Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge

October 3rd, 2018 | no comments

This fudge is the bomb! It’s filled with chocolaty goodness from raw cacao powder (i.e. REAL chocolate) and sweetened with pitted dates. And—as the name so eloquently conveys—it helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Adaptogens are simply plant-based substances that help your body adapt to stress…even the stress that’s cooking without your awareness. 

Give this no-bake recipe a try this weekend! Slice it into squares, refrigerate in a sealed container, and enjoy a piece every day. I topped mine off with a variety of fun “sprinkles”: bee pollen, hemp hearts, goji berries, and cacao nibs. 

This amazing recipe originated from www.wholeheartedeats.com. Thank you for your brilliance Sophie!

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge
As the name so eloquently conveys, this fudge helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Instructions
  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they become a paste. You may have to stop the processor and scrape the sides a couple of times.
  2. Add the almond butter and coconut oil, and pulse until combined. Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until combined.
  3. Using wax paper or parchment, form the dough into a bar shape. Wrap well and freeze until firm (about one hour). Once set, slice into 15 squares and top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options!
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one square): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 20 mg; Potassium: 95 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Dietary Fiber: 2 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 4 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 2 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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Earthfood Powder

May 17th, 2018 | no comments

I’ve spent countless dollars on overpriced protein powders over the years. And you know what? I wasn’t really happy with most of them. Other than unsweetened plant-based and Bone Broth protein powders, most contain either added sugar, sugar alcohols, stevia, or worse…artificial sweeteners!

Finally the lightbulb turned on and I thought: I can do SO much better than this! 

My Earthfood Powder is a very simple recipe with only seven ingredients: 

  • Pea protein powder: for protein!
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepitas): for fiber, fat, and protein.
  • Flaxseed: for omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
  • Hemp hearts: for more omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
  • Ground cinnamon: for flavor and blood sugar control.
  • Cacao powder: for flavor, blood sugar control, and magnesium!
  • Sea salt.

You can add Earthfood Powder to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, or homemade protein bars!

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Earthfood Powder
Tired of overpriced protein powders full of additives and artificial sweeteners? Give my Earthfood Powder a try! A great source of healthy fat and protein...all from Earthfoods. This is how Mother Nature intended us to eat! This recipe is free of gluten, grains and dairy. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 cup milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Pea Protein Powder
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 cup milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Pea Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Add pepitas through sea salt to a food processor or blender and process until seeds are broken down (about 1 minute).
  2. Pour contents into a large mixing bowl or container with lid and add pea protein, mixing (or shaking) until thoroughly combined.
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy! 🙂
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp.): Calories: 100Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 3 g; Dietary fiber: 3 g; Net Carbohydrates: 0 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 8 g

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Chocolate Almond Truffles

April 12th, 2018 | no comments

This recipe is courtesy of Carla IaFelice, a Wellness Consultant for Heinen’s Grocery Store. It’s no-bake, uses only six simple ingredients, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

The raw cacao powder-almond butter-sea salt combo means these truffles are a decadent blend of salty, sweet, and creamy. Whip up a quick batch and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to a month.

Oh, and by the way…each truffle contains 4 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of sugar!

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Chocolate Almond Truffles
If you are looking for something quick and sweet...and want to actually feel good about your "indulgence", then this recipe is for you! Free from gluten, grains, and dairy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings (1 truffle = 1 serving)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour I like Bob's Redmill brand
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings (1 truffle = 1 serving)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour I like Bob's Redmill brand
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and roll into twelve ping-pong sized truffles. Add a tablespoon of water to the dough if too crumbly.
  2. Store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 truffle): Calories: 150Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 30 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 4 g

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Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

March 6th, 2018 | no comments

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? My Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie uses no added sugar (honestly, it doesn’t need it!) and is a rich source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that offer numerous health benefits.

When it comes to strains of bacteria, more is better because different strains support different functions in your body. For example Lactobacillus acidophilus
supports digestion, absorption, and immune health, while Lactobacillus rhamnosus can help with vaginal and urinary health. Kefir contains a whopping twelve strains of live and active cultures, compared to only three strains in your standard yogurt.

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Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is a super easy way to sneak some probiotics into your—and your unsuspecting family's—diet. If you like your smoothies a bit on the thicker side, simply reduce the amount of nut milk. You can easily make this up ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a quick breakfast. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. kefir Wallaby Plain Organic Whole Milk Kefir
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened nut milk almond, coconut, macadamia, or cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp. milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe frozen makes for a creamier smoothie!
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. kefir Wallaby Plain Organic Whole Milk Kefir
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened nut milk almond, coconut, macadamia, or cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp. milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe frozen makes for a creamier smoothie!
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 325Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 210 mg; Potassium: 325 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 23 grams; Sugar: 12 g (no added sugar); Protein: 12 g

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Chocolate Peanut Butter “Pudding”

January 28th, 2018 | no comments

The beauty of this recipe? It can be eaten as a sweet treat or wholesome breakfast! And guess what? It’s dairy-free. The sneaky ingredient is avocado- which lends a beautiful creamy texture…just like traditional pudding!

With five Earthfoods per serving, it offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder.

It’s naturally sweetened with a mere 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and ripe banana. You can omit the chia seeds If you don’t care for the texture…but just remember, you’ll be missing out on the omega-3 fatty acids!

Want it a little sweeter? Add another tablespoon of pure maple syrup or raw honey. Don’t like banana? Leave it out!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding"
This deliciously decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding" is the perfect sweet treat OR nutritionally-balanced breakfast. The secret ingredient is avocado, which gives the pudding its thick and creamy texture. It offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Instructions
  1. To a food processor or blender, add avocados through chia seeds and process until smooth.
  2. Portion into dessert cups and top each with one tablespoon of peanut butter, one tablespoon of chopped peanuts and two banana coins.
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Mel’s Feel-Good Smoothie

November 25th, 2017 | no comments

 

Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get a ton of nutrition (and I mean a TON) in the least amount of time. I’m in love with them because they give me the opportunity to incorporate powerful foods that I wouldn’t be otherwise eating on a daily basis (like fresh ginger and turmeric root).

I’ve experimented with many smoothie concoctions over the years, and one thing that remains consistent is I’ve always included three nutrient “blocks” in each recipe:

 

  1. Fiber-rich “Earthfoods”: berries, kale, spinach, red cabbage, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger.
  2. Earthfood-based fat: avocado, fresh ground almond butter, fresh ground peanut butter, walnuts, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds.
  3. Healthy protein: unsweetened plant-based protein powder, Bone Broth Protein Powder, or Bone Broth Collagen Powder.

This combination of fiber, fat, and protein offers the perfect blend of nutrients to:

  • Satisfy my hunger
  • Keep my blood sugar stable
  • Keep my brain sharp and focused
  • Fill me with tons of energy!

This Feel-Good Smoothie is one of my favorite go to recipes. It satisfies me to the core and, as the name suggests, really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries to sweeten my smoothie, which means it isn’t very sweet at all! This is by design.

But I didn’t start out this way.

I used to add more fruit and a stevia-based protein powder to my smoothies, which gave it an ultra-sweet taste. The problem was, I found myself getting hungry about an hour after I drank it. At first I thought I was losing my mind! How could I possibly be hungry? But then I learned that sweetness, whether from sugar, stevia, or artificial sweeteners, enhances the appetite and motivation to eat. Also, because they are hundreds of times sweeter than regular white table sugar, these zero-calorie sweeteners encourage sugar cravings and sugar dependence. Because of this, I very gradually traded my stevia-based protein powder for unsweetened Bone Broth Protein Powder and Bone Broth Collagen Powder, and also decreased the amount of fruit.

It took quite some time before my taste buds adapted to prefer less sweet and quite honestly, I never thought I would see the day! Now when I accidentally eat or drink something with stevia, it tastes unpleasantly sweet. My taste buds have actually reset themselves! 

If my Feel-Good Smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date.

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Mel's Feel-Good Smoothie
This is one of my favorite go to smoothie recipes. It satisfies me to the core and really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries, which means it isn't very sweet at all. Feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date if you prefer a little more sweetness. I hope you enjoy the energizing benefits of this smoothie as much as I do! PS: One serving of this smoothie contains 17 grams of fiber! Not bad considering the minimum daily recommendation for dietary fiber is 25 grams. 🙂
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth- about 30 seconds.
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