The countdown to Miami is officially down to three days! It's my first visit since I was 12, so basically it will be my first time visiting. The only thing I remember from that long ago trip was buying a white blazer that I thought was the coolest clothing item I would ever own...yeah.
This time around I can't wait for four days of relaxing and beach weather. I also plan to eat nothing but fish and tacos. And because I plan to splurge and because I'll be rocking a bikini for several days, I've been working on staying on the healthy track. After I got the flu I started slacking a bit with my workouts, but I'm back on to at least three days a week at Fitness Formula. I have also been working on eating lighter meals and less processed foods.
I can't say how much I love my spiralizer for weeks where I am trying to cut back. This was my first run at sweet potato noodles. With the yummy peanut sauce and the heartiness of the sweet potatoes, I didn't even miss the carbs,
The one thing I'm still working on is making spiralized recipes that stay well for dinner. I've been trying hard to bring dinner to work most nights and some recipes I've found get soggy if I sauce them up. Perhaps I have to keep everything separate but ah, so many containers. What's your favorite go-to lunch or dinner to bring to work? I made my first mason jar salad the other day and that right there may be a game changer. Anything that can fit easily in my bag for when I have to run to breaking news and not have to remember to grab a separate lunch bag is a win. Plus with a mason jar salad I don't have to worry about finding a place to heat something up. For your reference, QuikTrip has a microwave...we make many stops at QT during breaking news runs.
But back to this sweet potato goodness. The recipe was super simple and took no time at all to put together. I also added chicken that was left over in the fridge for some additional protein. If you have 10 minutes, you have 10 minutes to make this recipe!
sweet potato noodles + peanut sauce
I have always been the kind of person who uses food as a reward. A great meal or a sweet treat is always my go-to when it comes to treating myself or dealing with emotions. It's something I've been working on but it's tough. Good food is one of life's greatest pleasures in my opinion. But I've learned that it doesn't always have to be that way. Treating myself to alone time or a massage can be equally satisfying and can be a better coping mechanism than ice cream (I mean sometimes though you really just need ice cream, right?).
On Sunday I got a chance to meet two incredibly talented bloggers here in St. Louis. Sherrie from With Food + Love and Alex from Delish Knowledge. I have been dying to try Sherrie's cooking forever. They hosted a mini retreat that included a relaxing yoga class and vegetarian brunch. Everything about it was perfect.
We started with yin yoga. A slow paced practice that focuses on holding poses longer. When I do yoga I usually do vinyasa, which is more dynamic and more of a workout. Yin is the opposite. It forces you to focus on your body and your mind. Something that actually stresses me out. The most stressful part of any yoga class is those moments where we are supposed to be still and clear our mind. All I can do is think about the hundred other things I should be doing. Which is why I actually NEED to be taking the time in yoga to clear my head. Catch 22 kind of situation. So Alex's yoga session was a great introduction to the practice of mindfullness. Taking the time to just be still, ignore work thoughts, stay away from my phone and just be.
Now I will say once the smells of Sherrie's cooking started wafting from the kitchen it was tough to focus on anything but the incredible brunch we were about to consume.
Sherrie of With Food + Love is an incredible (mostly) pant-based chef, blogger and photographer who lives in St. Louis. Her pictures and columns in Feast Magazine always inspire me. (See my chickpea and kale soup recipe). I've been dying to attend one of her pop-ups. The brunch served Sunday was light and appeared simple, but each dish was filled with complex flavors and variety of textures. First up, a green juice of kale, cucumber, lemon and apple. It was followed by a beautiful toast course with ricotta and the most beautiful berries and beet sauce. We ended with the picture above, a bowl of comfort. Savory oatmeal topped with a poached egg, picked radishes and an incredibly bright green goddess sauce with mint that simply made the dish.
We ended our mini-retreat with a tea ceremony from Retrailer Tea. The Cup of Love tea with rose and tulsi is a comforting blend that helps reduce stress. We also were tasked with thinking about maintaining self-care. Taking a look at how our busy lives can prevent us from taking the necessary time to focus on our mind, body, spirit and relationships. It was such an important reminder that setting aside personal time is not selfish, it's imperative to our well-being. Today I pledge to attempt mindfullness while walking Ellie. Leaving my phone at home and just letting my mind focus on the moment and the world around me. How do you practice self-care and mindfullness? Is it something you do regularly? I'd love to hear your advice!
In my job I get a chance to meet incredible people with amazing stories each and every day. It's my favorite part about being a journalist. They're people most of the city may not know, or ever get a chance to know, but to parts of the community they've had an incredible impact.
On New Year's Eve, William Pauley, a local chef and kombucha brewer was seriously injured in a crash involving teenagers running from police. He's made a miraculous recovery but has a long way to go, and of course a long bill from the hospital likely on it's way. When I as talking to people about William and his newly opened shop, Confluence Kombucha, I was in awe of how many people's live he has not only touch but improved. They serve beautiful vegetarian and vegan food at their spot in The Grove and it was where I tried my first kombucha.
I've heard alot about kombucha but never tried it. Well if everyone's is as good as William's then I am sold. I tried one with jackfruit, the pineapple turmeric and rose honeysuckle vanilla (which I'm told is very popular). It's acidic, and bright and just feels healthy.
Because William seems to have touched so many lives, now others want to spread that love. On Wednesday, businesses across The Grove will donate a portion of their profits to William's recovery fund. The list includes some of my favorite spots - Urban Chestnut, Grammophone, Layla's, Handlebar, Lemongems, gezelig and more.
You can watch my story on William's recovery here. Learn more about the benefit here.
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