Chủ Nhật, 30 tháng 10, 2016

CREAMY CASHEW ICING (DAIRY-FREE)

30/10/2016
This creamy icing is reminiscent of traditional cream cheese icing–> but without the heavy cream cheese!
Loaded with nutrient-rich raw cashews, it’s not your average sweet topping. It’s a great source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and vitamin K, and happens to be bursting with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, thanks to the coconut oil and raw honey.


Enjoy over your favorite cupcakes and quick breads for a creamy, decadent treat!
Creamy Cashew Icing (Dairy-free)
makes 1 1/4 cups
Ingredients:
3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked 2-3 hours and rinsed
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2-4 tablespoons water, as needed for blending
Directions:
Combine the first six ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding water as necessary to facilitate blending.
Adjust flavor to taste, then transfer to a bowl and chill in the freezer for at least an hour, to allow the icing to thicken.
The longer it chills, the thicker it will get!
Spoon it over your favorite baked goods, and serve immediately! (Keep the frosted treats chilled, if not serving immediately.)
4.8 from 5 reviews
CREAMY CASHEW ICING (DAIRY-FREE)
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Serves: 1¼ cups
 
This creamy icing is reminiscent of traditional cream cheese icing--> but without the heavy cream cheese! Enjoy it over any of your favorite baked goods.
INGREDIENTS
  • ¾ cup raw cashews, soaked 2-3 hours and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, as needed for blending
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine the first six ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding water as necessary to facilitate blending.
  2. Adjust flavor to taste, then transfer to a bowl and chill in the freezer for at least an hour, to allow the icing to thicken. The longer it chills, the thicker it will get!
  3. Spoon the icing over your favorite baked goods, and serve immediately! (Keep the frosted treats chilled, if not serving immediately.)

Enjoy!
Source: http://detoxinista.com/creamy-cashew-icing-dairy-free/

Thứ Sáu, 28 tháng 10, 2016

Chủ Nhật, 2 tháng 10, 2016

Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 9, 2016

5 reasons why nuts are good for your heart

Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti  | Updated: September 23, 2016 11:02 am


Stock your kitchen with dry fruits and nuts like almonds and walnuts for a healthy heart!

dry-fruits

We know that eating nuts can keep your heart healthy. But do you know what makes these nuts good for the heart? Nuts like walnuts and almonds are recommended after heart surgery, says Dr Nilesh Gautam, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Head of Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart InstituteHere we explain what types of nuts should find a place in your diet for a healthy heart. Also, read about 10 things that guarantee a healthy heart.
Omega-3 fats: Although commonly found in fish, omega-3 fatty acids are also present in nuts. These fatty acids contain low amounts of saturated fats and high amount of polyunsaturated fats, which prevents heart attacks. It also helps in the regulation of blood pressure and hence, lowers your risk of heart disease.
Fibre: The presence of fibre in nuts not only helps in lowering the cholesterol but also improves blood lipid levels. Moreover, fibre also lowers the risk of other contributing factors like diabetesobesity and blood pressure, which can put you at risk of heart disease.
Antioxidants: Nuts also contain good amounts of antioxidants like vitamin E which prevents the development of plaque formation which can increase your risk of chest painatherosclerosis or heart disease. It also flushes our harmful toxins from the body which can harm the heart in the long run.
L-arginine: In addition to folic acid and magnesium, dry fruits and nuts like almonds also contain L-arginine, a type of amino acid, which improves the heart health by enhancing the functioning of the arteries and also improves blood flow. It also lowers your risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attack.
Unsaturated fats: Another reason why nuts are known to be healthy for the heart is the presence of unsaturated fats. Unlike saturated fats that can lead to cholesterol deposition, unsaturated fats are rich in good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), which improves heart functioning and thus, prevents your risk of heart disease.
This doesn’t mean that you add nuts to everything you eat. Just a handful of nuts in a day is what helps you to reap the benefits. And if you are at risk of heart disease or had a heart surgery, avoid intake of calorie-dense nut like cashew nuts, pistachios and also raisins. Here’s more on foods you should avoid if suffering from heart disease.
*** Disclaimer: TheHealthSite.com does not guarantee any specific results as a result of the procedures mentioned here and the results may vary from person to person. The topics in these pages including text, graphics, videos and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.
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Source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/reasons-why-nuts-are-good-for-your-heart-b0916/ 

Thứ Hai, 12 tháng 9, 2016

Apple Cashew Snack Bites

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A sweet little no-bake snack bite that’s great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
I haven’t shared a snack bite recipe is a long time! With it being “Fall-Flavored” season and back to school season, these easy apple cashew snack bites seemed like a must to finally bring on the blog. When I think of easy, no-bake snack, bites (or balls) are always the first thing to come to mind! They are delicious no matter what combo you throw in the food processor and taste like pure heaven when you eat them straight from the freezer!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
I only brought two big appliances down to school with me and that includes my food processor and a toaster oven. We have a full kitchen in the apartment and a lot more room than I thought. I think I’ll be asking for my waffle maker and THE PAN to be sent down (I miss them!) We even have a dishwasher (which has not been used). Regardless, snack bites are perfect for any college student. You just need a food processor (or blender) to make them. Keep them in the fridge or freezer and you’ll be a happy camper!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Whoever had the idea to blend up a bunch of power-packed ingredients and then roll them into balls…was a genius! I find them rather comforting to eat too. That might have to do with the fact that these specific bites use 2 of my favorite foods, but I find these rather blissful as well! Apples and cashews, both sweet, delicious, healthy, and my definition of happiness! Talk about eating an apple with some Trader Joe’s cashew butter…DESSERT! I may be the odd man out, but I love having that as my pre-bed snack (i.e. dessert)!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
But if I want this lovely combo during the day or after a workout, well, in portable snack bite form comes in a close second to the real deal! If every college student (okay, anyone who needs an easy snack!) ate snack bites, there’d be a lot more productivity, less stress, and smiles 😉 Can a delicious healthy snack bite change the world? Maybe! But why don’t be see and find out!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
APPLE CASHEW SNACK BITES
 
A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Author: 
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large food processor or blender, add all the ingredients, except ½ cup of the rolled oats, and blend until you get a nice sticky mixture.
  2. Add the last ½ cup of oats and pulse a few more times to incorporate them (I do this so I have some larger pieces of oats in the bites).
  3. Scoop out the mixture and roll 10 balls with your hands.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer!
NOTES
*You could use ¼ cup Maple Syrup if that's your thing!
NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 2
 Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!

So, if you don’t stock your freezer with some bites (you could even make thesethese, orthese!), you’re just going to have a stressful year! I do think these may change the world or at least change those busy days we all have into not-so-busy days! You won’t have any hangriness to worry about, that’s for sure! I know we all could use some smiles and apple cashew snack bites without the stress of worrying about food!
Source: http://strengthandsunshine.com/apple-cashew-snack-bites/

Thứ Sáu, 26 tháng 8, 2016

SALTY CASHEW CARAMEL COOKIES

26 August 2016

Rich caramel and crunchy cashews add big flavor to these Salty Cashew Caramel Cookies. The sprinkle of salt on top makes them even better! - Bake or Break

It’s been far too long since I shared a cookie recipe here on BoB. They’re one of my favorite things to bake, so you know it will never be too terribly long between cookie recipes. And let me tell you, I’m diving back into cookiedom in a big, big way.
These chewy, nutty cookies combine two favorites – cashews and caramel – with a salty bite. If you’re a sweet and salty fan like I am, then you’re going to adore these cookies.
Rich caramel and crunchy cashews add big flavor to these Salty Cashew Caramel Cookies. The sprinkle of salt on top makes them even better! - Bake or Break
A little pinch of salt on top of these cookies adds so much flavor. While regular table salt is great for baking, coarse salts have many uses, too. Many of you probably cook with kosher salt, which is a type of coarse salt. I prefer sea salt for topping recipes like this one. It adds that wonderful salty crunch and really stands out on the cookies. Most any sea salt will work, but I usually keep a small box of Maldon sea salt on hand for just this kind of thing.
If you have access to caramel bits, they’ll work well in these cookies. If not, regular soft caramels will certainly work. You’ll just need to cut them into small pieces. I usually cut them into about 9 pieces, but you can cut them even smaller if you like. Smaller pieces means that the caramel will be better distributed among the cookies.
Rich caramel and crunchy cashews add big flavor to these Salty Cashew Caramel Cookies. The sprinkle of salt on top makes them even better! - Bake or Break
This recipe makes a big batch of cookies. I prefer to make them using 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, but you can use 2 or 3 tablespoons portions if you want larger cookies. As always, a cookie scoop is your cookie-baking best friend for consistently sized cookies. When your cookies are all the same size, they’ll bake more evenly.
If your cookie craving is for something a bit different, give these sweet and salty cookies a try. The flavors are irresistible! And if your needing cookies for a crowd, you’ll have a whole bunch of happy cookie eaters!

SALTY CASHEW CARAMEL COOKIES

yield: ABOUT 60 COOKIES
 
prep time: 15 MINUTES
 
cook time: 12 MINUTES PER PAN
Rich caramel and crunchy cashews add big flavor to these Salty Cashew Caramel Cookies. The sprinkle of salt on top is the perfect finish!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 3/4 cup caramel bits or about 12 soft caramels cut into small pieces
  • coarse salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, bargain soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Stir in the cashews and caramels.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans.* Flatten the top of each cookie slightly. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of coarse salt.
  7. Bake, one pan at a time, 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTES:

*I highly recommend using a cookie scoop for consistent portioning.
Unless your kitchen is warm, you won’t need to refrigerate the cookie dough before scooping and baking. I do suggest refrigerating the dough between baking batches to keep it cool.
Source: http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2016/08/salty-cashew-caramel-cookies/

Thứ Tư, 17 tháng 8, 2016

Cashew Cherry Chia Pudding

August 09, 2016


Cashew Cherry Chia Pudding



This smooth and creamy Cashew Cherry Chia Pudding is packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and naturally sweetened, making it vegan, paleo, gluten free!

Weddings are so fun aren’t they! Love, friends, family, alcohol, good food, and cake. This past weekend we attended the marriage of our two good friends from college back in Virginia. Michael was a groomsman and we are both good friends with bride and groom. Which meant a bunch of our college friends were there too! It was so nice to see everyone and get to celebrate with them. The venue was at a winery with gorgeous views of the mountains. I for sure had way too much wine to drink. But you only celebrate their marriage once right 😉

Now it is time to get back on track. We have another vacation coming up this week so I want to try to keep my diet really clean until then. I find restricting myself makes me crave bad things more, so I try not to overdo it though. That is where snacks like this cashew cherry chia pudding come in.

This chia pudding is packed full of real and wholesome ingredients. It is naturally sweetened by the cherries and only 1 medjool date. You don’t even need the date if you don’t want it. Same with the protein powder. I added it for a little extra protein, vanilla flavor, and to help keep me full for longer. The chia seeds pack protein as well, along with fiber, healthy omega 3s, and antioxidants.

If you are a texture person and chia seeds aren’t your thing (like the bf), this is the perfect solution for you! This recipe was inspired by Alexis over at Hummusapien. She posted a recipefor a blended chia pudding and it sounded delicious! If you haven’t checked her blog out, you definitely should. She is a Registered Dietitian and makes all kinds of delicious vegetarian and vegan food. I have made a few of her recipes and they were all great!
CASHEW CHERRY CHIA PUDDING
 
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Serves: 2
INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cups cherries, pitted
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • optional: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used fitppl)
  • optional toppings: nut butter, nuts, coconut flakes, cherries
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place all ingredients in a sealable bowl or container. Stir to combine, cover, and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Once chia mixture has chilled, pour into a Vitamix, high powered blender, or food processor and blend well until smooth and creamy.
  3. Eat as is or top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
NOTES
*if completing the Whole30, make sure your toppings are compliant

How do you get your body back on track? Do you have any recipes that are your go to?

Source: http://eatthegains.com/cashew-cherry-chia-pudding/