bali adventures | part II

Whenever I travel to a new location it never really hits me that I am in an entirely different part of the world until I have been there for a few hours/days, when I finally take the time to stop and think about where I am. Sometimes it all just seems too surreal, like a dream. Something else that I have noticed: when I travel, no matter what my sleep schedule was like back home, it always resets once I am in a new location. We woke up around 6am on our first morning in Ubud to the sound of roosters crowing from the surrounding villas – a sound that I later grew to miss once our journey was over.

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IMG_4206 blogOne of the incredibly surreal aspects of the trip was getting to meet all of these new faces, beautiful creative people from all over the world. Some that I previously knew of, and others that I found out about for the first time. The great thing about being surrounded by fellow artists is the level of understanding that lives between all of us – we are all striving for the same goals, enjoy similar aspects of life, and just kind of ‘get’ each other without much hesitation.

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smoothie saturdays | immunity booster

welcome to the second installment of smoothie saturdays! for the past week or so I’ve been feeling pretty crappy due to this cold that I caught. it started with a scratchy throat, then moved to lots of coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and for a couple of days it was really uncomfortable to talk. it’s finally on its way out, but I still have this obnoxious dry cough that has been lingering for about 3-4 days now and it will not go away. I’m getting pretty tired of it, considering it keeps me from sleeping peacefully most nights. anyway, I’ve been trying to flush it out with lots of immune system boosting foods and resting as much as possible.
I haven’t been ‘sick’ for this many days in years, so all I have to say to whoever gave this to me is..

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now on to the delicious smoothie!

{ingredients below}

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ingredients:

- one navel orange

- a slice of grapefruit

- one banana

- a handful of pineapple pieces

- a handful of mango pieces

- water

this smoothie was sooo so tasty! I usually just toss random fruits/veggies in to each smoothie, but with this one I wanted to keep the color a yellow/orange so I stuck with the lighter colored fruits. I can’t believe I didn’t start making smoothies earlier in my life, because I am seriously addicted to them, plus they make me feel so amazing and keep me full for a long time.

if you have any favorite ‘at home’ remedies for colds/flus please feel free to share them with me in the comments! I’m always interested in learning new natural remedies to fight off illnesses.

see you next time!

- savannah

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afternoon power smoothie

ever since our trip to bali, I’ve felt extra inspired to adopt cleaner eating habits and try new recipes. I have been really into making my own smoothies at home lately, and the one that I created moments ago is by far the tastiest one I’ve created yet! It’s also packed with a ton of vitamins and nutrients, and will give you a bit of an extra energy boost.
* read below for a list of ingredients! *

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ingredients:
(note: I don’t remember the exact amount for each fruit that I used, but I believe it is somewhere around 3-4 pieces of each. also I apologize for my super non-exact measurements.. you’ll probably see this style from me a lot, I tend to just wing it with my recipes haha).

- frozen organic mango
– frozen organic strawberry
– frozen organic banana
– frozen organic pineapple
– fresh apple
– a handful of organic baby spinach
– half spoonful of maca powder
– half spoonful of magnesium powder
– spoonful of chia seeds
– a splash of cashew milk

I feel that this is such a great way to incorporate foods you might not be super fond of in to your diet (like spinach or other various greens – even though I personally like most greens). you can easily mask your least favored veggie of choice with a bunch of delicious fruits, and you won’t even taste it! yet you will still get all of its awesome nutrients. I always try to incorporate chia seeds and maca in to a lot of my meals, because they are just so so beneficial for you, and can be thrown into anything!

health benefits:

maca: rich in vitamins b, c, and e. provides lots of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. gives natural energy and increases endurance (it even boosts your libido ;) ). relieves menstrual issues in women, as well as alleviating cramps, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, and mood swings (I have personally noticed that since I started incorporating maca in to my diet I have not had a single menstrual cramp nor have I had any sort of PMS symptoms, aside from the usual bit of breaking out that I do around that special time of the month!). supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. improves bone and teeth health. it even helps with decreasing acne/breakouts, as well as making skin less sensitive. need I say more?
(note: if you are not used to having maca in your diet, incorporate it slowly. it is a hormone balancer and a natural stimulant – don’t overdo it!).

chia seeds: high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. chia seeds have TEN grams of fiber in just two tablespoons, which is seriously amazing. fiber helps with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and regulating bowel function. and only two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium, and 50 percent for manganese. these nutrients help maintain a healthy weight, and boost metabolism. these are only *some* of the benefits of these tiny, yet amazing seeds.

magnesium: magnesium is so important for the body, and it heals in many incredible ways. magnesium can be found in lots of foods, such as spinach, nuts and seeds, lentils and beans, avocados, and many more. but I also like to occasionally use a magnesium supplement in my drinks to get a little extra boost. magnesium regulates hormones, assists with better sleep, relaxes the nervous system, boosts serotonin, loosens tight muscles and increases flexibility, remineralizes teeth, hydrates the body, enhances insulin secretion (which is very beneficial for those with diabetes), it also helps prevent strokes, menstrual pain, and migraines.
you know what else is really awesome that I just learned this past year? your body absorbs magnesium from swimming in the ocean! as if I needed another reason to love the ocean.

hopefully this inspires you all to incorporate some of these in to your daily diet, and try new things.
it’s amazing how good we can feel when we feed our bodies the right stuff =).

- savannah

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