Superfood Cookies

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So, I’ve recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Tonight I was trying out a gluten free cookie recipe… when I found out my chocolate chips “may contain wheat”. I had to compromise since I had already mixed everything else in. Well, turns out adding some superfoods I had kicking around did the trick!

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1 tbsp coconut flour

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 cup goji berries

3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

2 tbsp water

Mix all ingredient together and drop by the tablespoon on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 14 minutes.

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Anxiety? Try These Natural Remedies

As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, who has battled anxiety/panic attacks for 10 years now, I have done a ton of research, looking for natural remedies to battle this HORRIBLE disorder. Since anxiety is such a common problem, I also wanted to share some natural remedies I have found to be helpful in managing stress and anxiety.

I am very passionate about Aromatherapy and use what I call Liquid Xanax often. It’s a blend of Frankincense, Rosewood, Spruce, Tansy, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver essential oils in a roller bottle. I also use other essential oils in aromatherapy necklaces. For more information visit my page Aromatherapy Wear.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy is another one of my favorites. It was created by Dr Bach. It is a blend of 5 different bach flowers which help us relax, focus and calm down. I carry a Rescue Remedy spray in my purse and use 2 sprays on the tongue when needed. I also bought Rescue Remedy Pet for my dog who is anxious in cars.

Remember, sugar, caffeine and alcohol are an anxious persons worst enemies! These can all mess with your blood sugar balance which directly contributes to feelings of anxiety. I’ve had to go months at a time without caffeine just to feel normal again. Now I can usually manage 1 cup in the morning. As for alcohol, it can definitely make you feel more relaxed while having a couple, but you will pay for it triple for days after. Again, your blood sugar will be out of control, you will be dehydrated and alcohol also depletes the body of needed vitamins and minerals…

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause anxiety. I recommend everyone suffering anxiety, take a high dose vitamin B complex. B vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system, especially choline, which is needed to make the myelin sheath that envelops the nerves and acts as insulation. Calcium and magnesium are important minerals that facilitate nerve conductivity. Magnesium is also known as “Nature’s Tranquilizer” for it’s muscle relaxing effects. Research has shown it can be beneficial to reduce anxiety, nervousness, fear, restlessness and irritability. I like taking the magnesium supplement “Natural Calm” before bed. Magnesium can be obtained through foods such as dark green leafy salads i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc.  These are also good for B vitamins.   Other food sources of magnesium include legumes, chicken, beef, fish (especially halibut, cod and salmon), seeds, nuts, bananas, watermelon, potatoes, figs and green beans. Or take a bath using Epsom salts, your skin will absorb the magnesium from the salts. Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil for additional relaxation. Last but not least, EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are also beneficial for nervous system conditions as well as depression.

Deep breathing, meditation, long walks and Yoga can all do wonders for anxiety! And remember, you’re not alone!

 

Breakfast Cookies

I’m always looking for a quick breakfast in the morning! These are great when you’re in a hurry and so delicious!

1 cup walnuts (chopped in food processor)

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup flour (I used gluten free)

1/2 cup ground flax

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup almond or peanut butter

1/4 cup olive oil (or coconut)

1/4 cup raw honey

1/3 cup brown sugar (I used organic coconut palm sugar)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse the walnuts in a food processor several times to chop; continue processing until the walnuts are ground into flour; transfer to a bowl. Mix in the rolled oats, flour, flax meal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
  3. Combine the almond butter, olive oil, honey, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in the food processor and process a few seconds to blend the ingredients well; transfer the almond butter mixture to a large bowl and fold in the raisins and chocolate chips. Mix the walnut-oatmeal mixture into the almond butter mixture (dough will be very thick).
  4. Scoop up heaping teaspoons of dough, and form into balls; lay the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flatten the cookies with a spatula. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to finish cooling on wire racks.

Superfood Trail Mix

I carry this superfood trail mix with me in my purse and in the car for a nutrient dense snack on the go. Just throw together equal amounts of gogi berries, raw cacao nibs and raw, unsalted sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The gogi berries and raw cacao nibs are rich in antioxidants, which are important for health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body. The cacao nibs are also rich in magnesium which is a common deficiency in a lot of us. The fats/oil in the sunflower and pumpkin seeds prime the engine, speeding up metabolism, and stimulates HC1 (hydrochloric acid) and pancreatic enzymes, such as lipase, that are needed for digestion. Powerful stuff!

 

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Chocolate Chia Brownies

My husband asked me to make him “healthy” cookies tonight. I made these super food brownies and they were a hit!

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened juice (I used blueberry)

4 tbsp coconut palm sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup cacao powder

1 cup gluten free flour (I used Cloud 9 mix from Costco)

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 365. Let chia seeds soak in juice until gel forms, around 15 min. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased 9X9 pan and bake for 25 min.Image

 

Candida Cleanse Day 11

Well, not much new to report. I’m sleeping like a baby and have noticed a huge decrease in anxiety. Now I can’t say this is all due to the Candida cleanse herbal supplements because eliminating coffee and sugar probably has more to do with that. The roasted chicory root that has been replacing my coffee is amazing and I will be stocking up! There was 1 day that I didn’t do so well though. My husband made a pot of coffee on the weekend and I figured 2 cups wouldn’t hurt… I felt that feeling of anxiousness in the pit of my stomach all day, like I was on the verge of a panic attack. Then that evening we went out for supper… I had a wrap that obviously had gluten and refined carbs. Well my stomach bloated out to look 6 months pregnant and I couldn’t sleep at all that night! It was horrible! It’s amazing how the body will react to something it doesn’t like after it has been removed for a while. I’ve always known I was gluten and caffeine sensitive but this was just another reminder of the consequences.

When my Candida cleanse herbal supplements run out I plan to continue with gluten free, sugar free, caffeine free at least 80% of the time. Why not 100%? Well, life sometimes happens and it is very stressful to obsess about everything you put in your mouth. For example, when friends ask you over for dinner, the last thing you want to do is give them a long list of foods you cant eat… they just might not invite you again… Also, it’s not healthy to fill yourself with guilt over 1 bad meal choice. Healthy living is also about feeling peace and happiness, loving yourself and others, forgiving and accepting yourself.

I don’t expect perfection, all we can do is try the best we can and educate ourselves throughout life. Try to find a balance that works for you. A few things I try to do everyday are:

1. I fresh squeeze lemons into an ice cube tray. Every morning I pop a lemon ice cube into a glass of pure water. This gently detoxifies the liver and aids digestion.

2. If I don’t have lemons, I will add a scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood into a small glass of grapefruit juice. This is alkalizing and detoxifying and gives a great boost of energy.

3. Try to consume coconut oil everyday. The best way I’ve found is to add a tablespoon to a hot cup of chai tea or other herbal tea. It sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty good! I also use coconut oil as a full body moisturizer. Coconut oil is also a great way to keep Candida in check due to its anti fungal properties.

Well, off I go to make a cup of hot chai tea with some coconut oil.

Candida Cleanse Day 3

Well, here I am, day 3 without coffee, sugar, alcohol, gluten, fruit, dairy…

After some research, I decided to use Renew Life Candi Gone 15 day herbal program. It contains herbs and natural antifungals to remove Candida from the body. I am also taking a probiotic supplement.

I start my day with 1/2 lemon squeezed into pure water to gently detoxify my liver and improve digestion. I have been replacing coffee with roasted chicory root and I have to say, it tastes amazing! It has not been as challenging as I expected without coffee, thanks to my chicory. I might even continue replacing my coffee with it!

The only headache I had was day 1, which is surprising since I haven’t had caffeine in 3 days. I am feeling very tired and a little dizzy, but nothing I can’t handle. I will say that I’m extremely irritable though. Whether it be due to caffeine withdrawal, sugar withdrawal or Candida die off… not sure. But I feel good knowing that those little buggers are dieing by the minute 🙂

More to come…