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Skin Glow Salad
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Hi everyone! 

Today's post complements the Skin Glow Foods video on YouTube. I've been having a few conversations on the channel lately about the importance of tending to our physical bodies so that we can feel good, both physically and mentally, when we're tending to our creative work. Our bodies are our creative vessels. And if we take care of them, they'll show up and take care of us when we want to get to the juicy stuff, the creative stuff. This has nothing to do with being superficial. Our bodies give us the opportunity to express ourselves creatively in this physical world, so taking care of them is taking care of our creativity. 

With that said, I talked about my three favorites skin glow foods: papaya, avocado and dark leafy greens. If you want to learn a little more about them, check out the vid =) But really, these foods give me so much more than just glowy skin. They're three of my daily staples for my overall health and wellbeing. They're filled with enzymes, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that keep my body strong, healthy, and yes GLOWING on the inside and out.

I love incorporating these foods into my daily meals. They work especially well in smoothies and salads. Avocado with extra-virgin olive oil complements pretty much anything, but I especially love adding this combo to soups or stews.  

To make it really easy for you to incorporate them into your daily regimen, I thought it'd be fun (and useful) to create a recipe that includes all three of these little health warriors. This salad works great as a yummy and energizing light lunch, and it's also a delicious side dish. 

 

Skin Glow Salad (1 serving) 

Ingredients 

For the Salad
1/2 cup papaya chunks
1/2 avocado
2 handfuls of your favorite organic dark leafy greens
(spinach, kale, Swiss chard etc. all work great) 
Goat/sheep milk feta cheese (to crumble on top, optional)
1 tbsp hemp seeds (to sprinkle on top, optional) 

For the Dressing
2 tbsps organic extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsps coconut aminos/ or a dash of Real Salt
(I highly recommend investing in a bottle of coconut aminos, they're a delicious and healthful alternative to soy sauce, my favorite brand is Coconut Secret: http://amzn.to/2pw5KTT

Mix all dressing ingredients in measuring cup/mug. Add 2 tbsps of dressing to bottom of your favorite salad bowl. Add greens and papaya chunks. Toss well making sure that all leaves are covered with dressing. Garnish with avocado slices, crumble feta (if using) and hemp seeds. If you like, drizzle remaining dressing on top; the dressing also stores well in the fridge for a few days if you have any left over =) 

Enjoy and may you all glow from the inside out! 

With love and creativity,

Leah <3

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words & photos by Leah Salinas
 

Tummy Soothing Smoothie


I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately on our ability to transform how we're feeling at any given moment. I've always fallen into the camp of sensitive people. When I eat something a little off, or go to bed a little too late or don't create time to exercise, my body usually makes it known. I used to be down on myself about this. But over time I've learned to embrace my body's finicky-ness and have made one powerful realization: if my body responds so readily to the harmful stuff, it will respond with equal sensitivity to the nurturing, energizing and healing GOOD STUFF.

It's all about giving your bod the right tools. And these can be very very simple. The other day I sat down to work and felt a little foggy minded. Instead of trying to plough through, I went outside for a brisk 15 minute walk. By the time I came back, the fogginess was gone.

Everyone's toolbox is different. I believe that one of the joys of being a human being is discovering which tools work for you. I think of it as a little hobby; discovering which simple actions can radically transform your sense of wellbeing. And after a while, when your toolbox becomes larger, you start to feel really really powerful, because you know exactly which tools to use no matter what life offers you.

One of the stars in my toolbox is this yummy Tummy Soothing Smoothie. It's challenging for me to function at my creative peak when my tummy feels off. I'm not talking about food poisoning or a tummy bug, that's a whole other story. But I'm talking about those days when I wake up and my tummy just doesn't feel as happy as it normally does. Normally I can trace this back to eating something that didn't agree with my system, or eating too much or too late. Whatever it is, I usually turn to this smoothie to reset my digestive system. I see it as kind of a peace offering to the friendly bacteria that hangs out down there. It's super easy to digest, it'll clean you out every so gently, and it'll revitalize your beautiful gut flora. 


Ingredients (for one serving) 

1/2 organic pear
1/2 organic banana
1/2 cup spring water
1 cup goat milk
2 tbsps. goat yoghurt
1/4 avocado
2 tbsps. fresh fennel, grated
  or 1/2 tsp. ground fennel seed
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 tbsps. flax seeds
1 acidophilus & bifidus capsule (optional) 
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
a sprinkle of real salt
a splash of lemon
a dash of cayenne (optional) 
2-3 spring water ice cubes
 

Guidelines

1) Combine pear, banana, ginger, fennel and goat milk in a blender. Blend on high for about 10 seconds or until smooth. 
2) Add remaining ingredients. If you're incorporating an acidophilus & bifidus capsule (which I highly recommend), open up the capsule and pour the powdery content into your blender alongside the other ingredients.
3) Blend everything until smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass, sip and enjoy. 

Over the years I've observed how much easier it is for me to function at my creative peak when my tummy is happy. A lot of research has come out recently about how our gut is our second brain. After years of observing the sensations in my body, I've definitely come to find that a happy tummy also leads to a happy mind. Try out this smoothie and see how it affects your tummy and your mood. 

happy tummy = good mood = creativity boost!! 


Wishing you all so much good health & vitality. 
 

with love & creativity,

Leah

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author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Leah Steiner

Raw Goat Milk Smoothie

I share this recipe fully aware that raw goat milk is a rare and precious commodity to come by*. But as it so happens, I live right down the street from a little store (thank you Cookbook in Echo Park!) that carries this amazing food. Jules bought a bottle of it last week and offered to share some with me. I blended some into my smoothie and...WOAH. Seriously...woah. I felt incredible for the rest of my day. Now my feeling incredible could've been attributed to any number of things. But over the years I've become hyper-aware of how different foods affect my overall wellbeing. And I tell ya, this raw goat milk smoothie was a whole new experience altogether. I felt energized, happy, clear-minded and my body felt full. Not in a stuffed, I-ate-too-much kind of way. But more in a, my body just received all the nutrients it needed kind of way. 

Now, if you don't live near a raw goat milk source, or the idea of consuming it doesn't speak to you, try making this smoothie with pasteurized goat milk**. This is still an amazing, nutrient-rich food which is much more easily digestible than cow's milk. Cow's milk contains A1-beta-casein, whereas goat milk contains A2-beta-casein, a protein that is far easier for the human body to digest. If you want to learn more, check out this super comprehensive overview of all the great benefits that goat milk has to offer: http://draxe.com/goat-milk/

Ingredients (for one serving)

1 cup raw goat milk
1/2 fresh organic pear (papaya or pineapple both taste awesome as well) 
1/2 banana ***
1 avocado sliver (for extra creaminess :-))
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
A sprinkle of lemon zest from organic lemons
1 teaspoon fresh raw bee pollen (optional) 
2 spring water ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon ground raw vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
Touch cardamom (for an extra creativity boost ;-))
Dash cayenne (for you fiery ones out there)
Pinch Real Salt

Directions

Give your lemon and pear a thorough wash. Grate your lemon to yield the lemon zest (this is one of my secret ingredients which gives this smoothie a fragrant citrusy aroma that blends really well with the other ingredients.) Peel and grate your fresh ginger. Place grated ginger, lemon zest and remaining smoothie ingredients in a blender. Blend until desired consistency is reached. If you find your smoothie is too thick, you can either add more milk or a little bit of spring water. 

Spring is blossoming here in the City of Angels, which means its occasional runny eye and nose season- yes, allergies are in the air! Whenever I feel any of these springtime symptoms coming on, I like to blend some local fresh raw bee pollen into my smoothies. This offers almost instantaneous relief. Usually you can find this good stuff at your local farmer's market.


There's an ongoing debate about whether raw milk consumption is healthy or harmful. There are many many articles out there that offer a lot of information on the topic. When it comes to areas such as this, I'm a big believer in informing yourself and then making up your own mind about what resonates with you. I believe that we have an innate ability to tune in and discern which foods are beneficial to us at any given time. So if trying raw goat milk speaks to you, go for it! If it doesn't, then leave it be. It's important that we feel good about the food that we put in our bodies. 

Cheers, enjoy and be well. May this fuel you for a gorgeously creative day. 


*For my fellow Californians, check out this link to find stores that sell raw goat milk from a source with excellent farming practices: http://claravalefarm.com/pages/where-to-buy-raw-milk
** For pasteurized goat milk, Summerhill Dairy is one of my favorite brands =)
*** I've mentioned this in a previous post; it's a good idea to let your bananas suntan for 3 hours. Bananas are gassed when they're picked to keep them from ripening too quickly. Laying them in the sun allows them to release these gases. 

author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Juliana Mariia Rose @jules.m.rose