Easter Without the Calories

Easter is a great opportunity for quality family time, a chance to relax and most importantly one of the biggest feast days of the year. It’s no surprise that the holiday with a tradition of giving chocolate eggs to others is seen as a day of great indulgence by many.

This can be stressful if you’re trying to ‘be good’ or find it hard to know your limits when it comes to delicious chocolate. So how can you get through this time without overindulging in chocolate eggs and other not so great food?


Have a look at these recipes I found on delish.com that are lower in calories but equally as good when it comes to taste and flavour

 

Bananapops

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 bananas
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 1 c. melted chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • 8 maraschino cherries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut the ends off of each banana to level the sides, then cut in half. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl. Dip the top of each frozen banana in chocolate, then roll the melted chocolate tip around in sprinkles. Return to baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.
  4. Top each pop with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Nice Cream 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 4 graham crackers, crushed (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 1/2 c. mini marshmallows (plus more for sprinkling)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice bananas into thin coins. Spread out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen.
  2. Blend bananas in a food processor (or a blender) until smooth. Fold in crushed graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips, then transfer mixture to a loaf pan. Garnish with more graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips, and freeze until solid, about 1-2 hours more.

Zucchini chocolate chip cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp. Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. shredded zuccini
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, yogurt and vanilla and mix until evenly combined. Fold in oats, chocolate chips and zucchini. Drop by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

“America The Loving”

Hailing from Ireland, I have limited knowledge on American politics. One thing anyone can say about me is that I always lean towards positivity and acceptance of all people. Love is my language. With this in mind, I don’t want to make this a political post, but one focused on love and understanding.

 

Since taking my dreams and aspirations here to America, I’ve grown to love it even more than I’d previously imagined it in my wildest dreams. Here you can start from nowhere and end up anywhere. Here you have the privilege of interacting with people from all backgrounds and learn from their experiences. That to me is the beauty of this country. Opportunity.

 

Now people tend to have a limited view of what opportunity is. Opportunity is not just a chance to earn an income or as some may say “Live The American Dream”. Opportunity is the luxury of experiences. I’ll repeat that one more time. Opportunity is the luxury of experiences. You see back home although there are many beautiful people, places and things to draw inspiration from, there’s still a limit to the cultural exchange that’s geographically available. Living in LA has taught me so much about different cultures and lifestyles. This in turn has helped me grow as an artist and a person. That’s the foundation of America’s growth throughout history.

 

A shared story. A growing narrative. A welcoming land.

 

I’ve been welcomed here with open arms, both myself and my talents. However, I believe we should continue to champion people and stories that help make this country the guiding light that it is. It’s the loving thing to do. My life is filled with talented people from all backgrounds who make my story more whole, more enriched. The bond that ties us all together is what drives this world from a place of love: Empathy.

 

Let’s commit to empathy. No, let’s really commit to a foundation of collective experiences. When people hear my music, I want any and everyone to feel my words and emotions. That only happens with an open heart. A humanistic heart.

 

So as we progress through this year with more questions than answers, let’s make love for people our guiding principal.
I know that wide-eyed young man from Dublin from yesteryear would agree.

 

Keith

BE THE CHANGE

2016 has personally been one of my favourite years. Although I’m sure many of you can agree it hasn’t been without it’s challenges.

As I navigate through my days, I encounter so many people who believe they have a purpose and want to do something, they want to take action in order to make a difference.

I agree with this, I believe we must have a higher purpose, a mission, a profound calling and then we must be fearless and brave enough to follow that calling.

While taking action can make a huge difference, it’s really how we are in the world that makes the difference.

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Recently, I met a friend who taught me a valuable lesson: She had just returned from church after spending the service praying for a better world, yet was rude to the waitress. I laughed a left a bigger tip for the individual who was actually a lovely host. It just proves, it’s not always about the actions we take but about how we are.

Ok, Stop for a second and consider this today…

If you are at peace with yourself right now, you are making a difference, of course you can give out, march on the streets, talk about it, donate to causes, feel sorry or empathetic for the World, but before you can make any changes you have to find your own inner peace. .

The ripple effect of happiness, love, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, that’s how you make a difference.

Christmas this year I was asked to contribute to a homeless drive in Venice, this was one of the most powerful events I have been involved in. I didn’t see the ‘problem’ it allowed me to see the ‘people’

Problems will still exist tomorrow, the injustice, prejudice, war, famine, homelessness, racism, homophobia- It isn’t going anywhere- not yet- not today

You want to help, you want to be part of the solution and you CAN be and hopefully WILL be!
But remember you have to conquer yourself first- Make that your 2017 goal.

Tackle your own views, your own conflicts, your own insecurities, your own fears and personal internal wars.

Don’t insult yourself by believing you are powerless, it’s quite the opposite.

You have the power, use it in 2017!

Love and Light,

Keith

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Decorations, cards and fancy food have been appearing for a while now but we’re finally coming into the madness of Christmas week, people around the world are doing their last minute shopping to ensure that every detail is perfect for the big day.

As for me, I’m most definitely feeling the Christmas spirit here in LA, although I try to keep the same good vibes all year round, there is something special and almost magical about this time of the year.

(I think it’s safe to say I won’t be seeing Frosty the Snowman here on the sunny beach but if any one out there sees his “corn cob pipe and button nose” please let me know how he’s doing.)

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Whatever the reason you love christmas: the food, the presents, the lights it’s a wonderful time to spread good will and peace. “Each shining light, each silver bell, no one alive spreads cheer so well”

Just a gentle reminder that not everybody loves Christmas and not everybody can be happy around this time, so let’s all make sure that we look after those around us, our families, our neighbours and anybody out there who we think might need our help.

Let’s spread our love to those who need it most.

“Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas..”

Lot’s of Love,

Keith