Today I have much to be grateful for. A warm place to cozy with my family and simple comforts and joys like fluffy blankets, books, organic food and warm drinks. I am grateful for you, someone who has come into my life as a student seeking wellness through Pilates and/or Yoga. Without you to teach, my pursuit of sharing this passion wouldn’t go far. When I began this pursuit part-time more than five years ago, I never imagined I’d be able to give up my corporate job. Thanks to your consistency and commitment, here I am. I admire your dedication to your practices and your desire to continue learning through movement! 

I’d like to share one of the simple joys in my life as a simple gift to you this season. Healthy food makes me feel oh-so-much better everyday, but I still have a sweet tooth from time to time. I am sharing my go to paleo dessert recipe, and trust me, it’s delicious and nearly guilt-free. You can combine making and eating this food with a mindful eating practice to turn it into a self-care activity. Did you know your body doesn’t digest food well unless you’re relaxed? Your digestive system needs to be in a parasympathetic state (non-stress) before it can do its job. Otherwise, the food just sits in your belly waiting for a moment of peace! So, take a moment to relax, breathe, and appreciate and enjoy this healthy little taste of joy. You can find me sitting on my couch snuggled in a blanket, no phone, no tv, with a warm mug of tea and this snack. Even taking five minutes to sit in solitude makes me feel renewed.

Chocolate Ganache Pudding

¾ cup coconut cream (from a can)

¼ cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Tip: I buy coconut cream at Trader Joe’s. You can also use a can of coconut milk if you put it in the fridge so when you open it, the cream has risen to the top.

Instructions: Whisk the coconut cream, cocoa and maple syrup over low heat until smooth and silky. Continue to cook for about 2 minutes or until it comes to a boil with small bubbles. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Taste and add more maple syrup if you’d like it sweeter. Pour into individual containers and chill. You can also put it in one larger bowl to divide later. I love to top this with cacao nibs for a little extra decadence! 

 Enjoy this dessert with a side of peace and quiet!