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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