Monthly Archives: February 2016

Think Outside: No Box Required

There are so many videos I want to share that discuss many aspects of the food we consume as well as my reasons for a plant based lifestyle. While I am working on more informative posts to share, here’s one below that is just to fun to not share. FMTV is a website that has some good information and though I am not 100% in agreement with everything they believe, I like to visit regularly to see what they are working on and it is one of the resources that I use.  They have recipes, videos, articles and documentaries.  It is a site that I do recommend visiting as it covers the inside and outside of our overall wellness.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Making cookies, I love making cookies!!  Making cookies (and all meals) without added sugar, oil, eggs, dairy and whatever else you find in cookies these days is always something I strive for.  I have made raw cookies a number of times and I see various recipes for ‘vegan’ cookies but some of them use coconut sugar, raw sugar or pure maple syrup and I do my best to avoid those ingredients but I have used maple syrup in various recipes.  No matter what added sugar you use, sugar is sugar.  There are far better options of course and I am doing my best to use those options.  These baked cookies are sweetened with dates which are a far better sweetener than packaged sugars. Using fruits such as apples and bananas are highly recommended as well when wanting to add some sweetness.

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Another Soccer Weekend

As with many families, our children are involved in sports.  Currently, soccer is what our family has been devoting time to.  Both of our daughters play on different club teams, our youngest was asked to play for an AYSO All Star team due to them losing a player to an injury. Knowing her club season was coming to an end, we gave her the option and of course she said YES!  Needless to say, we go in all directions on the weekends. We will soon be taking a break for other sports until the next round of soccer begins!

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Hummus Variations

Not sure about you, but I have some kids in this house who like hummus. Back before I really started to learn about what was in our food, I would buy hummus without a care as I thought, heck its healthy. Well as time moved on and I began to pay more attention to labels, I learned a great deal about food ingredients and that the hummus I was feeding my family was NOT healthy. I think we tend to think foods made with veggies and eaten with veggies is healthy so we don’t bother to look at the entire picture. Yes, the fresh veggies and the hummus are by far a better choice than a bag a Hot Cheetos or Cheez It’s but what most store bought hummus’ have are lots of processed oils and preservatives. As with any packaged food, those ingredients are hard to avoid. That is why making hummus at home is ideal, I know what I am putting in it and it tastes fresh.

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Fluffy Almond Butter Brownies

There is always a time for treats :)  The consistency of these brownies are a little bit like a fluffy cake, yet moist and I am not much of a cake eater, but these are light and yummy!  I made some a couple weeks ago for taste testing with the after school gang and they gave a thumbs up. I then made them again and took them with us on our travels to Southern California for back to back soccer filled weekends.  My aunt and uncle live near the sports complex the girls were playing at so they hosted us for both weekends we were there.  I don’t see them very often and it worked out great to spend time with them (there will be a short post about our trips)  The kids brought the brownies out and they were devoured! Minimal ingredients with no processed/refined sugar, no corn syrup, no corn starch, no eggs or dairy, make this quick done in 45 minutes treat something you will want to make.

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