Tara Bliss – Such Different Skies

Tara Bliss

Tara Bliss (coolest last name ever!) is a spirit-fuelled mentor, yogi, writer and inspirational speaker. Her mission? To kick-start an avalanche of gutsy, fear-busting confidence and love (all with a side serve of swagger)! Think of her as your crystal-toting, skateboard-riding, raw-dessert-loving lumière, unveiling the path to peace and freedom. Her original medicine? Fierce and curious vulnerability. Meet Tara…

Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?

Gosh, I’ve always had a keen interest in health, but something changed when I realised that ‘health’ meant more than eating canned tuna and broccoli and going to the gym 5 days a week.

A few years ago, the whole concept of wellness completely seduced me into a tizzy. I became romanced by farmers markets, meditation crept its way into my life and I fell head over heels for whole foods. By the time I’d started regularly rolling out my yoga mat, my life had done a 360 and I could barely recognise the young woman I once was.

It’s definitely felt like a process of Returning To Who I Really Am. When I’m running along the beach at night, or breathing my way through a Kundalini yoga class, I feel so authentically Tara and incredibly alive. In fact I’ve probably never been as passionate about my health as I am right this second.

I look back on all those years that I gave my attention to drugs and alcohol and men, and all I can say now is: It’s good to home. It’s good to be back in my body.

What’s your number one wellness tip?

Design your healthful routine in such a way that it INSPIRES you. In other words: if you hate the gym, stop going! If you hate the taste of green smoothies, stop drinking them!

Life is meant to be enjoyed, so please, for love all things holy, move your body in a way that lights you up from within. Eat healthy foods that ignite a sense of lightness inside you, rather than resentment.

Have fun with wellness – it doesn’t have to be difficult, just experiment with it.

What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?

Meditation. When I nurse my energy, I don’t crave unhealthful foods, I’m more inspired to move my body, I’m more present on my yoga mat and I’m more creative.

What motto do you live by?

‘Thank you.’ It’s my favourite mantra, affirmation and prayer.

What is your proudest achievement?

I’ve been watching my blinking cursor, trying to wriggle out an answer to this question, but I have to be really honest here… I’ve paid quite a lot of attention over the last two years in disidentifying with all the ‘stuff’ I’ve done in my life.

When I look back on what I’ve overcome, created, collaborated on, achieved, I feel like I’m just watching a movie. And maybe, if anything, that’s what I most proud of – that I can disengage from experiences, knowing that it’s something that happened to me, but not at all something that defines me. I feel as though I know deep within me that Who I Really Am transcends any momentary experience. And I know that’s a little woo-woo and philosophical, but in this moment, that’s my truth :)

What are your goals for the future?

I try to avoid forecasting too far ahead. My word for 2014 is ANCHOR, so moving forward, it’s a real priority to anchor into as many moments as possible; be truly present; and show up like a pro. With devotion, passion and open-heartedness.

Tell us something not many people know about you?

I day dream about India all – fricken – day – long….

Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes? 

This Raw Choc Mint Slice is one of the recipes featured in my husband’s new cookbook, Such Different Eats:

raw chocolate mint slice

Raw Chocolate Mint Slice with Choc Sorbet

Base Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup almond meal

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup melted cacao butter

1/4 cup cacao

1/3 cup coconut sugar

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until well combined. Pour into the bottom of your chosen container and put it into the fridge for a couple of minutes to begin setting. Remove from fridge before fully set and push base mixture evenly up the sides. Return to the fridge to set.

Chocolate Layer Ingredients:

3/4 cup almond meal

3/4 cup dessicated coconut

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup cacao

1/3 cup maple syrup

Method:

Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor. Don’t take it so far that it’s completely smooth, you want a little bit of texture from the coconut to remain. Spoon chocolate into your prepared base and spread evenly, being sure to press firmly into the corners. Place back into the fridge to set.

Mint Layer Ingredients:

Flesh from 1 medium avocado

1 cup soaked (in water) cashews

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

8 drops mint oil (we use doTerra)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour out onto the chocolate layer and spread out evenly. The smoothness of your final chocolate layer (below) depends on how smooth you can get this one. But don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’ll still look and taste awesome. Place back into the fridge to set.

Crisp Chocolate Ingredients:

1/4 cup melted cacao butter

2 tablespoons cacao

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Method:

Combine ingredients and mix well with a fork or small sauce whisk. Pour onto the mint layer and spread with a pallette knife or spatula. The chocolate will set very quick once it comes into contact with the chilled mint layer so work quickly. Place back into the fridge for a further 10 minutes.

Raw Chocolate Sorbet Ingredients:

1/3 cup cacao

1/4 cup agave syrup

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup coconut flesh

Method:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze. When ready to eat, put cubes through a slow juicer or blender. Eat immediately.

Did you love Tara’s Choc Mint Slice recipe? Get your copy of Such Different Eats here. Honestly, you won’t regret it. Think sweet potato gnocchi. Raw pad Thai. Fiendishly good raw desserts. All super healthy.

 

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