Mango Bliss Balls

These treats are delicious for dessert or breakfast! The original recipe called for dried apricots but since I had dried mango on hand, I substituted.  Be sure to use organic for all ingredients as conventional fruits and nuts contains toxic preservatives. Nuts, especially walnuts, can also contain BHT as a preservative which has to been linked to increased risk of cancer. Dried fruits may contain sulphur dioxide (sulfites) which has been linked to respiratory issues.  The #1 Rule is to read ingredient labels and buy organic!

1 c of dried organic apricots or mango

1 c. pitted dates

1/2 c raw organic almonds

1/2 c raw organic cashews

1/2 c raw organic walnuts

Set aside 1/2-2/3 cup of pure shredded organic coconut flakes

Place all the items in a bowl (except coconut flakes) and pour boiling water over until covered.  Let soak for 15 minutes, drain and add to a food processor.  Mix until everything is finely chopped. Roll into small balls and roll in coconut. Store in the refrigerator.  Makes about 20-30 balls (depending on the size that you roll them).


Week 6: Enjoy sugar without being a slave to it – 52 Weeks of Wellness

Last week we learned about some of the ugly truths about sugar, this week we’ll look at some foods to help you with the sweet cravings and some ways to still indulge without harming yourself or worsening the sugar cravings you already have.

Curb the crave

Plant-based proteins like nuts, nut butters are great to curb the sugar cravings because they fill you up and help to stabilize blood sugar. Grab a tablespoon or two of almond butter or a small handful (1/4 c) of walnuts or almonds the next time you think of reaching for a sweet treat.

Other clean sources of plant-protein work to kill the cravings, like sunflower or pumpkin seeds. These also supply essential fatty acids which help kick the cravings and are great for you.

When you curb the sugar cravings with healthier options you’ll feel so much better and your body will be balanced instead of the high and then low crash. Plus, you’ll also be able to enjoy occasional healthier sweet treats again without the urge to devour the entire cake or box of chocolates.

Sweet Indulgence

One treat I love is Chocolate Juice Plus Complete which I use to make a chocolate shake or homemade energy bars. The reason I feel the JPC is superior is because of the ingredients from ancient grains such as amaranth, quinoa and millet along with rice, high fiber and tofu. The sweeteners used are a blend of cane juice, fructose, monkfruit and stevia.

In the winter, baked pairs or apples sprinkled with cinnamon are the perfect dessert. Another of my favorites is Chocolate Mousse made with tofu. I tricked my hubby one night and served this after he told me he’d never eat tofu. Because it tastes like the most delicious chocolate mousse ever, he loved it– but he WAS quite surprised to find out he just ate tofu! This is a wonderful healthy Valentine’s Day dessert too!

Your Action Step for Week 6: Make a new healthy dessert (don’t tell them it’s healthy) to show your family some serious LOVE. Then come here and dish the details to us in the comments below!

Week 5: SUGAR: How sweet it is…NOT – 52 Weeks of Wellness

February is all about sugar, natural and chemical. So, before you sink your teeth in to some Valentines Day treats consider these numbers:

80% of women I meet with struggle with sugar cravings. Through my 24 Hr Urinalysis testing we often find the body is deficient in its ability to break down carbohydrates due to an excess over their lifetime and deficiency in enzyme production.

90% of the children I’ve tested as young as 5 years are also found to be enzyme deficient and lacking in their ability to break down carbohydrates and that should really concern us.

Sugars & Carbs = Energy

Remember, carbs/ sugars also include the healthy stuff like fruits and veggies. So you see how crucial the ability to break down and assimilate these nutrients is?

Your Action Step this week: Start tracking your food intake (time of day) along with craving times. You can then correlate the food you eat that may trigger the sweet cravings and keep us posted below. Next week we’ll look at ways to alleviate them.