Vermana Herbals

While I was in Burlington, Vermont I visited a little stand at the farmers market called Vermana Herbals. I was drawn in by the beautiful little bottles all lined up. My friends and I started talking to the Herbalist, Carly Harrison and she told us a little bit about the herbal remedies that she hand produces. She gathers local Vermont herbs from fields and around barns and makes all the oils herself. She even hand counts every drop of each ingredient in to the perfect potion. Vermana promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants which are all 100% organic, and ethically wild harvested. All of the tinctures and remedies are hand crafted in small batches which are untreated. So you can get the most out of their herbal remedies.

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I tried the Adult Allergy Soother, since I was visiting a friend with two indoor cats. Its an anti-inflammatory remedy with horse radish root, lavender, oats, golden seal, elder flower, and lots more! I had been at my friends house for a couple days before I tried this and I noticed a difference in how stuffy I felt in the morning and when going to bed. There was definitely a reduction in how inflamed my sinuses were. It may be a small difference but anything helps! It made the next couple days there much better, and helped me sleep better because I wasn’t blowing my nose all the time!

I don’t plan on using the Adult Allergy Soother every day, just when I know I will be in a situation that will irritate my allergies. I plan to try more of these herbal remedies and keep moving away from over the counter medicine when possible!

Check out their website! And order some of their Allergy Soother if you think it will help you too ūüôā

http://www.vermanaherbals.com

Weekend in Burlington, VT

I had lots of fun over the weekend shopping at the farmers market and at City Market in Burlington, VT. I got so many awesome treats which I will have to share with you soon! Here are some of the “dry goods” that I brought back ūüôā

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So much health! All the hippies up there really know how to eat! Also I’ve never visited a city with so many vegan restaurants, juice bars and more homeopathic remedies than regular medicine! I wish I could have brought back more fun treats!

My Morning Juice

Here is what I drink every morning now that I have my new amazing Hurom Slow Juicer. It was the ONE thing not purchased off ¬†my registry but probably the thing I wanted the most (and now I use it the most along with my new¬†mandolin)!! It was expensive but I think it is the best juicer out there because it cold presses the veggies so I can get the max nutrients. Even though its an expensive juicer it will¬†definitely¬†pay off in time because it gets the most juice out of each veggie possible! Also if your a juice addict like me you know that these juices cost $6 -$9 each! Over the weekend I was visiting a friend in Burlington, VT and went to the juice bar downstairs from her apartment 4 times! It gets expensive fast! Anyways I’m so in love with my juicer I don’t know how I ever lived without it!!!

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I love drinking these green juices, I actually feel full for hours after I drink one of these. I also feel the energy from the juice after a few minutes. I have notices a major difference in how I feel after adding in just one green juice a day!

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1-2 Stalks of Celery

1 Cucumber

3 Stalks of Kale

1/2 of an Apple

1″ Chunk of Ginger

1/2 of a Lemon

Wash and chop everything up, juice and enjoy!

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Homemade Salsa

As I said the other day I eat a ton of salsa and guacamole on my new diet! To cut back on preservatives and to be sure that as much of my foods as possible are raw and organic I started making my own easy salsa! I had a bunch of tomatoes from my neighbor that were very ripe and needed to be eaten quickly!

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Here is the simple recipe:

3-4 chopped tomatoes

1/2 of a red onion sliced very small

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 big handful of cilantro

1 lime juiced

1 tsp crushed red pepper or a sliced jalapeno pepper

salt and pepper to taste

optional handful of shelled hemp seed for a little protein!

Mix all of the above in a bowl and then dump in to a mason jar. Have it sit over night for the best flavor!

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Mexican Casserole

Last night was Mexican night at the Hartley-Waring household. I LOVE Mexican foods, and since recently changing my diet to vegetarian (and mostly vegan) I have come to rely on home made salsa, guacamole and beans to add flavor and nutrition to pretty much any meal. I will post my salsa recipe later this week!¬†I have recently moved back from Dubai and am staying at my parents house while we look for a place to live. This means even less cooking than before because I’m always out/traveling and share a kitchen with 5 people! So last night my mom was making a healthy Mexican dish with lots of cheese and meat and I just adapted her recipe to use all my favorite vegan, gluten free foods!

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This took me about 5 minutes to prep then I baked it for about 20 minutes, but it really only needs to be warmed if your in a rush! Most of these ingredients are so easy to keep in your pantry for a last minute healthy dinner.

Mexican Casserole:

Ingredients:

1/2 Red onion diced,

1 tbs Garlic

1 tbs Cumin

1tbs Chili Powder

1 Can of stewed tomatoes (you could use raw I just didn’t have any left!)

1Tsp Olive Oil

1 Zucchini cut in to slices

1 Tortilla wrap

1 Can of black beans

fresh cilantro

3-4 Gluten free corn based tortilla wraps

3 Slices of vegan rice cheese

4-5 Tbs Tofutti vegan cream cheese to help it taste creamy!

1 Cup of Salsa

1/2 of an Avacado

 

Directions:

Saute in a small pan over high heat for a couple minutes:

1/2 Red onion diced, 1 tbs Garlic, 1 tbs Cumin, 1tbs Chili Powder

Add in:

1 Can of stewed tomatoes

Let that cook a few more minutes Then layer the rest of the ingredients in to a pie plate or casserole dish

Layer:

Dash of Olive Oil

1 Tortilla wrap

some of the stewed tomato mixture

a hand full of black beans

Zucchini slices

fresh cilantro

A slice or two of vegan rice cheese

Salsa

On the next couple tortilla’s spread some Tofutti¬†vegan cream cheese to keep it creamy!

then repeat until you use up all the ingredients

 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes

Serve with some fresh cilantro, some avocado slices and a salad.

Enjoy!

FITNESS TIP # 111

Do your weights workout first:

“Experts say weight training should be done first, because it’s a higher intensity exercise compared to cardio. Your body is better able to handle weight training early in the workout because you’re fresh and you have the energy you need to work it. Conversely, cardiovascular exercise should be the last thing you do at the gym, because it helps your body recover by increasing blood flow to the muscles, and flushing out lactic acid, which builds up in the muscles while you’re weight training. It‚Äôs the lactic acid that makes your muscles feel stiff and sore”

 

I Just read this tip from Fidelity Fitness, my gym in Dubai. I always thought you had to do it the other way around! I’ve always warmed up with a run then done weights, I’m going to try going for a jog after body pump later this week!

Miso Soup

Miso Soup is one of my new favorite super simple snacks/light dinner options! I eat it when ever I’m craving something salty!

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Miso Soup

1 cup of warm water

1 or 2 spoons full of miso paste

some seaweed, cut in to small pieces

and one chive sliced thin

a chunk of tofu cut in to small pieces

I never measure exactly, just put what feels right! ¬†Mix the miso in to the warm water then add the other ingredients! So simple and SO GOOD!¬†And of course so good for you! Miso is alkaline which helps your body to heal and keep inflammation down. Since the miso is fermented it is full of good bacteria that help your digestive system running smoothly. The sea weed is extremely high in nutrients,the highest of any leafy green. The tofu when eaten in moderation is a great protein source. And raw onions help soak up toxins in your body like cold germs. I haven’t had a cold since I switched to a vegetarian diet, but next time I get a cold this will take the place of chicken noodle soup for sure!

Shower!

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I had the most incredible wedding shower last week! I got more gifts than I ever could have imagined! I am so thankful to have such amazing family and friends! Now I just need a kitchen (in the US) to use all these awesome kitchen gadget and beautiful dishes in!!