I have so many things I want to blog about this week… running, cycling… new shoes, squatty potties… but I’m swamped with school work and exercise so struggling for time. I’m actually multi-tasking right now and listening to a negotiation video case study for school as I type this but I want to share this recipe because I really enjoyed it this morning!
Entirely by accident, it seems I have a theme song. Today was my first solo run since I joined a running club two weeks ago… it’s a dreary, rainy Saturday morning, I had two sneaky gin & tonics with the girls last night, and at 6:30am my body wakes up and says “let’s go for a run”.
This is not normal for me. I’m not a wake-up-and-go-for-a-run kinda girl; or at least I haven’t been, even when I try to be.
So I went for a run and came home feeling great. Then, as I was stretching, “She Wants to Move” by N.E.R.D started playing on my iPod. I don’t think my ass is a spaceship but the refrain captures my intention so I’m going with it – I do want to move, and I want others to move. Hence my foray into exercise blogging. Continue reading
Honestly, I can’t remember what day of the 30 day Wholefood Simply smoothie challenge we’re on but I’m loving it! A lot of ‘firsts’ for me: last week I smoothied vegetables that weren’t leafy greens (beet and celery) in one of my new favorite recipes ‘Make it Pink‘; today I made a smoothie with spirulina that I actually liked and I added ginger to a smoothie for the first time too. How very exciting?!
April 15, 2013. Boston Marathon. And for the first time in four years I’m actually in Back Bay on the day, working in an office building with the view of the marathon you see above… it cuts off on the left just before the finish line. I took this photo about an hour before the bombs exploded. A colleague and I then went for a walk outside among the runners wrapped in heatsheets, glowing from the exhaustion, the accomplishment. We decided against braving the crowd to get the finish line and go back inside… the rest, as they say, is sadly (too recent) history.
I typically work from home on Friday, which I love because it gives me some freedom to experiment in the kitchen, and hate because I end up spending a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen… or at least eating. And today is Friday, and it is also day 3 of an impromptu 30 day smoothie challenge thrown out into the universe by a friend of Bianca from Wholefood Simply; I jumped on board as my green smoothie intake has been a little inconsistent in recent months. It never ceases to amaze me how people I get on to green smoothies are always so much better at having them consistently than I am! Oh well, it’s nice to be spreading the love.
The sun is out, birds are chirping, people have smiles on (yes, even in Boston). I’m mostly stuck inside working and/or studying as I have finals this week for macro economics (I have no smiles for that) and a social media / technology course (which I love, obviously), yet I’m already feeling lighter, happier and more carefree than I have in six months.. I find winter sooo hard!
I have been so busy/stressed/uninspired lately that cooking at home, let alone new recipes has been but a figment of my imagination, but after a long, boring day studying macro economics I was craving a distraction so pursued the cupboards and dragged myself to the market to get some fresh goodies. As a vegetarian, I used to make a great mushroom and blue cheese risotto and have always wondered whether I could make a worthy vegan substitute… turns out I could, and I did, with a little help from Joseph Shuldiner and Pure Vegan for the base and my own modifications. It even got the omnivore stamp of approval :)
Today is the first ever National Açaí Bowl Day! I think this is just the cutest idea ever as I lurve açaí bowls – I became addicted after discovering them at a vegan food truck in Hawaii just before I jumped out of my first plane (which I also lurved!) so have very fond memories.
Right or wrong, I always have chocolate on the brain on Easter Sunday. No more eggs hunts for me, but I am going to try and hunt down some egg-shaped avocados to remake this raw vegan chocolate ice cream cake this afternoon.
I first made this sometime last year and copied down the recipe but can’t for the life of me remember where I found the original (or find it again) so my most humble apologies to anyone out there to whom this sounds familiar… it is out of utmost respect and love that I share this with others :)
Two weeks ago I, a wash/dry/style-hair-daily, mane-obsessed Leo, went no-poo. That is, I ditched my beloved Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner (and leave-in conditioner, and volumizer, and hair oil, and hair spray) and started using bicarb soda and apple vinegar. Straight-up. No joke.
The purported benefits of no-poo is that it regulates your oil production as it doesn’t strip your hair like regular shampoo and conditioner. This stripping encourages oil production and your hair gets oily and needs washing more frequently, and so on, in a vicious circle.