Genni Lee Hester


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Wait, Weight, Wait

Today I share a poem from my book memoirs of the am. May it both inspire you and help you find comfort during the holiday season. Enjoy every bite guilt-free… Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wait, Weight, Wait

Just wait, before you finish your day,
The thought of pounds, your weight,
Will most likely come to mind.

Don’t worry; it’s part of the design.
I want to prosecute the crime of this confusion.

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Those with eating disorders.
Yet, providing innutritious food,
To those waiting to lose weight.

This constant debate in our society has us
Waiting to weigh in. With our money, time, and health.

Waiting for truth to weight-loss cannot be bought.
Just STOP eating what they tell you is good,
And follow your heart – set yourself apart.

Don’t weight.

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pistachio pesto

Here is a beautiful plus unique pesto sauce to make before summer’s end.

Ingredients: 

1 cup of basil

4-5 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of olive oil

2/3 cup of shelled pistachios

Pasta of choice

Directions:

Utilizing blender, begin with the basil (adding a little water as you go). Next throw in the peeled garlic, blend more. Stop the blender and push the ingredients down towards the blade then slowly add the olive oil. Once you have a nice consistency, repeat the process but add your shelled pistachios. You will create a nutty, aromatic pesto sauce. Simply pour this over your al dente pasta and enjoy!

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hot chocolate oatmeal

Brrrrrr… it is cold here in NYC.

I have been craving something rich and satisfying for breakfast. Oats are especially yummy this time of year, but if you do not mix-up the toppings you might get a lil bored! The other morning I was rummaging through my cabinets to find some perfect ingredient to create a new buzz to my morning routine. Chocolate is always the right answer. Throwing a spoon or two of cocoa into the oats creates a whole rich and satisfying breakfast. Try it out…. oh, and coffee doesn’t hurt either ;).

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 cup of fresh H20 

– 1/2 cup of oats
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– 1-2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

– fruit of your choice 
– handful of pecans

Directions:

  • bring milk & water to boil
  • add oats (regular or quick cook)
  • add sprinkle of salt
  • last minute of cooking throw in: cocoa, vanilla, and fruit (I love to warm berries up but prefer bananas on top).
  • put into bowl and add remaining toppings.

 

 

 

 


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weight-loss, body image, and holiday expectations

Several of us struggle with body image; for some it is a chronic issue. Both societal and familial pressure is exacerbated during the holidays. Moreover, holiday gatherings centered around food may lead to intense frustration. As a yoga guide I work with students to bring awareness back to the physical body and appreciation for everything it can do rather than what expectations it may not perfectly fit. As a young female poet I have reflected on my own body image. Having the lived experience of being bombarded by all of the above has shaped both my personal and professional life. Today I share a poem from my book memoirs of the am. May it inspire you and help you find comfort during the holiday chaos. If you feel out-of-conrol regarding this topic, stop struggling and try a new approach. You can contact me for my online coaching sessions where we develop strategies together to overcome anxiety. Also, try the wonderful Gabrielle Bernstein’s Finally Full workshop (Click HERE for details).  Know that you have the power to change anything you are unhappy with. It is a choice, luckily there is help along the path.

Wait, Weight, Wait

Just wait, before you finish you day,
The thought of pounds, your weight, 
Will most likely come to mind. 

Don’t worry; it’s part of the design.
I want to prosecute the crime of this confusion. 

Showing size zeros;
Those with eating disorders.
Yet, providing innutritious food,
To those waiting to lose weight.

This constant debate in our society has us
Waiting to weigh in. With our money, time, and health.

Waiting for truth to weight-loss cannot be bought.
Just STOP eating what they tell you is good,
And follow your heart – set yourself apart. 

Don’t weight. 


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tout chocolat

Welcome!

With Halloween right around the corner I thought I would share my favorite chocolatier: tout chocolat.

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Tout chocolat, nestled in the lovely Condesa neighborhood, is exclusive to Mexico City. It is a feast for both the mouth and the eyes. You literally get to watch the behind the scenes process.

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lookBeautifully designed bites, which are both vegetarian plus gluten-free, melt in the mouth like no other chocolate. They also have other concoctions for those who like even greater variety.

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Groovy flavors like spicy chia and lychee raspberry gauruntee you’ll never be bored! Look at how the colors radiant in the sun…

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Try it out the next time you’re in the D.F. (please bring me back a box). Until then, enjoy the pictures and have a SPOOOOKTACULAR Halloween :).

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reminiscing cinque terre

Welcome Readers! Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. A good trip can last a lifetime; travel provides memories that satiate the soul years after the excursion. This weekend I had the joy of hearing about a friend’s recent trip to Europe. When she began talking about Cinque Terre, all I could do was light up. She gave me so much joy listening to hear trip and allowed me to reminisce on my own time spent there. Since I had never shared this trip with you, I thought I would… What better way to extend summer? The photographs are from my travel companion over at acamerainthekitchen.com (make sure to checkout all of her great food photography). cinqueterre_01 cinqueterre_09 cinqueterre_04 cinqueterre_02 cinqueterre_05 cinqueterre_07 cinqueterre_03 cinqueterre_06 cinqueterre_081


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Labor Day Veggie Burger

Hello friends,

I hope you are enjoying your day wherever you may be. Happy Labor Day to those having a little downtime. Today I want to share with you a very special recipe: My best friend’s famous black bean veggie burger.

Ingredients:

  • Black beans
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Egg
  • Hot Sauce
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder
  • Bread crumbs
  • Any burger fixins ya like!

Cook 1/2 a bag of black beans (16 ounces of organic canned beans) and let them cool down. Once room temperature mash them in a bowl – so much fun. Add a couple of garlic cloves, 1-2 bell peppers (depending on size), and 1/2 an onion to the black bean mash. Use your intuition while cooking, don’t fret over exact measurements.

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Next put your egg, a tablespoon of chili powder, teaspoon of turmeric, teaspoon of cumin, & tablespoon of hot sauce in a separate bowl… Mix away! Alternate between adding this and breadcrumbs with the black bean mash. Slowly add everything in; gently mixing as you go. Once you’re ready you can make 4 large or 6 regular size patties.

Carefully cook patties roughly 8 minutes on each side. 

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While cooking get your fixings ready. We used onions, butter lettuce, avocado, mustard. Optional: 1 slice of cheese.

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Put it all together and enjoy! Thank you so much for reading, subscribing, and sharing. Have a lovely day. 

 

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black bean veggie burger