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Nanaimowies Recipe 

Before I get started I must apologize in advance to you. This new recipe has the tendency to make you feel amazingly good. Not only will it tickle your taste buds but I swear you might start hearing the Happy song in your head as you take your first bite. And with all the cacao in these perfect delicious bites it makes these bad boys an aphrodisiac! If your feeling like your having a blah day, have one of these (you won’t be able to stop at one but you can try) and you will notice the magic take place. Oh and get this, it take 10 minutes to make!

But before we get to that, let’s talk about life. I’m always looking for new and improved ways to make my life or me better. It isn’t a secret how much a love big brows. It’s been my thing for years, had I known what I know now I would’ve never gotten plucker crazy on boring days 10-15 years ago. It’s never been the same since. You all know what I’m talking about. I should’ve embraced the big brows and did very minimal clean up just like the supermodels do! But Seventeen Magazine never gave you those eyebrow tips! Now I’m left with these uneven, unsymmetrical, imperfect brows.

For the last month, I’ve been letting these puppies grow and within the last week there as been some major not so attractive growth. Sometimes I feel like my brows are growing on my eye lids (totally exaggerating) but it’s out of control. This is usually where I throw in the towel, get them threaded/waxed and go back to boring imperfect brows Parita. Not this time. I’m giving it two and a half more weeks. I am convinced that I can get at least one step closer to fixing these guys and getting that much closer to my eyebrow dreams. I’d like to say that I think I’m doing a extremely fab job hiding it though. With my trusty angled brush and dark shadow I’d like to think that you can barely tell, it’s a miracle what makeup can do! But if you do happen to catch an edition of Parita’s Eyebrows Gone Wild, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Now that I got that off my chest! Here is the scoop on these Nanaimowies. The first bite I took almost immediately confused me. Was I enjoying a brownie or a Nanaimo bar?!?! It really is the best of both worlds. Every bite melts in your mouth. Ummm um um! Best part, I can confidently say that they are good for you! Almonds, cacao powder, coconut oil, medjool dates…. Let’s stop there for a second. I know what you’re thinking, dates?!? Now my husband hates dates, he would never touch them let alone eat them but he eats these Nanaimowies likes its his full time job! You can’t taste them at all and they are loaded with good stuff! Trust me! Have I steered you wrong yet?!?

Lastly cacao powder and cocoa powder are NOT the same. Do not substitute the two. Cacao is a superfood for a reason! Cocoa powder is processed and stripped of its nutrients. Give your body the best, it deserves it!

Now for the big reveal!

Nanaimowies Recipe

Ingredients for bottom layer:
8 medjool dates (pit removed)
2 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tbsp cacao powder
3 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup almonds
A pinch of Celtic salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor to a crumbly texture. In a parchment paper lined square/rectangle dish firmly press mixture down and place in fridge.

Ingredients for top layer:

2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (70% or higher is the best)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup

Melt and mix all four ingredients over a low heat on the stove. Once fully melted, pour on top of nut mixture and return to fridge to set.

NOTE: the longer you let it sit the easier it is to cut! For my second batch I waited 3.5-4 hours and it was perfect!

Get ready to fall in love!

Heart, star.Parita xoxo



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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

I’m happy to say that I’m still going strong on my health kick. I’ve had a cheat day here and there, which is usually what really screws me over because thats when I decided to throw in the towel but this time I actually feel guilty when I cheat. Or if I do cheat, I follow it up with at least 2-3 glasses of herbal decaf tea. In my head, that evens it out… Don’t ask!

I have lately been using myself as a guinea pig and testing out a lot of new recipes, superfood powders, homemade body scrubs, homemade face scrubs that I can hopefully share with you soon. Right now I’m testing the powders, face and body scrubs to see if it actually works before sharing it. (Spoiler alert! The body scrub I’m using right now apparently helps reduce the look of stretch marks and cellulite… Cross your fingers!!!) Same goes with the recipes, I like to try them a couple of times to make sure I got it down before sharing it.

This recipe I have eaten many many times! In the last week alone I’ve ate this Raw Rainbow Pad Thai dish at least 5 times. It is so yummy, tasty, crunchy and spicy! What else do you need in life, really?!?!

Now if you don’t have a spiralizer yet, you need to get it! It will change your eating experience. You will be introduced to a whole new world of zoodles (zuchinni noodles), sweet potato curly fries (recipe coming soon, still tweaking a bit), perfectly spiralled crunchy carrots, honestly the list is endless. It takes your salads and your presentation to a whole new level. Where do you get this life changing zoodle maker from you ask? I got mine from Amazon for $29.99 and it was delivered to my door in 2 days! For anyone who has a Kitchen Stuff Plus near by they carry it there as well!

What I like to do is prep myself a head of time. This way in case I’m about to cheat… When I look in the fridge and see everything ready to go and have no excuses. I do enough veggies for 2-3 days.

Another easy time saving trick, if you have a food processor with the extra attachment for grating and shredding USE IT. You will be done in minutes! I use my food processor to grate my carrots and shred my cabbage. Literally two minutes and WHAMO BAMO its done!

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for the magical Raw Rainbow Pad Thai.

Ingredients: 1 serving
– I cup zoodles (spiralized zuchinni noodles)
– 1/2 cup grated carrots
– 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
– 1/3 cup edamame (I use frozen deshelled edamame, that I defrost in a bowl of water)
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– cilantro to garnish

Sauce: 5-6 servings
– 1/2 cup of peanut butter
– juice of two limes
– 2 tbsp of tamari or soya sauce
– 2 tbsp of agave nectar or honey
– 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
– 1 tsp Siracha sauce (add according to spice preference)
– 2-3 tbsp of water to reach desired texture.

To make the sauce simply throw everything into a bowl and mix away!

In a large salad bowl mix together the zoodles, carrots and red cabbage. Add a tbsp at a time of your sauce to coat your veggies. I find that 1.5-2 tbsp does the trick for me. Top with cilantro, edamame and sprinkle on your sesame seeds.

For all the non vegetarians out there looking for some additional protein, you can add a fried egg with an ooey gooey yolk!

Bon Appetit!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

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