Green Smoothie Chart

THE HEALTHIEST FAST FOOD

I’m on a kick again with my favorite fast food! And what might that be, you ask? A delicious green smoothie, of course! Take the YOGA BIRD GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE by replacing your breakfast or lunch with a green smoothie for 10 days. Once you have all your favorite fruits and greens in your fridge, smoothies are quick, healthy and EASY to make! Yoga Bird’s green smoothie chart is here to help you mix and match your favorite ingredients. The 2/3 to 1/3 is the general ratio that I use! So, if I use 2 cups of fruit then I would use 1 cup of greens. Drinking one green smoothie a day, will make you happy from the inside out!

After the 10 days are over, hopefully you’ll have started a new habit of considering a green smoothie instead of your regular breakfast or lunch. Each smoothie packs quite a punch of vitamins and minerals. And you can add other boosters too, like protein power, chia seeds or even rolled oats (they really fill you up!).

One of my simple favorites is strawberries, blueberries, frozen peaches and kale (stems removed)! I add a little coconut milk if it’s too thick and a tablespoon of honey depending on how sweet my fruit was. Then, just blend away!

If you come up with a favorite combination, please share it with us in the comments below. 🙂

Happy Blending! #beyourownbird

Green Smoothie!
Green Smoothie!

May 11, 2018 2 Comments

Why I Practice Yoga Bird! By Joyce Courtney

Happy Spring Yoga Birds! Just dropping-in to tell you a quick story and to cheer, “GoYou!” I began teaching exercise classes when I was 23 but only started to practice yoga, when I was 45 years young! I was coaching high school track and field at the time and I knew it would be good preventive medicine for my athletes. I loved it and haven’t looked back. Now . . . I practice yoga basically because I love life and my family so much. I want to be able to move and do things with them for as long as I can. It’s as lovely and as simple as that. Yoga helps keep you feeling younger. Yoga Bird is designed for women ages 40 and up, who are “average birds” like you and me. Yoga Bird classes give us a good range of motion, so we can do important things like plant flowers in our gardens and dance at our friend’s wedding. YB classes build strength in our muscles and bones, so we can carry two children (or grandchildren) at the same time and go hiking in the AZ mountains! YB meditations keep us present and centered in our spirits, in our bodies and in our moments. YB is for overall health, enhancing our relationships and for all the “simple things” that we love to do. So . . . take this as an encouragement for you to keep your two or three times a week practice, going! Yes! That is enough for you to have benefits. Throw in a nice walk (with your cute dog) once or twice a week and you’ve got a cross-training program that works! It’s totally doable! 

I do something like this: 

Sunday – long walk or bike ride with my hubby @steventhepirate 

Tuesday – (I teach a LIVE one hour class.) You could do the 40 min. “Happiness Boost” class. 

Thursday – Do the “Align My Spine” practice or if you’re having an intense week, try the “Restorative Yoga” with Sami Lynn. ( I teach LIVE and practice there.)

Friday or Sat. Take another walk or do the 40 min. “Yoga Flow” 

*I also like to treat myself to at least one night of the “Bedtime Yoga Sequence.” #Beyourownbird and do what works for you! 

Drop a note to the Yoga Bird community on Facebook or Instagram @yogabirdco and tell us the simple things, in your life, that you love!

Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ
Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ

4th of July parade with Steven and the grands! 😀

April 27, 2018 1 Comment

Spicy Chinese Eggplant by Guest Chef Ellen

​This week’s delicious meatless meal is blogged by my sweet, beautiful and bright friend, Ellen. I say bright not only because she’s smart but because she isn’t afraid of color. I love that about her! Her house, clothes and cooking are a fine reflection of her South Africa roots. 🙂 I hope you will give this recipe of Ellen’s a try, she’s a first-rate cook!

Spicy Chinese Eggplant from Ellen Z.

Is it just me, or does anyone else out there have trouble thinking about eggplant as a viable option for dinner? I mean, all I can think about is a mushy, tasteless, hot goo, inside of soggy breading, slathered in red sauce or tasteless half cooked slices of eggplant charred to death on the grill.

THEN I found this wonderful recipe for Spicy Chinese Eggplant that is SO fragrant and yummy and un-mushy, that the first time I made it I almost polished off the whole batch by myself!

The ingredient list is a little long, but totally worth it. I have adapted the recipe slightly from the original and it suits us perfectly. I serve this over rice and it is super satisfying.

I strongly suggest that you chop up all the veggies ahead of time and gather all the ingredients together so that everything is ready to go!

(Can you tell I watch a LOT of Food Network!)

Once that is done, the dish goes together fast.

The great thing about this dish is, in addition to being vegetarian it is also Vegan, so if you ever have to accommodate one of your vegan friends, they will be impressed!

INGREDIENTS

2 large Japanese eggplants (or 1 large regular one or equivalent) – cut into 1 inch cubes

1 onion – diced

Sesame oil

6 garlic cloves – chopped

4 TBS minced fresh ginger –don’t skip this!

3 TBS brown sugar

2 TBS chili garlic sauce

2 tsp molasses

3 TBS reduced sodium soy sauce

1 cup tomato sauce

2 TBS rice vinegar

Crushed red pepper

Salt

Sesame seeds

1/2 cup water or a little more, as needed

Scallions – green parts sliced – as garnish

DIRECTIONS

Heat 2-3 TBS sesame oil in a pan & add the eggplant. Add a little salt & some crushed red pepper.

Sauté over medium heat until tender but not mushy. Maybe 5-8 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.

Using the same pan, heat another 2 TBS sesame oil & saute the onion with a bit of crushed red pepper. When soft– add to the bowl with the eggplant.

In the same pan, heat another 2 TBS sesame oil. Add 2-3 TBS sesame seeds & the garlic & the ginger. When the garlic begins to brown add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce molasses, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & water.

Simmer over med-low heat for ten minutes. Add the eggplant & onions & simmer another 5 minutes.

Serve over rice garnished with the scallions & some additional sesame seeds Enjoy! So good! 🙂

Spicy Chinese Eggplant
Spicy Chinese Eggplant

October 26, 2017 3 Comments