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What is romanesco? It's a cruciferous vegetable (in the same family as broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower) and not only tastes amazing, but it's really great for your overall health. Cruciferous veggies are super anti-inflammatory and are helpful in brain and heart- health and also helpful in lowering your risk of cancer. Honestly, it tastes better than the rest of the foods in it's family (...sorry cauliflower).


Romanesco from my farmer's market

I found romanesco at my farmer's market in Portland, although I'm sure you can find it at many health food stores.


If you want to try it out, it's super easy to prepare:


Steam-Roasted Romanesco


- set oven to 450°


- wash romanesco well with veggie brush


- cut into the stem a little bit and then open up the plant so that you can start to cut off the romanesco florets without getting too much of the white stem


- put a little bit of water in a pan set with foil (just enough so that theres a thin layer in the whole pan)


- use whatever spices you want to cook with! I used just salt, pepper, rosemary and avocado oil but there so many ways to cook these


- cook for 15 minutes and flip all the florets before letting it cook for another 15 minutes



Let me know what y'all think of these! If you're confused by any of these instructions, see this kinda cringe-worthy but very informative video.


Side note: the only reason you may want to hold back on cruciferous veggies is if you're having a difficult time with your digestion because these can often be a bit harder to digest, even cooked.







Note for women: cruciferous vegetables are amazing for evening out your hormones so if you're on birth control or having problem with your hormones (acne, you become godzilla during your PMS week, etc.), I would definitely recommend trying these veggies out!



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This will be a quick overview of all things Italia - one of my favorite countries in the whole world.


Siena, Italia

For an amazing trip to Italy, you will want to block out at least two weeks.


Favorite cities to travel to:

(da Sud a Nord, from South to North)


Amalfi Coast

Roma

Isola di Giglio (one of the most amazing, beautiful islands but has a sad history so is not very touristy)

Siena (ITS A MUST GO)

Montepulciano (best gelato in the world!)

San Gimignano (small but worth going to!)

Firenze

Cinque Terre (start from Riomaggiore and end in Monerosso; hike from Vernazza to Monterosso!)

Portofino

Italian Alps (make sure you pass over to the Switz and French sides as well!)

Venezia (you either end up loving it or hating it, but you have to go)


Keep in mind I have NOT been to Sicily, but plan on going sometime soon! I've heard this island off the coast of Italy (and where my family is from) is probably the most amazing place you can go to.


I also heard these places were amazing: Catania (Sicily), Perugia and Assisi, San Marino, Lucca, Bologna, Torino.


For cheap meals:


In most cities, I would just google “cheap eats in ___”, but in Italy you should especially look for aperitivo signs! Aperitivo is like an “early dinner” that’s usually from 6-8pm (yes, that’s early in Italia) in most restaurants and you’ll get a buffet AND a drink for a really good price. I would also try using Trip Advisor (Yelp isn’t super big over there).


For getting around:


Definitely look at Eurail passes if you’re going to go places by train a lot (usually when you go on longer trips like Rome to Venice, train is the best bet). Be care of train strikes, they happen a TON but they are usually planned so google ahead before you plan on going by train.


Buses are a great, super cheap way to get around from city to city. FlixBus is a great way to get around (pretty cheap and had WiFi) and is easy for going in between towns like Rome and Florence or Rome and Siena. From Florence to Siena there is a cheap (€5.40) rapida bus that you can catch at the bus station right next to the train station in Florence. In Siena you should get off at the V. Tozzi.


Instead of taxis you can use BlaBlaCar - it’s kinda their version of Uber.


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Hope you can use this guide next time you plan on going to Italia!I also plan on making City Guides for Italy soon, so let me know if there's a certain city you want me to focus on first!


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After traveling (whether by airplane, train, or car), these will help your body come back to life after sitting or being on your feet all day.



For these poses, all you'll need is a wall and a pillow (hopefully two things that you can always find while traveling!).


1) Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

This pose is AMAZING for lower back pain, hamstrings, and aching feet. To get into the pose, sit next to the wall with your right shoulder touching, then swing your legs up the wall and lay on the ground. You can bring your hands by your sides or above your head (that's my personal favorite because it stretches my shoulders a bit!). Then just relax.


You should technically do this pose for up to 30 minutes, but if you can even hold it for 5-10 minutes you'll notice a huge difference in how tired your feet and legs are after a long day. Especially if you're walking a lot everyday, you should definitely do this every day if possible. Try to do it when you're checking your Instagram or emails and notice the difference in how much better your feet feel the next morning!


2) Reclined Twist

This is also great for your low back. Start on your back - bend you knees and bring your shins parallel to the ground. Bring your arms to a "T" or cactus position and then lower your legs to the right. Relax into the pose for a minute or two and then hug your knees into your chest and switch sides.


3) Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

This is probably my favorite pose - you could literally take a nap here. Plus it's great for your hips and is a great heart-opener to open up your chest. Roll up a blanket or pillow and place it under your mid and upper-back. Laying down, bring the soles of your feet to touch and your knees out wide. Relax here as long as you want!


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