Homemade PB and Caramel Cups

I LOVE making healthy alternative sweets! While I certainly don’t consider peanut butter to be a health food, sometimes you’ve just got to have a peanut butter cup, and this is a way better option!

This recipe is yet to be perfected, but I’ll share now because it’s so much fun and SO simple 🙂 The kids LOVE them and love to help!

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PB cup ingredients ( all are available in Homer at Anchor Point Natural Foods ):

You will need, in no exact measurements ~

* natural style peanut butter or nut butter of your choice ( a fabulous alternative would be a homemade *soaked nut butter )

* raw cocao powder

* raw cold pressed coconut oil

* pure maple syrup or sweetener of choice

* raw coconut butter ( some brands have a bit of a ‘cakey’ consistency )

* vegan or natural sprinkles

* finely shredded coconut meat

* cupcake foils

* cupcake pan

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What I do:

1) First lay the cupcake foils out in the pan

2) Next heat together in a pan 2 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs cocao, and 2 tbs maple syrup, or to taste

3) Pour desired amount of chocolate into the bottom of the cupcake foils and place in the freezer

4 ) In a bowl mix together in a ratio of 2:1:1:1 or to taste, the peanut butter, coconut butter, shredded coconut and sprinkles

5) Remove cupcake tray; stuff foils with desired amounts of your peanut butter mixture and smooth out with a spoon

6) With a spoon drizzle remaining chocolate ( melt more if needed ) on top

7) Sprinkle on top shredded coconut and plenty of SPRINKLES

8) Place in the freezer for 40 mins – 1 hour; remove and let thaw for 1 – 2 mins before peeling the paper off and serving

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Caramel cup ingredients: 

Caramel filling – 

* pure maple syrup or coconut sugar

* 1 tbs raw almond butter

* 20 soft medjool dates

* a pinch of sea salt

Fudge base – 

* 1/4 cup soaked raw pecans

* 1/4 cup soaked cashews

* 8 soft medjool dates

* 2 – 3 tbs raw cocao powder

Chocolate coating – 

* raw coconut oil

* raw cold pressed coconut oil

* pure maple syrup or sweetener of choice

What I do:

1) First lay the cupcake foils out in the cupcake pan

2) In a food processor blend together the pecans, cashews, 8 dates and cocao powder

3) Press the ‘fudge’ into the bottom of the foils and place in the freezer

4) In a food processor or Vitamix blend together your sweetener, 20 dates, almond butter and sea salt – all to taste – until smooth

5) Remove cupcake tray from freezer and stuff as desired with caramel filling; replace in freezer

6) Melt together 2 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs maple syrup and 2 tbs cocao, or to taste

7) Remove tray from freezer and with a spoon cover the caramel with desired amount of chocolate

8) Freeze for 1 hour

9) Remove and let thaw for 3 – 4 minutes before peeling off cupcake foils and serving 🙂

ENJOY and have fun with your kids in the kitchen!! XOxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinspiration for teens: how to get as skinny as possible as quickly as possible

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Of the many social media networks, I am currently only a user of Facebook, WordPress as a blogger, and Instagram @Holisicchicks. These sites have been great for me to not only promote myself as a health coach, but also as a way to keep up with distant family members and freinds.

I recently discovered what many of you already know – that Instagram ( owned by Facebook ) is allowing and even encouraging anorexia, bulimia, self mutilation, and suicidal support groups.

Support groups…meaning groups – very large communities to be specific – that support the “lifestyle choice” to be anorexic or bulimic.

These groups encourage suicide with words and pictures that pose such questions like, “What’s stopping you?”, and, “Who would even miss you?”

Such is the vulgarity and gruesome nature of the pictures and postings within these communities ( I will not post specific hashtags for fear of encouragement ) that I was unable to sleep until 1:00 a.m. this morning out of pure horror at the lives being so openly lost, and the overwhelming number of participants involved.

Lives being lost for the profit of Instagram.

A new ‘fad’ in “lifestyle choice”, all for the profit of instagram.

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The one thing that every single child involved with self hate instagram usage has in common is that they all feel the need to belong to something. I would like to be sensitive to the subject of such diseases as eating disorders and all who struggle with them, but I think it is also crucial to make it clear, to parents especially, that self hate is now spreading like wildfire – beyond the normal means of disease – to full fledged plague status. Self mutilation, in it’s multitude of forms, is becoming one of the largest fads of late among junior high and high school aged youth.

Many parents would justifiably assume that, well, “That could never happen to my child, I’ve always taught them better than that, I’ve always been a good parent!”

Well, you were. However, regardless of individual upbringing, most people go through phases at one point or another during their adolescence of feeling that they ‘just do not belong’. It is at such times, as you probably well remember, that you were susceptible to falling prey to things that were against your moral code of ethics.

Just like any addictive habit, it is easy to fall into disorderly eating, and self hate in general, but an uphill battle to quit.

Self hate communities are deadly cults. They send powerful messages of self degradation to their members and followers. Who are these communities composed of? Any young person who needs to belong to something, and ‘ghost’ accounts ( accounts posing as a real suicidal or sick individual that is actually a group of ill-intentioned pranksters behind the veil of a fake account name ).

Because Instagram refuses to put a halt on said communities, the responsibility relies solely on parents to get involved and to ask questions. Know what your child is up to online and who their friends are. Just as important – talk to your children about the pressures from media to be thin, among many things.

Feelings of failure where weight and body type are concerned are excruciatingly common among young women today, and yet this is merely the gateway emotion to more serious and even deadly frames of mind.

One of the best things you can do to not only build your child’s confidence, but to form lifelong bonds with them, is to get out and exercise together! Not only do endorphins strengthen feelings of closeness and stability, but studies show that young girls who excersice a minimum of 30 mins per day feel happier about their bodies, and self worth as a whole, than they otherwise would.

Be aware, stay involved, and stay strong!

Brown Rice ~ Benefits & Caution

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( one of my favorite post work out meals ~ eggs straight from the farm to our kitchen, and organic whole grain brown rice )

My husband and I LOVE brown rice! We literally would be contented to never eat anything beyond brown rice dishes again if it came down to it. So – in light of our affinity for brown rice ( & the many pictures you’ve seen if you follow me on Instagram @holisticchicks ) it’s high time I posted about the incredible benefits of this wonder food, as well as a word of caution at the end.

An excellent source of fiber, magnesium, zinc*, and vitamin B-6, organic whole grain brown rice has incredible healing powers and can be a fabulous addition to any weight loss or otherwise healing regimen. Containing over one hundred different antioxidants, the bran on brown rice is held in the highest regard among health enthusiasts, and even considered to be the most nutritious substance ever studied.

Brown rice constitutes for a complete meal all on its own, or can fill in as a perfect carbohydrate side dish with any protein source – a favorite post workout meal for the serious athlete. Because it has a low glycemic index ( meaning that your body will digest it slower than refined carbs ) your body will have fewer spikes in blood sugar levels, which in short means fewer cravings, no impulse eating, and a steady metabolism ( which means weight loss/management ). Lastly, the large fiber content in brown rice will keep you feeling full much longer throughout the day after eating it than you would feel after eating two Big Macs 😀

While it does sound like the perfect weight loss and balance food, and really it is, I must now give the word of caution I mentioned. The naturally occurring zinc in brown rice actually binds with the zinc in your body, and is not stored, thus leaving the avid brown rice-er zapped of essential zinc levels.

So – play it safe and keep it to between 2 to 3 servings per week … unless you’re like me and you can’t get enough! Oops!

Haha 🙂  No really, anything in any amount of food you choose to eat is ok, but it’s always wise to at least be informed on what you’re made of 😉

Happy healthy eating all! 😀