Unforgettable Thanksgiving Healthy Swaps

unforgettable thanksgiving (1)I can’t believe it ALREADY Thanksgiving. OR that it’s going to be nearly 90* here in San Diego this week! Eek! So crazy. The holiday season certainly sneaked up on me. You too?

I wanted to share with you some amazing recipes to add to your feast. It’s totally possible to have a delish meal made with amazing food and not feel bloated and blah afterwards.

And on another note….eat your veggies and your turkey first. That way by the time you eat some of the higher calorie foods (like the stuffing!) you’re likely to eat less cause you’ve filled up on nutrient dense foods.

And if you’re wanting more of a reset after Thanksgiving, this is my GO TO Nutrition Jump Start! I can help you with it too! Just message me!

xoxo-

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Easy Simple 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies- Gluten Free

cookies (2 of 2)I promised some quality time to my daughter early in the day and things just got busy.  She was pleading for attention in the simplest of ways.  I knew I needed to set aside that time with her.  So after dinner, she and I went into the kitchen to do a little baking together.  Being that we  try to eat healthy, chocolate is oftentimes not allowed in our house.  Even if we do have it, it would be gone within a day or two. Thus, we didn’t have much by way of ingredients to make anything.  But most people have these ingredients in their homes.

  • 1 cup sugar (we use organic raw sugar)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (check your pb. It’s often a common place they place additives and sugars. Make sure you buy all-natural peanut butter. And organic if possible. There’s some theories regarding the rise in peanut allergies being related to pesticides and what not in the soils and fields)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbl of cacao powder (we put it into ours and it was delish)

Mix and form into cookies! I bake at 350 for about 7-10 minutes or  so. Not sure if that’s correct but it seemed to work for us. cookies (1 of 2)

Raw Chocolate Truffles

When I was looking at cutting back our sugar intake, I had a friend try to help me figure out what my biggest struggle was.  It was quite obvious….CHOCOLATE! I’m not a milk chocolate eater either.  I like real, dark, luscious chocolate, with it’s bittery sweetness that melts in your mouth! Mmmmm…

She suggested some raw chocolate pecan turtles she posted on her blog.  I gave it a try and fell in love with them.  My husband doesn’t like pecans, so I ventured out trying to utilize other nuts and ingredients.  We used honey instead of agave because I’ve heard some mixed information regarding agave.  Here are a few we tried.  I used the same cacao base and topped it with pecans, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts.  I also rolled a macadamia nut in one and then rolled it in coconut.

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Ingredients

Why choose Cacao?

It has health benefits that are missing in typical chocolate.  Raw cacao is known as a superfood.   Here are just a few of it’s possible benefits.

  • Flavanoids (a type of antioxidants)
  • High amounts of Fiber
  • High levels of Sulfur and magnesium
  • May increase cardiovascular health and stroke risk
  • May increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol
  • May decrease blood pressure and glucose levels
  • May decrease depression
  • May increase immune system functioning

 

Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles

popsicle (2 of 2)-2I’ve seen a couple photos floating around about making Popsicles with fruit and coconut water.  We love making Popsicles around here, especially with summer arriving soon.  The last few days we’ve had some 80 degree weather so we thought we’d give it a try.

It was another simple recipe that yielded toddler (and adult) approved results!popsicle (1 of 2)

  1. We filled the Popsicles holders half full.
  2. We then chopped strawberries and filled till the rest of the Popsicles molds were full.
  3. If it appeared to have strawberries without coconut water, we topped it off with a little more coconut water.
  4. (We probably could have filled with strawberries first and then just added coconut oil then! But you benefit from our trial first)
  5. Enjoy!

The coconut taste is minimal to none for those of you that don’t like coconut (eh hem…my husband). The sugar content is only based off the fruit you choose so if you have a not so sweet batch of strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, or whatever fruit you want to try, you’ll have a less sweet Popsicles.popsicle (1 of 2)-2

Homemade High Fructose Corn Syrup Free Chocolate Syrup

chocolate syrup (1 of 1)I found a recipe on pinterest for High Fructose Corn Syrup Free Chocolate Syrup.  But how many of you actually make half of the things you pin on pinterest.  Less, we ran out of chocolate syrup on a Saturday morning and my husband wanted a mocha. It dawned on me that I had pinned that pin long ago. Thus I found it again and tried it.  We’ve made it a few times since, most recently using Dark Chocolate Cocoa powder (I love dark chocolate but not sure it makes the greatest chocolate syrup).

Here’s the link to the original recipe I found. I modified some of the preparation steps to make a little more consolidated.

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk together all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and cook 1 minute.   Cool.  Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

We don’t go through chocolate syrup that quickly and have found it stores really well in the freezer without hardening to a too thick solid state.