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Chocolate Quinoa Cake

20 Dec

The first thing I’d like to say about this cake is make it. Make it now. Or soon, if you’re at work or some other important place that would frown upon you leaving to make a chocolate cake in the middle of the afternoon.

The second thing is: share it once you’ve made it. This cake is too good to have all to yourself. Or at least, you might feel a tad guilty after finishing it off so to avoid any guilt share it with one and all.

The third is: you will not believe that it’s gluten-free. I’m not much of a gluten-free baker, so the fact that it turned out great even for me is a very good sign!

Finally, and somewhat related: I’ve resorted to using my Instagram photos of my food. The Winter light here in Calgary is making it very difficult for me, a novice photographer, to get good light for photos! So, if anyone has any good, cheap photography tips for Winter, please let me know.

This recipe came to me through my friend Kendra who found it at Dinner With Julie. Julie excerpted the recipe from the book Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood in a post featured on The Family Kitchen. Continue reading

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Cravings – Kale Chips and Chocolate Coconut Balls

20 Apr

Here’s the original article for the Bodhi Tree’s January 2011 newsletter.

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Each time we step onto our mats we resolve to be steadfast in the present moment. By doing this we bring attention to our breath, to the quality and content of our mind, and to whatever sensation our physical body is experiencing.

New Year’s resolutions can feel counterintuitive to developing compassion for Self and discovering joy in the moment. Determination to start exercising, eat healthy, be positive, be more loving, can lead to a desire to dive right into the deep end, skipping all the baby steps, while expecting immediate mastery. I’ve discovered that when I put too much pressure on myself after setting an intention, I judge myself harshly for falling short and each step forward is met with three steps back!

I can recall numerous times in my yoga practice when the teacher reminds us to be mindful of what our bodies are asking for. I often receive gentle reminders that moving into a posture that doesn’t feel right – skipping all the preparatory work – will not only result in injury, but will deprive my body of the basic alignment and foundation needed to set me up for success.

The same goes for healthy eating. Cravings for those high-in-everything-that’s-bad-for-you things after cutting them out, can get overwhelming. Especially when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is eat comfort food. So start slow and build up a repertoire of foods that are good for you, satisfying and won’t be forgotten by mid-February. Continue reading