Genni Lee Hester


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healthful valentine’s day meal #tbt

Hello,

I am sharing a simple Valentine’s Day meal from last year because it is so darn yummy.  Combine cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and baby beets to make a festive dish. A kale salad with a zesty ginger (aphrodisiac:)) dressing compliments the baby beets’ sweetness. Round everything out with a lovely (yet cost efficient) red wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Whatever your plans may be, have fun and be well!

With love,

Genni.

happy valentine's day

happy valentine’s day

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

fresh kale

fresh kale

p'tit piaf vin rouge

p’tit piaf vin rouge

festive tools

festive tools

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

spooning

spooning

heart attack

heart attack

heart cleavage

heart cleavage

up close & green

up close & green

all together now

all together now


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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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late autumn, preparing the body for winter

Today I want to share with you some simple tips for late autumn. Here in NYC the air is crisp and Thanksgiving is this week! As you might have experienced, this time of year our bodies go into storing mode inoder to prepare for the colder months. Ergo, heavier processed foods become appealing (e.g., dairy, packaged food, etc…). Instead of allowing cravings to dictate our plate, we can select seasonally appropriate foods to center our bodies for now and the colder months ahead. Traditional Macrobiotic meals are my favorite go-tos this late in fall. Root vegetables, adzuki beans, brown rice, and greens are all great options. Oatmeal is divine for breakfast, have fun by adding your favorite nuts and fruit.

fig, pecan oatmeal

fig, pecan oatmeal

Umeboshi plums are another great macrobiotic treat when you are feeling a little weak or spacey from the changing season. The yin fruit mixed with yang energies of salt and time allow for a nice, balancing effect (add some to a cup of kukicha tea and zap your hangover).

umeboshi

umeboshi

Most importantly, however, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beauty. Go to the park, appreciate the winds of change, and reap the harvest of all your healthy efforts.

If you live in the NYC area I am accepting new clients at this time. For those who are not near, I also do consulting via phone or Skype. Check my contact information tab to schedule your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

With love,

Genni.


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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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raw, vegan ice cream

Hello :),

How are you?

I am sorry I missed Wellness Wednesday last week; I was finishing up my travels abroad. I hope your summer is still great as well.

Speaking of summer, I want to share with you a receipe that mixes two of my favorite summer loves – raw food and ice cream. yum. yum. yum. This fantastic recipe comes from the one and only Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram over at fullyraw.com (head over there and check out the plethora of tips and recipes).

Recipe for her banana ‘nice’ cream:

*8-9 frozen bananas

*1-2 peaches

*1 cup-o-berries

If you are traveling or do not own a high speed blender, a little splash of fresh coconut milk or water can help with blending. Put the bananas in the blender and blend. Next the peaches. Place in a serving bowl. Add the berries as sprinkles on top –  voila!

triple take

triple take


up-close-and-juicy

up-close-and-juicy


ice-cream ambiance

ice-cream ambiance

Now you have a chemical free, dairy free, gluten free, fully raw dessert with no artificial sweeteners. ENJOY.

I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite summer health treats?  

Talk soon,

Genni.