“Expect Nothing, Experience Everything” – My motto for the beautiful month of February! Monday evening here, coming off a sugar high from the most rad birthday weekend a gal could ask for. This past Sunday I turned 24 and was elated to spend the weekend being pampered with gifts, love and attention by family and friends.
I have only recently uncovered how the moments reveling in true gratitude can really bring peace and happiness despite any rocky territory you may be going through. In birthdays past, I have often been the kind of person to set standards, expectations and make want-lists. This habit of expecting things has had a way of infecting a lot of areas of my life. Setting standards for your own behavior is one thing, but as I have learnt with past relationships, these expectations only grow resentment and frustration in those you hold them to.
If you allow yourself to truly expect nothing but accept every one of life’s gift’s with gratitude, the sun will truly shine out your eye balls! Don’t forget to stop and sing about how awesome the people in your life are!
OK OK enough inspo-chat. Lets talk about food. This birthday weekend I was not shy about poisoning my body with plenty of wine, sweets, fried food, and meat. Highlights included
- key lime cheesecake (thanks mum!)
- cookie dough Dairy Queen cake (the fudgy center though)
- 5 lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (still have 6 more to get through)
- pulled pork + chicken wings + nachos (superbowl obvi)
- a personal pizza (3am duh)
- jalapeno popper dip (you don’t wanna know)
- 5 varieties of potato chips
So your either drooling or grossed out. haha. I may like to live the ‘FOOD IS FUEL’ philosophy 92% of the time but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to play around with the fun stuff once in a while. (Plus I forgot how happy cupcakes make me).
As the gluttonous weekend comes to an unfortunate end, I eased the pain a bit with these sweet healthy apple nachos. They are super fun and easy to make. You can get creative with them and add any favourite toppings.
Regardless; you HAVE to make the raw caramel dip. It takes 3 minutes and will light up your world. Serve it nice and warm atop apples, ice cream…..you know the drill.
Apple Nachos Ingredients
- 1 apple, cut into slices
- handful walnuts, chopped
- handful favorite granola
- dark chocolate, melted
- raw caramel sauce (recipe follows)
- optional: almond butter, coconut, seeds, nuts etc
5 minute Raw Salted Caramel Sauce
- 5 mejool dates, soaked in 1/4 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
Let mejool dates soak for short jiffy. Combine all ingredients (including date water) in a food processor. Blend blend away until nice and smooth.
Serve slightly warm as an apple dip, or drizzled on anything you please.