• Banana Ice Cream with Chocolatey Peanut Sauce

Banana Ice Cream with Chocolatey Peanut Sauce

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Millions — if not billions — of men around the world wonder what women really want. For all the lady lovers out there, I’m here to let you in on the secret. Sometimes, all women want is just a delicious bowl of ice cream. Especially when it’s a heaping scoop of banana ice cream with chocolatey peanut sauce. This recipe was inspired by two of my favorite people: my Grandma and my Dad.

My grandma loves ice cream. I’ll make a bold claim: she loves it more than anyone in the whole world. It's inevitable that whenever I visit my grandma, she'll make her way to the kitchen at some point for ice cream. Over the past decade she has developed Alzheimers and though she remembers that she has a desert stomach specifically designated for ice cream consumption, she (bless her heart) forgets how many bowls she has eaten in one sitting.

My dad also loves ice cream, but he stands out in my mind more for his faithful love of peanut butter. He, on the other hand, is sharp as a tack and claims that peanuts are a superfood. Especially when said peanuts are in the form of crunchy peanut butter atop crackers. It's been his staple snack for years. I can't blame him, peanut butter on anything, in my book, is delectable.

I was thinking of them both today, so in honor of their great taste I made a batch of raw vegan banana ice cream topped with a chocolatey peanut sauce. It is simple to make and down right delicious!

Banana Ice Cream

5 frozen bananas

1/4 C coconut oil

Chocolatey Peanut Sauce

3 Tbs peanut butter

2 Tbs cacao powder

1 Tbs honey

2 Tbs coconut oil

To prepare:

Cut the frozen bananas into smaller chunks so that the food processor has an easier time blending them. Add the 1/4 cup of coconut oil and process together until they reach the consistency of soft serve ice cream. If you don’t mind your ice cream soft serve, then you’re to add the chocolatey peanut syrup. However, if you want the ice cream to firm up a bit, place the ice cream in the freezer in a shallow glass dish for half an hour before serving.

Now for the chocolate sauce. By the way, those two words — “chocolate sauce” — may just be my favorite combination of two words in the English language.

In a bowl, stir together the peanut butter, cacao powder, honey, and coconut oil. You can either eat the ice cream immediately or put it in the freezer for a minute so that the chocolate sauce turns into chocolate shell. Regardless of which you choose, your tastebuds will be singing with sweet ice cream symphonies!

Servings: Two heaping bowls of ice cream if you’re like me and my grandma! But if you have a decent amount of self control, this recipe makes enough for four adequately portioned bowls of ice cream to share amongst friends. Sprinkle your serving with dried coconut flakes and cinnamon.

And hey, this may seem like a decadent recipe. Guess what? It is! Ice cream is supposed to be a treat. It is inherent in it’s creamy, delicious nature, even when it's made from pure, whole foods. So enjoy it! And if your grandma is around, scoop some out for her. It’s a scientifically proven fact that 99% of grandmas will appreciate an unasked-for bowl of ice cream.

A little over a year ago, I visited my Grandma before she was moved into an assisted living facility. While we sat on the couch chatting, she reached over and grabbed my hand in hers. She looked at me and said, “you know, ice cream can solve any problem.”

We both started giggling, because you know what? We knew she just may be right.

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Savory Raw Vegan Chili and Spicy Cornbread

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Chili and cornbread. Like two peas in a pod, this dynamic duo is a delicious pairing of savory, hearty soup and slightly sweet, spicy bread. It is a classic recipe in many kitchens, from which thousands of variations of ingredients and methods of preparations have been birthed. I was craving a hearty raw vegan meal after my first week at the Epic Self Fellowship and decided that making a batch of raw vegan chili and cornbread would fit the bill.

Ever since I’ve started eating a purely raw vegan diet, I feel much more energized when I eat. No more lagging energy or food hangovers after a meal. Being that chili is typically a heavy meal, loaded with beans and cooked root vegetables like potatoes, I was curious to see if a raw vegan version would satisfy my craving for a more substantial meal.

The benefit of eating a raw vegan chili is that it is chock full of ingredients that, when eaten raw, are potent immune boosters and digestive aids. When following a plant-based diet, it is so important to make sure daily nutrient needs are being met by the body. Garlic and apple cider vinegar, two of the ingredients in the chili, are both known to support immune function. Cilantro has high antioxidant properties which help to protect against damage caused by free radicals in the body. It also helps to ease digestive upset. Carrots contain high amounts of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. This raw vegan chili accentuates the rich and savory flavors of hearty vegetables that pairs perfectly with the spicy cornbread and is a very nourishing meal.

Raw vegan Chili

Ingredients:

1 C sun dried tomatoes, soaked until soft

2 C tomatoes, chopped

1 C carrots, chopped

3 cloves of garlic

2 Tbs Braggs or coconut aminos

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs apple cider vinegar

1 Tbs chili powder

Toppings:

1 small yellow onion, chopped finely

1/2 C tightly packed cilantro, leaves only

avocado, chopped

Preparation:

Soak the sun dried tomatoes in 2 cups of water. Once they have softened, blend the sun dried tomatoes and the soaking water together with the rest of the ingredients in a blender.

To serve:

Warm a bowl of the chili in a dehydrator set to 118 degrees or eat at room temperature. Top chili with chopped onion, cilantro, and avocado chunks and enjoy with a slice of cornbread!

Makes approximately 2 quarts of chili

Cornbread

Ingredients:

2 C fresh corn kernels

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 jalapeño (seeds removed), chopped

1/4 C carrot, chopped

1/2 C onion, chopped

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp black pepper

pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 C sunflower seeds, ground finely

1/4 C flaxseed, ground finely

in your food processor, place all ingredients 1/4 cup each of corn, ground sunflower, and flax meal. Pulse until well incorporated. Place the mixture in a bowl and mix in the corn, sunflower, and flax meal evenly.

On a nonstick dehydrator sheet, spread the cornbread mixture into squares about 1/2” thick. Dehydrate at 118 degrees for 6 hours, then flip over to a mesh tray and dehydrate for another 6-8 hours. If the cornbread is too soft to flip to the mesh tray, dehydrate it for another 1-2 hours until it is firm enough.

Makes approximately 12 pieces of cornbread

The cornbread is best served warm, but be careful because the slices may disappear fast!

Warm yourself up on a cool fall or winter day with a bowl of this flavorful chili and spicy cornbread. Share with family over a holiday meal, or invite friends to join you for a potluck dinner! Have you ever tried making a raw vegan version of a staple family meal? If so, let us know in the comments!

Savory Raw Vegan Chili and Spicy Cornbread2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Raw Cream of Shiitake Mushroom Soup

2016-11-11T22:53:58+00:00

I love soup, always have. Especially the super thick, really rich, and creamy soups. Soups like creamy tomato basil or cream of mushroom were my favorite growing up. Unfortunately, most of those are full of heavy cream. Not so good. So, I have been on the hunt to try to discover ways to replicate some my favorite creamy soups while keeping it raw and vegan. Sounds challenging but I promise its not.

That is where the beauty of nut milks comes in. Nut milks are a nutritiously healthy alternative to the milk or cream you would find in a restaurant version of these soups. Ideally, making your own fresh nut milk is the best. It just tastes so much better than store bought plus, its devoid of all those unnecessary and potentially harmful added ingredients. For this recipe I had some freshly made walnut milk, which is nice and think and has this pretty soft pink color to it. You could use almond, brazil or any other nut or seed milk as you seed fit. It's always fun to play around and try different things.

But what if I want this creamy soup warm? No problemo! Thanks to the vita-mix, when I am in the mood for a hearty soul-comforting soup, I can run that baby just long enough to warm it up and still keep it raw. The blender won't cook your soup, but running it on high for a few minutes will create enough friction to give you that heart-warming flavor. Mmmmm.

For this soup recipe we've used Shiitake, but you could use any mushroom you like or a blend of different mushrooms. All mushrooms are medicinal superfoods! When it comes to mushroom flavor though, shiitake is my jam. As a superfood mushroom, it has been shown to fight obesity, strengthen the immune system, support cardiovascular health, & boost energy and brain function. It is also full of your necessary B vitamins, minerals, and even vitamin D. It also tastes super yummy, especially in a creamy mushroom soup. Now, if you wanted to make it even more medicinal, you could substitute some of that nut milk for a cup of chaga or reishi tea. Bam! Wouldn't that be a perfectly creamy concoction on a cold wet day to keep that immune system rocking?

Check out our simple version of this classic:

Raw Cream of Shiitake Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, ideally fresh or if dried, soaked
  • 2 cups nut milk of your choice (I used freshly-made walnut milk but almond is great too!)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • dash or two of sea salt

Directions:

Put the mushrooms and nut milk and dash of salt in the blender and blend on high for 4-5 minutes so it is nice and warm. Sprinkle the chopped parsley on top and voila! This makes 2 servings of super filling creamy mushy goodness.

That's it! It literally took me 5 mins and was way easier to make than the original stove-top version you grew up with. Feel free to try with other mushrooms or a different nut milk and see what taste best to you or add in some spices to ramp up the flavor. If you love mushrooms and hearty soups like I do, I am sure you will love the natural creaminess of this vegan and raw alternative. It makes a perfect meal for a chilly or rainy day when having another green smoothie or salad seems too light. Also thick enough to make into a good gravy for a raw mash or another hearty recipe.

How did it turn out? Let us know what you think!

Raw Cream of Shiitake Mushroom Soup2016-11-11T22:53:58+00:00
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Epic Self Fellowship: Finding My Why

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

The first week of my Epic Self fellowship went down like this....

When I showed up in Manuel Antonio after traveling for almost an entire day, changing planes 3 times, and riding in on a 3 hour shuttle from San Jose, I WAS SPENT. I had just come off from a month-long trip to Greece where I had led a successful  Goddess retreat and travelled the countryside visiting family, all of which was deeply satisfying but also very taxing; physically mentally, and emotionally. When I returned to the states I only had 4 days of jet-lag recovery time before I was off again, saying goodbye to my Beloved, and heading down here to Costa Rica for this fellowship with Epic Self.

I had been so busy from running around all over the globe that I hadn't even thought about this fellowship, really since May when I had been accepted into the program. I was so stoked when I was offered to opportunity because I knew I was meant to be here. So after it was a done deal, I didn't really think much more about it until I was riding the shuttle-bus through the jungle and wondering what experiences awaited me here. Sometime I think it works out better that way; when you are focused only on the next step directly in front of you there is no worrying about future unknowns and more time spent living in the present.

That first night, exhausted and hungry, the crew took us out to dinner. Amber and Daniel's energy was so warm and engaging that it immediately shifted my own. Kait, my fellow fellowshipper was just as cool and as kind as could be. Before the meal was through, I went from worn out and haggard, to and attitude of gratitude, remembering just how blessed I was to be here. Like magic, my exhaustion dissipated. In its place prevailed a buzzing excitement and a deep awareness that this journey was divinely orchestrated (But then, what isn't?), for my highest growth and evolution.

So here I am, a little over a week in and experiencing growing pains one jam-packed day at a time. My raw vegan detox is feeling amazing! I can't even remember why I wanted to eat any sugary crap in the first place. I don't have a scale, but I'm pretty certain I've dropped at least 5 lbs. of toxic waste in the last week, maybe more. My body is feeling stronger and more vital than it has in a while thanks to Amber's morning yoga/pilates fusion class. After almost a decade of yoga, I am learning things I never knew about proper alignment. I've begun the journey of retraining my body to move in ways that build strength and do not risk injury. Sounds like I've just been kicking butt and taking names. I totally have. But I have been kicking my own but and it's been super intense inner work as well.

My biggest challenge in this last week eventually turned out to be my biggest revelation. Of course, I only realized it after it had knocked me flat on my emotional booty. It all had to do with why I do what I do. Why do I care about the work of women's empowerment and what makes me think I'm qualified for the role? I could list off a million reason right now about the patriarchy, and sisterhood, and the divine feminine rising; about how I've studied feminist psychology, and lead moon circles, etc. but none of those would really be my why.

In my first coaching session with Daniel, he asked me what I felt a responsibility towards in the world. "Ok, not so hard," I thought. I feel like it is my responsibility to help women see themselves as the Goddesses that they truly are. Yeah, that's my thing. So what?

I'll tell you what. At that point the Universe conspired to remind me of why that mission is so important to me in the first place. A few days into the fellowship, while looking through photos for my website, I came across some old pictures of me and my ex-husband. I looked so unhappy, so unlike myself today, and I was reminded of how hopeless I felt back then. At the end of last year, I left my 5 year marriage and almost decade long relationship to a very controlling and emotionally abusive man. Looking at the pictures, I remembered how I felt back then, thinking that this was the best love that life had to offer me. That I wouldn't find anyone who would treat me ancy better.

But I did. Turns out that I could love myself better, much better in fact. Back then, I could never have imagined I would be where I am now, doing all the things that make my heart sing. I never in a  trillion years would have predicted meeting my soulmate (I didn't even believe in soulmates), and being so in love with someone who treats me like a Goddess everyday.

Then I knew my why. I thought about all the women, women who I know and those I don't, feeling just like I felt, resigned to relationships where they are not shown the love and respect they deserve. Resigned to jobs that are unsatisfying and soul-sucking, unaware of the true gifts they have to offer. I thought again about Daniel's question and saw that this is my responsibility. Because I had gone down this rocky road, I get the responsibility and the privilege to hold my sisters' hands in mine and reflect back to them just how worthy and deserving they truly are.

You are divine beauty inside and out. You are here because the world needs your gifts and to bring forth your gifts you need to be tapped into your joy. And to find your joy you need to love yourself, to see your true worth. You need to awaken to your own Goddess-hood and proclaim that you deserve the best that life has to offer, the highest love, the freest life.

This was my biggest revelation so far during this experience, and I am so grateful for the clarity of purpose this has brought me. Looking forward to the rest of the fellowship and what else I might discover along the way!

 

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One Week in Paradise

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

One week in paradise down, three to go. Time seems warped here in Costa Rica, and I’m hardly able to believe that my first week at the Epic Fellowship has already passed. The amount I’ve learned during the past week has inspired me to reach high in my personal entrepreneurial pursuits and shown me that the epic life I am consciously creating for myself is absolutely possible. In just one week, I’ve noticed significant shifts in my body, mindset, and goals.

The most dramatic shift I’ve felt thus far has been in my body. For the past three years, I’ve been eating a *mostly* vegan, gluten free diet. I say mostly because, though it was 99% plant based, I ate eggs and had a bit of fish on very far and few between occasions. At the beginning of this year however, I decided to stick to a strictly vegan diet. Before the Fellowship, I had never experimented with a fully raw vegan lifestyle and was excited to see what the effect would be on my body. Unbeknownst to me, my body would feel a massive shift in just one week of eating purely raw, living foods.

Notice how I said raw vegan lifestyle? This way of nourishing the body demands attention to what you choose as your fuel. It is so much more than a diet. It is a way of voting with your money to shift away from the pesticide-ridden mono-culture agricultural system that feeds the majority of the world. When you follow a raw food lifestyle, you’re aware that feeding your body the highest quality of ingredients is of utmost importance. Processed foods are out without a doubt. Though I didn’t eat them very often before the fellowship (a bag of kale chips here, a bar of chocolate there), this raw lifestyle has given me the opportunity to fully step away from any processed ingredients. Eating fresh food that is organic is key — which opens up doorways for connecting with local farmers, community members, and healthy food/environmental advocates.

I’ve gotta say, I’ve got a crush on this lifestyle.

I feel so good when I’m around it, I often find myself daydreaming about it, and it makes my body feel like a queen!

Maybe this is more than just a crush…

The best way for me to convey the way I feel is that the cells in my body feel like they are joyfully dancing and vibrating in my body. My body and mind feel ten times more awake, alert, and alive and I can focus on work for much longer periods of time. I feel more energized than I have ever felt. I’ve got the “it’s-two-in-the-morning-and-I-can’t-sleep-because-I-have-so-much-energy-I-should-go-for-a-run” kind of feeling. Oh, you’ve never experienced that? Yeah, neither had I. Normally, you would have to count me in for a solid eight hours of sleep to feel ready for the day. Not the case with raw foods. I’ve been sleeping an average of 6-7 hours per night and wake up with more spunk than a poodle in a tutu!

For the past few years, I have also worked as a private vegan chef for events and retreats. As someone with a keen curiosity in the kitchen, I couldn’t wait to experiment with and develop new recipes for some of my favorite foods. The first week’s culinary delights have included: pancakes, ice cream sandwiches, chili with cornbread, and pesto pasta to name a few. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat tons of greens every day and have made different types of salads and smoothies each day to spice it up while satiating my daily green nutrient needs.

I didn’t think that there would be that much of a difference transitioning from a vegan to raw diet but boy, was I wrong! It has greatly heightened my body awareness and enhanced my mental clarity and focus. With a clear mind, I have been able to articulate the vision I have for my business and have been able to work diligently every day toward my weekly and monthly goals. Needless to say, I’ve noticed — and loved — the difference between my vegan diet and this new raw food lifestyle. It's more than a crush...it's a match made in heaven.

 

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Raw Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Every time I go to the beach, a tanned man pushing an ice cream cart walks by and offers me a sweet treat. Though I always decline (sorry milk!), I haven’t been able to shake the idea of making a raw vegan ice cream sandwich.

This recipe is easy to make and though you will need to plan it out ahead of time (to refrigerate and dehydrate the dough) the wait is well worth it! There are two parts — one for the almond cookie, and another for the banana ice cream.

Almond cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C almonds, soaked overnight and dried in a dehydrator for 4 hours

1 Tbs. dried, shredded coconut

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 medjool dates, soaked until soft, and drained

1/4 C sunflower seed butter

pinch of salt

Preparation:

Pulse almonds in a blender or food processor until they are ground into a fine meal. Then, place the rest of the ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.

The dough will be sticky and soft. Luckily for you, its a raw vegan recipe which means you can eat as much as the raw ‘batter’ as you’d like! Place the dough in a bowl and in the refrigerator to chill overnight.

When the dough is firm, place it on a chopping board. Roll out 1/2 - 1” thick using a rolling pin that has been dusted with almond flour. Cut cookies with a cookie cutter or knife. Place them on a mesh dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 10 hours at 118 degrees. When the cookies are done they should be crunchy on the outside and softer in the middle. Place the cookies aside so you can fill them with banana ice cream!

Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 bananas: peeled and chopped, then frozen

3 Tbs. coconut oil

2 tsp. vanilla

optional: maple syrup or honey for added sweetness; cacao for chocolate ice cream

Preparation:

Blend frozen bananas and vanilla in a food processor or blender until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Scrap down sides as necessary and add the coconut oil last, blending until evenly dispersed. Pour the mixture into a container and put it in the freezer for half an hour so that it can firm up.

Now you’re ready to put the two together for a raw vegan dessert reminiscent of sunny, carefree days!

Ice Cream Sandwich

Place 1 cookie on a piece of plastic wrap. Mound banana ice cream onto the cookie and press another cookie on top. Smooth out the sides of the ice cream with a knife and wrap  the sandwich in plastic wrap. Place the ice cream sandwiches in the freezer to harden up. When you’re ready to eat your ice cream sandwich, take it out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6-8 ice cream sandwiches

Enjoy your ice cream sandwich. Experiment with the flavors, adding spices to the cookies or fruit to the banana ice cream and let us know what your favorite combination is in the comments below!

Raw Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Raw Superfood Tabouli

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

 

Tabbouli used to be my go-to vegan Middle Eastern dish, aside from Hummus of course. That was until I went gluten-free. Since then I've been passing up on this tasty dish traditionally made with bulgar wheat.

Until NOW! Thanks to our happy little hippie seed, Mr. Hemp

Hemp seeds are a stellar superfood. A great source of fiber, hemp also touts an excellent 3:1 ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s! It is also packed with some serious nutrition including a host of minerals, vitamins, plus all the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein. Hemp seeds are great for heart healthy, good for digestion, skin conditions, and for balancing hormones. They also add just the perfect crunchy texture to this super easy to make tabouli recipe.

Superfood Tabouli (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 2 cups tomatos, diced
  • 3/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, minced
  • 2  teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Celtic sea salt

Directions: 

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and serve

Servings: 2-4

This super fresh salad not only is tasty, but takes almost no-time to prepare. So next time you are in the mood for some Middle Eastern cuisine, don't forget to whip up some tabouli to go with that hummus.

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Unlock the Power of the Voice

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

Up until three years ago, I was scared to sing in front of other people. I felt so vulnerable and nervous whenever I sang — like I was baring my heart and soul to the world. At that time, it felt very uncomfortable. I didn't know how to unlock the power of the voice. I still feel like I’m laying my heart on the line, but my relationship to vulnerability and fear has changed drastically since then.

I began taking an honest look at the unhealthy, unbalanced areas of my life. Taking a holistic inventory of my life meant acknowledging that all facets of my life are inextricably linked and when one area is out of balance, all other areas suffer. Bringing awareness to the fears I was holding around my creative expression gave me the opportunity to examine them closely and realize they were merely self-imposed limitations aimed at holding back my artistic expression.

When we explore our fears and choose to move head-first in the direction that they block, we free ourselves from their burden. And that, my friends, is where the juiciness lies. The fears that were once locked doors in my psyche transformed into the very keys that opened up new pathways for health, creative expression, and healing.

Singing became a joy! As I began working consciously with my voice, my life transformed. The more I sang, the more my confidence grew. It positively affected the way in which I saw myself and related to others. I courageously spoke what was on my mind more effectively in all of my relationships. Working consciously with the voice opens pathways of communication within the body and throughout life.

4 ways to unlock the power of your voice

Meditation & Breathwork

Spending 10 minutes a day meditating can greatly enhance your vocal practice. During your meditation and throughout the day, observe your internal voice. Is it one that empowers and encourages you in all that you do? Does it belittle and scorn you? There is no judgment for your internal dialogue, only awareness and compassion. We cannot change what we are unaware of, and once we take note of our internal dialogue we can offer it affirmative speech to guide and support us.

During meditation, focus on your breath. Take deep belly breaths and exhale with control, engaging your core. When you sing, the power comes from the breath and core — not from the throat — which allows you to project a strong voice. You are breathing deeply and oxygenating your body while moving vibration throughout your body. Powerful emotions may arise as you work consciously with your breath and voice to release fears you have around expressing your voice.

Nourish 

Creativity is greatly magnified when we live healthy, nourishing lives. Your voice is propelled and affected by many different muscles. Take special care of them! Hydrate your body with enough water and drink special teas (such as lemon ginger honey or licorice root) that will soothe your throat. This will relax your speaking voice and lubricate your singing voice. Limit foods that cause mucus in the body as they will congest your throat, sinuses, and ability to speak and sing clearly. Some foods that cause excessive mucus are: dairy, gluten, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. Nourishing your body with cleansing foods and drinks will enhance the flow of energy in your body.

Sing!

The heart of it all! By bringing awareness to the voice on a daily basis and practicing vocal strengthening techniques, you will begin to unlock the power of your voice. It doesn’t matter how you sound now. The point is to practice consistently. Just like other muscles in the body, the ones used when we sing need to be stretched and strengthened. Think of your voice as it truly is: a expression of muscles and breath working together. You wouldn’t a novice runner to finish a marathon with no training and you shouldn’t expect your voice to sound perfect when you start either.

Enjoy yourself, practice often, and sing whenever you can — in the shower, the car, or belt it out as you listen to your favorite song. Join a choir or work with a vocal coach if you want to develop your voice more rapidly.

The process of unlocking the power of your voice is a fulfilling, creative exploration. It is a journey deep into the heart of who you are. It is an evaluation of the way you communicate with yourself, in your relationships, and with the world.

Singing is joyful! By living a healthy lifestyle that is nourishing to our body, creative mind, and heart, our ability to express ourselves through our voice and song with joy and ease is greatly enhanced.

 

Photo credit: Lucas Zhao Photography

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Goddess Alchemy 101

2016-11-28T00:07:10+00:00

So I'm a Goddess. Now What?

Enter Goddess Alchemy.

Goddess alchemy is based on the understanding that there are patterns in the human psyche, powerful forces within us that transcend time and culture, known as archetypes. The Goddess archetypes are complex female character types that we intuitively recognize in ourselves, the women in our lives, and in our culture. Essentially this means that the Goddesses of the past, think Aphrodite, Kuan Yin, Saraswati are psychological forces, alive and well in the collective unconscious of humanity and present in each of us.

The Goddess archetypes most commonly talked about are the Greco-Roman ones, because they are most familiar to the Western world. As a Greek American, they are also the ones I feel most connected to, hearing these myths all my life. However, each polytheistic culture had their own version of the same basic archetypes, they each had a Goddess of Love and a Mother Goddess figure, with different names yet often very similar myths. Take the myth of visiting the Underworld, a journey down into the soul. There is the Sumerian myth of Inanna, who descends into the Underworld and there is Persephone, who gets abducted by Hades down there. These different myths constellate around a similar archetype that connect them, even though they are from different cultures. The journey to the Underworld is a myth that we relate to during those times when we are taken to our darkest places, when we are stripped bare of our egos, during  times of depression and loss. We've all been there.

How can this knowledge benefit you?

There are seven main Goddess types (with their Greek and then Roman names):

Artemis (Diana), Athena (Minerva), Hestia (Vesta), Hera Juno),

Demeter (Ceres), Persephone (Proserpina), and Aphrodite (Venus)

Knowing about these main archetypes will help you to better understand yourself and your behavior, and all the women in your life. For example, take Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Think about a women you might know who embodies her. Maybe its you. Maybe your someone who loves beautiful things and feeling beautiful. Of course we all do, every Goddesses is potentially present in all of us (Some are just more developed than others), but an Aphrodite women will simply exude it. She might take extra care with her appearance, maybe by working out or maybe with her hair and make-up. Either way, she has a very feminine sensuality about her, a je ne sais quoi.

Most of us have 2 or 3 Goddesses that we embody most prominently  however as we go through the different phases of our lives, they can change. Getting pregnant, you might discover a nurturing Mother Goddess like Demeter, that you didn't even know was in you. Maybe you're a women who isn't particularly erotic but one day you meet the man of your dreams and lucky you, turns our he's in to you too! And now, all of a sudden, you're more in touch with your fun and sensual side then ever before. You've awoken to this new erotic energy and now your so in love that everything is beginning to look beautiful to you, and you are looking more beautiful than ever. Aphrodite just came online in your psyche and isn't she radiant!

So how else can Goddess Alchemy help you?

By knowing what Goddess archetypes you most strongly embody, you'll recognize your personal strengths and weaknesses, because each of the goddesses had their strong suits, the things they ruled over, and those they were not so good at. You can see it in their myths. For instance Hera, Zeus's wife, was constantly dealing with his infidelity and stayed by his side, however she was also notoriously not so good at dealing with her jealousy and mercilessly took it out on the other woman. Does this story sound familiar? We have all seen in on TV and maybe know someone like her. Learning about which Goddesses you do or don't relate to will help you see where your best areas for growth are.

There are three main category of Goddesses; virginal, vulnerable, and alchemical. Virginal doesn't mean literally a virgin. Virginal goddess women are self-sufficient, don't necessary need a man because they are sharply focus on their own goals, unlike the vulnerable goddesses who are so much more relational, seeking relationships and are thus more vulnerable to being hurt by men.What has being so strongly an independent, fitness-oriented, feminist Artemis woman cost you in terms of experiencing deep intimacy with men? What has the woman who has gone from bad relationship to bad relationship not learned about being single and empowered? Alchemical is the last category of goddesses and Aphrodite is the only alchemical Goddess as she is neither virginal nor nulnerable. Rather she symbolizes the creative and transformational power of love itself.

You might also what to know which Goddesses you don't relate to at all. That will better help you see the least developed parts of your psyche or your shadow side. It may also help you better understand the women you know who embody those archetypes and make sense of the dynamics of your relationships. Having an Athena type of mother is a very different experience than being raised by a Demeter mother. The Demeter mom has always wanted children, and will love being pregnant. An Athena woman may not want to start a family but is she does, she will still have her career and is looking forward to when the kids old enough to go to school. So depending on what Goddesses you most relate you, you will have a very different relationship to these two different moms. Make sense?

Think about what Goddesses you most resonate with and why? Share your thoughts with us!

~Sabrina Ourania

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  • raw vegan pancakes

Banana Mango Pancakes

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Sunday = Pancakes. At least that’s how it is was in my family when I was growing up. Waking up to the smell of pancakes wafting through the house on the weekend? One of life’s greatest pleasures. Okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement, but sharing pancakes on the weekend with your family or friends is a sure way to bring some magical juju into your day, especially if you make this recipe of raw vegan banana mango pancakes!

Traditionally, pancakes are made with flour, sugar, butter, and eggs — all out of the question for a gluten-free vegan or raw vegan lifestyle. However, there are ways to recreate a delicious pancake without compromising your gut or your morals and this recipe will teach you how.

The blend of banana and mango gives a tropical twist, while the cinnamon accentuates the nutty almond flavor. These delicious pancakes are healthy and satisfying — the perfect addition to a brunch date and an ideal snack to take with you wherever adventure awaits.

Banana Mango Pancakes (raw vegan, gluten free)

To get started, you’ll need a dehydrator. 

Ingredients:

10 small, ripe bananas

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 C almonds

1 C mango, chopped

4 dates

Preparation:

Place bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork until broken down and slightly mushy. Set aside. Pulse the almonds and dates together in a food processor until finely chopped and add to banana mixture. Lightly incorporate remaining ingredients.

Use a nonstick dehydrator sheet and spoon out pancakes into 3” wide circles. The pancakes should be roughly 1/2” thick. Dehydrate for 4 hours at 118 degrees. When dry enough to turn, flip onto a mesh screen. Use a knife to help separate the pancake from the nonstick sheet if necessary. Dehydrate for another 3-4 hours. When ready, pancakes should be soft inside with a light crust on the outside.

Servings: 5

(recipe makes 20-22 small pancakes, for a stack of 4-5 small pancakes per person)

Serve warm right from the dehydrator with a drizzle of coconut oil and honey. Add a dash of cinnamon and cacao and enjoy. The portions for this recipe allow you to have enough pancakes to share with your friends and family!

Do you like pancakes as much as us? Share this recipe during your next Sunday brunch and let us know how you liked it!

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