Week 2.

I am SO sad about how fast time is flying by. I cant believe I only have about two more weeks of the training! It literally has changed me and is continuing to change me everyday.

I wanted to share with you something that I learned during my training. This past week we were learning a pose where you balance on one foot, grab your toe, then extend your foot straight ahead of you. You bend with the intention of planting your toe on your knee. Well, I will tell you that my toe was not near me knee and I am still struggling to not crash into my partner next to me.

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(ya, I don’t look like this for sure.)

The first time I tried this posture, I felt a little bit of sadness. I wish I could look like what the pose was supposed to look like. No matter how hard I tried, I was really struggling. I felt a little hopeless.

Then, my dear teacher Monica introduced us to an exercise that we could practice to progress towards this challenging pose. Immediately I felt hope. I also felt gratitude. My body could one day do it. I would have to work for it, but I had the tools.

Yoga wouldn’t be as rewarding if all of our poses came quickly & easily. That is the beauty of yoga. You practice, practice, practice, and get better each day. We should never get upset with ourselves for not being able to do a certain pose. We should love what our bodies can do today, and get excited for the journey of progression. Accomplishing progression is beautiful and so rewarding. Embrace the journey.

“Practice. And all is coming.” -Guruji

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Namaste ❤

Rache

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Week 1.

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WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN.

I finished my first week of training for yoga. Not only is my brain stuffed with so much information, but I think my arms might just fall off my body. After class today, I came home, ate a bowl of cereal, then collapsed onto my bed. My body has not been this sore in this many places in a very long time! My aching body might also have to do with the fact that I took a different turn on my run this morning. My 4 mile run turned into a 7 mile run this morning.. surprise surprise! TOMORROW IS A RECOVERY DAY. 🙂

I want to share with you how my perspective of yoga has completely changed. When we think yoga, most people think of standing in uncomfortable positions on your mat. They think they have to wear a certain type of clothing, or have a certain type of body shape. Some people might not go to a class because they cant even touch their toes. (Yes, that was me.)

This week I realized that yoga isn’t how deep your downward dog is and it isn’t how much of your hand you can stick on your mat.

Your ability to do yoga isn’t determined by your flexibility or your strength. It is determined by your connection. Your connection with yourself and your connection to your higher power, whoever that may be for you. To me, it is God. To you, your higher power may be different. We can connect with our higher power through mediation. And yoga is just moving meditation.

Through yoga and the practice of yoga, we become better people. We learn to not compare, but to focus on our own progression. For so long, I would always keep my eyes on the people surrounding me. I saw how far in the stretch they could go, and immediately compared. Well, comparison is the thief of joy. In your yoga practice, you are supposed to keep your eyes entirely focused on yourself. You choose a focal point and remain staring at that spot during the entire pose. It is called, “the drishti”. Your focal point (or drishti) is always on yourself, not leaving any room for “site seeing”. It may be your toes, it may be your fingertips, or your navel. There is no room for looking in front, behind, or on either side of you. Its just you. Embracing every sensation, engaging muscles, and focusing on your own breath.

What if we practiced this absence of comparison off the mat? What is we kept our drishti on ourselves and on our higher power. I know that my life would be a lot more simpler if I focused more on God, and less on the cluttered world around me. It would be filled with more joy as I focused on my own progression, rather than the girls around me.

Well, that is the goal of yoga. To practice what you do on the mat in the everyday moments in your life.

Your practice on the mat is just a glimpse of how you live your own life.

I am SO grateful for the things I am learning. I hope you enjoyed this principle as much as I did. And, for anyone looking for a yoga teacher, I NEED PRACTICE. Feel free to message me, text me, call me, email me, or just comment below.

Namaste,

Rachel Aletta

Breathe, Bend, Be

Guess who is on her way to become a certified yoga teacher!

For the next month, I am going to be putting in 200 hours of practicing & studying yoga. My first day of training started on Monday and so far, these past six days have been truly life changing. I have had SO many thoughts and have learned so many life altering principles. I was studying this morning, and the thought came to me that I needed to write them down. Well, fun fact about me, I am terrible at journal writing. So, I decided to do it online. And what better way than through my Nourish Blog? I want to share the things I am learning with you, so you can benefit from it as well. So, take this journey with me as I go through this intensive month of YOGA.

Breathe, bend, and be.

Love,

Rachel Aletta

VANILLA PINA COLADA.

This past weekend I was able to escape to the coast! And you can’t do the beach without pina coladas. (Virgin of course.) 🙂

These smoothies are packed with delicious yummy nutrients! They were PERFECT for a post workout/post surf smoothie! Hope you love them as much as we did!

Vanilla Virgin Pina Coladas

Ingredients:

1 handful pineapple

1 mango

1 banana

1/2 cup almond coconut milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup ice

Toppings: coconut whipped cream (LACTOSE FREE!), coconut flakes, granola, puffed rice

Directions: 

  1. Chop your fruit
  2. Add your milk and fruit
  3. Blend
  4. Add Ice
  5. Blend
  6. Add toppings 🙂
  7. ENJOY.

Happy almost summer!

-Rache

Peanut Butter + Cocao Nice Cream.

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Nothing beats ice cream. Well, maybe. Ice cream has always been my weakness. When I figured out that dairy was the culprit of making me sick and I had to stop eating it, I quickly realized how much of temptation it is to me!

There are so many delicious vegan non-dairy ice cream substitutes available, but a lot of the time I still end up with a stomach ache due to all the artificial sweeteners. (Fun fact: Artificial sweeteners can actually cause IBS symptoms. Some people don’t have the enzymes in our body to digest or breakdown those fake sugars. This leads to bloating and gas. When it comes to zero-calorie sweeteners, I only use stevia. Stevia is a great sugar alternative that comes from a plant, Stevia rebaudiana. The leaves of this plant were used for more than 1500 years in Brazil and Paraguay to naturally sweeten local teas and medicines.)

SO, the reason why I love making my own ice cream is because the ingredients are few in number and they are all whole food ingredients.

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Peanut Butter & Cocao Nice Cream 

Ingredients: 

4 Chopped Frozen Bananas

1 Spoonful Cocao powder (Or unsweetened cocoa powder)

2 Tbs Peanut Butter (Or 3 Tbs PB2 Powder)

3+ Tbs Plant Milk (I LOVE coconut milk.)

Directions: 

  1. Place your chopped frozen bananas in your blender with 1 Tbs of milk. Blend for a little. Add 1 more Tbs of milk. Blend until another Tbs of milk is needed. Be careful with how much milk you pour because it will change the thickness of your ice cream, but add as needed.
  2. Once bananas are thickly blended, add your cocao powder and peanut butter.
  3. SERVE with toasted coconut flakes, fruit, granola, puffed rice, etc. Get creative!

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I would LOVE to see what you created! Email me at rachelahubert@hotmail.com with pictures! I would love love love to share them on my next post!

Much Love,

Rachel Aletta

 

 

Broccoli Flat Bread Veggie Pizza

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Pizza is always an essential to living in happiness.

Gluten Free Pizza? Even Better.

This recipe is so simple and only requires a handful of simple & basic ingredients.

I used the recipe of Broccoli FlatBread from Green Kitchen Stories. (If you haven’t discovered them, you should discover them now. They have delicious whole food, plant based recipes that are just to die for.)

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Broccoli Flat Bread Pizza

Ingredients:

Broccoli Flat Bread

1 Large Head of Broccoli

2/3 cup Oat Flour (Blended Oats to fine grain)

3 eggs

Sea salt & Black pepper to taste

1 Tbs Rosemary

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Toppings:

Tomato Paste

Sliced Mushrooms

Vegan Cheese or Parmesan

Sliced Tomatoes

Sliced Scallions

Oregano

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Directions:

Preheat the oven 400°F and line a baking tray with baking paper. Chop the broccoli, stem included. Blend food processor. Add oats and continue to blend in your processor. Add the eggs. Add in your salt, pepper, and rosemary. It should be more loose and wet than a normal bread dough. Transfer to the baking paper and form into a rectangular base. Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden and firm. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

Once your bread is cooled, pizza up your flatbread. Spread your tomato paste, sprinkle your cheese & oregano, and drop your veggies onto your bread. Broil on low for about 5 minutes.

ENJOY.

Love,

Rache & Talia

 

NICE CREAM.

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One of my biggest weaknesses: ICE CREAM.

Thats why Nice Cream is one of THE greatest inventions of all time. Its healthy ice cream! Who knew? And it is SUPER easy and simple. All you need are frozen bananas, vanilla, and a tiny bit of plant milk.

This recipe has so much potential for variations as well. SO, for our first ice cream post, we are going to start with a simple & basic recipe.

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT NICE CREAM

Ingredients:

3 frozen bananas

2 Tbs Almond Coconut Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 spoon full Cocao (or unsweetened cocoa powder)

Handful of coconut flakes

Toppings: Coconut Flakes, Crushed Cashews, Cocoa Nibs

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Directions:

Chop your frozen bananas into small pieces and blend them on low in your blender. Add 1 Tbs almond milk. Increase your velocity, and then if needed add your other Tbs of milk. (If you add too much milk, it wont have an ice cream consistency.) Add your vanilla extract, cocao powder, and coconut flakes. Blend until desired consistency.

ENJOY 🙂

-Talia & Rache

Peanut & Almond Butter Energy Balls.

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Energy Balls are the perfect, quick, healthy snack that you can always bring with you anywhere. The beauty of this recipe is that you make it your own! There is no strict list of ingredients- there are SO many variations.

“You make the Rules” -Els Riboldi

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So here you go. We made a little video showing you one variation of the many variations possible!

 

Peanut & Almond Butter Energy Balls

Ingredients: 
2 cups oats
dates
coconut flakes
sesame seeds
1/4 almond butter
1/4 pb butter
1/3 honey
1 tsp salt
vanilla dark chocolate chunks/chips
Directions:
Add all into your blender & pulse until desired consistency!
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***Other options/variations
unsweetened coconut
sesame seeds
candied ginger chunks
cacao nibs
pumpkin seeds
flax seeds
protein powder
mashed up banana – keep in freezer
spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice,ginger
other nuts- walnut, pecans, pistachios, cashews
dried fruit- raisins, crasins, papaya, mango…
grated orange peel. lemon peel
essential oils
sweeteners– dates, pure maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, xylitol, coconut sugar…
nut butters– PB, almond, cashew…
HAVE FUN AND EXPERIMENT!
Let us know what you think!
Love,
Talia & Rache

Meet Natalia. And Thai.

 

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Meet Natalia.

 

This is Natalia Riboldi. She is one of the greatest people I know. She is a granola who loves yogi & the beach. (Just like me.) Can you see why we get along? We can sit for hours upon hours talking about EVERYTHING.Literally everything. I don’t know what I did to become her friend, but I am truly grateful for her.

When we first hung out, we discovered that we had been dealing with almost identical health problems over the past few years. We would talk, talk, and talk about everything that we had learned. We talked about the struggles and the pain. We would laugh about having to deal with our bloated tummies. We talked about how much we wanted to help people with their health challenges and goals. And we talked about starting a blog.

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SO…

We recently decided to TEAM UP on Nourish & Cherish. Two granolas is always better than one. Right?

And what better way to introduce Natalia than an amazing video of a DELICIOUS Thai recipe? And if you love Thai, you should know that this will definitely not be the last thai recipe on here. 🙂

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Thai Peanut Sauce

Ingredients: 

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 lime

2 cloves garlic

chunk fresh ginger

1/3 cup honey

1 Tbs Thai curry paste (optional)

3 Tbs soy sauce (amino acids brags)

1 Tbs Fish Sauce (optional)

Ginger & Lemon Essential Oils (optional)

**Variations: Sesame Seeds, Almond Butter, Coconut Milk Base, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Cilantro, Apple Cider Vinegar (You can make it different every time!)

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Directions:

Add into your blender, and blend it all up!

Use it on top of your cooked veggies, salads, rice, or even use it as a vegetable dip!

We hope you enjoy it! Many more recipes to come from Natalia!

Love,

Natalia & Rache

 

 

Life is short, eat tacos.

img_8992-copyI have been trying to get creative to make quick, fast, and affordable healthy lunches. This meal I literally made in 20 minutes! Hopefully you find it as delicious as I do!

Sweet Potato Fish Tacos with Kale 

Makes 3 Tacos (Serves 1 poor college student)

Ingredients: 

3 corn tortillas

Coconut Oil

1 Sweet Potato

1 Tilapia Fillet

Red Onion

Kale

Toppings: Avocado, Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese

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Directions:

  1. Chop a handful amount of your red onion and a handful amount of kale.
  2. Put your Sweet Potato in the microwave for 4 minutes (or until soft) Poke with Fork.
  3. Sauté your Tilapia with Coconut Oil, Lemon Pepper, Thyme, and a dash of salt while your sweet potato is cooking
  4.  Once your sweet potato is soft, cut into cubes and add it to your pan with your tilapia. Add your onions and kale as well. Mix around and begin to shred apart your tilapia. Sauté all for 2 minutes. Remove from heat
  5.  Heat your tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  6. Stuff your tacos with your yummy tummy sweet potato, fish, & kale mixture
  7. Add desired amount of chopped tomato and avocado
  8. Sprinkle cheese on top. *(Ive noticed that certain cheeses have different affects on my body. Some hurt, and others don’t. Feta and parmesan for me are usually safe, but you can omit the cheese if you would like just to be safe.)

 

Enjoy!

Love,

Rachel Aletta