Blackberry Basil Cucumber Smoothie

I created this smoothie yesterday after my trip the the city farmers market walking from my new apartment. I love being downtown and being walking distance to everything. It’s not only better for the environment to walk more, but it’s better for your soul. I feel more present and awake to my surroundings, noticing little things I never noticed before. I love feeling connected to my food, and the farmers I buy my food from. I went at 7:30 am, and beat the crowd, so I was able to really talk to the farmers and ask about my food. It was a great experience.I encourage you to check out your local farmers market. It’s really worth it!

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1 cucumber chopped
5 large basil leaves
1 cup blackberries
2 large handfuls of arugula
1/2 cup almond milk ( or any non-dairy milk)
2 ice cubes
1 scoop vega protein powder (or any protein powder you like)
Blend and enjoy!

Arugula is a very nutritious green high in vitamins A and C. According to David Wolfe, it is very high in sulfur, so it is a beautifying food, great for the skin and acne.

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The joy of healing

What a week this has been! I’ve moved into a new apartment this week, had major shifts in old ideas, fears and changes in my overall healing process. I’m not exaggerating ¬†when I say all I’ve wanted to do is rest, sleep, and go within. It really is truly magical when I allow myself the rest and healing my mind and body truly needs. I’m so accustomed to be on the go, in a rush, worried about people liking me and accepting me, trying to be and do perfect things, trying to manage my life. It’s not only draining, but it robs me of true vibrance and joy. It is true joy to be present in the moment, to live your life now, and not be so fearful of the future or stuck in the past. I have found I cannot be giving when I have nothing to give, when I don’t take the time to replenish my soul. My sister was here visiting this weekend and decided she was going to jump out of a plane. She felt drawn to go skydiving, something I am too fearful to try. I have been so busy working and being obsessed with having my apartment together that I missed seeing her jump.I missed out. I always miss out when I’m self-obsessed. This is what happens when I’m not free of my self-imposed demands of life. Here is my sister at Orange Skydive in Orange, Va.

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Amaranth my new favorite grain

I’ve recently discovered amaranth. Amaranth, meaning “never fading flower” in Greek, are highly nutritious seeds ( and greens although hard to find). Like buckwheat and quinoa, amaranth is a high-quality source of plant protein containing two essential amino acids lysine and methionine which are generally low in grains. Amaranth is packed with iron and calcium, good for those avoiding dairy. The fiber content is triple that of wheat and amaranth is completely gluten free.

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The healing beauty benefits of seaweed

I was really hesitant to try seaweed a few years ago. I didn’t like the smell and I thought it was really fishy tasting. I just didn’t know how to eat it or add it to my foods. Now I love it! I love nori wraps and sushi. I love seaweed salad. ¬†Heres me enjoying seaweed salad from my favorite restaurant called The Great Sage. The Great Sage is in Clarksville, MD and worth the day trip! It’s 100% vegan and delicious!

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