November 15, 2012 by Leanne Vogel December 13, 2018
A girl’s gotta treat herself every once in awhile. Whether it’s a weekend retreat, getting a pedicure, or an elaborate haircut, doing something kind to ourselves makes us feel good, relaxed and special. It doesn’t have to be huge. Heck, I consider taking myself out to tea and reading for a couple of hours in a comfy coffee shop a way to treat myself. That’s like, a $3 activity, tops.
My activity of choice yesterday wasn’t $3 but it was essential. My skin has been begging for some special treatment since we arrived in Montreal. I’ve been get crazy breakouts for no reason, dry patches, oily patches… it’s a war zone. So I booked myself in for a facial at the spa down the street from my yoga studio. They use Image Organic Skincare Products; a line one of my girlfriends swears by. The spa is also running a discount on facials this month, so I figured yesterday was a good a day as any to book myself in and get my face glowing again.
I’ll let you know what I think of the product in a couple of weeks!
Okay, on to food.
Last time I used these little red lentils, I threw them in a batch of granola. Gosh, that stuff was good. Red lentils are the bomb!
Out of all of the two week cleanse recipes we’ve enjoyed so far, this is my favorite. It’s crazy good and really, really good for you. Each serving has 18 grams of fiber. 18! That’s insanity!
Ah yes, and it comes with it’s very own homemade masala.
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I bought this cinnamon bark and saffron in India and am savoring every last bit of it before it’s gone. You can buy the bark here, just look for it in the ethnic isle of your grocery store. It’s so much more flavorful that cinnamon sticks, it’ll blow your mind!
If you don’t have a grinder, I’d recommend swapping out the homemade masala with some garam masala instead.
Okay, begin by chopping up your onions and celery. Nice and fine!
Add to a large saucepan and cook with garlic and oil.
Meanwhile, you can get your masala ready. I like using a cast iron pan, but use whatever you have handy. You just want to toast the seeds so that the flavor develops. Toasted cumin seeds are one of my favorite things on this planet.
Once your veggies are soft and your seeds are toasted,
It’s time to add everything to a pot, grind, and get this party started!
Cook until the lentils are softened, but still a tiny bit firm. If you cook it too long it’ll look like a soppy mess.
I topped my bowl with a bit of chopped grape tomatoes to make it look purdy.
What do you like treating yourself with? When’s the last time you did it?
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.