20 practices…

THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING AND MAY BE SPIRITUAL FOR YOU TOO!

  1. Yoga – helps you connect with your mind and body
  2. Meditation – helps you find stillness and patience
  3. Clean – while we are emphasizing keeping our hands clean, why not take a minute and de-clutter and clean? We’ve spent a lot of time indoors since Covid -19 and the Pandemic hit, deep clean your home and maybe refresh with painting a room or rooms, re-arrange furniture or add some touches of the season around the rooms to lift spirits and celebrate your home! Open windows and bring some freshness back into your home.
  4. Caring for Plants and/or indoor Gardens – bringing nature inside with lift your mood. And caring for plants can actually make you healthier.
  5. Crystals – Having crystals placed around your home can raise the vibe of the rooms. As always be cautions of crystals around pets, place them where they can’t eat them! Front door: black tourmaline, jade. Bedroom: rose quartz, amethyst, black tourmaline. Living room: selenite, amethyst, amber. Kitchen: Carnelian, celestite, citrine, rose quartz. Bathroom: clear quartz. Study: Amethyst, shungite, citrine, black tourmaline. Child’s room:celestite, obsidian.
  6. Positive Affirmations – What you say, you hear and absorb. affirmations work because those words have the ability to program your mind into believing the words we say to ourselves. Using affirmations as a spiritual ritual of manifestation is a great way to positively change your self-talk.
  7. Communing with Nature – Natures, sounds, smells and textures; ground us and energize us all at the same time. In some cultures like Japan, they call this “forest bathing“. Some people use earthing; standing on the earth barefoot as way to let nature to recharge us. I’m an ocean lover so that’s my favorite commune!!
  8. Releasing Fear and Worry – The concept is simple, write down your deepest worries, fears, and stresses. Pour all your emotions into that piece of paper. Then safely light a fire. Burn the written words and envision the smoke cleansing and ridding those thoughts from you. This can be a powerful ritual to help you let go. This is a perfect practice on the night of the Full Moon!!
  9. Set Goals and Intentions at the New Moon – Creating goals and setting intentions around the new moon is a spiritual practice that helps set the tone for where you want to be, motivating you for the month ahead. The new moon represents new begginings and can be a powerful tool to assist you in achieving goals within that moon cycle.
  10. Take a Bath – You can turn a simple bath into a spa of emotional wellbeing and as a place to let go of stress and cal your mind. Add oils, salts, herbs, and crystals to your bathwater (check toxicity in water before using and some crystals melt or dull in water), place incense, candles and meditative music or guided meditations to improve the experience.
  11. Exercise – Endorphins, strengthening muscles, and improving flexibility will vastly improve your wellbeing and when you feel better you become more in tune with yourself, and even your own spirituality.
  12. Tai chi – helps you to relax and center.
  13. Record your Gratitude – Add a gratitude journal to your self-care night routine. Reminding yourself of your blessings can help you appreciate what you have. In fact, giving thanks can even make you happier. Try writing down 10 things you’re grateful for every day, no matter how big or small.
  14. Set Boundaries – Setting boundaries is so important, with others and with yourself. First, you’ll need to identify what your boundaries are, then identify how you will enforce them. Give yourself permission to say no to others’ demands and say yes to your own needs and desires. And most importantly, learn to feel your feelings.
  15. Plan Healthy Meals – Meal prepping is definitely an act of self-care since you save your future self time and energy. Plus, it’s a fun way to try new recipes and hone those cooking skills! Set aside time to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and make it fun put your favorite playlist one and pour yourself something fun to drink, like sparkling water.
  16. Volunteer – Doing good for others is an instant mood-booster. Find a local cause you feel passionate about, whether that be animal rescue, helping kids, environmental aid, etc.
  17. Perform Random Acts Of Kindness – Small acts of kindness go far, for both you and others. 
  18. Pray – For those who identify as religious or spiritual, connecting with your higher power through prayer is a wonderful self-care technique. However, if you’re not particularly religious, you can still make this tip work for you by performing ritual, chanting, etc…
  19. Give – No matter how big or small, every little bit helps when donating to charities, local businesses, and organizations you care about. Find ones that speak to you and give what you can.
  20. Go Off The Grid – Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face.

happy national peanut day

10 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter that you may not know:

  1. 🥜 It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  2. 🥜 By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  3. 🥜 Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
  4. 🥜 The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
  5. 🥜 Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S., accounting for two-thirds of the snack nut market.
  6. 🥜 Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  7. 🥜 There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
  8. 🥜 According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
  9. 🥜 The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  10. 🥜 Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of USA households.

Source: The National Peanut Board

The Peanut Butter I Use Is Always Palm Oil Free!

Shakeology

The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 5 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan Salt)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine quinoa, peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, extract, and egg in a large bowl; mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips; gently mix until blended.
  5. Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until set.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets; remove from sheets and cool completely on a wire rack (or on parchment paper).

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 22 mins Total Time 47 mins Servings 24 cookies, 1 cookie per serving Calories 95 kcal

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1 Carb
½ Fat

Container Equivalents
1 Yellow
1 tsp.

2B Mindset Plate It!
Enjoy as an occasional treat. Be sure to track it.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), reserve liquid
  • 2 Tbsp . all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp . hot pepper sauce (like Sriracha)
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. iced water
  • ¼ cup chopped raw peanuts
  • 2 medium green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Fresh lime juice


Instructions

  1. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, hot sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey in food processor (or blender); pulse until chickpeas are mashed.
  2. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Pulse until well blended.
  3. With food processor running, slowly add oil and water until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add reserved liquid 1 Tbsp. at a time.
  4. Fold in peanuts, green onions, and cilantro; mix well.
  5. Drizzle with lime juice.

Peanut Butter, apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds… YUM!

Apple Sandwich:

  • Small Apple = 1 purple container
  • Peanut Butter = 2 tsp.
  • Sunflower seeds = 1 orange container
  • Raisins = ½ purple container

Who has the peanut? This adorable game is perfect for your little one’s next party. The game teaches group cooperation while improving observational skills and…it only requires one peanut to play!  The group will learn quirky rhymes while following the rules and learning how to patiently wait to take turns. Read more at: Education.Com

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