Morning Thoughts

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Good morning, I'm slowly, very slowly, chewing through Neil DeGrasse Tyson's book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and it's a little over my head. We all need that sometimes, right? A challenge... first thing in the morning. I won't lie, this book is supposed to be for a super basic understanding of astrophysics with a bit of history, etymology, and philosophy, but I'm finding myself reading and re-reading each page. I actually heard about it from this interview with Stephen Colbert and was sold. Super sold. I'm just saying, I wish I loved anything as much as Tyson loves the universe. 

"Maybe you're special because you're the same" - NDT

Same, as in sameness of the universe. There's a guru I like, Nithyananda, who said something equally potent and attention-grabbing in one of his lectures and that was,

"You are not qualitatively different from the universe, but quantitatively."

I loved that. You're littler than all of creation but very much aligned to it, and made of the same stuff, and astrophysics confirms.  

Again, good morning.  My mind rattles before yoga. It really does. 

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I'm trying this superfood coffee from Terra Origin, and I'm pretty into it. It tastes coffee-ish, definitely very superfoody, and just sweet enough. I'm a pretty big coffee person, but I could easily incorporate this in place of my afternoon cup, and probably should. But I really have no regrets about my present coffee consumption, like, at all. The superfood list here is pretty impressive with mangosteen, kelp, collards, and chlorella, I do think this makes a superior breakfast companion for prolonged energy.  

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So this is one of those no recipe, recipes. 

Seriously, almond milk + Terra Origin

Heat it: stove, microwave, wood burning oven, whatever. 

Mix

Drink 

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the stars are in your eyes. 

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ugh

Rose Berry Vodka Cocktail with Tito's

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I've been gone so long, and it's not because I don't love it here. It's because I've been so busy working, I'll upload some pictures I've taken recently over at NICORA, to show evidence to my busy-ness, you'll like them. I think/hope. <3 Anyway, like a million years ago I had a conversation with the good folks over a Tito's Vodka about all of the good they're up to rescuing dogs and the like, and as a crazy dog lady myself, I, uh, was pretty sold before even trying the vodka. To be honest, vodka isn't exactly my drink of choice, but I really loved this one, super smooth, small-batch, homemade-style, and no perceptible, infamous vodka aftertaste, which when it comes to vodka I didn't realize was optional. Someone should've told me in college (I couldn't afford anything in college, so never mind).  

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I made something with berries! I know its fall and pumpkins and spice, but that's not really my thing. So I made this Rose Berry Vodka Cocktail instead, and it's magical, not seasonal, but definitely lovely. 

Here's what you'll need (serves 2):

4 oz vodka - I used Tito's

1/4 cup berries

12 oz lemonade - I used Fentiman's Rose Lemonade

Ice - crushed in a blender 

Extra berries and lavender springs for garnish

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Directions:

Muddle berries in vodka, and strain

Pour vodka over ice, half in each glass

Add approximately six ounces of lemonade to each 

Garnish - optional 

Do yourself a favor and peruse the adorable dogs of Tito's. I know my dogs have been enjoying their Tito's swag. They've already muddied a few squeaky toys. I'll grab some shots of how cute they are, one of these days.

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Vanilla Seed High-Protein Granola (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

So, as I've mentioned I'm basically outdoors all summer for my job on the river, and I have had a protein shake most mornings since. Since cutting back on animal products— this Bob's Red Mill protein powder is vegan—I've been careful to diversify where I get my protein from, sometimes chickpeas, sometimes nuts and seeds, and a lot of the time it's shakes. 

I was a little worried to bake with this powder because it has probiotics in it and I worry that the heat is damaging to them, and I love that they're included in here, because I think health begins in the gut. That's not an original idea, it was Hippocrates who said, "all disease begins in the gut." At any rate, I love drinking this is as just a plain shake with some almond milk because of the high probiotic content, and the pre-biotic fiber, because keeping my digestion healthy has been no small feat running around eating anything and everything that is available to me. No joke, I'm hungry all of the time. I need all the snacks, which is how I decided to make granola because eating plain pumpkin and sunflower seeds all day can get old. This protein powder is pretty sweet on it's own, on account of the monk fruit. I still decided to add the agave nectar to get the pieces to stick together nicely in this grain-free granola, just keep in mind it'll come out very sweet and vanilla-y, not that that's a bad thing, but just an FYI. 

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup agave nectar - you can sub honey, or maple syrup as well

1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder (there's even a coupon)

2 Tablespoons of flax seeds

1 Tablespoon of hot water 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon extract - you can sub lemon zest also

Directions: 

Pre-heat oven to 350°

In a large bowl mix together agave nectar, protein powder, and salt until well blended 

In a separate, small container mix in hot water with flax seed, let sit for 1-2 minutes (this helps it to gel) 

Add all remaining ingredients including flax seed and mix until thoroughly combined, it should be pretty sticky at this point

Place mix directly on a baking sheet, spreading carefully to keep larger pieces together. 

Bake for 15 minutes stirring very well half way through

Bake until golden brown adding on in 5 minutes intervals until it's reached the desired crunchiness for your taste.  

 

I really wish I had more edited mountain shots for you but for right now I just have these flowers. They'll have to do. Enjoy your summer, and here's $3 off of Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.