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Cacao Bliss & healthy eating on the road




I happened to make a last minute trip to a big health food store on Sunday evening right before they closed.

I didn’t buy much but I found this Cacao Bliss that I had never tried or even seen before. It’s a raw vegan spread made from coconut and cacao. How could I not get it?

I was hitting the road for new York city the next day and decided to pack it in.  Am I ever glad I did.  I asked my sister to pick up a loaf of bread.  I also made some delicious babaghanoush on Sunday evening which was perfect to bring along.  Bam.  Snacks for the trip taken care of . No need to stop for any unhealthy fast food on the way.

How was the Cacao Bliss you ask?  Amazing.  I just had a couple pieces of toast with it for breakfast as you can see in the picture above.  So good.

For those of you who love coconut and chocolate I suggest you try and find some cocoa bliss immediately.  It makes for healthy substitute for nutella.

Cacao Bliss is not only much healthier than nutella it is also much more filling.  Because it is a whole food that is nutrient dense it actually fills you up.

The lesson here is that with a little planning ahead when traveling you can avoid having to eat food you wouldn’t eat normally.

There are so many different things one could bring.  You just need to make a little effort.

Cacao Bliss is a great option. It is quite the delicious treat when going on a long drive.

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Spicy Tempeh with Roasted Cauliflower Coconut Rice

This dish was created on one of those nights when I was tired, it was late, and I had no idea what to make. My friend Justin and I had just gotten home from golfing and it was about 9 PM. One of my favourite things about this time of year is that you can tee off at 4:30, play 18 holes of golf without worrying about not having enough sunlight. Thankfully earlier in the day I had marinated some tempeh. The question was what to make with it.

In the car ride home we brainstormed several different ideas for what to make. None of them were this coconut rice with roasted cauliflower. It kind of just came to us at the last second as we entered the kitchen. Needless to say were thrilled with the result. I don’t think we expected to create something so good that night. It is so simple. Rice, onion, coconut milk, roasted cauliflower. Continue reading

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Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

How often do you find yourself feeling hungry and/or tired during the day? What do you do when that moment hits? Your stomach is asking for food and you don’t have anything healthy close by. The majority of easily available food isn’t very healthy. Even a lot of the so called “healthy” options such as store bought energy bars contain lots of added sugar, among other things I would prefer not to eat.

These homemade energy bars are made from 100% whole food and are 100% raw. Meaning you are getting more nutrients from your bar.

Did I mention these bars taste delicious too. They are really easy to make as well.

Although these bars contain better quality ingredients that are more expensive and more nutritious than the ingredients in most store bought bars you will save money by choosing these bars over store bought bars.

Better quality more nutritious food for less. Sounds good to me. What do you think?

They taste so good you could almost serve them as dessert. I know that might get some of you more interested.

Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

1 cup almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs
5 medjool dates, pitted

In a food processor, process almonds until they are ground up. Not so much that they are fine powder but enough so that there aren’t any major chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is ground up and well mixed.

The mixture should stick together when you pinch a little bit between your fingers.

You can either make the mixture into balls or bars. To make bars I layed the mixture onto some parchment paper and lay it into a 8 x 4 loaf pan. Flatten out the mixture by pressing it with your hands.

Once you have an even flat rectangle put it in the fridge and let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars all at once or as your want to eat them.

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