Saturday, November 24, 2018

Berry Oat Granola Smoothie Bowl

We all are probably getting tired of Thanksgiving leftovers.  I know I have had vegan sausage stuffing and fresh cranberry/apple dressing for brekkie too many times now.  It was time for a fresh smoothie bowl.  Here is quick healthy bowl recipe:

Berry/Oat Granola Smoothie Bowl
In a blender combine:
Frozen organic raspberries, blueberries, cherries.
Half of a banana.
1/2 cup of non-dairy milk.
1/2 cup oats.
2 tbs plant-based protein powder.

Homemade granola:
1 cup oats.
2 tbs chia seeds.
2 tbs ground flax seeds.
2 tbs hemp seeds.
1/4 cup sunflower seeds.
1/4 cup mixed/chopped walnuts and pecans.
In a mixing bowl, combine all together by hand and sprinkle with salt, cinnamon and melted coconut oil. Drizzle with agave nectar or pure maple syrup. Bake at 350' for 15 minutes until browned and crunchy.

Fill a bowl with the smoothie mix and top with half granola and a strip of toasted coconut flakes and raisins.


Gratitude is an Attitude

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gratitude Is An Attitude

Every year at Thanksgiving people focus on the blessings they have.  Most forget about them the next day.  Science has proven that when you practice gratitude it improves your self-esteem, makes you more empathetic, helps you to be more resilient and gives you an overall better sense of well-being.  Gratitude has a number of health benefits including; reduced inflammation, better sleep and improved heart health.  
We had an issue with our internet modem yesterday.  The service center was closed on Sunday, so I headed there first thing this morning to pick up a new one.  While waiting in line until they opened, I was surrounded by those that only had negative words to say about this provider.  It really opened my eyes and to look inward to my own actions and words.  Do I speak negativity?  Do I let the actions of the world bring me down?  Of course I do. I began to think what positive actions come from my words.  I thought about those around the world that don't even have running clean water or food to eat. A bad internet connection or their television reception skipping in and out really isn't that important. 
Gratitude is a practice, which turns into an action, which is the foundation of a happy life.

When you wake up in the morning, make a list and speak the things you are grateful for.
Consistency will change your life.

Happy Thanksgiving


Have a great week.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Crock Pot Bread

This has got to be the easiest bread to make.  It just might be on the Thanksgiving dinner table!

Crock Pot Bread

* 2.25 teaspoon or 1 envelope active dry yeast.
* 1 tb sugar( I used coconut palm sugar).
* 1.5 cup of lukewarm water.
*3.75 cups of all-purpose or whole wheat flour.
1 tb olive or melted coconut oil.
1 tsp sea salt.

Line a large crock pot/slow cooker with parchment paper.  Set on high temperature.
Combine yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add water and continue to stir until combined.
Add flour, oil and salt.
Hand mix until dough begins to form.
Put dough on working surface and knead for least 5 minutes, until dough is soft and smooth.
IF dough is sticky, add a bit of flour at a time, continue to knead.
Place the dough ball in heated crock pot. 
Cover and cook for 2 hours or until golden brown.
Remove bread and parchment paper, place on baking sheet.
Put in oven on "broil" for 2 minutes for a golden brown top.
Remove from oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
Cut and serve.


Have a great week.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Recommended Reading 11/04/18

These posts always seem to be my favorite ones.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Let's start with some wellness:
Life IS Stressful, why we are tired, cranky and overwhelmed.
6 Secrets To Live The Longest, Some surprisingly simple secrets that increases life's longevity.
 Foodscape 101, Not only are there "Food Deserts" but "Food Swamps".
Greening School Lunches, If you are a parent or grandparent you need to read this.

On the environmental side:
Weather: 2050, Our world is getting warmer, this we know.
Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% of Animal Populations Since 1970, threatening the survival of our own civilization. 
Still Think Humans Are The Most Intelligent Animals?, Maybe we aren't the brightest crayon in the box.
The Taylor Oil Spill has been spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004, six years before Deepwater Horizon spill.

On the fitness side:
Burpees Exercise 101: Don't say you have no time to exercise.
These Office Spaces Will Actually Get You Fit: SRAM, a bicycle outfitter's office is incredible.

To help with all these issues we can start here: Why Choose Vegan


Have a great week.