Craving something sweet? Wait until you see this amazingly delicious and yummy recipe for vegan hazelnut brownies below.
But first, let's talk a bit about food prep and cravings.
When I have a hankering for a sweet, I try to prepare my own dessert as it truly helps for so many reasons.
When you have to prepare your own food, you are prone to create something super elaborate and/or unhealthy. It has to do with the delayed gratification that seems to help cut down on the craving. In my case, when am the one to put it all together AND clean up the mess, I will either not make it or potentially simplify to something else.
Additionally, when you prepare your own food you visually witness how much sugar, butter, oil, salt, etc. is going into the finished product and I also believe that must help the brain to register portion control. (This is a non-scientific assumption on my part, by the way!)
Lastly but pertaining to the above, you have control over what is put in, can...
Have you heard the news that dairy is not good for your body? I know many are not full believers. I totally understand. Most of us were raised to believe that "Milk does a body good" and "You get calcium from dairy" etc. etc.
My suggestion to anyone is to take one week with no dairy whatsoever and observe what changes, if any, happen. That is all!
Everyone in my family has a sensitivity to casein, the protein in dairy that comes from a cow. For this reason, all of us try to avoid dairy as much as possible. When we are off dairy we have less bloating, allergies, colds, etc.
I really love incorporating cashew cheese into many of our recipes. This recipe is one of my favorites as I love the smoky taste. It is good as a spread on sandwiches but can also work with Mexican food. Win win!
Make a jar of this and store in your fridge for a few weeks. Recipe below.
Smoky Cashew Cheese
1 cup raw, unsalted
cashews (soaked for at least 30 minutes in cold water)
I know some of you will remember the old chia seed commercials in the US - not sure if they still air and sell chia pets? Either way, chia seeds are enjoying a renaissance due to them being an uh-mazing source of plant-based protein.
The word "chia" means strength or energy in the Mayan language. They pack fiber, protein, omega 6 and 3, calcium, etc. These little dudes are mega packed with so much goodness, which is why they have been deemed the [sometimes annoying] title of superfood.
Have you tried chia seeds yet? If not, I highly suggest you buy a bag and start to incorporate these into your daily life. We eat them a lot lately as a breakfast pudding (recipe below) BUT you could also add them to a smoothie, oatmeal, salad or even water (recipe coming soon!).
This recipe is wholeheartedly "kid approved" in my household. The little ones in this family eat this for breakfast a few days a week with gusto.
I forgot to eat breakfast as I was having SO much fun fine tuning the details of my upcoming 30 day detox! I was so happy that when the hunger hit, there was a convenient and healthful lunch ready for me in the fridge- salad!
Did you know that you can pre-prep salad, cover it with a wet paper towel and plastic wrap (or airtight lid) and it will keep fresh for a few days? How fabulous is that?!
This discovery has been monumental in helping me (and hence the family) eat way more fresh, organic salads. Try adding this one simple thing in this week and eat a few more side salads and see how you feel!
Small steps for BIG changes. 💪
I also highly suggest reading up on Parivrtta Trikonasana for the finishing touch.) 🙌