Day 3: Seeds Galore!

This morning, I couldn’t get myself out of bed (here in Colorado the temperature was 0 degrees!!) but it was a fabulous morning nonetheless. The sun was shinning bright and I felt awesome for Day 3 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge. Last night I continued my breathing exercises before bed, really focusing in on unwinding from the day, giving thanks to the good in my life, and setting positive intentions for the next day. And after having an impromptu happy hour with Mike at Colorado Plus, then doing a snowy handstand and topping the night off in the hot tub, I had a lot to be thankful for….and I slept like a baby again!

Snowy Colorado Handstands
Snowy Colorado Handstands

So, this morning I started my day with a piece of avocado toast topped with raw pumpkin seeds & a side of red grapes. Yesterday, I had some raw seeds and dried apricots for a mid-day snack and recorded a short video about the great benefits of seeds and dried fruit. Check it out on my YouTube Channel.

If you’re trying to stay healthy, but like to snack (who doesn’t!) it’s totally worth investigating these delightful snack foods. Here are some of the benefits, plus links to more detailed info:

Raw Sunflower Seeds

Anti-inflammatory
High in Vitamin E
Good source of Magnesium

Dried Apricots

High in fiber
Potassium (more than a fresh apricot, who knew!?)
Non-Hem Iron (plant based iron)Antioxidants

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Zinc (immune system)
Plant-based Omega-3 Fats (this is the good kind of fat!!!)
Prostate Health (tell the men in your life to seed up!)

So, be like the birds and eat your seeds! They’re super quick, crunchy and good in salads, baking, or just plain.Great to mix in dried fruit too for your own trail mix.

Later this afternoon I’ll be practicing some Yoga and will post a flow, but definitely glad I got out in the merry sunshine – just got back from taking my baby bulldog Haley for a mile walk in the wintery wonderland. Nothing better than getting out in nature, so hope you have the pleasure of doing so today!

Happy Thursday!!!

New Season: No Excuses, No Apologies, No Time Wasted

This summer has literally been a blur, and looking back, seems that I may have been slacking a bit…with blogging, working out, exploring things on my own. I have the best intentions at the beginning of each week: wake up a half an hour earlier, greet the day with yoga, or a run, get out in the evenings to explore my new city (Denver has SO much to do – free stuff, culture, restaurants, art, music, bars, trails, lakes, comedy, the list goes on & on!).

Well, that hasn’t happened as much as I would have liked this summer and I’m pretty disappointed with my efforts. Again, my thirst for drinking in everything in my path exceeds the norm. But if I’m not pouring my self a ‘drink’, putting effort into quenching that thirst, well shame on me, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not been sitting on the couch eating chips (we don’t have cable anyway!) and I do appreciate those days and nights that are filled with the necessities and nothing else (cleaning, laundry, working, demoing, yard work, emptying the dishwasher.). Life doesn’t need to be one long series of activities without down time built in; it’s what makes you appreciate new experiences.

Spaghetti Squash bowls

The one thing that hasn’t waned: cooking. There is a constant there.

I’ve come to realize I need to stop using excuses though, there aren’t any. I need to stop apologizing for things I want to do but don’t. And I really need to stop wasting time. When you commit to yourself, hold yourself accountable. It’s important to fulfill your own wish lists, even if it’s as small as ‘check out a new hiking trail’ or ‘go to the local farmers market’. Knowing when to give your body, mind and soul a rest is just as important. Finding a quiet, peaceful moment for yourself doesn’t mean you’re wasting the day. Be present with where the day takes you and honor yourself. There are 24 happy hours in a day, so use them wisely. A new season brings with it new chances for new adventures!

Here are a few things I’ve spent my hours on this summer…and this didn’t even scrape the surface!!

Trying two new restaurants in Cherry Creek & two new DOG-Friendly breweries in Edgewater (Hogs Head & Joyride Brewing)

Red Rocks, Denver

Getting back into working out with the help of Pearl Street Fitness & Asana Studio

Demoing our Retaining wallWall demo

Demoing (helping) our outside retaining wall, watched as it was reconstructed, then helped put 4 tons of rock into the side for drainage!

Evergreen Off-Leash Dog Park

Scoping out Evergreen Lake & Elk-Meadow off-leash dog park with the doggies

Zucchini Fritters

Cooking several new recipes (red bean meatballs; citrus & honey brussel sprouts; zucchini, kale & LightLife ground ‘meat’ Stromboli; Tofu fried rice; Zucchini fritters; Spaghetti squash bowls with faux meatballs,  Zucchini ‘lasagna’, Barley veggie soup to name just a few!)

Bird of Paradise on Mt. Sherman

Climbed my first 14’er (Mount Sherman!) and visited Leadville for the first time

Leadville, Colorado

Participated in a 21 day Yoga Challenge – amazing – tomorrow is day 21 so I’ll blog about that experience later this week

Mountain Biked for the first time at Table Mountain

Phish, Dick's Sporting Good Stadium

Went to my first Phish show, did my first public handstand, and visited shakedown street for the first time. Yikes!

Lots more to list….but even more to come. Can’t wait for fall!

Salsa Verde Veggie Tacos

Old Town Arvada has a fabulous Farmer’s Market every Sunday. How lovely! To support your local community, support eating and growing natural fruits and veggies….well, it’s a win win. And Mike and I can bike there! This year, we’re unfortunately ill-prepared to grow our own food – with all the renovations with the house, we’ve not had time to focus on outside. Our yard will definitely be in a better place next year, so we’ll hopefully get most of our produce from our own back yard….but until then, you can find us at the Arvada Farmer’s Market on Sundays.

Arvada Farmer's Market

After loading up at the Farmer’s Market, we biked home and watched some soccer (the world cup has been pretty exciting, especially with the US!) and of course, do some cooking!

For lunch, I made homemade salsa verde and veggie tacos. Delicious!!

Salsa Verde  Veggie Tacos

Salsa Verde Veggie Tacos

Small handful of baby carrots, sliced in half
3 stalks of Kale
1 zucchini
5 Corn Tortillas
1 tablespoon of olive oil

 

Salsa Verde
1 Jalepeno pepper (if you don’t like spicy, you can leave this out)
Large handful of cilantro
2 garlic cloves2 lines
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Vegetable Broth

Wash kale & put in roasting pan with carrots, add a drizzle of olive oil. Put in toaster over with the whole jalepeno pepper and roast at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Add tortillas for the last 5 minutes, to toast a bit.

Saute zucchini in a bit of olive oil on the stove for 7-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, wash cilantro and add to blender/food processor. Add lime juice, garlic, oil, broth. When jalepeno is done roasting, add that as well. Mix until liquid.

When kale & carrots are roasted and zucchini is browned, remove tortillas and assemble veggies in the tortillas. Drizzle with the salsa verde.

Happy eating!