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Coconut Pumpkin Latte Recipe

Now that we’re moving from fall into winter, it’s time to get festive–and healthy!–with this deliciously clean version of a warm holiday beverage.

Coconut Pumpkin Latte

d1de756fd571c43cfc7cca63319187c5Ingredients

  • 1 Shot Espresso (or 1 cup strongly brewed coffee)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a small pot, combine all ingredients except espresso/coffee
  2. Over low to medium heat, warm until the milk has small bubbles
  3. Pour espresso/coffee into a mug and add the warmed milk mixture
  4. Sweeten to taste. Stevia, honey or maple syrup are good options. Or go without!

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4 Foods to Stop Sugar Cravings

Craving something sweet is not just a matter of willpower over temptation. Many things can trigger a deep desire for sugar such as emotion, daily dietary choices, stress, celebration, imbalance in the body and more. Instead of trying to ignore it, try reaching for a healthy version of sweetness instead, These five foods to stop sugar cravings are a great place to start:

Raw, Organic Honey: Honey is an excellent source of natural sweetness, plus it’s a great way to get a quick burst of energy. Add a tablespoon to green tea or simply have a tablespoon alone.

frtDark Chocolate: That’s right, you now have official permission to eat chocolate! But make sure it’s dark. Dark chocolate is fill of antioxidants and it’s been proven to improve energy  and mental health while keeping cravings for sugar satisfied. Look for chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao and enjoy!

Frozen Grapes: It doesn’t get easier and tastier than this. Rinse a bunch of grapes and throw them in the freezer for a quick sweet treat that will squelch any desire for unhealthy sugary treats.

Fresh Fruit: There’s no need to ignore the desire for sweetness; instead address it the way nature intended! Keep plenty of fresh fruit on-hand to keep your body, taste buds and cravings under healthy control. And feel free to sprinkle your fresh fruit with unsweetened coconut for an extra boost of body supportive sweetness.

If your sugar cravings are extreme, it could be due to a number of issues, including hormonal imbalance, unhealthy dieting, adrenal fatigue or eating disorder. Be sure to talk with your health practitioner to pinpoint the root cause and come up with a detailed plan to get your cravings under control and your diet balanced.

 


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Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar

Craving something sweet? Love to bake but hate the way it affects your waist line? Looking for a healthier alternative to refined sugar? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, there is a slightly healthier alternative to refined sugar. The science is still out on coconut sugar (it is still sugar, after all) but the initial findings look good.

Here are the Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar:

Nutrient Dense: Coconut sugar is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. These minerals provide much needed support for coconut-sugar-healthy-or-notthe body, including a strong immune system, healthy cellular function and more. Coconut sugar also contains 16 amino acids as well as B vitamins, helping energize the body while supporting a strong metabolic system.

Keep Blood Sugar Balanced: Because coconut sugar has a glycemic index of 35, using this sweetener instead of refined sugar (which spikes your blood sugar with its 60 glycemic rating) keeps you blood sugar stable, which helps prevent energy crashes as well as sugar cravings.

Little Processing: To get coconut sugar in its granular form, the coconut flower nectar is taken from the tree and dried. That’s all! This means less processing and more sustainability, benefiting both your body and the environment.

Simple Substitute: Many baking and cooking alternative require quite a bit of experimentation. With coconut sugar, the substitute ratio is actually 1:1, so rather than experimenting with how much coconut sugar equals refined sugar in recipes, you’ve got a straight forward swap.

For additional, personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health or reach out to Jodi directly. Be sure take a to look at the variety of nutrition plans, programs, detoxes and meal plans offered at Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.


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6 Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

If your health goals include weight loss, sugar reduction, or just healthy eating in general, you know the strange pull sugar can have on your mind and body, and how quickly it can derail your best intentions and efforts.  And if you find yourself fatigued or stressed, the craving for sweetness becomes even stronger.

Instead of fighting the urge when this happens, try addressing it head on.loose_espressobean_600_2

Keeping healthy snacks on-hand is one of the smartest habits to get into, and keeping healthy sweet treats around is another great way to prevent extreme restriction and/or binging when the urge for something sweet strikes. Grocery stores are loaded with unhealthy, tempting options that are catastrophic and toxic to your body, so rather than waiting until the last minute, plan ahead and have a better options within reach to help keep your body satisfied and your goals progressing forward.

Here at Eat Clean Health, we love to share new recipes with you, but when it comes to 6 Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, a direct link to The Health Cheat Sheet’s article and recipes is all you need to get cooking and get those cravings satisfied. Trust us, they have this one covered.

Check out the incredible recipes they offer.chocofudgewonuts

6 Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

  • Cinnamon Cocoa Almonds
  • Black Bean Brownies
  • Banana Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter Protein Fudge
  • Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
  • Watermelon Blueberry Popsicle

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Deliciously Clean Black Bean Brownies

As a tasty follow up to last week’s post on the Top 20 Healthy Cooking Substitutions, this week is all about putting it into practice. This recipe has been tested in the Eat Clean Health Kitchen and the results were a resounding ‘Yum!’. So if you’re the mood for a sweet treat without the refined flour or refined sugar, give this one a go!

Black Bean Brownies

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  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the beans, chocolate chips, coconut oil and eggs in a food processor; cover and blend until smooth. Add the coconut sugar, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder and salt; blend until smooth.

Transfer to a 9-inch square baking pan coated lightly with coconut oil to keep brownies from sticking. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Keep refrigerated to help brownies hold their shape.

These deliciously clean black bean brownies are not only unbelievably gooey and indulgent, they’re also gluten free.  At approximately 175 calories per serving, you can indulge mindfully (these are still brownies, after all) and go about the rest of your active, healthy day.

If you have any favorite clean eating, clean baking, clean cooking recipes, please feel free to share. And for personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and look at the variety of nutrition plans, programs, detoxes and meal plans found there. And don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.


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Energizing Chocolate-Date Bars

We all crave something a little sweet from time-to-time. When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth and keeping your health goals on-track, what matters most is the QUALITY and type of sweet treat you reach for. Enter the almighty date!

Dates are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Just one date offers 2 grams fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar and helps move waste through the body. Vitamins A and K found in these tiny nuggets promote healthy skin, lungs and eyes, while the high content of minerals such as copper and magnesium help prevent oxidative stress, which helps prevent heart disease and certain cancers while boosting immune function in the body.

To get started, try these homemade Energizing Chocolate-Date Bars, copied from Angie Tee at Sea Salt with Food, which can help you push through a grueling workout. Or try the ultra-satisfying Stuffed Date for a decadent, delicious treat.

Energizing Chocolate-Date Bars

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2 Cups Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
2 Cups Raw Cashews
½ Cup Raw Almonds
¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
A Pinch Of Sea Salt
½ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconuts
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 Tbsp. Cold Water

Directions

Combine chopped dates, cashews, almonds, cocoa powder, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse and process all the ingredients together until the texture is coarse. Then add the shredded coconut, a quick pulse, and add the vanilla extract, a little water at a time until it reaches a dry but moist dough consistency. Scrape the dough mixture into the lined pan, press evenly with a rubber spatula, and chill for about an hour before serving.

Stuffed Date

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Cut a date in half and remove the seed, and then stuff with 1 tablespoon of almond butter or Sunbutter. Sprinkle with cinnamon & raw honey for a sweet treat, or leave the honey off and enjoy the delicious richness of the date paired with your chosen nut or seed butter.

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Deliciously Decadent Dessert for V-Day

It’s the week of love! To honor and celebrate the richness that love brings into our life, today’s recipe is all about decadence and deliciousness…..cleanly, of course.

Almond Butter Fudge

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  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1 cup raw cacao
  • 2 cups dates (pitted)
  • 1 to 2 pinches of unrefined sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak your dates in hot water for about 20 minutes to make them soft and sticky.
  2. Carefully melt your coconut oil on very low heat.
  3. Place all your ingredients, except the almond butter, in your high speed blender and blend until soft and well combined.
  4. Add the almond butter at the end to keep the crunch.
  5. Spread evenly in a tin or container.
  6. Place in the fridge for about one hour.
  7. Cut into squares and serve.

Happy Valentines Day! For additional support, information, and recipes related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

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