Happiness (and Longevity) is a Cup of Coffee

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Another reason to love that daily cup of coffee, without the guilt.  You’ll live longer (maybe). We’ve all heard of all the health benefits but now studies are showing drinking coffee can extend your life.

Yes, coffee’s acidic and too much can give you jitters.  But, in moderation it can lead to creativity, inspiration and happiness (ok -maybe a little exaggeration).

I listened to NPR on the way to work the other day and this recent research on the coffee/longevity correlation was music to my ears.  Click here to read the article or listen to the story.  Obviously, we all react differently to coffee and there are other factors leading to longevity but the pros certainly seem to outweigh the cons.

So, get up… make coffee… drink coffee…and make more coffee 🙂

 

Be Well,

Nicole

Ps.  A few of my favorite roasters: 

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A Light Healthy Lunch To Keep You Going

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Happy New Year!  Hope your year’s been off to a wonderful (and healthy) start. Life’s been hectic this month but OF COURSE I’ve managed to squeeze in time to try new recipes. 😉

This turkey and avocado sandwich is so simple and good for you.  Making this vegan is easy – add tempeh bacon instead of turkey.  I can’t wait to make it again soon. Loaded with Nutrients This power lunch is packed with healthy fats, lean protein, whole grains and veggies.  It’s truly a winner!  Make in the morning before work and keep chilled.  Of course it tastes best right after you make it, but for those of us eating on the go, it isn’t always possible.  Pair it with tea and a piece of fruit or tamari rice crackers.

Here’s the recipe and instructions:  Continue reading

Happy Holidays

DSC_0478Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this post is for YOU.  You’re special, amazing and a gift to this world.  I wish you a very happy holiday.  Thank you for supporting me and for taking the time to read my blog.  I wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and amazing remainder of the year.

Love and (lots of) blessings,

Nicole

Think Cupcakes Aren’t Healthy? Think Again!

IMG_6034Who knew black beans would be a key ingredient in a cupcake recipe?  If you love coffee and chocolate, try this super easy cupcake recipe.  It is almost too good to be true 🙂  And, you can easily make this recipe vegan.

Aside from the ingredients below, you’ll need a food processor or blender to puree the black beans.  This step is critical to keep the consistency super smooth.  I promise, you won’t be able to taste the beans, but you’ll still get all the nutritional benefits including the fiber & protein.  I’ve made these many times and they’re one of my all-time favorite healthy desserts.

10 Ingredients = Deliciousness in 30 minutes 

  1. Black beans
  2. Baking soda
  3. Baking powder
  4. Eggs = optional
  5. Flax (can be used in place of eggs)
  6. Agave or honey (healthier than white sugar)
  7. Vanilla extract
  8. Ground coffee (use less than the recipe below calls for, otherwise they’ll taste bitter)
  9. Baking cocoa
  10. Optional (Frosting – see recipe for details, it’s easy to make!)

The recipe has been adapted from NPR.  I eat these without frosting but you can certainly make your own, or purchase store-bought frosting if you’re really pressed for time.  Keep in mind these varieties are often loaded with sugar so omit or make your own to keep these on the healthy side.  :0)  These are excellent with hot chocolate or coffee and kids won’t know they’re healthy which makes these so fabulous.

Enjoy!

Nicole

 

Buh-Bye Winter Blues

DSC_0422Like many people  I get a major case of the winter blues every year.  Growing up in Ohio acclimated me to the cold weather but I never got used to winter’s shorter days and lack of sunshine.  I’m a nature lover and being outside makes me happy.  I’ve dedicated this post to sharing some tips that help me get through this time of the year.  Instead of overindulging in every way possible to drown out the winter blues, read on for some healthier ways to carry you through to next spring.

How to Cope?  According to the sister science of yoga (Ayurveda), this is the time of the year that we should ground ourselves and feel centered.  As our bodies continue to adjust to the changing seasons and less sunlight, it’s not easy to feel centered.  Add the stress of the holiday season into the mix and before you know it, you’re feeling run down and maybe even a little depressed.

What to Do?  Try meditation; you don’t actually have to be seated to do this.  It could be anywhere, just breathe deeply and be in the moment.  Put the phone away and enjoy wherever you are.   Embrace that moment, and continue to breathe.  You can do this anytime throughout the day and it doesn’t cost a thing.   Also, drink lots of water (as much as you would in the summer) and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  This is a great time to focus on what you do have and are grateful for.  Focus on what’s important to you in life and invest in that.  Invest in hobbies and relationships that nourish your soul.  These are just a few ways to stay grounded through the winter season and I hope they help you too!

Be well,

Nicole