4 easy ingredients vegan ice cream |barefootveronicaluna

When I turned vegan 4 years ago, I  thought I was never going to be able to enjoy a creamy, dreamy, delicious ice cream. It has been an obsession of mine since I was a little kiddo. Taking every opportunity I got to buy ice cream or drink milkshakes (also my fave!) cause I mean a girl has to enjoy the little things in life, you feel me? And now that I’m vegan, the funny thing is that I literally get to eat ice cream or smoothies at all times of the day. For breakie – lunch – snack or dinner, I mean I make that shit with my eyes close ( to give you an idea on how many times I eat it )

And since I have a blog where I share these types of things, I thought that you peeps of the internet might  have a tiny obsession with ice cream, like I do , and why not make your life sweeter by sharing my super awesome (and easy) 2 ingredients ”nice cream” recipe.

Because let’s be real , I don’t have time to start making elaborate – raw – crazy ass ice creams recipe that you see out there , I am very debutant when it comes to recipes & actually trying to cook or bake anything comes close to a disaster if not a complete fail. I love to keep it simple , because the less ingredients the easier & usually the better!  So are you ready? Here it goes.

All you need to make a super satisfying, sweet, & delicious nice cream is.

*drum rolls*

  • 2 frozen ripped bananas
  • A handful of frozen strawberries
  • Cacao powder
  • Drizzle of agave syrup on top

*Option to add cashew milk for the extra creaminess (so I lied…it’s 5 ingredients)

 

And voila, there you have it! A perfect mid-afternoon snack to cool down on a hot summer day.

The fruit you decide to mix with the bananas is completely up to you, I also love blueberries, rasberries & mangos. You can also add no other fruits than frozen bananas and add some vanilla beans in it for a more traditional ”nice ” cream.

I hope you enjoy as much as I do this delicious healthy treat!

Happy humpday little cuties!

love & light always,

 

24 things I learned in 24 years | BarefootveronicaLuna

 

 

 

Being in your  20’s is a strange era , you are still allowed to act like you have no clue of what you’re doing (because you have no clue of what you’re doing) , you can still pull all nighters and feel relatively well the next day. It’s sociaby acceptable to live with your parents (and have no responsibilities), you can travel with a backpack and try to figure out what you want, you can start a blog and become a yoga teacher without people thinking you are crazy, ha! ( or just a little..)

It’s july 30, I’m sipping on a ginger & peach tea while listening to Lana Del Rey’s new album, and I am turning 24. I feel I am finally starting to think like a grown up and have real goals and plans like installing a mini bar in my living room. Jokes aside, I like getting older because it means I am getting wiser , learning new things, meeting new people, visiting new places, but most of all it means I get to live another day. Celebrating a new year comes with a lot of excitement, pride, self-reflection, and a great amount of soul searching. Here’s what I’ve learned in 24 years.

1. You are your own best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

I love being by myself, which is  a good thing since I’m going to be stuck with me forever ha! The more I grow older, the more I realize the importance of being patient and gentle with myself. Like any human being , chances are I am going to fuck it  up a couple times, letting go of the control and loving myself no matter what is the best way to get out of any situation.

2. Feeling ashamed about your dreams and desires is a waste of time.

I used to be shy when I told people about what I really wanted to do. Sometimes I still get little moments of doubts, but at this point in my life I don’t have any interest in hiding who I really am. The choices I make are my own and as long as I’m not harming anyone, there’s no point in being afraid of judgement because people are going to judge whether you do it , or you don’t!

3.  Family matters most.

Honestly, what freaks me out the most about growing up is the fact that If I am getting older, so are my parents. I am such a daddy’s girl , and I just want my dad to be here with me forever. Making time and truly being present with the people you love makes all the difference and trumps everything else.

4. Health is wealth

No more diets or crazy workout routines with no deep connection to my body or purpose to feel better. I only have one body and taking care of myself means doing yoga, eating plant based and staying hydrated. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean illness if you treat your body right throughout the years. Staying positive, loving yourself and creating a healthy lifestyle is the best way to cultivate your health.

5. It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.

I no longer feel guilty for not doing anything from time to time. I learned to listen to my body and if it means i have to take it easy for a day, so be it! Being okay with who I am and where I am is something I remind myself every single day. Trusting that I am in the right place, at all times.

6. You are constantly evolving and changing and so are the people in your life.

Which means it’s okay to let go of certain people or situations that are no longer serving me on my journey. Being mindful with who’m I spend my time has become very important to me. It might feel like a sad thing to let go of old friends, but sometimes it’s the only way to move forward.

7. Being grateful is the new happy.

Everytime I catch myself being nostalgic I tried to bring myself back to the present moment and reflect on all the positive things in my life. Counting your blessings is the best way to keep a smile your face!

8. Enjoy the little things.

As I am growing older, I realize good times as much as bad times don’t last forever. That’s why it’s super important to enjoy the little things and never stop to be amazed by what a new day has to offer. A list of my fave little things are ; drinking coffee in the morning, seating outside in the sun, talking with my dad, listening to my favourite songs, doing yoga.

9. Set goals and meet them.

Life is too short to not follow through with the goals you set yourself.

10. Do what makes you happy.

There is no place for regret in my life. I truly believe I am at the right place at the right time at all times. Everytime I catch myself being anxious or sad is because I am not fully in the present moment. I remind myself to do what makes me happy everyday, which means doing as much yoga as possbile ,teaching, traveling, eating delicious vegan food and laughing. Life is too short not to be happy!

11. Other people’s opinion don’t matter as much.

At the end of the day what matters is how you feel and the thoughts you think. Because that is  what creates your reality- not what other people think of you.

12.Heartbreaks are not the end of the world.

That is right, when you’re in your 20’s and you’ve been in a relationship for a while and then it ends. Sometimes it feels like you just lost everything and you end up lost and broken. Good news is that just like the good times, bad times also don’t last forever. It may seem like the worst thing possible, but know that you’ll be fine.

13. Being different is good.

14. Love yourself first.

I have to say my 20’s are all about self love and healing my body from past wounds and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. To think that in my teens I thought the concept of self love was ridiculous. Now I hug myself and say ” I love you” from time to time….it’s good for the soul! Self love care also comes in forms of warm baths, comfy socks, a glass of wine and a cozy night in watching netflix, but most importantly it’s an everyday commitment.

15. Work hard on your dreams.

I feel like my 20’s are there for me to build something that will allow me to live from my passion in the future. My parents always taught me to work hard for my dreams from the begining so I can reap the rewards later on. It’s never too late to start working on something that you love!

16. Be patient with yourself.

I’m not always going to get everything right and it’s okay to make mistakes.

17. Always come back to the present moment.

Sometimes I find myself being so caught up in the past or anxious about the future. In those times is where I feel the less productive or happy. Time is always passing and it’s best to just be present in each moment to fully enjoy life and the people around me.

18. Disconnecting from social media is good for the soul.

In 2017, it’s hard to not get hooked with social media. Especially when you run a blog and your job is to be on the internet. From time to time, it’s a good reminder to clear my head and reconnect with nature.

19. I am always learning.

I am a lion, I can’t help it if sometimes I think I know everything. But I bring myself back to earth and remember I’m always learning, which is the best part of growing up. Cause if you ain’t learning, what are you doing with your life anyways ?

20. Less is more.

21. Moments over things.

When I think about my best memories or experiences it never involves something material. But real people or events that happened that made me happy. I still talk about my trip to Asia with my travel buddy and we never get tired of going over and over all the amazing things we did. Those are most important.

22. Books will always be my best friend.

As long as there is a book to read, I will never get bored.

23. Don’t take everything (especially myself)) too serisouly.

Good thing I’ve never been very susceptible. I always take everything like a grain of sand and keep a light heart.

24. Where attention goes, energy flows.

I watched a great TED talk the other day about the power of mindfulness. And It was really interesting because the women in the video explained how what we practice everyday, is what grows stronger. Therefore, it is important to focus our energy on things we want to see flourish and grow in our lives like kindness towards ourselves and others so that everyday, it grows a little stronger.

Happy birthday to me!

Cheers!

Light & love always,

 

 

your body is your buddy; 4 tips to make peace with it.

As someone who used to have body image issues & lack of confidence for years, I know that it is difficult in today’s society to look at our bodies and love them just as they are. As women , especially we live under a microscope. Anywhere we look there is a different billboard, ad on tv  or magazine  telling us how we should look. So we start to compare our bodies with these idiotic unattainable images of beauty. Which often lead to eating disorders , depression and anxiety. It took me a couple of years of mistreating my body before I realized that if I wanted to be happy, I had to start loving myself. That is why now I can say to anyone out there struggling with an eating disorder and seeing exercise as some sort of punishment, there is a way out of all the hurt. But It takes effort , patience and willingness to first make the shift mentally, before you see it physically.

4 ways you can make peace with your body & working out .

Be mindful with everything you do. Or at least try to, the best way you can change your perspective on your body and workouts is to know what your thoughts are when it comes to food, and simply observe how they make you feel. You create your thoughts , but you are not your thoughts. They can be changed and redirect to more positive ones. When you think of working out , what thoughts or feelings arises? Going to the root of your mind by creating stillness is where you can find more clarity.

Think of your body as a friend, not an enemy.  Our bodies are so magical and we don’t give them enough credit sometimes for how amazing they are. They can bend, run, sweat, move and dance. Its supremely intelligent , it knows exactly what to do with the food you eat to nourish you on a cellular level. It’s always working for you so that you’re able to thrive and do all the things you need to do. Just like a friend, you want to treat your body gently. The best way is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and try to reduce your dairy & meat intake. The foods we eat have a huge impact on how we feel on the inside and the outside. Nourish yourself with vibrant, fresh food that make you feel alive!

Think of your workouts as a celebration. We often associate working out as a way of ”making up” for something we ate or drank. See what happens if you nourish the idea of working out to feel good, instead of looking a certain way. Just like yoga , when you’re in a certain pose, sometimes the true power is not in how the pose looks like , but the way it makes you feel. A good way to do this is to find a workout that you enjoy doing and tricks your mind into thinking it is actually fun. 

There is more than meets the eye. How about giving yourself credit for breathing ? The fact that you can walk ? That your heart pumps the right amount of blood for each artery , that your digestive system works for you at all times without having to think about it. Where your energy goes it’s where your energy will go as well, if you focus on the things you don’t like about yourself, chances are it will only get worse. The more you are aware of it, the more you are feeding that energy. Instead, let go of wanting to shape yourself a certain way, and start to trust the intelligence of your body. The shape/size/colour of your body doesn’t define you, but the quality of a person that you are that matter most Focus on loving and caring for your body, and it will love you right back.

”It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

I hope these will help you as much as it helps me, feel free to share your thoughts & if you have your own tips on how to love your body , share them in the comment’s section.

love & light always,

jump start your day : how to make your mornings healthier than ever.

I hear this all the time from friends, students, family that ”they are not a morning person ” and how they would ”never be able to workout in the morning” and I get it , i’ve been there as well, because setting up a healthy routine is not something that comes overnight, its  like developing a talent that you didn’t know was there. I am not going to lie, getting up in the morning to do my workout is not ALWAYS my favourite thing to do , but I’ve never regretted getting it in.

A few reasons why I think working out in the morning is the best ;

  •  It makes me feel super energized (with all the endorphins pumping through my system)
  • I feel like I can take over the word
  • Its a good way to get it over with and leaves  the rest of my day to tackle other important shit I have to do.
  • I get some me time before I have to talk to someone and pretend I am a nice person( just kidding, I am a nice person)

Are you wondering how you can also feel these awesome benefits in the morning but have no idea how you’ll be able to get up early in the morning? I’ve got your back amiga! Here are my top tips on how to help you start your day when everyone else is sleeping.

  • Put 3 alarm clocks and place your phone away from you. So you’ll have to get up to actually shut it down (it will avoid you hitting snooze 500times)
  • Have your workout clothes ready to go. Before going to bed, put your clothes to workout somewhere easy to grab, so you don’t have to spend 10mins searching for it. + Seeing your clothes all ready to go will motivate you to just get up and do it.
  • Think about how you’re going to feel after you workout.  ” I regret this workout I just did” said no one ever! There is no good or wrong way of working out, its all about doing what you can and go from there.
  • Follow accounts on instagram that motivate you to lead a healthy lifestyle. Ah the power of social media! Sometimes I don’t want to workout and I feel like procrastinating, and then I check my phone and it always gives me the extra kick I need because I know theres people out there actually doing something with their lives and I’m like , hey me too!

 

I hope these help you and you find the little voice inside you that says YES I CAN DO IT and run with it, because at the end of the day what matters is what you believe and the choice you want to make regarding your health.

Now that we’ve got the ” getting out of bed” and workout situation covered. I want to share a few other tips on how you can improve your mornings.

Hydrate yourself properly. Water , water , water. As soon as you wake up you should drink 2 glasses of water. It gives your body LIFE. Think of a plant, you are a plant. And in order to thrive you need water & sunshine. Same same with you, but different.

Spend 5-10mins in meditation. It doesnt need to be anything fancy, most of the time I do it on my bed, with my crystals ( its not necessary) and I lit some incense, but thats all. Simply make sure you’re in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Meditation is a personal practice so I can only tell you what works for me. I like to focus on my breath, without controling it, I try to simply lengthen my inhales and exhales naturally. And each time I see my thoughts going in 1000 different ways , I come back to the breath.

So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. – Allan Lokos

Start your day in the right mindset.  Have you noticed when you start your day in a bad mood and you have that mindset that ” today is not a good day” and more and more crappy things start to pile up. Yea well that is kind of why you want to set a good intention for your day as soon as you wakeup. Where you put your attention, that is where the energy goes and it is what will grow and manifest into your life.  I like to listen to positive affirmations on youtube  and also inspirational podcast like” Yoga girl , conversations from the heart.”  

Stretch your body. Stretching is one of the best ways to wake up your body and warmup your core + activate your digestive system. Maybe you do yoga, maybe you don’t. But getting some stretch in like twist and forward folds to release any tension or anxiety that you may be holding on to, is super beneficial for your badass self.

And thats pretty much it , I hope these tips will help you become more of a morning person and incorporate a healthy routine before you start your day. Share with me in the comments below, your favourite tips to jump start your morning.

 

Love & light always!

 

the yogi behind the blog – 20 things

As I am typing the title of this blog post I am thinking to myself ” Woa , that is ALOT of things to talk about myself” is it just me or it feels pretty awkward to just talk about yourself ? But I get it,  you are probably wondering who the f is this chick really ( or maybe your aren’t ha!) I know I  mostly connect with bloggers & youtubers that make me feel like I’m their friends (hola amigas!) Even tho, I take this blog seriously and it is a  professional platform because I am adult. I want to open up a little to you because I feel the best way to make friends is to introduce yourself and share food ( but I don’t like sharing food.) So here it goes , let me at least do one of the two things. Leggo.

1. I eat a LOT of bananas,  which for me is completely normal. But after having pretty much all of my friends and coworkers coming to me saying ” Hey! I ate a banana today and thought of you” and sending me pictures of bikinis and banana shirts , I feel like it is part of who I am. Now you know, I’m the banana girl #veganproblems

2. I talk fast and use a lot of facial expression. Everyone I meet at first is a little startled by how fast I talk, at some point in a conversation I have to stop and slow down because I  see the interrogation face on the other person’s eyes. I also realize I make a lot of facial expressions when I talk, like I cant control myself , my face has a life of its own and it likes to show other people my emotions.

3. My hair is dirty 6out of 7 days,  there is no point in cleaning my hair everyday since I basically eat, sleep, do yoga & workout. I am sweaty almost all the time between teaching and taking classes and working out.Dry shampoo is my adopted child.

4. Working out makes me happy, yes I am that kind of girl , funny cause 3 years ago I would’ve laughed at you if you asked me to workout. It really happened one morning to the next I was just tired of being a potato and feeling like a potato (don’t get me wrong I love potatoes!) but for my mental wellbeing, and  if I want to go through my day without wanting to punch someone in the face I need my workout, coffee & yoga. But I’m a nice person I swear.

5. I drink water all the time, at this point you’re probably like ” okay we get it, you’re healthy!” but its not just that, if you do hot yoga you know what I am talking about. After a class, there is not one ounce of water left in my system. So of course I need to refuel, but I also have a weird obsession with water bottles, I always need a new one. I just like having my water bottle with me.at all times. Pretty much my second adopted child.

6. I’ve been vegan for four years, once my sister came running from the basement and showed us a video footage of animals getting slaughtered. From that point I went on and did some research and cut all of the meat , except fish for a year, and then it was the eggs, and then I saw an awesome video on youtube from Gary Yourofski  , from that point on , I stopped everything and never looked back. Now I only eat Kale & tofu. Just kidding! 😉

7. I am half Colombian  , half Argentinian, I was born in Cartagena, Colombia and my dad is from Argentina. Like any Argentinian with dignity , my dad thought me to love soccer, specifically the Argentinian team and Boca Juniors. I get very nervous during the world cup its ridiculous. When Argentina won against the netherlands in the semi finals , I ran down the street screaming like a maniac. Thats how bad it is.

8, I love yoga, a lot. I bet you had a feeling on this one, I love yoga , if you read my little story  here , you know how it all happened.  

9. I read all the books from Virginia C Andrews, she is the queen of authors, she is the first one I’ve ever read in high school and since then I’ve made it a life mission to find every book she’s written and read it. I absolutely LOVE her. Unfortunately she died but I will forever cherish her work. Checkout THE HUDSON SERIES.

10. I play violin and sing 

11. I tend to obsess over things, especially music , if I love a song or an album, I am going to listen to it until my ears bleed. I cant help it! Current obsession ; Lorde’s new album, Melodrama. Its giving me life.

12. Hummus is my religion. Don’t mess with my hummus.

13. I’m a little hypochondriac, I’ve been working on this and I have to say that yoga has helped me A LOT , but sometimes it is stronger than me and I have to google my every symptom. Once I even gave myself chest pains from overthinking and stressing myself and I knew I was doing it to myself but I couldn’t stop thinking that I might be having a heart attack, le sight. Luckily, in Costa Rica during my teacher training, one of our teachers is a psychologist so she told me to see my anxiety as a zebra, you don’t see them that often. So instead of automatically chilling with the zebra, I can choose to stay with the horses.

14. I LOVE to travel. I traveled to Asia , Italy, Greece and Costa Rica, and I just think it is the best thing ever. I’m the only one in my family that thinks like that, my sister’s and parents don’t really like it when I travel. But I do, I’ve met the most incredible people and lived the most exciting experiences while traveling. Even if its not always butterflies and rainbows, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

15. My dream is to live by the sea. I cant help it ,  I’m a carribean gal who loves to be barefoot.

16. I grew up in Montreal.  No I don’t ski or skate during winter, I pretty much hibernate and wish for it to be summer. Oups. I love Montreal , it’s  a great city with many things to do but its not the best place  to work on your tan. I thought I would get used to the long cold winters,but I’ve given up on that theory within the years.

17. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was 13 when I asked my parent to buy me a laptop  because I wanted to write my first novel. I traumatized my high school french class teacher with some detailed horror stories I would write about a girl being beaten by her mother. Even tho I wasnt an abused child I would always write about that kind of stuff……creepy right?! I blame it on Virginia C Andrews.

18. I want to travel the world and teach yoga. One of the reasons I became a yoga teacher is because I LOVE to travel, and being a yoga teacher allows me to travel and still give my practice all my attention. I want to be able to make a positive impact and be aware of the energy I take from the places I visit so I’m able to give back as much as possible.

19. I love getting tattoos from different countries.  I’ve had all my tattoos inked in different places. It all started in thailand, Kho tao. Something about being in a tiny island with a tattoo shop at every corner that made me just go for it. It depends where I am and the inspiration I get from each place, I am very careful and choose wisely (most of the time...just kidding!)

20.  I love tequila. This probably makes me sound like the devil , but I really enjoy drinking tequila mixed with pineapple juice , its the best! I once took 8 shots of tequila and was still ”the sober” one who had to look out for her sister. Just to say, I handle it surprisingly well.

Thanks for reading y’all, I appreciate every single one of you readers that come here at Barefoot Veronica Luna, hope you learned a little bit more about me and I would love to hear more about you, feel free to shoot me a message or take a tequila shot in my honour, HA!

 

Love & light always,

Veronica Luna.

once you go yoga , you never come back.

I took my first yoga class  a few years back with my sister when they first moved downtown. Near their apartment there was a hot yoga studio and my sister had taken the habit of trying every new things possible and ask me to go with her, ( I’m just thankful she didn’t want to try golfing, I freacking hate golf!) The good sister that I am , I said ”why not, let’s do this”.  Even though I had never practice yoga before, and firmly thought it was only for  hippies who didn’t know what a real workout was – oupsie I decided to let go of what I thought it was and just try it. I’m not going to lie , my first practice was hard as f*&ck. Anyone has seen that 50 cent’s video trying to explain how he felt on his first yoga class? Yea well I felt the exact same way,  slipping all over my mat ( apparently wasn’t aware that I needed a towel!)  looking around with confusion in my eyes, doing my best to manage the  sweating my life situation, since the first downward facing down.I’m not going to lie, I felt pruuutty good afterwards,but I didn’t think anything out of it immediately.

What really changed everything was coming back from a 3months trip to Asia, with a good friend of mine,  I love traveling don’t get me wrong, but lets just say that after a few weeks, everytime I started to feel sick I ended up googling my symptoms and believing everything I read. Hypochondriac you may say? Thats also what google suggested to me, maybe it was being away from home , a few creepy 28hours bus rides in the mountains of Vietnam or the motorbike accident we had, that made me feel , lets just say, vulnerable. Being in stressful situations made me realize a couple things ; my chill level is not very high , I am not peter pan & I can actually experience chest pains due to anxiety, le sight, once again.

My second encounter with yoga was soon after I came back from my eye opening trip, this time it was with a more clearer purpose and it felt like the obvious thing to do to help me with my hypocondriac case.Ironically it was around the same time as new years and it felt like I was committing to a new years resolution that I didn’t even plan on doing. I guess thats why they say ” The Good things come unexpectedly”.

Soon enough,It became my second home. I was there all.of.the.time. The teachers are so used to see me that they check me in classes before I arrive.  Surprise surprise, my chest pains went away, and I started to feel very excited everytime I’d take a class, like unwrapping christmas gifts in the morning. One year later ,  I’m a yoga teacher and I have a blog talking about yoga- you know the thing I thought was only for hippies –Look at me now!

For all you new bee’s out there not sure if you should practice yoga or not because you’re afraid you don’t have a good reason for it, know that whatever reason that  brings you to yoga, is always good enough. You never know how yoga will find it’s way into your life, but one thing is for sure ; once you go yoga, you don’t come back!

There is something infinitely intelligent about the yoga practice that is bigger than just the body. So go ahead little buddy , try it out and see where it leads you, isn’t that what life is about anyways?

lOVE & lIGHT always,

Your gal,

Veronica Luna