions are parasitic. That they do, in fact, harm and degrade my mental hygiene and feelings of self worth. By choosing to actively listen to my thoughts, I have seen that it is practically second nature for my mind to start thinking about negative things. Or, in other words, my mind continuously vacillates between the judge and the victim. So I have begun an experiment: Every time I start to think negatively, I actively replace those thoughts with something positive, with something that I am truly in love with, happy with, or excited for.

The effects have been extraordinary. I feel as though I am witnessing myself choosing to place the bowl of food in front of the good and kind wolf, watching the negative and sad wolf angrily fight me for its regain of strength. Another way to look at it, is that I have changed brands: At first, I was feeding myself with thoughts that engendered more negativity and now I have replaced those thoughts (or, at least, I am trying to) with thoughts that engender positivity. ❤

So what are ways that we can all do this? To keep our mental hygiene in check so that our thoughts don’t go running with the wolves, so to speak.

3 Ways to Improve Hygiene:

Floss Your Thoughts:

Become aware of what you are saying to yourself, especially when you are experiencing a trying situation and especially when you are not “listeninyou are enoughg”. What I mean by this is that our minds seem to be chatting to us constantly. Try to observe what you are thinking when you are not thinking of anything in particular. Soon you may see that there are lies you have taken for granted as truth, simply because there wasn’t active focus on your thoughts.

Brush Up On Your Positive Affirmation:

Run of the mill hippy-chick tip? Yes. Very powerful? Yes. I have watched my life turn around, just by having nice things I routinely said to myself. I like to pick one or two phrases that are my go-to positive thoughts. Keep them in your back pocket to say to yourself whenever you need. This will take your mind away from the negative thinking and give you the keys to positivity. Similarly to when people say “fake it till you make it”, telling your mind positive thoughts, sends chemical signals and responses that can actually make you a happier person over time.

Wash your Thoughts of Negativity:

One step beyond the affirmations is actually getting into your brain and consciously replacing a negative thoughts with positive ones. An example of this would be: “Wow, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on that report, even though I prepared for it. I’m an idiot. I hate myself.” Catch yourself. Take a breath, rewind, cut, replace, repeat: “Wow, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on that report, even though I prepared for it. I bet there are ways I could improve next time. I know that I did my very best.”

 

So there you have it folks. Please feel free to comment or share bellow ❤ I would love to hear your thoughts, insights, and opinions on the matter.

Banana Bread: Sweetened by Nature

Here is a Banana bread we can get really excited about, it’s moist, delicious and sweetened with honey! ❤ Check it out!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Vegan Butter

1/2 Cup Honey

3 Eggs

4 ripened banana’s

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups gluten free flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 Cup Coconut or Flax milk

1/4-1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate chips sweetened with stevia

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Begin by taking out a large bowl, mixing butter, honey, eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Mix till smooth. Then add flour, baking soda, salt, milk, and the chocolate chips. Stir until dough is slightly soupy. Add more milk if needed.

Vegan butter an 8×9 pan. Pour in batter and place it in the oven. Allow the bread to cook for 40-45 minutes or until golden. To check and see if it is done, stick a toothpick or a fork in the center of the bread, if it’s doughy, let it cook longer.

Once finished, take out of the oven and let it cool. Serve with butter and honey, or eat as is!

❤ Enjoy

Pose of the Week: Goddess

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Goddess

UTKATA KONASANA

Pose Benefit:

  • Strengthens thighs
  • Engages core, upper back, and arms
  • Opens shoulders and chest
  • Stretches thighs, hips, and groin

Asana Breakdown:

This pose is fairly straightforward. To begin, heel tow your feet about as wide as your mat. Exhale, bend the knees and shoulders. Engaging your core, squat down as low as you can. A full expression is around a 90 degree angle. Elbows should be in alignment with the shoulders. Hands extend upward, collar bones lift and spread as the shoulder blades draw near each other.

Contradictions:

Please refrain from the posture if you are experiencing if you have any chronic pain in your  knees, hips, or groin.

Pose of the Week: Eight Angle

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Eight Angle

ASHTAVAKRASANA

Pose Benefits:

  • Strengthens Arms, Wrists, Shoulders and Abdomen
  • Stretches Legs
  • Improves Balance
  • Tones inner Thighs

Asana Prep:

No doubt this is a more challenging asana and it is important to make sure you are fully warmed up to practice. To prep for this asana, I like to sit in staff and come into a “rock the baby” motion. Take your knee in on hand and your foot in the other and gently begin to twist your torso, rocking your leg back and forth as if it were a baby. If there’s more available, you can cradle your leg in your elbow creases. Repeat on the other side.

Asana Breakdown:

When you are fully warmed up and ready to begin, start in staff. Making sure your pelvic floor is tilted forward and your spine is erect. Begin with your left leg. Prop it behind your left shoulder. Firmly rooting your hands directly underneath your shoulders, make sure all five knuckles are connected to the floor. Move your weight  from your bottom to your wrists so that your sit bones comes off the ground. Now your right leg should be extended while your left leg sits above your left shoulder. This is a great place to begin and may be where you find yourself pushed to your edge. However, if there is more, hook your right foot to your left. Extend both legs and deeply bend your elbows so that your arms are parallel with the floor.

Food for Thought:

As you may notice, I am smiling in this photo. For me, this asana is not always an easy task, however, a teacher of mine once said that when you are in the midst of struggle, especially in an asana — but also in day to day life — try smiling and notice how the asana changes. So I encourage you to find the posture that pushes you and move into the meditative, nonattached mind, and smile. See how it changes your practice and how it changes your life from day to day. ❤

Clean Eating Fajitas

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Having to give up cheese, gluten, and corn, I find myself missing the good ol’ southwest mexican meal. The truth is though, I can still eat what I want and it still tastes just as good! So here is my take on gluten free, corn free, dairy free fajitas!

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Ingredients

1 lb Carne Asada meat, pre-seasoned

1 red bell pepper

1 white bell pepper

2 green chili peppers

1/2 White onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

Toppings:

Salsa

Avocado

Serves 2-3

Time: 20 minutes 

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To begin, take out a medium frying pan. Chop your meat, onions and peppers. Add olive oil, meat, onions, bell peppers, and chili peppers to the frying pan. Turn on medium heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir pan. Allow the meal to simmer until the meat is fully cooked and the peppers are soft. Once done, serve and add toppings of your choice. Enjoy ❤

Pose of the Week: Boat

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Boat

PARIPURNA NAVASANA

Pose Benefits:

  • Strengthens Core, Hip flexors, and Spine
  • Improves Digestion
  • Stimulates Kidneys and Intestines
  • Increases internal awareness
  • Improves Balance
  • Helps with Stress

Asana Breakdown:

To get into this pose, sit on the floor with your knees bent. Keeping the knees bent, begin to raise your feet off the floor until the lower leg becomes parallel with the ground. Lock your mulabanda by engaging your pelvic floor. Keep your integrity in your back by flattening your stomach, allowing the spine to elongate in a linear fashion. Allow the collar bones to lift and spread. Slowly begin to straighten the legs, extending the arms forward.

Pose contradictions:

If you are experiencing any of the following, please refrain from this pose:

  • Headache
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck Pain or stiffness
  • Menstruation
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea

Sources:

Granacher, Urs, Albert Gollhofer, Tibor Hortobágyi, Reto W. Kressig, and Thomas Muehlbauer. “The importance of trunk muscle strength for balance, functional performance, and fall prevention in seniors: a systematic review.” Sports medicine(2013): 1-15.

“Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana – Yoga Pose.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, 28 Aug. 2007. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

“How to Do Boat Pose in Yoga.” YogaOutlet.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

Cherry Chicken with Rosemary & Garlic Quinoa

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Ingredients

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Chicken

1 Chicken Breast

4 Cups 100% Cherry Juice

A Pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Rosemary

Quinoa

1/2 cup Quinoa

2 cloves Garlic

3 tbsp Olive Oil

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Take your cherry juice and put it in a slow cooker on medium heat for 3-4 hours or until finished. I used a regular pot and put it on low. Add your chicken If you are going the pan version, the chicken take about 30-40 minutes. Take the chicken out and strain. Add salt, pepper, and rosemary.

In another pot, take one cup of water and put it on high. Once boiling add in quinoa and turn down to medium heat for 10 minutes or until done. In a skillet take your olive oil and chopped garlic. Let it simmer on low for 1-2 minutes, add quinoa. Serve with chicken and greens (I Chose spinach). Eat and enjoy!

 

Brightening Juice

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Start your day off right with a glass of juice! I was super grateful to be given a juicer for Christmas! I use it all the time! It’s so easy do do and is jam packed with nutrients!

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Ingredients

1 Cucumber

1 Apple

1/4 Lemon

1 tbsp ginger

4 stalks of Cellery

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Get your ingredients together and blend! ❤

Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤