Cheers to 2021!

I realize that when I do not blog, I miss it here! I was extremely proud of myself in 2020 for blogging so consistently, however, the thought of blogging can be a bit of a burden with an already full schedule. I also like to share my yummy recipes (stay tuned) and typing recipes in itself can be very time consuming - which is something I do not have an abundance of.

Nonetheless, I wanted to pop in, to document that I made it through 2020 and am 12 days in to 2021! I know that our circumstances haven't changed much, but aren't you glad that 2020 is over? I tried to remain optimistic about what was in front of me, but there were days where I felt less than optimistic, ya know? And that is OKAY. With the global pause, I was able to sit more in solitude with myself. I learned to truly live in each and every moment. In my pessimism, I never wanted to stay there, so to pull myself out of any rut, I focused all of my efforts on having an attitude of gratitude. What was I grateful for, in spite of? That list continues to grow, even 10 months later.

If you've been around my blog for some years, I don't care about New Year's resolutions. I set intentions. This year, the goal is to not take on more than I need to. To continue to find ease in the pause. I simply jotted down 6 core areas that I wanted to focus on: emotional health, mental health, spiritual health, familial health, financial health and physical health. For each core area, I have set only one intention for the first quarter. I'll then revisit in March and establish a continuation, if you will, for 2nd quarter. This helps me to stay balanced on things that I wish to accomplish for myself this year, but also taking it one day (or quarter), at a time.

What are your 2021 intentions? Feel free to shoot me an email!


Peruvian Spiced Berry Tea

I really wanted to share this particular product on my blog. My brother got this Inca Peruvian Spiced Berry Tea for my birthday some time ago, but I am just now getting into it. He discovered it on one of his many solo ventures and knew that I would be a fan of it! I have enjoyed the taste of this tea, but found that I preferred it more, when using it in my french press. 

An excerpt from their website:

"This best-selling Inca Tea blend pays homage to the ancient Incan recipe of antioxidant-rich purple corn, berries and spices. The flavors are herbal and fruity. The feeling is like reaching the mountain summit."

I have noticed a significant increase in energy, while consuming this tea. The jury is still out on long-term effects, but so far so good!

Check out the company and all of the other products that they sell here.

Meatless Monday: Spicy Tofu Coconut Curry w/Brown Rice Recipe

🗣 where are my veggie lovers & ‘meatless monday-ers’ at?! I'm still on my strict plant-based fast and want you to get into this tasty Spicy Tofu Coconut Curry w/ Brown Rice recipe! #FoodMood #plantpowered 🌶🥥🍛

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Extra Firm Tofu, cubed
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 Green Onions, sliced
  • 4 Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1 Ginger nub, minced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 Scotch Bonnet, minced (remove seeds)
  • 1c Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1c Spinach, chopped
  • 1c Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • EVOO aka extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Brown Rice
  • Seasonings (if no measurement, season to taste): 1 tbsp Curry Powder, 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin, 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder, Ground Ginger, Ground Cayenne Pepper, Himalayan Pink Salt + Cracked Black Peppercorn

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Apply lots of pressure to drain all water from tofu & 🔪 cube it. 
  • Toss tofu w/a pinch of each seasoning & EVOO. Place tofu in freezer for 15-20 minutes. 
  • On stovetop, heat EVOO & coconut oil. Sauté onions, mushrooms, bell peppers & jalapeños. Stir in ginger, garlic 🧄 & coat veggies w/seasonings.🥄 
  • Stir in coconut milk, tomatoes 🍅 
  • Add tofu & bring to rapid boil. Stir in lime juice, spinach, cilantro & simmer on low for about 3 minutes. 
  • Taste & add extra seasonings accordingly. 
  • Ready to eat?! Plate up w/brown rice & be well! 🍽🍛

Fresh Pressed Juice Recipe w/ Jicama

I really had not experimented with various fruits and vegetables in a long while, but I purchased jicama wraps, in place of rice wraps, with the intent to make veggie rolls. within a short amount of time, the jicama wraps were expiring and to not throw anything away, I decided to toss them in my juicer.

Here's what you'll need for your juicer:
  • Jicama, sliced
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Ginger nub
  • 1 Lemon

If you've ever wondered about about jicama, it is a root vegetable, with a rather earthy flavor. I must say, that it wasn't too bad and actually added depth to my juice recipe.

The health benefits of jicama are the following:
  • Helps the formation of good bacteria
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Improves mood
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Helps in digestion
  • Good for brain health
  • Helps to improve blood circulation
  • Bone Health
  • REduces the risk of cardiovascular problems

THE BEST Coconut Oil!

It is not a super big deal, but I really like when my coconut oil has melted a little, while cooking. It helps me gauge the amount, prior to melting down. My brother put me on to this coconut oil that is already liquified and I absolutely love it! 

I blogged a mini post about coconut oils, back in the day, but feel free to read my two pennies on it.

Coconut Oil has many health benefits, which I have listed below:
  • Support Weight Loss
  • Cancer Prevention & Treatment
  • Boost Digestion
  • Prevents Heart Disease & High Blood Pressure
  • Prevents Candida
  • Improves Memory & Supports Brain Function
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Treats Urinary Tract Infections
  • Supports Gallbladder & Pancreatitis Functions
  • & the list goes on...
If interested in this particular product, I grabbed mine at Target and I am aware that Walmart also carries it. Thank me later! 

Coffee Alternative's Best Kept Secret!

While on a beach trip this summer, my friend brought their bag of Dandy Blend and after trying it, I knew that I had to have my own, when I arrived back home! 

I have loved roasted dandelion root tea, since before I initially began this blog in 2012. Whenever I am fasting I tend to do away with caffeine altogether, so roasted dandelion root tea had always been my go to in place of coffee. Dandy Blend is the perfect blend of roasted goodness and the best part of it, it's instant! All you need to do, is add hot or cold water (whatever your preference). I add MCT or coconut oil to mine, so that I give my system the extra boost of benefits that it needs.

You can either purchase the product online or locate a store that sells it locally.

Check out this blog post on Dandelion Root, that I did back in 2013, to learn more.