Replace your high carbohydrate noodles with veggies! Nobody needs a big bowl or white flour, oil and sugar. A bowl of pure veggies disguised as noodles? My kids love them and it makes me feel good knowing they are filling up on nourishing, healthy foods.
1 sweet potato
One vegetable peeler or spiralizer.
Makes 2-4 servings depending on size.
Peel your veggies into long strips then set on paper towels to “dry” for 15 mins. Squeeze out excess liquid (super important step). Heat for 3-5 mins in a hot skillet with a good quality butter or coconut oil.
You can serve these with marinara, butter, grated Parmesan, curry or make noodle soup with them! Use them exactly like that unhealthy pasta and the possibilities are endless.
Cacao is a super, yummy, health food that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a part of my families everyday diet and here is why!
What is cacao anyway? Isn’t it just fancy cocoa?
Well kind of! It comes from the seed of the same tree, the Theobroma cacao, so it starts life as the same substance. Cacao is raw and minimally processed; where as cocoa is roasted, processed and sometimes mixed with additives and preservatives.
What makes cacao a super food?
Magnesium– Cacao is the most concentrated source of magnesium found in nature. It is vitally important to heart, bone, muscle and nerve function. Studies have shown that up to 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient.
Fiber- Cacao has 9 grams of fiber per one ounce.
Iron– which is necessary for red blood cell production.
Antioxidants- They are so important to your health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body.
Mood- Cacao stimulates the brains neurotransmitters that trigger emotions, so it can make you happier!!
Anandamide- is a lipid nick named “the bliss molecule” that is found in cacao. Another mood booster!
Phenylethylamine- Is a chemical our bodies also make naturally. It helps improve focus and alertness.
How can you use it?
Cacao comes in a powder form and as nibs, which replace both cocoa and chocolate chips in my home. We use it in all recipes requiring either. Cookies, smoothies, pancakes, ice cream, you name it! Its very, versatile and has a great taste! I find it to be a bit sweeter than traditional cocoa.
So grab yourself a bag and try it out!
A whole foods diet can make a huge difference in you life. Especially if you struggle with health issues or weight concerns. What does whole food mean exactly? Its food in its original form, nothing processed or manufactured. Nature at its best! Grains, fruit, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts in their natural form. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, to change your whole way of eating, but with baby steps and great ideas you can get there and feel amazing again!
This was my lunch yesterday, Ningxia Red in my water, fruits and nuts, and a capsule of essential oils. I am trying to lean down a little, I can’t really call it baby weight anymore, since my baby is 4 years old!! Anyhow I’m sure some of you know how I feel! It’s hard to lose those last few pounds. So my capsule is for wellness and weight loss. I include lime, orange, peppermint, grapefruit, cinnamon and ginger essential oils. The perfect combo for what I need! Adding oils to your daily routine can really kick-start your health!
Need more ideas to get started? Follow along there will be more to come!!