Fall is officially here. The fall equinox has come and gone and our weather is a mix of late-summer sun, cloudy days and misty-grey skies. For October, this weather is pretty amazing and dry.
Most people in the Pacific Northwest dread the fall, but I embrace it. It's the season to expose our inner beauty (foliage) and channel the resting energy that lays dormant, which is much needed after an energetic summer.
Inspired by the many late-summer flowers and the interesting weather patterns, I decided to create a quick-and-easy snack that reignites the energy within us. As the sun continues to shine, there is no shortage of Vitamin-D just yet, but this semi-raw recipe resurrects our energy for when the skies get cloudy and grey.
While playing with flowers, I watched the sky shed raindrops while golden rays of the sun set over the Puget Sound. And when the two elements met, a rainbow appeared over the Sound. While blending these ingredients, I wanted to connect the symbolism between autumn, rain and energy.
If we allow the golden light to fulfill us everyday while embracing the rain (the shadow side of life), we can ground our roots deep into the earth while blossoming our branches. Isn't nature amazing? Even something simple as playing with flowers shows how we rebirth in the cycle of life. These petals and leaves were once a part of something. They've been destructed and constructed into something new. The symbolism is spot on for the energetic transition into fall.
So even though blueberries have the word, "blue," there is nothing to be sad about seasonal transitions. The irony is that nature is more predictable than humans because you know what is coming.
Plus, Mariani Wild Blueberries are bursting with flavor and are my favorite dried blueberries on the market. What I love most about Mariani is their message and deep roots to their heritage. In 1906, Paul Mariani, the immigrant son of a European farmer, arrived in the Santa Clara valley. He planted fruit trees on four acres, and within several years, and many obstacles later, his farm thrived.
Now four generations later, Mariani is a global company that is still a family-owned and operated farm. The moral of this story is that no matter how many setbacks you endure in life, it is important to preserve and rise above the challenges.
The rain will always be a part of life and although the weather may set us back (or make us more tired) it is important to keep a sound mind and continue on with life.
5-Ingredient Blueberry Cashew Bites using Mariani Wild Blueberries
Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes 12-13 bites
1 package of Mariani Wild Blueberries (approximately 3/4 cup)
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flax meal
2 tbsp. agave nectar
Place ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Scoop out the mixture and roll between your hands forming 1 inch balls. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated to write this post but did receive product from Mariani. All opinions are my own.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com