Purple Sweet Potato Brownies! Grain Free! Dairy Free!

Purple Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Purple Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Paleo Nut Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP Maple Butter
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Soak Date about 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 15 mins or until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook, the less nutrients you’ll lose.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.

Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together.

Chocolate Class! How to make chocolate healthy!

Chocolate….we all love it, might as well figure out how to make it healthy so we can enjoy it without Guilt! Just a few things we sampled and made today! Most of these products I got from Sprouts and Natural Grocers.

Purple Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Purple Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Paleo Nut Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP Maple Butter
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Soak Date about 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 15 mins or until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook, the less nutrients you’ll lose.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.

Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together. (Important step!!)

Jodi’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Grain free, Dairy free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Happily serves 12-15

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Egg Replacer (or 1 egg)
2 Cups Cooked Black beans
One Avocado (or 1/2-3/4 Cup coconut oil)
1 TBSP Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
2/3 Cup Raw Cacao or Carob
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Baking powder
Optional: 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone or mini muffin pan (spray coconut oil)
Mix flax egg, black beans, avocado or oil, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.
Add the Cacao, baking soda, baking powder and mix again until smooth.

Batter needs to be stick to be fudgy if you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk or tsp coconut oil.
Fold in the chocolate chips spread in the pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Tips:
The food processor is best, blends and hides the consistency of the beans.
Brownies are best cold.  Can be stored in the fridge or frozen.
Also tastes good raw, no need to bake if you are in a hurry.

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao

Chocolate Cooking Class info & Recipes

Cooking Class 2.12.2017
Chocolate Info

Cacao can fuel energy and mood. It is an excellent source of fiber good source of protein and iron. It is high in antioxidants and polyphenols. A half half a cup of raw organic cocoa powder has 110 cal, 2 g of fat 16 carbohydrates, 10 of which is dietary fiber. It contains 8 g of protein and will give you 10% of the iron you need for your daily requirements. It is considered a stimulant and should be eaten occasionally not every day.

Cocoa beans are the fermented seeds of the cacao tree. The fruit of the cocoa tree is a pod full of sweet pulp enfolding a cluster of about 20-40 cacao seeds. Cocoa refers to the low-fat constituent of the finely ground cacao beans. These ground beans, known as cocoa liquor or cocoa mass, also contains cocoa butter which is a non-dairy, naturally occurring fat. Cocoa butter is a mixture of monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and saturated fats, namely stearic acid and palmitic acid. About 50-60% of cocoa liquor consists of cocoa butter.

Cacao bark, butter and flowers have also been valued since ancient times for treating various diseases like skin ailments, bowel malfunction and wounds. Cocoa has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Health benefits include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative diseases. It helps to improve cardiovascular health and brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency.

Commercially available chocolates and cocoa-products may not be rich in the original beneficial flavonols since their properties get destroyed by over-processing and heat. In order to obtain the benefits of cocoa, it is important to consume the correct source of cocoa. Milk/dairy blocks the absorption of the antioxidants in chocolate, so be sure to check the labels!

Antioxidant Capacity: Studies have shown it is evident that cocoa exhibits higher antioxidant activity than against green and black tea, and red wine. Antioxidants helps to neutralize the oxygen-based free radicals that are present in the body. Cacao is abundant in phenolic phytochemicals and possesses a high amount of flavonoids as well.

Of course, everything in moderation!

 

 

Jodi’s Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, GF, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 medium Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa or Almond Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP maple Syrup (Grade B) or Coconut netar
Pinch of sea salt

Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 20 mins until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Place on Parchment paper lined baking dish and bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.
Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together, very important step!!

Tip: If you don’t use raw cacao powder, you cause conventional cocoa powder but you will need to double the quantity.

 

 

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao
Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Dairy Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
2 TBSP Collagen Powder
2 oz Coconut milk
2 oz Cold brew (optional)
4-6 oz Chai Tea or water
Dash of cinnamon
Stevia Powder if desired sweeter
Ice

Blend all ingredients in bullet/blender, transfer to shaker bottle.

Homemade Magnesium Body Butter

Want to make your own muscle relaxing lotion? Such a simple recipe and easy to make! If you do not wish to take the short time to make it, you can see my dear friend, Colleen Sinclair, owner of the Siphon Draw Apothecary.  She makes wonderfully combined skin care products from all natural organic food sources.  Also as a Holistic Nutritionist, she understands the biochemistry of the body and that’s it’s not just what we put in our body, it’s what’s absorbed on and in our bodies and skin. Www.siphondraw.com for more information.

This recipe contains avocado oil, which has naturally occurring magnesium and potassium that help hydrate the skin. Avocados are one of the most mineral-rich superfoods in the world. In addition, magnesium oil is added — it’s transdermal so can pass through the skin into the body.

Also, to naturally calm the body, this recipe contains lavender essential oil, which can relax muscles and reduce the effects of stress.

Apply this CALM magnesium body butter recipe today to naturally increase minerals and healing compounds in your body!

Dr. Axe explains it very simply:

Check out this video on YouTube:


Homemade CALM Body Butter Lotion
Total Time: 45 mins to an hour

Serves: 30-90
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup Avocado oil
1/4 cup Magnesium oil
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
30 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Large Glass Jar or Small glass Jar
DIRECTIONS:

In saucepan with water over low heat, place a jar containing the cocoa butter.
Once melted, pour into bowl and let cool in fridge for 30 minutes.
Using a standard mixer blend and whip it.
Once whipped add in magnesium oil, avocado oil and essential oils and mix.
Transfer to glass jar or plastic container and keep in refrigerator for 90 days.

Allergy Testing Explained

Allergy testing At a Glance

I’m all about questions and explaining why. When we understand “Why” we do things, programs or guidelines become easier to follow and results tend to be easier to maintain when education is behind our actions.  Let me help you stop the guess work and customize your eating and supplement plan so you can be the best version of yourself you can be!!!

Formal name:
Allergen-specific IgE Antibody Test
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose allergies; sometimes to monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy (desensitization) treatment
When to Get Tested?
When you have symptoms such as hives, dermatitis, nasal congestion, red itchy eyes, asthma, or abdominal pain that your health care provider suspects may be caused by an allergy
A Sample is Required
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or finger prick at home test.

No Test Preparation Needed

What is being tested?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a class of antibody (immune protein) associated with allergic reactions. It is normally found in very small amounts in the blood. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE in the blood in order to detect an allergy to a particular substance.
IgE is an antibody that functions as part of the body’s immune system, its defense against “intruders.” When someone with a predisposition to allergies is exposed to a potential allergen such as food, grass, or animal dander for the first time, that person becomes sensitized. The person’s body perceives the potential allergen as a foreign substance and produces a specific IgE antibody that binds to specialized mast cells in the skin, respiratory system, and gastrointestinal tract, and to basophils (a type of white blood cell) in the bloodstream. With the next exposure, these attached IgE antibodies recognize the allergen and cause the mast and basophil cells to release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in an allergic reaction that begins at the exposure site.
Each allergen-specific IgE antibody test performed is separate and very specific: honeybee versus bumblebee, egg white versus egg yolk, giant ragweed versus western ragweed. Groupings of these tests, such as food panels or regional weed, grass, and mold panels, can be done. Alternatively, the health practitioner may pick and choose selectively from a long list of individual allergens suspected of causing a person’s allergies.

When is it ordered?
One or more allergen-specific IgE antibody tests are usually ordered when a person has signs or symptoms that suggest an allergy to one or more substances. Signs and symptoms MAY include:

**Fatigue is number one symptom!**
* Hives
* Dermatitis
* Eczema
* Red itchy eyes
* Coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing
* Itching and tingling in the mouth
* Asthma
* Abdominal pain or vomiting and diarrhea
* Bloating, excessive gas
* Skin breakouts
* Sluggish
* Stomachache, discomfort within 30 mins of eating
* Trouble concentrating, brain fog

A test may also be ordered occasionally to help evaluate the effectiveness of immunotherapy or to determine whether a child has outgrown an allergy.

Sources:
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: What are allergies?
American College of Allergy, Asthma,
American Academy of Family Physicians: Food Allergies
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Nemours Foundation: All About Allergies
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: What is Allergy Testing
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Allergy Testing
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Fennel Seasoned Beets

Fennel Seasoned Beets
GF, Vegan, Refined Sugar free
Happily serves 2


All Organic Ingredients

1 Golden or Red fresh beet
1/2-1 TBSP ground fennel seed
Sea salt to taste
1 TBSP melted coconut oil
1-2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice season.
1/2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
For Sweetness: You can add 1/8-1/4 tsp maple extract and cinnamon with stevia.

Wash and Peel beets. Either spirialize, slice or cube your beets so they cook faster. Roast in Convection oven for 15 mins. Remove and add seasonings. Toss, eat either warm or cold depending on preference.

One cup is recommended due to fiber count.

Option:
Use my coconut fennel sauce over Beets to change it up. Recipe list separate.

Garlic Shrimp Salad

Garlic Shrimp Salad

Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

SALAD- greens and sprouts

3 Garlic Cloves
1 lb Wild caught Shrimp
1 Cup Asparagus
1 Cup Artichoke
3 TBSP Bone broth
1 Red bell pepper
3 TBSP Fresh Parsley

DRESSING

3 TBSP  Fresh lemon juice
3 TBSP Hemp Seed Oil
1-2 TBSP Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Raw Honey (can sub Stevia or Monk Fruit)
Himalayan Sea Salt
Cracked black pepper to taste

Press Garlic, Let sit 5-10 mins.

Chop bell pepper and asparagus. Cut Artichoke.

Rinse and drain Shrimp, pat shrimp dry
Add bone broth to cast iron skillet, sauté asparagus, artichokes, and bell peppers.
Whisk it together lemon juice, hemp seed oil, mustard, honey and garlic.
Toss shrimp with veggies,  dressing and herbs, lay on a bed of MicroGreens.
Best if you let the shrimp marinade at least 15 minutes.

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Amino Turkey Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

turkey stir fry

Amino Turkey Veggie Stir Fry

Happily serves 4

Gluten Free

All Organic ingredients:

2 tsp avocado oil

1 lb ground turkey (can sub Bison)

1 cup broccoli 

1 cup red and or green cabbage

1 medium yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp ground ginger or ginger powder

¼ cup coconut aminos

Salt and black pepper to taste

2-3 green onion stalks, finely chopped

Optional: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes 

Brown the meat in cast iron pan.  Cover and remove from heat while preparing the veggie mix.

On medium to high heat saute chopped yellow onion (not the green onions) and avocado oil for 3 mins.

In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger and aminos and add to pan, and then immediately add veggies.

Cook for a 3-5 minutes, stirring often

Add chopped green onions and meat, combine well.

Salt and black pepper to taste

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Jodi’s Chocolate Nut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Jodi’s Chocolate Nut Butter Quinoa Cookies

GF, Refined Sugar Free

Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 

1 16oz jar chocolate nut butter 

1/2 cup rinsed quinoa

1  free range egg (or 1 chia/flax egg substitute)

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut flakes

Dash of cinnamon 

Mix well and roll into dough balls. 

Press into mini muffin tin for portion control. 

Bake at 350 for 7-8 mins or eat raw. 

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