Raw Coconut Macaroons

I’ve been reading Kimberly Snyder’s book “Beauty Detox Foods” and absolutely adore it. One of my fave sweet treat flavors, is coconut. And these lovelies are raw, vegan & gluten free. Win-Win-Win.

xoxo

Becky

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp raw coconut sugar (used instead of stevia)
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut nectar
  • pinch of sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the coconut flakes, cacao powder, coconut sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract.  Add the coconut nectar last and mix well until everything is well-combined.
  2. Scoop a small amount into hands and roll into shape.  This step is a bit messy as the coconut nectar is quite sticky, but that’s part of the fun of cooking!
  3. Place macaroons into the freezer for a few hours.  Sprinkle with some extra coconut flakes and serve cold.

Challenge Accepted

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I’ve been on a bit of a hot yoga kick the last little while. I bought a two week pass to a studio near my place, that I hadn’t tried before. I’ve gone every morning for the last 9 days. One of those days was at a different studio, a Bikram one, but I much prefer the new one I found. Bikram is great if you’re looking for a challenging workout, but in my opinion it doesn’t do much for your mind or soul. It does a heck of alot for your body though! But I look for more than just a good workout in my practice.

So far, every teacher at my new favorite studio is amazing and different in their own unique way. It would be difficult for me to choose a favorite instructor, as they are all lovely 🙂 Even the one guy, he’s lovely too. Haha.

I’ve challenged myself to go to a class as often as I can and also continue my practice at home. It’s already been rewarding to me, in so many ways. Not only do I attend a 90 minute, hot yoga power class every morning, but I walk to and from the studio. And I’ve noticed that walking to the studio, my mind is racing with so many things and it feels very heavy. But when I’m walking back after my practice, my mind is clear. Light. Peaceful. And that’s a wonderful feeling.

I’ve been setting the alarm every morning and leaving for my class as early as I can. Even when I don’t get much sleep the night before, I still push myself up and out the door. Mike sent me a wonderful text while I was in class this morning. It read:

“I’m proud of you for doing the yogas sweetie, even when you’re not feeling great and tired. For reals.”

That simple little text, brought tears to my eyes. It made me feel like I was on the right track, and the fact that I’ve made him proud means so much to me. I know I’ve made so many other people proud as well, and that means alot also. More importantly though, I’ve made myself proud of, well, myself.

My yoga teacher training course begins in just a few weeks, and I know it’s going to be hard. It’s going to be intense. It’s going to challenge me.

And I’m ready for it. Rawrr.

xoxo

Becky

The Balance

Wow. It’s been forEVER since I last posted. I sowwie! Life just gets in the way sometimes. But here I am, party people. Thank you, thank you. No applause necessary. (Just, indulge me please.)

I just noticed applause looks like apple sauce. I noticed that because I thought I wrote apple sauce. And that’s awesome. Ok, anyways…

So, the last little while I’ve taken some classes. I’ve taken Barre classes (ballet/pilates/yoga mixed), regular hot yoga, Bikram hot yoga, etc. I usually just do my yoga practice at home or alone, but soon I will be taking my yoga teacher training course (only a few more weeks until my intensive begins!) so I’ve been wanting to get more experience in classes and with different styles of teachers. I’ve come across teachers I love and some I could maybe appreciate a little more, haha, but all in all it’s been a great experience. I love trying new things but I also love consistency. So, it can sometimes be hard to balance the workout part of my life out but I think I’ve managed to do just that. And I think I’m doing a lovely job in preparing myself for what’s to come and what’s hopefully going to be a lasting career for me. All my life I’ve wanted to do one of three things. Be an airline stewardess, a dance teacher or a yoga teacher. Or Robert Downey Jr’s wife actually, but that’s beside the point. And to think that I’ll be reaching my goal soon, makes me very proud of myself 🙂

xoxo

Becky