'Tis the season for family and friends to gather. You know what that means: food, desserts, and drinks…..lots of them. What is one to do? Eat, drink and be merry, right? Well, yes and no. Why is it that once Thanksgiving hits we lose all hope for eating healthy and subconsciously make a note to start fresh on the New Year? Okay guys, I'm not trying to be a food nazi and I'm not saying you shouldn't enjoy these treats. We are all faced with those goodies that we all know will negatively affect our performance. The key is being prepared and having an alternative that will still satisfy. I love making better alternatives for my family and friends, and yes, they all enjoy them. Now if you're not use to eating these paleo-type treats, be mindful that they will not taste exactly the same. It's like eating a strawberry jolly rancher and then biting into a real strawberry and wanting the real strawberry to taste like the candy. It's not going to happen. Just because something doesn't taste like something familiar it doesn't mean its not tasty. So go with an open mind when making these treats and remember that they are a better, healthier alternative to those traditional treats we all make. Here's to staying on track and keeping that healthy lifestyle, even during the holidays. Below is a recipe for a candy, a cookie, and a couple of links for some better adult beverages. I hope they help ease the stresses of holiday eating. These recipes come from "Make it Paleo" cookbook by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason:
* candy molds
* (optional) clean unused paint brush
* 1 cup 62% dark chocolate
* 1 tsp peppermint oil
* 1/2 cup coconut oil
* 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
* 1 tsp pure maple syrup
1. Melt chocolate on low, and add 1/4 tsp of peppermint oil.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, shredded coconut,
maple syrup, and remaining peppermint oil.
3. Stir all ingredients until well blended.
4. With paint brush, paint melted chocolate into candy molds or just pour a small
amount of chocolate into bottom of candy molds and make sure it covers it all.
5. Place the molds in freezer for 10 mins.
6. Fill molds with mint filing, and place in the freezer for an additional 10 mins.
7. Cover tops with a layer of chocolate and freeze at least 10 mins, or until you are ready
to enjoy them.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
* 3 cups almond flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp salt
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup coconut oil
* 1.5 cups 62% dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 370*F.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients
3. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined
5. Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.
6. Stir in chocolate chips.
7. On parchment-lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.
And gently press flat, as they will cook in the shape you leave them.
8. Bake 12 mins
9. Let cool and serve
The following links contain drinks that are not suitable for children:
If you're into the science behind it all (and whether or not it's paleo) here's another great read: