The Lazy Girls Raw Chocolate Recipe

Adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to miss out on indulgences of life. I’ve never been one for sweets but chocolate is my kryptonite.

Luckily there is a much healthier alternative to the Snickers of the world! Cacao has been used for thousands of years and is considered a versatile super food that can elevate your smoothies, oats, and morning coffee. Cacao is a great source of antioxidants, magnesium , and iron. Cacoa is also very stimulating when taken internally it improves blood circulation, digestion, aids in weight loss, and is anti-aging! Cacao is still an ingredient in Americas favorite candy bars but the health benefits are overshadowed by high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and other unhealthy ingredients.

Many of the inspirational social media health gurus I follow post raw sweet treats from time to time but the recipes are long, tedious, and time-consuming. I am the ultimate lazy girl but still want all the goodness (what a millennial), SO I’ve simplified a recipe that takes literally 10 minutes to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen cabinet. ENJOY!

What you need :

  • Coconut Oil
  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • Agave or Maple Syrup
  • Almond Butter or Nuts of Your Choice
  • Toppings (Optional) Like Cinnamon, Coconut Flakes, etc.
  • Carob Powder (Optional)
  • Adaptogens Like Reishi Powder, Ashwaganda Powder, etc (Optional for An Elevated Health Benefit)

What To Do :

  1. Melt one cup of coconut oil into a bowl
  2. Add 1/2 cup of cacao powder and mix
  3. Add sweetener of choice to taste (1-2 tablespoons is good enough for me) but feel free to add in as much as you want
  4. Add in almond butter , I like the chunky kind because it saves time over roasting nuts, the almond butter is optional but it adds a bit of a crunch and savory sweetness.
  5. This part is optional but I like to mix in 1/4 teaspoon of carob powder for nuttiness and depth as well as a sprinkle of reishi and ashwaganda for my adaptogen intake.
  6. I like to pour my mix into a mold tray but you can pour it into pretty much anything you want and cut it up after it sets.
  7. Once you’ve poured your mix into whatever it is you’ve chosen you can top them with whatever you want (coconut flakes, cacao nibs etc.)
  8. Stick in the freezer for about 15 minutes and they are ready to enjoy!
  9. Serve with fruit and you have a tasty treat the whole family can enjoy!

TIP : (be sure not to leave your chocolates out too long as the coconut oil will start to liquefy again)

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The thing I love most about this recipe is that you can make it your own by switching or adding different ingredients. There is plenty of room for creativity with this so dive in and have fun! This was my end result, the raspberries were an amazing combination!

 The mold is the Rose shaped Wilton Stack-N-Melt found at Michaels $8.99, you can shop here.

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Farewell Fast Fashion

I set intentions for the new year, intentions that will elevate who I am as a person as well as challenge me to be the very best version of myself. Health and wellness is not compartmentalized, it is interconnected. One of the intentions I set for 2017 was to say farewell to fast fashion and move towards minimalism. I vowed not to purchase anything from stores like Forever 21 and H&M, in fact I took it a step further. For this entire year I will not by any new clothing items. I set the following guidelines for myself

  1. I will only shop at thrift stores or vintage shops
  2. I will find new ways to wear old pieces  and I will treasure and take pride in what I do have
  3. My worth is not increased by the cost of my clothing
  4. I am not my clothes

The fast fashion industry has wreaked havoc on our environment, it views consumers as cash cows, and uses our insecurities against us. There are 52 seasons in fast fashion- yes 52. That is literally a season a week. This industry only cares about money. Not about the planet, not about the people they underpay to make the clothing, and most definitely not about you or me. We are a consumer culture, but the more we consume the more we seem to want.

I have been successful in my intention so far, but I still have 9 months to go. I have closed credit cards to certain stores, deleted my shopping apps, and unsubscribed to mailing lists. I feel pure liberation. I am empowered by my ability to rebel. I find myself looking inward and working on my self-esteem and self-worth. If you are not aware of what fast fashion is there is a great documentary on Netflix called The True Cost that sheds light on the issue and the impact on our society.

I am excited to continue my self discovery and tap into more creative ventures. I will be updating my secondhand fashion finds, struggles, and wins throughout the year. Have you set intentions for the new year? What are your views on minimalism? Are you on a similar journey? I would love your feedback and any advice you might have too!

Love and Light Always

Xo,

Cori

My Top 3 Rules To Live By For Green Beauty Beginners

SO MANY CHOICES…

Switching over to clean beauty from conventional products can be overwhelming to say the least. Here are some useful tips that have made the transition easier for me, I hope they ease any anxiety you may have too.

1. B R E A T H E 

Stop what you’re doing and pause. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.

When I first began to educate myself about ingredients in our beauty products and the harm they cause to our health and the environment I have to admit I might have suffered a mild anxiety attack. The room began to spin(okay maybe not) and I didn’t know where to start. I kept reading and reading, blogs, books, articles, etc. Downloaded apps and went on a scanning frenzy of all of my products that resulted in even more panic. What have I been doing to myself all these years!? How are these companies allowed to sell these products?! What is going on!!! Cue inhale…and exhale. I had to remind myself to take a step back and take it down a notch. Taking a deep breath and remembering that not everything has to be done at once, and I might not be perfect. But that’s okay too. The most important thing is to educate myself as much as I can and make decisions that work best for me and my lifestyle. There might be some products that contain questionable ingredients that I can’t let go of and that’s also okay. It is my journey and it is unique. Yours will be as too.

2. T A K E  I T  S L O W 

Don’t feel like you have to replace every single conventional item at the same time.

For one its super expensive. You also want to make sure you are finding products that are going to work for you and not just jumping at the first “green” thing you come across. This is where research comes in handy. There are Apps, websites, and social media pages that I have found particularly helpful. I spend a lot of time on the Credo beauty website. They have a great section on their website called Clean Beauty Swaps, where you can find great replacements for many of your current beauty staples. They have an amazing selection of beauty products to choose from that actually work! They also have store locations in San Fran, NY, and the most recent West 3rd location in LA. Blogs like Well + Good  and Goop are an amazing resource for all things health & wellness and Apps like Think Dirty have been oh so helpful. Check them out for valuable information about ingredients and clean product recommendations. Slowly but surely your collection will begin to come together

3.  D O N ‘ T  G I V E  U P 

Give your skin and hair time to adjust to clean beauty. 

Clean beauty products are different. They are formulated with out toxic chemicals and with mostly natural ingredients. unfortunately some toxic chemicals give us certain feelings we know and love. For example: Sodium Laureyl Sulfate(SLS) is a common ingredient in conventional shampoos and cleansers, they give that wonderful foam that makes us feel super squeaky clean. I also had to get used to the way that clean cosmetics felt on my skin. The difference is unreal. Through trial and error I have been able to find my hero products which I will soon be sharing. Everyone is different and what works for one might not for another, this is why being able to walk into a store front to experience products first hand is so helpful. I think that this is the fun part, stepping into a whole new world with a conscious mind and being able to pick and choose what you connect with all without compromising quality.

The Transition.

So excited to be writing my very first blog post and even more excited that you’ve found yourself here. I am an Esthetician on a mission of health, wellness, and well…happiness. I am a beauty junkie, just like many of you are. I had to have the newest palette, collection, or random insta famous liquid lip all endorsed by these beautiful flawless people AND I HAD TO HAVE IT NOW. Every day I was being bombarded with all of these things that I thought that I needed, that I thought would make me prettier or more “in the know”. But none of it made me any happier-maybe for a moment, but it would inevitably fade and it was on to the next. Then something happened. I became immersed into the world of Clean Beauty. The Clean Beauty movement is at a pivotal point and I hope more women become conscious about the toxic chemicals they are layering on their hair, skin, and bodies EVERYDAY. The transition has not been an easy one, and I still struggle but now that I know the level of deception laid on us by the cosmetic industry and the proven toxicity of the ingredients in the products we love I can never go back to conventional products. I care what I put in my body, why should what I put on it be any different? I am leaning as I go, finding out more and more about ingredients and efficacy and I plan to share it all with you. Clean beauty product reviews, ingredient breakdowns and green living will be among the many topics discussed. Green can be glam, and beauty does not have to come with compromise.

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I have started a journey of wellness, a journey that is constant and ever changing. A journey that has opened my eyes to many things and has made me more aware of everything around me. A journey I am still very much new to, but I am learning as I go. Informing myself, reading, and making choices that work for me. I am here to share my journey, my knowledge, and my trials. The theme for 2017 – Gratitude & Self Acceptance. Welcome beautiful. 

XOXO,

C O R I