Monday, November 23, 2015

Using Lemongrass to Make Tea

Many of my posts are inspired by my CSA box. I became a subscriber in August of 2012 after moving to my small desert community. In a post I shared on my family's SNAP challenge, I shared that I used to live in a metropolitan area of Southern California where I had the privilege of visiting a farmers market every day of the week (if I wanted to). While I don't have a market every day of the week, I'm happy to report that a farmers' market did open up in September. It's on Sundays. They bring in mostly organic produce. I'm super grateful for Abundant Harvest Organics delivering in-season organic produce from small farmers around the somewhat local region to my town. 

I received lemongrass one Saturday and like the past post on the purple potatoes, I had only seen it on the Food Network's "Chopped." From this brief encounter, I knew it was good in Asian cuisine but I am not too familiar with dishes to make using the ingredient. I have even used natural products (lip balms and body creams) with lemongrass as one of the ingredients. As a side note, one of my friends sells products from this business; the ingredients are 97-100% natural.  

With the lemongrass from my CSA box, I made tea. 

Though the raw honey is pictured, I didn't end up needing it. I boiled 5 cups of spring water then steeped 4 stalks of lemongrass and 3 quarter inch pieces of ginger for 10 minutes. In order to infuse the lemongrass into the boiling water, I gently smashed the stalks with a meat tenderizer until they opened up slightly. 

Can you imagine how my kitchen smelled? Lovely!! After steeping the lemongrass and ginger, I removed the ginger and left the stalks in the water and let it cool before adding it to my glass container. I had some of the tea last night and it was delicious and didn't need the honey for a sweetener. If you decide to use raw honey for a sweetener, you'd be able to get away with 1-2 teaspoons. 

4 stalks of lemongrass, gently tenderized (I used this tenderizer)
3 quarter inch pieces of ginger
5 cups of spring water (I use this for filtering) 
1-2 tsp of raw honey (optional) 
The raw honey pictured is from a beekeeper in Temecula, CA but I linked to a good choice on Amazon. I prefer unfiltered raw honey for its superb healing and protective benefits. If you're located in or near the Indian Wells Valley, CA, you can message me and I will give you the contact information for the gal who hosts the co-op for Cox Honey. 

Ginger is an antioxidant; it is said to reduce symptoms of motion sickness and nausea. More benefits can be found here (whfoods).

Lemongrass is said to aid in digestion as well as calming nervousness per Mother Earth News (source).

I have another large piece of lemongrass waiting to be smashed, steeped, and marinated to be had in a nice cup of tea! Will you try my recipe?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

A Season for Change, The Time Is Now {Guest Post}

iConveyAwareness | A Season for Change, The Time is Now - Guest Post - Rebecca Champlin

"Life is happening now. Real life can be crazy, messy with peaks, valleys; and it can be overwhelming to start something new. Sometimes we have to step back and ask, “What am I being called to right now?” The answer may be to start a project or may just be adding one new good habit, like taking a walk around the neighborhood or drinking more water during the day. Either is a good decision. These short-term, positive decisions will lead to long-term success, but it starts now. Be purposeful and plant something that will be fruitful in 20 years.

Starting a new project, implementing a change can be hard; some don’t know how to do it. There are many resources out there. For example: People who are willing to help and encourage your journey. Reach out. I submit to you four actions: Prepare, Plant, Water, and Be Patient.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Surrounded by Chihuahuas {Guest Post}

iConveyAwareness | Guest Post Andrea Cordes - Fitness is an Attitude

This is the second guest post from Tabata Bootcamp Master Trainer, Andrea Cordes of Formation Power Fitness (her Facebook page is linked). Her website is forthcoming. Last June, she wrote a guest post on moving more, drinking more for a ten day challenge I hosted several months in a row. (Drinking more water and moving your body more - exercising!) See Move More, Drink More for guidance and challenges you can set for yourself starting tomorrow for ten days. You can do it! 

"You have probably walked into a class at the gym and one of the first things the instructor tells you is to: "Leave your problems at the door, this hour is for you!" If you've been to any of my cycling classes, you've probably heard me say something similar. Leaving life behind for a while has its advantages. There's power in taking charge of when you want your problems to hold you. The escape of getting lost in physical movement and the sweat is also therapeutic. But what about the days that those problems refuse to remain in check?

And can it ever be advantageous to face the problems full on, perhaps even embrace them? I believe the answer is decidedly "yes" and I'll tell you why.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Annual Prime Time Wellness Summit - Highlights

Wow! What an awesome first event. I recently (9/26/15) held an all-day wellness summit on healthy aging teaching the principles of the Prime Time Health (PTH) series. PTH is a scientifically proven plan developed by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife, Martha Sears, RN, and is taught by certified health coaches that graduated from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I have been a certified health coach since 2012. You can learn more about me here. If you want to know how to age healthfully, you'll want to contact a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute STAT. Thankfully, certified health coaches for Dr. Bill Sears can also teach this series online providing the convenience of online education and for a fraction of the cost. Contact me if you'd like to pursue this option.

Without further ado, here are the highlights from my first annual Prime Time Wellness Summit. The photos were taken by a local Ridgecrest photographer, Kelsey of Living Desert Photography. If you'd like to book her for your next event, you may find her on the Living Desert Wellness Center's website. The summit was held at the Living Desert Wellness Center located on Ridgecrest Blvd., in Ste. B. 

Convey Awareness | PTWS 1st Annual Summit on Healthy Aging
The classroom before the attendees arrived. 

Convey Awareness | PTWS 1st Annual Summit on Healthy Aging
Preparing attendees for the first workshop of four for the all-day wellness summit. 
I have taught the Prime Time Health series at local venues around my area. I usually teach them one at a time (or two at a time on separate days) and I always serve a healthy snack. I am fond of this series as it provides sustainable tools for one's wellness journey and what a better way to make it into an all day wellness summit!