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Cacao Pudding

This recipe is from Matthew Kenney owner and extremely talented chef of M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica, CA.  This pudding is UH-mazing and one of my favorite desserts.  It is my birthday month and I will be celebrating by making a variety of vegan, gluten free treats! 

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Blend until smooth.  I like to add banana, walnuts, and coconut.  I recently tried it with strawberries and it was bomb! Enjoy!

 

 


Jujube Tea

Jujube, also known as the Chinese date, are one of my favorite fruits for making a delicious tea.  I absolutely love jujube’s!  Packed with vitamins and nutrients jujube’s are beneficial to your health in many ways.  Listed below are some of its many benefits.   

Benefits:

  • Stress / Anxiety  reliever
  • Digestive and Cleansing aid
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Loaded with 18 important amino acids
  • Great source of energy
  • Loaded with magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron
  • Used for treating coughs, cold, and the flu

Just to name a few!

For my tea I chopped 6 dried jujubes, brought them to a boil in about 2-2.5 cups water, and let them simmer.   It can be boiled with ginger and cinnamon, although today I was out of both :p  Once you’ve enjoyed your tea you can boil the jujubes in another batch of water for a second serving.  


Wall Desk

My Handsome Lion built me a desk.  I love it and it is such a great space saver.  Many thanks to my love.

desk


Chill Out

Seals do this thing called thermoregulation.  If they’re too hot or cold they stick their flippers out to cool down or warm up.  It’s adorable to watch and this little guy let us get close to snap a shot.  We were able to fit in some yoga on the SUP too.   


Virabhadrasana 3 (warrior 3)

warrior 3

 

 


Toes to Wrists Bakasana

Bakasana

I always make time for me.


Vegan Cereal

bird food

If I ever feel like cereal, this is what I eat.  Its a much smaller bowl but satisfying non the less.

Ingredients:

  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • buckwheat
  • almond or coconut milk

Equal portions of seeds and milk to your liking :) I usually mix the seeds and measure table spoons to the amount I’m hungry for.  Simple. Enjoy!


Berry Berry Banana Smoothie

Sometimes the simplest ingredients can be the most refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 4 small bananas
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • water to desired consistency

Blend and enjoy!

 


Homemade Acai Bowl, with a Blender!

I love, love, love, Acai Bowls for breakfast or as a post workout delight.  I had a hard time finding a recipe for this yummy snack as they call for an ice cream machine, which I don’t own, but maybe one day.  So!  Here is a quick easy recipe for this awesome treat and all you’ll need is your blender!  You’ll have to be patient with those frozen bananas and keep pushing them down every few seconds but in the end its all worth it.  Compliments of this recipe go to the blog My Secret Hiding Point!  I tweaked it a bit but Many thanks for her inspiration!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen blue berries
  • 1 1/2 frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Simple as that.  Top it off with fresh bananas, granola, nuts and coconut shavings!  Add whatever you like and Enjoy!


90 Degree Headstand

 

This slow methodical pose is one of my favorite core strengthening exercises that triggers your abs and back muscles.  Not only does it feel amazing, but it’s a great way to stimulate your chakras and reduce anxiety to say the least.  Opie seems to enjoy it too!  Get out there and turn your world upside down :)

my happy place


Front Bird

This is from one of our first acro yoga sessions.  So much fun. 

Front Bird


Homemade Coconut Milk

This is by far the best way to drink coconut milk.  There are a few ways to make coconut milk, so I played around with a few tips from different recipes to make a recipe to my liking.  Feel free to experiment and do the same.  You’ll find you can play with the consistency to make something you will enjoy.  An easy way to make coconut milk would be to use unsweetened shredded coconut.  However, I find that using fresh coconut meat makes the world of difference in taste.  After making it this way, I grew a healthy respect for the pricey coconut milk I buy from my favorite juice place.  Tip: When picking your mature coconuts, shake them to make sure you hear there is water inside.  If you can’t hear anything, that means it is no good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh coconut meat (note: 1 coconut makes about 1 cup meat)
  • 2 cups hot water (not boiling, water that is too hot will kill nutrients)

 

  1. Crack your coconuts open and remove meat.
  2. Cut the meat into cubes for an easy blend.  There will be a layer of brown shell on the meat.  I’m a bit of a profectionist so I like to take that off.  Some people don’t. The choice is yours.
  3. Blend 2 cups coconut meat with hot water for about 45 seconds.  Let sit and steep for about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain everything in the blender into a bowl.  You may also use a cheese cloth although it catches all the healthy oils.  I prefer to use a regular colander.
  5. Bottle up, refrigerate, and enjoy!
  6. Repeat steps 3-4 with the same coconut meat.  I only do this two times through as it begins to water down the more you process it.

*Homemade Chocolate Cacao Coconut milk is the bomb!


Yoga with Opie

I decided to start a new photo journal about yoga with Opie, my 7 yr old mini cocker spaniel.  This calls for a new Category!  Here I am exploring the Marina with Opie. We’re enjoying a little yoga break to test our balance.  More to come!


Warm Gaze (Photo Friday – Temperature)

It was the perfect temperature after a great hike. Here Opie is enjoying the sunset at Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree

It was the perfect temperature after a great hike. Here Opie blends in as she enjoys the sunset at Hidden Valley – Joshua Tree


Venice Pier

Spring brings a marine layer with a cool breeze.  Today, I miss the sunshine that warms me with ease. 

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Kids at Heart

Yes, it is true, we will grow old and there is nothing we can do to stop that.  We can eat right, exercise, and take care of ourselves the best we can along the way.  In the end, we’ll age with time and will have to embrace and except the loss of our elasticity and fight against gravitational pull.  But!  Who’s to say we can’t keep feeling young and vibrant as we grow.  I will always give myself access to a young state of mind.  To be adventurous fills my heart with energy.  To be humorous not only makes me happy but spreads laughter to others.  To try new things keeps my mind curious and optimistic.  Live unbound as my friend Yali would say.  Release your mind, body, and soul from all anchors that hold you down.  I have been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful friends who share the same perspective, and hope to meet more along the way.   


Buddha Love

Secrets don’t make friends. Or do they?  Only when your secrets are shared with Buddha Bird, my cockatiel.  The only thing about Buddha is she loves men! So it took her a while to warm up to me but I had the pleasure of spending quality  time with my feathered friend in a little photo shoot :)

Buddha Bird

Love


Big Bear Bliss

Just returned from an amazing trip with the guys to Big Bear CA for the last days of winter.  Let me tell you, it was a much needed vacation.  Friday we arrived in what seemed like a set for Narnia.  So B-A-utiful!  The crisp air was welcoming and the vibe was just what the doctor ordered.  I didn’t take as many pictures as I had set out to but the few I took are great highlights of our fun.   Enjoy!

 

 


A Taste of Summer

We’ve had a few days of summer this winter season here in SoCal.  For starters, I have nothing to complain about seeing as we may possibly have one of the most tolerable winters in existence, but what a tease!  Hot weather for me is like my morning cup of Maté, it gets my blood flowing and flushes the days toxins.  When sunshine fills the day, nothing seems to get in the way.  So I thought it would be a perfect time to go out and play.


Levon the Great

Meet Levon, an 8 month old beautiful and very jolly Great Dane.  My fiancé and I were greeted by this gentle giant on our evening beach stroll.  Levon was named after the legendary drummer Levon Helm and is quite the social bug.  He gallops over to say hello to a passerby with the most adorable floppy personality.  Mom was kind enough to let me snap a few photos and capture his play time on the sand. Thank you! 


White Elephant/Ugly Sweater/Engagement Party

It has been way too long since I have posted anything.  I have been in the midst of a little self tuning, if you will.  Last weekend we had our annual White Elephant/Ugly Sweater/Engagement party.  It was a blast and quite an eventful night.  It began with a White Elephant gift exchange.  Followed by a party walk to the boat parade.  Finally a game of Guestures.  We are so grateful for all the love we have received in the past weeks.  It has been absolutely delightful, especially since we won’t be able to make it home for the Holidays.  Thank you friends! We love each and every one of you. And to our family, we love you and miss you.


Texas Grazing

Open space opens my heart.  A breezy trip to Gainesville was just what the doctor ordered.


Night Walks

Not a day goes by with out my gratitude for the beautiful place that I live in.  I take 3 walks daily with my pups and always seem to stumble upon something new.  One of my favorite routes is the Marquesas basin.  There is a boat docked near the  promenade  with an underwater light  that emanates beautiful silhouettes of the many sea creatures that reside below.  Night herons patiently sit atop the edge of the boat watching for the right moment to dive for dinner.  I feel as though I could watch for hours.  Its much like a live screen saver only 10 times better.


Gallery

Highlight of 2012

Here are a few pics that highlight my 2012 journey.  Enjoy.


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