How are you doing today?  I’m doin’ speck-tack because the weekend’s almost here.  Repeat after me: TGIF!  (and I am actually hitting the Publish button on this post before I go to bed in an effort to beat the mad traffic rush on Google Reader.  I don’t feel so bad as other bloggers have mentioned they’ve got a hella lag time too.  It still sucks, but at least I’m not alone in delay-land).

Anyhoo…Thanks for all the love on the Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls from yesterday.  For all you nut buttah fiends, these are perf for you.

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls in clear container with parchment paper

Onto other matters…My shipment showed up!  If you’re not familiar with VitaCost or, you better get familly in a hurry.  I would say on some items like the Burt’s Bees, they are 40% cheaper than retail stores and on this agave they are about 20% cheaper.

Needless to say, I go thru mega agave in my un-baking creations, salad dressings, you name it, I need it.   It’s perfect for raw baking when you need something to thin out a mixture and also impart sweetness.  Yacon syrup is still a little outta my budget to become my go-to.  And Maple Syrup is much more flavor distinctive.  Enter the 5 jars of Agave. 

Various bottles of agave, stevia and supplements on countertop

Also note the probiotics for me and lil one.  So important for your overall health, probiotics.  Here’s my Tip of the Day:  70% of your immune system is in your gut, not your lungs or respiratory tract like you may think.  So if your gut ain’t healthy, you’re alot more prone to getting sick, catching illnesses, flu bugs, you name it.  The natural bacteria and flora in your gut are depleted and get out of whack from things like stress, poor diet, alcohol, environmental pollutants & toxins, antibiotics and tons of other things.

I believe we can all do ourselves a favor and either start eating more fermented foods (go check out my homemade countertop coconut milk kefir or here for fermented action) or by taking a daily probiotic.  I know in the past 4 years I have been religious about taking my probiotics, and I get sick far less despite have a toddler who’s bringin’ home germs left and right.  Not to mention, your ummm, elimination pattern will become spot on.  Nuff said.   

Moving right along…You may remember a few weeks ago I was lookin’ for face cleanser recommendations?  Well, I had previously used the Avalon product, but had forgottten about it.  But my homegirl, The Fitness Freak reminded me of it, so I ordered it again.  And Heather told me she loved the Burt’s, so I got that too.

Bottom of Vitamin C Gel and Burt's Bees Facial Cleanser

And these little vials hold the secret to a happy Averie because they are gonna flavor up my cup ‘o joe.  Vanilla Creme, Chocoloate, and English Toffee.  The English Toffee got really good reviews and something about the well, buttery-ness, sounds delish.  I’ll keep ya posted as I try things.

Vanilla Creme, Chocolate and English Toffee Stevias

And finally rather than continuing to wait for the Promised Land, otherwise known as my Amazon shipment that’s now goin’ on 2 weeks, I happened to find Sarma’s book in the B & N by my house.  Cha-ching, this baby had my name written all over it.

Living Raw Food Book

Here’s the essentials in my Cookbook Library.  From left to right: Vita-Mix recipe book that I never use, Sarma’s 2 Books, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, ED & BV, Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw, Ani’ Desserts, Brendan Brazier The Thrive Diet, Greens Restaurant (San Francisco) cookbook, Joy of Cooking that my mother gave me that doesn’t get much love ’round here.

What cookbooks or health/fitness/lifestyle books do you have and love?  Or what do you wanna get your hands on?

Shelf full of cookbooks

Couple plates of greenery that I’ve been munchin lately.  Dressings were, but of course, homemade.  OJ, agave, & black pepp on this one.  Greens, asparagus, tomato, cukes & zukes, red & yellow pepps, & carrots.

Mixed salad with vegetables up close

And homemade Thai-inspired peanut sauce on this plate ‘o rabbit food.  Tons of frisee lettuce, cukes & zukes, carrots, red & yellow pepps, & tomato.

Overhead of salad with Thai-inspired peanut sauce


Close up of salad with Thai-inspired peanut sauce

Cauli, B.S., cukes & zukes, red & yellow pepps, & carrots on greens.  Dressed with EVOO, OJ, Agave, & Black Pepp.

Close up of mixed green and vegetable salad in white bowl

But really, who cares about the rabbit food when you’ve got Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls…

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

….Or Raw Vegan Cheesecake for dessert.

Raw Vegan Cheesecake in container with piece missing

I also wanted to thank my friend Deb of Smoothie Girl Eats!!!!  She sent me this awesome care package of homemade nut butters…

Care packages of homemade nut butters

Maple Butter Vanilla P.B.

Maple Butter Vanilla P.B.

And Pecan Butter.  Now if that doesn’t spell Trouble I don’t know what does!   Deb, much love to you, you’re an amazing friend!!!  Muah!!!!!  xoxo

Pecan Butter

Yoga today is full backbend, Urdhva Dhanurasana.  Open your heart center and let the love flow in.  Let yourself receive healing energy, peaceful vibes, and love from the Universe.  Namaste Friends!

Woman doing Urdhva Dhanurasana yoga pose

Tomorrow I’ve got some exciting news to share so check on back even though it’s the weekend….

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