Jelly Freaking Donuts

2016-11-28T00:07:18+00:00

Yes you read correctly. Jelly Freaking Donuts!

Whether you have a massive sweet tooth or just one teeny tiny one hiding out somewhere in the back of your mouth you've got to admit that every now and again a donut is exactly what you want. Or at least a donut hole, or a Timbit as we call them up north!

There are plenty of raw desserts out there that hit the mark on being densely satisfying while using only tip top ingredients. However, it's much more difficult in the raw vegan world to achieve a lighter, fluffier treat. Especially one filled with jelly and topped with chocolate and sprinkles!

Well ladies and gentlemen, we've done what many probably thought couldn't be done! What we have here is a totally raw, light and fluffy almond, coconut and psyllium donut, stuffed with blackberry chia jam and topped with raw cacao and quinoa sprinkles.

It is chock full of bioavailable proteins, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants plus it tickles your tastebuds the way that only a jelly donut could!

If dehydrated desserts are your jam try out these guys!

Happy non-baking!

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Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1 tbsp lacuma powder
  • 1/2 cup soaked raisins blended into a paste with 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tb honey
  • 3 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

  1.  Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  2. Add the wet ingredients until a sticky dough is formed. Be careful not to over process!
  3. If the ingredients need combined a little better empty the contents of the food processor into a bowl and lightly mix by hand. The fluffier the dough the more donut-y they will turn out!
  4. Split the dough into either four mega donuts or eight smaller ones or perhaps smaller donut holes
  5. Lightly roll each portion into a ball shape. If you want a classic donut form push out the middle with your finger and smooth the edges. Using wet hands to smooth the edges helps prevent cracking.
  6. For Jelly infused donuts dig a hole out of the centre making as deep and wide of a well as you wish to fill. Spoon your chia jam inside and press the remaining dough over the top sealing with wet fingers.
  7. Evenly space your donuts on lined dehydrator tray.
  8. Dehydrate at 118 degrees for 4-6 hours depending on the humidity of your location. The goal is for a crispy outside with a light cake-like inside like the traditional counterpart.
  9. Remove from dehydrator and top with one or all of the frostings and sprinkles!

 

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Frostings

Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (maple/honey/yacon, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder

Directions:

  1. Combine over double boiler to keep everything liquid if you are in a cooler environment and whisk until combined.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand to allow the frosting to thicken or briefly put in the fridge to firm more quickly

 

Coconut Lime Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 a lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder

Directions:

  1. Rinse your soaked sunflower seeds and blend adding a little water at a time until the mixture is super smooth. This works best in a high speed blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and adjust sweetener according to your taste.

 

Jelly filling and topper

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries/blackberries/your favourite berries!
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/5 cup liquid sweetener

Directions:

  1. With a fork roughly mash up your berries
  2. Add sweetener mixing thoroughly
  3. Add chia seeds and mix everything together
  4. Leave standing as the liquid will hydrate the chia expanding it into a jelly

 

Cinnamon Raisin Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Blend everything together in a high speed blender until a paste is formed.
  2. Add more water or raisins to adjust thickness
  3. Let it stand at room temperature or in the fridge to thicken

 

Toppings and Sprinkles

  • Shredded coconut
  • Shredded coconut soaked in berry juice
  • Fresh lime zest
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Anything else your heart desires!

 

Good luck not eating them all at once!!!

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We can't wait to see your donut creations so please tag us on Instagram @epicself.

 

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Pilates for Men?

2016-11-28T00:07:19+00:00

Is Pilates for men? I am a young male, yoga instructor who loves to find new ways to move in his body. I enjoy being challenged mentally, physically and emotionally, whether it be through a vigorous vinyasa yoga class, trekking through rocks and cliffs on my mountain bike, or climbing on the side of a steep rock wall. These are a few ways I typically like to challenge myself and get my adrenaline pumping, and blood flowing.

Recently I have been working on behalf of Amber from Epicself, who is a yoga and Pilates instructor. So as you could imagine Amber has been sharing her love of Pilates with me and my fellow, fellow. Oh yea I guess I should tell you I am participating in Amber's Epic Living Fellowship Program and me and another fellow have the joy, (and torture) of working with Amber and her vast knowledge of yoga/Pilates. So you might be thinking, wait this is a guy speaking and he is practicing Pilates, isn't that for the ladies?

Well yes I am a male and YES I have been practicing PILATES, and I am proud to say it! I would have never imagined the power it takes to flow through some of the most basic Pilates movements. The amount of focus, and strength it takes to stay up on your foam roller and engage your core properly is incredible. Prior to my fellowship program with Amber I had never heard or seen any males practicing Pilates. I always had it in my mind that, "oh Pilates is just for women, I need a real work out." Or, "Pilates is just a mild version of yoga movements put together, I don't want to waste my time doing that." I had all these thoughts and stigmas about Pilates and I had never even tried it. I'll be honest I never thought I would be practicing Pilates. After all, it is something you normally see on the cover of a women's health magazine while your in line at the grocery store.

But I have to say, being a man who loves to move, and loves to learn new ways to be challenged in my body; Pilates has surprised me tremendously! I would have never thought that I would NOT be physically able to perform the movements in Pilates. And I'm not even talking about flexibility, I am talking about deep raw core strength.

During my first few classes I was learning so much about the subtle adjustments in the positioning of the body that really ignites the deep core muscles in our body. Now not to toot my own horn or anything, but I have a pretty strong yoga practice, I can do all the fancy handstand floats and tricks but I found myself struggling to even stay stable on a foam roller. It was because I was using muscles in my body I didn't even know existed.

So occasionally (more like quite often haha) I would crash off the foam roller and have to get back up and strategically place my back, neck and head the way I was instructed. This was all to assure my skeletal structure was in correct alignment and that I was firing up the targeted muscles Amber was going for. After a few deep breathes of being in the correct position, my core started screaming like it never had before in any handstand or yoga pose!

I am still trying to recover from yesterdays "gentle" flow! I have to admit, Pilates has been kicking my butt, and I am actually enjoying it! Over the past two weeks I have connected to muscles in my body I was never even aware of. I have released tension all up and down my spine helping me to sleep better at night and wake up feeling open and limber.

I have discovered so much about my body and its strengths and weaknesses through Pilates. Pilates has done miracles for me. I hope to see more males practicing this fine tuned movement art, so that they can receive the miracles of Pilates. Don't be shy guys, its not just for the ladies give it a try and try not to cry!

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Top 5 Filling Raw Smoothies For Breakfast

2016-11-28T00:07:34+00:00

For the last 8 years I've experimented with and maintained a 100% raw vegan diet. I've learned so much about my inborn potential. Nourishing my mind and body with nutrient dense raw food has helped me drop twenty pounds, increased my energy ten fold, clear out accumulated toxins, blossom with heightened clarity, and manifest my dream lifestyle rapidly.

I'm in the midst of writing a full set of articles on my personal nutrition tinkering and history. It's extensive to say the least! In the meantime, I've been tweeting and Instagramming about my journey and green smoothie obsession. Everyone is asking questions and requesting filling recipes. I hear you. Not all smoothies are created equal! A cup of fruit smoothie would never get me through a dance class or teaching four hours of clients in the morning.

We are busy people, who need filling nutrient dense smoothies that will give us unlimited energy, rev up our metabolism and keep us satisfied until a mid morning snack or lunch. Here are five of my favorite breakfast smoothies with the addition of a few key satisfying ingredients.

 

Glow Inside and Out Ultimate Green Smoothie

via Kimberley Synder's fantastic health, beauty, raw blog
It takes only a few minutes to prepare this amazing green smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 head of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3-4 stalks of organic celery
  • 2 organic apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1/3 bunch of organic cilantro
  • 1/3 bunch of organic parsley
  • Juice of 1 fresh organic lemon

Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, mix until smooth. Gradually moving to higherspeeds add the herbs celery and apples. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

 

Kevin Gianni's Signature Smoothie

via the Renegade Health king himself.

  • A bunch of Frozen Fruits (Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, etc)
  • Hemp Seed
  • Cacao Powder or Nibs
  • Maca (1Tbsp)
  • Coconut Water or Filtered Water
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • Head of Bok Choy

Kevin doesn't measure..just dumps it all in a Vita Mix and enjoys. Maca is a powerful hormone regulator. Toss it in for an extra vitality boost.

 

Summer Splendor Smoothie

via Sergei Boutenko of the Raw Family

  • 4 leaves chard, stems removed
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 head fresh parsley
  • 6 apricots
  • 3 peaches
  • 1 vanilla bean

Yields 2 quarts. Eating what's in season is best for you and the planet!

 

Green Hemp Smoothie

via Kevin Gianni again! I can't get enough of this guy! For all you muscle building protein lovers...

  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder or hemp seeds
  • 1 handful greens
  • 1-2 dates
  • 1 cup berries
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder

Adding hemp seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil or nuts will make any smoothie filling and satisfying. I like how Kevin doesn't go over board on the nuts, but goes with hemp instead.

 

Lime-in-the-Coconut Smoothie

via Gena on Choosing Raw.

    • 1/2 avocado
    • 1 lime, pit and skin removed (if you don't have a VitaMix, just use lime juice)
    • 3/4 cup pineapple, chopped, or 1/2 banana, chopped
    • 1 tsp agave, or stevia to taste
    • 1 cup water
    • 6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Add more ice or water as needed, and enjoy.

 

Key Filling Ingredients

While the fruits and veggies packed into each recipe above should stimulate and deeply satisfy every cell due to all the nutrients, for a more filling breakfast smoothie add one or more of these protein and healthy fat dense goodies:

  Nuts- almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia
  Seeds- sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, flax, hemp, chia!
  Mylk-nut/seed/oat mylk...all non dairy 😀
  Oil- flax, coconut, hemp, avocado
I find that just two tablespoons of a nut butter or chia seeds does the trick for me.
The additional fat and protein slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream keeping your energy levels stable and your tummy satisfied.
It's also important to understand that maybe a cup of smoothie just isn't going to do it for you. Sip your morning smoothie mindfully, allowing time to "chew" the nutrients and stomach to give you feedback.
I usually drink two cups of smoothie throughout the morning and may even have a crisp snack of celery or apple to satisfy the crunch factor. A lot of times I just find that I want to really chew and eat something rather than just slurp down nutrients. Find what works for you!
Challenge: Run to the market for the ingredients and set yourself up for a week of delicious morning smoothies. Try my faves for this week and then find your own for next week. I can't wait to hear back about how incredible you feel.

Do you have any green or otherwise splendidly filling smoothies recipes? Leave em' in the comments so we can all try.

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Awakening Exercises For Living In The Now

2016-11-28T00:07:46+00:00

Is it humanly possible to enjoy every moment of life? Could I actually get through a day without complaining to a friend, getting exasperated waiting in line, or scrambling for time? You bet! The key is accessing the present moment. Mindfulness or living in the now is the only way to truly get out of our heads and experience all that life offers every day, hour and moment. It is a cultivation of a new consciousness that allows you to finally be happy! Awakening to what's going on around and within you at a specific moment is the first step towards more joyous and fulfilling being.

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I discuss mindfulness a lot here at Epicself because I see the potential a new awareness has in my life and in the world, but that doesn't mean it's an easy road. After reading Eckhart Tolle's two fabulous books A New Earth, and The Power Of Now, I find myself re-reading the prized scripts over and over to remind myself how to access the present and why it's so significant to our well being. Out of all the highlights of Eckharts teaching, here are some spankin new ways to cultivate more awareness.

When you find yourself drowning in thought...

Try this: Every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement even your breathing. Be totally present. In addition, when you wash your hands, pay attention to all the sensory perceptions associated with the activity: the sound and feel of the water, the movement of your hands, the scent of the soap and so on.

When the voice in your head starts to drive you crazy...

Try this: Pay attention to the gap between your thoughts when one thought subsides and before another arises. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. When these gaps occur, you disidentify from your mind and feel a certain stillness and peace inside you. This is the essence of meditation and the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment.

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When you find yourself waiting for anything...

Try this: Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So, next time somebody says, "Sorry to have kept you waiting." You can reply: "That's all right, I wasn't waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself."

When negative thoughts sneak in...

Try this: Become like a deep lake. The outer situation of your life, whatever happens there is like the surface of the lake sometimes calm, sometimes windy and rough. Deep down, however, the lake is always undisturbed. You are the whole lake, not just the surface. Practice being in touch with your own depth, which remains absolutely still.

When you can't seem to find a second of spare time...

Try this: Step out of the time dimension as much as possible in everyday life. Become friendly toward the present moment. Make it your practice to withdraw attention from past and future whenever they are not needed.

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When you are stressed and irritable...

Try this: Take two or three conscious breaths. Now see if you can detect a subtle sense of aliveness that pervades your entire inner body. Can you feel your body from within, so to speak? Sense briefly specific parts of your body. Feel your hands, then your arms, feet and legs. Can you feel your abdomen, chest, neck and head? What about your lips? Is there life in them? Then become aware again of the inner body as a whole.

When your to-do list is a mile long...

Try this: Knowing that what is cannot be undone because it already is you say yes to what is or accept what isn't. Then, you do what you have to do, whatever the situation requires.

Do you practice mindfulness? What do you do to access the now? We'd all love to benefit from you experiences.

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