Divine Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

Makes 4 small serves
1 medium avocado, ripe
1/4C cacao powder
1/3C pitted fresh dates
1/2C water
1/8C honey
1tsp vanilla extract
Process all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
Serve as is, or with your favourite fresh fruit – strawberries and raspberries are a perfect match!

 

This makes a very rich, absolutely delicious, choc mousse. I prefer my chocolate slightly bitter, so if you have a sweeter tooth than me, you may wish to add a little more honey (up to 1/4C).

Variations:

Add in cacao nibs for crunch
Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil, or orange oil, or coconut essence

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Carob and Tahini Bliss Balls

Makes 12-18 balls

1/2C Tahini
1/2C Desiccated coconut
1/2C Carob powder
1/4C Chopped almonds
1/4C Dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you like)
Extra coconut for rolling
Water

Mix tahini, coconut, carob, almonds and cranberries together in a bowl
Slowly add a small amount of water at a time, until the mixture holds together. If you add too much and it’s too wet, just add some more coconut or carob to absorb it
Roll into balls and coat in the extra coconut
Store in the refrigerator or freezer

I personally find these sweet enough, as carob is naturally sweet, however you can add up to 1/4C honey if you like. If you do this, you may not need to add the water to hold the mixture together
If you don’t like carob, you can easily substitute cacao, although if you do, you will more than likely need to add the honey as cacao is quite bitter

Store in the fridge or freezer

The 2 Things You Need To Know To Create a New Habit

You’ve heard before that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, right? Well, if you’ve ever stuck to something for 21 days only to have that new habit fall apart on you, this might explain why and help you stay on track for future goals.

Firstly, according to neuroscience  (which deals with the function of the nervous system and the brain), it takes anywhere between 66 and 365 days for a new pattern in your brain to become a network that runs automatically.

So, for that new pattern to become an unconscious habit (meaning, you don’t have to think about it, or put conscious effort into doing it. It’s just something you do automatically, like driving a car) it takes anywhere from 2.5 months to 1 whole year, not 21 days!

Think about how often you’ve gone to a course, read a book or listened to a podcast and gotten really inspired and motivated to make a change. And you do, but after a few days, or weeks, that initial enthusiasm has faded, reality kicks in, it feels “too hard”, or like it takes “too much time or effort”, and you let it slip for 1 day, then 2, then 3 and then it’s gone completely. You think it didn’t
work, when you just didn’t do it long enough to create the new habit.

Secondly, one of the most critical pieces in creating unconscious, or automated, habits and behaviours is repetition. We need to repeatedly do the thing we are wanting to install, over and over and over. This is how our new neural pathways get created and solidified, and it’s how we train our thoughts and emotions to align with what we are wanting to create. So when we do something 10 times, it’s nowhere near as powerful as doing it 100 times, or 365 times, and when we take a day off, it has a big impact. Consistency is key here – do the same thing every day. Build the repetition and that habit embeds deeper and more powerfully.

Know that whenever we take on a new habit or behaviour, there’s the initial enthusiasm and energy, followed by challenge and resistance. If, in these times of resistance, we remember that it takes between 66 and 365 days for that new habit to become fully automated, and that repetition is one of the most critical pieces, this can help us stay on track and continue to do what needs to be done today, so we can have what we want tomorrow.

Now go create some awesome new habits, and keep going until you get them locked down!

Apricot and Coconut Bliss Balls

Makes 10-15 balls, depending on how big you like them!

  • 1C dried apricots
  • 1C cashews
  • 1/2C desiccated coconut
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 3Tblsp coconut oil
  • 3Tblsp chia seeds
  • Extra coconut to coat

Process all ingredients in food processor until mixture is still slightly chunky

Keeping processor running, slowly add a small amount of water at a time, until mixture is sticky enough to hold together if you form a ball.

(If you add a little too much, just add some more coconut to absorb it)

Roll mixture into balls, and roll in the extra coconut to coat

Store in fridge or freezer

Do You Do This With Your Weight Loss?

The other day I heard my neighbour calling out to someone in her house. The person obviously didn’t her, and so without changing anything, she called out again, and again and again. Listening to this, I shook my head, thinking “Dude, she can’t hear you. There’s no point standing there, calling out to her when she clearly cannot hear you. Change something – maybe go see if you can find her, but just do something different from what you’re doing now!” You’ve had that same reaction, right?

It got me thinking about how we do this with weight loss. 

We try one approach, and it doesn’t work, so we try the same approach again, just in a different package.
We try one diet, and it’s good initially but we can’t stick to it, so we gain the weight back and then go looking for the next diet…which works initially, but, again, we can’t stick to it, so we gain the weight back….and go looking for the next diet, and the next, and the next. And all this time, we think there’s something wrong with us, because we can’t make these work, when the reality is the strategy is wrong. Diet and exercise alone just simply don’t work for lasting weight loss – if that strategy were going to work, it would have worked already!

If you were in the scenario above, you wouldn’t think there’s something wrong with you, and then go into beating yourself up because someone couldn’t hear you calling out to them. You’d simply think to yourself “They can’t hear me” and you’d try a different strategy until you got the outcome you desired. Simple.

And yet we don’t do this with our weight loss.

True power and freedom in your weight loss will come when you ditch the strategies that don’t work, in favour of those that do. If you’re not where you want to be, what you’re doing isn’t working. Plain and simple. If you want to get where you want to go, you’ve got to do something different.

Do you need to ditch your current failing strategy in favour of one that really works?

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Ultimate Green Smoothie Recipe

Green smoothies are awesome for health and weight loss as they are a quick way to get in extra vegetables, and therefore nutrients, they’re filling and they make for a fast, healthy meal when you don’t have time to eat, if you struggle with breakfast, or if, like me, it’s too hot to eat something but you want to nourish your body the best way you can.

Plus, look how green it is! It has to be good for you, right?

There’s really no rules when it comes to green smoothies – if you don’t like something I’ve used, substitute something else. The quantities are only rough quantities – I just go with whatever I’ve got on hand. You can use anything, but keep it vegetable heavy and only a small amount of fruit. I love to add in lots of mint and extra lime, so it’s kinda like a Mojito… (I said kinda!)

Don’t freak out on the avocado if you haven’t done it in a smoothie before – there’s no taste, it makes a lovely creamy consistency and the good fats keep you fuller for longer. Oh, and did you know that one of the symptoms of a deficiency of fat in the diet is weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight?!? Pass me the avocado!

 

ULTIMATE GREEN SMOOTHIE

1-2C Filtered Water (depending how thick you like it)
1 Lebanese cucumber
2 stalks celery
1/2 pear (or apple or kiwi)*
1/2 banana*
1 lemon or lime, peeled
Big handful tuscan kale (cavolo nero)
Big handful baby spinach
Handful mint
Handful parsley
Chunk of fresh ginger
Chunk of fresh turmeric
1 tsp Chlorella or Spirulina
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 avocado
Optional – vanilla rice or hemp protein powder
Handful of ice
* If this is your first time in the green smoothie arena, you’ll want to use 1 whole banana and 1 whole pear initially, and then reduce down to 1/2 of each
Blend and drink!
This makes quite a large portion, so if you can’t get through it in one go, it makes for an awesome afternoon snack.
Enjoy!