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Our superfood spotlight for the day are those beautifully tear-shaped nutrient packed nuts; almonds! A relative of the peach and apricot, this tree nut is native to the Mediterranean and is known to be one of the earliest cultivated tree nuts in history. Depictions of almonds appear in the artwork and scriptures dating as far back as 3,000 BC – and were even found in King Tut’s tomb! In Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, almonds are regarded for their nutritional value, their ability to increase longevity for the brain and their Vata-pacifying effects.
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E and vitamin B, both, powerful antioxidants and high in fiber and the essential mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are responsible for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. Just a handful of these tiny treats may even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes – and with a nutritional profile of merely 160 calories per ounce and 6 grams of high-quality protein, it’s a snack anyone can sneak into their lives on a daily basis.
Convinced and can’t wait to get more of these delicious nuts into your diet? Here are a few ways to help get you started:
– Instead of using dairy milk in your morning coffee or smoothie substitute it with almond milk.
– Love baked goods? Almond flour is a fantastic substitute for gluten-free baked goods, and can pump up the nutritional value of everything from cookies to pie crusts.
– Not into or allergic to peanuts but miss that childhood PB&J staple? Then go for an almond butter and jelly sandwich, it’s just tasty and has higher nutritional value.
Source: The Chalkboard
“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star”
– E.E. Cummings
Love. Of all the words in the English language “love” probably has the most meaning, or maybe the most elusive meaning. S0 basic to the soul of each one of us, love becomes the precious essence governing each of our lives. We ask ourselves; how do we find love? How do we share it? Can we maintain it with another person? And at the core of these questions we continue to wrap our thoughts around “what is love”? Constantly trying to answer this question and perhaps hitting a wall more often than not when it comes to finding the answer we ultimately end up taking pleasure and apathy in it’s elusiveness. But what if we change our thought process and perception around this word’s elusiveness and embrace it for what it is – the underlying root and foundational energy of all beings and things around us. Accept love and have faith in it!
Stepping into love we can begin to strip away the typical fears associated with it such as; am I good enough for it? Do I have enough love? Do I give enough of it? Instead of trying to find balance in love and answers to these questions work on stripping these questions from your psyche as if you were taking an eraser to a chalkboard. Start by reminding yourself that love is around you at all times supporting your every step through life. Once we decide to change our perception and choose to step into this faith, love will easily flow to and from every aspect of your life.
Source: Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life
In these hot humid days of August, nothing feels better than a light refreshing summer salad. We love this simple salad and the myriad of variations possible. Our favorite way with this citrus combo is over a bed of Boston or bib lettuce. The delicate texture and flavor do not overwhelm and anti up the hydration factor. Enjoy!
Y3 Summer Salad
2 red grapefruit
1 large fennel
1/2 cup (1 dl) mint leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup (1 dl) nut oil or neutral-tasting oil
1 teaspoon crushed coriander
Salt and pepper
Cut the grapefruit into segments. Cut the avocado into slices and julienne the fennel. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (leaving a few mint leaves for garnishing) and serve on a plate.
Serve on a bed of greens
Serve on top of grilled fish, chicken, or pork
add nuts or seeds
Swap grapefruit for strawberries
For today’s superfood post we’re talking and eating green! As most of you know this month we’re highlighting the 4th chakra, our heart center and there’s no better way to activate and stimulate the heart space than with a bowl of greens. That’s right it’s no lie when someone says that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! The color of our heart center is green so let’s toast the summer season of bountiful greens and eat for rejuvenation, heart health and of course love!
Eating greens boosts your overall energy, reduces stress, neutralizes the body’s pH level, and can also relieve energy blocks to the heart center. Leafy greens come in many varieties such as spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard, and dandelion to name a few and can easily be incorporated into any meal. Have it alone as a salad, throw a handful in your morning smoothie, juice it, saute it, even bake it. Whatever form you choose to devour these leafy greens you’ll instantly feel their live enzymes, oxygen and chlorophyll melt away stress and blockages leaving you to feel lighter and ready for love!