Happy Baby Bowl

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Hi There,

I’ve been having to eat very mindfully lately. Breastfeeding a 3 month old (She’s getting so big!) little girl has me constantly thinking about what I am putting into my body.

I find myself eating the same things over and over again because I know these certain foods don’t make her fuzzy. Hopefully we will get into a nice routine soon where I can experiment with more ingredients, but for now this Happy Baby Bowl is officially my magic potion.

Luckily, it taste freaking amazing so feel free to make it even if you aren’t a breastfeeding mama like me.🙂

Happy Baby Bowl

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ground flaxseeds

Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Raspberry Peanut Butter Surprize Smoothie

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The days are counting down until my little baby girl arrives. Her furniture is assembled, her clothes are washed and her stuffed animals are patiently waiting to be squeezed and loved. I am waiting (not so patiently) to meet her, hold her and just stare at her little face.

At this point in pregnany it feels as if time starts to slow down. Every day feels longer than the last and the fact that any moment labor could begin is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. It’s also much harder to do yoga simply because my belly is in the way and movement in general is a bit more challenging. Walking however, has been a new healer of mine. I highly recommend it to women in their third trimester if your back allows it.

Walking is incredibly relaxing. It’s a great time to pop on your favorite playlist, podcast or audio book and just go. Take new routes overtime to keep yourself inspired and stimulated and take your time, there’s no rush to get anywhere.

With all my walking, I’ve also picked up a habit of smoothie bowls after each walk to replenish on nutrients and to cool off my body. I came up with this Raspberry Peanut Butter Surprise yesterday and I know it will become a regular around my house for now on. It’s creamy, sweet and a bit salty and a great smoothie to pair with your favorite granola.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.🙂

Raspberry Peanut Butter Surprize Smoothie 

  • 1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1 banana (frozen or not)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (preferably natural)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Smoothie Tip: The longer you blend, the smoother the smoothie.😉

Fall In Flow

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Fall is fully here, and with it has come a need for me to feel more anchored.

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I have a baby that could arrive any moment now and nesting is a big part of the 3rd trimester. Or if it’s something in the crisp Fall air that makes me want to find the footing beneath me, but this need to anchor is real and I feel it not only in my own life but in others as well.

Over the last few months I’ve watched almost all of my closest girl friends and I go through a lot of change and we’ve all come out of it with more perspective, more confidence and a great feeling of release. As I look at myself and them now, I see that we are all ready to start to flow more inward and let our ideas and dreams come into fruition.

Fall is a time to get in flow. To start to create, innovate and find structure around your passions and your family life. In Fall we slow down, move a little more mindfully and we find comfort in feeling the ground under our feet.

So the time is now to find your own flow and let yourself solidify in that flow. Let your awareness have roots and allow those roots to seep into what brings you the most joy.

This is a great time to begin a meditation practice, to start journaling, writing down your thoughts and ideas and taking time to listen to what your body and mind need. It’s also a great time to slow down your yoga practice, taking slower flows that give you more time to feel and stay present.

Whatever it is that you choose to do in this season just make sure that you keep your focus, stay grounded and follow your own internal flow.

Much Love,

Anna

Lime Roasted Carrots

Lime Roasted Carrots

Fall is officially here starting tomorrow!

The chill of the air is slowly trickling into the New York City streets and as I walk around I can feel myself embracing this new season. Bring on the pumpkins, the smells of cinnamon and the beautifully colored Fall trees…bring on this baby so I can enjoy a pumpkin beer, please?😉

With the end of Summer here I wanted to make a dish that is reminiscent of summer but can transition into Fall smoothly. That’s where these Lime Roasted Carrots come in. They are slightly sweet, a little smokey and beautiful to look at.

Feel free to get creative with your spices, cayenne would add a nice kick for those who like heat and a hint of cinnamon might bring out a nice moroccan flavor to the dish. Get creative, make it your own and enjoy this transition into Fall.

Lime Roasted Carrots

Serves 4

  • A bundle of carrots (about 15) washed & dried
  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil (Use grape-seed, coconut or sesame oil)

Preheat oven to 380 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Toss all the ingredients together until every carrot is coated evenly. Place carrots on baking sheet lining them up one next to the other. Cook for 40 minutes tossing half way through.

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

For the last 7 years my husband has been telling me that his favorite cake is coffee cake and for the first time this week I realized that in 7 years I have never actually seen him eat it. So obviously I decided that this needed to change and I started researching recipes immediately. First things first, this recipe isn’t healthy, nor is it vegan or gluten free but it is delicious, like really delicious.

It can be made in advance and it will hold up very in a sealed container. It’s also really good when heated up and topped with ice cream…just saying.😉

You can find the recipe here. I added chocolate chips which aren’t in the original recipe but if you want to add them just top the cake with about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips when there is only 10 minutes left in the oven.

Enjoy kids!

Respect Yourself

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Respect has been on my mind lately.

Growing up, respect was a big thing around my house. I was brought up to always respect my elders, strangers and peers and I took this very seriously, as all my siblings did.

However lately, the respect I show myself has been an interesting thing to look at. If you know me then you know I’m a bit of a people pleaser. I would easily run myself into the ground if it meant helping someone else. I like to make people happy and helping them to get there brings me great joy.

But what I do for myself, or the way I treat myself or what I expect from myself seems to be a different story. I came to this realization after not being able to sleep the other night. My mind was going a mile a minute with an issue that has come up in my life and I had completely let my thoughts take over. I literally couldn’t sleep, even after realizing that my thought process wasn’t healthy or even accurate for that matter.

The mind, as we know,  has a way of playing tricks on us and in this situation it had done just that. Through my thoughts I had convinced myself that I must be wrong or have done something wrong and that I had to fix this pressing problem. My mind brought me to believe as it had so many times before that I must make sure that others know how much I respect THEM, forgetting that I too must respect myself.

As I laid wide eyed in bed I thought, where is my respect for myself? I had been awake for 2 hours, worrying about doing right by others and I had completely forgot that I was a part of this. My happiest meant something too.

And that’s when it hit me. Respect must be even. I can’t or should I say we can’t keep giving respect if we are also not giving ourselves respect as well. I’m not talking about others giving us respect, we have no control over that, nor should we waste our time trying to demand such things. What I’m talking about is making sure to give ourselves the same respect that we give others. To remember that the way we treat ourselves matters just as much as the way we treat our elders, strangers and peers.

Giving back to you a bit, taking some pressure off of yourself and believing that you are doing your best and deserve to be happy can be that relief you seek. So grab a hold of some respect for yourself and keep it with you. You matter and you are worth it.🙂

 

Traditional Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With our little girl well on her way, my husband and I aren’t able to take our yearly trip to Greece to visit his family. As the humid days pass I find myself yearning for all things Greek, the people, the language, the water, the FOOD…

Fortunately, I’m lucky to live in Astoria, Queens where you can get authentic Greek food on almost every avenue and I’ve been taking advantage of it big time, practicing my Greek with the cooks and ordering all my favorites, gigantes (large white beans), Bamies (okra in tomato sauce) and Yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers).

But I’ve been making my absolute favorite, the Greek salad at home because it’s more cost effective and because its something that calms me to make. Traditionally, Greek salads don’t have lettuce, they consist of four main ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives and feta cheese. The fresher these ingredients are the better the salad will taste. This dish is refreshing to say the least and is the perfect addition to any summer dinner or lunch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.🙂

Traditional Greek Salad

Serves 4
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into large cubes
  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 large white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 pound feta
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Add all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl and enjoy!

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