I just got back from the beach. I was on Fire Island, a little island facing the Atlantic Ocean a couple of hours from nyc. I spent one night and two days there and felt like it could have been five days.
I deleted Instagram from my phone on my way there, which helped put me in reset mode. I did beachy things like jumping in the ocean, reading, and eating ice cream while watching the sunset. (I grew up on Fire Island, so it always feels nostalgic doing this stuff.) I also walked around the island a ton, listening the music and one of my favorite podcasts. I cleansed my crystals in the salt water, meditated on the beach, got really quiet, and smiled and said good morning to strangers (which is a noteworthy occurrence for a New Yorker).
While I was there, I was reminded that life can be so magical if you choose to see it that way. When you do, you can open up your heart in ways that feel really powerful and healing. Which is why I started doing this witchy wellness newsletter in the first place — to find magic and transformation in the everyday stuff.
Read on for nachos, intuitive pings, and book news!
Butternut & Black Bean Plant-Based Nachos
Totally plant-based nachos that are extra in a good way. Get the recipe.
First Time Vegan Cookbook
Those nachos up there are from my cookbook, The New Nourishing, which focuses on plant-based meals while weaving in vegetarian-friendly add-ons like cheese and yogurt.
But for those looking to dive into completely vegan cooking, we’ve taken a bunch of vegan recipes from The New Nourishing and my second book The New Porridge and created one resource with lots of extra tips, tricks, and ideas for veganizing your meals.
It's not out until January, but you can check it out here in the meantime.
For salads, stir fries, and snacking. Get the recipe here.
Not included, but related for spiritual and vibe cleansing: Meditation, my selenite and auralite crystals, and burning palo santo.
Article: Packing the Best Carry-on of Your Life by Haley Nahman
I'm a sucker for packing advice.
Article: The Power of Pings by Amanda Chase
Follow the pings
In the above article, Amanda Chase talks about how following her intuitive hits, or "pings", completely changed her career and life. You know that feeling when you're puttering around doing one thing and all of the sudden you feel an overwhelming urge to do something specific in that moment? That's what pings feel like. But often our lives aren't set up to follow them regularly.
I love the idea of both keeping track of the pings that you get (if you can't do them right in that moment) and designating a specific day or time window to follow your pings.
It weaves into this natural state of flow and excitement that I'm trying to cultivate in my day to day and it can be really fun. The other evening I got a ping to take an epic walk to another neighborhood in Brooklyn. The weather was perfect for it and I felt filled up and inspired by the time I got home. I also finished a book, sent an email pitch, and I bought myself some flowers at the farmer's market.
Pings don't have to be big, but they can make a significant impact on your wellbeing. Let me know what pings you're following!
Podcast: Binge Mode: Harry Potter // The Ringer
Podcast: Working with Shadow and Magnetism with Lacey Phillips // Almost 30
Song: Rattlesnake // St. Vincent
CBD Raw Brownie Bites
If you know me, you know I'm pretty into CBD oil. Cannabinoid (CBD) oil is made from the cannabis plant but doesn't contain psychoactive quantities of THC — so it doesn't get you high. I repeat, it does not get you high.
It helps me personally with anxiety, sleep, and the occasional period cramp. I usually just take the oil as a supplement under the tongue, but lately I've been experimenting by making treats with it.
You can omit the CBD in this recipe if it's not your thing, though — they'll still be delicious.
Makes 10 bites / serving size is 1-2 bites
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pits removed
- 1/2 cup raw coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons CBD oil (can replace with coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes, plus more for garnishing
What to do
Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and process on a low speed until it creates a dough of sorts and all ingredients are well combined. You may have to scrape down the sides of your machine with a rubber spatula once or twice to achieve a well-mixed situation.
Scoop out and roll into balls. Sprinkle with extra sea salt flakes, if desired.
Place on a parchment paper-lined plate and put in the freezer for 20 minutes. Transfer to a jar or tupperware in the fridge, where you can store them for up to a month.
Happy Full Moon Eclipse bbs,