RAW Carrot Cake
"Is it a salad or is it dessert!?”
I asked my teenage girls this question regarding this very yummy treat....and well, basically I really just shouldn't have...
(Cue the eye-roll)
So let's just call this a dessert!
Which also happens to be nutrient dense without all the FLUFF of a typical cake!!
So get on in there!
1 cup shredded organic carrots
1 cup dates (pitted)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup almonds ( I also threw in macadamia)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup melted raw coconut oil
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 drops doterra cinnamon oil
3 drops doterra wild orange oil
1 cup organic cashew nuts (soaked 4-6 hours)
1/4 cup coconut milk (cream)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 drops doterra lemon oil
tsp maple syrup
*Many of doterra's oils are food grade and contain antioxidants among other health benefits- you'll note at the side of the bottle wether it is designated as a supplement or not.
-place the cake ingredients in a food processor ( I used a vita mix and so was not as pureed as good have been)
-press into a cake pan and stick in freezer
-blend the icing ingredients till whipped & smooth
-remove cold cake and very carefully slice in half to make a layered cake.
-ice and return to the freezer for several hours (3-4)
-store in fridge and consume within 4 days....tastes even better the next day!
Your Radiant Rebel,
Delicious Black Facial Scrub
I made this recently for some of my Wildrose Magnolia clients and I’d love to share the simple recipe with you!
First off let me just say that it smells delicious and the ingredients are so clean you could eat this up with a spoon:)
Now that’s my kinda skincare!
Raw Organic Coconut Oil (melted)
Organic Coconut Sugar
dōTERRA geranium, lavender & frankincense
Depending on the size of class jar you are repurposing combine aprox 1/2 cup soft/melted raw coconut oil to one cup of sugar - add one TBS charcoal and aprox 4 drops each of EO
How to use: take a small dollop to your freshly cleansed face (or, if your skin is super dry this could serve as your CLEANSER), gently exfoliate in circles, you may leave on for a few moments to serve as a hydrating FACE MASK, then apply a warm facecloth to rinse off👌
- coconut charcoal/ draws out impurities, shrinks appearance of pores, gentle exfoliant
- raw coconut oil/ essential fatty acids, moisturizing, antibacterial properties
- coconut sugar/ contains amino acids (collagen booster) and trace vitamins & minerals
- geranium/ calms inflammation, balances oil production & hormones
- lavender/ calms inflammation & acne, antibacterial, sunburns & mild burns, sedative
- frankincense/ protective skin cell properties, decreased appearance of wrinkles, scars & dark spots
With love from your Radiant Rebel,
Hey Radiant Rebels, I got lots more on the subject coming your way, but now..
A quick little overview of some of the oils I hold near in my arsenal for peri menopausal relief. (listen up if you are 40 plus years old). These combined with good sleep, exercise, stress reduction, nutrition, herbs etc...can be a game changer.
Digest Zen/ The first think I noticed after I turned 40 was that my digestion became wonky. Food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies. Also emotionally I felt overwhelm trying to process and digest life transitions. The simple practice of rolling digest zen over my abdomen followed by a little self massage in the circular direction of the digestive track has brought me some sweet relief. The key ingredients in the blend of peppermint, cardamom and fennel are also useful for relief from hormonal/menstrual issues.
Clary Sage/ Probably the most highly regarded when it comes to all things hormonal; from pms to menopausal symptoms. CS has been shown to be more effective than acetaminophen for menstrual pain. It may have a balancing effect on estrogen (as a phytoestrogen) & on thyroid hormone levels. Research has shown that CS reduces cortisol levels in the body by 36% (up-level your mood!) I like to apply it right over my ovary area.
Ylang Ylang/ Hormonally supportive throughout entire cycle and particularly useful for mood & emotions. When I get out of the shower I do a quick round of dry brushing followed by self massage (feet to neck) with ylang ylang, geranium & clary sage in coconut oil- particularly just before & during my period. It’s a gorgeously sensual oil that induces relaxation and combats low libido (that may or may not be apparent in your midlife marriage...get it girl!)
There are several other specific oils that I use as a self-care ritual throughout my monthly cycle to help mitigate symptoms throughout the follicular & luteal phases (which have become absolutely bananas in my late 40’s). A lot of this practice is awareness of what-in-the-heck is likely going on in our bodies literally from week to week and what it needs to ride that wave.
Will share more in weeks to come for both young lassies and for saucy older broads like me!
Sassy Raw Valentine Squares
OK so we had a lot of macarons and Stubbes chocolate around the house today but Mama needed something special that was VERY lightly sweetened and without colouring.
The solution was a raw whole food dessert with lovely juicy raspberries and cashew cream.
Taking a bit outa these beauties….well my heart is a glow with love and my mouth, well, #mouthgasm
This one is a must for all the Radiant Rebels out there.
-1 cup raw almonds
-1/3 cup raw cacao powder
-3tbs melted raw coconut oil
-pinch of sea salt
-10 x Mejool dates (pitted)
Blend in Vita Mix till a fine crumbly & sticky
press into a pan
place in freezer for an hour or so
-2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
-2/3 cup total soaked cashews & macadamia (just cashew or macadamia is just fine)
-3 tbs shredded unsweetened organic coconut
-maple syrup to taste ( I used a tbs)
-1tbs melted raw coconut oil
-2 drops doterra lemon EO
-2 drops doterra tangerine EO
Blend in Vita Mix till smooth and deliciously creamy
Layer over the base and restore back in freezer (2-3 hours or so)
-1/3 cup raw cacao powder
-1/3 cup raw coconut oil (mixed with cacao butter is very lovely if you have it, which I did)
-maple syrup to taste
-pinch of sea salt
Pour over dish as the top layer - should have three gorgeous layers
** Store in the fridge in an air tight package** = HEAVEN!!
Stealing some time for a little self care is just a bloody-well FANTASTIC idea!
Today that looked like exercise & sweat, a face mask, and a dog walk. (with a guided meditation playing through my earphones)
We’ve all got a ton going on, some are dealing with chronic stress, illnesses, work, financial stuff, family stuff, ‘adulting’ and trying to be a good human in the world.
Carving out a few moments, or maybe an hour, to care for your body & mind is important as all heck!
I have to remind myself sometimes that if I am too busy for a little time out ...well that’s often when it is the most needed!
So here I am with a rather fun and delicious ‘honey matcha facial mask’. There’s just something about applying a face mask that says ‘mama it is time to RELAX’.🙂
So here’s what I did; to my dōTERRA clay mask I added 1 tbs matcha powder + 1tbs honey and a drop of geranium EO. I love honey for facial care, it’s antibacterial and leaves my skin really soft. Geranium is excellent for skin health & mood, and Matcha (think green tea)is high in antioxidants.
Plus I love the colour:)
My mug felt exfoliated and soft as a baby’s...but most importantly I felt centred & relaxed.
I refrained from posting yesterday about mental health, guess I am not too comfortable with #bellletstalk putting its stamp all over our awareness.
Did you know that BELL makes it hugely difficult for incarcerated people to call, and to talk with, their families? Making loved ones rack up colossal phone bills...not cool.
Also mental health is not a one day thing, it’s an everyday struggle for many.
With that said, I am so glad folks are talking.
As a teenager in the 80’s these conversations were hard to come by.
During those years I experienced intense panic attacks on a regular basis. I had no idea what they were for five years until finally reading an article about them in the newspaper.
Till that point I had felt out of control and utterly alone. But reading other people’s experiences with this thing called panic disorder that afternoon changed everything. No I wasn’t the only one, and yes our minds can get sick.
Panic attacks, anxiety, depression, knowing about it, talking about it, and receiving cognitive behavioural therapy would have been a big help to me back then. Perhaps my recovery would have been a heck-of-a-lot swifter.
This photo is from several years ago in my early 40’s when I was knee deep in the ‘sandwich generation’ caring for my young kids and simultaneously caring for both my non ambulatory parents living with dementia.
Did anxiety & panic make a comeback - you betcha!
Did I ask for help - nope. Should I have? Oh Hell YES!
Being human is such a wild, beautiful adventure and I most certainly have zero time for stigmas and am raising my girls not to either.
So, REMINDER to self - it’s OK to ask for help...in fact it’s a really, really great idea. 💡
(thanks to Katia Taylor Photography - Toronto Wedding & Portrait Photographer for the impromptu capture of my loves)
BREAST LOVIN’ /
Breast health begins with awareness of what is normal for YOUR breasts. When I started getting mammograms a few years ago it was imperative that a “baseline” be established by the healthcare centre so they too could decipher, moving forward, what was normal for me and what was not.
I mention this because lord knows I panicked when after my very first mammogram the healthcare centre called and left a message saying I needed to come right back in.
My mind spiralling to the worst case scenario! My boob relationship had shifted from fun to fear!
FYI it’s pretty normal to get that call to come back after the first visit.
My recommendation is to get to know your breasts up close & personal;
Self massage (I love pure Frankincense & Grapefruit - high in boswellic acid, limonene & antioxidants - diluted in coconut oil)
Daily application of DIY deodorant cream (causes you to be in direct contact with surrounding breast tissues)
Dry brushing to aid circulation / pay attention as you move through your cycle what is normal or not for you
Learn about the lymphatic system, in particular the axillary lymph nodes
Tight bras are out and trampolines are in:)
Also it is good to be aware that your arm pits are like sponges that absorb much of what is applied to them. Consideration of known toxic ingredients that are used in commercial deodorants and personal care products should be noted. Check out David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen or Environmental Canada’s website for info on personal care products of concern. I have a few good DIY recipes for natural deodorant if you should need them.
Hey, and if you feel that natural deodorant is not strong & effective enough for your #badass odour, simply swipe your armpit weekly with a bit of rubbing alcohol to kill any bacteria and then proceed with your hippy deodorant:) You’ll be jus fine! Anti perspirant is not recommended, firstly because of questionable ingredients and secondly you NEED to SWEAT crap out!
So, while I am certainly thankful for my annual mammogram there are other things to consider on the day-to-day - like managing stress / sleep / nutrition / exercise / emotional well-being, and personal fulfillment. These are all very important parts of this whole wellbeing puzzle.
With all this said - please for the love of all that is good ENJOY YOUR BREASTS!!
We have become such a culture of FEAR!
Society's relationship to OUR breasts is a tad “toxic” in itself. Either they are purely sex objects - that swiftly turn to life giving - then to diseased - kinda makes your head spin! Nah. too, much. YOU call the shots!
They belong to YOU - own them - LOVE them all up AND down.
Your Radiant Rebel,
VEGGIE SAMOSAS/ curried sweet potato & spinach
Oh. My. Gosh. Hells to the YUM!
These simple vegan samosas are made with a little twist - or perhaps a little Greek - in this case your filling wrap is phyllo pastry:)
You can totally wing it and get creative with the filling (peas, kale, carrots, coconut...)
Here’s what I did:
-Sauté onion, garlic and ginger, salt & pepper, graham masala seasoning and one drop doterra coriander and or cardamom essential oil (food grade)
-Steam two large sweet potato , chopped into cubes, till soft (not mushy!)
-add 2 cups of spinach to sauté, till wilted, then combine sweet potato and set aside to cool
-spread out two sheets of phyllo pastry and brush with olive oil, place one sheet on top of the other. Should look like a big rectangle. Cut pastry in half lengthwise.
-add a scoop of the veggie curry to the top corner of one strip and make your first fold into a little triangle. Repeat process till you’ve got your first triangle. Move on to the next sheet.
-bake at 360* for 25-35 min
- you should be able to make aprox 6 large size samosas
I love my rugged & resilient hands.
I have worked with my hands for several decades as a massage therapist and crafter of most of our household products. The key ingredient in both practices being my ever present resource of pure essential oils and other plant potions.
Oh the kitchen table alchemy!
Be it handcrafted soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm, body butter, glass cleaner, bathtub scrub, wood polish, make up remover, sleep remedies, salad dressing, mouthwash, muscle rub, cough syrup, you name it…
I love the fact that I can repurpose my packaging and containers, over & over…
Anyone can craft their own natural remedies, care for their body & mind, or cook from scratch. This is HOLISTIC self-care. Good self care practices expand outwards to have a positive impact on the whole of our communities.
So I suggest getting your HANDS in there! Get up from your desk! Get a little dirty!
Vegan spaghetti squash burrito bowl!
Halve and roast a spaghetti squash upside down on baking tray for 1/2 hour (or till you can stick a fork in)
Loosen some of the “spaghetti” with a fork, add a dash of olive oil, salt & pepper
Sauté some Tofurkey Chorizo, black beans and corn
Fine chop (or food process) some purple cabbage & red pepper with lime and sea salt
Layer chorizo mix into squash + cabbage mix & top with salsa & guacamole (I used Mad Mexican for both)
So absolutely yummy!!