As we head into the holidays, its easy to do two things – either forget about ourselves and focus only on the needs of others (to a point of neglect for our own wellbeing) or to see all the fun things out there and go a little “self” crazy. Moderation is the key to most things in life, even in the holiday season.
With that being said, there are a few healthy things I am pretty much obsessed with at the moment – not too a point of selfishness, just to a healthy, happy point.
Some are healthy, some are indulgent, but all keep my spirit in check ,which in turns keeps my mind and body healthy and aligned for a happy holiday season.
1) Soup: when the weather gets chilly, there is nothing better than soup to ward off the cold…ecept for maybe obsession #2. I have a few soup recipes coming up for your and I am so very excited to FINALLY be able to make a soup that tastes good! It has been my nemesis for a LONG time.
2) Almond Milk Lattes. So good – with matcha green tea powder, chai tea, or even a touch of coffee (less than 1 serving, which I make Ayurvedically – recipe below!)
3) Fires – not in the pyro sense, more in the outside by the fire pit or inside in our fireplace while watching a movie and consuming obsessions #1 and #2. What can I say? I like things cozy 🙂
4) Beet Juice: I am all about green juices, but once the weather turns even remotely cooler, I start craving beet juice. My favorite is to add lime, beet, and carrot to my typical green juice for a nice earthy, root veg kick.
5) Yoga, Meditation, and Dance: I am loving to get in tune with moving however my body and mind need that day – or maybe not move at all and find a bit of stillness. It sparks my creativity, brings me back into balance, and unblocks/releases energy.
And I am also LOVING all of the LOVE from you all – through the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, you all keep showing your support, love, and positivity and I could not be more thankful. Thank you so much for supporting the #100days100poses ongoing event, as well as stopping by and voting at the Better Recipes contest. I still have a few big announcements coming up, but they might be a little later this or next week. In the meantime, here is that coffee recipe. Now I know what you are thinking – you don;t drink coffee. Isn’t it acidic and disruptive to digestion? Truthfully, yes. But it can also be brewed with a few spices to relieve jitters, help with acidity, and not bother digestion. And again, everything in moderation.
I use a french press to brew my coffee so I can make less than 1/2 cup at a time with whichever spices I prefer.
Here is a recipe for 1 serving, of my favorite Ayurvedic Coffee. The spices in this coffee are calming (nutmeg and cardamom) spices that are used to help you sleep at night when mixed into a tea or warmed milk. When added to coffee, they help to calm the overdose of caffeine and prevent jitters and crashing. The cinnamon is a digestive aid that, along with the creamy almond milk, helps to soothe any upset or irritation to your digestive system. And it tastes so freaking good! I’m not a huge coffee drinker and I LOVE this kind.
1 tbsp your favorite blend (i use an espresso roast)
1/4 boiled water
1 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, heated or steamed
*optional 1 tsp all natural sweetener, such as honey, molasses, agave, or maple syrup
Add spices and coffee to french press. Pour in boiling water (less than half a mugs worth). Brew for 4 minutes. Steam or heat your milk. Add coffee, sweetener, and milk to your mug. Stir it up and enjoy – in moderation 😉
What are some of your current Loves right now?
Again, thank you all for your support. I don’t think I mentioned before, but the Better Recipes contest is ongoing through November – and you can vote once per day! Please help support The House of Healthy and head over to check out the super delicious Coconut Sweet Potato Fries!
Peace and Love,