Lemony Energy Bars

aka Nutty-Lime Squares

1/2 cup raw or lightly roasted almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews (cashews can be soaked and drained, but do not have to be dehydrated)
1 tsp. maca
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 scoop Vital Scoop or other organic green powder
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup prunes, pitted
2 Tbsp. honey
pinch sea salt

Using a food processor, grind nuts, then add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. If the mixture feels dry, add a Tbsp. of water. Place mixture in a baking pan, refrigerate for an hour, then cut it into squares, or roll it into balls. Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated (up to 5 days, but best in the first 2-3).

Great recipe resources

I am often seeking delicious healthy recipes online and seldom find recipes that do not include sugar, or questionable vegetable oils, or white flour… So I decided to share here some of the sites I love, which do offer fantastic recipes filled with good ingredients and lots of flavors!

http://www.zestforlifetoday.com/recipes/

http://balancedbites.com/category/easy-recipes

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/recipes/

http://www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.php

 

Cashew Coconut Crunchies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted from FreeCoconutRecipes.com

1 cup organic cashews
1 cup organic almonds
1 cup (or more) Coconut Cream Concentrate
1 tablespoon (or as needed) coconut oil
1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/2 cup (or more) shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Spread nuts in a cookie sheet and toast very lightly in a low heated oven. Place Coconut Cream Concentrate jar in hot water to soften. In a medium sized bowl, beat desired amount of Coconut Cream, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt with a mixer until creamy.

Fold the toasted nuts into the mixture and mix well with a large spoon until all nuts are well coated. Spread mixture evenly on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

Sprinkle the coconut shreds or flakes toasted lightly if desired over the Nut Crunchies and place cookie sheet in the refrigerator.

When cold, break apart the Nut Crunchies into bite-sized pieces and store in covered containers in the refrigerator.

Note: all measurements are approximate and can be varied to suit your taste. It is pretty hard to mess these up.

Variations:

Use any nuts you prefer, and/or use stevia or palm sugar instead of maple syrup to taste.
Stir dried coconut toasted into the mixture before spreading out.

A little inspiration for the year ahead

The Holstee Manifesto has made its way into so many places that it is hard to find anyone who hasn’t seen a poster, coffee mug, or t-shirt carrying its message… and since it is a message worth spreading, why not be inspired by it again, with the help of music and movement?

Click here for the video: http://youtu.be/QDmt_t6umoY

Coconut Flour Lemon Rosemary Muffins

Photo retrieved from Elana's Pantry

Photo retrieved from Elana’s Pantry

Adapted from Elana’s Pantry

¼ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
¼ cup honey
¼ cup butter or ghee
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest, packed and heaping

 

  1. In a large bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a smaller bowl, blend together eggs, honey, and butter
  3. Blend wet ingredients into dry, then blend in rosemary and lemon zest
  4. Scoop batter 1 tablespoon at a time into greased 12-muffin pan 
  5. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes
  6. Cool then remove from muffin tins and serve

Creating Intentions That Stick: 01/05/13

From my own experience in implementing lasting changes, and from what I gather from my clients who are trying to eat better and improve their lifestyle, the task of creating intentions is easy, but sticking to them in the long run is the challenging part.

I am proud to announce my dear friend Alejandra Siroka’s upcoming workshop on Creating Intentions That Stick. Alejandra is the founder of Language Alchemy, a communication consulting firm in the Bay Area, and the facilitator of numerous workshops in Connected Communication (I have participated in two of them and learned a lot about how I communicate with others and the messages I give myself).

With her gracious style, generosity, and wisdom, Alejandra helps transform the way people communicate to improve their lives, relationships, and businesses.

I will be at the workshop on the 5th, and there are still places available. Register today and save $9! See below:

Sometimes we make New Year’s Resolutions that seem pretty juicy at first and by February they are completely forgotten. Have you had this experience?  One likely reason these intentions do not come to fruition might be because the changes we want to make exist only at an intellectual level.  We need our whole system to get involved in the desired new actions so that some unconscious behavioral patterns do not interpret change or transformation as a threat.  To work with our entire ecology having a clear vision is essential.  When the vision is in alignment with our core values, our system unlocks our unconscious patterns and welcomes the new action. Would you like to learn how to get your whole self on board and create lasting change in your life? Would you like to change the unconscious patterns that keep you running on habitual loops that are past their due time? If so…

We invite you to… CREATE INTENTIONS THAT STICK

In this 3-hour workshop you will:

  • Have a specific, clear and compelling vision for your life in 2013;
  • Engage your whole brain ecology to make lasting change;
  • Create value-based intentions;
  • Craft a concrete, doable and joyful action plan;
  • Form a network with workshop participants to start, continue and deepen your intentions.

January 5, 2013 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM  

@ Shanta Shala | 355 Roosevelt Way | San Francisco, CA 94114

Workshop investment:  From now until December 20th $36  |  After December 20th  $45

Space limited to 20 participants

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

For more information, visit Language Alchemy’s website.

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