Vitamix… A Must-Have in Every Nutrinista’s Kitchen

Vitamix!  Where have you been all my life?
No seriously, it’s become my “right hand” in the kitchen.  Prior to settling on a Vitamix, I did a ton of research on high powered blenders, read pages of reviews, and asked current owners for their thoughts.  I’m so glad I did!  Without a doubt, Vitamix is one of the best investments I ever made.
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Healthiest Bean Brownies a.k.a Frownies!

I love making these because they are quick to throw together, use only a few ingredients, and provide a super protein and fiber punch so there’s NO GUILT INVOLVED.  They might not taste exactly like the real deal, but I’ve been told that they are still pretty yummy, and no one could ever guess they’re made from…. chickpeas!
Oh, and did I mention they are gluten and dairy free?  No junky white flour or processed white anything here!

Ingredients:
1 low sodium, PBA free (if possible) can of chick peas (garbanzo beans)
3 large eggs
100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate bar
4 or 5 tbsp raw (but liquid) unprocessed honey, or more to taste
½ tsp gluten free baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
*1/2 ripe banana – optional
crushed walnuts

Directions:
Break up the chocolate bar into little pieces and melt in a double boiler (or “bain-marie”).  Rinse chickpeas well, and process in a blender with eggs, honey, and the rest of the dry ingredients sans walnuts.  Once nicely blended, add in melted chocolate (and banana if using) and blend until smooth.  Grease up a baking dish (or cupcake molds) really well.  These will stick!  Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and bake for 35 minutes or so at 350.

Frownies are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Don’t over bake as they will turn out dry.  Cool on rack or in the fridge to stop the cooking process.

Bag up or store in a sealed container….  or share with friends & family and ask them to guess the main ingredient.  Watch their eyes get really big once they hear they’re eating beans, it’s pretty fun :)

Bon App!

Weight Loss through Brownies & Muffins? Worked for Me!

 

If that which we resist, persist, then no wonder we’ve been having such a hard time with weigh loss!  Let me explain.  Do you ever have a day where only a brownie will do?  Let me paint you a picture of what was a regular occurrence for me pre-weight breakthrough:

I’d crave something “sinful”, but would instead eat whatever “healthy” stuff I had on hand to quench the craving.  My mind’s dialog would go something like this: “Hmmm… I want a brownie.  NO!  No brownies, brownies are BAD!  Oh here, apples!” (eat an apple).  “Still want a brownie….  delicious, chocolatey, yummy brownie…  NO, go away brownie thoughts!”  (search fridge)  “Oh, carrots, let’s try carrots!” (eat a bag of carrots).  “Dammit!  Still can’t get the brownie out of my mind!  Ug, just resist.. RESIST!”

At this point I probably ate through half the fridge, and then I’d cave and eat that brownie anyway.  The very last bite was closely followed by guilt, shame and blame…  and possibly another brownie because what the hell, the diet’s already ruined!  Not a very pretty picture.

I had a roaring sugar addiction, and had no idea!  When I decided to start weaning myself off, I knew that full deprivation and restriction would never do.  One of my favorite lines from Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food and God” is “we don’t get fat eating what we want, we get fat eating what we don’t want, followed by what we do”.  That was my life, and as strong as I was, willpower only got me so far.  OK… not far at all.

Working with my own Health Coach and going through the curriculum at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I started to slowly work through my addiction and find tools that worked for me.  Unwilling to give up my sweet indulgences, I decided that I will instead feed the cravings…  Only this time, I was going to roll up my sleeves, break out the mixers and blenders, and do it in a way would feed my body with nutrients instead of junk.   With help, I learned what nutritious sugar substitutes are available, their doses and benefits.   I also bagged the while flour (sugar in disguise, don’t kid yourself) and opted for wheat free alternatives.  Brownies made from a can of chick peas?  You betcha!

There were “fails” and learnings, but I didn’t give up.  OK, so the reworked recipes might never have tasted like their sugar laden counterparts, but little by little, I found delight and satisfaction in the treats I made.  Over time, what used to be an incessant shouting of cravings dwindled down to a random mild whisper.

Please don’t underestimate the power of little steps in the right direction.  Set the intention, get support to put it into action, keep doing the work and you will succeed!  One day you will look back and be absolutely flabbergasted at how far you’ve come.  Don’t believe me?  I’m proof  :)  “Treat” yourself well!

XOXOX
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