My November Goddess Box!!
Last month, I signed up for Goddess Provisions, a monthly subscription box filled with crystals, essential oils, teas, vegan chocolates, vegan beauty products, and more. It's by Jill and John, the folks who run Vegan Cuts, so you already know it's awesome.I'd previously subscribed to the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, which was fantastic. But the Goddess Provisions box seemed more my speed. It still includes the occasional vegan beauty product, but you also get cool new age-y things. And everything in the Goddess box is full-sized, no sample products. You can see the unpacking of my first box in October here. But tonight, I wanted to share what was inside my November box.There's a Healing Crystals Oracle Deck, a Kishu Charcoal water filter, Rawxies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cookie, 100% Pure vegan mascara, 21 drops Passion oil, and a red quartz crystal. Also, Goddess Provisions subscribers get a free online sacral chakra balancing yoga class by Michelle Shea Walker.So far, the boxes have been tailored to one chakra at a time. Last month, it was the Third Eye Chakra, and this month's focus was the Sacral Chakra — our source of passion and creativity.The Red Quartz is ideal for grounding, so it's perfect for helping to balance our lower chakras — root and sacral. I'll definitely be meditating with this soon. Love that deep red color.The Healing Crystals deck is probably my favorite thing this time. This is deck #2. Healing Crystals makes three decks, and I already had #1, which was in a Vegan Cuts Yoga Box I ordered last year. Each deck contains cards for various crystals, and they tell you what chakras are associated with what crystals and what the crystals are used for.The coolest part, though, is on the back of each card! There's a mantra associated with each crystal!The 100% Pure brand mascara is super-amazing!! It's tinted with real cocoa, and when I applied it this morning, I couldn't stop sniffing the applicator. It smells like a chocolate bar! Yes, I did get mascara on my nose in case you were wondering.I also love the passion oil. I'm a sucker for a good roll-on essential oil blend. This one contains jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and cardamom oils, and it's designed to release inhibitions, promote magnetism, and heighten sensuality.The Kishu Charcoal water filter is pretty neat. It's a to-go filter designed to fit into a 16-ounce water bottle. You just drop it in and leave it, and it filters out toxins, like lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, and chlorine, while imparting good stuff, like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It's totally reusable and good for about four months! I love that the Goddess box also has this kind of cool Earthy, hippie stuff.I had the Rawxies treat today before my noon yoga class! Tasted like a chocolate chip cookie but totally healthy. It's got a base of gluten-free oat flour with sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, dates, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. Kept me powered through yoga, and it tasted like dessert.After I signed up for the monthly box in October, I applied to be a Goddess Provisions ambassador. That doesn't mean I get anything free. I still pay $33 a month for my box, but if other people sign up using my link, I'll make a small commission. So, if you're interested in signing up for Goddess Provisions, use my link please! Thanks!! Namate, y'all.
Stuff I Ate
Here's some random stuff I ate. On Sunday, I met my friend Pam for our usual brunch at Imagine Vegan Cafe. I'd been craving their waffles for weeks. But at our last brunch, the power in the restaurant was out, and while they were still open and able to cook some things on the stovetop (they use gas), they couldn't use the plug-in waffle iron.So FINALLY, my waffle craving was fulfilled. This one is topped with vegan butter, maple syrup, and crumbled veggie sausage. SO GOOD!!!You can always count on me having a meal from Imagine in these "Stuff I Ate" posts. And you can also be sure that I'll have a meal from Pink Diva Cupcakery. A couple weeks back, I got the BBQ Tofu Sandwich and the Spaghetti Squash with Tempeh to go. Plated on the plate I keep in my desk at work. Love Cassi's deep-fried BBQ tofu!Another fine sandwich was this Portabella Po'Boy that I had at the Bayou Bar & Grill on Monday night. The Bayou is a very meaty Cajun joint, but their portabella po'boys are AMAZING. I order mine with no cheese, no mayo, and no butter on the bun, and it's still just the most flavorful sandwich. I'm typically underwhelmed with mushroom sandwiches, but this one is an exception. The Cajun fries are great too.The newspaper I write for, The Memphis Flyer, sponsored a craft & beer fest last weekend called Crafts & Drafts. And it was just a block from my house. So my friend Andy and I wandered over there, sipped a few local beers, and ordered sushi from the Sushi Jimmy food truck. I went with the Avocado Roll.And the Vegetable Spring Rolls. These really hit the spot. I did not share. I ate all three.I've been eating quick 'n' easy meals at home lately. Whole Wheat Bagels with Kite Hill Almond Cream Cheese for breakfast.Had a Grilled Cheese last week with Daiya vegan cheddar. And I subbed out Just Mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. My friend Sheridan suggested that, and it was a great idea. It made my grilled cheese so soft and rich.Here's an Amy's Bean & Rice Burrito, straight from the microwave and topped with salsa and Yellowbird Serrano Sauce.I was on vacation last week, so I spent most of my days in my PJs binge-watching Lost. And many of my meals last week consisted of TV-watching snacks, like Let Thy Food's Spinach Artichoke Dip with Pretzel Crisps, Salsa, and Pumpkin Hummus.
For the Love of Food and Yoga
It's not often that I'll review a cookbook that isn't 100-percent vegan. Well, tonight's review features a vegetarian cookbook, so some of the recipes contain dairy products. But I wanted to review For the Love of Food and Yoga: A Celebration of Mindful Eating and Being because it's not just a cookbook. It's a yoga book. And I'm really into yoga these days.This hard-cover, full-cover book was written by yoga teacher by Liz-Price Kellogg and her student Kristin Taylor. It's both cookbook — filled with a mix of vegan, vegetarian, and raw recipes — and yoga book — peppered with gorgeous photos of the authors in various asanas. The yoga posture pages include a description of each pose and what it does for the mind and body. For example, the photo of Liz and Kristin in Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) mentions that it is "liberating, stimulates the nervous system, brings clarity, king of all poses."I love the yoga portion of the book because, even though I've been doing yoga for years, I'm still trying to learn all the Sanskrit names for postures. But the recipes are pretty awesome too. As I mentioned, not all are vegan. But for the most part, the only non-vegan ingredients are cheese, honey, milk chocolate, and Greek yogurt. All of those things are easily subbed out with vegan versions.Even though so many of the recipes are unique and inventive, for some reason, I was stuck on trying the Liberating Lentil Soup. It was simple and pretty basic but so satisfying as the days grow cooler.Brown lentils and greens (I used turnip greens) provide an earthy flavor, but the tart apple in the dish adds just a touch of sweetness. I'd never used apple in lentil soup before, but it makes so much sense. This was delicious with a side of crusty garlic bread.I wanted to try one of the drinks from the Fountains of Youth chapter, too. Mostly because I love the name of the chapter. It's filled with smoothies, healthy shakes, and other health drinks. I picked the Bloody Merry (yes, they spell it that way), an alcohol-free veggie smoothie. The base of this is tomatoes and celery, and there's added ginger, horseradish, flax oil, lemon, garlic, and spices. Rather than using a juicer, you put everything in a blender. The flavor is great, just like some of my favorite veggie juices. But the texture was thick like a smoothie. That was kind of weird, I'll admit. I'd have preferred this same combo in my juicer rather than in my Vitamix. But nonetheless, I felt super-healthy for drinking this before my yoga session one morning.There are so many great vegan and veganizable recipes in this book! I'd also love to try the Sweet Potato Boats (sweet p's with black bean salsa and a yogurt dressing that could easily be veganized) and the Happy Pig Banh Mi (made with tempeh, slaw, and pickled veggies). Other recipes that caught my eye: Raw Deal Cashew Corn Chowder (made with cashew cream), the Karma Kale Caesar (with dried cherries!), and the Chakra Fruit Salad (because it's pretty!)
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