One of my favorite quickie Pilates DVDs is Power Paced Pilates by STOTT Pilates. I feel a good burn and am done in about 25 minutes, which leaves me plenty of time to wash the dishes and iron our clothes before my son wakes up from his nap. The great thing about this particular workout is that I need no props in order to do it. A mat is nice, but right now, I’m at my in-law’s house and have no mat, so I’m using the carpet.
I first tried these truffles at my Mother in Law’s house. These are amazing! These really take care of my chocolate craving while offering me lots of nutrients, too.
1 cup raw almonds
15 pitted medjool dates (fresher=better)
2/3 cup natural cocoa powder, plus more for rolling (I am a fan of Penzey’s)
1 T Honey (optional, if omitting, may need 1T extra water)
2 T water (more if needed)
Pulse almonds in food processor until coarsely ground. Add dates, pulse until chopped. Add cocoa powder, honey and water. Pulse until mixture forms a mass. Add more water if mixture is too dry. Scoop by tablespoonful, roll into balls, and roll into cocoa powder or ground nuts.
Keep refrigerated, enjoy!
Last night, my husband Aaron and I were talking about how I have not written on my blog in 3 years. I want to resurrect it so that I can continue to share my favorite recipes, tips, exercises, etc. In the last few months, I’ve read Eat to Live, Super Immunity, Fasting and Eating for Health, and Disease-Proof Your Child, all by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Although I thoroughly enjoyed each book, my very favorite of the bunch is his newest book, Super Immunity.
Due to reading these books, we decided to clean up our already vegetarian diet. We are eating vegan now and feeling great! Because of our new diet, I’m trying lots of new recipes, so be on the lookout for a number of yummy dishes! I’m starting out with my favorite almond milk recipes.
Vanilla Almond Milk and Variations
1 cup almonds, soaked in refrigerator overnight (or six hours)
3 cups filtered water
3 or 4 dates (to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, or scrapings of 1/2-1 vanilla bean
Drain and rinse almonds. Add to blender with water, blend one minute. Pour through nut bag. Add back to rinsed blender with dates and vanilla, blend another minute.
Add 1/2 tsp nutmeg in with the dates and vanilla.
Add 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1Tbs cocoa with dates and vanilla.
Add a dash of cinnamon and 2 Tbs cocoa powder with dates and vanilla.