Superfood Friday

Bee Pollen

The newest addition to my morning oatmeal has been bee pollen! These colorful, soft, fragrant granules have been a wonderful surprise for me to discover. Bee Pollen is a holistic remedy used throughout the word however the uses and benefits are often overlooked and ignored. Which I feel is such a shame; these little beauties are powerful suckers. Bee Pollen is not the same as allergy causing pollen which is dry and carried easily by the wind but is actually proven to help treat allergies! The pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which is collected by honey bees and mixed with the bee’s digestive enzymes. Rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids, scientists rave about this as being super nutritious and a perfect food. Pollen is also the only plant source that contains vitamin B12! Here are some of my favorite benefits :

+ Enhances our Energy – The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins help us to keep going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.

+ Soothes our Skin – Used in topical products bee pollen can help to treat common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema and even acne. The amino acids and vitamins help to protect our skin and aid the regeneration of our cells.

+ Treats our Allergies – Studies have been done to show that 94 percent of patients that ate bee pollen were completely free from allergy symptoms. This included asthma, allergies and sinus problems.

+ Aids our Digestive System – The enzymes in bee pollen assist our body in getting all the nutrients we need from the food that we eat.

+ Immune System Booster – Bee pollen is great for our intestinal flora which supports our immune system. Bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that may help protect the body from contracting viruses!

+ Treats Cravings – Used holistically bee pollen is used to heal cravings. Bee pollen contains natural Phenylalanine which acts as appetite suppressants, along with Lecithin which helps to dissolve and flush fat from our bodies which is not only cleansing but a great detoxification for us.

+ Fertility Booster – Bee pollen restores and stimulates ovarian function, and can therefore be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. It is also well known as being a hormonal booster which is a wonderful aphrodisiac!

+ Building Blocks – Fresh bee pollen contains at least 22 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein needed to build every single cell in our body! Just 100 g of bee pollen contains as much protein as 1.5 kg of beef or 7 eggs!

Not sure how to use it? How about in your smoothie, sprinkled on pancakes, waffles or granola, you can even top off some raw brownies with a few granules, or how about rolled into an energy bliss ball? There are endless possibilities, just explore and enjoy : )

Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Happy Friday! xox

Motivating Mondays

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+ Jivamukti

I spent this past weekend at a Jivamukti workshop in Oslo. Øystein and Niclas were here in January at the Yoga Festival and their class moved and inspired me. I loved the spirituality that was weaved in between the asanas, the challenging poses that were set to perfect tunes and the energy from the instructors that brought us all into the present moment. This past weekend did not disappoint me, the class was intimately small and gave us all time to enhance our practice with guided assistance.  Saturdays class left me feeling cracked open, vulnerable but alive, while Sundays class brought be back to earth, grounded and complete. They both give yoga the energy I search for, the presence I love and push me over my own comfort zone. They create an exhilarating experience filled with possibilities.  This clip was played to start off our practice yesterday, I feel it should be a clip that is played every morning.

+ Books Worth Reading

9a2374ac57ea59a8efefcb5e22e74135I love a good book. The comfort and enjoyment I get from those pages in a novel always bring me to a state of being grounded. Unfortunately I have been neglecting it recently and choosing short articles or blog posts, a quick fix and rushing along with my day. This week I will be slowing down and letting the pages and words soak in, settle and ground me. Here are a few of my favorite past reads:

+ Instagram

My Instagram is filled with yoga, food and beautiful friends. Here are a few of my favorite accounts:

Sweat and Oranges, Amy Landry and Sarah Pohl

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+ Monday Mantra: Restore. Renew. Relax. Restore your faith in Humanity. Restore yourself.

Motivating Mondays

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I spent the last 3 days on the couch swimming in tissues, popping Echinacea and drinking my body’s weight in veggie juice. At first this annoyed me. I had grand plans for a weekend with a house all to myself and was hoping to attend a new Jivamukti yoga class, have lunch with old friends, and a movie night with a dear friend. But as life would have it, I locked myself away and watched TV shows I’m embarrassed to say I indulged in and spent hours upon hours of sleeping. However I decided this cold would be different, rather then wallowing away I chose to enjoy it, go with the flow, not worry about missed fun opportunities and enjoy 2 days all to myself with no guilt or personal judgement. And that is just what I did. I read, I juiced, I ate, I laughed a whole bunch, and I healed my body. These are a couple of the things that got me through the weekend : )

+The Lady

Watch this. This is what real dedication, love, and following your gift looks like. And probably feels like. This woman is amazing, a true spirit and humble soul. I found wisdom and power in this movie and it not only portrayed her personal and long journey to where she is today but also the journey her family was on.  A movie that illustrates true sacrifice and courage.

+ Donation Yoga

After 3 days on the couch I am craving my mat. And what better way to get this week going then with donation based yoga! Shibumi Om is a new Wellness Center in Frogner, Oslo and this week only will be offering donation based yoga. Take advantage of this beautiful new center and indulge in some fabulous new classes. Eight Treasures Yoga is a gem of a place. Everytime I have gone the classes are full, the teachers are wonderful and the energy is electric.

+Juicing

I slipped last week with only one juice.  I don’t know why, probably out of laziness and it’s still cold here, but I clearly need a vitamin boost. So here are a couple of my favorite recipes i’ll be fixing myself this week:

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“Cold Remedy”: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. This brings wonderful relief from cold and flu symptoms. Need I say more?

One Apple, two celery stalks, 1/4 lemon, 1/3 cucumber, one carrot, pinch of cayenne pepper

“Green Machine”: Spinach improves eyesight and builds healthy bones, limes are a skin booster and celery is an anti-inflammatory. That’s one power packed punch of goodies.

One pear, two handfuls of spinach, 1/2 cucumber, one celery stalk, 1/2 lime

“Beet it”:  This is a great juice for your lymphatic system. If you have frequent colds, hold on to water, get rashes, have sore throats, allergies, painful menstruation or thyroid issues, this is a sign of a congested lymph system. Get it moving!

One small beet, 1/2 bell pepper, one apple, one handful of spinach, 1/2 lemon, one inch of fresh ginger

+Monday Mantra: “Don’t Worry”

The Universe has your back, allow life to flow, forgive, and love.

What’s motivating 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

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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!

Rooted Intentions

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Rooted is a word I’ve always played around with, a word I’ve tried to mold myself into. I’ve always wished I was rooted to a hometown or had deeper roots in my own nationality but recently I found that feeling rooted comes from within. Its a base of support that I give myself, an essential part of my character and my upbringing whether or not its in a hometown or with people of my own nationality. Rooted is where I am and who I am now in this very present moment.

Intentions, I think of stepping outside of my habits, breaking old beliefs and creating inspirational affirmations that guide me.  I think of healing, radical, transforming and healthy dreams that motivate me to change my life. I know that it can define an aim or purpose, a wish one plans to carry out but I found this to be the most compelling and fitting definition “A natural healing process” It instantly spoke volumes to me. An intention can lead to a natural healing process of our health, life, relationships, and career.

Rooted Intentions” is the practice of creating a base of support in the natural healing process of our lives. Through food, yoga, wellness, life’s inspirations and joys I want to share what my rooted intentions are and the impact it can have on your life. I want to inspire you on this windy, beautiful, sparkly and fearless road that we call life, so that we can create something magical together.