Health

Health – “My Higher Purpose” Chapter 5

Una Baker | April 15, 2019

Welcome back to “My Higher Purpose”

Needless to say it has been a busy 3 months since I started this mission of finding my higher purpose.  Each month has brought on its own challenges that I chose and welcomed.   Entering month 4, I am feeling so much positive energy and I do feel spring entering the season plays a big part in this.  April is all about taking risks and allowing a little bit of life to speed up and then slow down.  Just like watching a flower blossom and taking the time to enjoy the beauty.  April is so filled with life, changes, color and, most importantly, the feeling of warmth the beautiful season ahead has instore for us.  The most difficult month has been March where I chose to find balance.  The toughest challenge I had to find clarity in was balance in my feelings.  Dealing with mental guilt, we allow our minds to haunt us which can be extremely daunting.  During this period of finding balance, I kept going back to what I worked so hard on in January and it helped me get thru this part of emotional stability I needed.  The fitness part was easy as I do tend to go overboard and I am happy to say I have found an amazing balance.  I have reached day 99 of meditating every morning.  I must say I so look forward to waking up, taking a deep breath, and welcome the day with my meditation routine.

April, so so so delighted to welcome this month into my higher purpose.  Family and friends resonate as the reason why we have a feeling of being.  The love, support, and gratitude we are constantly gifted with family and friends is for sure priceless.  Taking the time to smell the April blossoms on the trees and the beautiful world we are blessed with is the best gift in life.

Yes, April, this will be an amazing month of positive energy and newness!

Recipes

Best Nut Resource

Una Baker | April 12, 2019

My favorite go to website for organic almonds is www.nuts.com.  I have also become a fan of their gluten free pasta.
I used their pasta for the first time the other day and tossed with sautéed spinach from the farmers market and my homemade tomato sauce.  DELICIOUS!

Health

Spring Energy

Una Baker | April 10, 2019

ENERGY ~ what a wonderful word that resonates our physical and mental wellbeing.  A restless nights sleep, a negative thought or feeling we dwell on is so impactful to our overalll energy.  I woke up this morning with the feeling of incredible creativity, energy and overall happiness.  Most mornings I wake up, place both feet on the floor and smile hoping this will start my day on a positive path which usually does. Today, I almost hopped on the floor, opened the curtains to see a beautiful sunrise and the most gorgeous bird sitting on the ledge looking at me. We look at each other for sometime and I experienced this warmth throughout my body that was so moving. With this amazing feeling I engaged in my morning meditation with such happiness and content. I am now at 98 days of continuous meditation which has become a natural morning merci to www.headspace.com. Following my meditation session, I make my usual morning drinks. Yes, drinks! I love to start the morning cleansing myself with warm water mixed with something I might be craving before a cafe or mate. My years of traveling to Asia introduced me to warm lemon water first thing in the morning. A cup of this is so perfect to start your day as our body fasts throughout the night and it helps cleanse itself of toxins while energizing you for the day. It also helps balance the body’s PH, stimulates digestion and helps cleanse your liver. My treat are meyer lemons when they are in season. All you need is a lemon slice and some warm water.

Recipes

Roasted Mushroom and Sunchoke Bisque

Una Baker | April 8, 2019

Roasted Mushroom and Sunchoke Bisque

So, this recipe is so easy and the results are amazing!

2 lbs Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed and sliced approx. 1/3 thick
1 Large yukon potato diced
Whole head of garlic
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
8-10 ounces of mixed mushrooms sliced
1 large onion diced
6 cups of mushroom broth(***see recipe below) very easy and so much better than packaged broth.

Whole clove of garlic -trim top and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap lightly in foil and bake for 40 minutes.
Toss mushrooms with a tablespoon of olive oil and layer on a baking sheet.
Toss the potatoes, jerusalem artichoke, potatoes and onion in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Layer on a cookie sheet or similar oven dish and bake for 40 minutes.
Once artichoke mixture has been in oven 20 minutes, add the mushrooms.

Roast additional 20 minutes…Total oven time is approx. 45 minutes.
Remove artichoke pan, mushroom pan and garlic.
Garlic -squeeze roasted garlic cloves into a little bowl

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and use an immersion blender to puree.
Add seasoning as desired…salt, pepper, etc.

***MUSHROOM BROTH
1 leek -white part
1 onion- quartered (I prefer cipollini)
2 whole carrots
celery & parsley
1 cup fresh mushroom- shiitake, oyster, etc…whatever is in season.

In a large pot, simmer for an hour- 1 cup mixed mushrooms, onion and leek
Strain and reserve the broth for the Bisque.

Recipes

Almond Milk

Una Baker | April 5, 2019

ALMOND MILK

Making any type of nut milk is so easy with results that are so pure and delicious.
Also, it satisfies me when I crave a snack in the afternoon.  I enjoy a 1/2 cup of almond milk vs. a handful of nuts which definitely has more calories than my special homemade milk.

Here is my weekly go to almond milk recipe:
1 cup blanched almonds
2 dates ( pitted )
4 cups of water
2 tsp’s turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
I blanched the almonds in boiling water for a minute and then strained them.
This is a two part process in a NutraBullet however, you can possibly do it all at one time in a Vita-mix.  Now that I have downsized to a city apartment so have my appliances.

So, if using a nutra bullet…
1/2 cup almonds
1 date
2 cups of water
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
blend well and reserve in a large glass jar
Repeat the balance of ingredients and add to jar.
This will keep up to one week in your fridge.
If you like your almond milk thicker which I do, reduce the amount of water to 3 cups.
Also, you can strain it through a sieve/cheese cloth for a smoother texture.  I don’t as I love it just the way it comes out.

Fashion

Fashion – Spring Fever

Una Baker | April 3, 2019

I so love winter whites welcoming spring…Ankle boots, knits and whites.  Such a fun time to blend warmth and texture when the weather is changing.  White, ecru, wool, leather and layers is what Spring is all about. And we are seeing lots of color this year…  Ryan Roche has some exquisite designs!