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Almond Butter Granola by @UpsideDownPear

This past weekend wasn’t a very good yoga class. It was hard finding the time the week before to really practiced and it showed when it was my turn to lead. Even though the full moons past, the energy has just been weird overall still. I feel like everyone at work is crazy busy and tired, and so am I. Definitely going to have to find more time this week to practice. Even though I’m a bit discouraged, learning how to teach yoga is something that I really want so I’m just going to have to push through!

Almond Butter Granola by @UpsideDownPear

On a much lighter note, Bren and I went to see the musical Young Frankenstein put on by a community theater group. It was all sorts of fun and bawdy humor, and the cast was amazing! One of my coworkers was in the play, and he was in more dance scenes than I thought he was going to be in. He’s got a lot of talent and he’s only been a part of the theater for about a year!

Almond Butter Granola by @UpsideDownPear

Since I’m obviously tight on time, I decided to make a granola since I’ve been snacking rather than eating larger meals lately. I really wanted to add some almond butter and chocolate chips and then keep the rest of the granola simple. It’s not one of those crunchy granolas. There a softer crumbled texture which I really like.

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Butterscotch Energy Bites by @UpsideDownPear

Have I mentioned how much I love energy bites!? I think I’ve already got a couple of different kinds…here and here. These use leftover butterscotch chips that I have. Those chips are just taking up precious cabinet space, so I’m trying to think of ways to use the remaining batch. Between the chips and the cinnamon, these are incredible and very sweet. I’m going to have to have Bren eat the leftovers since unfortunately butterscotch chips aren’t vegan. In the meantime, I’ll just make these sans the chips and be good to go!

Butterscotch Energy Bites by @UpsideDownPear

I added a hint of nutmeg and some cinnamon to help boost the flavor of the butterscotch. Instead of honey, I used agave and it worked perfectly! I think I’ll try using it again for another flavor combination that I have in mind. If you wanted to keep these vegan friendly, I think you could safely make this without the chips and they would taste just fine. Normally, I’m not one for butterscotch but every now and then I just want it.

Butterscotch Energy Bites by @UpsideDownPear

These are perfect as an afternoon snack or even as a dessert! I love these different energy bites, and sometimes I even eat them for breakfast. These, for me at least, are a bit sweet for breakfast, but if that’s your thing then these would be a healthier alternative.

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Chocolate Covered Cashews by @UpsideDownPear

I ate a whole handful of these chocolate covered cashews the day before I had to go on my yoga cleanse, and they’re super amazing! These will definitely be made in big batches in three weeks. In the meantime, I’m going to be staring at these delicious morsels. And as long as you remember to eat them in moderation (who am I kidding) they’re on the healthy side of desserts!

Chocolate Covered Cashews by @UpsideDownPear

These took me about 20 minutes to put together and another 20 to harden in the fridge. I decided to melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water instead of a microwave. There’s no particular reason, but this way you don’t have to worry about burning the chocolate. You do want to make sure that no water gets in the chocolate. The water will ruin the chocolate. I just mixed the nuts in the same bowl and then laid them out on a silicone mat. To be extra fancy, I topped half of them with salt and all of them with granulated sugar.

Chocolate Covered Cashews by @UpsideDownPear

Sunday was my first yoga teacher training class and it was both exciting and nerve-wracking. We start with some meditation, and then do the Ashtanga practice, and then we got a chance at leading a class. That last bit was the nerve-wracking part. Getting comfortable guiding people into poses when you’re watching them is definitely going to be the challenge for me, but I’m definitely up for this one! I can’t wait for the next class.

Chocolate Covered Cashews by @UpsideDownPear

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Vegan Parmesan Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

With yoga teacher training starting on Sunday (SO EXCITED), I think I’ve finally found a vegan cheese that I like! Cheese, for me at least, is one of the things that will be really hard to give up for three weeks. I love putting it on just about everything, so I was hopeful when I found out that my local grocery store carried shredded vegan cheese. It was definitely different from real cheese, and there was something about the texture that just didn’t sit well with me. Making this parmesan substitute definitely restored my faith.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

It’s super easy to put together, and all you need is some cashews, nutritional yeast, and salt. That’s it! Cashews are definitely the body of this recipe, but the nutritional yeast gives it that extra punch of flavor. Nutritional yeast is super high in B vitamins and contains other minerals to make it super healthy for you.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

This is definitely going to be used to top spaghetti during my first three weeks of the cleanse, and going to be a nice addition to my usual rotation. This would also be amazing as a topping to a baked mac and cheese! I can’t wait for the teacher training to start. The group that will be doing the training with me are all amazing people, and while it’ll be a lot of information it’ll also be a great time!

Vegan Parmesan Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

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Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn by @UpsideDownPear

We made this to take with us on the plane ride to San Diego. It’s about a four hour plane ride for us, so we definitely were going to need something to eat during our flight. You only get drinks and a super small bag of peanuts (or cookies). This was super easy to make and really portable. We just tossed it in a plastic zip top bag and packed it in our carry on.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn by @UpsideDownPear

This sweet popcorn would be perfect to sit down with during a movie after dinner. It’s got just enough sweetness to feel like a desert, but doesn’t go over the top. If you have any leftover cinnamon sugar, you can save it and add it to toast the next morning for breakfast.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn by @UpsideDownPear

I’m really looking forward to this vacation. It’s been just about a year since we’ve been in San Diego, and I love just watching the waves roll in. Not to mention all the delicious drinks that we’ll be having. It’s the one big vacation I take during the year, and it’s always a great time! There’s been rumblings that we might be changing the venue next year, but we’ll see where we end up. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the ocean air.

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