Beach Yoga & Choco Energy Balls

Throwing it back this Thursday to last summer’s beach yoga. Practicing barefoot in the mud during low tide took me right back to happily playing in the mud when I was a child.

And what is summer all about if not keeping your inner child happy?

Another thing that keeps my inner child happy is chocolate. Here’s a grown-up, healthy and vegan chocolate snack that will make your inner child smile and do your body good:

Choco Energy Balls

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

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Sugar free is the way to be

A few weeks ago I found myself sitting in a raw food eatery in Calgary with my ex-boyfriend, his daughter and his son-in-law, celebrating father’s day. Don’t ask how this happened. It’s a long story.

The cool thing about this luncheon, though, was that the daughter and son-in-law had been sugar-free for a few months and they were singing the praises of this lifestyle like the truly converted.

They had more energy and more even energy throughout the day, balanced moods, their skin looked better and had both, effortlessly, lost weight, they said. And their eyes lit up when they talked about their new eating plan and how much it had improved their lives.

As they talked, I remembered feeling that way too when I gave up sugar. The only thing is that it’s hard and, invariably, I slink down the slippery slope that leads to sugar mountain.

But, what the heck, I’m feeling ready to take on the sugar demon one more time.

I’ll chronicle my experience (and recipes) here and start the journey with one of my sugar-free life savers. This pudding is rich, creamy and bursting with a deep, dark chocolate flavour. Here it is:

The Chocolate Avocado Raspberry Pudding

  • four bananas
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • splash unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 2 T raw cacao

Blend, garnish with fresh raspberries & unsweetened coconut and serve.

Chocolate & Blueberry Chia Pudding a Deux

chia puddingAre you looking for something sweet, dark and delicious to serve your Valentine in a few days?

How about a delicious chia pudding to share?

This easy parfait consists of the following two recipes layered with frozen blueberries and a little dusting of coconut flakes to top things off. It’s a yummy, healthy and energizing dish. Perfect for Valentines. 

Blueberry Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 bananas
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup organic nut butter
  • 3 T raw cacao

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Here’s to a happy, healthy Valentine’s Day xo

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Okay, here’s my second post about the wonders of chia and with another yummy recipe.

Did you know that chia can actually help you regulate your hormones? Pretty impressive for such a little seed.

Insulin, the stress hormone that your pancreas produces, can be slowed down by eating chia daily. How you’re wondering? By regulating the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream. Another byproduct of having less stress hormones floating around in your body? An increase in the amount of testosterone in your system. Something that’s good for both males and females. See here.

Chia can also help with the interconnectivity of brain functioning, which means that it can actually help seratonin do its thing. And increased seratonin improves your mood and makes you more focused!

More reasons to eat chia every day and here’s a delicious recipe to help you do just that:

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • One banana
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 5 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all ingredients together. Let sit overnight in a covered container in the refrigerator. Layer the pudding with fresh, slices of fruit or top with coconut and chocolate shavings. Serve and enjoy.

Beach Days & Chunky Monkeys

Last Sunday I felt the need to unplug from the city so my pup and I headed to a sweet stretch of beaches a little west of my home and spent the day soaking up West Coast nature.

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We ran through the slippery, slimy (but therapeutic) mud of low tide.

low tideAnd then came home covered in salt and sand with a bit of an appetite.

The answer to that? A yummy Chunky Monkey smoothie..

Chunky Monkey

2 bananas

1 scoop chocolate protein powder of your choice

1 T cacao (organic raw is most delicious)

1.5 cups almond milk

1 scoop ice cubes for a milkshake consistency

Bourbon Balls

That skit never gets old and since the Holidays are just around the corner, how could I resist?

So, you’ve been invited to a few Christmas parties and want to bring some delicious treats. Well, nothing could be easier than this boozy, holiday recipe. And, hey, it’s a little bit healthy too with coconut oil, maple syrup, dark chocolate and almonds or cashews as key ingredients.  Put these in a mason jar, add a big red bow and you’re good to go!

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Bourbon Balls

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup ground almonds (or cashews)
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 T raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup bourbon of choice
  • 2 T. coconut oil (room temperature)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch unrefined sea salt
  • Blend ingredients, form into balls, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve.

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Raw Vegan Macarons

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Verb: To provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

Whenever I spend a weekend in Edmonton, I beeline to a sweet little vegan restaurant called Noorish. They make the most delicious berry smoothies, vegan pad thai, vegan poutine (yes, vegan poutine!), black kale Caesar salad…yummmmm….but the dish I fell in love with the most is their raw, vegan mud pie. It’s smooth and silky, rich with dark chocolate and just the right amount of sweetness. Here, let me show you…

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After taking a few bites of this rich, creamy dessert, I found myself chasing after the pastry chef, determined to get the recipe. And, I did.

So now I’m going to share this dark, delicious recipe with you! It’s full of anti aging coconut oil and raw cashews, so it’s very rich but rich with good fat. I’ve also changed the recipe from a pie to macarons. I made the pie once and ate the whole thing in one sitting. Oops.  I find I eat less if the dessert is in small pieces. The macarons have been described by one of my taste testers as the bottom of a Nanaimo bar. It’s a good thing.

Raw Vegan Macaroons

  • one cup coconut oil
  • one cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • one third cup Canadian maple syrup
  • one half cup raw organic cacao

Place all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix, blend well.

Form into balls and refrigerate for a few hours. Serve.