One Year Wedding Anniversary | Marriage Q&A

Here we are one year later and I still can’t believe that I’m married to my best friend. Ralph and I started dating over 9 years ago and I wished we filmed or recorded ourselves throughout that time.  Now that we are married, I want to share every year of our marriage so we can look back at these memories many many years later. In this video we answered the following questions:

  1. What is the biggest difference between being married and dating?
  2. When are you planning to have kids?
  3. How do you deal with each other’s bad habits?
  4. Who is the clean freak?
  5. Did you learn something shocking about your significant other?
  6. How do you keep things spontaneous so you don’t fall into a routine?
  7. What have you learned about yourself?
  8. What is the best thing about being married?
  9. Some people say the first year of marriage is the hardest. Do you agree?
  10. What advice would you give to newlyweds?

This year has been so wonderful, but it hasn’t come without a few learning experiences.  Each and every morning, day and night I am thankful for my amazing husband.

I hope that you enjoy this post and I would love to know more about you and your relationships. Do you have any recommendations for newlyweds? What do you think is the most important factor in a marriage?

 

XOXO

Christina,

3 Warm & Healthy Caribbean Vegan Recipes!

 

Winter in Miami has been really amazing. Not too cold and not too warm. Waking up to high 70 degree and cool winds just make you want to cozy up and cook some warm dishes. Today I am sharing 3 plant-based recipes that are warm and super delicious.

RECIPE 1: SOUP-JOUMOU or HAITIAN SQUASH SOUP

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetWith my Haitian background, there are many recipes that are not vegan but I have found that making these recipes with a plant-based twist is actually much tastier. I find that the taste of squash is much more prominent however you can use this recipe and add your own twist. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 whole garlic
1 jalapeno (or 1/4 habanero), chopped
1/2 of a medium size squash, diced
2 carrots, chopped                                                                                                                                                                1 stock of celery, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1-1/2 teaspoons allspice
4 cups vegetable broth
1 bunch of cilantro leaves

Preparation

Cut and boil the squash in a large pot with water. Save the water, then remove the skin from the squash. Blend squash with hot water until smooth like puree. In a large pot, add oil, chopped onion,  chopped carrots, and celery. Let vegetables cook for about 5 minutes then transfer squash puree to the pot and add vegetable broth, allspice, jalapeno, thyme and cilantro leaves, and whole garlic. Let soup cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes and serve with bread and vegan butter.

RECIPE 2: QUICK & SWEET PEACAN AlMOND OATMEAL

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Oatmeal has definitely been my Go-to Breakfast because it is so simple to make. This oatmeal is a bit like a creamy soup but once it cools it thickens a little. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup of Instant Oats
1.5 cups of almond milk
1 tbs of cinnamon powder
1 tbs of vanilla extract 
A hand full of Pecans chopped 
1 banana
3 strawberries
1 tbs of almond butter

Preparation

Bring 1/5 cup of almond milk to a boil. Add cinnamon and vanilla extra and stir until well mixed. Add the rest of the almond milk than the oats. Stir and let cook on medium heat. when done remove and add to nice eating bowl. Add the spoon of almond butter, chopped pecans, banana, and strawberries.

RECIPE 3: CHOCOLAT PAY or HAITIAN HOT CHOCOLATE

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Hot chocolate is one of those things you find almost anywhere; however, Haitian hot chocolate is made with pure cacao. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of pure 100% raw cacao powder
2 cups of almond milk
3 tbs of cinnamon powder
1 tbs of vanilla extract 
2 full anise seed dried
Brown sugar to sweeten to your liking

Preparations

In a large pot, bring half a cup of almond milk to boil. Add anise, cinnamon, and vanilla extra and stir until fully mixed.  Add rest of almond milk, cacao powder, and sugar. Stir until cocoa is completely dissolved. Enjoy with bread, butter, and cheese sandwich -vegan of course!

Hope you enjoy these recipes! Let me know if you try them and your thoughts.

xoxo,

Christina

Cartagena Travel Guide! Colombia’s Most Romantic City

 

Cartagena is definitely one of the most romantic Caribbean cities in Colombia. It is very diverse with the historic towns and the new highrise buildings all along the coast. You get both the modern city life, the historic towns and charm, and the beach life in one area.

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We started our trip on a Friday night and headed directly to the old city for some dinner. The atmosphere there was wonderful the people, the music, the shops etc. There is no shortage of restaurants or activities. You’ll find each plaza with music, vendors, decor, and so much more.

 

The next day we headed to the old city and walked around. It’s easy to get lost in the old city but its the kind of experience you want when roaming around in Cartagena. If you are looking for an authentic and local experience, it is absolutely important to try small food vendors. The taste of the food was deliciously full of flavor and absolutely divine. Its the quality of ingredients you expect to get from a tropical city.

 

Day 3, we headed to Blue Apple Beach, a 15 min boat ride from the city and you are in a magical oasis. The boat ride is an adventure in it of itself as you are basically in a speedboat. We arrived at the cozy beach club which includes massages, daybeds, pool, volleyball court, giant board games, and music.

 

Our last day in Cartagena, we decided to head to a very popular spot called Cafe del Mar to watch the sunset. This restaurant has a wonderful view of the beach and is located right on the wall which is such a romantic touch. You can’t help but fall in love when walking around this city.

 

If you ever visit Cartagena, be sure to plan ahead as there is so much to experience. Sending you all lots of positive energy 🙂

Christina

 

Fresh Home Made Pomegranate Slushy (Health Benefits of Pomegranates)

If you are a health enthusiast like me and are looking for a healthy and delicious juice to cool down on a hot day, then you have to try this pomegranate slushy. As you may know, pomegranate contains more than 100 phytochemicals known to fight cancer and other diseases. Like fresh green juices, pomegranates have a high-level of antioxidants, vitamins, and are known to dissolve kidney stones or cyst. They are a great blood builder and if consumed on a regular basis help to unclog pores and regulate hormones as they flush out toxins.  Adding Pomegranate to your diet may also reduce your risk of chronic diseases and inflammation.

This pomegranate slushy is sweet, delicious, and healthy; here is the super simple recipe!

Serves 2-4 people |

Ingredients

  • 2 Pomegranates
  • 2 cups of Coconut water
  • 2 tbsp of Agave nectar
  • Shaved ice

Directions

  1. In a high-speed blender, add ice and blend until snowy consistency and set aside in the freezer
  2. Use your paring knife to remove the flower from the top of the pomegranate and start deseeding.
  3. Add seeds, coconut water, and agave to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Strain your juice using a nut bag and set aside.
  5. Place the shaved ice in the desired container and add the pomegranate juice.
  6. Enjoy right away!

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I hope you get to enjoy this sweet and healthy beverage. Let me know in the comments below if you do 🙂

Christina

 

Date at the Museum – Creative Date Ideas

I love going on fun and creative dates. A few months ago, Ralph and I visited the newly built Frost Science Museum in Down Town Miami. We previously visited the Science museum which was located in Coconut Grove years ago which was now moved to Downtown. My first impressions of the place is that of a modern and green ideal. The outside structure resembles a dome which houses the planetarium and is powered by solar panels. The rooftop aquarium has a breathtaking view of the Port of Miami. Admissions are $28 for adults and $20 for children a bit pricey but well worth it.

So why the museum for a date? I think a museum date is a great option because it allows you to understand your partner mindset. While browsing around the museum you will talk about similar interest and see how your date sees the world through their eyes. I highly recommend trying the planetarium. It is a magical place that reminds you how massive the universe really is. Be sure to book your tickets early for the show as they are usually sold out. There is also a huge aquarium on level 3 with beautiful coral and colorful fish. I enjoyed this date and would recommend it to any couple -especially as a first date! Leave a comment down below and let me know if you have been on a Museum date or if you would give it try?

xoxo,

Christina

Vegan Corn Meal Porridge (Caribbean Polenta)

Hi Friends,

If you are looking for a healthy savory breakfast recipe look no further. If you like grits you will love this recipe. It is a favorite of mine and Ralph. I used to eat it for breakfast when I was younger with fish but I made a few changes and added my own vegan twist to this recipe and it’s delicious. This dish is as simple as it can be and just as tasty. With a puree like a texture and garlicky zest, This is a must try the recipe!

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Serves 2 people |

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3 cups Pure Filtered Water
  • Small minced white onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 of cup of parsley
  • 1/2 of one large Red pepper
  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Hass avocado or 1/2 of one large avocado to serve

Directions

  1. Heat saucepan or pot over high heat. Add oil.
  2. Stir in the garlic and minced onions until they are translucent.
  3. Rinse the cornmeal and add to the saucepan.
  4. Add water, salt, pepper, and stir
  5. Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-high and let come to a boil.
  6. Stir in the spinach and parsley and leave uncovered. let it cook for 20-25 mins.
  7. In a separate pan, add oil, finely chopped red peppers and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. let pepper cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
  9. Remove from heat. Serve with slices of avocado.

Enjoy!

Christina

Homemade Organic Almond Milk

 

Hello Friends!

Today I want to share with you how I make my own Organic Preservative-free Nut Milk. I used to buy Almond Breeze at my local food store for years but after reading more about preservatives and their effects on our body, I decided to make my own Nut Milk every week. Preservatives and additives are placed to keep food fresh longer however they can remove the nutrients found in the food and can exacerbate allergies. That is why I choose to make my own fresh batch of Almond milk every week as it is simple, alkaline and nutrient rich. Almonds are high in vitamins E, Manganese, Biotin, Copper, and B2.  I also love the fact that I can control the number and quality ingredients that go into my body. This recipe is easy and has a light nutty taste which is perfect for cereal, smoothies, baking, and drinking. Once you try it, you will be making your own milk every week. Let’s get started!

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Here is the Healthy Plant-based Nut milk recipe:

Serves 2 people |

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups  of Raw Organic Almond  (Soaked)
  • 4 cups Pure Filtered Water

Tools

  • High Powered Blender (I use a Ninja)
  • Nut Bag (I bought mine on Amazon)
  • Glass milk Jar container (to store your milk in about a liter)

Directions

  1. In a large Bowl, add nuts and enough water to cover the nuts. Cover and let soak overnight or 6-8 hours at room temperate.
  2. Rinse the nuts and place them in your blender with 4 cups of water
  3. Blend until milky Smooth
  4. Place your nut Bag in a large bowl and strain your nut milk. Squeeze and twist the nut bag as much possible to extract all the milk.
  5. Transfer your milk to the glass milk jar and store in the back of the fridge for up to 4 days.

*TIPS: If you want a more concentrated nutty flavor, add less water when blending. Also, you can choose to sweeten your milk with dates, agave, or vanilla.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try. If you have tried it, please let me know the results. Was yours creamy?

XOXO

Christina

What The Health: A Must Watch Documentary

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share my thoughts on this highly controversial documentary What The Health available on Netflix in hopes to inspire you to change your diet. What the health portrays the journey of a man in search for answers on the world health crisis and disease prevention. It suggests that major corporations and pharmaceutical companies alter our perception of what a healthy diet means by allegedly contributing to politics and world health organizations. The filmmakers which also created Cowspiracy are not trying to force viewers into giving up animal products but instead to provide facts in hopes that you have the knowledge to make the best decision for your life.

I understand the information may be shocking and unbelievable to most of us but the film actually backs up its fact with research. For example according to the  World Health Organization. “GLOBAL REPORT ON DIABETES”. 2016 the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The number keeps increasing every year, however, no cure has been found since 1980? Maybe it’s because we are only treating the symptoms. Someone who is diagnosed with diabetes will be told by his doctor to take insulin, stop eating sugar and include exercise into his/her regimen. However, the complication of diabetes get worse over time and then you are at risk for heart disease and side effects from medication etc. No one is aware that diabetes is curable. Yes, curable.  And to see so many people suffering from illnesses that are “Man-Made” is devastating. This documentary goes into details of the food pyramid. For one the data shows who created the food pyramid and its effects on our health. I made the connection when I heard of the numbers of pets nowadays dying from diabetes, cancer, heart disease; the same diseases we humans are facing. What is the connection? Our Diet! What we eat is killing us and we are not connecting the dots. We are so disconnected from our bodies that we no longer understand its function. For your body to perform at its best, it needs fuel FOOD. Not fake food Real food. Real food is food that we find in nature, organic, and untouched by man. The golden rule is “if it is made in a lab it takes a lab to digest” Our body is our home, the vessel which allows to you live in this lifetime and create your dreams. And before we can achieve any financial goal we need health.

Health is the most important part of our survival. Without health, we cannot live the life we dream. If we have all the money in the world and no health then we are unhappy, unhealthy, and poor. Wealth doesn’t come from financial or material gains it comes from a healthy mind, body, and soul. Once you know yourself, love yourself, and accept yourself for who you are, you become powerful. And it all starts with our diet. This documentary expanded my awareness on the subject of health but also made me understand the need for compassion in our society. I would highly recommend watching this documentary for information purposes and not criticism. Be open to the data and make your own analysis. I learned that we are fed countless information through the media and it is up to assess the data and create our lifestyle.

I strongly recommend everyone to start questioning every decision they make about food. As every time you eat you are either creating health or treating illness. Why do you eat certain foods? And what effects do these foods have on your body? We are not synthetic beings, therefore, we should not eat synthetic foods. The documentary left me questioning 2 things, what is the human diet and how do we obtain ultimate health? If you have watched the documentary, what were your thoughts?

With deep respect and appreciation,

Christina

 

My Soul Cycle Experience

 

Last weekend, my friend Bia invited me and a couple of her friends to Soul Cycle. She decided to celebrate her 25th birthday Cycling! What a great way to kick-start your birthday by burning some calories and toning up your body right?

Our class started at 8:30 am bright and early on a Saturday morning.  I was a little bit nervous because it had been a while since I had cycled and I wanted to be sure I could keep up.

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Located at the entrance of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, the facility is extremely clean and well kept. The bathrooms are stocked with all the supplies you can possibly need such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, lotion, deodorant, tampons, hair dryer, razors, shaving cream, hair ties etc. You can tell they really paid attention to details when they designed this place.

They also have lockers and cycling shoes. We headed to the cycling room and searched for our bike number. A friendly staff member helped set my bike to the correct height and made sure I had a towel and water. Once the instructor arrived the room was transformed into a party place. Lights were dimmed, the music flowing and we started pedaling. I loved the motivational words the instructor kept affirming as we were going through each exercise.

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The class is not only about the legs. All bikes were stocked with 2-5lbs weights for arm exercises. Around 20 minutes into the exercise, our instructor included arms, shoulder, and upper back exercises into our workout. It was done while pedaling, a really great full body workout, I could feel the fat crying lol!

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Overall I would highly recommend this place because cycling is a great workout plus the facility is very clean and the staff is genuinely happy to help you reach your goals. I, on the other hand still experience butt pain, not muscle pain but the pain from the cycling seat which makes it uncomfortable for me when working out. I guess no pain no gain, right?

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Have you tried Soul Cycle? If so, what was your experience? Do you experience pain from the cycling seat too?

Xoxo,

Christina

Loaded Vegan Sweet Potato Crust Pizza – Healthy, Plant-based and Gluten free Pizza

 

I was looking for a healthier option for pizza and came across gluten-free recipes all over Pinterest. This sweet potato crust pizza is gluten-free, delicious and so nutritious. This Pizza is fully loaded with veggies which are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Without any further adieu, here is the recipe! 

| Serves 2 |

Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes (enough to yield 1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup All purpose Gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of dairy free pizza sauce

Toppings

  • 1/2 of one large Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Mushrooms
  • A Handfull of Kale
  • A Hand Full of Sweet Corn 
  • 1/2 Cup of Red and Orange Bell Peppers
  • Dairy Free cheese of your choice (I love provolone slices by company Follow Your Heart as they are soy free, non-GMO and truly delicious. Found at my local Publix)
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves for a little bit of garnish and a pinch of Black pepper to taste
  • Avocados to serve (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF degrees, and set a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes into quarters. Add potatoes to boiling water, turn down to simmer, and boil them for about 20 minutes or until a knife easily pierces through.
  3. Drain potatoes from the water, and mash well in a large bowl.
  4. Add one cup of your sweet potato mash, almond flour, baking soda, Herbes de Provence seasoning, and salt to a large bowl. Mix the dough well with your hands until the mixture resembles a ball of orange pizza dough.
  5. Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper, and press out the dough to a large circle. The dough should be about a 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges of the dough are slightly browned.
  7. Remove your pizza from the oven, add the sauce, vegan cheese, and desired toppings, and bake for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  8. Slice up, and enjoy with some fresh cilantro, black peppers, and avocados!

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe and give it a try. Always tweak it to your liking and let me know your favorite Pizza recipe!

Xoxo,

Christina

 

My Top 3 Recommended Books for a Happy Relationship

 

Since dating my now husband Ralph over 9 years ago, we were often asked by friends and family about our relationship. How are we still happy and in love as the first day we met?How do we manage not to argue with one another?

Before I share my experience, I want to make a point. And it is that a “Healthy relationship is possible”. I think there is a big misconception on relationships in our society. On one end we want the relationship to be just like the beginning and the other we believe it is not “realistic”. I can say from my own experience being in a toxic relationship versus in a loving one that relationships can be wonderful, romantic and passionate but it does take work. The main reason I believe people are afraid of relationships is that we don’t understand one another. Being in a loving relationship is beautiful and is possible for anyone who wants it. But you have to be willing to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to give it your all, to open yourself up 100% and understand that you may get hurt but still choose to give of yourself every day. Sometimes we fall in and out of relationships thinking the next one will be different however we have not changed or learned from the experience. I truly believe in life and relationships you must always keep growing and contributing. If your relationship is not growing, well simply it is dying. That is a natural fact of life, anything that stays stagnant will eventually die. And in order for your relationship to flourish, you must put in the work.

I believe a lot of my relationship success is due to the fact that my husband and I applied principles from the following books and to this day review them constantly. We continue to grow both as separate individuals and as a couple with a common vision. We fall in love with one another every day because we are committed to each other in this relationship. We have learned a lot from one another and have read books and watched seminars on relationships to strengthen our bond.

Here are My Top 3 Recommended Books for a Happy Relationship…

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom By Don Miguel Ruiz 

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When it comes to relationships, we seldom focus on ourselves. We see self-care as an act of self-indulgence, however, self-care is not selfish as you cannot serve from an empty vessel. You must first work on yourself because you are your first priority. Take care of yourself and love yourself so you can become the best version of yourself. You can do this while you are in a relationship or single. Self-care is taking responsibility for your life and becoming your own hero. That is why I recommend reading The 4 agreements first because I strongly believe the key to a great relationship with anyone starts with yourself. In The 4 Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz explains how as children we made agreements with our parent’s realities as well as the outside world. By doing so, we believed in their ideals which created our dogmatic character. However, we are able to break free from those beliefs if we do not accept them as true or agree with them. The 4 agreements are as followed.

  1. Be Impeccable with your Word – Use your words to inspire, lift, encourage and create a positive influence on yourself and others. Basically, don’t use your words to hurt people and yourself.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally – Learn to respect others even when you don’t agree with them. It helps you deal with negativity from others and yourself.
  3. Don’t make Assumptions – Since none of us can read minds, assuming what others are thinking about you only creates negative results and consequences. Always ask questions before concluding and you will have clear communications and understanding every time.
  4. Always do your Best – At the end of the day, you should always be able to look at yourself in the mirror and know you did your very best. And if it was your last day on earth, you will not have regrets. Please, keep in mind that your best may be different from day to day.

The author also created “The 5th Agreement” which suggests the key principle Be skeptical but learn to listen. By reading this book and applying the concepts to your life, I am sure you will strengthen your character and will become the best version of yourself which will resolve in a happy relationship.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex By John Gray

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Interestingly enough, I haven’t actually read The Book but my husband and I have watched the live French edition on Youtube every year since 2009. It has become our yearly ritual or a kind of relationship review or assessment. It was first recommended to us by my parents in law who also gifted us the book. The 2-hour interactive video is charismatic, funny and engaging. The video stars Paul Dewandre who explains his personal struggle to understand his wife Corrine. The concept of Mars and Venus explains how fundamentally different men and women are and how the feminine and masculine energies communicate. Most relationship problems can span on the simple fact that we do not understand each other and how the opposite sex thinks.

For instance, the video showcases the example of a man who comes home after work and does not pay attention to his wife immediately. She automatically perceives it as “He doesn’t care about me” but for a man, his objective is to leave the best for last. That is because men come from a mentally from the planet Mars which objective is to FIX a problem First; whereas women come from the mentality from planet Venus which is to Talk and explain her feelings about the problem. That alone to a woman can make her feel heard which is ultimately what she wants. So, if you are a man don’t offer a solution to your girlfriend or spouse when she comes to you with a problem instead comfort her and listen to her, you will lower the wave as it is said in the video which will create harmony in her. However, if you are a woman, don’t probe your man for answers about the situation as he does not process the problem the same way you do, give him some space and let him come to you. Ultimately, in every situation, you should not ask what would I want to be done if I was in his/her situation? but ask how can I support him/her so that he/she knows I am here? It goes back to agreement number 2 which is not to take things personally. Once you use these concepts, you can both ride the wave of happiness together. I recommend all couples to read The book or watch the live show as it is extremely important for any relationship to understand how both sexes communicate.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts By Gary D Chapman

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This last book is a game changer, especially after reading “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”. Now that you have a better understanding of men and women, it is time to understand how they love. The 5 Love Languages offers the final key I believe every relationship needs, “The how to love Handbook”. More often than not, the reason for a breakup or divorce is because we no longer feel the connection, passion, trust or romance we felt at the beginning of the relationship. The “honeymoon phase” is gone and now we are living in a day-to-day world of work and paying bills etc… The book explains the distinct difference between falling in love and loving someone. When we fall in love we tend to not see the other persons’ flaws because everything they do is perfect and wonderful but once the honeymoon phase is over, we may wonder if we even like this person. We fall into the world where laundry is never done, dirty dishes are in the sink and hair is over the counter. The challenge is that when we fall in love, both sexes express several love languages but the key to happiness is to speak your spouse’s primary love language.

The 5 love languages are:

  1. Words of Affirmations
  2. Quality Time
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical Touch

I highly recommend taking the Quiz on the website to find your primary love language or use the questionnaire below. As Chapman says “Love is a choice and it makes a difference”

  1. What have you most requested of your spouse? The thing you have most often requested is likely what would make you feel most loved.
  2. In what way do you regularly express love to your spouse? Your method of expressing love may be an indication of how you feel loved.
  3. What does your spouse do or fail to do that hurts you most? The opposite of what hurts you most is probably your love language.

I hope you found this blog helpful. I truly believe these books are incredibly life-changing and recommend every couple to read them. Please let me know if you’ve read these books and the impact it has made on your relationships. Ultimately, a great relationship starts with you taking responsibility for your own happiness.

With Love,

Christina

Delicious Vegan Banana Pancakes – Refined sugar, Oil, and Gluten-free Pancakes

 

I am so excited to share my Healthy Plant-based banana pancake recipe. These pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfast meals. They are easy to prepare and really tasty. These pancakes are made with simple ingredients are gluten, oil and refined sugar-free and truly delicious. If you prefer sweets in the morning, these will not disappoint. Here is the recipe!

Delicious Vegan Banana Pancakes

| Serves 2-3 |

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of Gluten Free all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs of coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs of baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 Tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp wheat germ
  • 2-3 tbs of oatmeal (optional)

Garnish

  • Blue Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Mint leaves
  • Raspberries
  • Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mash the bananas using a fork. Add the almond milk and vanilla extra and stir until well mixed
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, baking powder, wheat germ, coconut sugar, and salt. Stir until combined.
  3. Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, careful not to over-mix.
  4. Heat a nonstick pan. If your pan is large enough, you can cook 2 or 3 at a time. Wait about 2 minutes until you see bubbles form. Flip and cook for another 1 1/2 minutes or until golden brown. *You can keep the first batch of pancakes warm by putting them into a preheated oven at 200 degrees (F) until ready to serve. 
  5. Serve your pancakes with your choice of garnish, I suggest some fruits, nuts and pure maple syrup.

Have fun and tweak them however you like. Cooking should be fun and enjoyable. If you tried the recipe, please let me know your thoughts.

Bon Appetit!

Christina 🙂