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Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter

So I have to admit that I have been having some major FOMO recently.

For weeks (maybe even months) I’ve been seeing all of the people talking about how obsessed they are with Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter. Like, they would throw their husbands out of a moving vehicle to make room for this stuff. After about the five billionth person who swooned over it I knew I needed to try it. Until I discovered that I’d have to pay over $400 CDN on Amazon and if I wanted to purchase it through the website I’d have to pay over $40 USD. It’s not yet available anywhere else in Canada.

I was NOT amused. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s having been kept apart from potentially life-changing yummy food!

But I’m nothing if not resourceful. If there’s a need in my life that can’t be fulfilled, I’ll fulfill it my damned self!

I have NO IDEA if the following recipe compares the Nikki’s but I don’t care because it’s so freakin’ EASY to make, weak-in-the-knees tasty, costs less than $5 to make and I just may throw Alan out of the car to make room (although I’d most likely just make him sit in the backseat… )

Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 400g unsweetened dessicated coconut (approximately two bags)
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Add dessicated coconut to a high powered food processor or blender. It’s super important that you have a decent machine because I’ve attempted to make this in the past using what I thought was a high-powered food processor and I burnt the motor out!
  2. Set your food processor blender on low and let the coconut blend and mix together for about 2 minutes. Then slowly begin to increase the speed to a medium high speed and have FAITH! This recipe requires patience! It could take upwards of 10 minutes for the coconut to turn into butter. Stop periodically to scrape down the sides. Just when you think it’s not going to work, have patience and keep blending! You’ll know you’ve hit the jackpot when you notice the bottom looks a bit more liquidy and, well, coconut butter like!
  3. At this point you could call it a day and revel in the fact that you just made coconut butter!!! Congratulations! The patience is the hardest part here! But if you want to amp it up, do the following steps:
  4. Add the coconut oil to help the butter become extra smooth and blend for another 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Add the coconut sugar, vanilla and salt. Blend thoroughly.
  6. Add to a jar and enjoy over toast, on sweet potatoes (SO GOOD!), in your coffee (great cream AND sugar substitute) or just by the spoonful!

Makes about 1.5 cups.

 

Superfoods Bowl

So I have to say that I have been LOVING my breakfast lately and it may be due to the fact that I’m essentially having PUDDING every morning.

I’ve never been asked about a recipe for something more in my life than I have when I post my Superfoods Bowl pics to my social media accounts so I knew I needed to post here if for any other reason than so I don’t have to keep typing out the recipe!

This recipe is a very full fat version. It’s SUPER filling and will cause you to not be hungry for several hours. If you find that it’s TOO filling and you can’t even finish it, just half the avocado down to 1/4 and nix any toppings that also have added fat. It’ll still fill you up for hours but you’ll at least be able to finish it. As for me? I totes pound it back! I’m not sure what that says about me but I don’t care – this is the single best thing I eat in my day and could eat it for LIFE!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (can use boxed coconut or cashew milk)
  • 1/4 full fat canned coconut milk (make sure you use a mix of the cream AND the water)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 scoop chocolate superfoods nutritional powder (I use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology)
  • 3/4 of a tray of ice
  • Toppings (anything you like including fruit, nuts, seeds and nut butter to drizzle)

Directions:

  • Throw everything but the toppings into a blender and begin to blend on low to break up the ice and mix thoroughly
  • Increase speed to medium high until everything is blended. You may have to add a wee bit more liquid if the mixture is TOO thick (all to your liking) and you may have to stop and start the blender a few times to make sure everything is mixed up and use a spatulate to scrape the sides down.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl and add toppings (I HIGHLY recommend making it look Instagram worthy because there’s something about sitting down to a meal that looks gorgeous that’s good for the soul!)
10 years ago I NEVER would have taken a photo like this of myself. Now? I love ME in this photo!

10 years ago I NEVER would have taken a photo like this of myself. Now? I love ME in this photo!

I remember in sixth grade I hated the sight of myself so much that I not only feind sick on picture day but I did it AGAIN on re-take day (I conveniently “forgot” to tell my parents.) That was a bad year of being bullied because I was overweight – even my friends were teased for being around me so I’d go through periods of having no friends at all because they couldn’t handle it. It sucked and after a solid year of being teased and me not telling anyone about it, the words wormed their way into my head and I began to actually believe what they said about me. It wasn’t really the words, to be honest, it was their feelings of disgust that made me think that I was, actually, disgusting. Remember, I was 10.

Self-love is something we’re born with. When we were little, we had no problems telling people that we looked good or hamming it up for the camera. Just this morning I told my son that his teeth looked nice and he said to me: “I know they do, Mommy!” I don’t think I’ve ever met a child who doesn’t ham it up for the camera. They just don’t CARE!

Me&Q - Movies

Kids couldn’t care less what they look like in photos, they just want to have a good time!

It’s not until we’re older and begin comparing ourselves to those around us that we often lose sight of just how wonderful and amazing we really are. In the age of Lady Gaga’s tight shorts sparking the biggest debate of 2017 when the woman is, like, 13% body fat, we learn to hate our image at a VERY early age.

The path to my self-love has been rocky for me, to say the least. It wasn’t for another 17 years that I decided I was worthy of throwing diets to the side and just figuring out how to be healthy. I didn’t realize it at the time but that simple decision to stop torturing my body and brain with more diets was one of my first acts of self-love and that decision sparked a journey I never expected to go down.

Rockstar

You see, once the scale started heading in the downward direction I figured my confidence would rise in response. When it didn’t I was trés confused! What do you MEAN I still feel the same about myself after losing 50 pounds?! That’s when I knew that my weight wasn’t the CAUSE of my low self-confidence – it was the RESULT of it. But the funny thing is, the more I moved my body and the better the food I fed my body the more my self-love grew. The simple act of deciding to NOT treat my body like a garbage can was proof that there was a part of me that CARED and I needed to acknowledge that. When I did a whole new relationship began with my body and my mind.

I know for a fact that there are others out there who are experiencing what I did and is why I’ve decided that I want to help YOU begin to love your selfie on February 20th!

Love Your Selfie Challenge

Love Your Selfie Challenge

We’re going to work on getting YOU to discover how AMAZING you are starting with your health. The more you feed yourself good, quality food and move your body the more of an appreciation you’ll have for your body and YOU. Amazing things begin to happen when you learn to say “no” to the things that make you feel bad and “yes” to those that make you feel good.

In this group, you’ll:

  • Receive a custom fitness program tailored towards your unique needs, goals, lifestyle and current fitness ability
  • A nutrition program that isn’t about deprivation but about moving towards treating your body better
  • Learn the specific mindset switches to go from speaking badly about yourself to loving yourself
  • Receive personal mentorship from myself – I won’t let you give up!

In return, YOU commit to:

  • Following the workout schedule and nutrition program you’ll be given
  • Replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology (you can totes have it as a snack) because you’ll need at LEAST one meal that you won’t have to think about while you create these healthy habits AND it’ll actually be your HEALTHIEST meal of the day. I wouldn’t be drinking the stuff daily for over 4 years if I didn’t know it to be true!
  • Log into our private challenge app and post to our group because not only is it going to ensure that I can keep you accountable but that it’s scientifically proven that group support helps people reach their health and fitness goals. And this is where I’m going to be giving you daily coaching.
  • Enjoy yourself! You’re on the journey of a healthier you, one that you’ll be PROUD to take selfies of in 30 days time!

You may not realize it but you DESERVE this. You DESERVE to feel GOOD about yourself. You are perfect just the way you are, this challenge is just going to help you DISCOVER that person. The person you’ve always been but may have never met.

xoxo

 

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For the last few months I’ve been tracking my sleep. To be honest, I don’t know why I bother considering I have a toddler that refuses to sleep through the night in his own room but sleep is important and I guess I just love to torture myself. Especially when the feedback tells me that my quality of sleep is anywhere between 55%-70% and I yell at it, telling it that it’s obviously NOT a parent.

But over the last few days it’s been telling me that my sleep quality has been at 100%, 98% and 100% again and I feel like a new woman.

Why?

Because my son has been spending the week at his grandparents and I go to bed when I want to and haven’t set an alarm all week!

Sleep Tracker

I love my son. I love his mop of hair that reminds me of Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed And Confused. I love that he tells me he loves me several times a day. I love that he loves to be scared and I adore how, to him, strangers are just friends he hasn’t met yet. He’s also strong-willed. Very strong-willed. This happens when you’re the product of two strong-willed parents and this requires several strong drinks and, more importantly, time away from each other.

I’ve talked to so many moms over the last few years that reach a breaking point with their kids and when I ask them when the last time they did something on their own or spent time away from their kids was, it’s not surprising that they either NEVER have or can’t even remember. It’s no wonder they’re turning into crazed lunatics because that’s what kids do to you after a while!

For me, if I don’t spend some time away from my son at least every three months I turn into Medusa. One look at me and you’ll most definitely turn to stone. There’s only so much a person can take having to care for another living being if you don’t take the time to fill your own cup.

Q&I

I love my little monkey and he loves me, but we both need time apart every once in a while!

No, you might not be lucky enough to have family that will take your wee ones for several days but find a way! Tell your spouse you need some time away for the weekend (better if you can find a way to take him or her with you,) hire a babysitter for a full day, get a good friend to do you a favour (trust me, you’d be surprised at how willing they are to help if you’re honest with them) or see if they can spend a weekend with their friends. We often think that we’re asking too much when we do things like this but most kids are perfectly behaved when they’re not around their parents and our family and friends actually WANT to spend more time with our kids! My son LOVES all of his grandparents and he only has a few more years left with them and he gives our parents so much joy that when he goes to see them it’s a win/win for everyone. They get precious memories to create together and my husband and I get some very much needed time to recoup and recover.

Also? Your kids love you but they also need time away from YOU. You spending every waking moment over their shoulder is suffocating and teaching them to be dependent adults. Not cool. They need time to develop relationships with other people and learn how to be independent. These are also the times when they learn how to not take you for granted! Every time Quentin comes back from spending time with others he’s SO excited to see us; he missed us!

Q&Mom

The memories Q and his Ana get to share together are priceless – no Mom required for these precious moments!

We can’t pour from an empty cup and most of us do. We’re desperately trying to give more and more of ourselves to our loved ones when we’re running on an empty tank. It’s necessary to take some time to refill that cup again, to remind ourselves of who we ARE aside from being phenomenal parents (because you are one, you know that, right?) and come back with more love, more patience and less of a desire to dump our kids on the doorstep of an orphanage.

So if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go take a nap and then knit for as long as I frickin’ want to just because I CAN while my son is off developing super meaningful memories with my parents and that is something I can never take from them but I CAN give them.