Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dining for the Chakras

BREAKFAST: I kick-started my day with a delicious fruit smoothie made of blueberries, blackberries, mango, peach, and orange juice.



ACTIVITY: Breathing exercises, chanting, and yoga practice.

 
LUNCH: My mid-afternoon meal consisted of a small bowl of whole grain spaghetti in garlic tomato sauce with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top.

ACTIVITY: Showering and cleansing of the body.


SNACK: Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips made from carrots, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, red beer, and onion


DINNER: I will be enjoying some veggie nuggets with garlic & sage butter mashed sweet poatoes and mint green tea.

ACTIVITY: Dancing, hula hooping, and cardio aerobics.

PURPOSE: Grounding
CHAKRA: Root
INGREDIENTS: potato, garlic, tofu, soy, carrot, beets, onion

PURPOSE: Creativity
CHAKRA: Sacral
INGREDIENTS: fruit.

PURPOSE: Self-Esteem & Self-Love
CHAKRA: Solar Plexus
INGREDIENTS: pasta, cheese, mint, flax seed

PURPOSE: Healing Emotional Hurt
CHAKRA: Heart
INGREDIENTS: green tea, sage, basil, spinach

PURPOSE: Speaking One's Truth
CHAKRA: Throat
INGREDIENTS: herbal tea, fruit juice, peaches

PURPOSE: Awakening Third Eye Senses
CHAKRA: Brow
INGREDIENTS: blueberries, blackberries

PURPOSE: Opening/Clearing Spiritual Communication Center
CHAKRA: Crown
INGREDIENTS: air, sage

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

5 MINUTE GARLIC & SAGE BUTTER SWEET POTATO MASH!

I came in from yoga with a nearly uncontrollable craving for sweet potatoes.  Thank heaven I found a heaping pile of them freshly purchased and abandoned in my kitchen.  Mwahaha.

Over a year has gone by since I last made Garlic & Sage Butter Sweet Potato Ravioli, but by some stroke of chance due to a lack of clean forks in the silverware drawer, the glorious recipe has been revived.  In the interest of time, I decided against the full ravioli embarkation and settled for a quick fix of mashed goodness.  When I began to boil the water, however, my stomach roared and growled in impatient protest, demanding that I take the quickest route possible in satisfying it’s craving and silencing the voracious beast within.  My solution?  The microwave!

Quickly, I peeled the potato, chopped it into little thumb-sized chunks, and threw it into the microwave on high for roughly three minutes.  I then added a tablespoon of Country Crock (since butter is illegal in lactose-freedomland) and approximately a teaspoon of ground sage.  One minced clove of fresh garlic (or the smallest pinch of powdered garlic) came next to give it a hint of warmth.  Some mashing, mixing, and a little light salting & peppering later, my meal was complete.

Ta da!  And what you see before you is my delightful creation… with it’s warm garlic and ever so cool, lingering sage fullness to round out every bite.  Perfect for the busy, lazy, or exhausted!  Enjoy!