Just Be

My upcoming wedding has prompted me to focus in on what’s really important and what I really want.  You see it’s easy for me to get crazy excited about ideas and put my axe to the grind and go after them.  The thing is, I soon realize I’ve spread myself too thin and all those grand ideas, well, they fall to the ground.🙈  I’m sure many of you can relate to this predicament.  Passion and whimsy are beautiful but if left unchecked, they can lead to our own demise.

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So here is what is helping me to focus—

It seems as though most of my life I’ve been trying to be better, be more, and be different because I’ve felt like until I reach some elusive standard of success, I’m not good enough.  Pushing and pressing have been my MO (I am an Aries; I have the little horns for a reason;) LOL

Lately, I’ve been taking a step back and asking myself, ‘what needs to be different?’

What needs to be different about you and your life right now?

Do you find yourself wanting to be a good wife, friend, employee, dad, Christian, student, etcetera, etcetera?  All these things are good desires, but when you can’t just be you miss out on how perfect you already are right here, right now.  The key is to catch yourself ‘shoulding’ on yourself.  Then step back and ask yourself, ‘What needs to be different?’

Becoming self-aware will allow compassion and clarity to come rushing in to fill the space you’ve created in your heart.

be still

You are good enough without needing to do more good deeds, work harder, get more degrees or titles.

You are enough.

You are a child of God.

Berry Picking & Blueberry Pancake Recipe

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Last month Remi and I were lucky enough to catch the last weekend to pick blueberries at a local berry farm, Blue Harvest Farms, in southern Louisiana.  It was our first time experiencing berry picking so we got all geared up for our adventure.🤗

Hats:  √

Boots:  √

Sunscreen: √

Buckets:  √

Shades for Titi Sunshine: √

We had a blast!  We chit chatted with other berry pickers, she entertained everyone around us with singing, and I seized some teaching moments on practicing mindfulness, which for her involved savoring one or two…

IMG_3063Some veteran blueberry pickers shared with us a great tips:

  1.  Look for powder-blue berries that are firm and uniform in size.
  2. When you get them home spread them-out in a single layer on some paper towels.  If possible, store them in a moisture-proof container for up to five days.
  3. Don’t wash until you’re ready to use them.

I froze half of our batch to use for smoothies or to add in to my banana protein ice-cream.  Here is the link to that recipe:

https://www.instagram.com/healthy_justice/

The rest of the berries we shared with our family and used to make blueberry pancakes.

Now that I have little ones in my life I realize how challenging it is to get them to eat nutritious food, and this is a meal they actually request.  It’s so simple and using a food processor makes it even easier!

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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon organic stevia
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar (I let it soak for awhile)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  • Place flour, oats, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, vanilla, oil and egg in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

The homemade orange juice is also simple and makes breakfast even more of a delight!  

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Ingredients

1/4 cup (60 ml) water
2 medium navel oranges, peeled, quartered
3/4 cup (180 ml) ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar or other sweetener, to taste (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Here is a link to Blue Harvest Farms: http://blueharvestfarms.com

If you would like to find a berry farm close to you, this link might help: http://www.pickyourown.org/index.htm#states

 

Quick and Easy Summer Lunch Recipes

Here are some healthy lunch and snack recipes that will make meal prep easy during the hot Summer months!

Spring Rolls

Think of it as a salad except that it’s easier to eat and more fun.-:)  You could add in some protein with shrimp, chicken or tofu to make it a more filling lunch.

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Ingredients:

rice paper–avocado–your favorite veggies

Directions:

  • Soak your rice paper in a large bowl of warm water for about 10 seconds (or follow directions on your package).
  • Lay it on a moist clean towel and layer on your veggies & if you want.  Sprinkle with rice vinegar or Asian dressing.
  • Roll it up burrito style by rolling forward once, tucking in the sides and continuing to roll forward.

*Optional step: sauté your veggies in 1/2 Tbsp of sesame oil, 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce and 2 garlic cloves.

Dipping Sauce

3 Tbsp soy sauce, 3 Tbsp nut butter, 2 tsp chopped garlic, 1/2 tsp sesame oil

Turkey and Veggie Roll Ups

Another easy grab and go snack or light lunch idea.  These are surprisingly tasty eats!

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Ingredients

organic deli meat

green beans & carrot slices

mustard

Roll up 1-2 steamed green beans, a carrot slice and a strip of mustard.

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap

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Ingredients

1½ pounds pre-cooked chicken (I use a store bought rotisserie & remove the skin)
½ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
¼ cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half lengthwise (20 grapes)
½ cup coarsely chopped unsalted, raw walnuts or pecans
1 cup thinly sliced celery (about 3 stalks)

Combine yogurt, mayo, vinegar, honey, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Add chicken,  grapes, and celery and toss until everything is coated in the yogurt sauce. Give it a quick taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.  Chill before serving.

 

Making Fitness Fun For Kids

Getting to share my love for the outdoors and fitness with my family is really special to me.  Not to mention it’s a great way to spend quality time with your kids and burn off some of their energy!  My future granddaughter really soaks it up!

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This activity was hit!  It’s a combination of hopscotch and an obstacle course.

All you need is some sidewalk chalk, a pinch of creativity and get ready for some FUN!

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Pattern #1

Twirl (pick a random #, i.e. 5x)

Touch your toes (3x)

Happy Dance (I traced her feet for her to do a little jiggy on)

Spidy crawl (I drew small triangles for her to put her feet and hands on)

Roar (I drew a lion)

BE HAPPY (a smiley face) — then jump in the pool!!

Pattern #2  (she came up with this one by herself!)

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Jump 3x (she drew a box)

Windmill 2x (rectangle)

10 seconds running fast (triangle)

BEAR You tiful (blow a kiss) — then jump in the pool!!

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After doing each other’s obstacle courses a handful of times we played some volleyball and worked on treading water.  Needless to say, when I was ready to get out of the pool, she was too;)IMG_3168 I hope you and your family have as much fun as we did!  Share in the comments below the obstacle course you and your kids put together. 🙂