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Extreme Smoothie Roundup!

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I know I’ve been a tad MIA for a few months and I will just blame that on the accessibility of taking iPhone photos.

So quick, so easy. No photoshop.

Then a friend suggested I simply take all of my iPhone photos (really just meant for instagram) and post them in one giant smoothie roundup (because my instagram has taken a turn into smoothie-land).

I make a new kind of smoothie for myself for breakfast everyday and it really is the only breakfast that keeps me sufficiently full. Considering I can sneak in some boosters – chia seeds, hemp, spinach, kale, dates. It really is the best. Who needs to digest things fully from the start when you can jump start the process and make it easier on your body? AND there are 8000 combinations. Infinite, one might say, ENDLESS even. Yes. Endless smoothie creations. Sign me up. So let us begin, shall we?
2014-05-01 12.00.511 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
3 Dates
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Almond Butter
ice

2014-05-04 12.02.071 Banana
1 cup Pineapple
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Orange juice
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
Ice

2014-05-03 11.01.22

1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

2014-05-10 11.56.22

1 Banana
1/2 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Kale
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Ground Flax
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/2 cup Coconut Water
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Ice

2014-05-13 13.12.16

1 Banana
3 Dates
2 tbsp Tahini
1/2 tsp Cardamom
3/4 cup Almond Milk
Ice

2014-05-11 12.13.24

1 Banana
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 Pear
1/2 cup Spinach
1/2 Lime, juiced
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1  tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Coconut Water
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
Ice

2014-05-09 12.01.14

1 Banana
1 cup Raspberries
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

2014-05-23 11.27.581 Banana
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
Ice

 

So there you have it. My life as one giant smoothie. Cheers!

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Vegan Mojito Energy Balls

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Let it go. Shit happens. Take a deep, revitalizing breathe and let it all go. Life is beautiful.

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Take each shot as a reason to get up and prove yourself. It ain’t no way to live, if you ain’t livin’ at all. Right?

All this talk about rising up to your potential is making me hungry. Did I mention I made some epic vegan MOJITO energy balls? No, sadly, they do not contain any alcohol… although if you’re already drunk off life…

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These happy, little balls have the exact taste of a Mojito. And for some of us (I can think of quite a few), that is reason enough to eat the whole entire batch (which I have been quite tempted). Super easy, and fun to make (if you like getting your hands dirty), I don’t think anyone would (OR SHOULD) be opposed to cute, magical balls of deliciousness.

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1 cup raw, whole almonds
1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp agave nectar
zest of 1 lime
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 cup fresh mint, loosely packed
a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
white sesame seeds for coating

1. Pulse almonds and cashews in food processor until coarsely ground.
2. Add dates, pulse until thoroughly combined.
3. Add zest, lime juice, mint, agave, and salt. Pulse until combined.
4. Roll into balls (about a tsp worth of mixture), roll in sesame seeds.
5. Place in an air tight container in the freezer. They do not go rock solid so you can eat them straight out of the freezer!

Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge

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Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit has inspired me to try Kombucha every day as a solution to my digestive problems. My body reacts to food so quickly with bloating, gas, and a general uncomfortable feeling. Why must this be a thing tummy? Can’t you just be normal? Regardless, Kombucha is definitely helping and with the incredible discount off Rise Kombucha (although my favourite is GT Dave’s) I get from work – there isn’t a reason not to. I’ve also found that Kombucha serves as an amazing hangover cure. The last thing your body needs the morning after is a dose of caffeine to further dehydrate your system. Next time try a refreshing, fizzy bottle of probiotic joy. You won’t regret it, I promise.

On to the good stuff.

Chocolate.

Raw.

Goodness.

I never knew you could even make chocolate fudge without anything bad for you. I was wrong. I took to google to teach me the ways of raw fudge and there are so many interesting ways to make it with fun, simple ingredients.

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The good thing about this recipe is that the fudge never fully hardens, it remains nice and soft even though it is put into the freezer. Thus, remaining as fudge and not solidifying into regular raw chocolate.  But beware: if you don’t like rich, dark chocolate… this is NOT for you. Oh boy it is sinful.

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1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of himalayan pink salt
3/4 cup almonds, chopped

1. Using electric beaters, beat together coconut oil and almond butter until thoroughly combined.
2. Add cacao and beat again until fully combined.
3. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Beat until smooth.
4. Fold in chopped almonds.
5. Line a brownie pan (I used 9×9 but you can use whatever you like, really) with parchment on all sides, pour chocolate mixture into the pan and freeze for at least 2 hours before removing and slicing.

 

And with this I leave you the perfect song to listen to while you indulge in your raw chocolate almond fudge.

 

 

Raw Hazelnut Brownies

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Who else gets excited at the idea of RAW food? I definitely do. I love when I can recreate a sweet treat (God knows I have a massive sweet tooth), while still incorporating amazing nutritional benefits and never sacrificing delicious chocolatey flavour. Ladies, when it’s that time of the month these little squares will definitely come in handy.

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I can remember back in early high school and middle school, I was going to Burger King and A&W every day after school, eating a cheeseburger and fries as a snack. Without a care in the world, still slightly prepubescent, a stick figure. I thought… how could this ever catch up to me? If I could go back in time and tell my 14 year old self to stop gorging on fatty, processed foods and nom hard on some baby carrots and fresh fruit. I would be doing myself the greatest favour I could ever do for myself. Looking at my diet now and the effects my 14 year old self’s diet would have on my body… it would be tremendous. Not only do I notice it right away in my belly, I would be greasy, my face would break out, I would literally be sick to my stomach the moment after eating it. 14 year old Casey…. how could you have been so bad to your body????

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These “brownies” literally taste like a fudgey, raw bar made of Nutella  I honestly almost ate the entire bowl before refrigerating it. There is just something about chocolate and hazelnuts. Add some coconut in there, maybe some cinnamon and vanilla. I’m drooling at the thought of it.

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Brownies:
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or you can use unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups pitted medjool dates (soaked in hot water for a few minutes to soften)

Topping:
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut
2 tsp coconut oil, melted

1. In a food processor, pulse hazelnuts, coconut, cacao, and cinnamon until finely ground.
2. Drain the dates well, and add to mixture. Pulse until evenly combined and blended. Add vanilla and pulse to combine.
3. Line a 9″x9″ brownie pan with parchment leaving an overhang on two sides for easy removal. Press brownie mixture into prepared pan.
4. In food processor, pulse together coconut oil, hazelnuts, and coconut. Top brownies and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove and cut into 16 squares.