Energy Worth Spreading

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Happy Sunday, folks! Today, our girl, Francesca is running her first FULL marathon (like literally, right now, as we speak)! Months of hard work, discipline and mental preparation were necessary to bring her to this moment, and we are super proud!

These milestones remind us to always live with intention, follow our dreams, surround ourselves with those that inspire, and work our a$#@! off!

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Fireside Tea Latte {Vegan}

Fireside Tea Latte

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you all have something wonderful planned for this chilly autumn weekend. Perhaps you are going camping? Or maybe you plan to just lay around, get cozy, and watch Practical Magic ? Wait, never mind…that’s what I’M doing this weekend. Either way, you should definitely be sipping on this Fireside Tea Latte. It’s like drinking fall in a cup!

Wild Sweet Orange tea combines with almond milk, honey and cinnamon for a warm, caffeine-free, alcohol-free, vegan beverage. Great for calming the senses right before bed, or soothing the soul after a long week.

Fireside Tea Latte

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Let me start by saying I have always been a little peculiar.  Maybe that is why my favorite color is black, month: October and holiday: Halloween.  Favorite meal? Breakfast… This recipe was written in my stars!

Standard rice pudding is just so boring and full of your typical unhealthy ingredients.  I thought Y’all deserved something more; a wholesome breakfast made with real food.  This Coconut Black Rice Pudding is a stunning & savory dish worthy of a try.  Don’t let its bold color scare you off- the rice has a sticky texture when cooked that is similar to most hot breakfast cereals.  Spooky!

Coconut Black Rice Breakfast Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Black Rice
  • 1 can Light Coconut Milk
  • 1 ½ c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 c. Coconut Flakes

Toppings of Choice:

Pomegranate
Sliced almonds

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Zucchini Chips

Ok, so I may be a season late with this recipe, but zucchini is NOT  impossible to find this time of year—plus these delicate discs are totally worth the search!

Zucchini Chips do take a long time to make, which is torture to a hungry girl like myself, but the recipe is extremely simple.  Now would be a good time to recall that life is all about balance…Enjoy!

Zucchini Chips

 *Bonus- I made these without the use of a dehydrator.
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Happy Sunday, Loves!

What better to do on a cool Sunday afternoon than practice some hot yoga?  I can’t think of a single thing…so we must dress for the occasion.  Our favorite studio, GoYoga in Columbus, first introduced us to this amazing clothing line, out of LA, and now we’re sorta hooked!  Prayer Pose

Spiritual Gangster is yoga inspired clothing for high vibration living.  They represent a new generation of yogis who seek balance between the ancient practice of yoga and our modern world.  Spiritual Gangster also believes in giving back every chance they get; donating proceeds to provide meals to people in need and supporting local charities –We dig that & thought you would too! Read More

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Happy Friday all! Say hello to your new favorite dish. Roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, cilantro and sweet bell peppers combine to make a most delicious, yet satisfying meal. This salad makes the perfect lunch-on-the-go, side dish or easy dinner. Vegan + Gluten Free, but you wouldn’t even know it. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste

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E-ZENtials For Stress-Relief

E-Zentials for Stress Relief

Let’s face it, life can be stressful. It’s often hard to find the right balance between work, home, family, friends, self-care, etc. Never fear, these 6 E-ZENtials can help! Try incorporating any/all into your daily routine for instant stress-relief.

E-Zentials for Stress Relief

1. Buddha Bar Pandora Station: O-M-G, this one is a total game changer. This is truly the most amazing lineup of relaxing songs that I have ever heard. Try playing while cooking, cleaning, working, or any other daily tasks! Added Bonus: this music station totally sets the mood for exquisite love making!

2. Plantlife “Well Being” Aromatherapy Mist: Feeling off or out of sorts? Enhance feelings of centeredness and well being the natural way with this synergistic blend of pure, therapeutic essential oils known for their restorative properties. Therapy in a bottle…now convenient enough to take with you everywhere!

3. Candles: Say it with me now, “It’s all about the ambiance, baby!” No matter what kind of a day I’m having, taking the time to dim the lights and get the candles going is an immediate stress buster. It totally changes the energy of the room and provides instant relaxation.  Read More

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

It’s time for another Meatless Monday!

Today I decided on a hearty, vegan, buternut squash Thai soup given that the weather has taken a turn for the worse here in Ohio.  I know what you are thinking .  “Not another fall recipe”.  Yes, another fall recipe.   :)

Lemongrass, ginger, red curry paste and of course coconut milk makes for an incredibly flavourful soup.  The roasted squash brings a sweetness that is balanced by the heat from the red curry paste.  Lemongrass and ginger add the perfect kick which is tied together beautifully with the cocounut milk.  Enjoy!

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How To Have Healthier TaTas

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of this particular disease. Unfortunately, this hits home for WAY to many people. While genetics obviously play their part, environment is arguably just as important! Early detection and a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress management, etc.), are crucial in preventing and managing breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Below you will find some great tips for keeping those ta-ta’s healthy!

  • Eat plenty of colorful veggies: Research suggests that the risk of breast cancer decreases with increased consumption of specific dietary carotenoids. Try consuming a variety of veggies such as dark leafy greens, peas, parsley, sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, winter squash, green beans and butternut squash.
  • Choose safe cosmetics: Many beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase the risk of developing breast cancer. YIKES! Make it a point to avoid artificial fragrance, phthalates, triclosan, parabens, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s) whenever possible.
  • Avoid products with BPA: BPA is a chemical produced in large quantities during the production of polycarbonate plastics, and is thought to increase one’s risk of developing cancer. Try to avoid canned goods (unless they state BPA-free), plastic water bottles, and heating foods in plastic containers. Use glass whenever possible and try to use fresh or frozen fruits/veggies over canned!
  • Choose organic foods whenever possible: This will help to decrease your exposure to harmful man-made pesticides and herbicides. If nothing else, make The Dirty Dozen organic to reduce up to 80% of your total pesticide intake.
  • Eat hormone-free meat and dairy: Choose hormone-free or organic products to eliminate those traces of hormones that can enter our bodies and contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Create a healthy home: Use simple, non-toxic cleaning products whenever possible or make your own! At the very least, avoid flame retardants, non-stick cookware, and chlorine bleach products to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals.
  • Engage in regular physical activity: Doesn’t this one go without saying? No explanation needed. Get your butt moving!
  • Find healthy ways to decrease stress levels: And no, boozing is NOT an acceptable stress management tool. Yoga, deep breathing, stretching, tea with friends, whatever it takes to keep those cortisol levels in check! This will not only enhance the immune system, but decrease the likelihood of developing cancer.

 We hope you have a great week! Stay healthy!

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Ayurvedic Tips For A Healthy Fall

As the seasons change, we are presented with a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate and clean up our habits. According to Ayurveda, fall is a gentle period of cleansing where the body and mind are creating vitality to prepare for the depleting time of winter. Although the word may seem intimidating, Ayurveda is actually easy to understand and embrace!

Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the principle of universal connectedness among people, their health and the world around them. This ancient system of medicine believes that each individual is made up of 3 different life forces (doshas) in varying proportions: Vata, Pitta and Kapha (I happen to be PITTA dominant, but take this quiz to find out for yourself). The overall goal is to create a balance within the human body and the climate that it’s in. Simple enough, huh? 

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Below, you will find some general tips for enhanced health and well-being during this fall season:

1. Eat foods that are in season: Try incorporating more seasonal vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, turnips etc.

2. Consume warm liquids throughout the day, such as hot lemon water and herbal teas: This will help to balance the cooling/drying properties of autumn air. Read More

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