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Recipe: Korean Kimchi Noodle Stir Fry2 min read

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This rapid recipe comes together before you can place a takeout order. Kimchi, a traditional side dish and staple in Korean cooking brings both flavor and health benefits to this dish. Packed with beneficial probiotics, this seasoned and fermented ingredient boosts your gut health and helps your immune and digestive systems function at their best. Be sure to add the kimchi at the very end of cooking; too much high heat can cook off some of its probiotic power. Feel free to add whatever protein you like in this recipe. Simply cooked poultry or fish would be delicious next to these noodles.

Serves 2 generously

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box udon noodles (swap in buckwheat noodles for a gluten free option)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil (try vegetable or rice bran oil)
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts chopped, and divided
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized (or cut into thin noodle like ribbons)
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, to taste
  • 1 cup aged kimchi, minced
  • Cubed tofu or sunny side up fried eggs, to serve

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add the salt, and add the noodles. Cook per package instructions until just tender. Drain, run under cold water, and set aside in the colander.
  2. In a large skillet, add the cooking oil and heat over medium. Add the white parts of the scallions (reserve the green parts), the garlic, and the zucchini noodles. Cook for 1-2 minutes until just starting to soften.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the gochujang, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Add to the pan, and lower the heat to low.
  4. Add the cooked noodles and kimchi to the pan and toss well to combine. Make sure the noodles are well coated in the sauce and the kimchi is distributed.
  5. To serve, top with the chopped green scallions and your cubed tofu or fried eggs. Enjoy!

 

Note: This dish keeps well in the fridge and tastes delicious cold too! Feel free to substitute different noodles based on your preference.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 16, 2018 at 15:17

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Affordable International Yoga Retreats for 20182 min read

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Whether you are an avid yogi, just starting to practice, or have never even set foot on a yoga mat, yoga retreats can be beneficial for anyone in any walk of life. The practice of controlling your breath and slowly moving your body through a series of poses not only slows your heart rate and helps to fight anxiety, but also releases physical stresses and boosts your energy.

Check out these international yoga retreats that will feed your soul and can help you achieve the positive energy you need to have a great year.

Bali, Indonesia

 Available year round.

This four-day solo yoga retreat offers beginner and intermediate yoga classes along with full-service amenities and access to many popular tourist attractions. Types of yoga range from slow to invigorating Vinyasa flows and restorative yoga sessions to help you rest and recuperate, all the way to more challenging AcroYoga. Most of the packages include access to a clean and quiet dorm facility and basic but tasty breakfast – exactly what you would expect from a full-immersion yoga retreat. Try it if you’re looking for a unique way to experience Indonesia while dipping your toes into the meditative world of yoga.

Manali, India

 Available April 27-May 6, 2018

Located on a high mountain ridge, this three-day yoga retreat combines trekking yoga with through the Himalayas. If you’re into the great outdoors, this retreat is for you since it has a campsite 10,000 meters up with a great view of the famous peaks of the Himalayas. Included in this package is a two-night stay on the campground, transportation, vegetarian meals, and a local trekking guide who doubles as the yoga instructor. For those seeking to become closer to nature while fueling their inner yogi, this is the retreat for you!

Andalusia, Spain

Available December through March

The seven day “Choose to Be Yourself” retreat is named so because you can choose any style yoga class you’d like, twice a day, while having the rest of the day to yourself. Located a mere five-minute walk from the Los Lances Norte beach, pretty much everything is supplied for this retreat—from housing and bedding to yoga mats and even Wi-Fi. The classes are geared towards the individual, which means they can be as intense or as slow as the attendee needs. Moreover, this retreat offers vegan food or a large common kitchen should you choose to cook your own meals. This retreat offers the flexibility necessary to reenergize and relax your mind, body, and soul.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Available year round

This four-day yoga retreat is titled “Small Changes” since it is designed to help you take the first steps in becoming a healthier, happier you. This is a great way to get back on track if you have strayed a bit in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The retreat includes housing, complimentary breakfast and lunch, along with a daily yoga and meditation session and even free bike rental to explore the area. What sets this retreat apart, however, are that spa services, massages and facials that are also included in the package.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 15, 2018 at 22:24

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Turks and Caicos: 4 Water Sports to Try in When You’re Tired of Relaxing3 min read

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is known as one of the best stretches of beach in the entire world. Its white sand and blue-green water is calm compared to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and it provides the perfect spot to spend hours lounging with a good book and even a cocktail. It’s what initially drew my husband and I to visit Turks and Caicos.

But I also knew the desire to sit on the beach with a book would wear off after a few days, and we’d want to have other activities lined up throughout our time.

Turks and Caicos offers more than just ridiculously beautiful beaches to relax on. It’s got plenty of other fun activities to do all over Providenciales, which we discovered as we explored the island in our tiny rental car. Here are some fun activities to take part in while you visit absolute paradise.

SUP on Grace Bay

Many resorts on Grace Bay offer free access to snorkel gear, stand-up paddle (SUP) boards, kayaks and Hobie Cats for when you tire of relaxing. It’s a great way to try something new without committing.

The bay’s calm waters make trying SUP boarding a little easier than in the Atlantic Ocean. But beware—it’s harder than it looks, and it’ll test the strength of your arms and your core.

Swim in the Shallow Water of Princess Alexandria National Park

Finding our way to this beach was a little tricky, but the solitude and calm, shallow water was well worth turning around once or twice in our tiny rental car. From Grace Bay Road, turn left onto Sandpiper Avenue, a sand and rock road, then look for a small sign for Princess Alexandria National Park parking.

This beach is absolutely stunning—and there’s a great chance you’ll be one of the only visitors. We spent our time swimming in the shallow water, looking for sea life with our video camera and relaxing in the water. Enjoy the solitude—and feel free to use the free beach chairs.

Jet Ski on Sapodilla Bay

Shallow and calm water in Sapodilla Bay means it’s a safe spot for children and adults to play and swim. But the bay is also a great place to inject some adventure into your trip. We rented jet skis right on the beach and explored the coast of Providenciales, including an abandoned pirate ship (really!), some massive multi-million dollar homes and various beaches on the coast.

Sapodilla Bay beach is about 10 miles away from Grace Bay. While you’re there, drive through Chalk Sound National Park to see turquoise water and small, rocky islands.

Snorkel (and More) on a Boat Tour

Turks and Caicos is known for its snorkeling because of the reefs surrounding the island. Most resorts and rentals offer snorkel gear that you can rent or borrow, but for the best experience (and fit), you might want to bring your own gear.

If you’re a watersport newbie like myself, one way to try snorkeling is on a half- or full-day boat cruise. These tours combine views of the island from the water, some snorkeling out on the reef, a visit to a deserted island, fresh conch ceviche and the chance to swim and play in open water.

It felt a little intimidating to jump into the middle of the ocean with gear and start snorkeling. But guides are welcoming and the group is encouraging—so there’s really nothing to do except jump off the boat and strap on your fins.

The water is so clear off the coast of TCI that you can easily see the reef 20 to 30 feet below. Snorkeling not only gives you the chance to see all sorts of sea life—you’ll also get a great low-impact workout.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 5, 2018 at 17:26

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