Hello again! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was relaxing and refreshing which was exactly what I needed. I was in Quebec visiting my grandparents with my mom, and my aunt and uncle were around as well so it was really nice to catch up with everyone and have some quality family time. I really don’t see them enough! They only live 3 hours away but that makes seeing them tricky, especially with everyone’s conflicting schedules. I was really good this weekend too and stuck to my cleanse. I was prepared beforehand with loads of goodies and meals so I never went hungry and even came back with extra food. I even managed to turn down the red wine that was repeatedly offered, which was tough, but I’m glad I stuck to it!
Made some salads in a jar, inspired by Pinterest! In there are loads of goodies like blueberry-dijon dressing (of my own creation), marinated mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, sprouted quinoa and romaine lettuce! Got me through 2 lunches and man were they filling!
The rest of the loot (left to right): chia seed porridge with pecan butter and some chopped berries, a banana, lemon-apricot-hemp power bars, sunflower seed hummus and baby carrots (didn’t end up eating), an Asian pear, some hemp seed alfredo sauce with a zucchini to make noodles (didn’t end up eating), salads and kitchari. Also brought Dandy blend, herbal tea and stevia.
So with a little planning ahead I was able to stick to my cleanse 100%, eat healthy and high raw (2 meals and 2 snacks/day!) and didn’t feel deprived. Very successful trip :)
I also took the opportunity to leave my laptop at home which was refreshing. So instead of spending time reading blogs, twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, I spent more time reading and spending time with loved ones. Doing that for a whole weekend is very rare, especially lately and I definitely appreciated not having the distractions!
And now for a recipe! These power pars are great for fuelling a long day or a workout, or just tiding you over until the next meal. They are light tasting, so great for spring and sweet enough that you could eat them as dessert and any sweet craving would be dealt with. They have no added fats or sugars and have tons of protein from the hemp seeds. They’ll actually help keep you full too what with all the fibre from the dates, hemp seeds, cashews and apricots and of course cashews are loaded with healthy fats :). These are best when eaten chilled since they do get softer when left at room temperature. Not a problem really, they still taste good, I just prefer the texture chilled. This make 12 small-sized bars, about 1/2 the size of a regular Larabar, so for a more substantial snack just cut them bigger or eat 2!
Lemon-Apricot-Hemp Power Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw)
Makes 12 small bars.
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup medjool dates
- 1/2 cup apricots (make sure they aren’t sweetened)
- splash of vanilla extract
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
First add the cashews to the food processor and pulse until in small pieces. Add all of the other ingredients and process together until the ingredients get very sticky and form a ball. Line a baking dish with plastic wrap (I used a small lasagne pan, but whatever size you want) and press the mixture into the pan making sure it’s even and well packed. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 min, until solid. Take out from the freezer and cut into bars. I individually wrapped them for easy snacking. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.