Thursday, January 24, 2013

Craving...For Choc Chip Cookies!

We all have them, and mine seem to be severe!  Yesterday was rushed, unorganized, and full of cancellations, paired with a sleepy cranky baby who didn't want to nap and a husband who's still not allowed to touch her.  This lead to wine and cookie cravings that came on strong about 5:15pm.  Of course I dont keep temptations in the house or I'd eat them every day...but I have all the ingredients to  bake some tasty satisfactory chocolate chip cookies once the baby goes down...and I regretfully did it!

I say regretfully because after eating the batter while baking and consuming more than enough cookies to satisfy my craving, I had a food hangover, and my tummy was sugar sick! BOOO.  But they were delish, gluten free, and vegan.  If you can control yourself more than me, this was a great recipe :)

Little Devils
1c almond flour
1/2 c potato starch
1/2 c rice flour
1/2 c coconut oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp flax, 3 tbsp water
1 tsp salt
3/4 c vegan choc chips

Mix all ingredients.  Remember to soak your ground flaxseeds before adding to the batter...and when you melt the coconut oil it can't be too hot or it will make the starch all gummy and weird. 

Set oven to 350
Form little balls with the dough, and place on parchment paper on cookie sheet.
Bake 10 minutes

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kosick's Immunity Power Punch!

I've spent the last two days freaking out about germs! Any and everything I can do to naturally boost my immune system has been done 10 fold, as I try to keep me and Tessa away from my hubby's coodies!  He came down with something super unpleasant on Sunday (he's much better today), but I can't afford for either me or Tessa to come down with it.  So, naturally I turn to diet and herbal remedies, and as far as I know they've worked, we both feel great.

From Wish Garden's Kick-Ass Immune, to garlic lemonade, vitamin D, high antioxidants foods, and anything green, this "bug" is not gonna get to me!  As a result of having this awesome garlic juice in the fridge and needing a post run protein boost, the Immunity Power Punch was born.  Don't hate before you taste, it was actually really good, and so extremely healthfully satisfying!

The WHY?
Garlic works as a natural antibiotic against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body.  It is hands down the best medicinal food we have for flu season.  Oil of oregano is similar in it's properties, and can be taken in pill form.  Vitamin D may be one of the best strategies we have for avoiding infection, but get it from a good source and don't be shy on your dosing.  I recommend upwards of 6,000IU's a day depending on the situation.  Keeping processed or high sugar foods out is also important, which is why I chose blueberries (naturally low glycemic and low in sugar and high in antioxidants), and a little honey (if you're going to use a sweetener honey is my first choice) because lemon juice is very tart without it!  Lemon juice is extremely high in vitamin C which supports your immune system, digestion, and has anti-caner properties.  Immune-loving foods and spices: Kale, spinach, cabbage, sweet potato, salmon, sardines, spirulina, sea vegetables, garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, name a few.
No way am I getting sick now~
Sorry for being lazy on the photos, but I drank it before the camera came out!

Immunity Power Punch
3/4 c frozen blueberries
1/2 c garlic lemonade*
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp Billy's Infinity C
spinkle cinnamon & sea salt
1 scoop Warrior Blend Raw Protein
1/2-1 c water

*Garlic Lemonade
8 cloves raw garlic
6 organic lemons, juiced
1 c frozen blueberries
1 tsp Infinity C
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp ground ginger
1 inch fresh ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne
1-2 c water

Wash you hands and stay home when you're sick people!
The flu can't spread if you don't leave the house!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Breakfast "Cookie"

Yeah those two words should not be in the same sentence!

You should not be eating cookies for breakfast, but this is the exception.  Brought to my attention by a client, this is a sara-approved breakfast option, and really quite good.  I feel I've turned into my clients...the ones I have to force to eat breakfast, stop drinking coffee, and drink more water in a day!  A baby does this to you, I get it now!  But doesn't mean I don't still try.  That's why I felt like this protein cookie was a good alternative for a mama who can't eat eggs and who isn't in the mood to cook turkey bacon or eat smoked salmon every morning (which is typical for me.)

This recipe is similar to making muesli, just with less liquid.  You can add different ingredients to your liking too, like nuts or seeds, fruit or dried fruit, etc.

I use Warrior Blend raw protein for several reasons, but the main reasons being that I can't digest grain protein powders well, and I have an intolerance to whey, egg, and that leaves this one and it suits me well.  It is pea, cranberry and hemp protein and does not have added sweetener. The medical grade protein supplements I use with my clients (Clearvite) are contraindicated with breastfeeding mamas (me), thus I needed an alternative.  It is very gentle on my system, has very few (all approved) ingredients, has 16g of protein, and tastes good.  You of course can use whatever protein powder you want.

 Breakfast Cookie (modified from

1/4 cup raw GF oats
1/2 scoop Warrior Blend Protein
1 tbsp raw almond or peanut butter
2 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tsp cocoa nibs
1/4-1/2 mashed banana
1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk

Add all ingredients in order above, stirring with a spoon in a small bowl.  Once well mixed, you can flatten it out on a plate in cookie form, cover and refrigerate over night.

If you don't let it sit over night, at least give it a couple hours, as the oats need to soak up the liquid in order to break down the grain so it is digestible.  This recipe is one serving, offering between 15-20g protein depending on what you use in yours.  Getting adequate protein in your breakfast is extremely important for your blood sugar and adrenal balance after a night of fasting, so this is a great option!