Hello hello friends!

Ok, I need to cut straight to the chase today with our recipe of the week because I am bursting at the seams with excitement about it. I think you’re going to like this!

1. Recipe of the Week. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted my Chocolate Coconut Protein Squares? Well ever since, I’ve been dreaming up variations that mimic decadent desserts, while still keeping the ingredients squeaky clean.

Lemon Poppyseed Protein Squares - ingredients

oats

oat flour

grated lemon zest

When I lived in the Middle East, it was next to impossible to find poppy seeds. There was a similar seed that looked a lot like them, but it really didn’t have the same taste at all. Although I don’t know the real answer as to why poppy seeds were so hard to find, I’ve been told that it has to do with the fact that the same plant is used to make narcotics. All of this was bad news for folks that liked lemon poppyseed cake, and I was certainly one of them.

poppy seeds

These Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Squares follow a very similar recipe structure to the Chocolate Coconut version, but are bursting with a sweet lemony zing that will make you feel like you’re enjoying a piece of lemon poppyseed cake.

Lemon Poppyseed Protein Squares batter

This time around, I added some plain yogurt rather than water, which makes the squares more dense and almost cheesecake-y. I think I like this version more than the chocolate ones, and there’s already another flavour lined up to be made as soon as I finish this batch!

Lemon Poppyseed Protein Squares

Click here for the recipe!

Lemon Poppyseed Protein Squares

2. A meditation class. You may remember that at the beginning of June, I declared one of my monthly goals to be more meditation and yoga. The purpose of this goal is to help to prepare myself mentally to run an awesome race in August, and for those of you who are competitive or like to run long distances, you’ll know that they can be just as mental as they are physical.

henry ford quote

A little while ago I met a new friend, Amanda, who runs a meditation practice here in the KW area. When she told me that she had some new classes on her schedule for June, I jumped at the chance to try one out. While driving to the class after work, I wondered if it would be a full hour of eyes-closed, deep breathing, mantra-repeating style meditation. Would we sit in total silence, or would it be guided?

As I walked into the studio, there were some meditation cushions and chairs set up so that class participants could sit however we felt most comfortable. Amanda started the class by talking about happiness, and how sometimes we expect others to know what makes us happy, even though we often don’t even know what that is. She suggested that one step in the direction of becoming happier could be to create a vision board, either arts and crafts style like the ones I do annually, or simply a virtual one in your head. On the vision board are things that bring you joy and things you’d like to manifest in a various areas of your life, like relationships, health and well being, spirituality, emotions, etc.

happiness is...

She guided us through a meditation where we thought about each one of these life ‘buckets’ individually and visualized images to associate with each. Then we opened our eyes and shared what the experience was like and what sorts of things came to mind. I really liked this bit because it was really interesting to hear what others came up with. We didn’t have to share, but since the group was small, I felt totally comfortable with it.

where attention goes energy flows

After our little chat, we sat in silence for 15 minutes repeating a mantra in our heads. I thought I’d be terrible at this and that my mind would be all over the place, but it turned out not to be so bad! It seems to be something that definitely gets easier with practice, which is something I intend to keep doing.

So tell me…

  • Have you ever tried a meditation class? What did you think?
  • Cake lovers: What’s your favourite flavour?