The ‘Balance’ Coconut and Goji Bliss Ball

Gluten free & Vegan friendly

I call these balance bliss balls because they have a good combination of protein and  healthy fats. I’m reducing my high consumption of nuts and replaced the usual nut base with quinoa flakes instead. In addition, I included some antioxidant rich- goji berries and cooling coconut to balance the richness from the almond butter and sweetness from the dates.  I made sure not to over-do it with the natural sugar from the dates, and overall produced some well- balanced bliss balls. These are a treat!

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Serves 10-12 balls

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup quinoa flakes (organic)
  • 80 grams organic desiccated coconut
  • 100 grams pitted dates
  • 2 generous Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 handful goji berries

Method

  1. Pulse quinoa flakes and desiccated coconut in a food processor till fine.
  2. On medium- high speed, gradually add the dates and goji berries into the processor.
  3. Gradually add the almond butter.
  4. Continue to blend until the mixture is moist, soil like and you can mush into a ball (if not add more almond butter).
  5. Pour mixture into a bowl and roll mixture into smalls balls 2cm large.
  6. Place into fridge to set.

 

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Baby Steps

After the collisions of last night and submitting my assignment which I felt like there was no point spending my remaining energy on,  I spent my most of my morning in my bed and then lied on the concrete outside my backyard. I didn’t realize that all I needed was to be outside, with the sun. I don’t usually spend my mornings too long in my bed as I would often associate it with being unproductive (yes I don’t have an off button), but I just laid there, in my blankets, curled up, warm and nothing could harm me. I know it is  a beautiful day outside and usually I would let the sun into my room upon waking but today, I just rested in the darkness and still, I felt safe.

The sky is clear today and the sun is showing off its usual beauty, touching everything in its expansive path, shining light, love. I was born in the early morning and wonder if that correlates to me being a morning person, my desire to always want to be outside, and always feeling better after lying in the sun. My friend had mentioned this to me before. She was born in the night, and says she is so much more productive in the evening. For me, I am ready to settle into my night time routine by 9 pm.

I welcome the sun to bathe my body. It feels like I am a battery being charged. I feel grounded. Laying on the concrete, I am reminded by what Annie said, there is the same energy in all of us. We are everywhere and in everything. And laying there, I felt all of it, I felt like I was in the sun, in the ground, the air, even in the leaves of my mango tree.

Expansive.

Me being the usual planner that I am, I laid on my stomach and wrote down what I want to achieve for the week. This month, I am fully aware not to put so much on my plate and set out realistic goals. I added in a massage appointment for tomorrow also. I get two days off and tomorrow I will purely dedicate it to treating myself, giving myself a lot of love, taking things slowly and help mum out with the cooking. It’s been a while since I’ve looked forward to a day like this. As I write, I get a hint of how it feels to be in alignment again- purposeful and in the flow of things. I can’t wait to share my next feature article which is something close to my heart and look forward to others reading it. This one is  for girls and women.

This feels right.

Tonight, my family was blessed with food cooked by my Aunty. And given that I am becoming more open to food from my culture, I am eating more and seeing food in a different light. I am still working on developing a healthy mindset with food. There is so much conflicting information out there, and fed up, I began to make my own bliss ball recipe at 9.30 in the evening. Its been a while since I’ve experimented with cooking. But as I started adding the ingredients into the processor, I felt like I was in my element and I just knew this recipe was going to turn out well. And it did. This welcomed my mum and my sisters into the kitchen where conversations arose about my favourite topic- food of course.

One of the highlights of the night were the conversations I had with my youngest sister. She was inquisitive about what I was making and that lead onto me talking about food and health which always raises my frequency. She also expressed her enthusiasm to help me film recipe videos in the future and that got me excited also. And she continued to mention that she is looking forward to seeing me carry out my work, my purpose, my business. I was so enlightened because I had always been the one excited and adding my beliefs to other peoples work, yet rarely received it. And this, coming from my youngest sister was such a treat.

Food literally brings people together and this was just a reminder to why I love being around food and a perfect reminder of my purpose.

Numb

Have you ever been in a cycle with a certain situation?

Even when things got so bad, people got angrier, words got harsher (is that even a word) but since you’ve been through it so many times,  you’re at that point of the cycle again that you are no longer shaking like you’d been before, your heart no longer beats so fast, your body no longer activates the usual spike of heat that would emanate throughout your body. And so physically, you are not triggered anymore. But the problem is still there, the other one doesn’t step down, points of views continue to collide and it almost feels like you are existing where there is no concept of time, there is no end point, no solution, you are just suspended in a place with no where to go.

 

October energy

The disharmony within me has been so apparent lately. I am experiencing tension in my upper right shoulder blade- which I feel has stemmed from stress towards my assignments, work and my attachment to my past that I’ve held onto for longer than I should. My recent dreams have lead me down a path back to my past- one of loss, hurt and sadness. I haven’t been outside or moved my body much lately. I feel stagnant and I am consuming more foods than needed. My skin is not the best and I am trying to pinpoint what caused such an outbreak. Compared to an expressive and creative September, I have moved inward in the coming October and all I seem to find comfort in is my writing.

Early Spring has been colder than our Winters here.

I enjoy reading back my previous writings, my poems and my work. I am reminded by my creativity and what I can produce. I admire the times when I am in inspired action, and release what I created in that very moment- charged up. The quality of work is so much better and anything else not done within that time frame of magic, is just not the same.

Uneasy feelings like this spark change. I am quite resilient and recognize when such depressive thoughts and feelings arise, I ensure I get back up on my feet in no time. However, I have learnt that I am here to experience all that is human and we simply do not know what happy is if we cannot compare it to the sad or to the darkness. It is okay to be sad, to doubt, to be afraid. Sometimes its easier to dwell in the sadness. It takes less effort. But it is important to not stay in those places for too long and to learn, overcome what is required.

For me, I refuse to feel how I am feeling for the rest of October. I know I am just at a time where my energy levels are low and I haven’t moved much as I’ve allocated too much unnecessary stress towards my assignments and my work.  They’re simply signs telling me to slow down. I feel like resting for the month.

I do not feel like creating my empire today,  or tomorrow for that matter. That can wait.

My October will involve me simplifying my daily activities, placing more emphasis on my IIN studies, and opening up my time for my family and friends. I realize that I’ve been complaining that I’m alone yet I only just realized it is because I do not allow time for anyone. I will also devote time towards my projects- my YouTube, my writing but make sure I do these at a steady pace, guided by my intuition to produce work that is lead by my heart. I want my October to be steady.  And carrying on my recent efforts to be as authentic, honest and raw with myself, I would like to continue getting comfortable with myself so I can let others in.

I am already very proud with the progress I have made. I am loving my body more and more every single day- appreciating that on most days, I am full of energy, I can run, I can dance, my skin glows from being in the sun, I have become fairly toned as I’ve been consistent with moving my body and developed a much healthier exercise routine. I smile more. Hence, I intend to carry this momentum for the rest of the month, the year. Even though I will be slowing down for the month, I will ensure to still surround myself with beautiful things, light up candles, visualize, set realistic goals and feed myself with the most delicious things.

May October be a month of beauty, love and light.

 

Slow down

Agitation arises when I am not doing things that propel me towards my visions,  my goals. I can’t sit still. I am fully aware that I can choose to change this situation any time I want. However, as high as I want to fly, in this physical dimension, there are certain constraints that pull me back down to Earth.

Your work, your family, your other commitments, things that allow you some degree of freedom yet you would not be able to wonder as far as you like.  Not right now anyway. The world is not yet ready for all of us to live like there is no tomorrow. For example, in this reality- it is important to have a source of income.  And as much as I would like to spend my days outside, climbing hills, in the water, drawing, writing, cooking, I value my family too much to just pack up my things and leave them. I value my security too much to just live like there’s no tomorrow. To some extent-  I like structure, I like feeling safe, I like organisation. And so living unpredictably, spontaneously would not suit my personality. At least, if the world is not yet ready for everyone live everyday guided by their intuition, I am not ready either.

In this physical dimension with this concept of time,

I am to remind myself that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

I am not settling.

I am in divine timing.

In this dimension, I am in the right place at the right time.

Even if I am in an undesired situation.

I am meant to sit in here, indoors, finish off this dam assignment and move on.

Beauty

In celebration to the Full Moon 

I feel beauty as I run,

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Moon water colour by Annie Tarasova

My body propels me,

My body feels light.

I feel beauty when I am outside,

next to the blue canvas of the sky.

I feel beauty when I lie,

with my bare skin against the warm tiles.

I feel beauty on cool nights,

The moon is beaming,

And my emotions magnify.

I have surrendered to my body,

And in return my soul shines,

I am now realizing  my own

true feminine divine,

All the beauty,

in this body,

energy flowing,

stars are glowing,

As I shower in candle light.

This is a list of the things that make me feel beautiful. I experience what I can only describe as an intense feeling of love gifted by the universe that translates as tingles throughout my body. My body is electric, charged up and this physical overwhelm leaves me running, moving, smiling, chuckling, expanding. We are meant to experience more of these feelings.

I am very sensitive to how I feel each morning and throughout my day. Lately, I haven’t been feeling so aligned. In particular, I notice that I challenge my self-worth when I spend most of my days indoors- doing things that don’t raise my frequency, things that do not help me work towards my purpose, my goals and I am likely to resort to low frequency habits like comparing myself to others. Hence this list is a good reminder for me during times when I do not feel in harmony, do not feel beautiful.

I am also to remind myself that I feel beautiful when I am working on my purpose. I am so lucky to have finally found my purpose, my mission, my curiosity in so many things that leave me with just enough beauty that I know no one can take away from me. For those who experience moments in lack of self-worth, I suggest you to explore and create your purpose. You will immediately light up. You will be so busy working towards the things you love doing that you have no idea you are shining ever so bright.

Another thing that brings me back to a place of beauty is surrounding myself with candles. I now shower with candles around me (bonus points for saving electricity) and light up them up before bed. There is something so beautiful when you are showering in candle light. You can see your skin glowing, as if your body is a map of the stars and the rest of the galaxy.

I hope you all find beauty within yourselves,

Love Cherie

 

Banana and Blueberry Coconut Bread (Vegan friendly)

I’m really good at procrasti-baking- a term I use when I bake to avoid dealing with my assignments and other life problems.

For me, I know that my body operates better when I eat frequently throughout the day with smaller meal sizes. This way, I find my energy levels are maintained, I can focus better to daily tasks and not be so fixated on scavenging for food. Hence, I devote some time to make a snack for the week. Baked goods such as loaves, brownies, granola etc are a good a snack supply, that lasts me throughout the week. This week, I made Banana bread with Blueberries. This one is full of fibre with oats, almonds and flaxseeds (you can garuntee healthy bowel movements with this one), it is dairy free and vegan friendly! The coconut oil in this recipe gives it a moist, coconut flavour that compliment  the classic combination of banana and blueberries. So fricken delicious and a good way to take my mind off my assignments.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • Large  handful blueberries
  • 1 cup oat flour (or flour of choice)
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds and 6 tablespoons of water).
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius.
2. Prepare the flax egg by combining the ground flaxseeds and water and put aside for 10 mins.
3. Combine flour, almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, salt in a bowl.
4 In a separate bowl, mash the bananas.
5. In a saucepan, on low heat melt the coconut oil and add maple and vanilla.
6. Pour liquid mixture with mashed banana and stir well.
7. Then pour wet ingredients with the dry mixture and mix with blueberries.
8. Place in oven for 40-45 mins.