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

Advertisements

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

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

Travel Size Skin Care

When your travel size skincare has to be packed in the cooler!

I spent the weekend hiking in the Red River Gorge, KY and that’s right, I packed my skin care ‘product’ in the cooler; along with the lettuce, spinach,cucumber, carrot, radish, etc…

You see, awhile ago a friend turned me onto using pure aloe gel from the plant on my face in place of the costly anti-aging products on the shelves and counters commonly sold.

I’d have to write a whole other post about the chemicals and dyes in those! But, for now…I just want to encourage you to try replacing your skincare products with something natural, like Aloe.

*Bonus! I paid $1.62 for a large aloe leaf that’s lasted one month! Not only will your skin look and feel healthier, but so will your wallet 🙂
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

💫GratiTuesday💫 A Reminder That Gratitude *every day* Is Important 

“People’s dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It’s what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

I have a post-it note on my bathroom mirror that is a shortened version of this quote – it reminds me to live my gratitude by doing something that makes me feel connected to myself every day. 

What is one thing you could do each day that is an expression of your genuine interests?

One of mine is getting my love and our dog to hit the trails with me – taking care of our bodies, enjoying togetherness in nature.

To Your Health!

~V


I share small tips with big impact that can help you start living a healthier life today in this Q&A with Caitlin Pickett, who  really got me thinking back to my ‘why’ in this fun interview.

Check out her BLOG and read all about how and why I began my work as an Integrative Health & Yoga Fit Instructor.


To Your Health!
~V