Monthly Archives: October 2014

Finding Growth in Change

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These last few months have been transitional to say the least.

What once was is now different as it usually is, being that change is a very constant phenomenon.

With change comes questions.

Questions of “What if”, questions of “What now?” and questions of “Why?”.

None of these questions can be answered with any kind of accuracy. The truth is that we can’t change the past, predict the future or ever know why things are happening in the present moment.

Things just are as they are.

The only control we have is how we personally choose to react. We control how much energy we put into things and how much we allow things to affect us.

I believe the most positive way to approach any new situation is to turn change into an opportunity to grow.

Growth is the magic of life.

We have this ability to grow as individuals in ways that are so beautiful and vast that sometimes it scares us into thinking that we can’t grow.

Growth is scary. It takes courage, humbleness and above all the willingness to be vunerable.

I can only hope to grow forever.

To be able catch or reflect what is thrown at me and to try to always find reasoning in hard situations.

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Blueberry Granola Smoothie

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You are going to love this! Throw this smoothie together in the morning and watch your whole day get a little bit brighter.

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Blueberry Granola Smoothie

Blend all the ingredients EXCEPT for the granola in a blender until smooth. Top smoothie with granola.

Enjoy!

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Sweet & Salty Acai Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothie bowls have become my new favorite breakfast.

They’re a great substitution for sugary cereal because they have the crunch and sweetness of cereal without all the artificial ingredients and flavoring. In a smoothie bowl you get real food that’s filled with lots of minerals and vitamins without all the added sugar.

Your breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or unhealhy. You can know what you’re putting into your body and it can taste amazing, trust me. 🙂

Make a change today.

Sweet & Salty Acai Smoothie Bowl

Blend all the ingredients EXCEPT granola together until smooth. Top with granola, extra apple and a drizzle of peanut butter.

Eat with a spoon and enjoy!

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Herb Sprouted Whole Grain Fettuccine Pasta

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This is a super quick and super easy way to eat healthy during the week.

Throw together some healthy whole grain pasta with flavorful herbs, creamy feta, olive oil and kale and you are finished. Make pasta ahead of time and you can break it into portions for lunch during the week. 🙂

Herb Sprouted Whole Grain Fettuccine Pasta

  • 1 box Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Fettuccine (Or any other grain pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tuscan kale, julienned (cut into thin strips)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to box instructions.

Meanwhile, chop herbs and kale.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until combine.

Top with salt and pepper and ENJOY!

 

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

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So obviously as most of you know, I am 30 years old and am a far cry from the youngsters question of “What I want to be when I grow up”. But, recently I have been finding myself contemplating this question over and over again in my head.

You see, we might wonder what we want to be when we grow up when we are young but the truth is that that question as to who or what we want to be in our future comes up a lot throughout our lives.

Every decision we make has a direct effect on what happens in our future.

Where we choose to live, what we choose to do, who we choose to do it with, all lay out our future blueprint.

So as I’ve walked Manhattan’s fall streets these last few weeks I have thought about all of these things long and hard.

I’ve found that what I want to be is someone who doesn’t live fearing that something will be over before it began.

I want to be present.

I want to make decisions based on happiness and on how much time I’ll get to spend with my parents, my brothers and sisters, my amazing friends, my lovely husband and my future kids.

I want to be someone who is working towards life, not status; towards happiness, not goals.

I want to be wise now, not later.

Older people always say “you’ll understand when you get older” and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s the truest statement there is, because while we’re all trying to get ahead they’re already there. They can see that ahead is a lot like 20 years ago but now they are enjoying it more because they can feel it fleeting more than when they were young.

I want to feel “fleeting” in the most amazing way. I want it to wrap around me like a fall scarf and feel it warm me up and remind me everyday that this is all very temporary.

Enjoy it. All of it. It’s here now, happening all around us.

Life is already here, be in it, soak it up and make it blissfully happy.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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It was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at a pumpkin pie smoothie and after trying this I don’t know why I waited so long!

Check it out, you won’t be disapointed!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon Dastony’s Coconut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Top with my Crunchy Pumpkin Granola and Dastony’s Pumpkin Seed Butter!

Enjoy!

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