Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

Fall is here and that means it's time to switch up the smoothie game a bit by using warming spices like cinnamon, cardamon, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne and ginger. Use these spices to season your food and tea as well to promote a healthy, warming glow throughout the body. 

Although weather is getting cooler, try to spend time outdoors. Dress properly, wear warming colors like red and copper and enjoy long walks taking in the light. 

When the weather gets too dreary to leave the house practice yoga, stretching and dancing indoors.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie


Ingredients:


1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/3 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamon (optional)

1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond/coconut milk (or regular and vanilla essence)

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients in the blender until extra smooth. Taste and add more liquid if you like a thinner consistency. Top with granola, and raw cacao nibs.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

5 FAVORITES

MORINGA OIL: I got this roll-on oil at the vegetarian festival in NYC. I was told it's great anti-aging oil (that's 100% natural unlike many other anti-aging products on the market) and also helps with acne, blackheads and dark spots. I normally just roll it around my eyes morning and evening before bed.
MOSES: No explanations needed. Mama's boy.
FRESH FRUITS: Fruit that was picked the same day as it's been eaten tastes totally different than something that's been sitting at Costco's plastics for days (maybe even weeks). I always get organic since there are so many organic farmers at our local farmers market, so I don't have to sacrifice anything. Way better than candy.
BIRCHBOX: One of my new year's intentions was to take better care of my looks (I'm a total tomboy when it comes to all things girly like hair and make-up), so I joined Birchbox. They send you once monthly deliveries of beauty samples, picked to match your preferences. You can customize your shipment by picking a sample or adding subscriber-only product deals! Get $5 off your first by clicking here: Birchbox!  
ALL NATURAL DEODORANT: Caitlin's Super Natural is still my favorite. Since it has zero harmful ingredients I feel good spraying it on whenever I feel like I need a little refreshing. I mean seriously, look at the ingredients: 
Organic IASC Certified Aloe Vera, 
Olive Leaf Ferment Extract, 
Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, 
Black Currant Fruit Extract, 
Witch Hazel Extract, 
White Genapi Leaf Extract, 
Lavender Essential Oil, 
and Organic Wildcrafted Cypress Essential Oil.

Monday, September 21, 2015

TWO INGREDIENT HEALTHY COOKIES

If you follow my daily musings on Instagram you may know that morning tea time is my favorite ritual. After having my lemon water, supplements and green smoothie, I boil a big pot of Yerba Mate mixed with something flavorful like raspberry tea and maybe tiny bit of local raw cinnamon honey (bought it at a street fair and it is so good!) or lemon juice. 

It's always fun to munch something small with tea and instead of my old favorites (Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Cookies!) I found this recipe for healthy cookies that basically has just 2 ingredients: bananas and rolled oats. What?!? Yes. I added few other things to the recipe because I like to get creative, but they are quite tasty still without any additions. What a perfect thing to eat with tea!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

EAT GREENS AND BE HEALTHY

Dark leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses filled with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, rich in chlorophyll which alkalizes the blood, and contain fiber which keeps the GI healthy and happy. 

 Cruciferous leafy greens (kale, mustard greens, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli) may be some of the best when it comes to dark leafy greens. They have tremendously high amounts of vitamins and minerals, but also high in glycosinolates that have been shown to inhibit the growth of certain cancers. The great news is, that glucosinolates are best absorbed from raw vegetables. 

Adding one or more of these nutritional powerhouses to your day is a simple lifestyle upgrade that can make you feel more fresh and alive. I add them in smoothies, juice them, make big salads, sauté or steam for a side dish and sneak them in where ever I can.


KALE. Superstar of all vegetables. One of the highest known sources of vitamin K, rich in bone-healthy calcium, and carotenoids. Just one cup of kale contains 100% of your daily needs for vitamins A, C and K. I use kale for pretty much everything: delicious salads, sauteed with garlic and coconut oil, throw them in my curry, making kale chips and in smoothies.

SWISS CHARD. Known for being one of the best plant-based sources of iron. It also contains beta-carotene, which contributes to the growth and repair of body tissues and is converted to vitamin A in the body. Swiss chard contains 13 different antioxidants,  beneficial to heart health and regulation of blood sugar. Great as a side dish sauteed in garlic and you can use the leaves in wraps instead of flour wrap.
COLLARD GREENS. High in magnesium which is critically important mineral. It is important for nearly every organ in the body, especially bones, heart, and kidneys. I love using collard greens in replace for a tortilla for a healthy alternative to a traditional wrap.

DANDELION. Edible green leaves that can add a flavorful and nutritious touch to any dish. Dandelions are well known to be detoxifying for the liver and carry a slightly bitter flavor. I drink dandelion tea and green juices that contain it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My guide to good-for-you NYC

In order to balance the hecticness of the city, you need to find ways to ground yourself and find serenity in the concrete jungle. Since I no longer live in the area, I wanted to take a moment to reminisce and write a short guide to my good-for-you NYC. Here are few of my favorite places to slow down and be happy.

Jivamukti Yoga and Cafe:
Beautiful, inviting space and so many classes to choose from. Their boutique sells spiritual books, yoga accessories, music, clothing, skin care and jewelry as well as rare items such as the Jivamukti China Gel, Jivamukti Lavender Lotion, Jivamukti Teas and other Jivamukti private label products. Also, you must hang out and enjoy a smoothie, juice or a full meal at their cozy cafe.

The Path: The Path teaches ancient meditation techniques in a modern way on Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.

Kadampa Meditation Center: Located in the heart of Chelsea, Kadampa Meditation Center provides meditation classes and teachings. Try their Lunchtime Meditation Give Your Mind a Break - 30 minutes. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 12:15 – 12:45pm $5.

ABC Carpet & Home: I love the store, but their best offering is the spiritual events and lectures held at the Deepak Homebase upstairs of the store. Such beautiful space and Elena Bower holds weekly Saturday yoga classes here.

Miracles Night at Gingersnap’s Organic: On Monday evenings from 8-9, Gingersnaps Organic hosts Miracles Night, a lively and down to earth discussion of the teachings of A Course In Miracles. There’s a suggested donation of $10, and it fills up quick so you need to email in advance to secure your spot!

Parks: There are so many beautiful parks in the city, my favorite being the Central Park. There's always something new to find. And because it's so big it doesn't get overcrowded like the smaller parks. Go do some Earthing, bring some snacks and a good book. My other favorites are Bryant Park and Washington Square Park.

Museums: My absolute favorites are The Frick Collection (relax in their beautiful G
arden Court), The Rubin Museum (very zen, cool cafe and gift shop and they even have meditation classes!), The Met (the giant that has so many quiet nooks to sit in, like the Chinese Garden Court).

Healthy Food: My old favorite is organic and macrobiotic Souen. My spiritual mentor took me there years ago for dinner and I just kept going back. Food is simple, yet very tasty and leaves you feeling good about yourself. Newer fave is Blossom. For lunch I almost always get a salad, soup or quinoa bowl from Fresh & Co. Love Juice Generation's Hail to Kale, Get Your Greens on and The Professional green juices, as well as their acai bowls and raw maki rolls . And in the winter time their Lemon Lozenge hot juice is a must! My favorite natural food stores are Westerly Natural Market (in Midtown West) and Health & Harmony (West Village).

Namaste Bookshop: It's a tiny store offering great selection of spiritual and self-help books as well as incense, crystals, jewelry and a whole bunch of great events (books signings, healing circles, meditations, Reiki classes etc).

Spreadhouse Coffee: I love Lower East Side (my very first NYC apartment was there) so I was super excited to find a cafe in the area that serves vegan donuts and other goodies. Spreadhouse Coffee has laid-back atmosphere, wooden swinging seats, shack in the back, and long, open, airy space, little bit like a warehouse. And did I mention they have vegan donuts (among other vegan-friendly treats by Cake Thieves Bakery)!



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