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chrystad72 said…

id love to use the powder in all sorts of things from drinks to muffins!

How was Monday and getting back to the grind after a long holiday weekend?  I love long weekends; more time to spend with my family, more time to unwind, and just more timeSeems there’s never enough hours in the day, right?!  My Monday was super busy, but really productive.  Took yoga, taught yoga, networked with some other yoga teachers I’ve just recently met.  Did some housework, blog work, itunes playlists organizing kind of work, and of course took care of my little pumpkin, Skylar, and can proudly say I’ve only sung the abc’s 23 times today, down from my usual 57.

Thank you for the amazing compliments and yummy reviews on my Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars that are No-Bake, Gluten & Soy Free.  The recipe is really easy and takes 20 minutes, tops.  If creme de menthe isn’t your thing, peppermint extract works really well, too.  I am sincerely blown away by how many of you wrote in to tell me how awesome they looked and also for the high praise you give me as a vegan, and largely raw, chefI am humbled, thank you!!!! 

Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars in container with one bar missing
Close up of one Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar

Speaking of a great recipe with Peppermint Extract, check out my Guest Post that I did on Diana of Soap & Chocolate’s Blog.  It’s a Raw Vegan Donut Hole Recipe that’s been winterized and pepperminted for the holidays:  Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes! 

 

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes

 

But let’s talk about the past day of eats & treats around here…
I tore into a Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor

Close up of Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor
Hand holding Pro Bar Koka Moka

By no means a “light” bar considering it’s not really that large, but it the ingredients list doesn’t make me squirm, which is nice.

Nutrition Facts on Pro Bar Koka Moka
Ingredients on Pro Bar Koka Moka

Guess who loves these?  Skylar does.  Yes, apparently she’s a chip off the ole block and she enjoys this chocolate and coffee-flavored bar.  Hmmm, wonder who she takes after with the choc & coffee?

Close up of Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor

Looks to me like a real chunk of dried papaya.  Sooo good.

Hand holding Pro Bar Koka Moka showing fruit in bar

I also tore into a bag of my TJ’s Mango Chunks.  I love mango.  And I love frozen fruit.  Match made in chilly fruity heaven.

Diced mango chunks

 

Hand holding one mango chunk

I also tore into my mail and found a couple surprises.  First, I won Michelle of LuckyTasteBuds’ Give Away.  Thank you again, Michelle, for hooking up the Give Away me.  And I love my Dr. Flacker’s Crackers.

Dr. Flacker's Crackers boxes

Why wouldn’t I love them?  They’re right up my alley: GF, Raw, High in Protein & Fiber.  Love it!  Thanks Dr. Flacker’s & Michelle!

Dr. Flacker's Crackers showing GF, Raw, High in Protein & Fiber

I also got this lovely yoga mat from Aurorae Yoga

Aurorae Yoga yoga mat

And there was this awesome color chart that breaks down some key points of each color.  For instance the Mat I received in green represents: Soothing, Renewal, Intellect, Nature, Self Control, Gentle & Harmonious

Close up of Aurorae Yoga yoga mat
Colors of Aurorae Yoga mats

And here’s a Photo from their Site.  Their aerial photograhy is better than mine.  My pics keep chopping off part of the mat.  I’m a yogi, not a photographer, what can I say.  What I can say is that I love that the mat has this focal point that helps center your focus and steadies the mind.  It’s a lovely drishti, or gazing point.  And the mat’s thickness is just perfect.  At a 1/4 inch it’s not too thin & flimsy nor is it too thick and heavy to tote around.  Two Thumbs Up on the Aurorae Yoga Mat Here’s their Amazon Link, too.

Close up of green yoga mat

So Moving Along…
Remember when I was all excited that I received some Amazing Grass Products?

 Various Amazing Grass Products on countertop

I was most excited by this Chocolate Action

Amazing Grass Products in Chocolate Drink Powder

And I decided to whip up a batch of my Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs with Chocolate Green Super Food

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in clear container with scoop taken out

Click Here for the Recipe….

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in bowl

…But rather than using 3/4 c cocoa powder, I simply used a heaping 1/2 c cocoa powder AND 1 serving of Chocolate Amazing Grass PowderResult?  Tastes just as delish, but with a little extra antioxidant boost and the alkalizing power of green superfoods, tucked away in your chocolate dessert.  Basically, good stuff for you in the raw vegan chocolate coconut dessert action.  Just call me sneaky chef.

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball in bowl

Fresh greenery over the past few days has included a leftover turkey, garden veggie, and green salad with ranch dressing for Scott.

Green salad with turnkey and vegetables with ranch dressing

 

Close up of Green salad with turnkey and vegetables with ranch dressing

And for me, what else, but some Kale.  I think Gena, VeggieGirl, and I are joined at the hip in that regard because we each seem to eat kale nearly daily.  Love my kale I tell ya!  I dressed this kale, cauli, cuke, and tomato salad with my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Green salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

The dressing is sweet & tangy, and with the crunch of the veggies, lately I can’t get enough of this combo.  As I am sure you can tell from the similarity of the photos.

Close up of salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

For Dessert, what else, but a Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar.   Thin Mints meet Buttercream Frosting meet Chocolate Layery GoodnessAnd Gluten & Soy Free.

One Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar on white plate

And No-Bake, so they’re ready in 20 minutes.

And if you aren’t into those, what about a Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball, either today’s AmazingGrass Variety…

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in bowl
 Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in white bowl
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in dish with scoop taken out

And don’t forget about the Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball Variety if that’s up your Dark Choc alley.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in clear container

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in white bowl

 

Close up of Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in container with scoop taken out

Yoga Today is the Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

Woman doing Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana yoga pose

Tip of the Days:  Holiday Season Eating Strategies include:  
Don’t starve yourself before an event in an effort to “save your calories” for a big party and walk in ravenous and then eat a tray’s worth of greasy appetizers that you wouldn’t have otherwise chosen.
Limit the sugary and calorically dense drinks & spirits, both alcoholic and non-alcoholicEggnog and peppermint lattes come to mind.   

Stay on track with your exercise program.   Don’t cheat or get sloppy with your dietary choices AND your exercise program and expect to stay on track.   

BUT….Be gentle and kind to yourself if you do fall off track.  Just get back up and on track as soon as possible and don’t sweat it!!!!!

And really, just enjoy the holiday season and remember to hug your friends and family because it’s about good times with your loved ones this time of year above all else!!!

What do you do if you go to a party or a restaurant and everyone else is raving about the food but for whatever reason, it’s not your cup of tea?  Either it’s totally unhealthy, it’s not vegetarian/vegan and you are, you’re allergic/intolerant to it, or it’s just plain gross but everyone else seems to be fine with it.  What do you do?  Fake a few bites?  Just say no thank you?  Tell the hostess honestly you didn’t like it? (yeah, right)  But what do you do when you don’t like the food that is being served when you’re out?

Stay Tuned For Moon Talk.  Time to get a little Hippy Dippy…

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