When I feel the need to flee the city, unplug, relax, be immersed in the wild and just let myself breathe for a minute, there is no better place to travel to than Port Renfrew.
A sweet little hamlet of a little over 200 people surrounded by the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island’s west coast, this part of the world is a pretty magical place. Let me show you a few reasons why:
Beaches with hidden caves and crashing waves..
The magic of old growth forests..
Sweet BC sunsets..
And places to swim..
Who could ask for a better place to recharge your batteries?
Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. — Maya Angelou
I love walking through a fall forest, even when our west coast November rain is pouring down and the trees are shrouded in mist. Actually I sometimes love it even more because the forest leaves are glistening with dewy rain drops and transformed into a mysterious, enchanted forest.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon a persons heart, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In my last post, I promised you a yummy, low sugar, dessert recipe.
Well, this one is more of a breakfast or snack item but it is definitely low sugar, nutrient-packed and very delicious.
A Perfect Parfait
- fresh berries of your choice
- Greek or plain, full fat probiotic yogurt
- Homemade granola (recipe below)
Layer items, or as in pic below, arrange in a bowl and top yogurt with a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup for extra yumminess.
- 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
- ½ cup raw nuts
- chopped ¼ cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great)
- ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit of your choice
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both)
- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large pinch fine sea salt
Recipe: Preheat the oven to 300º F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Bake for 10 minutes.