Carob Peanut Butter Bars

I recently found out that I’m struggling with fibrocystic breasts during a thermography exam, so I’ve been avoiding caffeine and chocolate because they can exacerbate the problem. Finding out that you can’t eat chocolate anymore sucks. But let’s face it: I’m a chocolate addict, and if you’re like me, you might think that giving up chocolate forever is a non-option. But I have some good news. You can replace chocolate with carob powder, which has no caffeine, is full of healthy nutrients, and is basically just as delicious! Studies even show it to be good for digestion and soothing to upset tummies. So I came up with these Carob-Peanut Butter Bars to satisfy my chocolate tooth. Working great so far - maybe too well! Ingredients 1 cup of creamy peanut butter (or almond butter) ½ cup of carob powder ¼ cup of raw honey, or less depending on how sweet [...]

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Citrus Immune-Boosting Smoothie

For over a week I have been fighting a nasty sore throat that took away most of my voice and all of my energy. At first hot tea was soothing, but as my fever went up, the idea of drinking anything hot made feel like I would combust. So instead, I stumbled into my kitchen in an attempt to make myself something cooling and full of vitamin C. I had also barely eaten all day, but couldn't work up an appetite for dinner. I was going to try and simulate this recipe, but after looking through the kitchen I realized all I had was limes and oranges. But this didn't stop me; I really wanted that smoothie! So I made a pretty basic recipe, but it turned out delightful!  I love this smoothie for  a few reasons: It is delicious. You could serve it for desert at a dinner party with a sprig [...]

December 11th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Primal Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pumpkin Salad

This is a dish I came up with one day by accident. I had a butternut squash that was going bad and some spinach that was slightly wilted. We all get pretty creative when we are hungry and processed foods and flour are not an option! I find that this salad is great as a side dish for dinner or as the main option for your lunch. I do both and it never fails to satisfy me. It is super simple to put together but it sure looks gourmet - my friends are always impressed when I make it even though it takes me no time at all ;)   To continue reading follow me on the Grass Fed Girl's blog where I am guest posting this recipe. I am honored to be featured on the Grass Fed Girl's blog. She is a blogger I admire and a dear friend and [...]

April 29th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten Free Brownies with Dairy Free Whipped Cream

Brownies were not something I grew up eating in Moldova. I was a freshman in an American college when I had my first brownie and I just about melted on the floor. It was so sweet and chocolaty. It didn't take long before I was making brownies from the box while munching on cheetos at one o'clock in the morning. I really lived it up in college. Once I began my journey with whole foods and healthy eating I stopped making brownies from the box. At first my brownies where made with organic unbleached white flour and organic white sugar. Then I made the next step and replaced the white sugar with raw honey. The final step came when I discovered that I am sensitive to gluten thus I had to replace the white flour to almond flour. This is a recipe that I have made for a couple of [...]

April 20th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Valentine’s Day Cake Recipe

Looking for a delicious, gluten free desert for Valentine's Day that is not full of food dye, sugar or white flour? Here is our one of our family's favorite cake recipes, with bright pink frosting made from beet juice and sweetened with raw honey and maple syrup. This recipe is not original; it was inspired by the book Make It Paleo, which I absolutely love.  But since this is what I make on all of our special occasions I decided to share the step by step recipe with you. Ingredients Cake Batter 7 farm fresh eggs 3/4 cup of warm coconut oil  (find it here) 3/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 maple syrup 1 tsp baking soda One pinch of sea salt (find it here) Frosting: 24 ounces of cheese One beet 1/2 cup of raw honey Directions 1. Combine all the dry ingredients together and then add in the eggs [...]

February 13th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Real Popcorn Recipe

 I love pop corn. I will choose a bowl of pop corn over sweet treats or desert almost any day. It is my favorite comfort food. But let's face it: pop corn is not very nutritious. It's mostly empty carbs. Has that stopped me from eating pop corn? No. Has it made feel guilty? Yes! So I have been trying to find a way to make my bowl of popcorn more nutritious. If you love popcorn as much as I do, yet feel guilty about eating it, here is a way to turn the empty calories into an explosion of immune boosting nutrients by adding coconut oil, nutritional, yeast, and Parmesan cheese. The coconut oil will provide you with medium chain fatty acids that will boost your immune system, help you loose unwanted weight, (source) support your cardiovascular health, (source), and support your glucose levels.Parmesan cheese will provide you with [...]

February 10th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Truth About Fats II : Vegetable Oil

For the last fifty years, the public has been bombarded with propaganda about the benefits of vegetable oil. Pork fat, beef tallow, and butter have been vilified and blamed for high cholesterol, heart attacks, cancer, obesity, etc. In this post I will attempt to trace the history of the vegetable oil and question whether it is indeed as heart-healthy as all the advertisements make it out to be. I will begin by introducing the different kinds of fatty acids. Saturated fats - found in animal fats and tropical oils. They have no double bonds between individual atom carbons. All the bonds are "saturated" with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are stable at room temperature, and ideal for cooking at high temperatures. Monounsaturated fats - found in olive, avocado, macadamia, and almond oil. They have one unsaturated carbon bond. They are not as stable as saturated fats, and thus they stay liquid at room temperature. [...]

Q & A – Almond Meal Muffins

After I posted the gluten free recipe I received quite a bit of feedback so this is a response to the questions some of you had and a further explanation of certain items I used in the recipe. Are almond flour and almond meal the same? Technically yes, they are both made out of ground almonds, but in almond flour the almonds are blanched, while in almond meal they are not. Another difference is consistency- almond flour is more fine while the almond meal is a little coarser. Do you prefer to cook with almond flour or almond meal? I am not too picky. Some stores have one and others have another so I am just thankful when they carry at least one of them. When I can choose - even though some people swear by the almond flour - I like the almond meal. I like that it is not [...]

February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments
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