Both/And (and PB protein bars)

DSCF2198resizeIn any given moment we can choose to align more closely with our truth or disregard it. The choice to disregard is so tempting, especially when it usually involves consuming some kind of yummy food to override the yucky feelings we are having. It can be such an automatic reaction to discomfort that some folks might not even feel like they are making a choice at all. The brain’s protective instinct picks up on the discomfort and the hand dives into the popcorn bowl; the reaction time is so quick that the choice to do otherwise seems non-existent. Once that track is set into motion, the autopilot turns on and it feels almost impossible to shift ourselves out of it.
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It’s time to get Cozy (with some Glossette-style Krispie Squares)

Congratulations on making it through another holiday season. Don’t get me wrong. The holidays are delightful. Just lovely. But how many times did we find ourselves triggered by people and events that sent us flying into old patterns and default ways of coping, just to endure!?

There’s no better time than post-holiday madness to be reminded that the most sacred relationship we hold is the one we have with ourselves. It’s time to slip into that cozy robe of self love and check in with yourself. This is no small thing. Every relationship is a direct reflection of the one we have with ourselves. If you treat yourself poorly, is it really that big of a surprise when someone you know does too? Alternatively, if you cherish yourself and are kind to yourself, chances are you would not settle for anything less than that from the people in your life.

And yes, you love yourself, sure – but are you love-ING yourself verb style? Are you love in action?  It’s time to take extra gentle care and go inwards. Turn off the electronic gadgetry that infiltrates your world and turn your attention to your living space. Make it a place you want to be. Create a soothing and nurturing environment for yourself and then get cozy. Give yourself what you need, be it a good book, a warm blanket, a cuddle – go to town! After all, you can’t love yourself enough! Especially when a surplus of that kind spills over onto the relationships and people in your life. It’s a “You win, everybody wins!”

A glosette match made in heaven

 Speaking of love, I’ve been eating my way through a ginormous Toblerone bar at a pretty good bite (did I ever mention I am a Toblerone junky?) – but recently I just wanted something home made, naturally sweetened, chocolatey and peanut buttery, with a bit of crunch (hmmm…. where have we heard that before?). I started with this recipe from CCK and ended up with something like a cross between a glossette raison, a glossette peanut, and a rice krispie square. Hey, sometimes you just gotta let go and let glossette, right?

 Glosette-style Krispie Squares

  • ¼ cup raisons
  • 1/3 cup pb
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/5 tbsp xylitol
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • ¼ cup brown rice krisps

Process everything together except the rice krisps. Add at the end and press into a square container –something like a 5×7 tuperware container will do the trick. Refrigerate, and eat. Naturally. 5 servings (or one if you’re me). 🙂

 

 

The Gestation Period (and PB Banana Ice Cream Pie!)

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Pie

As we go about our business as wanting, longing, needing, making-it-happen machines, our motivation may start to wane if we don’t see immediate results from our efforts; we may wonder at what point our fertility becomes futility.  So what’s the deal? A little something called the “gestation period.” Even though you may not think things are taking shape, often the subtle and intricate details are working themselves out, gathering momentum until eventually, WHOOSH: your something is birthed!

It’s not unlike observing physical changes in ourselves and others. We are more likely to notice changes in a person we see every six months than the person we see every day. The same goes for ourselves. Just because you can’t see it coming together doesn’t mean that it isn’t.

Think of every great thing that has happened in your life that you wanted to happen. Did it happen over night? Did it happen when you wanted it to, the way you wanted it to? It likely happened in its own, perfect time and likely in the way you least expected!—but the important thing to remember is that it happened—so be patient and don’t give up!

Put your order in! Want what you want, take a few steps toward it if necessary, and then relinquish the need to control the process. A good friend reminded me of an analogy Maryanne Williamson often uses (here, roughly paraphrased): if you keep checking on the cake in the oven, it never gets a chance to bake!

There are exceptions to the above rule. This pie, for example, DID happen overnight and no oven was required! Sometimes time is short and potlucks call! That’s the background behind this ravishing number—limited time, limited ingredients, Dreena Burton, and a little creativity.

Scrumdidilyumptious!

(Vegan, sugar-free, raw)

  •  3 frozen bananas
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • ¼ cup xylitol
  • 1 date

Crust (this is my go-to crust from Dreena Burton’s Raw Chocolate Dream Mousse Pie*)

  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

*from Let them Eat Vegan, 2012, De Capo Press

Start with the  crust. Blend above ingredients together in a food processor until the mass is crumble, but holds together if smooshed with your fingers. Squish it down into a pie plate to form your crust – you will likely have leftovers – no problem—form some little snack balls for later. 😉

Next, blend your ice cream ingredients together in the food processor, adding a little (1 -2 tsp) almond milk ONLY if needed. Once the bananas soft a bit, you should be okay. Once smooth, spread over crust and freeze. Sprinkle with crushed peanuts and raw cacao nibs (or vegan choco chips) before serving.

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