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!
- 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!
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
This is from one of our first acro yoga sessions. So much fun.
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.
- 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)
- Crack your coconuts open and remove meat.
- 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.
- Blend 2 cups coconut meat with hot water for about 45 seconds. Let sit and steep for about 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Bottle up, refrigerate, and enjoy!
- 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!
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!
Spring brings a marine layer with a cool breeze. Today, I miss the sunshine that warms me with ease.
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 like to hold us down. I have been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful friends who share the same perspective, and hope to meet more along the way.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
Open space opens my heart. A breezy trip to Gainesville was just what the doctor ordered.
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.
My cousins came to visit from Dallas, Texas for a week. And what a spectacular week it was. We went sight seeing, had great food, played beach soccer, indoor soccer, surfed, shopped and much more. The first day we surfed could not have been more luminous and breath taking. I was enthralled with the colors of the sunset and speechless of its beauty as I sat on my board amongst some of the greatest sets I’ve seen in a while. There was a light drizzle that brought joy to my soul and tickled my heart. In this moment I was happy and so was everyone and everything around me.
This has been one of the most beautiful summers I have experienced here in California. Opie and Rizzo agree.
I gave myself a new challenge this past month. No social networking. Particularly Instagram and Facebook. Facebook, for me, has evolved to be a mental junk food that gave me “brain cavities”. I found myself getting sucked into little pointless bits of information. And before I knew it, half an hour to an hour had come and gone. Instagram became a new fetish that actually inspired me to bring out the Canon once again. But it also veered my attention away from other, more important, responsibilities; e.g. updating pictures for my business website. Now that my “brain cavities” have been cleaned and filled from filth, I have moved on. Don’t get me wrong I like social networking, but in moderation. Cheers!
This is Rollie. He is the offspring of Rizzo and Opie, my cocker spaniels. When he was a pup, he had a tendency of rolling over in his sleep, hence his name. I left this floor seat out and in a flash he had taken it over. Upgrade from his dog bed
My friends and I like to play beach soccer any chance we get. Most often we end up playing Sunday. Its one of my favorite days to play. No work, its the beginning of a new week, and I feel as though I have all the time in the world. This photo sums up the evening. I am grateful for Soccer Sunday.
Second time sailing, first time with “first time” sailors. The wind had picked up by the afternoon and the waters had grown choppy. We sailed windward a good 30 minutes or so. As we were getting ready to turn around and head home, our friends were having trouble pulling the sails over the strong winds. We waited through trial and error and the guys finally decided that turning in the other direction, might be easier (that is, starboard). Success! Big thank you to Diego and Marc for an awesome adventure