Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites

Energy bites are simply a fantastic invention. They are quick, easy, and oh so tasty. These ones are lovely too because it’s like eating mini apple pies, that are actually good for you! Imagine that.

xoxo

Becky

Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites

(Vegan & GF)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, soaked & pitted
  • 1 cup dried apple rings
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup whole roasted flax seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Soak your dates in warm water for a couple of minutes. This will aid in the pitting process and make it easier. Once you dates have soaked, drain them and pit them all.
  2. Place your pitted dates into a food processor with your apple rings and process on high until they come together.
  3. Add in your almonds, cashews, flax seeds and cinnamon. Process on high again for a couple of minutes until a sticky dough like mixture has formed and your nuts and seeds have broken down quite a bit.
  4. After everything has come together, you can use your hands to form the dough into balls. I like to make mine about a tablespoon each.
  5. Place them in the freezer for an hour or so to allow them to firm up, then enjoy!

The Non-Hunger Games

What happens when an already thin person, loses their appetite? That’s what I’ve been experiencing.

Over the last few months, I’ve been noticing that my hunger has become less and less. I wake up, not hungry. I go through my day, not hungry and at night I’m (you guessed it) not even close to feeling the hunger I should be feeling. Regardless off this feeling, I do eat of course. I just don’t get any satisfaction from it. And have you ever forced yourself to eat when you simply don’t want to? It’s an awful feeling.

Now, there are some days when my appetite is there, but when you’re a thin thang’ like me, and when you workout/run/get your yoga on as much as I do, you need fuel. I’m just not craving any type!

Sometimes, a diet change can turn your body upside down. I went vegan and gluten free, pretty much all at once and I suspect that has been a factor in the lack of appetite and weight loss. I’m a person who doesn’t need to lose weight though, but I need to be GF and chose to be vegan, so it’s a double edged sword.

I read an article recently that said a lack of appetite, or decreased hunger, is one of the most troublesome nutrition problems one can experience. Although it is a common problem, its cause is alot of times, unknown.

To be honest, I think stress has alot to do with it. Our bodies know when our minds are overwhelmed, and act accordingly. I’m trying hard to take some me time these days though. Focus on myself and my own well being. Which sometimes, is the best thing you can do for yourself.

xoxo

Becky

Cinnamon Apple Crunch Muffins

Some say muffins are the cupcakes of the adult world. If that’s true, I say let them eat cupcakes! 😉

xoxo

Becky

Cinnamon Apple Crunch Muffins

(Gluten free & Vegan)

100956Dry:

  • 1 cup brown teff flour
  • 1 & 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Starch

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar

 

Wet:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp egg replacer powder whisked with 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced (1 cup)

 

Streusel-esk topping:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy buttery spread like Earth Balance

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin tin with liners.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (except for apple). Add the wet to dry and with an electric mixer, beat until combined. It will be like a very thick cake batter. Fold in the peeled and diced apple.

5. Using a spoon, distribute the batter evenly among the liners to make a dozen.

6. Sprinkle the streusel and bake in the oven at 375F for 27-28 minutes or until muffin slowly springs back when touched. Cool in the pan for only 5 minutes (longer and it will get soggy!) before transferring to a wire rack until completely cool. The muffins will break apart if you unwrap them before they are cooled, so be sure to cool them for at least 30 minutes. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Break Down The Wall

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What would you do if someone you loved was sick? I’m not talking about sneezing, coughing, runny nose with a fever kind of sick. I mean really sick.

This post will be a little different than my usual ones. I wanted to share with you something my family has gone through, and what we did to overcome and come through it all.

Just over three years ago, my Mommy went in for a physical. A routine, boring old physical. Her next appointment wasn’t nearly as boring. My Mommy was diagnosed with kidney cancer. They told her that the best option, was to have the infected kidney removed. So just months before my wedding (to my ex, back in 2010) she went in for a surgery that most people won’t ever have to think about.

The surgery went well, from my understanding. To be honest, I think some information regarding it all was hidden from me as I was a bride-to-be planning a wedding, and knowing my parents, they didn’t want to add any more to my plate. I think this because I remember not being concerned at all when she went in for the surgery. I remember thinking that it really wasn’t anything to be worried about, and I thank them for keeping it from me only because had I have known the extent of everything then, I may not have been so calm and collected all of the time.

So a year or so went by, maybe longer, I can’t actually remember. Some time went by though and she went in for her 6 month check up and the thing that we were told couldn’t possibly happen, happened. Doctors found a mass on her remaining kidney and believed it to be the same cancer. This time, I remember being more concerned. More aware. More everything. How could this already rare type of cancer, come back for a second round? Hadn’t she kicked it’s ass enough already?

Our family is a tough one. We fight, we taunt, we laugh and we love. We were all prepared to fight this out again, this time for the championship belt.

With the love, support and faith from family, friends and even strangers, my Mom overcame cancer again. She didn’t have to have her other kidney removed or go on dialysis and just a few months ago, they told her that any sign of the cancer had fled. Take that, cancer. You big stupid.

So again I ask, what would you do if someone you loved got sick? It’s not a bad thing to say that you have no idea, because if you were to ask me the same question years ago, I may not have been so quick to answer. Even now, the question for me is difficult to answer because every situation is different. There are others in my life who could potentially become sick. Some, who I love very deeply. All I know for sure is that if something like this or similar to this happens again to someone I love, I’ll never give up and I’ll always be there for them. Always.

Sickness in a loved one is like a brick wall. It starts off small, something you don’t really think too much about. But then the bricks of sickness begin to tower over you, to where eventually you just can’t see each other anymore.

This is why, like me, you should always carry a sledgehammer.

xoxo

Becky

(Love You. Miss You.)

It’s Momsie’s Day!

True Story

I wanted to take the time to wish all of you lovely & wonderful Mommy’s out there the hap-hap-HAPPIEST of Mother’s Days today! A special “shout out” (yes, I said shout out…) to my Momsie & Mikes Momsie, who are too of the most darling and sarcastic people out there 😉

They are the rocks that our families throw through the windows of any problem or situation that may come our way. They are always there for us and will forever keep us smiling.

La-La-La LOVE you guys! Thank you for being so dang awesomesauce.

xoxo

Becky

Vote For Us!

Ello, my lovelies!

I need to ask you all for a favor. For those of you that use Twitter, please Tweet the following:

I want to see @raptorsaurusrex on Comic Chameleon, the ultimate webcomics iPhone app! http://comicchameleon.com/ via @comicchameleon

Ok, now let me explain… Basically this is an an APP for the iphone (and soon Android) that streams webcomics.

The app was just released two days ago with 25 webcomics on it. Big ones. And soon they will make it so that anyone with a webcomic can have theirs in the program. But that part of the program is still in Beta so Mike and I want to be one of the first to be a part of it so that we will get thousands of viewers every day.

They are only choosing a handful of webcomics to add during the beta so they set up an algorithm that counts tweets as votes. The more people that say “I want to see @raptorsaurusrex on Comic Chameleon, the ultimate webcomics iPhone app! http://comicchameleon.com/ via @comicchameleon” , the more votes we’ll have.

So please, PLEASE help us out. I know it means alot to us (especially Mike) to be apart of this Beta for our webcomic, Stick Dinosaurs.

I want to do anything and everything I can to help make this happen. So please help us, and I’ll be your bestest friend forEVER! (That means for always!)

Thank you in advance.

xoxo

Becky

This is the comic for today, May 9/2013 :)

This is the comic for today, May 9/2013 🙂

Vegan Almond Butter Fudge

Oh man guys, I love fudge. Creamy, yummy, lovely fudge. This recipe is a tad different than your average fudge recipe, and that’s what makes it special! These fudge bars are creamy, dreamy and delicious. (Did I mention they are vegan and gluten free as well? Well they are! Yep.)

You’ll be kicking yourself for offering to share them, they are THAT good.

xoxo

Becky

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Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  1 hour
Total time:  1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw creamy almond butter (unsalted)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1½ Tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a square baking dish, lined with plastic wrap, then smooth with a spatula, and freeze until solid, about an hour.
  3. Remove the fudge by lifting the plastic wrap out of the pan, then cut into squares.
  4. Return the fudge squares to a sealed container, and store in the freezer until ready to eat!

Worlds Best Cashew Cookies

I found THE most amazing cookies I think I’ve ever tasted. No joke guys, I’m for seriously serious.

I was in Planet Organic the other day, looking for a treat to have. That same day was my siblings birthday dinner with my family, and I knew they’d all be cutting into cake so I wanted a little something I could enjoy as well.

The company that makes them is called “Sweets From The Earth” and the treats are the Flourless Cashew Cookies!

These cookies melt in your mouth and are such a joy to devour! They are like the peanut butter cookies Mommy used to make, only better! (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone I said that. But it’s kinda true.) Best part about this company is that they are vegan, organic and gluten free!

HEAVEN!

HEAVEN!

I HIGHLY recommend these. I even wrote the company to tell them how amazing they were! I got a lovely email back actually, which read:

“Hi Becky,

 Thank you so very much for your email! We are always happy to hear from a satisfied customer.

 We pride ourselves on making delicious, quality products for people with various dietary limitations. It fills us with great joy to hear how much you enjoy our treats! We just launched a new gluten free product, the Hello Dolly. Be sure to try it; I am sure you will love it as much as we do!

 Thank you again for your email, Becky. Have a wonderful Sunday!

 Kind Regards,

 Candice”

So again, I highly recommend these treats. You won’t be disappointed 😉

xoxo

Becky