Warmer weather, fresh air, and farmers’ market openings often inspire healthier eating. Late Spring is a great time to find an abundance of fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. And with all the outdoor activities summer brings, many of us wonder how we can have more energy throughout the day.
Instead of reaching for more caffeine, give juicing a try! It’s done marvels for my overall health and energy levels. After my Nia workout, a pint of green juice makes an...
Have you ever noticed that in our society we’re expected to constantly produce? This has been something I’ve wrestled with in my intention to slow down, have more self-care, and generally do less. It’s quite a practice for a Type A overachiever like myself! Do you ever have challenges with this?
I never thought that doing less would require so much effort. I mean, it’s kind of counter-intuitive, right?
Several people have asked what I’ve been up to and how my...
Have you ever felt like your life runs at a ridiculously frenzied pace? Like there’s never time to notice Life’s wonderful surprises? Have you wondered if it has to be this way? Guess what? You’re not alone and it doesn’t.
Slowing Down and Doing Less were never on my list of Life Goals. Until the Summer of 2013. You see, I have always been a “doer.” Regardless of how I might have been feeling, if there was a project to be accomplished, I would push...
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness. Love. Dreams. Desires. So much of our lives are spent searching for and appreciating these things.
Being a ponderer, over-thinker, and well, sometimes even a ruminator, I’ve decided to revisit my New Year's desires by taking time in these weeks leading up to Summer Solstice (June 21) to...
Getting healthy and staying healthy are both personal and financial commitments. The average monthly fee for a gym membership is $55. Weight loss or personal training programs can be hundreds of dollars a month. High-quality, organic, healthy food is an investment.
While the age-old mantra to drink “8 glasses of water a day,” isn’t accurate for everyone, there’s no arguing that most Americans don’t drink enough water. Some estimates state that 75...
More and more, we're learning that sitting can be detrimental to our health. Isolating exercise to an hour at the gym just isn't enough anymore, especially when we spend so much time working at a desk just. What’s a busy woman with a career and a family to do?
My answer: focus on Movement—not exercise—and find something you love!
For me, walking on an elliptical for 45 minutes is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But maybe it’s exciting for...
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
We live in a world of multitasking. At work–and at home–we juggle roles, schedules, and tasks. We stress out about the future and fret over the past. But is all this preventing us from being mindful in more of our present moments, and in turn, seeing time passing us by faster than...
A secret to truly great soup (and many other dishes) is homemade vegetable broth. Making your own from scratch is an easy project for the height of summer when the garden is bursting with vegetables, as well as in the winter months when soups are more regularly on the menu and heating up the kitchen isn't a concern.
Homemade broth is a perfect way to make flavorful and good-for-you veggie broth using food that would normally go in the compost or (gasp!) the trash. It’s like...
Packed with lycopene and comforting childhood memories, this soup comes together quickly and pairs deliciously with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches for a trip to nostalgia, adult-style.
Fire-roasted tomatoes bring a smokey base to unleash basil's heady flavor while the cashews add a delicious creaminess.
Toss in some chopped kale and cooked garbanzo beans and you've got a complete meal!
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
By Allison Rivers Samson
1 teaspoon olive...
Perfectly chewy and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and brown rice syrup, these granola bars are a nutritious snack. Great for travel, school lunches, or snacks on the go. Feel free to change up the add-ins to your liking. These are great for making with kids. Once your family tastes these creations, they’ll forget sugar-laden store-bought granola bars ever existed!
Homemade Coconut Almond Granola Bars
By Allison Rivers Samson
Makes 12 bars
2 1/2 cups regular rolled...
Want to know how it would feel if you moved yourself to the top of your priority list, could lovingly say "no" to what's not in alignment, and lived your life "on purpose?"