Veggie Stew

Pregnancy can often times be riddled with all sorts of changes. The most easiest changes to deal with are cravings; haha! I know some women get some interesting cravings for pickles, potato chips, ice cream, steak, etc…but I think it’s pretty funny that Bethany’s #1 craving this pregnancy has been soup! Even when its 90 degrees outside she’s asking me to make soup! O well, it could be worse, soup is a pretty healthy craving. Here’s my go to soup recipe, I’ll try to remember everything as I’ve kinda just been freestyling it by now. Bethany loves it, so I hope you do too!   Veggie Stew Ingredients (we always choose organic ingredients when we can): 1 diced onion 1 sweet potato (and/or 2 carrots) cut into ½-inch chunks 1 zucchini cut into chunks 1 head of broccoli chopped up 3 celery stalks sliced up 3 minced garlic cloves 4 TBS of olive oil 1 Quart of bone broth 1 Quart of Chicken stock 1 TBS of vegetable bouillon (optional, but adds great flavor) 1 tsp Dried Oregeno (and any other spices you like in soup) Black Pepper to taste Sea Salt to taste   In a 5 quart pot (or bigger) add olive oil and onion. Sautee on medium heat till onion is tender. Add all of...

Let’s be DEDICATED to our health!

This month I want to encourage you to BE DEDICATED TO YOUR HEALTH! I hope to influence you to prioritize and keep up a healthy lifestyle - even though it can be difficult. Why is it so difficult? There can be many reasons! I guess a few would be (1) we're often busy and maybe a bit lazy to choose the healthy option. Or (2) maybe those around us influence us poorly?   [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [blockquote text='Nowadays we have got to go out of our way and plan ahead to not end up in bad health choices or habits.' text_color='#6b6b6b' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#6b6b6b' quote_icon_size='100'] [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10']   Either way, I stay consistently motivated cause I want to feel and look great! I want to maintain good health as I age. I want to surf exceptionally. And now as a mom, I am my child's greatest influence; he will follow my lead weather it's healthy or not. I really want him to be healthy!   Nowadays we have got to go out of our way and plan ahead to not end up in bad health choices or habits. I'm so thankful my...

The Importance of Fitness

In Bethany's 2014 book, Body and Soul: A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, she dives deep into the benefits of fitness and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle based on her experience as an athlete. She even shares some fun workouts! In this video, she talks about why being fit and active is so important to her....

Exciting News from the Dirks’

We are excited to share with you all that we are expecting another child!!!!   Adam and I are so so sooo excited!!! And Tobias seems to get excited too; he gives baby kisses everyday! We are thankful we can grow our family and add even more joy to life. Becoming parents to Tobias has been such a beautiful journey. We love the joy and also the challenges he brings to our life; and he is sure ready for a sibling.   I'm thankful my pregnancy has been mellow and manageable. I begged Adam to wait till baby's birthday to find out the gender and he agreed. (: With Tobias we found out, but I really wanted a surprise for this baby. So, surprise it will be!   We expect the little one in March.   -The Dirks'...

Eat Salt to Your Taste

I believe our body knows when it needs salt. It's is essential to our being.   Especially if you live an active life or live in a climate that leads you to perspire more, you likely need salt.   This may be contrary to what you've heard (i.e. "the low salt diet"); but I believe that is misinformation. Like the "low fat diet" fad was a big one and turned out to be detrimental to many people's health. We need the healthy fats and salts!   So Adam and I make sure we have a healthy type of salt in our kitchen and we even travel with our good salt (often your average table salt is terrible for you) and we make sure to eat to our taste buds desire. The salts we get are from ancient seas. Good salts to eat are: Himalayan Salt, Real Salt, and Sea salts.   Here's a "food for thought" podcast we listened to featuring a guy who did a 2 year study on salt and wrote a book on his discoveries. We enjoyed it, yet did not completely agree with everything; so please listen with a "grain of salt," haha.   With this health tip, I hope you are already taking your overall...

Riding Kelly Slater’s Wave Ranch

So Bethany got a call from Kelly Slater, who invited her out to surf at his man-made solar-powered wave ranch. You do not turn that down. Presently touted to be the "World's Best Man-made Wave" the wave machine puts out a right- and, now, left- breaking, barreling wave which has been carefully designed by top pro surfer Kelly Slater and his team. "It's a dream because I've been wanting to work on my backside barrel riding," Bethany says. "And today, I got more more backside barrels in one session than I did ever. It makes you giggle and giddy." "Bethany's backside tuberiding is an athletic feat that not any other person on earth has," remarks Slater. "She doesn't have the ability to grab the rail. It just blew me away." Video Courtesy: Kelly Slater Wave Co...

Watermelon Refresher Smoothie Drink

SUMMER OF SMOOTHIES   Bethany made this awesome refreshing smoothie/drink the other day. I’ll call it the “Watermelon Refresher.” It’s the perfect drink for these hot days!   In a blender add: 1 cup of ice 1/2 Cucumber 8 fresh mint leaves Add as much Watermelon that can fit in the blender   Blend.   Enjoy! And try to share (; -Adam...

Surfer’s Hall of Fame Induction

Highlight Video, courtesy Surfers Hall of Fame.   On August 4, 2017, Bethany Hamilton and Mick Fanning were inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, cementing their feet, hands and a special message into the cement in front of the Duke statue off Main St. and Pacific Coast Hwy.   "Feeling very honored to have been inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame this morning and to be chosen and remembered amongst such incredible surfers in Surfing history. Mahalo to all for the love and support through out my journey. [Mahalo] to the Pai's, Mick and my family. #AlwaysHope" - Bethany   This was recorded as a live feed of the induction ceremony presented by Huntington Surf and Sport.    ...

Coconut Cooler Smoothie

This is a summer of smoothies! I'm taking this summer to share some yummy go-to smoothies that my family loves. Ingredients: 1 cup canned coconut milk (free from preservatives) 1/2 cup of water 1 big half of lime juice 1 banana 1 date (remove pit) 1 or two handfuls of ice Blend, Pour and Enjoy!...

Bethany’s Signature Candles

Sticky Bumps' new Bethany Hamilton signature candle line was developed closely with me with my beloved Kauai in mind. Some of the island’s iconic locations are paired with quintessential Hawaiian fragrances…   “Queen’s Bath” Coconut Milk, “Hanalei Valley” Tuberose, and “The Garden Isle” Coconut Lime Vanilla will transport you from anywhere in the world to Kauai’s beaches and gardens. From my home to yours, ALOHA.   Buy a Signature Candle ...