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

Honey Maté Cocktail

I've been reading this book that was gifted to my yoga group when we graduated called Happy Yoga by Steve Ross and there was a quote in there about love that stood out to me, "But here's the pure yogic truth: The love you experience at any time with any person is not coming from then; it's coming from inside you. It's your experience of you true self. In other words, the other person is a stimulus that allows your own love to be uncovered." I've been thinking that over for a while. Maybe I'll write up a whole post on it someday, but for right now I just think it's a nice thought. That all the feelings your feeling are being provoked and not caused by another person. Isn't that what they always say about people who annoy you? You never hear the same thing about love. Because annoyance makes somebody an isolate and love makes them spectacular, but according to this new logic those are just the things that are coming from inside you. Interesting, Mr. Ross. And those are some thoughts to roll around in your head while you ruin your healthy tea with booze, think your thoughts and hopefully read a good book or two.  

So, my new favorite thing is to drink green tea with gin in it. As you can probably guess it can be a little bit bitter on it's own, hence, the honey. Also, I'm just obsessed with raw honey to begin with, so anything I can add it to is a plus. This drink always stays a little on the tart side. So, make sure not to over-brew your tea or you'll make it way too bitter. If you want, you can swap out the honey, for agave or maple syrup, just make sure you mix it in with the hot tea so it dissolves. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1 tea bag - I used Bija Yerba Mate
  • 4 oz of water
  • 1 shot of gin - I used Tanqueray
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey 
  • 5-6 ice cubes - crushed

Directions: 

  • Bring water to boil in a kettle and pour 1/2 a cup of water in with you tea bag. Put a small lid or plate on top to make sure it brews strong. Keep an eye on how long it's brewing. Normally it's between 2-4 minutes, but it'll usually says on the bag. 
  • Add in the honey while the tea is still hot, then set aside to cool.
  • Mix ice and gin in a glass and pour cooled tea over top of it. 

Grapefruit Infused Iced Green Tea

Grapefruit Infused Green Tea

I have sort of a love/hate relationship with grapefruit. I definitely have to find sneaky ways to get myself to eat it. By far my favorite way is by roasting it in the oven. Now, my second favorite way is in tea. You can actually take the peel and make tea out of it, all on its own. I definitely plan on doing this soon. The rind carries a lot of the same benefits as the fruit itself. Actually, according to some sources, the peel has even more Vitamin C. So, definitely find a way to work in into your routine. If you don't want to make tea from it, you can use it for skin care. Add it to a bath or just rub the peel on your skin. It's obviously best in these cases if your grapefruit is organic. 

Grapefruit Infused Green Tea

Like I said, I'm not the biggest grapefruit fan, but these are my mom's homegrown. So, I put them to use because it seems like it would be such a waste otherwise. It's definitely forced me to get pretty creative. I've got some ideas for the rest of my batch. 

Grapefruit Infused Green Tea

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 bags of green tea
  • 3 cups of boiling water 
  • 2 thick slices of grapefruit - I used pink grapefruit

Directions: 

  • Pour boiling water over green tea bags and grapefruit. Brew per directions. My tea only took about two minutes. 
  • Remove tea bags and fruit and set tea aside to cool. 
  • Add ice cubes and serve cold. 

I strained out my grapefruit with the tea, because otherwise it will get very, very bitter. It's super healthy, but if you just want a lightly infused flavor, you'll want to strain them out with the tea. I didn't sweeten mine at all. It didn't seem like it needed it, but a little bit of honey definitely wouldn't hurt.