The Perfect Vegetable Spring Roll


I love any recipe that allows me throw in whatever extra vegetables I have laying around and still produces an amazing meal.  Vegetable spring rolls do just that.  The first time I made these babies it was a disaster, but once you learn how to handle the rice paper you can throw them together quickly and easily and they will soon become a go-to meal in your arsenal!



First, slice the vegetables that you would like as your filling in roughly the same size as I have done pictured above.  For this batch I have included yellow bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, green onion, cilantro, and arugula.  Here is a list of possible filling choices, but get creative, there really is nothing off limits here!

  • Cilantro (a must!)
  • Lettuce (romaine, spinach, arugula, anything!)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapeno
  • Green onions
  • Avocado
  • Red cabbage
  • Jicama



Next, get out your rice paper sheets and set up your work station.  I have pictured the rice paper that you will likely find at your local grocer.  It is made out of white rice.  I have ordered the brown rice sheets off of Amazon, but they are quite pricey.  Either will do (obviously the brown rice sheets are preferable). Let me know if any of you know of a more reasonably priced brown rice sheet out there!

You want to set up a plate with cold water and a clean dish towel (I have found it easier to roll the rice paper on top of the dish towel.



Now submerge the rice paper in the cold water and place it flat on top of the dish towel. Place your desired fillings on top of the rice paper and now roll the rice paper around the fillings like a burrito!





Booty Workout

Here is a mini-series booty workout to add on to whatever workout you have planned for the day. Do this entire series 4 times all the way through.


1.) 25 donkey kicks, each leg (25 right leg, 25 left leg)

2.) 25 donkey kick pulses, each leg.  Do not lower your leg all the way back to start, keep it at 90 degrees and pulse up as if you are trying to kick the ceiling.



3.) 25 straight leg lower-lifts, each leg.

4.) 25 straight leg pulses, each leg — lift that leg higher!




5.) 25 side donkey lifts, each leg




6.) 25 side straight-leg lower lifts, each leg.

7.) 25 side straight-leg lower lift pulses, each leg — lift that leg higher!


Zippy Morning Energy Green Smoothie

Good morning my beautiful reverent lions! I woke up today with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and just a zippy attitude.  So, in accordance with my mood, I came up with an awesome recipe for a tangy, spicy, energy packed, antioxidant packed green smoothie to get you going today.


2 Lemons peeled and quartered

Zest from 1 Lemon

1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and roughly diced

1 cup frozen organic blueberries

1/2 Green apple sliced

3 handfuls of arugula

1 Tbs matcha green tea dissolved in 1/2 cup of water

Stevia to taste

Place the matcha green tea in the blender followed by the remaining ingredients (it’s helpful to have the liquid on the bottom).  Blend until nice and smooth.  Add a few ice cubes if the texture seems too liquified for your liking. ENJOY!!



XOXO – Alyssa



Of course, you can read all about me here and my plan here, but I wanted my first post on this blog to still be an introduction of myself and my story.

First of all, why did I name my site the reverent lion?  Its because that is exactly how I feel about my journey.  My journey to health and vitality required the consistent drive and dedication of a lion and reverent patience and self-mastery necessary to truly make life altering change.

My name is Alyssa and I have not only lost 50 lbs in the past year, I have also gained a healthy and happy lifestyle. I have always struggled with my weight and I hit my all time low a little over a year ago while experiencing high amounts of stress in my personal and professional life. I came to a point where I had to choose, would I continue on my current path citing “not enough time” as an excuse, or would I live my life by design? Not a single ‘diet’ or ‘fitness’ plan out there had worked for me, and so, I decided to do my own research and devise a plan tailored to my needs (THE plan).


So what made this lifestyle change so different from the many other times I desperately tried to lose weight? I changed my paradigm.  No longer was I concerned about calories or the number on the scale.  I put myself on a journey to health.  I was concerned about eating the most nutritionally beneficial foods and working out to build an efficient healthy body.  I was patient with myself because I wasn’t concerned about getting results in one week.  Although many view my change as drastic for one year, it was still one year of consistency.  Because I was patient, I didn’t get discouraged and binge on unhealthy foods.  Also, because I was making this a lifestyle change, I altered my thought processes.  Instead of saying “I can’t eat that cookie” I changed to “I don’t eat cookies” not because I cant but because I don’t want harmful refined sugars in my system.

Most of all I became content with myself.  If I can do it, so can you.  Love yourself and find within the desire to live by design.  Make a change towards a healthy lifestyle, your heart, mind, and body will thank you!

XOXOXOXO – Alyssa- the reverent lion