I am so worried these days, and I just can’t seem to turn it off. It’s great starting my life as a “working citizen” soon, but with great privilege comes great responsibility, and I just can’t deal with all that responsibility that well (yet). I think it’s all this talk about insurances, future house building plans, children, etc. that is kind of getting to my nerves. Sometimes I wish I could just take a look at my life in 5 years, then come back to the present and know everything is going to end up being perfectly fine. Anybody invent a time machine yet?
What do you do when you’re worried? Do you have any ways of dealing with anxiety positively, or do you end up doing things which are ultimately “bad” for you? For me, I tend to overstress and either over- or undereat, or just drop into a big black bad moody hole in my mind. Of course, there are different levels of stress, and these days I am definitely not as bad as I was during exam times, but I can feel the worry in my tummy and that’s never a good sign.
One thing that really, truly helps me is yoga. Ever since I did Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge, I have really been hitting the mat regularly. It’s something I don’t do for results, it’s not even really a “sport” in my head, and therefore I never feel truly obligated to do it. It really grounds me, and makes me realize that the world isn’t spinning quite as much as I feel it is.
Another thing that helps me, strangely enough, is blogging. So, a big thank you for allowing me to ramble inbetween the recipes – I don’t even know all of you, but I love sharing my life and recipes, especially.
Talking of which, I have a new one for you. It’s so simple that I am guessing all of you have at least heard of it, but I feel like the simple recipes are sometimes the best ones to share. Everyone in the vegan food blog world has their own version of nicecream, and I feel like I have found the perfect way for me to prepare it. Staying true to my blog’s name, “hitbycoconuts”, I have started adding a dollop of two of coconut cream to my food processor as I blend the frozen fruit, and it makes the nicecream so fluffy and creamy that I can’t stop doing so. It may add extra fat to nicecream that you may be trying to avoid, but I figure in “real” icecream you’d have some fat from the milk, and that spoon of coconut cream isn’t going to change that much.
In conclusion: Live a little.
Oh, and also: Don’t worry, be happy.
Anymore bumper stickers to share? No? In that case, I’ll just share the recipe then. 🙂
Mango Coconut Nicecream
- 1 1/2 bananas, frozen
- 1 cup frozen mango pieces
- 2 Tbs. coconut cream
- 1 tsp. coconut butter, for drizzling on top (optional)
- 1 Tbs. dessicated coconut, for sprinkling on top (optional)
1. Place the banana slices and mango pieces in a food processor or blender, and allow to thaw for 5 minutes.
2. Pulsate several times, until the banana and mango is completely broken down.
3. Add the coconut cream and blend until fluffy and creamy.
4. Decorate with molten coconut butter and dessicated coconut, if using.
This makes quite a large serving, one that you could have for breakfast, or as a large dessert on a night that you’re really, really worried about life and you are craving comfort food. But, you know, try some yoga beforehand. (And though it may sound like I’m joking, I don’t mean to be…yoga really DOES help. So does food.)
Even those of you who may not like banana flavor, this nicecream is the one you should try! The mango truly covers up the banana, and, if you’re really worried, only add 3/4 of banana and a bit more mango. The texture of the nicecream may be a little different, but that way you’ll definitely not even taste a hint of banana.
If you’re having this for breakfast, feel free to choose your own toppings. I am thinking goji berries would go extremely well, or dried mango! As this is includes coconut cream, though, I felt that I would go “the whole mile” and top it with even more coconut products.
Okay, I’m off to make this again, ’cause I just got hungry. Let me know how you guys deal with stress and worry, and maybe we can help each other out that way? 🙂