Spring is here!

There is sunlight all around us; you can still see it until a little after 8m! Life begins to accelerate; we’re now thinking about changes in our winter routine, different kinds of meals, new seasonal fruits to enjoy, dinners with friends outside, and, we’re also thinking about going to the beach. 😊

We will begin our classes soon: Yoga on the beach from May to September. We will be telling you more about this very soon!

With the arrival of Spring, Barcelona begins to feel different and her people can see the happiness that the Sun brings with him.

But it is also true that that this season bring with her certain symptoms that are not of everyone’s liking, for example, Spring asthenia and allergies (We’ll talk about them another time). ¿But what exactly is asthenia?

It’s basically the difficulty to adapt to the new light conditions and schedules that begin by the end of April. And even though not everyone suffers of it, it is very likely that you know of somebody who does. Perhaps even you are susceptible to it. Here’s a list with some of its symptoms.

  1. Difficulty to fall to sleep (You can’t sleep at night, or perhaps you can’t keep sleeping?)
  2. Low energy (You’ve downed two coffees already and you’re still tired?)
  3. Irritability (Are you more sensible than usual?)
  4. Loss of appetite (We’ve left behind wintertime soups. The good news is that now is the moment to eat salads!)
  5. Lack of motivation (Do a review of your 2018 resolutions list, that way you’ll give yourself a little push)

Your body is waking up from its winter slumber and needs to consume more energy, that is why you feel more tired. Think about it; you’re coming from the cold and dark into the warm and sunny. You must help your body regulate its own circadian rhythms. How?

Speed is the answer. You must push your body to accelerated its adaptive process. It needs to know that now you have more activities to do during the day, and that you want to experience them to the max. That’s why we recommend the following:

  • Food: Eat more fruits and vegetables and less calories (sugar and derivates, cakes, chocolate, butter, sauces… always consult your doctor before trying a new diet)
  • Physical exercise: You must move around, walk, jog, run, do some yoga!…or better yet, Hot Yoga 😊 which feels you up with energy. You’ll be happy and floating like a cloud by the end of each class! Think Operation Bikini Season. (Benefits of Hot Yoga)
  • Keep hydrated: If you are one of those people who always carry a little bottle of water around, that’s good. If not, now your body will ask for it! The hotter it becomes, the more water you’ll need.
  • Routine: You must try to have a fixed hour to wake up and go to bed, that way you will keep the hours of sleep that you need. A good night’s rest guarantees a good day.

We hope our recommendations are useful to you.

Make the best out of this wonderful Spring and we’ll be waiting for you here at Yogalinda!


Tahini-dressed Courgettes and Green Bean Salad

For the tahini dressing

  • ½ garlic clove, crushed with a little coarse salt
  • 2 Tablespoon light tahini
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • ½ teaspoon clear honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Salad

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium courgettes – about 400g sliced into 3mm rounds
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • About 125g French beans trimmed
  • 4 good handfuls of salad leaves
  • 12-18 oven dried tomatoes or semi-dried tomatoes
  • A handful of mint finely shredded

To make the tahini dressing, put the crushed garlic into a small bowl with the tahini, lemon zest and juice, orange juice, honey and a grind of black pepper, and stir together well.  The dressing may thicken and go grainy or pastey, but don’t worry. Just thin it down by whisking in a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you get a creamy, trickling consistency.  Finally, gently stir in the olive oil.  Taste and add a little more salt and pepper if needed. The dressing is now ready to use.

For the salad, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a fairly high heat and cook the courgettes slices in batches, tossing them occasionally, for a few min until tender and browned on both sides, transferring them to a bowl once cooked.

When the courgettes are al cooked, season generously with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice and chilli and toss together well.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.  Tip in the French beans, return to the boil and blanch for 1 min.  Drain, then dunk in cold water to refresh.  Drain again, pat dry with a clean tea towel and toss the beans with the courgettes.

To assemble the salad, spread the salad laves in a large shallow serving bowl and scatter over the dressed courgettes and beans, tomatoes and shredded mint. Trickle the tahini dressing generously over the whole lot and serve.

Recipe from River Cottage Veg everyday – by Hugh Fearnley – Whittingstall

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