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Deliciously Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds

Leaves are changing, the air is crisp and pumpkins are everywhere, this is oh so good!  G’licious kitchen loves pumpkins and I can’t think of a better way to start the pumpkin kick with my favorite crunchy snack.  Toasted pepitas, aka roasted pumpkin seeds.  Not only are these crunchy treats deliciously addictive, they also happen to be seriously good for you.  They are loaded with minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc.  They are high in vitamin E and contain a wide diversity mix of antioxidants that are not common in most foods, all this make these little guys incredibly healthy.

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First things first, after you scoop them out of the pumpkin of your choice, wash them thoroughly and strain.  Make a nice big effort to get all the gooey pumpkin flesh off of them.

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This next step is optional, I have made them with and without this step, and they are always good.  However for a super crispy, crunchy finished product, boil them prior to roasting.  In a medium size pot bring water and 1 tsp of salt (approximately, I’m a pinch kinda gal) to a rapid boil, add the seeds, reduce heat (low-medium) and simmer for 8-10 minutes.  Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.  If you skip this step, pat dry the seeds after cleaning and draining at the beginning.

Spread the seeds on to a roasting pan.  Sprinkle and rub with your favorite olive oil and season them with a good quality sea salt.  I happen to be in love with a Sicilian extra virgin olive oil from Trader Giotto’s (Joe’s) and I am currently using a light grey Celtic Sea Salt, those were the only condiments in this batch.

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Coconut oil will work well too, and of course feel free to get creative with spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, curry, the possibilities are endless.  Roast the seeds at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

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That’s it, you are ready to munch and crunch to your heart’s content!

IMG_1428 From my G’licious Corner to Yours: Crunch, munch, share and enjoy!  

This batch was done in collaboration with Gimme Three Pints and their Fall Harvest Dream Soup: http://gimmethreepints.com/?p=57

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A well hydrated body, is a happy body!

Nourishment by definition is “food and or other substances necessary for life, health, growth and good condition.  To cherish, foster, keep alive.  To strengthen, build up, promote.”

Here in our G’licious Living corner, nourishment is to cherish and strengthen your body, mind and soul with everything they need to unleash your healthiest, sexiest, happiest self!  Your healthiest, sexiest, happiest you, it’s the sweet spot where you inner goddess lives, your powerful, creative, feminine, resilient and perfectly balanced self.

The number one priority for a well nourished goddess is H2O!  Sounds so simple yet often neglected.  A well hydrated body, is a happy body!

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This precious liquid is a major component of most body parts and organs.  Did you know that our heart and brain alone are composed of over 70% water?  And our lungs of over 80% water?  Our capacity to breathe…   We need this precious liquid to breathe, think, move our bodies, digest our food, regenerate cells, regulate temperature, remove toxins, balance hormones, to have fabulous skin, to enjoy sex, and the list goes on!  And yes I went there, cause ladies is true ;).

So just how much of this magic liquid does the goddess need?  Easy equation = A minimum of half her weight in ounces daily.

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And here are your 3 easy, breezy tips to add more to your daily intake:

  1. Sip first thing in the morning: keep a glass by your bed and take a few good gulps when you first wake up.  (Aim for a minimum of  6-8 ounces)
  2. Sip before, during and after each meal.  (Aim at 6-8 ounces before a meal, sip throughout and after)
  3. Sip before and after each shower / bath.   ( Aim at 6-8 ounces before you hit the shower and sip afterwards, this will help keep your temperature nicely regulated)

Bonus tip: Have fun with your water and create a luscious relationship with this life elixir

  • serve it in a nice wine glass for one of your meals.
  • add a slice of lemon, lime or even a cherry every once in a while.
  • label your water bottles with positive words and affirmations
  • buy a pretty color glass water bottle to have with you throughout your day

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From my G’licious Corner to Yours; Enjoy your H2O today, tomorrow and everyday!  Namasté

 

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Breathtaking views, gorgeous flowers, mouthwatering beer and snow in May. What else can I say; We moved to Boulder

I have been waiting to have the site beautifully updated, to be fabulously inspired, to be completely organized, to write the perfect post, blah, blah, blah…   The truth is I cannot wait any longer to share this utterly amazing move with the world!

After a very quick, slightly chaotic few days of packing and a ride through seven states we made it to this magical place we now call home: Boulder, Colorado.

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The last three weeks have gifted us with breathtaking views, spontaneous hikes, new friends, gorgeous spring flowers, free concerts, copious amounts of craft beer, way too much tasty food and too many wonderful experiences to account.

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And yes even some snow in May.  In most places that would not be welcomed, in Boulder though things move to a different beat, a positive vibration to say the least.

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In true Boulder style, when the Universe gives you sprinkles; we sprinkle some fun back at it!  Make some Colorado inspired homemade grub and get ready to experience the essence of this town with Boulder Startup Week.

Check out our Boulder Chops with Flatirons Relish

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Super simple, exceptionally delicious and especially fresh this Boulder inspired dish will be a new staple in our house.

For the chops:

  • buy pasture raised, local, fresh pork chops
  • sprinkle them with sea salt, fresh ground pepper and cumin
  • on a cast iron skillet (preferably), sear approximately 3-5 minutes on each side
  • set aside
  • pre heat oven to 375

For the relish:

  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (preferably organic and local when available)
  • 1 (to 2, depending on taste) serrano peppers
  • one hefty handful of cilantro
  • sauté the onion, red and serrano peppers until happy and translucent, add the cilantro and mix with the rest.
  • To finish: Add the chops back in the cast iron skillet and bake in the oven until done (depending on size and thickness 12-20 minutes or until internal temp reaches 145)

Serve and enjoy!

 As always sending you much love from my G’licious corner to yours

Stay tuned for more fresh new recipes, positive vibrations, lots of new joyous living tips from G’licious new location and last, but not least a new updated site.  Now off to experience Boulder Startup Week!

 

On the tenth day I share; humility, patience, and gratitude!

This post is a tad different than most, this one is from my heart pages (aka journal).

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It has been quite some time since I last wrote, and yes while a bit of laziness and writer’s block came into play, the main reason was my impending surgery. The end of September and beginning of October where very hectic as I limped around preparing for a period where I know I would not be able to do much. Today is day 10 after my hip surgery, these last ten days have been a challenging journey and the journey is still just beginning.  These last ten days have humbled me to the core and taught me that without humility and patience I will not be able to survive the recovery road that awaits me.  It has also reinforced that my gratitude practice needs to continue to reign my world.  I was already a gratitude junkie, but now that I am truly witnessing the simplicity in which gratitude makes everything better, is just breathtaking.  I am taking this time to heal, regroup, revamp, and possibly re-invent!

Whether some time goes by before I come back to G’licious Living or decide to dive in right away, I will be back, and I’ll be back full of vitality, creativity, health, new knowledge and plenty of flavor and joy infusing posts for you!

From my G’licious corner to yours; have a beautiful and blessed day! 

Playing In The Clouds

Today I want to share a place where serenity and beauty choreographed the most magical dance.  Today’s quick post is all about sharing beauty, sharing the joy of memories, sharing the day I played in the clouds.

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On day four of our last vacation my husband and I decided to swap our morning hike for an early adventure with the winds of the Colorado sky.

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With excitement and no expectation we set out before the sun to meet our adventure crew.  From start to end this was by far one of the most joyous experiences we have shared.  Our crew greeted us about the same time as the morning sun and the adventure began.

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We were given instructions, climbed aboard and up we went.  It was breathtakingly cozy and beautifully peaceful.  We were blessed with 360 degrees of beauty as far as the eye could see and an infinite abundance of sweet clean air to breathe.  Two other crews joined us on this blissful joyride in the sky.

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I am letting pictures do most of the work today.  All I can say is if you can, try this, it’s just plain awesome!  This experience filled my soul with gratitude, joy, beauty, serenity, community, abundance and peace.  That is G’licious Living!  I hope this inspires you to go and do something that excites you, something different, fun, adventurous, something that connects you to nature and brings you joy!

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From My G’licious Corner to yours; may you be blessed with the beauty and joy of your own adventures!

My kind reminder that “It’s Ok To Have A Bad Day”

“It’s ok to have a bad day”

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Though I seek to grow my grateful heart,

seek to be tuned in with a bigger part.

At times my shadow heart wants to come out,

come out and play and shout and spout.

Who am I not to let it out?

I must be ok with one bad day,

for as the bad day comes, the bad day goes,

and I’ll have new days

for my grateful heart to embrace and be ok with one bad day.

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This poem is a kind reminder to myself, that it’s ok.  A kind reminder that even though we strive for the best, best attitude, best behavior, best performance, we are only human.  As humans we will have bad days, days when will give in to the chaos and let our emotions come out.  Today I am reciting to remind us that it is indeed ok to have a bad day.

From my G’licious corner to yours; many blessings on all your new days!

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When you point one finger, where do rest of them point?

 

Seems like a silly question right?…  One that I have been pondering and working on for sometime now.  It started out as a challenge; can you go one whole day without judging anything that occurs?  (anything and anybody)  If you try this practice and work on it regularly you will find it may not be as easy as you think at first, however it is well worth it!

There’s an old native american saying that states: “Every time you point a finger in scorn – there are three fingers pointing right back at you.”

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Over time we have built perceptions as a defense mechanism to protect ourselves from things inside us that cause us pain.  The reality is that when we judge others, other’s actions and reactions, we are projecting something inside us that we are afraid to face.  In an effort to ignore our own weaknesses, we project them on others, not because we want to be “mean or bad” but simply as an unconscious defense.  These “fears” are perceptions we create to that help us achieve a false state of self-acceptance.

What if…  What if we could strip these fears and perceptions to truly reach a place self acceptance and inner peace?  thinking-happy-face

Before you get a little ticked at me and move on, please read on.  I promise you this is powerful work that will allow you to shift your consciousness to a place of joy, peace of mind, acceptance, happiness and all the “good mojo” you can imagine.  Next time you find yourself judging someone or something, stop, take a deep breath and ask your beautiful self: why am I doing this and why do I care?  When you dig, you will find that in most cases, set characteristic, pattern or behavior we judge is really something inside us that we dislike and do not want to face.  What is it?  Why are we afraid of it?  What can we do to see it differently or to change it?  This simple exercise can help you face some deep rooted fears and perceptions that strip you from true happiness.

Ask, uncover, face, change, discard, accept and be happy!

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“Judgement is guilt wearing a moral mask to disguise its pain”  Deepak Chopra

 

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Unleash Your Inner Hippie; Make Granola!

Yes, Homemade Granola!  A wholesome, nutty, sweet, salty good for you heavenly snack.

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If you lead a clean, wholesome, healthy nutrition, you probably know that a lot of the store bought granola can be loaded with additional sugars and ingredients that simply do not belong in this lovely and delightful snack.  I have seen ingredients ranging from modified corn starch and glycerine to partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil and nonfat dried milk.  Yuck, no thank you!  Why not get creative with your favorite nut combinations and make your own?  Making granola at home is super simple and it’s fun!  The recipe below is one of my favorites but there are basically no rules, you can add your favorite nuts, your favorite seeds, your favorite dried fruits and even your favorite spices.  So put on your favorite 60’s radio station or records and get ready to unleash your inner hippie with nuts, oats and honey!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw organic honey *
  • 4 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of dried fruit of choice  (for this one I used 1/4 cup of all natural dried mixed berries and two large dates chopped up)
  • Music; I find Crosby Stills, and Young, Joe Cocker, Santana and Jefferson Airplane perfect inspirations for Granola :)

How To Make The Magic Happen:

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Chop your cashews and walnuts; I like a rough chop to get lots of crunch, but how fine or rough you chop is totally up to you.
  • Combine the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, cashews, walnuts and flax seeds in a big bowl, sprinkle with some sea salt and mix well.
  • Combine the raw honey and coconut oil in a pot, bring to a boil, boil for one minute and remove off heat

* you can also use regular honey, just mix with melted coconut oil and skip the boiling.  However it does come out better with raw honey and the method above.

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  • Pour most of the honey mixture over the oats and nut mix and mix well  (save approximately 1 tablespoon of the honey mix to drizzle on top)

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  • Spread the whole mixture onto a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper
  • Evenly pour the remaining honey
  • Evenly sprinkle the mixture with sea salt (the amount is completely up you, I like mine on the salty side)

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  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes , check and move the mixture around with a spatula to help bake evenly
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes, check and move the granola around with a spatula to ensure an even roast
  • For a toasty granola, increase the temperature to 350 and bake and additional 5 minutes (you can also finish it at the same original temperature for a lighter granola)
  • Allow the granola to cool completely
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of your favorite dried fruit (optional)
  • Store in airtight container it will keep good and crunchy for over a week
  • Last but not least, ENJOY!  And don’t forget to share the love, your family and friends will love you for it!  So yummy!

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I like mine on its own on the go, or with a little bit of coconut milk for an incredibly comforting snack.  Poured over yogurt or oatmeal is also delicious!  I hope this inspires you to get creative and have a little fun in the kitchen!

Sending you delicious love from my G’Licious corner to yours! 

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4 for the 4th: four things to avoid this Holiday weekend!

A big Holiday weekend is upon us and since those are usually accompanied by mindless eating, drinking and overindulging, I have four things to help you enjoy everything in moderation.

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I know we’re ready to get the celebration started so I’ll get right to the point!

 4 things to avoid this Holiday weekend:

  1. Avoid starting on an empty stomach.  You might think going to a party, barbeque, beach bash, etc. on an empty stomach is a good idea because “you’ll eat plenty there right?”  Sound the buzzer: Not a good idea.  Have a light yet nutritious meal before your big gathering.  This will keep you from overeating too quickly.  Examples of a light nutritious meal: a kale, pineapple, almond milk smoothie or an egg white omelette with sliced tomatoes.

 

  1. Avoid dehydration.  Obvious right?  However, very easy to lose track and oops, you’ve had two or three delicious cocktails and no water.  Dehydration, buzz, overeating, hangover, all of these will follow.  Drink plenty of water, before, during and after the party.  A good rule of thumb is to have at least one cup of water in between other libations.

 

  1. Avoid table grazing.  When you are ready to eat, serve yourself a plate of your favorite items and enjoy.  This is not the time to try to “be good” or you’ll come back for what you really want and end up eating double.  I’ll say it again; serve yourself a plate of all your favorite items and enjoy.  When you are done, pitch the plate and courteously say your farewell to the table.

 

  1. Avoid obsessing over it.  Hopefully you aren’t, but just in case you are; do not obsess over it.  It’s one day (ok, maybe a couple) it’s ok, just be active, hydrate,  enjoy everything in moderation, be yourself, be safe and above all have FUN!

G’licious Living wants to wish a delicious, gorgeous, safe and very Happy 4th of July! 

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Pantry to the Dinner Rescue! Ever have these days?

Ever have those days when dinner time slaps you in the face before you can say: is what time already?  I do!  And before you even have time to panic you quickly realize you don’t have a plan, haven’t gone grocery shopping and really, really don’t want to go out.  Wether it’s a crazy busy week or back from vacation week, it happens!  This is where your pantry can come to the rescue!  Stocking your pantry with a few essential items of your choice is a must.  Spices, dried herbs, seeds, nuts (which I store in the fridge), good quality oils (olive, sunflower, coconut), vinegars, canned legumes and grains of choice are always helpful when you’re in a pinch.   Here are a few items I always keep…  (And boy did they come to the rescue yesterday!)

The G’licious pantry always has:

  • quinoa
  • brown or wild rice
  • organic low sodium chickpeas
  • organic low sodium black and red beans
  • fennel, mustard and flax seeds
  • Spices: cumin, cayenne, chili powder, ground ginger, peppercorns, smoked and regular paprika, garlic and onion powder
  • Dried herbs: oregano, thyme, rosemary  (of course fresh are better, but they’re great dry for soups and those “in a pinch moments”)
  • Whole nutmeg (If you have the dried ground powdery stuff; please use it up and get some whole nutmeg)
  • Good quality oils: olive, coconut, and a nut oil such as sunflower and almond
  • Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
  • Nuts: walnuts, pistachios, almonds (preferably store in the fridge so they’ll last longer)

If you have only a few of these, you can make some magic happen!  With quinoa alone you can make a deliciously satisfying dish.

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If you happen to have chickpeas or beans with a few spices then you can have some real fun!

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Chances are you have a couple of items in your fridge that need to be used and what a perfect time to get creative!

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Though it may look like a lot of work this was incredibly easy to put together.  In this case I happened to have some greens and fruit that needed to be used (spinach arugula mix and raspberries).  The pantry came to the rescue with quinoa, nuts and chickpeas to provide substance, protein, fiber, texture and fun! The cheese and olives (from the fridge) provided depth and flavor to what became a fabulous pantry dinner: Garlic quinoa topped with arugula, pistachio and raspberry salad with raspberry vinaigrette served with a side of crispy chickpeas!  All super easy to put together.  While the chickpeas bake, you have time to cook the quinoa, make the vinaigrette, assemble salad, put in a load of laundry and take a shower!

What if you don’t have any fresh items left over from last week?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Quinoa topped with red beans and chili spices (chili powder, cumin, pepper, smoked paprika)
  • Brown rice topped with black beans and latin spices (cumin, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper)
  • Legumes and Nut salad with spices of choice (black beans, chickpeas, walnuts, almonds, olive oil, red wine vinegar, fennel, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper)

The combinations are endless!  Have fun, experiment, try out different combinations, your palate and your pantry are waiting!

PS: these were both so good!

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