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Homemade Almond Butter Cups

Homemade Almond Butter Cups

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you will love this recipe. Made with homemade almond butter and dairy-free chocolate chips, healthier alternative to an all-time favorite treat!

Homemade Almond Butter

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you’re going to love this recipe for Almond Butter Cups! It’s easy to make and better for you b/c it’s made with quality ingredients and none of the processed junk plus it’s delicious on its own or chopped and tossed into your favorite dairy-free ice cream. (see below for some of my favorite brands of dairy-free ice cream!) Carolina and I make Almond Butter Cups together all the time. You can use peanut butter but I prefer almonds over peanuts and you can read why that is here. It’s a fun activity to do with the kiddos and an opportunity to teach them the importance of clean, healthy eating. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do! Happy Holidays!!

My Top 3 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brands

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

BTW – if you’re looking to make better-for-you cookies for Santa this year I highly recommend this 5-ingredient Almond Butter Cookies.

Almond Butter Cups

Ingredients

10 oz. (1 bag) Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips 5 tbsp. coconut oil (divided) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Almond Butter Layer 3 1/2 tbsp. homemade almond butter (store bought works too) 2 tsp Coconut oil 2 tsp coconut flour 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt

Almond Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin pan with parchment paper liners.
  2. For the bottom chocolate layer, heat 5oz (or ½ the bag) and half of the coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler on the stove, stirring until melted. Stir in half of the vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  3. Fill the bottom of the parchment cups evenly with chocolate (about 1/8 cup in each). Freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for the almond butter layer, heat the almond butter and coconut oil in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the coconut flour, vanilla, and salt, until smooth.
  5. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the almond butter mixture onto the center of each cup over the chocolate layer. Freeze for another 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the top chocolate layer. Heat the remaining chocolate (5 oz.) and remaining coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the remaining vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  7. Pour the chocolate into the cups, over the almond butter layer (about 1/8 cup) in each and place back in the freezer, 20-30 minutes, until completely firm.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Related links: Black Bean Brownies , Tahini Cookies  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Before I take off I wanted to share a short clip from the TV show, Aqui Estamos, I did while in Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving. Not only did I share 2 simple recipes everyone on set loved, but I also explained the term holistic nutrition and what it means to eat “holistically”. Grateful for the opportunity to come on the show again and do what I love most, spread the word on health and wellness!  

Version En Español

¡Si te encantan los Reese Peanut Butter Cups, te encantará esta receta de Almond Butter Cups! Son fácil de hacer, y mas saludables porque están hechos con ingredientes de calidad y sin ingredientes procesados además son deliciosos asi solitos o en tu helado favorito. (¡vea a continuación algunas de mis marcas favoritas de helado sin lácteos!) Carolina y yo hacemos este postre juntas todo el tiempo. Puedes usar mantequilla de maní, pero prefiero las almendras a el maní y puedes leer por qué aquí. Es una actividad divertida para hacer con los niños y una oportunidad para enseñarles la importancia de una alimentación limpia y saludable. ¡Espero que disfrutes la receta tanto como nosotros! ¡¡Felices Fiestas!!

Lista de los mejores helados sin lácteos!

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

Por cierto, si está buscando hacer galletas para Santa este año, le recomiendo estas galletas de mantequilla de almendras hechas con solo 5 ingredientes. Puedes enconrar la receta en mi pagina de Instagram.

Almond Butter Cups

Ingredientes

10 onzas. (1 bolsa) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips sin lácteos Life 5 cucharadas aceite de coco (dividido) 1/2 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla Capa de mantequilla de almendras 3 1/2 cucharadas mantequilla de almendras casera (o compradas en la tienda esta bien) 2 cucharaditas de aceite de coco 2 cucharaditas de harina de coco 1/8 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla 1 pizca de sal

Homemade Almond Butter Cups

Instrucciones

  1. Forre un molde para muffins con bolsas de papel pergamino (parchment paper).
  2. Para la capa de chocolate de abajo, caliente 5 onzas (o ½ la bolsa) y la mitad del aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble en la estufa (o baño de maria), revolviendo hasta que se derrita. Agregue la mitad de la vainilla (1/4 cucharadita).
  3. Llene el fondo de las tazas de pergamino de manera uniforme con chocolate (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza en cada una). Congelar por 10 minutos.
  4. Mientras tanto, para la capa de mantequilla de almendras, caliente la mantequilla de almendras y el aceite de coco en un caldero doble (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la harina de coco, la vainilla y la sal, hasta que quede suave.
  5. Coloque 2 cucharaditas de la mezcla de mantequilla de almendras en el centro de cada taza sobre la capa de chocolate. Congelar por otros 10 minutos.
  6. Mientras tanto, prepara la capa superior de chocolate. Calienta lo que queda del chocolate (5 oz.) y el aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble o baño de maria (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la vainilla que quede (1/4 cucharadita).
  7. Heche el chocolate en las tazas, sobre la capa de mantequilla de almendras (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza) en cada una y vuelva a colocar en el congelador, 20-30 minutos, hasta que esté completamente firme.
  8. ¡Sirve y disfruta!

ANUNCIOS

Antes de despedirme, quería compartir un clip del programa de televisión, Aqui Estamos, que grabe mientras estaba en Puerto Rico para Thanksgiving. No solo compartí 2 recetas simples que les encantaron, sino que también expliqué el término nutrición holística y lo que significa comer “holísticamente”. ¡Agradecida por la oportunidad de venir al programa y compartir consejos saludables con la gente de mi hermoso Puerto Rico! Vean el video clip arriba!

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife and FlipBox

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Are peanuts good for you? (+ a delicious noodle recipe)

Are peanuts good for you? (+ a delicious noodle recipe)

Are peanuts good for you? The answer is yes and no. Here’s what I found. 

I’ve spent time researching the topic and wanted to share it with you. I hope this information helps you understand what the controversy is all about so you’re able to choose what works best for you and your family – enjoying peanuts or staying away. Plus I love to geek out on food controversies and learn from both sides. Don’t you?

I’ll start by highlighting that peanuts aren’t nuts,, they are a type of legume related to beans, lentils and soy.  Yup, mind blown, I know. And because peanuts are a legume there is a lot of controversy around the topic especially in the Paleo world where legumes are off limits.  

So, What Are The Experts Saying? 

 Those arguing against peanuts say:

  1. Peanuts are high in omega-6 fats which can cause inflammation in the body.
  2. Peanuts contain lectins, a type of protein that binds directly to the lining of the small intestine, blocking the absorption of nutrients and potentially causing lesions on the intestine and leaky gut. 
  3. Because peanuts are “groundnuts” which means they grow in the ground and are exposed to soil-based fungus. One type of fungi peanuts encounter produces a toxin called aflatoxin.

While those in favor say:

  1. The American Heart Association reviewers found that eating more omega-6 fats doesn’t increase  inflammation. Instead, eating omega-6 fats either reduces inflammation or leaves it unchanged. (I dont know how I feel about this, but ok.)
  2. The lectins in peanuts are mostly deactivated by heat and proper preparation.
  3. Legumes can be a nutrient-dense source of resistant starch and other prebiotic fibers.

Honestly, you can spend hours researching the peanut controversy – it’s a hot topic these days. Some say, go for it! Others say, No! It’s toxic.

Personally, I’m not against legumes. I think they provide important health benefits that are good for the body + Carolina and I are vegetarian and often depend on legumes for protein. 

I say, as long as you pay attention to the quality of peanuts/peanut butter it’s ok to enjoy them in moderation. After all, life is about balance and enjoying the pleasure that comes with eating foods we love and make us feel good.   

Having read this what do you guys think? Are you team Peanuts? Or team No Peanuts?

Well! Whatever you decide, this recipe Simple Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) Noodle recipe will work for you! I hope you enjoy it! 

 Until next week, friend! xo 

Ingredients 

 1/4 cup creamy almond or peanut butter (use one without added oil/sugar)

1 tbsp coconut aminos or non-gmo soy sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2-3 tbsp water

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

Toppings (optional)

1 tsp sesame seeds

green onion to garnish

Instructions

1. Prepare noodles as per package instructions 

2. In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients until combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more water.

3. Pour sauce over noodles and toss to combine.

4. Add toppings (optional).

5. Serve and enjoy!

Announcements 

Excited to announce my next workshop on Saturday, October 19th from 1pm – 3pm at Freshmade! click the flyer to event details and to reserve your seat.  

Version En Español 

¿Los maníes son toxicos? La respuesta es sí y no. Les comparto lo que encontré…

Estuve investigando el tema y quería compartirlo con ustedes. Espero que esta información te ayude a comprender de qué se trata la controversia para que pueda elegir qué funciona mejor para ti y tu familia – disfrutar del maní o mantenerse alejado. Además, me encanta explorar las controversias alimentarias y aprender de ambos lados. 

Comenzaré destacando que los  maníes no son nueces, son un tipo de leguminosa relacionada con frijoles, lentejas y soja. Sí, alucinante, lo sé. Y debido a que el maní es una leguminosa, existe mucha controversia en torno al tema, especialmente en el mundo Paleo, donde las legumbres no se deben comer.

Entonces, ¿qué dicen los expertos? 
 
 Los que argumentan en contra del maní dicen:

1. Los manises son ricos en grasas omega-6 que pueden causar inflamación en el cuerpo.
2.  Los manises contienen lectinas, un tipo de proteína que se une directamente al revestimiento del intestino delgado, bloqueando la absorción de nutrientes y potencialmente causando lesiones en el intestino y el intestino permeable.
3. Porque los maníes crecen en el suelo y están expuestos a hongos a base de suelo. Un tipo de hongos que se encuentran con el maní produce una toxina llamada aflatoxina.

 
Mientras que los partidarios dicen:
 
1. Los revisores de la American Heart Association descubrieron que comer más grasas omega-6 no aumenta la inflamación. En cambio, comer grasas omega-6 reduce la inflamación o la deja sin cambios. (No sé cómo me siento al respecto, pero está bien).
2. Las lectinas en los maníes se desactivan principalmente por calor y preparación adecuada.
3. Las legumbres pueden ser una fuente rica en nutrientes de almidón resistente y otras fibras prebióticas.
 
Honestamente, puedes pasar horas investigando la controversia del maní: es un tema candente en estos días. Algunos dicen, ¡Si! Otros dicen que no! Es tóxico

Personalmente, no estoy en contra de las legumbres. Creo que proporcionan importantes beneficios para la salud que son buenos para el cuerpo + Carolina y yo somos vegetarianos y, a menudo, dependemos de las legumbres para obtener proteínas.

Digo, mientras prestes atención a la calidad del maní/mantequilla de maní, está bien disfrutarlos con moderación. Después de todo, la vida se trata de equilibrar y disfrutar del placer que conlleva comer alimentos que amamos y hacernos sentir bien.

Habiendo leído esto, ¿qué piensan ustedes? ¿Eres del equipo de maní? ¿O el equipo No maní ?
¡Decidas lo que decidas, esta receta de fideos simple hecha con mantequilla de almendras (o mantequilla de maní) funcionará para ti! ¡Espero que lo disfruten!

 Hasta la semana que viene! xo

 

 

Ingredientes

1/4 taza de almendras cremosas o mantequilla de maní (use una sin aceite / azúcar)

1 cucharada de aminos de coco o salsa de soja sin OMG

2 cucharadas de jugo de lima

1 cucharada de vinagre de manzana

2-3 cucharadas de agua

1 cucharadita de jengibre rallado

1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo

Ingredientes (opcional)

1 cucharadita de semillas de sésamo

cebolla verde para decorar

Instrucciones

1. Prepare los fideos según las instrucciones del paquete

2. En una taza, mezcle los ingredientes de la salsa hasta que se combinen. Ajuste la consistencia agregando más agua.

3. Vierta la salsa sobre los fideos y revuelva para combinar.

4. Agregue coberturas (opcional).

5. ¡Sirve y disfruta!

 

Anuncios

¡Emocionadisima de anunciar mi próximo taller el sábado 19 de octubre de 1pm a 3pm en Freshmade! Haga clic en el flyer de arriba para ver los detalles del evento y reservar su asiento.

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes! An easy recipe made with clean, simple ingredients. If you love potato pancakes you will love this recipe too. Healthy, low in carbs and a great way to incorporate summer vegetables into your diet.    

Hi, guys! Happy to be back on the blog after a few weeks (you can watch my daily updates on INSTAGRAM). I’ve been a little busy with school (last time I shared that I’m working towards my certification as a holistic health coach at IIN) plus I was getting ready for last week’s workshop which was a huge success.

It was my first time co-hosting a workshop entirely in Spanish and while I was a ball of nervous at first, the love and energy in the room gave me the push and confidence I needed to execute a successful event!  Thank you to all the ladies that joined us (below are some pictures). It was magical and epic and I can’t wait for the next event on October 5th in Miami with the ladies of The Mpire.

Ok, now let’s talk about this week’s recipe, Zucchini Pancakes! This yummy dish is an easy and budget-friendly way to get a healthy meal on the table. Think Potato Pancakes with less carbs and more nutrients!  

Health Benefits of Zucchini

  1. High in fiber and potassium
  2. Rich in B vitamins especially folate, riboflavin and B6
  3. High in vitamin C and polyphenols (especially in the peels) *if eating the peel try to buy organic*

Bonus: It’s zucchini season which means lower prices and better quality! Winner!

Double Bonus: Double the recipe and freeze what you don’t eat. They come back to life in a pan with a little ghee or grass fed butter!  Enjoy them plain or as part of a bigger dish – anything goes!  

Ingredients

3 cups grated zucchini (takes 4 medium zucchini to make 3 cups)

1 cup + 3 tablespoons arrowroot four

1/2 cup coconut four

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of each: smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper

Ghee or grass-fed butter for frying

Toppings

Fresh, chopped chives, scallions or cilantro (optional)

Dairy-Free Tzatziki (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Grate zucchini. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini and place in a medium bowl, discarding the zucchini juice.
  2. Add in the arrowroot four, coconut four, eggs and spices and mix until combined.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the zucchini batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

¡Pancakes de Zucchini! Una receta fácil hecha con ingredientes limpios y simples. Si te encantan las Pancakes de Papa, te encantará esta receta también. Saludable, baja en carbohidratos y una excelente manera de incorporar vegetales de verano en su dieta.

¡Hola chicos! Feliz de estar de vuelta en el blog después de unas semanas (pero me pueden seguir en INSTAGRAM para ver mis posts diarios). He estado un poco ocupado con la escuela (la última vez que compartí que estoy trabajando para obtener mi certificación como asesor de salud holística en IIN), además, me estaba preparando para el taller de la semana pasada, que fue un gran éxito. Fue la primera vez que fui anfitrión de un taller totalmente en español y, al principio, super nerviosa, pero el amor y la energía en el estudio me dieron el empuje y la confianza que necesitaba para ejecutar un evento exitoso! Gracias a todas las chicas que se unieron a nosotros (a continuación hay algunas fotos). Fue mágico y épico y no puedo esperar para el próximo evento el 5 de octubre en Miami junto a las chicas de The Mpire una colectiva de mujeres, mamas emprendedoras.

Ok, ahora vamos a hablar de la receta de esta semana, Zucchini Pancakes (o Pancakes de Zucchini)! Este delicioso plato es una manera fácil y económica de obtener una comida saludable en la mesa. ¡Piense en pancakes de papa con menos carbohidratos y más nutrientes! Que les parece? 

Beneficios para la salud del Zucchini

1. Alto contenido en fibra y potasio.

2. Rico en vitaminas B, especialmente ácido fólico, riboflavina y B6 

3. Alto contenido de vitamina C y polifenoles (especialmente en las cáscaras) * si come la cáscara, intente comprar productos orgánicos *

Bono: es temporada de zucchini, lo que significa precios más bajos y mejor calidad!

double bonos! duplica la receta y congela lo que no comes. ¡Vuelven a la vida en una sartén con un poco de ghee o mantequilla alimentada con hierba! Disfrútalas simplemente o como parte de un plato más grande. 

Ingredientes

3 tazas de zucchini rallado 

1 taza + 3 cucharadas de harina de arrowroot 

1/2 taza de harina de coco

3 huevos

1 cucharadita de cada uno: pimentón ahumado, comino, sal, pimienta Ghee o mantequilla freír

Para servir (opcional) 

cebolla fresca, picadas o cilantro

Tzatziki sin lácteos (opcional)

Instrucciones

1. Rallar el zucchini. Exprima el agua del calabacín y colóquelo en un tazón mediano, desechando el jugo de calabacín.

2. Agregue las cuatro flechas, el coco cuatro, los huevos y las especias y mezcle hasta que se mezclen.

3. Caliente una plancha o sartén ligeramente engrasada a fuego medio-alto. Vierta o coloque la masa de calabacín en la plancha, usando aproximadamente 1/4 taza para cada panqueque.

4. Dorar por ambos lados y servir caliente.

We had a great time!! Until next time, ladies!!! 

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La pasamos super chicas! nos vemoas la proxima! 

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them! Cravings are important messages from the body that guide us in maintaining balance. Here’s a quick guide to understanding and deconstructing cravings and help us understand and address what are body is trying to tell us.

 

Understanding Cravings

The body is a perfect machine. It knows when to go to sleep, wake up, pee and poop! It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees F, and breaks down food into energy and nutrients. Our lungs never skip a breath and our hearts never skip a beat. The body is constantly processing information and monitoring the environment to keep us balanced. Instead of seeing cravings as a weakness we should see cravings as important messages from the body that help guide us in maintaining balance.

 

What is the body trying to tell me (+ how to reduce the craving)! 

 

  1. Reduce sugar intake: sugar craves sugar! Pack your day with foods that are high in fiber, healthy fat and protein. A meal high in carbohydrates and sugar (I.e. bagel with cream cheese, breakfast cereals and other processed foods) leaves us feeling tired and sluggish and promotes sugar cravings throughout the day.   
  1. Drink plenty of water: Hunger and thirst can produce similar sensations in the brain, causing it to become confused. One way to reduce food cravings is to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  1. Get good sleep: Ghrelin is a hormone that controls our cravings for carbohydrates and simple sugars. When we sleep poorly or go for long periods of time without sleep, our bodies make more ghrelin. Make sure to get good quality sleep every night to balance hormone levels in the body and avoid unhealthy cravings throughout the day.  
  1. Avoid hunger: When the body is very hungry, it can crave more calorie-dense foods than usual, including fried and processed foods. Instead of waiting for intense feelings of hunger, it is better to have a regular pattern of healthy, nourishing meals and snacks planned throughout the day to avoid unwanted cravings.
  1. Emotional eating: Allow me to get a little inspirational here! J While it’s important to pay attention to the foods we eat, it is just as important to analyze what else is going on around us. For example: Being dissatisfied with a relationship, felling bored, stressed, or uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Many people try to cope with uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations by seeking balance through food. Food can provide a form of relief, or even an escape, when you’re under stress. In this way, food is being used as a strategy to fulfill areas of our lives that aren’t being satisfied. Keep this in mind the next time you experience cravings.

Takeaway!

Remember a healthy lifestyle isn’t only what we eat or how much we exercise. It’s our relationships, our finances, our jobs… it’s the entire package. We must make it a priority to look within ourselves and learn to listen to our body. Only then can we really identify the root cause of any dietary issue. 

As you know, I’m working towards a certificate in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). One of the reasons I chose this program is 1. My love for nutrition and understanding how food affect the body 2. Learning to connect the mind and body in order to achieve overall health because one cannot thrive without the other.

We can eat kale for the rest of our lives but if the mind set isn’t right we will never establish a healthy relationship with food.

I’m so excited to share my journey as a Holistic Healthy Coach with you. You will notice more posts like today on mind, body eating and ways we can improve our overall health and lifestyle.

Ok, now back to cravings! Today, I gave you 5 tips that help us understand cravings and what our body is trying to tell us. I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy breakfast to help beat unhealthy cravings. Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wraps using grain-free tortillas and a side of sautéed kale. A perfect combination of fat, protein and fiber!

Until next week, friends! (Don’t forget to check out this week’s Announcements below)

Ingredients 

1 package organic extra firm tofu, water drained 
1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped 
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)

 Extras

Grain-Free Tortillas (I like this brand)

Avocado

Sautéed Kale

Sliced Tomatoes

Instructions

Using your hands or a fork crumble the tofu into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the crumbled tofu and combine. Season with salt, pepper, and turmeric (optional). Wrap in grain-free tortillas and serve with sautéed kale, sliced avocado and tomato (optional).

Bonus Tip: Adding up to a teaspoon of turmeric will give your tofu scramble the yellow color that makes it look like scrambled eggs plus it’s a great way to incorporate more of this anti-inflammatory superfood into your diet! 

 

Relates Links: Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes , 4 Breakfast Flips For Back To School 

Announcements

 I’m proud to announce that I’ve partnered with Health Coach Martha Gaviria of Sabor Holistico for a Women’s Workshop in Spanish.

Join us on Saturday, July 13th from 10am – 12pm at Freshmade NYC for a fun morning complete with cooking tips, delicious food and other fun surprises! Click the flyer below for event details and reserve your spot. Note:

The workshop will be in Spanish only.

Versión en Español

Antojos de comida: ¡como entenderlos, reducirlos y reemplazarlos! Los antojos son mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos guían para mantener el equilibrio. Aquí hay una guía rápida para comprender y deconstruir los antojos y ayudarnos a entender y abordar qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirnos.

Entendiendo los antojos

 El cuerpo es una máquina perfecta. ¡Sabe cuándo irse a dormir y despertarse! Mantiene una temperatura de 98.6 grados F y descompone los alimentos en energía y nutrientes. Nuestros pulmones nunca dejan de respirar y nuestros corazones nunca saltan un latido. El cuerpo está constantemente procesando información y monitoreando el entorno para mantenernos equilibrados. En lugar de ver los antojos como una debilidad, deberíamos ver los antojos como mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos ayudan a mantener el equilibrio.

 

¿Qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirme (+ cómo reducir el deseo)? 

1. Reducir el consumo de azúcar: el azúcar ansía el azúcar! Empaca tu día con alimentos ricos en fibra, grasas saludables y proteínas. Una comida rica en carbohidratos y azúcar (es decir, bagel con queso crema, cereales para el desayuno y otros alimentos procesados) nos hace sentir cansados ​​e inactivos y promueve los antojos de azúcar a lo largo del día. 

2. Beba mucha agua: el hambre y la sed pueden producir sensaciones similares en el cerebro, causando que se confunda. Una forma de reducir los antojos de alimentos es mantenerse hidratado durante todo el día. 

3. Duerma bien: la grelina es una hormona que controla nuestros antojos de carbohidratos y azúcares simples. Cuando dormimos mal o pasamos largos períodos de tiempo sin dormir, nuestros cuerpos producen más grelina. Asegúrese de dormir bien todas las noches para equilibrar los niveles de hormonas en el cuerpo y evitar los antojos poco saludables durante el día. 

4. Evite el hambre: cuando el cuerpo tiene mucha hambre, puede desear más alimentos ricos en calorías de lo normal, y tambien los alimentos fritos y procesados. En lugar de esperar sentimientos intensos de hambre, es mejor tener un patrón regular de comidas y bocadillos saludables y nutritivos planeados durante todo el día para evitar los antojos no deseados. 

5. Comer emocionalmente: ¡Permítame un poco de inspiración aquí! Si bien es importante prestar atención a los alimentos que comemos, es igual de importante analizar qué más está sucediendo a nuestro alrededor. Por ejemplo: estar insatisfecho con una relación, sentirse aburrido, estresado o sin inspiración por un trabajo, o carecer de una práctica espiritual puede causar una alimentación emocional. Muchas personas tratan de lidiar con emociones incómodas o situaciones difíciles buscando el equilibrio a través de los alimentos. La comida puede proporcionar una forma de alivio, o incluso un escape, cuando estás bajo estrés. De esta manera, la comida está siendo utilizada como una estrategia para cumplir con áreas de nuestras vidas que no están siendo satisfechas. Tenga esto en cuenta la próxima vez que experimente antojos. 

 

¡Conclusión! 

Recuerde que un estilo de vida saludable no es solo lo que comemos o cuánto hacemos. Son nuestras relaciones, nuestras finanzas, nuestros trabajos … es el paquete completo. Debemos hacer que sea una prioridad mirar dentro de nosotros mismos y aprender a escuchar nuestro cuerpo. Solo así podremos identificar realmente la causa raíz de cualquier problema dietético. 

Como ustedes saben, estoy trabajando para obtener un certificado en Coaching de Salud Holística del Instituto de Nutrición Integrativa (IIN). Una de las razones por las que elegí este programa es 1. Mi amor por la nutrición y la comprensión de cómo los alimentos afectan al cuerpo 2. Aprender a conectar la mente y el cuerpo para alcanzar la salud general porque uno no puede prosperar sin el otro. Podemos comer kale por el resto de nuestras vidas, pero si la mentalidad no está bien, nunca estableceremos una relación saludable con los alimentos. 

Estoy muy emocionada de compartir mi viaje como coach de nutrición holístico con ustes. Notará más publicaciones como hoy, maneras en que podemos mejorar nuestra salud y estilo de vida en general. Ok, ahora volvamos a los antojos!

Hoy, di 5 consejos que nos ayudan a entender los antojos y lo que nuestro cuerpo está tratando de decirnos. No puedo enfatizar lo suficiente la importancia de un desayuno saludable para ayudar a superar los antojos poco saludables. Aquí hay una receta rápida y sencilla para wraps de tofu envueltas en tortillas sin grano servidas acompañas con col rizada (kale) salteada. Una combinación perfecta de grasa, proteína y fibra! Hasta la próxima semana, amigos!

(No olvide revisar los anuncios de esta semana a continuación) 

Ingredientes

 1 paquete de tofu orgánico extra firme, escurrido

1 cucharada de aceite de aguacate o aceite de oliva

1 diente de ajo, picado

1/4 taza de cebolla amarilla, picadasal y pimienta para probar

1 cucharadita de cúrcuma molida (opcional) 

Extras

Tortillas sin grano (me gusta esta marca)

Aguacate

Salteado de col rizada (kale)

Tomates en rodajas  

Instrucciones

Usando sus manos o un tenedor, desmenuce el tofu en trozos pequeños y déjelo a un lado. Calentar el aceite en una sartén a fuego medio. Una vez caliente, agregue el ajo y las cebollas y saltee durante unos minutos. Añadir el tofu desmenuzado y combinar. Sazone con sal, pimienta y cúrcuma (opcional). Envuelva en tortillas sin grano y sirva con col rizada salteada, aguacate rebanado y tomate (opcional). 

Sugerencia extra: ¡Agregar una cucharadita de cúrcuma le dará a tu tofu el color amarillo que hace que se vea como huevos revueltos y además es una excelente manera de incorporar más de este superalimento antiinflamatorio en tu dieta!

Anuncios

Me enorgullece anunciar que me he asociado con coach de salud, Martha Gaviria de Sabor Holistico para dar un taller completamente en español! Un taller para mujeres sobre cómo alimentar tu cuerpo para obtener máxima energía, nutrición y vitalidad atravez del desyuno.

Únase a nosotros el sábado 13 de julio de 10am a 12pm en Freshmade NYC para una mañana divertida con consejos de cocina, comida deliciosa y otras sorpresas! Haga clic en el flyer a continuación para obtener detalles del evento y reserve su lugar.

Nota: El taller será solo en español. 

Un fuerte abrazo!!!

 

 

 

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Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

Avoiding Refined Sugar

One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Click here to get a free copy.

And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

Easy To Make Fudgesicles

Ingredients

4 bananas

¾ nut butter

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbs cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

 

Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

 

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

 

BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

 

Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients

2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

 

Instructions

1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

Where to use it

Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.

 

2. If you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook you know I’m co-hosting a Woman’s Summit tomorrow (March 9th) at Hub Seventeen in NYC. It’s going to be an amazing event and I invite all you kick a** ladies to join us. We have experiences (essential oil consultations, chair massages, a braid bar, etc) guest speakers, healthy food, music, and other fun surprises. To learn more and to purchase tickets click here.

Ingredients

 

1 cup chickpea water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

1/3 cup oat milk

Instructions

1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

2. Once ready set aside.

3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms

Looking for veggie options to add on Thanksgiving? Well, look no further! This Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms is a perfect add-on to the menu. Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, this healthy recipe will please picky and non-picky eaters alike. Plus it’s a great option for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free guests.

 

This year, we are headed to Miami for Thanksgiving. My Mother’s side of the family is hosting which means a delicious mix of traditional American and Latin American dishes. It’s like the United Nations Of Thanksgiving! I usually start with rice, beans and fried plantains. Seconds are more traditional and somewhat healthy! J Then dessert…

 

I’ll be sharing this Acorn Squash recipe with the family and of course, baking a FlipBox with the little ones!

 

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We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

2 acorn squash, halved crosswise, seeded

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup button mushrooms, trimmed and chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium yellow onion, diced small

1 cup quinoa

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

¼ cup Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast the squash, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside
  2. Place a pan (or skillet) over medium heat and heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté 1-2min. Add mushrooms and cook, 3-5 minutes
  3. Mix in the quinoa and vegetable broth and bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes
  4. Carefully scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of pulp from each squash half and stir into quinoa mixture. Mix in the spinach, Nutritional Yeast and season with salt and pepper
  5. Divide quinoa mixture among squash halves and top with fresh parsley (optional)
  6. Plate, serve and enjoy!

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Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

I know Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas doesn’t go together but we’ve gotta get these kids away from so much junk – don’t you agree? One way to do it is by adding healthier alternatives to the mix. Stores like Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joes are making it easier to buy better-for-you options that are just as yummy and fun to eat. Here are My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas tested and approved by Carolina and Joe! We do the test tasting so you can focus on cute Halloween costumes. 🙂
Caro can’t decide what she’s wearing this year – it’s a toss-up between Winter Else (cape and all) and a fairy with wings. I’m loving every minute of her excitement this year. I hear her singing “Trick or Treat Smell My Feet!”! She’s just too cute and I’ll have to share photos with you guys but in the meantime, you can also follow us on INSTAGRAM to see live stories of us on Halloween.
What are your little ones dressing up as? I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Happy (healthy) Halloween, guys!!!
My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas
Caro and I made these cute Ghost Donuts with FlipBox. We skipped the sprinkles and added candy eyes for a SPOOKY and healthy way Halloween treat that is gluten-free and refined sugar-free!! Readers of OurFlipSideLife get 10% off all orders of FlipBox with promo code LOVE2BAKE 
I promise they taste just like traditional candy corn and gummy fruits + they’re gluten-free, allergy-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
A favorite in our house. Carolina loves her bunnies and these are just too cute! Made with Whole Grain and no artificial ingredients.
 Say no to high-fructose corn syrup! These yummy snacks are made with natural fruit flavors and other good-for-you ingredients.
Not pictured because I got them late last night but holy moly (!) these are sooo good! Real milk chocolate and colored with veggies! These are the perfect addition to our Healthy Halloween Candy Dish!

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Sweet Potato Muffins (Grain-Free, Naturally Sweet)

If you follow us on INSTAGRAM you know all about these Sweet Potato Muffins. The recipe is simple to make and requires a short list of ingredients including almond flour making it a grain-free alternative.

Wait! It gets better – skip the mixing bowls and all the ingredients into a blender! Yes, blender! Why spend extra time in the kitchen when you don’t have too!

My goal with this blog (and FlipBox) is to share healthy recipes that are simple to make and require minimal time in the kitchen. So if there is a way to cut corners and save me some time, you better believe I’m gonna do it! Wouldn’t you?

We hope you enjoy these moist, tender, not too sweet and oh so delicious muffins! Let us know what you think!

Btw – we are now live on Pinterest! Make sure to follow us, comment and upload your best FlipSide recipe photos!

 

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour

½ cup coconut palm sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup mashed sweet potato

½  cup dairy free milk

½  cup unsweetened applesauce

½  cup coconut oil, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray
  2. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until a batter is formed
  3. Scoop spoonful’s of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners
  4. Bake 25-30min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
  6. Serve and enjoy!

These muffins are freezer friendly! Make an extra batch and save for later. 🙂