Month: June 2013

24 Years Young

Good Morning!!!

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So I am finally getting myself and technological issues in order.  After a new computer, new phone, transfers, and an amazing birthday weekend, I’ve been a little busier than usual.  I can not even lie.  At first, I was a little overwhelmed.  Between figuring out the new stuff and contemplating the old stuff.  I still had not forgotten about a few of those intentions I made for myself before I turned another year older.

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Friday June 21, 2013.  Summer Solstice in Time Square.  Amazing.  Nothing like doing yoga outdoors, and in such a busy, eclectic place, it’s truly amazing.  The weather was perfect and the sun was up just before we hopped on that 5:30 am train.  First day of summer, longest day of the year, I would think that’s the perfect start to my birthday as well.
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After being awake for over 5 hours with no food, coffee, tea, sustenance, we were ready for a lot good food.  We went to this place Cafe Reggio.  Real cute and real good.  Definitely would come back.

I would love to share everything about my weekend, but it’s one of those things that intimacy between the people you care about wins my heart.  I can truly say I am surrounded by amazing individuals.  I couldn’t have thought of a better way to share ANY day, then with my close family and friends.  The whole day and night was more than I ever would have imagined.  Filled with even my favorite foods (Indian, duh), drinks (wine, duh), and sweets (vegan cake, whaa?!).

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It’s been a week and I’m still just as surprised and grateful as I was before.  When something truly means something to you, you don’t want to let it go.  But, ironically enough, I heard something the day before that stuck with me.  You can have this amazing day, where everything is going right and everyone is feeling great.  Then the next day, do you wake up with the same feeling and thoughts from the day before?  I mean you would start your day feeling great, right?  Or do you let it go?  With a clean slate you can leave room for more range of positive outlook.  No judgement of what is good and bad.  I think it’s almost like the concept of the glass half full or empty.  I chose the latter.  Letting it go seems right for me.  But, just because you let it go doesn’t mean you forget!!

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Another year has gone, and as I look at my intentions from my previous birthday, I had accepted what was achieved and not.  For my new year of intentions I rewrote some, added new ones, and maybe with an extra two or three challenges.  Surprisingly, I noticed none had to do with food, or “healthy” related goals.  Usually  I have something like “clean up my diet,” or “cook more,” yet I didn’t feel the need to address that.  I guess because I know that to be what is always important to me.  For me, healthy living is a passion.  With focus on what we put into our bodies, and realizing how it affects us and others around us.  So my intentions are almost like reminders.  Points that I don’t always tend to look at, but in order to move forward, I know it’s important to include them in my everyday life.

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I tried to keep this as short and sweet as possible.  Rambles are necessary every now and then.  Hopefully , I will be back to the regular next week.  With yummy foods and appetizing words.

To another year my dears,

 

yesenia

Ps.  Cake was definitely considered a health food for the weekend.  One or two servings a day, thank you 🙂

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Reflections and Updates

Good morning ya’ll!

I hope everyone has been taking care.  I decided to take a mini break from blogging.  A few reasons and updates on how the last couple of weeks is going I thought would be necessary (most likely for my sake more than yours).  I just got a new computer and still learning how to use it.  Deciding whether to transfer everything over or start anew is one of my bigger decisions right now.  #mylife

I also wanted to try and focus on other things.  With school over, I have a little more free time in the morning to use up.  So instead of school work or blogging, I’ve been reading, taking a morning yoga stretch, and organizing.  The book I’m reading now, Rebel Buddha, has definitely been helping me through reflection and self-awareness.  Where do I want to go?  What do I want to do?  What direction am I going to take?  Scary for me, because for the first time I really don’t know.  I know that what was of the things I was trying to figure out, but damn, definitely harder than I imagined.  It’s not so much as the “what” and “where” that is difficult, but the “when” and “how” .  It almost feels like a sense of being stuck.  Hesitation.  I’m a thinker, hesitation (even procrastination) can last a while.  To make sure I can figure this out little easier/quicker, I’ve been taking a lot of me-time.

That detox/cleanse I was going for… yea, it’s hard.  I think I really accustomed myself of being okay to eat real food, that going vegan for even 3 weeks is a challenge.  I guess you can say I “cheated” a couple of times and I probably will again this Sunday as it will be Father’s day, aka Good Food Necessary.  I was pretty bummed and then realized, what I do is enough.  My intention was not to feel deprived, but free.  I am a big believer in doing what feels right for you.  Cutting down on the animal products, already has made an impact on my well-being and made me realize once again that I no doubt I live better on a plant-based diet, so I will keep it at that.  In the end, I still love a fried egg… on everything.

Just a little something.  And because I plan to be back with some fresh new posts, events, and randomness, I want to keep this short and sweet.

Till next time, my dears!

 

yesenia

Banana Chocolate Coconut Vegan Pancakes

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So bread pudding unfortunately didn’t happen this weekend.  I know your sad.  My family was sad (probably didn’t even notice.)  I was bummed.  I like that special breakfast on a weekend morning, you know?  I also like that special breakfast, with no morning work involved.  Kind of makes me feel like somebody else made it for me.  Spoiled?  Maybe.  Lazy?  Probably.

This time, I decided to suck it up.  Wake up.  Make pancakes.  I’ve learned if you want it, do it.  Because nobody will wake up and make pancakes at 6:30am for you.

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These pancakes are kind of bomb.  Not super sweet, only when you get the gooey chocolate chips of course.  Bittersweet is best though.  It’s breakfast.  Not trying to eat dessert twice.  Sunday already means two or three servings of dessert after dinner.  Didn’t you know that rule?  Anyways, These are pretty fluffy at first, but get dense as you let them sit.  Is that normal?  Maybe because the heat expels?  Oh well, the point is they are good, indulgent, and even a little healthy.  Whole grain, duh.

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Banana Chocolate Coconut Vegan Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1 ripe banana mashed
  • 3/4 cup regular oats
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 chocolate chips
  • coconut shreds
  • coconut oil to cook

First whisk together the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar.  You want to let this curdle for about a couple of minutes.  While waiting mix your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, oats, flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.  In the same bowl as the coconut milk and vinegar add in the flax seeds and give it a good whisk.  Then add in your banana.  Gently fold in your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until combined.  It’s okay for lumpy pancake batter.  Gently fold in your chocolate chips.

Heat skillet over medium low heat.  Use about 1/2 tsp of oil per batch to grease pan.  Add about 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake onto skillet.  Let cook until cooked on the edges and bubbles form in the middle, then it is ready to flip.  Leave for another 2 minutes and check to see if brown on the bottom to make sure it’s done.  Makes about 8 medium sized pancakes.

Top with coconut and syrup (not going to lie, I missed my butter) and enjoy!!

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Good morning ya’ll!

Is this week flying for you?  Maybe because I had off Sunday and Monday, mine feels a little shorter, but I’m not complaining.  Any closer to Friday and I’m a happy camper.

After an indulgent amount of eats over the weekend I wanted to keep the next few days a little cleaner.  You know, the usual.  Veggies, greens, whole grains, vegan goodness, and of course some yoga.

Breakfast

IMG_7842Banana Overnight Oats!  Made with coconut milk and chai seeds, twas delicious.  Oh, and topped with almond butta too!

Lunch

IMG_7845Veggie sandwich with hummus, radishes, and sprouts on sprouted bread.  With some green juice. Surprisingly filling.  I honestly thought I would be starving before I would get home from work.  Totally fine all day!  Also had a couple small oranges on the side.

Dinner

IMG_7848That would be cannelini beans in tomato sauce, polenta (brother cooked in butter… sadly delicious), and sauteed dandelions.  I couldn’t resist.  I may have prepped everyone for a starvation episode while on lunch, so dinner happen to be ready.  Not complaining.IMG_7849

This dinner was probably a little too much than what my body was used to handling.  Maybe it was the heaviness so late in the day?  Heating properties in the summer?  I got an allergic reaction with redness on my face.  Nothing a little water and time can’t fix.

Anyways, hopeful for another great day.  Feeling a little on the tired side this morning.  My debate on coffee or tea is strong right now….

Enjoy peeps!

 

yesenia