REFLECTIONS

This is my journey – things I’ve discovered along the way, people who have inspired me, books I love to read over and over again, recipes I create to feed my whole being, moments I simply want to share with you… my reflections!

Kabocha Magic…

January 20, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Kabocha pumpkin, aka Japanese squash, is loaded with beta carotene (good for the eyes!), iron, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, and small traces of calcium and B vitamins. Steam or roast, and combine with coconut milk to make soup infused with lemongrass…YUM! Kabocha pumpkins are exceptionally sweet, their texture and color akin to that of butternut squash and sweet…  Read More

The power of creating…

January 18, 2011

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944) I love the word “create,” the way it sounds and makes me feel. I say it and can’t help but feel empowered, excited, and generally positive and happy. I remember enrolling in the teacher training program at the #1 rated Sonic Yoga…  Read More

Beans, the perfect protein…

January 17, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Black beans are high in iron, antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium, potassium and more, and low in fat. A “perfect protein,” eating them increases your metabolism and is believed to help prevent cancer and lower cholesterol. Add to soups, salads or wraps, or serve as a spicy dip for veggies or homemade baked tortilla chips. You’ve seen black beans on…  Read More

The choice is always mine…

January 17, 2011

“Life is the sum of all your choices.” ~ Albert Camus (1913-1960) …and on that note…I’ve made some choices in my life. It matters not what they were, but rather who I am today as a result of having made them. When I’m faced with having to make a choice, I’m sometimes reminded of a song by the Rolling Stones. Yes, I’ll admit to having…  Read More

An apple a day…

January 16, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! High in fiber, full of antioxidants and vitamin C, apples are cleansing, and believed to help prevent cancer and heart disease. As the saying goes “one apple a day helps keep the doctor away,” so grab one and eat it raw or cooked. Eat the fruit in season, and remember that the most nutritious part is the skin and…  Read More

Lesson Learned, Wisdom Earned…

January 15, 2011

“Lesson learned, wisdom earned,” a friend said to me recently. So simple and so true, these are words to live by. Indeed, I’ve gone through the exercise of applying this new favorite quote to just about any situation, and guess what? “Lesson learned, wisdom earned,” worked every single time. Now you try. I look at life as a series of lessons, and I’m proud to…  Read More

Poached, sunny side up, baked…

January 14, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Eggs are high-quality protein containing 13 essential vitamins and minerals including folate, and choline, which may help prevent heart disease. High in cholesterol? Its nutritious qualities far out-weight any concerns regarding this. One a day is sensible! Poached, hard or soft-boiled, sunny side up, scrambled are the healthiest ways to enjoy them! One of my favorite things to do…  Read More

Loving food, loving life…

January 12, 2011

“For the first time I know what it is to eat…I get frantically hungry, and the food I eat gives me a lingering pleasure. I never ate before in this deep carnal way… I want to bite into life and to be torn by it.” ~ Anaïs Nin (1903 – 1977) I’ll only entertain eating foods that I crave deeply, that feed my spirit. Anything…  Read More

Cleansing to make room for growth…

January 10, 2011

“Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem” “Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.” ~ Horace (65 BC – 8 BC) Cleansing is a beautiful thing, but expect some challenging moments, which will no doubt stir-up some emotions. Life is full of surprises. Stay focused and rise to the occasion. It is a learning curve. Lately I’ve received emails from friends…  Read More

Orxata (aka “horchata”), a healthful meal in a glass…

January 09, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Tigernuts, rich in minerals and vitamins E and C, are believed to prevent heart and colon disease. They’re also excellent for helping people lose weight and lowering cholesterol. Soaked in water, I eat them by the handful as a snack, but they’re also delicious served as a drink called “orxata!” It’s been a while since my trip to Valencia….  Read More