Vegan protein no bake bliss balls

This no-grain, high protein, vegan bliss balls is so easy to make and extremely satisfying. These are a great snack for before or after a long bike ride, or picnics at the beach. This recipes can be tailor to your specific taste by changing the nut butters and the toppings, so feel free to experiment.

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Vegan protein bliss balls

1 cup of paleo flour of choice (almond flour or coconut flour)

3 TBSP of cacao powder

2 TBSP of monk fruit sweetener

2 tsp of chocolate chips (optional)

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of nut/seed butter of choice

1/4-1/2 cup of shredded coconut for rolling

Begin by mixing the paleo flour, cacao powder, monk fruit sweetener thoroughly. Then add in the nut/seed butter of choice. I used a mixed butter with all different seeds and nuts that I enjoy. Mix it till you have a dough like consistency that holds together. Add more nut butter if it is too dry. Roll in to balls and then into unsweetened shredded coconut or any other toppings of choice like hemps seeds, coconut sugar or cacao nibs. I choose to roll them in coconut flakes and it turned out amazing! Let set in the fridge for 20 minutes and then enjoy. Makes 12 bliss balls.

Balancing Crown Charka

The crown charka is responsible for your connection to something beyond this human existence. It is where faith and trust reside. It is where we let go to the flow of life, “knowing” that we are exactly where we need to be. That everything is connected to a bigger picture we may not always see or understand but we know it exists. This is a powerful and very expansive charka. This charka can pull you out of this human experience and connect you to the universal energy. This is where we connect to our truth, God, divine energy and pure love. If you find yourself struggling with trusting the journey you are in, or you feel lost in this human experience this charka is a great one to work with.There are many ways to work with this charka, but the most obvious one is meditation. When working with this charka it is best to meditate in nature where you can connect to everything around you and become one with the earth’s energy. Guided meditation, a yoga nidra or a crystal meditation are a few great options.To stimulate this charka start by getting in to table top position and gently placing the top of your head on the mat and begin massaging the top of your head (make sure to be mindful to keep your neck safe) by rocking side to side and front and back you can say this mantra in your mind as you do this exercise. When you feel done with your massage you can come into a comfortable meditation position on your back in savasana and begin your guided meditation. Give yourself lots of time to transition when you come out of meditation.

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Colour: Violet.

Element: Thought/consciousness.

Purpose: Awareness and connection to divine source whatever that means for you.

Location: Top of the head.

Sound: Silence.

Crystals: Amethyst, Quartz Crystals, Fluorite.

Food: Not related to specific foods rather; Fresh are, Sunlight and nature. Practice non-attachment to specific foods to balance energetic system.

Yoga: Meditation, Supported child’s pose, Savasana.

 

Canadian Camping Review : Cypress Hill, Saskatchewan.

I was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. I have lived in a few provinces and explored many different natural areas. Every place I visit is unique and different in scenery and even energetic feel, each leaving it’s own special print on my soul. I wanted to share some of my favourite places I love to travel to, showing all the beauty that exists here in Canada!

Saskatchewan is know to be flat and void of, well pretty much most things…But last summer I got to experience such a gorgeous and unique side of Saskatchewan proving that even the prairies have lots to offer.

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This is cypress hills. These hills move from Saskatchewan to Alberta, creating a unique interprovincial park that crosses over two provinces. Both sides of the provincial park have different things to offer year, last year we camped on the Saskatchewan side. This was such a nostalgic place to visit reminding me of the cabins my grandparents owned at Whiteshell lake, Manitoba. The camp grounds where spacious and treed in creating a very cozy feel. There are many hiking trails, and a quaint lake with a beach.

Being a mom of three kids we really enjoyed that they also had a swimming pool, mini golf, a nature museum, restaurant, ice cream and a little store front. Our family loves the outdoors so we spent most of our time exploring the back roads and trails finding some of the most breathtaking views of sunsets and Cypress hills. I think its safe to say that the most amazing part of our trip was experience the observatory. The night skies in Saskatchewan are spectacular. They were telescopes set up so we could view all the amazing constellations in the sky, while being guided by very knowledgable staff.

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Over all this place was one of the best trips our family has taken. Extra activities were budget friendly, many times free and kept our children very entertained. If camping is not your thing there is many different options like a hotel, cabin rentals and summer camps. This place has such a beautiful, serene energy that carries with it so much history, big skies and open spaces. Top on our family favourites list.

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Benefits of playing in the dirt

It is interesting how many recent studies are surfacing about the benefits of playing in the dirt, spending time in nature and grounding barefooted to the earth. Even though it can be educational to understand the scientific reasons we might be pulled to doing a specific activity, we do not need this reassurance to know how natural and healing these activities can be. I feel it necessary and beneficial to take a different approach to exploring the benefits to playing in the dirt, leaving the scientific research to those passionate about those aspects. So why do we enjoy playing in the dirt? Why do we feel at peace in nature? What is it that feels so nurturing and comforting about laying on the beach pushing the sand in between our toes?

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  1. We hear the sound of nature more clearly. There is something magical that happens when we escape the buzzing of traffic, and sounds of the neighbours dogs; we can hear nature. When we connect to those sounds such as a gentle breeze, or the ocean tide coming in. The soft sounds of the birds singing and the tress swaying in the wind we find inner peace. We move away from the overwhelming experience of the city and we move into a state of calm and tranquility.
  2. We experience the world  more intensely through our hands and feet. Many of us are naturally hands-on. We experience the world through touch. When we are in nature we are able to connect back to that natural instinct. We release our feet from the foot coffins we wear everyday, and allow ourselves the space to FEEL again. Feel the mud in our hands, the sand between our toes. The different texture of the rocky mountainside or the mossy ground. We slow down even to feel again, to process how touch can change our emotional state.
  3. Shifting into parasympathetic nervous system. When we are relaxing on the beach we allow ourselves the permission to be in the moment.releasing ourselves from the pressures the world and all the “to do” lists. We let go of looking or being a certain way. We become present in that moment, where nothing else matters. When we experience this shift we move into the parasympathetic nervous system and we slow down and begin to rest.
  4. Connecting back to our authentic truth. When we are away from the pressures of the world we have a chance to listen to our inner voice. Connecting to who we are under all the labels and expectations. Remembering ourselves, surrendering to that inner voice of what we need and where we are want to go on our journey . When we quiet everything around us we have a chance to honour our truth.
  5. Connecting back to our ancestors. When we tend to our gardens or forge for wild herbs or mushrooms we connect back to our ancestors. This connections is powerful and something to be honoured. As we walks the same trails, and harvest the same wild berries and tending to the same lands we open ourselves up to that deep connection. This experience teaches us so much about about humility, and gratitude. About strength and respect. When we take what we have learned and pass it down to our little ones we pass on our traditions, and rituals that can not learned in schools. It is this connection that grows a deep respect for those who came before us.
  6. Reconnecting to the earth, the universal energy and beyond. This is one of the most beneifical aspects of being in nature. We reconnect to how much this earth has provided for us. We find gratitude for the trees that clean our air, the water that cleanses our souls and the abundance of plant medicines and healing foods. Mother earth has given so much to us, and so selflessly. To honour this, is a privilege. And  as we connect to the earth below we connect to skies above. When we see that everything is woven together, it shifts our existence on earth. We find compassion for those around us. We move towards making choices that supports the collective because we know that the success of one, is the success of all.

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Canadian Camping review: Abraham Lake(and area), Alberta

Abraham lake and surrounding area is by far our family’s favourite place to visit. We came across this area when went on our first, kid-free weekend, camping getaway. How we found ourselves on the shores of this lake is a story within it’s self. This stunning and magical area has taught me so much about myself and opened me up to connecting back to the lands in a ways I never experienced before. The whole area that surrounds Abraham lake is breathtaking and full of an amazing and powerful energy like no other. You have the healing energy from the water, the grounding aspects of the forest, and the freedom and wisdom from within the mountains; a true treehugger, earth lovers dream.

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Surrounding the lake there is an abundance of hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing and so much more. Every time we visit, we find new places to explore and experience. There are many paid provincial campsites along the David Thompson highway from the town of Rocky Mountain House to the Abraham lake. As you move towards the lake you enter into “crown” land, where everyone is welcome to camp alongside the lake. This valley can be very windy so be sure to have lots of extra layers to cozy up in. And as always be mindful of the foot prints you leave behind as it will the affect the beauty of this place.

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These lands are sacred and the energy it carries is unique and healing. It inspires expression, creativity, and connections not only to mother earth but back to yourself. I have experience the energy heal not only myself but others that come here to reconnect back to themselves and disconnect from the pressures of the world. I believe that every place is special but this is one is full of lessons and wisdom if you are open to listening and receiving. IMG_9253.jpg

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Words can not explain the beauty that exists in this place, it is one you have to experience yourself. So go, explore and be sure to set aside time to soak it all in.

 

Balancing Third eye charka

The third eye charka is responsible for guiding you in achieving your true vision. It’s focus is to bring you back to trusting your higher self, your intuition, and your inner guide. This is a deep connection to your true vision of the life you desire.This “knowing” or intuition is so important for helping guide you along your path to your true potential. If you feel like you are struggling seeing your truth, or trusting that inner guide then this charka could use some extra love and attention. Come into a wide‐legged child’s pose. Toes connected, knees wide, sit bones to the heels. Bringing your chest to the mat, allow the space between your eyebrows (third eye) to rest on stacked fists or a block. Putting gentle pressure on that area you can say this mantra in your mind, focusing on bringing the energy from the words into that space between your eyes. Relax here for as long as you need.

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Colour: Indigo.

Element: Light.

Purpose: Intuition, insight, guidance, wisdom.

Location: Between the eyes.

Sound: AUM.

Crystals: Lapis Lazuil, Soladite, Labradorite.

Food: Purple foods like figs, grapes, prunes, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple potato, etc.

Essential oils: Patchouli, Cedarwood, Lavender.

Yoga: Eagle pose thumbs on third eye, child’s pose with block under third eye, Tadasana with eyes up and slight back bend.

Vegan Protein Breakfast Cookie Recipe

I love snacks that are easy to make that are dense and full of nutrients. As a mom of three children and a business owner I am always on the run. Having snacks that are satisfying for the whole family is so important. These vegan cookies are great as a snack pre/post workout, as a breakfast treat and is kid approved. These cookies are nut free, soy free, gluten free and of course vegan. Most of all they taste delicious! As always feel free to mix things up and add nuts or other seeds if you wish. There are no rules here!!

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Vegan Protein Breakfast Cookies

2 Ripe bananas

2 Tbsp of chai seeds in 1/3 cup of water ( let sit for 20 mins)

2 Tbsp of coconut oil

1/4 Cup of hemp seeds,

1/4 Cup of sunflower seeds

1/4 Cup of pumpkin seeds

1/2 Cup of vegan chocolate chips

1/2 Cup raisins

2 Tbsp of sunflower seed butter

3 Tbsp of molasses

2 Tbsp of cinnamon powder

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp of cardamon powder

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 cup of oats

1/2 cup of gluten free flour mix

1 cup of oat flour

Mash the bananas, add in chai seeds mix (with the water it was soaking in) molasses, sunflower seed butter, coconut oil and vanilla extract, mix well. Then stir in all your spices like ginger, cardamon, baking powder and cinnamon powder.  Add in seeds, then the flour, oats, then raisins and of course chocolate chips. Mix well. It will be a little sticky. Scoop out into little balls on a non stick pan or stoneware. Cook for 20 mins at 350F. If you poke the cookies with a toothpick and it comes out clean they are ready. Enjoy.

Balancing the Throat Charka

The throat charka is all about finding your inner voice and expressing it authentically. It’s about connecting with your creative expression and channeling it through whatever media, speaks to you. It’s honouring your feelings and emotions and not being afraid to ask for what you need or want. If you feel you are struggling with feeling heard and understood, struggling with expressing yourself in a way that feels best for you then this is a great charka to bring focus to. Finding a comfortable seat in meditation take a moment to rub your hands together to create some heat and then gently place your hands on your throat charka and repeat this mantra out loud. Connect to the vibrations that are released through your throat centre. Connect to the sounds each word makes. Repeat this as often as you’d like. When you are down release your hands to heart centre and bow head to heart taking a moment to honour your inner voice and all the beauty that comes from freedom of expression.

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Colour: Blue.

Element: Sound.

Purpose: Expressing your inner voice, communicating, speaking your truth, creative expression.

Location: Throat.

Sound: HAM.

Crystals: Blue lace agate, Blue kyanite, Turquoise.

Food: High water content foods like soups, stews, warm tea, and coconut water, Sea vegetable and fruit with high water content.

Essential oils: Bergamot, Tea Tree, Chamomile.

Yoga: Neck movements, Cross bolster pose, Camel pose and Lion’s breath.

How to find balance as a Highly Sensitive Person

Being a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) can present many challenges. Moving from one over stimulating experience to another can be overwhelming and exhausting on the best of days. It is important to learn tools to help you navigate through life with more ease, feeling empowered and confidence with your ability to cope no matter what the situation presents.

Since I can remember I also struggled with loud noises, crowds of people, smells and an over abundance of stimulation often overwhelmed me. As a child I knew no different and thought everyone experienced life in such a loud and intense manner. It was in my 30’s I discovered how different I am from others. I notice the smallest shifts in energy and experience everything at high frequency. This awareness has helped me to work towards finding ways to release my anxiety and find balance. Instead of losing myself in these experiences I learned to empower myself into embracing this unique and beauty gifts of sensitivity. There are many tools I have utalized to help me in this journey. I hope in sharing this it may help someone else change their perception from seeing these sensitivities as gifts instead of a burden.

1: Self care practices. Practicing some form of self care every single day, is so important to help you stay balanced so that you can handle the world around you more easily. “We can’t pour from an empty cup.” -as the saying goes. Finding those self care practices are important in preventing anxiety as well as helping you ground back down when feeling drained from the outside world. Find something that you enjoy that feels comforting and grounding. Whether that is physical activity like biking, hiking or yoga, reading, journaling, creative art, or meditation, find what you love do it as often as you need.

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2: Pick your circle of friends carefully. Surround yourself with supportive people. People that understand your needs and will not take offence to you bowing out of an event because you are feeling overwhelmed. These are the people that will lift you up and encourage you to embrace your unique gift instead of criticizing it as a weakness.

3: Do things that make you happy. Go on an adventure hiking, or travelling. Try something new and exciting. It can be exhausting living in a world that wasn’t made for sensitive souls so taking time to find the joy in the chaos is a great way to see the silver lining on those more difficult days.

4: Time alone. This is an important way for a HSPs to rebalance. If you are feeling overwhelmed and the world is closing in on you, the best things to do is to sneak away somewhere quiet. Close the door, bury yourself in your covers and block out any stimulation. Take as long as you need to breath and calm the nervous system by shutting out the outside world. This isn’t running away from life, but a way of pressing the pause  to refocus your energy.

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5: Cleansing your space. Keeping you energetic space cleansed is very important. Unlike empaths a HSP do not tend to take on energies from others but if you are like me and you are both a HSP and an empath this is a must to staying healthy. You can cleanse your space by burning sacred smoke like sage, palo santo or sweet grass. You can cleanse your space with selenite or rock salt. Finding what works best for you, and do it as much as you need to.

6: Setting energetic boundaries. This can be done in many different ways. Before you go out into the world, you can visualize that you have roots growing deep into the earth that helps ground you. Or imagine that you are in a bubble and you have created this safe space that is calming that no amount of stimulation can break through. Taking some of these visualizations with you as means to create a space of control and safety to help you better navigate through all the stimuli.

7: Holistic tools. You can use grounding crystals to carry with you, or practice breathing techniques and mini meditations if you find yourself in overwhelming situations. Make sure that you not only utilize these tools when you are out in the world but also as a way of grounding back down when you come home. Having a salt bath, burning sage or listening to calming music are just a few ideas that can help bring you back into balance after a long and overwhelming day.

8: Boundaries. This is the most important things to understand and set straight especially as a HSP. Saying “no” is not only o.k it is NECESSARY for a healthy mind, and emotional state. Learning where you need to draw the line will depend on what you are  comfortable with. Best advice is to listen to your intuition, if you feel resistance in any way it most likely is a sign that you need to set up a boundary.

9: Connect to your needs regularly and honour them. Spending time throughout the day to connect to yourself and your needs. Honour what ever comes to the surface as your intuition guiding you back to equilibrium. Make sure to follow through taking the necessary actions to treat and prevent feelings of anxiety and exhaustion.

10: Spending time in nature. Fill your soul up by spending time in nature. When we escape the busyness of the city and get away from the noise, the electronics, and the pollutants we can rebalance ourselves faster then doing anything else. Nature is the only place free of all of that buzzing that can effortlessly put you into the parasympathetic nervous system. Slowing everything down and allowing a safe space to just be and breathe.

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These practices are not only beneficial for HSPs but anyone looking to find more balance in life. Pick the things that speak to your needs and adjust them accordingly. We are all different so take time find what works best for you so you can begin to embrace your unique gifts and beautiful sensitivities.

Balancing the Heart Charka

The heart charka is all about giving and receiving love. It’s about opening up to forgiveness and freeing yourself from guilt and shame. This charka focuses on kindness, acceptance and compassion for yourself and those around you. The heart charka is incredibly expansive.The energy it carries pushes through to the ends of the universe. If you are struggling with finding forgiveness for yourself or someone who has hurt you or if you are finding it challenging to find compassion for others this charka is the one to focus on. Sit or lay in savasana for meditation and start by placing your left hand on heart centre and right hand on top. Repeat this mantra to yourself and imagine your whole heart centre filling with green light and expanding across your chest and down your arms into the palms of your hands and out to the corners of the universe. Send this light to anyone in need or to anywhere in the world that is experiencing suffering. This energy is so powerful and can surpass time and space. This is pure loving energy, that can be sent to all areas of your life here and beyond.

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Colour: Green.

Element: Air.

Purpose: All about giving and receiving love. Finding forgiveness and a way to release shame.

Location: Chest.

Sound: YAM.

Crystals: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite.

Foods: Green foods such as leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chlorella, spirulina, peas etc.

Essential oils: Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang.

Yoga: Supported Fish pose, Cat/Cow pose, Sphinx Pose. Yoga poses that focus on opening up the heart- centre.