Sun Butter Maple Fudge

IMG_3313Ingredients:

1/2 c. organic coconut oil
1/2 c. sunflower seed butter (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 tsp. maple flavoring
2 tbs. Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup

Directions:

Place ingredients in a saucepan and heat until all ingredients are melted together.  Then, pour the liquid into cute little molds and place them in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.  Once taken out of the molds I put them into a covered storage container and place back in the freezer.  These need to stay cold as they will melt at room temperature.

Servings:  18

Notes:  This is a low carb (1 per serving), low oxalate, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free little slice of yumminess!

Raw Cacao Banana Ice Cream

Ice Cream

I know it’s starting to get cold out but is there really a bad time to eat cold yummy goodness?

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

3 Tbs. raw cacao nibs (ground in coffee grinder)

1-2 Tbs. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla

coconut milk (to blend)

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and begin blending. Slowly add the coconut milk until “ice cream” is the right consistency. Makes 1-3 servings.

Benefits of raw cacao:

packed full of fiber

tons of antioxidants

lots of magnesium

potassium galore

chock full of iron

mood enhancer (well duh!)

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Quinoa Salad Bowl

quinoa salad bowl (1 of 1)My new favorite cookbook is The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O’Donnell.  I’ve gotten quite a few inspirational cooking ideas from her.  I’m not a regular salad eater.  Too many raw veggies make my tummy upset.  So, when I came across a version of this recipe in her cookbook I just had to make it my own.

Ingredients:

1 package chopped veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
2 sweet potatoes cubed
1 Tbs. olive oil
salt
1 c. cooked quinoa
Tahini Dressing
coconut aminos

Place veggies in a cast iron skillet or roasting pan and cover with oil. Salt to taste and roast in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes. About half way through I flip the veggies over. You will know they are done because veggies will begin to brown. Toss quinoa and veggies together and add tahini dressing. Use coconut aminos if you need more of salty flavor. Top with hemp seeds or other seed of choice. Serves 1.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 2 (1 of 1)Even my taste buds can’t wait for fall.  I’ve been making this smoothie for the past couple of weeks now, and I just don’t get tired of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.  I started using canned pumpkin in my smoothies because my stomach wasn’t digesting all the raw fruits and berries I had been using in my green smoothies.  Don’t even get me started on how hard it was to digest the raw greens!

I like having something light for breakfast, and the convenience of a smoothie is so appealing that I had to come up with an alternative plan.  Enter the Pumpkin Pie Spiced Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. pumpkin seed powder (I use OMG brand because it is more finely ground than other brands).  You can also use any protein powder you like.
1/2 c. organic pumpkin puree
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. organic coconut milk
1/2 c. flax milk or other milk alternative
10+ drops of vanilla flavored stevia

Notes:  Try replacing the coconut milk with 1/2 avocado.  You may have to add more liquid.

Mix all ingredients in blender and blend. Add more stevia to taste.

Add-Ins:

  • Moringa Powder – high in antioxidants, protein, and vitamins, lowers blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol.
  • Powdered Kelp – Rich in minerals, a great source of iodine which is known to help the thyroid.
  • Maca Root – Increases libido, boots energy, and endurance, reduces blood pressure, reduces menopause symptoms, improves memory.
  • Spirulina – High in protein, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, helps with muscle strength and endurance.
  • Ashwagandha – Improves under active thyroid, helps with adrenal fatigue, improves depression, balances blood sugar levels, increases stamina and endurance, helps increase muscles strength.

I have a hard time swallowing pills so I like to take my supplements in powder form.  It’s easy to add them to a smoothie.  I encourage you to do your research into each of the supplements before trying them.  They may not be right for you.   And, of course, consult your intuition and your physician before adding anything into your diet that may poorly interact with current medications.

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Strawberries & CreamI’m always looking for a quick and healthy breakfast.  One that isn’t to heavy before my morning yoga practice yet still is filling enough to fuel me before I get the chance to eat something more substantial.  This recipe fit the bill!  I “accidentally” created this recipe one day when my coconut milk wasn’t thick enough.

Ingredients:

1 can extra creamy coconut milk (I used Trader Joe’s)
3 tablespoons of sugar-free strawberry spread
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Throw the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.  Pour mixture into a glass container and chill for at least 30 minutes.  When ready to serve toss in some sliced strawberries and serve.

Claiming Your Inner Child For Health, Happiness & Wholeness

7a43b6786034306c6d3ce3272c610803Have you claimed your Inner Child yet?  I for one, have dabbled here and there and promptly forgotten her when all was said and done.  The thing about the inner child is she will NOT be ignored!  The more our inner children are forgotten about the more they tend to act out.  I have recently reconnected with my inner child and she was a confused, frightened and lonely little girl.  She not only felt abandoned and alone she felt angry about it too.

I believe my Inner Child is at the root of my addictions and tendencies towards co-dependency.  Since she does not have the skill set to soothe herself she turns to sugar, carbs, obsessive behaviors and distraction.  This creates an imbalance in my system and disharmony in my life.  On the one hand, my Wise Self knows what actions she needs to take to create peace in my world. But, if I am not taking into account the needs of my inner child, I end up battling between my Wise Self and my Child Self.  This creates a cycle low self-esteem and shame.

They key to wholeness is claiming our Inner Child.

All my life I have wanted a man to claim me.  Time and time again I have picked unavailable men to be in relationship with.  When these relationships failed I became lost and heartbroken.   This work has shown me that if I am unwilling to claim myself then no one else can either.

Where to begin?

It begins with acknowledgement.  Once my inner child is acknowledged and heard she stops acting out and I have the power to take right action in my life again.  Yet, it takes more than that initial recognition.  It takes constancy.  I’ve begun to learn what my inner child’s voice sounds like.  When my behavior feels childish I can stop myself and ask what she needs.  When I ask my self, “Where did that come from?”  It is often my inner child trying to get her needs met in a way my adult never would.   It is, most often, that she needs to be heard.

The final piece of the puzzle is integration.  This takes time.  Before your inner child can be integrated there needs to be a relationship built between the parent (your adult self) and the inner child.  You will know when you’ve become integrated when you begin to feel more grounded, whole and complete.

Let’s say hi to our inner child.

Close your eyes for a moment and take a few deep breaths.  Go within your heart space or your belly and ask for your child to show themself.  What do they look like?  What emotions are they expressing?  Your child may be scared or angry.  Your child may be happy or sad.  What ever the case let the adult you embrace the child you.  Take a few more deep breaths and hold each other.  Talk to your child and let them know you love them.  Let them know that you are there to take care of them.  It may take awhile for your child to trust you.  This is normal.  Now say good-bye for now and come back to this present moment.  How did that feel?  Now do this again the next day, and the next, and . . . until you feel your child and you as one.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

I have been looking for alternatives to smoothies for breakfast in the morning and this is what I came up with.  It’s light yet filling enough to stick with you.  I hope you enjoy it!

souffle

2              medium or 1 large sweet potato, peeled & cubed
1 cup       vanilla almond milk (can use any milk)
1/2 tsp.   cinnamon
3-4          drops of vanilla liquid stevia
2               eggs
dash        salt

Cook sweet potatoes in almond milk until soft.  Set aside until cool.  Once potatoes are cooled add potatoes and rest of ingredients into a blender.  Blend until smooth.  I poured into a 2 cup pyrex dish and cooked for 30 min. in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate


I know it’s warm out there and hot cocoa tends to be a cold weather drink but I was hankering and came up with this.

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1 tbs cocoa powder

2-3 drops vanilla stevia

Mix everything together in a small sauce pan and whisk.  Gently heat. You can mix everything in a blender for an even smoother drink.  

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Stewed Ginger Peaches with Cinnamon Coconut Cream

peaches_FotorThe other day I was in my local co-op and I found some lovely peaches.  My original intention was to create a ginger peach smoothie out of them but that recipe failed epically!  Not throw it down the disposal bad but not wanting to try and fail again bad.  Not wanting to waste the remaining peaches on another smoothie attempt I came up with the following:

Ingredients:

Now, this won’t be your ordinary looking recipe as I forgot to write down the measurements.  But, I can tell you what I did and you can figure out the rest through trial and error on your own.  I trust you.

I took 3 organic peaches and peeled and sliced them up.  In a small saucepan I put the peaches along with some powdered ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and just enough water to stew them.  Keep an eye on the heat and keep stirring as peaches have a lot of natural sugars that can quite quickly burn if you are not paying attention.  After maybe 5-8 minutes I took them off the heat and stuck the whole thing in the refrigerator to cool.

Once my peaches were nice and cold I took a can of Trader Joe’s Coconut cream and added about a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of cinnamon and whipped the heck out of it all til it was nice and creamy.  That only takes a minute or two and you can even do it in a blender if you like.  I put every thing in a bowl and I et it all up!  Yummy.

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