Raw Vegan Almond Joy: A Coco-Nutty Delight!

For those times you’re feeling nutty – A chewy, sweet snack with a little crunch! This recipe combines sweet coconut filling, topped with an almond, and coated in dark chocolate. Yum!

Eat it as a dessert, snack, or (my favorite!) breakfast.

Embrace the nutty side of life and go for a delicious (and nutritious) coco-nutty snack!

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MAPS Coffee: Bringing Artisan Roasts to Idaho

As I walked through the door of MAPS Roasting Room, located in the Wood River Valley, the scent of freshly roasted coffee beans filled my nose. Funky beats radiated from a turn table near the front of the facility as Jens Peterson, founder of MAPS coffee and roaster for Grace Organics and K&K, manned the roaster.


As we exchanged introductions and began discussing the operation, the temperature in the room began to rise. Thankfully the crisp morning mountain air was still surrounding me, keeping me cool, but as the day heated up, and the roaster cranked out batches of beans, the roasting room got hot! It was then that Jens began to divulge his past experiences with roasting coffee, his current projects, and his future plans. Read on to find out about his beginnings, MAPS Coffee, and what’s to come!


Jens Story

His relationship with roasting began as a child, growing up in the Wood River Valley. His father had a small time roasting operation in the back room of their home. After graduating from high school Jens made his way to California, only to be called back to Idaho a few years later when the family roasting operation expanded. His exposure to the roasting process at a young age continues to play a role in how he roasts today, as does his experiences in California. Thankfully for us Idahoans, Jens has brought his knowledge and experience to artisan sourced and roasted beans, which you can find at Maude’s in Ketchum, Idaho, Black Owl Coffee in Hailey, Idaho, and on his website www.discovermapscoffee.com.MAPS Stamp 2 (2)

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Loosing the Grip: A Shoulders, Neck and Chest Opening Sequence

yogi holding the worldThe expression, ‘to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders’ didn’t come from Chakra informationnowhere. In the shoulders, neck, and chest one may carry responsibility, heavy heartedness, grief, pain, and/or anger leading to tightness and heaviness in these areas. These emotions, as well as the bodies physical response to them, originate from the heart.

One may think of the heart center being located in the front center portion of the chest, when actually the energy located here moves three dimensionally. A block in this area may manifest physically in the upper back or shoulders, arms, heart, immune system and lungs. This sequence is designed to open, stretch, and strengthen these areas. Continue reading “Loosing the Grip: A Shoulders, Neck and Chest Opening Sequence”

A Game for Cultivating Gratitude: Gratitude A-Z


What Exactly is Gratitude?

The National Institute of Health defines gratitude as having appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation. The practice of gratitude reminds us of the miracles which unfold in our lives everyday. It grounds us in the present moment and supports us in cultivating positive perspective. Cultivating this sense of appreciation or thankfulness can be done in many ways, one no better than the other. One must simply find the practice which works best for them. Continue reading “A Game for Cultivating Gratitude: Gratitude A-Z”

Roasted Sweet Chili Almonds with Lime – Deliciously Addictive!

The invitation to attend a Mexican themed dinner party put me into creation mode. I wanted to contribute a tasty treat others could snack on while socializing, which was also vegan and easy to prepare. A quick rummage through the pantry gave me the inspiration for these sweet, spicy, deliciously addictive roasted almonds.


Roasted Sweet Chili Almonds with Lime

10 minute prep              20 minute bake


4 cups raw almonds

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Cacao and Walnut No Bake Cookies – Vegan Style!

Although dessert items aren’t usually on my regular day-to-day menu, this week they seem to be at the top of the list! These rich chocolaty walnut cookies have been the replacement for my usual green smoothie, acting as the breakfast of champions (which I wouldn’t recommend doing too often). I’m not feeling too guilty though! This 30 minute, one pot wonder boast several heart healthy ingredients such as walnuts, oatmeal, peanut butter, and cacao. Whether deciding to enjoy them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, you’ll find yourself in chocolate walnut-y heaven.. not a bad place to be!

Cacao and Walnut No Bake Cookies

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