Awakening the Goddess

I am so excited to offering a half day retreat in radical self care for women. I call it, Awakening the Goddess. It will be a journey in reconnecting with mind, body and spirit. Along with my partner-in-crime-and-mindfulness, Tara Scott of 3 Jewels Yoga, practitioners will enjoy gentle movement, aromatherapy, tasting scrumptious treats with mindful attendance and becoming one with nature. It is time to stoke the fire within and let the Goddess out. More details to come…awakening

#Ditchthesugar Day 11… the Final Day

Here we are on the final day of the no-sugar-added challenge. How did you do? Here is the final recipe. This one is FAB-U-LOUS. You can actually make your custard and have it to. AND, if you are following a Paleo diet, this is Paleo friendly. ENJOY!!!!

#Ditchthesugar Day 10

We have one day left of our challenge! How’d you do so far?? Here is another idea for chocolate pudding to try:
coconut chocolate pudding from
1 can of coconut milk
4 to 6 pitted dates
Baking cocoa
Put a can of coconut milk upside down in the fridge overnight, or for at least a couple of hours, so that all of the coconut cream sinks to the bottom (top) of the can. Keeping the can upside down, open the bottom of the can with a can opener. Use the lid to strain and pour the liquid out of the can and into a bowl, leaving the coconut cream at the bottom of the can.
Take 4 to 6 pitted dates and slice them into smaller pieces. Place them in a blender or food processor with a small amount of the liquid from the coconut milk and chop them up until they are as fine as possible.
Add the coconut cream from the can to the blender along with 2 Tablespoons of Baking Cocoa and blend together with the dates, adding a little more of the coconut milk liquid and scraping down the sides of the blender when necessary, until smooth and creamy like pudding.

#Ditchthesugar Day 9

Want a cool, tasty treat? Try making fruit ice cream!

Frozen fruit ice cream
1 to 2 bananas
frozen berries of your choice, my faves are strawberries and blueberries

Cut a banana or two into chunks and freeze it for at least 12 hours. To a food processor or high powered blender, such as a Vitamix or Blentec, add the frozen banana chunks along with a few frozen berries of your choice. The more berries you add, the more it will be like sorbet. Using fewer berries and more banana will make it more creamy.
Process in the food processor/blender until it becomes nice and creamy. Eat and enjoy. You can store any left-overs in the freezer, but it tastes best fresh.

#Ditchthesugar Day 8

Make a tried and true treat that is naturally sweet. Make some sauteed apples. Peel and slice some apples and sautee them in some grass-fed butter. Sautee till soft. To that, add cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract and perhaps a little nutmeg. Enjoy!

#Ditchthesugar Day 7

Today, #Ditchthesugar with pudding! Use one avocado, one very ripe banana, and 2 TBSP cocoa or cacao powder. Blend and enjoy. You can use one of these add-ons: vanilla extract, almond extract, orange extract. Extracts give it a ZING. I promise, you won’t miss the sugar. Make sure your banana is very ripe, though. Feel free to add more cocoa/cacao and a little stevia if needed.IMG_20141129_161628

Ditch the Sugar Day 4


Okay, today we get a little exotic. Fried plantains. If you want sweet plantains, you need to let the fruit riped until the skin is BLACK. Yes, I said it… black. It should feel very soft at the touch for natural, sweet yumminess. I fried these in coconut oil until golden brown. Let them drain on a towel and sprinkle with cinnamon. One caveat… you gotta eat them the same day you cook them or they aren’t yummy. Try it!

#Ditchthesugar Day 3

Sorry, no pic today, but you will love this idea. Slice a date in half and remove the pit. Replace the pit with your favorite nut. Almonds, cashews and walnuts are perfect. If you like the taste of salted caramel, sprinkle a little sea salt in the center of the date. Close the date with the nut in the middle and munch, crunch, munch. SOOOO delish! Try it and see!