Motivating Mondays

Monday

Monday Monday Monday! I was lucky enough this weekend to head up into the mountains and enjoy the warmish winter temperatures but a rather large storm decided to join us as well. Luckily I love storms as much as I do sunny days so I curled up next to a fire and indulged in naps, books, juices, and thought provoking shows. Hope you did something similar : )

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+ Bliss Energy Balls

Soak 2 cups of dried fruit (I love to use a combination of dates, figs, goji berries, golden raisins, and prunes) in a bowl of lukewarm water for 10 min. In the meantime place 2 cups of  nuts (I love to use a combination of walnuts, almonds and pecans), 1 cup raw cacao powder, pinch of salt and pinch of cinnamon in the food processor and blend until finely ground. Add soaked fruit until combined. The mixture may resemble bread crumbs but once you start to press them into the shape you wish they will easily stick together! Store in a glass jar or plastic container. Enjoy!

+ Makers

I stumbled upon this show last week and decided I would watch the first episode and see what it was all about. Well I ended up watching all 3. These women were the pioneers in the feminist movement that started after WWII, women who knew there was more to their lives, and who believed in nothing else but their dreams and the collective spirit of women who come together. I only wish these women had graced my history books in High school, hearing all their stories about change, the challenges women faced and how they overcame it all truly had me thinking about what my cause would be.

+ Yoga Causes

Speaking of causes I have this huge urge to go out and volunteer my time as a Yoga Teacher. I have been to both Kenya and South Africa and volunteered in the townships for two different non-profits. However I have this pull towards Africa and have always wanted to able to connect on a different level, be able to give my time, my passion with connecting to others and to be able to lend a hand in a healing process. Yoga is empowering and transforming, and all though  I don’t believe it will fix, or transform what is present in the townships today I would hope it could help someone for one moment in their day to step out of their mind and into their hearts. There are many organizations out there however I find these two very inspiring Mandala House and Africa Yoga.

 

+Monday Mantra : Breathe. Connect with the earth below you and show up for yourself. Breathe

 

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Motivating Mondays

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Even though spring has not yet arrived in Norway, I feel the season is just around the corner. Maybe it’s the warmer temperature (+1 this weekend!!) Or maybe it’s the mere fact that since February 1st we have a whole 2 hours extra of sunlight today. It makes all the difference. And to me this is a sign of spring, longer days, warmer weather and cooler foods. But until all our snow has melted and I pack away my boots I am going to enjoy these last weeks of winter, enjoy my warm soups and lighting candles to burn through the night. This weeks inspiration is a mix between yoga, meditation, granola and to be willing.

+Granola

pageHomemade granola makes my heart sing. And with either homemade almond milk or Greek yogurt I can happily say I am one grateful morning person. This recipe is fun and simple. You really can add whatever you wish to your own granola. I have been experimenting lately but I’ve enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Mix :

1 Cup gluten free oats. 1/2 cup quinoa. 1/2 cup almond pulp (This was left over from making almond milk). 1/2 cup mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. 1 1/2 cup mix of walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, almonds. 1 cup mix of dried fruit. 1/4 cup coconut shavings. 2 Tbs of chia seeds

Heat:

1/4 cup coconut oil + 1/4 cup raw honey on the stove. Stir continuously until it has all melted together.

Combine:

Coconut/honey mixture with dry granola ingredients and stir.

Bake :

At 170 C until golden, stir every 20 min. Let cool and store in sealed container, Enjoy!

+ No Fear

This is a wonderful clip on fear, and how “People may be just socially accepted levels of insanity”. It’s genius, he explains this concept of our fear in such a concrete and effective manner. And how do we stay away from insanity? Awareness, being present and mindful. You can also call this meditation. Meditation is not sitting on a cushion and saying “OM” for 20 min. Meditation is being aware of the words that you speak in the present moment, being aware of the conversation you are having with a loved one and the conversations you have with yourself, whether that is of love or doubt. Meditation helps to quite that fear based constant chatter and brings your more peace. Here are a couple great places to start. Headspace is for those who are practical and want structure yet change in their perceptions. They do a wonderful job for beginners in bringing this concept of mindfulness into your life in a very simple and effective manner. Smiling Mind has the same concept for the young and Deepak Chopra adds in more spiritulity for those who want that aspect.

+ Inspiring Conversations

“Why We Breathe” is a wonderful exploration of yoga and the impact it has on our lives. The way I feel and think about yoga was beautifully presented in this short documentary. These are the words I wish to use to explain my passion for yoga and the way it has not only impacted my life but how it impacts everyone. I will be watching this again.

“The Conversation” with Amanda de Cadenet. I had never heard of these episodes before Friday and I am so grateful that I have now discovered it. Powerful women with a voice and a message to share. Honest, raw and inspiring. Some of my favorite were Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria and Diane von Furstenberg. I don’t usually follow celebrities at all, I am never up to date but seeing them all in this setting and speaking about life brought them down to earth and let me see them for who they really are.

+ Monday Mantra: Be Willing. Be open. Be present. phonto(3)

What is inspiring you this week?

For the Love of Kale

kaleKale: I love Kale! Fall and going into winter is my favorite season because of this lovely vegetable. I have been experimenting with this leafy wonderful plant lately and thought I would share some recipes, I hope these inspires you all to include it in your diet!

Benefits:

– Lots of great fiber which helps promote healthy digestion, reduces constipation and has shown to potentially prevent colon cancer.
– Leaves are undeniable rich in vitamin C and vitamin K
– Plenty of carenoids, which improves vision, slows progression of age related eye problems and is protective against heart disease
– A bounty of minerals such as manganese, potassium, iron and especially calcium
– Powerful antioxidants
– A great detox, low calorie and zero fat

image(1)Kale Chips:

One large bunch of Kale, washed, trimmed and roughly shredded
½ Lemon, juiced
1 tbsp
Chia seeds
Olive Oil
Pinch of salt

Tear the kale off from the stem and wash with cold water. Place in a bowl with enough Olive Oil to coat, freshly squeezed lemon juice , chia seeds and a pinch of salt. Let it all soak in for about 15 min. In meantime heat oven to 200 C. When you feel it is ready place it on a baking pan and evenly spread, placing it in oven for 10 min. You will need to watch it though to make sure it doesn’t burn. When you feel it is complete take it out and let it cool. Great healthy snack : )

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Fresh Crunchy Kale Salad:

Serves 4

4 cups Kale washed, trimmed and shredded
2 cups green cabbage, shredded
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup of almonds roughly chopped
2 apples, julienned
1 cup Golden raisins

Tahini dressing:

1 orange,juiced
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp tahini
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup Olive Oil
Lemon juice to taste

For the dressing place the orange juice, maple syrup, tahini, salt in a bowl and whisk together. Slowly add the Olive oil and lemon juice to taste. Combine all salad ingredients in bowl and pour dressing over.

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A Kale Brunch:

Serves 2

½ sweet potato
One full bunch of Kale, washed, trimmed and chopped
2 eggs
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
2 tbsp pesto
1 lemon

Begin with turning your oven to 200 C. Using a carrot peeler ‘peel’ the sweet potato so you get slivers of potato, drizzling with Olive oil and placing in the oven for 10 min. Keeping an eye on it. In a frying pan heat the kale with some Olive Oil and stir around, once the kale has softened turn the heat down and add pesto and fresh lemon juice and stir. In a separate pot heat water to a boiling point, adding a dash of white wine vinegar. Once water has boiled crack the eggs in and set timer for 3 min. Spoon poached eggs out onto a paper towel to cool. Combine sautéed kale, avocados, roasted sweet potato and poached egg on each plate and enjoy!