Product Reviews, Desserts Galore, & A Trip


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How are you doing today?  Are you staying warm?  Seems like everyone’s had brutal weather this week so hopefully you’re nice and toasty!  I went out and froze my boo-tay off in an attempt to get a little alone time run in, but after 3 chilly miles said screw it.  Came inside for some yoga.  Ahhh, much better!   I sure had my yoga students sweating and huffing and puffing in class last night.  I actually didn’t think I was working them that hard, but I realized after they were dripping in sweat I should probably slow the flow down a little!  For those of you who participate in group fitness classes, do you prefer it if the teacher errs on the side of working you a little harder or a little lighter?  For me, when I take classes, if I don’t get the workout in I was craving, I am bummed so I try not to ever have anyone leave what that lackluster I-didn’t-get-a-good-workout-in-feeling.

I am really glad you enjoyed yesterday’s Raw Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls!  Such an easy recipe, tastes just like the real thing, without the pound of butter and heavy flour action. 

Raw Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

I hope you try them and impress all your holiday guests!  The lovely Jenny asked me what my fave ball recipe (TWSS!) ishmmm.  So hard to pick.  But towards the bottom of this post, I did pick 4 of  my faves if that narrows it down at all for you!
Close up of Raw Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

Today I thought I’d show you the stash that Kay’s Naturals sent me

Box full of Kay's Naturals products

Their new Protein Cookie Bites.

Package of Protein Cookie Bites

110 Calories Per Serving.  That’s what a serving looks like.

Hand holding Protein Cookie Bites

And their Protein Chips & Protein Cereal

Package of Chili Nacho Cheese Protein Chips


Package of French Vanilla Protein Cereal

And since they have tons of Gluten Free products which is awesome for me, the Cinnamon Toast Pretzel Sticks are looking good!

Package of Cinnamon Toast Pretzel Sticks

Thanks, Kay’s Naturals and I will give more in depth reviews as I munch up all these snackies!

Next Product Stash is some Healthy Chocolate from Xocai
A little info From their site:

“1. NUGGET. Decadent! One of these nuggets is equal in antioxidant value to a 1/2 pound of raw spinach.
2. XOBIOTIC square. Smooth and creamy! These squares offer a far superior PROBIOTIC delivery system than dairy.
3. XPOWER square. Intense dark chocolate for the connoisseur! Loaded with health promoting antioxidants.
4. OMEGA-3 square. Dark chocolate with intense Florida orange flavor! Daily value of omega-3 essential fatty acids.”

Various Chocolates from Xocai on countertop

And a healthy version of a Red Bull
 “Xe ENERGY DRINK: The proprietary Xe Healthy Energy blend exploits the natural properties of plant extracts and fruit juices to release energy over an extended period of time for a lasting and healthier boost without the negative effects of elevated quantities of refined sugar and caffeine.”

Xocai Xe Energy Drink


Supplement Facts on back of Energy Drink

Love the looks of that!

Bottom of Energy Drink saying Proprietary blends of Superfruits + Cacao

Cool info about Xocai

Page about Xocai products


Page about Xocai products

For more info see

Business Card

And then I gave my little sick Princess some Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood.  I figured she could use all the superpowers superfoods out there to shake her cold.

Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood container
Supplement Facts on Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood container

After all those products, it was time to eat!  Green Rabbit Food included kale…

Kale Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

…with Brussels’s, Cauli, Tomatoes and an extra luscious flooding serving of my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Up close of vegetables covered in dressing

There was also a plate of mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, cukes & zukes…

Mixed greens with sliced vegetables
Mixed Greens with Sliced Vegetables

that I dressed with my Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad topped with Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette
Close up Salad topped with Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette

Dessert was a fresh batch of my Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding in green bowl
Close up of Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding in green bowl

And then for Scott’s dessert, and he requests this combo all the time, I know a little out there but hey, he likes it..
My Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs AND the Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding, combined together.

Spooning in the Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding…

Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding on spoon

…With the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball Mess Mixture

Raw Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding topped with Chocolate Coconut Snowball

For my dessert, I went with a Balls Trifecta (TWSS) 

Three different cookie dough balls on plate

On the left: there’s a Raw Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Ball
Center:  a Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Ball
On the right: a Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball

Cookie Balls on plate

 Only thing missing from the frame is a Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough ball. Darn. 

Close up stacked Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

So there you have it, those are my current four fave balls.  I say current, because as a woman, it’s totally my prerogative to change my mind with absolutely no notice or warning.  haha!

Yoga Today is the Standing Splits

Woman doing Standing Splits yoga pose

Tips of the Day: Give Away Mania!!!
Holly’s Give Away 
Leslie’s Give Away
Heather’s Vita-Mix
Raw Epicurean’s Excailbur dehydrator
Pure2Raw Twins Bakery Goodies 
Matt’s Socks

Stay Tuned For Sporadic Posting & Lots of Awesome Guest Posts!  Yes friends, I am going to be taking a holiday trip with my family.  We normally “save up” our vacation time and do one big trip per year and we leave tonight.  So, with that said, there will be lots of posts, some of them mine and some from some awesome guest posters!!!  

I’ll be reading everyone’s blogs, and your comments to me, and will try my best to leave as many comments as I can for all my bloggie friends, but I am going to set some personal computer-time and blog-time limits for myself because this is my chance to break away and unplug for awhile. My goal is more fresh air, less computer screenMore time with my family, less time uploading pics and typing.  I think you get the drift.

So questions of the day and something to think about as we wind down 2009:
1. Have you accomplished something monumentous that you can look back on and say HELL YEAH! I did something great, something that mattered, something I will remember in 5 or 10 years?  What was it?  
For me it would be helping to shape and mold my daughter into a lovely, kind, compassionate person through consistent, kind, compassionate fulltime mothering and parentingThat matters.
The fact that I ate Brussel’s Sprouts or that I am high raw really does not compare for me.

2. What are your New Year’s Intentions for 2010?  Notice I did not say Resolutions.  Resolutions can be broken.  But no one can “break” your intentions.  They are yours and yours alone.  So what intentions do you plan to set?
I intend to live more in the present, plan less, and not feel the need to justify my actions to the world.  I did it, yep, so what.  Who cares, I wanted to.  No explanations warranted.  That kind of thing.  What are your intentions?

Happy Holidays and I’ll talk with you in a few days!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Great post Heather! We are still working on Side Crow too!! Practice makes perfect…well we keep telling ourselves that!

    Averie hope your having a wonderful time in the sunny weather!!

  8. Great guest post! And yayy for channeling Averie- bahaha I know I do at least once everyday, in some shape or form.

    Side crow! I can definitely do at least a few seconds of this.

  9. Great guest post, Heather! That breakfast looks lovely!! Your side crow pose rocks!

    Averie – congrats on the raw food noms – that's amazing!! And now that I'm home from my cruise, I'm SO jealous you're in the beautiful Caribbean! Hope you're having an amazing time.

  10. Very Nice on the awards! Congrats!
    The Vegan Ginger balls look great and how cool just in time for the holidays! My SIL is a vegetarian and I am always looking for tasty things I can make while she visits that the kids will enjoy too! These look fab!
    HEAB, I love Broccoli slaw! It is the best! I can eat it morning noon and night! Well that and baked sweet potatoes! LOL Very nice dressing! I love the red bell pepper w/ it!
    Both of you guys make me envious! That pose is amazing!

  11. Heather – great post! You were most definitely channeling Averie. Hope Santa brings me a dehydrator too ;)

    Averie – thanks for the zafu love comment on my blog. I know what you mean about it being hard to find nice yoga stuff. Too many companies are making crap in the name of yoga, trying to cash in :S

  12. 2 aamzing bloggers coming together-what a way to start the morning for me!! averie, you have inspired so many people (HEAB) included and heather, great pose!

    trying that brocolli slaw salad dressing! :)

  13. I have finally caught up!! Averie, you are inspiring and admirable. You've got my votes for sure. And what an awesome great post :) I hope this week is a wonderful one my love!


  14. I can't decide between Energy Superfood and Antioxidents!! But, the Exotic Coconut Almond looks good. I could use a lil Exotic in my life

  15. I can't decide between Energy Superfood and Antioxidents!! But, the Exotic Coconut Almond looks good. I could use a lil Exotic in my life

  16. Fun post HEAB! Good job on the side crow, it's a fun pose : ) Kale chips are the best!!

    Can't wait to see how the Raw voting goes!!

  17. Great guest post!! I need to work on these yoga poses!! Yall are BOTH an incredible inspiration for me..thank you for letting your soul shine through your post. and Averie thank you so much for your comment! you have a beautiful heart, i love the passion you have girl..keep it up

  18. Great post!!

    I am so intrigued on how you can do these poses!!

    Loved the post Heather!

    Averie – I hope you are having a wonderful time away!!


  19. Love the Averie style post Heather – especially with the yoga pose at the end! Perfect!

    Glad you made it to Destination: Paradise and I'm even more glad that you're still around the blogosphere – even if it's just less. We need a couple of vacation posts while you're away!

    Off to enter your giveaway!

  20. Great post!! I love kale chips too although i still have to try it with the yummy cheezy cashew sauce. It sounds great. Love the yoga pose too! Thanks for the explantion too on how to do it. I really gotta work on my core strength. I hope you both are having a wonderful weekend so far!

  21. I'm still working on my straight-on crow, but I'm getting closer every time!
    And I did my first headstand today! Both of you ladies are such inspirations!

  22. YAY – Two of my favorite bloggers blogging together! Hope you both are having an awesome Sunday!

    (I may try that pose one day when no one's looking and emergency personnel are standing by)

  23. Thanks so much for letting me guest post Averie. I hope you're having a wonderful time in Aruba, and many congrats on your nominations in the Best of Raw Awards. That is awesome!!!

    You make Side Crow sound AND look so easy. Thanks for the tips. They do help. :)