Travel Size Chocolate Bliss Recipe

thermosWhen we travel to hotels we usually make smaller, “daily” batches of Chocolate Bliss.  We have found that an 18 ounce thermos full of Bliss (and ice) will keep one person satisfied and energized for a full-on day of workshops and events (we have successfully proven this in several situations).

Here’s how we make this smaller travel size portion of Chocolate Bliss:

Bring a small portable blender, like this Hamilton Beach blender we use.  (If you’re taking your blender in a carry-on bag, make sure the blade is NOT removable from the container.  Sometimes they check and confiscate it if it’s removable!)

Pour 8 ounces of water into the blender (seems to be the perfect amount for blending).  Add

3.75 Tbsp (1.75 oz) of Chocolate Bliss

3 Tbsp (1.5 oz) of Vanilla Agave Nectar

Blend well (this will take longer than a Vitamix since it’s so small).

Then  put this blended mixture in a 18 oz Thermos and fill it up with water, leaving about 2 inches room for ice.  Add more ice as the day progresses and you drink down the Bliss.  The Bliss will be a little extra chocolatey at the beginning of the day and just right by the end of the day as the ice melts and you continue to add more ice.

If you like to add more superfoods to your Bliss, like our Personal Bliss Recipe, the ratios are as follows:
1 Tbsp added superfood in a 1 gallon Bliss = 1/2 tsp in the 18 oz travel size Bliss
1 tsp added superfood in a 1 gallon Bliss = heaping 1/8 tsp in the 18 oz travel size Bliss

For us that means we add 1/2 tsp each of Guarana, Bee Pollen, and Tocos and 1/8 tsp Yerba Matte to our travel size Bliss.

Happy Trails!

 

Traveling With Superfoods

planeA common hurdle when introducing raw superfoods into your life is how to take your show on the road. And especially when you have the Chocolate Bliss drink as a staple, how do manage getting that through airports!?

Since Dan is a nature photographer and both of our extended families live on either coast, we have tried many kinds of travel, by car and by plane and even some camping, all with our raw superfoods in tow.

Here are our favorite tips for you to try out:

By Car
Traveling by car is of course easier than by plane since you can pack as much as you like, including the Vitamix blender. Here’s what we do when we go long-distance by car:

  • Pack a cooler full of 2 half-gallons full of Chocolate Bliss and ice. Do NOT put Vitamineral Green in this Chocolate Bliss or it will taste really nasty as it warms. I hate pouring out Bliss, but I have because it tasted so bad warmed with greens in it. ew.
  • Include celery sticks in the cooler – the sodium and water in celery balances the Chocolate Bliss nicely.
  • Yemiah’s Creamy Almond Spinach Dip goes well with the celery sticks and can help ward off any cheesy junk food you might otherwise crave.
  • Activated, salted nuts, especially pistachios and almonds are a favorite for quick snacks.
  • When you reach your destination, you can pull out the Vitamix and restock your Chocolate Bliss containers as needed.

We have driven well over 24 hours non-stop together with just us and the Chocolate Bliss to keep us going and it works awesome! Whenever it’s your turn to drive, have a swig of bliss and you’re perfectly alert and focused. When it’s time to switch drivers, the bliss won’t keep you awake and jittery like caffeine would … you can still take a nap while the other person is driving.

By Plane
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Finding Raw Food On The Go

Have you ever been to a raw food restaurant?

If not, it’s well worth exploring. You can get all kinds of ideas of new recipes to try and it’s so nice to be fed yummy, live foods without having to do all the prep work.

bliss cafe

Here in Dallas, Texas we have a new raw food restaurant called Bliss Cafe. I got my blueberry cheesecake recipe from their dessert chef, Miranda (it pays to ask). I’ve had some super yummy meals – some I’ve tried to repeat and some I’m perfectly happy just going there to eat. Especially their raw lasa gna. It’s probably easy to make, but I much prefer being served.

If you’re traveling, raw food restaurants, juice bars and high quality grocery stores can be a life saver. I bring all kinds of raw food snacks with me when I travel and it’s nice to be able to find a good local resource too.

If you want all my tips on what raw food snacks I travel with, sign up for our Loving Superfoods newsletter here:
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I did some internet searching to find a nice directory of raw food restaurants, however there doesn’t appear to be one good source. Here are some of the best links I found that should help you find raw food resources – of course there are more options in some cities than others.  Look below for my suggested links:

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Laura’s Bliss Kisses – The Bliss-full Way To Travel

I like chocolate, especially when I can chew on it.

Thankfully my friend and raw kitchen elf came up with this “bliss kiss” recipe.  I’ve found that when I make it with cacao butter (in place of coconut oil), it’s a particularly easy way to travel and still have my chocolate bliss fix.

[Cacao butter will stay solid at room temperature after it's been refrigerated once.  Kisses made with coconut oil need to stay frozen or refrigerated (I like frozen) so they don't get mushy]

When you play with your own variations, please comment what works best for you … I love trying new versions of this and getting even more great ideas!

Laura’s Bliss Kisses

Always On The Move With Nori Rolls

Nori RollsThese little beauties keep us moving.  They’re easy to travel with, they are nicely filling, and they taste yummy!

I now make several batches at a time to fill up my dehydrator and have them always on hand in the fridge.

Yes, I keep them in the fridge because I had a batch go moldy on me in the cupboard.  Must be our Texas humidity.  Anyway, they’re perfectly fine outside the fridge for a few weeks of travel.

You need a dehydrator for this, but you also need it for crunchy nuts, flax crackers and lots of other yummy stuff, so just go get one! Or try out the recipe in your oven set on warm.

Many thanks to Gopal’s Power Wraps that were sold at my local natural food grocery store.  I tried one of each of their wraps, looked at the list of ingredients, and made my own.  I like mine better now, but if you can find Gopal’s Power Wraps, perhaps you’ll find your own recipe inspiration. :)

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