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Soup of the Week: Olive Avocado Cream

This 5-minute soup has a rich flavor and a wonderful silken texture that come from a blend of sumptuous olives, ripe avocado, and baby lima beans. Abundant with valuable antioxidants like vitamins A and E, this beauty soup helps moisturize and protect your skin on the deepest levels. By nourishing dry, depleted cells, these nutrients help revive your skin, restore elasticity, and promote a smooth, creamy complexion. Cucumber and lemon are also well known for their innate abilities to promote a radiant glow.

Tips/Variations

Serve with a simple green salad or slices of green apple as a light summer lunch.

Juice of the Week: Watermelon Wave

Perfect when lounging by the pool, this summer special works wonders in reducing water retention. Natural diuretics like melon and cranberry ease uncomfortable bloating and cleanse the kidneys of toxins. They simultaneously replenish fluids and refresh your palate.

Boost

It never hurts to add some fresh ginger

Benefits 

Both watermelon and cranberries help flush uric acid from your body, relieving arthritis and gout, renewing the blood, and improving your skin. Because they help eliminate excess fluids from your body, these fruits are also great for weight loss. Cranberries cleanse the urinary tract and help treat bladder, kidney, and urinary tract infections.

Smoothie of the Month: Silken Strawberry Whip

Moisturize your skin from the inside out. This light, creamy smoothie is a blessing for both your complexion and your taste buds.

Boost

Add a scoop of protein powder and this drink will keep you going for hours.

Benefits

Besides moisturizing, toning, and protecting your skin, these fruits are also excellent for lowering cholesterol and strengthening your blood. Natural oils from the rich avocado nourish your body and help conditions like eczema, dandruff, and stiff joints. Rich in lecithin, avocado also supports brain function and circulation. All of these fruits are great sources of potassium, which is sometimes known as the “youth mineral”.

Juice of the Week: Splendor in the Grass

Sometimes I come home and find my daughters wearing green masks. in fact, whenever I make this recipe, they always save some to put on their faces. Rejuvenating to more than just the complexion, however, this juice gives your entire body a welcome boost of energy.

Benefits

This juice enlivens the appearance of your skin by tightening pores and replenishing elasticity. It also helps reduce conditions like acne and eczema. It helps treat anemia, relieve fatigue, regulate blood pressure, and neutralize cancer-causing carcinogens in the body. A wonderful tonic in general, it improves digestion and alleviates constipation.

Tip

If you don’t like the taste, juice 2 apples or 2 cups pineapple to mix with the green juice.

Silky Green Bean Cocktail

A terrific recipe for people with blood sugar problems, this juice is refreshing, balancing, and nourishing.

Benefits

Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, a nondigestible carbohydrate that satisfies cravings for carbohydrates without upsetting blood sugar levels. It also stimulates the production of insulin, rejuvenates the liver, and promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Rich in plant-based estrogen, green beans can benefit women experiencing PMS and menopause.

3 Simple Steps to an Inspirational New Year

Well, the New Year is here! This is a great time to set goals and aspirations for the coming months. Most often, New Year’s Resolutions revolve around specific achievements, such as losing weight, quitting smoking or saving money. However, what if there were some simple steps that would allow you to accomplish many goals at once? And what if those simple steps also helped you to become happier and more peaceful at that same time?

The ancient science of yoga is a holistic way of life that helps to inspire and motivate you from within, so that achieving positive goals is a natural side effect of being healthy, happy and productive. Yoga is different from ordinary goal-setting because rather than just struggling to achieve a particular goal, you simply embark on the yoga path to optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. You’ll be amazed at what you accomplish in the process.

So, here are those 3 simple steps that will propel you forward to an inspirational new year:

Wai Lana Yoga Peaceful Meditation

Step #1: Take a little time every day for peaceful relaxation and meditation.

When we feel stressed out and pressed for time, usually it’s the farthest thing from our minds to take time to stop and relax. We may feel that we can’t take a breather until we finish X, Y and Z. Of course the excessive stress simultaneously makes it harder to be productive, hurts our health, and leaves us feeling tired and drained. When we’re overly stressed, we simply can’t be at our best.

On the other hand, just 10 or 15 minutes of daily relaxation and meditation can work wonders for your overall health and well-being. Simple relaxation techniques, such as those in Wai Lana’s Rest and Relax CD, have a profoundly positive effect. On a physical level, your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate slows and relaxing “feel good” hormones are released. On a mental level, your mind becomes more calm and peaceful. And on a spiritual level, you’ll gradually experience a deep sense of happiness and interconnectedness.

Wai Lana Healthy Eating

Step #2: Try to gradually eliminate meat and processed foods from your diet.

The way you eat has a powerful effect on the way you feel. Eating foods such as meat and processed food leaves you feeling tired, sluggish and irritable. Modern scientists have found that the ideal diet consists of the same foods that yogis have recommended for thousands of years: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and milk products. Every one of these foods has been found to have remarkable healing benefits. Yet you won’t find a single study showing that eating more meat, more artificial dyes, more white sugar or more preservatives has any health benefits!

It takes a little effort to change your diet, as it’s natural to be attached to eating the foods that you are used to. However, as you gradually make changes towards foods that are wholesome and healing by nature, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and even how much better those foods taste! Taste is acquired; if you eat unhealthy foods, you’ll crave unhealthy foods. If you eat healthy foods, you’ll crave healthy foods.

Changing your diet for the better helps with so much more than just your health. It also helps you feel calmer and more peaceful. Researchers have even found that eating a wholesome diet makes it easier to give up undesirable habits such as smoking.

Warrior Pose

Step #3: Practice some type of soothing exercise at least 3 days a week.

We all know we should exercise, but sometimes it can seem so hard to stick with it! One of the reasons why so many people fall in love with hatha yoga is because it feels good. The gentle strengthening, stretching and firming movements of yoga leave you feeling peaceful and invigorated. Yoga actually releases calming “feel good” hormones that make it almost like a positive addiction!

Of course you don’t have to practice yoga to experience these benefits. Other eastern-inspired exercise systems, such as Tai Chi and Chi Kung, can also help you to achieve fitness while simultaneously relaxing your body and mind. Even walking, especially while listening to a soothing soundtrack such as Wai Lana’s Yoga Sound, can be very helpful.

So as you embark on your own personal journey over the course of this New Year, let us help you incorporate the wonderful, healing benefits of yoga into your life.
Happy New Year!

Soup of the Week: Oven-Roasted Vegetable Soup

Here’s a rustic and richly flavored soup that makes the most of oven-roasted vegetables. I came up with it one evening when I tossed whatever vegetables I had into a big roasting pan and seasoned them with simple dried spices and balsamic vinegar. When they came out of the oven, caramelized and saturated with flavor, I partially blended them into this easy soup.

Tips/Variations 

Garnish possibilities:
Dress up your soup with fresh aromatic fennel greens, crumbled feta, or dollops of creamy goat cheese.

Vary the veggies and seasonings:
Swap yam for potato, broccoli for cauliflower, carrot for parsnip, or celeriac for celery. Instead of tarragon, you can also season with thyme, rosemary, or Italian seasoning.

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