Monthly Archives: November 2014

Veggin Out Holiday Meal

Holiday Meal

My family is kind of spread out, but my children are here.
I used to make the traditional turkey dinner for my kid’s and I would just eat veggies.
My children have gone through different eating phases. All ate vegan, all ate vegetarian, then a combination of vegan/vegetarian.
As they got older, they made their own eating choices.
For quite a while, the girl were vegetarian/vegan and the boys ate just chicken.
Although, today it is just one of my daughter’s and myself who do not eat meat.

The Holiday Meal
I like comfort foods in the cold weather..and am a huge fan of Italian. And Potluck is the best for us. Here are some examples:

Vegetable Lasagne
Vegetarian Chili
Vegetable Stuffed Manicotti
Macaroni and Cheese
Stuffed Green Peppers
Homemade Bread
Squash, turnip and potatoes
Of course apple and pumpkin pie
Vegan chocolate chip cookies

Simply Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipe

What’s in Your On-the-Go Gym Bag

Thanksgiving, a time we seem to over indulge on amazing foods is just around the corner! I love to eat and spending time with great friends is a wonderful way to enjoy a meal. However, now a day all those sweets I love so much tend to make my stomach over whelmed. I have cut butter, oil (aside from olive and coconut oil) and most unnatural sugar out of my diet for a long time and even though I love desserts I limit them. This year I plan to make cookies to bring to my friend’s house for Thanksgiving. I have altered the original recipe to go with the season. Check out the original and my altered take…both are very healthy and delicious. The original recipe was posted on FB so I am not sure who created the original recipe.

Original
2 brown bananas
1 cup of oatmeal…(can be instant, regular, or rolled oats)
2 heaping scoops of creamy peanut butter (get natural peanut butter with out high fructose corn syrup!!!)
1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips
Mash the bananas then mix in all of the ingredients. Bake on 375 for about 15 minutes. Let cool and they will slide right off the tray! No butter, no oil, no sugar added!!!

My Altered Recipe
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
2 cups of oats
4 heaping scoops of peanut butter
2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips
Spices, feel free to alter amounts I still play with them.
2 tbs of cinnamon
1 tbs of ginger
1/3 tsp of nutmeg
1/3 tsp of cloves
These need to cook a little longer, but check to make sure they don’t burn 375 for 20 minutes. These cookies will please all. I have considered trying with sunflower butter instead of peanut butter for those allergic to nuts. You can also get Gluten Free oats to cater to those who are Gluten Free.

What is in my Black Diamond Climbing Pack???

What’s in Your On-the-Go Gym Bag

I do not do I have the opportunity to be a member of a gym. However, I do have the wonderful experience of rock climbing outside 5 days a week and definitely have some essential pieces of gear I do not leave my car without!!

Aside from my climbing gear here are my essentials you can find in my Black Diamond Pack:

● Cozy Orange Devi Yoga Hoodie… perfect for layering and so soft and comfortable! This is one of my favorite long sleeves I own!

● Luna bars my favorite being White Chocolate Macadamia Nut to keep the “hangry” moments at bay.

● Rainbow Sandals to throw on in between climbs.

● Golite Puffy Jacket incase the weather changes and I need warmth!

● Hydro flask holding water or hot tea for those cold days. These are amazing flasks, which keep your liquids hot or cold all day no matter the outside temps!

What are your daily essentials?

What’s in Your On-the-Go Gym Bag?

What’s in Your On-the-Go Gym Bag

I’m the kind of girl who likes to be prepared. I also like to keep things as simple as possible. Striking this perfect balance is not always easy to do when you are a full time mama to a toddler, a practicing yogi, a yoga teacher, and a barre babe. One way I lessen daily stress and stay in the flow is packing my bag full of all my daily, on-the-go essentials. Here’s a run-down of what that looks like lately:

1. Yoga Mat. THE most important item of course! I don’t want to be caught without one. Whether it be a spontaneous yoga sesh at the beach, or heading to the studio to teach a class, my mat and I are inseparable.

2. Extra Towels. Normally one mat sized towel and a small hand towel. Good for so many things… cleaning messes in the car, drying off after a quick dunk in the ocean, or for use during your extra sweaty yoga class.

3. Barre Socks. If you’ve never taken a barre class, well, you should! That also means you probably aren’t familiar with “barre socks.” Barre socks are socks with little sticky grips on the bottom so you don’t slide around (and keep the floors clean!) in your barre class. I never know when I will get a free moment, but when I do, barre is my favorite way to fill in my time.

4. Essential Oils. You can use these for so many things, from sanitizing your yoga mat, to de-stressing, to easing tender muscles. I currently have a bottle of sweet orange oil for re-energizing, and tea tree oil for sanitizing or even treating pimples.

5. Mala Beads. My mala beads help me stay grounded. If I know I’m going into a tense situation, or I’m nervous, I slip these on my wrist for an extra sense of emotional security.

6. Cozy Orange Aquarius Crops. In turquoise of course! My FAVORITE Cozy Orange item! They are cozy, colorful, perfect for the beach or yoga.

7. Nourishment. Always my trusty water bottle, complete with an Om sticker. A banana is a great way to refuel, and won’t melt in a hot car.

8. The Little Things. Including extra hair ties (the creaseless kind are awesome!), chapstick, business cards, Iphone. They may be little, but no less important in the daily swing of things.

Stay in YOUR flow, and keep it simple. Find your set of daily essentials that allow you to proceed with confidence.