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Savasana, Risotto & Mushrooms — Oh My!

August 13, 2011 by Carolina

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As my marathon training continues to ramp up I’m coming to a realization: I need more yoga in my life. There was a time when I was doing yoga often & it showed in a multitude of ways. I was more relaxed, looser, calmer. Leaner, tighter, stronger. My poses were more stable, I was seeing progress in all areas…& then I switched gyms, stopped going to yoga & here I am now —  all kinds of rusty, doing yoga maybe a couple of times a month.

In the midst of marathon training, school, dating & work I lost sight of my love for yoga. A practice than when done often changes your life in more ways than one. This week I got reacquainted with my inner yogi, compliments of Full Circle Yoga.

My friend Mary (Hi Mary!) recently discovered the gem that is Full Circle & raved so much about it I simply had to check it out. Tucked in quaint Winter Park Full Circle Yoga is one of the best studios I’ve ever been to. The staff is friendly & welcoming. The instructors are experts, giving their students lots of attention, correcting their poses & teaching modifications. The space is clean, colorful, beautiful.

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Since I haven’t been practicing regularly I opted for a beginners class — it was just what I needed! Debbie, our awesome instructor was incredible. She walked us through a great flow class that left me feeling rejuvinated, serene, thankful to have a body that works hard for me. Needless to say I will be going back to Full Circle often!

After yet another great yoga session I got home ready to devour a delicious meal. I wanted something quick, tasty & fulfilling, lucky for me I had just the thing in my fridge — Birds Eye Primavera Vegetable Risotto! The wonderful Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program sent me a package of  Birds Eye Steamfresh Chef’s Favorites which will hit the markets next month.

Just a quick four minutes in the microwave yielded creamy vegetable risotto. Though it was a little bland for my liking so I added some salt, pepper & garlic powder. Overall, the texture & taste was good; a great solution to a quick, filling meal when you’re on the go. I paired the risotto with garlic seared mushrooms (olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, fresh parsley, pinch of salt & pepper) for a delicious & hearty meal. Nom!

Not a bad start to the weekend huh? What are you up to this weekend? Have you ever done yoga? Do you like it?

I’m off to run 10 miles. Wish me luck!

Disclosure: We were offered a complimentary Birds Eye Steamfresh Chef Creations through the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program. All opinions expressed are our own.


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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