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apple pie. how clever am i? that, or i’m just really running out of cool titles…

anyway, here’s my recipe for a super tasty treat that is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free but definitely not taste free!

base

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2 cups of dates

(measurements are not accurate, just use a food processor until you can mold it into a cup-like form using a muffin tray. also, make sure you use baking paper otherwise they’ll get stuck).

filling

4-5 organic apples

chai masala spice mix

dash of water

(stew the apples with lid on until soft, then take the lid off towards the end to allow the apples to caramelise in the sauce).

that’s it. stick your base in the fridge and after 2-3 hours, pop some apples on top.

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delish and nutrish. eat up!

cara x

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no more bad juju

OBLIGATORY WARNING.

(if you’re a loser that’s scared of normal female bodily functions, don’t read.)

listen, peeps. i’ve started using a menstrual cup… and it’s changed my life! it’s been a little over 48 hours and i’ve already called and texted numerous gfs like some sort of crazed telemarketer.

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but i am legit THAT excited. my juju cup cost $55. it is made out of medical grade silicone and comes in a handy little travel pouch. i can leave it in for up to 12 hours at a time and no longer worry about leaking or escapee tampon strings.

still need convincing? have a look at some of this information care of juju.com.au.

  • if during your period, you use five disposable products a day for five days, this equates to 300 disposable pads or tampons a year and over 10,000 in your lifetime.
  • in one year, you will spend an average of AU$90 on disposable products.
  • by using a menstrual cup, you will help the environment by reducing landfill.

i will admit that using a cup requires some finesse and i read a pretty funny tweet that about the cavernous depths of the vagina when trying to remove it for the first time… but it gets easier and you can do it shower until you feel confident.

so, seriously, do yourself a favour and buy one. you can thank me later.

cara x

basic bitch brownies

it’s 930pm. i don’t have any flour. and i’ve got the munchies… what’s a girl to do?

thankfully, arman from @the big man’s world, was waiting in the wings, ready to help.

so, without further ado. here it is. 3 ingredient, super simple brownies with no butter, flour, grains or sugar.

ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (with a pinch of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup drippy almond butter (i did half/half with peanut butter for some extra crunch)
  • 1/4- 2/3 cup raw cacao powder

instructions

  • preheat the oven to 170 degrees and coat a small loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • in a large mixing bowl, add your applesauce and nut butter and mix well. once mixed, add cacao and mix until fully incorporated and a thick, silky batter remains.
  • transfer brownie batter to pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out just clean (be careful not to overcook!).
  • allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely. then once cooled, refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • remove from the fridge, slice into bars and top with optional extras (raspberries, ganache or whatever takes your fancy).

Notes:

  • brownies need to be kept refrigerated but are also freezer friendly.
  • cooking time can vary, depending on your oven.

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ta da! you’ve just made yourself a delicious treat that is full of protein, antioxidants and general awesomeness. let me know how it goes by hitting me up in the comments.
cara x

meditation

newsflash. meditation is good for us. so, why do so many of us still resist it?

i know for me, it’s got a lot to do with the fact that meditation is HARD. but like anything worth doing, meditation and mindfulness takes practice and persistence.

if you are interested in trying mediation but are not sure where to start, this video does a really good job of explaining it.

and remember, you can always hit me up in the comments for some tips and tricks.

cara x

am i a liability or are you a liar?

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This is for the women who are told that they are too much.

 

Too loud.

Too bold.

Too opinionated.

Too big.

Too small.

Too fierce.

Too bossy.

Too stubborn.

Too brazen.

Too serious.

Too confident.

Too sensitive.

Too intense.

Too bright.

Too sexual.

Too crazy.

 

And they think they can shame us,

Back into cages.

But lions can’t be kept.

And we refused to be owned.

 

Love is not subject to conditions,

And we are no subjects.

 

We are wild women.

 

– cara ’17

new name, new year

yeah, yeah. i know it’s been the new year for like, 3 months now but i haven’t bought a diary yet so it doesn’t count.

just a quick note to let you guys know that i’ve changed the name of my site but the content will continue to be much the same, maybe with a little more pizazz (is that even a word?)

and just for reading, i’m going to give you a super simple recipe for pumpkin soup.

aren’t i the best? (don’t answer that).

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pimpin’ pumpkin soup

1 whole organic pumpkin (chopped relatively evenly but who actually cares it all gets mushed eventually)

1 brown onion (roughly chopped)

3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 tspn cinnamon

generous shaking of cumin

1tspn tumeric

2 vegetable stock cubes

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hey presto, chuck it all in a pot. you can cook off your onion first then add the garlic and spices. but if you’re lazy, do what you want. add some hot water and the stock cubes, bring it to the boil then turn down and simmer until soft.

 

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whizz it up till it’s smooth and creamy and voila! dinner is served.

until next time,

cara x

yin. yang. yoga. yoghurt.

sorry, i couldn’t think of anything catchier for a title and yoghurt starts with y so…?

anyway, this post is about me embarking on yin yoga training and what’s this means for me. by all means, your experience may be completely different so take what’s useful, leave what isn’t, it’s all cool by me.

so, i am vinyasa yogi. i love movement, flow and dynamic, energetic sequences with bangin’ tunes and sweat dripping off my body. i like playing with arm balances and hanging around upside down.

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yin yoga has never really appealed to me. to be completely honest, i kind of hate it. it’s slow and soft and leaves me with waaaay too much time to think.

and you know what? that’s the answer.

i hate yin because it asks me to do something that i’m not comfortable with, and in this day and age (pardon the cliche), being uncomfortable is just not something one does. if you’re in an uncomfortable chair, you move, if you’re in an uncomfortable pose… you move. or if you’re me (which i am), you fidget and twitch and shake and made any excuse under the sun to not stay with the feeling that being stuck in that pose for five fucking minutes evokes.

some famous dude once said that “the pose begins when you want to leave it” and man, ain’t that the truth. from 2 days of yin yoga training, focusing on the breath, sinking in and just letting the feelings wash over me but not have power of me – so much bliss and just utter relief.

so yes, i had an epiphany of sorts. and no, that doesn’t mean i’m cured. and i suddenly love yin (i don’t). but being the anxious and hyperactive person that i am, i can now see why i need it. not just in yoga but in all aspects of my life. to be able to feel emotions, in their entirety and not run… phew, that’s the magic.

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namaste.

cara x

breakfast bar or breakfast jar?

howdy.

so i know i’ve been slack and i haven’t posted anything for quite a while.

i could sell you the sob story of how busy i’ve been with work etc. but i’ll spare you (this time anyway)

instead, i’ll sell the rights to my super quick, delicious and nutritious breakfast on the go.

and i don’t care if it’s wanky to have serve it in a jar. for transport purposes, it works!

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find the super simple recipe/directions below.

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1x banana

1x handful of fresh or frozen berries (whatever you like/have. note that frozen will make your smoothie thicker)

200ml unsweetened almond milk

1x tablespoon raw cacao

1x tablespoon black and white chia seeds (plus extra for the top)

1 x some sort of receptacle for storage/transport

blend it all together, chuck it in a jar, sprinkle on some extra chia seeds and you’re ready to go.

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it actually is that easy. sip and go.

over and out.

cara x

i like nuts and i cannot lie

easter has come early.

why?

because this generous bunny is letting you in on the secret to stopping those 3pm energy slumps.

that’s right. i’m giving you my recipe for some very tasty nut&seed bliss balls. the perfect pick-me-up that will power you through to dinner.

bliss balls are so easy to make and the varieties are endless.

in this recipe, i’ve focused on increasing the nut&seed content to provide energy, fibre and lots of nutrients. topped off with raw cacao, a little tahini and some desiccated coconut you have a well-rounded (excuse the pun) snack.

sounds too good to be true, right?

wrong!

these taste great. they’re crunchy and chewy, which makes them seem more satiating than their size suggests and with a little hint of sweetness from dates, any sugar cravings are eliminated.

okay, i’ll quit waffling now. here it is.

nut&seed bliss balls

  • 1/3 cup raw, organic cashews
  • 1/3 activated buckinis
  • handful of pepita seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoon of hulled tahini
  • 6-10 dates (pitted)
  • desiccated coconut for rolling
  • warm water (for sticking)

that’s it. stick it in a food processor and whiz it around until sticky. roll the balls in your palm and then in the coconut and hey presto, you’re done! chuck them in the fridge until firm.

this recipe makes about 10 good sized balls (hehe)

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so, there you go. healthy, filling, tasty, full of the good stuff… what more could you want?

happy easter everyone.

cara x

 

 

 

 

 

 

doggy style

get your mind of the gutter people… i’m talking about downward facing dog.

the backbone (literally) of yoga, downward facing dog is an all-round body building super pose. it strengthens the arms, shoulder, back, legs and core.

but why am i devoting a post to this pose. well, it’s about alignment. and the fact that so many people that i teach and practice with get caught up in what they THINK downward facing dog should look like. or what it looks like on instagram, facebook etc.

firstly, there are alignment cues that we should all follow to gain maximum benefits – tilt the sit bones high, breathe into the back body, move the shoulder blades back and down – and then there are the cues that don’t help.

i’m talking about feet to the floor, legs straight, head on the mat… whilst, downward facing dog CAN look like this for most of us, it doesn’t and there is nothing wrong with that.

bend your knees if your hamstrings are tight, widen your hands to make room for the shoulders, roll up a blanket for support under the wrists. it’s your dog. own it. work it.

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FYI, i’m a yoga teacher and i still don’t have my feet flat. at first, i thought that this was a weakness but i have since learnt that it is actually my strength. it not only makes me relatable but it also means i focus more on activation and mobilisation of my muscles.

here’s a little something to leave you thinking about… asanas don’t have alignment. people do.

namaste.

cara x