All posts tagged: family

Gluten-free Maple Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are a family favorite and are a great little treat for when you need it most 😉 They’re gluten-free and you have the option to make them vegan if you like. As always, I encourage you to play around with the recipe and make it your own, get the kids involved with the process and, more importantly … Have Fun! Ingredients: 1 generous cup of brown rice flour 1/2 tsp of baking soda 1/2 cup of Earth Balance baking butter, soft but not melted (I love EB because it’s vegan and great for baking, but feel free to use regular if you like) 1/2 cup of maple sugar 1 egg (for vegan use egg replacement, or combine 1 tbs of flax seeds with 3 tbs of water in a high speed blender) 1/4 tsp salt 1 vanilla bean 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1 cup of gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill best, it’s organic and super yummy) Pre-heat oven to 350℉ In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking …

Let go of “body image” and start having fun!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to take an aerial yoga class. After much deliberation on whether I should or shouldn’t take it, I eventually convinced myself that I was too heavy, felt embarrassed, and ultimately decided not to do it. Well, the opportunity came around again and I though what the hell, just sign up and have fun! I went, and no, I wasn’t too heavy, had the time of my life, and it was an overall amazing experience. This got me thinking …. What else have I been missing out on because of my warped body image issues? I used to surf, a lot. I would drop my son off at school, surf all morning and then pick him up. For some reason or another the amount of time I spent out on the water became less, and less, and then it stopped completely. When I realized how much I missed it, I knew I had to get back out in the water, but by that time, I had gained a lot of weight. …