1. Scramble eggs in a small bowl
2. Add almond flour, sea salt and pepper to another bowl
3. Take the onion ring slices using your hands, a fork or tongs and dip the onion into the egg. Let any excess drip off.
4. Take the coated egg onion and dip into the almond flour mixture until well coated
5. In a medium sautee pan on medium-high heat, add coconut oil and onion rings. Make sure they don’t overlap. Let each side sizzle until each side is crispy and brown. OR, lay down a parchment paper or tin foil on a cookie sheet, place onions on and broil on high until brown and crispy.
6. Take off of pan/out of oven. Lay on a plate to let any excess oil drip off
Serve and enjoy!
*Serves approx 6 people
Check out my other game-time Superbowl Eats, like guilt-free nachos, pizza, chips and dip here.
Follow me on Pinterest (@bewellwitharielle) for more guilt-free game-time inspiration.
swaps of your favorite game-time eats, like
wings, loaded nachos, popcorn, pizza, potato skins, and chips and dips!
1. Chicken “Wings”: Traditional chicken wings are delish, but they’re loaded with unnecessary calories and marinades that won’t make feel energized (or keep your waistline looking lean).
Try this BBQ “Chicken” made with cauliflower florets. They look just like fried chicken nuggets, and taste (sort of) like them too!
2. Cheesy Pizza: Ordering in pizza for your guests is easy but so is making your own at home. Try this home-made pizza recipe here with cheese. You can even have your guests select their DIY healthy pizza toppings (mushrooms, onions, olives) or buy a frozen variety and stick it in the oven right before guests arrive so your house smells likes warm, cheesy pizza.
3.Nachos… during sports games, especially the Super Bowl, nachos are a must. Instead of ordering in oily nachos made of hard-to-digest yellow corn, make these using plaintain chips or chips made of black beans.
1. In toaster oven or in oven on high broil, place a brown rice tortilla on a parchment paper or tin foil-lined baking sheet. Toast/broil until crispy
2. In large sauce pan, sautee oil oil with a little garlic. Add black beans, onions, sweet potatoes and sea salt and cook until potatoes are soft. Add kale and cook for approx 3 minutes.
3. Spread tomato sauce on tortilla and then spread a few spoonfuls of sweet potato/bean mixture onto each toasted tortilla.
4. Toast or broil in oven until hot and serve.
1. To learn how food can be thy medicine for each of the 4 bods in mi casa so we can ween off traditional medicine.
2. To better prep for the weeks mad rush around dinner time so its easier to make a healthy family dinner
3. To find healthier substitutes for my go to staples that I’ve known for 40 years
1. Looks like you have TONS of deliciousness in that fridge! But you have SO much that I can hardly see anything! I presume you probably forgot about a few of the items, especially that are placed in the back too?! Even if you know every single thing in that fridge, time to clean it up and organize it a little more. It’s a new year so now is the perfect time to renew your space. My recommended steps: take everything out of the fridge. Toss out anything (or giveaway) that you don’t need, will never use or is expired. Wipe it down with a wet washcloth. And then inspect your goods! Anything you can’t pronounce, toss out or give to someone in need.
2. Speaking of organization, here’s a tip to help you better prepare dinner so you’re not in a mad rush to make an entire family dinner: when you get home from the supermarket, allot an extra 30 minutes to cut up the vegetables you have, wash them up and place them in tupperware containers. If you already have the lettuce cut up, the peppers and tomatoes cut up, all you need to do it toss them into a bowl for salad, or into tomato sauce for a fresh pasta dish. Not to mention, the nicer the strawberries and tomatoes look and the prettier your fridge, the more apt you are to opening up the fridge and snacking on them, instead of other snacks, like chips, or ice-cream.
3. I see someone likes soda in the fam. I don’t it if you’ve been addicted for 40 years — soda is delicious…and hard to give up! But since one of your intentions is to stock your fridge with “food as medicine,” I would recommend trying other sweet, carbonated beverages to satisfy that persons sweet tooth that taste similar/will give you a similar satisfaction. Try these healthified versions: Zevia soda (made with stevia), club soda with pomegranate juice and lemon or lime or un-sweetened grape juice.
4. I see you have some ice-cream (which happens to be my FAVORITE food). I would recommend purchasing organic ice-cream. I can’t tell what type of dairy you have in there, but dairy should be organic. If you’re going to splurge on organic, splurge on organic milks, eggs and ice-creams. The extra hormones that non-organic dairy has in it may have an effect on the little ones bodies in the future.
5. Again, I can’t really tell what you have in the fridge and freezer, but another go-to tip that I love is stocking your freezer with frozen vegetables. They last FOREVER and they’re super versatile, especially for a last minute family dinner. Toss frozen spinach into a pan with a little olive oil and garlic, add some eggs and quinoa for a “fried” rice quinoa, throw in some frozen peas to tomato sauce for a fresher pasta dish, etc
Hope this is helpful!
And to all of the other participants, here are some recommendations for you too:
1. Cook more
2. Eat out less
3. Family friendly ideas that work
1. Since your intention is to cook more and have family friendly dinners that work, I would start thinking about what the kids typically like to eat and how to make that a little more gourmet/adult-friendly so you would eat it too!
For example, you mentioned they like chicken nuggets. What about making your own healthier chicken fingers or tempeh parmigiana and cutting it up into bite size pieces, strips or fun shapes with a cookie cutter?
Or, what about trying a home-made mac and cheese? A family friendly “mac and cheese” dinner could be brown rice pasta spirals and melted mozzarella cheese on top. The kids can even sprinkle their own shredded mozzarella on top so it makes them part of the meal and provides a little activity for them. My nephews love this. If you want to make it a little more gourmet for you and your husband, you can throw in some broccoli, or kale to a pan of tomato sauce and drizzle on top. Hope this inspires you!
1. healthier alternatives to coffee creamer
2. healthier alternatives to diet pepsi and carbonated flavored waters
3. not to be embarrassed about my fridge anymore!
1. in response to your question about carbonated flavored waters — some have “natural” flavorings and even added sugars. So, I would suggest plain water, as its better for digestion (carbonated beverages have carbon dioxide in it which makes the bubbles). If the only way you will drink water is if its carbonated (which is totally ok!), then I suggest making your own flavored water! Like strawberry flavored water? Add some frozen strawberries into a glass of water, wait 1-2 minutes or leave overnight in a pitcher. You’ll be surprised how delicious and flavorful it becomes!
1. Cook more
1. I hope you get to cook more in the new year too, cara! I would purchase some fish (you can always keep it frozen until you cook with it).
1. eat less dairy
2. cook more frequently
3. update fridge with essential cooking ingredients
1. sounds like you really want to cook more this year – that makes me so happy and excited for you!
Looks like you have a lot of the staples – tomato sauce, string cheese, tortillas. I suggest adding some eggs (you can throw them into a fried rice quinoa, or you can make eggs on the weekends with them and even healthy french!). I also suggest some miso paste (sweet white version) – you can make miso soup with it and a quick salad dressing for lunch or dinner or even this miso-lemon salmon!
1. staying healthy
2. losing weight
3. easy, convenient meals my husband can grab for lunch
1. her michelle! since one of your intentions is to make more easy, convenient lunches for you and your husband, I would first ask him what he typically would BUY for lunch. Getting inspiration from your favorite salad bars is also really helpful. For example, if he likes mexican salads, I would purchase boxed lettuce at the beginning of the week (tip: place a wet paper towel inside to make it last longer), a can of corn (which lasts forever in the pantry), some fresh peppers (slice them right when you get home), can of chickpeas (for protein), blue corn chips (for some crunch) and his protein and dressing of choice. Also, if he likes sandwiches or wraps, get some brown rice tortillas and toss the salad inside of that (you can always put them in the freezer and defrost over night) A quick salad dressing is my mustard dressing using dijon, lemon, and sea salt. And you can turn it into honey-mustard dressing too with a little honey! Check it out here. Hope this inspires you…at least for one meal!
1. clearer clutter
2. easier meals in
3. romantic year ahead
1. hey krissy. thanks for participating! since one of your intentions is for easier meals in, I would first make a list of you and your husbands favorite meals by theme. For example, if he loves mexican, stock up on some shredded (organic) cheese and gluten-free tortillas and fresh or frozen peppers and you can make quesadillas! I always keep organic turkey bacon and organic chicken sausage in the freezer – lasts forever and its easy to just toss in the oven and cook and goes well with mexican or italian night! Hope this inspires you to have some more romantic nights in. Don’t forget the candles!
1. quick, easy foods to prepare and cook AND eat on-the-go – good for traveling
2. eat healthier foods to keep me alert and energized
3. foods that wont go bad within a couple of days
1. hey laurel. Since you travel a lot and are looking for foods that wont go bad in a couple of days, I always recommend stocking up on frozen foods, like soy-free veggie burgers, frozen vegetables, like butternut squash and chopped kale, that you can just throw into a pasta sauce or sautee on a pan. I also love stocking the pantry with jars of tomato sauces, brown rice pasta and canned beans for last minute dinners. Hope this helps!
1. eating clean
2. experimenting with fresh recipes
3. incorporating the rainbow
1. I love the idea of incorporating the rainbow into your daily meals! It’s tough to tell what veggies and fruit you currently have in those drawers. but my favorite thing to do at the supermarket is to try one new colorful vegetable every time I go to the supermarket. It’s also helpful to get your kids involved — you can make it a “taste-test activity of the week!” Some of my recent favorites – jicama, purple carrots, okra and tomatillos.
1. cook more and eat out less
2. eat non-processed and organic food
3. make healthy and nutritious lunches for my picky husband. He likes: bread, meat and cheese! He likes tombstone pizzas, ham sandwiches, red meat and caesar salad. He has liked healthy substitutions I’ve made for him such as cauliflower rice with tomato sauce, sandwiches on ezekial bread and most veggies. He won’t eat apples, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, peppers or hard boiled eggs unless they are in a salad.
I would try to find healthier ingredients to food he already loves. But be careful about going way too overboard or he’ll associate with healthy = crazy and disgusting! Ezekial bread is a great alternative to regular bread. I particularly like the ezekial buns. They’re a little heftier than the sliced bread. If he likes meat,
1. make more meals at home. I love: gluten-free pizza, mac and cheese and gluten-free cupcakes
2. start mornings off with prayer and meditation routine
3. sleep before midnight
Since one of your intentions is to make more meals at home, I would
stock your fridge with one new vegetable per week to inspire you to cook.
For example, next week, you can stock it with fresh kale and you can make your gluten-free kale pizza (swap the sprouted grain tortillas with brown rice tortillas)!
1. knowing which foods will give me the most energy
2. more variety within my diet
3. go-to snacks
Since one thing on your list is more go-to snacks, like I mentioned above to @cynpearls, I would
cut up the veggies you already have in your fridge so they’re easy to just whip out
of your fridge and eat or pack up in a little baggie and bring to work.
Also, once they’re cut up, they can become really
versatile. For example, when you get home from the supermarket, instead of putting your
whole veggies int he fridge, which will actually go bad fast, I would
invest in some plastic tupperware at the supermarket and when you get home,
cut it all up.
easy snacks: cut up peppers dipped in hummus (you can even make your own in a blender chickpeas, olive oil, garlic HERE), celery with almond butter and a drizzle of honey, cucumbers or radishes dipped in pesto (you can buy or make your own HERE with almonds to get a dose of protein)
easy lunch: salad with lettuce + your (already cut up) sliced peppers, cucumbers, radishes and a can of chickpeas (rinsed) with a drizzle of flax oil or olive oil + sea salt. Hope this gives you some helpful ideas!
1. confession! although John and i cook pretty healthy, he is obsessed with condiments! He doesn’t use salt and instead pours these over EVERYTHING.
2. Start using more spices and herbs
3. Make my own “healthified” condiments and dressings
1. hey christina. nothing wrong with loving condiments — I am obsessed with condiments too! Since of your intentions is to swap the condiments for healthier spices and herbs, here are some of my favorite condiments to start:
A lot of clients have been coming to be recently complaining about
holiday weight gain and drinking too much over the holidays.
January is definitely a good time for a
restart. But is a juice cleanse necessary
to kickstart healthier habits? I mean, in NY, it’s FREEZING out —
do you really just want to drink juice all day…for a week?!
It’s totally up to you, but I’ve got something a little more exciting to entice you:
What if you incorporated 5 simple things to do on a daily basis to
help you cleanse naturally?
No need to spend $60 per day on juices.
I’ve put together this for you:
5 Simple Detox Tips Without a Juice Cleanse:
1. Every morning in the shower give yourself a 23 second massage. 23 seconds – that’s it!
Massage helps get the blood and lymphatic system moving,
which is in charge of revving up your metabolism, banishing cellulite, and detoxing. So, during your warm shower when you’re lathering on your body soap, give yourself a 23 second massage.
Start with your calves – a massage (2 sec on each leg). Then, work up the back and into your inner thighs (5 sec per leg).
Then, head up to your stomach and massage in a clockwise motion down the left side of your stomach,
around and up the right side of your stomach in a circular motion (for 5 seconds).
Then, pump your hand up into each armpit (using the opposite hand with the tips of your 4 fingers for 2 seconds).
Then, make your way up your head and massage your entire scalp (for 5 seconds).
Getting the blood and lymphatic system moving will help move toxins out of your body
AND energize you for an awesome day ahead.
And then put on a cozy or silky robe and get ready for the day!
2. Add a dash of greens to breakfast.
We all know that juices are the craze and at the forefront
of detoxes and cleanses. Juices are easy to consume AND they hit the blood stream fast.
But how can we detox and cleanse while ADDING healthy things to our life? To get the
same healthy benefits of greens, add a dash of spirulina to your morning smoothie or oatmeal. It will turn your
food a beautiful green (and maybe even your teeth too, but a swish with water will fix that).
1 tsp every morning is all you need to kickstart this healthy habit.
3. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to your water
To detox means to rid your body of toxins. The easiest
way to do this is through your urine. So it’s important to make sure that you’re intaking
lots of liquids to get rid of all of the accumulated toxins in your bod. I recommend
drinking half your body weight in ounces of water, plus a tsp of organic apple cider vinegar around lunch to help hydrate, detox and add alkalinity to your body.
4. Add squats to every bathroom break.
I’ve been so tired lately and haven’t been getting to the gym
as much as I would like. Instead of getting down on myself for not exercising at all,
I’m figuring out creative ways to incorporate exercise into my day. And this is my favorite: 10 squats every time you go to the bathroom! Finish peeing, put your skirt or
pants back on and get that butt in shape with just
TEN simple squats! If you don’t know how to squat correctly, check out #3 (chair kicks) and #4 (Squat Pulse) from Jen Selter, the queen of the #squatspo on instagram.
Or, do this warrior pose (in the bathroom) and hold for 10 seconds.
5. Add a dash of spice to dinner.
I swapped my microwave for my spice rack, so I have room for a ton
of spices. Some of my favorite detoxing spices are:
cinnamon – this popular spice is anti-inflammatory
so if you want to fight belly bulge, keep at your desk and sprinkle on your morning yogurt, in your
afternoon latte or onto some pumpkin seeds. It also makes everything taste a little sweeter, so sprinkle into
baked goods when you bake your next batch of cookies!
cayenne - makes everything spicy. Creates heat in the
body and also helps rev up your metabolism, so its great to add to dinner when it’s winter and you’re freezing.
ginger – fresh is best, but you can use the dried version as well.
In nutrition school, they called it “nature’s antibiotic” so load up when you want to cleanse and rev up your immunity.
Add some to boiling water and make this fresh sweet and spicy tea for a warm treat after dinner!
This quick healthy chocolate is the perfect wintery treat AND holiday gift.
When it’s snowing and chilly out, all I want to do is curl up on my couch
and sip on something creamy and warm.
I love hot chocolate, but traditional hot chocolate is made with tons
of sugar and processed cocoa. And I don’t even think about reaching
for the diet hot chocolate packets – they’re sweetened
with chemicals and give me a terrible after-taste. PLUS, they don’t even me fill up!
Try my healthified version –
made with un-refined sugar and real cocoa from chocolate beans.
Creamy, sweet AND even a dose of protein so you can drink it in the AM!
1. Heat almond milk in a small sauce pan until light, light boil. (If you don’t have a pan, don’t use a microwave, just use hot water)
2. Mix up all ingredients into a mug and pour almond milk on top and mix
*Makes 1 serving
For a cute hostess or holiday gift, I love this idea…
Gift giving really stresses me out,
especially when I have a lot of people in my life that I want to thank.
So making healthy, delicious treats
that are easy and super cute is a win win.
Is your New Year resolution to get fit and healthier?
Wish you could just have someone come to your house and
tell you what to buy?
Want to learn how to cook more this year?
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I just got back from Sarasota late last night
after a few days vacationing with my husband,
brother-in-law and in-laws.
It was so nice to be away and soak up the Vitamin D!
We went paddle-boarding on the beach and to
one of my favorite farmers markets.
Before I left, Simply Stacked sent me a bag of their
breakfast flour (made of organic coconut flour, baking powder and psyllium husk) —
and it turned out to be the perfect ingredient for post-vacation breakfast!
It’s 100% Grain and Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free and No
They gave me a recipe for their waffles,
but I made Coffee Cake Bites, instead.
Easy. Yummy. Healthy. Delicious.
Perfect for breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up snack or to serve
late night at your New Years Eve bash!
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Mix flour, eggs, coconut oil, water, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and vanilla and coffee extract in medium bowl
3. Lightly coat mini muffin or cake pop pan with coconut oil
4. Add approx 2 tbs of mixture into each cavity
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly brown on top
6. Let cool and sprinkle cinnamon and coconut palm sugar on top. For a shiny “glaze” you can add a brush of coconut oil onto each one.
I was at the Knicks basketball game
the other night with my husband and every time
I went to the bathroom, I eyed the crackerjacks boxes.
Traditional crackerjacks contain loads of sugar and even corn syrup,
which is super processed and actually messes with your metabolism.
So, after the game, I went home and made the healthier, guilt-free version of crackerjacks!
Perfect recipe for a dinner party (if you’re willing to get your hands a little sticky beforehand)
Also, great to pack up in a little treat bag for the holidays.
Or, cuddle up on the couch and munch on it while watching a movie!
Healthy Coconut Crackerjacks Ingredients:
4 tbs coconut oil
2/3 cup organic popcorn kernels
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup almonds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1. Add coconut oil and popcorn to a large pot and tilt the pot to ensure all kernels are coated with oil
3. Set the pot over medium heat on stove and cover, As soon as the kernels start to pop, shake the pot to prevent the kernels from sticking to the bottom and burning. Cook for approx. 4 minutes (or until most of the kernels have popped — about 5 seconds between pop)
6. Un-cover. Now, you’ve got your delicious popcorn! To make the caramel/crackerjacks coating: preheat oven to 375 degrees
8. Whisk together the wet ingredients: brown rice syrup and maple syrup in a small bowl
9. Toss together the dry ingredients: popped popcorn, sea salt, coconut and almonds in a large bowl
10. Pour the wet ingredients/syrup over the dry ingredients/popcorn and stir to coat evenly
11. Spread popcorn mixture on a parchment-covered baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. If you need more syrup, add more maple syrup on top
12. Flip some of the popcorn and bake for another 5 minutes until popcorn is golden brown. The sugars will be bubbly
12. Remove the tray from the oven and let sit for until popcorn is slightly coooled (approx. 10 minutes). Then, tear into clumps and place into a bowl. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to make the popcorn crispy.
Store in a jar for up to two weeks
Don’t forget to brush your teeth REALLY well after eating it!
*This recipe was inspired by one of my cooking teacher’s, Myra Kornfeld’s caramel popcorn recipe.
Typical egg nog is loaded with
sugar, cream and even raw eggs.
And healthier versions have banana in it – not my style.
Instead of depriving myself of my favorite holiday treat,
I sweetened it with dates and coconut water, and
blended with avocado, coconut milk and almond milk
for the perfect amount of creaminess.
In this egg nog green smoothie, I also added in some spirulina and kale
for a dose of greens, making it the ultimate guilt-free treat.
Sweet, super creamy and spiced just right.
Refined-sugar-free, egg-free and dairy-free too!
Healthy Egg Nog Green Smoothie What You Need:
8oz almond milk
8oz coconut milk
½ c. coconut water
14 small pitted dates
1 handful kale or frozen spinach
½ tsp. spirulina
1/2 tsp. Simply Organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. Simply Organic almond extract
1/2 tsp. Simply Organic cinnamon
1 tsp. Simply Organic nutmeg
handful of ice
1. Blend up all ingredients
2. Serve in a pretty glass
These Sweet Potato-Kale Latkes
were the first batch of latkes
that I’ve ever made for Hanukah and they came out
My mom always had the hardest time making
latkes (she’s a really good cook) so I was
always a bit hesitant to make them.
Traditional latkes contain
white potatoes, white flour, eggs, onions and kosher salt
so I healthified the recipe making it
packed with fiber and vitamins, without the
gluten, flour and white potatoes.
Try these – super quick and easy to make
and my Hanukah party guests said they
were much tastier than the store-bought version.
Not to mention, WAY healthier – go figure!
Sweet Potato-Kale Latkes Ingredients:
4 cups sweet potato, shredded (approx 1 medium sweet potato)
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbs. coconut flour
1/2 cup kale, chopped
1 white onion, shredded
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbs. coconut oil
1. Grate the sweet potato and the onion
2. In a mesh strainer, squeeze out the juice from the potato and onion. Be careful not to squirt the onion juice in your eye (happened to me THREE times!)
3. Combine the sweet potato, onion and egg in a medium bowl
4. In a small bowl, mix the coconut flour, kale and sea salt together
5. Mix the potato, onion and egg mixture with the coconut flour, kale and sea salt mixture
6. Heat the coconut oil in a medium nonstick pan. Scoop medium spoonfuls of the mixture using your hands or an ice-cream scooper. Drop onto the pan, and then press down with a spatula or fork until a 1/2 inch thick pancake is formed.
7. Cook on medium heat until golden and crisp, then gently flip and “fry” the other side (approx 3-4 minutes per side). Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Season with an additional sprinkle of sea salt, some fresh applesauce, guacamole or cranberry relish.
This White Chocolate Cranberry-Pistachio Bark
is making my house smell delicious! It’s a colorful rendition
of my Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pretzel Bark and Chocolate-Cherry-Nut Bark that I made
on my Glamour Magazine Cooking Show.
I wanted something festive to give my friends who celebrated Christmas,
so I decided to use fresh nuts and seasonal berries – pistachios and cranberries!
The white chocolate doesn’t have the same consistency as dark chocolate
because of the milk content, but it’s still super delicious and pretty.
The nutty pistachios, paired with the tangy cranberries and sweet white chocolate
is the perfect holiday mixture.
1. Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper
2. In a small sauce pan, heat white chocolate on low-medium heat. Stir rapidly so it doesn’t burn. Once smooth, turn off heat and add half pistachios and cranberries and stir until mixed.
3. Drop the mixture into the middle of the baking sheet and spread the chocolate evenly so its one even layer.
4. Add the rest of the pistachios and cranberries on top and place into the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes or until hardened.
6. Break up the pieces and serve on a platter or place into little treat bags and wrap with ribbon as presents (see below)
*Makes approx 10 servings
Wrap it up in a plastic treat bag with some ribbon or twine, a piece of rosemary or leftover christmas tree and a cute little note and voila!
1. Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper
2. In a small sauce pan, heat chocolate on low-medium heat. Stir rapidly so it doesn’t burn. Once smooth, turn off heat and add 1/4 cup pretzels and stir until mixed.
3. Drop the mixture into the middle of the baking sheet and spread the chocolate evenly so its one even layer.
4. In the same pan, heat the peanut butter and white chocolate until melted and add a dollop on different parts of the chocolate layer. Using a toothpick or a fork, swirl around the peanut butter-white chocolate mixture, making it into a pretty swirly design.
5. Add the rest of the spelt pretzels and sea salt on top and place into the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes or until hardened.
6. Break up the pieces and serve on a platter or place into little treat bags and wrap with ribbon as presents (see below)
*Makes approx 10 servings
And if you want to make a cute foodie-related holiday gift this
year (which in my holiday book is ALWAYS a good idea,)
place it in a little plastic treat bag, wrap with some twine
and stick a leftover christmas tree branch in it for a pop of festivity!
And don’t forget a cute little note, like “Have a sweet holiday!”
For more fun (foodie) holiday gift ideas, check out my ideas here.
This Chocolate Cherry Nut Bark
(which debuted today on my cooking show on Glamour.com today)
is one of the easiest sweet holiday treats.
If you’re craving sweets like candy, chocolate or ice cream,
you may be craving different kinds of sweetness in your life –
not just actual sugar. Very often cravings are linked to your thoughts
and emotions—not necessarily in your stomach.
So, before you dive into a snack:
✓ Paint your nails a bright color
✓ Call a girlfriend or
✓ Listen to your favorite song
Doing one of these things will break up your thought pattern
and allow you to notice if you’re actually craving the “sweetness of life”
or it’s truly your body telling you that it’s hungry.
But, if you’re going to eat a sweet snack,
make sure it’s something delicious
AND that your body will love you back for eating…
like this Chocolate Cherry Nut Bark!
Made with Dark Chocolate, nuts and cherries.
Serve with a pitcher of almond milk. Enjoy and happy and healthy holidays!
Traditionally, Mochaccinos are loaded
with sugar, dairy and un-natural chocolate and coffee flavorings and typical
holiday cookies are doused with white flour, white sugar
and food coloring.
So, I decided to whip up the healthy cookie version of something that I love to drink
for a guilt-free holiday treat — Gluten-Free Mochaccino Cookie Cups!
I found a recipe for (the unhealthy version of) cookie cups
on Pinterest, swapped the all-purpose flour for almond flour, shortening for coconut oil,
brown sugar for maple syrup and spiced
them up with some fresh coffee beans..and poured in some almond milk!
These Mochaccino Cookie Cups are gluten-free,
made with ground up almonds, fresh coffee beans and sweetened with a little maple syrup.
Perfect to eat (and sip) for a festive guilt-free holiday treat!
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the inside of popover pan with a little coconut oil.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (the almond flour and cocoa powder)
3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract)
4. Blend both bowls together and add in coffee beans and chocolate chips
3. Using your hands, form the cookie shots inside the popover pan, making the walls of the cookie cup about 1/4 inch thick
4. Best to chill for 20-30 minutes before baking (if you have time) otherwise, just put in the oven!
5. Bake at 350 F for about 15-20 minutes, or until they’re almost crispy. Remove from oven, and stick into the fridge to let cool completely.
6. Melt the white chocolate chocolate in a non-stick small sauce pan over low heat, continously stirring so it doesn’t harden. Pour about 2 tbs of melted white chocolate into to the hole of each cookie. Using a spoon or a pastry brush, spread the chocolate around the inside so its fully coated, or if the chocolate is melted enough, just hold the cup upside-down and let the chocolate drip down the sides and let the excess chocolate drip back into the pan. If you want to get fancy, drizzle some white chocolate down the sides with a fork or spoon.
7. Once all of the cookie cups have the white chocolate inside, chill them in the fridge for approx. 5 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
8. Pour in almond milk to each cup, place a few coffee beans on top for decoration and serve!
I made these Healthy Gluten-Free Mochaccino Cookie Cups
for Fresh Direct’s #FD12DaysofCookies Cookie Challenge.
These also make super cute gifts — especially for a coffee lover.
Directions: Place in a see-through plastic treat bag (with some extra white chocolate chips inside),
wrap with a cute ribbon and pair it with a bag of coffee + a frother + a cute card…the most thoughtful foodie gift!
(P.S. If you don’t have a tray, make one!
I made this DIY Gold Tray from an old boring wooden tray. Directions: Place down some newspapers, put the tray on top and start spraying!
Make sure you do it in a staircase or basement and run fast after you spray to
prevent inhalation of all of the fumes! Or, you can just buy a pretty monogrammed one,