5 Party Snacks

When hosting a party, the success of your get-together comes down to three things: good friends, plenty of drinks, and great food.

Start your party off right with these party food ideas..

Veggie Dips
Chopped up vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli and tomatoes are often a hit at birthday parties. Pair the veggies with dips like peanut butter, which is yummy and offers healthy protein. Or a cucumber yogurt dip for another healthy alternative.

 

Creative Kabobs
Assemble little kabobs for your guests. You can make them ahead of time and this presentation never fails to please. Depending on the age of your guests, you can use skewers, coffee stirrers or popsicle sticks. For a sweet snack assemble mini fruit kabobs.

 

 

Mac and Cheese
A great dish and no-fail crowd pleaser, mac and cheese can be made into a healthy kids’ party dish by using “whole wheat elbow macaroni, freshly grated cheddar cheese, low calorie and low sodium butter and skim milk.

 

 

Mini Grilled Cheese
Cut down on your cooking time by buttering and toasting your bread before the party starts. Simply place some cheese on the bread (butter-side out) and pop the sandwiches in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.

 

Decorate Your Own Dessert
Instead of the traditional cake, try having “Decorate a Cake Pop”  You can provide lots of decorating products, like colorful icing and sprinkles.

 

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Goddess Guidance

Our intuition is the Universe’s way to communicate with us. Once we have cast a spell, the Universe will respond by sending us the people and circumstances we have asked for. So it is important that we listen to our gut feelings, particularly in the days and weeks after casting a spell. When we follow our intuition, the Spirits will lead the way.

So how do we know what is intuition and what is merely our imagination? That is what this goddess spell is about. We will create a lucky charm which we can keep with us to receive clearer guidance.

 

What you need for the intuition spell:

1 small pouch (medicine bag)

1 crystal quartz

1 amethyst crystal

5 purple candles or tea lights

1 small piece of paper and a pen

Sandalwood incense

 

Start by placing the five candles around you in a circle. As you light the candles, invoke the Spirits and ask for protection and connection during the goddess spell. Sit in the middle of your circle. Light the incense. Breathe deeply and relax into a meditation, with your palms open to receive the Universe’s energies. You are going into your Higher Self to receive a symbol that represents your higher wisdom.

Set this intention as you visualize your mind climbing from your Third Eye out through your crown and higher up, above your head. This is your 10th chakra, where you Higher Self resides. Go into this place, feel your mind merging with this chakra. Breathe, relax, let it flow. When you are ready, ask out loud or in your mind for clearer sight, clearer mind.

Ask the Universe, Spirits, Angels and Guides for guidance as you listen with a sharper ear, and for them to heighten your intuitive to receive messages more clearly.

love, #krishna

 

 

 

Intuitive Eating: Food Journal

Nutrition therapy is about making changes that improve your relationship with food and your health. Food journals are one of a variety of therapeutic tools used during treatment for an eating disorder. Food journals or logs are also referred to as food records which can take many forms. Some people prefer to write things down free form in a personal notebook while others do best filling out the prepared charts provided by their nutritionist. Many others have gone tech-friendly by using an app on their phone to track info and share it. Regardless of the form it takes, a food journal does much more than track your food. A helpful format for food journals that include the time of day, a description of the snack or meal, the food and beverage intake, setting of the meal and, most importantly, the individual’s thoughts and feelings before, during and after eating.

 

Completing food logs and reviewing them can be a pretty powerful part of the recovery process. Not surprisingly, and perhaps because they can be so powerful, many individuals also experience some resistance to using them. If you’ve ever been encouraged to complete food logs as part of your treatment for an eating disorder but had trouble starting or committing to the process, we thought it might help to know why a nutritionist would recommend doing them and the specific ways in which they can assist in the recovery process.

 

Keeping a food journal provide insights into your bigger picture and provide a way to monitor progress. The journal communicates specific details from each meal, but they also show trends and patterns over the course of the week related to meal times, location, situational triggers and thoughts. Small weekly goals that create momentum towards overarching goals and bigger changes over time takes the pressure off of you to recall from memory the details of your food and symptom use from the past month.

 

Returning to a normal and healthy relationship with food means appropriately responding to hunger and fullness signals. It’s impossible to do that when your signals are broken from chaotic or disordered eating. The best thing to get your digestive system and metabolism back on track is structured eating which means adequate amounts of food with adequate frequency. Food journals aid in structured eating accountability, and structured eating over time sharpens your signals and helps you get to a place of intuitive eating.

love, #krishna

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Inner Work

Having done a lot of inner work (by means of cognitive therapy, music therapy, specialization therapy, regression therapy, healing, meditation, yoga, channeling) we thought we kind of knew our dark parts and had more or less transcended them. Well we were mistaken! It took a year for us to realise that it is wiser for us to embrace and make peace with the dark side, rather than fight it, because fighting it made it worse while accepting it, finally, gave a deep sense of relief and a new awareness of the miracle of life.

love, #krishna

 

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5 Coffee Brewing Methods

Coffee-Brewing-Methods of preparing coffee, helps to guide you to choose the right brewing equipment, and to make decisions about coffee.

When you are in the pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, you probably have tried a few alternative brewing systems, a pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, but none of them are quite what you were looking for, or maybe you just want to experiment. This is the best place to start your journey to discover a variety of coffee brewing methods.

 

Coffee History

An Arabian shepherd from Ethiopia, according to the legend, found his goats jumping from one bush to another, grazing on the bright red cherries. He wondered if red cherries were the source of the unusual energy experienced by his goats, and he tried them too. The precious fruit and seed were further researched by the monks at a local monastery, who started to use them to cope with the long hours during prayer.  Then, they sent them to other monasteries around the world, and coffee was popularized.

 

The legend is beautiful, and it makes us wonder how did they brew their coffee at the time? They didn’t have a drip coffee machine, and they didn’t have espresso machines back then. Infusing finely ground coffee beans is what they relied on, in a way that is now known as Turkish brewing. The beans were pounded into a fine powder then infused in hot water.

 

Coffee Brewing Methods

Experiment with many coffee preparing techniques, with brewing methods and a  just a brief introduction to the various brewing methods and a starting point to guide you through our coffee brewer reviews. We have espresso machine reviews, drip coffee machine reviews, and we also assessed some of the best coffee grinders. We just want to make your job of buying the gear easier.

 

Espresso is prepared by pushing hot water through a layer of compressed ground coffee, contained in a port-filter. Espresso is a very concentrated coffee, with a lot of aroma, flavor, and body. Containing coffee oils and solids. The distinctive features of espresso are the foamy layer on top, and low volume of the drink.

 

Turkish coffee is a method of infusing finely ground coffee in boiling water. A very specific to Turkish brewing method is the grind size which is the finest possible, almost a powder. Turkish coffee has the fullest body of all brewing methods. If you like clear coffee, stay away from it.

 

Drip coffee is the most popular preparing method in North America. Drip coffee method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans. The brew is strained with a paper filter, or a metal mesh. The coffee from a drip brewer is clear and clean, the brew is good, with a high ratio of caffeine extracted per spoon of ground coffee.

 

French press, is a very simple coffee brewing device with a beaker and a filter. The preparing technique consists in pouring hot water over coffee grinds and let it steep for a few minutes. After the steeping is over the filter is pressed down, to separate the grinds. French press coffee has a medium body, less than espresso but more dense than drip. The aroma and flavor of a press coffee are intense, and the method is gaining more popularity.

 

Cold brew is the favorite way of preparing coffee for individuals with stomach problems. The brewing method implies steeping coffee grinds for extended periods of time, (12 to 36 hours), straining it and serving it cold or hot. Because it takes so long to brew, people prepare large batches and store it in the fridge for several days.

 

Learn to brew sensational coffee now and Find out exactly what type of brewing method is perfect for you!

love, #krishna

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How to Overcome a Poverty Mindset

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By Eric Charles, MA., PhD-c


“Poverty is a state of mind.” ~Rahul Gandhi 

Do you ever catch yourself passing on joyous opportunities because you feel it will be too expensive? Do you second guess yourself before or after making purchases? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a poverty mindset. It is important to differentiate between actual poverty and refusing to experience life more abundantly. Research suggests that 80% of the world lives on $10 per day. At least 1.1 billion people in developing countries do not have access to water and some 1.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. If you have water and electricity, chances are you are not living in extreme poverty. And, if you are not living in extreme poverty, chances are you can afford to treat yourself, at least some of the time.

Here are some ways to overcome a poverty…

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Vans US Open of Surfing 2017

The Huntington Beach Pier will soon make some new friends- actually, a few hundred thousand new friends.

2017 Vans US Open of Surfing has already declared the south side of the pier, marking the fifth straight year of the Orange County-based skate company the world's largest action sports festival.

It formally kicks off on Saturday, July 29, and rips through Sunday, August 6.

With a continued focus on its core, the nine-day family-friendly, community sports competition welcomes the world's biggest popular names in surfing, skate, and BMX. More than 300 world-class athletes and over half a million spectators are expected to attend. Alongside the sports action, Van Doren Village will again play host to art exhibitions and hands-on creative workshops, Steve Van Doren will resume his usual post behind the community grill, and Vans Movie Nights return to Pier Amphitheater.

Where: Huntington Beach Pier, Southside
When: Sat. 7/29 – Sun. 8/6
Most Radical Days: Fri. 8/4 - Sun. 8/6

Schedule: View the complete schedule of events at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017/schedule.

Please note that the full surf schedule will be posted the week of the competition.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Viewing: Huntington Beach Pier, Surf Stadium, and on the sand. All events can also be viewed live via www.vansusopenofsurfing.com, www.worldsurfleague.com, the WSL app, and WSL Facebook LIVE. Check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network.
Forecast: View the complete surfline forecast at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-surf/surfline-forecast.

SURF
Schedule: View the schedule of events at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-surf/schedule—all of which take place at Surf Stadium.

See the full lineup at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-surf/competitors.

SKATE
Schedule // View the schedule of events at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-skate/schedule—all of which take place at the Vans Pro Park.


See the full lineup at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-skate/skaters.

BMX
Schedule: View the complete schedule of events at http://www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-bmx/schedule—which take place at the Amphitheater and Vans Pro Park.

See the full lineup at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2017-bmx/riders.

love, #krishna