A smooth and enjoyable read, Katja so beautifully and succinctly shares how the Finnish concept of “sisu” can help you find courage, wellness, and happiness!
Having been exposed to a bit of our beautiful planet by plane, train, ship, canoe, kayak, car, bike, or solely my legs, both personally and professionally, I have learned a few tidbits that might make your journey a bit more comfortable and even save you from having to spend unnecessarily.
While I do not claim to be an expert or know everything when it comes to healthfully transporting myself and my belongings, I was recently bestowed the title “professional traveler” by a dear friend of mine. So this one is for you, B, as well as anyone who is curious about ways to ease travel professionally and personally and infuse their next journey with a few of my favorite practices.
Carry an empty glass or stainless steel water bottle with you so that you can fill it up once you pass security. In the airports I typically depart from I have a routine where I usually go straight to the water fountain after I pass through security. This saves $$, time, as well as can be said to be more environmentally friendly as you are not purchasing a plastic water bottle but are instead refilling your reusable bottle. Remember, if you ask politely the flight attendants will more often that not fill up your bottle if you get low during a flight.
Wear/pack your most comfortable walking shoes. If you will need to dress up during your trip either for a business function or for an event, make sure to pack comfortable "fancy" shoes that can withstand more than the few steps you anticipate taking. Wearing uncomfortable shoes can most certainly be in the way of staying completely present and enjoying your new surroundings, especially if you will be walking a lot. It might not be the time to try out your “cutest” uncomfortable new shoes. This almost always leads to frustration, blisters, and discomfort. Not to mention it might be annoying to your fellow travel companions as they will hear about it from you!
Invest in compression socks. It might sound a bit cuckoo but they help increase circulation in your legs, reduce the risk of swelling, and in the prevention of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and blood clotting especially when you are flying longer than three hours. If anyone takes a second glance at you putting them on, smile and feel good knowing you are helping your circulation.
Be mindful of your tummy. In the past when flying transatlantic, more often than not, I would arrive to my destination with so much joy and excitement while at the same time quite uncomfortable with an unexplainable bloated belly and the need to lie down. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least! Although I experimented numerous times, I never ate the same thing therefore I could never isolate what was hurting my tummy until one time I ate quite light, I semi- fasted, and I arrived feeling great with no bloat and need to be horizontal. What a relief! While recommending to fast during a long journey might be a bit much with your individual circumstances, I do recommend tuning into your body and seeing how best you can support yourself throughout whether with lighter food, more water, less caffeine, etc., etc.
In continuation of number four, always be sure to pack plenty of snacks that you like! You never know whether or not you will be delayed at an airport and if so, for how long plus airports tend to be quite pricey. Also, remember that most airlines give you the option to request a vegetarian meal if that is what you would like. Just remember to file your request prior to 24 hours of your departure time. I have found the following snacks easy to transport and munch on:
Protein bar (no or low sugar!)
Instant miso soup (ask for hot water at any coffee shop for a warming snack)
Move as much as you can. Planning ahead by choosing the aisle seat or having a long layover sets you up for many opportunities to get moving. Whether you walk from terminal to terminal or you get up on the airplane to stretch, make sure to do it. Your entire body will be relieved and will silently be saying “Thank you! It has been a while since I moved around!” When you land at your destination, if at all possible, try to aim for at least a 20 to 30 minute walk outside. This will help you feel a bit calmer and “grounded” so to speak. Also, feel free to pack an exercise mat with you, especially if you will be on the road for a few days. It feels so good to stretch out after a long day of being on the go. Light weight and easy to transport, I recommend this mat for travel.
Make sure you pack a cosy scarf. It is even better if it can be worn with the majority of your outfits. This habit has been cultivated over the years and is one that one of my older brothers always giggles and comments about. He doesn’t laugh about the scarf per se but what can be done with the scarf! Tee-peeing or making a teepee with your scarf to ensure that you are blocking as much light as possible so that you can comfortably fall asleep and rest en route is essential. If you forget your scarf, an airplane blanket can do but it is always recommendable to have a scarf especially when you feel a little cold at a business function and/or event.
The above are but a few ways I continue to move about both professionally and personally while supporting myself in feeling my best! How do you stay well and at ease while traveling?
When you have three ripe bananas and you start to see little fruit flies congregating in the kitchen you know it is time to make a move! Whether you unpeel the bananas and place them in the freezer for a smoothie at a later time or you begin to think about what you can make with them, I would begin by pointing you in the direction of this simple, delicious recipe for banana bread that can easily be adapted into your own variation by adding chocolate, nuts, seeds, apples, etc..
I give all kudos and credit to my friend, Sabrina, of Sabrina Patricia, because she shared this recipe with me. Thanks again!
PS - Sabrina will also be the next guest on the MNB Podcast so be sure to tune in!
2 ripe bananas
80 ml plant milk (1/3 cup)
80 ml oil (1/3 cup)
50 g oats (1/2 cup)
1 tsp baking powder
210 g flour (a little over 2 cups)
Optional: chipped nuts, chocolate, seeds, apple, pears
Mash the bananas and mix with all wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the bowl. Stir.
Spoon the dough into a loaf pan add toppings as you like and bake for 40-50 minutes at 180 degrees celsius (356 fahrenheit).
Studying for the bar? Join me this Saturday, see your invitation just below.
This presentation focuses on the non-black letter law essentials for passing the bar and I will be talking about the importance of the following:
- practicing self-care,
- stress management,
- mindfulness, and
as you continue to study hard and prepare yourself for the bar exam.
Together with the ICE Foundation, and, specifically, G.C. Murray we are creating a lively, light, and fun space to discuss the above topics (which also happen to be extremely close to my heart). Practical tips will be shared and I will speak a little about my experience preparing for the Florida bar - yes, all three times - and I am certain it will bring a smile to your face :)
So I invite you to take a little study break, make yourself a cup of tea or a smoothie (coffee - anything you like!), and tune in!
I look forward to seeing you there.
All of these pictures were taken directly by me during and throughout my prep experience.
Don't forget to celebrate YO-SELF!
Self-care is an essential practice in my life day in and day out. To me, it encompasses my habits, attitude, activities, and the way that I carry myself. If I feel run down or overwhelmed I am careful to amend my schedule or take time for myself so that I can recharge and show up my best.
While more and more self-love can be cultivated from self-care we must be mindful of our attitude towards ourselves. Whether we are internally criticizing the way X looks or comparing ourselves to others, we must be mindful and not judge ourselves when we are having these thoughts. We must recognize them, like clouds in the sky, and direct our attention towards something else, something that will make us feel confident, strong, and happy.
Need some inspiration? Check out My Girlosophy by Anthea Paul. She is great!
Sometimes when I wake up in the morning and have the luxury of spending a few extra minutes preparing breakfast I almost as much get struck by a lightening bolt (fun visual!) idea instilling this picture of a beautiful green smoothie bowl in my head. Once it happens I am set on preparing it and the rest is history.
Most of the time I stick to a more or less simple base of - a nut or oat milk, frozen bananas, and a handful or handfuls of spinach. Of course you can add any sort of frozen berry or fruit or a different green. Once I have given it a go in the blender for some seconds it becomes a creamy, dreamy consistency and has a lovely green color. The creative and perhaps most exciting part of preparing this breakfast bowl comes now... when it is time to "decorate" the top! Decorations can include goji berries, granola, bee pollen, and cacao nibs to name a few.
There you have it, one of the lightest and easiest ways to get your greens first thing, before you have even left your house! It's also quite fun to go loco with the toppings.
Green Smoothie Bowl
enough for one
1/4 cup nut or oat milk
1/2-1 banana, frozen
handful of spinach
Like I mentioned above you can put whatever you would like on top of your breakfast bowl. For example, slivered almonds, granola, dried cranberries, buckwheat groats, goji berries, etc., etc.!
Put all of the ingredients - the milk, frozen banana, and spinach - into a food processor and blend until you can no longer see spinach leaves. The green of the leaves will integrate well with milk and bananas and if you let it process long enough it will begin to turn a bit creamy. Congratulations, this is your base!
Pour this into a bowl and now it is time to decorate with whatever toppings you have on hand. Make it your special creation! After, sit down at the table, take a deep breath in gratitude of the time you spent preparing it, and enjoy :)
Helsinki | Finland
Prior to visiting Helsinki late March, early April many friends and family members were baffled at our desire to travel further north for a few days as usually this time of year everyone is craving sunshine and warmth! Although we still crave that (as I type this it is snow/blowing outside!), the days spent in Helsinki proved to be bright, sunny, and totally enjoyable.
Below I have linked a few neat places that we checked out and are highly recommendable if you find yourself in the Finnish capital.
TO SEE / TO DO
> See the White Cathedral. Tuomiokirkko (Cathedral)
> Walk by the Sibelius Monument, a monument erected for the famous Finnish Composer.
> Take the ferry to Suomenlinna
> Visit the Rock Church / Temppeliaukio Church
> Walk through the beautiful, Hietaniemi Cemetery
CAFES / RESTAURANTS
> KUUMA. Cosy cafe where the green smoothie, avocado toast, and coffee are aplenty.
> YES YES YES. A great veggie place with mocktails, naan, and live music. Not certain if they have live music each day but they had a lovely D.J. singing. The decor and environment is colorful and inspiring.
> DATE + KALE. If you are wanting a bowl or a juice, a smoothie or even a beauty bite this place is for you. Co-owned by Anni Kravi who is the queen of making delicious and beautiful plant-based pørridge (she even wrote this awesome book), DATE + KALE is an extension of her creativity and smarts.
> The Cock. A must-try! From the eclectic menu to the difference between the ground and basement floors, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Cock.
> GIWA. The finest South Korean food in Helsinki. You can try the traditional Bibimbap dish in a dolsot (stone pot) which keeps the dish warm the entire time you are eating. It was delish!
> Roots. If you venture towards the Kallio neighborhood this is a great cafe to check out. It was recommended to us by my friend, I, who lives down the street from it and even met us there for a cup of coffee.
> Cafe Regatta. The cosiest cafe right on the water. The day we were there, we walked right up - from the water! Yeah, it was frozen over so we took the scenic, scenic route. It was fun!
If you are visiting Helsinki maybe these suggestions will point you in the right direction, however, I hope you will find a few neat places of your own!
Hasta pronto :)
The news is still settling - you did not achieve your goal of passing the bar exam. You might feel mad, angry, sad, disappointed, or anything under the sun that does not feel good. As someone who sat for the bar exam three times, I am quite familiar with the way it feels and what thoughts you might have running through your mind.
I encourage you to let yourself work through your thoughts and feelings and to be kind to yourself. Below are a few practices that can help you move through this time period and towards success on your next attempt.
1. Accept the results. Although the result is not what you had hoped for know that you gave it your all. Nobody prepares for this exam with failure in mind so you should feel comfort in the fact that you worked hard, showed up, and made it to the other side. To even be eligible to sit for the bar exam you have had to work hard. Relish in your achievements up until now and remember – this does not define you and this does not make you any less of a human being or lawyer.
2. Deep breathes. You might be thinking what can deep breathing do for me and why now? When we take time to mindfully be aware of our breathing by taking five to ten deep breathes, it signals to our internal fight or flight mechanism that we are safe, calm, and results in a calming effect on our body. Deep breathing at this stage will not only help you collect yourself and your thoughts about how to move forward but it will equip you with a great tool you can utilize at any time when you feel overwhelmed or stressed whether it is bar exam related or not.
3. Become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Not only in your study habits but in your knowledge of the law. Are you extremely strong in Contracts but do not feel as comfortable in Property? Do you struggle with time management on the exam? Do you need to write more practice essays under timed, test-like conditions? Ask yourself these uncomfortable questions. Honest self-observation and self-reflection can help you fill in your blanks and be an extremely informative guide moving forward. If you have a professor familiar with your performance and whom you trust, reach out to them. They might be instrumental in giving you those few words of encouragement that you need to strap your boots back on and make your way!
4. Be kind to yourself. I saved the best for last and for good reason. This time period can be exceptionally unsettling and stressful so I propose that you be as kind to yourself as possible. Of course, this can take shape in many different forms. Whether it means giving yourself time (unlimited or not) to let the results sink in and decide what to do next, spend more time doing something you really enjoy or even taking a family member or friend to your one of your favorite places or restaurants, these actions are important and signal to yourself that life will go on and that you are taking care of yourself.
Although at times not passing the bar can feel as if all of your hard work over the years did not pay off, rest assured that you can overcome this challenge if you aspire to and that the result of this exam is not a reflection of your work ethic, persona, or character. May you incorporate what above practices resonate with you into your current life experience and may you keep yourself in good spirits.
Hummus is a great spread to say in the least! Typically it consists of a puree of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and a dash of citrus (think lemon juice). The spread is versatile on rye bread sandwiches or when used as a dip for raw veggies and crackers. You can even get creative and add things like sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, chili flakes, and garlic to mix it up a bit.
Garbanzo beans are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber. Olive oil is beneficial for your heart as it contains monounsaturated fat which help lower the levels of the "bad" cholesterol that can buildup as plaque in your arteries causing blockages.
Living in Denmark, I often buy the Løgismose brand of hummus but when we finished off the our last little jar I was inspired to create my own at home. Not only is it cheaper, I am preferring more and more to make things in our kitchen. A total win-win!
Hummus à la Bun Shop
Makes about two cups and is enough to fill a large glass jar
1 garlic clove, peeled (you can use more it depends on your taste)
1 1/2 cup or 1 can of chickpeas
2 tbsp tahini
1/2 lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup water
Add the garlic to the food processor and process until nice and chopped. Next add chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, salt, cumin, and a tad of water. Blend until nice and smooth. Feel free to add more water if the mixture seems too chick. Taste and add salt to preference. Spoon into a bowl to be served right away or put into a glass jar to be enjoyed later.
This recipe is one of the easiest, freshest, and can be made at the drop of a hat. I named this recipe D slaw because the ingredients and combination seemed as prevalent in Denmark as coleslaw does in the south of the US. It is also a bit on the lighter side as it does not contain mayonnaise or buttermilk.
The first year of law school I would make a batch of it on Sunday so that I knew I had something fresh and fun to look forward to at lunch time. If you would like feel free to substitute the apples for beets - mmmm! A good friend of mine and law-brary study buddy though it was cute and always asked me if I was gonna go eat my "turtle food" as he made his way to Dunkin Donuts (Dunks) for a coffee at lunch time. If only he knew how good it is and how good you feel afterwards... So really the joke is on him!
For some reason after travel days I tend to gravitate towards making it and enjoying it with a side - rye or seed bread topped with avocado or a smiling egg or as I had it most recently with a healthy homemade not too sweet muffin.
Serving size: completely depends on how many you want to feed so feel free to adjust the amount of ingredients by keeping an eye on the proportion. And of course, if you want less apple add more carrot and vice versa.
handful of sunflower seeds
dash of sesame seeds, optional
handful of raisins
Clean and rinse each of the carrots and apples. Slice the orange into two, set aside. Either with a grader or a food processor grate or shred the carrots and apples. (In Asia, I used a hand peeler and made it look more like a fusionesque D slaw.) Once you have the apples and carrots shredded place into a large bowl or container and mix together. Squeeze the orange over the ingredients and gingerly sprinkle the sunflower seeds, raisins, and optional sesame seeds and cinnamon over the combination. There you have it - your first batch of homemade D slaw. I am so proud! Share your D slaw with me at #mynaturalbeet
Be well and within the next twenty four hours, do something for yourself that you enjoy and also encourage someone close to you to do the same.
Happy International Women's Day!
“Here’s to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.”
Sending light and love to all women, today and everyday <3
In the New Year, resolutions are made, aspirations are high, and we each have the intent to have the best possible coming year. What about making gratitude an integral part of your life this year?
So. What is gratitude? And how can I incorporate it into the practice of law?
Gratitude is giving thanks, feeling and being thankful and appreciative for what you have, where you are, and what is now - the present. Gratitude makes everything you have enough.
Incorporating gratitude in the practice of law can easily be folded into your everyday routine. Consider the following tips and remember, be patient with yourself and take one step at a time.
1. Start the day - either mentally or physically - recounting what you are grateful for. You can be grateful for the warm, quiet rest you just had, to the roof over your head and anything in between. If you like to write, get a special journal, and make a list of what things you are grateful for each morning. Make it a morning ritual. If you have a busy morning before you get out the door with kids or walking the dog, consider taking a few seconds once your alarm rings to put in your mind and heart what you are grateful for.
2. Spread your gratitude. Say thank you, open doors for others, and do one kind thing for a colleague or even for a stranger. You never know the difference you might make in someone else's day by just slowing down and being a little kinder than usual. As a litigator, go out of your way to be extra thoughtful to even your most dreaded and despised opponent. Compliment your adversary on a job well done, forget your ego, and, for a change, be courteous to the other side. As a non-litigator, emphasize the importance of your employees’ work to your practice and let them know you appreciate their contribution to the overall administration of justice.
3. Practice present-moment appreciation. Put down your electronics, push back from your desk, lean back in your chair, look up at the ceiling, and bring the moment into your consciousness and awareness. Take a deep breathe and be thankful for your life, its meaning, and your contribution and service to others. By staying in the present, you slow down, and can truly appreciate what you are experiencing - from preparing for a trial, writing a brief to meeting with clients.
4. Observe your surroundings, especially the natural environment. What do you hear, smell, sense, feel? As lawyers we spend nearly all of our time inside at a desk immersed in the demands in the tasks before us so it can be difficult to pull away, observe, and even take in fresh air. If you have just five minutes to pop outside for fresh air and sunlight it will contribute to your feelings of calm and wellbeing. If you do not have any time during the workday to get outside, try to incorporate a pre-work or even post-work routine that includes spending time outside, observing and, if possible, exercising.
May this be a gentle reminder of the positive contributions that you can each make in the legal profession and, on a larger scale, the world by practicing gratitude. It is never too late to show kindness, be gracious, and start to practice gratitude. May you seamlessly and successfully practice gratitude and law in 2018.
1. Lee from America's Facebook Live about her PCOS journey. Anyone who is remotely interested or struggling with polycystic ovarian syndrome can learn a lot and feel at ease knowing they are not alone. Lee's sweet and fun way of being shines through as she details her journey as well as gives tips. Scroll down the link and see the saved video.
2. Do you also dig pumpkin this time of year? If so, check out Sprouted Kitchen's Almond Meal Pumpkin Muffins. "Gluten free, dairy free, maple sweetened but most importantly, really good!" to quote the creator, Sara, herself.
3. I made these delicious buns earlier this week. Sarah B is totally rad and her recipes are nutritious and creative to boot. Give 'em a try! To me these, toasted and with butter slathered on, taste like cheese grits. Weird I know but yum!
4. Looking for a workout program you can start anywhere? I started this one in Thailand and have continued it in Copenhagen. Jillian Frein of Like A Girl Fitness has got it going on and has got you covered. She is strong, smart, and totally fit!
Any links that caught your eye this week? If so, please share them with me - would feel happy seeing what you like :)
So. The last few months I have been become a total bookworm. I finished Love Warrior in three days. (UH OKAY!) So if you are looking for a good read, I recommend checking out the below. The links are affiliated.
Breaking Vegan by Jordan Younger
A memoir based on her experience descending into and rising from orthorexia. Orthorexia is the coined term for the eating disorder that develops when someone has obsessive thoughts and behavior about eating healthy. The line is crossed between mindful, healthy eating when the person experiences symptoms from anxiety and might even accompany other eating disorders. Jordan's playful voice sets the tone for a smooth and insightful read.
Let It Out by Katie Daleabout
A learn-by-doing book where Katie shares her journey through journaling, recovering from an eating disorder, and coming home to herself via self-love and self-acceptance. She details over fifty tools that y-o-u can utilize in your journal so light a candle, grab a cup of tea, your fave notebook and pen, and get writing!
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Heart-wrenching memoir about Glennon's experience thus far in life. She experiences infidelity, has suffered from alcholism, and bulimia, and is living proof that you can recover and make the most of your deepest, darkest struggles. Her writing is thoughtful and at times humorous as I laughed out loud a few nights in my bed as I read before dozing into sleep.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Lent to me by one of my fave amiguitas, this book was an interesting read. I quote Wikipedia on the alt, this "1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas rooted in multiple ancient Eastern traditions and New Age spirituality. The main character undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights in an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book is a first-person narrative of the narrator's spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life."
Since I finished those I am currently on Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.
Have y-o-u read any of the books mentioned? If so, did you like? Or?
Happy reading my friends :)
P.S. - Do you have any book suggestions for me? If so, comment below.
One of the first things I do when I find out I am going to visit a new town is scan the plant-based (okay, solely vegan!) cafes. Whether it is the neighborhood green smoothie joint or the hole in the wall that serves the most delicious and creative plates each day, I am down to trying any and all. You never know what you might be introduced to and who you might meet!
Recently I was visiting with a friend and she asked me if I knew of any yummy, primarily veggie, vegan cafes in Copenhagen. I replied with an enthusiastic y-e-s! and starting spouting out names and characteristics of cafes I am known to frequent. Below are just a handful of plant-based cafes to check out in Copenhagen. !Que disfrutes! And be sure to report back as well as share with me the names of new veggie places I can try and add to my list.
A cosy veggie cafe in the heart of Christiania known for using new and different, fresh ingredients each day. Go with an open mind and your tastebuds will thank you! If the weather is nice there is space for you to sit outside and if not, feel free to get hygge (untranslatable Danish word for cosy; enjoying life's simple pleasures) indoors. Make sure to bring cash, last time I did not bring any and had to return at a later time - they did not take mobile pay or cards as of June 2017.
1440 København K
42Raw has an array of items on the menu to choose from. Depending on what you are in the mood for - you might try their brunch (served until 14:00) with banana pancakes w/agave syrup, sweet potato fries, their 1/1 glutenfree bread, avocado & hummus, and granola bowl or their New Orleans juice with beetroot, ginger, and apple. However you decide to order, rest assured that you cannot and will not go wrong - everything is delicious!
Tuborg Havnevej 4-8
Falkoner Allé 21
3. Simple RAW
I visited this cafe quite often in the spring and I was very happy to see that since I had last visited them (a year prior) their menu was more varied and uber creative. There are bowls (YUM), noodles, and yummy treats to finish off the meal. There is lots of seating and space to feel cosy and comfortable.
1154 København K
I visited this cafe just last weekend and fell head over heels for their viking bowl, picture below. With the different tastes and textures, I felt happy trying something new and totally enjoying myself. It was not my first visit nor will it be my last. They have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner so feel free to pop by any time.
Melchiors Plads 3.
2100 København Ø
5. The Organic Boho
Although this cafe is tiny it packs a mighty punch - the menu is colorful, nutritious, and indeed delicious! Whether you go for smoothies and a side of sweet potato fries with your gals or treat yourself to one of the burgers you most certainly will enjoy yourself. And as a bonus, when the weather is nice, you can sit outside as I was doing when I took this picture.
1123 Kgs. Nytorv, Copenhagen
1422 Christianshavn, Copenhagen
6. Cafe N
I would be remiss to fail to mention this cosy little cafe nestled in Nørrebro. It is often best to reserve a table if you know you would like to dine there. It is quaint with warm sips, burgers, and even brunch. A must visit!
Want to try a delish vegan ice cream option? Look no further than Nice Cream. You can get an ice cream sammie or even a little cup with their homemade seed granola put on top. If you are in the market for vegan ice cream, you will not be disappointed.
Enghave Plads 10
Copenhagen, Denmark 1670
Copenhagen, Denmark 1670
So there you have it six, well six plus one veggie/vegan cafes to check out while either visiting or living in Copenhagen. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and that you keep me updated on your veggie cafe finds around the city too.
Cheers to delicious plant based creativity, nourishment, and continuing to share the deliciousness plant power with friends and family!
Taking the advice of the lovely Elenore from Earthsprout and Wildly Home and who was also the sixth guest on the MNBP (listen here), I have compiled four breakfast recipes for you to try during this month. They are simple, do not take much time to prepare, and the first one can even be prepared the night before!
These recipes are good for anyone experimenting with the plant-based way of life or as Elenore so affectionately refers to it as:
BREAKFAST RECIPE NUMBER ONE (1)
Overnight Porridge (for 2) by OneGreenPlanet.org
What you need
1/2 cup chia seeds or muesli
1 1/2 cup non dairy milk
1 tsp honey/maple syrup (omit if no sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries (optional)
Place ingredients in bowl and stir. Leave in fridge overnight to soak. Wake up,divide into bowls, and top with berries.
BREAKFAST RECIPE NUMBER TWO (2)
Whole 30 Breakfast Bowl (for 1) by Bravoforpaleo.com
What you need
1 ripe medium banana
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
1/4 apple sliced
1/2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
1/2 tbsp dried coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
coconut oil for cooking
Using fork, mash banana and mix it with eggs and vanilla in small bowl. Lumps are okay. Grease skillet with coconut oil and turn to medium heat. Add lumpy batter to pan and with spatula continue to mash it and stir. Once cooked, remove from skillet and put in bowl. Top with sliced apples, peanut or almond butter, coconut flakes, and/or cinnamon.
BREAKFAST RECIPE NUMBER THREE (3)
Oatless Oatmeal (for 1 - large portion) by Julie of pbfingers.com
What you need
3/4 cup egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened non dairy milk
1 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 large (ripe) banana, mashed
1/2 zucchini, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine mashed nana and zucchini in bowl. Set aside. Combine egg whites and non-dairy milk in small saucepan and stir over medium heat. Add flaxseed and continue stirring until thickens. Add banana/zucchini mixture and stir constantly as it begins to thicken. Add cinnamon, reduce heat, and continue to stir. When finished, place in a bowl and add your toppings.
BREAKFAST RECIPE NUMBER FOUR (4)
Grain-Free Oatmeal (for 1) by Ashton of somethingswanky.com
What you need
1/2 medium or 1 small apple
1 date (pitted)
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 heaping tbsp almonds
almond butter for topping
splash of non-dairy milk
Chop apple and date. Place them in food processor with chia seeds, coconut, and almonds. Pulse until grainy and oatmeal-like. Spoon into bowl. Top with almond butte and milk. Stir together and eat.
May this month for you be one of happy days, yummy breakfasts, and spending more time doing what you enjoy with those you love.
And remember, if you try any of the recipes out feel free to let me know how you found them. Comment below, use the hashtag #mynaturalbeet, or DM me on instagram. I would love to know how you go!
Below are notes I kept throughout the month of September when I joined the world traveling group called Pangea196. Pangea196 is a remote work program that allows individuals who have remote jobs to "slow" travel the world one month at a time while working and exploring. At the time I joined, there were nine of us in total. Each Pangean was open, kind, and instantly made me feel comfortable and welcome. If you are interested in learning more about this type of remote work traveling experience feel free to contact me. I have nothing but great things to say about my experience.
Thursday 7 September
I arrived around mid-day to Patong. I kept myself active and awake throughout the day. We took a sunset walk along the beach and found a posh place to sip coconut and mango shakes while watching the sun go down.
After I visited the co-working space – Garage Society – where Pangeans can go to do their work 24/7. The Garage Society is a great place to co-work in Patong. There are many surfaces that you can work from, chairs you can sit in, rooms that are quieter than others, and of course, it was clean and fresh. Next I had my first experience at the grocery store. I love wandering around grocery stores (anywhere!) to see what is there. I found a few staples for home – apples, broccoli, chia seeds, almond milk, and coconut shreds – yeah!
A few of the ingredients listed above quickly became my breakfast during the days I was in Patong. Putting together a little bit of this and a little bit of that I made a lovely “porridge.”
Patong Porridge (my porridge made while based in Patong)
Serving size: up to you!
2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
½-1 chopped/sliced apple (what you desire)
Banana (what you desire)
Pomegranate arils (what you desire)
Sprinkles of cinnamon & ginger (what you desire)
Coconut shreds (what you desire)
Pumpkin seeds (what you desire)
Non-dairy milk (I like to add a nice sized splash so that I can feel like I am having milk and cereal, hehe)
In a bowl combine chia seeds, ground flax, apples, spices, and stir together. Slowly pour the milk over. Top with preferred toppings and enjoy!
Friday 8 September
Around mid-morning, the nine of us hopped into a van and ventured to a different part of the island, Ra Wai Beach. We happened upon a waterfront café where we sat cross-legged on cushions while sipping mango shakes and eating green curries. Taking in the scenery and starting to know who my pals are and where they come from felt good.
After we took a walk to The Coffee Tribe where there was a “digital nomad” (dm) meet-up. Before arriving at our meet-up we stopped into a hole in the wall for a sip and a bit of a jig. S got down and we had someone playing a tambourine from behind the bar. At the dm meeting, we met many new faces who have an array of different jobs- a d.j.’ing Aussie, a soon-to-open yoni egg business owner, and a personal trainer who trains people on the beach immediately before a beach clean up. We enjoyed the meet up.
Saturday 9 September
Today we took a group cooking class at a local restaurant/cooking school, Pum, in Patong. Each of us had our own burner, ingredients, and prepared a different thai dish. I made the famous Tom Kah coconut soup. At the end we sat down together and were able to sample every dish that was made. We had many laughs.
After we ventured to Banga walking street where we took a seat in one of the many bars. It was my roomie’s birthday so we spent time with her. Upon sunset, we strolled to Patong Beach and watched the sun go down. Post-sunset, a few of us made a grocery stop where we loaded up on essentials. We tuktuk’ed home.
Sunday 10 September
Restful Sunday. I edited a couple upcoming podcast episodes and was even able to catch with a few friends in the am – I am grateful for my galpals! Dinner was delicious, filling, cheap (under $3.00!) and early with my roomie at the market.
Monday 11 September
My first day working from a co-working space. The space we have a membership to is called the Garage Society. It is clean, full of light, and feels good to be at. I returned to the apartment sharing a taxi with B – another Pangean – and completed a workout from Jillian of Like A Girl Fitness. I was drenched and felt strong after. During the evening, I had a visitor – this little gecko/lizard named Lucky. T came over and helped set him free.
Tuesday 12 September
My roomie and I took a taxi to Chalong to try aerial yoga at the Yoga Connection. Since I am bit spoiled and only know aerial with a friend from Pensacola, C, I was in for an experience. This aerial class was more acrobatic than I had ever experienced which is not bad – just different! Besides taking it a little easy with the inversions (if pre-menstrual or menstruating, better to avoid aerial yoga) and giving my fingers and hands a workout, I felt good throughout. We finished off the class with a homemade kombucha – YUM.
I am an enthusiast for vegan/plant-based cafes. No matter where on the planet I am – I will seek out the cosiest little spaces and make a visit or two or three while in town. Currently the two cafés that are on top of my list in Phuket near to where I am based in Pataong are: Atsumi Raw Café and Pure Vegan Heaven. We tried Pure Vegan Heaven and that was precisely what it was! Splitting a Mexican bowl and Thai spring rolls, we left with our bellies full and bodies nourished. I even tried an immune Rx turmeric shot that would have made a few turn their nose up and it would have been H’s favorite!
Wednesday 13 September
Quiet am and I was able to get some work done. I met the mom of another Pangean. They were going to explore. Around 12:30 the group gathered into a van and we drove to Kamala Beach. It was lovely! I took in much needed and appreciated vitamin D and I even got a massage on the beach. The sweet Thai lady was strong and worked my shoulders and back firmly. To say I was relaxed is an understatement – I LOVE massages and similar self-care practices. We ended up having Thai lunch at Green Mango. I ordered a veggie green curry. We returned home and worked into the night.
Thursday 14 September
Work day. In the early evening I ventured to the market and bought myself a watermelon shake – tasted hydrating and fresh.
Friday 15 September
The day began with a heavy downpour. The road below us was completely flooded. We waited a bit for the weather to clear and then we explored the mall as a group. Once I returned home I went to a nearby massage salon and treated myself.
Saturday 16 September
We had a cosy morning and in the early afternoon I spent some time at the market picking up a few this and thats for family and friends. In the early evening the nine of us hopped into a van and drove to the Big Buddha in Chalong. Our trek up the mountain was high speed (our driver was fearless!) with winding roads and an epic incline.
When we arrived to the top, it was so stormy we could hardly see the Big Buddha, As we climbed the stairs and entered the Big Buddha platform, it felt magical. The monks were chanting, bells were ringing, the wind was blowing, and it was raining. We took pictures, walked in through the Big Buddha, and walked the 365 degrees around. It was neat! Afterwards three of us returned to the Pure Vegan Heaven and the other Pangeans went to Phuket Town to visit the food market.
Sunday 17 September
We spent the afternoon at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket and I cannot think of a better note to end my little Thai adventure on! We met at the their office in Patong and shortly after were transported to the Jungle Sanctuary. The drive was epic - sitting in the open-air pick up with a cover feeling the wind blowing in our faces, and sharing many laughs with B, J, L, C, and T. At the Sanctuary we prepared the elephant's food (bananas, watermelons, etc.) and some even hopped into the water to splash around with the gentle giants. The sanctuary prepared a yummy lunch for us and had a few photographers snapping pictures here and there.
All in all, I had a wonderful experience in Phuket with my Pangean pals :)
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