Can I ask you something so you can ask you something? Are you giving to yourself? Are you actually taking the time to listen to what it is your body needs or what your soul is craving? So often the only way we feel we give to ourselves (and meet our own needs) is via the food that we eat. What’s that? You want a peanut butter pumpkin oat bar (you too??!)? You want some chocolate? Well, since you aren’t going to give yourself what you REALLY want or need, sure, let’s load up the plate.
Now hold on a moment. Before you wolf down that plate of so-called comfort, let’s take a second to ask ourselves some more questions: “What do you really want/need?” And the next one, the juicy one, is “why aren’t you giving THAT to yourself instead?”
In the face of a gazillion obligations, it can be hard to justify taking time out for ourselves to do something that refuels us or makes our heart light up (or lighten up!) – but do you really need to justify it? I mean seriously, how did all of those things somehow get to be more important than YOU!? And, let’s say you think they are, well how productive are you going to be after you consume that plate of whatever that you are using to convince yourself that your needs are getting met? Uh huh. That’s what I thought.
So go there. Ask the questions of yourself. And ask them with love, and care, and a genuine desire to take care of yourself. Your soul is hungry for something. Dig a little deeper and find out what it is, and then engage in healthy self-indulgence — the kind that doesn’t come with shame, guilt, and remorse. Isn’t it time we started allowing ourselves our needs and stepping up to meet them?
Granolie in the Raw
Anyone who knows me knows I like me granolie! I’ve been experimenting with my new dehydrator lately, and part of this experiment involved raw cacao nibs, sprouted buckwheat, and some pureed fruit. The result? Amazing, not too sweet, snacking granolie! I would guess that baking this in the oven at the lowest heat for about an hour would also produce a satisfying crunchy result. Because this isn’t too sweet, I prefer to eat it as a snack more than a cereal for breakfast, but as you like! Give it a go, let me know what you think.
- 2 cups raw, sprouted buckwheat groats (soak for 12 hours, rinse, let sit for another 24 hours, rinsing 1-3 times over this period. Soon little sprouties will form. This is where you want it.)
- ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup raw cacao nibs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 6-8 large dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup coconut (optional)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp honey (to taste)
In a food processor, combine everything but the first three ingredients, and process until smooth. In a large bowl, stir mixture together with the buckwheat, cacao, and almonds. Spread onto two dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for 10 hours (flip after 8 ) at 115 F. It will be a wet mixture (not dry and crumbly) and it will bake like a giant cracker. Once ready, place in a Ziploc bag and crunch it up so that you have chunky morsels of this delectable goodness. And then eat away!