The Ultimate Vacation Recap

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If you’re an A Mindful Mantra regular, you’ve probably heard crickets chirping on the site for the last few weeks.  Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned you!  I did, however, go on a family-filled vacation love-fest.  It was great!  But, I’m back and here to offer you The Ultimate Vacation Re-Cap!

After the 4th of July, I spent a week at Forest Lake in New Hampshire with Phill’s family and a week in Cape Cod with my family.  We went paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, fishing, shopping, ate lots of great food, drank great wine and beer, slept whenever we wanted, and hugged our loved ones every day.  You really can’t ask for much more! Continue reading →

Dark Chocolate Pudding

 

dark chocolate pudding

Do you ever finish off your dinner and think, “Wow, I could really use some chocolate right now!”  I’ve been there so many times.  I don’t want a cookie.  I don’t want ice cream. I want some rich, decadent dark chocolate.  That’s where this dark chocolate pudding comes in.  It’s rich and creamy, but insanely decadent.  I had never yearned for pudding in my life until I created this dark chocolate pudding. It’s that good!

But, wait, it gets better.  This recipe is made healthier by the addition of avocado!  It’s the avocado that gives this pudding it’s wonderful creamy texture.  Avocados have lots of good fat and are high in fiber and other nutrients that our bodies need.  Tasty dark chocolate pudding with a health food kick – yup, it’s true!

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Raw Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

raw fruit and nut granola bars

Who doesn’t love granola bars – am I right?!  My mom LOVES granola bars, specifically the Kind brand Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.  Kind brand features yummy granola bars that are gluten free, lower in sugar than most granola bars, and contain only pronounceable ingredients!  I love them. The only issue is the price – these yummy bars are quite pricey.  When my mom told me that she was buying these weekly, I quickly responded that I could make them for much less.  Luckily for everyone, I was right!  Today I give you my Raw Fruit and Nut Granola Bars!  If Kind bars and Cliff bars had a baby, it would by my Raw Fruit and Nut Granola Bars.

These Raw Fruit and Nut Granola Bars are so easy to make. They require zero cooking or baking!  They are crunchy, chewy, sweet, and  savory.  I’m a sucker for a chewy granola bar.  What about you – chewy or crunchy granola bars? Continue reading →

Crystal Quartz Mala Bracelet Giveaway!

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Photo Credit: Mala And Mantra

I’ve got some exciting news.  A Mindful Mantra is having a giveaway!  I’ve partnered with Mala And Mantra to raffle off this crystal quartz mala bead bracelet to one of my fabulous readers (aka YOU!). Mala and Mantra is an amazing organization founded by Judith Compton.  They sell a variety of beautiful mala bead jewelry, run a blog, and provide women in the Philippines with fair wages and a safe work environment.  I bet you weren’t expecting all that!  All of the mala bead pieces are assembled by women in the Philippines to provide them with a safe working environment and fair wages.  I know, I fell in love with this company too!  When Mala and Mantra reached out to do a giveaway, I was so excited to showcase their brand. Continue reading →

N’Oatmeal Breakfast Cereal

N'Oatmeal

I am featuring a N’Oatmeal post on MindBodyGreen and want to make sure my amazing readers (that’s you!) don’t miss out on it!  You can find the full recipe here. But, hey, take your time and read my pretty awesome words below. There will be a link at the bottom of this post that will bring you to the full recipe.  Have no fear! hehe.

I can’t take credit for coining the term “N’Oatmeal”, but I do think it’s a hilariously, genius name.  N’Oatmeal can be used to describe any type of breakfast cereal that is used as an oatmeal substitute. I used to LOVE oatmeal.  I mean, I still do. The only issue is that oatmeal doesn’t love my body the way that I love it.  There was a time when I was eating a bowl of oatmeal at least once a day.  This was also the time in my life when I felt excessively bloated.  I stubbornly ignored my oat-filled discomfort for longer than I care to admit.  Then, one day, as a result of having ran out of oats, I put some peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil on warm rice.  This was the beginning of my N’Oatmeal obsession.  I’ve even eaten it chilled with some non-dairy milk as a replacement to overnight oats, which, by the way, are seriously the bee’s knees. Continue reading →