Cinnamon Cookie Cereal

These little cookie bites are the perfect accompaniment to our fresh Ontario strawberries!  We keep a stock pile of berries in the fridge, so this cereal is loaded with organic blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries and topped with cookie bites.

I’m already planning on topping my vanilla coconut ice cream with them later 🙂  Good thing I went to the gym this morning!  I’m pretty sure the kids are going to ask for this cereal every single day from here on in.  It’s delicious, and will destroy your favourite boxed cereal in both the quality and flavour departments.  We top this cereal with unsweetened almond milk and it is perfect.  There’s enough sugar in the berries and cereal that sugar in the milk would have been overkill.

Although it may look like these took forever to make, I had half of the little balls formed before the oven had even heated up, so it’s not too bad.  Totally worth it.


Cinnamon Cookie Cereal

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a bowl, mix almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.

Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and mix well.

Pull apart with your hands into little rustic balls.  Hint: make a little dough snake and you can easily pull small cookie balls off the end.  You can either grease the sheet with coconut oil, or use a silpat sheet – my personal favourite.

Cook at 350° for 8 minutes.  Let cookies cool on the pan and they will harden.

Fill a bowl with your favourite berries, and top with cookie cereal and your favourite milk for a nutritious and energy sustaining breakfast.



Don’t Get Comfortable: Push Yourself

What do you do when the going gets tough?  Do you push through the mental anguish, or do you give up?  How does your choice affect the way you feel?  How do you want to feel?  How you do anything is how you do everything.  If you procrastinate in one area of your life, chances are that you do it in other areas as well.

Last night was night 7 in a string of “4 month sleep regression” nights.  I had just gotten our 4 month old, Arlo, to sleep through the night about a week before, and now he sleeps worse than ever.  In the past, I would have made excuses and taken a nap at the first opportunity, but I don’t want to be that person anymore.  I want to create the life of my dreams, and I can’t do that if I’m napping every day!  To the gym I went.

I’ve started doing hill run intervals during the past few weeks, and each time I am challenged at the exact same point in my run.  And each time I am happy to say, I’ve pushed through it.  How?  It’s all in your head.  Set an intention, and you’re 99% there.  Your goal is as good as realized if you have a big enough WHY, and the intention to carry it through.  It’s how I got through 3 natural births.  I just set the intention to do it, and although it wasn’t easy, I knew that setting the intention meant that I would come out on the other side in just a matter of time.

How can you push yourself to run faster and longer?  It starts with the intention.  Ok, done.  But how do you execute that intention?  One step at a time.  When I was enduring natural back labour, I took it one second at a time.  One breathe at a time.  Looking into the future or back at the past does you no good in the “right now.”  There’s no sense worrying about having to run for another minute to finish an interval when you are working in seconds.

It also helps to have a workout plan.  If you’re flying by the seat of your pants then you’re planning to fail.  My go-to workout at the moment is Treadmill Trainer Volume 1.  Every time I use this workout, there is a point where I seriously think about giving up, and every time Yuri comes on and says “Do not give up. You’ve committed to this interval so let’s finish it!”  And every time it gives me that extra mental push I needed.  Do you think I could run uphill intervals for an hour by myself.  Heck no.  It helps to have a guide.

Whether my interval lasts 45 seconds, 90 seconds, or 3 minutes, I take it one second at a time.  In order to quiet the mental chatter, I count to 10.  Over an over.  My mental chatter sounds like this: “1, (breathe out) 2, (breathe in) 3, (breathe out) 4, (breathe in)…10 (breathe in) ONE!” That last ONE meaning I have finished one set of 10.  And I just keep on counting until my interval is over, at which point I congratulate the crap out of myself for making it through, mostly in my head, until the end of my workout.  Then there is one massive outward celebration that usually includes dancing and people staring at me :).  I texted the hubby this photo today because I was so proud and wanted to share my moment with him:


You have to celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may be, because doing so adds gratitude, excitement, and happiness to your life and invigorates your Spirit.  Happiness is vital for the momentum to keep going.  If you hate working out, you’re not going to get very far with your goals.  Find enjoyment in the process!

Don’t get comfortable.  Break through your ceilings, again and again.  Push yourself to get to that next level.  Don’t leave the gym thinking that you could have gone harder.  Put in the work and celebrate your successes as they come!  Be grateful for your ability to push yourself and be grateful for the benefits as you notice them.  For instance, you may notice that it’s easier to get up off the couch, you can lift your kids easier, it’s easier to breathe, you can breathe deeper, you’re happier, the people around you can feel it, and they’re happier because of the energy you’re bringing home.




All is Well

I’ve been focusing a lot on recipes lately so today I’m going back to personal development!  I consulted my oracle cards for inspiration and my angels have pointed me toward divine timing.  They want us to know that everything is alright.  All is well.  No matter where you are in your personal life, you are right where you need to be and everything is going to be okay.


If you’re struggling at the moment, know that there are hidden blessings in the lessons you are learning that you may not be able to see yet.  Times of change are often for the better, and if you can show yourself some love via relaxation techniques, the process of change will be easier.  Get yourself to a yoga class, meditate, or simply practice deep breathing whenever and wherever you can.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing was an extremely important tool that I used when I found myself thrust into debilitating change.  It was literally my body’s response to the stress I was under.  There were times when my body just automatically started deep breathing to calm me down.  I never even thought about it, it just happened.  Now I purposefully incorporate deep breathing into my days (whenever I find myself outside) and nights (during meditation).

Send Some Love

If there are individuals with which you find yourself in friction, it’s time to send some love.  Everyone around you is affected by your energy, your beliefs and your expectations.  Be mindful of your thoughts whenever someone bothers you and make the effort to let go of any anger, resentment, or negativity toward them.  Try to think of reasons to send love to those people and watch how your relationships change for the better once you are showering them with blessings and love rather than anger.

For example, I was at an outdoor market recently and had ordered a coffee.  It was a micro roaster and the technique the barista was using took a LONG time to produce coffee.  In the meantime a woman was grilling the barista.  I was getting more and more annoyed by her and was feeling sorry for the barista for having to endure her wrath.  When it came time for her to pay, the woman was annoyed about having to break a $20 bill for a $2.50 coffee.

I jumped in and said “Here, I have $2.50 in my hand.  Let me buy you a coffee.”  I didn’t know what to expect, but after the initial shock on her face she immediately she switched gears and was extremely grateful and loving toward me.  “Thank you!  I’ll pay it forward!” She said.  “Please do.” I replied.  Simply by showing her a little love, the situation went in a completely different direction and the energy changed from stiff to happy.

It doesn’t matter why there is friction, or where the friction originated.  You can make a big difference just by showing love in any situation.  I encourage you to try being kind and positive in a situation where you find yourself irritated.  The results will be amazing.


Carrot Orange Lemonade

We had a surplus of carrots, oranges, and lemons in the kitchen, so logically this juice was the next step.


Carrot Orange Lemonade

3 lbs carrots
4 oranges, peeled
2 lemons, peeled
2 inch piece of ginger

Juice ingredients and serve over ice. Yum!

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This was inspired by the not-so healthy chocolate mousse debauchery that went on at the cottage this summer.  In an attempt to lessen withdrawal symptoms, this healthy version was born.  I’ve always loved avocado in chocolate mousse form, but it’s not for everyone so I toned it down in hopes of appeasing you avocado/chocolate haters (namely the hubby).  The results were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.


Healthy Chocolate Mousse

  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned)(coconut water works well too!)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or more…delicious)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted (or 1/4 cup honey)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend well, using the tamper as needed to move the ingredients around.  Eat immediately (and why wouldn’t you?) or refrigerate for later!  Just be sure to place cling wrap right on top of the pudding to avoid as much oxidation as possible due to the avocado content.

You can also add a tsp of maca if you love it.  It will make your pudding taste like maca, but it’s a nice change if you’re a maca lover!

Healing Turmeric Latte

The turmeric latte is a game changer.  I had been wanting to banish soy milk from my diet for a long time, and it was made possible the instant I tasted this drink!

Not only is it delicious, but turmeric is an anti-inflammatory gem.  It may reduce tumors and decrease the severity of Alzheimer’s disease, stimulates digestion, may lower LDL cholesterol, and fight colds and flu among other things.



Healing Turmeric Latte

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or coconut milk, or coconut/almond milk…you get the idea)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp honey (if your milk is already sweetened you may want to start with less honey)

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and heat until desired temperature is reached.  Whisk occasionally to ensure it is mixed well.  Enjoy.

The reason black pepper is added to recipes with turmeric is because pepper contains piperine, thought to increase the effects of curcumin in turmeric by 1,000 times.  This maximizes the health benefits of the latte and you can’t even taste the pepper!