My new favorite salad. You can switch up the sweet, the nuts and the cheese. I think it's better if you dress the salad at least 30 min to 2 hours before serving.
For 2-4 people.
1 bunch lacinato/dinasaur kale (stem removed, cut into 1/4 inch strips)
1/3 cup pear (diced)
juice of one lemon
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/4-1/3 cup slivered almonds
shredded parm cheese (about 1/3-1/2 cup)
salt and pepper to taste
You can use pine nuts, currants, cranberries, apple, or any other combinations.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Here's a wonderful article detailing something that all pet owners already know - pets help our mind, body, and spirit.
My favorites from the list:
Petting Reduces Stress
Rhythmic petting or grooming can be comforting to your dog or cat, and you. Concentrate on the texture of his soft fur, the warmth he radiates, and his deep breaths. When you connect with your pet, oxytocin, the hormone related to stress and anxiety relief, is released, helping to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels.
They Both Distract You and Keep You Present
Being present and engaged with your pet takes your thoughts off of the issues that are plaguing you. When you are fully in the moment, you are not worrying about the past or the future. It's just you and your pet.
They Love You Unconditionally :)
12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I have been doing Pilates regularly for several years now, and there are still many moves that I find extremely difficult. Some, I can't do at all. But instead of letting this upset me, I try to enjoy the challenge. Often in my mat classes I ask the class to join me in attempting 'rolling like a ball', even though I have never successfully completed this move without utilizing momentum. We all roll around, we get closer to success, and we laugh a lot. I'm finding that if you accept where you are in the moment, the journey itself can be quite enjoyable :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It's March 5 and it still looks like January out there. The good news is we can't control it. The even better news is spring will come. Keep moving inside now so you feel ready to move outside when the sun returns to Chicago!
Labels: Missing the sun