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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Save Another Family

Monday, January 09, 2012

My family loves each other. My family loves each other.
I have to keep reminding myself of that over and over, because some days...
Not so much love is floating around.
The loss of sugar, bags of chips, and white bread has got the teenagers in a snarly mess some days.
The girl wants sweet things to put in her lunch, the boy wants something to munch on after school. Something remotely normal, is how he put it.
So on Pinterest I found a recipe for almond and coconut flour dark chocolate chip cookies (no white sugar in these!).
I was a little worried about the response from the kids, but to my surprise it was a huge hit!
What is nice about these is that they are filling.
Where my son used to polish off half a bag of oreos in one sitting, he was happy with just two.
When you eat primal you are not as hungry, and the almond and coconut flour are full of fiber, filling you up more quickly.
Another new food my family was happy to eat, yay!

Here is the recipe, let me know if you try them.

2 cups almond flour (1 heaping cup of nuts make 2 cups)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup flax meal
2 eggs
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of butter (or coconut oil)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped dark chocolate chips

I mixed it all up and made small cookies on the baking sheet and baked at 375 for 12-16 minutes (till the edges browned)

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BEATRIMSOON 6/16/2012 9:58AM

    Thanks! I just had these at a friends house last night. They were great. She used agave nectar instead of honey. Do you have the nutritional info? are these in the recipes for Sparkpeople?

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EJHEINRICH1 1/9/2012 8:42AM

    Sounds great thank you for sharing the recipe with us! I will have to try it.
Have a super day and hang in there. I did this with young teens and I went through the same grumbling! LOL They survived and so did I. :-)

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Truly THE best thing I have made!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Today my husband was craving chips or crackers...something to dip his cowboy caviar out of the bowl with.
I have a primal/paleo recipe for crackers, but have just never tried it.
I keep thinking these things are going to be so weird and hard to make but time after time it's easy and quick!
I am so thankful I read The Primal Blueprint.
I look at Marksdailyapple everyday.
I search Pinterest for new and different ways to keep my family happy and on this journey to end our addictions.
It's working.
Try this won't be disappointed.

1 cup almond flour (1/2 cup almonds pulsed to powder)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
whatever spices you love...throw them in
1/8 cup of olive oil (or whatever you like)

Mix with a spoon and then squish with your hands (see it's fun!!)
roll it out thin between two pieces of parchment paper
Bake at 325 for 12-20 minutes until they brown to the level you like.

Let me know if anyone tries it, and your thoughts.

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IMCRABBY66 1/8/2012 8:39PM

    Moonchild - I don't know why, but it works! We measure out a heaping 1/2 cup and it makes a cup of flour :)

Abi - The Cowboy Caviar is GROSS ;) but my DH God love him thinks it's amazing.
It is tomatoes, black beans, onions, garlic, corn and other salsa like things in it.
I dipped my paleo crackers in some homemade guacamole. Yum!

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-LINDA_S 1/8/2012 3:25PM

    Sounds interesting, but somehow it does not compute to me that you can get 1 c. of almond flour out of 1/2 c. of almonds, especially considering there will be spaces between the almonds in the cup. Does that make any sense or am I crazy?

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GLITTERFAIRY77 1/8/2012 2:50PM

But wth is cowboy caviar???

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Sneaking the healthy back into our food

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I have to say our teenage kids are being pretty good about our new way of eating.
Both understand that putting processed, chemical laden food into our bodies is what has gotten us all bigger than we should be, and will lead to health disasters down the line.
Still, they are teenagers and they were starting to baulk at one more piece of fruit for a snack.
I found a recipe on Pinterest for natural energy bars.
My husband and I put these together while they were at school, wrapped them up and made the presentation when they got home.
I handed my daughter one saying the magic has dark chocolate in it.
She ate problem! The boy on the other hand waited till she had not vomited or flopped to the floor writhing in gastric pain.
So he nibbled on an end...then he took a real bite..."not bad!" he said.
That's when I let it fly they was a pound of prunes in those bars.
These was swearing (they go to public school) and threats to vomit, but no one did...and now that I have made a third batch, I guess these are a hit!
I hope you like them too...and hopefully with less drama :)

1 pound whole pitted prunes
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chopped or chips
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup coco powder (I used dark)
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (I used organic almond butter)

I pulsed the almonds down to tiny bits, added all the dry together, and then pulsed the prunes down to complete mush in my food processor.
I put it all in the food processor and pulsed it a few times.
Put it in a loaf pan lined with wax paper, put in the fridge for 2 hours.
I cut them into little squares and wrap in the waxed paper.

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IMCRABBY66 1/7/2012 2:00PM

    Thank you for the comments!
These were seriously easy to make, you could do it Memeemeee!
Just pushing the button on the food processor (which I did not have before, but found a Kitchenaide brand one on Craigslist for $10!!!) was the hardest part emoticon

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MEMEEMEEE 1/7/2012 11:46AM

    They look like brownies...I might be able to trick myself into liking these! I have such a sweet tooth and I'm not much of a cooker...actually I hate it. I know I need to change my way of thinking when it comes to cooking meals to help with my journey. Kudos to you and hope you can sneak so more delicious foods into your meals!

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PUNKIN175 1/7/2012 11:46AM

    Hilarious re-cap!!! lol!!! Sounds pretty tasty!!! And prunes are really not that bad! ;)

Thanks for sharing the recipe I am going to have to try them!!!!!!

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Squashing my fear of squash

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I have been a carb and sugar junkie for at least 40 years.
Growing up on Captain Crunch and Poptarts did not make for a tiny little girl.
But now that I am 45 I am begining to grow up to be a smart human.
I am learning to make choices of food that come from nature and not a factory.
Last night I cracked open my first spaghetti squash.
I took a recipe from Pinterest that I liked, followed it, and low and more vegatable I am willing to to eat! It was great!!!
I enjoyed this first one just like I would have with carb loaded pasta, with sauce and a bit of parm cheese.
Next time I am going to save the seeds and roast them to top my batch of spaghetti squash with pesto, diced tomatoes, and black olives.
I hope you try a new food this week and love it too.

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MEMEEMEEE 1/7/2012 11:48AM

    I love squashes! This reminds me of my mom making spaghetti need to get in this mode!

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JUSTBIRDY 1/5/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon I'm low carb and don't have a problem with winter squash, as long as I eat only a bit of it at a time. No more big bowls of squash for me, I don't even want it anymore.

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NEELIXNKES 1/4/2012 11:25AM

    emoticon Spaghetti squash is yummy. I wish my DH liked it but I think I am going to just deal with it and make him regular pasta when I have spaghetti squash. I really believe that trying new things is the key to sticking to this for the long haul.

Have a healthy day!

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MNJONES2 1/4/2012 11:02AM

    Way to go!! Trying new foods is always fun!! I love all types of squash but hubby is more limited but like you he likes spaghetti squash. Roasting the seeds is fun too - I love roasted pumpkin seeds.

Keep branching out with your foods - it will bring you real joy in the New Year!!

Best wishes on your journey to good health!

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Pinterest and Sparkpeople and Paleo...Oh My!

Monday, January 02, 2012

That my friends is what 100 pounds of fat looks like...and it's inside of me...holy crap!
I have lost 80 pounds once before, and let it come some.
I keep trying to do this but have just seemed wishy washy about it.
Why do we do this to ourselves, over and over and over again?
My beautiful (normal sized) mother was rushed to the hospital the week before Christmas. She had collapsed at work, they thought it was a stroke or heart problem. Very scary for my family, but mostly for me. My mom is my only parent, and at 63 I thought I had no worries that she would go anywhere anytime soon.
And then this happened.
All the symptoms she was describing to the doctors, I was having at the same time too. Now I was scared for both of us. I just had not collapsed from mine yet.
Test after test was done, and after 3 days in the hospital they let us in on the results.
She was fine.
It was most likely stress.
Seriously? Stress?
We were so happy that there would not be any invasive surgeries right before Christmas, but at the same time...really?
Stress can knock you off your feet?
I had time in those three days that we were locked like prisoners in that hospital to really think about what was going on in my life to make me so feel so keep me from caring so little for my health.
I am 275 pounds.
I won't live to be 63 if I don't wake up. Come out of my carb and sugar coma.
Get off my rather huge bottom, live right, and care about what is really important.
I am praying that I have the inner strength to keep this going.
I am eating primal, reading as much as I can about what food does inside my body and why to eat it. How much to eat and drink.
I have over 30 exercise DVDs and I have been strong enough to just push play...and do it.
Look for me on January 26 because I am going to post my first weigh in and pictures.

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JUST_KAREN 1/8/2012 10:11AM

    I am so glad that your mother is ok! I know you can do it! emoticon

That picture of the fat does make you think twice!

Comment edited on: 1/8/2012 10:12:29 AM

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WOLFKITTY 1/2/2012 9:34PM

    Go get it, girlie!!

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    Sometimes it takes a wake up call like that. Glad your mother is doing okay and VERY glad you are ready to work at this.

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IMCRABBY66 1/2/2012 1:41PM

    Thank you so much!
Maybe we can support each other along the way :)

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MEMEEMEEE 1/2/2012 10:59AM

    You can do this! Sometimes it takes something out of our control to put things into perspective. I'm glad your mother is ok. Take one day at a time and come to Spark when you're feeling down. Someone is always here to pick you up!


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