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Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl

Hey Everyone!

I’m so happy to be back on Blog 108!  Last time I was here I got the chance to talk about one of my favourite topics: how to develop mindfulness in our overwhelming, material world (you can find those posts here and here).

Today I get to talk about another one of my fave things: smoothie bowls!  I am obsessed with all of the amazing smoothie bowls floating around Instagra, and am especially in love with Taline Gabriel’s feed- it’s unreal!!  So I thought it’d be fun to make a bowl inspired by her bowls.

This was soo fun to make, and actually doesn’t take much time at all- and it’s delicious!  So win, win, win.  Hope you love it as much as I do. ☺

BASE

2 frozen bananas
1 cup raspberries
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ cup nut milk (I use cashew milk)

TOPPINGS

Shredded coconut
Blueberries
Frozen raspberries
Cacao nibs
Chia seeds
Mangos (cut into star shapes using a cookie cutter)

Blend up the smoothie bowl based, pour into a bowl and then top with your toppings of choice!  The ones I used are listed above, but you can use whatever you’d like!

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Kate is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Halifax.  You can find her online at her site, and on Instagram

One thought on “Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl

  1. Jade

    Sounds delicious! can’t wait to try this out! ant thing i could use to replace the cocao powder or nibs? P.S welcome back!!! 🙂

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National Chocolate Day

One of the best days of the year has FINALLY rolled back around… National Chocolate Day is here!  My first instinct was to celebrate this glorious day with a mocha  and chocolate donut for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch, chocolate ice cream for dinner and my body weight in Milk Chocolate Lindts for dessert.  However, for obvious reasons , I don’t think that’s really the best idea.

Still, determined to celebrate, I meandered my way into my kitchen this morning to see what goodies I could whip up using one of my all time favourite ingredients. I found my 24%, Dutch process cocoa powder, some brown sugar and my trusty coconut oil.  These three simple ingredients make the most perfect lip scrub you could ever need.  The brown sugar exfoliates, the coconut oil moisturizes, and the cocoa powder makes it smell (and taste) amazing. My lips are so silky soft now, and prepped for all the beautiful fall lipstick shades I’ve been itching to use ever since the first leaf fell off my tree last week.

LipScrubJust mix ½ cup of coconut oil with 2 cups of brown sugar and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous add a little peppermint essential oil or even some high quality vanilla extract!  That’s really all there is too it, and you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Thoroughly satisfied with myself for finding the perfect way to celebrate International Chocolate Day without having to do endless burpies the next day, I went rummaging through my fridge for a snack.  Inspiration hit the second my eyes landed on the greek yogurt.  I often plaster it all over my face to help reduce fine lines, dissolve dead skin and tighten my pores. It also works great as a deep conditioner in my hair!  In my world, greek yogurt can do no wrong.    

I spooned some into a bowl, added a tbsp of honey, and a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, and proceeded to paint the delicious mixture all over my face.  Honey is amazingly moisturizing, and really amps up that glow we are always searching for. It also has a ton of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process. Cocoa powder is also packed with antioxidants, which help repair skin cells.I let my mask sit for 20 minutes, and gently wiped it off with a warm, damp cloth.  Followed up with my favorite moisturizer, and my face has never felt so refreshed!

All it took was six simple ingredients and 40 minutes (including a 15 minute yoga flow while my mask worked it’s magic) to a bright, tight and smooth face.  If you ask me, that is the best way to celebrate a day like today without overindulging!  Don’t get me wrong though, I still had a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Lip Scrub
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups Brown Sugar
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months

Chocolate Face Mask
1/4 cup Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together.
Paint on your face, and let sit for 15-20 minutes
Gently wipe off with a warm damp washcloth

 

 

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

There are sweet pleasures in life that we must hold onto, enjoy, and never waste. Donuts, for many, are one of those pleasures and while I love the occasional doughy treat, creating healthier alternatives is what I am all about. These “donut holes” are my spin on the traditional donut. Soft in the center with a chocolate glaze, they mimic the shape and flavor of that donut hole you love so dearly. Imagine these with a cinnamon sugar coating, or even with a jelly filling! There are endless ways to jazz these up so I invite you to get creative in your kitchen. You may even be able to trick your husbands into reaching for these instead of their traditional sweet treats, I know I did!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

Almost Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Recipe by Humble Wild Flower

Dough

½ cup Dates – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water
2 tbsp. Date Water
½ cup Almond Flour
½ cup Almonds – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water

 Chocolate Glaze

4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
3 tbsp. Cocao or Cocoa Powder
½ tbsp. Maple Syrup (or Honey if not vegan)

 In 2 medium bowls, I like to use glass, soak dates and almonds separately with warm water. Tap water is perfect! Soak for a minimum of 2 hours. If soaking overnight is easier, go for it, but you may need to adjust the amount of date water you use.

Once soaked, strain dates, keeping the date water.
Strain the almonds, discarding the water and give them a quick rinse.

In a food processor or good quality blender, add the soaked almonds and blend until they are broken down thoroughly.

Once the almonds are broken down, add the dates and 1 tbsp. of date water.

Mix until well combined. The texture should be sticky but not watery.

If you are having troubles getting everything well combined, add the second tbsp. of date water. See above photos for an example of the texture.

Add the almond flour into a medium bowl and add the date/almond mixture into the almond pulp.

Mix until well combined and a soft ball has formed.

Roll into small balls, the size you would like your donut holes to be and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, in a pot, melt coconut oil and add in your cocao powder and maple syrup and stir until smooth.

After 20 minutes, roll the balls in the chocolate glaze, set on a piece of parchment paper and cool for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge and enjoy!

SERVICESJasmine is a holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, and lover of nature residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is passionate about developing recipes that nourish the body and the soul but that never sacrifice flavour.

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Day 5/14 of Self Love :: Nourishment Through Foods

When it comes to self care and self love, there’s no better way of working than from the inside out. As the saying goes; ‘You are what you eat’, and consuming things that provide love and care for the body is one way of truly helping yourself become your best self.

The ancient health system of Ayurveda (literally translated as the ‘science of life’), considers our diet to be one of the primary ways of influencing the body and mind. Certain foods, oils and herbs are said to have certain properties or tastes: Sweet, made up of the earth and water elements; sour – water and fire elements; salty – earth and fire elements; pungent – fire and air elements; bitter, of the air and ether elements; and astringent, composed of the air and earth elements.

The different tastes, elements and properties can be used to influence us in different ways, depending on each person’s own particular body and mind type. In Sanskrit, these tastes are known as Rasa. Interestingly, the word Rasa comes from the root word Ras, which means ‘to relish, to love, to taste, to feel, to desire etc.’

Whilst we can use different tastes and herbs to make changes depending upon our needs, there is one branch of Ayurveda which specialises in restoring, rejuvenating, and nourishing all of the body’s systems, and this is known as Rasayana.

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There are a few different types of Rasayanas or ‘rejuvenative’ therapies, aimed at returning the body’s natural physical and subtle ‘glow’. The type dealing with foods and herbs that nourish the body is known as Dravaya Rasayana. This branch is divided into a further set of specific rejuvenative uses, including slowing down the ageing process, enhancing brain power, promoting healthy eyesight, and preventing and curing disease.

Whilst there are a few specific Ayurvedic concoctions and herbs designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the systems, such as Chyavanprash, brahmi, vachashankhpushpi, guduchi rasayana, amalaki rasayana, and ashwagandha, there are lots of every-day foods and spices that can also serve as powerful rasayanas.

Nourishing Foods To Show Your Body Some Love

Eat foods which are in season

Bananas
Dates
Sesame
Coconut
Cashews
Walnuts
Almonds
Good quality nut butters
Pumpkin Seeds
Good quality oils
Tahini
Avocado
Honey
Ghee
Organic, whole milk
Figs
Raisins
Whole grains
Bone broth
Turmeric
Black pepper
Basil
Cardamom
Ginger
Cinnamon
Cumin

 

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Emma Newlyn

Emma is a 500hr qualified Yoga teacher, musician, massage therapist, cook, and writer. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma began her practice at a young age and has continued to study and develop her understanding of Yoga on a daily basis. Training internationally with inspirational teachers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma currently teaches regularly in Sussex, co-leading teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and also manages the Brighton Yoga Festival. When she’s not teaching, writing or cooking, Emma loves spending time in nature, and travelling to new places.

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