Wow. Can’t believe this is my first post of 2017.
In January I pulled myself off DAIRY and stopped eating ANIMAL PROTEIN. (Replacing the calories with a lot more raw fruits and veggies.)
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Today I’m making GOOBIE BALLS.
(How they got called that is a post for another day lol!)
I came up with the ‘balls’ to replace my need for store-bought protein bars.
(I knew the bars at the store were loaded with junk I didn’t need, but they were SOOOOOO convenient, and tasty.)
After experimenting for several months, I found a mixture with the right amount of sweetness — and packed with protein. (please enjoy the recipe below!)
These ‘balls’ have only 1.3g date sugar per 1 oz. serving.
(And dates are the only sweetener used, so PERFECT for the No-Sugar-Added Challenge at Pure Austin. As you know, store-bought bars can carry about 18 grams of natural sugar per 1.7 oz. serving.)
3 cups Vegan Protein Powder (Sun Warrior Classic Natural)
4 TB Ground Flax Seed Meal (Nature’s Path)
4 TB Cacao Nibs*
4 TB Shredded Dried Coconut**
4 TB Trader Joes Raw Creamy Almond Butter
3/4 cup date paste***
pinch of salt
Measure out ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and add about 1 3/4 cup water. Use a mixer to blend together.
(You will probably need to add another 1/4 cup water as you are trying to reach the consistency of cookie dough. The mixer should move easily through.)
Then roll up 1 ounce balls with the dough.
(Makes about 40 servings/balls).
*In Whole Foods bulk section (spices area) **Whole Foods bulk section
*** (only 5 pitted medjool dates, warm water, makes about 3/4 cup paste)
Yesterday, I left Abbotsford, B.C. and headed to Vancouver.
(This was probably the last time to ever see the wonderful friend I made from Germany — and my wonderful hosts at the Clayburn Village B&B. I thought I wouldn’t get emotional over it, but I did.)
Something REALLY HAPPENED there for me — and it was this amazingly BEAUTIFUL thing — that was produced from people really working together. Really collaborating and supporting each other 🙂
Mariko and I were there for over two weeks hosted by the most kind people I think I’ve met in a while — Leslie and Ramsey Oren, owners of the Clayburn Village B&B (in Abbotsford, BC).
I will miss Leslie’s EPIC scones fresh from the oven. I will miss walking into her kitchen to smell the apple butter cooking in the crockpot. I will miss being called to a dinner that is fully complementary to the hard work that day. (Add on top of it Leslie’s apple crunch, or her banana cocoa ice cream, and it just feels like ‘mom’s love.’)
I will miss my German friend Mariko for her youthful exuberance — and what I kept referring to as her German ‘efficiency.’ I will miss having to share a bathroom with her. (She kinda felt like my little sister.)
I will miss watching Mariko get excited about something they don’t have back home. (I will miss desperately trying to find something on tv we can both understand…preferably something in ‘SLOW ENGLISH.’).
As we left the house yesterday I hugged Ramsey and we both told Mariko we would be seeing her famous buildings one day (as she has not only a creative mind but the determination to sell her visions/ideas.)
(Mariko, my German friend, I truly, truly enjoyed getting to know you and being the other half of our team. I know you are just as proud of the work we accomplished. CHEERS!!!)
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We worked very hard this morning so we decided we deserved a trip to the local swimming hole (about 32 minutes by car.)
It’s called Cascade Falls Regional Park (you just head north from the bed and breakfast in Clayburn).
As far as swimming holes go, the scenery is beyond spectacular. For the locals I talked to, this is the spot among all others they choose.
By Texas standards, the water was frigid cold. But my German friend was not swayed, and was determined to jump from the many perches into the crystal blue water. (I told her she was crazy and belonged to the polar bear club.)
So I did not go diving off big boulders singing COWWWWAAAAABBBBBUNNNGGGGAAAA.
So as I’m HANGING, I get to talking to a group of locals and they find out I’m from Texas and spending my last days in Vancouver before I fly back home. (They said for fish at Granville Island — the Sandbar restaurant does it just right.)
Then they said for a Vancouver institution … it’s Joe Fortes. (I dare you to look at their website and refrain from walking to your fridge. ha!)
As we talked about fish, I realized I hadn’t published my picture of fish from the grocery in Victoria.
Now, on the way back from Cascade Falls today we had to stop to take a picture of Mount Baker — because it seems like such an imposing figure over everything in these parts.
We got super excited today because we can see the end of the beginning — that is — we’ve extracted almost 90% of the earth that needs to go. We even started on the ‘fun part’ — the design part — which was quite a boost!!