Vegan Pesto

The Pink Review

I love fresh home-made pesto. It’s super easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought. Plus, you can control the ingredients. This recipe is vegan and healthy. Basil has traditionally been used in Indian medicine as a treatment for asthma, diabetes and stress. It is high in vitamin K, which is plays an important role in blood clotting, building strong bones and protects against heart disease. Another important ingredient in pesto is garlic, and the raw garlic in this recipe has antibacterial properties. Instead of cheese, I use nutritional yeast flakes. It has a cheesy flavour and is a great substitute. It is high in B vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It is essential in many vegan and vegetarians diets as it contains vitamin B12.

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Ingredients:

1 bunch of basil

olive oil (how much depends on the texture you want)

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

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Fresh Cucumber Salad

My China Kitchen

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It is springtime here in Qinghai!

The weather is warming up, there are tulips in the park, and the trees are sporting a fresh coat of paint! This is the first time, since moving here last August, that I have seen this much sunshine and vibrant colors all around town. After months and months of nothing but cold and brown here, I have a new appreciation for how beautiful this city is this time of year.

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This is also a time of year that I especially crave food that is light and fresh.

I mean, I can still enjoy a great dinner of 川 菜 (Sichuan dishes) with friends but this cucumber salad is a great recipe when you are in need of some good clean eating.

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Just grab a few tomatoes, a couple cucumbers, an onion, and you are ready to go.

Drizzle with a light vinaigrette to give a bit of a zing, and you have…

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Yoga and Surf retreat

CLC Luxury Management

Vida Asana-Eco Lodge Costa Rica

A little about the retreat…

Rediscover yourself between the ocean and the forest…

One of the first yoga retreat centers on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Since then we evolved into a full Eco-lodge that serves as an inspiration for a healthier lifestyle.  We Provide a combination of lodging, organic meals, yoga, surf, and adventures. Our guests experience a lifestyle that many people are lacking these days, but it’s so much needed.  From the moment you arrive you will be absorbed by your senses. You will become more receptive and sensitive, a perfect setup for the transformation of your soul.

We invite you to experience Vida Asana.

  • Private location in the forest, only one km away from Playa Hermosa beautiful beaches.
  • Comfortable stylish accommodations, in proximity to the beach and waterfalls.
  • Restaurant Lounge, offering organic foods from local suppliers and our own vegetable garden.
  • Yoga studio offering classes for…

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Yoga: Leading with the Heart

Shawndra Miller

I’ve practiced yoga for many years, starting in my 20s. My practice fell off in my 30s, around the time my health went wonky. For a long stretch, whenever I attended a class or practiced at home, the result was exhaustion and pain.

But in the last several years I’ve come back to yoga as I’ve rebuilt my health. Now I see my weekly Irvington Wellness Center class with Gaynell Collier-Magar as one of the pillars of my spiritual and physical self-care regimen.

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In Gaynell’s classes, you won’t find that punctilious solemnity that infects some yoga classes. She teaches with a lightness and authenticity that nourishes all comers. And she brings her whole self to teaching. I love that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Nor does she shy away from the spiritual underpinnings of yogic practice.

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Veggie Chili

Eating, Clean and Simple.

Ok, so the vegetarian chili was super yum! Here’s the recipe and some pictures 🙂

Ingredients:

1 cup red onion, chopped

1 cup red/yellow/orange peppers, chopped

1/2 cup of celery (I like to use the center and the leaves because they have a ton of flavor) chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

4 cloves of garlic minced

3 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes (I used Campari tomatoes but you can use any kind as long as they’re not canned)

1/2 cup of radishes chopped

1 can of pinto beans, rinsed well

1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed well

3 cups of water (you can use a vegetable stock if you want to but I used water to keep the sodium content down as I’m using canned beans)

1 cup of sliced baby Bela mushrooms

Seasonings:

2 tsp of smoked sea salt (or regular sea salt if you don’t have smoked)

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Tart and Pink Kefir Smoothie

Glowing Green

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Summer is finally arriving…sort of. Despite its slow arrival, summer always inspires me to try to do new things. This morning’s new venture was adding kefir (pronounced kee-fer) to my smoothie. Kefir is similar to yogurt but is much thinner and drinkable. It’s even slightly effervescent, which initially sounded to me like a quality I certainly did not want my yogurt to possess. But alas, I’ve been converted. Though it may take a bit of getting used to, kefir is incredibly delicious and healthy. This smoothie is a really great way to work kefir into your diet, especially if you don’t have much success with drinking it plain. Kefir is almost entirely free of lactose (so it’s safe for anyone who is lactose intolerant) and is packed with protein and wonderful probiotics and vitamins. A word of caution- some kefir is really high in sugar and flavoring. I would…

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Cherry Walnut Almond Flour Cookies

Paleo PNW

   The cookies I am going to share with you today are a unique cross between a cookie and a biscuit in texture. I over baked mine just a tad, but they still came out delicious. Also, I made quite a few substitutions as well as decreased the amount of sweetener I used in them.  As far as substitutions go, because I didn’t have any dried cherries on hand, I rehydrated some dehydrated coconut instead and used that. Also,  I used almond extract instead of vanilla extract (made them soooo yummy and nutty flavored). I would definitely make them again….just hopefully next time I have some kind of dried fruit (cherry, apricot, raisin) to put in them.
Recipe
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup butter softened
1/4 cup sugar (for a less sweet cookie, only fill the quarter cup measurer 3/4 of the way full. Also, a good sugar…

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