Nutty Cashew Butter Cups ft: Elements Truffles

I’m not really a dessert person, but when it comes to Ayurvedic desserts made with raw and organic chocolates, your girl cannot resist. I have been exploring and learning about how different foods and spices can improve one’s health and love finding delicious ways to incorporate them.

Elements Truffles reached out to me and sent me some of their Ayurvedic Chocolates and I knew exactly what recipe I would make from them. Before I dive into the recipe, let me give a brief background on what Ayurveda and Ayurvedic chocolate is. 

The Websters dictionary defines Ayurveda as: the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. 

As stated on their website: “Elements Truffles are hand-crafted in micro batches, our chocolate is raw, organic, free from dairy, free from GMOs or any artificial flavors and are infused with Ayurvedic super foods. Our chocolates are made with the purest ingredients and intention to spread happiness and love. Our body is made up of five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Ayurveda superfoods help balance these elements and bring about a sense of happiness and peace.”

So, it’s safe to say that if you eat these nutty cashew butter cups, you are bound to move a few steps closer to that life of balance you have been tirelessly searching for.

 

 

What you will need

  • 3 bars of your choice of Elements Truffles
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • Cashew Butter
  • assortment of nuts
  • Nut butter cup papers

Break the chocolate bars into smaller pieces and place into a sauce pan. Turn the fire on to low heart and stir as the chocolates melt.

While the chocolate is melting, melt the cashew butter in another sauce pan, or in the microwave.

Once all of the chocolate is melted, add your coconut oil. This will make the melted chocolate smoother and give it an almost buttery taste.

Remove the chocolate and melted cashew butter from the fire and pour your chocolate into the cashew cup papers. Put them on a tray and place in the oven for 10 miutes.

After 10 minutes, the chocolate should have hardened. Add your cashew butter and assorted nuts next and then pour the rest of the melted chocolate mixture on top.

Place in the fridge for another 10 minutes and enjoy!

I told you these cups are super easy to make! 

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me, @thesweetsceneblog, and @elementstruffles,

you never know, there may be a giveaway!

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Be Gentle: Well Summit 2017

If there is anything I have learned in my 20-some-odd years of life, it is that you have to be gentle with yourself. The tweens will say I’m “old”, and the old will say I’m “too young to know anything”, but I say that I have experienced a hell of a lot, good and bad, and am always learning to be gentle with myself.

I think being gentle means taking time for myself: waking up a little earlier to make myself an elaborate smoothie bowl, going to a morning barre class, sitting on the couch while listening to music and sipping some tea, forgiving yourself if you make a mistake; or maybe even going on a weekend trip to NYC for the Well Summit Conference. In my opinion, being gentle is part of the foundation of wellness.

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to attend Boston’s Day of WELLness hosted by the amazingly inspiring Gianne Doherty of Well Summit and Organic Bath Co. Sitting in a room filled with like-minded individuals was everything that I needed. One day was definitely not enough for me, so I am super excited to announce that this year I am a Well Summit Influencer! What does that mean exactly? Well, I will be in NYC November 3rd-4th among some of the countries most influential figures in the health and wellness field, as well as people just like me who have a passion for living naturally.

It’s true what they say: Your vibe does attract your tribe. Tag your tribe and those your grateful for below. ❤ #WELLSummitTribe

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Tickets are on sale now! I will have a discount code for you soon! Follow me on Instagram for more updates. You do not want to miss out on this meaningful weekend.

Need more persuading? Check out scenes and clips from last years weekend in NYC.

 

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3 Ways | Grab n Go Ballz

When it comes to eating healthily, doing your research and always being prepared are some ways to stay on track with your new lifestyle. Notice how I said lifestyle, and not diet. A diet has a negative connotation as sort of  a “get rich skinny quick” scheme, while a lifestyle is a change that you plan to carry with you for the rest of your life. 

One way to be prepared is to have an arsenal of quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is nothing more frustrating than making this decision to better your health but falling short because you don’t know what to make (besides bitter kale salad) or what you make turns out to be bland and boring. Once you’re in that space of frustration, then you start to feel restricted into this “diet” and thus starts the vicious and unhealthy yo-yo diet cycle.

As my good friend Lauren said, “the more food you find that you like, the less restrictive it feels to eat healthily.”

One thing that used to throw me off my game was lack of healthy snack options. I’m sure many of you can relate to that and might still be struggling with this, so I have created a few Grab n Go ballz for your healthy snacking pleasures. You can follow my recipe, or tweak it with a few ingredients you love! (coconut shreds, ground pistachios, figs, berries etc).

**These are best served for a dessert type snack as they can be a bit sweet.**

Peanut Butter Cacao-y Wowie

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some cacao nibs

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Vanilla Oat Ballz

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some regular oats

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Green Machine

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1/2 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein and Green powder

15 drops of chlorophyll

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

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Yoga Reaches Out

I’ve recently made a big change in my life. Two months ago I gave up meat (except fish), all dairy and have been leading a plant-based diet filled with greens, legumes, smoothies, green juices and some fish here and there. Why you ask? Well, that’s for another post, but in this post, I wanted to talk about doing things to remain balanced.

If you’re familiar with my blog then you know I have an awesomely inspiring series called, A Balanced Life, where I interview BOSS women who juggle so many different roles in life, all the while keeping balanced (whatever that may look like to them). Eventually, I want to interview myself and talk about how I lead a balanced life, but until then I’m going to keep seeking activities, events and people who contribute to this goal. One way that attributes to my balance is exercise. I’ve been going to the gym pretty frequently and have even gone to a few classes at different studios. When you feel good then you’re able to do good and be good to others.

The last week in April I plan to go to a different work out class every single day. On April 30th, I will be attending Yoga Reaches Out with some great people for an amazing cause. Taking place at Gillette Stadium, Yoga Reaches Out is an organization that raises funds for organizations that impact the health, education and well-being of children. The event will be from 9am to 5pm at the Empower Field House at Gillette.

There is no better way to spend a Saturday than surrounded by beautiful souls for a beautiful cause. I hope to see you all there! Learn more about how you can donate and/or attend by clicking here!

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