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Green Superfood Cookies

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Here is a cookie that you can feel good about! Treat yourself to these light and sweet morsels that pack a serious nutrient punch ūüôā

Spirulina is a blue-green algae typically mixed into foods in powder form. It is a complete protein that supplies iron and B-vitamins, including vitamin B12. Potential health benefits are numerous and include lowered cholesterol, weight management, treatment for allergies, control of ADHD, steady blood sugar levels in diabetics, immune system boost, improved athletic performance, greater energy levels, and longevity.

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries, are native to Mongolia, China, and the Tibetan Himalayas. The berries are a rich source of antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which support eye health and may aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Other health claims include cancer prevention, decreased cholesterol, lowered blood sugar, improved circulation, longevity, and improved immunity. Individuals taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin (Coumadin) should talk to their doctor before including Goji berries in their diet due to possible drug-interaction.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 C 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 C coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Small handful of goji berries
  • 1 square of finely chopped 85% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp of Qia original superfood blend (hemp, chia seeds, buckwheat groats)

Directions: Mix eggs, oil, and syrup together. Mix flour and baking powder together then stir into the liquid mixture. The batter will initially be thin and lumpy. Don’t worry- the cookies are not ruined! Keep whisking everything together and the batter will begin to thicken. Spoon the batter onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet. The batter should make about 12 medium-size cookies. I had to experiment with the cooking time and temperature because the directions on the website I got this recipe from didn’t end up working- the cookies came out looking like soup. Try cooking for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees, but check them as they cook and adjust time and temperature as needed. The aroma of coconut from the flour and coconut oil will make your house smell heavenly!

Inspiration for this recipe was found here: http://www.wellnessholisticbeauty.com/2013/03/spirulina-goji-berries-cookies.html

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The Most Natural Brownies You Will Ever Eat!

Looks like someone already helped themselves to a big piece!

Looks like someone already helped themselves to a big piece!

 

I tried out this recipe because I was so intrigued by it- BLACK BEANS in brownies?? Whatttt. And DATES? No sugar or eggs? Even as the adventurous foodie that I am, whether or not these treats were truly edible, much less tasty, was highly questionable. But they are both edible and tasty!! They really really are!

 

Since I know that you are probably as skeptical as I was, here are the ingredients you will need to try it and see for yourself:

 

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 10 Medjool dates, with pits removed
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (ingredients should be almonds &salt only)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 bar of 88% dark chocolate

* These brownies are also vegan because they do not contain any animal products, like egg or milk

Directions: Begin by pulsing dates in a food processor until they are smooth, add black beans and continue running processor. Next add almond butter and vanilla. Once these ingredients are smooth and well-mixed, transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in cacao powder, chia seeds, and 2/3 of the dark chocolate broken into small chunks. Pour into 8×8 in pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chunks over top brownie batter. Cook at 200 degrees for 90 minutes. * Let cool about 2 hours before slicing and serving* This cooking and cooling process helps create a better authentic brownie texture. It’s surprising how much like a “real” brownie this tastes. Let me know what you think!

The inspiration for this post came from peacefuldaily.com. ūüôā

Becoming Kroger’s #1 Customer

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I have been home for four days… and I’ve made four trips to Kroger. I can’t help it- I seem to feel a magnetic pull towards grocery stores! I’ve been picking up ingredients for all the new recipes I want to try. Since my last post I have tried out three new ones: a summery watermelon salad, some IRRESISTIBLE dark chocolate peanut butter cookies, and strawberry chia jam.

The watermelon salad was super easy, only containing four ingredients. I bought some cubed photo (4) watermelon, added the arils from one pomegranate, some chopped mint leaves, and juice from one small lime.

Next I set about making the cookies! Every now and then I get a sweet craving, but I am always looking for a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling crappy and sugared-out afterwards. Lindsay, a registered dietitian writing for The Lean Green Bean blog provided the perfect recipe- and I plan to make it again! I followed her recipe exactly as follows:

1/3 C mashed avocado (mash very well or cookies may have green lumps!)

2/3 C peanut butter (I used creamy Smuckers all-natural)

1 egg                                        photo (6)

3 Tbsp honey

3/4 C oats

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 C dark chocolate chips (I used the darkest to reap the most health benefits, 88% cacao)

Combine all of the wet ingredients first, then stir in the dry ingredients, add chocolate chips, and bake @350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Makes about 12 cookies.

What I love about this recipe is that it is made up of foods that I usually eat so I don’t feel like I am adding a lot more sugar or saturated fat to my diet than usual. The cookies do have a good amount of fat in them from the peanut butter, avocado, and dark chocolate, but it is the healthy kind, unlike most recipes that use butter. As a treat, this recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth, without compromising your nutrition goals!

The strawberry chia jam was a very simple recipe that I borrowed from instructables.com. Their recipe used blackberries, but you could substitute blueberries or raspberries too. Here is the recipe:

1 C of fruit     photo (5)

1/2 C chia seeds

1/2 C water

1/3 C honey

3 Tbsp lemon juice

Just mash the fruit, stir in the remaining ingredients, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes!

Next up… ¬†Jicama Fries : )