Happy Valentine’s Day

This day gives us an excuse to celebrate all of the love & light in our worlds – including the love and light within ourselves

Celebrate by practicing self care and treating yoself !!

Need some ideas? here are 10!

1. take a luxurious bath

2. open a nice bottle of red wine

3. do some yoga!!

4. do a face mask

5. take up a new hobby (like cross-stitch)

6. watch the sunset

7. call your mom + tell her you love her

8. paint your nails

9. watch the notebook or dirty dancing

10. buy yourself a gift!

 

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I’m sending you all extra love today

xoxo

Baked “Fries” + Hummus Ketchup + Ginger Lemon Greens ‘n Beans

Baked “Fries” + Hummus Ketchup + Ginger Lemon Greens ‘n Beans

Want to know my new motto?  Act like a potato, eat a potato

creative, right?

don’t answer that.

This dinner is one of my all time favorites because it checks all the boxes: balanced, nutrient dense, tastes the opposite

As a bonus it only takes about 30 minutes to make (only about 10 if you don’t include baking time) which is perfect after a long day when you just want to chill with a good dinner.

Normally I would eat “fries” with just a regular salad, but I lately I have been trying to eat foods that will pacify my Ayurvedic constitution (which I believe is having an imbalance toward Kapha right now). This means transitioning away from cold foods in favor of more warm foods!

I can’t wait to learn and share more about my dive into Ayurveda – for now, this dinner is easy and yummy as hell.


YOU’LL NEED

Fries:

  • white potato (one per person)
  • smoked paprika seasoning
  • olive or avocado oil (I used spray-on olive oil from TJ’s)
  • pink salt

Hummus Ketchup:

  • ketchup (I use low sugar)
  • red pepper hummus
  • water

Greens:

  • greens of your choice (I used mixed baby spinach, kale, and chard)
  • ginger (I use “stir-in ginger paste from TJ’s – fresh would probably be better though)
  • garlic (I use minced garlic in a jar haha, it’s convenient)
  • lemon juice (I use store bought organic, not-from-concentrate – I know fresh is much better but it’s just hard for me to have fresh lemons on hand all the time)
  • black beans (*I exclusively use Eden Foods Organic Black Beans because they pressure cook the beans removing most of the inflammation causing lectins found in beans)
  • pink salt
  • water

HOW TO

Fries:

  1. Preheat ovan to 450
  2. Chop potato into wedges slightly larger than your average french fry
  3. Grease pan with oil of choice and place fries on pan
  4. Sprinkle on generous amounts of smoked paprika and pink salt and shake pan to evenly coat wedges
  5. Bake 15 mins then flip wedges with a fork
  6. Bake another 15 mins
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Hummus Ketchup:

  1. Combine equal parts ketchup and hummus in a small bowl
  2. Add small amounts of water and stir with a fork until desired consistency is reached

Greens:

  1. In a sauce pan, mix  2-3 tbsp of water with with around a tsp of garlic and ginger, a splash of lemon juice and salt to taste over medium heat
  2. Add in a few large handfuls of greens and scant 1/3 C black beans
  3. Mix and sauté until greens are mostly wilted and beans are warm

I hope you enjoy these! I paired it with a nice glass of red wine and this weeks episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

xoxo

My 5 Essentials for Finding a Zen Meditation Groove

My 5 Essentials for Finding a Zen Meditation Groove

Since I started meditating about a year ago, I’ve found that having a small area in my home or bedroom dedicated to my meditation practice really helps me to get into a zen groove and stay committed to sitting in meditation day after day.

For me, meditation can be like exercising in that sometimes it’s hard to bring myself to do it, but when I finally do I never regret it. Below are a couple of the tools I use to enhance my experience and motivate myself:


1. A Great Spot

When you’re choosing a spot in your home to transform into a zen corner, it’s important to pick a place where you’re able to completely relax and be uninterrupted by roommates or family – I suggest picking a low-traffic room rather than common areas like living and dining rooms.

Another thing to look for is natural lighting. I have found that natural light is the best form of lighting for meditating because it is calm and peaceful in comparison to harsh overhead lights.

Don’t be discouraged if you live in small quarters or have roommates, my meditation corner is simply a corner in my bedroom! The most important thing is to find a spot where you’re able to relax and be uninterrupted for the duration of your meditation – all the rest is just bonus!

2. Aromatherapy

One of the ways I set the scene for myself before meditation is by lighting a candle and turning on my essential oil diffuser.

I encourage you to shop around and find the scent that makes you feel most at peace and cleansed, however some of the most popular essential oils for meditation include sandalwood, lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, ylang-ylang, and clary.

My favorite place to purchase these are Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Amazon.com because they have fun varieties and oil blend bundles for lower prices!

3. A Comfortable Seat

The number one thing on my wish list right now is one of those meditation pillows… but for now I just sit on a yoga block.

Some people prefer sitting on the ground, however I find that sitting on the edge of a folded yoga mat or a block helps me sit up straighter!

4. Relaxing Music

During my meditations I like to have some background music to help me stay in the moment. Since I’m so easily distracted, it’s extremely important that the music has no vocals.

I find my meditation music by simply searching “meditation music” or “sound healing” in Spotify and then listening to the most popular playlists (Kim Kardashian actually has a pretty good one)! You could also search for meditation music in YouTube, Pandora, or whatever music platform you prefer.

Another option if you’re just beginning to find your meditation groove is guided meditations. I enjoy guided meditations when I am struggling with or working through something, and even when I am just feeling foggy or unable to focus.

Some of my favorite resources for guided meditation include YouTube, YogaGlo, Yoga Journal, and the apps Calm, and HeadSpace.

5. Extras

There are many different things that can help you to connect, ground, or manifest when you’re meditating. Some of my favorite include holding a charged and programmed crystal in the palm of my hand, cleansing my and my home’s energy using a sage smudge stick, rubbing an essential oil between the palms of my hand, utilizing mudras (sort of like yoga poses with your hands!), being near a couple plants, and a few others!

Adding in extras like these to your meditation practice can help you find a deeper connection when you feel like you need a little something extra. I will definitely write a post about my favorite ways to enhance my meditation practice in the near future!


There are a million other ways to create a blissed out meditation space for yourself, these are simply my favorites! I encourage you to branch out, research, and find the things that make your meditation-station irresistible to you.

Hopefully I’ve provided you with some helpful and practical tips for getting into meditating, stay tuned for my guides to my favorite extras!

xoxo

 

Live Whole like Rupi

Live Whole like Rupi

Happy February!

I wanted to share how I’ve been feeling lately. Nobody could phrase it more eloquently than the amazing Rupi Kaur

Living a holistic, whole life is about catering to your mind, body, and spirit.

You can eat all the kale in the world but if you are harboring shame or hate or letting anxiety overcome you than you will not feel whole

This February I want to treat myself with more compassion and love and I hope that you will do the same!

xoxo