Since figs are in season just once a year, for a short period when summer fades into fall, this is the salad I’m devouring right now.Read More »
Roasting the tomatoes prior to pureeing them concentrates the flavor and results in a perfectly balanced tomato sauce that doesn't need to be loaded with sugar.Read More »
These vibrant, Mexican-themed skewers threaded with cherry tomatoes, avocado, and peaches highlight the season’s best flavors.Read More »
A unique and delicious spring salad inspired by Simply Ancient Grains, by Marie Speck.Read More »
Yesterday I told you that cooking is the habit that has had the biggest, most positive impact on my life. But unless you’re already a regular cook you probably thought this was super depressing. People who don’t cook inevitably groan when I suggest that cooking is the solution to their problems. Cooking? Ugh. Something about it […]Read More »
Now that the nights are staying warmer, we’ve finally rolled out our trusty grill. Over the years, it’s become tradition in our household that when it comes to grilling, my husband, Andy, takes over. I’m not sure why I’ve never intercepted. He likes his meat charred until it resembles an inedible hockey puck, while I […]Read More »
I’ve been known to chow down a pound (or more) of asparagus—especially roasted asparagus generously topped with cilantro pesto—in one sitting.Read More »
Inspired by all of my actor friends, I'm doing a guest post this week with Sophie Wright of Create a Wellness in Australia. Sophie is an amazing actress currently staring in Wicked so she knows a thing or two about having to stay fit and healthy in a demanding role while working long crazy hours. On her vlog that she frequently posts about her pursuits to be healthy and well balanced in an extremely demanding industry. Check it out, this girl is cute, quirky, and has a killer sense of humor. Aussies, in my experience, seem to be happy lovely people so they must be doing something right.
I asked Sophie to write about this particular topic because it was something I struggled with so much when I was in the industry. I never felt talented enough, beautiful enough, skinny enough. These feelings of never being enough, led me down a very unhealthy path into years of disordered eating and negative body image issues. I wish I had heard this great advice when I was first starting out, maybe then it would have saved me years of struggle and weight fluxuation.
So in honor of all of the brave souls out there, who put themselves under scrutiny of who they are on a daily basis, I am in awe of you and I hope you get something out of Sophie's Tips. As a throw back to old times, a headshot I took at age 19, I look back at it now and think, wow what a beautiful picture but so much sadness. When I looked at it then, I just thought, I really should have lost more weight before taking this. So sad.
Here are Sophie's Top 4 Tips to Keeping in Performing Condition and Maintaining a Healthy Balanced Life. She writes...
1) Meditate or do a breathing exercise
By doing a meditation before an audition or a big show you have calmed your mind and body down so you are able to focus on the task at hand. You have created an awareness of your body and mind in that moment and are not projecting future moments that might occur.
i.e. You are not imagining what might happen as you are completely present; and being in the moment is what acting is all about, that ability to play off of one another or your emotions in the scene.
2) Relinquish control and have perspective
The sooner we realise and relinquish control over our thoughts and worries, the sooner we can move on and go about our daily lives. We spend so much time and energy worrying after the audition going through every detail in our head, that we don’t realize we can be creating an easier environment for us after the audition and make it easier upon ourselves to accept that we cannot control the outcome after the audition has passed. The sooner we can come to terms and understand this the quicker we can lead happier and less stressful lives. Move onto the next endeavor, the next goal, the next outcome.
3) Vocal health and rest
Rest is such an important factor in the performing industry, where you are constantly moving your body and using your voice (especially in musical theatre). I find that having a vocal rest day is such a great idea, so you can fully let your voice heal and rejuvenate in order for it to be at it’s peak. Things like herbal tea, honey and steaming are all really effective for this. Resting is important not only for our voices, but to let our bodies heal and be at our physical peak. Try getting a massage, or doing yoga, to stretch out your body, prevent injuries, and to relax your nervous system so you can feel well rested.
4) Eat Whole foods / Stay Active
I find that staying healthy and active, especially in the performing industry is so essential as our job is to stay well and if we are not well, we cannot work. Eating healthy by adding whole foods to our diet, balanced with moving your body, however you want to, is essential to our mind, body, and spirit. If we feed our bodies with good nutrition, feed our minds with positive thoughts, and continue to live an active lifestyle, this will reflect positively on our performances and auditions since we are more centered and confident, and that influences our entire well being.
Here is a recipe Sophie shared for you all the try out:
SWEET POTATO MESSIngredients:
- 1 Can of organic red kidney beans
- 1 Sweet potato
- 1 Head of broccoli
- 1 Bunch kale or spinach
- 1 Can of coconut cream
- A handful of fresh basil leaves
- Fresh coriander to taste
- Tamari or soy sauce to taste
chilli - about a pinch or more of each
- I tend to not stick to recipes as I love to create whatever flavors suit me and my mood so with the spices try different things
- Cut up the sweet potato and steam
- In either a saucepan or frying pan pour the coconut cream on medium to high heat and add in all the spices
- Add the veggies and simmer on low heat until cooked through and then add the red beans
- Voila! Simple Pimple and ready to devour, its super easy and nutritious
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I apologize that these pictures aren't amazing but I barely had time to snap them before this was being devoured by myself and my very hungry family. We are unpacking and getting a house in order, which works up quite the appetite; at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
My Mom called this the best pizza she has ever had, I don't blame her.
My Dad said that if I keep cooking like this he is coming over everyday, I'm fine with that.
When I told my friends about it, they told me I should quit my day job and cook full time. So really, it's just the best pizza ever and you should all give it a try!
I recommend it for a Friday night with some delicious beer, I mean who doesn't love those kind of nights?! And the best part, you are eating your veggies when you indulge in this pizza so no guilt allowed!
- Pre-made Pizza Crust, easy to heat, Organic if possible
- Onions or Scallions
- Spinach Pesto
- Chive Goat Cheese
- Truffle Brie
- Pecorino Romano
- Truffle Oil
- Herbs- Basil, Red Pepper Flakes, Oregano
- Salt and Pepper
For you meat lovers, I fried up some bacon nice and crispy on the side and added that to the top of my Dad's pizza. I didn't cook the greens in the bacon grease since my Mom is a vegetarian, but that's one way to do it.
We actually bought all of the ingredients at BJ's Wholesale Club since we just got a membership there to keep our grocery bill down. The key is seeking out a few high quality ingredients you can use in many meals. I am sharing this because you can truly prepare and enjoy amazing food, no matter where you live and what your resources are, as long as you are willing to get creative in order to make it work. :)
If you are gluten free and want to try this recipe, just purchase a gluten free crust, Bob's Red Mill sells one I like.
If you are vegan and want to try this out, substitute the cheese for cashew cheese and the pesto, either make from scratch (olive oil, spinach, arugula, salt and nutritional yeast in a blender; for a thinker consistency add cashews) or swap it out for a marinara sauce.
1- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
2- Place the pizza crust on an un-greased metal baking dish
3- Spread Pesto evenly over the crust
4- Cut chunks of the brie and goat cheese and layer them all over the pizza, evenly spaced
5- Cut up the onions into rounds, the pieces don't have to be very small
6- Place the onions into a pan over medium heat and sauté with olive oil, salt and pepper
7- Once the onions start to caramelize (about 2 minutes) add in a few handfuls of the kale and stir
8- Add in herbs, basil, red pepper, oregano and any other herbs you like, keep stirring so that the kale doesn't burn
You don't have to cook this for long since it will also be baked in the over, only keep the kale on for about a minute, until it's vibrant green and tender
9- Evenly spread out the kale over the pizza, drizzle with truffle oil, add salt and pepper to taste
10- Bake in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes depending on the size of your crust
This cook time is for a crust that was already cooked so keep that in mind and adjust accordingly based on the directions you see on your dough, you can also just look in the oven and take it out once the cheese starts to melt
11- Serve and enjoy!
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It's cold outside and I have a cold. Every year no matter how healthy I am, I get a cold when the weather drops. My cousin who studied biochemistry explained to me something about the spores in the air, but I really didn't follow. Maybe she will read this and comment so that the mystery will be solved.
Moving just over a week ago, starting a long commute, doing yoga teacher training homework and assignments, and being really busy in my day job have created a lot of stress and not very little sleep. My diet also isn't nearly as clean as I would like, with all of the change I've been turning to comfort foods more often than I should be.
Needless to say, this year, I'm run down and not surprised to find myself feeling the effects in the form of a big ol' head cold. I'm thinking of this cold as the reminder I need to slow down and treat myself better.
Now that I am sick it's time for my cold remedy tea. I've included the recipes along with all the information about why it's such good thing to have when you aren't feeling great below.
Other helpful things I'm doing to kick this cold in the butt fast are:
1- Oil of Oregano- diluted in water, straight up, I just can't handle it, that stuff burns! I had some today and knew I was really and truly sick when I couldn't even taste it. Check out this cool article about all it's uses on Dr. Oz's site.
2- Green juice with lemon and ginger. Vitamin C cold fighting heaven and immune boosting power all wrapped up into one.
3-Supplements, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C, fish oil, and vitamin D. My favorite brand is Metagenics but there are many good ones out there.
Recipe for Cold Remedy Tea
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1-2 shakes cayenne pepper
- Fresh ginger, about an inch cut up into small chunks
Optional ingredients for added benefit but gross flavor:
- A garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Lemon juice has antibiotic effects, and is high in vitamin C which is vital for your immune system to function properly. Raw Honey is a natural antihistamine. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory this will help sooth and stop your cough. Cayenne Peppper helps treat sinus infection and has been shown to help reduce a fever due to it's detoxifying qualities that help you sweat. It also has anti-irritant preparers that will help with sore throat and coughs and it's anti fungal, anti bacterial, and anti allergen. Ginger will boost your immune system and help you sweat out your toxins. Ginger also contains germ fighting properties to repel both bacteria and fungus and to help you get rid of your infection. Ginger is my idea of nature's antibiotic.
Garlic is high in vitamin C, eaten raw it will literally burn that cold away with it's antibacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic is definitely part of nature's doctor's bag right along with ginger. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce blood sugar; colds feed on sugar so you are cutting off their "food" source. It's also full of healthy bacteria and probiotics that support optimal immune system functioning. Apple cider vinegar supports lymph system function and will help decrease sinus congestion. Apple Cider Vinegar is actually amazing for a whole host of reasons, check out this awesome Mind Body Green article about the benefits here.
This really helps! I'm already feeling better after 1 day since I drank this religiously yesterday. The combination will get you sweating out the toxins and start to break up any mucus you have and will also help to begin draining the mucus. Eeeeeaak I hate that word and I just wrote it 2x, my apologies!
Try it the next time you are feeling run down or sick to bounce back extra quick! (I'm rhyming now, I must be loopy.)
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