Homemade Nutella

Posted on February 26 by
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Ingredients:
2/3 cup hazelnuts
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cacao powder
½ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions:
Soak the hazelnuts in water overnight, then drain and rinse well.

Put hazelnuts in a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth, then add salt and pulse to combine. Add cocoa powder and coconut oil and blend to combine. If necessary scrape down sides of the jar. Add maple syrup and blend to form a paste. If by any chance the mixture separates, add warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, while blender is running to bring the mixture back together.

Place the Nutella in a jar and store in a refrigerator for two weeks. Serve with apple slices as a snack.

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Sugars....

Posted on February 21 by
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Sugar and sugar substitutes are always a topic of controversy.

Artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Equal, Sweet-n-Low, Acesulfame Potassium and Neotame are all detrimental to health. Be sure to read all ingredient lists to avoid these sneaky sweeteners.

The best sweetener options are raw local honey, stevia or monk fruit.

*Avoid agave as it is 70-90% fructose!

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Packaging....

Posted on February 15 by
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Are you reading nutrition facts and ingredient lists when you are looking for a little splurge?
This caught my eye walking down the aisle. My first impression is portion control. But, once I looked and saw 55 grams of net carbs (SUGAR) and the toxic preservatives, I just shook my head.
It is easy to be deceived by pretty packaging, so be sure to read the macro-nutrient balance and the ingredients.

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Adding More Produce....

Posted on February 12 by
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If you are struggling to get in produce, shakes are a great way to add more color and nutrition to your routine.

My shake this morning was unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, a handful of spinach and 1/2 of an avocado.

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