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This loaf has been cut into to show the density. It's moist yet holds its shape quite nicely.

As the price of bread and basic staples rise in the grocery store and as more people are seeking to take gluten out of their diets (be it from celiac’s disease or generally wanting to diversify their diets), why not try this delicious and super-hippie version of cinnamon raisin bread?

I have tweaked a recipe that I had on hand for a number of years and have found a complimentary mixture of ingredients that makes a moist (yes, a moist GF bread!) that has a nice flavor (not too sweet) and smells delectable when baking. I can imagine that the fiber content of this bread is pretty high as well. I didn’t figure that out for you however.

Gluten-free Buckwheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread Read More→

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May
04

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola, Anyone?

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Getting lots of requests for this, so while the iron is hot, so to speak, it’s time for me to strike!!¬† Feel free to make your own changes to this and post what worked for you. I will try adding the Juice Plus Complete Dutch Chocolate meal replacement powder to this next time for a wallop of plant-based power.

So here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup Melted Coconut Oil (some will be used to grease  your casserole dish or baking sheet)

1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

3 Tablespoons Stevia Powder

1/4 cup Agave Nectar

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

7 cups of Organic Rolled Oats

Smattering of chocolate chips

Yield: A lot

Preheat oven to 310 degrees.

Be sure to grease two 9×13 glass pans with some of the melted coconut oil (cut your recipe in 1/2 if you only plan for a bit, but this goes fast…)

Get a large mixing bowl and add coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia and agave nectar. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Then add peanut butter & stir with whisk until smooth. Now, you’re ready to add the oats and fold in with a spatula.

Put granola mixture into the pans and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove and stir. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove sooner if you like your granola a little less crunchy. Keep in for longer, checking every five minutes, for crispier (careful not to over-bake, it gets progressively browner). Remove granola when finished to your liking and cool completely (will get more crisp as it cools).

It’s excellent as its own snack or with rice, almond or (my favorite) coconut milk.

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Jan
06

Kids “Make Fun” of Healthy Food

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In this lunch is oatmeal with carrot sticks (that's her addition), mini chocolate chips (for the oatmeal), broccoli, apples & oranges. The chocolate bell was dessert..

Has our culture gone too far? Are families now breaking the cardinal rule of eating? How many times did mom have to tell you NOT to play with your food? Well, this mom knows a Family Fitness Guru moment when she sees it.

Naturally, I had to get out the camera and ask them to come clean with their rule bending. Quite frankly, I enjoyed their creations immensely. (They sure didn’t last long!)

Below you can enjoy a video of the kids proudly describing their creations on a totally different rule-bending occasion.

 

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Dec
14

Hottest 5 Chrismas Fitness Tips

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You asked for tips, so I’m going to throw them at you!! Whether you belong to a gym or exercise at home (or wish you did either), then you’ll have something to sink your teeth into without guilt!

Yeah, it’s a busy time.

Yeah, goodies abound.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

 

1. You can make excuses or you can make fitness gains, but you can’t do both.

But you also have control over your schedule. If you think you don’t, then you need to Read More→

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Apr
18

School Lunch Program gone madder

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It’s bad enough when kids are fed high fat, high sugar starchy foods for lunch (along with sugared milk) and limply cooked veggies, but when I come across a piece of news like this, it really infuriates me and gives me more resolve to NEVER weaken to the convenience and economy of buying a school lunch.

Please read what my friend, Rocco Castellano, has reported on his blog this morning and read below about another piece of news that should have you questioning how much the powers-that-be really care for their people. Read More→