RE:treat, Off the Cuff: Vegan Chocolate Pudding

RE:treat, Off the Cuff: Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Every now and then, I see a vegan recipe that inspires and gets me thinking I could live a vegan lifestyle. I love the notion of veganism: no animal welfare issues or red meat health hazards. It’s all about plant-based living that is kind to your body and even kinder to Mother Nature. But alas, you can take the girl away from the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl. Despite it’s merits, I don’t think being vegan is in my cards. However, this raw chocolate pudding recipe from Angela Liddon is an absolute show stopper. Packed full of super foods, including bananas, avocado, cacao and almond butter, everything about this recipe rhymes with “healthy.” Take a peek at Angela’s vegan blog for even more mouth-watering vegan menu ideas. 

veganchocolatemousse 5360   Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar)

Sometimes it’s hard to transfer my swirling brain into the written word. Eric has this funny gesture that he does when he’s poking fun of my overactive mind. Picture him making buzzing noises as he motions electricity coming out of his head. He knows all too well that I’m often unable to quiet my mind. Writing has been challenging lately because life has changed so much and it’s been hard to focus with so many things going on. Then there is the sleep deprivation which isn’t always conducive to making coherent sentences. I always ask Eric what I can write about and he always says, write about how you can’t think of anything to write about. God, he’s so logical…ha.

Creative writing was always my favourite thing in school, next to gym class. My mom often digs up stories I wrote as a child and sends them to me. My writing was so free and filled with zany, creative tales. I never worried if I was saying the “right” thing or if others would like it. I owned that shit. In highschool, I eagerly signed up for a creative writing class with my awesome English teacher, Mr. Pierce. We each made our own creative writing journal. Mine was a huge coiled notebook (I think I splurged on the “fancy” Five Star notebook!) filled with random scraps of inspirational words pasted onto the pages and stories confessing the things I had been struggling with or triumphing over. I wrote about love and heartbreak, a cross country move with my mom, missing my best friend, and starting my last year of highschool in a new school. I wrote about my anxiety and struggles with body image. I wrote and wrote and wrote my little heart out; the words came easily because I knew that my teacher would be the only one reading. It was like therapy. Each week, his encouraging comments scribbled below each entry lifted me up. Sometimes he would ask us to share a bit of what we wrote with our classmates and I would freeze up, rarely ever volunteering, even though I could see him glancing my way out of the corner of my eye. Writing freely for yourself is one thing, but being vulnerable and sharing it with others takes guts. Heck, even writing honestly for your own eyes takes guts…

About RE:treat:

RE:treat is a relatively new, Telluride-based yoga-inspired lifestyle adventure company offering first-class outings (or retreats) in the mountains of Telluride and similar locales abroad. The company’s tagline says it all: “Elevated lifestyle adventures.”  The founders of RE:treat –  Babsi Glanznig, Nicole Nugent, and the source of the above curation, Georgie Bishop – hail from three different continents, America, Austria and Australia, but the ties that bind are yoga, travel, food, and mountain sports. The programs the threesome offers through RE:treats in America and Europe naturally reflect their shared passions: Ashtanga, Forrest, and restorative yoga practices, skiing, hiking, wellness advice, massage, local taste treats and beverages.

In 2015,  RE:treat is hosting a Yoga Glamping Safari in the desert southwest of the U.S., a yoga + hiking retreat in the Italian Dolomites, a luxurious yoga adventure escape in Santorini Greece.

Contact RE:treat to plan your next yoga vacation. 970-729-8108 or PO Box 2615, Telluride, CO. 81435.


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