How are you doing today?  Friday, at last!  I thought it would never come!
Today I went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned.  I go to the dentist 3 times a year for cleanings.  I know that may sound a little excessive, but I like to keep my teeth scrupulously clean, and I’ve never had a cavity!  It was my first time going to this dentist because it’s my first dental visit here in Phoenix since moving from San Diego.  It was fine but not super friendly or even that thorough so may have to keep shopping around.  Has anyone ever moved to a new city and you find yourself either getting lost on simple trips to the post office because you don’t know where anything is?  Or feeling clueless when it comes to health care practictioners like new dentists and doctors? 

Saturday morning I am going to do yoga, specifically the Primary Series, with my guru and teacher who’s supervising me with my 500 Hour Teacher Training that I had mentioned I embarked on!  I have been certified since 2001 at the 200 hour level, and have been teaching since 2001, but just as a personal mission, I wanted to reach for the highest level and that’s why I embarked on my 500 hour training program!

I’m glad the Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes sound good to you!  Thanks for all the great compliments and feedback!

 Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes on white plate

And I pity the poor soul who doesn’t like peppermint because this week has been super minty on my blog…

Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars

Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars with one slice missing
Close up of one Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar

Holiday Peppermint Chia Seed Pudding

Holiday Peppermint Chia Seed Pudding being scooped with spoon 
Close up of Holiday Peppermint Chia Seed Pudding

And yesterday’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes.

 Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes on white plate

But I think I’m done with Mint.  For now.

Today’s eats included a fresh batch of kale chips. (that’s the big batch of kale chips link, and then there’s a link to a smaller sized batch)

Ingredients needed to make Kale Chips

For detailed and step-by-step kale chip recipe instructions, check this post out.

Making the Coating for the Kale

Side of ingredients for Kale chips in blender
Overhead of ingredients for Kale chips in blender
Blended up Kale Chip coating

Slathering it On and Getting ready to put the kale chips into the Magic Box

Coating being poured over Kale in bowl
Raw Kale chips on dehydrator tray

Close Up Before DehydratingAnd Note: Many readers have successfully made kale chips without a dehydrator.  200F oven, check and flip, check and flip, every 15-20 minutes.  Try it!

Close up of raw Kale Chip
Close up of Raw Kale chip on dehydrator tray

And then smelling the savory delights of cashews, red peppers, and nooch wafting though my house.  I finally got to remove the kale chips from the Magic Box and indulge.

Dehydrated Kale Chips on dehydrator tray

 

Close up of Kale Chips on tray

Perfection.

Clear containers full of Kale Chips

 

Close up of Kale Chips in container

Love these things!!!!

Close up of one kale chip on dehydrator tray
Close up of Kale Chips in container

Get a load of that cheezy noochey goodness baked right in(For all new readers: nooch = nutritional yeast.  See WF or Health Food Store for your next Must Buy Item)

Skylar begs me for kale chips.

Young girl sitting at table eating plate of Kale Chips

We are the cloth napkin using, re-usable stainless steel non-BPA sippy cup drinking, yoga doing, crunchy kinda crowd…

Young girl smiling at table eating Kale Chips

that stuff our faces with kale chips!

Young girl putting one Kale Chip in mouth

Also found a few new products at the grocery store.
Pina Colada Gum.  Oh yeah baby!  Wonder if there’s any rum in it?  After my beloved Sangria Fresca is no more, the Pina Colada is an awesome findTastes just like I am drinking a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic, and I mean that in the best possible way!

Package of Orbit Pina Colada Gum

Mary’s Crackers in Black Pepper Flavor.  Normally I get the Originals, so this was a nice treat.  That’s not full of onion & garlic, two flavors I happily do without.

Box of Marys Gone Crackers in Black Pepper

I also love to do without my Sun Dried Tomatoes coming to me in jar vat of oil or loaded up with sodium.

Two bags of Sun Dried Tomatoes

I was stoked to find these at a new grocery store I checked out.  No oil, only a trace of sodiumPerfect.

Nutritional Facts on Sun Dried Tomatoes

And this bar, we’ll do without these in the future.  A Think Thin Bar from TJ’s.  I was attracted to the 20g of protein and the Gluten-Free Status.

Think Thin Bar in white chocolate chip flavor

But the ingredient list is a mile long…

Ingredients on back of Think Thin Bar

….and the taste.  Well, it’s dry, chalky, super fake, bland, and generally not so hot.

Split open Think Thin Bar

Never fear, there’s no shortage of bars around here.  And these bars are awesome!!!!!!!  I was Thrilled Beyond Belief to find a care package from Bora Bora Foods!

Bora Bora products on countertop

4 of their bars

Four Bora Bora Bars

An organic t-shirt

Anvilorganic t-shirt label

And this tiki-man mugWho’s face looks like mine if I can’t get to my coffee in the morning.   Grrrr!!!

Tiki Mug

Things that rock about Bora Bora

Information about Bora Bora brand

And a certified Vegan symbol.  Right next to the Gluten/Wheat-Free and the Organic Symbols.  Is that not cool, or what?!!  Thanks Bora Bora for the great stuff and the early field report is that the taste of the bars is awesome, two Tiki Torches Up!

Certified Vegan Symbol on box

So after all those kale chips, all that grocery shopping, and my lovely post office surprise, this green plate included: mustard greens, cukes, tomatoes, brock, and cauli.  Slathered with my Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Close up of salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

This green plate was mixed field greens, cukes, tomatoes, red peppers, dulse flakes and dressed with my Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad with Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette

And for dessert, medjool dates stuffed with dark chocolate chips and TJ’s sunflower seed butter which I pop in the freezer a half hour before spreading it.  Thickens it up perfectly.

Dates with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter

And then a couple Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes.

 Close upon Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes

And More Kale ChipsI kid you not.

Close up of Kale Chips on dehydrator tray
Close up of one Kale Chip

Yoga today is Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Angle Stretch)
This is a very active pose.  As you are folded over your straight, strong front leg, make sure to keep your quads engaged, and your back leg strong and engaged, too.  Chin to shin.  Drop your neck.  No tension in the head, neck, and shoulders.  Looks like you’re just flopped over, but there’s alot more going on.  Enjoy the deep stretch!

Woman doing Parsvottanasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day: My Kay’s Natural’s Give Away for 2 Lucky Readers!!!!  

Kays Naturlas :: Build Muscel Not Fat

 

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And My Chocolate Amazing Grass Give Away!!!!!

 

Go Get Entered, Now!!!!!!!!!!  This is an awesome Give Away, and Santa is definitely coming early for someone!!!!

Are you going to brave the malls this weekend and do any holiday shopping?  Are you planning on purchasing gifts?  Or will you be cutting back at all this year?  Or, are you a smart kiddo and doing your shopping online?  I am not going to be doing any holiday shopping other than a few online gifts this year but sadly I need to brave Target this weekend for random itemsWhat’s on the weekend agenda for you?  Shopping, or not so much?

Stay Tuned For A Weekly Recap of Recipes & Highlights…

 

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