Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Eating for the Soul. My Top 6 Spirit Friendly Ingredients Fit for Every Goddess!

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Have you ever dug into a special meal and felt so totally satisfied in your entire body and soul, but couldn’t quite put your finger on why you felt that way? The chow you were chewing was seriously phenomenal. It left your belly happy; your spirit excited, and had you glowing all day long. Every bite was beyond—to the point of ecstatic bliss.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when a few special green goddesses (and gods) came into my life that I discovered the difference between lack luster lunches and delicious dinners.  These fine friends showed me the magic of eating for my soul.  You see, the things you put into your body literally feed your soul. You charge your brain, spirit, and body system with the foods you eat and the right choices can make all the difference.  Here are the top six items I keep in my kitchen to set my soul on fire with every meal:

Cilantro. Some folks hate the stuff, but these fresh leafies have me begging for a second helping every time. Let’s get down to the dirty on cilantro! Rich in vitamin-C and K, this nutrient rich ingredient is a serious anti-oxidant. You feel amazing when you add cilantro into dishes on the regular because it fights off viruses, toxins, and disease causing agents that make you feel sick. Every goddess deserves to shine, so if you love the taste like I do, try cilantro on your next salad or sprinkle some on top of warm veggies.

3d055b8700a8f936e35383bcc29863a8-1Garlic. This is one of my all time faves. It’s not just used for disease prevention, detoxification and other types of therapy—it tastes amazing! Back in the day it was used as an aphrodisiac, so if you’re having a sweet evening in with your honey add a little extra of the spicy stuff to your dinner and cozy up, babes.

Basil. This soft, dark leaf is so diverse! Alone it tastes a little like the dark licorice you’d chew on as a child, but in meals it can change something bland into total magic! You can use it in your fave caprese salad, or make an amazing organic peach pie with a splash of this healing herb.  Basil is known for keeping our hearts healthy and our joints smooth, as it is a known anti-inflammatory and essential in cardiovascular health.

Mint. Mint is the little green bad boy that can change a beverage, salad or meat dish into something seriously special on the double.  It’s unique taste matches well with other organic ingredients fruits, cheeses and meats and it aids in digestion. It has been known to help with fatigue, weight loss and nausea to say the least. Mint in the morning is a big game changer. Add mint to your fresh fruit tomorrow morning and notice your belly singing and thanking you!

Coconut Oil. I put coconut oil on nearly everything. My skin, my nails, my food: everything! This oil is so healing and it tastes amazing. It has been proven to aid in brain and heart health, and it regulates ones metabolism like it’s no one’s business. You can massage your leafy greens, use it in your smoothies or use it as a replacement for other oils. Use a small amount in your cooking and notice the delicious flavor!

a411c110c452af078eca6953ce11f2f5-1Kale. Kale is king of the green palace in my kitchen. This dense dark leafy takes precedence over all others when it comes to salads, smoothies and stir-fries. Here is the trick: massage your kale, boho bellas. When kale is massaged it’s dense walls break down a little and the “green” flavor isn’t so harsh. Its flavor literally changes and its texture softens. Take your favorite oil (coconut!) and massage your kale for a few moments. It will be ready to devour and you’ll enjoy it much more!

These are my top 6 soul friendly ingredients that are staples in my kitchen. I know you have a few that really send your spirit soaring. Share them with me in the comments below and we’ll talk food, bellas!!

 

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 From Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

9 Eco Products for Stylish Yogis

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.52.26 AMYoga means union, and is a process by which we can become more connected with ourselves, and recognize our interconnectedness and oneness with all beings and the earth. When we realize the effect we have on the environment, and the inherent unity we have with it, we can live more harmoniously with the natural flow of life.

My favorite products have a low impact on the environment, are kind to animals, and are made without exploitation or oppression of humanity. When the products we use and the money we spend are in line with the philosophy of yoga, we come closer to the union we seek. Our choices, our dollars and our words are ways in which we cast a vote towards consciousness or disconnection. When we realize the power that we have to make changes with our choices, we give voice to what matters and to our morals.

 

1. My Tiny Devotions Daydream Mala: I love connecting with the energies of the earth through what I wear, especially because I live in a city. Crystals, minerals, and stones remind me of the miraculous power of creation. Sandalwood is grounding and reminds me of the support that the earth has to offer. When we meditate and practice yoga, we become more mindful and can utilize our own inner resources and the earth’s resources in ways that will benefit our descendants and show respect for all we have been naturally given. My mala is a constant reminder of that commitment. www.lovetinydevotions.com

 

41OYrO1KWiL._SL500_AA300_2. Manduka Black Mat Pro: This mat has a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll never need to buy another yoga mat. Manduka is committed to ecology, sustainability and life long support for your yoga practice. They also recently created the world’s first 100% recyclable yoga mat. How awesome is that? www.manduka.com

 

3. Miakoda Hand Crocheted Cowl: This eco-friendly, vegan, organic company is made in a small factory in NYC by Julia Ahrens.  When it’s cold, I never leave home without my hand crocheted cowl. They’re made with love by my sister who carries out a mission close to both our hearts. www.miakodanewyork.com

 

4. KiraGrace: KiraGrace is an American conscious yoga clothing company run by an amazing woman CEO named Kira Karmazin. This company celebrates women’s beauty and individuality while supporting the bigger picture– KiraGrace donates 100% of the proceeds of the Warrior T-Back Yoga Tank to Off The Mat Into The World, supporting the community locally and globally and showing commitment to progress and change in the name of unity and justice. www.kiragrace.com

 

5. North Coast Organics Natural Deodorant in Death by Lavender: The armpits and the skin are vulnerable to absorption of toxins, so I choose products that are natural and non-toxic. North Coast Organics is committed to kindness to animals and the environment, contains only natural and organic ingredients, and are even made on equipment cleaned only with natural products. http://north-coast-organics.com/

 

6. Leni Penn, Light Grey Ostrich Tote: Made in the USA with all vegan materials, this incredibly authentic feeling and looking leather alternative is gorgeous, durable, and compassionate. No animals are harmed, and it comes in multiple sizes with different ways of closure. The bags are versatile enough for you to take to practice, the beach, or wherever your travels take you…  www.lenipenn.com

 

7. Simplecare Products, Coffee Bean Fresh Scrub: Owned by a woman entrepreneur, this small company uses only vegan and wholesome products that are good for you, for animals, and for the earth. The products are handmade, detoxifying, and ecologically responsible. www.simplecareproducts.com

 

IMG_6719_210aa4d2-3cfa-4dcd-a55a-fdbb87ba4aad_large8. Stone & Violet, Crystal Grid Board:  Artist, woodworker, and crystal specialist Lauren Gray visits a lumberyard weekly to salvage wood that is destined for the landfill and creates boards emblazoned with sacred geometrical patterns for use in crystal grid work. Creating grids is a beautiful way to bring ritual and intention into a particular space, ceremony, or practice, and helps me to navigate the highs and lows of life, show my gratitude, or invite energy that I want to cultivate in my life. www.stoneandviolet.com

 

9. My Zen Home, Dhyana Cushion: I love the support and sustainability the Dhyana Cushion brings to my meditation practice. I can feel comfort and also know that this company’s organic products are easy on the earth. The owners of the company are committed to the practice, and have been seen burning sage to clear the energy before opening their booth at yoga festivals worldwide. www.myzenhome.com

 

We live in a world of abundance and beauty, and it is a practice of gratitude to enjoy all of the physical creations and manifestations of others’ energy. However, remember when purchasing that it is important to enjoy what you already have. Sometimes, the most ecological choice is what you don’t buy, or choosing not to make a purchase. Try to repurpose, reuse, and recycle old or others’ belongings into something you can save from throwing away. Because there is no “away,” and everything we do impacts this earth. Purchase quality products that use resources responsibly and promote freedom and justice for all, and they will support your own personal growth and last for years to come.

 

IMG_0024 (1)Laura is passionate about connection to body, spirit, and the earth. She works with attention to alignment and each individual’s current physical and emotional circumstances (the only possible starting point) to create a practice that is fuelled by deep breathing, a strong connection to core, reverence for ancient wisdom and ceremony, and the use of the practice of yoga to be more alive in each moment. She’s forever grateful to her teachers, formal and otherwise, and has completed a 200 hour training in vinyasa, the Forrest Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, a year-long mentorship program with Forrest Yoga Guardian Dr. Heidi Sormaz and holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
Facebook: Ahrens Yoga 
Instagram: @AhrensYoga 

Essential Oils 101 with Hol:Fit

I’m so excited to talk a little today about something that has really changed the way I approach health in my body and in my home and quite honestly – it’s causing a revolution across the globe.

I’m talking about 100% pure love from the earth in the form of essential oils.

How many of you have used herbal or homeopathic medicine before? Well did you know that pure essential oils are stronger than that? In fact, 1 drop of pure peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of about 28 cups of peppermint herbal tea? Pow!

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You may be like me and have a bottle of tea tree oil, lavender or perhaps a ‘bigger gun’ like oil of oregano. I had these for years in my cabinet and would pull them out from time to time. I can’t say I really knew much about them at the time, but bought them to start making a few of of my own cleaners. As a mama of 2 girls, when I first became pregnant, I was suddenly uber aware of all the toxins we face everyday.

Well fast forward to about a year ago, a friend and I were talking about this company doTERRA, that produces the most pure + potent essential oils in the world. If you’ve ever taken a coaching program with me or follow me on social media, you know that I’m very passionate about giving the body the cleanest, most whole materials so that it can heal itself and thrive. My daily VIP list includes whole foods {lots of plants}, clean water, daily sweaty movement, love, creativity + gratitude.  And now these essential oils have blown my mind and become my latest passion.

Here’s why:

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

They are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. They are usually used by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically or taken internally if they are 100% pure.

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Today, doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils are the highest quality you can purchase. This is due to their indigenous sourcing, extraction methods and testing. They are so pure you can use them on everyone from babies to pets!

If I was to just pick 3 oils that I love + use every day it would be these gems:

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You totally want to learn more right? Well I’m excited to spend time with you all on Aug 7th doing a live chat from 1-130pm EST right here on bohodaily.com and the Tiny Devotions Facebook page. RSVP here. 

Bring your questions – I’m excited to hang!

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AngeAnge Peters is the Founder of Hol:Fit, Holistic Nutritionist + Online Health Coach, doTERRA GOLD Leader/Wellness Advocate,  Cohost of The Holistic Health Diary Podcast, Ambassador for Tiny Devotions + Lululemon, Mama of 2 girls.

Website: www.hol-fit.com

Twitter: @Hol_Fit

Facebook: HolFit 

 

A Green Girl’s St.Patrick’s Day Guide

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A Green Bohemian Gal always has a few tricks up her sleeve when there’s a special event to attend. We’re so excited to serve this delicious Pistachio Shamrock Spread for our St.Patricks day festivities tomorrow! If you like this appetizer or you have a great one you love, share it in the comments below!

Bohemian Ingredients:
1/2C Pistachios
1 TBSP Lime Juice
1 Large Avocado
1/2 TBSP Apple Cider or White Vinegar
1TBSP Lime Juice
5 Basil Leaves
2 Cloves of Garlic

Sea Salt to taste

Easy Steps:

1. In a food processor or high speed blender, blend the pistachios into a course texture with the lime juice and sea salt. Then place in a bowl to the side.

2. Next in the food processor puree the following ingredients:

1 Large Avocado
1/2 TBSP Apple Cider or White Vinegar
1TBSP Lime Juice
5 Basil Leaves

2 Cloves of Garlic

3. In a bowl combine the mixtures from 1 & 2. Serve with Crackers, Corn Chips, Cucumber, or Green apple Slices!

Special Thanks to Amberlea for this amazing recipe 😉

Wellness Wednesday with Hol:Fit – Boho Inspired Smoothie

Welcome to week two of our 6-week Wellness Wednesday Series with Hol:Fit!

This week is all about fuelling our soul with smoothies, check out the video and recipe below.
Here is a link to Week 1 if you missed it last week:)

Blend It, Share It, Print It and Love It.

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Ange Peters

Founder of HolFit
Online Health School
Creator of EAT CLEAN :: GET LEAN & Ready, Set, GLOW Detox
Co-Host of The Holistic Health Diary Podcast
Twitter @ Hol_Fit
Facebook @ HolFit