Healthy Salted Date Caramel Sauce

I’ve been loving my healthy treats lately, its been a strange thing for me, because I don’t really like sweet treats. ¬†The things you will like during pregnancy might startle you and make you worry about who you’re turning into!

I’m usually a rather nice person, and I watch Carl eat something in one sitting, but lately I’ve felt a lot of resentment towards the fact that he can’t control himself and eats most of my special really dark chocolate, in such a short period, where I try to make every block last and practice self control. ¬† ¬†I actually went to bed angry thinking about the fact that I didn’t have a little block of chocolate, the irrational anger is real guys. ¬†We think pregnancy is tough on us, but what about our poor husbands, or partners just getting caught in the crossfire of our irrational emotions or maybe they should just leave our special treats alone!

This salted caramel date sauce is amazing! I’ve been using it in everything! Seeing as I’m trying to eat 6 dates a day for a better labour, and my blender doesn’t want to properly blend in the dates in any of my smoothies; ¬†This sauce is my special way of sneaking in delicious dates into my diet, that feels so decadent, but is so much better for you than normal caramel sauce. ¬†I’ve been using it in my overnight oats, overnight coconut porridge, for my frozen salted date banana bites, as a dip for fruit, swirled into banana nice cream and as an extra special something to my rooibos latte. ¬†The possibilities are endless!

HEALTHY SALTED DATE CARAMEL SAUCE

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, if they don’t seem soft, or you have a bad blender soak them in warm water for 15 minutes and discard water.
  • 1/4 tsp ground Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 or more non dairy milk. ¬†If you like it a little runnier add more milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp caramel extract – optional, but adds extra caramely goodness.

Directions

healthy salted caramel

Blend everything together in a blender until its smooth and has reached your desired consistency.   Serve with apple slices, or refrigerate

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Moroccan Red Lentil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

While everyone else is gearing up for the colder weather, I’m sitting here soaking up the last bit of Winter on these cloudy Cape Town days. ¬† When the weather gets colder we all tend to gravitate to comforting, warming meals that make us feel all cosy and toasty. ¬†This soup brings all the comfort, but with so much flavour, the delightful tastes of Morocco dancing on your tongue will bring all the comfort and soon become one of your favourite recipes.

Filled with good for you ingredients like kale, sweet potato, carrot and the ever so trusty red lentil, this is an affordable meal that’s healthy and easy on your pocket, yet will make you feel like you put way more effort into meal time.

MOROCCAN RED LENTIL, KALE AND SWEET POTATO SOUPserves 4

Moroccan Lentil, sweet potato and kale soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, any other oil
  • 1 shallot, ¬†finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups split red lentils
  • 2 quarts low sodium vegetable stock
  • lemon wedges, coconut yogurt, fresh coriander and parsley

Directions

In a large pot over medium high heat, add oil.

Add the shallot and carrot, and saute until translucent and starting to brown.  Add the garlic,cumin, ginger, turmeric, paprika, chilli flakes and cinnamon.  Cook until fragrant about 1 minute, while stirring.  Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils, sweet potato, kale and vegetable stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer uncovered for 20 Р25 minutes, until the lentils and vegetables are tender.  Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Amazing lentil soup

Serve the soup with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of lemon, garnish with fresh coriander and parsley. ¬†Serve with a crusty bread, personally I think the soup is filling enough on its own to be served without bread, so I didn’t bother. ¬†Enjoy.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Surprise beach days.  Clear blue water in between the mountain.

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^^ We weren’t dressed for the beach at all!

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^^Trying to flatten my wind swept hair.

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^^ Morning hikes.  No time for make up when you need to get hiking.

 

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^^ Pretty little flowers on our hike.

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^^ We are moving at the end of this month, but that didn’t stop me from getting this sweet little bassinet.

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^^ Lots of surfers….Not a lot of waves…

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^^ I kept running around trying to find a perfect sized rock, Carl kept screaming after me to stop running.

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^^ Flowers on the beach.

Hello friends! How was your weekend? We had a very active weekend of hiking, ocean time and getting some stuff for our baby. ¬†We’ve been trying to get a hike in every weekend and seeing how far we can go before my insane need to pee starts to kick in. ¬†Every weekend we get a little further and every return I tend to almost run home to the comfort of the loo. ¬†On Sunday we had big plans to go to this specific picnic area, but after getting lost, not being able to find a loo ANYWHERE, we somehow ended up driving along the ocean on the most magical ocean drive ever! ¬†Sometimes the things that aren’t planned work out even better. ¬†All the wild flowers all around the Cape has made even the most mundane tasks amazing.

Cookies and Cream Vegan Ice Cream

I’ve been craving delicious sweet treats like crazy since moving to Cape town, maybe its the stress, but I just want all the candy! I know that’s not a good idea for me and I try to stay reasonably far away from sugar as possible or keep it to a minimum, I’m actually insanely good at moderation and not being tempted by things. ¬†I’ve got some serious willpower! I’ve been coming up with healthy treats that you wont even notice has no sugar – to just a bit of sugar in! ¬†This banana ice cream is amazing! creamy, dreamy with that amazing cookies and cream ice cream flavour that so many of us love. ¬†I used an oreo, but feel free to use any cookie you have around.

This is so much better for your waistline and your health than normal ice cream, ¬†a perfect serving size for one or you can share with your loved one. ¬†I shared this with Carl with no problem, if that’s not love!

COOKIES AND CREAM VEGAN ICE CREAMServes 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, peeled chopped and frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp non dairy milk ( to get things moving, if you have a powerful blender you probably don’t need this)
  • 1 Oreo cookies, extra for garnish

Directions

Place the bananas, vanilla milk and oreo in a blender.  Blend until smooth and the consistency of soft serve.  You might have to stop to scrape the sides down.  Garnish with a crushed oreo.

Serve immediately.

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an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Cookies and cream banana nice cream.  Way better for you than normal ice cram and just amazingly yum!

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^^ Anniversary walks around Greyton

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^^ This place has the cutest little streets, houses and flowers all over.

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^^ Super smiley Carl

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^^ The drive to Greyton is absolutely amazing, just look at that colour.

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^^ It doesn’t even look real.

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^^ Even on cloudy days he doesn’t want to keep his eyes open for photos.

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^^ Sunday seashell hunting.

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^^ He found a shell.  I was looking for medium sized shells and he kept giving me really big seashells, that looked like we could live in it.

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^^ pretty yellow flowers for our anniversary.

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^^ Ocean treasures.

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Hello friends! How was your weekend? Can you believe its already August, I can’t believe how fast this year has just flown by. ¬†We celebrated our first wedding anniversary by taking a drive into the countryside of Cape town, we found the sweetest little town to walk around in and feel all giddy, I was really surprised by all the restaurants serving vegan friendly meals, its something you don’t often see in small towns! We are still looking for a perfect print to order, so nothing on the first year wedding anniversary gift front yet, but we will find the perfect print eventually, I hope.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ amazingly wonderful cloudy day at the v & a waterfront.  We walked around, took some photos and went to the amazing H&M sale!

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^^ Scenic drives, sometimes you just have to stop to take some photos of the clearest, bluest water you’ve ever seen.

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^^ ocean gazing.

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^^ Clock towers.

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^^ The  cutest tugboat.  On one side it was really cloudy and on this side it was blue, Cape town always wants the sun to shine.

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^^ Flags floating in the wind.

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^^ Mountains, ocean, what more could you want.

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^^ Walks around camps bay. ¬†The best tidal pool, I’ve ever seen.

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^^ Just standing around.  Cape town and my hair does not go together, my hair has never looked so bad.  Its been bumming me out.

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^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

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^^ This mountain range is called the 12 apostles, for obvious reasons.

How was your weekend? did you have a daily adventure? ¬†Since pokemon go’s release we’ve been watching pokemon again. ¬†Sometimes its great to feel like a kid again and watch shows from your childhood, every time they call an onigiri a jelly doughnut I laugh and laugh. ¬†Silly people. ¬†Our one year wedding anniversary is coming up in a week, a year has just flown by! We’ve been looking for the perfect paper joined gift to get, we’ve been looking all over the show for a perfect print, but we keep coming up empty. ¬†I guess the best place to look is online. ¬†What did you get for your one year wedding anniversary?