Monday, April 29, 2013

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

When you are in need of a quick chocolate fix that you don't need to feel guilty about - Let these babies come to rescue. 

They take a total of five minutes to make and then about 30 minutes to set in the freezer. 

Hope you love them as much as we do! 

1/4 C Butter
1/4 Coconut Oil
1 plus 1/4  C honey
1/2 C Milk
4 Tbsp Cocoa
1/2 C Peanut Butter
3- 4 C Quick cooking Oats
2 tsp. Vanilla

1. Add the first five ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat - bring to a boil for 1 min. 

2. take off the heat and add the remaining ingredients - Mix well

3. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased or lined cookie sheet and throw in freezer to set - takes close 30 minutes, sometimes I just keep mine in the freezer and snack on them from their frozen state. 

4. Make sure to have a wash cloth nearby for little hands as they can get pretty messy! but the taste is worth it :)

** for some more healthy options consider adding a few TBSP of ground flax seeds to the mixture. I also make sure to use a natural peanut butter. We make our own - but you can find them at most grocery stores now. 

~ Please share freely with any chocolate lovers you may have ~ 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

3 Months of Real Food - Update!

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to let you all know a quick update since our family started eating "Real Food" back in January.

To recap you can check the guidelines we were following HERE.

So how has the past three months been??

AMAZING. It has not been easy by any means but the results have proven that we are on the right path. In just three months here are the changes I have experienced:

1. Blood pressure was reduced significantly  Last year I had dangerously high blood pressure (160/100) and was put on medication.  I am so happy to report that I am completely off of all blood pressure medication and my daily average hovers around 110/75 = this just proves how much salt is in all that processed junk!

2. Cholesterol levels went from very high to better than average

3. I have lost 21 lbs. YAY!

4. Acid Indigestion has disappeared - Three years ago I was diagnosed with GERDS and given medication for it. I have stopped taking the medication and have had zero symptoms of the extreme acid reflux I used to have.

The challenges we have faced have mainly been related to planning. For example being too tired to make dinner because I forgot to take out the meat, not eating before going out shopping)  If I could give you the best advice for starting your real food journey it would be to PLAN AHEAD. Plan your meals. Plan your snacks. Write down your grocery list according to your meals so you dont bring home junk.

We are sticking with this. Regardless of how many road bumps we come across the results above say it all.

How has your journey been? What struggles are you having? How can we support each other?

Where ever you are on your journey - Know that you are where you need to be right in this moment.

much love,