Monthly Archives: July 2014

Summer Veggie Wrap

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This wrap is really refreshing and super easy to assemble. Try it with your favorite flavor of hummus and feel free to add different summer vegetables like zucchini or cucumbers!

Summer Veggie Wrap

  • Whole wheat wrap
  • 1 tablespoon hummus
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 4 thin slices of an orange pepper
  • 1/3 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 thin slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 the juice of one lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat wrap in microwave for 10 seconds. Then assemble wrap starting with hummus and ending with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

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This smoothie is a recipe I adapted from Juice Generation here in Soho Manhattan. It’s a staple for the Strala guides at Strala yoga and I have a feeling all of you are going to love it just as much as all of us do!

Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter (All natural if possible)
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!!

Mushroom Brown Rice Bowl

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This bowl is simple and delicious. Brown rice is paired with meaty portobello¬†mushrooms, crispy asparagus, fresh spinach and creamy mozzarella. Feel free to add extra veggies like zucchini or onions for an extra kick. ūüôā

Mushroom Brown Rice Bowl

  • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup portobello mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup asparagus, ends cut off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Sautee mushrooms on med-high heat in a skillet for 3 minutes or until they become soft. Add asparagus in with the mushrooms sautéing for an additional minute or until they become bright green. Toss cooked brown rice in pan and stir around 1 minute. Lastly turn off the heat and add the spinach stirring around to heat it up just a bit.

Transfer brown rice and veggie mixture onto a plate and top it with mozzarella, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Creamy Chickpea Bowl

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This lunch bowl is all raw and takes less then 5 minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for those of you that bring lunch to work, because it will stay fresh until the afternoon. Feel free to use your favorite hummus. I used¬†Achla Hummus¬†for this bowl but you can you use what ever kind you like.

Creamy Chickpea Bowl

  • 1/2 cup of canned of chickpea, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/2 cup portabello mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1-2 tablespoons hummus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Additional spices (optional), garlic powder, smoked paprika & oregeno

Combine chickpeas, mushrooms and spinach in a bowl. Top with hummus, lemon and any additional spices.

Enjoy!

Silky Smooth Blueberry Smoothie

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This is one of my favorite smoothies to make in the morning. It’s packed with blueberries, banana and spinach and then some added extra surprises like tahini and raw cacao nibs. When blended, you are left with a silky smooth blueberry smoothie that will leave you feeling amazing!

Silky Smooth Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!

How To Be Ok With Criticism

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Criticism isn’t an easy thing to take in.

Most people struggle with being able to listen to criticism in a productive and positive nature. Instead they tend to turn criticism into a direct attack on their character or individuality which is not always the case.

Sure, I’ve worked in jobs where criticism probably wasn’t coming from a compassionate place. Sometimes criticism is focused more¬†on feeding someone else’s ego in order to pull someone else down rather then lift them up. Unfortunately this happens more often then not but there are some simple steps that you can follow to turn any criticism into constructive, positive and motivating advice.

  1. Remember criticism¬†is a open-ended suggestion: Within all criticism there is some wiggle room for change. You never have to take criticism for a valid fact if you don’t completely agree with the suggestion. Turn your criticism into something positive for you. Find ways to take the parts that you do agree with and make it into your own. Most of the time criticism comes from a place of motivation to grow, so do your best to keep that in the back of your head while listening and evaluating what your critic is conveying.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: If you don’t understand or agree with how you are being criticized, speak up. Have a conversation. Nine times out of ten people will respect you more for being honest and open with how you feel. Show respect and try to remember that they probably¬†aren’t there to judge and berate you, they are there to help and support you. Remember that¬†it might be just as hard to deliver your feedback as it is for you to hear it. Keep the compassion mutual.
  3. Embrace Change: Change isn’t always easy, but it is always happening. You are constantly changing just as everyone else is. The good news is that change can be really fun, interesting and motivating when you embrace it. It can open doors, ignite happiness and make you excited for the new things that are happening. Be on the change train, go along for the ride. There will defintiely be bumps along the way but you can handle them if you stay malleable and excited about whats to come.