It is true I adore Christmas. So much to be thankful for in this precious season of giving, joy, family events, traditions and the hope that changed everything one Christmas eve long ago.
But with the overdoing that comes with this this season, it is sad to see people are too stressed, overwhelmed and less willing to give, share and experience all the wonderful moments this season brings.
If you find yourself nodding in agreement with the description above, which is like every busy, determined and dream-focused woman out there; I want to remind you that it is time to shift your activities from doing to being.
Choose one thing that is a tradition in your life that you must take part in or attend. You can do more than one of course but make sure you at least do one. We are our values, traditions and beliefs.
Taking part in a timeless practice that is part of your upbringing pays homage to your heritage.
I chose holiday baking with my mom. It is such a precious tradition as my mom is the most giving person I have ever met. She lives graciously and loves generously. As a child, her cooking and baking was an extended expression of her need to comfort, provide and love. It is such a treat to drive home to the farm and spend the day in the kitchen learning again from my mom. I am having so much fun remaking old recipes into healthier versions that will nourish your body as you indulge.
For the recipe I created called Death by Coconut Oil see the end of this post :) Believe me you will want to make this and trade it for your original holiday squares it is soooo delicious and deceptively good for you!
Next, choose something new to do this Christmas season. Again you can do many new things but focus on something that you have never done before, that challenges you or is on your bucket list. This is the fun part because you get to be creative. Are you having trouble thinking of something. Here are a few ideas :)
Ice skating, wreath making, attend a Christmas play, make a new holiday treat, read a Christmas book, attend advent, volunteer somewhere...really the possibilities are endless.
I made home-made wreaths with a friend. It was so much fun, full of laughs and most importantly, another moment mad in the making :) I had never bought a glue gun before and low and behold I created a burlap wreath...a little starving burlap wreath as I think I could have used double the amount of fabric, but you have to start somewhere!
This season brings joy but also unfair expectations of doing everything or attending everything that the real joy of the season is lost. Remind yourself to schedule in some you time. Whether it is going to the gym, writing your thoughts in a journal, a quiet walk in the snow or coffee with your best friend; it is so important that you remember to be still and invest in you.
Because in between the to do lists, shopping, planning and entertaining is the quiet truth that you are precious and you are loved dearly.
Taking care of you honors this simple truth.
Now here is why you are really here...to get this incredibly healthy, oh so addictive bar recipe that is shockingly nourishing.
Be aware that you must make this for an event or else you will end up eating it all. Trust me it has been done; my precious team and I are collaborating for a new program in 2015 and these bars were gone in two days. Who said experimenting with recipes is a tough job :)
Death By Coconut oil Bars
25 minute prep time
1 cup of unsweetened shredded Coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbps water
4 medjool dates
1 tbsp almond butter
Put all the above ingredients in a food processor and blend until there your desired texture. I like a chunkier base :) Place the base evenly in a 8 x 8 square pan and put it in the freezer.
1 cup of coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 medjool date
Place all four ingredients in the food processor and mix until smooth. Pour this on top of the base layer and place it back into the freezer.
8 pieces of unsweetened dark chocolate
1/4 cup of maple syrup
a pinch of sea salt
Melt the above ingredients in a pot, let it cool and pour this over the caramel layer. Make sure the caramel layer is solid before doing so.
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of walnuts
Toast the coconut and walnuts in a pan until lightly browned. Sprinkle this on top of the chocolate.
Cut into tiny squares and Store this in the freezer as it melts at room temperature.