Coconut Water – Go for UNOCO!

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Coconut water is a great way to hydrate before and after a workout or throughout your regular daily lifestyle! It is a much healthier alternative to a sports drink if you are choosing the right brand.

Some coconut water companies add sugars, preservatives, and other miscellaneous ingredients to their coconut water. Many also go through pasteurization for preservation which destroys many of the nutrients due to the heat treatment.

UNOCO raw coconut water is by far my favourite in taste and nutritional content. Unlike the other brands, it goes through high pressure processing applications (cold-water pressure) for preservation… NOT HEAT. Therefore, it is raw, maintains its nutritional content, antioxidants, pink color, and is absolutely DELICIOUS. If you are a coconut water drinker… you will definitely notice a difference between UNOCO’s raw coconut water versus many other pasteurized brands.

When we sweat we lose many electrolytes. This is why many athletes turn to sports drinks, like Gatorade. Coconut water is a much healthier alternative hydrator and electrolyte replacer versus the commonly marketed sports drinks.

UNOCO’s 250mL bottle has 460mg of potassium (Compared to a banana containing ~422mg of potassium). After a workout this a great way to hydrate and replace that electrolyte to prevent muscle cramping. UNOCO also has NO added ingredients. It’s just as if you cracked open a coconut at this beach and took a drink. Check out their website: http://www.unocodrinks.com
You can also follow their Canadian account on twitter: unocodrinksCAN and instagram: unocodrinkscanada

….. Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and staying hydrated in this hot hot weather. When you get the chance buy UNOCO! You must try it πŸ™‚

Raw Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Squares

Raspberry Choco Squares

JUST in time for Easter! A tasty decadent dessert.
Recipe makes 12 large squares:

Bottom Layer:
1 cup pitted dates, microwave for 40 seconds with 1 tbsp of water and mash/blend.
2/3 cup cashews, smashed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp shredded coconut

Combine and blend all ingredients. Pack into small pan. Put in freezer and start making second layer.

Middle Raspberry Layer:
2/3 cup frozen raspberries, microwave for 15 seconds to soften
1/3 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup cashews, smashed
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter

Combine and blend ingredients. Add on top of bottom layer (once the bottom layer has hardened).

Top Layer:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil

Combine and mix ingredients. Add on top of raspberry layer (once the raspberry layer has hardened).

Store in the freezer. Each chilled!
Enjoy πŸ™‚

Go Green! The famous King Kale Juice

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I got my hands on a delicious King Kale today from Juice Matters. Kale is becoming such a famous green and for all the right reasons! It is high in vitamins A, C, K and contains Calcium.

Functions of these nutrients:

Vitamin A: maintains healthy eye sight and a healthy immune system

Vitamin C: maintain a healthy immune system, may reduce risk of certain cancers and diseases, helps your body absorb iron

Vitamin K: involved in making body proteins (e.g. when bleeding, helps with blood clotting to prevent excessive blood losses)

Calcium: keeps your bones and teeth strong!

Therefore, Kale will give your body a true nutrient boost. Adding kale to your salads, blending it in your smoothies, juicing kale, and just drinking kale juice is extremely beneficial to your health. This cold-pressed juice by Juice Matters has no added sugars, preservatives or GMOs so you know you are getting the real stuff! It is low in natural sugars as it contains 71% vegetable juice. Natural sugars will not cause a drastic glycemic response in your blood sugars as a pasteurized, concentrated, sugary juice would. Cold pressed juices contain more fibres, pectins, enzymes and nutrients.

Moral of the story… GET YOUR GREENS and choose REAL juice πŸ™‚

Caramel Pecan Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Happy Belated Birthday to my amazzzzzing mother!!

 

We celebrated her 50th birthday with a Caramel Pecan Raw Vegan Cheesecake πŸ™‚ …Β This was my first time making a raw cheesecake and it turned out soooo delicious and she loved it!

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Crust:Β 
1 1/4 cup pecans, crushed
2/3 cup almond flour/meal
1 1/3 cup dates, mashed
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup honey
Directions:
1. Put the dates in the microwave for 40 seconds with 2 tbsp of water. Mash when finished.
2. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a crumb consistency.
3. Make a crumb layer at the bottom of a spring form pan.
4. Put this into the freezer.

Filling:
3/4 cup almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions:
1. Combine all these ingredients into a blender and blend.
2. Put this layer on top of the crumb layer and put back into the freezer.

Topping:
The top layer I cheated! I melted caramels and combined it with melted dark chocolate chips (>70% cocoa) and crushed pecans. ENJOY!!! πŸ™‚