So much to say! :) First things first: Owning a real, live basil plant is awesome.
I highly recommend that you buy a basil plant for a window in your kitchen. I havenâ€™t killed it yet, which speaks volumes on how easy it is to tend. :) Plus, itâ€™s so much fun to snag a few leaves and add them to dishes that would otherwise lack a little something-something.
I had an excellent Quinoa Salad for lunch today. I love putting hot grains on top of a bed of arugula or spinach because the greens wilt and become so supple.
In the mix:
- Fresh basil
- Athenos feta (tomato + basil flavor)
- Roasted kidney and pinto beans <â€”Roasting the beans is easy. Drain the can, rinse away the extra sodium, pat dry, and throw in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes. Perfection!
In other newsâ€¦
The Operation Beautiful book drops in four short days (more info here). Iâ€™m amazed, nervous, excited, GRATEFUL, freaking out, and really happy. I plan to write more next week about the process of going from reader â€“> blogger â€“> author. Itâ€™s been quite a wild ride!
Iâ€™ve got tons of special things planned for next week, but I want to tell you about two right now!
First up: The Operation Beautiful Virtual Book Tour (VBT)!
The VBT kicks off next Monday and runs until Saturday. For the VBT, Iâ€™ve asked a few bloggers to address a topic related to body image and self-esteem. Each will also give away a copy of the book! I hope you check out these excellent blogs next week to see what a former personal trainer, blogger for a major health website, vegan mommy, stay-at-home-mom in her 20â€™s, runner/professional baker, and Grammy-nominated rock band has to say about Operation Beautiful!
- Monday, August 2: MizFit Online
- Tuesday, August 3: Daily Spark
- Wednesday, August 4: Peas And Thank You
- Thursday, August 5: That Wife
- Friday, August 6: Oh She Glows
- Saturday, August 7: Superchick
Additionally, I want to hear from YOU! Next week Iâ€™ll also be running a larger effort that includes readers + the entire blog community. During Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look week, I encourage all bloggers + readers to think and write about body image issues.
If youâ€™re a blogger, write a new blog post about whatever subject specifically appeals to you (finding a happy weight? getting fit? learning to love your body? and other ideas here), copy and paste the â€œChange the Way You Seeâ€ logo into the blog post (like a photo, as I did above), and then press publish and email me the link. I’ll put that exact link on the blog so other people can read your perspective, too… Iâ€™ll link to it on Healthy Tipping Point and OB so new readers can find your blog!
If you donâ€™t have a blog but want to participate, you can join the discussion by writing a post and e-mailing it to me. Iâ€™ll put it on a special section of the Operation Beautiful site and credit it to YOU! 🙂
Iâ€™m accepting other blogger + reader submissions NOW! Send them in!
(Mucho thanks to Gina for helping me with the VBT and OB Week logos â€“ arenâ€™t they great? She does excellent design work.)
On that noteâ€¦ Iâ€™ve got one last Athenos feta giveaway for you!
One reader will win the following: ATHENOS Feta coupon; ATHENOS Feta â€œShape Up Your Saladâ€ recipe booklet; ATHENOS Feta water bottle; Life Time Fitness 1-month membership; Fit & Fresh salad container; and a Built NY lunch bag. To enter, simply answer the following question in the comments section. Iâ€™ll pick a winner on Sunday.
Your body does amazing things, like kiss, run, dance, sing. What ability are you most grateful for and why?