Exploring the yoga of life.

Monthly tips to take your yoga off the mat and into your real world – stress busters to keep you on track!

Fresh shrimp spring rolls

Fit2bWell Tip:

Consider semi-homemade version with marinated shrimp from Wegmans or other supermarkets or substituting ½ of the vermicelli for sprouts to increase fiber content

Ingredients

8 spring rolls
2 ounces rice vermicelli
8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)
8 large cooked shrimp – peeled, deveined and cut in half
1 1/3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 leaves lettuce, chopped
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons peanut sauce
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Boil rice vermicelli 3 to 5 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.

2. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip one wrapper into the hot water for 1 second to soften. Lay wrapper flat. In a row across the center, place 2 shrimp halves, a handful of vermicelli, basil, mint,cilantro and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at the end with the lettuce. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

3. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, water, lime juice, garlic and chili sauce.

4. In another small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce and peanut sauce

5. Serve rolled spring rolls with the chili sauce and hoisin sauce mixtures.

 

Ways to “Live in the Moment”

Simple is best. Consistency is key.

Examples:

– Consider starting your day in your bed and before you even get up, breathe. Keep your eyes softly closed. Start with 10 deep inhales and exhales, in through your nose and out through your mouth, like you are fogging up a mirror Make every breath feel like you are sipping deeper and deeper into your coffee mug and let that natural awakening occur. Feel your arms and legs as they stretch and elongate your spine, and notice how your body     expands. Hold this for 3-5 seconds. Bend your knees in towards your chest and gently cradle them towards your chest like you are giving yourself a hug. Let gravity and your bed cradle your low back. Hold for another 3-5 seconds. Slowly roll to your side, and push yourself to a seated position at the edge of your bed. Stand up and wiggle your toes as you find your feet on the ground. Feel the weight of your body be lifted through your strong legs. With your hands in heart center or at waist, take one more deep breath in and exhale loudly through your mouth. Welcome your morning!

– Try ending your day by spending a few minutes to reflect on things that are left on your mind. From to do lists to anticipation to the next day, or month or year, journaling can be a great way to help you reset your intentions. By spending time to think about what may be on your mind, acknowledging it presence, you are truly living in the moment. It doesn’t have to be long, verbose or extensive. Just let your mind release. You will sleep better, and in turn, your will be more rested and ready for another day!

Creativity is maximized when you are living in the moment ~ Lululemon

Did you know?
According to cognitive psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, creativity can be broadly defined as “…the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile.” Creativity is all about finding new ways of solving problems and approaching situations. This isn’t a skill restricted to artists, musicians or writers; it is a useful skill for people from all walks of life. Creativity is what can help you explore more of who you are at work, at home and help you come closer to your true self outside of an environment.