Sunday Scrolls: April edition

By Kaylea

Apr 7, 2024 | Sunday Scrolls | 4 comments

We just came back from a wonderful visit in Florida after my grandma’s shoulder replacement surgery and what a gift it was to (gently!) squeeze her and my mom. It’s not lost on me how special it is that Grey still has his great-grandmother. We saw baby dolphins, played games around her table, built a house for the neighborhood cat, and just thoroughly enjoyed loving on them. I hope you got to hug your people today and if not, here’s a big one from us – plus a yummy (super easy) dinner recipe, actionable longevity tips, and links I know you’ll love and have been saving up to share with you:

First, in case you missed it, our March Joy Jolts (with a big life update) and last month’s S C R O L L S was one of my very favorites!

Meals

I made this vegan spaghetti pie last week and it was like a warm, delicious hug. So comforting, so satisfying, and loaded with protein, fiber, and all sorts of micronutrients and veggie goodness. Adapted from rabbit & wolves, here’s how we made it:

vegan spaghetti pie

  • 1 box jovial grain-free spaghetti (the only GF brand recommended by Dr. Gundry and a family favorite for all sorts of pasta and gluten free flour for baking)
  • 1 block of extra firm organic tofu
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (this is the one we love)
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 2 cups spinach, microgreens
  • sautéed onion
  • 1/2 cup favorite tomato sauce (we used Rao’s)
  1. Cook spaghetti until al dente (careful not to overcook since you’ll be baking it in the oven as well)
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees, and then get started on your vegan “ricotta”. Into the blender toss your tofu (squeeze out extra liquid into the sink first), garlic, nutritional yeast flakes, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper (plus any other spices you like – I added onion granules and red pepper flakes, too).
  3. Don’t forget to reserve 2/3 cup pasta water to thin out the ricotta before straining your pasta.
  4. Get started on sautéing any veggies you would like to add to your baked spaghetti. We went with spinach, micro greens and onions.
  5. After draining your spaghetti, head back to the pot you boiled it in, and whisk your vegan ricotta and pasta water. Once mixed, toss in your spaghetti and veggies.
  6. Place that mixture in a greased baking dish, then top with your sauce. If you’d like to add a vegan cheese on top, you absolutely can, but we went with more spices and an extra sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  7. Bake in a 375 oven for 10-12 min. Enjoy! ((PS – it’s even better as leftovers the next day!))

Weaving more of these into each meal: 10 Vegetables That Are Shockingly High In Protein & How To Eat More Of Them

Movement

With 2 big moves and travel and homeschooling and just LIFE, I haven’t had a “proper” workout in too long. But what I’ve been lacking in planned exercise, I’ve made up for in squeezing micromovements in however and whenever I can. For me that looks like doing a quick (but meaningful) whole-body stretching routine when I wake in the morning. I love to do leg lifts and squats when I’m waiting for something to cook in the kitchen, jumping jacks or stars when I’ve been writing too long, dog walks, and volunteering to carry boxes upstairs. All that to say – however you can move your body – you are winning. Even being cognizant of the fact that you want to sit less and move more means you’re doing the right things to head in that direction. I’m proud of you!!

These pilates videos are well-paced, and leave you with the most beautifully lengthened, stretched-in-the-best-way feeling after.

The 9 Rules of Longevity: Why It’s Worth Living by the ‘Power 9,’ According to Experts

How Women Can Prevent Injury While Weightlifting In Their 40s & Beyond ((fantastic tips!))

Mindset

This first one is IT for me. I also love the third slide and aspire to be that person in this distracted world. All good goals!

More

This cookbook is exquisite – so many fresh, fun recipes to feast on (and you know I love the name)!

After scanning hundreds of comments on a greatest books of all time post, I saw countless votes for Demon Copperhead (A Pulitzer Prize Winner!) and A Prayer for Owen Meany – both are absolutely outstanding, 10/10 must reads.

I set a goal to schedule 3 of these before summer: 6 Health Tests That Could Save Your Life.

Why taking a bath is excellent for your health.

Every Zodiac Sign Has a Love Language (mine was not right…is yours?!)

Why it is so important to take the pictures and be in the photos.

And speaking of love, have you tried The Bird Test with your partner?

We watched The Greatest Night in Pop as a family and absolutely loved it. What a time to be alive!

I need this: How to Organize Photos: A Simple Routine That Works.

This Daily “Blue Zones” Ritual is Easy, Free, and Increases Longevity (I love this one!)

If you’re in the market for a new pack of thank you cards, I have been using these and love the quality of the card stock 👌🏼.

I thought this parenting realization was so beautiful.

A sweet sweater for spring (and so many pretty colors!)

How to remember people’s names.

The Nocebo Effect: How We Think Ourselves Sick, According To Psychiatrists.

Health Secrets I Learned From an Ayurvedic Practitioner That We’re Not Talking About Enough

I Was Hungry All The Time — Until I Started Paying Attention To This (and I add this to our smoothie every morning to help)

Her husband built her an introvert nook for her 40th birthday. How perfect! Psst, Jon, are you reading?

As we set sail on a new week, I pray you stay afloat, take care of yourself and your people, and enjoy the ride! Thank you so much for reading with us today 💙 XO, Kaylea

Written by Kaylea

Kaylea Nixon is a Certified Wellness Counselor and Certified Health and Nutrition Practitioner who loves sharing practical, purposeful ways to cultivate a life of well-being and joy! When she's not developing fresh anti-inflammatory recipes, or researching new wellness trends; she seeks adventures, experiences and tasty travels with her incredible husband, son, and rescue pup, Gemma.

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4 Comments

  1. Teresa Goldberg

    I’m just catching up on a couple of scrolls. I’ve decided I want to be Scandinavian!! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas with us this month!

    • Kaylea

      Yes! Me too, Teresa! They seem to have curated a simple, organized, JOYful life. I’m here for it! And thank you so very much for reading 💙

  2. Teresa Goldberg

    I’m so happy you were able to spend time with your Mom and Grandma. What a joy! I loved the article about being a mom who sees and knows their children. When I tell my adult children that I want to hear about their day, I’m in for all of it. Give me the details and tell me what you had for lunch. Lol.
    On a sidenote, I really want to learn how to use tofu and nutritional yeast more in our diet. I want to be able to put it in food and have my husband think it tastes amazing but not know what it is. Lol.

    • Kaylea

      Yes – time with them was the BEST! What a wonderful mom you are, Teresa! I think the minutia of the day is where the connection is.
      Also, nutritional yeast is my *favorite* way to sneak in extra protein, fiber, and complete aminos. We add it to soups, pasta, avocado toast – anything you’d add parm cheese to. I will email you later this week with a pasta recipe I’ve been working on with tofu and nutritional yeast that is like a loaded Mac and cheese. (without the cheese 🙂 ).

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