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By Liv Kaplan

Liv is an Australian nutritionist (BSc Human Nutrition & Genetics), specialising in sugar-free and gut-friendly food. With an approach like no other, focusing on real food over products, Liv’s ideas and knowledge cut through the noise, helping you understand food and wellness in a way you’ve never thought of before.

“It’s not about what you can’t have, it’s about what you can have” 

Serves: 15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Setting Time: 3 hours or overnight

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) coconut cream
⅓ cup cashew butter
¼ cup cacao butter
3 tbsp mesquite powder
10-12 drops liquid stevia, or to taste
¼ teaspoon flakey sea salt
100g dark chocolate

Method

In a small saucepan over a low heat, melt together all ingredients excluding the chocolate until just combined. Carefully pour into a silicone ice cube tray and place in the freezer. Leave to set for at least 3 hours or overnight.

When set, prepare the chocolate by melting in a double boiler. Set this up by placing the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a pot of gently simmering water. Stir until no lumps remain then remove from the heat. Transfer to a new bowl.

To assemble, remove the frozen squares from the silicone moulds and dip in the melted chocolate. Place in on a wire rack to let the chocolate drip down and harden.

Drizzle with the leftover chocolate and sprinkle over a little extra sea salt. Store in the fridge.

 

With a focus on lifestyle, Liv’s teachings allow for transformational changes with the ease and flow of life, that can be implemented no matter your schedule or commitments.

“True wellness enhances our lives, rather than adding yet another thing to our plate. When implemented correctly it allows us to fully align with our goals, missions and true selves.”

 

What has your personal journey with wellness been like?

I’ve always been super into my health and the power of the mind. I used to have green smoothies when I was a young teenager before instagram was even invented (crazy I know!).

But not just food, I was fascinated by the power of the mind from a young age (I was super emotionally aware early on in life, I was a really deep thinker as a kid). Both food and mind have been major parts of my life for as long as I can remember. And I am yet to stop on this journey.

I’ve gone through many seasons of health throughout the years, some where it took a back seat and some where it was my reason for waking up in the morning. I think in the middle is the best place to be, and no matter where I’m at in life, I know that in order to really feel fulfilled and give my everything to the world and the people around me, I need to be looking after myself.

Wellness is first and foremost self care, and without it I don’t believe we can truely live to our full potential.

 

What are your tips for creating good habits and breaking bad ones Like the naughty S word (SUGAR) ?

Firstly, know why you are doing it. If the reason is because somebody somewhere told you to, it’s never going to stick. But if you have a “why” that truely means something to you, you’ll have a better chance of sticking to it.

Secondly, don’t make it harder for yourself than it already is. Put yourself in situations that are conducive to success; surround yourself with healthy and positive people, fill your fridge with wholesome food, spend time in nature to destress (this actually can reduce your stress hormones!).

Thirdly, believe it is possible. Change will not happen if you don’t believe you can do it. Use affirmations and manifest your success!

 

What is the best wellness and nutrition advice you can give to UPSIDERS?

It all starts in the mind. Work on your mindset, removing limiting beliefs and tune in to your intuition and true self to find answers. After that, everything else like diet and exercise will be a breeze.

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