Living a smarter, healthier life is the Farmers’ Almanac way, so when I came across For the Love of Food and Yoga: A Celebration of Mindful Eating and Being, I just had to share it with all of you!
The book, and related website Live Yum was created by yoga teacher Liz Price-Kellogg and yoga student Kristen Taylor to explore “how the inner awareness we develop on our yoga mats fuels our bodies, minds and overall states of well-being, which subsequently impacts our lifestyles and food experiences.” The book won’t be released until September, but in the meantime, Liz and Kristen were happy to share a recipe and a heart center-opening yoga pose with us, from the Live Yum blog:
Oh My Goodness Green Beans
Om, which is written as “aum” in Sanskrit, is a sound or mantra that connects us to universal consciousness. This green bean recipe is simple to prepare, is a great use of vegetables from the spring season, and is full of flavor!
2 lbs. fresh green beans (trimmed and rinsed)
1/3 cup pecans
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons (heaping) orange juice with pulp
3 medium garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1/3 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1 jalapeño pepper (deseeded and de-ribbed and finely chopped)
½ cup fresh basil (chopped)
½ cup dill (chopped)
Himalayan salt, coarsely ground (to taste)
Pepper, coarsely ground (to taste)
½ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Blanch trimmed and rinsed green beans for one minute. Immediately drain and put beans in ice bath or in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Toast pecans in cast iron skillet over low-medium heat until golden brown and fragrant. Sprinkle with salt while toasting to taste.
Combine remaining ingredients (aside from feta) to make dressing. Combine cool green beans and dressing. Let the flavors marry for at least 30 minutes.
Top with feta and toasted pecans before serving. Serve at room temperature.
Exalted Warrior Pose
The expanded awareness and openness we develop from our mats are two of the most rewarding benefits we reap from our yoga practices. Asanas, or postures, that help us to open the heart center, the anahata chakra, enhance our daily lives by helping us to develop and be open to trust, forgiveness, love, patience, our emotions, our social identity, our abilities to relate to others, and more.
Exalted Warrior Pose helps us to open our quadriceps, strengthen the arms and neck, increase agility and strength, boost our self-esteem, and be present.