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Crackers cravings and photo shoot

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Hi Bloggies,

How is your week so far? I’m still in recovery mode after last week’s events and Thanksgiving food.

I am back to my routines and I am hitting the gym every morning to give myself a boost of energy for the rest of the day. I continue to teach yoga every night and during some days …so life is pretty busy. So no complains.

Tom is on the afternoon shift this week which again gives me evenings to myself = creative time in the kitchen. With my work schedule planning meals is pretty tough and since I am very active now I got cravings for carbs. Even though I always have a small breakfast before I go to the gym or to a morning class when I come home I am always super hungry. I can not have a huge lunch since I am still going to the teach yoga a few hours. My stomach just doesn’t have enough time to digest it. Simple salad is not enough to satisfy me. Crackers are a great addition to my lunches and you know what’s in them!

I bought a dehydrator a while ago – mostly because I want to help my digestion consume life food that is rich in nutrients and enzymes. Dehydrating is a great way to support Raw diet and also storing produce without loosing nutrients. Almost all of the nutrients are preserved in dehydrated food and you can still have a cooked taste to your meal. I really like dried fruits but crackers are a winner so far. I didn’t explore all the options that you can try but I ‘ve already had a few attempts with making the crackers. I love them. You can experiment with mixing all kinds of herbs and veggies together with flax seeds. You can also make it as a sweet treat. A great source of recipes is the rawmazing.com website.

Carrot Flax seed Crackers

1 c. of flax seed

1 c. of water

2-3 peeled carrots

½ c.of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds

1 tbsp of BRAGG Liquid Soy Seasoning

1 tbsp of Chili Powder/Cayenne Powder

1 tbsp of Mustard (optional)

½ c. of basil leaves

squeeze of lemon

Mix flax seeds with water and let it hydrate for a few hours. After you have a thick consistency just add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and spread onto the dehydrator tray (you can use a parchment paper to support the mixture). If you wish to have smooth texture-blend everything in a food processor. I prefer crunchiness. Dehydrate overnight at 135F.

They tasted great with my Vegan Taco Salad today.

Mix greens, smashed avocado, tomato, vegan Taco Nut “Meat” and vegan Parmesan or vegan soy based melted cheese on top. Yummi!!!

Vegan Taco Nut “Meat”

I used Averie’s recipes

½ cup of Almonds and Walnuts

½ cup Sun Dried tomatoes

2 tbsp of Olive Oil

½ tbsp of Chili Powder and Cayenne Powder

As a sweet addition to your coffee or breakfast I made delicious Cinnamon Almond Crackers

I had them in the morning with my overnight oats.

1 c. Almond

handful of Hazelnuts

1-2 tsp of Cinnamon

¼ c. of Maple Syrup

1-2 tbsp of Almond Butter

These crackers are a bit tricky. The consistency is not sticking together so see how much Almond butter you need to get the right consistency.

Process nuts in the food processor. In a big bowl mash it with the rest of the ingredients. Spread onto a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate overnight in 135F.

Finally I got the pictures from the yoga studio that I am working with. They hired a professional photographer to take pictures of the staff for the website and marketing materials etc. So here they are:

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Izabela

Packing to NY-what should I take?

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Hey bloggis,

I hope your days were less chaotic than mine this week. After a bad night sleep I woke up at 6 today. Even thou I am an early bird in this house I love to surround myself with quiet in the morning, just to get set my mind for the rest of my days. But I need to be rested. Instead for a last few days I am not feeling well at all: with my belly, I have weird dreams and I am just fatigue all the time. Having said that a lots of things going on and I am maybe anxious because of that and excited as well.

First of all this time I am really looking forward to my upcoming-extended-weekend. I am leaving for NY on Saturday morning. Yupi! It was my dream to actually get away from my life and second to see NY in the fall. We didn’t really go anywhere this summer so this was what I was waiting for. So chaotic this week was … I am just thinking about my trip now. .

I didn’t have time to cook anything separate for myself this week so yesterday Tom prepared a lunch for me after I came back from the studio. Delicious Salmon with the green raspberry salad and Sesame oil.

Thank you, it was delightful.

Then I ran to the photo shoot at the studio. Oh yeah, It was weird…I am not a fan of posing but this was obligatory for the stuff. I just followed what the guy was telling me to do. I don’t expect great results from that. Not to mention we were doing this in a hot room but let’s wait and see.

Any trips make me anxious about how am I going to feel there, what I will be eating and if I can enjoy my time. We will stay in the hotel so obviously there won’t be chance to cook! Maybe that’s a good thing;) but I need to be very careful so I am planning what to take with us to have access to my safety food as well. I made Gluten/guilt/ free breakfast almond cookies already and roasted some almonds for the ride. Should I take oats: cooked or raw-with me? I bought a small packages of soy beverages as a milk substitute. I even have a small kettle for coffee and tea to the hotel. What else? Can I take any nut butter? Am I going to survive without it;)

Thanks to The Fitnessista for sharing the recipe. I changed it a little bit.

1 cup of Almond flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3 tbsp grapeseed oil, 3 tbsp almond butter, 1/4 cup of Maple syrup, 1 egg,

1 tsp lemon juice. Combine all ingredients. Bake for 15-20 min in 350 F.

I researched about healthy places to eat around the hotel so in general it should be Ok but it’s better to be prepared. I think the most concerns I have is with my breakfasts. I like them on the sweet side as smoothies, oats in all variations.

Besides the food-should I take my workout equipment with me? Should I go to the gym or have a real vacations? Meh… knowing me-there is no such thing as a vacation from yoga or working out so maybe in a different form but we probably won’t skip this part.
Any thoughts on this for me, please advise.

And how you are preparing for your trips?

Besides if you didn’t notice yet – I am so excited!!!!I don’t think I will be sleeping much tonight. I think NY is one of the cities where I always wanted to go and melt there in between buildings…

Although It’s gonna rain…. so I will soak there for sure;).I promise to log my life there so stay tuned.

Xoxo

Izabela