Loving this chill in the air! Autumn is on its way and my apartment smells FANTASTIC with all these Autumn-y additions! I bought cloves and squash yesterday and got so excited! Pumpkin smoothies are just around the corner! Currently, my entire apartment is smelling like the vegetable stock I’ve got on the stove, and it’s making my mouth water. If you haven’t seen my post on making vegetable stock, check it out here. It is so simple and easy, and if you don’t have juicer pulp, you can always save up your kitchen scraps in an airtight container and use those! That’s what I did today. I made ratatouille last week as well as some vegetable soup, and had plenty of scraps to make stock this morning. I also used basil, rosemary, and thyme from my herb garden. I may never wash my hands again; they always smell so divine after picking fresh herbs!
I’ve started to get into a morning routine now that classes have resumed. For those of you who don’t know, I am in graduate school at Case Western Reserve University pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. I like to wake up, shuffle into the kitchen to put the teapot on the stove, and drink a nice, hot glass of water with a lemon wedge squeezed in. I find that if I do that before anything else, even breakfast or a workout, it really makes me feel invigorated and ready to start the day! After my lemon water is downed and I’m caught up on important things like Facebook and Pinterest news, I do a 30-50 minute yoga routine. My favorite place to find at-home yoga routines is here. All the routines are free, and yoga is my way of creating an oasis in what I know is going to be a crazy day! Then it’s juice time.
My juice today was very reflective of this mildly chilly weather. I also used other vegetable scraps to make it, like broccoli, zucchini, and tomato. To add a bit of sweet, I juiced the apple cores I saved from a couple of apples I ate yesterday. Pretty yummy and not too sweet, and very green! Not to mention, the perfect fuel for my studies!
For those of you resuming classes, may the curve be ever in your favor! For everyone else, keep doing what you’re doing! Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean it’s time to slack on your health!
Stay healthy, and stay HAPPY!