Hey, #bfitnation! With the New Year comes a perfect opportunity to work on your health, and an incredibly easy (and fun) way to do this is by improving the way you eat on a daily basis. Over my winter break from school, I read a fantastic book called Yoga Girl, written by Rachel Brathen. In this super inspiring autobiography, Rachel shares countless delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes, along with a guide of how to do certain yoga poses, and how to integrate your practice into your daily life.

I, personally, am not afraid to say that I am not an athletic person. I do my best to take care of my body by eating healthily as a vegetarian, but sometimes it is way too easy to get lazy and eat a bag of Cheetos instead of preparing some carrot sticks with hummus. Ergo, it takes more than just my vegetarianism to keep my body healthy. Along with riding horses, I have recently decided to pick up yoga as a method of exercise, and trust me… it’s not nearly as simple, or easy, as it looks.Ella blog 4

Before I get too far into yoga, let’s talk about some recipes! One of the most delicious creations on the entire planet (in my opinion, of course) is guacamole. Of course you can buy a guacamole spread from just about any grocery store, but there is something truly rewarding about carefully selecting your own organic produce and watching it become something so heavenly by your own hands. Anyway, here we go:

You will need…

  • 2 big, ripe avocados (it can be easy to be afraid of avocados because of the fats they carry, but avocados are actually considered a superfood that are really good for you, so don’t worry about it!)
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of half of a fresh lemon.
  • You could also add some diced up tomatoes if you’d like (not my personal favorite, however).
  • Start by finely slicing up the onions and garlic into a bowl  
  • Add the avocado, and then smash it all together
  • Squeeze in the lemon juice and add salt and pepper for seasoning.
  • Also, it’s a good idea to make sure to take it easy on the salt if you will be eating your guacamole with salty tortilla chips.

There you have it: A super tasty guacamole, and I can probably guarantee that your guac will taste better knowing that you made it yourself, too.

Now, onto the more climactic part of this post: yoga! Yoga is not just a bunch of hippies sitting criss-cross-applesauce in a circle humming or chanting. True yoga is all about finding peace and balance within yourself. Therefore, it is simple to add yoga into your daily life. Check back in soon to learn some more about yoga, and how to do some poses.

Written by: Ella Mawyer