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How to Prepare Gluten and Sugar Free Desserts Using Pine Nuts

Pine nuts provide a wealth of anti-aging antioxidants that combat free radicals (and help to control how fast you age) including vitamins A, B, C, and D. Here is how to prepare gluten and sugar free desserts using pine nuts.
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Versatile Health Providing Pine Nuts

 

The crunchy but buttery textured, sweet pine nut is often overlooked in many people’s diets.

 

Pine nuts are actually seeds that are collected from pine trees cultivated mainly in Europe and the US. Eaten for centuries, they were enjoyed by Roman soldiers and Spanish explorers alike who enjoyed snacking on them and they were ground into flour by American Indians.

 

USES

 

For the most part, pine nuts can be used wherever traditional tree nuts or peanuts are used. Often found in stir fry’s, they make the cross-over easily between savory and sweet dishes and are an excellent change from the “everyday nut.” Perfect sprinkled over both fruit and vegetable salads.

 

They are popular in different sauces, especially pesto sauce and you’ll find them in granolas, cookies, chocolates and crunchy health bar creations as well as breads, cakes, biscuits, cookies, confectionery and ice cream items. You can purchase them at any local supermarket or health food store.

 

This little nut is not in the same botanical category as tree nuts so many people that have nut allergies can tolerate pine nuts. However, there are people that react to both, so always be cautious and sensible.

 

Most popular in countries where they are harvested, they are widely used in the US, Spain, Morocco and Italy and are called by a variety of names including pinon, pine kernel, pignoli, pignolia and Indian nut.

 

Enjoyed raw or roasted, pine nuts feature a tough dark-brown outer coat or shell and have a sweet nutty flavor and crunchy texture. However, flavor isn’t the only reason people enjoy pine nuts. They offer amazing health benefits too.

 

AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS

 

Offering similar healthy nutrients as other nuts including monounsaturated fats they provide a wealth of anti-aging antioxidants that combat free radicals (and help to control how fast you age) including vitamins A, B, C, and D. You’ll also get a nice boost of energy from the protein, magnesium and iron they offer. Offering similar healthy nutrients as other nuts including monounsaturated fats.

 

They are a great source of healthy fats that help keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels down, protein (the building block of nearly every part of the body) and like almonds, pine nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E. They are healthy source of B-complex vitamins as well as minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

 

An added bonus is the fiber they provide. Just one serving of nuts provides around 20% of the recommended daily amount of fiber and they are great at suppressing feelings of hunger thanks to the hormone cholecystokinin.

 

Because pine nuts are also gluten-free, they are a popular ingredient in gluten-free recipes that are gaining popularity.

 

PROPER STORAGE

 

Pine nuts must be shelled first and eaten shortly after due to their high oil content (prone to rancidity). Unshelled nuts have a longer shelf life and can be stored safely for many months while shelled kernels deteriorate quickly once exposed to warm, humid air. Be sure to store them in airtight jars inside the refrigerator.

 

Want to prepare gluten and sugar free desserts using pine nuts? Watch this video – Homemade pine nut cookies – gluten free

You can find delicious raw dessert and treat recipes that feature healthy pine nuts in  “Blended Bites” as well as a great variety of desserts and treat recipes that are not only gluten and sugar free but incorporate veggies into them as well. 

 

Author Bio:

 

Carolyn Hansen is the author of The Blended Bites Healthy Snack and Dessert Recipe Collection. This is a one-stop resource for delicious, healthy, guilt-free snacks that you can eat every day. And even better, EVERY ONE of these recipes are RAW healthy snack foods that taste as good as their fattening counterparts.

 

You can NOW satisfy your snack urge without any negative impact on your weight loss and fitness goals, and without sweating over a hot stove. These easy-to-prepare snacks contain no sugar, no flour or butter and are paleo friendly.

 

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites, where she will show you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

 

The Top 8 Easily Grown Herbs You Can Use to Prepare Healthy Ready to Eat Snacks

Some of the best nutrients that nature provides us comes packaged up in small containers. Herbs are some of those things. What are the top 8 easily grown herbs you can use to prepare healthy ready to eat snacks? Read on to find out more.
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Dessert Herbs that Grow Easily in Any Home Garden

 

Some of the best nutrients that nature provides us comes packaged up in small containers. Herbs are some of those things.

 

Offering a fresh from Mother Earth taste to your recipes, herbs are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. Adding character, spice, appeal and health benefits to every dish they are invited to, many of them make the transition from savory to sweet dishes easily with their delicate flavors and aromas.

 

According to Brian Hetrich, a gardening expert and naturopathic doctor at the Hippocrates Healthy Institute “half the nutritional value of plants are lost within thirty minutes of harvesting.” This means that no matter how healthy and appealing they look at the market, they have already lost a great deal of nutrients that nature freely provided.

 

Not so with a fresh herb home garden…

 

The great thing about most herbs is that they can easily be grown right at home…in a garden or planter. (although they can grow easily in planters, herbs love to spread out too so don’t be afraid to give them room in your garden). This allows us to pick them right as we’re ready to use them taking advantage of all their nutrients and health benefits.

 

Planting indoors is easy:

 

  • Planting tray of some sort

 

  • Organic potting mix

 

  • Seeds or starter plants easily obtained at any nursery or garden center for a nominal price.

 

Here’s 8 of the top and most popular kitchen herbs that are easily grown in any garden:

 

Rosemary: Pretty and aromatic, the scent of this herb has been shown to improve memory. It has also been shown to fight cancer cells with its carnosic acid compounds. Frequent watering in full sun. Simply touching it will releasing its unique scent.

 

Thyme: As long as it gets plenty of sunshine, this herb grows well in indoor gardens because its stays relatively small in size. Long known for its antiseptic properties and its success as a remedy for respiratory problems, it is calorie free so you can add it freely to any soup, salad or side dish.

 

Parsley: Common yes. Often overlooked and shoved aside, yes. Parsley is nutrient rich with more than ½ the daily recommended intake of vitamin K contained in just one tablespoon. It also offers vitamins A and C. Not much sunshine is required for them to thrive but make sure to keep the soil from getting too dry. It’s hard to renew wilted parsley.’

 

Cilantro: This popular staple of both Asian and Mexican cuisines is a great source of fiber and supplies a hefty dose of iron. It helps clear heavy metals from our body by attaching itself to them and drawing them out of the tissues. The seeds of cilantro are the spice known as coriander.

 

Cilantro is a little more challenging to grow in a home garden because it requires deep soil in order to thrive. You can sow the seeds outdoors in the spring and summer and will continue to regrow from seed that drop from harvested plants throughout the growing season. Grown in full sun or light shade.

 

Basil: This popular herb offers a warm and spicy flavor to any dish. It offers a wealth of vitamins including A, K and C as well as magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.

 

Grown in a sunny location the seeds can be sown directly into the garden in late spring or started from seed indoors in early spring and transplanted into your garden later on. Basil’s rich minty aroma is a nice addition to any peach dish.  Make sure you keep pinching off the flower heads so that the plant will keep throwing out new leaves all season.

 

Dill: This flavorful aromatic herb offers a healthy dose of antioxidants such as beta-carotene. Requiring full sun, this easy to grow herb needs a garden or large post to grow in and soil that is deep but not too dense.

 

Lavender: Lavender is often used as a seasoning for baking. Its distilled oils have been useful and versatile as herbal remedies. Grown by seed indoors and then transplanted outdoors in full sun in early spring, lavender does not tolerate excessive moisture or humidity.

 

Peppermint: This aromatic and tasty herb has talents beyond the kitchen. It is an excellent deterrent for many pests such as rodents, ants and spiders so plant it around your home and garden.

 

Peppermint leaves are a refreshing healthy addition to many beverages and desserts. Grown indoors than transplanted outside they can also be grown directly outdoors. Full sun or partial shade is best.

 

Most veggies and many herbs can be used with great success in desserts and treats and can be key to getting the required daily requirements of nutrients that your body needs.

 

Want to prepare healthy ready to eat snacks using herbs? Watch this video – Healthy Chocolate Mint Protein Muffins Recipe (Low Calorie) | Sweet Guilt Free Dessert & Snack

It’s time to step out of your comfort zone, expand beyond your traditional recipes and upgrade them to a more nutritional level – “Blended Bites will help you do just that.

 

Author Bio:

 

Carolyn Hansen is the author of The Blended Bites Healthy Snack and Dessert Recipe Collection. This is a one-stop resource for delicious, healthy, guilt-free snacks that you can eat every day. And even better, EVERY ONE of these recipes are RAW healthy snack foods that taste as good as their fattening counterparts.

 

You can NOW satisfy your snack urge without any negative impact on your weight loss and fitness goals, and without sweating over a hot stove. These easy-to-prepare snacks contain no sugar, no flour or butter and are paleo friendly.

 

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites, where she will show you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

 

How to Get Rid of Terrible Toxins and Excess Body Fat

How to get rid of terrible toxins and excess body fat? You can do by choosing organic fruits and vegetables to avoid chemicals, pesticides and herbicides and give your body a chance to eliminate the accumulated toxins.
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New evidence is emerging regarding the role of the level of toxins in the body as a contributing factor in excess weight. As these toxins are stored in our body in fat cells, those with a higher body fat percentage generally store a greater amount of toxins.

 

Today more than 80,000 chemicals are in active production and our exposure to these toxins is greater than at any other time in history. More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply and more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are use in food processing and storage.

 

The unfortunate truth is we are continually subjected to poor air quality, chemically contaminated food and water, household cleaners, paint fumes, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides and heavy metals.

 

It’s not surprising, given the ever increasing amount of toxins in our environment and the foods we eat, that many people suffer a level of toxicity that surpasses the point that their body’s own natural detoxification system can cope with.

 

When these destructive chemicals find their way into our bodies, they can remain there for years wreaking havoc and causing damage. This damage alters our metabolism (our body’s engine) causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. Chemicals and toxins build up in the body and end up causing problems regardless of body weight.

 

When body fat begins to accumulate it’s usually an indication that toxins are accumulating too because the body retains fats as a way to protect the vital organs in the body from the toxins that we ingest or create through stress. 

 

If you currently struggle with excess body fat, especially around the mid-section, it is a visible sign of toxic build up and a good indication that the liver is not functioning as efficiently as it should.

 

Truth is, everything that crosses our lips must be used by our body or it must be neutralized and eliminated as a waste product. Otherwise it gets stored in your body and piles up like garbage.

 

Our body’s reaction to a toxic substance is simple: protection, and there are two primary ways that the body takes action against these toxins. First, it will try to flush them out. If that fails, it will try to lock them away.

 

However, if toxins build up faster than they can be eliminated and reach a level beyond which the body’s detoxification pathways can cope, then the body begins to “dilute” the amount of circulating toxins in an attempt to protect organs and tissues.

 

It does this by diluting them and storing them in water and fat. Because most of these toxins are fat soluble the body will also make new fat cells to store them as far away from vital organs as possible similar to the way a nuclear power plant seals in concrete and buries toxic radioactive waste. These toxins get sealed up in fat cells and locked away where they seemingly cannot harm us.

 

IMMUNE SYSTEM

 

It seems that our highly intelligent immune system does not allow for the removal of excess fat and water if the level of toxins that is stored in them puts our life in jeopardy by their release into the bloodstream. It simply protects us by keeping toxins locked safely away.

 

Unfortunately, these type of fat cells that are used to store waste are particularly stubborn and the body will not give them up easily. This is the primary reason that so many people have great difficulty losing excess weight. In reality, it becomes nearly impossible to keep body weight down unless the total toxic load is decreased first.

 

In order for this to happen, we need to shift our diets to healthier foods in order to detoxify the body. This gives the body a chance to cleanse, repair and strengthen itself. Once we get rid of the “terrible toxins” in our body, the protective layer of fat disappears too!

 

With so many processed foods hitting the shelves these days it is imperative that we steer clear of these “toxic overloads” and stick with what Mother Nature has given us naturally if we want to experience health and healthy weight.

 

A proper exercise program that incorporates strength training strengthens the entire body and helps it function properly and cleanse itself. However, no amount of exercise will overcome a diet loaded with processed foods.

 

Want to get rid of terrible toxins and excess body fat? Watch this video – 11 Unexpected Ways to Free Your Body from Toxins

Eating clean is not an option, it is mandatory towards detoxifying the body.

 

Choose organic fruits and vegetable to avoid chemicals, pesticides and herbicides and give your body a chance to eliminate the accumulated toxins. At the very least, your goal should be to eat “clean” at least 80% of the time.

 

This does not mean that you have to give up desserts and treats if you plan and choose the right ingredients – even desserts can be made healthy, nutritious using veggies and fruits and will help you meet your daily requirements too…and it’s good for you!

 

If you are ready to take your traditional desserts and turn them into “life giving” desserts grab my “50 Desserts with Hidden Veggies. “  In it you will discover no bake, Paleo friendly, no sugar, gluten free healthy sweet treat and dessert recipes…

 

Author Bio:

 

Carolyn Hansen is the author of The Blended Bites Healthy Snack and Dessert Recipe Collection. This is a one-stop resource for delicious, healthy, guilt-free snacks that you can eat every day. And even better, EVERY ONE of these recipes are RAW healthy snack foods that taste as good as their fattening counterparts.

 

You can NOW satisfy your snack urge without any negative impact on your weight loss and fitness goals, and without sweating over a hot stove. These easy-to-prepare snacks contain no sugar, no flour or butter and are paleo friendly.

 

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites, where she will show you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

 

How to Avoid Symptoms and Signs of Gluten Intolerance?

How to avoid symptoms and signs of gluten intolerance? You can do so by making a conscious choice on the foods you take. Going gluten free doesn’t mean that the “fun foods” are gone for good. For some incredibly delicious sugar and gluten free veggie based dessert and treat recipes, you can consider Carolyn Hansen’s compilation of 50 desserts and sweet treats that use veggies as either the main/star ingredient or playing a supportive role. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what the possibilities are once you open yourself to them!
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There’s one food that is at the heart of many different problems today when it comes to health as well as body weight, that food is gluten.

 

Gluten is coming into greater awareness and getting a lot of attention as more and more people are getting educated about what gluten can do for you and to you.

 

Gluten is a type of protein found in foods that contain wheat, barley and rye. Many people lack the specific digestive enzymes and capability to break down and digest gluten. When they do ingest gluten, it causes a variety of symptoms to occur.

 

Those with Celiac disease have a condition where if gluten is consumed it causes damage to the villi that line their intestinal tract. This causes serious malabsorption of nutrients to occur.

 

Previously only those with full-blown Celiac disease restricted gluten from their diets.

 

However, with all the attention that gluten is getting these days, many individuals recognize the symptoms and realize that they be may suffering from gluten insensitivity and taking proactive steps to eliminate it from their diets.

 

Truth is, gluten can really be detrimental to your overall health; far more so than some people realize so it’s really important to learn all there is to know about why gluten has surfaced as a health issue.

 

Over-consumption of gluten containing foods on a regular basis still has very negative consequences. It can actually increase the risk for a number of other additional diseases as well.

 

The symptoms of gluten intolerance range quite heavily from one person to another. Some people experience a range of symptoms while others experience a few.

 

Typical gluten intolerance symptoms include:

 

Digestive issues: Gas stomach pain, bloating, and constipation can come on very quickly after consuming gluten containing foods. If consumed on a day to day basis these symptoms will take a while to subside.

 

High Levels of body fatigue: when consuming gluten containing foods some people will note that they experience a high level of fatigue. They may feel lethargic and some even experience a sharp decline in physical performance related activities as well.

 

Hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can also take place after consuming gluten containing foods. It can lead to issues such as PMS, libido problems, PCOS or even infertility in some cases.

 

Brain Fog and Neurological symptoms: A very common symptom in those who are sensitive to gluten. Becoming mentally tied, having a hard time concentrating and not being able to think straight are all symptoms of gluten insensitivity. Feeling dizzy or even slightly off balance after eating foods containing this protein will often accompany brain fog.

 

Headaches: Those very sensitive to gluten often experience headaches on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s just a normal headache that is experienced but in some cases they cause migraines when these foods are consumed.

 

Inflammation and inflammatory conditions: One of the biggest issues concerning gluten containing foods is that they increase the level of inflammation present in the body. When inflammation becomes very chronic and wide spread in the body you put yourself at risk for a wide number of different diseases such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. Chronic inflammation is nothing to fool around with. It is a serious problem that must be addressed if you are going to sustain proper health.

 

Mood imbalances: Many people are not aware that the foods they eat can and do impact their moods but the connection is very strong. Feelings of anxiety, depression, mood swings, bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder can all be experienced when consuming gluten containing foods.

 

If you resonate with many of these symptoms, you are likely suffering from gluten intolerance and you need to be eliminating as many of these gluten containing foods from your diet as possible.

 

If you are going to go gluten free it’s important that you make an effort to go completely gluten free. Eliminating gluten from your diet isn’t something that can be done successfully 80% of the time. The minute you eat anything that contains gluten, the negative side effects begin coming back so it’s really an all or nothing at all kind of thing.

 

Be aware that gluten is found in many foods that you least expect so it’s imperative to pay attention to your diet and identify potential problem foods. You must take time to read any food label that you are going to be consuming to make sure it does not contain gluten.

 

Cut gluten partially out and you’ll still be struggling and putting yourself at risk for all the negative health issues mentioned previously. As long as any gluten is in your diet, the effects will manifest in your body.

 

Want to avoid symptoms and signs of gluten intolerance? Watch this video  – Vegan No-Bake Cheesecake (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Easy)

Going gluten free doesn’t mean that the “fun foods” are gone for good. For some incredibly delicious sugar and gluten free veggie based dessert and treat recipes visit: “Blended Bites” a compilation of 50 desserts and sweet treats that use veggies as either the main/star ingredient or playing a supportive role. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what the possibilities are once you open yourself to them!

 

Author Bio:

 

Carolyn Hansen is the author of The Blended Bites Healthy Snack and Dessert Recipe Collection. This is a one-stop resource for delicious, healthy, guilt-free snacks that you can eat every day. And even better, EVERY ONE of these recipes are RAW healthy snack foods that taste as good as their fattening counterparts.

 

You can NOW satisfy your snack urge without any negative impact on your weight loss and fitness goals, and without sweating over a hot stove. These easy-to-prepare snacks contain no sugar, no flour or butter and are paleo friendly.

 

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites, where she will show you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

A Higher Fiber Nutrients Rich Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Zucchini Bars

Here is a high fiber nutrients rich dessert recipe to make your own chocolate zucchini bars that pack in high levels of vitamin C, protein, fiber and carbohydrates find in zucchini and combining it with cacao powder which boosts the highest source of antioxidants and magnesium.
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Zucchini, a summer squash (also goes by the name courgette), has its origins in America although countries like Japan, China, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Egypt and Argentina are the largest producers of Zucchini today.

 

Although there are a few varieties from yellow (golden) to light green and dark green, the dark green is the one most often found and that most people are familiar with.

 

This healthy summer squash is actually considered a fruit but most often used as a veggie. It looks similar to a cucumber (and also has numerous seeds like cucumbers) and offers much in the way of health benefits:

 

Boasting high levels of vitamin C, protein, fiber and carbohydrates. It also offers healthy doses of potassium, folate and Vitamin A, and helps promote eye health and other diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency such as scurvy and sclerosis and it even helps those who bruise easily.

 

Zucchini is grown year round and enjoyed raw, sliced or cooked. It is often shredded and used in breads as well as cold and hot salads. Full grown zucchini are a bit tough and too fibrous to enjoy but young zucchini offer a soft covering with a subtle taste and buttery white flesh.

 

The whole squash, the flesh, seeds and skin of a zucchini can be eaten and enjoyed. It has even been known to help reduce weight (how’s that for an added benefit?) while boosting nutrition because it is very low in calories providing only 17 per g.

 

The peel of zucchini is good source of dietary fiber, helping reduce constipation and offering some protection against colon cancers. It also contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.

 

Here’s a great Zucchini recipe to get you started. This is just one of many you’ll find in “Blended Bites” a collection of some of my favorite dessert recipes that use veggies/fruits as a main ingredient.

 

Creating desserts like this take that awful “guilt” out of the equation. 

 

Chocolate Zucchini Bars

 

Base

 

  • 1 cup almonds

 

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

 

  • 1 cup dates, soaked at least 30 minutes and drained

 

  • ¼ cup cocoa or cacao powder

 

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

 

Place almonds and sunflower seeds into a food processor and process until mixture is broken down and crumbly. Add other ingredients and process until well combined. Spoon out into a small dish or pan and spread out evenly.

 

Filling

 

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut

 

  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled and diced (about 1 medium zucchini)

 

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid

 

  • 2 tablespoons honey

 

Blend all ingredients together until are well combined. Spread over base mixture.

 

Topping

 

 

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid

 

  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

 

Mix all together in a small bowl and swirl on top of filling. Place into fridge to firm up then cut into bars.

 

Want to have another high fiber nutrients rich dessert recipe? Watch this video – High-fibre chocolate fudgy brownie bites

 

Ready to take your traditional type desserts and turn them into “life giving” desserts? Grab my “50 Desserts with Hidden Veggies. “  In it you will discover no bake, Paleo friendly, no sugar, gluten free, healthy sweet treat and dessert recipes…

It’s time to make every bite you take count!

 

Author Bio:

 

Carolyn Hansen is the author of The Blended Bites Healthy Snack and Dessert Recipe Collection. This is a one-stop resource for delicious, healthy, guilt-free snacks that you can eat every day. And even better, EVERY ONE of these recipes are RAW healthy snack foods that taste as good as their fattening counterparts.

 

You can NOW satisfy your snack urge without any negative impact on your weight loss and fitness goals, and without sweating over a hot stove. These easy-to-prepare snacks contain no sugar, no flour or butter and are paleo friendly.

 

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites, where she will show you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.