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I couldn’t wait to open up my bag of raw cacao powder from Freedom Super Foods. Inside the bag was this beautiful fine, silky smooth chocolate powder. Yum… It smelled heavenly!
I had to taste it right out of the bag. I didn’t know what to expect since it was unsweetened and raw cacao powder. It wasn’t bad. It had a nice dark chocolaty rich flavor.
I thought to myself “I need to make some brownies!”
When you order your bag of raw cacao powder you will also get an e-book with some recipes in it. There is a brownie recipe included but it has gluten in it. I needed a Paleo recipe for brownies, so I researched online and tested a few recipes and came up with my own super moist and chocolaty Paleo gluten-free brownie recipe. I hope you love these brownies as much as I do. I really love the flavor the raw cacao powder gives the brownies plus I feel good about all the nutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants that are in the cacao powder.
If you are like me, you love a yummy chocolaty treat every once in awhile, and boy do I love almond butter cups! They are so creamy and chocolaty and just melt in your mouth. Before I went Paleo I used to be addicted to peanut butter cups. They were definitely a weakness of mine. I couldn’t stop until I ate almost the whole bag. I paid for that with skyrocketing blood sugar soars up into the 400’s mg/dl. I would feel so sick and be so sleepy I would be in bed the rest of the day trying to recover. High blood sugar is so hard on our bodies, read more here
Well, I finally found a solution– My Gotta Chop Paleo Almond Butter Cups!. Eating a Paleo diet has definitely saved my life, and probably my FEET. Being diabetic, nerve damage and poor blood circulation from high blood sugar is one of the reasons so many diabetics loose their feet and legs. I don’t want to be one of those people, so I decided to take control of my life again and start eating a clean healthy diet.
The reason that I made almond butter cups instead of peanut butter cups is because peanuts are not a Paleo friendly food. Peanuts are not nuts, but they are legumes and they contain phytic acid, lectin, and aflatoxins. Also, so many people have peanut allergies and problems with digesting them.
The Gotta Chop Paleo Almond Butter Cups Recipe contains organic and more healthy ingredients than those over-processed store bought candies with all their needless chemicals and they taste great too.
It is Tuesday afternoon and I need a little pick me up. I am feeling a bit snacky, so I search the kitchen for something to make. I found an avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeño, and some organic blue corn chips, so I thought why don’t I make a little guacamole pico de gallo…yum!
Guacamole Pico de Gallo recipe —
I chopped up my onion, tomato, avocado, and a little jalapeño and added them to a bowl. I added some sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a little drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and gently mixed everything together.
I grabbed my bowl of guacamole pico de gallo and my chips and a good book and headed outside to find a nice shady spot to sit and read and enjoy my yummy snack I just whipped up. What a beautiful day it is outside, and it just got better with my healthy little snack. Hope you enjoy your day too, and try some guacamole pico de gallo too, you will be glad you did.
It was a beautiful stormy day here in Florida today. I love listening to the distant thunder and watching the storm clouds roll in. Since I would be inside today I thought why don’t I try out a new recipe. I found an organic 85% cacao bar in the pantry, so I thought I would make some dark chocolate bark. I melted my cacao bar in a bowl and added some finely shredded unsweetened coconut and some ground up pecans from the fridge. I then spread the mixture thinly on some parchment paper and dusted the top with a little more coconut and pecans. I placed the parchment paper on a plate for stability and put it in the fridge to cool until hardened. When the bark chilled and was hard enough I broke it into pieces and put in a small glass bowl…so cute and yummy. I think next time I will add a little coconut sugar to sweeten it up a bit, 85% cacao can be kinda bitter. When picking out your cacao bar be sure to read the label, almost every bar I looked at in the store contained soy, or soy lecithin!
Hippocrates said it best — “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
That quote from Hippocrates keeps popping up everywhere I look nowadays. I thought to myself… is the universe trying to tell me something? The answer to that question is yes! The more I embark on this journey of totally changing my lifestyle it becomes more clear to me. Food has become so abundant, so easily accessible, so instant, that I never missed a meal or opportunity to indulge. Food was not being “my medicine” it was being my entertainment, my pleasure, my vice. I was on a downward spiral of obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and just overall poor health. I was miserable!
Well now I am following the wise words of “the father of western medicine,” Hippocrates, and healing my body with the food I eat. I am losing weight, gaining energy, and getting a new zest for life. I was so addicted to processed foods, sugar and gluten that I thought I would never be able to break free. But an amazing thing happened once I rid myself of those toxins… I no longer craved them! It is ridiculous the amount of toxic ingredients that are in the over-processed foods we eat. I honestly don’t know how the FDA allows such things in our foods. Even our healthy fruits and vegetables are a risk to eat now with all the genetic modifications being done to the seeds. Our bodies were not designed to eat these GMO’s. Choose organic when possible to avoid ingesting copious amounts of pesticides and GM foods. Eliminate processed foods with all their chemicals. I have also eliminated gluten, soy, and dairy. I eat an organic whole food Paleo diet now, this is what works for me now, but as I stated earlier, this is a journey and who knows what the future holds… but now I am listening to my body.
My favorite time of day… cookie time! Well I got my sister to whip up another batch of her yummy Paleo friendly cookies from her secret recipe. This time I helped and even added a few of my favorite ingredients to the mix. I added some unsweetened finely shredded coconut and I chopped up some of my Dark Chocolate Enjoy Life Bar to make little chocolate chips in my cookies. They smell so good just coming out of the oven, hot and fresh — yum yum!
In the spirit of Cinco De Mayo I made Tacos. Gluten free tacos with romaine heart leaves for my taco shell. I started by sautéing some onions, and then the ground beef with my own seasoning mix for my ground beef by using some cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. I had some frozen corn in the freezer, so I added a little to beef mix. I also added some tomato sauce and let that simmer for a few minutes. Put the beef mixture in a lettuce leaf and topped with diced tomato and raw onion. Simple, gluten-free, dairy free and delicious. Without adding corn this would be Paleo too.
Hope everyone had a HAPPY EASTER. I made my first raw-vegan cupcakes. I got the recipe from FullyRawKristina on YouTube. It was really fun trying something new, and totally raw-vegan. I am not a vegan at this time, but who knows what the future holds. I am trying different ways of eating to see what actually agrees with my body. I know for sure that anything I do eat will be organic, non-gmo, soy free, and gluten-free. I have also cut out most dairy foods too, but sometimes a little cheese slips into something, but not very often.
What a great way to start the day… a beautiful bowl of fruit salad. I tried a yellow honeydew melon for the first time, yum! It was so sweet and juicy, and made a great bowl for my salad. I added some other fruit I had in the fridge too. Some pineapple, orange, apple, blueberries for a splash of color, and I had to garnish the top with my new favorite thing… a sprinkle of unsweetened finely shredded coconut. This delicious breakfast was gluten-free and vegan.