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Oh gosh! Oh no! Oh my. Etc…

I haven’t blogged in like, a million years guys. Ok, that may be slightly dramatic. But it’s been at LEAST a million days. And I am sowwie.

So much has been happening. You guys don’t even know. (Really, you don’t. Because I haven’t blogged in a MILLION DAYS!)

Well, I finished my Hatha yoga teacher training (as most of you know) and it was amazing. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Not even a ride in the Batmobile. Well… Yea no. Not even that.

Now, I’m proud to say that I’m a certified prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher as well! I took a fabulous course with the same great teacher that taught the first training course and I think I found my new hero. Clare (my teach) is amazing. She’s not only a great teacher, but a fabulous mentor and a lovely friend now. And I couldn’t speak more highly of her. Plus, she got me hooked on these new amazing yoga pants that have galaxies and Starwars stuff on them! Oh man. She’s wonderful.

I’mma make this short and sweet, but I wanted to say hi and thank you for your comments and support regarding all things that I post 🙂

I’m still vegan, still gluten free, still a redhead and still use sarcasm as a defense mechanism. So, I’m pretty much the whole package. Oh, and modest. I’m also that 😉

Take care! I shall be posting an amazing fall recipe soon, so keep watching for that!

xoxo

Becky

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This is my “Oops, sowwie guys!” face.

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Easy Vegan Cooking & Baking Guide

If you’re thinking about going vegan for health reasons or looking for new meal options, here are four easy tips I’ve used to convert recipes vegan! Vegan cooking or baking doesn’t have to be scary, guys. For reals.
xoxo
Becky
Egg replacers
  • Ener-G brand or Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacers
  • Silken tofu
  • Bananas & Applesauce (for baked goods)
  • Vinegar & baking soda
  • Flaxseed whipped into water
Protein replacers
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu (extra or super firm)
  • Seitan
  • Gardein
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Veggies
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Nuts & Seeds
Dairy replacers
  • Nut & Seed milks (almond, cashew, hemp, flax or macadamia)
  • Soy milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut butter
  • Any non-dairy cheese (Daiya is my favorite)
  • Non-dairy cream cheese
  • Earth Balance All Natural Spread
  • Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Organic Sour Cream
Healthy Oil Upgrades
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Safflower oil

Raw Coconut Macaroons

I’ve been reading Kimberly Snyder’s book “Beauty Detox Foods” and absolutely adore it. One of my fave sweet treat flavors, is coconut. And these lovelies are raw, vegan & gluten free. Win-Win-Win.

xoxo

Becky

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp raw coconut sugar (used instead of stevia)
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut nectar
  • pinch of sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the coconut flakes, cacao powder, coconut sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract.  Add the coconut nectar last and mix well until everything is well-combined.
  2. Scoop a small amount into hands and roll into shape.  This step is a bit messy as the coconut nectar is quite sticky, but that’s part of the fun of cooking!
  3. Place macaroons into the freezer for a few hours.  Sprinkle with some extra coconut flakes and serve cold.

Enjoy Life

Before you say anything, I KNOW! I haven’t updated my bloggy blogs in forever. And I feel just awful about it 😦 I sowwie. Life has been busy though, but here I am. I am back. And ready to share with you an amazing new find that I, well, found!

sub-chocolate-crunch sub-very-berry-crunch sub-cinnamon-raisinEnjoy Life is an amazing brand that I’ve recently discovered. These granolas they have are just the very tip of the gluten free & vegan iceberg! They have bars, cookies, lentil chips, fruit & seed mixes and the list goes on. Best part is that it’s a tasty treat that even I can eat! AND they are healthy for you. Win-Win 😉

Today, I’m focusing just on their granola. I’m really bad when it comes to eating breakfast & lunch. I hate it. I’m never hungry until like, 5pm, usually. But I know I have to eat at least something through the day, especially in the mornings. So I have a tiny cup of this granola with some coconut flavored almond milk and I’m ready to take on the day! Yep, I totally just used that phrase but I don’t care because I just had some granola and I’m feeling energetic enough that I’m ok with using that phrase 😉

The cinnamon one is probably my favorite, but they are all truly amazing. I eat the chocolate one just plain out of the bag, it’s like a little treat! Today I actually mixed a little cinnamon & a little berry together and that was yum city! (Look at all these lame phrases I’m using! And YOU would use them too if you ate this stuff.)

Really guys, try this brand. They are fantastic. They are gluten free, non-GMO and totally allergy friendly 🙂 Let me know what you think! And sorry again for the lack of posts the last little while! I still loves ya.

xoxo

Becky

Enjoy Life Website

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

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

 

My Secret Obsession

Ok, it’s no real secret. I love chocolate! Who doesn’t though, right? Sometimes, a girl just needs a sugar fix. Makes me feel naughty. Wink. Since going vegan though, it’s hard to find a quick fix chocolate bar treat that I can actually eat! Everything has either too much sugar or some sort of dairy in it. Which just doesn’t fly with me. Also, I have been craving mint chocolate these days, which just makes it harder to find something I can eat and that’s tasty.

Well my lovely bloggy blog readers, I found it! The Holy Grail of mint chocolate bars. O-M-Goodness, did I ever find it.

Theobroma. Best chocolate bar I’ve evah had. Their 60% dark mint leaves is beyond amazing and not only is it vegan (I thought only 70% and higher had no dairy, but I was wrong!) but it’s also natural, organic, gluten free and GMO free! And, it tastes like heaven. It’s not too dark, so it’s not bitter and it’s not just mint flavoring. There are actual for reals mint leaves right in the bar, so it adds a really unique texture as well. DE968-l

Only down side to this, is that I’ve only found it at my local organic store and it’s more money than your average bar. But it’s so rich, you don’t need alot of it so it lasts a while. May I also suggest using it for a sexy fruit fondu! Yummy. I’m also going to work this chocolate into some delish recipes for the future, so watch for those!

Theobroma’s delightful dark chocolate will astound you with its full force of flavor. Combined with the natural flavor of real mint leaves, this leaves other mint chocolates in the dust. Seriously, it’s amazing. I think it’s the texture that puts it over the top. Nothing beats something that’s pure and natural. The ingredients are simple and easy to pronounce too 😉 Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Mass, Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar, Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, and Mint. That’s it. Oh! And did I mention that the entire bar is only 400 calories?! Which is by far the least amount of calories I’ve seen in a chocolate bar this good.

So if you are lucky enough to see this while you’re out and about, treat yourself and thank me later 😉

xoxo

Becky