Almond Butter Brownies: Try Not to Eat the Whole Pan!

 

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Dr. Erica Lepore, naturopathic doctor and creator of the 21 Day Detox Program, posted this recipe on her Facebook page and I had to try them. She said her family ate the whole pan in one sitting. I had to hurry to get the pictures done before my family ate them all! They’re that good – scout’s honor. The recipe is more like a blondie because it has chocolate chips and no cocoa. With the exception of the chocolate chips, which have a bit of evaporated cane juice to sweeten them, this recipe is Paleo-friendly. It is also gluten free and Vegan. And very addictive. We can not be held responsible for weight gain due to over consumption of these yummy goodies. Good luck not eating the whole pan!

Almond Butter Brownies

recipe from foodbabe.com
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed + 3 tbsp water or 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of “Enjoy Life” mega chocolate chunks

note: If using unsalted almond butter use 1/2 tsp salt

 Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line the bottom of an 8×8 dish with parchment paper or grease it.
  3. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a mixing bowl
  4. Add chocolate chunks, give a few stirs and pour batter into pan
  5. Bake brownies until dark golden brown – 20 to 25 mins
  6. Remove from oven and try to wait at least 10 mins before cutting

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with These Tips from Dr. Oz

Dr.Oz_No_Weight_Gain_HolidaysBy Ali Wetherbee

On average, men and women gain about 5 pounds over the holidays. Turkey and stuffing, freshly baked Christmas cookies and eggnog, and your mom’s famous cheesy casserole can ruin even the best intentions. The holidays are probably not the time to start a new diet — too many temptations! — but you can keep your weight gain in check with both new & time-tested tips from Dr. Oz.

Drink White Tea with Lemon

Starting a week before a holiday gathering, make yourself a cup of white tea twice daily and squeeze some lemon into it. This antioxidant-rich drink can replace your cup of coffee, and will regulate the way your body responds to sugar. Dr. Oz calls this combination a “soothing spa treatment for your body,” and early research suggests that it may prevent your body from forming fat cells.

Weigh Yourself Twice a Week, and Keep Track of What You Eat

When you know you’ll see the results of your indulgence, you’re less likely to overeat. You will also be able to compensate with an extra workout or two if the number on the scale starts to creep up. Dr. Oz also recommends keeping a food diary, including even the taste-test spoonful of stuffing or the 3 chocolate chips you snagged while no one was looking.

Don’t Starve Before the Party

You know you’re in for a big meal at tonight’s office party, so you might as well skip breakfast and get ahead of the game, right? Wrong. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and leaves you more likely to overeat. Instead, Dr. Oz suggests starting your day with a macronutrient breakfast smoothie, made with almond or soy milk, walnuts, banana, and canned pumpkin. Add in some cinnamon and a touch of ginger, and blend well. This smoothie has the perfect balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats — plus it’s filling, and tastes delicious!

Right Before the Party, Eat a High Fiber Cracker

Dr. Oz recommends eating a cracker containing 6 grams of fiber. It may not taste all that exciting, but he believes that it can slow the absorption of fats from your meal. This means you can indulge in your favorites without getting weighed down. You can also fill up on a healthy snack like string cheese or almonds beforehand, to avoid devouring tons of calorie-laden appetizers. Or, bring a veggie tray to the party, and gorge on low-calorie carrots and pepper strips instead of bacon-wrapped smokies.

Start Your Meal with Apple Cider Vinegar

When you sit down to eat, drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, or add some vinegar to your salad course. This helps your body to process sugar optimally. Most of our holiday favorites — even the veggie side dishes, such as sweet potato casserole or glazed carrots — are high in sugar, so we definitely want to set ourselves up to process all this extra sugar well. Dr. Oz calls these apple cider vinegar shots the “foundation of this holiday cheat sheet.”

Limit Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks are filled with calories, with eggnog topping the list at 450 calories a serving! Dr. Oz recommends opting for 100-calorie drinks such as light beer, wine, hard liquor on the rocks, or wine or liquor mixed with club soda. Alternate glasses of alcohol with glasses of water to stay hydrated and limit calories. Avoid becoming inebriated, as this will not only add to your liquid calorie intake, but also lower your inhibitions and leave you more likely to overindulge on the buffet or the dessert tray.

Eat Dessert, But Skip the Crust

Go ahead and help yourself to a slice of pie — but just eat the filling. The crust contains, on average, an extra 125 calories and 7 grams of fat. This will allow you to join in the fun and yumminess without feeling deprived or ruining your efforts to prevent weight gain. Another trick Dr. Oz suggests is buying a pre-made dessert on the way to the party, instead of baking one yourself ahead of time. This will eliminate that tendency to sneak bites the night before.

Exercise to Compensate

Aim to get an extra 20 minutes of exercise a day, and step it up a notch if you know you overdid it at last night’s holiday gathering. Maintaining your weight can be as simple as making sure your calorie expenditure meets or exceeds your calorie intake. If you don’t have time for an extra-long gym workout, try to fit in a brisk walk in the morning, or pull up a short workout video on YouTube before making dinner. Or try fitting in mini calorie-busting moves: While you’re finishing your holiday shopping, park far from the entrance and carry your bags back to your car. Take the stairs at the office, or take brief breaks throughout the day to do some jumping jacks and squats. Start a dance party at your family gathering, and get everyone up and moving!

Check out our blogs from earlier this year to see what weight loss supplements Dr. Oz recommends:

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet:  The New Year’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Method Part 1

Boost Your Metabolism & Burn More Calories, the Dr. Oz Way

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 2: CLA for Weight Loss

 

Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

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By Ali Wetherbee

This Coconut Cream Parfait, adapted from a recipe by Celebrity Vegan Chef Jason Wrobel, is a fresh, delicious, easy breakfast, light lunch, or dessert. The coconut provides healthy fats and nutrients, while the protein powder adds lots of raw, plant-based protein and essential amino acids. With no added sugar, no grains, and no animal products, this is great for vegetarians, vegans, those following Paleo, dairy-free, or gluten-free diets, and anyone who is lactose intolerant. Plus, it looks beautiful, and would be a perfect  dessert to bring to your next party or potluck!

Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups coconut meat
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla
  • 5 drops liquid Stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Sunwarrior Warrior BlendSun Warrior Classic, or Perfect Plant Protein protein powder
  • 3-4 seasonal fruits, peeled and chopped: mango, strawberries, blueberries, blood oranges, blackberries, passion fruit, or any other favorites

Method:

  1. If you are using a whole coconut, make holes at the eyes using a screwdriver and hammer, and invert over a bowl to drain and save all the liquid. Then tap all the way around with the hammer to create a hairline crack down the middle. Split open and break into smaller pieces. Wedge a knife between the meat and the shell and twist slightly to pop the shell off each piece.
  2. Mix the first five ingredients in a blender on low speed.
  3. Continue blending until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder and blend until well combined. This is your coconut cream base.
  5. Spoon a layer of the coconut cream base in the bottom of individual jars or a parfait dish.
  6. Add a layer of fruit, and continue alternating layers of cream & fruit.
  7. Garnish with fresh berries or a sprig of mint.
  8. Eat immediately — this dish does not store well.