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What Are You Hungry For Recipe Round Up: Snacks to Meals and Sweet Desserts

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 8.20.14 AMFor the last two weeks we hosted a “What Are You Hungry For?” give away and had a lot of submissions for our favorite healthy snack or meal recipe portion. While we could only pick one to win for the give away, we had so many good options that we wanted to showcase them for everyone. So everyone get your bookmarks and grocery lists ready because there are some very tasty and awesome options here for you, for the holiday season and all year round! (All links open in a new tab so it’s easy for you to save and come back for others)

Snacks

Roasted Brussel Sprout Chips – Debbie R.

No Bake Energy Bites – Julia W.

Meals

Paleo Egg in Ham Cups“I’ve been starting my day with this. It’s quite easy to substitute sliced turkey if one doesn’t eat pork.  And there’s so little prep and clean up for such a pretty, fool-proof meal.  I heat the oven while I put the coffee on, pop it in while I shower, and the egg is ready 15 minutes later, perfect timing! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I’ve noticed a big, positive difference with this perfect-sized portion of pure protein.” – Gentry L.

Ricotta Fritters with Tomato Sauce & Courgette Salad* – “A proper, wholesome meal in minutes. These fritters are an absolute doddle and the crispy creaminess works a treat with the tomato sauce. Delicious at its best!” – Tatjana J. (Featured picture*)

Grilled Cheese Tomato SandwichPinki L.

Vegan

Kale Citrus Salad with Cranberries and Roasted Walnuts – “It is super fresh with vibrant colors, a burst of citrus, tang of cranberries, a nutty crunch, and the star of the show: superfood Kale! This salad is sure to turn any kale-hater around.  With the addition of dried cranberries and toasted walnuts, it is a wildly colorful, incredibly tasty, and amazingly healthy addition to any holiday feast.” – Dawn G. 

West African Sweet Potato Supper with Coconut Rice – “This is one of my family’s favorite recipes I found on the internet: delicious, healthy, filling, easy.” – Irene R. 

Sweet Dessert

Apple Crisp from Whole Foods – “I’ve been making this crisp recipe for years. It combines both apples and pears and is great this time of year! I substitute agave for the granulated sugar and its awesome with coconut milk ice cream on top!” – Stephanie F.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DipKarla H. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted! We hope you have fun trying out some of these dishes! If you have a favorite healthy snack or meal recipe you want to share put it in the comments below. And make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter for how to enter our other give aways happening throughout the month of December!

5 Links to Bring Out Your Inner Poet

This Heart of Mine

Good poetry draws you in like a Siren
The voice of beauty that lures you closer
Until you just can’t help yourself

Opening your heart word by word
It needs no key
Nor your permission

It simply speaks to you
Softly, boldly, and shamelessly
These naked words on a page
At once humbling, empowering, and revealing

Rebelling against rules and structure
Good poetry reels you in with the promise
Of that one great line
You will never forget.

April being National Poetry Month, we’ve rounded up some poetry to inspire you to create your own. You’ll likely be surprised at the creativity that comes flowing out.

Take a tip from Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

There are numerous books and articles on the power of meditation, but this brief poem delivers you to the moment with little fanfare.

Pause (Care2)

Sometimes the shortest poems drive the point home best. Think nursery rhymes or children’s books.

The Beauty in Contrast (Positively Positive)

Reading poetry is often like swimming through water. You feel it, you flow with it, you get to the same place a boat would take you, but have an altogether different experience.

I Am (Yoganonymous)

Poems often hang in the air after we read them. They don’t explain themselves as they go, but somehow we understand them. There is a sense of, Okay, what now? Then we realize, That was it.

Silence (Elephant Journal)

Some of the best poetry of all time grace the list of our 16th President.

Abraham Lincoln’s 9 Favorite Poems (Huffington Post)

 

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5 Ways to Follow Your Heart

ColoursFollowing our heart sounds nice in theory, but when it comes down to it, hearts can be hard to trust. We often want a guarantee that we’re making the right choice or headed in the right direction.

Sometimes we follow other people’s paths because they’re tried and true. Predictability is nice.

The idea of Dharma fits into this. There are different definitions of dharma, but this one by master yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala is laden with truth:

“Dharma is not what you do, not what you should do, not even what you want to do, but what you were born to do.”

Some people know the answer to the question, What is your dharma? Others spend lifetimes trying to find it.

Following your heart will place you on the path to a fulfilling life and a potentially deeply purposeful life.

Here’s 5 inspiring quotes and links to support you as you courageously follow your heart.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

7 Keys to Discovering Your Life’s Purpose (Positively Positive)

“Keep planting yourself. The harvest will come.” – Jon Gordon

Motivation Lies Within Us (Huffington Post)

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

7 Ways to Get Everything You Want Out of Life (Yoganonymous)

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell

Go: The Circus Will Make Sense (Elephant Journal)

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

Beyond Fear (Care2)

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5 Ways to Harness Today’s Full Moon Energy

Super Red MoonThe full moon in Libra peaked this morning at 2:30 a.m. PST.

Considered one of the most potent full moons of the year, the unique planetary arrangement happening this week creates a powerful play we can take part in here on earth.

How to harness this enormous energy in your life? Here are 5 energetic concepts in full swing during the full moon in Libra. Tune into them closely and choose to interact with them positively.

Release what is no longer serving you. What are you holding onto that is over and done? What is still weighing you down that you have no use for? Relationships, objects, grudges, clutter?

Start Your Psychological Spring Cleaning (Huffington Post)

Take responsibility. The full moon is historically a time of harvest. A time to reap what you sow. Take responsibility for what has happened in your life and what is happening. Good or bad, own your part. This empowers you to move forward courageously and clearly.  

Taking Responsibility (Positively Positive)

Review and rejuvinate your relationships. Your relationship to yourself and your relationships with others. The full moon is a time of illumination. The clarity that comes from introspection can reveal uncomfortable truths. Let them be a catalyst for change.

4 Reasons We Stay in Bad Relationships (Care2)

Conflict is more possible during this full moon. Bring awareness to anger and choose harmony over harming with every word you say and every action you take.

How Conflict Can Create Love (Yahoo Shine)

Change is the only constant with this moon. Things are highly charged and in a high state of flux. Soften to the waves of change. Draw on your flexibility. Break yourself open and set yourself free.

Haunted by Impermanence (Elephant Journal)

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5 Powerful Practices for Reducing Stress

DepressedWork-related stress creates an estimated $300 billion/year loss from absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity and medical, legal and insurance costs.

Here’s some eye-opening statistics about stress:

  • 69 % of employees report that work is a significant source of stress.
  • 41 % say they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday.
  • 51 % of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress
  • 55 % of employees say that job demands have interfered with responsibilities at home in the past three months.

We’ve rounded up the 5 top stress-relievers. Try incorporating one or two on a regular basis to keep stress at a healthy and productive level.

Acupuncture. The whole-body approach to acupuncture has some new medical back-up for its well-known stress-relieving benefits.

Acupuncture Could Help Prevent Stress (Huffington Post)

Ayurveda. The ancient practice of Ayurveda focuses on balancing the mind, body, and spirit health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and cleansing.

5 Simple Ayurvedic Tips to Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit (MindBodyGreen)

Yoga. The conscious movement and breathing done in yoga helps to calm the nervous system and strengthen the mind-body connection.

8 Poses to Spring Clean Your Body (Yoganonymous)

Tapping. Also called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), tapping is similar to acupuncture, except no needles are used and you can do it yourself. The technique is said to “dissolve the blocks in your body and psyche to the emotional and physical healing you so desperately need.”

How Tapping Can Help You Deal with a Debilitating Disease (Positively Positive)

Meditation. A practice getting more and more attention in our modern day, just 5 or 10 minutes of meditation a day can have profound calming and resetting effects on the mind and body.

Meditation Boosts Mood, Eases Pain & Stress (Care2)

5 Healing Energy Baths to Restore & Renew

chakra buddhaOur energetic field, or aura, can sometimes feel like it needs recharging. Perhaps we are overextending in the way of giving to everyone but ourselves. Our heart chakra may need some balancing. If we are feeling ungrounded, spacey, or disconnected, we may need to tune into the energy of our root chakra.

The word Snana is the Sanskrit word for bath or bathing, and there are snanas, or baths, for every chakra to help realign and rebalance the subtle but powerful energies housed in our bodies.

Here’s 5 baths to help you find energetic balance and ease.

Earth Bath. Often referred to as “earthing,” an earth bath is for the root chakra and consists of reconnecting to things that are grounding. Stabilizing yoga poses, walking barefoot, lying on a warm rock, spending some time in the desert or places that feel heavy and rooted are a good way to find your inner grounding.

Connecting to the Earth (MindBodyGreen)

Water Bath. A water bath can recharge the second chakra, which has a watery nature. Things that feel cleansing, such as getting in the ocean, natural hot springs, or even an aromatherapy bath can replenish this fluid, sensual energy.

10 Baths that Heal (Care2)

Fire Bath. The third chakra has a fiery quality to it. If you are feeling lifeless, low on energy, or low on willpower, a fire bath can stoke the energetic embers within. Watching sunsets and sitting by a campfire or fireplace can be external ways, but internally you can create heat through physical commitment, discipline, and focus.

How to Ignite Your Inner Flame (and keep it!) (Yoganonymous)

Air Bath. An air bath will stimulate the heart chakra. Breathe fresh air or just observe the qualities of air, such as watching incense smoke waft through the air or the steam off your cup of coffee. Tune into your own life-sustaining breath to reinvigorate your sense of gratitude, love, and wholeness.

Take A Breath (Huffington Post)

Sound Bath. Singing, chanting, reading poetry or playing music are all ways to access the throat chakra and find your inner voice.

Sound and Body Awareness (Elephant Journal)

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5 Ways to Create Space for Spring

Child Tending Broken Baby Seedling free creative commonsThe long-awaited time change happens this Sunday, and the first day of Spring, the Spring Equinox, is on March 20.

Seasonal changes are an opportune time to check in with what’s happening with our bodies and minds on a bigger scale.

Harmonizing with the seasons and lunar phases has ancient roots and can allow us to gracefully shed our winter coat and tap into the energetic nature of springtime.

The actual seasons are just like seasons in our lives, coming and going cyclically. Moving into a new one often provides perspective into the passing one.

Our 5 links give you some ideas on how to create space for what is to come.

Spring cleaning is not limited to the external. All the new light and new energy in the air can be a great time to clear out old thoughts and patterns.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Soul (Elephant Journal)

“Just like the spring sun causes the snow and ice to melt, it melts the excess kapha in our bodies.”

Ayurveda 101: Spring Renewal (Yoganonymous)

As the external world begins its transition into a time of growth, we might notice some internal shifting happening as well. Letting the necessary breakthroughs happen while staying grounded is the delicate balance.

Good Vibrations: A 5-Step Sound Practice to Quiet the Mind (Care2)

Feeling less tired? Have a little more energy? Here’s the science behind spring fever.

Spring Fever: Why You Feel Different With the Change in Season (Huffington Post)

The time and weather don’t have to be the only thing that changes. As the science of neuroplasticity demonstrates, our brains are capable of changing at any time in our lives. Why not now?

Change Your Mind (Positively Positive)

 

5 Ways to Soften into Strength

“They never tell you there’s strength in vulnerability
They only tell you not to cry.” – Gary Jules

When Water Drops CollideThese lyrics ring true for many of us, men and women alike, who have been told through our lives to Suck it up, Be strong, Push through.

While this can be good advice at times, what is often overlooked is the yin side of our emotions. Sensitivity, vulnerability, compassion, humanity.

Often labeled as “weak,” these are emotions we learn to hold at bay until life brings us to our knees.

This week we contemplate 5 ways to find the courage to soften into who we really are. To be vulnerable. To be human. This is true strength.

When in a position of leadership, whether as a boss or a parent, we often feel the need to set a perfect example. Admitting mistakes and other “human” traits requires strength, courage, and gains credibility with whoever you are privileged to lead.

The Value of Vulnerable Leadership (Huffington Post)

We often cover up our sensitive side with bravado or a tough exterior. Learning how to retain our sensitivity while standing solid in our strength is a lifelong practice.

Inside Out Heart: An Ode to Being Too Sensitive (Yoganonymous)

Learning what vulnerability is not can provide a clear backdrop for what it is. To start with, vulnerability is not fear and is not perfection.

How I Learned to be Vulnerable (MindBodyGreen)

Fear of all sorts is often the barrier to revealing our true selves. Facing the fear can free us to be our most authentic self.

Why Fear Holds Us Back (Elephant Journal)

The secret to being vulnerable is that it allows you to connect to yourself and to others in a real way. Whether it’s a two-word exchange or a deep conversation, make it real.

Be Authentic. Be Vulnerable (Positively Positive)

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Free Your Inner Goddess in 5 Steps

Getty Museum #11 (Venus Reclining on a Sea Monster with Cupid and a Putto)The next time you see a beautiful, confident, happy, successful woman, pretend you’re looking in a mirror. Because you are.

All those wonderful traits are in all of us, regardless of the body we’re wearing, the life we’re living, or the cards we’ve been dealt.

Freeing your inner goddess is about trusting yourself, believing in yourself, and reconnecting with yourself. Not the small self you believe you are, not the limited role you play in your daily life, but the unlimited, creative, inspiring, connected, empowered self you really are.

SELF-REFLECTION. The way to unveil your true potential is to take a good look at what may be blocking it.

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself (MindBodyGreen)

SELF-LOVE. Why is it so easy to believe it when someone else tells us “I love you,” and not enough when we say “I love you” to ourselves? Dr. Melody Moore answers questions on the impossible beauty image standard and self-love.

Practicing Body Acceptance, Compassion & Community (Elephant Journal)

SELF-CONTROL. When we hear the words “self-control,” we often think of depriving ourselves of something we want. In actuality, cultivating self-control in our lives can add to our lives instead of taking away from them.

5 Tips for Boosting Self-Control (PositivelyPositive)

SELF-SUSTAIN. Women can empower women. We have all experienced being inspired by a friend or women leaders. Below are 4 principles to step into your own power and pass it on to others.

4 Principles of Women’s Empowerment (Huffington Post)

SELF-DISCOVERY. How do you handle people who rub you the wrong way? The difficult people in our lives can be a gift in disguise. They polish us, test us, and make us dig deep into our stores of gratitude and love. In short, they make us better people.

How to Be Grateful to People We Don’t Like (Care2)

 

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5 Meditations in Under 6 Minutes

Grandfather Clock Face Waters building EXPLORE 4-8-08 2828The benefits of meditation seem to be endless. Calming, healing, transforming, connecting, and rejuvinating, to name a few.

There are so many practices to choose from that it can take some research and self-reflection to find the practice right for you.

The next step is to find the time. If we all had a few extra hours in the day, it would be easy, but most of us are lucky if we have can squeeze out a few extra minutes. Regularity is the important thing.

Here’s 5 practices that can be done when you have just a few minutes. On a lunch break, at a car wash, sitting in your car, right when you wake up or before falling asleep.

Meditation is not so much a practice of tuning out as it is tuning in. Tuning in to what is, even if that’s not a quiet, meditative place.

A Lesson in Allowing What Is (MindBodyGreen)

Taking a few moments and bringing nonjudgemental attention to an intention for our day – be that love, gratitude, openness, fearlessness – can encourage us to focus on embodying those traits as our day unfolds.

Where Our Truth Lies (Elephant Journal)

Do you feel like you’re sleepwalking through most of your day? Awakening is not always an illusive, nirvana-like state. It can be as simple as bringing attention to what is right in front of you.

STOP the Cycle and Step into the New (PositivelyPositive)

In this 6-minute video clip Dr. Parisi walks you through a stress-reducing meditation. Try it and let us know how it works!

Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Joe Parisi (Huffington Post)

This practice is about opening to the space, support and love that already exists in your own heart.

Meditate on the Heart (Care2)

 

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