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Naturally nourished travel: Coconut persimmon smoothie + 7 tips for staying active while traveling

Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before heading off on our extended “wandermoon.” How in the world were we going to stay fit without being able to run, surf, CrossFit, bike etc. etc. that we do in our U.S. lives? I didn’t pay too much mind and thought that we would be doing a lot of exercise no matter what and we’d still continue to eat healthy so it didn’t matter too much. But in the first weeks I got a little too comfortable with not being active during our road trip with lots of driving and the only activity being running between car & hostel to avoid the rain. I started waking up super cranky and not in the mood to do a whole lot and couldn’t figure out why. And then it dawned on me. I hadn’t done any physical activity and I felt like a schlub. So off to trek in the rain we went. And then I decided that I would make activity a priority 4 days out of the week. Obviously, this is easier in some parts of the world than in others. Especially when you’re dealing with extreme high or low temps. Check out how Mr. CN and I have been keeping up our active lifestyle over the last 3 months of travel.

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Toasted coconut & cacao nib popsicles

I’m hot. You’re hot. We’re all pretty damn hot. It’s the beginning of August and we’re in the thick of the summer and no matter where we go (in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s downright hot. And I freakin’ love it. LOVE IT. No jackets, summer dresses, bikini top around the house, beaches, pools, rock pools and boat rides. Summer is LIFE.
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Dark chocolate almond joy popcorn (vegan)

I make it to the movie theater maybe twice a year, sometimes less. Unless I go to watch Mad Max, then I go twice in one week. Soooooo intense. And Tom Hardy, what?! Who knew? WHO KNEW? And I had to take my friend who hadn’t seen it yet. Right? But, normally I prefer my movies at home. Snuggled with a blanket on my couch and some stove-top popcorn. Though I love Netflix, I really love to rent my movies from the video store down the street. Yes, this is current day I’m talking about people, not 1998. I am lucky enough to have one of these rarities that exists down the street and I love the experience of scanning the shelves and talking to the guys who work there about what they recommend. Their collection is so eclectic with the most current flicks to the most obscure foreign films. Plus, they put on movie screenings with featured speakers and trivia nights.  Continue reading Dark chocolate almond joy popcorn (vegan)

Coconut cream pie (vegan)

So what do you do with leftover pie crust? Make another pie, of course! I am lucky enough to live near an ice cream shop that uses coconut cream as a base. They cream their own coconuts and sell the cream in a jar. This has inspired me to use coconut in a ton of new ways, including this awesome coconut cream pie, topped with toasted coconut, almonds and homemade chocolate shavings.  But have no fear! If you don’t live near a coconut ice cream shop, coconut milk works just fine. Peep the recipe below.

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