Valentine's Day Smoothie Bowl

I'm currently laying in bed not feeling that great. I have a cold but I am rarely sick, so when I get sick it's quite terrible. I use it as an excuse to do nothing and just hibernate in bed eating banana ice cream.

I decided to take a rest day from the gym today because I'm not feeling too hot and when I skip a gym day then you know it's a pretty big deal. So anyways, I went to work today and sneezed my way through the day and then stopped by the grocery store to pick up some fresh fruits. I came home and made this pretty, vibrant smoothie bowl/banana ice cream. Oh my gosh, so delicious. I savored every chilly bite of this tasty treat.

With Valentine's Day coming up soon, this is the perfect treat to make for a little bit of self care. I can't think of many better ways to show yourself a little love than with this effortless, delectable bowl of goodness!

Valentine's Day Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

3 frozen bananas
1 slice of beet
1/4 cup almond milk
Drop of vanilla

Strawberries, sliced as hearts!
Goji berries
Shredded Coconut
Granola (I used this)

Blend together bananas, beet, almond milk, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into bowl and top with strawberries, goji berries, shredded coconut, and granola. Or you can use whatever ingredients you desire. Serve, enjoy!

Gratitude Project - Week 5

Another week has flown by! Seriously. I usually share the past weeks gratitude posts on Friday but yesterday I didn't realize that it was time again. I knew it was Friday, but it didn't really register that it was actually Friday. Does that make sense? 

This week I picked up an extra day at work, met up with a friend, and enjoyed some abnormally warm weather. This winter has been fairly mild and easier for me to accept than past winters. It's awesome but also a mystery because I'm just like, "How is this happening??" But it's totally awesome and I'm appreciating every second of it. I like to believe that the fact that I am spending more time outside, working on being in the present moment, and consistently working out have really factored into all of it and made things much easier for me.

I woke up this morning and went to the gym. I really enjoy going early in the morning because it gives me a chance to get most of my workout in before it starts to get busy. I like the people who are also in there in the mornings. It's nice to see familiar faces each day and joke around throughout our workouts. 

I have plans to go to an antique store later this afternoon and I'm excited. First I want to try to finish up a recipe I'm working on that I hope to share sometime soon. I better get to it! But first, let's reflect on this past weeks little moments of gratitude.

DAY 30

Wonderful lunch today with Darrin and Caitlin at Eden! So nice to finally get together with Caitlin again and I can't wait to do it again soon! We had a nice time catching up and eating delicious vegan foods🍴

DAY 31

Today the weather was so beautiful. I spent my day doing yoga, walking the dogs, driving with my window down, being barefoot in the (dead) grass and laying in the sun reading a new book. I really wanted to go for a run but it's my only rest day of the week so I listened to my body instead and just hung out. A day like this is just what I need to get me through the next few months of cold and snowy weather!

DAY 32

Today I completed a yoga challenge that I was doing. I've reflected upon it and am writing a post for the blog, which I'll share once it gets fixed. I say this a lot and actually just posted about it over at @createnyoga but I am so grateful for my yoga practice. It shows me how to work through things and see the bigger picture. I learn more and more each day I roll out my mat. I love it so much and I want to be able to share it with as many people as I can. I've been thinking of a few ways to do so and once I get my site fixed I think I'm going to try out a few of my ideas. Channeling all of my negative feelings regarding website issues towards new and positive creations.

DAY 33

Today I finally got my website back up and running. I am so relieved. Also in bed on this chilly evening getting ready to read some of the book I'm currently into called The Lost Years. Content.

p.s. I finished The Lost Years and absolutely loved it. It was such an easy read, I couldn't put the book down! It's a book about battling addiction from the perspective of the struggling daughter and her mother. It's so well written and I got so involved with the story so quickly. I really recommend it!

DAY 34

Such a nice day! I had a busy day at work followed by a walk with the dogs, a yoga practice outside, and ice cream eating with Darrin. 

p.s. this was breakfast. Cookie dough banana ice cream topped with pineapple, mango, persimmon, kiwi, goji berries, and hemp seeds!

DAY 35

I somehow managed to get everything done on my to-do list with time left over. Made a smoothie recipe that I shared here and feel inspired to get back in the grove with my recipe creations!

See you all next week for more bits and pieces of positivity! Much love. xo

Valentine's Day Smoothie

Feel like doing something special this year for Valentine's Day? Make this smoothie! You can make this for someone special or drink it all yourself like I did. That decision it completely up to you!

The ingredients are cheap, delicious, and healthy. What more could you ask for?! You could even pair this smoothie with a tasty chocolate bar. Then it would really be a party!

You only need a few ingredients to make this treat. Bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and love. It wouldn't be a Valentine's smoothie without the added dose of love, after all! 

Let's get to it so that we can all enjoy and celebrate together!

Valentine's Day Smoothie

serves 1-2

3 frozen bananas
1 cup strawberries
3/4 cup of almond milk

Blend together ingredients until smooth. If you'd like to make the layered colors add in another handful of strawberries and 1/4 cup almond milk. Serve, enjoy!

30 Days Of Yoga

It's no secret that I'm really into yoga. It's awesome and I love it. I can (and will) go on forever whenever someone brings it up. Sorry, not sorry! I just want to share the positive energy and benefits that I've received from having a regular practice for 3 years now. 

While my practice was always fairly consistent, I did have an occasional few days of not practicing here and there. That's totally normal and okay! But I wanted to hold myself accountable for a daily practice. Around the same time that I was thinking this was when Yoga With Adrienne announced Yoga Camp. I decided to give it a shot. Yoga Camp took place on Youtube where Adrienne shared a yoga video each day for the month of January. Every day there was a 30 ish minute yoga practice focused around the mantra for the day. Honestly, the mantras attached to the practice each day were what had me hooked. The more days passed, the more I loved Yoga Camp. I found myself using the mantras in my daily life and transforming my thoughts.

The mantras are simple and can easily be focused on whatever you feel drawn to focusing them on at the time. Some days I had to be creative with my mantra focus and other days I instantly knew what I needed to focus on. It always kept things fun and exciting to see what the mantra of the day would be. I would actually check the video first thing in the morning to see what the mantra was and then go throughout my day until practice with that specific mantra in mind. I loved it!

I'm used to practicing more of a vinyasa or Strala based flow. I wasn't sure what to expect from Yoga Camp. It's very laid back and easily accessible to all levels of yogis. Literally everyone can do this series, which is so great! I practiced with ease each day and never felt the need to "test my limits" which is usually something I do (and something I'm working on improving.) Then I end up injuring myself whenever I'm letting my ego take hold which makes it seem like I'm not where I should be. But really, I'm exactly where I need to be and so are you!

After I finished with all of the videos I began to come up with my own daily mantras. I use them in my practice but find that they're still carrying on throughout my days as well. I plan to continue my daily practice and continue coming up with mantras and little snippets of positivity that I can infuse into my day.

My yoga transformation has been so special to me and I'm always looking for ways to switch it up and further my practice. It's fun and has become such a passion of mine. That's why I'm talking about it today! It's a wonderful thing to incorporate into your daily life no matter how you go about doing so. Try to make it a fun challenge to take on for the next month. You don't need a crazy amount of time or a fancy yoga mat to start. All you need is just around 30 minutes each day. All of us can take an extra 30 minutes out of our day to give ourselves the time to practice yoga. And if you're absolutely unable to fit in 30 minutes then go for 5-10 minutes. Anything is better than nothing! Make it a priority and carve out a place in your schedule to fit it in. I've started doing it as soon as I get home from the gym in the morning or right after my afternoon walk with my dogs. That's become my time(s) and I crave it each day so I make sure to make it happen no matter what else is going on. 

I currently don't lead classes like I wish to. It's unrealistic for me to be able to do so at the time so I wanted to share what I could instead! I feel like this is an easy way to bring a yoga discussion onto this site and hopefully give me the chance to open up and share more about my yoga practice as time goes on. 

You can find all of the Yoga Camp videos here. Head over there and check it out! Let me know what you think and have a happy yoga flow! xo