So Fresh & So Green
Hi, I’m Madelene from @makewithmadelene! I bring more awareness to meals by incorporating plentiful vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dark leafy greens. I’d like to share some of my favorite ways to reset and recenter, mind + body + soul using nutrient-dense recipes and mindfulness practice.
1) Plant-Based Meals + Moringa
KuliKuli’s Moringa vegetable powders and bars make it easy to provide the body with a nutrient-dense source of dark leafy greens! Moringa leaves are packed with vegan sources of iron, complete protein, and other vital nutrients. Just one tablespoon of moringa vegetable powder is equivalent to 2 full cups of tender leafy greens! Here are a few recipes I developed around this incredible supergreen:
Banana and Crunchy Almond Oatmeal
In a pan on stove top, combine oats, milk, ½ banana sliced, cinnamon & sea salt. Stir to combine as banana emulsifies adding sweetness to the oatmeal. Top with the almond bar, hemp seeds and another banana half.
- ½ cup raw rolled oats
- 1 cup organic almond milk
- 1 organic ripe + spotty banana
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 Moringa Superfood Crunchy Almond bar
Mint-Cilantro Vinegerette with Moringa
Blend and enjoy on salads, roasted veggies, sandwiches and more!
- Bunch cilantro
- 1 bunch mint
- A chopped shallot
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Moringa vegetable powder
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 clove raw garlic
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
Orange-Pineapple Green Dream Smoothie
In a high-speed blender combine:
- ½ cup plant-based milk
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Moringa Greens and Proteins Smoothie Mix
- 1 handful spinach, kale or chard
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ of one avocado
- Top with raw shredded coconut
2) Insight Meditation Practice
Centering the mind and body with a daily meditation practice is so comforting for us and can set the stage each day for success by removing stress. To practice this insight meditation we sit comfortably on the floor or a cushion. Eyes stay open and focus on the ground in front of you. The breath is natural and there is a soft attention on the out breath.
When thoughts enter the mind, gently say to yourself “thinking” to address the thought, and bring your attention back to your out breath. Allow any emotions big or small to come up and be felt, then moving past them with the attention on the breath.
3) Spending Time In Nature
Finally, getting outdoors is so vital to my self-care practice and something I believe everyone can benefit from. Not only does it provide adequate Vitamin D for the body but it can help to diminish depression and balance emotions.
Daily sunshine and connecting with plants, bodies of water and animals brings us back down to earth keeping us grounded and rooted in what’s real versus materialistic distractions. Be open and prioritize spending at least 20 minutes a day outdoors. You won’t regret it!
For more tips, follow Madeline on Instagram @makewithmadelene.