Millet Polenta with Spring Vegetables and Greens from Simply Vibrant

I’m in Palm Springs for the weekend with some of my favorite blogger friends. We’ll be hiking in Joshua Tree, hanging by the pool, and of course cooking and eating. But, before I check out for the weekend I wanted to share the recipe for this Millet Polenta with Spring Vegetables and Greens from Anya Kassoff’s new book Simply Vibrant. This is the perfect recipe to welcome spring. It’s bright and lemony, a little nutty, and pairs perfectly with tender sweet peas and bitter greens. Enjoy! Continue reading

Horchata Mocha Latte

We all breathe. It’s what keeps us alive. In fact, we each take over 23,000 involuntary and unnoticed breaths every day. Intentional breath work (paying attention to and harnessing the breath) is a powerful tool that helps reduce stress, balance Vata, Pitta and Kpaha and improve mood and energy. Breath work is an important part of my morning routine and one of my favorite mindfulness and healing techniques. It can be as simple as focusing on the inhale and the exhale, noticing the rise and fall of the chest, breathing fully into the abdomen, diaphragm, side ribs and chest or listening to the soothing, rhythmic sound of each inhale and exhale. I typically do breath work after my yoga practice and before meditation but it can be done any time you feel like you need it. I like to start with three deep, mindful breaths then do a series of various breathing techniques, finishing with a cooling breath because this Pitta girl is always hot! I’ve listed three of my favorite breathing techniques below along with their effects on the doshas, benefits, and contraindications. You can choose the technique that feels right for you based on how you’re feeling in the moment or do all three in the order listed below. These practices take less than five minutes to do and can be done by almost anyone, anywhere. Keep in mind that these techniques are best learned in person from a qualified teacher. That said, I’ve included video links below to introduce you to the basics and get you started.

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Curried Black Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower

Let’s talk about compost…Growing up, we always fed our food scraps to the chickens. Here in Seattle, we are lucky to have free curbside composting. But, I know that for many people composting isn’t mainstream or easy and can feel daunting. So, I wanted to share some information and some options with you in case you’re interested in composting but don’t know where to start. I am by no means an expert on this topic and hope that those of you with more experience will share your wisdom with us in the comments. With that said, here’s my guide to compositing as well as the recipe for these Curried Black Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower…

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Simple Celeriac Soup

I’m feeling a little under the weather today so I’m staying bundled up, slurping soup, and doing a little extra self-care. Whenever I feel a cold coming on I make sure to do neti and nasya twice a day to keep my sinuses clear. I also like to mega dose on Sambu Guard and this tincture to boost my immune system. I try to keep my diet simple and drink lots of tea with lemon and raw honey. This protocol usually does the trick and prevents me from getting a full blown cold. I know everyone has their own home remedies for staying healthy and I’m always looking for new ideas. What are your favorite ways to fight off a cold? Comment below.

In other news, don’t forget to sign up for my Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse Workshop here in Seattle. This cleanse is one I learned from my teacher and have been doing twice a year for the past eight years. It has been transformational for me and  I’m excited to share it with you. It includes internal oleation, a week long kitchari cleanse, daily epsom salts baths and self-massage, and herbs and teas to encourage cellular detoxification, healthy digestion, stable blood sugar, and lymph flow. During the workshop we’ll cover the basics of Ayurveda, how to make ghee, and go over the cleanse protocol in detail. You’ll leave with recipes, resources, and a take home cleanse kit with everything you need to get started. This cleanse is an opportunity to set the stage for optimal health and well-being by adopting a simple diet, nourishing the body and mind, and letting go of old habits and patterns in order to come closer to your true nature.

You can learn more about the cleanse and register HERE. Space is limited so sign up before it’s too late.

In the meantime, I’ve got this Celeriac Soup recipe for you as requested. It’s super simple but so creamy and nourishing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

XO

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Toasted Coconut Sleepy Time Milk

I made Toasted Coconut Sleepy Time Milk! The toasted coconut flavor reminds me of warm, tropical beaches and the lull of ocean waves even though I’m stuck here in gray, rainy Seattle. I added ghee and cinnamon to help stabilize my blood sugar and nutmeg to calm my nervous system and help me sleep soundly all night long. Continue reading for the recipe and for some thoughts on the medicinal properties of culinary herbs and spices…

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