Coconut Milk

Coconut is considered a tree nut by the FDA. 

I am so excited to share with you this crazy delicious(and healthy) coconut milk recipe!  This is one of my most frequent made recipes, because it’s so easy, tastes dreamy, and is healthy!

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My Snacks 

I think everyone loves a little afternoon snack.  I know I sure do!  But if you’re going to have a snack, it can’t be chocolate cake everyday.  Because if it could be, then I would indulge everyday!  But since it can’t be chocolate cake, how about some healthy, flavorful snacks instead?

Here are some simple ideas:

 


Sunflower Butter//No Refined Sugar Added Fruit Spread//Cream Cheese//Brown Rice Cake


Cheese//Whole Grain Crackers


 Annie’s Crackers//Jackfruit Chips


Go Raw Spicy Fiesta Seeds// Homemade Chia Grapefruit Juice Drink

Broccoli Slaw/Dried Cherries/Garlic Vinaigrette


Way Better Snacks’ Simply Unbeatable Blues Corn Tortilla Chips

🍎Apple Orchard🍎

Hey everyone!  Sorry about my lack of posts.  Last time I posted we were in summer.  Now we’re approaching fall. Ohhh….how I miss my summer days where I woke up and lounged around for the day.  Now it’s back to 6:30 mornings and busy school days.  But it’s also time for apples, pumpkin, vibrant leaves, and crisp, fall air.  

My family just visited the apple orchard.  We do it at least once every fall season.  It’s a great activity to enjoy the fall season and get in the spirit for this season.  Let’s face it: summer is pretty hard to say bye to.  But when you have these fun autumn things to look forward to…it makes the transition a little easier.

Thousands of apple trees all lined up…full of crisp, juicy apples just ready to be bitten into, made into apple pie, or served as warm applesauce with loads of cinnamon.  God’s creation amazes me everyday.

It’s beautiful to look at the apples against the blue sky.

Fall boots!  Another one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion!  LOL.  I love layering with cute sweaters and styling my boots.

My awesome cousin. And my awesome sister.  Both of which add lots of laughter to my life.

Our apple orchard does not just have apples…it also has many farm animals, craft fairs, cute decorations, and of course apple cider.  Their goats were just so playful(and fun to play with!)  Also, please excuse my sloppy hair.

  Fall photo-op!

Of course you can’t go apple picking without climbing a tree….or at least I can’t.  😉

My parents…and their silliness.  Displaying their affection.  🙂

These apple trees are just great for photos!  Although the sun was not quite agreeing.(sorry for the shadows…

As you can see we had lots of fun.  Although I do suggest you wait a little while if you’re apple picking.  It was just a tad bit too early here and we didn’t get as many apples as we had hoped…but that may just mean we get to go again!

Smoothies!

Healthy breakfast options can be hard when you’re on the go.  If you don’t have healthy cereal or oatmeal ready to go, it’s pretty hard to find a good, wholesome breakfast that will be ready in under ten minutes.  Ya feel me?

But there’s always smoothies.

Smoothies are simple and easy…not to mention a great way to hide some greens in for picky eaters, make fruits yummy, and get some calcium in.   They’re easy to make, easy to pour into a to-go cup for an on the go type of morning, etc.  I love getting in nutrients for the day so I can be active and satisfied.

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Chocolate Cookies (Healthy! No butter or flour!)

 Have you ever found a healthy dessert recipe online?  This is how many of those stories go:  Get all excited over this healthy so called “dessert.”  Make it.  Taste it.  Make a face.  Unfortunately, many people give up once they try one healthy dessert and fail.  It’s really sad.  But really, there are many healthy desserts that are out there that taste good and like an actual, unhealthy dessert does.  These healthy, fudgy chocolate cookies are an example of one of those healthy desserts that actually tastes like a dessert.  The secret?  Avocado.

 The avocado substitutes the butter.  The dough may look a little green, but the deep brown color will shine more so when baked.  What does this mean?  You can trick your kids into thinking it’s just a regular, unhealthy dessert.  They’ll never guess there is avocado.  I tried it on my sister(who tends to be picky when it comes to avocado) and her friend.  They insisted on another cookie.  When I admitted I had snuck in one avocado, they couldn’t believe it.

I also used coconut sugar in place of granulated sugar.  However, many people with nut allergies are also allergic to coconut.  Coconut is considered a tree nut by the FDA, so if you’ve never tried it or are allergic to it, regular sugar, honey, or one banana will work just fine as a substitution.

Chocolate Cookies
Ingredients:
flesh of one avocado
1/2 cup coconut sugar or regular sugar(see note above, especially if you have a nut allergy)
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
chocolate chips(keep it real healthy with dark chocolate)
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together avocado and sugar.
Add egg.
Mix in cocoa and baking powder.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Bake for about 8-11 minutes.

❤️Recipe Source: The Smoothie Lover