2 teaspoons cold pressed organic olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
2 organic green bell peppers, sliced
2 organic red bell peppers, sliced
1/2 organic white onion, sliced
1 cup organic crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 Jalapeño or serrano pepper, sliced
1/2 a taco seasoning packet
Whole wheat tortillas
Plain Fage yogurt (sour cream substitute)
Optional shredded cheese
In a large frying pan over a medium heat, saute olive oil and garlic. Let the garlic saute for 2 minutes, stir in the green and red bell peppers and jalapeño. Let the peppers saute for 2 minutes, stir in the onions and taco seasoning. After two minutes add the mushrooms to the frying pan and stir well. Cover the frying pan and cook until all of the vegetables are tender.
Serve with tortillas, Fage, avocado, and optional cheese!
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Living Aware is giving away a Food Matters and Hungry for Change DVD! Commit to eating healthier and educating yourself about what you put in your body in 2014. After all, you are what you eat. Share your healthy food resolution (photo or text) for 2014 with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen on Valentine’s Day!
Most New Year’s Resolutions include a variation of being healthier or getting fit somewhere on their list. Seattle’s Urban Yoga Spa is helping you kickoff your year right with their Total Wellness Unlimited package. This amazing bundle includes unlimited yoga, one massage per month, and access to all member benefits for a mere $160 a month (with a 6-month commitment). Member benefits offer discounts on spa services in the fresh loft space above the studios.
Total Wellness Unlimited package promotes holistic wellness, including healthy nutrition for members to start the new year off well. TheUrban Yoga Spa bodywork specialist can talk to you about nutrition to compliment your exercise and wellness regimen. In addition, they offer juice through a local vendor with cult following, Strawberry Moon. You can order juice cleanses through them, and pick them up at UYS, or put together your own at the front desk.
There is no doubt that autumn is in the air here in beautiful Seattle. It is time to start prepping your veggie and other gardens whether they are on a farm, estate, yard, or balcony. The best thing that you can do for your garden (or pot) is refreshing your garden (or pot) with some organic mulch. We use our favorite, honest, local brand Cedar Grove Organics Compost Mulch.
Inspired by a gorgeous photo on the cover of Food & Wine we set out to create our own modified version David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl’s fabulous recipe. We of course we recommend using all local, organic vegetables and fruit for this recipe to really make the flavors pop.
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
2 nectarines, cut into thin wedges
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large orange, green, and red bell pepper, finely julienned
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
3 Persian cucumbers cut in half and sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Optional few slices red onion (finely chopped)
Optional 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans
In a large bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the olive oil, scallion, jalapeño and shallot; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Gently fold in all the fruits and vegetables. Refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours. Fold in the cilantro just before serving and serve the salad chilled.
Are you like us and always on the hunt for a delicious organic wine at a reasonable price? One of our favorites that we discovered at our local Whole Foods is Innovacion by Santa Julia. It is a fabulous blend of Temparnillo and Malbec grapes from Argentina that pairs perfectly with a grass-fed beef or tomato based pasta. At a price of only $11 you cannot go wrong with this wine.
It is movies like Hungry For Change that can re/invigorate you to take hold of your life (and your family’s) to start choosing better. I watched this fabulous documentary again last week on the struggles we go through with food, exercise, our health, and the politics that play into them. Urge you to buy or order this movie via Netflix.
We believe that living a sustainable and eco-friendly life begins with your own personal health. Opting for local,seasonal, organic foods that haven’t been doused with pesticides and are rich in nutrition are not only the best for you but the environment too. When you opt for fresh food free from packaging you’re not only maximizing the vitamins, but you’re reducing waste that processed food is packaging heading to landfills.
Encourage the entire family part of the cooking process. Source a healthy recipe online or from a friend that everyone can make together. Kids can pick the fresh ingredients from the garden or fridge, wash and prep or whisk the ingredients together. When everyone’s bellies are full don’t forget to store the leftovers in your BPA-free Preserve Food Storage containers.
Opting to walk or ride your bike to the office, coffee, store, dinner, not only keeps you fit, but obviously reduces your carbon footprint. When I used to live in car-loving Dallas I used to put my errands into my backpack, jump on my bike and buzz around town dropping of dry cleaning, picking up groceries, meeting friends for coffee, yoga, etc). You will be able to take in some fresh air, burn some calories, and get a little Vitamin D.
Don’t forget beauty comes from the inside AND out. The old saying, “You are what you eat,” rings true. A healthy diet is an essential part to having a beautiful complexion. Average and unfortunately common skin care products are filled with toxic and synthetic chemical ingredients. Read the labels before you wash your face or smear night cream on your body’s largest organ. Our favorite organic and all natural skin care brands right now are Odacite, Amala Beauty, G.M. Collin’s BioOrganique, and Arise Skincare. For hair and body we are loving the entire Intelligent Nutrients line for shiny locks, Blithe and Bonny‘s luxury bath goods, The Soap Cartel bath bars, and LuLu Organics Hair Powder.
Start a back to basics healthy lifestyle and live a life more aware.