Monthly Archives: February 2012

Weekly Self and Community Care Offerings in NYC Week of February 6

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. Your world seems less solid, more roomy and spacious. The burden lightens.” Start Where You Are, Pema Chodron

Tuesday, February 7th

Happy Full Moon in Leo!!!!!!! The Full moon is an excellent time to do a vision board, check out our recent post on how to get one started. Today is also  National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days for places to go get tested, visit www.hivtest.org

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Healthy, Affordable, Yummy Recipes for people on the go #1

 

As a professional dancer, who is constantly on the road, eating healthy foods can be a challenge. However, there are creative, simple and cheap ways to feed and take care of ourselves to ensure our bodies are in optimal states of performance. Besides refining our craft, nurturing our bodies with healthy foods is an important way to enhance our bodies ability to be an artistic tool. Currently, I am on tour with Decadance Theatre. This week we are in Miami, performing at the Arsht Center. Luckily, we’ve been blessed with a living space with a kitchen. So instead of going out to eat every day, we’ve been getting groceries and preparing healthy meals together. The ingredients below cost about $20 and fed 3 hungry dancers. Ohh and we had leftovers for lunch tomorrow :-)  Here is what we made tonight!!!! Stay tuned for more recipes

Cucumber Cayenne Salad 

  • 1 cucumber, sliced: Cucumbers are great sources of Vitamin A and C, Potassium and Magnesium, known to flush out toxins and keep the body hydrated. Cucumber juice has also been known to reduce puffiness around the eyes and calm down acne
  • 1 lime, sliced in halves: Limes helps aid in digestion and relieve constipation and a supreme source of vitamin C
  • Cayenne: Cayenne increases our metabolism and is great for the stomach and intestinal tract
  • optional: corn, tomato, avocado

Directions: Drizzle lime juice over cucumber slices and add a dash of cayenne to taste. This salad can be eaten at room temperature but tastes even better cold!!!! To add a lil twist, you can add corn, tomatoes or avocado.

 

Coconut Lentils with Cranberries and Shitake Tofu surprise 

  • 2 cups of dried lentils: high in iron and vitamin B, these mean legumes also have the  third highest level of protein than any other plant food
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 (13 to 14-oz) can of coconut milk: helps to relieve muscle cramps and soreness and is excellent for the skin
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped: beneficial for overall bone health and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil: loaded with antioxidants and great for the skin
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries: strengthens the immune system and helps fight tooth decay
  • Seasoning blend (garlic, salt, black pepper, sugar, onion powder, parsley, celery seeds)
  • 1 cup of shitake mushrooms: rich in iron and slows down digestion so you feel full longer
  • 3/4 pound of tofu: super high in protein, low in fat and very low in saturated fat
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Directions: Stir in water, lentils and coconut milk, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally. Cook until lentils are tender, about 15-20mins. Add onions and dried cranberries . Season with seasoning blend.

2. Remove the tofu from package and drain water. Cut the tofu into medium sized cubes. Rinse mushrooms in water and drain. Heat saucepan, add oil. Add tofu, mushrooms and soy sauce. Stir-fry until ingredients are heated through. Serve hot

 

Grapefruit Magik 

  • 1 grapefruit: supercharges your metabolism, helps detox your liver, useful in ridding yourself of indigestion
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves: a great support for digestion and fresh breath maker

Directions: Pre heat oven to 450 degrees. Slice off top of grapefruit, add brown sugar , and sprinkle on mint leaves. Bake for 15mins. You can also use the remainder of the lime and mint to add to water to drink. This refreshing beverage helps flush out toxins from your body and soothe your stomach if you have nausea. This combination can also be used to rinse your hair to prevent dandruff.

Happy cooking :-)

 

 

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