Single Serving “Healthy” Fudge

Screen Shot 2013-05-18 at 11.00.21 AMYou can treat yourself to this little taste of heaven, shared by the Detoxinista. Aside from being delicious, it contains only healthy ingredients and it’s vegan and paleo friendly! It’s one of Sam’s favorites for several reasons, but one being the quick prepare-to-eat time ratio. Because as we all know, when we want chocolate, we want it now!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch fine sea salt

Directions:

In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Adjust flavor to taste, if necessary.

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Wonder if You Might be Gluten Intolerant?

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 12.59.45 PMIf you eat in restaurants, have kids, watch the news or shop in a grocery store, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about gluten-free foods and diets. If you’ve ever thought “Why are these people eating this way?” Or, “I wonder if I’m gluten-intolerant”? You may want to checkout the below list of 10 common symptoms (there are many more) and see if it might apply to you.

 

 

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.

2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.

5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.

6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.

7. Migraine headaches.

8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.

For more information, or to find out about an easy (and free) to know for sure, visit our friends at Eat Local Grown.

This Could Solve So Many Problems!

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This is awesome! So simple and yet revolutionary. Think of how many problems could be solved if this was implemented everywhere? I don’t usually post long videos, cuz I know people are busy, but this is so interesting and well done that the 10 minutes flies by.

Check out the before and after in the picture. It’s not just a landscape beautification project, this is healthy, edible food, easily accessible to the residents of South LA, where healthy store-bought food is not available. It’s a part of a positive transformation that affects the health, economic, cultural, safety and educational aspects of the community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w

Chocolate Milkshake (with hidden spinach!)

Mcdonalds_Chocolate_Shake-1600X12001 banana sliced and frozen (I slice and put in the freezer the night before)
1 cup almond milk
Fistfull of baby spinach
1 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp protein powder (optional, makes this an extra-filling snack or breakfast)

– Blend all ingredients until smooth. Drink immediately or let sit in freezer for 10 minutes if you like it extra cold and thick. So good, you’ll never know there is spinach inside!

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, Sometimes You Don’t!

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 9.12.31 PMThank you to my niece, Caileigh, for sharing these on her Facebook page from Detoxinista . I absolutely LOVE chocolate and coconut and especially having them together! These look easy, delicious and are not too bad for you. The top three, in my book! I wish I had some chocolate chips right now so I could make them, but sadly, I can’t keep them in the house because I will eat them straight from the bag :-(.  Enjoy yours with or without an almond on top,  depending on whether or not you feel like a nut!

Mounds Bar Truffles
makes 8 pieces

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (You can also substitute  carob chips)

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine the shredded coconut, coconut oil, honey, water, vanilla and salt, and mix well. Allow the mixture to rest for 5-10 minutes, so that the dried coconut will absorb some of the moisture.

Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, drop the coconut mixture onto a plate lined with parchment paper, creating bite-sized mounds. (The mounds will be fragile at this point, but will firm up soon!)

 

Cinnamon Crumble Cake – Gluten-Sugar-Dairy Free!

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 10.44.55 AMThank you Sugar-free Mom for sharing this! Who says you can’t have anything delicious if you have dietary restrictions. This looks great for anyone, especially those with overnight guests who are picky eaters!

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons liquid vanilla stevia
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 5 cups or 10 slices cubed Gluten Free bread ( I used Udi’s Omega Flax & fiber)

Cinnamon Crumble

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if cooking right away). Whisk together all ingredients except bread and crumble topping. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Place bread into dish, pour egg mixture over bread. In a large bowl, stir together topping ingredients. Sprinkle cinnamon crumble topping over top. Refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning or bake immediately. Bake uncovered for a good 45-50 minutes until center is not visibly liquidy. Serve with fresh berries and honey if desired.