Choco Coco Snackaroons

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As my daughter is back to school its all about snacks and lunches for me- coming up with ideas to keep her going and keeping her balanced is another full time job!!

So when I saw a pack of coconut macaroons in the health food shop I was interested in maybe seeing if she liked them- then I saw the price of them! I put them back and decided to make them myself. 

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I actually made these with my two year old son today they are that easy!!!

Coco Snackaroons
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A delicious and nutritious snack for any age and any time of day! Made with real foods and a great amount of healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cup shredded coconut
  2. 1 cup of dates
  3. 3 tbsp raw cacao
  4. pinch of salt
  5. vanilla essence
  6. 1tsp Coconut oil (optional)
  7. Optional extras;
  8. Ground almonds
  9. Chia seeds
  10. Sesame seeds/black sesame powder
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until sticky. Use the coconut oil if you need help binding everything together and to add nutrients.
  2. Ball mixture to the size you desire- for kids I do large marble size
  3. Store in the fridge
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Here they are in my daughters lunchbox this week!

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The Ultimate Fat Smoothie

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How can I get fats into my diet?

You probably know by now, how much I love fats! They are great for reducing chronic inflammation, boost your immune system, change your body shape, balance blood sugar levels and even balance hormone levels. I am looking to lose weight for life and fats have been integral to my success. Especially great for kids- I have been looking at ways to also maximise their intake too. The three of us shared this recipe.

The other morning I woke up starving! I also really craved a smoothie. I haven’t been drinking smoothies recently as I went off them a couple of weeks ago. I think it has something to do with the fact that since I have gone off grains (for my trademark 80% of the time!) I have not been half as hungry as before. I decided to have a smoothie and created this one with as many fats in it as possible. I cannot describe how satisfied I felt after this! At lunch I had a salad with pomello and shrimps and scallops and I was still satisfied until dinner- with my blood sugar levels for the past 15 years that is practically unheard of.

Here is what I did;

Ultimate Fat Smoothie
A smoothie designed to get a wide range of fats into your daily diet. Delicious too! Includes kefir to maximise absorption of the fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup almond milk
  2. 1 Cup oat milk
  3. 2 tbs Milk/Water Kefir
  4. 1/2 tbs raw butter/ghee
  5. 1/2 tbs Coconut oil out side Hong Kong use this one
  6. 1 raw egg (optional)
  7. 30 drops sea buckthorn oil
  8. 1tsp walnut oil
  9. 1 banana r 1/2 avocado (or avocado oil
  10. 1tsp maple syrup (optional)
  11. 1/2tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Everything in a high speed blender- add ice if desired.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
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now you have see what is in it, you can see how wonderfully filling it is!

Here are some of my other smoothie recipes

Morning Smoothie

Bullet-proof smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Chocolate egg smoothie

Choco-coco Milkshake

Breakfast in a glass

Apple Pie Smoothie

Here are some other inspiring drinks on my pinterest board
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Cinnamon Salty Sweet Popcorn

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 My lovely friend Gemma shared her kid’s favourite snack in my Mama Up-Front Chambers’ Mama. Since then I have been making popcorn for me and the kids. We like ours with a little twist- Cinnamon!

I love Cinnamon because it helps the body to process sugar by helping cells to recognise Insulin when it knocks on the door. This is called insulin sensitivity. You may have heard Insulin resistance surrounding tummy weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is a nutrient that can reverse this. Naturally sweet in itself it can help you to reduce how much sugar you use. It then makes cells more insulin sensitive meaning that the sugar will actually be used rather then allowing it to be re-circulating which increases blood sugar levels. Whenever I use sugar you will almost always see me adding cinnamon.

Cinnamon also boosts the immune system and is a natural bacteria balancer as it also feeds bacteria we need in our body. As an anti-inflammatory it can also help heal some of the potential chronic inflammation which may be present in the body. It is nice and warming and the flavour of cinnamon also helps the palate and taste buds to be satisfied which helps us feel satiated (full up) quicker- thus playing another role in weight balance.

It is also totally delicious! Total winner! It adds a really nice flavour dimension to the popcorn too.

We also love a salty sweet popcorn so I add some pink salt right at the end. This also helps balance the palate and provides some nice nutrients necessary to digest and absorb sugar and the popcorn itself.

It is so important to use organic corn kernels as such a huge portion of corn production is GMO. These foods hugely increase inflammation, especially in the digestive system and have a huge impact on the immune system. Not food in my humble opinion! So definitely not going to nourish my children.

Cinnamon Salty Sweet Popcorn
Salty sweet cinnamon coconut sugar popcorn. Great snack and really delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup organic popcorn
  3. 2 tbs coconut sugar
  4. 1tsp cinnamon
  5. Pinch himylayan pink salt
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut and popcorn in a saucepan with a lid.
  2. When the coconut oil starts to sizzle add the coconut sugar and cinnamon
  3. Keep swirling the kernels until they start popping.
  4. When they stop, pour out into a big bowl and add salt to taste.
  5. Eat!
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container until you want to consume. Will last a couple of days
  2. Great in Lunch boxes!
Adapted from Chamber's Mama Popcorn
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If you are searching for ingredients in Hong Kong iDetox has a great selection (they sell Cocobono) at good prices- otherwise iherb is the general consensus. Use code WJZ679 for $10USD off your first order, Cocobono Coconut Sugar and Coconut Oil is my favourite source of coconut products (Only available in Hong Kong)

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Kids lunch box approved

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Chocolate Fudge

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I always try to pack in the nutrients especially when making food for the kids to eat. I love my vanilla butter fudge and my homemade chocolate so I thought I would combine the two to give a rich, dense softer fudgy consistency to my chocolate

It is so yummy!

Chocolate Fudge
A rich, dark chocolaty fudge that is junk free and packed with essential fats and nutrients. Great for all ages and sweetend with coconut sugar
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup ghee
  4. 1 cup raw cacao
  5. Coconut Icing sugarto sweeten to taste
  6. Hazelnut and Vanilla Essence (optional)
Instructions
  1. For a smooth texture and for all the fats to emulsify throw all the ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You can also stir this up in a measuring cup
  2. Pour into molds or onto baking paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Freeze or refrigerate until set.
Adapted from Homemade chocolate
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Oil Pulling how and why

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Oil Pulling; how and why

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Here is an extract of my diary…

Day 1 of my oil pulling regime. Its my 35th birthday. Persistant apple shape figure from teenage years- mild to severe IBS for over 10 years and trying to get back to health after 2 kids. Also quick anger and frustrations levels, stressed and very sensitive to criticism. I  found out today in a BioResonance session how many things I am sensitive to including parasites, molds, dairy, wheat and eggs- I am feeling empowered to start somewhere and this is a simple way to do it! I am still breastfeeding my 1 year old so am taking things gently and safely. I am not waiting to do it in the morning- my kids are too demanding- since I am generally up later 10-11pm and I eat a 6.30pm I am going to do it before bed.

Day 2- Intrigued and motivated I thought I would try in the morning! I am doing it for 5 mins for now- it does give you a bit of a jaw ache to begin with so am setting a timer, then spiting it in the toilet and sloshing my mouth out 3 times with water. You can go up to 20 mins! I am gonna start at 5 and see how it goes. I am using coconut oil for now- I might get some sesame oil (the traditional Aurevedic oil to use) too as sesame have big liver connections and alternate on each day! Following it with my Apple Cider Vingar drink

Not having any fruit is the hardest- although I did make a vegetable only green juice with coconut water kefir and milk thistle seeds in it- that should be easy to keep up!

Read that twice a day oil pulling is recommended for some I thought I would do it once or twice as necessary and able to!

 This was July 2013! I am still oil pulling and have seen huge differences. I have even seen a cavity heal! How does it work?

Ayurveda says that the method will 

“benefit the individual at the physical level and the energy level” (source)

The theory is that it will draw toxins out and therefore support the body. This is why you spit it out at the end- so that you do not re-ingest the toxins. To read more about Aurvedic principles of oil pulling do so here

My take on it from a Naturopath and nutritional therapy point of view is that coconut oil contains many antibacterial and nourishing aspects. The mouth has a dense system of blood vessels very close to a thin and porous surface. By keeping the oil in your mouth you are allowing the nutrients access to the blood (especially the easily digested medium-chain fatty acids which are coconut’s wonder fat) as well as exercising the face and jaw, saliva secretion is also stimulated. All great for the digestive system’s health and strength. Of course little bits of oil are swallowed at the same time so you are also getting a small benefit that way.

The physical action of oil pulling will strengthen your jaw (anyone who has tried it already can attest to this!). This is beneficial to digestion because the action of the jaw can help stimulate the muscles through the digestive tube to pass the food through- peristalis. Cosmetically it is also reported to help to improve the appearance of a double chin. Neck muscles and cervical spine shape and length may also be thus improved and strengthened. Facial exercises are often recommended to help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and to improve tone to the face- swooshing can definitely be described as a facial exercise- win win!

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How to Oil pull

Traditionally done with sesame oil- oil pulling has had a massive following using coconut oil. Any oil can be used although some are stronger in flavour than others.

use one tablespoon a day. Again traditionally done in the morning. I think if it means you actually do it do it anytime. However in the morning before food or drink is the best time

Swoosh in your mouth and through your teeth without swallowing for between 5-20 mins. The best thing to do is to do it while you are getting breakfast ready/in the shower or generally have something else to think about when you are doing it.

Spit it out in the bin, down the toilet or in a tissue. (DO NOT spit down the sink!)

Traditionally this is then followed by a salt water gargle to ensure you rid all impurities.

The health benefits of oil pulling include;

Oil pulling is cheap- you only need to have the oil (coconut or sesame)

Supports the immune system by rebalancing bacterial environment in your mouth. This may also heal gums, treate gum disease and some oral infections (tooth abscess etc)

This may also prevent and diminish bad breath and also body odour.

It may help to brighten and whiten teeth

It is reported to reduce inflammation including joint inflammation

May help improve skin, hair and nails

May help to reduce IBS symptoms

Has been seen to help speed up recovery from cold/flu symptoms.

May help to create and clear mucous (thus removing toxins)

 

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The health benefits doing oil pulling with coconut oil are;

(source)

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.

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More information on oil pulling from my fellow bloggers;

 http://www.oursmallhours.com/2013/12/does-oil-pulling-work.html

http://mixwellness.com/tips/oil-pulling-101-what-it-is-why-you-should-start-doing-it/

http://soundnessofbodyandmind.com/health-benefits-of-oil-pulling/

http://thecrunchymoose.com/2013/07/oil-pulling.html

http://www.greenthickies.com/oil-pulling-with-coconut-oil-for-morning-sickness/

 

 

 

 

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