nothing but good stuff. really.
We had so much on our plate this week, it’s been crazy. And stressful, which is how Ani introduces Day 14 — why stress matters and how it affects us, and how important it is that we take a moment to review the stressors in our lives:
“Do what you can to lessen the things that stress you. As we already know, stress increases production of that fat-promoting hormone, cortisol. When cortisol levels go up, we store belly fat, and that’s not good. We can’t avoid stress entirely in life, but how we frame and perceive our world affects whether we find it stressful or exciting. How will you look at your world? And when it’s overwhelming what do you do to combat that feeling? The best remedy I’ve found to combat stress is exercise—even taking a break from work and stretching for 5 or 10 minutes can really help me feel energized and refocused. What works for you?”
BREAKFAST: Beauty Berry Shake
SNACK: Beauty Berry Shake or Trail Mix Cookies:
Ani’s instructions: “Combine almonds, cinnamon, and salt in food processor. Pulse into chunks. Add walnuts and pulse into chunks. Add dates, raisins [or goji berries], sunflower seeds, and maca, and pulse to mix well. If your batter is not sticking together, add a splash of water or another medjool date to help it bind together. Or, if it’s too sticky, add a bit more of the dry ingredients to get that perfect batter consistency. Scoop about 1½ to 2 tablespoons of dough onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten into cookies. Cookies will keep for several weeks or longer stored in an airtight container in the fridge, or even longer in freezer (thaw before eating).”
LUNCH: Cumin Slaw with Coconut Miso Sauce
“Dressing will keep for many weeks in your fridge. The coconut oil will harden in the fridge, so warm the dressing to room temperature before using by placing in a bowl of hot water, or take it out and place on your counter an hour before using.”
SNACK: Beauty Berry Shake
DINNER: Mushroom Rolls with Root Rice
“Marinating mushrooms in tamari will help them wilt and “cook” down after about 10 minutes. This concentrates the flavor as it would if you were to sauté them while cooking.”
SNACK: ½ avocado, or small handful of nuts
ANI SAYS: Woohoo! One more day to go. How does that feel? Tomorrow is the last day, and if nothing more important comes along, in the next couple of days we’ll add some final, sample bits and pieces of nutiritional information that Ani includes in her book. There will be no more recipes but we’ll include some names of dishes that are in the book in our ongoing encouragement to get you to buy the book because folks, it’s worth it.