April 30, 2015

A Day to Rejuvenate Body & Mind

Photos of a black rice salad, yoga posture and green soup

Today, I am delighted to be posting a special article: I have collaborated with the talented French blogger Margaux from Label Mademoiselle. We’ve prepared together a program for a day of well-being.

We met a bit randomly: I took part in a competition organised by Margaux, we exchanged a few emails and quickly decided to work together. It has been a delightful adventure, the opportunity to exchange and bring together our two worlds and share our passions for healthy cooking and yoga.

Food-wise, we’ve chosen wholesome, colourful and appetising recipes, from breakfast till dinner. It is indeed the perfect time of year for a spring clean of the body, in order to shine from the inside out! A day that can be repeated at will...

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The recipes

Breakfast: Date & Almond Butter Smoothie - click here for the recipe

Two glasses filled with smoothie on a white wooden background

Two glasses filled with smoothie on a white wooden background

Lunch: Black Rice Salad with Beetroot and Baby Turnips - click here for the recipe

A plate with a black rice and beetroot salad

A plate with a black rice salad on a white background

Afternoon Snack: Raw Brownies – yes you can enjoy a square of brownies ! These are wholesome and sooo yummy! Adding strawberries is totally optional, but they make it look so pretty and add a fruity touch to the recipe.

Squares of raw brownies with strawberries on a white background

Nuts, fruits and cacao on a white background

Raw Brownies & Strawberries Bites – makes 16 bites
•150g walnuts
•300g Medjool dates, pitted
•60g raw cacao powder
•A pinch of salt
•1tsp vanilla extract
•2tbsp pecans, chopped
•5 or 6 strawberries, sliced

1.Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until finely ground.
2.Add the dates, cacao powder, salt, vanilla extract and pecans and process until you obtain a sticky dough.
3.Transfer to a 20cm x20cm shallow dish, lined with baking paper. Press the mixture in the dish with the back of a spoon. Spread the strawberry slices over the top and place in the fridge.
4.Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours. When ready to serve, take the brownies out of the dish and carefully slice into bit-sized portions. Enjoy!
5.The brownies will keep in the fridge for 3-5days...if they last that long!

Dinner: End the day lightly with a green soup, using seasonal ingredients.

Two bowls of green soup on a white background

various ingredients to make a green soup

Green Soup – serves 4 to 6
•1tbsp coconut oil
•1 onion, peeled and chopped
•3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped finely
•½ tsp chilli flakes
•1 sweet potato, cubed
•1.5L vegetable stock
•200g fresh or frozen peas
•3 handfuls spinach
•A large handful of parsley leaves
•Juice of ½ lemon
•Salt and pepper

1.Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and gently fry for 5min. Add the chilli flakes and sweet potato and fry for another 3min.
2.Add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil and cook for 15min. Add the peas, spinach leaves, parsley and lemon and leave to cook for another 5min.
3.Season with salt and pepper and stir. Take off the heat and blend with a hand blender until smooth. If needed, reheat for 1min and serve straight away.

Yoga Session

Yoga is an incredible tool to feel good in your body and mind. It is a true way of life which I have integrated in my daily life for several years, and I love sharing my passion for it in classes and workshops. Here, I have prepared a little session to reinvigorate the body and quieten the mind. It can be practiced at the beginning of the day or any other time of your choice – sunrise and sunset being my favourite times. I invite you to pause, take a moment for yourself and listen to your body, to reconnect with what matters most.

Collage of yoga postures

1.Tadasana – Mountain Pose
Stand upright, feet hip-width appart, straight legs, lengthen the spine, relax the arms. Fluid breathing for 2min, and full awareness of the posture.

2.Side Stretch
Grab opposite elbows above the head and lean sideways. Hold for three breaths on each side. Feel the side of the body lengthen.

3.Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Still holding the elbows, bend forwards from the hips. Let the weight of the upper body take you down. Hold for five breaths, then slowly roll the back up to standing.

4.Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II
Take a big step back, feet perpendicular with one another, back leg straight, front knee bent, chest upright, arms at shoulder height, relaxed shoulders, looking to the front. Hold for five breaths.

5.Virabhadrasana II Variation – Reverse Warrior II
From Warrior II, tilt the arms. Look upwards towards the hand. Hold for five breaths.

6.Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge
Put the back knee down on the floor, place the hands above the front knee. Bring the hips down, lift the sternum up and invite energy into your body. Hold for five breaths.

Repeat postures 4, 5 and 6 on the other side.

7.Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward-Facing Dog
Make an inverted V shape with your body. Press the hands and feet into the floor, relax the shoulders, lift the hips to the sky. Hold for five breaths.

8.Balasana – Child Pose with Extended Arms
Take the knees down to the floor, sit on the heels, bring the forehead to the floor, stretch the arms to the front. Let the back and neck relax, and the hips go down towards the heels.

9.Sukhasana – Comfortable Seated Posture
Sit comfortably in a posture that allows the spine to lengthen. Breathe with full awareness for 5 min.

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Hoping that this little program will have inspired you and made you want to look after yourself, reconnect with your body and invite spring to your plate, Margaux and I wish you a beautiful day :)

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Anonymous said...

I live in Saint Jean de Luz and I wouldlike to know if you teach yoga in town...
Thanks for your blog and your great recipes

food moods said...

Bonjour Sylvaine,
Merci pour votre message :)
Je donne des cours de yoga sur Biarritz, Bayonne et Bidart. Vous pouvez voir les horaires et lieux sur mon site internet: http://www.alohayoga64.com/
Pour toute question, n'hésitez pas à me contacter sur blandine@foodmoods.net
Cordialement, Blandine

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