Spiced Chocolate, Cashew Vanilla, Peppermint Avocado & Berry Banana layered Ice Cream Cake

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Raw. Vegan. Gluten Free. Refined Sugar Free.

Recipe to be posted once I get a better version of this cake made. Used dates for sweetness, bananas and cashews, mint, avocado, berries, almonds, cocoa powder. Had too much of a mint flavor and the crust crumbled easily, though the taste was better with each bite and quickly disappeared from the freezer. Completely obsessed with bananas lately, or have been for a while… it is common to find me buying  7 or more bundles of bananas (as much as I can carry) at a time, once a week. They are happiness and life to my days.

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Raw Hershey’s Cream Brownies

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Makes 16 squares.  (8 squares per bread loaf tin)

 

 

Ingredients

Bottom:
1 cup Raw Nuts (sunflower, almond, cashews, walnuts, or a mix of multiple kinds)
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
5 Tbsp. Cacoa Powder
1 cup Dates (presoaked warm water 10 minutes)
tad of water

Cream Layer:
3.5 Tbsp. melted canaoil (or regular coconut oil)
5 Tbsp. hemp milk (or any non dairy alternative)
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup of oat flour

Chocolate Drizzle: (1/4 cup)
4 tbsp. canaoil & coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Yoga 90DayFix

I took a yoga class in high school (5 years ago) and I loved it. I felt more energized, happy, and connected to my body. But exercising daily was never apart of my routine, or really anyone in my family or circle of friends. It was easy to let go and not think of it after, or to make excuses like, “I’m lazy,” “I don’t have time,” “It’s too hard,” “I have no where to go,” and “Its too expensive to take classes and go to a gym.”

Four months ago I started changing that habit and I never had to leave my home or spend any money (besides a mat and some weights). Thanks to youtube and free classes online, I found Lesley Fightmaster, an incredible yoga teacher who offers so much of her time and love. Including a free 90 day yoga program that I’m nearly complete (on day 86 today!) and I can see why some people do the 90 days twice… it’s just not long enough once you get into it.

What really helped me stay focused was making a schedule and keeping track of everything. Every week I pair strength training and HITT (high intensity interval training) followed by yoga to finish. This is what my weekly looks like:

Sunday – Core and Lower Back
Monday – Biceps and Upper Back
Tuesday – HITT
Wednesday – Legs and Chest
Thursday – HITT
Friday – Shoulders and Triceps
Saturday – HITT

Every day is about an hour of working out. Half hour of either strength training or HITT, followed by a half hour yoga session. I’m on week 15 of keeping up with this personalized program and the results both in mind and body are enough to keep me going. Of course I have rest days, sometimes once a week, sometimes once every two weeks. It all depends but my body usually lets me know when its time for a break.

For anyone interested in creating a new healthy habit of Yoga, I recommend you look up Lesley Fightmaster on youtube. It is worth it 100%.

 

Starting Again

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This is an old black and white photograph of my grandfather in the foreground and some people kissing and a baby I don’t know. Photographs say a lot, but leave more questions than answers.

I’m currently working on a painting of this photo and its the starting point of over a year of not wanting to paint. For over a year I’ve been telling people “I am a painter,” and every time I’ve said it I’ve started to believe it less. When I dropped out art school last year, my peers and teachers were surprised but understood the need to get away. My adviser told me, “It happens. Sometimes it can be months, days, even years of making shitty work, or making nothing at all. Its okay, just keep going.”

Stepping away from painting felt like abandoning a child I loved but not being capable of taking care of it. As cliche as it is, taking care of myself had to come first. I am still working on that, but getting better. I’ve learned a lot this year without a brush in my hand and that’s whats important. I am here starting again.

Now the hardest part is over.