Raw Cacao Candy Crunch

When I was little, one of my best friend’s family owned a candy store. I was always so jealous of her access to all the best candies all the time. She could have anything she wanted, whenever she wanted and when I would go visit the store with her, it was like I entered a magical wonderland. Little did I know at the time, that the majority of candy I was eating was filled with toxic ingredients like refined sugars, ingredients made from petroleum, and other very harmful ingredients. Also, I was a very sick child, making every excuse not to go to school because I had low energy, low concentration, and eczema all over my arms, legs and face.

Thank goodness I figured out that all the conventional candy and a lot of other foods I was consuming made me feel and look that way and I’ve now reversed all of that. Even though I’ve stopped eating the candy I used to, I still love candy and try to find ways to enjoy something sweet without exposing myself to all the toxic chemicals. 

This Raw Cacao Crunch Candy is one of the ways I do that. It’s deeeeelicious and nutritious! I got the idea for this recipe when I tried something just like it at a trade show recently. This candy totally cures my chocolate cravings in a fabulous healthy way. I love making desserts with raw cacao because it gives you a blast of serotonin, endorphins and other neurotransmitters which all work together to give you an overall sense of well being, bliss, pleasure and pure happiness! Try this candy and you’ll be consuming the highest concentrated antioxidant on earth and flying high! This candy makes the perfect travel snack and it would go perfect wrapped in cute little bags for those Easter baskets.

Raw Cacao Candy Crunch

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Healthy Strawberry Cobbler

If you know me, you know I love dessert. Seriously, it’s my favorite part of any meal, and I have something sweet EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

My sweet tooth, however, is usually satisfied by something naturally low in sugar or at least made with non-toxic ingredients. That’s why I love recipes like this healthy strawberry cobbler! I call this “Strawberry Crunch Cobbler” because it’s a twist between a typical cobbler and crisp. With organic strawberries back at the market – this is super easy to whip up in no time! (See video tutorial below too!)

Did you know a typical conventional strawberry can have up to 54 pesticides on it? 9 are known carcinogens and 19 of them are toxic to honey bees. Without bees we don’t have plants and without plants…you know. Choosing and buying organic food is absolutely critical to reducing our exposure to pesticides and saving the earth! Vote with your dollars and hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Lemon Asparagus Quinoa Risotto

Today, I have a super delicious preview recipe from the upcoming April Food Babe Eating Guide! This lemon asparagus quinoa risotto is a perfect dish to make right now, since asparagus are in season and abundant at the market. It’s also very light, filling and incredibly nutritious (just like the rest of the recipes in the Eating Guide program, especially if you would like to shed a couple of pounds before Summer!). Asparagus keep the bloating and under-eye circles in check too. This is such a gorgeous plant to eat on a regular basis just for that.

Also, there are so many great options to use for risotto instead of the standard arborio white rice that risotto recipes usually call for. I love having the option to choose another grain besides nutritionally-lacking white rice. This recipe calls for cauliflower and quinoa, but you can use barley, brown rice, brown lentils or buckwheat instead. This dish is very versatile. Get creative!

 

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

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Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad

I was inspired to make this amazing cauliflower lentil taco salad after watching one of my favorite cooking shows – “How to Live to 100” starring my friend Jason Wrobel. If you haven’t seen this show on Cooking Channel yet, it’s a must see! Jason combines some serious nutrition knowledge, with comedy and a very endearing story line. It’s like Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” gone plant-based – SO AWESOME.

Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad

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