It’s been a year…

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…since I got on that plane and headed to Los Angeles for Teacher Training.  I have butterflies in my stomach for new trainees as they start their own journeys!

I’ve been looking through pictures and old writings from that time and I am so happy that I was able to relive those moments even if just through words and pictures.  If you want to read my Teacher Training journey or just absolutely bored, here are a select few from Week 1-Week 9 and the first class that I hilariously and disastrously taught.

Cooking was my coping mechanism for the stress of training, so let’s just say I cooked…a LOT.  Because of the amount of nutrition needed with limited resources, we had to be really creative.

A fellow yogi requested a sample recipe of foods I had made while in training, and how they may be of some use to the new trainees (thanks, Marina!).

This recipe is quick and simple and so packed with nutrients, you won’t need to eat any of those packaged ‘energy bars’ that are too expensive and tastes like expired granola bars, dirty socks, and melted plastic.

You will need a blender or a Magic Bullet for this.  If you have patience, a sharp knife.  Recipe adapted from a friend of mine, Daniela.

Energy Bites 

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grainy picture from our dimly lit hotel room in training: from left to right – walnuts, coconut, cocoa powder, dates, honey, and salt

1 cup pitted dates
2 cups of high fat nuts such as walnuts or cashews (almonds are a little hard in the blender)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
Honey or maple syrup, as needed
1/2 cup unsweettend coconut flakes (optional)

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Date and nut energy bites

  1. Blend the nuts with the salt, set aside in a bowl large enough to mix everything in.
  2. Blend the dates.  They may get really sticky so do a few at a time.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together with your clean hands.  Trust me, this is the easiest way.  Use the honey (or maple syrup) to bind everything together.  Add more cocoa powder if it’s too wet, more honey if too dry.
  4. Shape about 1 tbsp of the mixture into small balls and roll them on the coconut.  Or some cocoa powder for the truffle look.
  5. Place in a container or freezer bags.  Keep in the tiny tiny tiny hotel room fridge so they’ll last longer.

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Alternatively, flatten the entire mixture on a plate, and slice them in cubes.  Pretty isn’t what we’re going for here but portability.  These will keep for at least a week or two. I would have one or two of these an hour before class or for breakfast when I desperately needed the energy. They’re also gluten free, sugar free if you use unsweetened coconut, vegan without the honey, and dairy free.  If you don’t have a blender, use almond butter or peanut butter instead of the nuts (I prefer the texture of fresh nuts).  If you’re a raw vegan, there are plenty of raw versions of the ingredient list.

Good luck to the new trainees!

Laugh, dance, and cry if you need to. Most importantly, love yourself.

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