Ironically as I sipped a glass of Pinot Noir the other night I noticed on the bottle’s label in tiny print was the phrase “silence is powerful”. The irony being that there I was, alone, in silence. It often doesn’t occur to me how busy our lives really become and with that how chaotic the slurry of thoughts and emotions are in our minds. We are constantly on the move, from just trying to get through that very moment to anticipating the next. When we do get a few precious seconds of down time and are able to stop, take a breath, and soak it all in it’s in that very moment that we can truly be present. As I sat there, after reading that phrase, it occurred to me how present I really was just then. In silence, I began to absorb my surroundings. I began to actually taste the wine I had been drinking, noticing it’s smooth, tart finish. I began to feel the way my feet rested comfortably against the cool tile floor. I began to hear the muffled sound of a passing car in the distance. Then I began to take a long, deep breath, soaking in the surrounding air as if I was trying to take in every last drop in selfishness. Then just as slowly as I took it in I let it all out. At that exact moment I did feel powerful. I felt as though I owned every second. As if I could control every aspect of that piece of time which often doesn’t feel like the case. It was as if I could physically grasp my life in my hand and do whatever I wished with it. It never occurred to me how precious one single second is. It’s in that one second that in just a blink of an eye is gone, just like that, in the past. I wanted to sit there, sipping my wine, and hold onto each and every second forever. Having control in a moment gives you a power you don’t ever want to see fade away. Though we often fail to realize that our power really doesn’t fade away. In every moment of your life, no matter how quiet or how loud that power is always there. It’s a matter of learning how to recognize it, trust it and use it to your potential. Being present in the moment isn’t always an easy feat but if you can find that moment every so often you will be able to achieve so much more. The trick is that you just need to learn to slow down, take a breath and silence the mind.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Spinach Cashew Pesto
Serves: 2/Bake time: 30 minutes
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (any variety can be used though I used Murasaki for this recipe since they tend to be more starchy resulting in a better fry consistency)
- 1/2 c unsalted raw cashews
- 1/2 c water plus more for soaking cashews
- 1 c baby spinach
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt and pepper to taste (I used Flavor God Himalayan Salt & Pink Peppercorn)
- fresh chopped parsley and crushed red pepper to garnish (optional)
- Soak cashews in a mason jar or container in water for at least 2 hours. When done, drain and rinse cashews.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Slice sweet potatoes into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once, until golden.
- In the meantime, combine the cashews, spinach, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and 1/4 c water in a food processor and pulse until well blended and you reach a creamy consistency.
- When potatoes are done, allow to cool slightly and then drizzle with pesto and sprinkle with parsley and crushed red pepper.
Nutrition: (per serving) 329 calories/ 20g fat/ 32g carbs/ 1g sugar/ 8g protein