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Edamame Quinoa Bowl (quick & easy)

(Rich in protein, amino acids, calcium, fiber, and deliciousness! 🙂
Ingredients (1 serving):
– 1/4 cup of quinoa
– 1/2 cup edamame (preferably organic)
– 1 red paprika
– 1/4 zucchini
– green onions
– 1 tomato
– various herbs
– fresh green salad like rucola or spinach
– for spice: chili, turmeric, and black pepper
– coconut oil (native)
 
Preparation:
1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions
2. Slice the zucchini, tomato, paprika, onions and fry/broil all of it together with the edamame in 1 tea spoon coconut oil
3. Add the greens, herbs to the veggies and top it with the quinoa.
 
Bon appetit! ENJOY!

Pack your Snack! My TOP 3 Favorite Protein Bars

What is your favorite to-go snack or (protein) bar?

Hello all!

It’s going to be a long day? Or perhaps you’re about to travel? I travel quite a bit in my job and leisure time, and I never leave my place without snacks. They have saved me many times from “blood sugar emergencies,” low moods, hunger pains, as well as unhealthy food choices.

There are many protein or snack bars out there, unfortunately many of them are sugar-packs, candy bars, or high fructose syrup monsters in disguise. Of course I am not a nutritionist, but I did find some natural, organic and delicious protein bar favorites that I’d like to share here with you since many of you have asked me before what I usually like to snack on 🙂 

Oatmeal – Why it’s NOT just a Meal with Oats

Hello dear Yogilators!
It’s becoming fall outside, that means cooler mornings and less sunshine during the day. So, our bodies crave warm comfy food that helps us stay energized even when the sun is missing.

One of my old time favorites is my beloved OATMEAL or in some countries better known as “porridge” 🙂 I eat it every morning during the week because it’s quick, easy, delicious, and keeps me satisfied and warmed-up inside.

Sure, it might not look the most delicious to some people, but it IS nutritious, delicious and healthy due to its various health benefits like:

Recipe: Healthy & Energizing Green Matcha Cappuccino

Afternoon slump? Long day ahead? Looking for a coffee alternative?

One of my favorite coffee alternatives where I don’t even have to skip the milk foam! HEAVENLY, easy, healthy, and quick. Have you ever tried Matcha? You can add the powder to your smoothie, oatmeal, or yogurt to mix it up a little. Matcha is full of health benefits ranging from cancer fighting to energy boosting benefits, as well as memory, concentration and endurance increase.

Curious? Find a nice summary by EasyHealthySmoothie HERE. (further readings also HERE and HERE.)

And now it’s time to try this super delicious Matcha Green Cappuccino:

“Happy Mind – Damn Good Life” Yoga Retreat in Sankt Peter-Ording

This year was finally the year: I went on my very first yoga retreat! …

It’s been on top of my list of the things I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve been looking for a yoga retreat, that suits my budget, for a looong time. So at the beginning of this year, I just hit the “book it now” button as part of my “Don’t do List” 2015 New Year’s resolutions. It was time to indulge and to be good to myself.

And now the day was here: I packed my yoga mat, clothes, and a big dose of excitement for my little 3-day Yoga Retreat adventure at a cool Beach Motel in beautiful St. Peter-Ording in Germany’s North Frisia.

Frankly, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I haven’t personally met the two yoga teachers /hosts and had no clue what they were like or what their teaching style was going to be.

For hot summer days: YOGILATIONAL NICE CREAM for a delicious and healthy cooling effect

The summer is here and the temperatures are accordingly now as well. How is your appetite these days?

Particularly when it’s hot out, our body and metabolism need lots of water and fresh foods rather than anything heavy.

Ice cream or frozen yogurt are surely a great idea, however, they are unfortunately usually packed with sugar and diary based, but not everyone can or want to actually eat diary (and/or too much sugar).

Yoga to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Yoga is good for you. Sure, that’s a fact – proven by our own feelings, experiences as well as scientific studies. I’ve wrote about it for example in my “Yoga & Healing” post or “How a Yoga Class at Work Can Improve Your Business” article before.

However, have you ever thought about yoga helping you to speed up your metabolism and increasing your metabolic rate? Your metabolism is like your nice and cozy fireplace that converts or “burns” the food you’re eating into energy and something valuable for your body and overall well-being. Do you know those fit and healthy people that eat quite a lot when you go out to eat or see them at a party? And you might think “Wow, how can they eat all that without gaining weight?”