New Year’s Resolutions and why I love them

It's a new year! Everything is different! Everything is new! I'm a totally different person than December 31, 2016 - 11:59pm!

Okay, no, not literally but here's to hoping!

I know there are many people out there that don't care for new year's resolutions, and are so over the whole concept. Then of course there are those 'realists' (which is really just a nicer word for pessimists) who say its just another day, if you want to change do it now. But then there are those in my camp - I guess you could call us the eternal optimists, a group that sees the new year as truly a new year! I don't understand why anyone would have a problem with people finding a reason to better themselves. So what if they want to do it on a special day full of high expectations with a high probability of failure? A step in the right direction is better than no steps at all. I am aware that many people don't keep their resolutions for very long, some just end with a theory of things they plan to do. But I personally have had tremendous luck when I have dedicated myself to making resolutions. I see it as such a great way to start the year with positivity and hope. And even if you only last a week, a month or whatever, the point is there has been an acknowledgement of something you want for yourself and you have learned a little bit more about how to get it. If you don't succeed, learn from your mistakes, modify and try again. If you do succeed, then good for you and spread the positivity!

Me personally, I'm an 'all in' type of girl. I like to commit 1000% or else I find it hard to stay focused. Planning ahead and positive affirmations are what I have learned are the key to my success. This year taking notes from my successful and not-so successful years of resolutions, I've come up with a game plan that makes things fun and exciting.

Resolution 1: Get healthy

Notice I didn't say lose weight? Because that is a natural result of what happens when you rid your body of unnecessary food and nourish it the way you should. Now don't get me wrong I'm a baker, so the key word when it comes to anything is moderation. I don't believe in diets. I believe in finding the perfect balance and creating a lifestyle where you can sustain healthy eating habits, and treats in moderation. That being said, I will be experimenting more with gluten free and vegan recipes on my blog and business as well!

A simple way I found to keep things fun and balanced is to name my days of the week with my nutrition goals. This way I can keep things exciting and give my daily routine a variation. Also, finding ways to eliminate an excess of hormones from animal products and modifying the way I eat in general. So here it is !

Meatless Mondays: Pretty straightforward here - I'm vegetarian these days.

Thoughtful Tuesdays & Thursdays: Being thoughtful means to think about what you are putting in your body and not eating things that don't serve a nutritional purpose. Simply put - no empty calories!

'Weegan' Wednesdays: Because we are one with the earth so we go vegan on Wednesdays! This is perhaps the most challenging day, but also the day that truly changes the way you eat.

Frenchie Fridays: So this one is kind of fun. Statistically, France has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world yet they create some of the most rich foods and decedent desserts! How!? PORTION CONTROL. Have you ever seen French women at a party? They don't eat - they graze. So on this day we eat like the French. We can indulge, but not devour. Simply savour your food. Eat in small plates. Make eating an experience. This is a day to learn control, and appreciate the food you eat.

I may add a Sugar-free Saturday or Sunday here and there, but let's not get too crazy!

In addition, I'm making a conscious effort to eat 80% of my meals at home. This resolution not only helps my body, but the budget too!

Resolution 2: Write more! Im a full time mom with a side business so realistically I'm setting my goal at 2 posts a month minimum!

Resolution 3: De-clutter my life. I'm not a hoarder, but I'm definitely an 'organized chaos' kind of person which was fine when I was single, and okay when I was newly married. But now with two kids it just isn't working. I've already re-organized and decluttered 2/3 of my kitchen. This one is a baby steps one, but hey the first step is step!!!

Resolution 4: Make myself happy.

And this happens here. With Peace, Love and Macarons. This site, and business is so much more than just a hobby and a side business. It truly is a reflection of who I am today and how I made a choice to be happy. One day in a later post I'lll share my journey.

And that's it! Super simple resolutions that all lead to one goal: A happier, healthier me!

Now let me get to the food.

Today is Weegan Wednesday! And surprisingly it went quite well! I was a little worried yesterday so I decided to be prepared by making myself a vegan treat just in case!

I have to say - these turned out insanely better than I would have thought so I must share this recipe! I searched around various sites for a recipe I liked but in the end decided to just wing it and make it my own. One of the factors being that influenced this recipe is that I LOVE milk chocolate, which unfortunately is not vegan. So I tweaked the semi-sweet 63% cacao bars to make them creamy like its milky relative. Here it is! Enjoy!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 6 - 8 cups

Ingredients

For the chocolate:

  • 6 oz semi-sweet 63% cacao baking bars
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

For the filling:

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure cane sugar syrup

Topping : 1 teaspoon Fleur de Sel flakes

Mix the peanut butter mixture in a bowl and put in a small ziploc bag and set aside.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until completely melted.

Pour 1/2 the chocolate into 6 doubled up cupcake liners ( doubling up will help hold the shape)

Cut a small hole on one of the corners of your ziploc bag with the peanut butter mixture and pipe circles into the center of the melted chocolate leaving a slight border.

Use the back of a spoon to flatten out your peanut butter filling into the chocolate.

Use the remaining chocolate to cover the mixture until you have a nice smooth surface.

Refrigerate 5 mins then sprinkle each cup with fleur de sel flakes.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour then enjoy!

Let me know if you tried them and how you liked it! Don't be afraid to change up the filling as well and share your creations!

Until next time - Tasneem

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