Coconut Flax Crackers

Coconut Flax Crackers

Short and sweet post, friends. I discovered this recipe and played around with it when I was doing The Plan Diet a few months ago (click here it’s worth checking out). If you’re not a big fan of flax, or not sure if you are yet, I guarantee these will grow on you and help you change your mind. Flax has a unique combination of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. The omega-3 fatty acids help control inflammation and promote weight loss. Chew ’em good! Ingredients: 1/2 cup whole flax seeds 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup coconut 1 Tbs. honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 coconut extract if you have it) 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom 1/8 tsp. ground ginger Directions:  1) Combine the flax seeds and water in a bowl or measuring cup, stir, and let sit for at least an hour or up to overnight. The mixture will become very thick and viscous. 2) Preheat the oven to 275. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 3) Add the remaining ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Spread the mixture in a thin, uniform layer on the parchment paper. 4) Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the flax “cracker” using a butter knife or spatula. 5) Bake for another 20-30 minutes, until it starts to look toasted and is crispy. Let cool and break into whatever size you desire. Crackers last for a few days in a sealed container. Honestly they’ll last for several weeks, but they become pretty stale after a few days. You can eat them plain, dipped in yogurt,...
Coco-for-bananas Parfait

Coco-for-bananas Parfait

If you’re not on the banana “nice cream” bandwagon- get on it! It’s still smokin’ hot in the Bay Area and this discovery (yeah right, just head to Pinterest and you’ll see I’m not the first) saved my life today while I was working from home in my stuffy apartment. The best part about it? NO GUILT because it’s mostly natural sugar and lower in fat than even frozen yogurt is. You’re welcome. As long as you have a base of frozen bananas, the opportunities are endless! This particular creation took me a few minutes to whip up — literally — and a few minutes to eat. If you have a small food processor or a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, you can whip bananas into a luscious creamy dessert resembling soft serve ice cream and add any number of fixings. 

Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas 1 Tbs. + 1 tsp. canned coconut milk 1 tsp. cocoa powder Pinch of sea salt 2 Tbs. chocolate chips 1 Tbs. shredded unsweetened coconut *Peel and break the bananas into a few smaller pieces to freeze ahead of time. I always have a full container of frozen bananas so I have them handy for smoothies. But screw smoothies, since I will be using them for all 9 options you see below. 

Directions: 1. Combine the frozen bananas, 1 Tbs. coconut milk, cocoa powder, sea salt, and 1 Tbs. water in a small food processor. Blend until thick and creamy (up to a minute or even more). 2. Combine chocolate chips and 1 tsp. coconut milk in a small bowl and microwave for 15-20...
How to satisfy your sweet tooth the heathy way

How to satisfy your sweet tooth the heathy way

These recipes changed my life, seriously. I’ve been having the Chocolate Avocado Mousse almost every day for the last week: my sugar cravings have gone way down and I’m finding that just a few tablespoons will satisfy me (and I don’t, umm, binge eat). If you’re like me, you want something sweet after every meal. This can be a huge bummer and super annoying because we know these cravings mostly come from deeply engrained habits and not a physiological need for energy. I’ve learned a couple solutions for managing sugar cravings: First and foremost, support your body with nutrient-dense whole foods and make sure you’re getting enough protein from a variety of sources. The most gnarly sugar cravings (especially at night) will subside simply by pumping healthy, balanced meals into your body and not under-eating. Resist the urge for 20-30 minutes before giving in to your temptation. I know this sounds simple, but sometimes I set an alarm on my phone to go off 20 minutes after I finished my meal and then assess how much I want something sweet. Usually I forget about it. But on those days that I don’t… Taaa-daaaaaaa!!! Have your avocado desserts at-the-ready! I’m telling you, a few spoonfuls of one of these desserts will do the trick. They’re rich in healthy fats, full of flavor, and only use a small amount of natural sweetener. Other go-to healthy sweets I reach for when the cravings trump the will power: dates or other dried fruit, fresh fruit with honey yogurt, a spoonful of almond butter mixed with honey, or a few squares of dark chocolate. A heck of a...
Raw Lemon Coconut Macaroons

Raw Lemon Coconut Macaroons

These little guys are great pre, during, and post-workout, which is why I’ve been sampling them at the gym you see in the background. I’ve been promoting my online program, Nutrition Boot Camp, at Five Points Fitness in Corte Madera, and I’m getting a lot of questions about coconut. “How much fat is in them?” “What’s all the fuss about coconut?” What IS the big deal with coconut? It’s high in fiber- 1/4 cup of shredded coconut has over 13 g of fiber! Compare that to 1/4 cup of oatmeal (2.5 g) and cooked chickpeas (3 g). Fiber is important for digestive health and elimination of toxins from the body. Some research suggests coconut has antiviral and antibacterial qualities. This is part of the reason coconut has been used in traditional medicine for many years. Coconut oil is a source of healthy fats. Composed of predominantly medium chain fatty acids, the fat in coconut oil does not have a negative effect on cholesterol and can help protect against heart disease. Plus, it’s the kind of fat that gives you lasting, sustainable energy and has positive effects on endurance. It’s rich in many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, phosphorous and magnesium.   Raw Lemon Coconut Macaroons Ingredients:  Makes about 12-14 1-inch balls 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 1/3 cup almond meal 2 Tbs. honey 2 1/2 tsp. coconut oil 3 dates, pitted 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. lemon zest or lemon extract 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1/8 tsp. sea salt Directions: Combine everything together in a food processor and mix until fully incorporated. With clean hands,...
Overnight Protein Porridge

Overnight Protein Porridge

We just wrapped up our Live 10 Day Health Challenge winter launch and WOW what a success! We had great feedback and people participating from all over the world. You can click here to see a few testimonials. While we’re busy putting the finishing touches on the SPRING menu, I wanted to share one of my favorite easy breakfast recipes. Mornings can be hectic and sometimes we only have enough time to grab n’ go on our way out the door, am I right? This easy Overnight Protein Porridge recipe, adapted from Claudine at Cooking with Claudine, taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie but is actually good for you. At the 10 Day Health Challenge, Quick breakfasts are what we’re good at. Just ask our past Challengers: “OMG the Instant Mason Jar Oats are sooooooo good, I’m hooked!” (that’s a real quote by the way). This recipe also checks all the healthy breakfast boxes: •    Fast & easy •    Full of nutrients and healthy fats •    Gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free •    Whole food ingredients •    Complete plant-based protein •    Delicious •    Inexpensive Plus, you can prepare a weeks worth of Overnight Protein Porridge in individual jars so all you have to do is pour in your milk of choice the night before. Mine’s already sitting in the fridge, ready for tomorrow morning.   Ingredients: 2 Tbs. whole oats 2 Tbs. chia seeds 2 Tbs. hemp hearts 1 Tbs. raw buckwheat groats 1 Tbs. raisins or currants 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1-2 Tbs. protein powder like this one or this one 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of your choice 1/2...
Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates

Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates

Za’atar Toasted Almonds My clients from Pilates ProWorks are so hard core. This weekend I taught a special hour and a half Holiday Boot Camp and I ended up kicking my own ass too (ladies, anyone’s hamstrings as sore as mine?). Because of their awesomeness, I wanted to share a few nutrient-dense, high-protein snacks- AND we all needed a calorie replacement after our workout. By the way, both of these recipes make great hostess gifts or as an addition to a holiday gift basket: unique, tasty, and healthy bite-size treats. What’s za’atar?  It’s an interesting Middle Eastern herb blend that commonly contains oregano, thyme, sumac, salt, and sesame seeds. You can make your own mixture with a mortar and pestle, but I got a small box from Whole Foods and I’m sure you could find it from other grocery stores. I’m clean out, however, because I’ve used it in chicken marinade, sprinkled it atop roasted squash and homemade popcorn, and added it to a Greek yogurt dip. Ingredients: 3 cups raw almonds 1 egg white 2 tsp. za’atar seasoning 2 tsp. sea salt Zest of 1/2 lemon 1 Tbs. olive oil Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 350 2) Whip egg white until it becomes frothy, then add za’atar and sea salt. Add the almonds and combine thoroughly. 3) Spread almonds evenly on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove from heat, add olive oil, stir, and bake for 5 more minutes (or until they are fragrant and toasted). 4) Remove from oven and immediately zest lemon over hot almonds. Stir and let cool.  Maple Cashew...
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