Wanna Be Vegan

I’m a wanna be vegan and today is my 3 month mark of no meat consumption.  I wish I could wake up and be vegan, but I’m a baby step kinda girl. When I look back at these past months, giving up meat was not the hard part. It turns out I don’t crave meat in any form. It’s been easy squeezy. What hasn’t been easy squeezy is cheese. I love cheese! I replaced milk with almond milk, butter with different types of oils, but cheese has become my Achilles heel. So, what I am doing is limiting it to once a day. Baby steps, remember? One of my favorite go to dishes now is this Summer Vegetable Tian. I found it on Budget Bytes and it is super easy and delicious.

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Slice 1 medium onion and mince 2 garlic cloves.  Sauté in a pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil for about 5 minutes. Place the onion-garlic mixture in the bottom of an 8×8 oil sprayed casserole dish. Now, slice 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 1 potato, 1 tomato and arrange vertically in an alternated pattern. Sprinkle 1 tsp Thyme and salt & pepper on top. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. After, take the dish out of the oven and top with 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Put back in the oven uncovered for approx. 20 more minutes until cheese is melted and golden. ( I personally add Italian seasoning and  use a combination parmesan-mozzarella)

Buen Provecho!

Natural Stress Relievers

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Ashwaganda

The easer of anxiety, depression and sleep issues. Ashwaganda has immuno-modulating effects that boost and regulate the immune system and lower cortisol levels. You can take Ashwaganda is supplement form, I recommend Organic India Ashwaganda.

Astralagus

Increases the amount of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to prevent and repair stress-related damage. By reducing the ability of stress hormones like cortisol to bind to receptors, astralagus boosts immunity and shields the body from the effects of stress. I recommend adding 20-30 drops of Astralagus Root Extract to your morning juices or smoothies.

Cordycep Mushroom

Funguses with antioxidant properties include Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake mushrooms. Each have adaptogenic, anti-tumor, and immune enhancing properties.  You can easily add a scoop of Cordycep powder to smoothies. I like Mushroom Matrix Organic Cordyceps.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Referred to as the “elixir of anti-aging,” holy basil helps fight fatigue and stress, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar, blood pressure, and hormone levels. My favorite way to enjoy Holy Basil is in a warm cup of Tulsi Tea by Organic India.

Rhodiola (Golden Root)

Contains the phytochemical salisdroside which helps resist anxiety and aging. Other benefits include suppression of the production of cortisol, increased levels of stress-resistant proteins, restoration of normal patterns of eating and sleeping after stress, resistance to mental and physical fatigue, and protection against oxidative stress, heat stress, radiation and toxic chemicals. Additional research has shown this adaptogen can protect the heart and liver, increase use of oxygen, improve memory and longevity, as well as aid in weight loss.  One of the easiest ways to take is in supplement form – I suggest Gaia Herbs Rhodiola.

 

 

Fascinated by French Women?

I am and I have a book shelf to prove it. Here are my favorite books about French women and their je ne sais quoi.

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Parisian Chic by Ines de le Fressange. A Paris restaurant, shop, and hotel directory, along with style tips. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirielle Guiliano which has now become a Francophile classic. Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. Jennifer lived with a french family in her twenties and passes along what she had learned in this book. Bon Jour Happiness by Jamie Cat Callan. This is my go-to french book for french women style and attitude. How to Be Parisian Wherever They Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas. A tongue and cheek look at french women.

The Matcha Latte Discovery

Have you heard of Matcha? It’s a green tea from China. The benefits of this tea are numerous: FULL of antioxidants, boosts metabolism, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, enhances mood…the list goes on. Now I’ve tried matcha tea, but could never get past the bitterness, even with sweetener. However,  I have discovered the Matcha Latte and it’s delicious. A creamy tea with a hint of sweetness. It’s now become my early afternoon daily drink. Try it!

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  • 2 cups Vanilla Almond Milk light
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Honey or Agave syrup to taste

Blend in blender. 2 servings. Enjoy.

(I double this and keep it in the refrigerator. Lasts for 3 days.)