MCLV Mange| Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

A holiday season classic with a healthy twist. And, of course, not too complicated. We here at MCLV HQ can’t stand a difficult recipe with hard-to-find ingredients.

{Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles – Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Peanut Butter Ball Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of peanut butter {I used Naked Nutrition Powdered Peanut Butter}
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup almond flour or 5-6 Tbsp coconut flour

Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4-8 squares of dark chocolate
  • 1/4 Tsp flaky sea salt

Directions:

  1. Mix together peanut butter, liquid sweetener of choice, coconut oil & vanilla. Add flour and stir thoroughly.
  2. Create small balls with the dough. Should create 10-12.
  3. Place on a sheet of parchment paper or silpat and put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. While they’re chilling melt the coconut oil & dark chocolate.
  5. Once the balls have hardened, remove from the freezer and drizzle with the chocolate.
  6. Finally, sprinkle desired amount of sea salt on top.
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MCLV Weddings | Wedding Events

Welcome back to the MCLV Weddings series! You can check out post one here – Advice for the Newly Engaged. In conjunction with the MCLV Weddings series I’ll be sharing some of my event looks as well.

With a large family spread out all over the country, we opted to have a two small family-oriented events ahead of the wedding. It was a great way to get to meet people who may not make it to the wedding due to the distance.

Dress – ML by Monique Lhuillier {Rented with Rent the Runway}

Shoes – Loeffler Randall

Handbag – Chanel from The Real Real

There’s a lot of pressure for the bride to wear white to wedding-related events, but in my mind it’s up to the bride.

I for one am not comfortable in white. I was actually hesitant to choose a white weddings dress, concerned about photos and feeling comfortable and spilling…

So, when it came time to choose a party look, I opted for green. I felt strong and confident, important when you’re not always comfortable being the center of attention.

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MCLV Travel Diary | Healthy Preparation Hacks

While it may be a little TMI, we all know how quickly an upset stomach or digestive issues can ruin a trip.

Real quick.

And since I have a finicky system to begin with, I take a lot of care when I’m traveling. I also have a few tried and true healthy hacks that I start before I leave for a trip, that I thought I’d share. Any and all of these tips can be started a few days before a trip and continued through the trip if you’d like.

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Water:

Drink ALL the water. Travel is dehydrating. Flying is dehydrating. Hot locations are dehydrating. It will help your skin, your digestion, and your jetlag. So drink up. And sadly, that doesn’t mean coffee or champagne. Water is where it’s at. Can’t make yourself drink water? Try adding fruit for a spa water treat or a sugar-free electrolyte mix.

Liquids:

Another way to get and stay hydrated is enjoying smoothies and/or low-sugar juices. I tend to favor smoothies since you’ll get all the great fiber from the fruits & veggies, but to each their own!

Probiotics:

I always start taking a daily probiotic a week or so before a trip. A non-refrigerated variety is great since you can bring it along on your trip.

Ginger & Lemon Tea:

Nothing soothes an unhappy tummy quite like ginger tea – And bonus points for a lemon ginger mix. I frequently have a tea at night so before I trip I just swap whichever herbal tea is on rotation for lemon ginger.

Magnesium:

I’m a huge Natural Calm fan and it’s especially helpful for travel. Magnesium is calming and helps your body prepare for bed, which is extra helpful if you get thrown into a new time zone. I take it every night and bring packets with me when I travel and even on the plane. You can also try magnesium-rich foods in the evenings – Nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, tofu, avocados, and legumes are good sources.

You can see more about how I stay healthy while I travel here:

Do YOU have any travel tips?

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MCLV Guide to Coping with Stress

Hi! If You’re new to MCLV, here’s a few facts you should know about me:

  • My name is Caity
  • I’m a Type A control freak
  • Whenever I feel overwhelmed I stop sleeping

So… Guess what happens when I start planning a wedding?

Never not stressed.

Even though I had tons of support and help, and a partner who was there every step of the way, I still went into complete overdrive. At one point I had a nightmare where I was being chased by placecards, so clearly there was some stress at work. My subconscious always wants to finalize all the details of an event immediately. This is the adult version of doing the group project alone on the first day it’s assigned. Yes, I was that kid.

So how did I cope?  

Well, first I wallowed and whined. What? It’s cathartic.

Then I got serious. I realized that I had over a year of stress ahead of me and I wanted to enjoy that year of my life, so that meant problem solving and finding ways to cope.

Enter – The MCLV Guide to Coping with Stress:

  • Meditation: Guided meditation, even for just 5 minutes a day, is a great way to quiet the mind. If you don’t have an app that you like, YouTube is a great way to explore different meditation types.
  • Breathwork: There are some easy and quick tricks that can help you calm down and de-stress before bed. I’ll practice this before a stressful meeting or public speaking as well. Immediate relief.
  • Yoga: Like meditation and breathwork, the huge benefit of yoga is getting you outside of your head. My focusing on your body and breathing, you let go of the rest of the noise. 
  • Journaling: Right before bed I write out a little to do list to get things off my mind before I lay down. I also love the Happiness Project’s One Sentence Journal to jot something down.
  • Affirmations & GratitudeI’m a huge fan of writing affirmations and expressing gratitude. I keep a gratitude journal and start each day by writing down at least one line about what I’m grateful for. 

Do YOU have any tips for dealing with stress? Share below!

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Links You’ll Love | Health, Nutrition & Fitness

Below you’ll find a great round-up of recent posts cover a range of topics. From food myths and delicious Summery recipes to outdoor workouts – Read on for more!

Health:

Nutrition:

Fitness:

What do YOU want to see more of? Let me know below!

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