Date Nut Bites

Date Nut Bites

If you are looking for a quick healthy treat for tonight you must try these. They are UBER simple.  

I do not have a recipe because I just kinda threw everything together but you can do the same thing and they will come out fab.

I used dark chocolate ( 72% ), MCT oil, dates and macadamia nuts. See the video for more info 🙂  

YUMMO

Make sure you put your pitted dates on parchment paper! Another hint is if you want the chocolate to dry quickly then lay the parchment paper on something you can easily put in the refrigerator. You can also leave them on the counter to dry but it tends to take a lot longer and Mike never has the patience for that!

I use about 1/2 cup of melted chocolate, 6 whole dates then pit them and cut them in half, 12 macadamia nuts, and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. You can use any type of chocolate you want but I love the Big Pound Dark Chocolate Bar from Trader Joe’s

Make sure you check out Garden of Eden Organics for the dates. I have not found any dates that even come close to theirs. They do not always have their dates on the site so just email them.  ( PS ) for those of you that are local to Southern CA- they deliver for free 🙂

Is your smoothie helping or hurting you?

Is your smoothie helping or hurting you?

In my opinon there are two HUGE things that can make your smoothie work against you and we have all probably done it recently. 

1- Using too much fruit. Fruit is yummy and so good for you but too much can quickly turn your healthy shake into a candy bar. 

2. Overfilling your blender with too many ingredients. In today’s world, we are consistently being sold  bigger is better and honestly, this is just not true even with healthy food. There is no reason to put so many ingredients in your blender that the lid BLOWS off. YES, we have all done it, admit it.  The two biggest reasons we should be keeping our ingredients size in balance are A- our bodies cannot digest all that food at one time. You will end up with the bloats and a gassy tummy.  B- You flat out don’t need 2 apples, a head of celery,  3 scoops of protein powder ( etc you get my drift ) to make a healthy meal. Experiment with your ingredients and see how you feel.  Be mindful of what you put in and you should be OK. BE logical and do not try to achieve a weeks worth of nutrition into one smoothie.

I usually start my smoothie with some sort of base. I either use Shakeology or a Pea Protein Powder.  If I am not using the smoothie as a meal replacement I just use a little almond milk as my base.

Next, I add in about 1 cup of frozen fruit. I always freeze my leftover 

fresh fruit, no fruit ever goes to waste at my house 🙂 The rest of the smoothie is really according to my taste buds or what I have on hand. Some of the things I add in are:
Hemp Seeds ( excellent source of healthy fats )
Chia Seeds ( good fiber and magnesium )
Maca Powder ( excellent hormone balancer )
Frozen Cauliflower ( Adds nutrition without messing with the taste )
Baobab ( high in vitamin c and much more )
Collagen ( Great for skin and joint issues )

Lastly, if I am feeling I want some extra fat and protein I add in 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.  

Note: I do not ever need to add ice ( which is useless flavor ) because I have the frozen fruit or frozen cauliflower to make it thick.

 

Smoothies are a fab way to get some nutrition into your body when it needs quick fuel.  They are tasty and can be made quickly and affordable. Just be smart and pay attention to what you put in and how much you put in. 

The average SMALL Jamba Juice is over 300 calories!!!!!

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

For realz guys these Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins are AMAZING!

I am always on the hunt for quick things I can make for breakfast or lunch. Ideally, I would always be in the kitchen with a smile on my face whipping up a tasty homemade meal but that shit any REALZ! I love to cook and do it 80% of my meals but sometimes you just need a little help. These thins and pizza crusts from Outer Aisle Gourmet are a huge find for our household. The nice kicker is they are made from cauliflower and also lower in carbs. Score.

Check out these recipes, OMG!

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich ThinsGluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

Here are the nutrition breakdowns.

Here are the ingredients.

  • Fresh Cauliflower
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Nutritional Yeast

I purchased mine at Sprouts. You can check here to see if there is a store near you that carries them.  You can also get them on Amazon 

I have contacted Outer Aisle Gourmet to see if I can grab us all some coupon codes to order right from their site as well, stay tuned.

So are you excited?

PS if you are looking for a low carb pizza crust you gotta check out this recipe.

Healthy Mushroom Soup

Healthy Mushroom Soup

 Healthy Mushroom Soup

Mike and I have been into mushrooms lately if you have not noticed. I took a class a while back on the healing benefits of mushrooms and I have not looked back.  I have always loved to cook with mushrooms but never really knew much about this amazing fungi. WOWZA they are packed with so much good stuff it is kind of mind-blowing. Last year I learned about the power of mushroom powder through a company called Four Sigmatics. I encourage you to check them out. Not only are their products used in our house every single day ( I make Mike a bulletproof mushroom cacao drink to take with him to work ) they also have a fabulous FREE mushroom academy online where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about mushrooms. If you are interested in purchasing any of their products you can use the code allinthebalance at checkout and save 10% off your first order. You can hit me up if you want some suggestions on what we use.

Healthy Mushroom Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 lbs. of mushrooms, use your favorites. I used crimini and maitake. 
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 almond or coconut flour
  • cups vegetable broth – you can add more if it is too thick
  • 1 tsp dried thyme – I use my garden thyme sometimes but I think the dried stuff goes better in this soup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or almond milk
  • tsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sherry or dry white wine
  • salt and pepper to your liking

 

Directions

  1. Brush the mushrooms to remove any dirt or debris. Try not to wash them as they just soak up the water. Slice half of the mushrooms and roughly chop the other half and put them aside

  2. Add the avocado oil, mushrooms, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper in your soup pot. I used my instant pot on sautee mode. Sauté the mushrooms over medium heat until they have released all of their moisture, all the liquid has evaporated from the bottom of the pot, and the mushrooms become very dark brown. This usually takes just a few minutes.

  3. Toss in the butter and flour to the pot. Mix this really well making sure to coat all the shrooms then cook for about two minutes more. The mixture will create a thick paste and some of it might get stuck to the bottom of the pot but that is all dandy and will pay off in flavor when it is all done. Finally, add the vegetable broth, water, and thyme. Stir to dissolve all of the flour from the bottom of the pot. As the soup continues to cook it will thicken up. I like to make my soups a little on the thinner side because Mikes likes them for lunch the next day and he enjoys drinking it out of a thermos. Play around with the amounts of broth and cream to your liking.

  4. Stir the cream and wine into the soup. The last thing to do is add the coconut aminos and then get ready for a fabulous dining experience. You can top this soup with more mushrooms, parsley or some swiss cheese. You can also let the soup be totally naked on top. Try something different each time.

     

    Maitake Mushroom

     

    Tips-I like to use maitake mushrooms because they are a very meaty mushroom. Most of your health food stores will have them. I get mine from Jimbo’s here in Carlsbad. They are grown in the most fascinating way. Check out this company for more about their mushrooms, they are my favorite.  The soup tastes great however you chop them but leaving some big pieces really gives the soup some great texture. If you use almond milk the soup will not taste as rich. I do not like to consume a lot of dairy but this is one time I think it is worth it if you can tolerate it. I use organic cream. You could also use 1/2 cream and 1/2 almond milk to compromise. I sometimes like to use an immersion blender to mix things up but I try to always leave a few good mushroom chunks for texture. Get wild and crazy and try different types of mushrooms for this soup. The flavors will pop and your mouth will thank you. Do not over season the soup, add a little at a time. You can not undo too much seasoning. Been there done that and it is not fun or tasty.

     

No Bake Grain Free Cookie Balls

No Bake Grain Free Cookie Balls

No Bake Grain Free Cookie Balls

There is a title that made you stop and read on right? G

Here is the deal, not everyone has time to crank the music and spend hours in the kitchen I get it. I actually love to bake but there are days I am not in the mood at all. No way Jose. I’ve got your back!

Have you ever tried these fast, minimal ingredient cookie balls you can make in mere minutes without the help of an oven? You can even choose your ingredients wisely and use them as healthy energy balls.

My favorite quick & simple no bake cookie ball recipe is:

• 1/2 cup of Medjool dates, pitted. The type of date you use does matter. Get them from your farmers market if you can. Natures Candy
• 1/2 cup raw almonds or cashews
• 1/2 cup almond butter, I have also used cashew butter as well
• 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder – NOT COCOA- OK if all you have is cocoa its ok 🙂 cacao is actually better for you though.
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients using a food processor, starting with the dates first. Add nuts after dates are processed, adding the rest of your ingredients to blend together. ( I recently purchased a new food processor and it rocks, best one I have owned to date )

Roll into balls and refrigerate until chilled.

These are the perfect snacks when you want a bite to eat, and they even work well for your 3pm pick-up.

Feel free to add more ingredients that you’d enjoy, such as coconut flakes or dark chocolate chips. No bake cookie balls are so simple to make, it’s hard to mess them up. So experiment and find what YOUR favorite no bake cookie/energy ball recipe is.

So, what’s your favorite type of cookie? And how do you think you could create a no bake cookie version of it? Hit reply and let me know. I love me a good challenge. 🙂

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