This Helps Sugar Cravings

I know the treats are abundant this time of year. If you’ve noticed, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it, and once those cravings take hold, they are so tough to shake.

One thing you can keep on hand to combat sugar cravings are “healthy fat bombs” — and let me tell you, they ARE a treat. But healthy, too!

Here’s a simple recipe you can make in a snap, and it’s festive, too:

Chocolate Peppermint Almond Bombs 

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw cocoa powder
  • 5 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
  • ½ tbsp real maple syrup

 

  1. Melt your ingredients in a pan on low heat, stirring regularly.
  2. Pour into small silicone molds — silicone cupcake tins are great for this. Freeze until hard.
  3. Remove from silicone molds and enjoy!
Allium Veggies & Their Benefits

Have you ever heard of allium vegetables?  I guarantee you’ve heard of the veggies in the allium family, which include: onions, leeks, garlic, scallions, shallots, etc.

The allium vegetable family has similar characteristics to the cruciferous vegetable family.  There are beneficial compounds released when you chop these vegetables, and they help reduce health risks by regenerating healthy cell growth, having anti-inflammatory effects, and boosting your immune system.

How often do you eat onions?

Smoothies in the Winter

You may feel like it’s too cold for smoothies, but you can create a smoothie that warms you from the inside. Here are a few ingredients you can add to your smoothies to give you that warm sensation from within…

Warming Spices:

  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • cayenne
  • black pepper
  • turmeric
  • clove
  • nutmeg
How I Pick My Meal at Restaurants

Sometimes when we think of eating healthier, we automatically assume that rules out eating somewhere other than our own kitchen.  Eating out isn’t something that should be avoided — it’s delightful to meet friends or family out for a meal and take the night off from cooking.

I want to share my trick with you that I use when I go to restaurants.  When I first get the menu, I peruse it to find the top 5 healthiest menu options.  Then, I only focus on those five and choose my meal from that small batch of prospects.

 

Hearty & Delicious Smoothie

A quick smoothie in the mornings is one of my favorite breakfast options.  You can even love to pre-make them in mason jars with the dry ingredients you want to use, so you have several air-tight smoothie options waiting on me in the fridge. When you’re ready, dump contents into your blender, add your liquid, and you’ve got breakfast in under 2 minutes.

One way to allow your smoothie to keep you satiated until lunch is to add more protein and healthy fats to it.

You can add peanut butter, mct oil, a high-quality protein powder, avocado, and even collagen peptides to pack a protein punch.

What do you love to add to your smoothies?

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Foods For Your Brain

If you’re dealing with the winter blues or merely needing a little pick-me-up — here is a list of some “happy foods” that can increase your dopamine & serotonin levels.

  • nuts
  • turmeric
  • green tea
  • seeds
  • quinoa
  • dark chocolate
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • lentils

Have you found eating certain things boosts your mood? Share below if you’ve found a trend and what food makes you HAPPY!

 

 

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

Have you ever tried cooking sweet potato pancakes at home? They’re surprisingly easy, very grounding, and perfect for this season.

All it takes is:

  • One sweet potato
  • Two eggs

You can also add seasonings such as cinnamon, allspice, or even pumpkin pie seasoning for some autumn zest.

Bake your sweet potato and let it cool overnight. Remove the peel of the potato and mash with a fork. Add in your eggs and whisk until smooth. Spray olive oil spray on your griddle, and scoop ~4 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle to begin cooking your pancake. Flip after about 7 minutes and cook the remaining side for about 4-5 more minutes.

 

Enjoy!

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

A friendly reminder to take your Vitamin D – your body depends on it SO much.

We’re not in the sun as much during these cold months, so it’s even more important to supplement your Vitamin D to make sure you’re getting enough.  You can add in more Vitamin D rich foods to reach your levels, or include a high-quality supplement to your daily routine.

What Helps You Stay Grounded?

The flurry of the holiday season is at our fingertips. The days seem to speed by at rapid speed, and these months fly by in a blur.

It’s essential to focus on staying grounded during this season. Think of 1-3 things that can help you feel grounded and balanced. Plan to incorporate these into your everyday life through the rest of the year.  It’ll help you feel less stressed, more in control, and level-headed.

What helps you feel the most grounded and balanced?

 

Energy Boosting Drinks

You don’t have to bribe me to enjoy a good cup of coffee, but it’s fun to switch things up sometimes. Today, I want to share some of my favorite non-coffee energy-boosting drinks you can add to your rotation.

  1. Chai tea – particularly calming and warming during these cold months!
  2. Matcha Latte or Tea. Such a great energy boost without the jitters.
  3. It’s not warm, but a tasty green smoothie packed with greens and a little bit of fruit can give you the jolt of energy you’re craving.

What’s your go-to for an energy boost?