10 Delicious & Healthy Chocolate Desserts to Share with the Ones you Love

Middle-Age Wisdom Recipes…I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!

I first posted this article on February 13, 2020 in honor of Valentines day. I decided to repost it as today’s recipe article, due to my wellness tip of the day for my MAIN BLOG.

So, in honor of this wellness tip, I present these 10 “healthy” chocolate recipes!


Here’s the original article:

Normally, I’d be sharing insomnia recipes with you all today. However, since tomorrow is Valentines day, I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

(Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

4 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars

(Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake

Clean Eating

Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart

Clean Eating

Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie

Clean Eating

Fudgy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Minimalist Baker

Instant Chocolate Almond Ice Cream

(Vegan)

Super Healthy Kids

No-Bake French Silk Pie

(Vegan)

Blissful Basil

Almond Joy Bites

(Vegan)

My Real Food Family

Chef John’s Chocolate Chia Pudding

Food Wishes

(If you are sensitive to high fiber foods, this one is best avoided)

Closing thoughts…

As I always say, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You just need to be a bit creative with the ingredients. I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones tomorrow.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE!

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Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

6 Super Healthy Diabetic Friendly Recipes

Earlier today, on my main site, Purple Almond Wellness, I featured an article about managing blood sugar for diabetes. Here is a list of 6 super healthy diabetes friendly recipes to help do just that! Each recipe uses at least one of the foods on THIS LIST of diabetes friendly foods. In some cases, more than one food is in the recipe. ENJOY!

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Sardine and Lemongrass Salad

From: Saveur.com

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Spinach, Beef and Egg Hash

From: Saveur.com

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LIGHT BERRY FROZEN YOGURT

From: Sugar Free Mom

Broccoli with Parmesan and Walnuts

From: Martha Stewart

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Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

From: The Hungry Hounds

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Raw Zucchini and Flaxseed Wraps

From: The Full Helping

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Simple Batch Cooking Meal Plan — The Wellness Mama

If you’ve wanted to try meal planning this post from The Wellness Mama is for you. In this article, she explains batch cooking and includes a 7-day meal plan. She also breaks down the cooking procedure into a step-by-step process. It couldn’t be easier!

For the main article and full meal plan, follow the link below.

wellnessmama.com/1106/batch-cooking-meal-plan/

Featured photo source: The Wellness Mama

Kale quinoa salad

Here is a healthy and colorful addition to your meal prep arsenal!

Follow the link below for the recipe:

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10 Quick and Healthy Snack Recipes to Make While Working from Home

As a continuation of my post earlier, “Healthy Snacking Habits while Working from Home“, I’m posting 10 quick and easy recipes to make while you work from home. Some of them will take planning or making ahead, which was one tip for healthy snacking. Try one of these or use them to inspire your own healthy creations. As always…

Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie

From: The Conscientious Eater –
Okay, I haven’t tried this one yet. I know this one sounds weird, and I would tend to agree. However, if it tastes good, it would be a huge plus for smoothies. Beans are super healthy, high in protein and fiber. They would seem to be a perfect addition to smoothies. I’m definitely going to try this one.

Mango White Bean Smoothie

From: Some the Wiser
Here’s another smoothie with beans. With white beans, this one would be a bit more mild. Perhaps this would be better to introduce beans in smoothies with this recipe. I really do like the idea of beans in smoothies.
(My better half and son think it sounds really weird and gross. 🤣)

Yogurt covered blueberries

From: Peanut Butter and Peppers

Veggie Spring Rolls

From: Eat Well 101

Banana Chia Seeds Sushi

From: Eat Well 101

Ramen Cups with Cabbage and Pork

From: Cooking Light

Honey Glazed Almonds

From: Cooking Light

Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Turkey “Nachos”

From: Skinny Taste

Fruit Pizza Crackers

From: Homemade Ginger
These would be fun to put together with kids!!

Apple Pie Energy Bites

From: Cooking Light

Until next time…namaste my friends

Middle-age Memoirs~ Cooking edition: Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

My better half recently had a birthday. He requested angel food cake with my homemade frozen custard. I made him and my boys a “normal” cake with wheat flour. I’ll confess, it was from a box. He said he wanted to make things easy for me. 🤣

However, me, being gluten free, can’t eat that type of cake. I’ll share my frozen custard recipe in another post, but know that it requires 8 egg yolks. This means I had 8 egg whites left over. What do you do with them? Well, make gluten-free angel food cake of course!

I began by searching the web for an 8 egg white angel food cake recipe, which I found at Recipe Rascal. The recipe required the following ingredients:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I used these ingredients, swapping the regular flour with an all purpose gluten free flour blend. What you use here is a matter of preference. Some suggestions would be Bob’s Red Mill or Pamela’s. I’ve had good success baking with both brands.

I sifted the flour and salt together 3 times (per recipe instructions) and set them aside in a small bowl.

Next, I added the egg whites to my stand mixer and blended until frothy, then added the cream of tarter. While the mixer was going, I gradually added the sugar and vanilla. I mixed this until the egg whites were stiff peaks.

How do you know if the whites are stiff enough? A good test is to hold the bowl upside down like I did here in this video:

Finally, I very carefully folded in the GF flour and poured the batter into an UNBUTTERED loaf pan (It’s VERY important that the pan is NOT greased). An angel food cake pan would work as well. I baked it at 325 for approximately 40 minutes.

When it’s removed from the oven, an angel food cake needs to be cooled properly or it will collapse. In my case, I set the loaf pan on its side. If an angel food cake pan is used, turn the pan upside down on a glass bottle, if the pan does not have “cooling feet”.

Closing thoughts

This cake was delicious and it really wasn’t that hard! My son said you couldn’t even tell it was gluten free. I will definitely be making it again. My husband also said he loved it and would have been fine with this as his birthday cake. Well, I guess I’ll know for next year. No more box angel food cakes for us!

Until next time…namaste my friends!

Tamara

10 Smoothie Recipes to Boost your Immune System Using the Vitamin C Powerhouse~ Camu Camu

Middle age wisdom: Camu Camu berries are known to have the highest vitamin C content in the world.

With the recent coronavirus health scare, we are all thinking of ways to keep ourselves healthy. Boosting your immune system with natural sources of vitamin C is one of the best ways to do just that. That’s why, today, I present you with smoothie recipes containing camu camu berry powder. Camu Camu berries are known to have the highest vitamin C content in the world.

Camu camu is jam packed with vitamin C, with a whopping 2,145 mg/100 grams!!! It has roughly 30 to 50 times the vitamin c of an orange!!!

What is Camu Camu?

Camu Camu is grown in the dense Amazon Rainforest.  It grows on bushes in mostly flooded areas of Peru. It’s a globe shaped fruit, about the size of a cherry, which tastes like cherry and lemon. So what does this little fruit do for you?

What is camu camu? - Dr. Axe

Health Benefits of Camu Camu

  • Stronger immunity
  • More energy
  • Better mood
  • Healthier gums, eyes and skin
  • Supports the liver, lungs, lymph and nervous system
  • Used to fight colds and flu
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-depressant
  • Natural pain relief
  • anti-viral
  • anti-inflammtory
  • anti-oxidant
  • astringent
  • anti-depressant

Where to find Camu Camu Powder

Because vitamin C is so sensitive to heat, it’s important to get freeze dried powder. Here is a great one from Amazon.com.

HERE IS A LINK TO THIS PRODUCT

By far the best way to use camu camu powder is in a smoothie. It can also be added to any juice or even water. You can also add it to any “no-bake” recipes. When searching for recipes using camu camu, make sure they aren’t baked or heated in anyway. This will destroy the vitamin C in the powder. Onto the recipes!!!

Berry Physalis (golden berry) Smoothie

Gailhac Official

This immune boosting super smoothie is JAM PACKED with super foods including acai, camu camu and goji berries.

Orange Camu Camu Smoothie

Blender Authority

With spinach, goji berries, camu camu, and hemp powder, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Orange Camu Camu Smoothie

Camu Camu Papaya Turmeric Smoothie

Herbazest

What do you get when you combine camu camu and tumeric?
You get an immune boosting powerhouse in a glass.
Camu Camu Papaya Turmeric Smoothie

Camu Camu Banana Carrot Smoothie Bowl

Lady Marielle

Camu Camu, raw honey, chia and coconut oil combine in one wonderful bowl.
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Superfood Chocolate Smoothie

The Almond Eater

Chia, hemp, raw cacao and camu camu pack a superfood punch in this smoothie recipe.
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Morning Detox Smoothie

Tana Amen

Not only is this a great detox smoothie, it’s a super immune booster with maca, pomegranate, acai, bee pollen and aloe.

Camu Camu Berry Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl

Lauren Schwaiger

This one is simple but powerful by combining camu and maca with antioxidant rich blueberries and strawberries.

Superfood Smoothie

Superfood Evolution

This smoothie is rather interesting with a few unusual ingredients. So, don’t worry if you can’t get them all, because it has so many good things! This one packs a wallop with aloe, bee pollen, spirulina, camu camu, maca, liquid marine phytoplankton, hemp, goji berries, and raw honey.

Camu Camu Lemonade

Super Foodies

This recipe combines camu camu powder with raw honey, lemons and goji berries for a powerful and delicious drink.

Mango-Camu Frozen Yogurt

Bioglan

While this is being called “frozen yogurt”, I consider it a really thick smoothie. The mango is frozen prior to blending, which results in a thick, soft ice cream consistency.

Closing thoughts…

I’ll be posting more immune boosting recipes and tips next week. In the mean time boost your immunity through lots of laughter, love, sleep and meditation. What better way is there than that?

Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

Healthy Cooking 101: 5 Quick and Easy Meal Prep Ideas (With Infographics!)

We know meal prep is a good idea. It helps us eat healthy food and avoid prepackaged, processed food or worse, fast food. However, if you’re like me, you procrastinate, or don’t do it at all. After all, who wants to spend a weekend day cooking? I mean I like to cook, but, weekends are my time with my better half. So, I’ve searched the internet and come up with some super easy and quick ways to meal prep. My personal favorite are the mason jar soup cups. I think this is a brilliant idea!

How to Meal Prep Smoothies

Here’s a smoothie formula along with a video highlighting 3 ways to prep smoothies.
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Mason Jar Salads

Who needs to try an make a salad each morning or even the night before. Here’s an infographic for mason jar salads and one mason jar recipe video
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The Overnight Oats Builder

Overnight oats are a great way to meal prep breakfast. Below, you’ll see an infographic for overnight oats, along with 2 videos with a total of 7 recipes.
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Burrito Bowls

Everyone likes a good burrito bowl! Here is an infographic showing how to build your own, plus a recipe to get those creative juices flowing.

DIY Instant Soup Cups

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I think it’s brilliant. I created the infographic below based on the recipe video at the bottom of the page.
Once the cups are made, store them in the fridge until needed. If you add protein eat it within 2-3 days.
When you eat the cups, remove them from the fridge at least 10 minutes prior to consuming. This will prevent the cold jar from breaking when the water is added. When you’re ready, fill the jar with hot water and let it set until it’s heated through. At this point, eat it from the jar, or pour it into a bowl.
I haven’t yet tried my own soup cups. However, I will absolutely try them, because my better half loves soup!

Closing thoughts

These ideas are super quick to put together. You could throw some burrito bowl ingredients in the oven. While that’s cooking, you can make a few soup cups, a couple of jars of overnight oats, and throw together some smoothie packs. Then, put the burrito bowls together when they’re cooked. I estimate this would take 1-2 hours tops. Then you have up to a week of lunches prepped.

Until next time Namaste my friends!

10 Delicious & Healthy Chocolate Desserts to Share with the Ones you Love

Middle-Age Wisdom Recipes…I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!

Normally, I’d be sharing insomnia recipes with you all today. However, since tomorrow is Valentines day, I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

(Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

4 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars

(Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake

Clean Eating

Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart

Clean Eating

Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie

Clean Eating

Fudgy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Minimalist Baker

Instant Chocolate Almond Ice Cream

(Vegan)

Super Healthy Kids

No-Bake French Silk Pie

(Vegan)

Blissful Basil

Almond Joy Bites

(Vegan)

My Real Food Family

Chef John’s Chocolate Chia Pudding

Food Wishes

(If you are sensitive to high fiber foods, this one is best avoided)

Closing thoughts…

As I always say, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You just need to be a bit creative with the ingredients. I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones tomorrow.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE!

Happy Valentine's Day Flashing Hearts Gif Pictures, Photos ...

Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

Middle-Age Wisdom Recipes: Curb your Snack Cravings with these 10 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

Whether you’re a football lover or just watch for the commercials, chances are many of you will be watching the big game this Sunday. Maybe you’re hosting a big party or perhaps just settling down with the family. Whatever the case, you’ll want something to munch on while you watch. There’s no need to reach for unhealthy, fat, sugar and salt laden foods. You can “have your cake and eat it too” so to speak, with these 10 healthy snack recipes.

Healthy chipotle chicken sweet potato skins

Half Baked Harvest

Baked Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce

Taste of Home

Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

The Food Network- Sunny Anderson

Pesto Turkey Burger Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns

The Ambitious Kitchen

Vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce

Damn Delicious

Elote Dip

Gimmie Some Oven

All of the bold flavors of Mexican street corn in a dip! YUM!

Lemon Pepper Chicken Kebabs

Cooking Classy

Pineapple-Serrano Pico de Gallo

Country Living

Brownie Batter Hummus

Pink Fortitude

Banana Split Bites

Life Love Liz

Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara