My inner child, who grew up in snowy Ontario, feeling an incredible amount of joy at an unexpected West Coast snow storm.
I made snow angels, ran through snow banks with wolves (aka. off leash Kitsilano dogs), looked in wonder at the heavy, snow laden boughs on the neighborhood trees, stuck my tongue out and caught snowflakes on it and just, in general, marveled at the beauty of nature.
Then I went home and wrote this in my journal:
“Maybe after journeying through all of these years, occasionally having to jump through rings of fire, now is the time to gather all of the joyful things back into my life. To notice and remember every day all of the things, big and small that give me joy.”
And now for some nourishing food:
Raspberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 3 large bananas
- 1/2 cup of coconut or almond milk
- 1/2 cup raspberries
Blend together and top with Love Crunch chocolate granola and dark chocolate sauce.
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.
So, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I am coming out of the most “slack-off on fitness” winter/spring that I can remember.
I’m not sure why my complete lack of motivation happened. I’ve been going pretty hard at my part time marketing courses so that could be part of it. I’m also a fairweather runner and biker and have been known to hibernate like a bear in the winter. And, on top of this, I was also worried that my disappearing motivation was just my age. Is this what happens at 51? I wondered to myself as the sluggish months continued…Happily I can say “hell no!” since my desire to move by body and challenge myself has come back in full force. Yes!!
So, after a winter of running 2-3k once a week and trying to sprint with my dog, who btw is not a runner or a sprinter…
I only run if a coyote is chasing me or there’s a squirrel in front of me.
…I’m realizing that I need to tweak my eating habits to support my increased activity. And I’ve found that clean eating and big, healthy breakfasts are the best way to do this.
During the week I make old fashioned oatmeal, add some fruit and berries and take it to the office in a large mason jar to get me through the morning but on the weekends, I want something a little special. I want hippie girl granola. Delicious, nutritious, crunchy granola, mixed with berries and fruit and homemade, probiotic yogourt or almond milk. Now that is good fuel.
And, out of all the recipes I’ve tried, this one is my fave. Add a little hemp, chia, or any other delicious superfood and you’ve got it made!
Laurel’s Happy Hippie Granola
- 4 cups regular oats
- 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 T. olive oil
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
Mix above ingredients together and bake in a 350 degrees oven for approximately 30 minutes or until oats are golden brown.