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Dessert Recipes and Ideas

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*Creamy Coconut Rice

* 1 cup-Brown Rice Basmati

*1 1/4 cups-Water

*1/2 cup-Light Coconut Milk

*1/2 Sea Salt

Instructions:

Bring water and coconut milk to a boil.

Add rice, cover, and reduce heat to low.

If you like, add a cinnamon stick while the rice is cooking.

I would like to try this! It looks healthy

Edited by EddieE

Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.

Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.

Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!

I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.


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here's one from a low-carb site called Son of Grok

Caveman Custard

Dairy Free, No Sugar Added Custard

Do you miss puddings and custards in your primal world? We have a local egg custard here known as “Flan†and for some weird reason, I have been craving it. Here is a custard recipe that I have been putting together. I finally got the proportions perfectly where I like them. If you like yours sweeter, all you need to do is add more bananas! This recipe is about as simple as it gets.

Ingredients:

- 2 bananas

- 1 can coconut milk

- 3 eggs

- Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients except for cinnamon in a mixer and mix well.

2. Pour into custard or souffle cups (coffee cups or other oven safe containers work fine if you don’t have custard cups).

3. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.

4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approx 45 minutes. Custard will balloon a bit and you may see some liquid… its ok, it will work itself out.

5. Chill.

6. Serve and enjoy.

This makes a tasty treat! Careful though… it is easy to overeat lol.

also...no one has mentioned BACON yet. Nature's Candy Bar!


Since AUG 09: Been experimenting with Paleo/Primal diet and absolutely loving it.

Probiotics have been huge as well.


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bars (LaraBar knockoffs!)

These are really handy to have pre-made and pre-wrapped for snacks or quick meals.

What I do is take equal amounts of nuts like peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts and raisins. I add in some cinnamon chips, chocolate or white chocolate chips and a bit of vanilla. Food process all the ingredients and you should get a thick paste.

You can pat the paste down and cut into bars, wrap and refrigerate (these are GREAT for work or school).

To make a fancy dessert, I'll spread some of my favourite yoghurt over the bars, drizzle w/ melted chocolate and freeze. These are SO rich and fruity yoghurt freezes really well, they taste too good to be healthy!!

Anyways you can make tons of flavour combinations, check out LaraBar's website for more flavours (coconut lime, chocolate cherry, butterscotch, etc). They are SO expensive and it is cheaper and better for the environment to not have individually-wrapped snacks. I just keep a pan of these in the fridge and take one (or two) at a time in plastic containers that I wash and re-use.

Edited by meat_pirate86

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Brownie recipe with black beans in place of much of the flour.

This recipe has agave nectar and lots of it, I know. But it has black beans in place of most of the flour. So I'm posting it to help people figure out how they can make substitutions to lower the GI and increase nutritional value of their treats.

BTW, You can also use more cocoa and less flour. I have a brownie recipe like that. And you can usually just reduce sugar in any recipe by at least 1/3 without affecting texture at all. I've done that for years because I've never liked things to be so sweet.

Brownies

Ingredients

1, 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup agave syrup

½ cup self-rising flour

½ cup egg whites

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

6 tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

In a food processor, mix all brownie ingredients (except chips) together. Chop on high, until smooth. Clean off sides and blend for another 20 seconds. Add the chips in and stir well. Spread into the 8x8 baking dish. Cook for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1 hour in dish at room temperature.

Frosting

Ingredients

6 oz fat-free cream cheese

¼ cup agave syrup

2 tbsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp semisweet mini chocolate chips, melted.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly spray a 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. With a whisk attachment on an electric beater and blend all ingredients until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over the top of the cooled brownies. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the 2 tbsp of chips with a 2 second spray of nonstick cooking oil. Using a spoon, swirl the chocolate on top. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy. Don't forget to have seconds!

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Pumpkin pudding

On the Today show recently, their Joy whatshername who does the Joy Fit Club had a dessert or breakfast pudding made by mixing a can of pumpkin (not the pie filling, plain pumpkin) and a small container of vanilla yogurt. She used low or non-fat of course. Use your own homemade or non-dairy plain unsweetened yogurt. The pumpkin is a good source of fiber and beta carotene. Or you could steam some sweat potatoes to use instead of the canned.

I tried this but didn't care for it. I did use plain yogurt and did not add any sweetener or vanilla though.

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Chocolate Milk:

Add a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk to pure cocoa powder to form a paste. Keep adding almond milk as you whisk. Then add stevia or xylitol. Not the same as the real thing but pretty darn close. You could even add a little coconut milk if you want a more creamy consistency. Makes good hot chocolate too.

I also came across this recipe for chocolate pudding. Haven't tried it yet but looks good. I would substitute the sugar with stevia or xylitol.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/cocon...ing-recipe.html

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3-minute chocolate cake in a cup

3 Tablespoons flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons Cocoa

1 egg

3 Tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons oil

3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips (pieces) optional

small splash of vanilla

In a large coffee mug: Mix dry ingredients, add egg and mix thoroughly. Add milk, oil, mix again. Finally chocolate, vanilla and mix again. Microwave on high 3 minutes for a 1,000 watt oven. The cake will rise above the mug, but then collapse a bit. Let cool a bit. This makes 2 small servings.

The above recipe has already been altered from the original by me to decrease the flour and increase the cocoa to make everything 3s so it's easier to remember and I think a lot more clever. And it's better that way.

The one time I tried it, I reduced the sugar to 2 T because I've always reduced sugar a lot, skipped the chocolate pieces and used my yogurt instead of milk as I usually do. And I use Hershey's special dark cocoa powder. And I imagine I used coconut oil. When I ate half while still warm I thought it was a little too bitter, even for my tastes, but when I had the second half the next day, I liked it fine. The texture is a little odd, but I think it was not unlike the packaged cupcake and twinkie things made by hostess and such. As far as I can recall what they are like.

I've planned to experiment with other sweeteners and flours, but haven't done it yet. And you can probably use water, coconut milk, etc for the dairy

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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^ Oh dear... that cake sounds divine, and I have all the ingredients to make it. hehe How much oil are we supposed to use? Have you tried Tree of Life's coconut oil? It doesn't taste like regular coconut oil - has more of a butter taste, so it would be awesome in this. I'd like to know "why" it doesn't taste like regular coconut oil though... will have to look into that. Thanks for all the fun recipes Alternativista. :)


"...whatsoever things are true... honest... just... pure... lovely... or of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

~Philippians 4:8~


Green smoothies/blended greens keep me clear! Click here

* Diet: Whole foods, mostly plant-based diet - lots of green vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, fruit and occasional whole grains. If you suffer with acne, please see the diet tip section here.

* Skin-care Regimen: I recommend Paula's Choice (by Paula Begoun). For basic and effective, well-researched skin-care tips, click here.

* Supplements: Acidophilus, a safe, well-researched, food-based multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, and a pure DHA supplement.

* Lifestyle: Plenty of sleep, sweat-inducing exercise, sunshine, time each day to relax and de-stress, focusing on love, compassion and thankfulness, and keeping a clean, organized environment and life, helps to more easily maintain a healthy, happy life.

* Faith: If you're open to religion, having faith greatly helps with well-being and health. My faith is in Jesus Christ. I had to do much research regarding this decision, but it was worth it! It gives my life meaning, peace, and especially joy. If you have questions, PM me!


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^ Oh dear... that cake sounds divine, and I have all the ingredients to make it. hehe How much oil are we supposed to use? Have you tried Tree of Life's coconut oil? It doesn't taste like regular coconut oil - has more of a butter taste, so it would be awesome in this. I'd like to know "why" it doesn't taste like regular coconut oil though... will have to look into that. Thanks for all the fun recipes Alternativista. :)

Oops. It's 3 Tablespoons. 3T of everything except 1 egg, dash vanilla, 3 minutes.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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^ Oh dear... that cake sounds divine, and I have all the ingredients to make it. hehe How much oil are we supposed to use? Have you tried Tree of Life's coconut oil? It doesn't taste like regular coconut oil - has more of a butter taste, so it would be awesome in this. I'd like to know "why" it doesn't taste like regular coconut oil though... will have to look into that. Thanks for all the fun recipes Alternativista. :)

Oops. It's 3 Tablespoons. 3T of everything except 1 egg, dash vanilla, 3 minutes.

Thanks! That's a lot of oil, but I'm still going to try this for a treat..... sounds like too much fun to pass up. :)

Edit: Gave it a whirl tonight... very tasty indeed! I used whole wheat flour, brown sugar, Stonyfield's vanilla yogurt (something I rarely buy!), coconut oil, and of course, the egg, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Mine had a slight burnt taste, so perhaps 3 min. was a little long in my particular microwave. Still tasty though and definitely a fun treat. :)

Edited by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`*

"...whatsoever things are true... honest... just... pure... lovely... or of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

~Philippians 4:8~


Green smoothies/blended greens keep me clear! Click here

* Diet: Whole foods, mostly plant-based diet - lots of green vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, fruit and occasional whole grains. If you suffer with acne, please see the diet tip section here.

* Skin-care Regimen: I recommend Paula's Choice (by Paula Begoun). For basic and effective, well-researched skin-care tips, click here.

* Supplements: Acidophilus, a safe, well-researched, food-based multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, and a pure DHA supplement.

* Lifestyle: Plenty of sleep, sweat-inducing exercise, sunshine, time each day to relax and de-stress, focusing on love, compassion and thankfulness, and keeping a clean, organized environment and life, helps to more easily maintain a healthy, happy life.

* Faith: If you're open to religion, having faith greatly helps with well-being and health. My faith is in Jesus Christ. I had to do much research regarding this decision, but it was worth it! It gives my life meaning, peace, and especially joy. If you have questions, PM me!


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Is Nutella good for you?

No!!! But it sure does taste good!!!! hahaha It was all over Europe when I visited, and I loved chocolate crepes made of Nutella. I found out though that is has hydrogenated oils... a big no no to stay away from. :(

Gosh darn it! I just had a Nutella-banana crepe :lol: It was good :|

Guess what?!!! I was in a European market the other day, came across Nutella, decided to check the ingredients once more, and "no hydrogenated oils" were listed!!!!! Guess they changed their ingredients!! A lot of companies are becoming more aware and changing their ingredients. I was happy to see that Nutella had as well!! Still not considered a "health" food, but I'm sure an occasional jar can't hurt... I picked one up for old time's sake.... hehe :)

Yay! :D Consumers really should demand healthier options from manufacturers.

I would like to learn to cook! I wish any of you could teach me! Who lives in Lowell , MA or near it? :/

I think I'm going to buy vitamix blender! I want to start cooking these healthy food.

Cooking is easy & fun! Just watch Nigella :D


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We're safe & sound, ooh we're untouchable"

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Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

Has anyone made this??? I want to make it tonight but this post doesn't say how much of each Dx

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Thank you for posting this recipe! I made it over the weekend - very delicious, and my sister said they are the best macaroons she's ever had! I didn't have maple syrup, so I used a cup of brown sugar instead along with about a 1/4th extra coconut oil, and I kept adding honey until it was sticky enough to form into little macaroon balls. :)

Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

Has anyone made this??? I want to make it tonight but this post doesn't say how much of each Dx

Did you give it a try? I've made this type of recipe before, and I just estimate at the ingredients - I'd say about 2 spoonfuls nut butter, 1 spoonful coconut oil, 1 spoonful cocoa powder, and one spoonful honey (I don't like stevia in food for some reason - just a personal preference though).

Edited by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`*

"...whatsoever things are true... honest... just... pure... lovely... or of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

~Philippians 4:8~


Green smoothies/blended greens keep me clear! Click here

* Diet: Whole foods, mostly plant-based diet - lots of green vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, fruit and occasional whole grains. If you suffer with acne, please see the diet tip section here.

* Skin-care Regimen: I recommend Paula's Choice (by Paula Begoun). For basic and effective, well-researched skin-care tips, click here.

* Supplements: Acidophilus, a safe, well-researched, food-based multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, and a pure DHA supplement.

* Lifestyle: Plenty of sleep, sweat-inducing exercise, sunshine, time each day to relax and de-stress, focusing on love, compassion and thankfulness, and keeping a clean, organized environment and life, helps to more easily maintain a healthy, happy life.

* Faith: If you're open to religion, having faith greatly helps with well-being and health. My faith is in Jesus Christ. I had to do much research regarding this decision, but it was worth it! It gives my life meaning, peace, and especially joy. If you have questions, PM me!


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Grain Free Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Grain free

Ideally, you should soak and cook your own beans for this rather than use canned.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/triple-choc...te-chip-cookies

With 3 kinds of chocolate for flavor in Chef Rocco Dispirito's recipe, you won't miss the fat and sugar in the standard version of this most beloved cookie.

Ingredients

Makes 20 cookies

1 serving: 45 calories

1.4 g fat

2 g protein

9 g carbohydrates

0mg cholesterol

2 g fiber

32 mg sodium

½ tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1 cup canned white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 tbsp light agave syrup

3 large egg whites

1 ½ cups granulated artificial sweetener

¼ cup dark chocolate-covered cacao nibs

¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ËšF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine vanilla, cocoa, cannellini beans, and the agave syrup, and blend the mixture until smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl halfway through blending.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whip attachment, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the artificial sweetner. Continue to beat the whites until they are creamy and nearly stiff. Add 1/3 of the egg-white mixture to the cocoa bean mixture in the food processor. Blend to combine, for about 30 seconds. In 2 batches, fold the lightened cocoa mixture into the egg whites until they are almost fully combined. Add cacao nibs to the batter. Fold batter until cacao nibs are evenly dispersed and cocoa mixture is completely incorporated.

Drop mounded spoonfuls of batter onto the prepared sheets. Spread batter out to form cookies about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cookies.

Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans one turn halfway through baking. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Cocoa and Coconut Balls (grain free, no baking)

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cocoa-and-coconut-snacks/

1/2 cup each:

* Almonds

* Walnuts

* Pecan nuts

* Hazel nuts

* Pumpkin seeds

* 3-6 dates

* 2-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

To taste:

* Unsweetened cocoa powder

* Freshly ground coffee

* Shredded coconut

Instructions:

Run the nuts and pumpkin seeds in a food processor until ground into a fine flour.

Remove the nut flour and grind the dates and shredded coconut in the food processor until smooth.

Mix these ingredients together with coffee and cocoa powder according to taste.

Finally, add the coconut oil and mix it all together by hand. Roll the paste into small nibbly balls and sprinkle them in shredded coconut.

These snacks should be refrigerated to become firm.

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Baked Hot Chocolate Recipe

Reduce or substitute the sugar and/or use low sugar chocolate (un or bittersweet).

Ingredients (serves 4):

9 ounces 62% semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter cut into cubes

4 large eggs

1/4 cup granulated sugar

whipped cream

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange four 1-cup ovenproof coffee cups or mugs or 8-ounce ramekins in a baking or roasting pan.

2. Place the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler set over gently simmering water, and whisk occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Stir the eggs and sugar together in the bowl of stand mixer then set over the simmering water and stir until warm to the touch.

4. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, beat for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

5. Remove from the mixer, and fold the eggs into the chocolate mixture until it is light and smooth.

6. Spoon the batter into the cups. Add enough very hot water to the baking pan to come halfway up the side of the cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The baked hot chocolate will be done when the tops lose their glossy finish. A wooden skewer inserted in the top will emerge clean, but batter toward the bottom of the cup will still be very moist.

7. Carefully remove the cups from the pan. The cakes can be served warm, at room temperature or covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. To reheat, bring to room temperature and place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 5 minutes, or until warm.

8. Serve topped with a dollop of cocoa whipped cream.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Sauted Peach or Nectarine Slices

I just tried this and it was absolutely delicious. Similar to the previously mentioned apples slices, saute peach or nectarine slices in a little butter, just until softened. Don't over cook or add sugar. With no added sweetener, they make the same kind of thick sauce you get in pie and cobbler.

Sprinkle with whatever spices you put in peach pie or cobbler. I used my usual Chinese 5-spice powder which is a blend of ginger, cinnamon, and 3 other spices of course.

Have with yogurt or ricotta and/or nuts, use it to top your french toast or coconut or nut butter banana pancakes (see the breakfast recipe thread) or just with some nuts (something with fat to lower the GI)

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Breakfast 'Ice Cream' recipes from the Sneaky Chef

(creator of recipes for kids that involve sneaking veggies into foods kids will eat. Reduce or substitute the sugar.)

* Extra sneaky strawberry breakfast ice cream

* 1/4 ripe avocado

* 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, without syrup or added sweeteners

* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar

* Banana breakfast ice cream

* 1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)

* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar

* Chocolate banana breakfast ice cream

* 1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)

* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation

The name alone makes kids giggle and school mornings go a bit smoother. Your kids will think you're the best when you call them into the kitchen for their morning ice cream! These two-minute recipes are fun enough to entice even the grumpiest kids.

Your food processor is the only way to puree the frozen fruit without having to add a lot of liquid and for these small quantities, a three-cup mini food processor works best. These recipes can be quickly converted to a thinner smoothie by adding an extra 1/2 cup of milk to all the variations below and then mixing them in the blender.

For each of the breakfast ice creams (strawberry, banana, chocolate banana), put all ingredients in food processor and puree on high hold on tight, the first few seconds are a bit rough until the mixture smoothes out. Each makes about 1 1/2 cups of ice cream.

Tips

Another sneaky hint: Make popsicles out of these ice creams by pouring them into ice pop molds and freezing the night before. It's double the fun to eat it this way in the morning!

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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3-minute chocolate cake in a cup

3 Tablespoons flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons Cocoa

1 egg

3 Tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons oil

3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips (pieces) optional

small splash of vanilla

In a large coffee mug: Mix dry ingredients, add egg and mix thoroughly. Add milk, oil, mix again. Finally chocolate, vanilla and mix again. Microwave on high 3 minutes for a 1,000 watt oven. The cake will rise above the mug, but then collapse a bit. Let cool a bit. This makes 2 small servings.

The above recipe has already been altered from the original by me to decrease the flour and increase the cocoa to make everything 3s so it's easier to remember and I think a lot more clever. And it's better that way.

The one time I tried it, I reduced the sugar to 2 T because I've always reduced sugar a lot, skipped the chocolate pieces and used my yogurt instead of milk as I usually do. And I use Hershey's special dark cocoa powder. And I imagine I used coconut oil. When I ate half while still warm I thought it was a little too bitter, even for my tastes, but when I had the second half the next day, I liked it fine. The texture is a little odd, but I think it was not unlike the packaged cupcake and twinkie things made by hostess and such. As far as I can recall what they are like.

I've planned to experiment with other sweeteners and flours, but haven't done it yet. And you can probably use water, coconut milk, etc for the dairy

I tried this tonight. One serving was about twice as big as I needed probably, but it was still quite good. I zapped it for 4 minutes, but three probably would have been better (it was a little dry), but my microwave is a little strong either way. I used olive oil because that's what I had on hand, but coconut oil would probably add some niiice flavor. Some semisweet chocolate chips would have been good (for moistness) but I didn't want to over-do it (having a good skin day-don't want to screw it up!). Also, I used rice flour. Coconut flour would be a good alternative for paleos, which I normally identify as, but I find I can cheat occasionally on a small amount of grains with few problems (and I didn't have any coconut flour).

Ok, now that I read through the more recent posts, I wish I had tried the baked hot cocoa instead (since it's flour free!) Oh well :] I'll save it for next time.


I'm CelloIsLove.

Here's the problem I see:

People want to heal their acne through diet and lifestyle. Great. But then they get obsessed only with their skin and not how they FEEL. Physically. Emotionally. What is the quality of your life? It's not directly connected to your flesh, I can tell you that. Then obsess over their food. They hear "diet" and think low-fat, juicing, fasting, cleansing, starving. You're young. Do you really think you have liver failure? Do you really think you need more fiber?

Paleo changed my life. It's the only lifestyle that ever helped me-not just with my skin, but with my life. My happiness. My fitness. It says, "Eat good quality meats. Eat lots of veggies. Eat fruit too. Some nuts. Then go outside. Walk around. See the world. Play with friends. Lift heavy things. Get some sun. Then go sleep, wake up and do it again." What that means to me is to live an enjoyable, happy, dynamic life where I can be the best me for the people I love, not anxious, not angry, not depressed.

Be gentle to your skin, your heart, your tummy, and your life.

Get out there and live.

And also eat bacon.


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3-minute chocolate cake in a cup

I tried this tonight. One serving was about twice as big as I needed probably, but it was still quite good. I zapped it for 4 minutes, but three probably would have been better (it was a little dry), but my microwave is a little strong either way. I used olive oil because that's what I had on hand, but coconut oil would probably add some niiice flavor. Some semisweet chocolate chips would have been good (for moistness) but I didn't want to over-do it (having a good skin day-don't want to screw it up!). Also, I used rice flour. Coconut flour would be a good alternative for paleos, which I normally identify as, but I find I can cheat occasionally on a small amount of grains with few problems (and I didn't have any coconut flour).

Yes, I have made it with coconut flour, coconut oil and added some dried coconut to make up bulk since I used a a packet of stevia in place of sugar. It was even better. It didn't have the odd twinkie-like texture of microwaved cake.

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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This is rich, fabulous and healthy! Check out the many health benefits of coconut milk - it can even help with weight loss, so this might go a good alternative chocolate treat for during the holidays. smile.gif I'm still experimenting a little with this recipe, but it tastes very similar to chocolate Bliss ice cream. If you come up with other ideas or combinations, do tell!!

Chocolate Coconut Mousse (Coconut oil helps burn fat!)

Blend:

  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can coconut milk (I like the Thai brand).

Drain water from coconut milk (you may need to refrigerate it first so that the water and cream separates). Blend ingredients and refrigerate for a few hours until mixture has thickened into a mousse like texture.

Note: Look for a natural brand of vanilla extract without artificial flavorings or propylene glycol. I sometimes like to drizzle a little honey and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. It's also delicious with berries.

Edited by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`*

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Green smoothies/blended greens keep me clear! Click here

* Diet: Whole foods, mostly plant-based diet - lots of green vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, fruit and occasional whole grains. If you suffer with acne, please see the diet tip section here.

* Skin-care Regimen: I recommend Paula's Choice (by Paula Begoun). For basic and effective, well-researched skin-care tips, click here.

* Supplements: Acidophilus, a safe, well-researched, food-based multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, and a pure DHA supplement.

* Lifestyle: Plenty of sleep, sweat-inducing exercise, sunshine, time each day to relax and de-stress, focusing on love, compassion and thankfulness, and keeping a clean, organized environment and life, helps to more easily maintain a healthy, happy life.

* Faith: If you're open to religion, having faith greatly helps with well-being and health. My faith is in Jesus Christ. I had to do much research regarding this decision, but it was worth it! It gives my life meaning, peace, and especially joy. If you have questions, PM me!


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my favorite healthy desserts:

Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Get a can of high quality coconut milk, preferable organic and place it in fridge for several hours until cream separates. drain liquid and then mix cream with vanilla, stevia, nut butter and melted 100 percent chocolate mixed with stevia. put in freezer and stir occasionally for a rich, decadant yummy treat.

Creamy Banana Nut Smoothie

In blender mix one banana, a big tablespoon of nut butter, flaxseed, cinnamon, fresh ginger and a little almond milk.

OH MY GAWSH!! THESE SOUNDS AMAZING!!!! I'm trying the fudge soon!!


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You guys gotta try this! My own special Paleo Pumpkin Cookies! No dairy, no gluten, low sugar, low carb.

Mix in this order

1 omega-3 organic egg

3/4 cup hemp milk - use whatever milk you use

1 tbl pure maple syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

10 drops alcohol free stevia

tbl flaxseed meal- completely optional

dash of cinammon

1/2 cup-1 cup pure 100% organic pumpkin

3/4-1 cup coconut flour

Add the coconut flour a 1/4 cup at a time until you get a nice consistency for a cookie batter. Then just roll into balls and put on non stick cookie sheet. Bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes. AMAZING. Awesome part is, I put them in the fridge after a couple, and in the morning they taste even better after being in the fridge over night. They are super moist and rich, so good.

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