Raw Macaroons

It doesn't matter how long you've been a clean eater. There are going to be times that you want a snack. I have been simplifying and changing my diet for years and without fail, I want a sugar cookie with thick pink frosting on it at least once a month. This generation has grown up in a society filled with sugar, sweet treats, and sodas at every turn. Junior highs and high schools have multiple vending machines that make these treats available and if you're like I was in high school, said vending machines were your food source because it was cheap. Unfortunately this generation is also discovering that the availability of too much junk food has also riddled us with disease. 

Despite the fact that we know this, the addictive nature of cookies, cakes, and the like have made it really hard for us to stop consumption. The biggest factor is always going to be the ease of availability. It's easier to stick some quarters into a slot and have the little coil release your next sugar or sodium fix. Clean eating sometimes isn't easy. It takes preparation. But once you realize how good you're designed to feel, that preparation will be nothing but necessary. 

This recipe uses all raw ingredients and makes A TON; giving you treats for at least a week and making it simpler to make good choices. 

For the macaroons you'll need: 

4 3/4C. shredded coconut (unsweetened) 

1 1/2 C oat flour 

1/3 C. clarified butter (or coconut oil... if you use coconut oil add 3/4 t salt) 

1 tsp. vanilla 

1 1/4 C Pure maple 

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until you can mold mixture. With a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop little half round balls onto wax paper on a cookie sheet until mixture is used up. Set them in the fridge. 

For the chocolate topping you'll need: 

1/2 C coco powder 

1/2 C pure maple 

1/4 C coconut oil 

Mix well and drip over set up macaroons. Return to the fridge to let chocolate set up for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!


Photos for Foundation c/o Lori Romney Photography

Kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. she is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her phd in natural medicine. visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.

Banana Molasses Walnut Muffins

Today I am sharing a quick n’ easy, grab n' go breakfast and/or snack recipe. These banana molasses walnut muffins are full of fiber to fill you up and start your day of right. I love healthy snacks that you can make ahead and eat all week long. It really sets you up for success and helps prevent you from grabbing those classic sugary/salty snacks.

These muffins are simple to make, freeze, and pull out the night before. You can even prepare them with a wide variety of nuts and fruit. I have made a prune version that are equally delicious, but banana definitely pleases the masses. I prefer to eat them warm with a little drizzle of raw honey over the top.    

Recipe:

1 cup organic whole wheat flour

1/4 cup raw organic sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup mashed ripe bananas

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup unsalted organic butter

1 1/3 cup organic quick oats

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup molasses

1 large cage free organic egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 pinch of salt

1/3 cup whole organic milk

Sift dry ingredients together. Whisk together melted and cooled butter with wet ingredients separately. Slowly add in dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined. Fold in chopped walnuts. Scoop into lined muffin tins. Bake at 400° for 15-20 min.

Enjoy!


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Alexis graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Education. While attending the U of U, she followed her passion in the beauty industry by obtaining her Cosmetology license from Paul Mitchell the school and is is currently a freelance hair and makeup artist. Alexis is excited to share her love and knowledge of everything health and beauty. You can follow her on Instagram @alexisrayrogers or see her work at www.alexisrogershair.com

Healthy Apple Pie

There is an old saying that goes: "I love mom and apple pie." And really, what is not to love about a homemade, fresh from the oven, sweet apple pie? Well, most apple pie crust recipes call for crisco, which is a processed vegetable oil. Despite the fact that the word "vegetable" is in it, it shouldn't be perceived as healthy. Although from a good source, most vegetable oils have to be highly processed to reach the point of crisco that the body no longer knows hot to process it.

Along with crisco laden crusts, the most common filling used is from a can. The average can of pie filling has twenty-five grams of sugar per serving. With seven servings in a can, that equals a whopping one hundred and seventy-five grams of sugar per can. Even worse, it's not simple, traditional, cane sugar. It's high fructose corn syrup, which is even more damaging to your health. 

With those not being the only two things wrong with traditional apple pie, I think it's safe to say there needs to be a "healthified" version. And, well, here it is...

Crust

2 C gluten free oat flour

1/4 C unrefined coconut oil

Pre-Heat oven to 350 F

Add oat flour to a bowl and slowly cut in coconut oil. Mix with a whisk until dough is pliable. If dough isn't reaching desired consistency, add more coconut oil, 1 tbsp at a time. Be sure not to add too much, or the dough will lose it's shape in the oven.

Press dough into a pie tin and bake for 10 minutes. When done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.

Filling

4 large apples; cored, peeled, and sliced

1/4 C cold water

1 Tbsp tapioca starch

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 C coconut sugar

Add tapioca starch and water together until dissolved. (Tapioca starch will not dissolve in warm water.)

Add apples to large sauce pan and pour tapioca starch water over the top. Stir in remaining ingredients then simmer on medium heat until the apples are soft and water has thickened. Stir occasionally.

Topping

1 C oats

1/4 C unrefined coconut oil

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cloves

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/2 C coconut sugar

In a medium bowl, combine oats and coconut oil and toss thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and set aside.

Once your crust has cooked and cooled, add the pie filling and cover with the topping. Place the pie back into the oven for 15 minutes.

Serve warm.


Kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. she is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her phd in natural medicine. visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.

Quinoa Bell Pepper Poppers

A party is possibly the hardest place to be when you're on a quest to live a healthy lifestyle. Despite the fact that all the cookies, cakes, and fried finger-foods taste delicious, most people report not feeling very well afterwards. And for a good reason! Nothing about those foods is beneficial to your body.

Yes, parties are notorious for being the kingdom of snack foods. However, they don't have to be. If you're looking for your dish to be the talk of the party, start with this recipe below. This dish is loaded with essential nutrients and is packed with tons of flavor. You may even be able to trick people into thinking it belongs at the junk food table.

Recipe:

Mini bell peppers; sliced in half length-wise and deseeded.

1 C quinoa; cooked

½ pound choice meat (ground turkey, shredded chicken, grass fed ground beef)

1 can black beans; rinsed

½ C salsa

1 C mozzarella cheese; divided between ¾ and ¼ cups

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350* F

In a large mixing bowl combine cooked quinoa, meat, beans, salsa, ¾ C cheese, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well.

Line mini bell peppers on cookie sheet and fill with quinoa mixture. Lightly top with remaining cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm.


Photos for Foundation c/o Lori Romney Photography

kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. she is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her phd in natural medicine. visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.

Clean Cookies

When eating healthy, there are a lot of things people stop consuming in order to feel like they're eating the best for themselves. Sweet baked goods seem to be the first thing people eliminate from their diets; and rightfully so. Things like cookies and cakes are full of refined flours, unhealthy oils and processed sugars. Naturally, most people think they have to go without sweets completely.  However, with a little bit of a pantry makeover and a heart for innovation, it is completely possible to make healthy treats while still maintaining a clean diet.

This recipe uses the right ingredients to make it healthy, yet it's simple and easy; just like a traditional chocolate chip cookie.

Ingredients:

1 stick grass fed butter, softened

¾ C coconut sugar

2 cage free egg yolks

1 t. sea salt

1 t. baking powder

3 cups gluten free oat flour

¾  C gluten free oats

1 C extra dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350* F.

In a stand mixer, cream together butter, coconut sugar, and egg yolks. Add in salt and baking powder until dissolved. Then, slowly add in flour, cup by cup. Once dough forms, add oats and chocolate chips.

Roll dough in balls and place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 7-8 minutes. For soft cookies, remove from cookie sheet as soon as cookies are set enough to be scooped off with a spatula. For crunchy cookies, let cool on tray.


Photos for Foundation c/o Lori Romney Photography

Kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. Her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. She is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her PhD in natural medicine. Visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.