Thursday, 5 March 2015

BAKED YAMS with TAHINI (AKA HEAVEN)


I eat this nearly every night and it never gets old. Ask anyone who knows me, they probably feel jealous of the yams and/or sweet potatoes. There actually IS a difference between yams and sweet potatoes. I like both though. I love both, to be honest. Sometimes I really question the deepness of my devotion to certain plants. Like last night I baked some potatoes and just stood there in the kitchen gobbling them down plain, while murmuring phrases of adoration to them. Is this normal? Ah, whatever the answer... I LOVE YAMS AND I DON'T CARE YOU KNOWS IT! As long as I have baked yams and/or sweet potatoes in my life, I am at peace with the universe. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

WARMING CHAI ALMOND MILK


I like to work hard. I like to relax hard (if that's a thing... I mean 'power naps' are a thing so relaxing hard can be a thing too, right?) I generally don't like long-term routines, so my workout regime changes at least once or twice a year. For awhile recently it was bodyweight exercises in my room plus dancing really sporadically to music. Things have changed. Now, most days I do P90X (and my workouts are always in the morning by the way). For those of you who don't know P90X: I will direct you to the wikipedia page on it. Basically it's an awesome program of videos that focus on different muscle groups (biceps, back, legs, chest, etc.) and there's a few that are high intensity cardio workouts as well (lots of jump squats, oh mama). There's also one for yoga, which is like an hour of warrior poses (feel da buuuurn) and then another 30 minutes of less challenging yoga moves. The program is technically designed to be 90 days long, and you're supposed to do a certain workout each day of the week, but I don't like following rules so I just do what I feel like. I usually do one workout (they're all about an hour) every morning, but they're tough and every few days or once a week I need a break, so I use those days for stretching, because there's a DVD for that too. It's an hour of taking care of yourself, and it feels so good. Tony Horton, the guy who designed the program, is really into yoga - and he was actually vegan for a little while; there's a part in one of the videos when he talks about making non-dairy corn chowder! - so there's a lot of yoga in the stretching video too.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

PEPPERMINT OREOS DIPPED IN DARK CHOCOLATE


Meet me in the club oreo, it's goin' down.

Take me to the candy shop, I'll let you lick my lolly pop oreo.

I'm hot 'cause I'm fly into oreos, you ain't 'cause you not, this is why I'm hot.

And also this, just because.


Saturday, 21 February 2015

THE BEST HEALTHY SNACKS OF ALL TIME


I am a snack person because I am, more generally, a food person. I love to eat, so eating as often as possible is ideal. That's where snacks come in. A reason to eat between or after meals? I accept. Snacking is also part of eating a mostly raw, vegan diet. Your meals are light, so you get hungry pretty quickly after and in between them. Here's my daily diet: I wake up and drink a glass of water to get everything moving. Later my breakfast is always a massive smoothie (which I have following yoga, weight training or cardio). Right after drinking I think: good god, I never have to eat again. But about an hour later my tummy is saying: hey, I'm still here. At this point it's not quite time for my second smoothie (aka lunch), so snacks are a necessary BFF. Same goes for between my second smoothie and dinner, and of course I like to eat after dinner too because... well, eating. 


Sunday, 15 February 2015

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES with BUTTERCREAM FROSTING


These are happy cupcakes. 

The ingredients are good for you in every way. They are healthy, wholesome, delicious and easy to make. They are lovely to look at, and fun to share. They are a mini celebrations of all that is good in this world! 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

MARSHMALLOW CREAM CAKE


This was a delicious accident. I meant for this to be your run-of-the-mill raw vegan cream cake (which sounds like an oxymoron... shh), but I wanted to add a bit more substance to it without adding a bunch more heaviness, so I chose to throw in some chia seeds. I figured they could multi-task and work to thicken up the batter too, since chia seeds plump up with liquids and make a kinda superfood pudding. Well, thank goodness I did. When I took the cake out of the freezer, sliced myself a piece and tasted it - I was pleasantly surprised by the texture. It's light and fluffy just like marshmallows! Not nearly as sweet, because I prefer to leave my desserts au natural and not add too much sweetness (even though my sweeteners are pretty au natural themselves), but I immediately thought: I can call this bad boy a marshmallow cake!

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