Feel Good Fudge

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There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to enjoying eating in a healthier way. Many people claim they don’t have the time to eat well, or it’s difficult to do so when you’re eating out, or that simply, it just doesn’t taste as good. I think the best way of winning people over is showing them that you can actually still eat well with tasty and delicious food and one of the best ways (in my opinion) is with dessert!

This fudge came about when I had some leftover chickpeas. They are the magic ingredient in this dessert. I didn’t want to make something savoury with them and I thought if I blended them with some cashews and added in some cacao it could wind up being a simple and quick sweet tooth fix. After leaving the fudge to sit in the freezer for a couple hours, you have a healthy decadent dessert, all of which takes you no time to prepare with only six ingredients. This recipe gives you protein, fibre, and healthy fats that help to balance hormones and manage sugar cravings in a healthier way. And they are ingredients that you’ll feel far better in consuming and are kinder to your body than the usual refined and processed sugars that make up the conventional fudge.

You can change this up to suit what you like by adding some raw cacao nibs, chopped dark chocolate, or chopped nuts. Just mix it in at the end before you pop it in the freezer. This will not only take away a chocolate craving, it will fill you up before you get the chance to finish the whole pan!

Ingredients 

1 ¼ cups chickpeas

¼ cup cashews, soaked (4 hours minimum or overnight)

4 heaped tbsp. coconut oil

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

4 tbsp. raw cacao

Optional: 1 tsp. maca, raw cacao nibs

Directions

  1. Blend chickpeas and cashews in a food processor until combined.
  1. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the raw cacao, and blend until smooth. Add the raw cacao and blend again until the whole mix comes together.
  1. Add to a parchment lined baking tray and pop in the freezer until firm, usually a couple of hours.
  1. Remove from the freezer, pop out of the tray, cut into squares and enjoy!

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Immunity Shots

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Anyone who’s ever wandered into a juice shop before or maybe even perhaps if your local grocery store has caught on, you may have come across juice shots. Usually they are sold as a potent dose of nutrients in a quick, easy to toss back shot. I remember when wheatgrass shots used to be the only variety kicking about. Nowadays, there are all sorts of different kinds being touted for a variety of ailments.

I’ve been experimenting with lemon ginger variations myself and I absolutely love them for this time of the year. They’re really great to have on hand to keep you feeling well when everyone else around you begins to feel under the weather from the changing temperatures.

I’ve included a couple of extras I also like to add to mine depending on if there’s something specific to target.

Ginger is wonderfully warming and aromatic and helps with cold and flus by promoting detoxification and healthy sweating. It’s also great for the gastrointestinal tract, helping to reduce nausea and upset stomach. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory making it beneficial for aches and pains of the muscles and joints.

Lemons are very alkalizing for the body. They contain a variety of antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C, which is one of the most important we can find to maintain a healthy immune system. You can try adding half a lemon to warm water in the morning upon rising to wake up your digestion and cleanse the system of toxins.

Together, these two make a potent spicy dose that feels like you’re literally kicking any bugs lurking around right out of your body! Experiment a bit to find the right combination of the ingredients for your ideal shot.

Makes approx. ¼ cup

Ingredients

1 lemon
1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger

Optional:
2-3 drops of oregano oil (colds/flu)
4-5 drops of grapefruit seed extract (candida/parasites)
1-2 cm piece of fresh turmeric (anti-inflammatory boost)

Directions 

If using organic ingredients, you may choose to leave the skin on. Otherwise, peel away from both the lemon and ginger then juice through a juicer. Enjoy straight away for the best benefits or keep stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Yoga Playlist IV

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As always, you can find all my playlists up on Spotify.

Happy yoga-ing! x

  1. Always This Late- Odesza
  2. Sound & Colour- Alabama Shakes
  3. Light- Dr. Toast
  4. Everything- City Of The Sun
  5. Can’t Stop Now- Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell
  6. Inner Ninja- Classified, David Myles
  7. What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
  8. Swear Like A Sailor- Tep No
  9. Right My Wrongs- Bryson Tiller
  10. Open- Rhye
  11. Mark- La Plage
  12. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay- Otis Redding
  13. Flume- Coeur De Pirate
  14. Mind Doodles- Alec Troniq
  15. When We’re Fire (Cello Version)- Lo-Fang
  16. If I Be Wrong- Wolf Larsen

Yoga Things I Love

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Music

If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, you know I often share my yoga playlists on here. I used to only think that music for yoga meant meditative chants and nature sounds. I remember one of my first teachers incorporating songs that I listened to in my free time and thought that was pretty cool. Why couldn’t you practice to music you already know and love? Now I’m always changing it up, sometimes keeping in a few favourites. And I love finding great songs to zone out to in savasana.

Scent

Specifically Palo Santo. I absolutely love this wood and often burn it upon waking and before I go to sleep in the evening. The name literally means “Holy Wood’ and it’s known for cleansing the negative energies around us and can even be healing for when we feel unwell and to lift our moods. I’ve found it to be very helpful to burn a little just before I meditate as well as before I begin a yoga practice. To me, it has a lovely cedar-y citrus scent.

Before I discovered Palo Santo I was incorporating essential oils and often times still do. Lavender is wonderfully soothing for an evening practice while something such as bergamot is energizing during the daytime.

Mala Beads

It’s only been very recently that I’ve added to my mala bead collection. I originally had a necklace and bracelet that I brought back with me from Bali after I completed my first yoga teacher training. While I originally bought these because I found them pretty (and quite frankly, everyone I saw had some dangling on them!) they came to be much more than that. Having always struggled with just “being” while attempting to meditate I found that having the beads in my hand gave me a focus. They are similar to that of a rosary in Christianity and have all sorts of meanings depending on the beads used to create them.

Crystals

Okay, I know it sounds hippie-dippie when you probably think of crystals and I was pretty skeptical about them in the beginning but now I love them. Much like my mala beads, I have found the crystals I have to be super helpful when meditating. Personally, I find having a focus even if that is a physical one, really helps me to relay that into a mental focus. The feeling of a crystal in my hand, the shape, the colour, the properties of each one really evoke a certain mood. My amethyst feels very calming and relaxing, the rose quartz very warming, and my favourite blue kyanite has allowed me to establish a more settled meditation practice.

Angel Cards

If you thought the crystals were going a little deep, you probably think even more so with the mention of angel cards but hear me out!

Despite their name, they do not hold a religious sentiment rather, they hold a spiritual element in however way you see fit.

For someone like myself who never quite grasped the whole “setting an intention for your practice” deal, angel cards have been really handy for that. They’ve also been very insightful in dealing with everyday things.

Sometimes we have bad days or even bad weeks, or we lose focus of things that are important or where we feel we should be going in our lives. Angel cards can be very beneficial in dealing with these situations. Some days I’ll simply use them before I begin my yoga practice while others, I’ll use them in the evening after a long day. Often times, I’ll pull them out when I’m feeling unsettled or anxious and find that whatever comes up is often exactly what I need. There is no right or wrong way to use them.


The above may seem like a lot of items and even indulgent in the practice of meditation and yoga. They are definitely not items you need in order to be able to practice. Some days we have an hour set aside for a session without distraction and other days we have five minutes before we go to sleep to stop and focus on the breath. These are ideas of things you can add to create a more nurtured practice no matter what time you have.

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

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Well I think the cold weather might finally be creeping in. The past couple of days have been rainy, windy, and cold (but still no snow!) although I’m not complaining. We’ve been blessed with the warmest weather I’ve ever known in November.

This recipe is perfect for right about now which is exactly why I’m sharing it. The nights are beginning to draw in quicker and we’re starting to get that feeling of wanting to hole up in the evenings to keep cozy and warm. It’s comforting and easy to make not to mention nutritious being full of beta-carotene and vitamins. Plus the ginger is great for your immune system to ward off the beginnings of any cold or flu.

You can just as easily make this without roasting the carrots and cut the prep time right down, but I love the flavor that you get from roasting these with fresh herbs and garlic.

The cashew cream is also optional but from someone who doesn’t get easily excited about soup, this takes it to another level and finishes off the bowl nicely.

Ingredients:

For the soup base:

1 pound carrots (4 large, preferably organic)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 stems of fresh thyme

Salt & pepper

Sprinkling of turmeric

1 tbsp fresh ginger (approx. 1 inch piece)

4 cups veggie stock

2 heaped cups white beans (Great Northern, lima, cannellini)

Fresh rosemary & thyme, chopped (to taste, I used about ½ tbsp. of each)

For the cashew cream:

1 cup cashews soaked (minimum 4 hours or overnight)

½-¾ cup water

1 clove of garlic

1-2 tsp coconut vinegar

½ tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking dish with some coconut oil, allowing it to melt while the oven warms up.
  1. Wash and peel (if non-organic) the carrots, chop into pieces, and add to the baking dish with coconut oil. Smash the two cloves of garlic and add them to the dish along with the sprigs of thyme, turmeric, and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they’re tender and ready to purée.
  1. While the carrots are roasting make your cashew cream. Add the soaked cashews to high-speed blender with the water and blend. Add a minced clove of garlic, coconut vinegar, and some salt and pepper. Taste and see if you need to add the lemon juice as well. Set aside.
  1. When the carrots are ready, remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before adding them to the same blender. Drain and rinse your beans and add with the veggie stock, fresh ginger, and fresh herbs. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
  1. When you reach the desired texture of your soup, bowl it up and swirl in the cashew cream.

Airplane Essentials

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Snacks– I’ve never been a fan of plane food (show me someone who is!) even more so now so I usually make sure to stock up on a bunch of snacks I can tuck away in my carry-on. This time I’m taking coconut chips, paleo granola bars, popcorn, homemade granola, and my favourite, chocolate! I also really enjoy grabbing my own meal at the airport from the best place I can find and taking that on board. Flying out of Gatwick, I usually head to Pret A Manger and grab one of their superfood salads and a green juice.

Water– I like to buy a big litre bottle of water once I’ve cleared security so that I can stay properly hydrated before flying. Airplanes play so much havoc on our skin and we dehydrate quite quickly so it’s always good to have water on hand at all times.

Lip Balm– I usually have more than one kicking about in my handbag and the same goes when on airplanes. I love my Nova Scotia Fisherman lip balm and I also love to take a little of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon on board which not only smells heavenly but also doubles as a moisturizer and eye cream.

Rose Water– I really love rose water at the moment. It’s been really great for calming inflammation on my skin and keeping it hydrated before applying a moisturizer. Plus it smells really lovely and the size is acceptable to bring onto the plane.

Anti-Bacterial Spray/Gel– Hundreds of people, several hours, all cramped in one small space does not make for the most hygienic place! It’s good to carry something extra and I love this Dukha To Sukha spray (actually a yoga mat spray) because it’s multi-purpose and makes a great hand sanitizer.

Oregano Oil– Without fail, around this time of the year I tend to come down with a cold and I’ve been fighting this off by taking oregano oil. It doesn’t taste that great but it really is one of the best things I have found to take for the immune system. Any sign of sniffles or sore throats disappears when I take this and I’ve been having it everyday in the lead up to flying.

Essential Oils– I don’t wear perfume but I do love the scent of many essential oils. I find them a lot subtler and they’re really lovely to have either to relax before a flight or freshen up with just as you’re landing. I have a blend for stress and anxiety that I love from this little apothecary shop I found in the New Forest.

Eye Mask– I can’t always sleep on planes but I make sure to pack one of these anyway just in case! This one is from Saje Wellness and smells of lavender and chamomile.

Big Comfy Socks– I usually find myself getting super cold on airplanes so I always pack a big warm pair for the journey.

Books– If I don’t already have one, I really love going into the bookshop before boarding and seeking out a book I know nothing about to read with all the spare time I know I’ll have. If I don’t find a book, I often grab some magazines and even a word search puzzle book (which I secretly really enjoy!)

Notebook– I also take along a notebook to write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Being disconnected from technology and having so much time on your hands is a really good reason to keep this on hand.

Headphones– The in-flight ones just aren’t the same as pulling out my own pair that I know are guaranteed to work to watch movies and listen to my music.

Gum– This tends to already be in my handbag so I just pack some more for a longer journey; I love Pur gum.

Scarf– I love scarves and always have a hard time choosing which ones to take with me when I go anywhere! I always pack a bigger, warmer, cozy one like my cashmere one which doubles as a blanket.

Sunglasses– Always pairs well with jet lag and even works to hold up messy hair before you get the chance to grab a shower.

Tili Bag– I loved these bags from the first time I saw them. They come sized and ready to go through security and come in really cute patterns to carry all of your liquids. You can find them here.

Travel Documents– Of course you can’t go anywhere without these and they are the most important. I have a travel pouch that I keep my passport and tickets in so they’re easy to access.

I know all of this seems like a lot but it really isn’t when it’s all packed and in your bag. Traveling between the UK and Canada no longer feels like a huge trek to me and I find having these items tides me over and keeps me happy on my journey until I arrive at my destination.

 

Sunshine Juice

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Juices are a great addition to a healthier diet. I love them for a good dose of potent nutrients delivered in one go. There’s so many different kinds you can make. Often it’s easier to start with one that’s a little sweeter. I was a bit ambitious when I first starting experimenting with juicing and made my first batch with only veggies. Needless to say, it wasn’t very pleasant! If you can manage pure veggies that’s amazing but I find it’s best to start with a small amount of fruit added in to take the edge off.

This one is a really great juice to start with as it’s sweeter than a green juice being mainly fruit based. The ginger adds a nice kick as well. It’s perfect to add to a weekend brunch!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

*Use organic fruit/veggies where possible*

1 orange, cut in half or quarters

4 small-medium carrots

5 strawberries

1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger

Directions:

Add everything through the juicer and enjoy.

I like to refrigerate mine for a few minutes so it’s a bit more refreshing. Drink within 24 hours so you retain all the best nutrients.