Making a raw cake for a get together often presents the problem of satisfying everyone's taste buds, but seriously, who doesn't like chocolate and blueberries right? It's summer right now and the hot weather calls for something lighter so what's better than sweet juicy blueberries. Combined with a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache and topped with a light lemon cashew cream, each bite of this dessert is quite the experience!
With the 30/60 day Bikram challenge coming to an end last week, and I was teaching both classes on the last day, I thought I'd make a treat for the hard working yogis. Sometimes it's hard to make one thing that everyone will like so I thought a combination of something light like a creamy orange combined with dark chocolate would hopefully satisfy everyone's taste buds. The coconut milk and cashews gives the orange a light flavour which takes the edge off the chocolate ganache, and this was very easy to make, took about 20 mins for the whole thing. Turned out to be a success - lots of happy yogis!
There's nothing better than fresh coconut water straight from the real thing, but usually you are left with all the meat which has some wonderful health benefits, so why not use it to make creamy, dairy free yogurt! It will take you less than 10 mins to make this, all you need is a good blender and through the fermentation process you also get a good dose of probiotics which is so good for the gut system!
Once you try this super easy yogurt recipe, you'll never go back to store bought again. It really is so simple to make, not to mention containing all the amazing benefits of probiotics. Cashew make for a wonderful base for any yogurt, not only do they have a creamy light taste, they have a lower fat content than most other nuts. About 3/4 of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, which is a healthy fat, helping to lower bad cholesterol and promote heart health and cardiovascular health. It contains high levels of copper, which in turn helps regulate thyroid functions, helps the body to utilize iron, maintaining bone and connective tissue health as well as helps produce melanin.
This amazing and inspiration video shows that anything is possible, as long as you put everything you have into creating change and you have a tool that is the vehicle for change. Yoga has changed my life in ways I cannot even begin to describe, and seeing it do the same for people all over the world, there's nothing better!
So how do you eating ice cream at 11.30 at night with no guilty conscience? Make it vegan, make it raw! This cashew based ice cream was so easy to make, tastes delicious and has none of the after effects of the normal dairy one. You can add anything into it once you have the base, I just happened to have some pineapple and raw chocolates sitting there so I threw that in, giving it a subtle sweetness while letting the caramel flavour come out.
In keeping with the nutella recipe I made a couple of weeks ago, here's one for hazelnut chocolate fans. Dark chocolate hazelnut torte. I really did have problems putting this one down once I took a bite, it's just mouthfuls of wonderful healthy nutella bite after bite. As it's quite dense I made it thin torte style, however if you wanted to make it into a cake then double the filling recipe and go crazy!
My veggie garden is going crazy right now with an overflow of amazing, huge and fresh everything. Kale and spinach are growing rampant like weeds, which is wonderful. Every day we're eating freshly picked organic produce, from farm to table, and you can really taste the difference. I have two types of kale, the curly lighter green one, and also the dark flat leaf Tuscan kale. Most people use the curly one, and that's the most common found in the markets but the other variety is just as delicious. This easy simple dish highlights the amazing taste of kale and it only takes about 10 mins to prepare.
Well written article addressing not only how yoga can affect society right now in the present moment, but also the effect it has long term on society as a whole. From school dropouts to PTSD in veterans, to substance abuse among all age groups, all these cost countries trillions of dollars, yet studies have shown that yoga as a therapeutic source of practicing mindfulness can help reduce and one day prevent these costs as well as promote general wellbeing.