Waiting For Spring

The first day of spring will soon be upon us, yet it still feels mighty cold out. While I love winter and the snow it’s seems to be lasting extra long this year. It probably isn’t, that’s just me going a little stir crazy. I want to go out for a walk, sit in the backyard, eat outside. But no. It’s too cold for that to happen yet so what am I doing instead, well curling up under a blanket with a book and a freshly made cup of hot chocolate. As I have started to lead a healthier life style some things have needed some adjustments. I love hot chocolate but with the amounts of sugar in most hot chocolate packages you buy it was time for me to once again experiment in he kitchen. The result, delicious and healthy hot chocolate.

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Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
1 cup almond milk (can substitute almond milk for the milk of your choice)
1 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can substitute for 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste)
1-2 teaspoons of honey

Combine water, cacao powder, and cinnamon in a pot and whisk thoroughly. Place over medium heat. Add milk, nutmeg and vanilla, whisk until mixed. Add honey and stir continuously until desired temperature is reached.

Pour and enjoy!

~n

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I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter

I love butter! On toast, rice, cooked vegetables, muffins, bread, basically almost anything. I inherited this love of butter from my mother and she from her mother. Of course while I will attempt to put butter on most things I am not as far gone as my mother who would eat cold butter with a spoon. There are many people that would say butter is bad for you, however, this is not entirely true. Butter is not bad for you if appropriate amounts are consumed. Butter is a saturated fat and our bodies need saturated fats. Butter is not bad, it is not the demon that it has been portrayed as in these past years. So don’t feel bad when you put butter on something, just remember that your body needs those saturated fats to help keep your bones strong as well as other added health benefits. (benefits to saturated fats)
However if you wish to have a healthier diet without butter than that is ok too, just replace the butter. You need to remember though to replace it with the right alternative. Replacing butter with margarine is not the way to go. As it has been advertised in our society one of the best things to replace butter with is margarine. This is beginning to change as margarine is not a healthy alternative to butter. Margarine is full of trans fats and is lacking in saturated fats. Trans fats bad, saturated fats good. So keep the butter and through out the margarine.
Now if you still are looking for an alternative to butter you could try coconut oil. Coconut oil is almost pure saturated fat, which if you recall is the good fat. The taste and texture are somewhat different, however, they do behave similarly. When cold both butter and coconut oil are solid, when at room temperature both are soft, and when heated both become liquid. Coconut works with everything just as butter would. So next time your doing some cooking or baking hold off on the butter and try coconut oil for a healthy change.

~n

Cookie Monster Said I Could

Have you ever woken up one morning and thought I want to eat cookies for breakfast? Sometimes I just cannot eat breakfast food for breakfast. I want something different. I am not going to lie, on occasions I have considered having dessert for breakfast. However, there was always that little voice in my head saying that is not a healthy breakfast, it’s full of sugary junk. Well now whenever I want cookies for breakfast and that voice in my head decides to give its unwanted opinion I just laugh as I have discovered a recipe for cookies that is delicious and healthy. Breakfast Cookies! I cannot live without them. I have a constant supply in my freezer which is hard to keep up as a batch of cookies does not last long in my house. Of course the best thing about these is that Cookie Monster would approve.

Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients
-3 mashed bananas
-1/3 cup apple sauce
-2 cups uncooked oats
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 Tbsp cinnamon
-1 Tbsp maple syrup
-1/2 cup cacao nibs

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Spoon the dough by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake @350* for 15 minutes. Cool and Serve
4. Freeze leftovers ( no preservatives therefore cookies will go bad after a couple days if left out of freezer)

Optional
Can also add nuts, seeds, diced apple, craisons, goji berries, whatever else you think of 🙂

Let it Go….

We all hold on to things we shouldn’t, I know I do it all the time. Sometimes we just need a little reminder to let it go because in the end it doesn’t matter, it is not important enough to hold onto it. Just let it go and remember no matter what anyone told you, it is ok to colour outside of the lines. In fact I encourage it.

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“Garlic is for Heroes”

I don’t like being sick and I’m sure many would agree with me. It’s awful, not being able to doing anything for lack of energy. Of course working with children is a guarantee that I will be sick and sick often. Those little guys are like germ carriers. However, I know of a magical little herb that will help keep you healthy……garlic.
Garlic is a great thing to add to your meals for a little flavour and it is a great way to help prevent colds. When you feel a cold coming on some garlic soup may be the thing you need.

Garlic Soup

2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
1 head of garlic, cloves separated, smashed and peeled

Place the broth and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until garlic softens.

Along with helping to prevent colds garlic has many other uses. When applied externally it will help reduce swelling, it will bring good luck and it will also help repel vampires. (Magical Plants)

“Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes” -unknown