Foodie Friday: Tricks and Treats

Friday, October 29, 2010
Analiese is a writer, yogini, holistic health counselor-in-training, and aspiring whole foods chef based in the Washington, DC area. As a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is passionate about helping others make natural and sustainable food choices. She writes about food, health, wellness, and creativity on her blog, Tulips & Tea.

Happy (Almost) Halloween and Some News!
Happy Halloween tranquilistas!  I hope you have some frightfully fun plans for this spookiest of holidays.  I'm excited to be back with another Foodie Friday post this month, and am especially excited to share something new and good happening in my life!  As some of you may already know, I recently made the decision to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to earn my certification in Holistic Health Counseling.  Throughout the past year, I have made changes to my own health, and have seen first-hand the difference that nutritious food plays in transforming our quality of life.  I am so excited to help others make holistic lifestyle changes, and I look forward to sharing what I learn here in my monthly Foodie Friday posts.

Tricks and Treats

Recently, I've heard several friends and acquaintances remark that, as the days become shorter and the weather turns cool, they have begun to crave rich and decadent foods.  Perhaps it's that we associate sumptuous foods with the upcoming holiday festivities, or perhaps we're naturally inclined to reward ourselves with comforting fare during the cold (and often dreary) winter months.  Whatever the reason, these cravings can lead us to make some not-so-healthy choices.  One trick I've discovered is that mindfully indulging in moderate servings of high-quality treats can help us to feel fulfilled - and therefore less likely to overindulge in the other stuff.  

Here are some of my favorite seasonal treats!
-Toasted whole grain bread with almond butter and a drizzle of honey
-A perfectly ripe apple from the farmers' market
-A couple squares of organic fair-trade dark chocolate
-A plate of figs or Medjool dates
-Homemade pumpkin spice muffins with pumpkin butter
-Baked sweet potato or butternut squash, sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave
-A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds
-Oatmeal topped with maple syrup and chopped walnuts
-Maple-baked pears (you could substitute apples if you prefer)
-Sweet potato hummus with raw veggies or whole grain pita chips
-Whole grain pancakes or waffles with maple syrup
-Apple crisp (made with organic farmers' market apples)
-Carrot cake cupcakes (made with organic farmers' market carrots) with vegan cream cheese frosting
-Roasted fennel and root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets) brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt
-Spaghetti squash tossed with zucchini, bell pepper, tomato, and Italian spices
-A bowl of organic applesauce
-Almond milk steamed with a few drops of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
-Spinach salad tossed with diced butternut squash, pine nuts, and dried cranberries

What would you add to the list?

Image via Pink Sherbet.


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fall foliage fantasy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

this photo was taken last weekend while the family went for a stroll through the woods at dusk. the carefree feeling of strolling through a forest covered with fallen leaves is oh-so-tranquil. i remember feeling such peace. the day had been productive, the evening was all about basking in being, and the next day offered a shift from reality. mOMents like these are critical to our soul. i'm looking forward to indulging in many, many more as opportunities arise. that is my fall foliage fantasy.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
posted by kimberly wilson

here i am touting my latest love at the greenfestival last weekend. love, love, love.

busily writing my 2 papers due . . . this afternoon. um, since when did i become ms. procrastination? 

to top it off, at greenfestival 2 ladies joining moi in india mentioned needing a birth certificate to get their visas. oops, i filled out the visa paperwork but didn't note the birth certificate and haven't sent it in yet. soooo, mama doesn't have my birth certificate and oklahoma's expedited service is 2 weeks. hmm, that's when i leave for india! so, mama is off to the records office in oklahoma city to get my birth certificate so i can apply for my 10-year india visa. clearly, this procrastination thing is becoming a problem, eh? 

ok, back to writing today's paper. in the interim, lit milk candle, empty mug of zen tea, and sleeping pug on lap all accompany me on this journey today. procrastination smocrastination.
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Welcome to the 201st edition of Tranquility du Jour: A Guide to Bringing Tranquility to your Every Day. Today’s show features upcOMing happenings and musings on creativity with Jamie Ridler.

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Workshops + Retreats: Consider joining moi for:
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Featured Tranquilista: Jamie Ridler MA CPCC is a creative living coach who helps emerging creatives become the star they are through one-on-one coaching, workshops and online events such as Wishcasting, Full Moon Dreamboards and The Next Chapter book blogging group. With a masters in drama, a lifetime of dance and a background in the expressive arts, Jamie uses her expertise and passion to bring creativity to life.

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oui, i have taken a new lover. perrier pamplemousse rose - a bubbly concoction of fragrance and bliss. after purchasing all the bottles on the shelf, i found myself searching for cases to have sent to my hOMe late last night. i may have developed a minor obsession since my first sip friday night. uh oh.

above are shots from yesterday's adventure at greenfestival. jlo is rocking the 3/4 sleeve wrap dress worn backwards and lisa is rocking the leggy's, 2in1 flare top with a scarf. i'm donning the 2in1 flare top as a dress over lounge shorts (to avoid any mishaps) topped with sparkly tights, tall boots, and the long sleeve wrap tunic.

i have been delighted with the amount of return shoppers from previous years who stop by to share that their TranquiliT pieces are their favorites and they receive great compliments when they wear them. a few referred to them as their "happy clothes." that's what having a clothing line is ALL about: making people feel good! oh, and an added perk, you'll never hear me say "i have nothing to wear!"

heading back to greenfestival today for more playing dress up (with 2 bottles of perrier pamplemousse rose in tow! ooh la la. photos to come throughout the day via TranquiliT's twitter.
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vegas baby vegas

Saturday, October 23, 2010

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heading to vegas next weekend to see a dear friend who is with bebe, don a platinum wig and hit the town on halloween, attend a cirque show all about the beatles, tour zappos, and do a book signing before catching the red eye back to dc. whew, a whirlwind adventure stuffed into 2.5 days!

SO excited for a small break in my routine of school, work, and to-dos for a *BIG* dose of playtime! always a good thing, right?

here's a piece that just came out vegas seven about the signing. looking forward to a fun adventure with beau, beloved girlfriend, and her hubby vegas style. xx
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