Have you ever wanted a chocolate treat or dessert that was healthy and relatively quick? This Chocolate Chia Pudding might do the trick! It can be done with just 5 minutes of prep and 30 minutes in the fridge. By the way, we consider this is a tropical recipe because chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which grows on trees in Central America and South America and can only live in hot, rainy places near the Equator. Enjoy!
As a former fulltime tropical musician (sorry but this seems to be a good opportunity to throw in a shameless plug for the band I’m in with a bunch of fun and talented members – the Tsunami Wave Riders – www.tsunamiwaveriders.com – and please download some of our music for free on our site!) I really love music, and I’ve discovered that the great majority of people do too. And I’m a huge believer in using music to help you get motivated to exercise, and also to help you get relaxed when you’re anxious or stressed. I have a few tips of my own for you, and I’ve also been surprised at just how many different ways they’ve discovered that music can help your health, and I can’t wait to tell you about all of them so that you can start getting your full daily dose of music!
Since almost everyone struggles with maintaining your motivation to exercise, let’s talk about how music can help you. Did you ever not feel like exercising at all, but then you put on your headphones and things didn’t seem that bad? If you don’t have an exercise playlist, I highly recommend creating one – how about a couple different ones for the different types of sports or activities you do? It’s helpful to customize it according to the normal length of your workout and include warmup and cooldown types of songs, and you can also add new songs in every now and then to keep it fresh. Sometimes – I hate to admit this – but I’ve gone to a park to walk and then discovered I left my headphones at home, so then I went to get coffee – or did something else – til I had the chance to go back home and get them. Did I ever make it back to the park on those days? Nope, never that I can recall! So now I’ve finally gotten a little wiser to my procrastinating ways so that 1) always have a spare set of earbuds – even if they’re just from the dollar store – stashed somewhere, and 2) when exercising at the park or a gym, I try to always put my earbuds back in my purse immediately after my workout, and I bought a sunglasses case from the dollar store just for this purpose, which I’ve attached to my purse so that it can never escape.
Hope these tips and the others we’ll be talking about in days to come will help you exercise a little more often and get all the amazing benefits out of both music and exercise – and I’d love to hear all of your great ideas as well – including workout song ideas too!
I like this quote by the famous English writer, feminist and author of A Room of One’s Own, but I’m not entirely sure what she meant by “greatest.” At face value you might assume that she just prefers the taste of dishes with the fewest ingredients/preparation, but since she was a feminist I am inclined to think that she also means that simple dishes are simply less time-consuming, and get you out of the kitchen faster and leave you with more time to do what you want in life.
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of sites by talented vegan and vegetarian cooks who post lengthy and complicated recipes that look amazing – this is not one of them!
I almost never make a long or complicated recipe – partly due to the fact that most fruits and vegetables are delicious with very little extra help, and partly because even when I do make a long recipe, it seldom turns out delectable enough that I think “gee, that was worth all that effort.” And sadly, my family usually agrees! But if you are a good enough cook that this is not the case for you – your cooking is delicious AND you enjoy the process of cooking along with the extra cleanup, shopping, etc. etc., I applaud you and I would never try to turn you away from your passion and talent. That’s just not where my passion or talent lies, and I think it’s time that many of us women stop spending so much precious time in the kitchen and start doing more of what we came here on earth to do – whatever that is. Plant a garden, have coffee with friends, take a zumba class, write that novel, or discover a cure for cancer (oh wait – eating a lot of veggies helps with that!)
And what about our families? While most husbands and kids would no doubt prefer a great cook as a wife/mom, as long as we feed them healthy food in some fashion (or even better, teach them how to help out or do it themselves), they’ll survive. We are also setting a good role model for our daughters that their self-esteem does not have depend on whether or not they can bake an amazing cheesecake, but rather on what other amazing things they can do.
So if you are like me and want to get out of the kitchen as fast as .possible (or never go in there in the first place!), I gotcha covered! This website will contain tons of tips, tricks, resources, and uber-quick and easy recipes to make cooking – or not – easy breezy! You’re welcome.
(And if there’s anything special you’d like to see in this site, or ways you’d like me to help you, please let me know! I am committed to making your life a breeze!)
Want some ideas for some groovy island-style songs from the ’70’s for a cooldown from your workout, or just to relax in your hammock? Try these on for size – and we’d love to hear from you what other songs you like to mellow out to!
Kokomo – the Beach Boys – go to a dozen tropical islands all within a 3-minute song!
Surfer Girl – the Beach Boys – were you the girl they were singing about?
There are dozens of other Beach Boys songs that are great for hammock days!
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin – ‘nuff said.
Girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto – With such a sexy, breathy voice, the Brazilian beauty, the wife of the guitarist Gilberto, was probably the epitome of the “Girl from Ipanema.” I’m trying to get in touch with her to see if she’ll contribute to our upcoming vegan CD!
Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens – my dream was to be able to sing that high. I’m still dreaming.
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Don’t worry about a thing,
’cause every little thing’s gonna be alright.” Great words to live by!
Island Dreamin’ – Tsunami Wave Riders – not from the ‘70’s but since it’s from my band and it’s my list, I can break the rules and include it anyway! (and if you promise to relax to it, we’ll give you a free download!)