Gut Reactions: How to Heal the Self

The gut plays a major role in our health and happiness, however, due to the cultural habits of today’s world, many people experience imbalances in the gut that show up as allergies or disease. In this talk we will learn what the gut microbiome is, what it used to look like in the recent past versus today, and how we can move forward in order to heal ourselves by using food as medicine.

3 Tips to have Healthy, Glowing Skin from Within

We all want beautiful, glowing skin. It carries a lot of weight in a first impression and it also seems to be one of the first things we criticize about ourselves if it isn’t flawless. If you are one of those people who seem to have tried everything on the market to get rid of acne, age-spots, dark circles, and redness, but nothing seems to work, try some of these methods bellow. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and many of the external impurities or “imperfections” are related to internal imbalances.

TIP #1 Hydrate

IMG_4483.JPG  Hydration may seem like one of the most obvious things we can do for our skin and our entire body, but it is one of the most commonly over-looked steps when it comes to healthy, glowing skin. The key here is that when you keep your body well hydrated through out the day, your body can more efficiently flush out toxins through your kidney’s and liver. The best way to do this is to start your morning off with one of the following:

Can of Coconut Water

Fruit-Infused Water (Strawberries, lemon, and mint in the picture)

Warm water with lemon and/or ginger

Be sure to drink one of these thirst quenching options at least 15 minutes before you eat anything. Then, be sure to drink water through out the day. There is no real recommended amount of water, despite false-scientific studies; just drink when you feel thirsty and remember to hydrate often.

TIP #2 Superfood Vitamin C Smoothie Bowl

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Seriously, this is one of the most delicious ways to support your body. Vitamin C increases your body’s collagen production which will reduce darkness, age spots, increase elasticity, and heal your skin from within! Not to mention the long list of benefits of the superfoods, which load up the body with much-needed nutrients.

Here is the ingredient list:  Blend 1 mango, 1 orange, almond milk, 1 banana. Top with: goji berries, hemp hearts, strawberries, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

TIP #3 Eat Your Greens!

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The best thing you can do for your entire body, not just your skin, is to eat your greens. Eating 3-4 servings of greens daily is known to improve your immune system, increase your life span, reduce disease and inflammation, and make your body feel good! It’s best to eat your greens raw as much as possible, so that the heat sensitive nutrients stay in-tact. My personal favorite way to do this is to add greens to my smoothies, add a salad to my dinner, or add greens to my carrot juice (side note: carrot juice is packed with carotenoids which have anti-inflammatory properties that tighten skin, even skin tones, reduce scarring, prevent wrinkles, naturally moisturize, and improves digestion). Keeping a regular routine of eating your greens will serve you and your body for the rest of your life!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you are curious about what your body might be telling you based on where your impurities is on your face, click here to learn more about what you can do to support your body.

As always, feel free to leave questions and comments bellow!

 

Peachy Chicken Summer Salad

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Looking for a way to spice up your salad? Check out this recipe!

A sweet rendition of flavors with creamy avocado, sweet and tangy peach, with a zesty chicken and a little bit of spice.

 

Ingredients

Salad:

Partial Head of Romaine Lettuce

1 Bell Pepper

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Peach

1/4 cup non-gmo organic corn

1/4 cup black beans

Goddess Salad Dressing

Chicken:

1/2 chicken breast

2 tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of salt

A pinch of pepper

1/4 tsp Chili Powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1/4 tsp Cayenne

1/4 of a Lemon

 

Take salad fixings, chop, and mix well. Take a pan and add coconut oil on medium high heat. Add chopped chicken into the pan and add spices. Mix well. Cover chicken with a lid and turn on medium heat. Let chicken sit until cooked to your liking. Once complete, take chicken of heat and add to salad.

 

Enjoy ❤

Matcha Mamma’s Goddess Milk

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MATCHA ❤ The new love of my life is high in antioxidants, Vitamin B-complex,E, K, A and other trace minerals. It is also rich in polyphenols, chlorophyll, L-theanine and theophylline. The elements of matcha help to boost the immune system. The high antioxidant components help diminish free radicals in the body which allows the body to remain young and healthy looking. Matcha is a green tea which originates from Japan and has often been used for aid in diabetes, cancer, lethargy, and heart function.

Here, I have a delicious recipe for you which is full of such sweetness. The goddess milk is jam packed with highly nutritive ingredients that allow you to get that yummy, sweet taste without having to go on a sugar binge.

Ingredients

2 cups Rice Milk

1 tsp Spirulina

1 tbsp Matcha

A pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

1 tsp-1 tbsp Honey

3-5 drops Stevia

Serves: 1-2

Place all ingredients into a cup, stir well and enjoy ❤

 

Pose of the Week: Humble Warrior

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Humble Warrior

BADDHA VIRABHADRASANA

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

~Ernest Hemmingway

The humble warrior teaches us to bow down to our efforts and our strength with grace and wisdom. The warrior with in us all teaches us all when to fight for what we believe in, when to stand for peace, and how to find the balance between the two.

Benefits of the Pose:

  • Stretches lungs, chest, & shoulders
  • Opens heart
  • Releases tension in the spine & neck
  • Strengthens & stretches arms, thighs, & calves

Asana Breakdown:

Start off in Warrior II. Take your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers. Open up your chest by drawing your shoulder blades together and your hands down towards the earth. Square up your chest to the front of the room and begin to bow forward. Allow your shoulder to rest or line up with your front knee as your hands continue to reach towards the sky. Breathe here. Relax the neck and create a micro bend in your arms.

 

Homemade Pesto & Chicken Pasta with Asparagus

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I’ll let this recipe speak for itself…

 

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Ingredients

1 Bunch of Asparagus

1 lb of Chicken

1 dozen sundried tomatoes

1 1/2 Cups Penne Pasta

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Pepper

Olive Oil

Pesto:

1 Cup Basil

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Parmesean

1 Pinch of Salt

1 Pinch of Pepper

1/2 Cup Pine nuts

3 Cloves Garlic

2 tbsp lemon juice

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Begin by taking your chicken and dicing it into bite sized pieces. Cover base of a frying pan with olive oil and add chicken. Season Chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon juice on medium low heat. Meanwhile, cut off bottoms of asparagus and add then cut the asparagus in half. Add to chicken pan and mix well. Let cook and check frequently.

Get a medium size pot, fill with 4 cups of water and turn on high heat. Once the water is boiling add pasta. Let cook on medium heat for 6-10 minutes or as package directs. Once cooked, strain, and butter with olive oil of coconut oil.

To make the pesto, place basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and lemon into a food processor or blender. Blend well for up to 30 seconds.

When the asparagus is soft and the chicken is full cooked, mix pasta, asparagus, chicken, pesto, and sundries tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Once the contents is evenly distributed, serve and enjoy. ❤

 

 

Kickass Cabbage, Kale & Chicken Bowl

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YES! Kale and Cabbage have successfully been conquered by this wonderful dish to be so tasty and good! This is a great, beautiful, and colorful dish ❤ Haven’t you heard?!? You are supposed to be eating all of your colors in order to have a fully balanced diet. No, this does not include skittles.

Please comment bellow! Let me know how this tasted to you! Thoughts? Opinions?

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Ingredients

1 Sweet Potato

1 lb Organic, antibiotic-free Chicken Breast

1 Cup Rice

1/2 Cup Cilantro

1 Lemon

1 head of Kale

1 Bell Pepper

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Cayenne

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

Coconut oil

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Toppings

Purple Cabbage

Avocado

Cilantro

Salsa

Sour Cream

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Start your rice by taking 2 cups of water in a small pot on high heat. Once boiling, add in one cup of rice, turn down to medium heat, and cover with a lid. Once your rice is finished, remove from heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, cilantro, and half a lemon.

Then, set the oven to broil. Skin and dice sweet potato into bit size pieces. Place into a small bowl with a large spoonful of coconut oil. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, and chili powder. Mix well. Place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and place it in the oven for 6-8 min. Meanwhile, dice up your kale, mix with coconut oil, salt and pepper, then place it on the baking tray with the sweet potato and place in the oven for another 3-5 minutes.

Next, take a frying pan and another dollop of coconut oil. Add diced chicken breast to medium/high heat. Season with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, cayenne, chili powder, turmeric, and the other half of the lemon. Mix well. Turn heat down and cover with a lid. Check frequently and stir until finished.

Take rice, kale, sweet potato, and chicken and top with salsa, sour cream, avocado, salsa, and serve!

 

Enjoy ❤

 

 

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 ❤

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.