Tuesday, January 19, 2016

INTENTIONS FOR NEW YEAR 2016

It is that time of the year again when I get all excited setting plans for the next 12 months and dreaming how wonderful everything is going to be and how much I will accomplish. What is my goal? What makes me feel most alive, connected and successful? What do I want to experience? I found this article on Selfgrowth.com that helps to stick with your resolutions by changing them into intentions. The article advices you to "imagine yourself having what you want. Use all your senses to create the imagery. What does it look like when you have it? What do you hear? How does it feel? Make the picture or impression as intense as you can. Add color, sound and movement until you get the feelings of already having it. Now that you know what it feels like to have what you want, change your resolution to an intention."
Here's the difference between a resolution and intention; "Resolution refers to something you have to figure out, an action you take with firm determination. Sounds like hard work. That's not bad, but it isn't what you most need in order to get you what you want in the long run. 

An intention is a purpose held in mind, a desired goal you want to experience. It's more than hope or a wish. It's a steadfast fixed idea. Just thinking about having, being or doing it gives you pleasure.There's innate power in intention."


How do you want to FEEL in 2016? 

Make a list of goals, where you want to travel, names of people who you want to spend time with, events you want to attend. Just be sure to include how those things will make you feel. 

Keep this list so you can refer to it, add to it, and look at it next New Year's Eve. You'll be amazed at how much progress you'll make and the life perspective this exercise gives you.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chai Spiced Smoothie for Winter

I must admit that that I've slipped from my green smoothie routine during this coldish and rainy California winter. In the mornings when I wake up I want something warm to drink so first thing I do is boil a big pot of water and then have my half glass of warm lemon water and then have 2 huge cups of herbal tea mixed with cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric and chia. So smoothies have become more of a snack instead of breakfast for me. Throwing in some warming spices makes it more interesting so here's a super simple chai spiced smoothie base. You can always add a handful of greens to make it more nutritious. Sprinkle raw cacao nibs on top for fun crunch!

Monday, January 11, 2016

5 FAVORITES


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Still my absolute favorite skin care product. It smells so good I could eat it and is toxin free.

Recommended by my homeopathic doctor I take 5 drops before bed to keep my reproductive system strong and balanced.

I can't remember where I bought this because it's so old but I love burning incense cones in this happy Buddha's pot.

Little late in the season now but I really enjoyed my nightly hot drink of glogg mixed with some red wine during the Christmas time. Makes me feel really warm and cozy. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What I eat : Breakfast

Breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day because I just simply don't often feel hungry before noon, but there are days every now and then when I crave for something filling instead of just drinking tea. Although my first tea cup of the day is also pretty amazing: herbal tea, yerba mate, chia seeds, chili powder, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper. Here are few of my favorite breakfasts:
Oatmeal: I ate tons of oatmeal as a child, but not the healthiest type. I added milk and tons of sugar to it. Since doing my first annual candida cleanse I started making oatmeal without processed sugars and using green apple pieces as a sweetener instead. My method for making oatmeal: I soak organic, steel-cut oats overnight with filtered water and little lemon juice (suggested by my homeopathic doctor). In the morning I dump it all in a pot, let simmer in low-heat for about 10-15 mins in almond milk, add himalayan salt, raw almond butter, tons of cinnamon and once ready, top with green apple pieces and some more cinnamon (I can never have enough cinnamon).
Fresh fruit: Nature's perfect food. Wash, cut and snack. Nuff said.
Pancakes: This treat is usually enjoyed on Sunday mornings in our household. I use organic pancake mix where I add some cinnamon (sometimes gluten-free, sweet-potato or millet flour based). Always cook with coconut oil (has high smoke-point) and top with local jams and maybe little cashew whipped cream (and sprinkle with cinnamon, of course!). Try this recipe!
Avocado toast: Keep it simple. Good toast, preferably something with lots of seeds (I love seeds!), half an avocado per slice, hummus (sometimes), sprinkle with himalayan salt or kelp granules, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, fresh ground black pepper, Louisiana hot sauce and top with whatever veggies I have available (bell pepper, cucumber, tomato).
Gluten-free quinoa-carrot flatbreads with hummus: Oh so good. I keep the dough in the fridge couple of days and bake just a few flatbreads at once so I always have hot-from-the-oven bread. This recipe leaves lots of space for creativity and I often add different spices, seeds and nuts to the mix. Recipe here!
 Chia pudding: Best enjoyed during the hot summer time. There's so many variations you can make to keep things interesting. I love mixing banana to the pudding base so I don't need to add any other sweetener. Try: Warming Chia Pudding, Basic Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl, Banana Chia Pudding or Chocolate Chia Pudding.   
Homemade granola: I absolutely prefer making my own granola so I can control the amount of sugar that goes into it. Store bought granolas are just waaaay too sweet for my taste (and most of them have raisins that I despise :)). Plus, every time I make my own our home smells amazing. I love eating it with coconut milk yogurt. Recipe here!
 Soup: Might be a bit unconventional in the Western world, but soups are quite the perfect breakfast. Soup is considered up to the task of being part of the most important meal of the day in many places like in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Colombians have changua, Mexicans their menudo, Vietnamese have pho, Japanese miso and Chinese jook, to mention few. I love this miso-tahini soup that's not only tasty but uber-healthy and amazingly healing for your digestive system. 
Green smoothie: Staple in my kitchen for years now. Packs a nutritional punch, quick to make and consume, portable and highly modifiable. I keep rotating the ingredients weekly, add all kinds of superfoods and during the cold season I add warming spices. Check out my basic green smoothie recipe.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Monday, December 21, 2015

SILVERADO RESORT IN NAPA VALLEY

Silverado Resort has become our favorite place to escape during this short time we've lived here. As you can see, the grounds are gorgeous, service super-friendly and the rooms feel homey and warm. 

Both times we've stayed here we had a view of the quiet golf course and a huge balcony. The stand-in shower is huge (a big plus!), bed comfortable, the full kitchen comes fully equipped and the real fireplace adds a nice touch. We love fireplaces since our house in New Jersey has two of them, so whenever we have the opportunity to use a fireplace, we will. 

Below you'll see few photos of our Premium Cottage Suite. These suites have been recently renovated so in order to get the big shower and gorgeous kitchen, book the Premium option.
Silverado Resort and Spa features two 18-hole PGA golf courses, bocce courts, 10 tennis courts, restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center as well as 10 outdoor pools spread throughout its 1,200 acres. There's also so many wineries just a couple of minutes drive away, so you are guaranteed not to get bored. Oh, and Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are both about 10 minutes away so you can get your healthy snacks and foods.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

BETTER COCKTAILS: POMBUCHA COSMO

For Thanksgiving I wanted to create a festive cocktail that had a twist of healthy things in it, like fresh squeezed juices and some bubbles from kombucha. Pressed Juicery just happened to have $5 sale on their juices so after a nightshift I walked to one of their stores and got a green juice (perfect light breakfast) + couple of pomegranate-persimmon juices for the cocktail. Here's the recipe:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2015


It's time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide.  We won't be doing much shopping this year because we are moving in January again and need to focus our funds to that, but here are few suggestions to those looking for last minute gift ideas.


This book is amazing for all your DIY peeps and home cooks that want to create gifts that are kind, eco-conscious and budget-friendly. From baking mixes you can create, package, and label yourself, to gift baskets, preserves, liquors, and more. Also get an extra copy for yourself so next year you can make all your gifts straight out of this book!

Jing Ai products are formulated with the finest-possible USDA certified- organic ingredients including botanical and flower oils, natural mineral pigments, coconut oil and is 100% gluten & cruelty free. All their containers, pencils and tubes are made with recyclable materials. Comprised of natural fibers, paperboard is recyclable, biodegradable and compostable and printed with soy ink. The bronzer smells like roses (scent actually comes from organic rose oil)and gives you a beautiful, healthy glow.

Vitamin and mineral supplements are a good way to ensure you're getting what you need even when you haven't been too good about your diet. I just personally started using the HealthPak in the name of product testing and quite like it! It comes in pre-packed daily AM and PM doses (for 56 days!)of balanced mixture of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support the entire body, so it is way more than a multivitamin. Perfect gift for someone looking to kickstart a new, healthier way of life.

Jade is said to be the best yoga mat by many, especially yoga teachers love it, and my yoga studio uses them exclusively. One important factor when comparing mats is how well the fabric supports you because you don't want your hands to slip while holding down dog (especially at hot yoga where you sweat a ton). Jade definitely wins in the grip department because I don't even have to pull out my Yogitoes when using Jade.
Glass is one of the greenest materials on the planet and it is 100% recyclable and safe. Unlike plastic, glass is free of BPA and other harmful chemicals, which can leach into your drink. Using reusable glass bottle also benefits the environment. And I feel kind of cool drinking from it instead of crappy plastic bottle. :)

I'm sure lot of people are planning on doing something healthy after all the holidays and 3-day juice cleanse is the perfect start for it. I did it last summer and felt amazing afterwards. Urban Remedy's juices are organic and absolutely delicious. Read about my experience here.

Aloha's Superfood Holiday Gift Sets

This kit comes with herbal teas, green powders and superfood-filled chocolates. Perfect for that health-conscious person in your life. Can't go wrong with this one.

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A subscription to Thrive Market means discounts on the best of healthy foods, natural cosmetics, and household brands, delivered right to your door.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

THANKSGIVING IN NAPA VALLEY

Silverado Resort Napa Valley main building
This post is long overdue, but with the rest of the December holidays upon us I decided to show what we had for our Thanksgiving dinner in Napa Valley. The easy option would've been to dine at the resort we stayed at, but since I had an itch to cook, we prepped all the foods at home, stored in oven-safe glass storage containers and then warmed them up at our suite's kitchen. Silverado Resort, which is our favorite, has full kitchens in their suites, so getting ready for dinner was quick and painless. We even played a round of golf right before the sun going down. Then we had a little adventure when being the only people at the course at that late hour we got lost coming back. It was so dark (the course nor the cart had lights), freezing and our golf cart was running out of gas, and we had no idea how to get back to where we started from. We drove around and around and then finally saw the lights of the main building. Whew. Made it back alive.
healthy kombucha and persimmon juice cocktail from Pressed Juicery
 Back at the room we started the fireplace, turned up the heating and poured some healthier cocktails made from cranberry kombucha, pomegranate-persimmon juice and a little bit of vodka.
vegan thanksgiving plate of brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, crispy smashed potato cakes, garlic avocado aioli, shredded kale salad with pomegranate and crispy dried  onions
For dinner we had:
For dessert we enjoyed apple pie from Whole Foods that required just a quick 20-minutes in the oven and was ready to be devoured. 
lemon lavender activated charcoal lemonade and persimmon pomegranate juice
To get the morning started off on the right note I prepared and brought some extra pomegranate-persimmon juice, lemon-lavender-activated charcoal lemonade and a homemade green smoothie. Say what?! Winning!
And of course, there was some leftovers for late breakfast to keep us satisfied for the ride back home to San Francisco. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

5 FAVORITES OF THE WEEK

golden gate bridge san francisco
San Francisco. What a 3 weeks it has been. I've been working overnight shifts and the first 2 weeks was fine. I was kind of excited to have 8 hours at night to do my own thing and get paid for not really working, but the last week was just horrible. I did nothing but sleep all day after getting home, woke up cranky, hangry, unenergized, then ate, stayed up couple of hours and then went to nap for few hours again until it was time to leave for work at 10.15pm. I'm not built to work at night, especially this time of the year. You miss all the sun when you go to sleep at 8am and wake up at 4-5pm. Not good for the soul.  I hope that I will never have to do another graveyard shift again. 

If I thought San Francisco was grimy and gritty during daytime, check it out during the hours of 1am-4am. I've never seen as many prostitutes, addicts, shady people and homeless people going back and forth the street in front of my hotel. We actually lock the doors at 1am and won't open them until about 5.30am. Last thing you want to deal with is a meth-head in your lobby while you are all by yourself. San Francisco is one of the most realest places I've ever lived in. It's exciting, pretty, ugly, super laid-back, but most of all, unpretentious. I love it. 
green smoothie with bee pollen vihersmoothie siitepoly
Green smoothies. Waking up hangry after fasting from 7pm-4pm (I can't eat at night, I just don't get hungry) I made sure I had pre-made foods in the fridge I could just warm up or shake up and eat, like smoothies and soups. This stopped me from eating junk while on that crazy hungry, tired and angry mood. I was like a bear waking from hibernation. 
cancer preventing red cabbage cole slaw i batch cooked
Cabbage. Especially red cabbage. I've been eating cabbage for days because it's one of my favorite veggies. I love the crunch and the taste so instead of cooking it every time, I decided to make a big batch of slaw together with some sweet onion, green bell peppers and carrots. Red cabbage is great for your eye health, cancer prevention, it's filled with fiber, Vitamin C (1 cup of chopped red cabbage has 56% of the recommended daily intake) as well as Vitamin K. 
clementines and pomegranate for healthy snack winter season
Fruits. I've been craving for fruits lately and even my cavity filled wisdom tooth screaming for help has not stopped me (ok, I seriously need to get that pulled out asap). 
my favorite teas hibiscus, kava stress relief, raspberry ginger digestive vitality, cranberry probiotic tea and everyday detox tea
Tea-time. This is one of my favorite rituals in the morning, and sometimes at night. I did not drink any coffee during my 3 weeks of overnight shifts because I was afraid how my body would react (I'm quite sensitive to coffee). So I brought lots of herbal tea with me and drank them all night long. In the morning on my way back home I had Kava tea which works really strongly on me. It really relaxes me a lot and gives me nice, deep sleep.