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Turning the day around!

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“Everything we do is infused with the energy we do it with” – wise words from one of my spiritual gurus, Miss Marianne Williamson! Hit all too close to home this morning when I overslept my alarm and woke up when I was supposed to be on my way to set for the day. Absolutely worst way to wake up, right?! Despite having set at least five alarms, my body obviously didn’t feel like cooperating this AM. Naturally, I’m frantic, trying to remedy the situation and completely beating myself up but as soon as I caught my breath and was on my way I had to have a mini intervention. First, I serendipitously saw this quote and secondly, I knew that there was nothing my self-loathing was helping at the moment. So I put my big girl panties on, took a few deep breathes and allowed myself to be human. In that minute I made the choice to continue the rest of my day in peace instead of letting that frantic energy resonate with everything I did for the rest of the day. I hope this can inspire and move you to face your Mondays (and any other days) with love and peace. Maybe you can do one better than me and make that choice for peace before you get too far into that negative spiral! Our days will go as positively as our mindset allows, so let’s all have Marvelous Monday!

Peace, Love and Cupcakes,

Cassandra

Dijon-Balsamic Salmon with Orange-Lentil Salad

This Dijon-Balsamic Salmon with Orange-Lentil Salad is actually relatively simple and a great light, healthy dinner! Plus, if you’re cooking for one or just have leftovers of the lentil salad, you can eat it the next day for lunch or poach some eggs on top of it for a delicious breakfast. Delicious and multi-purpose, oh my!

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Dijon-Balsamic Salmon with Orange-Lentil Salad

2 medium sized oranges

5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

a pinch or two of sea salt

dijon mustard (1/2 tsp for salad – about 2 per piece of salmon)

a pinch or two of freshly grounded black pepper

1 can of lentils or 16oz

2 sprigs of finely chopped mint

1/2 of a medium sized red onion, chopped

Salmon – as many pieces as you need, skin removed

To start off, preheat your oven to 400 degrees for the salmon. In a bowl, squeeze the juice out of your two oranges. Grate a bit of the skin and let the tiny pieces of zest fall into your orange juice. Add your oil, vinegar, salt, 1/2 tsp of mustard and pepper and gently stir in your lentils, chopped mint and onion. Add more seasoning to your taste.

Put your salmon fillets in a foil lined baking pan. Lightly sprinkling salt and pepper on each side. In a separate bowl add equal parts dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar to taste and depending on how many salmon fillets your making. Brush the balsamic mustard on your fish liberally and stick them in the oven! They should be just about cooked through around 8-10 minutes. Serve on top of lentils and optionally garnish with some mint sprigs and an orange slice, you know, if you want to be all fancy. ;)

 

Monday Motivation

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Anyways, back to happiness!
So often I see people letting their exercise and healthy eating attempts stress them out! It totally defeats the whole purpose of taking care of yourself. This week, lets turn our attention to happiness and focus on creating more of it! Stress kills and happiness heals! Take a moment right now and in your phone or on a post it write down 5-10 things you can do on the average day that make you happy. I challenge you this week to look at this list everyday and pick one thing every day to do! Make happiness a priority this week and your eating habits and activity will fall in line.

Be sure to comment below and let me know some of the things on your happiness list! Have a great Monday!