Well if that’s not a lofty sounding title for a blog post, than I don’t know what it. While we all have a general idea of our life’s purpose, a lot of us tend to struggle with the meaning of our actions and thoughts day to day; this seems to be especially prevalent among healthy-living bloggers. I hope that this posts gets you thinking and generates discussion on what life is to you
Since classes have wrapped up, I’ve had a ton of extra time on my hands. This time has largely been expended doing yoga, and spending time with incredibly enlightening people (I have some pretty cool friends). One friend in particular is a relatively new acquaintance, but her spirit immediately drew me in. Her energy is infectious and through speaking with her, I have come to some realizations about what life can be. What struck me first is how freely she lives each moment. She is also extremely candid in expressing her thoughts, and not afraid to hold anything back for fear of judgement. She expresses love for everything so freely and unapologetically; spending time with her is the breath of fresh air I have needed recently.
Another thing I have been doing to
procrastinate from studying occupy my time is eating up Gabby Bernstein‘s YouTube videos. This one is particular really stood out for me; I’m pretty sure half the views are mine alone
For someone who has lived most of her life following illogical rules and structure, hearing these words sound foreign. What exactly does being ‘you’ mean? What is being ‘real’? There I go again with hoping for a concrete answer… So with this being said, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no meaning of life. No singular definition exists. Life is just a series of moments, and in each one we have the opportunity to make whatever we think is appropriate and true to us.
Thanks for sticking along with me. I realize this is really just a collection of thoughts, but I would love to know what you think!
Questions of the Day: Who are you? What do you do to be more ‘real’. What is your life’s meaning?
It’s official; I am now fully in the Christmas mood. The festivities have been slowly building around me; watching Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways with the Roommate, going Christmas shopping at Value Village (it’s a treasure trove, I’m telling you!), and donning my festive sweater have been tidings of nothing but comfort and joy.
I’m not terribly religious (sorry Mom) but I was brought up going to church on most Sundays; naturally the story of the Magi (or the three Wise Men) is somewhat engrained in my head. In a nutshell, three guys walked a heck of a long way to bring three gifts to the newborn baby. As the story goes, these gifts were gold, frankinsence, and myrrh. Seems like a strange collection of things to bring to a baby, no?
Any-who, if I were walking all the way to Bethlehem I would bring some sustenance for the journey. Red quinoa, while gorgeous, isn’t necessary for this recipe, but it does lend a festive flair.
Jewelled Citrus Red Quinoa Salad
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: appetizer salad gluten-free low-sodium soy-free vegan vegetarian wheat-free quinoa orange hazelnuts avocado Christmas winter summer fall
Ingredients (6 cups)
- 1.5 c. red quinoa
- 3 c. water
- 1/2 large grapefruit, segmented
- 1/2 large orange, segmented
- 1/2 pomegranate worth of arils
- 3/4 c. hazelnuts, chopped
- 1/4 c. parsley, chopped finely
- 1 large avocado, cubed
For the dressing
- 1 lime, juiced (approx 4. tbsp)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- salt, pepper, or herbamare to taste
Place quinoa and water in a pot or rice cooker and cook until water is absorbed (about 15 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop hazelnuts and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Toast for 10-12 minutes, or until fragrant.
Meanwhile prepare fruits as directed and chop parsley and combine in a large mixing bowl.
Prepare dressing and set aside.
When quinoa is cooked, add quinoa and nuts to the bowl with the fruit, and mix in dressing until coated. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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Question of the Day: If you were bringing a gift or dish for a king (or any VIP) what would it be?
I’m so happy you enjoyed last week’s instalment of DIY Mason Jar gifts! Here we go with round 2!
My preoccupation with Mason Jars stems from the nostalgia of the canned peaches, salsa, and jellies my grandmothers prepared over the years. To this day, I get a bit over-excited in anything stored in a mason jar; is that weird? As it just so happens I also have a slight obsession with tea; marrying the two makes a gift I would be very happy to receive.
Here is a shot of everything you will need. Just like last time, I have included printable PDF labels for your use (I printed them on 8 1/2 X 11 full-page white mailing labels)!
Wield you scissors carefully, and cut out the labels you will need. Keep in mind that roughly 6 tea bags fit in a 125 mL Mason Jar!
If you are using bagged tea, carefully remove the tags, leaving the strings attached. Another option is buying loose leaf tea and bagging your own! David’s Tea sells awesome filters with an easy drawstring and a label already attached.
Question of the Day: Are you a tea or coffee person?
Well, these past two weeks just flew by! Elf 4 Health is a fun healthy living challenge organized by Elle of Nutritionella and Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean. In a nutshell, Elf 4 Health pairs you up with another person and you act as each other’s ‘elves’ motivating each other to complete a daily healthy-living challenges. I was lucky to be paired with Nicole of Fitful Focus; we had a great two weeks getting to know each other and acting as each other’s motivation via email.
Despite being a ‘health’ challenge, I ended up being sick for the majority of week two I’m still trying to catch up on the challenges I missed (even the dreaded 100 burpee challenge). Here are some of the highlights of the past two weeks:
You’ve Got Mail
Although not officially part of the challenge, Nicole and I sent each other motivational packages! Nicole was so generous in sending along hand written notes to help me with the challenges, as well as a couple treats! Thanks again, Nicole!
I rarely deviate from my few favourite activities, but Nicole had the great idea to play ‘cards’. Each suit corresponds to a workout move; drawing a random card means you do that many of whatever suit you dealt. It was much more challenging than I anticipated, and a lot more fun!
Eat Drink the Rainbow
This was one of the few challenges I participated in while sick (the other one being, Go Makeup Free- but that’s a given :P)! I didn’t have much of an appetite but this beautiful smoothie still tasted delicious. It consisted of every colour of the rainbow: strawberries and raspberries, a clementine, banana, spinach and spirulina, blueberries, blackberries, and almond milk! It was massive, and the only glass that would contain it was this beer glass; classy.
That wraps up week two of Elf4Health! Today I am working on my gratitude list, and finishing off the burpees 10 at a time. Tonight we get assigned a new elf; the anticipation is killing me! If you didn’t sign up officially but still want to be a part of Elf4Health, feel free to follow along with the final two weeks!
Since I’ve been in bed all week sick, blogging has been the last thing I wanted to do. As much as we all love a good recipe, I don’t believe that toast with peanut butter requires a step-by-step guide. Instead, over the past few days my mind became occupied with insatiable urges to knit headbands, watch movies, and sleep. For someone like myself who has a hard time relaxing, I would have expected all this vegging to be stressful. In retrospect, I think it was the rest my body needed before my final exams start. Being sick couldn’t have come at a better time as it didn’t interfere with my studying; gotta find the silver lining!
Now that I’m mostly back to my normal antics (it’s crazy how a few days in bed can decondition you- 1% muscle loss per day!), I’m hoping to pump out some great posts for you! No promises though, since I also have a few exams to study for that warrant my brain capacity.
I wasn’t planning on posting today, but something came to my attention today that warrants a bit of a tribute; what better way to pay tribute than with a delicious recipe? When I started writing hello, veggy! alllll the way back in June, Healthy Vegan Fridays (HVF) was the first link-up I started submitting recipes to. I really credit HVF for helping me exercise my culinary creativity, as well as for discovering other awesome blogs (like Davida’s). Carrie, Gabby, and Catherine have worked tirelessly to facilitate this awesome link up for the past 72 weeks. They deserve so much love and recognition for creating an awesome community of sharing. As much as it’s sad to see the end of HVF, I am so happy that I got to be a part of it! Since it’s only 9 am I won’t raise a glass; instead girls, I raise my bowl of oatmeal to you! Thank you, thank you, thank you for HVF!!
Berry Banana Steel Cut Oats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: breakfast gluten-free nut-free soy-free sugar-free vegan vegetarian wheat-free oatmeal banana fall winter
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 c. steel cut oats
- 3 c. water
- 1 large ripe banana, mashed
- 1 c. frozen berries
- 2 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- optional: nuts, fruit, for serving
Add ingredients to a medium pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Add more water and simmer longer if you desired less chewy oats.
Serve with fruit, nuts, or other toppings. Keeps well in the fridge for 1 week; reheat with a splash of water.
Question(s) of the Day: What are your plans for the weekend? Seen any good movies recently?
I have a date with not one, but TWO textbooks, and sushi dinner tonight with dad. I watched Girl, Interrupted twice while sick- so good!