What is the most beautiful morning to you?
Do you know what I mean? For me, it’s waking up without any alarms blasting in my ears, yet not in the middle of the day either. Those mornings when you went to bed at a decent hour and just naturally woke up as the sun started shining into your bedroom window. Yeaaa that starts it for me.
Having enough time to do what you’d like to before leaving. Not rushing. Cooking a warm and healthy breakfast matched with fresh made juice. Making yourself a homemade avocado facial. Doing some yoga in the morning sun. Taking a warm relaxing shower. Then taking the time to curl your hair and pick out a cute outfit.
A beautiful morning. How often do you give yourself a beautiful morning? Can’t remember? Well, maybe it’s time. I realize not everyone can do this daily or regularly, but can you do it one morning a week? A Saturday or Sunday? Go in to work an hour later than usual.
Let me tell you, I haven’t done this in a while. I sort of lost it. I DID do it today! My oh my, what a difference I feel with my life right now. Taking care of yourself is so important! Not just eating right, but treating your self right, with care.
I’ll share all the wonderful things from my beautiful morning.
Sweet Potato Home Fries and Greens with Mashed Avocado
Cut a sweet potato into cubes, like home fries. Then dice up half of a medium onion of your choice. I used a white onion. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a heated saute pan. Throw in your sweet potatoes and onion. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cover it with a lid.
Meanwhile, mash up half an avocado with a fork. (Save like a tablespoon of it though. You’ll see why ;))
Add some salt to your avocado. I added a little bit of lime and cilantro too 🙂
When it’s almost cooked, about 20 minutes, sprinkle on some dried rosemary and add a handful of spinach or other green. Stir. Cook until greens are wilted.
Looks Yummy! And Healthy!
Cucumber, Apple, Orange Juice
Pretty simple. Just juice a cucumber, a green apple and an orange. YUM YUM!
Eat your breakfast in peace. I like to dip my home fries in the avocado. It’s much healthier than my other favorite, BBQ sauce.
I had these beautiful flowers to admire while I ate. I bought them for myself, but that doesn’t make a difference 😉 They’re still beautiful.
I’ve shared this with you before, but take that left over avocado I had you save and mash it up really well. Then smear it on your face! Leave it there for about 20 minutes and wash with warm water 🙂
It doesn’t look pretty but your skin will feel oh so good!
What do you like to do in the mornings to take care of yourself?
What gets your day started off right?
As always, be healthy, be happy, and wear it like a hot babe!
Sometimes we have a little too much fun. Well… sometimes I have a little too much fun. There’s nothing that says you can’t be healthy, happy, hot and fun!
Anyways after some not-so-good food choices and a few extra drinks with my friends, I just don’t want anything to eat or drink. It all sounds heavy and just not happening. That’s when I run to my juicer! Because let’s be honest even smoothies sometimes are just too heavy after a late night.
This is a fabulously refreshing, light drink packed with good -for-you stuff that will kick start your body back to healthy, happy, and hot!
You do need a juicer for this! And if you don’t have one, it is so worth the investment! I’m in love with mine.
What You Need
Whole cucumber with the ends cut off. A green apple cut into chunks. A peeled lime. Ice and water.
Run the cucumber, apple and lime through the juicer. Then add plenty of ice and about 4 oz of water to the juice. Stir it up…
Get ready to feel alive again!
Wait! There’s more!
Why does this baby work so well you ask?
Cucumbers are super hydrating. They’re 96% water, plus packed with vitamins A, B, and C, not to mention the other minerals hiding in there. Because of all the fiber and water in these babies, they work magic when it comes to driving out toxins in your body. Ya know, the crappy food and bar drinks! A little added bonus to cucumber juice, beautiful skin! So don’t just sip this when you’ve wreaked havoc on your body, treat yourself to some beautiful skin too!
Back up that cucumber with a lime and goodbye crappy day. Limes are very acidic, like you didn’t already know that, but the high acidity cleans out toxins in your digestive tracts. Kind of like scrubbing the floors in your kitchen. But it’s also packed with potassium (who knew?!) which will clean out the toxins in your kidneys and bladder!
As for that apple, it’s mostly because I think it makes it taste better! But we all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s good enough for me for this one!
Time to get refreshed! I think I might just go make another one 🙂
Over the weekend I spent a lot of time explaining to people what I do for my work and sharing about my blog. I explained many times that I was doing a 30 day challenge for my blog and what it entailed. And I got so many questions about what I was eating etc, etc. (I was at a graduation party on my fiance’s side and the only vegan thing there.. were carrot sticks and cucumbers haha)
Brett’s (my fiance) aunt was like you should give a meal by meal update so it can be duplicated so we can do it too! This is both awesome and very challenging (for me). But for the last 6 days of my 30 Day Challenge I am going to do my best to do exactly that, while still sharing some good health info!
Alyssa this is dedicated to you. 🙂
What I Eat… so Far Today
I’m a little smoothied out and running out of fruit, so this morning I moved on over to the juicer! Juicing can be just as good and good for you as smoothies. They’re easier to drink and less filing, but you still get all the same phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Not only that but eliminating some of the fiber makes it easier for your body to absorb into your blood stream! This means quick energy, sort of like you might get from coffee.
Good Morning Delight
3 apples (any kind works)
1/2 a tomato
1 celery stalk
Juice those babies up and viola its a good morning delight! (sorry, I guzzled this bad boy down before I thought to take a picture) Now for my lunch…
Garlicky Asian Quinoa Stir-Fry
I always loved how flavorful the veggie stir fries at Chinese Restaurants are. It took me awhile to come up with a good home-made version. But this is quite delicious and full of flavor.
This ingredient list looks long, but really its just a lot of different vegetables. You don’t have to use as many as I do. I generally just take whatever is in my fridge and throw it in. Use as many or as few as you like.
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
2/3 c quinoa
1 1/3 c water’
1/2 onion, 1 inch pieces
1 bell pepper (any color), 1 inch pieces
2 carrots, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
2 c. mushrooms, quartered
1 Tbsp hoisin
1/2 zucchini, cut lengthwise then sliced
1 ear of corn, taken off the cob
1 c fresh broccoli
3 tbsp rice vinegar
3 clove garlic, pressed/minced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
sea salt to taste
1. In a sauce pan, add 1 tbsp EVOO. Then add garlic powder, cayenne, and paprika. You want to lightly fry the spices.
2. Add the quinoa and water. (You want to make sure you pre-soak your quinoa for a couple minutes before you cook it otherwise it won’t sprout.) Boil then simmer for 20 minutes with a lid on.
3. Meanwhile in a saute pan add 1 tbsp EVOO, onions, bell pepper, carrots, and celery. Let them cook down a bit. Then add 1 Tbsp soy sauce and hoisin. Stir
4. Add zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, and corn.
5. Mix in the rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Stir and let cook until vegetables are coated and tender.
6. Lay down the quinoa on a plate and cover with the stir fry veggies. Garnish with fresh green onion if you like and enjoy!
Well my friends writing recipes wears me out! Please enjoy them! Alyssa, do try it. This is an easy-to-get-into-quinoa recipe!
I’ve got some hula-hooping to do and some pampering to do and a whole list of other things I should do as well!
Eat healthy, be happy, and rock you’re hot body!