Vegan Microwave Mug Muffin

  • 2T whole wheat flour
  • 2T oats
  • 1T agave
  • 1T apple sauce
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • handful of blueberries
  • 2T water

Mix everything in a mug, microwave for 2 minutes!

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“This isn’t theoretical- just work on your alignment!”

In my bikram class yesterday, the instructor said that during wind removing posture following “bring your knee out and have it touch your shoulder.”

A lot of times in bikram the dialogue is almost unbelievable. “Touch your forehead to your knee.” “Pull your toes up, touch your forehead to your toes!” Sometimes we get so used to these “theoretical” statements that we settle for our postures right where they are. But when my instructor said “this isn’t theoretical- just work on your alignment,” it hit me that everything that they say really is possible. When I did the 30 day challenge last year, I discovered pretty early on that I was settling in a lot of my postures. But when I started pushing myself more and really trying to focus on the dialogue and take my postures to a new level every single class, I saw some major improvements.

Lock the knee!

Super Green Lunch Salad


Kale, avocado, celery, cucumber, cannellini beans, dressing (balsamic vinegar + dijon mustard + maple syrup + water + chia seeds)

Back to Bikram

Like I said in an earlier post, I haven’t been to bikram in over a month. I’ve been feeling okay, doing a lot of cycling classes and some weight lifting and other yoga, but I really felt like I wanted to start again last Friday. So I did- and I went back Saturday and Sunday (with broken plans to go yesterday) and a solid plan to go this afternoon. It felt so great to be back in the hot room! Although I am no longer sure that it is the best exercise that I can do and worth the time and money, something really does click for me in there. My first class went unexpectedly well, and my second two felt like I had never taken a break. I saw that they are starting a 30 day challenge on March 15, and I will be signing up. I’ll be going out of town for one weekend in there and I am still trying to work out how I will be able to fit in a class every day (I’ll have to do 6:15 am’s EVERY Tuesday and Thursday!), but buying a one-month pass and having the goal can’t do me any harm!!! Up to March 15 I will be really trying to prep myself for this. I need to focus on what I am eating and really be mindful not to binge- bikram on a full-or even occupied!- stomach can be brutal. I have a few groupons/living social deals for studios/gyms (Boston Pole Fitness–can’t wait!, and Life in Synergy) that expire mid-march so I NEED to use them ASAP! I feel so much more like myself when I am doing bikram regularly, so I hope I will be able to keep up with it despite my schedule!

Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon

Simple. Healthy. Tasty. Romantic. Perfect for Valentines day.

Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon

  • About 1 pound of salmon
  • 2-4 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place Salmon in a shallow dish
  3. Mix mustard and syrup at a 2:1 ratio until you have enough for your liking
  4. Cover your salmon with the sauce
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until flaky

I served it with steamed kale and lentils. I think roasting some brussel sprouts in maple and serving with the salmon would be amazing too!

When we were at WholeFoods buying the fish, the fish guy said there were two salmons that day: one was wild and one was farm-raised. It’s nothing more than a reflex by now- I immediately said wild. Later my valentine brought it up and I realized I really didn’t know my reasoning, so I decided to do some research.

Basically, salmon is good for you. It tastes delicious, is unbelievably simple to make, and is extremely nutritious. About 90% of the salmon on the market right now in America is from farms. There are a couple of different reasons to choose wild over farmed.

Rather than sitting on a thesaurus to find ways to not plagiarize the articles I read, I will just link a few that I found to be most helpful:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/salmon-factory-farm-vs-wild/#axzz1meoVbvda

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2008/07/02/catch_of_the_day/?page=full

http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/the_wild_salmon_debate

 

It’s funny-I can bust my ass trying to be healthy by eating only wild salmon and organic this and steamed that, but if I am faced with a bag of chocolate chips, I will probablyyyy eat it all in one sitting. Healthy living is certainly something to look at in perspective. :)

Creamy Carrot Soup

A while back I posted about the Happy Herbivore meal plans and recently I’ve been thinking about trying that again. By Sunday of this week I was wiped out of my groceries and was up for a big shopping trip. (Usually I just buy produce, but this time I needed to replace EVERYTHING- grains, agave, nut butter, nuts, etc etc). So, I dug up one of the meal plans I downloaded a while ago, made some changes to it (I like to eat VOO for breakfast every day- my recipe below) and made a shopping list. Three 100 lb (reusable!) shopping bags later, I started cooking a few meals for the week.

I made HH’s Creamy Carrot Soup and Red Lentil Dal- two servings of each. The Soup I packed for lunch (with a huge salad made of spinach, a ton of raw veggies, sunflower seeds, and balsamic) so that I could have one serving of each for the next few days. I mixed in chia seeds with both recipes to add a little volume and a little more nutrition. The carrot soup ended up being a little more puree-y than soup-y.. probably because of the chia seeds. Next time I may add more water, although I don’t really mind the puree!

Both turned out super yummy!!!! HH‘s recipes are so simple with no frivolous ingredients which I love.

Last night I took on a new freelancing job which I will write about later, and tonight I plan on making an almond butter chocolate mousse using this and this as inspiration– I will post my final recipe tomorrow.


Vegan Overnight Oats (inspired by OhSheGlows)

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 banana, ripe and/or frozen
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • about 1 cup or more water
  • handful frozen blueberries
  1. If frozen, melt 1/2 banana in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and mash with the oats.
  2. Add water and chia seeds and mix. The chia seeds will soak up most of the water, so I add a lot. I used to use almond milk but with the banana and blueberries, the oats are sweet enough, so using water is more economical!
  3. Throw in the bluebs and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Wake up to a TASTY healthy breakfast!
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