Festive Roasted Vegetables

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This recipe is a family favourite, and the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

I love that this festive roasted vegetable recipe goes so well with all the classic holiday dinner side dishes like potatoes, stuffing, and green beans.

Even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you’ll love these ones!

Roasted Brussels sprouts taste great combined with traditional Autumn flavours of maple, cranberry, and cinnamon.

The carrots and beets provide a slightly sweet contrast to the brussel sprouts, and you get a bit of crunch from the pecans.

This holiday recipe will bring so many colours and lots of flavour to your holiday meal!

Enjoy!

 

Festive Roasted Vegetables

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups brussel sprouts
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups beets
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 Tbsp Avocado Oil (or another oil for high heat cooking), divided
  • 4 Tbsp Maple Syrup, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, divided
  • Salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Roasted Carrots and Beets:

  1. Peel and cut beets into 1/2-3/4 inch wedges or cubes.
  2. Toss beets with 2 Tbsp avocado oil, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Peel and cut carrots diagonally into 1-2 inch long pieces (1 inch long at the thick end, 2 inches at the thin end).
  4. In a separate bowl (so you don't stain the carrots with beet juice), toss carrots with 2 Tbsp avocado oil, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
  5. Lightly coat baking sheet with oil.
  6. Toss each bowl one more time, then transfer carrots to one half of the baking sheet and beets to other side.
  7. Bake at 400°F for one hour, uncovered, tossing once after 30 minutes of cooking.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

  1. While beets and carrots are roasting, trim brussel sprouts, remove discolored leaves, and cut in half.
  2. In the bowl used for carrots, toss brussel sprouts with 3 Tbsp avocado oil and salt (to taste).
  3. Transfer brussel sprouts to baking sheet, cut side down.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, uncovered, while the beets and carrots are finishing up.
  5. When 5-10 minutes left, turn the brussel sprouts cut side up, for even browning.

Assembly:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the beets, carrots, brussel sprouts, pecans and cranberries, and mix to combine.
  2. Serve immediately.

NOTES:

  • If you like more sweetness, add 2 Tbsp more maple syrup to the mixture after cooking.
  • You can substitute any vegetables you like. Squash is a nice sub for the carrots and beets and takes the same amount of time to cook as the brussel sprouts.
  • You can shorten the roasting time by partially cooking the beets and carrots ahead of time by steaming or microwaving.

 

 

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Get Rapid Relief from Overwhelm

If you're a Highly Sensitive Person, and/or you often feel overwhelmed or overstimulated, I made this video for you.

I share 3 simple steps you can take right now to get rapid relief from overwhelm and begin to cultivate inner peace for the long term.

I promise, getting to calm is much easier than you think with simple breathing and mindfulness techniques!

 

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An Action Plan for Overcoming Overwhelm

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You probably can’t find anyone over the age of 10 that hasn’t felt overwhelmed at some point, and if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person, it doesn’t take much to get overwhelmed compared to others, but the feeling and the impact are the same no matter how quickly you arrive there.

It can be very challenging to focus on solutions and take the necessary steps to resolve the situation when your mind is in overdrive and your nervous system has moved into stress mode. However, focus and action can solve most challenging situations in your life.

We all know that worrying about it won’t solve the issue… it just prolongs the agony.

10 steps to get from feeling overwhelmed to peaceful:

1. Take a few deep breaths. Before you can think clearly about solutions, you need to calm your nervous system down because it’s preparing to flee from a tiger so your rational brain is not being prioritized. You can trick your nervous system into thinking you’re relaxed with this simple technique: breathe in for the count of 4, hold it for 7, and exhale for 8. Repeat 3 times (or more if you need it).

2. Identify what is under your control. There’s little point to worrying about those things outside your locus of control. Determine what you can control and place your attention there.

3. Focus on solutions. Now that you know what you can and can’t change, keep your attention on finding a solution. Obsessing over the problem won’t accomplish anything other than driving up your stress levels. Time and attention spent on solutions is the best way out of a mess.

4. Create a strategy. Make a plan for putting your solution into action. Figure out what you need to do and put as much time and effort into your plan as you can. The more you do, the better your odds of overcoming your challenges.

5. Get your rest. Being overwhelmed is stressful. It’s important to get your rest to recover as much as possible. A good night’s sleep is highly under-rated! Sleep impacts your mind, body and performance. Without quality sleep, you’re simply not healthy.

6. Eat well. Many people stop eating when they’re highly stressed. Others resort to eating a lot of junk. Neither is going to be good for you or help you to deal with your situation. Maintain good nutrition during challenging times.

7. Remind yourself that there is good in your life. Be grateful for what you have. You probably have more than the vast majority of people in the world. Make a list of all the things and people you have in your life that you appreciate and remind yourself of just how lucky you are.

8. Blow off some steam. Exercise or an outdoor activity might be just what you need to burn up that extra energy. You’ll feel less anxious and have an easier time getting a good night’s sleep. Take the time to get your body moving and get some fresh air to recalibrate.

9. Celebrate your successes. Even a little progress is worthy of celebration. Be proud of yourself and get excited about moving forward. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel! This is highly motivating. One success leads to another and even the smallest steps count.

10. Get help. Two heads and four hands can accomplish more than just a single person. Ask for help and see what happens. The worst anyone can do is say “no”. You won’t be any worse off. If you find yourself living in a state of overwhelm quite often, help can also take the form of coaching or therapy. Get the help you need.

Overwhelm is an emotion everyone is familiar with. It can be debilitating if you fail to address it properly. Worrying only makes you feel worse and makes you less capable. Focus on solutions and put your time and energy into things that support your wellbeing.

To your High Vitality Life,

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Wellness Gift Guide for the Holidays 2020

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20 wellness gift ideas I curated especially for you.

The holidays are just around the corner! With all the craziness of this year, online shopping has become the go-to for many of us. To make your shopping a little easier, I’ve assembled 20 of my favorite wellness gifts, from sleep aids to books to kitchen gadgets, that you can get delivered to your door.

This 2020 holiday gift list contains some of my favorite things I’ve given or received over the years. As much as possible, these gifts are eco-friendly, natural, organic, or health-promoting.

Important:  If you choose to purchase anything through the links in this article, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my work!  You can find my full affiliate disclosure here if you like reading the fine print!

 

Without further ado... "these are a few of my favorite things" (Ha! Now you're going to have that song stuck in your head!):

1.  Philips SmartSleep Alarm Clock - Wake up gently to gradual light and sound. This is a game-changer for Highly Sensitive People.

2.  Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp - I love the soothing warm pinky-orange glow from these beautiful lamps. Also makes a great night-light and has a dimmer.

3.  Plant Therapy Essential Oils - Therapeutic grade essential oils with kid-safe and organic options. Plant Therapy has great prices and easy to order (no subscriptions or regular order commitments). They have some great blends for wellness, or holiday scents, as well as lip balms, lotions, and more.

4.  Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler - with straw and removable handle, this large mug keeps things cold or warm for hours.

5.  AirDoctor Home Air Purifier - I've had this filter in my home for 2 years now and I love it! It captures particles 100x smaller than a regular HEPA filter.

6.  Weighted blankets and other sensory comfort products - these make a soothing gift that help you feel calm and relaxed. Weighted blankets have demonstrated benefits for sleep. Especially helpful for people with high sensitivity.

7.  Light Therapy Lamp - Feel blue in the winter? This super-bright light keeps cortisol levels healthy.

8.  Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker - This revolutionized dinner at my house. Cook a whole frozen chicken in one hour! It's also a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer... hello, extra space in my cupboards!

9.  Good Vibes Adult Coloring Book - Coloring isn’t for kids anymore and studies show it may reduce stress levels. 

10. Shiatsu Massager - With heat and plush cover to relieve muscle pain, this rivals an actual massage for half the price!

11. Stainless Steel Water Bottle - The water bottle I use that keeps water cold all day, with a one-handed flip-top lid for easy access!

12. Leather-Bound Notebook - A beautiful leather journal for sketching or journaling.

13. Plant Therapy's Essential Oil Diffuser for Kids - a plush animal along with a KidsSafe Oil blend. I love Plant Therapy's KidSafe products

14. Vitamix Blender - This is their basic model, but still professional-grade. It's an amazing blender that will last for years

15. Wide Mouth Mason Jar Lids - Turn your mason jars into endless opportunities for drinking, pouring, or storing

16. Portable Hammock - It's sooo relaxing and the kiddo has a swing to play on wherever we go camping. 

17. The Four Agreements - One of the most popular book recommendations because really... everyone should read it.

18. Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? - It can be so confusing to know what we should eat. Dr. Mark Hyman has written an extremely practical, helpful resource book backed by scientific and nutritional research, to set the record straight.

19. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You - This book is a valuable resource for Highly Sensitive People, as well as those who are trying to understand the trait.

20. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom - First published in 1994 and now in its 5th revision (2020), this book has remained the veritable bible of women's physical and emotional wellness.

 

To your High Vitality Life,

Signature Shannon transp

 

2 WAYS TO GET MORE VITALITY IN YOUR LIFE FOR FREE:

  1. Join one of my private Facebook communities:

    • Click here to join "High Vitality Life Revolution" - for women who are taking control of their health and happiness, with free daily support, tips, resources, inspiration, mini-challenges, and more, OR...

    • Click here to join "Wellness Collective for HSPs" - for Highly Sensitive People and Empaths who want to thrive, with daily support from me and other HSPs, plus tips, resources, inspiration, and mini-wellness challenges for a holistic approach to inner peace and a lifestyle that supports your unique needs for the long term.

  1. Click here to get a free "Vitality Session" with me - where we will put our heads together and figure out how you can make some real strides towards a more peaceful, happy, healthy life. With over 30 years' experience, I guarantee we will increase your vitality.

 

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Buddha Bowl

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As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, the name of the game for meals at my house is FAST and EASY! 

Here's a stand-by that can be recreated in so many different ways that it never gets boring.

Try switching up the veggies or the dressing to anything you like and you've got a brand new meal.

Honestly, just use what you've got in the pantry or fridge. You can't lose.

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Enjoy!

 

Buddha Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes (if you have to cook the quinoa today)
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup baby spinach 
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (cold or hot)
  • ½ cup chickpeas (canned)
  • ½ cup red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup cucumber, sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dash salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make quinoa if you don't have leftovers in the fridge.
  2. Put spinach in large bowl 
  3. Top with cooked quinoa, chickpeas, red pepper, and cucumber.
  4. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil. Add dash of salt & pepper if desired. Enjoy!

NOTES:

You can add anything you like to this Buddha bowl! Why not try:

  • Veggies - like carrots, lettuces, roasted broccoli, etc.
  • Protein - like salmon, chicken, tofu, beans, etc.
  • Healthy fats - like avocados, hard boiled eggs, etc.

 

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