ELISE CARVER

RECIPE - WINTER TO SPRING SALAD

Crispy Apple, Quinoa, and Sweet Pot salad

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A perfect little compliment to the changing weather and foods going in and out of season. I'm a person who likes to eat seasonal food and incorporate what's in abundance.

I find it easier to get everything out and prep it so I can chuck it all in at the end. It's easier to do this than to read through the recipe trying to remember if the tomatoes were diced, sliced or baked. So I put a little side note on each ingredient so you can easily see it. 

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g quinoa

  • salt

  • 180g sweet potato sliced or cubed -1cm

  • 80g spinach

  • 1 green apple - diced (lazy version: doesn’t peel it)

  • 100g walnuts raw or activated

BAKE

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  1. preheat oven 180degrees

  2. place sweet potato on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bake for 20min

  4. let cool

COOK

  1. bring 250ml of water to a boil with a pinch of salt

  2. Place the quinoa in and let it boil for 2 minutes more

  3. bring to a simmer and place the lid on the pot to simmer for another 7-10min

  4. quinoa should be fluffy, not mushy (if you have excess water, I usually use a sift to drain)

  5. Let cool

MIX

  1. combine diced apple, walnuts, pumpkin, quinoa, potato. Dress with lemon tahini dressing (below)

DRESSING - LEMON TAHINI

  • Juice of 1 large lemon

  • Tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 2 tbs of tahini

  • salt, pepper, and cumin to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients till mixed well

ENJOY !

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HOW MOTIVATION JUST, HAPPENS...

So now's about the time when everyone starts to think about panicking...not actually panicking yet, but thinking about it. You're probably shitting there thinking, huh? What the heck does she mean...let me explain.

You've been sitting there for the past few months, doing a lot of nothing, being tired, being sick being, sick and tired and only having a little in reserve to get through your working day.

THEN, the sun comes out just a little even though its freezing and you say - 

"What a beautiful day! Soon it will be warm enough to take my jumper off. Oh dear, probably should start cutting back non those wines. I wonder if I'll fit into last years swimmers, will I be in enough shape to actually surf this summer? I'll start thinking about it in Spring, start of Spring, yep then"

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...and you know what....its OK!

One thing I love about Chinese Medicine (stay with me here...) is the way it honors the colder months. It's considered sacrilidge to "push through" the colder months depleting ourselves, then rocket launching into Spring and Summer to go even harder again. Bring on an imminent crash at the back end of Summer!

Winter is suppose to be a time to regenerate, for staying warm, getting rest and building your immune system. Now I'm not saying be a slob and sit on your tookus everyday, but this isa much more sustainable approach to living a healthy lifestyle, following the eb and flow of the seasons.

BACK TO YOUR AUGUST ATTACK PLAN...

DON"T attack it :) Instead think of your body like a house, it's been a while since you've de-cobwebbed the corners. This time you're going to lighten the load of an impending Spring Clean by giving doing just a little of the work now.

August is about dusting off the cobwebs and taking your time doing it. If you've completely lost your motivational mojo, start with these steps -

  • Commit to walking each morning for about 30 minutes

  • Schedule in 2 moderate intensity sessions (this could be a Hike, Bike Ride, Climbing session, surf session, get creative)

  • If you're going to surf, go for 3 waves or 40 minutes (whatever comes first!)

  • Schedule in 1 training session, yes just 1! (preferably Core) Check out http://surfstyletraining.com.au for some workouts!

Stay tuned for more exciting content including a Healing Half Way Cleanse which you can sign up for HERE!!