Heartbreak & Learning to Love Again

 

Relationships are such a robust part of our lives. Our ability to bounce back from break-ups is such a crucial part of life. It can shape us or break us. How we handle these moments can define how we experience love forever. I’ve learned how to survive heartbreak and open my heart to let love in again in the most profound way, beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I want this for you. To heal quickly, learn the lessons and let love in again. You and I deserve to have all the love we’ve ever wanted!

If you’re curious, click here to hear the full podcast …total time 25 minutes.

 

You may also want to learn to create empowering self-love rituals while you wait for love to show up again.

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Treat Yo’ Self: Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

 

I’m just stepping to the vegan baking game, and let me tell you this recipe is the truth! I have been dying to bake a cake that reminded me of the cakes my grandma used to make. The smell of this cake baking in the oven literally gave me life. It felt so good to finally, be able to enjoy baking and eating something that I can feel good about and share with the family. I had some of the non-vegans in my life taste this and they were amazed it didn’t have any dairy or eggs. Even if you’re not vegan, you may want to try this one out. It’s super easy! If you’re gluten free, just use a gluten free flour for your cake.

  • 2 3/4 cups of Almond Milk
  • 2/3 cups of canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 1/2 cup of raw turbinado sugar

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Test with a toothpick, or a small fork. For the frosting, I used Duncan Hines Creamy Classic Chocolate Home-Style Frosting. It’s dairy-free, egg and gluten free, without any high fructose corn syrup.

This cake is so moist and fluffy, no one will care if it’s vegan because it’s so good! Try it, out and let me know how it goes.

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Finding the Balance: Self-love, Relationships, & Responsibility

 

Everyday we all juggle all the to-dos along with our want to-dos, and sometimes it can be a real struggle finding the right balance. I’ve found that self-love and self-care rituals have to be moved to the to-do column. In order, to cultivate peace and balance within ourselves and our relationships we have to make ourselves a priority. Always putting others needs before our own can breed resentment. Especially, when we perceive that they aren’t reciprocating the same self-sacrificing dedication. We are our own obligation. We must put ourselves first. Not in some narcissist, I’m the only person that matters selfish kinda way, but in a I’m going to fill up my own glass so I have something to give to you, healthy kinda way.

It can be difficult initially, to say no or put family members, significant others, and friends on the back burner while you take sometime to love on you. It is a necessary element to having a balanced life. I find that when I take time to honor myself, with something as simple as 10 minutes of calm, meditation, quietness all the way to something more elaborate like a day at the spa. I’m ready to give love, advice, support to my loved ones without feeling drained. I’m renewed it’s like I just had a red bull for the soul I’ve got wings to be an angel to everybody! Like an Oprah angel, fluttering over my friends & family dishing out nuggets of wisdom, support and laughs.

 

It’s our job to stay in touch with ourselves as we evolve. To constantly, be in touch with who we are now, what we need now, and what makes us happy now. No one can do that for us.

 

So honor yourself, find out what gives you solace. What gives you peace? Is it reading a good book, doing yoga, sitting under the stars, going for a walk, watching a good film, sitting by the pool, sketching, knitting, writing, planning your week, or a nice bubble bath? We’ve all got our thing. Sometimes, we have different self-care practices and different moments in our lives. Dr. Debra Campbell from MindBodyGreen.com encourages us to, “Be patient with yourself if some of your self-care activities take some time to flower—yoga, meditation, piano lessons—these don’t always give joyful returns overnight.” We are always evolving. It’s our job to stay in touch with ourselves as we evolve. To constantly, be in touch with who we are now, what we need now, and what makes us happy now. No one can do that for us. Self-care is our responsibility. To ourselves and those closest to us. We are better parents, friends, lovers, son & daughters, when we are better to ourselves.

What are your self-love practices? Has anything changed for you recently? Comment below and let me know.

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A Green Smoothie to Get Your Day Poppin’

 

Seriously, this is a great green smoothie to start your day! It’s jam packed with major nutrients, enzymes and alkalizing minerals to make you look and feel like a Vibrant Thang’! This smoothie recipe will boost your energy, immunity, and digestion for the day. We’ve got a bit of spinach, which is a great plant-based source of calcium, fiber and omega-3. Kale is fortified with iron, antioxidants, vitamins A, K, C and potassium. Even romaine lettuce, that’s also rich in Vitamin A, folate and magnesium. Two medium sized apples to give us a bit of sweetness to mask the bitterness of the green veggies. Now, if you’re just starting to step into the green smoothie game, add agave or a couple of Medjool dates to sweeten this recipe.

 

 

Add ice, if you like nice cold smoothies! I threw in a couple tablespoons of chia seeds to get in even more omega 3.

Load up your blender and blend baby, blend! Having a smoothie at the start of our day, sets the tone for your metabolism throughout the whole day. Blending your favorite dark leafy greens and fruits together allows you to maximum your nutrient intake. Because the food, is raw, blended and not chewed it gives our bodies a chance to really get all the amazing benefits. The vitamins of the fruits and veggies are quickly and easily absorbed by the body then they shoot through our bloodstream. The results are, instant! Over time, committing to this daily life hack will be major. Eating right is great, and even better when we can pull all the nutrients out of the foods we consume. #reallywinning 

Find out more about the super science behind what green smoothies can do for you at NutritionFacts.org.

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My 3 Favorite Plant Based Meat Substitutes

 

Seitan is a wheat gluten mock meat. It has about 18 grams of protein per every 3 ounces. The texture is really meat-like. The box in the photos comes in little chunks, but you can also get it in slices. I love stir frying it, adding some bell peppers and spice. Oh, if you’re curious, check out my Seitan Wrap Recipe Video.

Mushrooms, are a perfect meat substitute. They have that chewy and filling feel we associate with meat. Usually, I’ll add this to pasta dishes saute them along with a creamy sauce or marinara. I’ve been to a couple of vegan and vegetarian spots that will have a mushroom burger or fry oyster mushrooms like chicken. It just works so well!

Tofu, has been my go-to meat subby since before I was vegan, when I just dipped and dapped in a meatless dish or two. Half a cup of tofu contains around 10 grams of protein. It doesn’t really have a taste or flavor on it’s own. That makes it the perfect blank canvas for a spice master. It absorbs the flavor of whatever you dress it up with! You can fry it, saute it, or bake it. Try marinating it overnight in your favorite spice or sauce mixture. Then, after a few hours go for it!

 

Here are a few other vegan friendly meat substitutes…

  • Eggplant
  • Tempeh
  • TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
  • Lentils
  • Jackfruit…OMG!!! Watch this super amazing Vegan BBQ Sandwich Video! I’m definitely, going to try this one soon…

 

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