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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