RECIPE: Radish and Kale Salad

When you’ve got a great dressing, like Annie’s Lemon and Chive or this delicious Cilantro & Lime dressing, it hardly matters what’s in your salad.  Am I right? With a good dressing you can have 1 and 2 ingredient salads. Choose what’s in season, what’s on sale, what ‘ruffles your skirt’!

I like this hearty combo. Bam! Bam! Simple and colorful: Kale and radish.  Both are in season and are nutritionally dense enough to stand alone. Yet, by themselves, aren’t quite as palatable as served together in a salad.

Sure, you can add cucumber or sunflower seeds, shredded carrots and peppers, or citrus and beets.  But sometimes it’s nice to make it easy on yourself.  Two ingredients and off you go!  Use that extra time that you’re not chopping veggies, to kick your feet up, finish your book or call that good friend you’ve been meaning to call.
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RANT: Practice the Positive

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“I wish we had a bigger house”; “I just need more time”; “If he would just put his dishes in the dishwasher; if I could just lose 10 pounds…”

How many times a day do you reflect on the things you DON’T have or DON’T LIKE?

We are constantly barraged with images of what ‘beautiful’ is, what ‘happiness’ is, or of how we should look and act.  We’re left feeling like we are not good enough, rich enough, thin enough, doing enough.

This week, I am Practicing the Positive.

If/when a negative, ‘grass is greener’ thought arises I’m yelling “Stop!” (maybe not out loud, but in my head) and immediately thinking of something great that I’ve done or a quality I like in myself.

Not to get all Jack Handy (“I’m good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, people like me”) on you, but seriously people, focus on the positive.

(“I’m so grateful I can ambulate….I was never sold in to sex slavery….I have people to love in my life…at any moment I can break in to song or dance if I want to…maybe I will”)

Ever notice how others are drawn to positive, playful people?  Stop moaning and groaning about what’s not perfect in your life and start appreciating the people and experiences you have.  Be that fantastically fun and positive person.

RULE: Schedule Time to Unwind

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As the years go by, I’ve noticed how life actually seems to get more complicated each year.  If I don’t make myself take a moment things can really amp up. Inside and out.

Recently I encountered a Groupon for The Float Shoppe, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The floating experience goes a little something like this: You are assigned an open salt water pool (for the claustrophobic) or a closable “pod” (for the more daring, see picture below) where, once you are afloat inside (you get an inflatable pillow), there will be no light, no sounds (because you have earplugs in), and the feeling of weightlessness (or slight awkwardness, as you are floating naked in the dark in a saltwater pod).

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After I got over the awkwardness, allowed my mind to settle (STOP with the THINKING all the time!), it was super relaxing. Funny how it took booking and paying for “quiet time” to actually unwind.

Now you don’t have to submerge yourself in a float tank to relax, but perhaps a regular yoga class, a meditation practice, or even a hot bath regularly can help get you back to neutral.

Schedule some unwind time.

RECIPE: Protein Packed Chocolate Brownie Smoothie

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If you’ve not checked out the Muffin Myth Blog, yet, you should.

Katie Trant posted a recipe for a Black Bean smoothie, which she created to add planted-based protein to her diet.

I was intrigued, but I have to admit, skeptical it would be potable!

I tweaked her recipe a bit and created my own version of this tasty treat.

 

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INGREDIENTS:

1 frozen banana (works much better if you peel it before you freeze it)

1 cup almond milk

1/2 can of organic black beans

4 prunes or pitted dates (can substitute 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey as well)

2 Tbsp of cocoa powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

and I like to throw some spinach leaves in there, because I love my greens, so consider doing the same.

 

This little treat is seriously delicious!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did—try the original Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie version too!

RECIPE: Peach and Carrot Juice Smoothie

Summer is not really over yet right? Savor summer flavors buy freezing your peaches and your blueberries!

I’ve got to give a big shout out to my phenomenal step-mother for this recipe.  Firstly, I’m pumped that she’s been juicing and paying attention to what she puts in her body, because of course I want those I love to take care of themselves!  But, it’s also nice when they start creating their own concoctions, especially when they taste this good!

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INGREDIENTS (approximate, so adjust to your liking):

1 cup carrot juice 

1 handful of organic spinach

6 frozen organic peach slices

1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries

You can eat and drink all of the above or combine it all in a blender and enjoy!