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Am I making you hungry? Try these guilt free cookies made without eggs, butter or milk. Ohsheglows Blog has a ton of vegan recipes. I am definitely not vegan but know that I  my sweets. This is a way for me to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty about grabbing a snack. Click here to get the recipe.  I substituted the sunflower seed butter for regular peanut butter because that’s what I had and bought chipits dark chocolate chips instead of chopping my own because with having 2 kids you have to make things easy.

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So I’m a little obsessed with finding healthy snacks lately because I find if I can prepare a healthy snack I will grab that instead of a snack that I’ve purchased off the shelf at the grocery store (yes, I keep a few of these in the house for my toddler).  So far the homemade hummus and granola bars have been very successful and tasty. I love searching the Oh She Glows website because I find the recipes are so tasty and good for you.  We were having company over to watch SummerSlam this past weekend and I wanted to make a dessert that was decadent but still healthy.  Alas, salted Almond Butter Freezer Fudge.  It was on the first page of the Oh She Glows website and the fact that it was easy to make and required very few ingredients was a selling point for me.  I’m on mat leave and a mom of 2 so easy recipes are what I need.  It’s definitely not the cheapest dessert to make but the taste makes you forget how much you spent….kind of.  (I spent $14 on the cup and a half of almond butter alone….Yikes!)  So now that you’re salivating at the photo below here is the recipe.

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Ingredients:

FOR THE FREEZER FUDGE (LIGHTLY ADAPTED FROM EVERYDAY DETOX):
  • 1 1/2 cups raw smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt or other fine sea salt, to taste
FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt or other fine sea salt
  • Maldon sea salt or other flaked sea salt, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a standard size loaf pan (9″x5″) and line with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the length of the pan.
  2. For the fudge: Spoon the almond butter into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small pot, add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt (only the fudge ingredients here). Heat over low, until the oil is melted. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the almond butter, stirring as you go. Stir until completely smooth and combined. It’ll be quite runny at this stage.
  4. With a spatula, spoon the almond butter mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth out. Place the pan, uncovered, on a flat surface in the freezer. Freeze for around 1 hour, or until the fudge is solid.
  5. For the chocolate topping: In a small pot, add the oil and melt the oil over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt until smooth. I like to place the chocolate sauce in the fridge for several minutes until thickened slightly.
  6. Slice the frozen slab of fudge into about 21 (1-inch) squares and place on a large plate lined with parchment paper, about a half-inch between each piece. Spoon the chocolate sauce on top of each square (a scant 1 teaspoon per square). Place back in the freezer until the chocolate is solid. Sprinkle on some flaked sea salt, if desired.
  7. Break apart the squares of fudge (if the chocolate pooled at the bottom) and enjoy immediately. Return leftovers to the freezer.

 

I’m sure you’ve seen me post a lot about Giddy Yoyo lately through Instagram and on Facebook but it honestly is one of the best chocolate bars I have tasted.  I first discovered this company when I attended the Toronto Fitness Challenge.  What drew me to their product was the fact that they are made with cacao, not cocoa, which is a superfood.  They only deal with free trade ingredients (which you can see what the difference is by clicking here) and they are free of gluten, nuts, dairy, soy, refined sugar and all other nasty funk (their words, not mine).  The products are all vegan, and they have the USDA certified organic stamp on all of their products and they are Canadian!  Made right in Orangeville to be exact.

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The chocolate bars vary by percentage.  They have some that are extra dark and some that are not as dark.  I would recommend starting with the sweet bar if you aren’t used to dark chocolate but they have a variety of flavours ranging from banana and nutmeg to spicy to maca.

I am in no way affiliated with Giddy Yoyo nor do I sell their products.  I simply just want to make people aware that there are other amazing choices then running out and grabbing a milk chocolate bar full of sugar, hydrogenated oils and bad fats.
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If you’re interested in trying a bar they cost about $5 and Health on Main, the newest health food store in Stouffville, carries them.  They are located in the same plaza as Snap Fitness, Giant Tiger and the Beer Store at 9th Line and Stouffville Road.

Are there any other topics you’d like to know about? What are your struggles when it comes to healthy living and your overall wellness? Comment below and I’ll answer your questions in the coming weeks!  You will remain anonymous.

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Women’s Health Magazine has tagged this burger as a Bikini Friendly burger and it looks delicious! Next time you have the girls over throw these on the grill for a guiltless indulgence.

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I’m sure many of you have heard of the Paleo Diet but do you know what it’s all about?  The Paleo diet is also known as the ‘caveman diet’.  It is based on the ancient diet of the Paleolithic era, a period that lasted about 2.5 million years and that ended approximately 10,000 years ago.  There was no agriculture during this time period, so people based their diets on what they could hunt and gather.

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The back-to-basics approach prescribed by the Paleo Diet means lots of fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and other staples common to the caveman.  All of this makes up 50% of the diet’s daily caloric intake.

The following five food categories are accepted on the Paleo Diet:

1.     Vegetables

The Paleo Diet recommends that the majority of your fibre intake should come from vegetables and fruits.  All vegetables-with the exception of white and sweet potatoes- are allowed, including sea vegetables, which have tremendous health benefits and are full of antioxidants.

2.     Fruits

The Paleo Diet incorporates all fruits, but encourages you to choose fresh fruits over dried fruits, as dried fruits are higher in carbs and fat.  The diet also limits the amount of fruit you should eat.  Fruits with lower quantities of sugar, such as blueberries, grapefruit and apples, are considered ideal choices.

3.     Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats.  You can also incorporate nut and seed butters – such as walnut butter or sunflower seed butter- as alternatives for peanut butter, which is not accepted because peanuts are legumes.

      4. Healthy Fats

Fats are commonly misunderstood.  The Paleo Diet recommends sticking with clean, health fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil, as they are less saturated, which helps your cellular membranes stay healthy.  When cooking with oil, make sure to choose one with a higher smoke point, such as coconut oil.  This ensures that the oil will not go rancid during the cooking process.

 

      5. Meat and seafood

Since meat was one of the main food sources during the Paleolithic era, it is absolutely accepted in this diet.  A variety of flesh meats, including beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork and eggs, are acceptable.  However, organic and grass-fed meats are favoured as they help keep toxin levels down.

Seafood and fish-such as shrimp, cod and salmon- are also all Paleo-friendly foods and are an excellent source of nutrients-especially salmon, which is chock-full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Foods to avoid on the Paleo Diet

  • Processed foods
  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Refined sugars and carbs
  • Added salt (tip: keep the salt shaker off the table)
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Sodas and other carbonated beverages
  • Artificial sweeteners

I think it’s so cliché to buy your partner chocolates, flowers and conversation hearts….unless they like that of course.  So instead of doing what everyone else does why not spice it up with these tasty dishes (and by tasty dish I mean food, not yourself…..that would be considered dessert).  😉

Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter and Texas Toast

Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce

Almond and Lemon Crusted Fish with Spinach

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Oyster Stew (aphrodisiac)  =)

Whip up any of these awesome meals and you’ll be sure to have an exciting Valentine’s Day!  If anyone tries these recipes please leave a comment to let all of us know how it was.

Have a Fit Day!!

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