It's been awhile! Honestly, although this is the 15th Conscious Life Instalment, I still don't feel like I've quite got this whole newsletter, blogging thing... I'm getting there. I've wanted to be in touch for weeks, before the school holidays, but life and children take centre stage during holidays, forget about getting anything else done except loving up that time with the kids!
We have, however, been having huge amounts of adventurous fun in the kitchen and I'm bursting with yummy whole food recipes to share! Let's hope I can get some of them up onto the blog in the next few weeks before... Bali! I'll let you know when the recipes are up via the Conscious Life Facebook page and my Instagram account which you can check out and follow at the bottom of the page. Please share if you love it!
So all my energy is focused on getting prepared and getting me to Bali for my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I leave in less than a month. Just. A. Little. Excited. And super excited about what I can share when I return. A fresh perspective, new knowledge, refreshed energy. So please get your orders in soon, over the next few weeks, I will be away from September 11 to October 13.
Here are a few delicious recipes we have been loving!
All my love, sweet ones,
We are one conscious life,
I discovered Red Quinoa!
Funny, you may think, for an adventurous whole foodie like me but I had always thought they were all the same, so why not go with the slightly cheaper option, white quinoa. They are NOT the same! Red quinoa seems to have less of the bitter saponin (which is the bubbly soapy stuff you thoroughly wash off quinoa before using) It's taste is sweeter and nuttier and yummier! My kids even approve and they have never really been quinoa fans. So here are two delicious and nourishing red quinoa recipes to try!
Eating whole foods is all about being prepared. Which generally I'm not really that prepared person! I don't plan. Ever. I do things super last minute. But I love feeding my family whole foods, properly prepared. So I've got into the habit on the weekend of just choosing a whole bunch of jars from the pantry, a mix of grains, nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes, and putting them in jars with a drop of Apple Cider Vinegar and water to soak overnight and then I cook them the next day. This way my fridge is full with a combination of properly prepared yummy whole foods for me to make my last minute, on the fly dinners, abundance bowl lunch salads, school lunches and healthy treats. It's a winner! So these recipes use cooked red quinoa which I had in my fridge.
These are healthy little sweet treats perfect for school lunches as they are nut and seed free but with the quinoa they still contain a high quality complete plant protein.
Chocolate Fudge Bites
1 cup cooked red quinoa
1 cup dates
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tblsp brown rice malt syrup/honey/maple syrup (optional)
1 tblsp coconut oil (optional)
First chop the dates up a bit in the food processor, then add all the other ingredients and process well until it's all sticking together, then roll up into little balls and keep in the fridge. Adding in the optional tablespoon of rice malt syrup and coconut oil transforms these into decadent fudgy chocolate bliss!