OH, YEAAHH! *Healthy* Kool Aid!

Summer means increasing your water intake. I often liven up boring water; avoiding sugar filled sports drinks and artificial water flavor enhancers, with an herbal infused sun tea.

Today, I stopped by my local food co-op and picked up a loose leaf, fruit blend tea in bulk to try!

This one contains Red Raspberry Leaf, Hibiscus, Orange & Lemon Peel, Rose Hips, and Lemongrass.

I swear it takes me back to my youth – chugging a glass of Kool-Aid after running thru the sprinkler all day..


To Your Health!

~V

Happy International Day of Yoga

How did you celebrate International Day of Yoga?

My community offered free yoga classes all day at the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River today.

I was so happy to greet the morning, sharing Sun Salutations with others.

To Your Health!

~V

My Mom Always Told Me to “Eat Your Vegetables.” sooo….

I wrapped them in Steak!

I’m always intimidated by those popular cooking videos on social media, but this weekend, I pulled one off!


In a Teriyaki marinated Flank steak, I wrapped sliced Red pepper, Zucchini, Red onion, Carrot, and Asparagus secured with toothpicks and grilled 

about 5-7 minutes each side, brushing on the leftover marinade for a glazed finish.

You can find the full recipe HERE.

To Your Health!

~V

Recipe: Summer Thirst Quencher *healthy!

This summer, why not quench your thirst with my recipe for an all natural, healthy, and homemade Electrolyte Drink?

It’s featured HERE on the Institute For Integrative Nutrition’s Alumni Recipe Blog. 

To Your Health!

~V

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

– Chinese Proverb 

I’ve been really working on mastering my Eagle Pose; breathing, stretching and rooting to improve balance and focus. 

Eagle Pose, similar to Tree Pose, will Strengthen: quadriceps • gluteal muscles • hip adductors • concentration 

While also Stretching: gluteal muscles • upper back • shoulders • calves 
To Your Health!

~V

Winner, winner, vegetarian dinner 

This quick meal was a win/win of easy and healthy.

Brown rice (made in my rice cooker) topped with Black beans (I used Simple Truth Organic sold at Kroger) that I doctored up with Onion, Green pepper, Tomato, Pablano peppers, and Cilantro.

Served with sliced Avocado and Green onions adding a dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce.
To Your Health!

~V

30 Day Self Care Challenge 

I came across this on Pinterest, and just in time for Mother’s Day 😉

I love every one of these ideas except #6.

Number six, I just can’t relate to at all!  (((Laughs Out Loud)))
To Your Health!

~V

🌮🌯 TACOS 🌯🌮

Did you just say, “Mmmm, Yes! Tacos!” ? 

When you think of tacos, do you think “junk food” ? As in that tacos are not ‘allowed’ , they’re not healthy…?

If so, you’d be wrong! Tacos, made with the right ingredients 

can be incredibly healthy and also a great way to add lots and lots of quality protein and vegetables.

I add variety by filling whole wheat tortillas with Black beans, Black or brown rice, Onion, Tomato, Avacado, Cucumber, Corn, Raddish, Peppers, and Cilantro for a tasty dinner.

I also like to make my own 

Garden Salsa with fresh ingredients from my garden – or whatever my neighbor kicks down from his 😉 
Pair it with a nutrient rich 

Pina Colada smoothie – Banana, Pineapple, Kale, Flaxseed and Coconut milk – and you never, ever have to sacrifice eating tacos again.

Happy Cinco De Mayo 

To Your Health!

~V

👌🏼🍃30 Minute Beginner’s Yoga🍃👌🏼

Hey! Is this thing on?!?

I converted the side of my wrap around porch into a yoga/meditation spot.
I’ve been having fun filming my personal practice so that I can replay and see where I need improvement with alignment and form.

**Look for complimentary 30 minute Beginner Yoga videos from me HERE coming soon**

To Your Health!

~V

About Something Real

“Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy for you. Maybe you’re one of the rare few who can handle tough times and still choose to be a loving person. Maybe it’s going how it’s going because you’re built for it.”

– Rob Hill Sr.

Read the entire piece ‘About Something Real’ HERE


To Your Health!

~V