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Day 5/14 of Self Love :: Nourishment Through Foods

When it comes to self care and self love, there’s no better way of working than from the inside out. As the saying goes; ‘You are what you eat’, and consuming things that provide love and care for the body is one way of truly helping yourself become your best self.

The ancient health system of Ayurveda (literally translated as the ‘science of life’), considers our diet to be one of the primary ways of influencing the body and mind. Certain foods, oils and herbs are said to have certain properties or tastes: Sweet, made up of the earth and water elements; sour – water and fire elements; salty – earth and fire elements; pungent – fire and air elements; bitter, of the air and ether elements; and astringent, composed of the air and earth elements.

The different tastes, elements and properties can be used to influence us in different ways, depending on each person’s own particular body and mind type. In Sanskrit, these tastes are known as Rasa. Interestingly, the word Rasa comes from the root word Ras, which means ‘to relish, to love, to taste, to feel, to desire etc.’

Whilst we can use different tastes and herbs to make changes depending upon our needs, there is one branch of Ayurveda which specialises in restoring, rejuvenating, and nourishing all of the body’s systems, and this is known as Rasayana.

Rasayana

There are a few different types of Rasayanas or ‘rejuvenative’ therapies, aimed at returning the body’s natural physical and subtle ‘glow’. The type dealing with foods and herbs that nourish the body is known as Dravaya Rasayana. This branch is divided into a further set of specific rejuvenative uses, including slowing down the ageing process, enhancing brain power, promoting healthy eyesight, and preventing and curing disease.

Whilst there are a few specific Ayurvedic concoctions and herbs designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the systems, such as Chyavanprash, brahmi, vachashankhpushpi, guduchi rasayana, amalaki rasayana, and ashwagandha, there are lots of every-day foods and spices that can also serve as powerful rasayanas.

Nourishing Foods To Show Your Body Some Love

Eat foods which are in season

Bananas
Dates
Sesame
Coconut
Cashews
Walnuts
Almonds
Good quality nut butters
Pumpkin Seeds
Good quality oils
Tahini
Avocado
Honey
Ghee
Organic, whole milk
Figs
Raisins
Whole grains
Bone broth
Turmeric
Black pepper
Basil
Cardamom
Ginger
Cinnamon
Cumin

 

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Emma Newlyn

Emma is a 500hr qualified Yoga teacher, musician, massage therapist, cook, and writer. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma began her practice at a young age and has continued to study and develop her understanding of Yoga on a daily basis. Training internationally with inspirational teachers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma currently teaches regularly in Sussex, co-leading teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and also manages the Brighton Yoga Festival. When she’s not teaching, writing or cooking, Emma loves spending time in nature, and travelling to new places.

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Wellness Wednesday: Matcha Latte

Drew and I are just getting back from an incredible weekend road tripping to Milwaukee where this band killed downtown! Check out the recent clip here.

I was the only female aboard the van that carried all of the band equipment with 4 guys. Needless to say, it was a cramped trip but totally worth every second to see the guys in action in a new city!

 

Getting back into the groove today I could feel my body calling for some outdoor meditation among the newly fallen leaves. Paired with my intention setting cards and cosmic mala necklace. 

The rose quartz in this necklace is said to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. It carries a gentle feminine energy of compassion, peace + healing which is everything I need to balance out today. ~Tiny Devotions 

Sipping down my favorite matcha latte, you can find the recipes here and pin it for later as well!

The Bohemian Blonde Cosmic Matcha Latte

What you’ll need:

+ ½ cup hot filtered water

+ ½ cup organic light coconut milk

+ 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder (this is the kind I use from Amazon)

+ 1 tablespoon raw honey

  How to make it:

  1. Add the matcha tea powder to a small amount of hot water in a coffee mug

  2. Using the bamboo whisk, whisk to eventually make to make a thick, green paste.

  3. In a small pan, warm coconut milk (do not boil, just warm)

  4. Pour the hot coconut milk and water into the paste and stir.

  5. Stir honey in at this time

  6. Enjoy!

  7. Optional: meditation to clear your mind and begin your day 🙂

Seana The Bohemian Blonde

Seana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

Wellness Wednesday: Granola + Bonfires

While traveling along the California coast, I brought along my delicious homemade healthy granola that’s so easy to add on top of yogurt, acai bowls, cereal and even on it’s own as a trail mix.  It’s such a nice sweet treat without overdoing it on sugar!

The Bohemian Blonde Healthy Homemade Granola

 What you’ll need:

+ 1 1/2  cups old fashion oats

+ ½ cup raw nuts (I used almonds)

+ ¼ cup sunflower raw seeds

+ ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit like cherries (optional)

+ 3 tablespoons of raw honey

+ 2 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil

+ ½ tsp vanilla extract

+ 1 large pinch fine sea salt

+ dash organic cinnamon

+ dash organic nutmeg

Could also add the following:

+ pumpkin spice

+ other dried fruits

+ dark chocolate nibs

+ assorted unsalted nuts (chopped)

How to make it:

1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2) Mix all ingredients into a large bowl

3) Stir until everything is coated

4) Grease the pan with a little coconut oil (spray or out of jar by applying a little to your hands)

5) Spread evenly on the pan

6) Bake for no more than 10 minutes (any longer will burn the mixture)

Let cool then feel free to add it to any of your favorite sweet meals!

Enjoy!

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

A Night Under The Redwood + Vegan Portobello Tacos

Today’s post is guest written by Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. She’s prepared a video that features her travels, and a delicious recipe for vegan portobello tacos. Amazing!

Looking back on this day last week, we were driving through the redwoods and following our GPS to a location deep in the woods. Needless to say, it brought us to the wrong location. We ended up in front yard of a very angry man and with the blink of an eye, we high tailed out of there passing a community of strange campers. It’s interesting though, our senses were telling us the entire time “this isn’t right” yet we trusted the GPS and that perhaps we were wrong? Funny how that happens and yet we tune it out.

The next day we drove into Big Basin Redwood State Park and experienced feeling mighty small between the cinnamon and clove scented trees. We were among the nearly 6 total people in the park. (If you go, go during the week) The only thing we could near was the rustling of squirrels and the occasional bird swooping down to see if we had any trail mix.

Dinner was easy portobello tacos as the ingredients travel extremely well in the back of our Jeep. Check it out!

EASY PORTOBELLO TACOS

+ 4 large portobello mushroom caps (remove the stems)

+ 1 package of spinach green tortillas from Trader Joes

+ 1 large ripe avocado, sliced

+ 1/4 cup organic chopped cilantro

+ 1 Tbsp  extra virgin olive oil

+ homemade Boho Blonde pico salsa*

+ homemade Boho Blonde taco seasoning*

BOHO BLONDE PICO SALSA

 + 2 medium tomatoes

+ 1 small onion

+ 1 small jalapeño

+ 1/4 cup cilantro

+ 1 Tbsp of lime juice

+ 1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

 Finely chop the tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro and add to a small bowl, Add in the lime juice (more if you’d like) and sprinkle with sea salt.

Add to fridge while preparing the other items.

BOHO BLONDE HEALTHY TACO SEASONING

 (you will have extra left over….score!)

+ 1 Tbsp organic chili powder

+ 1 1/2 tsp organic cumin

+ 1 1/2 tsp organic paprika

+ 1 tsp organic oregano

+ 1 tsp pink salt

+ 1/2 tsp organic garlic powder

+ 1/2 tsp organic onion powder

+ 1/4 tsp organic cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat  oven to 400°F.

2. Prepare your Boho Blonde Pico and Taco Seasoning while oven heats up. Once that’s done,  move onto step #3

3. Line a large pan with parchment paper

4. Slice the portobello mushroom caps into long, thin strips (cut bigger if you like a more “meaty” taste)

5. Once cut, add to a large  mixing bowl along with the olive oil, and toss until the mushrooms are evenly coated with oil.

6. Lay the mushroom strips out on the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle evenly with a few generous pinches of the Boho Blonde Taco seasoning

7. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through and soft.

8. To assemble the tacos, laying down the tortilla first, portobello mushrooms next, add your toppings!

Additional toppings could be:

+ Corn salsa

+ Plain green yogurt

+ Chipotle hot sauce

+ Jalapeños

+ Beans

… have fun and get creative!

Get the intention deck here.

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Shots + Morning Meditation

This morning we have a burst of wellness coming to you from our inspiring guest writer Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. Check out her video and allow her to guide you through prepping your own apple cider vinegar shots.

I’ve been starting my mornings with a new routine that I can’t wait to share with you! I’m trying to break my coffee habit as I’ve been experiencing late in the day exhaustion and I think it’s due to my big ‘ol cup of joe in the morning. It’s also not the healthiest habit, so I’m replacing it for a bit with apple cider vinegar!

Here’s why, apple cider vinegar is loaded with benefits that are incredible for your system which will still give you that morning jolt to wake up (see my face in the video? Woke right up!) 🙂

How I drink my morning ACV shot:

+ 2 tablespoons of ACV

+ 1/4 cup of organic lemonade

 ACV Benefits include:

+ helps regulate PH

+ numerous studies have shown participants lose weight

+ rich in enzymes and high in potassium

+ helps regulate digestion

+ kills the bad gut bacteria that can build up overtime

+ great for taking before, during and after a cold to help it move along quicker (it’s been shown to break down mucus)

+ helps curb hunger

+ natures natural antibiotic

+ AVC contains enzymes that’ll help boost your energy

+ great to take before a workout to feel uplifted and energized

+ naturally balances blood sugar levels

+ helps move everything along – if you know what I mean 🙂

+ helps fight candida (overgrowth of bad bacteria)

What juice do I use?

 I’ll be honest with you, the first time I took a PLAIN shot of ACV I almost threw up. SO, I found these two organic juices to help as I wasn’t about to give up as I knew the benefits were worth it, I just need to find a way to cover the taste. I found two juices; the first one was Strawberry Lemonade form Santa Cruz and Regular Lemonade also from Santa Cruz. They’re both GMO-free and organic, holla! Found them at the local co-op. The fruity flavors cover the vinegar taste perfectly. You’ll hardly notice that you’re taking a shot of vinegar with these and strangely enough, it’s incredibly refreshing!

Where do get my ACV?

I always purchase Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as not all ACV is created equal. Be sure to look for the GMO-free and  USDA organic seal when purchasing yours to assure that you’re getting quality ACV.  Apples are one of the highest sprayed fruits so you’ll want to get it organic or there’s no reason to be drinking it for it’s benefits in the first place.

After these two shots (I normally only do one but for the purpose of the video, I did two –oops!) I took 10 minutes to reflect in my meditation practice and kept my mala necklace close to feel it’s energy.

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.