RECIPE: Crazy Good Chocolate Balls

Unbelievably delicious, stupid simple to make and these bars are actually GOOD for you! What’s not to love?

INGREDIENTS:

6 Tbsp Almond Butter

3 Tbsp Coconut Oil

3 Tbsp Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp Cacao powder

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4-1/2 cup Almond Slivers

1 pinch Sea Salt

2 dashes of cinnamon

*1 tsp vanilla

*1 tsp maca powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

Melt coconut oil in a small to medium sized glass storage container.

Add additional ingredients and stir.

Let cool in fridge for 20 minutes.

Slice in to small squares or scoop in to balls

*optional

RULE: Seek Wellness

Wellness involves so much more than your health.

It’s how you feel and function in your overall life.  We Americans are under-slept, overfed, undernourished and over-caffeinated.  Many of us are trapped in unfulfilling jobs or toxic relationships.  We can’t be nice to others when we ourselves are not in a good place.  Being truly happy with ourselves, satisfied with our careers, having loving, supportive relationships and taking time to ‘play’ are essential to wellness.

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find joy in your work

spend time with people you love

find a physical activity that excites you

try new foods that are good for you, and give you energy

get meaningful rest

find something to believe in that’s bigger than yourself

 

 

RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress…

Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a smidgeon of salmon, or smother it on shrimp or chicken.

A client recently sent me a clever recipe for kale and hemp seed pesto, that I reworked to retain my friend, basil.  This is a great option for folks with nut allergy!

Hemp Seeds are a protein rich superfood! Basil is an alkaline cancer-fighter, garlic lowers cholesterol and keep vampires away (2 birds, on stone) and lemon helps detoxify!

Hemp Heart Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts)

1 Garlic clove, chopped or pressed

2 cups Basil, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt and ground Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender combine the above ingredients; start with hemp seeds and garlic, add basil , lemon juice and spices, finish with olive oil.  Use a spatula to scrape in to glass container for storage.

Makes about 1/2 cup (which is a lot of pesto!) Store what you don’t use immediately in a jar in fridge for a week or so. Freeze what you won’t use in near future. Or use as a facial masque. (not really…though maybe?)

RECIPE: Healthy Breakfast Muffin Bars

Tired of spending heaps on “bars” that are packed with sugar?

Need a quick treat that keeps you sated all morning long?

Have a taste of these breakfast cups!

Depending on the kind of oats you use, they can be gluten Free and oh so nutritious. Pump up the protein by adding nuts or seeds. You can also make them more dessert-ish by adding dark chocolate chips to the mix.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 1/2 cup Rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)

3/4 cup coconut sugar (I use TJ’s organic)  or maple syrup to minimize the glycemic load

(though you could use brown sugar if you’re going all desserty)

2 eggs (farm fresh hormone free, of course)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup softened butter

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips*

1/4 chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds*

 

* optional

Pour concoction in to greased (I use butter or coconut oil) muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour in to greased glass dish and cut in to bars. Either way, viola!, breakfast is made for the week!