2012 Will Bring…

I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. Whenever I feel I need to make an improvement on my life I do it with no attachment to time or place. I believe saying “starting the 1st I will make x, y, and z changes” is only delaying positive changes that 99.9999% of the time should be started once the thought even crosses your mind. So even though I am not attaching myself to a “new year resolution” I do have plenty of new routines, goals, and positive changes I have already begun to implement.

For a myriad of reasons November & December of this year left me feeling incredibly detached from myself. Recognizing this I knew that after the end of the semester I would need to make some SERIOUS changes if I expect to survive this upcoming semester. I have a very, very strong feeling this upcoming year is going to be full of wonderful new people, experiences, and personal achievements. If anything, I will be returning to Pittsburgh with some killer positive thoughts.

Some new goals:

1) Drink wheatgrass everyday. My wheatgrass juicer has been ordered and is waiting for me at my apartment. Cannot wait to start my trays of grass at home!

2) Train for my marathon entirely raw. This will be much easier with my latest additions to my ‘raw’ kitchen : spiralizer, mandolin, and dehydrator.

3) Blog more.

4) BIKE again. Thanks to my Mom, Dad, and grade school art teacher, I am a proud new owner of a used Schwinn Le Tour. It’s black, it’s shiny, and it’s in excellent condition. Best of all it has GEARS. Biking Pittsburgh will be a whole new world!

5) Improve my apartment’s health. Along with the wheatgrass I plan to grow more herbs & other various plants. Green both in and out of my belly makes me happy.

6) My health is my FIRST priority. It’s easy to let workouts and healthy foods slip when we are all bombarded with so many other commitments. Clearly putting my health to #2 or #3 was not healthy this past two months. It’s back up to #1. Meaning I’d rather be broke and get B’s yet eat healthy, have a gym membership, and practicing daily yoga/meditation/gratitude. A strong healthy body & mind are way more important than getting an A – even though I did manage to get straight A’s last semester!!! (an A++ in pissin’ and moanin’).

7) STOP pissin’ and moanin’. Life is too short to complain. The negative energy you send out to the universe with complaints is only going to attract more negative. Mom, feel free to refer me to this next time I call and am complaining.

8) Spend more time outdoors even if it is cold & snowy. I miss the forest preserve down the street from me… I will be spending much more time there even if my toes go numb.

What are some areas of improvement YOU are working on?

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Banana Nut Brittle

This recipe is another great use for overripe bananas… however this one is 100% raw! Thanks to my latest addition in the kitchen – my first Excalibur dehydrator -thanks to Santa! ;) -these are a raw take on peanut brittle.

Banana Nut Brittle

Ingredients
4 ripe bananas
1 1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup chopped almonds, pecans, or mac nuts

I used a few macadamia nuts but mostly pecans since mac nuts are SO pricey… the mac nuts bring me back to yesteryear…

In the food processor mix bananas and dates until smooth and creamy. Add in chopped nuts/nut flour until well mixed.

On a dehydrator sheet lined with reusable parchment paper – spread the mixture as evenly as you can. Once flat and evenly spread, score into squares. I made about 12 per sheet. Set dehydrator to 110 degrees and leave for 12 hours. After roughly 12 hours, flip pieces so the heat is evenly distributed. After another 12 hours, remove pieces from dehydrator and store in fridge or freezer. The brittle hardens up nicely and is SO delicious. You won’t be missing the real stuff with this delicious treat!

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Enjoy!

Sorry no real pictures of the brittle… my mom and I gobbled it up too fast…

Cookies For Breakfast

These are delicious!! A great way to use up ripe bananas without resorting to the usual banana bread. And with no added sugar I’m all over it. Last week I brought these to Kristin’s holiday party… woke up the next morning and had 4 for breakfast :) That’s how healthy I consider them.

Oat Banana Cookies *Adapted from Heidi Swanson

Ingredients
3 large, ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond or pecan meal
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
6-7 ounces dark chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine bananas, oil, and extract. In a separate bowl combine oats, nut meal, coconut, cinnamon, salt, & baking powder. Mix dry into wet ingredients & stir until combined. Fold chocolate chips or chunks in. Drop tbsp sized balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten into desired cookie size.

Bake for 12-14 minutes. With the chocolate oozing all over & cookies to be relatively soft – I found it easiest to transfer the entire parchment sheet with cookies on it onto a drying rack. After a few minutes I removed the cookies from the parchment and allowed them to properly cool directly on racks.

Instead of chocolate try raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries. OR add with chocolate :) Enjoy!