Summer Time & this Salad’s Easy: Barley, Mint & Watermelon Salad

It’s officially summer here in Denver! That means lots of grilling, cold beer and outdoor fun (Mike and I went mountain biking at green mountain this past Saturday). It also means it’s too friggin hot to be cooped up too long cooking. Perfect time to get creative with your salads!

Summer Salads
Summer Salads

For the past two years, Mike and I have been on a pescatarian diet, consisting of about 80% plant-based diet, with occasional eggs, fish or cheese. It’s been awesome and definitely allows (if not forces you) to be creative….especially in the summer! Here’s a perfect summer salad for entertaining or just to have on a weeknight. Super easy, super delicious, super refreshing!

Veggie Goodness!
Veggie Goodness!

Barley, Mint & Watermelon Salad

1 cup of Barley (cook as directed – I love barley, so good & easy to cook! I use Bob’s Red Mill Barley)

pinch of salt

1/4 a watermelon, sliced into chunks

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 large fresh stalks of mint, stems discarded, chopped


Mix the cooked barley, salt and balsamic – refrigerate for 30 minutes

Add watermelon & mint in a bowl. Add to barley once chilled. Serve plain (vegan) or with crumbled feta.

Happy Summer


Be the Change

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Day 17 of the #plantfueledyoga challenge breaks down the myth that one person can’t make a difference. 

The greatest innovation starts with a single idea. The best made product begins with a prototype. The biggest mansion gets built nail by nail. Everything you do starts with a single step, made by  You. You do not know the power you have until you yourself believe in it.

In Sarah and my quest to spread the plant-based diet gospel, we truly believe one person can make a colossal difference in the greater state of the world.  A ripple effect that starts small and gets larger and larger and before you know it you can see the effect miles away.

Today, we break down the walls of ‘It doesn’t really matter in the long run…’

The Myth: I’m only one person. I can’t make a difference.

The Reality:
A person who follows a plant-based vegan diet produces 50% less CO2, and uses 1/11th the oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to a meat eater. We CAN make a difference, simply by eating less animal products and replacing them with plants.

Why not give a plant-based diet a try? Hell, even making one day meatless can make a huge impact. Not only are plants amazingly healthy and cruelty free, but the carbon foot print left or lack there of is astronomical.

Here’s a great article delving a bit deeper into the subject.

Today’s Connection Yoga Pose: Tree Pose 

This pose not only makes you feel strong, balanced, but grounded. Rooted to the earth. Connected to your surrounding.

Stand strong and bring your hands to your heart center. Lift your right heel to your calf. Breathe here and root down. Slowly raise your foot to your inner thigh. Raise your arms above your head and stretch. Breathe here and know you have the ability to make an impact in this world.



Mother Nature Eats Plants

Mother Earth Loves Plants
Mother Earth Loves Plants

Day 16 of the #plantfueledyoga challenge starts the Environmental Connection of our Yoga Challenge! 

Eating plants. Oh, they are so delicious. So full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals. So good for your body, skin, energy. Plus, no one is harmed in the process, including Mother Earth.

So, the plant-based lifestyle is not only beneficial for you, your body and skin, and the unharmed animal, but hugely beneficial for the environment. For the next three days in Sarah and my 21 day challenge we delve into the benefits a plant-based diet has on the earth, starting with the Top 5 Environmental benefits of eating plants.

Top 5 environmental benefits of eating plants

  1. Climate change – The livestock sector is responsible for 51% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Compare this to emissions from ALL forms of transportation (road, rail, air and marine), coming in at 13%. Methane from livestock is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.
  2. Water use – It take approximately 660 GALLONS of water to produce one hamburger. This is the equivalent of showering for two months straight.
  3. Deforestation – 1 to 2 acres of rain forest are cleared every second. Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction.
  4. Species extinction – 110 animal and insect species are lost EVERY DAY from rain forest destruction.
  5. Land use – Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s total land. The amount of land needed to feed one person for a year? Vegan = ⅙ acre; Meat eater = 3 acres (18x that of a vegan).

We are rooted to the Earth, connected and bound to that which is around us. Our surroundings bind us; we are all connected.

Today’s Connection Yoga post: Bind

Choose a bind that makes you feel connected. Let your body parts work together. Your muscles connecting with skin, tendons pulling and flexing. Feel everything as one. Be kind to that which roots you to the earth.