Take a look at these different salad options, and a great homemade dressing to top it off with!
Compliments of The Olive Scene located in the Chagrin Falls Village The Olive Scene
1 1/2 T Lemongrass Mint Balsamic Vinegar- (The Olive Scene) 1 1/2 T Persian Lime Infused Olive Oil (The Olive Scene) 1 T Creamy Peanut Butter 1 T Water Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Salads to Choose From:
2 Cups Kale (chopped small) 2 Cups Red or Napa Cabbage (shredded) 1/2 Cup Red Peppers (Chopped Small) 1/2 Cup Carrots (shredded or chopped small) 1 Mango (cut into small chunks) 1/4 Cilantro (Ripped or chopped) 8 Mint Leaved (Ripped or Chopped) 1 Tablespoon Green Onions (Chopped) 1/4 Cup Edamame 1/4 Peanuts (Roasted and slightly broken up) 1 Cup Shredded Chicken (Rotisserie Chicken for a timesaving hack)
Combine all ingredients, toss and serve.
1 head of napa cabbage, chopped 1/2 small red cabbage, chopped 2 green onions, sliced 1 large cucumber, peeled, sliced and quartered 2/3 cup shredded carrots 1 cup (or 1 bag of frozen) shelled edamame 1 can of chickpeas, drained 1 bunch or (2/3 c.) torn fresh cilantro 2/3 cup chopped peanuts
Chop all salad ingredients except for edamame, chickpeas and peanuts. Mix together in a large bowl while adding chickpeas, peanuts and edamame.
Serve with tofu (baked at 425 for 15 min. coated in dressing) or chicken on top.
3 Reasons You May Be Having Trouble Getting Into a Workout Routine
You don’t like the exercise you chose.
People often think that exercise has to be something that doesn’t feel good or fun to do. This isn’t true! If you are hating every minute of working out – you have not found the right exercise for you! Keep trying different things until you find something you don’t hate…and maybe you could start to like it!
🥵You aren’t ok with being uncomfortable.
There is a difference between pain and discomfort. While working out should not be completely painful, it shouldn’t be completely comfortable – that is not the point. The point is to add a little stress to your body to make it work a little harder to get you stronger or leaner. Get ok with the idea of being a little uncomfortable and your attitude toward exercise may change!
You didn’t commit to making it a habit with a solid plan
If you are really interested in making a routine for yourself – it’s time to go at it with a solid plan. Think about it – you make a plan for anything you really care about and exercise is no different. You need a plan!
Enjoy this healthy, homemade Mexican Quinoa Salad recipe! It’s super easy to make, and tastes wonderful!
SALAD 1 cup cooked quinoa (red or white) 1/2 cup corn 1 cup black beans 1 cup diced bell peppers – red, orange or yellow 1/4 cup onion (diced) – optional 1 ripe avocado (chopped) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped or torn) DRESSING 1 large lime (juiced // 1 large lime yields ~4 Tbsp) 1 TBSP cumin powder 1 tsp chili powder (or sub extra hot sauce or chipotle powder) 1 big pinch each sea salt and black pepper 1 Tbsp fresh minced cilantro (optional) 1/3c. extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil 1/3c. apple cider vinegar Instructions Make quinoa as directed! Use chicken broth instead of water for more flavor. Chop the veggies for adding. Make the dressing by mixing all ingredients together! Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Mix to combine! Serve with grilled chicken or on a bed of greens! —
It’s hard to keep up your workout routine when you are on vacation but if you plan ahead you will feel great while you are away.
While I am all for taking a break while you are on vacation, I think it’s more important to change it up.
Use the extra time you have to get in some form of physical activity.
If you are not in a regular fitness routine, vacation is the perfect time to start one.
You may be motivated by the change of scenery, you may have more time for yourself, and you can explore a new area while moving your body.
This could jump start your fitness habits!
Here are a few tips to get you going!
1. PLAN AHEAD
Check out your resort’s website for whether or not there is a gym on the property. If there is, then plan to use it a few days. If not, than throw an exercise band into your suitcase or make a mental plan to do some bodyweight workouts during your vacation week. Also, check to see if it’s safe to run from your hotel and what the best path would be to take. Make sure to take a friend with you, so you are not alone and running somewhere you are not familiar with. Or rent a bike and go for a ride!
2. DO AN EXCURSION OR ADVENTURE ACTIVITY
Think about doing an activity that allows you to see the sights while being active. Look into kayaking, hiking, biking, paddle sports or water sports, to name a few. You will have fun while working out!
3. PLAY A GAME
Get your friends and family together for a big football game on the beach or a simple game of frisbee.
4. GET IT DONE IN THE AM
If you are running on the beach, walking on a path, working out at the gym or even in your hotel room – the best time to do it is in the morning. After a cup of coffee on the balcony, get it done. You won’t be hot, sweaty or wet from the pool yet, and it will be easier. You’re not tempted by a lunch-time marg or an afternoon glass of sangria. You also won’t be sun burned or worn out from the day yet. If I don’t work out in the morning on vacation, I know I won’t be doing it that day. So if you want to get it done, do it early and don’t pretend it’s going to happen in the afternoon. Who would want to leave the beach and go workout?
5. GO FOR 20 MINUTES
You don’t need to spend hours working out. Do something quick and effective so you don’t waste your time. This will increase your motivation to workout. If you plan to be in a beach chair with your book by 9:30am. Then work out from 8:30-9 or 9:15 and get out there!
6. COMMIT TO JOINING A MORNING WEMBLEY VIRTUAL CLASS
Wembley has virtual classes offered everyday! If you need accountability and motivation this is a great way to commit and stick with it. You do not need to bring weights on vacation- bring a band, use milk jugs filled with sand, soup cans, body weight.
“I love this pose so much because it stretches the spine, chest, hips, hamstrings, and shoulders- helps calm the mind and establish good postural habits. Yoga is my daily grounding: body, mind and breath connection. It is where I find space, in my mind, in my body. It is where I go to recommit to taking care of my health and stay in alighment literally and figuratively with my divine truth and path each day.”
This poses is one of my favorites because it requires me to apply the yamas and niyamas to my practice. It is the perfect blend of strength and flexibility. When I approached these poses at first I had the mindset of “I can’t do that” and every time i was right. As soon as I shifted perspective and applied my yoga morals I flew right in to them. For me, yoga is all about healing. It’s amazing to be strong and make beautiful shapes, but it’s that inner healing that will bring the most happiness. So grateful for yogas full 8 limbed healing
Shawn: Tree Pose
“I was hiking with my family and was so inspired to become part of it so I am in the tree pose. It just reminds me of how connected we are to each other and to the Universe.”
Diane: Shirahasana/ Headstand Pose
“Yoga is about the breath. We use breath to energize, release stress, relax mind, body and spirit. Remember to bring good, open breathing into all of your yoga!”
Jessica: Half Moon with bind
My yoga practice doesn’t end when I step off of my mat, the same way it doesn’t begin when I step onto my mat. And it is just that, a practice. A practice that I use to keep me grounded, but also one to let me fly. In my video I am post virtual bootcamp during quarantine stretching out my mind and body as I work up to bird of paradise a balancing posture/shoulder opener and side crow, an arm balancing posture/deep twist. At the end I skip savasana because my hubby comes upstairs with the baby!”
Grace: Trikonasana/ Triangle Pose
“Yoga is so much deeper than our postures and the physical shape our bodies can take/make. The physical practice of yoga— asana practice— is about preparing the body to be strong and nimble enough to explore the other limbs of our practice— our breath control, our meditation, and more. To me, this day is about remembering that we cant simply “go to yoga” or “do yoga”—meaning the small amount of time we spend on our mats in physical postures. We must live yoga— meaning take our practice off the mat, do our best to live authentically and not harm others, hold space for others and validate their truth and experience, and strive for unity.
Try a class- Your first class is free and ALL yoga classes are included for members, class packages also available.