Making raw food snacks

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Yesterday's batch

Something I have done a lot, when we had our own kitchen, was making raw food chocolate snacks. Often I made lots of it, and then kept it in the freezer to have when people came over.

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Heavenly organic cocoa powder

Some of the good things with raw food snacks are that they are naturally free from gluten, eggs, diary and rafinated sugar. And they are so good!
My niece had asked me to make some while I am here, since she likes it a lot.

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Pumpkin seeds from Whole Foods

So I made one batch yesterday and one today. And since I bought so much ingredients for it, I’ll be able to make one more to put in the freezer.

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Ingredients

Here’s what’s in today’s batch:
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower kernels, roasted
Dates
Cocoa powder
Coconut oil
A pinch of salt

Since I make these from organic ingredients, I choose to use seeds rather than nuts – that keeps the cost down a little. And if people allergic to nuts come to visit, it won’t be a problem.

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Chocolate snack

When making these, I simply grind all the seeds in a food processor, then add the cocoa powder, dates and salt and blend it all before adding the coconut oil.
It’s the coconut oil and dates that will keep the “dough” together. When the oil is chilled it becomes hard.

It’s been so good to be here in Frisco where the Whole Foods market opened rather recently. Don’t think I have ever eaten this healthy in the US before.

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Whole Foods

My brother and his family has started eating a lot more organic food since the store opened.

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Store filled with good things

Allright, that’s all for now!
//Wivan

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Safe and sound in Khao Lak

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Snack dinner in the room

Arrived almost on time to Phuket and the ride to Khao Lak was surprisingly easy and comfortable from the roads and traffic in Bali.

After spending about five to ten minutes only to figure out the lock of the door, we soon realized it was a bit late to find an open dinner place. So we went bananas at Seven Eleven and bought all different kinds of snack we were curious about, some beer and wine coolers and had “a taste of everything” for dinner.

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Wine cooler and Singha

So, now we’re here! Like it so far, and like this simple and clean room that costs less than €16 per night, for both of us, including breakfast. And we’re next to a Padi dive center!
Tomorrow we’ll go explore the neighboorhood.

Love from Thailand!
//Wivan and Anders

Prepared – I think

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Rice cakes

Yesterday I had a terrible blood sugar dip while we were out in the city, doing some shopping and sightseeing.
For that not to happen soon again, we got some extra snacks to be prepared for our upcoming trip.

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Dried fruits and nuts

Up till a few years ago, I often had these terrible dips of blood sugar that basically makes me turn into a monster – an unpleasant experience not only for people around me but also for myself.

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Chia seeds to save the day

This has gotten a lot better, but yesterday was a reminder of how things used to be every now and then, and also showed the importance of me taking care of my basic needs wherever I go. (yes, I did try to be on Anders’ eating schedule for a while yesterday and it didn’t suit me very well – something we both got a very clear picture of…).

So, off I am to get some breakfast and then we’re ready to meet the world!

//Wivan

Concert, snacks and dressing for a party

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Before concert

Earlier tonight we found ourselves in a church, waiting for a concert to start. We’d been invited by friends of the host we’re staying at for the moment, and the only thing we knew about the concert was that the musician was to play a Celtic drum of some sort.

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Celtic music

It turned out to be a wonderful concert, with a German musician who played several different Irish instruments, and sang. Afterwards we were invited to take part in a mingel-party with great snacks and wine. All was free, and we were smiling at how nice things seem to turn out when we let them happen.

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Wonderful mix of snacks

And last night, we had invited some friends over for dinner, and together with our hosts we planned and cooked a really good, yet simple, meal that everybody was satisfied with. It’s so nice here, that coming together with friends and family really is important for most people and the step from thinking of inviting someone over, to actually doing it, is rather short.

At this dinner we also enjoyed to be able to use some of the pieces of our wardrobe that are for “party”, actually a simple way of just making our regular outfits go a bit more festive, or to spice everything up a little with a pretty necklace and a shirt.

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Wivan with a necklace and a headband

When it’s turned a bit cooler, like it has here now, it’s no longer warm enough for Wivan to wear a skirt or a summer-dress, so the long pants have to do.

Now we’re ready for another week of “workaway”; a few hours of work in exchange for food an accomodation. And at this place we’re really being spoiled and loved to the maximum!

// Anders and Wivan

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Anders cooking last night