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Gratitude + Matcha Green Tea Truffles

I got to tell you, this past week wiped me out. I’ve been getting up at 5am as I had started my study plan for my nutrition certification.  But, then a few things happened this week that presented a bit of a set back. But, I surprised myself this week.

I was surprised that my reaction to these situations were calm and collected. No joke, a couple of years ago, my emotions would have gone off the deep end. The DEEP-END. Crying, moody, disconnected. We’ve all have had those feelings at some point. So, where did I attribute the change to?




GRATITUDE. Straight up, simple gratitude.

In the midst of the week of having those issues, I turned on the national news and saw footage of the recent attacks in Syria.  I was in shock and disbelief. The images, if you haven’t already seen, are haunting.  And, like many, I immediately felt lucky that I live in such a safe country.  I sleep in a warm bed with someone who loves me and who will protect me.  I continued to tap into that feeling for the rest of the week and when another set back happened, I immediately went to that space.

Gratitude is an amazing practice. In my {free} Weekend Stress Detox Program, we go through the importance of this practice and how you can easily incorporate it into your life.  Get the program HERE. Now, onto the recipe!




How surprised are you to see that I have another matcha recipe for you?

Hahaha, I know.  I’m matcha crazy. But, listen, here’s why.

Matcha is crazy good for you. Here are some of the many benefits:

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Grain Free Breakfast Cookies

It was an epic week for me. I hit a a big milestone. I have literally completed all of my case studies for submission for my registered holistic nutritionist certification. I’ll be submitting them this week and as long as there are no technical difficulties, I’ll be on my way.




The next big step is my exam which I hope to have done by June. Honestly, it’s been a long road. I’ve worked a pretty demanding job over the years while I’ve tried to complete this certification. I took a year off school when I transitioned to the job that I have now. I was a big set back for me at the time but I figured if it was meant to be, I’d get back to it.

And, it happened. I started waking up at 5:15am throughout the week. I ended up tapping out my cortisol levels and ended up burning myself out. And, with the right supplementation and rest, I’ve managed to pull through.

Thank you for your continued support over these past few years.  I really, REALLY, R-E-A-L-L-Y appreciate it.  Once this is over, I’ve got some big things planned for us.




The next step, after passing my exam, is to create a program which will be a much bigger and enhanced program of my Weekend Stress Detox. You can get this free e-book HERE.

Now to the Grain Free Breakfast Cookies. These are so good, friends. They are so flavourful and hearty, making it a great option for breakfast on the go.  I’ll make a bunch and free them for later!

Grain Free Breakfast Cookies

ingredients
2 cups blanched almond flour (I used meal and it worked fine)
2 Tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp orange or lemon zest
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp ground flax
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
6 Tbsp of either coconut oil, butter (unsalted), or ghee, at room temperature (not melted)
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup unsulphured dried cranberries
Almond milk (optional: if the batter is dry, you can add a 1/4 cup of almond milk)

directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and coconut oil. Mix until they become a pea-like consistency. Then, slowly add in eggs, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in the dried fruit. If the batter seems dry, just add a bit of the almond milk.

Take ¼ cup of the batter (I used a measuring cup) and dollop onto the prepared baking sheet (I used the measuring cup to flatten it out).

Bake until the cookies are golden on the outside and no longer soft on the inside, about 25 minutes.

Allow to cool. These can be stored in the fridge for a week or freeze.

My Favourite On-The-Go Snacks (mostly Paleo)

In an effort to minimize crappy, cannot-pronounce ingredients, I love to make my own snacks. And, for the most part, these are not time consuming.  What I do try to avoid is grains, refined flours, and minimal sugar, if any. Why? Because they tend to spike blood sugar which essentially will make us crave and grab for even more sugary and refined foods that do more harm than good.

I’m going to give you the snacks that I make myself and those that I grab from the store, on the go!

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Chocolate & Vanilla Coconut Macaroons

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I first have the say that I often make raw chocolates and cookies similar to these. Check out these Mint Chip and Wild Orange Protein Macaroons. And, the first person stealing them out of the fridge/freezer is my man, James.

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Peppermint Coconut Butter Matcha Cups

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Have I told you lately that I love and appreciate you reading my posts and making my recipes?  And, I love your commitment to learning about and improving your health and lifestyle.  It’s ahhhh-mazing!

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Grain Free Chai Spiced Apple Muffins (Paleo)

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One of the great things about transitioning into the different seasons is the change in flavours. Besides pumpkin, root vegetables, spice, and apples take centre stage.

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Grain Free Hasselback Apples (VEGAN)

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I’ve been pretty committed about reducing my sugar intake including fruit. I know, we’re always told to eat our fruit because they ARE rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. However, if you have any blood sugar imbalances, watching your sugar intake is critical in balancing them out.

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Energizing Nutty Orange Smoothie

 

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I just took a week long trip down to Scottsdale and Santa Fe, and I gotta tell you, I was pooped!  I was trying to finish up a case study for my nutrition certification which had me up at 5am. I had some projects that I needed to get done at my day job, and, I was just trying to balance time for myself and my own health practice.  That’s also probably the reason why I came down with bronchitis a week before I left!

So, what do you reach for when your low on energy? What about when you’re trying to enhance your focus?

Let me guess…

Coffee, sugar, caffeinated soda, energy drinks…Am I right?

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The BEST Protein Pancakes – Low Carb // Paleo

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Here’s the thing about pancakes – they’re heavy, filling, and from a traditional sense, full of flours that provide zero nutritional value or energy. But aren’t they good???

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Just Peachy Chia Pudding

Oh geez my friends, I got my husband hooked on this recipe! He’s already a lover of my classic chia pudding but add in one of his favourite fruit (peaches), and now he won’t leave me alone.  “Can you please make that peach chia pudding?”.  “I really love that peach chia pudding”.  “We have to go to the farmer’s market on Sunday to get more peaches for that chia pudding”. And, on and on he goes.

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