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Coconut Macaroons with Raw Honey

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in Gluten Free, Recipes | 0 comments

I love Coconut Macaroons, and I love them even more when they are healthy! These little cookies are easy to make and taste delicious – without any processed sugar! You can eat these macaroons without the guilt! Ingredients: 7 Egg Whites 3/4 cup Raw Honey 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 4 1/2 cups Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (measure after you blend the coconut flakes together – see Step 1 for instruction.) Instructions: Step 1) Blend the large coconut flakes together to make them into small pieces. Don’t over blend them to become powder, you just want to blend them well enough so the coconut flakes won’t be too big in the cookies. Set aside. Step 2) Beat egg whites until stiff peaks start to form. Step 3) Slowly add in raw honey as you continue to beat the egg whites. Keep...

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Homemade Baked Beans

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Recipes | 0 comments

For some crazy reason, my husband loves (loved) canned baked beans. I thought they smelled gross, and never had an urge to have any. I checked the list of ingredients and I was disgusted. I just thought “I can’t keep giving this to my husband!”. So what does one do when they are in love? They make their spouse a homemade healthy version, of course! ; ) I made these baked beans from scratch, and they were pretty easy and delicious! Now my husband prefers this over the canned stuff – yay! Ingredients: 2 cups dried Navy Beans 15.5 oz Turkey Bacon, cut into small pieces. 1/2 onion, chopped 3 tbsp Molasses 2 tsp Sea Salt 1/4 tsp Black Pepper 1/4 tsp dried Mustard 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1/4 cup Maple Syrup 1/2 cup Ketchup Instructions: Step 1) Cook beans on...

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Just Fruit™ Spreads by Crofter’s

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Most jams available on the market probably have more sugar in them than the fruit named on the front of the jar. Luckily for you and me, I have discovered Just Fruit™ Spreads by Crofter’s. Why Just Fruit™ Spreads? Besides the fact that these delicious spreads aren’t full of processed sugars, they are delicious and only made with the most simple of ingredients. My favorite is the Strawberry Just Fruit™ Spread, which only has 5 ingredients: Concentrated Organic grape juice, Organic Strawberries, Apple pectin, Ascorbic acid, and Citric acid. The Fruit spreads come in Strawberry, Wild Blueberry, Superfruit, Raspberry, Black  Currant, Blackberry, and Apricot. Be sure to check out all of the delicious flavors that are available, and make sure you always choose the jams that don’t need processed sugar to taste wonderful. There’s no need to sacrifice flavor for your...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: No Sugar or Artifical Sweeteners!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Challenge, Weight Loss | 5 comments

This quarter, I challenge you to avoid processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners! (You can still have natural sugars found in Fruit, Vegetables, Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, etc). So why would I give you (and myself!) this Challenge? The Harmful Effects of Sugar Processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are really bad for you. But how bad can it be? •Raises insulin levels in the body, which promotes the storage of fats. By storing excess fats, it causes your body to gain weight, and Sugar has been linked to causing Obesity. •Depresses the Immune System. If your body is trying to fight an illness, Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are only going to make things worse for you by preventing your body to fight back whatever illness it is trying to get rid of. If you want to lower your risk of...

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10 Reasons why you’re STILL overweight…

Posted by on Jul 29, 2010 in Weight Loss | 12 comments

1) You think “Fat Free” or “Sugar Free” means that it is “Healthy” Marketing campaigns know that we are all trying to be healthier, and they are doing everything they can to sell you their product in an angle that makes you think their product makes the cut. They aren’t trying to make their products healthier. What does this all boil down to? The companies just want to make money, and the only way to make money is if you buy their product –whether it’s good for you or not. Read the labels and ingredients and start learning how to understand what they really mean. It’s almost guaranteed that if something it marketed as “Fat Free” or “Sugar Free”, they are using dangerous replacements which usually end up being worse for you than the actual fat or sugar. Most...

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All Natural Yoghurt by Mountain High

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 4 comments

Health Benefits There are many benefits to yoghurt, and it is important that you get it from the right source. What I mean by that, is that there are plenty of yoghurts out there being marketed as “healthy” or a “weight loss food”. Be sure that you are not being fooled by marketing campaigns, and actually reading the back of the label for the truth. The yoghurt from Mountain High is  labeled as “All Natural”. That wasn’t what sold me on it. What attracted me to this yoghurt was the ingredients: No sugar added! What a lot of people don’t know is, the added sugars takes away from the health benefits you would have otherwise received from the yoghurt, which is the good bacteria such as live, active, and probiotic cultures (acidophilus is the most commonly known, which is...

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Xylitol Gum by Epic™

Posted by on Mar 8, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Epic™ provides a healthy gum that doesn’t have any sugar or artificial sweeteners.  Find out why this gum is so special. Sugar Free Gum You may think that there is nothing special about having a gum that is sugar free, but did you know that sugar free gum replaces the sugar with harmful artificial sweeteners? I dare you to look at all other gum on the market and try to find something without any  Sugar, Cane Juice, Aspartame or any other artificial sweeteners.The fact that Xylitol Gum by Epic™ has no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and this truly is a rare find. Where to Buy I found this gum at my local grocery store and my health food store. If you don’t have it available, you can visit their website and buy it directly from the company. Once you...

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