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Its starting to get warmer and as the heat grows stronger the clothes shrink shorter, and let's face it no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in the heat. Luckily, it's still only the beginning of May and there is still time to whip ourselves into shape before our next big beach day or summer vacation.

The problem is, and let me know if you agree, when it's starting to get hot it's more difficult to find satisfying snacks that are both tasty and healthy. I get so cranky and hungry around this season that I knew I had to find a solution. Lucky for you, after tons of researching I found the perfect recipes to satisfy my summer, snack, sweet tooth. While unfortunately I still haven't found a way to take all the carbs, fat, and sugar out of c...

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Enjoy these dessert recipes delicious and kosher for passover :]

Healthy Chocolate Truffle

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup pecans (but you can use any kind you like)
  • ¾ cup almond meal (or any other finely ground nuts)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (optional - I just wanted to add more chocolate flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak your dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften.
  2. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Place your pecans, almond meal, and cocoa in a food processor until finely ground.
  4. Add the dates, vanilla, chocolate extract and sea salt, and pulse until a thick, sticky dough ball forms.
  5. Remove the dough ball from the food processor - taste and add any other flavors you want.
  6. Roll the dough into small balls - you should be able to get 18-24.
  7. Roll the balls in toppings of your choice like cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, or flaked coconut,
  8. Place on a baking sheet and store in the freezer until they are hard enough not to stick together. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Servings: 20

Calories per serving: 80

Fat: 4.5 g

Carbs: 11 g

Sugar: 8 g

Protein: 2 g

Serving suggestion: 1-2 balls

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (85% cocoa)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the almond flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a spoon.
  5. Make cookie shape with your hands and put on the cookie sheet, allowing spaces between the cookies.
  6. Bake 11-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing them.

NUTRTIONAL INFORMATION:

Servings: 20

Calories per serving: 100

Fat: 8 g

Carbs: 5 g

Sugar: 2 g

Protein: 3 g

Serving suggestion: 1-2 cookies

Orange Cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. orange peel
  • Optional: sliced almonds for topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl mix honey and eggs on high speed for three minutes. Take speed down to medium and add baking powder, coconut flakes, orange juice, almond flour, and coconut oil. Add orange peel last, and pour mixture into a bread loaf pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Servings: 20

Calories per serving: 160

Fat: 13 g

Carbs: 11 g

Sugar: 8 g

Protein: 3 g

Servings Suggestion: 1 slice

Chocolate, Coconut, Pistachio Balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup unshelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 heaping cup of cocoa powder or chocolate protein if you don't have cocoa
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional add in -1/2 tsp coconut extract for extra coconut taste
  • Order Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend pistachios in a food processor. Transfer into a large bowl and add in all the remaining dry ingredients with the honey being the last. Add your extracts and and any other add ins. Mix well (I use my hands) then roll into bite size balls. Coat bites (once frozen) cocoa or coconut flakes if desired.
  2. if the batter is too dry add more almond butter and/or honey. If it's too wet, add more coconut flour.
  3. Makes about 26-28 bites. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Servings: 26

Calories per serving: 100

Fat: 7 g

Carbs: 8 g

Sugar: 2 g

Protein: 3 g

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It's Saturday morning you wake up a little later than usual, you want to do something productive but you don't feel like paying 25 dollars to be yelled at to run faster on a treadmill, you're also not motivated enough to push yourself to work hard at the gym, BUT you know you're going to hate yourself if you do nothing at all. You're in a bind, what do you do? Well, believe it or not there is a workout that is great for your body, can help you find as much zen as you would at a yoga class, can be great for the whole family, and best of all is totally free. THAT DOESN'T EXIST YOU SAY, well it does and it's called taking a hike. Other than burning calories (and that’s reason enough on it’s own), here are five more great benefit...

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Pilates...we know you've heard the name, but have you heard about how awesome of a workout it actually is? Pilates is a workout that combines breathing, slow movements, balance, and A LOT of core. While it gives you the strong, lean muscle you desire it remains easy on the joints and is even said to relieve muscle and joint pain. We love pilates and we think you will too that's why we've rounded up our top five reasons why should be trying pilates ASAP.

1. ABBBBBBSSSSS, duh.

I mean who doesn’t want to rock a great set of abs. Pilates works the abdominal muscles more than any other workout, your abs are at the core (pun intended) of just about every exercise. Pilates is said to minimize imbalances between the right and left side ...

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It's that time of year again, weather is chilly, people are joyous, and the town is light up with holiday cheer. OH and of course JELLY DONUTS come back to haunt us. damn it. There really is nothing about Hannukah that get's me more excited than a perfectly moist, succulent, soft, gooey Sufganiya... except for well a perfectly crispy, oily, crunchy latke..... but we'll save that for another blog post. Now, being mindful throughout the holiday, as we discussed in my last blog, isn't always easy, but it is doable. However, not eating Sufganiya, well, that's just savage, and near impossible. Luckily, we have searched long and far to find the perfect healthy version of the Sufganiya and we're going to share it with all of you....you're welco...

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Hiii Guys,With the holidays just around the corner and the weather getting colder and colder it’s easy for working out and eating healthy to slowly fall to the bottom of our agendas, BUT just because temptation is forthcoming does not mean we have to completely abandon our practice of mindful eating. Now, I chose to use the word mindful here with purpose because I still believe you should enjoy yourself during the holidays (dinners, parties, vacations) but I also believe you can do it while maintaining balance, by being mindful of what, when, and how much you choose to eat. The upcoming season is one you should absolutely enjoy, but pleasure doesn’t have to come at a cost. For this reason I have decided to share a few tips to...

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It happens to the best of us, the sun starts getting dimmer, the weather starts getting colder, and our immune systems weaken just a a little. There is something about the fall, that makes us catch that old bug. Well, the good news is that there are natural remedies that can help in warding off that pesky cold, and chances are you have most of these items already in your home. Let's look at some of the ways in which we can naturally prevent feeling icky.

1. GarlicThose pungent little garlic bulbs happen to contain microbial properties, which means ingesting it can help battle some bacteria and viruses. A few ways to put a little more garlic in your life include purchasing a press and adding a teaspoon or so to chicken or vegetable broth,...

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Yom Kippur is finally here again and that means its time to reflect on our past year, ask for forgiveness, and well of course, fast. Now, we'll be the first to admit it, fasting is hard and it's definitely not fun, but there are few tricks that we've learned over the years that have made it a whole lot easier. If you are going to fast this year, and let's admit it we all have our sins to repent for, then you might want to pay close attention to the tips that are to follow:

Day fast begins:

BreakfastNow, I know most people think they are being tactful by starting to eat a lot of food closer to the time of the fast, but truth is it is important to start your day with a hearty breakfast. Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day and ...

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Labor Day has passed and the summer days are becoming a distant memory, but that does not mean your summer body has to go with them. With the new school year starting and the holidays quickly approaching, it's easy to lose sight of the rigorous fitness routines, and healthy eating habits we have created.

Trust me we get it, we know how easy it can be to throw out the short shorts and green smoothie for a chunky sweater and pumpkin spiced latte. But why ? why hide behind layers of clothing and feel crappy about ourselves. Why must we give into the vicious cycle of the seasons and yoyo with our weight? This fall let's change the way we approach our health goals, let's make them a priority as opposed to something we do when we find the time. We should always have the time to make positive, health-conscious decisions.

So I know what you all are thinking ... this all sounds great but how do we do it? So the first and most important thing is to set goals for yourself in order to stay motivated and focused. So...

Step 1) Make a list of health goals you have for yourself. Make one list of long term goals such as: lose 25 pounds, work out 5 days a week, drink at least 2 liters of water everyday, lower body fat percentage etc.... Then once you have made a list of all your long term goals make a list of your short term goals. I typically like to make this list a weekly list with daily goals such as: Monday: run for at least 45 minutes Tuesday: eat green vegetables with every meal, Wednesday: resistance training in the morning, Thursday: Pilates and no coffee. Make these goals smaller and easier to achieve. You will see after a couple of weeks that there is no such thing as a small accomplishment as each goal that you complete leads you one step closer to getting to your long term goals. It's amazing how quickly our smaller goals add up.

Step 2) Plan and Prepare. I always tell my clients failing to plan is planning to fail. In order to successfully tackle your goals list you must first be properly prepared. This means, for example, if you are planning to eat more spinach, that you make sure you go out and buy the spinach you need, you have it cooked and ready to go in the fridge, and that way you can't get out of eating it. Or If you're planning to go to pilates on Thursday morning, sign up for your class ahead of time, mostly likely they will fine you with a non attendance fee if you don't show up making you all the more motivated to attend. Bottom line: do what you need to do ahead of time so that your priorities defeat your excuses.

Step 3) DO IT.
The hardest part is starting, but we promise once you do you wont regret it. Be different this year, make a change in your mind, body, spirit and don't wait until the season changes to do so. Don't hide behind your chunky sweater this fall wear it proudly.... maybe reward yourself with some cute boots to match ;]

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There is nothing better in the world than a big old plate of comfort food, and what sounds more comforting than a heaping mound of meat and potatoes? UM, nothing. Shepherds pie is like the staple of what I consider to be comfort food. It is rich and savory and makes me feel good inside. Now if only there was a way to maintain all that delicious flavor and warm comfort while disseminating all the excess fat and calories. Oh wait! There is. After much research and experiments I created the perfect healthy version of shepherds pie ... because let's face it, what is life without it.

For the top layer

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets or 2 large sweet potatoes

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil

  • 1 tsp spicy mustard

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley, to garnish

  • For the bottom layer

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1/2 large onion, diced

  • 3 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey

  • 2 large tomatos (diced)

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tsp dry mustard

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp ground clove

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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Instructions

  • Place a couple inches of water in a large pot. Once the water is boiling, place steamer insert and then cauliflower florets into the pot and cover. Steam for 12-14 minutes, until tender. Drain and return cauliflower to the pot. You can follow the same process for the sweet potato.

  • Add the ghee/coconut oil, mustard, salt, and pepper to the cauliflower/sweet potato. Using an immersion blender or food processor, combine the ingredients until smooth. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned.

  • Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, and remaining spices into the meat mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Distribute the meat mixture evenly in an oven pan and spread the pureed cauliflower/sweet potato on top. Use a fork to create texture in the cauliflower/sweet potato and drizzle with avocado oil. Place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes until the top turns golden. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.