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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Time and time again I see this recipe online and I never really thought that putting carrots into my oatmeal would be a good idea but I was wrong. Very wrong. If anything it adds a subtle sweetness and a pretty orange colour to my breakfast. There isn’t really much of an explanation warranted for this – as I’m sure we’ve all had carrot cake in our lives. The only thing I omitted is the “icing” element (which can easily be recreated with a dollop of vanilla yogurt).

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Now… I know I’ve been on an oaty roll, but I seriously can’t stop. Don’t judge me, just try it.

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1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp chopped dates
walnuts, pumpkin seeds, extra cinnamon & maple syrup (for topping)

1. Bring water and oats to a boil, turn heat to low and add pinch of salt. Simmer until the water is fully absorbed (20-30 mins).
2. Once absorbed, stir in almond butter, maple, carrot, cinnamon & ginger, and dates.
3. Put in a bowl and top with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and more maple syrup!

Chocolate & PB Chia Pudding

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The sun is out, I spent the morning sitting in my backyard soaking up some luscious rays before work today. What a way to spend the morning! Who needs to rush in the morning? Wake up slow, take it easy.

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This is a make-ahead breakfast and who doesn’t love that? Throw a bunch of stuff into a mason jar, shake it up before you go to bed and VOILA chia pudding. What.. okay.. if you insist…

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It almost tastes like chocolate & peanut butter mousse. But.. for breakfast?! Is this real life? Heaven? All I know is that this is a chocolate peanut butter explosion and it’s healthy. Uhh..

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Not only are chia seeds delicious, but they have a whole lot of health benefits. Chalk full of fibre and omega 3’s, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein. I recently learned that chia seeds contain tryptophan… the amino acid found in Turkey! Not only is that responsible for the urge to nap, but it also can regulate mood and appetite. They also have cholesterol lowering properties. So.. why are you not eating chia seeds? TELL ME!

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3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Raw Cacao
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Unsweetened dessicated coconute, dates, blueberries (for topping)

1. In a jar or container, mix all ingredients (except for toppings) and shake it up! Make sure it is all incorporated.
2. Put in the fridge overnight!
3. Wake up and eat your chocolate chia goodness.

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?
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1 cup Strawberries
3 Dates
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Almond Butter
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1 cup Pineapple
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Orange juice
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
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1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

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

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1 Banana
1 cup Raspberries
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
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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
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So there you have it. My life as one giant smoothie. Cheers!

Lavender & Apricot Energy Balls

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To kickstart the Spring we SHOULD BE having, I made lavender & apricot energy balls. When things head on down to glooms-ville I just pop one of these dainty little bad boys into my mouth and suddenly Spring happens. It’s magical.

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1/2 cup whole, raw almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
10 – 15 dried apricots
1 tbsp dried lavender
2 tbsp dried coconut + more for coating

1. In a food processor, put all ingredients and pulse until mixture comes together. Using 1 tablespoon scoops, roll mixture into balls and coat in desiccated coconut. Freeze, or keep in the fridge if you will be eating them faster. I like them extra cold. 🙂

 

Apple Cinnamon Almond Steel Cut Oats

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Just a quick recipe to jump start the fall weather. There isn’t anything much better than a warm, sweet, hearty breakfast when the rain is falling and the leaves begin to turn (sorry for the cheesy start, but it is just so true).

1 packet instant steel cut oats (President’s choice makes an excellent one)
1 tbsp (collectively) hemp seeds, buckwheat groats, and chia seeds
1 tbsp chunky almond butter
1/2 an apple, cut into small bite sized cubes
1 tsp cinnamon
almonds, roughly chopped
1 tbsp raisins, soaked in hot water to soften
3 medjool dates, roughly chopped
maple syrup

1. Put oats, chia/hemp/buckwheat, cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl. Add water (add packet describes) and prepare as necessary.
2. Stir in almond butter.
3. Top with chopped almonds, raisins, dates, apples, maple syrup and additional cinnamon.

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!

Raspberry Almond Date Smoothie

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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.  Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.  Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. Just like our good friend Oscar Wilde says – “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.”

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Change is never an easy thing, a constant adjustment. I’m learning that. It may be a good change, a bad change, whatever. It is always going to be an adjustment regardless of what happened. Change is a time for self discovery and improvement. Things you didn’t even about yourself emerge to the surface, and you come to realize you are an ever-evolving, wonderful human being. Going through a major adjustment has allowed me to begin thinking about respecting myself more, allowing myself to truly be authentic and never granting anyone the satisfaction of trying to change who I am. Even if they didn’t mean to or weren’t aware they were really hindering my true self. Its a miraculous event to come up from a bad time and say “hey, I am okay and I am a better me.” It is an opportunity to thank people for helping to mould and discover who you are.

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Along with all the personal growth that comes with change, also comes a new exploration and admiration for interesting and fun recipes. Just because I’m focusing on my own growth doesn’t mean my recipes can’t join in on the fun as well. There really isn’t a better way to experiment with different combinations than in a smoothie. This raspberry almond date smoothie can easily be customizable (ahh, the beauty of smoothies) but I urge you to try it as is the first time. You won’t regret it (and neither will your taste buds).

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1 cup fresh raspberries (alternatively you could use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or cherries)
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
3-4 medjool dates (if your blender is weak, I suggest soaking them in hot water for 5 minutes prior to blending)
1 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
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1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!