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go outside!!

This weekend was perfect. After days of being in the house, classrooms, and laboratories, the weekend just screams go outside! On Saturday, my friend Erin drove to Davis to visit me from San Jose. We went to middle school together in Austin and I hadn’t seen her in years! She happens to be doing an accounting internship in San Jose for the summer, so hopefully I will get to see her a few more times before she leaves. The fact that you can go years without seeing someone and then have it be like no time has passed at all speaks volumes about true friendships. While we are both very different than we were in high school, we still meshed well and were able to connect in new ways. We saw Ted that night, and it was actually way better than I thought it would be. I usually avoid comedies that look…. you know… dumb, but it was cute and funny. A slight over-reliance on racist jokes, but pretty good.

Erin and I, overlooking Lake Berryessa

meet the newest addition to our house, Kathleen :)

Northern California is so beautiful. I am in love. The vineyards, the farms, the bay, the ocean, the people. I think I may want to cozy in here. :)

On Sunday, my friend Aaron and I drove up to Marin to visit Zoe. Before she got off work, we went to the Marin County farmers market. It is the best market I have ever been to. I am so sad and sorry I didnt take photos! I bought…

  • a pound of pasture raised goat meat
  • pastured sheep yogurt
  • maple whiskey jerky
  • an entire pastured roasted chicken
  • an entire pastured raw chicken
  • organic goat cheese

That roasted chicken came in handy for the 5 hour hike we took afterwords!

It was three hours, and perhaps 6 miles, up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

We were very hungry and slightly exhausted once we got to the top, but the views made it all better. Long hikes like these require the best company. I realized how much more fun it was being able to talk during the hike than the many times I have hiked alone in New Zealand or Tibet.

beautiful Zoe and Aaron, who wore a weighted vest…. 

We treated ourselves to burgers, Cobb salads, french fries, and honey lavender ice cream. Third day in a row (between two cities) that I have had honey lavender ice cream. Obsessed.

Honey Lavender from Scoop in Fairfax

Honey Lavender in my bed ;), from Davis Creamery

But until I figure out how to make my own honey lavender ice cream, you will have to settle for this friggin amazing chocolate pudding recipe. Seriously, this was so delicious that I ate the whole thing in one sitting. I had meant for it to be two desserts, but that didn’t happen. I worked out hard that day, damnit! Not that it really matters, since it is sugar free and dairy free and paleo approved.

Aztec Chocolate Pudding

Recipes: Serves 1-2

  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 dropper stevia, to taste
  • big pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (chipotle is good too if you like it!)

Directions – Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until nice and cold.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge. 

it seriously tastes exactly like chocolate pudding.

Benefits:

Avocado * contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. Also contain phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, zinc, and iron. Their greatest asset is their monounsaturated fat content, which is linked to lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, weight loss, and even alleviating depression.

Bananas * a good source of natural sugars, fiber, and potassium, which is key for electrolyte balance. A great source of carbs for paleo followers!

Cocoa * a dense source of antioxidants. Cocoa is also a great source of pre-biotics to feed the healthy flora living in your digestive tract!

Vegan Vanilla Almond Pumpkin Pudding

This was so delicious! I can’t even tell you! I actually prefer it in ice cream form, but I like alliteration, so I named it pudding. It is essentially a higher protein, non dairy ice cream or pudding.

Recipe: Serves 2

Blend the following until smooth, then freeze! For a pudding texture, remove from the freezer when its cold. For an ice cream texture, let it stay in the freezer for a couple hours! Its tough, I know.

1 package light silken tofu

1 tbsp honey (okay, I know this isn’t vegan, but to make it vegan simply sub agave nectar!)

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp brown sugar (or you can use stevia)

a little under 1/3 cup pumpkin

1 tbsp vanilla almond nut butter

1 heaping tsp vanilla extract

lots of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

good pinch of guar gum and xanthan gum

After you have blended if for a while, taste it! You may like it sweeter or more nut buttery, so you can more of wahtever if you need to.

Options: For more of an almond flavor, add an extra tbsp of nut butter. You could also sub in chopped walnuts or pecans. Or shredded coconut flakes. Or dark chocolate shavings. Or all of the above.

Other options: This recipe also works well for fruity flavors. Simply remove the pumpkin and add 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit. Strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and blueberries all work superbly.

Benefits:

Tofu * 1 package contains 20 grams of protein, calcium, and iron!

Pumpkin * tons of vitamin A and C and the antioxidant betacarotene!

Cinnamon * contains of antioxidants and has a blood sugar stabilizing effect