Well, we moved! After spending over a decade living in Lancaster county, we moved to Coatesville in Chester county, which is much more convenient for most of my husband’s jobs for work, and closer to my family in NJ.
We also have a yard. And I have an office! It feels really wonderful to have more space and to be in a location that is more central to our needs. Many of you know what a nightmare long car rides have been with Alessandra, but our most recent car ride to NJ was perfect. Only an hour, and no baby screaming in the back seat.
It feels so SO so good to be blogging again. I have moved many times in my life between 5+ years of college and even in middle school we did a big move from a smaller home to a rental home, and then a home that my parents built. But this was the first time I’ve been involved in a move of this magnitude, and it was crazy – especially with a 16 month old. But at this point we’re really settled in and things are getting back to normal.
My extremely green detox took an extremely unprecedented back seat during the move. I was doing so great: sprouting my own mung beans, juicing wheatgrass, and not feeling like I really needed to abandon the protocol during the move. But a really nasty batch of juice, two days of horrible sleep and lots of stress, and I was off the wagon. Like, way off. Like sprouted grain toast dipped in marinara off.
Woops! Oh well, life is crazy and I’m not perfect, but I”m figuring out what my personal needs are, not just with diet but with all aspects of life.
One of my needs is dessert. Right now, I just need dessert. I love it so. And I may never give it up, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.
And so I have to introduce this simple sugar free recipe that I was enjoying prior to our move. It features one of my favorite ingredients of all time: shredded coconut, which I adore for it’s natural subtle sweetness. Couple that subtle sweetness with grated raw sweet potato and pumpkin pie spice and you have a treat that you will hardly believe is sugar free.
1 cup grated raw sweet potato (packed)
pumpkin pie spice
green stevia powder to taste
Pulse in food processor until well combined.
Roll mixture into balls and refrigerate.
Speaking of desserts, I had the good fortune of being bestowed the gift of free energy bars that are made to energize you but taste a lot like dessert. Kibby makes her bars with organic superfoods and tonic herbs. Even if you don’t care about the superfoods and herbs, they taste great, and are pleasantly dense. They are perfect as a post-salad snack to round out a raw lunch. It reminded me of a Larabar, only better because these ingredients are raw! Unfortunately, the larabar nuts are not raw which makes them heavier on the body and more difficult to digest.
If you haven’t already, you should check out Kibby’s Blended Life. A blog loaded with knowledge and a lot of heart with fabulous recipes. Kibby teaches a lot of healthy cooking classes and has been selling her Energy Bars for months. You can purchase her bars directly from her site by clicking here. I highly recommend them (and so would Ale, if she could talk. She gobbled hers right up!).
Don’t forget, you can order some of Kibby’s energy bars here. And enjoy her blog, while you’re at it!