As we leave winter (or at least try to) and enter Spring, I always find myself gravitating towards new routines/products and practices.
I’m not sure if it’s the shift in weather, the bounce in my step, or the promise of warmer days, but when I know Spring is upon me, I just love finding improvements in my beauty, exercise, and eating habits.
I’ve been loving a few specific things as of late, and this list will show ya what I’m talking about with the whole “light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to winter” thing.
- Lemon Water!
I’ve been know to hate lemon water so much that whenever I get a lemon in my drink at a restaurant, I immediately throw it in the glass of whomever has the pleasure of dining in my company. I used to think it wasn’t refreshing, never quenched my thirst, and was all around gross. But, my skin has been having a hell of a winter in its own right, and I’ve been desperate to stop the cystic breakouts around my mouth.
I eat right, I exercise, I use only all natural products, and still nothing was working. After reading article after article, trying cinnamon masks, new cleansers, and no cleaners at all, I’ve started drinking 1 litre of lemon water immediately upon waking up, and at least 1 more litre of it after work (along with the other million cups of regular water I always down) and what do ya know, my face has been clearer during the past few days than it has been in weeks!
I still do not enjoy the taste, but I do have a jar of lemon, ginger, and rosemary water infusing in the fridge that will hopefully make my morning elixir more my style!
- Vegan Bowls!
I swear I could eat rice, veg, and beans at every meal and never get tired of any of them. With endless pairings, so many combination options, and sauce ideas, vegan bowls are my go-to dinners and lunches when I want to have just about everything in my fridge.
The one above is what I whipped up for dinner last night. It’s a Mediterranean bowl with a lemon-dill tahini dressing. All I did was cook a sweet potato in the microwave, sautee onion, kale, frozen spinach and broccoli, orange bell pepper, and garlic with some olive oil and then glazed with balsamic vinegar. In a small bowl I made a batch of lemon-dill tahini dressing which is just 2 tbsp. tahini, 1 clove minced garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tbsp. white vinegar, 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast, and 1/3 cup water. Just whisk it until smooth.
Next, I layered a large bowl with cooked brown rice, added some chickpeas, my sweet potato which I sliced into medallions, and topped with some of the sauteed veg and tahini dressing! You could also add pumpkin or sunflower seeds for extra crunch.
- Plants as Therapy by Elvin McDonald
Since Collin and I have started some of the seedlings for our balcony garden, and have cultivated an impressive collection of indoor plants, I’ve really begun to develop a passion for plants and gardening. Since we plan on having our own organic farm someday, our mini garden is kind of like training for us as plant parents.
When we were browsing in a book store a few weeks ago, I came across this little guy and loved the cover and concept so much I bought it. I would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for plants or living things in general. The author is super quirky and endearing and it’s a great read for when you want a break from the norm!
- My Future Bike!
Since my bike was stolen last summer, my dad said he would go halfsies with me for a new one for my birthday this June! I’ll let you in on a secret though….I’m a terrible cyclist! I can run for miles and miles, do burpees until I can’t stand, and swim until I just can’t move anymore, but when it comes to bike riding, I just do not have it and I don’t know why! I’ve been wanting to get into cycling for a while, and it would be so awesome to have a bike again to get around the city with and go for rides with Collin, as well as another form of an ass-kicking workout!
I’ve joined a spin class at 5:30 AM before work on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and am just so pumped to be getting a new bike to start a new leg of my health journey, and to conquer a different form of sport.
- Apartment Parties and Soulmates
Now that we are completely settled and thriving in our new place, Collin and I had our best friends over for a little partayyy to kick off the coming season of balcony grilling, star gazing, and beer sippin’. My best friend from college, Audrey, and my best friend Victoria came up to celebrate. Being around them and Collin’s friends, who I now consider some of my best friends was so wonderful, so comfortable, and just so much fun. I cannot wait for the summer of apartment parties ahead of us.