Simple Homemade Trail Mix

October 18th, 2018 | no comments

It’s 4:00 pm. Lunch was at noon and dinner isn’t until 6:00. Your stomach starts to growl and history shows that when you ignore it and try to wait it out until dinner, you always end up eating an extra helping (or three) of this or that (usually not salad). 

If you aren’t prepared with a healthier snack, let’s be honest, no matter how pure your intentions, you will absolutely grab a handful of M&Ms or salty chips. This is one of the easiest recipes I can share with you to help keep your hunger under control until meal time. It offers the perfect combo of sweet, salt, and crunch!

NOTE: Trail mix is extremely easy to overeat…I know, been there, done that! Set yourself up for success and use a 1/4 cup measuring cup as your serving spoon, portion into a small cup, then close the lid and put it away! I always leave the measuring cup in the container with the handle facing upward. 

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Simple Homemade Trail Mix
If you aren't prepared with a healthier snack, let's be honest, no matter how pure your intentions, you will absolutely grab a handful of M&Ms or salty chips. This is one of the easiest recipes I can share with you to help keep your hunger under control until meal time. It offers the perfect combo of sweet, salt, and crunch! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Servings
1/4 cup servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups assorted raw, unsalted nuts (if you want a little salt, you can make one of the cups a lightly salted nut) Any variety will do (bonus points for choosing sprouted nuts): almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted seeds (sprouted if possible) I like pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit (Made in Nature is a good choice since they don't add sugar) Try goji berries, blueberries, dates, apricots, raisins, cranberries, cherries, figs, golden berries, plums, mangoes
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips I like the Equal Exchange brand; For dairy-free, use Enjoy Life brand
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs I like the Navitas brand
  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic brand
Servings
1/4 cup servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups assorted raw, unsalted nuts (if you want a little salt, you can make one of the cups a lightly salted nut) Any variety will do (bonus points for choosing sprouted nuts): almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted seeds (sprouted if possible) I like pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit (Made in Nature is a good choice since they don't add sugar) Try goji berries, blueberries, dates, apricots, raisins, cranberries, cherries, figs, golden berries, plums, mangoes
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips I like the Equal Exchange brand; For dairy-free, use Enjoy Life brand
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs I like the Navitas brand
  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic brand
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a sealed container and shake to combine! Leave a 1/4 cup measuring cup in the container with the handle facing upward for easy (and responsible) serving. 
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/4 cup): Calories: 120; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Sodium: 35 mg; Potassium: 100 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 8 grams; Dietary Fiber: 2 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 6 grams; Sugar: 5 grams (1 gram added sugar); Protein: 3 grams

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles

August 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love cake. Frosting? Even better! I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too.

You know me- this isn’t some cake out of a box. Actually, it’s just as easy and, although it’s not a “healthy” cake, it’s quite an upgrade from your traditional cake loaded with crappy chemicals (that’s an industry term 🙂 ) and slathered with trans fat-laden frosting. 

The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting…well, I lied a little bit, the frosting is on the healthier side because it’s made with avocado, coconut oil and raw cacao powder, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I swear they won’t know it used to be green. For the sprinkles, I just tossed about a half cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the food processor with half of a strawberry and processed until the flakes turned pink. Then I let them sit out to dry for a bit. 

Happy birthday to me! 

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles
I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too. The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting made with avocado, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-four ounce ramekins with coconut oil.
  2. Place butter, honey, and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool completely (you can place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process).
  3. Add almond flour, egg, vanilla, and salt to cooled chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and gently remove by turning ramekin upside down on a clean plate.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Process avocado in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  2. Frost the top of one cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place remaining cake on top and frost the top and sides of entire cake. You will have about half leftover, so just store remaining frosting in refrigerator and have a spoonful here or there for a sweet treat.
Pink Sprinkles
  1. Add coconut flakes and strawberry to a food processor and process until flakes are pink. Sprinkle all over top and sides of frosted cake!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400; Total Fat: 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Sodium: 175 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams; Dietary Fiber: 6 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 26 grams; Protein: 6 grams

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Tropical Turmeric Shake

May 10th, 2018 | no comments

A well-balanced and satisfying shake contains five main ingredients:

  1. A liquid base
  2. Healthy protein
  3. Healthy fat
  4. Veggies and fruit
  5. Functional foods

My Tropical Turmeric Shake uses unsweetened coconut milk as the liquid base, hemp hearts for protein, avocado and MCT oil for healthy fat, fresh kale, lime, mango, and pineapple for veggies and fruit, and fresh turmeric and ginger for functional foods. 

It’s loaded with tons of healing Earthfoods (six servings to be exact). Drink it for breakfast or lunch and I promise you will feel on top of the world! 

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Tropical Turmeric Shake
My shakes are not sweet...and that's by design! This is something I had to work on decreasing little by little over the years. If you are just getting started and would prefer your shake a little on the sweeter side, try adding an extra serving of fruit or one teaspoon of raw honey. This recipe is gluten, dairy, and grain free. 6 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12-16 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp. fresh turmeric root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts Or 2 tbsp. Earthfood Powder (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 small avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 tbsp. MCT oil I like Dr. Formulated MCT Oil
  • 2 cups fresh organic kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or 1/4 of a banana
  • Sprinkle organic, unsweetened coconut flakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12-16 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp. fresh turmeric root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts Or 2 tbsp. Earthfood Powder (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 small avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 tbsp. MCT oil I like Dr. Formulated MCT Oil
  • 2 cups fresh organic kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or 1/4 of a banana
  • Sprinkle organic, unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients (except coconut) to a high-powered blender (such as Vitamix, Blendtec or Ninja) in the order listed and blend until smooth. Top with a sprinkle of organic, unsweetened coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for Earthfood Powder recipe!

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27 g; Saturated Fat: 15 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Potassium: 1125 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 40 g; Dietary fiber: 14 g; Net Carbohydrates: 26 grams; Sugar: 15 g (no added sugar); Protein: 11 g

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