Friday Faves: Cacao Hazelnut Mocha, Yoga, and aMYLK

It’s Friday!

Here are a few of my tried-and-true for high vibe living…


Cacao Hazelnut Mocha

I used to be a coffee fiend, but in recent years I’ve (begrudgingly) agreed to listen to my body and give it up. I still have a warm morning drink most days, though. And these days, I’m loving the coffee-free, dairy-free, plant-based mocha I’ve been blending up at zero dark-thirty.

This recipe is inspired by the Cacao Latte in The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt.


  • 12 ounces near boiling water
  • 2 medjool dates (remove pits!)
  • 1.5 TB unsweetened cacao powder (i.e. @holykakow)
  • 2 TB hazelnut butter
  • a dash of vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite adaptogen powder(s). I like to use Sun Potion Ashwagandha and Moon Juice Power Dust


Add ingredients to a blender, and remove the center of the lid.

Put the lid onto the blender and hold a hot pad in place so that the steam can escape from the hole in the middle of the lid. This way you can avoid blender eruptions involving hot liquid!

Blend until creamy and smooth. Pour into a beloved mug and enjoy.



I’ve been steadily reconnecting with my yoga practice over the summer.

Even though I always incorporate a few poses into my post-cardio stretching, doing yoga in running shoes isn’t quite the same thing as sharing time, space, and energy with others in a class.

So, over the last couple of months I’ve been enjoying “real” yoga: in class, on the mat, and barefoot.

And I’ve also been enjoying it elsewhere: on the beach, in the woods, in my backyard, camping.

It feels good to get back into that kind of flow and fluidity. The perfect balance for the more high-impact workouts such as boot camp and boxing.



My friend Amy has started up a rad plant-based “mylk” company, and I got to sample her products this week.

These mylks are soooooo creamy and delicious, and it’s almost a shame to use them in a smoothie. They’re so yummy, in fact, that my favorite way to enjoy them is straight up.

However, I’ll also be experimenting with them in some recipes, too.

Because I know they’ll be amazing in smoothies, bowls, elixirs, potions and other treats.

If you live in PDX, check out aMYLK’s website to see if you qualify for weekly home delivery. Otherwise, you can check the website for info about upcoming pop-up events, etc.



Happy Labor Day Weekend — I hope you have a fun, safe, and healthy holiday weekend!

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