Healthy with Jodi

Mango Energy Bites

    Mango Energy Bites
    Vegan, GF, Refined Sugar Free
    Happily serves 15


    1 1/4 Cup walnuts or cashews
    1 Cup firmly packed dried unsweetened mango
    10 soaked medjool dates, pitted
    2 TBSP hemp seeds
    1/3 Cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
    1 lime and zest
    Dash Sea salt
    Preheat oven to 350.
    Add dried mango to a mixing bowl and cover with warm water (don’t skip this step or they’ll be too tough to blend).
    Let soak for 5-7 minutes, or until soft and pliable, but not too soggy.
    Drain and lay on a towel and pat off excess moisture. Set aside.
    Add nuts to a food processor and mix into a fine meal. Set aside.
    Add dates and soaked mango to the food processor and mix until a rough paste/sticky dough forms.
    Add nut meal, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, lime zest, and sea salt. Mix until it forms a moldable dough.


    Jodi’s Fudgy Brownies

      Jodi’s Fudgy brownies

      Grain free, Refined sugar free, Dairy free, Gluten Free,

      Happily Serves 12


      1 Egg

      2 Cups Black beans rinsed, drained & cooked

      One avocado

      1 TBSP vanilla extract

      1/2 Cup Coconut Brown sugar

      2/3 Cup Carob

      1-2 tsp Coconut oil

      1/4 tsp baking soda

      1/4 tsp baking powder

      1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

      1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

      Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone.

      Mix egg, black beans, avocado, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.

      Add the Carob,  coconut oil, baking soda, baking powder and mix again until smooth.

      Batter needs to be sticky to be fudgy.

      If you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk.

      Fold in the chocolate chips spread in the pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

      Tips:  The food processor is best.  It  blends and hides the consistency of the beans.

      10 Reasons to Eat Clean

        eat clean

        1. You’ll become more mindful.
        Which one takes longer and really makes you slow down? Eating clean also means eating with purpose and savoring food. That means a better relationship with everything from radishes and radicchio to red velvet cupcakes (which you’ll no longer crave).

        2. You’ll save money.
        Kiss sick days and medical bills goodbye when you get nutrients from eating clean, real food. Plus, shopping locally and in season makes sense– and cents. Planning clean meals for the week is cost-effective if you make a list and stick to it, as there’s no chance of overspending at the store.

        3. You’ll live longer.
        Study after study has shown that consuming these foods can lengthen your life-span. And in a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, European researchers have found that increasing your produce intake to more than 569 grams per day reduces your risk of mortality by 10 %.

        4. You’ll have better relationships.
        Preparing clean meals takes time, just the kind of time that allows for easy, relaxed conversations with your kids, spouse and other family members and friends. If they’re too busy with screen time to share stove-top time, point them to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2014 study, published in Public Health Nutrition, showing good health comes from home cooking.

        5. You’ll be smarter.
        Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts keep our minds sharper and our memories stronger by a whopping 24 %, proved a study published in spring 2015 in Neurology. Our brains also function better with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, as shown in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, while they slow and sputter down when we fill them with sugar (including alcohol), fast food and the wrong kinds of fats. If that’s all too much too think about, remember one point from the Nature Reviews Neuroscience report: A balanced diet means better brain health.

        See also 9 Amazing Brain Boosters to Add to Your Diet.

        6. You’ll have more energy.
        Adam and Eve were onto something when they bit into that apple: Fruit is just one of many clean foods that provide an instant dose of energy. High-fiber fruits like apples take longer to digest and can instantly stave off that afternoon slump while providing critical vitamins for the evening ahead. Other pick-me-ups include quinoa, almonds, eggs, kale, citrus fruit and a good-old-fashioned glass of water.

        7. You’ll be better in bed.
        Mamma mia! Women with metabolic function in Italy and other regions of the Mediterranean enjoy a healthier sex life than those in the US, thanks to the components of their diet– yep, vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and olive oil. That’s what researchers found in a comprehensive study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

        8. You’ll help the planet survive.
        There’s an oft-quoted statistic that food travels approximately 1,500 miles from farmer to consumer in the United States. By eating seasonal and local foods, as recommended by Clean Eating, you can help reduce your carbon footprint. As the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported in 2003, “The major threat to future survival and to US natural resources is rapid population growth”and “the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is more sustainable than the average American meat-based diet.

        9. You’ll be stronger.
        The lean protein that comprises part of the clean-eating philosophy builds lean muscle mass and boosts metabolism, found a study presented at The Obesity Society’s annual meeting in 2014. Some mighty choices for your muscles (in addition to animal-based products like chicken, fish and lean beef) include quinoa, chickpeas, nuts, spinach and seeds.

        10. You’ll be happier.
        Food and mood go hand in hand. And the better the food, the better your mood. If you need to brighten your day, go for berries, bananas, coffee, lean proteins, chocolate, omega-3 and turmeric fatty acids, all proven to boost your mental state.

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        5 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs – Eggciting Egg Ideas

          “Egg”citing Egg Ideas

          Eggs are so good for you.  They are a cheap source of protein for your body and wallet!  Egg whites contain adequate amounts of all essential amino acids.  Eggs are a good source of iodine, important for healthy thyroid function.  Egg yokes contain Lutein, which is an important phytonutrient for eye health.  Eggs are also an excellent source of B Vitamin Choline, which is an important nutrient for brain function.   Eggs have omega 3’s and are a very good source of selenium. Without enough iodine the body cannot synthesize thyroid hormones (T3 & T4).  And without selenium the body cannot have healthy thyroid metabolism function.  
          1 egg:egg
          70 calories
          5.5grams Protein
          4.5g Fat
          55g potassium
          186g Cholesterol
          0 Fiber
          1g Carb
          Always Always please choose organic, free range eggs

          Deviled Eggs
          deviled egg




          6 Organic Free Range eggs
          1/4 cup Coconut yogurt
          1-2 TBSP olive or avocado oil
          1 tsp coconut vinegar
          1 tsp Organic yellow mustard
          1/8 teaspoon salt
           Paprika, for garnish
          pepper (optional)
          Boil eggs. Crack and peel shells.  Remove yokes. Mix with the rest of the ingredients, smashing with a fork. Return mixture to eggs and garnish with Paprika

          Egg White Breakfast Pizza

           Break 3-4 Egg whites in a hot pan coated with coconut Oil.  Fry until a round.  Remove from heat.  Add Salsa, or Pizza Sauce and Breakfast sausage or Meat and top with Cheese.  Add Salt and Pepper

          Egg in an Avocado

          Preheat oven to 425 degrees
          Cut Avocado in Half, Remove pit.  Scoop out extra if the hole is small.  Use the left over yoke from breakfast pizza and put in the middle of the avocado. Season each filled avocado with chives, parsley, sea salt, and pepper.
          Bake about 15 mins

          How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg