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Oya: Spirit of the Wind

There are days, like these, when I find myself indulging in the simple: reading about Oya, spirit of the wind {pictured above}; feeling a hoop sustain its spin around my body with only the help of slightly swirling hips; a most nourishing yoga class that reminds me to be here, in this moment, and feel no need to be anywhere else. I’ve been teaching a lot of yoga classes lately and as my practice deepens, my connection with others opens beautifully, solidifying the feeling that all is one. Like my yoga practice, food has the ability to invite me to tap into the subtleties of my body, forcing me to listen to its wisdom.  Some days that means a vigorous, playful yoga practice followed by a meal filled with many different ingredients. And other days, it means doing only a few yummy poses, melting into them with deep breaths, and then savoring a simple snack with few ingredients.

Which brings in my faithful friend and go to snack: avocado toast.

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Avocado Toast

Only five ingredients but always simple yet satisfying and indulgent. I use sprouted grain bread {I love Food for Life brand}, vegenaise, avocado, nutritional yeast and celtic sea salt. The combination of these five ingredients never fails to deliver deliciousness, plus they are packed with some positively nourishing nutrients.  The star of the snack, avocado, provides omega-3 fatty acids, bone supportive vitamin K, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate.  This buttery fruit is also a great source of energy-producing vitamin B5 and potassium.  Avocado is also famous for its vitamin E content, which contains antioxidants and will make your hair and skin all purrrty.  Sprouted grain breads are a great alternative to regular white and wheat breads because they are loaded with protein and life-activating enzymes.

The deal on Nutritional Yeast

You eat yeast?? is a common response I get when I tell people about my love for nutritional yeast. Allow me to explain. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast filled with protein and B-complex vitamins. It is a complete protein and is low in fat and sodium and free of sugar, dairy, and gluten, making it a great choice for vegetarians and vegans {or anyone for that matter!} It has a great cheesy flavor and I use it on my avocado toast, eggs, pasta, popcorn, pretty much any savory dish.  Plus a little goes a long way so it lasts forever. I bought my 4.5 ounce container two months ago and I’m only about 1/6 of the way through! I also love it sprinkled on kale/swiss chard that has been cooked in coconut oil.

Speaking of swiss chard…..

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Self-Portrait: First Harvest & Proud Mama

I picked my first chard from the garden today! Talk about simple pleasures. There is nothing like walking out to your own garden for a first harvest and feeling so much pride and joy as you eat a plant you’ve cared for/watched grow for five weeks. And yes, it was worth the wait. It tasted damn good. Ahhh..mother earth, you rock.

Wishing all you beautiful people simple pleasures filled with a whole lot of indulgence, gratitude, and love,

Sarah D.

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