Hey there, Veggie Lovers!
Ohhhh my goodness, I have missed you so much! I can’t believe I’ve been away for almost two whole months! Well, I am back, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after my break.
Honestly, I let let the holiday stress and winter blues get the best of me, and I let my healthy lifestyle go right out the window. It was pretty bad. Healthy food and exercise were no where to be found in my life, and I ended up just sleeping away the first month of winter, feeling exhausted and run-down.
My inspiration and motivation to blog waned because I started to fall into the mindset that all of my hard work and time invested into this blog was pointless; that because I wasn’t getting thousands of viewers and dozens of comments that I wasn’t making an impact. I know that this isn’t true. I know that this blog is important, because, if nothing else, a few people, including my parents, have been reached and affected for the better. Blogging also gives me a strong sense of fulfillment. It gives me an outlet to do what I know I’m meant to do, which is to lead others towards health they never thought they could achieve.
It also felt wrong to be pushing healthy habits on others, when I wasn’t following my own advice. As soon as I started getting back into a healthy diet and exercise routine and practicing a bit of gratitude, my inspiration came straight back, and I couldn’t wait to get back on here. After all, the better care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others.
I am truly amazed at how much of an impact good habits can have on daily life. I’ve realized that when one or two habits head in the right direction, every other aspect of life seems to fall right into place behind it. Remembering that alone is enough inspiration to get back on here, because I want you to all be feeling the blissful effects of healthy living. I’m certain that 2013 is going to be a completely amazing year for all of us.
For my first post back, I have a fantastic recipe for you. Typically, in winter, I enjoy warm, comforting foods to help keep my body warm, but every once in a while I like a punch of raw veggies to give me some extra nutritional oomph. I combined some bright, nutrient-loaded seasonal veggies with hearty, protein-packed quinoa and pumpkin seeds, and a delicious thyme-lemon dressing to make a perfect winter-time salad, that is actually quite comforting itself. I’m sure you will love to the last bite.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup carrot, shredded
- 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
- 1.5 cups kale, chopped and destemmed
- 2 T pumpkin seeds
- 3 T olive or flax oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice or juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 t dried thyme
- 1/4 t garlic powder
- 1/8 t sea salt
- 1/8 t black pepper
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the thyme-lemon dressing.
2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, veggies, and dressing. Toss together until well combined.
3. Separate into two portions, top each with pumpkin seeds, and serve.
Now that LLV is back up and running again, I would like to petition all of you about what kind of content you would like to see on here in 2013. What would you like to see more of? What topics would you like to learn more about? I want to do everything in my power to make living a beautifully healthy life as simple for you as possible. I want to give you resources, knowledge, motivation, inspiration and whatever else it is that you need.
I love you all dearly, and I hope you have an incredible day!