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Healthy Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Chocolate Coconut BrownieNot only do these Brownies taste great but they contain no added sugar and are high in fiber.  They have a ton of healthy benefits.

1 Cup Almonds
1.5 Cups Fresh Coconut
1 Cup Pitted Dates
1 Cup Dried Apricots
4 Tablespoons Raw Honey
3 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Raw Cacao
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Pre-heat Oven to 400
Blend Almonds
Add Coconut and Blend
Add Eggs, Dates, Apricots, Honey Vanilla Extract and Cacao and Blend
Coat Cooking Pan with Coconut Oil
Pour Mixture into Pan and Spread out Evenly
Put in Oven and Bake for 25 Minutes

Health Benefits

Eggs
High in Protein
Great for the eyes
Fights Cardiovascular Problems
Helps with Cholesterol Profile

Almonds
Good for brain development (great for kids)
Helps in preventing colon cancer by moving food through the colon
Helps reduce the cause of plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart
Regulates Blood Pressure
Regulates Cholesterol
Helps fight diabetes.  Keeps Blood sugar down
Rich in fiber
Boosts Energy
(Drink a lot of water with almonds)

Fresh Coconut
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Promotes Weight Loss
Improves Production of Red Blood Cells
Contains Anti-Viral Properties
Fights Colds and Fevers (Viral)
Boosts Energy

Raw Honey
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Coconut Oil
New research claiming that it has been helping Alzheimer’s patients improve and even reverse effects.
Positive results for people affected with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Increases thyroid health by raising body temperature.
It increases metabolism (increases body temp)
Increases energy
Coconut oil on the body can promote healthy skin and hair.

Dates
High in Fiber.
Prevents absorption of LDL Cholesterol.
Protects colon.
Good for vision.
Fights cancer and Cardiovascular disease.
High in Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Copper and Magnesium.  Also contains B6.

Apricots
Contains Fiber and antioxidants.
Fights cancer and heart disease.
Lowers cholesterol.
Fights infections and free radicals.
Good source of vitamins and minerals including Iron.

Vanilla Extract
Antioxidant Properties
May fight Cancer
Boost Metabolism
Reduces Anxiety
May fight infections and fever in children
Reduces Nausea

Raw Cacao (Chocolate)
Known as a Super-Food
Claims to reduce cataracts, improve heart function and alleviate stress
High in antioxidant flavonoids
Claims to reduce free radicals in the body and in turn reducing risk of cancer

Almond Milk

 

Want to make your own Almond Milk?  Try out this recipe and keep the almond pulp so that you can use it for another recipe.

Almond Milk
1 Cup Almonds
4 Cups Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Soak almonds in water overnight.  Just enough water to cover almonds.
Drain water and wash off almonds
Remove skin from almonds.  You can just pinch it off.
Put almonds in blender with 4 cups of water.
Blend until smooth.  It will be a couple minutes.
Place Cheese Cloth over strainer and strainer over bowl.
Empty blender into strainer.
Cheese Cloth will trap almond pulp. (you can use pulp for other things)
Put almond milk into blender
Add Honey, Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon
Blend

Health Benefits


Almonds
Good for brain development (great for kids)
Helps in preventing colon cancer by moving food through the colon
Helps reduce the cause of plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart
Regulates Blood Pressure
Regulates Cholesterol
Helps fight diabetes.  Keeps Blood sugar down
Rich in fiber
Boosts Energy
(Drink a lot of water with almonds)

Raw Honey:
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Cinnamon
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Vanilla Extract
Antioxidant Properties
May fight Cancer
Boost Metabolism
Reduces Anxiety
May fight infections and fever in children
Reduces Nausea

Sautéed Chicken with Fennel

3 Chicken Breasts, 2 Fennel Bulbs, 1/2  an onion, 1 garlic clove, 8 asparagus spears, 2 tomatoes, 1 sweet potatoes, Black Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, Olive Oil

Cut chicken into bite size pieces
Cut up Onion
Cut up Fennel
Cut up garlic
Cut up asparagus
Cut up Tomatoes
Slice Sweet potatoes into thin slices
Pre-heat skillet on medium
add olive oil to skillet
add onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, Fennel, Asparagus, Tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes
Add chicken, grind desired amount of black pepper, add cumin. Cook for 15 minutes and stir frequently

Healthy Benefits

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Fennel
Contains Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory
If you fart a lot you might want to eat fennel.  It removes gas from the intestines
Fights Cancer
May reduce Cholesterol

Onions
Good for the liver
When mixed with protein they
Lowers Cholesterol
Thins blood, reduces risk of blood clots
Fights Asthma
Fights Bronchitis
Fights Hay Fever
Fights Diabetes
Reduces risk of stomach cancer
Detoxify the body of heavy metals

Garlic
Contains Antioxidants
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Lowers Cholesterol
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)

Asparagus
Super Food – Increases Energy
Lowers Cholesterol
Contains Antioxidants
Fights Lung Cancer
Antifungal and Antiviral
Good for your Heart
Fights depression
Presents Bladder infections
Fights Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Helps Prevent Multiple Sclerosis
Anti Aging Properties
Helps with Hair Production (No Hair Piece for this guy)

Tomatoes
Contains antioxidants
Fights Cancer (prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum, breast and mouth)
Lowers Cholesterol
Helps keep digestive system healthy
Detoxifiy body
Alleviates Type 2 Diabetes
Good for Healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Fights urinary tract infections and bladder cancer
Prevents Gallstones

Sweet Potato Benefits:
Helps with the prevention of heart attacks
Helps produce collagen which helps healing and maintaining youthful skin
Increases Energy
Brightens Moods
Supports Thyroid Gland
Builds Healthy Bones, Heart, Nerves, Skin and Teeth
Helps production of Red and White Blood Cells
Helps resistance to Stress
Helps with Immune Functioning
Helps Regulate Heartbeat and Nerve signals
Helps Ward off Cancer
Anti Aging

Black Pepper
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells
Relief from respiratory problems
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Helps with Digestion

Cumin
Helps with Digestion
Helps stimulate and relax and helps with Insomnia
Helps with Respiratory Problems
Antiviral (fights colds)
Good for lactating mothers
Detoxify the body
Fights Cancer

Olive Oil
Contains Antioxidants
Contains Probiotics
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Cancer
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
Fights Diabetes
May help fight Obesity
Fights Arthritis
Fights Osteoporosis

Oatmeal Pancakes

When I started my transformation, I wanted to find a diet that worked for me.  Instead I found a nutrition plan and I set up my own guidelines.  Bill Phillips and his program Transformation have provided me with the information that I needed to help me come up with a nutrition program within his.  I personally am a little more strict with mine but it comes down to what ever works for the individual.  If you don’t enjoy the food, than you will never stick with it.  I had started with a different diet and realized that it was set up to fail.  At least for me.  I started getting my nutrition within Transformations educational guidelines and started to stick with Free Range Chicken and Eggs, Grass Fed Beef and Seafood for Protein and Organic Fruits and Vegetables.  The food that I was making was so good that I knew that I could eat like this for the rest of my life.  No More bland diets for me.  I’m eating food that tastes so good that you would think that there was no way that it was healthy.

Start the day out right with both protein and carbs.  You have heard, “breakfast is the most important meal”

One of my favorite meals is out of Bill Phillips cook book “Eating For Life” :  I use RAW honey as the sugar replacement.

Oatmeal Pancakes with Banana and Walnuts.
Makes 4 Servings
1 cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
6 eggs or egg whites
3 Tablespoons of RAW Honey (make sure that it is RAW-look for it on the label)
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese (For those of you who don’t like cottage cheese.  Don’t worry you will never taste it.
1.5 tablespoons of cinnamon
teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
One banana
1/2 cup of walnuts
Unrefined Coconut Oil

Blend Nuts into a rough powder in a food processor add Uncooked Oatmeal, Eggs, Raw Honey, Cottage Cheese, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract and Banana.  Blend together.
Heat Skillet on Medium and add Coconut Oil as needed.
Poor several pancakes and cook until golden brown.
No syrup need.  If you use syrup try Raw Agave.

Also try out
Oatmeal Pancakes with Macadamia Nuts with Fresh Coconut
1 cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal
6 eggs or egg whites
3 Tablespoons of RAW Honey (make sure that it is RAW-look for it on the label)
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1.5 tablespoons of cinnamon
teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
1/2 cup of Macadamia Nuts
1/2 Cup of Fresh Coconut
Unrefined Coconut Oil

Blend Nuts and Fresh Coconut into a rough powder in a food processor add Uncooked Oatmeal, Eggs, Raw Honey, Cottage Cheese, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Extract.  Blend together.
Heat Skillet on Medium and add Coconut Oil as needed.
Poor several pancakes and cook until golden brown.
No syrup need.  If you use syrup try Raw Agave.

Eggs Benefits:
May prevent macular degeneration
Lowers risk of developing cataracts
May help prevent blood clots, stroke and heart attacks
Helps regulate brain, nervous system and cardiovascular system
May improve lipid profile (Cholesterol Levels)
May lower risk of breast cancer
Promotes healthy hair and nails

Oatmeal Benefits:
Lowers Cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease
Makes you feel full longer
May reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
May reduce heart disease
May reduce high blood pressure
Contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
May reduce risk for certain cancers

Cottage Cheese Benefits:
Slow burning protein (Casein)
Helps control appetite
May increase hormone levels (helps with muscle gain and promotes fat loss)

Cinnamon Benefits:
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Banana Benefits:
Provides Energy
Helps circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain
Helps reduce strokes and regulates blood pressure
Helps maintain regular bowel functions
Helps the mind relax
Makes people more alert
May help lower depression
Helps reduce menstrual pains
Reduces physical and psychological effects on nicotine withdrawal.  (Helps people quit smoking)
Promotes intestinal health
Gets rid of heartburn
Promotes hemoglobin production in blood.  Helps you clot faster

Walnuts Benefits:
Contains minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
Contains good fats including omega-3’s
Helps lower Cholesterol
Helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure
Helps prevent certain cancers
Promotes Anti Aging
Helps remove free radicals from the body

Macadamia Nuts Benefits:
Increases energy
Contains minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels

Coconut Benefits:
Antibacterial and Anti-Fungal: Fights infection and is a cleanser for intestines
Fights cancer
New research claiming that it has been helping Alzheimer’s patients improve and even reverse effects.
Positive results for people affected with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Increases thyroid health by raising body temperature.
It increases metabolism (increases body temp)
Increases energy

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