Avocados have been a mainstay in my diet for years now. I can’t tell you how that happened besides the fact that I just explored my options. The only time I consumed guacamole was with my burrito bowl at Chipotle or just as a dip with tortillas. Now, I’ve expanded my palate to include avocados made in different dishes from the salad I posted yesterday to avocado toast, avocado and egg pizza (it tastes better than it sounds), and bean salsa with avocados. The key to incorporating different foods that you like but have the potential to love is to try them with different foods that you DO love.
I like tortilla chips so I ate guacamole with chips. Then, I moved on to putting it in my burrito bowl. I love beans and there’s a bean salsa that I make which includes avocados in the recipe. I also love eggs. Specifically, boiled egg whites with toast. I was inspired by a picture of egg whites with avocado on toast which piqued my interest. So, I tried it and I’m glad I did! A few things to take from this post: Whatever way you eat them, avocados are good for you and pinterest is your friend. In case you don’t already, use pinterest as inspiration to try new recipes and foods. It’s helped me look at food in a whole other way. What are your favorite ways to eat avocados?
Avocados aren’t for everyone. It has taken me years to acquire a taste for avocados so I get it. I decided to try to make it work because I know they’re good for me. I’ll get into the health benefits tomorrow but one of the benefits is that they contain healthy fats. Back to the texture…It’s something about the texture for some or the “tastelessness” of the fruit in general. Did you know that avocados were a fruit? Well, avocados are a fruit that have a subtle taste naturally which makes them a food that easily takes on the taste of other foods it’s mixed with. Everyone’s taste buds are different. This is my experience with avocados. Yours may be different. Anyway, I tried this recipe from cooktoria.com a few weeks ago. I wanted to share for those who love avocados.
Tomato-avocado salad is packed with flavor and one of my favorite herbs : cilantro! As mentioned before, if you’re not a fan of the texture of avocados then I’d say leave this one alone. Maybe try it with something crunchy like pita chips or tortilla chips. You can also add beans for added flavor and texture. That’s the good thing about this recipe. I think it allows for playing around with ingredients which I love about cooking. You may discover that adding your own twist makes it perfect for you. How do you prefer to eat avocados? Do you eat them solo or do you add them to other foods for more depth? Let me know in the comments!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
When we refer to self improvement and self discovery, the predominant thoughts are of “self”. We don’t usually think about how much we can learn about ourselves by considering what we do for others. We’re all a work in progress so don’t beat yourself up just because you may discover you could do better.
Make a conscious effort this week to do something nice for someone else. It doesn’t have to require you going out of your way. If this is something which is already a part of you then that’s wonderful. I’m speaking to those who may have come to the realization that they can do better. Start off with whatever your heart moves you to do. It can be as simple as letting someone in who needs to merge into your lane. It can also be something as simple as smiling back at someone you make eye contact with. If you go to the grocery store and you have fifty items but someone comes up with a few items, let them go in front of you. You will be surprised at how over time what seems like small acts of kindness are actually a bigger deal than you think.
When you let your heart guide you rather than your mind (thinking too much) bigger opportunities to help larger groups of people will emerge naturally. You’ll be surprised at how your perspective of life will change drastically. Karma is real. Sometimes we find ourselves wondering why people aren’t present for us when we need them. At times we need to ask ourselves “Are we ever present when others need us?” Are we even aware of such a need? Sometimes it won’t be received as you expect because the joy in helping others isn’t vested in how they respond or what rewards you get in return. It’s vested in the authenticity of the act itself.
Some of the reported health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps:
purifies the air
reduces allergy and asthma symptoms
increases energy levels
improves mood and concentration
treats seasonal affective disorder
environmentally friendly light source
A few years ago I discovered pink himalayan salt as another option along with sea salt for cooking and baking. I had no idea at the time that there were lamps made from himalayan salt until I had seen them online. Then I discovered them in my local crystal shop when we lived in Boston but they were about twenty or thirty bucks. I wasn’t ready…lol…So, I just left them in the store. I wanted to do a little more research before dishing out that amount of money.
Visually they are a cool addition to any space and I’ve heard great things but really…Do they back up the claim to provide all of these health benefits? I’ve been very curious. So, to my pleasant surprise, I just recently found them in Homegoods for 16 bucks. Needless to say I was excited and immediately grabbed it. Funny thing is I had no idea Homegoods sold himalayan salt lamps. I peeped the couple ahead of me who was purchasing one and asked what aisle they got it from! See how the universe works?
Himalayan salt lamps come from the base of the Himalayan mountains. It’s reported that the world’s second largest salt mine (the Khewra Salt mine) is the origin of pink himalayan salt. The salt is hand chipped and contains over 80 different minerals. How does it work? Well, it is believed that the salt emits negative ions into the environment when heated. The same negative ions that the salt produces when heated are supposedly the same as those found in the ocean and waterfalls. Hence why many purify themselves in the ocean and in waterfalls. Makes sense.
Most homes and other buildings contain positive ions like dust, pollen, dander, and cigarette smoke. Our tvs, computers, phones and other electronic devices also generate positive ions. I would do my research on all of the health benefit claims, other uses and the most effective ways to use himalayan salt lamps. Google is your friend😉 I wouldn’t knock it til I tried it and the jury is still out for me. I want to give it more time.
There are many factors that I think contribute to the effectiveness such as the size of the lamp and the size of the space it’s being used for to purify the air. Anyway, so far I’m happy with my purchases and one thing I have noticed is my husband hasn’t been complaining of allergy symptoms or waking in the middle of the night “coughing up a lung” like he has in the past. Who knows…I prefer to be optimistic. I’ll keep you posted on progress as I plan to continue to test this theory out. Have you used himalayan salt lamps before? If so, have you found them to be effective? In addition to your own research you can find more information on himalayan salt here, here, and here.
On Thursdays, we’ll be focusing on Spirituality. Spirituality plays a huge part in who I am and everything that I do. It’s the motivation behind this blog and what has led me to become a numerology believing, crystal toting, heavily praying, reading, and meditating spiritual warrior. We’re each a masterpiece but also a work in progress because we’re always learning. Spiritual journeys are unique to the individual. My experiences have sent me on a roller coaster of emotions from being speechless to tears at times. This is a topic that some can’t handle because of a lack of understanding. I’ll never try to force anyone to believe anything they don’t want to believe. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about helping people to vibrate higher by walking the walk.
Spirituality is subjective. My experience is exclusive to me and me alone. There may be others who can relate and have similar experiences but no two are the same. Some cannot relate at all and will probably call me weird or crazy. That’s fine but respect my “house” aka this blog, the readers, this space…me. This is a no judgment zone. If only we could respect our differences more and see them as opportunities to learn more about each other instead of contributing to division we could change the world. Scratch that…We ARE changing the world little by little the more we raise awareness and consciousness by practicing what we preach.
Speaking of practicing what we preach, it’s imperative when you’re in the “helping” field i.e. social worker, therapist, teacher etc. Honestly, I think it’s imperative no matter what your career field. As a counselor, I used to heavily emphasize that it should be priority that we continue to educate ourselves not only on therapeutic techniques but on self; self-awareness that is. When our self awareness is weak, we fail to realize that we cannot be of service to anyone especially not in the helping capacity. That’s what led me to exploring a deeper sense of my mind, body, connection and share it with you.
I’m no expert. I’m learning just like you. I’m always in learning mode. I know more now than I did years ago but the awakening experience is so much more complex than some think. This is a space for questions, learning, checking each other (and ourselves) respectfully and enjoying the ride. It’s a journey consisting of many twists and turns. You fall and it may take you a while but you get back up. You sometimes think you’re losing your mind but if you just keep going and remain vigilant you’ll reach a point of calm after the storm.
I look forward to sharing my spiritual journey with you and I hope that some of you are inspired to share your story as well. I’ll leave you with this. There’s a reason we question certain things, why we start to change the way we eat and live as a whole. Your soul is in the process of shedding all of the layers that have kept it from shining. You are light. You are so much more than your physical body; far beyond what this material world could ever provide.
High in iron, antioxidants, Vitamins B2, B3, and D
Contributes to body’s alkalinity
Mushrooms are a fave of mine as noted in the previous post. If you’re not a fan you may want to skip this post altogether unless you’re feeling adventurous. If not, no worries. Everything ain’t for everybody. So, I decided to discuss the health benefits of the star of Tuesday’s recipe. Portobello Mushrooms. I believe different types have different properties but I’m just speaking about mushrooms in general today. They’re fresh on my mind because I’ve been using them frequently.
I wanted to share the wealth of knowledge I’m acquiring about different foods and their health benefits. At the end of the day what we eat is either contributing to or preventing disease. Not sure about you but I’m all about prevention. I’m not about that conventional medicine life nor am I a fan of always being in the doctor’s office. With that said as pictured above mushrooms have quite the resume in the healthy department. The simple fact that it strengthens the immune system and is an alkaline food is good enough for me because the more alkaline your body is the less susceptible to developing disease you are. Not only are mushrooms healthy but they are so versatile.
I love them in and with just about anything during anytime of the day. Mushrooms can be incorporated in every meal. I’ve had them in my breakfast frittatas and omelets, for lunch in salads or stir fry and for dinner as I have made a pesto mushroom pizza with kale. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy exploring new ways to incorporate this superfood into your lifestyle. If you have any tips or other ways you incorporate mushrooms into your meals please share the love in the comments!
I’ve been in the mood for meatless meals lately and found this awesome recipe on the gardengrazer.com for veggie fajitas. The site is equally as awesome by the way. I tried this recipe last week and loved it! This meal is a combination of some of my favorite things which include mexican and mushrooms! The key to stir fry is not to let your veggies cook too long which is usually indicated by the loss of vibrance in the color and crunch factor. This recipe specifies cooking the veggies on a medium to low temperature and no longer than 3-4 minutes (depending on how hot your stove gets). It also allows you to play around with toppings. I chose a homemade guacamole to add to the veggies. Heating up the tortilla is a good touch to the overall quality of the meal. You also get a powerful punch of flavor from the seasonings which include cumin and chili powder (some of my favorites). If you are a likeminded soul looking for a quick healthy meal for anytime of the day, check out the recipe here.
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”
The key word here is “Challenge”. Today, challenge yourself to respond differently to situations so they don’t become your stress. Stress is subjective. The key to dealing with “stress” is to gain control of it by not letting it control you. Circumstances are just that. We cannot control everything but we can control ourselves. Remember that especially when dealing with others. Holding grudges isn’t safe for your peace of mind. If someone tries to pull you into their chaos, instead make a conscious effort to choose peace. Set the intention for the week that this is exactly what you will do.
There’s a saying that if someone tries to pull you into their storm, chaos (whatever the case), pull them into your peace. Remain vigilant of the ego though…Ego is our worst enemy. In order to find peace, you must detach from the ego.
I had to pop in for a minute for a few reasons. One, I’m making some changes to the site which will include shorter but daily posts. Can’t inspire and motivate without consistent content. Right? Two, you may have seen a post from me earlier. To avoid confusion, just letting you know that happened by mistake. So, I took it down. I’ll repost next week. Speaking of next week, you read correctly. I’ll be posting daily starting next week. I’ve been putting time and energy into planning out the weeks ahead to make posts ready for immediate publishing and not done spur of the moment. This blogging thing is a learning process. Such is life.
Just as with anything else, nothing can evolve without change and hard work passion. Without passion what’s the point? I have so much to share as I’ve been going through a process of evolving spiritually. You know I’m an advocate for mind, body, soul connection which means I strongly believe that in order for me to evolve spiritually every aspect of my being must be in alignment. Therefore, the blog will evolve right along with me among other things. I will be simplifying all of the components that have already been a part of Amanisoul.com.
I realize many of you have busy lives and it may not be feasible to read one thousand word posts…lol…Truthfully, you may not want to read that much of a post even if you have the time. So, with that being said I just wanted to give you a heads up on what’s to come. I’ll keep details to myself but wanted to let you know that as I am evolving this site is going to evolve as well. Progression and growth without change is . That in and of itself makes it necessary for change. In the words of my girl Joan Clayton from the year 2000 comedy series Girlfriends “Change is good! If we don’t change we die!” . It’s one of those sayings that was for the sake of humor but has truth to it. Nothing wrong with a little humor and truth!
Thought I’d add a new component to the blog “Music Spotlight” because music is near and dear to my heart. Actually, I’m revisiting the idea because when I first started the blog last year I did have “songs of the month” in mind but discontinued it. Not sure why…Anyway, music is my first love and has been my therapy so to speak. All kinds of music! There are albums that are the song tracks to my life. I’m sure many can relate. It may sound cheesy but I think a part of me would be empty without music. So, I wanted to share some of my favorite music whether it’s a song or an album that I vibe to as the mood hits me. It will more than likely be monthly again because when I find a song that resonates it sticks for a while. Ha Ha! I keeps it on repeat! Then, I switch things up because my mood changes and the music follows suit depending on how I’m feeling.
Speaking of vibes, “A Seat at the Table” the new album by Solange Knowles who goes by Solange (in case you didn’t know) is simply a breath of fresh air. No wonder I love Solange’s style. She’s like a unique combination of many of my faves with her own flare. This album is like Tweet meets Erykah Badu with a hint of the late but great Aaliyah and a splash of Janet. Yessss! The music is soft, mellow and so fitting for a chill night burning incense and candles or whenever the mood hits. I decided to check it out on Spotify on this gloomy Saturday morning and I’m glad thatI did. I cannot usually listen to most albums these days all the way through without skipping but I literally love every song on .
I’ve always been a supporter (I prefer “supporter” over “fan”) of Solange’s music and artistry. One thing I can say about her is that she’s one of a kind in many ways. That is what makes an artist an artist. She sets herself a part from other artists and I appreciate that. Some of my favorites are “Weary”, “Cranes in the sky”, “Don’t Touch My Hair”, “Where Do We Go”, “Borderline: An Ode to Self-Care”, and “Don’t Wish Me Well”. Hope you get a chance to check it out this weekend! Check back if you’d like and if you like what you hear let me know your favorites!