Chocolate Almond Bars

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Although not an everyday snack, this is a sweet treat that is low in sugar and contains healthy protein and fat to help balance the typical sugar spike from most deserts. Yes, those are the date energy balls in the picture as well! 


2 cups almonds (raw or crispy nuts)
½ cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in a blender)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup unsalted almond butter 
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut oil 
1 Tbs maple syrup
2-3 teaspoons homemade vanilla extract 
a few squares dark chocolate, less than half a bar needed for thin layer (optional)

  1. Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly, about 10 seconds
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat,
  3. Add melted coconut oil and maple syrup to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste
  4. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish
  5. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens
  6. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously
  7. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens

Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve

Paleo Beet Hummus Dip

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This recipe couldn't be more simple, and it's a great appetizer when served with carrot and celery sticks. Beets are a great source of iron, which makes them wonderful for energy production and athletic recovery and performance. 

4 medium sized roasted beets (red beets, golden beets or candy beets)
Roasted beets: slice beets and place into covered pan with 1/3 cup water – bake at 375℉ for 1 hour,
1/2 cup sesame seeds,
1/4 lemon juice,
3 cloves of garlic,
1/2 tsp of coarse sea salt.

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or food processor.

Top with goat cheese (optional) and parsley.

Date Energy Balls

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Summer is in full swing, and we are spending more time outside and less time preparing snacks in the kitchen. So here is a recipe that you enjoy as a healthy, grain-free and dairy-free sweet summertime snack –They are also bake-free, so no spending time in front of the hot oven! I like to freeze them because I think they taste better cold in this heat.

Walnuts are especially high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fats that help with weight loss and reducing inflammation. All Nuts provide a good source of protein and are rich in magnesium, which is important for the nervous and cardiovascular system, and also acts as a natural muscle relaxant!

Coconut provides healthy fats and keeps you feeling full for longer, while also increasing how many calories you burn throughout the day.

Dates provide a natural sweetness, but remember even those these snacks aren’t full of processed food, they are still a sweet treat so make sure you keep your portions in check!

2 cups walnuts, or other nut/seed of choice
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1.5 cups soft Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Directions: Makes about 2 dozen

  1. In a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the walnuts and coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.

  2.  Make the dough into balls, roll in unsweetened coconut flakes (optional) and place on a cookie tray

  3. Keep in freezer for 1hr until they harden.