When The Dalai Lama Speaks We Should Listen

I saw this yesterday and I can’t stop thinking about it. It has been present in my mind ever since and inspired me to actively be a better person. I reflected on it through this mantra for my morning meditation:

“I am patient, I am kind, I am strong, I am grounded”

I feel that  this mantra holds something that I may find useful no matter what may come my way during the day. So far, so good!

How does this statement from the Dalai Lama inspire you?

With Dalai Lama Love,

Your Maven

Fall In Love With Cinnamon



I love Fall. Although the leaves are falling off the trees and the temperatures are dropping it signifies something so much more. Getting rid of the old and preparing for the new.

I also love food in the fall. The rich flavors, the succulent aromas, the comfort. Food in the fall just makes you feel better. From soups, root vegetables, teas, spices; the opportunities are endless.

Last night was one of those nights of “What do I have in the refrigerator and what can I make with it” kinds of nights. Instead of reaching for a can of Amy’s Black Bean Soup which I had planned, I decided to make a Fall Veggie Dish. In the freezer I had brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and asparagus. As I was sauteing and steaming these beautiful pieces of nature in coconut oil I felt like something was missing. I spotted a big white onion out of the corner of my eye. Perfection. Sauteed onions make everything better!

As I was dicing and throwing the onion into the pan another light bulb went off, my inner voice said (as it usually does) “this would be really good with cinnamon”.

Cinnamon is a beautiful spice and holds so many benefits such as:

  • Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
  • Lowers LDL (BAD) Cholesterol
  • Anti-fungal properties (See ya Candida)
  • Boosts Cognitive Function and Memory

Not only does it hold all of those benefits but it also tastes good and pretty much on ANYTHING! Put it in coffee, tea, oatmeal, cereal, on a toasted piece of Ezekiel bread with coconut oil, in soups…I mean, seriously, I really could go on. And I must say that the onions were OUT OF THIS WORLD.



Try adding some of this amazing spice to your life this Fall and let me know the endless possibilities you discover!

With Cinnamon Love,

Your Maven

Good Morning Hot Cacao


When the temperatures drop my morning drink of choice warms up. My body now craves something warm and and preferably creamy, we can thank my Vata tendencies for that (more on that in another post).
Instead of reaching for that caffeine and espresso filled soy latte or mainly sugar chai latte I made something a bit simpler, cheaper, but still reaping the benefits of my body’s desire.

Hot Cacao

No, this is not your Swiss Miss hot chocolate and is not for the faint of heart. It is simply warmed almond/coconut milk with a teaspoon of cacao powder and possibly some cinnamon or nutmeg. The best part about it is though that you can vary the amount of cacao you put in it to suite your taste.

My usual measurements are:

8-10 oz Almond/coconut milk
1 tablespoon Cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Dash of nutmeg (optional)

I take the milk and warm it in a sauce pan, once it starts to boil at the sides or start to smell very sweet I transfer it to my coffee mug or mason jar. Then I add and mix the tablespoon of cacao. You could stop there but since I have a borderline obsession with cinnamon I throw some of that in there too. If I happen to have some nutmeg I’ll also throw that in to join the party, Tis’ the season!! This mixture will not be sweet so if you want something sweeter add half a teaspoon of raw honey or a little bit of stevia.

So why use cacao instead of cocoa or the Swiss Miss you remember when you were younger? Because with cacao you can have your cake and eat it too and without sacrificing your health or pounds. Raw cacao is dated back as a superfood of the Mayans. Cacao is a superfood because it has so many benefits and contains so many vitamins and minerals.

Some of these benefits include:

High in Antioxidants

Helps metabolize and get rid of free
radicals in the body

Promotes a positive outlook

Cardiovascular health

High in magnesium

High in sulfur, the beauty mineral

Releases endorphins, similar to the “runner’s high”

Bottom line is cacao detoxifies the body while making you happier, healthier, and better looking. Wow, powerful statement? I think not. Cacao is a powerful thing, why do you think the Mayans used it? Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

With Cacao Love,

Your Maven

Creamy Avocado Soba Noodles



If you don’t love avocado then you have some explaining to do.
Even if you don’t I swear you will love this sauce. It’s creamy, its garlicky, its dairy free, and it is damn easy to make.

I have been a little obsessed with Pinterest lately. The Health and Fitness section inspires me and has the most amazing recipes. Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, you name it, they have it. I am always looking for new ways to make my plant-based dinners even more delicious solely for my boyfriend.

You see I love cooking for him, but he loves butter, cheese, cream, meat, all things that neither my body or mind are quite fond of. So we tend to meet each other half way when it comes to deciding on what to eat.

Everyday I go on Pinterest and try to find a recipe that he might enjoy that also fills my needs of a plant based meal. Thanks to the blogger from Oh She Glows I discovered this Creamy Avocado recipe and I  just knew it was going to be a hit.

Here’s what you will need:

1 ripe Avocado
½ a Lemon, juiced
1-3 Garlic Cloves
½ tsp Kosher salt
¼ cup Basil
2 tbsp Olive Oil

Package of Soba Noodles

Why don’t we get the water for the pasta boiling first? Fill up a sauce pan about ¾ the way full of water and bring it to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil throw the garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice into a blender and blend until it is mixed. You can also use a food processor which actually Oh She Glows had initially recommended but the blender works just fine.

Next add the avocado, basil, and salt. Blend away until it is creamy.

Once your water is boiling (keep an eye on it while you are blending) throw the soba noodles in. I love soba noodles because they are so quick to cook and I love their consistency. You can either buy the 100% buckwheat noodles or they also have an extremely affordable ½ Whole Wheat ½ Buckwheat soba noodle if you are not gluten intolerant. You can find them at any health food store.

Once the pasta is cooked drain it, put it back in the sauce pan and add your avocado sauce!

That’s it! Done! Presto! Dinner is served!

This would make a great side dish to any dinner but is also a fantastic main course which is how I had mine. For a little bit more power mix it with a vegetable like steamed peas or broccoli. Add a side salad while you’re at it  for some more green goodness!


With Avocado Love,

Your Maven