I’ve been working for three weeks now as a teacher on call – It’s been really fun and interesting so far. I’ve taught every grade in elementary school from K-7 including a French prep. All I can say is thank you to my high school French teacher for getting me through a day of teaching French. It’s surprising how much you can remember, and how much I have forgot. Luckily for grade 5 and 7s they don’t know how to pronounce the words properly either ;)
Now that I’m working again after being a student for so long, and not having a ‘regular job’ I appreciate weekends more. Hence the excitement that it is Friday today. I’m also super excited that I get to work three days at my old school where I did my student teaching and see / teach some of my students again. Adam and I are going to the IDS West (Interior Design Show) this weekend. We went last year and the home decor/furnishings and exhibits are awesome. So many amazing items to lust over. Last year there were amazing natural wood tables and headboards to die for. If only I had the $$, and the room. For now it’s fun to walk through each exhibit and dream about them. I love a good design show, especially home design.
I also appreciate more sleep. Not that I wasn’t sleeping enough before, but as a student I could stay up til 11:30 at night and wake up at 8 am, whereas now when I know I have a call out the next day / anticipate a 7 or 8 am on call I head to bed around 10:00.
However, on weekends I find myself waking up before 8 am.
Another thing I’m looking forward to this weekend is dinner with our neighbours. I found this recipe online after I began a search for dairy-free chocolate mousse. Adam and I had watched an episode of Master Chef where the contestants had to make three difficult dessert dishes. A chocolate molten lava cake, a chocolate soufflé and of course a chocolate mousse. I’m usually not a fan of chocolate mousse cakes, but that’s because they’re those super gelatine-y chocolate mousse cakes.
When I saw Master Chef, the chocolate mousse was thick, but light and airy. When Chef Ramsey took a bite he dug the spoon into the mousse, gave it a swirl and popped it out with a spoonful of delicious whipped mousse that left a perfect whole in the dessert. I knew I wanted to try and make something similar, but due to my dairy allergy I didn’t want to endure the stomach pain afterwards – or eat all that heavy dairy really.
This Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse is light, airy, and incredibly delicious. It would be a great weekend dessert. If you’re planning on making it I suggest placing the cashews in water the night before, and then allowing the mousse to sit a few hours before serving as well. I would definitely make this again – it is so simple and really hits the spot if you’re craving a light chocolate dessert.
This dessert will satisfy not only your Vegan friends, but your dairy-loving chocolate friends as well. I found the recipe here, and made some adaptions. This serves maybe 2 people with generous portions, but it is quite rich. I would say double it for a party of 4, making smaller portions and serve with fresh berries.
I made a similar chocolate mousse before with avocado here – it was more of a smooth and creamy mousse, whereas this one is more airy like the real thing.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Deliciously light and airy chocolate mousse
- 1 cup Raw Cashews, Soaked 6 Hours or overnight
- 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
- 4 teaspoons Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup Water
- 3 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
- Drain Cashews.
- Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and puree for 5-6 minutes, periodically scraping the bowl, until the mixture is creamy and fluffy.
- Chill 1 hour or overnight. (if chilling overnight take out of fridge 20 minutes prior to serving)
- Garnish with shaved chocolate or fruit.
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Smoothies are one of my favourite snacks / meals. I usually have one a day, after a workout. They’re super refreshing, and when using the right ingredients, they are a huge boost of energy and nutrition.
I shared a Summer Citrus Smoothie a couple weeks ago, and thought I would share some more creations. A Green Smoothie is my go-to favourite. I usually throw in some spinach, kale, banana ice and almond milk and whirl it up in the blender. I thought I’d venture out and add a few more ingredients to my regular Green smoothie recipe.
I’ve seen lots of smoothies with cucumbers, but I never thought about adding them to mine. I wasn’t sure they would break down nicely, but the cucumber makes it cool and refreshing, and adds a great texture. I also added in a slice of avocado, which I’ve done before to make it super smooth and thick and creamy!
Smoothies are easy, refreshing, and packed with nutrients.
Cool as a Cucumber Green Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups Kale, washed, rind removed
- 1 slice of avocado
- 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
- Splash Almond Milk (or other milk alternative)
- 1 small banana
- 5 pieces frozen banana slices
- 5 ice cubes
- protein powder (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender, and puree until smooth and creamy. Serve in tall glass, with a straw.
Lainey likes to stay cool in the shade.
It’s officially Summer!!
And that means:
- Longer Days
- Walking/Biking/Running outside in the sun
- Patio Parties
- Road Trips
- Vacation (Vegas!)
Yea – Smoothies. I have a smoothie pretty much every single day – and it’s usually the same one. It’s a green monster of goodness. In my usual I’ll have banana, kale, spinach, ice, coconut/almond milk, protein powder, flax seed - blend it all up and enjoy.
I’ve never really posted a smoothie recipe on here because I just throw whatever is in the fridge into the blender usually – however, I thought I’d enter a contest by one of my favourite sites – Healthy Happy Life by Kathy Patalsky - a contest to show off your ‘Smoothietude’ for her upcoming book 365 Vegan Smoothies out in July.
I thought I’d make something new, and seeing as how it’s hosted by DOLE, I definitely had to include my favourite, the banana!
I love bananas – I eat at least one a day, maybe two! I always have ripe banana’s on hand. Sometimes if the produce market I go to doesn’t have ripe enough ones, I’ll buy a bunch of green ones from them, then go to the grocery store and buy some more ripe ones too so we have them ready to go. I can honestly say we have at least 10 bananas, if not more, on the counter at all times. Usually two large bunches. Adam loves bananas too – so they go fast between the two of us. Especially when I use them to make 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, or Fudgey Banana Brownies, or Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache, OR Banana Oatmeal Cowboy Cookies (vegan). I always add them to my smoothies because they make them so smooth and thick – even better if you have some frozen banana slices.
Since It’s the beginning of Summer I thought I would make a citrus smoothie with banana. Anything with citrus is refreshing, and adding frozen banana makes it perfect for long hot summer days!
Citrus is also amazing for you! It’s packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent colds. And, since we’re outside all summer long soaking up Vitamin D from the sun, Citrus fruits actually help your body absorb the Vitamin D to promote strong bones, and glowing skin! And Bananas are just as amazing, they help regulate our blood sugar and help our body from becoming overly acidic. They are packed with potassium – great for having before/after a workout too!
I combined the two to make a frothy smoothie, with add-ins like flax seed and protein powder! **Recipe Below**
Summer and long sunny days make me happy – and so does this smoothie! It’s colour and ingredients are refreshing and a great pick me up on a hot summer day.
Banana Citrus Smoothie
- 1/2 ripe Banana
- 1/2 ripe Banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 juicy Satsuma tangerine, peeled
- 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup Coconut/Almond milk
- 1 Tbs. Flax Seed
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder
Add it all to the blender and blend until frothy! Top with fresh blueberries and a slice of tangerine for garnish. Enjoy!
Happy yellow citrus smoothie = happy day! I’m always happy after I’ve had my smoothie =) They say the colour yellow is a ‘happy’ colour, and I agree! Just like the colour of bananas, and this smoothie :)