Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Slice plantains as thick as your fingertip and brown 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and mash flat with bottom of a drinking glass. Season with salt and pepper, then return to pan and cook 3 minutes more per side.
Scoop avocados into a bowl, mash, and mix in finely chopped tomato, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Add lime juice and salt to taste.
Certain ways of breathing calm the nervous system, partly by stimulating the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in the human body.
The vagus nerve runs throughout the body and is responsible for the function and regulation of man bodily systems such as the heart and digestive tracts. The vagus nerve is used to regulate a variety of body functions including the heartbeat and the muscle movement necessary to keep you breathing.
Stimulating this one nerve relieves fatigue, anxiety, and brain fog.
Sit comfortably with your right thumb on your right nostril and your right ring finger on your left nostril.
Press in the right nostril, and inhale through the left.
Close both nostrils, hold for one count, and then release the right nostril and exhale.
Pause for a count, then inhale through the right, press both, and exhale through the left.
Repeat for five minutes.
Inspired by Annelies Richmond. Source: Cosmopolitan.
Since it’s made with two different types of squash, you get a combination of both a starchy and a sweet taste.
*yields four portions
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups butternut squash peeled and diced (no seeds)
2 cups kabocha squash peeled and diced (no seeds)
4 baby carrots
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 handful baby spinach
2 cups soy milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
Heat the butter in a medium sauce-pot until melted. Add all of the squash, carrots, onion and spinach. Saute on low to medium heat until the squash begins to fall apart, but do not get any color on any of the vegetables. When the squash is soft, add the milk and water to cover the vegetables. Add the spices. Simmer on low to medium heat for 30 minutes or until the all of the vegetables are falling apart. Blend the soup in a high-powered blender until very smooth. If you like the soup a bet sweeter, you can always add just a touch of honey. Serve in small soup cups.