“Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast foods?” – Leslie Knope
I love Leslie Knope. I love the show Parks & Recreation. And, I freaking love breakfast foods. If you’ve never watched Parks & Recreation, stop reading this and go watch a few episodes on Netflix. I won’t even be mad, in fact, I will totally understand. There are only a few shows that I can watch over and over again without getting sick of them and Parks & Recreation is at the top of the list.
There was a time in my life when I resonated so deeply with the character of Leslie Knope. I was a “Type A” perfectionist who wanted to make the world a better place through public policy…and, ya know, perhaps be President some day. Though I’ve sidelined my public policy ambitions and have learned to embrace the imperfections in life, there is still one thing Leslie Knope and I have very much in common – our deep-rooted love for breakfast foods.
I share a lot of breakfast recipes on A Mindful Mantra because they’re what I love. I grew up in a family that ate breakfast foods at all times of the day, and as an adult that really hasn’t changed much. When I first purchased amaranth at the local co-op a few weeks ago, I fully intended on bringing you a delicious mid-day meal. After following some traditional amaranth recipes, the texture was much more porridge-like than most other grains and seeds and before I knew it I was whipping up some delicious amaranth porridge. Like most grains and seeds, amaranth is a bit bland on its own, but adding coconut milk, cinnamon, cocoa, and honey really take this tiny little seed to the next level! Continue reading →
If someone told me 5 years ago that today I’d be a yoga teacher running her own online business, I would have called them crazy. If 5 years ago someone told me that today I would be publishing a piece on healthy stress relief techniques, I would have called them a liar. And, I don’t use that term lightly.
Five years ago at age 20, I was experiencing the most excruciating, debilitating anxiety that I have ever felt in my life. There were days when I was literally convinced that I was going to die. There were other days when I thought for sure the sky was going to fall down and crush me as I walked back from class to my college dorm room. I didn’t sleep for days on end. I couldn’t eat. Technically, I was a functioning human being, but it was obvious that I wasn’t truly living.
During that time in my life I tried many different stress and anxiety management tools. I was, in every meaning of the word, desperate for a solution. I tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture, counseling, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and more. It was this journey for anxiety relief that first sparked my interest in alternative wellness. I, actually, still use all of the techniques above as part of my current stress management practice.
The most important stress management practices for me have been yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. These practices are with me where ever I go. They don’t require a single other person or thing – just me, my brain, my heart, and my soul. I don’t care what anyone tells you – you don’t need a yoga mat or expensive synthetic yoga apparel to practice asana (aka physical yoga postures). I first attended yoga in college while suffering from chronic anxiety, and it transformed my world. For 60 minutes a day I felt inexplicably calm and safe. My heart beat slowed, my breath steadied, and all the anxious thoughts sailed away. Those precious 60 minutes were the ray of sunlight on what was a very dark time in my life. Yoga, and its practices of mindfulness and meditation, have helped make me who I am today. Continue reading →
Simple and delicious – two requirements for a breakfast recipe in my house. Most days I wake up ready to eat. I drink some warm lemon water as I prepare my breakfast, and then it’s time to chow down. I’m definitely a breakfast girl. I love breakfast foods – eggs, bacon, oats, granola, fresh fruit, toast, pancakes. They’re all so good!
Today I’m bringing you a quick and easy breakfast recipe that is also healthy and delicious – Cayenne Lime Avocado Toast! This is a recipe for all the savory breakfast lovers out there. We’re big fans of savory breakfast foods in my house. Our go-to weekend breakfast is eggs, bacon, and toast with tea. I used to be very into sweet breakfast foods, but then I met Phill and, I must say, the man knows how to cook a seriously delicious savory breakfast. I actually didn’t even like avocados until I met Phill. I know, what was I thinking?!
These days I simply can’t get enough avocado in my life. The creamy texture makes them great in smoothies, on salads, as a spread, and straight out of their skin with a spoon and some sea salt! Today’s Cayenne Lime Avocado Toast recipe was born due to a hangry morning Brandy and a fruit bowl with perfectly ripened avocados. I needed delicious food, and I needed it asap. Continue reading →
The Spring Has Sprung Giveaway officially wrapped up on Tuesday at 11:59pm. Thank you for your wonderful participation and support. I hope that you feel my immense gratitude as you’re reading this!
All winners have officially been notified via email, so today I am announcing them live on A Mindful Mantra and Facebook! If you have won a Spring Has Sprung Giveaway and have yet to reply/view your email notification, please check your spam folder to make sure that you are receiving emails from the A Mindful Mantra email account. All winners have until Monday, April 13, 2015 to reply and receive their giveaway gift. After Monday, giveaway gifts that have not yet been claimed will be raffled off to another giveaway participant. If you have any questions please respond in the comments below.
And The Winners Are …
Day 1 – The Desire Map: Samantha Gildehaus
Day 2 – Project Bead Bracelet: Honi Bean Barret (awaiting confirmation)
Day 3 - Initial Acupuncture Session: Elizabeth Norton
Day 4 – Spring Meal Plan: Samantha Gildehaus (again! You go girl!)
Day 5 – Two Private Yoga Sessions: Craig Eroh (awaiting confirmation)
Day 6 – 30 Day Access to Inspired Life: Jules Liebster
Day 7 - One of each A Mindful Mantra Product: Erin Ramsay
Congrats to all of the amazing winners! I am so excited to bring you these great prizes! And, now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. See you in a few days.
The time has come – Today is the final day of the Spring Has Sprung 7 Days of Giveaways! A Mindful Mantra has given away over $400 in amazing wellness gifts this week – and I’m not done yet!
Before I continue on with today’s giveaway, I just want to say that I cannot thank you all enough for your love and support. It truly means the world to me. And, I hope that you can feel the love that I send you all each and every day. It has been my sincere pleasure to bring you so many amazing gifts over the course of the past week. You deserve it!
For the final day of the Spring Has Sprung Giveaway, I wanted to bring you all something stellar – something that would make you say, “I’ve got to have it!” And, I think I’ve done it. Hold on to your boots – today, I am giving a lucky winner one of EACH A Mindful Mantra product from my product line! That’s right, one lucky winner will receive an A Mindful Mantra Coconut Deodorant, Lip Balm, 100% Beeswax Candle, and a Lavender Rose Bath Sachet! I’m excited just thinking about it.
I absolutely love the tiny, yet gorgeous A Mindful Mantra product line. All products are items that I have personally used for quite some time. This product line developed from my quest to live a (nearly) chemical-free life. During my struggles with thyroid cancer and chronic digestive issues, I knew that my health was dependent on not only cleaning up my diet, but my home and beauty products as well. I slowly switched to more natural make up products, cleaning agents, perfumes, candles, and more. Continue reading →