double down dog!

New favourite yoga pose:

Image from feelgoodyogavictoria.com

Double downward dog! Such a good stretch and shoulder strengthener.

Much healthier than this, methinks!

I’ve really been enjoying POWERFUL ashtanga practice – I can feel myself becoming a little stronger each week, especially in my upper body.

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Tried out another muffin recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance this morning – according to my vegan friends, soy yogurt makes muffins nice and fluffy (my main problem with vegan baking is that the results tend to be a bit dry/tough).

Mocha Chip Muffins (slightly adapted from VWAV):

1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp instant coffee powder
1 c soy milk
1/4 c canola oil
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
3 Tbsp vanilla soy yogurt
1 tsp vanilla agave nectar (couldn’t find extract)
1/2 c semi-sweet choc chips
Walnut halves, to top

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a twelve-muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in instant coffee powder.

In another bowl, whisk soy milk, soy yogurt, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry & mix until moistened. Fold in choc chips.

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Top each muffin with a walnut half or two.

Bake 18 to 20 min.

YUM!

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I am still amused by George the House Cat on a daily basis. He seems to enjoy chillin’ on the shelf next to my floral jewellery box –

I dunno how he felt about modelling a UW engineering hat!

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4 thoughts on “double down dog!

  1. I love mocha-flavoured anything! I also desperately want to start yoga again this year after being out of commission because of toe surgery. That photo is such good encouragement! 🙂

  2. i love that pose-partner yoga is so much fun! i did this one with my teacher on our grad night.

    WOW holy muffins! i adore the vegan with a vengeance cookbook- its really cool seeing people make recipes from it because i get to see what they look like…since one can really only imagine how it might look from the recipe alone. these look incredible!! uno what else looked amazing? your banana bread a few posts back! YUM!! ❤

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