Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1 cup oat flour
1 cup ground cashews (grind cashews by pulsing them in a high-speed blender until fine)
4 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp  vanilla extract
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp of cacao nibs

In a large mixing bowl mix together oat flour and ground cashews

Then  add coconut oil, vanilla extract,  Himalayan salt and maple, combine these into a dough, add cacao nibs and mix together

Form into 12  balls then flatten and shape into cookies.

Put them in the refrigerator to set for two hours and then enjoy !

Keep in the fridge if any leftover……..

Cristina for Peas and Peace

HEALTH

Physical Activity

Due to scientific research, we are now well aware that nutrition plays a huge role in how we feel on a daily basis and the impact it has on our health. Adding an activity, has to be your favorite !, could be a daily brisk walk, running, swimming, cycling, will affect and also increase your wellbeing, I insist on it must be something you enjoy !. Physical activity impacts your stamina, your mood, your weight, your muscles. For those that live in parts of the world where winters are long and bitter cold at times, I hopefully might inspire you in showing you a room I converted into a small exercise/yoga room so that winter doesn’t sabotage your exercise.

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On a daily basis I alternate between tennis (outdoors in the summer, indoors winter), Pilates, cycling (indoors or outdoors weather permitting), so to not always be overworking the same muscles and also so that it doesn’t become repetitive.  I also sneak in daily walks for added fresh air while walking the dogs. Personalize your gym !, go with your favorite colours, gear, make it conducive to wanting to be in that room or area of the house.

Little tricks to share with you to maximize space and economise, we bought a set of weights all in one (Nautilus), this way we don’t have a wall of weights taking up the entire space. The screen is not so much to watch programs as I prefer to have music on, it is to follow free yoga/pilates sessions on youtube.

 

Cristina for Peas & Peace

 

HEALTH

Volunteering

It is official, I have received my training and am now a volunteer at the Oncology Department at a nearby hospital. Every week  I will be greeting, assisting, listening to, and comforting patients scheduled to meet the Oncologist, or to receive a chemotherapy treatment.

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You may be wondering why I opted to volunteer with the Oncology Department. Three simple words…………it grounds you. I get to converse with individuals of all ages. Some patients are humorous about their situation, some are still in shock, and some are understandably very angry. However, some are in recovery, and simply follow-up with the department when necessary.

This is a constant reminder to me that I am blessed, as my family is all in good health, and we can go about pursuing our projects and dreams. For cancer patients, some projects and dreams have to be put on hold.

Volunteering or giving back may have positive benefits for the person or community but for the volunteer as well

I get inspired meeting individuals in adversity, and I feel a have a purpose if somewhere I was able to bring comfort or make someone smile in such times.

 

Cristina for Peas & Peace

 

 

Desserts, RECIPES

Raspberry Cheesecake

Try this delicious and easy recipe when hosting or simply for yourself !

Crust:

40 gr Almonds
1 tbsp Hot water
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Coconut oil (melted)

Process the almonds in a food processor until small pieces. Then add dates and water, continue to blend until a sticky dough forms. Grease a 18 cm diameter springform pan with the melted coconut oil. Press the dough into the mold and refrigerate at least half an hour.

In the meantime prepare the filling:

1 cup soaked cashews (at least 4 hours)
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Coconut cream (solid part of the can)
4 tbsp Agave
2 tbsp Coconut oil

Process the soaked cashews in a food processor until creamy and smooth, then add in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

Pour *half  of the filling over the refrigerated crust. Place the mold in the freezer for at least half an hour.

For the pink layer:

Blend some frozen raspberries along with the other half of the filling, pour it over the white layer and put it in the freezer for another half hour.

Ready to enjoy !

My inspiration was @foodie.yuki

Love

Cristina for Peas & Peace