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zoe & the beatles

just a twenty-something vegan navigating healthy, positive living with a little help from her friends john, paul, ringo & george!

i realize how unnecessarily whiney i’ve sounded recently.

i have so much to be thankful for.

i was reminded of this yesterday during a fantastic, soul soothing yoga flow, curtousy of neesha from yoga today (it’s the free video of the week!). it was all centered on gratitude.

sometimes, when i wind myself up in the negative chatter of my mind, i lose touch with the important things in my life. yoga helps ground me again. i need to remember my weight does not define my character. it does not take away from the person i am and it does not determine the love anyone feels for me.

i forget i have the ability to focus on the positive as opposed to the negative. today i woke up calm and happy from last night’s yoga session. i decided from moment one to make it a positive day. and i have done just that! all smiles despite the rain clouds.

and, just so you know, i have been doing other things outside of worrying unnecessarily. like cooking! lots and lots of cooking. or, rather, uncooking…

first up: HUMMUS! because i ran out and had two cans of garbanzo beans sitting around. well, one and a half, really…

cilantro jalapeno hummus

(looks kind gross but i assure you — it is not!)

what you need:
1.5 cans garbanzo beans
2 T olive oil
2 t cumin
1.5 jalapenos
1/3 C cilantro (loosely packed)
two garlic cloves (or to taste)
juice from one lemon
few shakes of salt, or to taste

what you need to do:
blend everything together until smooth! i let mine to chill in the fridge overnight to allow all the flavors to settle and meld. just ate some with my lunch! mmm, so good on carrots and mary’s crackers!

next up: dark chocolate peppermint cookies! these are not, unfortunately, vegan. i made them for a co-worker for secret santa and they have an egg in them. easily made vegan with egg-substitute!

what you need:
1 cup all-purpose flour (or spelt. round one had spelt but since they were not for me, i used the all purpose!)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup vegan cane sugar (whole foods brand!)
1 egg (to veganize use a flax egg or a chia egg!)
1/4 t peppermint extract
1/2 dark chocolate chips
2 crushed up candy canes

what you need to do:
preheat oven to 375
combine all dry ingredients in one bowl
combine all wet ingredients into another bowl
slowly add dry to wet and combine until smooth
dump in chocolate chips and candy cane and mix in till well combined
plop onto a greased cookie sheet
bake for ten minutes and remove immediately onto a cooling rack

finally, my most favorite: RAW VEGAN CARROT CAKE!

unfortunately this is not my recipe. it’s cafe gratitude’s. is anyone surprised? didn’t think so. i did change it a little bit, though. it called for goji berries which my local market was out of so, because k is a genius, we added dried golden raisens and dried pears. so good!!!! plus the cream cheese frosting from cafe gratitude made the cake that much more delicious. here is it unfrosted:

mmmm, so filling, so delicious. just had some as my post-lunch dessert 🙂

anyway, because i am feeling so very thankful, here is a list of what i feel particularly grateful for right now:

the ability to run four miles without cringing from knee pain
my kitchen
candace, my forever understanding and loving best friend
k, whose mere presence (and hugs) presses the anxiety right out of me
neesha, the wonderfully positive and uplifting yoga instructor from yogatoday.com
my mat
my family
vegetables
the amazing people i work with
and, of course, as always, YOU. i am so grateful to have you, my readers. though there are not too many of you, i seriously appreciate the fact that you’re listening. thank you so much. it really does help.

anything you’re particularly grateful for today? anything fun you’ve created in the kitchen lately? tell me about it!

anyway, now that i am off of work (4:30 am to 12:30. SO. BUSY. standard saturdays…) i plan on a bit of a work out later. running perhaps? or rock climbing? or maybe both. regardless, yoga will be involved today! it’s raining but that won’t stop me 🙂 have a lovely saturday, my loves!

namaste

zoe

beatles song of the day: i’m so tired (the white album)
why? because i woke up at a 4. i’m tired. and it’s a groovy song.

oh, and just because: remember hansen? well, they’re actually kind of talented. at least i think so 🙂 just rediscovered this song. and no, it’s not mmm bop. (thank the universe.)

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