Mindful Tea

A nourishing verse for mindfully brewing tea:

Holding the little tea pot in my hand
As if we have met in the past
You know me, and I know you
The secret language between us brings us joy.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub Cleanser

About 10 years ago, I started making my own skincare products.  My inspiration was a friend named Carol, who’s an artisan skincare producer based in New Mexico.  She taught me that simple kitchen ingredients can be turned into nourishing food for your skin.

I’d love share with you one of my favorite skincare recipes: a simple sugar scrub cleanser. 

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Banana-Cranberry Quinoa Muffins (Gluten-free!)

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to do a Qi Gong energy work session with Wei here at Arogya.  Afterwards, we had a conversation about good energy-boosting foods.  Wei mentioned that in Chinese medicine most naturally red colored, plant-based foods are thought to nourish the blood and support optimum circulation and immunity.  Such foods include

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Vegan Cashew “Goat Cheese”

Though I’m an omnivore, I enjoy finding creative ways to reduce my dairy intake.  I especially love solutions that help me confront my true milk-product soft spot for CHEESE.  This vegan cashew “goat cheese” does just that.  Plus, it’s very easy to make.  All it requires is a bit of wait time to let the nuts soak and the “cheese” set.

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Wholesome Adzuki Beans!

Looking for a protein rich, vegetarian food that makes an excellent snack, breakfast, or addition to any meal?

Adzuki beans fit the bill!

These small beans have nourished man and womankind for thousands of years. 

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Tea-Infused Chia Seed Pudding

Looking for a light, healthy, and not too sweet spring snack?  Try making this tea-infused chia seed pudding!  Not only is it very low in fat and calories, but its loaded with nutrients and very filling as well.

What exactly are chia seeds?

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Russian Tea Culture

Tea has been a prevalent part of Russian culture since first making its way up from China in the mid 17th century.  As you can imagine, the original trade route between these two massive countries was long and treacherous.  

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Combating Modern Day Stress

One could argue that stress is a natural part of the human experience. However, in modern day life, stress has become a toxic and debilitating epidemic, permeating all populations of humanity. When our body experiences a stressful moment, the adrenal glands become stimulated amidst a cascade of sympathetic neural activity as the breath quickens and shortens. Known to some as the “Fight or Flight Response”, the belly begins to tighten, hampering the digestive process, and the muscles are poised to contract.

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