Northern Belle

with a little southern soul.

  • 3rd March
    2014
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  • 3rd March
    2014
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  • 26th February
    2014
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Control Your Happiness

So I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for awhile and after this week it just seems necessary. There are things in life we can and can not control. My computer hard drive being fried? That, I couldn’t help. Loosing two papers that were due yesterday and having to redo them? Out of my control. What can I do about it? Move forward. Breathe. Be happy.

There will always be external sources of pressures and negativity that we can not control. We choose how we let those impact us. We decide our happiness. I let the best of those situations get to me. I’ve let the stress take over my sleep, eating choices, exercise and relaxation. I hate when I notice that I’m not taking my own advice. I am the biggest believer that exercise and taking time to yourself are the way to get through stress. In the past few days I’ve been driving around New England and now catching up on missed work. I haven’t had a chance to go to the gym, I to yoga, sleep well or eat like I’ve been eating.

But these were just a few days. I won’t let these days get the best of me. I won’t let these days define me. I had a few bad days, so what? I made some great decisions and some not so great decisions. I will learn and move on. I will be happy. I will be happy because no one controls my happiness but myself. And I can’t let the negative things that I can’t control impact me.

  • 26th February
    2014
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  • 26th February
    2014
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The right way to eat out 

Yesterday I was on the Cape in the Hyannis area. I was looking for a place to grab lunch and I saw Green Lotus Cafe with the words vegan and gluten free on the outside. I figured I would give it a shot. Luckily, I found my place for the summer. I walked right into clean eating heaven. I knew I would love this place when I saw they has almond milk. I wish more places have it as an option and was excited to try it out. I ordered this amazing veggie wrap, “Greek avocado”. It came with avocado, roasted red bell peeper, cucumber, red onion, katamala olive, feta, arugula, pesto, and balsamic on a spinach wrap. I am not an olive person so I took those out and added hummus. It was perfect and tasted delicious but healthy at the same time. 

I was starving since I had been running around all day was spent seven, yes SEVEN hours in the car. I also got a strawberry oatmeal smoothie. I’ve been wanting to try a smoothie with oats and I’m officially obsessed. The smoothie had strawberry, rolled oats, banana, pure vanilla and almond milk YUM!

I can’t wait to try all the different things they offer this summer!

The right way to eat out

Yesterday I was on the Cape in the Hyannis area. I was looking for a place to grab lunch and I saw Green Lotus Cafe with the words vegan and gluten free on the outside. I figured I would give it a shot. Luckily, I found my place for the summer. I walked right into clean eating heaven. I knew I would love this place when I saw they has almond milk. I wish more places have it as an option and was excited to try it out. I ordered this amazing veggie wrap, “Greek avocado”. It came with avocado, roasted red bell peeper, cucumber, red onion, katamala olive, feta, arugula, pesto, and balsamic on a spinach wrap. I am not an olive person so I took those out and added hummus. It was perfect and tasted delicious but healthy at the same time.

I was starving since I had been running around all day was spent seven, yes SEVEN hours in the car. I also got a strawberry oatmeal smoothie. I’ve been wanting to try a smoothie with oats and I’m officially obsessed. The smoothie had strawberry, rolled oats, banana, pure vanilla and almond milk YUM!

I can’t wait to try all the different things they offer this summer!

  • 26th February
    2014
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  • 18th February
    2014
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Who says you can’t healthy at a college cafe?

Almost every cafe can make this salad. Colleges usually have really good salad bars, it’s just making them work to your diet/lifestyle. I have to get stuff from different stations to make this work but it’s well worth it. 

I put down mixed lettuce and a little spinach, cucumbers, a little blue cheese, onions, usually tomato, a hard boiled egg, scoop of hummus and get a piece of grilled chicken from the grille line. Today I added tabbouleh and for dressing I topped it with just a little vinegar!

This salad has been my latest current obsession. I know it’s not 100% clean but I’m working on getting it there. My best bet to doing that is bringing my own hummus in and dressing. The cheese I won’t do without, just a little bit is necessary!

Who says you can’t healthy at a college cafe?

Almost every cafe can make this salad. Colleges usually have really good salad bars, it’s just making them work to your diet/lifestyle. I have to get stuff from different stations to make this work but it’s well worth it.

I put down mixed lettuce and a little spinach, cucumbers, a little blue cheese, onions, usually tomato, a hard boiled egg, scoop of hummus and get a piece of grilled chicken from the grille line. Today I added tabbouleh and for dressing I topped it with just a little vinegar!

This salad has been my latest current obsession. I know it’s not 100% clean but I’m working on getting it there. My best bet to doing that is bringing my own hummus in and dressing. The cheese I won’t do without, just a little bit is necessary!

  • 14th February
    2014
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  • 12th February
    2014
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  • 12th February
    2014
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Heaven in a jar. 

This is my new obsession it’s toooooo delicious to be healthy. Freeze a banana, then throw it in a blender with pb2 or natural peanut butter (I personally like the powder because it makes it smoother) and unsweetened almond milk. This literally tastes like a dessert it’s just so good.

Heaven in a jar.

This is my new obsession it’s toooooo delicious to be healthy. Freeze a banana, then throw it in a blender with pb2 or natural peanut butter (I personally like the powder because it makes it smoother) and unsweetened almond milk. This literally tastes like a dessert it’s just so good.

  • 12th February
    2014
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  • 12th February
    2014
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Namaste

Almost three weeks of yoga down and I’m officially hooked. I feel stronger, more flexible, and just overall better. Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s about the mind. One thing that I love is that in practice my instructor will say "don’t let the ego lead." At first I was like what the heck is this lady talking about? Now I totally understand and get it. Yoga practice isn’t about trying to do the hardest pose and modifications. It’s about doing what is right for you and your body at that exact moments. There are nights that I am sore and a downward dog feels like my legs are going to snap. There are other nights where my body is just feeling stronger and I can do more. The biggest thing is that you are just out there doing it. 

I have been going 4-5 times a week. It’s hard with my schedule to make it there every single day, but I am trying. My body has felt the toll all of this work is taking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a GOOD sore. I usually go to the gym for an hour or so (to do some cardio, weights, and core strengthening) and then yoga later that night or right after. Thursdays are the night that I really push myself. I go to two yoga classes back-to-back, a foundations class and straight to a candle-lit vinyasa. It really pushes my body to the extreme. 

I have taken three types of classes so far:

Foundations: This is for beginners to learn poses or for yogis who want to deepen their practice and get back to their roots.

Candle-lit: This is my favorite class. This is a mixed level class that is a vinyasa flow and is so relaxing and empowering after a long day.

Mixed level vinyasa: This class was more challenging and one that I want to incorporate more into my schedule. I felt a little behind and was trying to catch up but after another week of classes I think I’ll be ready.

Recently I was thinking back to my New Year’s Resolution and want to continue to make goals for myself on a daily and weekly basis. I want to take my yoga practice home and continue to learn new poses. I will feel more comfortable trying them on my own and the more practice, the better I will become.

Namaste.

  • 11th February
    2014
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Homemade kale chips

Right next door to my yoga studio is a little market that is a mini-Whole Foods. If you know me at all, I was in heaven. I instantly saw kale and thought back to the time I made kale chips! I was inspired to give it another go. If you are anything like me you crave a crunch in your diet. Since going clean I’ve been missing the crunch that I used to get from pretzels. This yummy snack satisfied that craving.

It’s so easy to make! Turn your oven on to 350 degrees and pull out a pan. At school I use tinfoil because it’s easier and requires less clean up. I sprayed the tinfoil first and placed the kale down. (I personally didn’t cut the leafs into pieces until after but it would be easier to do it before, less crumble and easier to eat!) I used my fingers and lightly put some oil on the leaves and sprinkled with salt! Keep them in the oven until they are crispy and they are ready to eat! I even left some out for my roommates to try and they approved :)

  • 10th February
    2014
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  • 6th February
    2014
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