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Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Coconut Twist

YUMChipCookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted creamy almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the food processor, add in almond or peanut butter, coconut sugar and coconut oil; process until it comes together, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and process again.
  3. Then add in coconut flour, baking soda and salt; process again until a dough forms.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies turn slightly golden brown around the edges.
  7. Allow them to cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 20 cookies

Nutritional Analysis per cookie: 111 calories, 7g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

Top 20 so-called “Health Foods” to Avoid Like The Plague

UnhealthyFoods

 

Foods you may think are healthy, but are far from it!

  • Fruit juice, Crystal Light, diet soda
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • White Rice
  • Frozen Meals
  • Eggbeaters
  • Bagels
  • Low fat & nonfat yogurt
  • Energy bars, snack bars, Balance bars, Quest bars, Kind bars, protein bars are processed, chemical crap
  • Low fat & nonfat anything
  • Most gluten-free foods (insulin-spiking garbage)
  • Cereal, granola, instant oatmeal, trail mixes
  • Fruit smoothies and fruit smoothie mixes
  • Farmed Raised Tilapia (frankenfish)
  • Soy burgers (GMO)
  • Vitamin water, energy drinks & sports drinks
  • Cooking sprays, canola oil, margarine
  • Low fat & nonfat salad dressing
  • margarine
  • Agave, sucralose, Splenda, Truvia, fructose
  • Fruit roll ups

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Avocados Naturally Overcome Aging and Disease

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contrary to many anti-aging pills and creams, avocados are extremely inexpensive and also quite a delicious addition to any seasonal meal. The best part, however, is that they are actually effective in fighting both again and bolstering your immune system to fight off disease — no expensive medical interventions required.

The powerful yet 100% natural effect has to do with how the oil from the fruit can combat free radicals, which have been linked to countless conditions including cancer and heart disease (as well as aging, and in many cases accelerated aging).

What’s most amazing about the antioxidants found in avocados is their ability to ‘deeply’ penetrate inside the body and actually enter the mitochondria, a tiny ‘powerhouse’ which actually turns food into energy inside your body. Your mitochondria are actually teeming with free radicals, which are assaulting the tiny energy assimilators on a daily basis.

While other fruits and vegetables — powerful in many ways as well — offer beneficial antioxidants, avocados possess the unique ability to actually make their way inside mitochondria. This is an effect that has scientists raving over the usage of avocados in the prevention of disease and aging. Researcher Christian Cortes-Rojo summarized the findings, explaining:

“The problem is that the antioxidants in [other] substances are unable to enter mitochondria. So free radicals go on damaging mitochondria, causing energy production to stop and the cell to collapse and die”

It is these free radicals, brought upon by toxins that enter the body, which are causing serious damage to public health. Breeding disease through the destruction of DNA and cell membranes, free radicals are unwanted invaders of the body. Avocados present themselves as an excellent way to fend off the issue, and researchers say that avocado oil can even allow certain cells to survive in the presence of high iron concentrations — an element that produces a particularly ‘huge’ amount of free radicals. It is also interesting to note that avocado oil is similar to olive oil in terms of composition. Not only has olive oil been found to benefit your overall health, but the consumption of olive oil has been linked to unusually low levels of serious disease in some Mediterranean countries.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites Facebook – Twitter – Web

7 Foods Every Woman Must Eat

foods_for_womenby Lenora Phillips

Here’s some good news: The more you munch on healthy eats, the less you need to worry about Friday night’s fat burger and fries. Who says? Harvard. Its medical school has found that women who routinely nibble nutritiously slash their risk of dying from the usual culprits, including heart disease and cancer.

To up your odds of living a long and healthy life–despite occasional blow-outs at TGIF–make sure you regularly include these 7 nutritional powerhouses in your diet. “They’re the cream of the healthy-foods crop,” says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of Age-Proof Your Body.

 

1. BERRIES
Why: Ounce for ounce, berries have more protective plant antioxidants than almost any other food. “These compounds not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss,” says Somer.

 

How Much: Aim for a cup of berries–any berries, fresh or frozen–at least three times a week (berry researchers say eat a cup daily). Since berries are high in fill-you-up fiber, they may also help curb weight gain.

 

How:

Toss them in salads

Snack on them one by one, like healthy potato chips

Add them to yogurt, cereal, and smoothies

Stir them into anything you bake

 

2. LEAFY GREENS

Why: It’s almost impossible to meet your nutritional needs without eating dark leafy greens, from spinach and romaine to collard greens and chard. They’re huge sources of fiber; vitamins C and K; folic acid (a B vitamin that guards the heart and memory and fights birth defects); lutein, a vision protector; and four essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

 

How Much: Two servings a day, and the darker, the better.

 

How:

Add arugula to your sandwich

Layer chard into lasagna

Fold spinach into omelets

Add any green to stir-fries, pasta dishes and soup

 

3. WHOLE GRAINS
Why: They have up to 96 percent more fiber, magnesium, zinc, chromium and vitamins E and B6 than refined grains. This nutritional powerhouse helps prevent the same health problems that refined grains help cause: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and even obesity.

 

How Much: Ideally, all of the six daily grain servings you need should be whole, unrefined grains, but aim for at least three.

 

How:

Start your day with oatmeal or whole-grain cold cereal

Use 100% whole-wheat bread for toast and sandwiches

Switch to whole-wheat couscous and pasta

Opt for brown rice (instant is fine), whole-grain pretzels, even whole-wheat tortillas

 

4. NUTS
Why: They’re excellent sources of protein, magnesium, B vitamins and E–trusty fighters in the war against heart disease and cancer. Yes, nuts are high in fat calories, but their fat is the heart-healthy kind. Replace junky snacks with them and you won’t gain an ounce.

 

How Much: Up to five small fistfuls a week (roughly 1/4 cup or about 15-20 almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans).

 

How:

Sprinkle plain or toasted nuts on salads instead of croutons

Mix them into cooked cous cous and brown rice

Stir them into cereal and yogurt

Use them to garnish a stir-fry just before serving

 

5. GOLDEN VEGGIES
Why: Just one serving of fiber-filled, deep-yellow-orange vegetables supplies five times the beta carotene you need daily to lower your cancer risk, defend against colds and other infections, and protect your skin from sun damage. The potassium in these veggies also keeps your heartbeat in sync and your blood pressure down.

 

How Much: Aim for two half-cup servings a day, the equivalent of one sweet potato, 12 canned apricot halves or a cup of butternut squash or carrots.

 

How: Try this sweet potato quickie from Somer’s The Food & Mood Cookbook:

Cajun Sweet Potatoes
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch thick slices and toss with olive oil, Cajun seasoning and freshly ground pepper.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown and cooked through, but still slightly crunchy.

 

6. GREEK YOGURT
Why: Low- or no-fat plain yogurt is a terrific source of B vitamins, protein, calcium and –if it has active cultures–the healthy bacteria known as probiotics, which crowd out disease-causing germs.

 

How Much: Three cups a week, if this is your main dairy source.

How: Cut back on sugar and calories by choosing plain yogurt and adding fruit, especially berries, and some granola. Or be more inventive:

Mix a dash of vanilla and chopped mint into yogurt and dollop on fruit

Use yogurt instead of sour cream for dips, sauces and salad dressings

Top baked potatoes with yogurt and chives

Thicken sauces and make soups “creamy” with yogurt

 

5 Tips for Building Stronger Bones

bonesSTRONGAt least 10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Association. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, making them thinner and more fragile. Although the disease affects more women than men, at least 2 million men in this country suffer from osteoporosis. Worldwide, the disease affects one in three women over the age of 50, and one in five men. Despite multiple risk factors, you can take steps to lower your risk and maintain healthy bones as you grow older.


 Instructions

1.      Consume enough calcium in your daily diet. The recommended daily requirement for adult men and women between the ages of 19 and 50 is 1,000mg a day. After age 50, increase calcium intake to 1,200mg per day. Food sources rich in calcium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains and almond milk.

2.      Develop healthy lifestyle habits. Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products can weaken your bones. Drinking too much alcohol can do the same. Limit alcohol consumption to no more than one or two drinks each day.

3.      Lift weights. Aim for completing fewer repetitions lifting heavier weights; this provides more effective resistance. You do not need to use equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells or weight machines. Sit-ups and push-ups are weight-resistance exercises.

4.      Incorporate weight-bearing exercises into your workout routine. Walking is a practical, low-impact, weight-bearing exercise that can help you maintain strong bones. You lose bone mass when you decrease your physical activity, so keep moving for stronger bones.

5.      Take calcium and Vitamin D supplements if you do not get enough of these essential nutrients from food. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, however, aging can cause Vitamin D deficiency. Your doctor can recommend the right nutritional supplements for your needs.

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