It’s time to get away and indulge in some rest and relaxation!
This month, we’ll prepare a shaker salad, learn why to buy organic, test standup paddleboarding, which is already a hit on the beaches, know how to meditate and make our own soap.
Chicken quinoa shaker salad:
* 75 g diced cooked chicken breast
* 100 g cooked and seasoned red and white quinoa
* 20 g torn romaine lettuce leaves
* 50 g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
* 5 black olives
* 1 handful of almonds
* A few leaves fresh basil
* 4 spoonfuls homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Pour the balsamic vinaigrette into a 1-liter jar. Add the cherry tomatoes, olives, quinoa, chicken, lettuce, basil and, finally, the almonds. Close the jar with an airtight lid.
This salad is an excellent source of proteins and unsaturated fatty acids.
Shake and enjoy.
Spotlight on health: organic, sure, but why?
Organic food is derived from organic farming, which respects the environment and animals. Organic agriculture prohibits additives, fertilizers and pesticides. It respects the land via crop rotation and the use of seeds adapted to the climate. It improves biodiversity and does not pollute groundwater. It also respects animals via the use of organic animal feed, the selection of local breeds and the prohibition of certain medication. Researchers from the CNRS (French National Scientific Research Center) have proven that products from organic farming possess nutritional benefits far superior to those of conventional farming. There is a real gap between the two in terms of the content of vitamins, antioxidants, Omega-3, etc. This compensates for the fact that organic products are slightly more expensive.
By purchasing organic products, you take a stand for ecology and animal well-being, but you also opt for meals with better nutritional quality.
Spotlight on sports: standup paddleboarding.
Standup paddleboarding, more commonly known as SUP, is one of the hottest sports at the moment. By now, everyone has seen men and women standing on long boards, surfing the waves with a big paddle. This sport was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1778. Sailing near the Hawaiian Islands, he spotted people riding the waves while standing on solid wood boards, some up to at least 16 feet long. This sport will make you work on your balance and core muscle strength, as well as your upper and lower body, for muscle chains in complete harmony. The sea air will help purify your respiratory system and sweep away any eventual bacteria. So why not work out while having fun? All that’s left for you to do is travel the globe in search of the “perfect wave.”
Spotlight on relaxation: meditation.
Make the most of your vacation to take a good look at the past year and focus on your “inner self.” Lie down in a place where you feel comfortable, clear your head and release tension from every part of your body. Each time you breathe in, take in happiness, calm and energy. Bring them in through every pore of your body. Each time you breathe out, let go of muscle tension and release everything negative: stress, anxiety, fear… Do this exercise every day. It’s a step to finding inner peace!
Spotlight on cosmetics: how to make homemade soap.
* 100 ml organic coconut or olive oil
* 500 g glycerin soap
* 50 g fresh aloe vera
* 3 tbsp thyme honey
* Soap molds
* Two glass containers
Combine the glycerin soap and coconut oil and heat in a bain-marie until the mixture reaches 40°C/104°F. Mix until obtaining the consistency of a gel. Add the honey and aloe vera, while stirring well. Pour into a mold and cover with a towel. Cool for 24 hours in a fridge, then remove from the mold.
The benefits of honey and aloe vera will make your skin glow and remove all impurities.