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So I haven’t been around for the last few days. I caught a cold over the weekend and ended up just relaxing for the rest of it. However, I did work on finding a few things I will share over the next few days!

I decided to cure my cold by resting a lot and drinking plenty of tea! Here is so information I found about sleep and tea that I thought I would share with you.

Here is a list of great sleep improvement tips

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Here are 8 reasons to love drinking tea and give up coffee

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I also took the time to read a lot about Ayurveda. I’ve always been fascinated by all the information it has to offer. I initially started reading about it when I started doing yoga. Although I think that a lot of Ayurvedic foods and daily routines are very different from the way we live in the Western part of the world I still think there is a lot of information to be considered. They suggest a lot of homeopathic and natural replacements for many of the things we seek medication for. They also believe that people are made up of a combination of three Doshas (Vata, Pita and Kapha). I completed a quiz, which told me I am a Vata-Pita. I sought out to find simple ways to incorporate Ayurvedic practices into our daily lives and came up with a few tidbits.

For better skin

15 simple ways to live an Ayurvedic life (The honey water looks pretty simple and quick!)

Know your stress type

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Baking with Bananas

Tonight I was in a baking mood and decided to cook up a batch of muffins! I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the muffins that were on my list, back in this post. They are healthy banana oat muffins. I like making muffins for other people, it’s always a nice treat to give to friends or co-workers. I’ll keep a couple for myself and my family and bring the rest to work!

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I made a few tiny tweaks to make them even healthier. I decided to replace the fat-free milk for vanilla almond milk and I also decided to throw in some flax seeds to get in some more omega-3’s! Omega-3’s provide a lot of benefits. They are good for increasing concentration and memory, better sleep and better skin among other benefits.

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I was a little bit nervous at first because the batter seemed pretty liquidy but in the end it worked out because the muffins came out more moist, which I prefer. If you like drier muffins I would suggest using 1.5 bananas rather than 2 bananas, if they are larger.

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Voilà!

Very quick and easy recipe. They are perfect for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack.

Do Yoga With Me

So, last night I was looking for a quick, relaxing yoga routine to finish off my day. I was bored of my regular yoga DVDs and felt like switching it up. I knew I’d be able to find something online, as I know you can pretty much find ANYTHING and EVERYTHING these days. That’s when I came across this lovely little website called doyogawithme.com. The site features tons of free yoga videos for all levels. They also offer a variety of types of yoga such as power yoga, hatha yoga, office yoga, yoga for treatment and even prenatal yoga. You can find videos that last from about 5 minutes to 1:30 minutes.

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I thought I would spread the word on this website for all you yogis out there.

Which video will you try?

Energizing Grapefruits

One of my favorite fruits is the good old grapefruit. I love having them at breakfast time as I feel that they give me that much more energy to make it through the day. They’re also incredibly refreshing and make for a great summer snack!

The grapefruit also has a number of health benefits. Therefore, they are a quick and easy way to get some important nutrients. 

Benefits:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Smooths your skin 
  • Boosts metabolism (Woohoo)
  • Firms skin

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These are great reasons to be eating your grapefruit in the morning! Have them with a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt and granola and you’re good to go!

Information taken from here

 

I Scream, You Scream

As promised, last night I made the dairy-free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream that I had said I was going to make in this post.

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I was a little apprehensive at first because I didn’t like the smell of the coconut milk. However, once it finally froze I must say I do really like it! It’s a light and refreshing treat. Very easy and inexpensive to make. I would say that it’s more of a sorbet. Perfect for a summer BBQ and very healthy as there is no sugar! Definitely POT approved!

I changed the recipe a little bit by adding a tiny bit of almond milk and a couple of drops of vanilla because I was worried about the coconut milk.  However, I don’t think it really made a difference but try it out if you like!

I’m sure you could also make this recipe with frozen mangoes and/or other fruits.

Click here for post with recipe.

What’s on My List?

Here are a couple of recipes I’ve come across that are on my list of things to make in the upcoming weeks. they all seem pretty quick and simple.  Try them before me and let me know how they turn out!

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I’ll be making these banana oat muffins to bring to work this week! Check them out here.

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These look like a really easy snack! Check them out here

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Definitely trying this out this weekend! Click here for the recipe.

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Haven’t gotten around to trying this whole kale fad yet but I plan to get on board soon. Check out this single skillet black bean, sweet potato and kale dish from Goop here.

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Here’s a recipe for an avocado, shrimp, rice and cilantro dish. I think I’ll try replacing the rice for Quinoa. Check it out here.

Which will you try?

Grow a Garden

Sometimes when you’re too busy to prepare an elaborate meal, taking advantage of the wide selection of herbs and spices available are just what you need. Not only is using herbs to flavor your meal quick, it’s also very good for you. Check out this article in health magazine to find out what each of them are good for.

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