‘No coffee, no prana’

I quit plastic water bottles, its time to quit non-reusable coffee cups!

Yoga & Joyful Living

‘No coffee, no prana (life energy)’, Ashtanga yoga’s founder Pattabhi Jois famously said, and apparently in the very early Mysore days, when yoga was still some weird Indian fad (can anyone even remember that?), Guruji’s wife would stick her head into the yoga room after practice and ask: ‘Coffee now, OK?’

Pure bliss, in the making. Pure bliss, in the making.

See, and this is where the problem starts. If you’re into Ayurveda you’ll be made aware by your doctor that coffee, well, coffee just isn’t for you. Nor is it for anyone else, in fact. If you have an Ayurvedic practitioner who is firmly rooted in this world and refrains from demanding supernatural things from his patients (such as giving up coffee), he’ll add: ‘If you must take coffee, take with milk. A lot of milk. And cinnamon.’ Apparently this will make handling coffee easier for the body, but my feeling is rather the reverse –…

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Blueberry Goji Banana Oatmeal GOOD MORNING!

MMM MMM I love breakfast! On my days off or when I have mornings off I always try to create something new, delicious, and nutritious with whatever I have lying around. Today I hit the jackpot so I just have to share. Todays creation is steel cut oats made with almond milk, and then I added blueberries, goji berries, banana, peanut butter powder, and ground flax seed.

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Paired with a hot cup of Chai Matte Tea! A glass of water, and the second half of a Iced Bhakti Chai.  I always end up having two-three beverages in the morning with breakfast. Gotta stay hydrated!

SO all you do is make the oatmeal… Boil 1-2/3 Cups Almond Milk then add 2 Cups Oatmeal. Cook on the stovetop for about 5 minutes or until oats are done.  Add more milk or water is you want a soupier consistency.

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NEXT. Add in whatever you want! I took about 1/3 of the oatmeal and put in in a bowl. Added a handful of blueberries, a handful go goji berries , sliced half a banana and threw it in.  Then I added 2TBS of PB2 the powdered peanut butter, and then 1TBS of organic ground flax seed and STIRRED.

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THEN VOILE!

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ENJOY!

Pumpkin & Quinoa Oat Muffins

Gotta Try These!

pumpkin_quinoa_oat_muffins_theflexifoodie5Savoury snacks are a great way to satisfy cravings between or after meals and these oat muffins are just the trick. They are crammed with goodness and my kids absolutely can’t get enough of them. In this recipe, I’ve created a chia seed gel that acts as a fantastic egg replacer to hold the mixture together. It’s incredibly simple and gives the muffins an added nutritious boost too. The pumpkin seeds are also responsible for a the health boosting properties of this recipe as they are a powerful source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.

pumpkin_quinoa_oat_muffins_theflexifoodieTo make approximately 12 muffins, grab the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oat flour
  • 3/4 of a cup of wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 cups of oat milk
  • 6 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 18 tbsp of water
  • 1/4 of a…

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