Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

I’m a HUGE tea drinker. I love loose teas, Yogi Tea, random exotic teas I find in TJ Maxx, and pretty much any other kind you can think of. Tea is to my afternoon snacks as a glass of cabernet is to my dinner; it’s all about balance, am I right? 😉 Any time I can fix a small ailment with natural remedies, I have to give myself a pat on the back and count that as a small victory. It just feels so cool to have some control over minor aches, right? Here’s what my little tea apothecary looks like… For “that time” of the month: TMI ALERT! Ladies: This stuff really does work when it comes to easing cramps. I’ll drink two strongly brewed cups in the days leading up to that time as well as the first day, and I notice a significant difference. A lot of times I can even skip the ibuprofen, which is awesome! EDIT: If you read the comments, you may have caught an important disclaimer about this one. Check out this little PSA from a fellow bad yogi:  “Just a psa that raspberry leaf is one of of several herbs that are known to sometimes interfere with hormonal birth control methods. To be on the safe side, I would not advise consuming it if you are simultaneously on hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy. ‘common herbs that are known for promoting ovulation. They include “Red Clover Flower, False Unicorn Root, Kelp, Nettle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Black Cohosh, Don Quai Root, Wild Yams, Pumpkin Seeds, Saw Palmetto Berry and Sarsaparilla Root.”...
Bad Yogi Wine List

Bad Yogi Wine List

Hey guys! What’s up this week? I’m filming a Yoga for Weight Loss series, planning for a massive project set to launch next year, writing a E-BOOK which will be available in November(dropped a bomb on ya there ;)), among other things such as obsessing over my little pug friend that we’re babysitting: Now, as you know, I drink wine. Not in excess (hopefully that goes without saying, haha) but a couple times a week we pick up a bottle of something new, or just an old favorite and enjoy a couple glasses with dinner. I’m not a connoisseur but thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you. Because let’s be real: none of us know what we’re looking for when scanning a zillion labels in Target or Total Wine anyway, right? 😉 In no particular order… 1) Apothic Dark. This is super juicy and pretty sweet (at least I think so)! Lots of berries happening in this one, which makes it really smooth and easy to drink. I think it’s really pretty in the glass too: almost black it’s such a deep red! Plus, I definitely love that it’s only $11. 2) 337 Cabernet by Noble Vines. I don’t know why, but this surprised me; I thought it was going to be really bad but it turns out it was pretty good! I think a lot of times this style of modern packaging holds wine that’s just ehhh… Anyway! Not too sweet and a little spicy with some pepper or spice in there, and it’s $12 where I buy it 🙂   3)...
Bad Yogi Approved Green Smoothie + A Confession Session

Bad Yogi Approved Green Smoothie + A Confession Session

How do you know you’ve found a green smoothie recipe that will stand the test of time? I’m not sure, but a good indication is that I’ll not only drink it, but LIKE it. I’m here with a great, go-to green smoothie recipe that I know you’ll love, so stay tuned for that below… So, I go through my emails every morning to respond to your questions and read the stories you send me about your journey and life, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the day. Sometimes you make me cry with how heartfelt you are, and other times I’m laughing out loud! I love that you trust me with your stories and your practice, so in the spirit of sharing (and over sharing, haha), I wanted to do another Bad Yogi confessional because let’s be real: getting nosey is fun! 😉 1) I have a guilty pleasure (actually, I have many!) and as of late that’s watching garbage TV passively. Each morning after I wake up, I go downstairs to ship your bad yogi tanks and respond to urgent emails and while I’m doing that… *drum roll* … I watch old episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians! DID I JUST SAY THAT OUT LOUD?! I know, I know– people with some sense of pride aren’t supposed to voluntarily admit to watching such nonsense, but I DO and I don’t know why! I just can’t look away… Can we still be friends anyway? PLEASE?! 2) I’m gearing up to teach at the Princeton Yoga Center in a few weeks and I’m SO NERVOUS! I know I’m...
Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Disclaimer: This post is not any sort of political statement and I want to clarify that yes, I’m aware that this logic is not necessarily ideal for solving food shortages in developing countries, and that any food is better than no food in those areas. This is not an argument for how everyone should eat; it is simply my opinion and my reasoning for why I eat the way that I do. I do not discourage alternative diets like vegan/vegetarian/GF or any other modified version, nor do I think they’re incorrect in any way at all. Again, this is strictly my thought process for my personal food choices. **** I’m not speaking on the health side of things here, but merely offering my own opinion. I eat meat and always have, to include chicken, fish, and some beef. I’ve spent most of my adult life around cooking and eating, and two of the most influential people in my life are Italian and German, neither of which is known for having particularly vegetarian/vegan tendencies, haha 😉 Adding to this, I live with a French man who has exquisite taste in cheese and wine and can cook a mean filet and there’s not a cell in my body that desires to eliminate any of these things from my “menu,” so to speak. I think a lot of people are with me on this, but the yoga world is particularly unforgiving when it comes to diets that are a bit more… lax. On the flip side, I also understand what it’s like to feel badly about eating meat, especially now that we’ve...
Bad Yogi Cleanse-Friendly Lemon Barley Risotto

Bad Yogi Cleanse-Friendly Lemon Barley Risotto

Oh yes you read that right: a risotto that you can eat with a good conscience… and it tastes completely delicious. If you already got yours, you can use this as a lunch or dinner in the Bad Yogi Cleanse in place of one of the other recipes if you prefer! Now, let’s get right down to business, shall we? 😉 This was inspired by the lovely Sarah Copeland, more specifically by one of the recipes in her newest book, Feast. It was a radish risotto in the book, but when I decided I was going to make it, I only had about 3 of the 8 or so ingredients on hand. (<– story of my cooking life!) So I tweaked it to make it my own and it came out incredibly flavorful. It was rich and creamy and could have fooled me for a nuttier version of the real thing. Plus, I love that it makes a great, nutritious base in which you can add all sorts of extras: protein, veggies, spices– everything, really. Let’s do this thang! Lemon Barley Risotto Serves 2 as a main, or 4 as a side. Ingredients – 1 cup uncooked pearl barley – 3.5 cups low sodium chicken broth (or veggie) – 1 clove garlic, chopped finely – 1.5 tbsp butter (I use grassfed organic butter, but you can sub olive oil instead) – 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice – 1/4 cup parmesan (optional) – salt & pepper to taste Instructions 1. Heat medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add butter or oil and add chopped garlic. Sautee until it’s lightly golden and fragrant....