Beach Yoga & Energy Balls

 

The feeling of freedom I get from doing yoga and meditating in nature keeps me balanced, happy and somewhat sane.

I practice yoga in a studio over the winter but when spring hits and I can do a few Sun Salutions gazing at the Pacific Ocean and the mountain range behind it, well nothing indoors can really compare to that. Going barefoot in the sand and letting my feet, usually imprisoned in some sort of high heel, sink into the cool, grains of dark sand feels better than the most luxurious spa treatment. And if you believe in earthing, it is better than the most luxurious foot treatment.

The beautiful ocean air, the sweet sound of the waves lapping the shore and my own little yoga practice on a deserted beach is my recipe for re-balancing and relaxation.

Then I like to go home, chilled out and stress free, to work on some other recipes.

This week I have a raw energy ball recipe that’s full of nutritious ingredients and easy to pack in your bag when you’re in the run. Clean eating approved and delicious, here it is:

Almond Oatmeal Energy Balls

 

  • One cup oatmeal
  • One cup almond butter
  • 1 T honey or maple syrup
  • 1 T flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together. Form into balls. Refrigerate.

 

The perfect yoga pose

A friend and I took a break in our Sunday beach run to do a few yoga stretches today. Here is one of the pics.

When I look at this photo I see a woman being goofy, maybe dancing in the rain, but what I’m actually doing is falling out of a yoga pose. A pose that I couldn’t quite master, no matter how hard or how many times I tried. I remember thinking, after failing again and again, that I had two options, get angry with myself or laugh at the situation. Clearly I chose the latter.

Thinking back to when I started practicing yoga about 15 years ago, I approached my practice with a humourless quest for perfection ~ hyper-extending my legs and frequently checking my neighbors with a sideways glance to see if I was doing better than them. I couldn’t have been more misguided if I tried. It took years for me to realize that yoga wasn’t at all about perfection or even form sometimes. It was about showing up regularly and making a commitment to starting a journey with myself. It was about relaxing into and accepting myself ~ my body, my limitations ~ and even laughing at and learning to love myself. And when I realized this, that is when my yoga practice finally opened up and became a source of joy for me. So here’s to falling out of crooked, imperfect yoga poses and loving it because every stumble is an important part of the journey. Your journey. Namaste.

Joffre Lakes Hike – Throwback Thursday

I’ve been dreaming of sunshine lately and thinking about all of the hikes I’m planning to do this summer. Hikes like Joffre Lakes.

Joffre is situated a little north of Whistler and is home to the most beautiful emerald and aquamarine water I have ever seen.

Here are a few pics from my 1st hike to this extraordinarily beautiful destination. I can’t wait to get back.

Post Holiday Detox Bowl

I started this holiday season full of strength and resolve and my will power lasted quite a while. Right up until someone place a warm, fresh plate of ginger snaps under my nose. Now, after a few weeks of gooey dark chocolate, bread pudding, hot chocolate with (extra) whipped cream and 1st, 2nd and 3rd helpings of holiday meals, I’m back on the path of balance and health.

If you were a little over-indulgent this Christmas season too, here is a green, detox recipe full of vitamins and anti-oxidants to get your day off to a great start:

Detox Smoothie Bowl

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mangos
  • 2 T shredded coconunt
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 2 T your favourite greens powder

Blend, top with mangos and coconut garnish and get back on track with this delicious and nourishing bowl!

Snowshoeing Adventures

Squamish, BC is less than an hour from Vancouver but, in many ways, it’s a world away. At first glance you’ll see a typical Canadian small town with strip malls, fast food joints and a bustling Tim Horton’s. But then you look up and see the stunning mountain range right beside the town and Squamish no longer seems anything close to typical. This hiker, rock climber, and snowshoer’s paradise is one of my favourite mini getaways. The mountain range is called “The Chief” and now has a gondola that takes you part way up the mountain to tree lined hiking trails with breathtaking vistas.

If you love the outdoors and are planning a trip to BC, definitely put this winter wonderland destination on your list.

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The Chief

Christmas Shopping

img_6213-1It’s Christmas shopping season again and I’ve been thinking about how many times we end up buying our friends and family gifts that either end up in a drawer, collecting dust on a shelf or getting re-gifted the following year.

Wouldn’t it be kind of amazing to buy gifts for your loved ones that would help them be the best person they could be? Something that would give them an edge to help create a healthy, balanced life? Yes? Then check out Allysian’s top two products that will help do just that:

Genesis is a berry and green powder that subtly detoxes your system, nourishes you on a cellular level and provides a ton of antioxidant nutrition for your body. You take it once a day in a smoothie (or plain filtered water) and watch your energy levels soar and your skin glow.

Mastermind is a product that supports brain function, restful sleep, memory and cognitive function. This truly is a game changer!

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So, what could be better than gifts that show your loved ones just how much you love them and want them to live their best life?

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Happy Healthy Holidays!

Superfood Chia – Why you should be eating it every day

chia puddingAfter doing a little digging on the internet, I found so many benefits from eating chia that I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen to whip up a batch of yummy chia pudding.

I have a feeling that these awesome little seeds – also used for the iconic chia pets of the 70’s – are going to be a major player in my anti-aging journey.

I’m also excited to share a few of their health benefits, and a delicious recipe, with you.

Here they are:

  1. Chia keeps your skin clear

Chia seeds have a natural antioxidant concentration that stops up to 70% of free radical activity. Chia seeds are one of nature’s riches antioxidants and antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems, as well as preventing any further damage.

  1. Chia keeps your digestion flowing

Chia is super-high in fiber, providing nearly 11 grams per ounce. One serving provides your recommended fiber intake for the day. Amazing and so easy! Chia seeds also create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach due to the soluble fiber in chia seeds. This works as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics in the gut. How awesome is that? Prebiotics and all the fiber you need in one shot!

  1.  Chia loves your heart

Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it a friend of your <3. Also, because of this, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when they’re eating chia seeds daily.

  1. It boosts your energy & metabolism

A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning says chia seeds improve exercise performance for workouts in the same way a sugary sports drink would. But…without all the sugar. Yes!

  1. Last but not least – It gives you a rockin’ bod

Chia seeds are also one of the top plant based sources of protein. This is another reason this superfood is amazing to consume for those trying to put on lean muscle, burn fat, and balance blood sugar levels.

Chia seeds pack a powerful antioxidant punch to help replace some of those nutrients lost when exercising. They’re high in essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc (very anti-aging), iron and niacin.

One of the qualities that makes chia so incredible is that it can absorb up to 10 times its own weight in water.  Because of this, chia seeds can help keep you hydrated and increase absorption of electrolytes. This also slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer reducing those sabotaging fast food cravings.

Can you see why I’m in love with these awesome little seeds? And I’ve found a delicious way to incorporate them into my diet every day with a serving of chia pudding. Here is one of my fave recipes:

Strawberries n Cream Chia Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • A handful of fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Blend all ingredients together. Let sit overnight in a covered container in the refrigerator. Serve.