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No Bake Cashew Butter Bar

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Are you looking for a delicious, healthy-ish, snack? breakfast? bar? Look no further than this recipe … No Bake Cashew Butter Bar 😍

This bar is delicious for an on-the-go breakfast, post workout fuel, or anytime you’re crazing a sweet snack! For this recipe, I used ingredients that I already had in my pantry but you can definitely switch the ingredients to whatever you have in your pantry, i.e., protein powder, nut butter, etc!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Huel powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of cashew butter (I used Georgia Grinders)
  • 3-4 tbsp of Birdseed Kasha Crunch Granola (I used this because it already had coconut flakes, kasha, pumpkin seeds, etc. but if you don’t have this specific granola, you can really top the bar with anything you want like coconut flakes, chia seeds, goji berries, etc!)

Directions:

  • Melt coconut oil and combine with cashew butter.
  • Add all ingredients and stir to combine
  • Spread mixture into a baking dish and stick in the fridge for at least half an hour
  • Enjoy!!!!

Let me know if you make this recipe… I promise you will not regret it!

xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

CBD Fudgy Brownies- VEGAN!

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Take my advice and make these ASAP. These are a healthy vegan version of a brownie and it’s delicious! Your non vegan loved ones will never believe that they are made of black beans! For an even more decadent treat, slather that baby with your favorite nut butter- I’ve been loving mine with Georgia Grinders Cashew Butter 😍 Another thing I added to the batter is CBD Oil. I’m sure that you’ve seen or heard a lot about CBD oil lately and might be wondering what the heck it is or what it does. CBD is one of the roughly 100 compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you high. CBD has been found to have many benefits and applications, including:

  • Pain relief
  • A great beauty ingredient, due in part to its anti-inflammation properties
  • Anti-inflammatory — redness, swelling, pain
  • Moisturizing — skin irritation, sunburn, skin conditions, flakiness, acne
  • Reduction in anxiety and stress
  • Migraine relief

The specific one I used for this recipe was the Irie Lifeline Blend but please do your own research to see if this is a product you want to use for yourself and which one. There are a LOT of options and I encourage you to do your own research.

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Now on to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 banana
  •  1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used the Trader Joe brand)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 flax eggs ( 2 tbsp of flax meal + 6 tbsp of water mixed)
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 tbsp of Moodbeli Mushroom Adaptogen (optional) – I add this to everything!
  • walnuts (optional)

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees
  • Add all ingredients ingredients except the walnuts (if you’re using them) to a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9×9 baking dish
  • Top with walnuts if using
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Let cool ( or not, go ahead and be a rebel but make sure to blow on it so you at least don’t burn yourself!)
  • Enjoy by itself or live your best life and slather with your favorite nut butter.

Et voila! That’s it! Let me know if you make this recipe!

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xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Vegan DELICIOUS Banana Bread!

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YOU GUYS. This banana bread recipe is insane. I didn’t add any type of sweetener- no sugar, agave, maple syrup, honey, NONE OF THAT, but it was still sweet enough and oh so delicious! I could’ve probably eaten the whole pan but I had some sort of self control 😅 Who said banana bread couldn’t be healthy?? So without further adieu, here’s your new favorite banana bread recipe 😜

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons chia pudding (2 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp water or almond milk)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite nut butter
  • 1 cup oat flour ( I made my own by using 1 cup of Trader Joes GF oats and making it into a flour using my magic bullet)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven 350 °
  • Mix all ingredients except walnuts in a bowl
  • Pour mixture into a 9 inch banana bread pan
  • Top with walnuts if adding
  • Bake for 50 mins
  • ENJOY and try not to eat the whole pan in one sitting 😝

Let me know if you make this recipe!

 

My favorite food blogs!

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Recipe development is hard y’all! I give props to all the food bloggers out there that consistently put out new content and recipes for all to enjoy. My husband and myself thank you all 😝

So I thought I would share my favorite food bloggers and some of my favorite recipes from their blogs. And whether you’re following a specific diet or not, there’s something for everyone!

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite recipe developers (and now I’m hungry!):

What about you??? Leave me a comment of food websites that I need to check out!

Until next time,
xoxo, susel-6

Ratatouille + Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

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Did you know that Ratatouille is a super simple but super delicious french recipe and not just the name of the Pixar movie? If not, it’s your lucky day! This is such an easy recipe and I feel like everyone, meat or non meat eaters alike will enjoy!

I was first introduced to this recipe by my french husband (oui oui!) and it’s been one of my favorite recipes to make and eat ever since. For this recipe, I paired it with cilantro cauliflower rice but you can eat it by itself, with a baguette, with quinoa, with rice, whatever you prefer!

Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 zucchinis, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 5 tomatoes, chopped coarse
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro
  • 1 cup of cauliflower rice (I bought my bag from Trader Joe’s)

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Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over low-medium heat.
  • Add the onion, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.
  • Add the peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the zucchinis and eggplant and cook for another 2-3 mins
  • Add the tomatoes, stir all the vegetables together. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce the heat to low.
  • Cover the skillet and let all the ingredients marinate together for 30 minutes.
  • While the ratatouille is cooking, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat
  • Add the cauliflower rice and roughly chopped cilantro to the pan, stirring occasionally, let it cook for 5-10 mins
  • Sprinkle the ratatouille with salt and pepper. Serve with the cauliflower rice.
  • Enjoy!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this recipe! Let me know if you make it, comment or tag me!
Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

DISC Assessment

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved taking quizzes. Not quizzes at school but those quizzes that you can find in teen magazines: “What is your aura’s color” or “Where will you meet your true love?”, Don’t even get me started on how much time I can spend on Buzzfeed taking their stupid quizzes now 😐

But there are actual personality tests that I’ve taken as adults like The Myers Briggs personality test that is actually so spot on that it’s scary! (I’m an ESFP!) I’ve also taken the Love Language quiz and found out that my love language is Words of Affirmation which is also spot on!

But I digress. The personality test that I want to write about today is the DISC Assessment. I took this test the first time 2 years ago at a previous job and I took it again recently and still got the same result.

So what is the DISC assessment? According to Disc Profile, “The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a non-judgemental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors with others – within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.”

So what does the letters DISC mean? D is for Dominance, I is for Influence, S is for Steadiness and C is for Conscientiousness. I’ve taken this assessment twice and both times got I for Influence.

My result is this in a nutshell:
People with the i style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.
A person with an I style

  • may be limited by being impulsive and disorganized and having lack of follow-through
  • is described as convincing, magnetic, enthusiastic, warm, trusting and optimistic
  • prioritizes taking action, collaboration, and expressing enthusiasm
  • is motivated by social recognition, group activities, and relationships
  • may fear loss of influence, disapproval and being ignored
  • values coaching and counseling, freedom of expression and democratic relationships

Goals

  • victory with flair
  • friendship and happiness
  • authority and prestige status symbols
  • popularity

Will need to expend more energy to:

  • follow-through completely
  • research all the facts
  • speak directly and candidly
  • stay focused for long periods

Some of those points are SPOT ON.  It’s also good to know what I can improve on, like being more organized! Do let me know in the comments if you’ve taken this and what your results were!

Any other personality tests out there that I haven’t taken yet? Let me know because ya know I would want to take it!

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

PB&J Meditation Bites ♥

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Who wants an easy peasy no fuss recipe? 🙋🏾‍♀️ Me, always! So here’s a no bake pb&j bites recipe that I concocted back in February for a quick Valentine’s Day treat. I added strawberries in the hopes that it would somehow magically turn pink but alas, that didn’t happen. But whatever color they are, THESE ARE AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates (softened in warm water for 10 mins)
  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 2 packets of @crazyrichardspb
  • 1/2 tbsp of @moodbeli meditation powder
  • 1/2-1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 bar of @squareorganics crisp protein bars ( I used the toasted coconut YUM!)

Directions:

  • pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it’s smooth and clump into a ball
  • use your hands and form mixture into balls
  • crumble the @squareorganics bar in a bowl and roll each ball into the crumbles
  • put in the freezer or fridge for at least 30 mins
  • ENJOY! and try to eat just one at a time 😝

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Let me know if you make these! You will not regret it! ❤︎

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Let’s talk podcasts…

Who here likes listening to podcasts? To be honest with you, I did not get the appeal until a few years ago. I remember trying to listen to Serial since everyone and their cousin’s mothers brothers were listening to it and I just couldn’t get into it! I blame the host’s voice ::shrug::

But then slowly but surely, I started finding shows that I actually enjoyed and where the host’s voice didn’t irritate me 🙃 So I thought I would share some of the podcasts that I’ve been enjoying lately! Hope you find something that you want to listen to too!


Fictional Mystery:

The Black Tapes : The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.  

Limetown:Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown? This came out back in 2015 and the second season is finally being released this year. There’s some parts that actually were kinda scary! I’m excited for the new season to come out!

Rabbits When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.  


True Crime: My favorite type of podcasts 😝

True Crime GarageEach week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer. 

Generation WhyThe Generation Why Podcast, where two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, and true crime

My Favorite Murder:  SSDGM – Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered.

Dirty John:Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.


Miscellaneous: 

Elevate The GlobeElevate the Globe is a spiritual and wellness hub where you can find the tools and guidance you need to raise the vibration of your energy. This creates a ripple effect and when we are vibrating in the higher energies of joy and love, just by being the light you raise the vibration of your families, communities, and ultimately the globe!

Terrible, Thanks for Asking:You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author (It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.


That’s my list folks! What about you?? Please leave me a comment of any other podcasts that I need to check out!

Until then,

xoxo

xoxo, susel-6

Staycation- Charlotte, NC

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Last Friday, my husband and I had the opportunity to spend the night in Charlotte, NC. Since moving to NC, we’ve only been to Charlotte once and it was only for a couple of hours so we jumped at the chance to explore this city a bit more.

We had the pleasure of staying at The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte’s Premier Boutique Hotel, located in the heart of Uptown (which I learned is Downtown, I know I had to get used to it too). If you ever have the chance to stay in this hotel, I highly highly recommend it 100%.

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We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to the Penthouse Suite and let me tell you, I don’t know if I can ever go back to staying in regular hotel rooms 😜

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Before dinner, we explored Uptown Charlotte and enjoyed the weather! MN will always be home but NC is trying its hardest to change that 😜

 

 

We didn’t have to go far for dinner as we dined at The Asbury, the restaurant attached to the hotel. And let me tell you, I am already counting down the days when I can go back. My meal was AHHHHMAZING! I follow a mostly vegan diet and they were able to accommodate that. I ordered the quinoa + lentil filling, mushroom ragout (I’m salivating just typing that) and it was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. I also had a side of the grilled asparagus with roasted garlic béarnaise, preserved lemon and I give that an A++++. My husband had the Fried Chicken Sammy and the Cast Iron Mac & Cheese. I will admit, I had a bite or two of that mac and cheese and OOOHHH LALA. Plus 2 glasses of wine BECAUSE HI STAYCATION. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. To top the meal off, Chef Matthew Krenz, who is one of the top chefs in NC, stopped by our table! Thank you to the staff at The Asbury Restaurant for the top notch service!

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After dinner, we did a bit more exploring but we were just happy to stay in The Penthouse Suite! Can you blame us??

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He finally fought back hahaha

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Oh and did I mention the suite had TWO balconies??

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To summarize: The Dunhill Hotel: A MUST STAY; The Asbury Restaurant: A MUST VISIT!I cannot wait to go back! What about you? Any places that you highly recommend?? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time
xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

Let’s be adventurers!

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I love this quote so much because you can find adventure from anywhere if you’re open to it. Right now, I am on this amazing adventure called life. It’s not the easiest to move from an established community (aka home) to a state where you barely know anyone. I needed to build a new circle, meet new people. All I can say is that thank god I’m an extrovert {introvert}!

7 months later, I am feeling home in my new state of North Carolina. I have my routine, new friends, new hangouts. I’ve been lucky that my new city has felt welcoming. Here’s some lessons I’ve learned the past several months:

  • Faceboook Events – Thanks the heavens for social media. I checked out facebook events every weekend when we first moved here (and I still do!) and that’s how I was able to find out about what was happening in my new city. It’s where I first found out about Alisha’s Wise Women Wednesday events! I went to her first one a couple of months ago, didn’t know anyone, left feeling grateful that I went as that’s where I met some new friends! I also met local female entrepreneurs who are just super inspiring to be around!
  • Explore Explore Explore! – I feel lucky that we found an apartment in downtown Greensboro (even if it’s really only one long street ha) so I am able to walk around, explore new cafes, shops, bars, etc. When we first moved here, I was able to just walk around to explore our new surroundings. Found out where the local co-op was, the library, the parks, the breweries, etc.
  • Workout! – I needed to find a new fitness routine/community stat. I was pretty involved with my gym back in MN and missed being part of a community like that. So I tried a couple crossfit gyms and several yoga studios. I ended up joining the local YMCA because a) CHEAP b) got me back into running c) it’s literally a 5-10 min walk from our apartment and then joined Radiance Yoga for my namaste fix. If  ou’re ever in Greensboro, you MUST check this yoga studio out! I love love love love the instructors there!

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone is never easy but I chose to look at it as a positive thing. I looked at it as a new adventure with my life partner aka husband and we get to experience it together!

What about you? Have you ever had to move to a new city? What was your experience like and do you have any lessons you want to share?

Until next time!
xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6