Month: September 2015

Summer Endings into Fall Beginnings

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Confession.  I don’t know if I’m ready.  It’s bittersweet for the first time….

I can complain and be upset I never got to the beach all summer.  My tan is a mere Floridian glow.  Most of my produce all season came from my home state, New Jersey.  My usual summer of festivals, yoga, and foodie finds was last year’s memories.

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I can be grateful and say I wouldn’t have had summer end any other way.  I got to be and connect with my family like never before.  See few, but the best of friends a girl could have.  Lots of movies, hugs, food, and pancakes.

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I can be excited and say I am ready for fall.  I am ready for the cool nights.  Dark lips.  Squash.  Adventures.  Cleansing. Shedding some heated feelings.  Gaining some warmth, particularly within that chakra, anahata ❤

You see, our body’s have always been in aligned with the seasons.  Yes, as the human race we have steered off a bit (or a lot) but we can try and get there again, easy.  Every spring, we lighten up through weight and food.  We come out of our shell and get a bit more active and social.

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Then, come Fall, we await the pumpkin spice doughnuts and apple pies.  The leaves change to warmer colors of red, orange, and gold, even as the weather gets cold.  Our activities go from beaches, to cozy walks and movie nights.  Light summer cocktails turn into glasses of cabernet.  It’s time

For myself I want to shed the summer heat.  Cleanse. Detox.  I became a somewhat intense woman this summer.  And I learned there is a difference between emotional and madness.  I want to take the somewhat heated personality in my head and focus it towards my heart.  Because this ending, and new beginning, has taught me more than ever that being tough and arrogant isn’t all that.  Smiles are encouraging, not weakening.  Hugs are therapeutic, and people are INSPIRING.

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Usually this time of year, I talk more about the cleansing through food and holistic practices.  By now, I think we get it. More whole foods, warming foods, greens, oil massages, yoga, but I wanna add a little soul nourishment.  What are you trying to shed?  What are you trying to obtain?  Clarity? Love? Divinity?

Some of you will be wearing sweaters and sitting by the fires sooner than me, I’m a little jealous.  Although, I guess I can keep my Floridian glow a little while longer 😉

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yesenia

Tomato and Cucumber Quinoa Salad

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I know.  I am giving you this ultra summer recipe while most are thinking about pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and pretty leaves.  Can we use this as a late summer recipe?  Who doesn’t want to use as much of the glorious summer produce the season has to offer?

Truth be told, this is a 1-2-3 post.  I took pretty pictures and it seems almost a sin not to share.  Reasoning with honesty.

Like I said, this is a pretty simple recipe.  Basically a variation and different feel to the previous quinoa posts.  This one happens to be a favorite.  I try to make something like this weekly as a lunch or side for during the week.  It’s perfect as Sunday make-ahead dish for the week or a quick refreshing side for a night.  Maybe to pair well with a nice roasted chicken?  Baked Salmon?!?!  So Fall!!!

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Tomato and Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa (cooked and cooled)
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • handful of parsley
  • white wine vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil/grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Cut into chunks the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Roughly chop your parsley.  Mix your vegetables, parsley, and quinoa in a large bowl.  Drizzle white whine vinegar, then oil onto salad.  Add your salt and mix again.  If you need a little more flavor I recommend to put more vinegar.

Crumble the feta onto the salad before serving to keep the flavor of the cheese fresh and not soggy!

Enjoy!

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Now make this now before summer is ovaaaa! Preferably with a glass of wine on hand.

August Thangs: Foodie Style

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I love these kinds of posts. I just drown you in pictures.  It’s amazing.

August, has been one of those months.  Felt like the longest month ever.  I almost feel bad for rushing it, but I’m over it.  I’m ready for a new season, new lipsticks, different foods, and a detox.  But until then, I enjoyed what I could.

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So, I wanted to start on touching base about getting back into it.  Into the holistic healthy way of living I love so much.  Seriously.  My cravings for greens and fresh ingredients were at it’s highest this season than ever before.  So, for starters, I got back into meal prepping.  Mostly breakfast and lunch.

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Coming home, I will not lie that I do not stray far from the usual.  This is that “growing up hispanic” things.  Especially with a Grandma who always wants to see you eating.  Rice and beans.  Avocado. Kimchi for good measure (and good digestion).

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Did we notice anything different?  Meeeeaaaaattt!  My other craving.  During the month, I’ve become a bit of a crazy sleeper.  Sometimes 3 hours, sometimes 8 hours.  That’s where I fell most short when trying to get on track.  I used food and a lot of coffee to keep me energized.  No, I didn’t picture all the starbucks and cafe con leche I consumed in two weeks.  Protien and fats kept me full the most, and my paychecks allowed for the extra goodies and pounds as well 😉

Then you have the times when you are sans groceries or rushing around trying to put on crazy eyeliner.  Whole Foods Market always has my back.

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I don’t think I COOKED anything for myself this month.  Don’t ask me to cook for you.  Only breakfast.  I own breakfast.

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IMG_0161I live for eggs. And simplicity.

I also went out a few times.  I think twice out of the those times I did, I was pretty impressed.

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I finally found a Peruvian restaurant in Tampa, that lives up to the ones in NJ I hold near and dear.  Machu Picchu Restaurant did it for me. A standard Saltado de Mariscos, that was delicious in it’s own simplicity.  Out of trying two other places in the area, I was so happy to find a place I really enjoyed!

Let’s talk about brunch.  I have been brunch deprived.  It’s a shame too, because you can never go wrong with brunch, just need enough mimosas to cancel out bad food.  Luckily, I have some foodie friends here who are willing to show and try new places with me!  First stop, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe for Soul Food Sundays!

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There’s bacon on my Bloody Mary.  Super Lame fact:  I didn’t eat it.

IMG_0372Tofu and Portabella Barbecue Sandwich.  It made my heart and stomach warm.

Would definitely love to try this place again.  The menu looked amazing!

Other times, you are a little cheap, kind of lazy, and ready for a weekend.  That’s when frozen vegan pizza and cheap wine come to the rescue.  Late night cozy lovin’.

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Other events did occur that didn’t have much to do with food.  I discovered a new mall.  Tanned at least once.  And I WENT TO YOGA.  AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.  Big deals people.  It was scary and hard.  But it brought back feelings and memories.  Those inspirational kickass feelings you get doing a warrior 2 while your sweat turns into puddles.  Remembering that even though your body cannot do what it once did one year ago, you know your body still has the ability to get there again.  Goddamn yoga, you win me over every time.

August, you were alright.  Started out slow, but how quickly did everything happen all at once.  Feelings, decisions, and a start in planning something new.  September, I hope you are ready for me.

IMG_0367Super fullmoon ritual.  Candles, incense, and wine.

Until next time, my dears,

yesenia