Rich, Decadant Chocolate Pudding (it’s healthy too ;) ).

Confession – I am a sucker for all things chocolate. Well, actually, I’m a sucker for almost anything sweet… So when I find recipes that are decadent, but are also healthy – Winning!!

This pudding is one of those things. It’s super simple, REALLY Chocolatey, and has uber healthy ingredients that you can’t even taste.

Ingredients:

1 Avocado (pitted and without the skin)10002921_718616224846133_4205591525302003478_n
1/4 – 1/2 Cup of Milk (any milk is fine – I use Coconut milk)
About 1/4 Cup of Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax
Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon

Process: Throw everything in a food processor, whir until smooth. Transfer to a bowl – indulge!

Now – I know – Chocolate and AVOCADO?? REALLY??? Yes. Really. You can’t even taste the Avocado – seriously. But, it imparts a creamy smoothness that makes this dessert even more delightful.

That picture is my good friend Coleen’s photo. I ate mine so fast, I didn’t get a shot of it… She tried it, and was obviously able to control herself better than I, so she snapped that lovely photo. Perhaps she will share her recipe with us in the comments below – she did her’s slightly different than mine.

Both of us served this up to our families. It passed the Tween Girl test with flying colors… the boys… meh… they weren’t sold on it. However – I encourage you to make this, don’t tell anyone what’s in it, and see what sort of reaction you get. If you do that – do share in the comments below – I’d love to hear about it!

Blended Yoga Class – Riffing Off Sun Salutation

I love Sun Salutations… and I’ve taken a few classes where the teachers have riffed off Sun Salutations and added to them, or re-created them. This is my interpretation (at least this time…). This class includes Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B… a little Awkward Chair, a little Warrior 3, a lot of sweat, a bit of challenge, and a whole lot of Aaaaaahhhhh…

Enjoy!

 

 

Spciy Southwest Fries – without the guilt!

This, is Celeriac, or Celery Root. IMG_1495It’s got a bit of an ugly beauty about it, eh? I saw these at the Coatesville Farmer’s Market  last week, and I thought I’d give ‘em a shot.

They also included a great Recipe for Celeriac Fries in their newsletter, so I tried it – with just a little bit of tweaking.

Here is the Recipe I created:

Ingredients:

2 Celeriac Roots
About 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Southwest Seasoning to tasteIMG_1497

Slice the Celeriac into thin Fry-like slices as seen to the right. Pop ‘em in a bowl. Coat with Olive Oil. Add salt, pepper, seasoning, mix well. Spread them in a single layer onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Watch them, because once they’re done, they’ll burn fast (don’t ask about that… *ahem*).

These were delicious. They don’t have a very heavy celery flavor… it’s subtle. But that adds a nice background to whatever you’re seasoning it with. I used the Southwest Seasoning, here, but you could really do anything you think might go well with Celery. The original recipe used Cajun Seasoning. I’ll be trying that next because that sounds Divine.

If you try these – let me know what you think!

How you move = how you think

{Blended Yoga Sequence Video Below…} One of the reasons I love yoga is – you get to really pay attention to the quality of your movement. Whether you’re standing stationary all Hatha-like, or your flowing through a sequence, yoga asks that you connect the body and your breath.

And the beauty of this is, it allows us to really tune in and pay attention to how we’re moving. And it can become glaringly obvious if we’re letting thoughts, emotions, or situations dominate our thoughts.

If you move through a Sun Salutation slowly, with mindfulness, and deep, full breaths – chances are good you’re really tuned in to just your movement. You’re allowing all else to fall away for the moment, your mind to settle, and get grounded back into your center.

If, on the other hand, that person that really pissed you off today, or the to-do list is allowed to creep in to your practice, you’ll find that the quality of your movement suffers.

You may find you get off balance easily, or, before you know it, you’re at the end of the Sun Salutation and you have no idea how you go there… or, you just feel… “off” as you move.

Let’s try this, shall we? The video below takes you through a series of Sun Salutations. Now, you can approach this one of two ways – you can just dive in, and see how you’re doing today. Or, you can start the series with the intention of having a quality of movement.

If I’m having a tough day, or I’m being obsessive about something, I’ll just dive in. This way, I can really observe what the thoughts and the situation is doing to me physically. And normally, by the end of 3 Sun Salutes (or 10 – if that’s what it takes…), I’m usually A LOT calmer.

Approaching this particular practice with intention is great for either an early morning start-your-day sort of a thing… and even an end your day kind of a thing. I find that this makes the whole practice – or whatever comes after the practice richer, and deeper.

Hop on the mat and take a moment to tune in before you start… see what’s happening for you – and then dive into the Sun Salutations. I’d love to hear about your experience, so feel free to comment below… Enjoy!


 

Post-Yoga Snack: Avocado Toast

photo2I know… Avocado TOAST?? Doesn’t sound uber appealing, does it? However – if you like avocados – it is WONDERFUL!

I just finished teaching a 2 hour workshop – I demo A LOT when I teach – so I am HUNGRY. Avocado Toast was the first thing to pop into my head, and my body said HELL YES!

So – super simple: Choose your favorite bread. Mine at the moment is Food for Life’s Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Whole Grain and Seed Bread.

Toast said bread.

photo1(1) And then, simply spread some ripe avocado on it. Or, if you’re feeling extra spunky, you can check out Wholly Guacamole Minis. One Mini has 100 calories and they are all made with excellent ingredients.

Other post-yoga snacks I adore at the moment include:
– Salsa, Guacamole, and cucumber slices.
– Smoothies with Spinach, berries, and a bit of Greek yogurt.
– Natural Peanut Butter and an Apple.