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2015/03/12 by nikkiledford

First of all, I’ve been having fun with my t-shirts lately.

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Death to the Chicken Finger

Really interesting thoughts from National Post on the changing diets of our nation’s children and how we have turned out kitchens into made-to-order restaurants to accommodate the “bland” palates of children.

“Regardless of the processed food industry’s role, putting children on their own restricted, bland diet would never have been possible had parents not gone along with the shift. Observe what happens when you try to challenge other people’s children by feeding them something unfamiliar. It’s often the parents themselves who will push back, giving up before a battle has even begun (“She won’t eat that”). A less challenging food like grilled cheese and fries offers a path of least resistance, guaranteed to succeed — if success is narrowly defined as getting the kid to actually eat it.”

13 Ways for Women to Be MORE, Not Less

In honor of this past week’s International Women’s Day, here’s an inspiring list from Nia Shanks about the ways women can celebrate themselves instead of trying to change themselves.

” …going day after day constantly striving for “less” is exhausting, frustrating, and definitely not fun. That’s why it’s time to choose to be MORE, and stop looking for ways to be less.”

Kitchen Tips

Spices. You know, those little bottles in the back of your pantry that you bought once for that ONE recipe? Turns out, these little bottles are what help take ordinary meals to extraordinary. They also boost the nutrient density those meals! So are you afraid of spicing it up? If so, visit Cook Smarts and check out the amazing Guide to Spices infographic.

Products

I’m obsessing on all things Bohem right now.

Need a legit Sports Bra? One of my favorite online magazines, The Chalkboard, has 11 suggestions for you and the “ladies”.

What about some yoga pants to match your awesome new sports bra? The fantastic creators of Super Fun Yoga Pants have a shop chock full of wonderful yoga gear from a variety of brands. I also love that they use normal looking yogis as the models. It really gives you an idea of what the pants look like on a body (not stylized and photoshopped on a size 2, 5’11” model)

Workouts

Are you a SD local or just visiting? Here’s a fantastic list of free or donation-based yoga classes around America’s Finest City.

Travel

This Northern California retreat looks incredible!

riseabout

Recipes (click pics for links!)

I’ve been wanting to play around with a pork belly recipe for a while now. I have two bookmarked but can’t decide which to make! Do you have a vote? Or other suggestions?

If that doesn’t inspire your taste buds, maybe this will….

A Puerto Rican sandwich made with smashed plantains as the “bread”!

Health Beast

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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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