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Coco Nutty “Cereal”

Serves 5 Ingredients ½ large mango, peeled and diced 4 large Medjool dates, pitted and diced ½ cup raw cashews ½ cup raw Brazil nuts ½ cup ground flaxseed ½ cup chia seeds ½ cup pumpkin seeds 4 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut ¼ tsp. sea salt ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted ¼ cup maple syrup, Grade B 2 Tbsp. water Directions Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, dates, cashews, Brazil nuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, and sea salt.  Stir until well combined. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Bake, stirring once halfway through, for 50-60 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet. Crumble cereal before storing. *Can be stored in an open container, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.  ...

Good, Better, Best!

What is a sustainable diet?  I spend a lot of time counseling clients on the concept of making their diet work for their lifestyle. Not trying to have the ‘perfect diet’ all the time is a more livable and practical concept for most people and they are more likely to stick to the diet which supports their health goals. A combination of “Good”, “Better”, and “Best” choices is the perhaps the best way to implement sustainable change in your diet.  Enjoying a homemade chocolate cake for someone’s birthday is probably fine (and really yummy!); try to eat a healthy dinner afterwards, filled with leafy greens, lean protein, and healthy fats.  A sustainable diet is not trying to have the perfect diet, but creating a healthy, flexible structure of food options which will allow your body to feel its best. What is Good? “Good” is cutting down on processed foods and incorporating healthier foods into your diet, such as swapping salad for french fries or a lettuce wrap for a few slices of bread. “Good” is making choices that will help you to feel better. For an athlete, this may be selecting an energy bar with minimal, pronounceable ingredients over a highly-processed, high-sugar energy bar. What is Better? “Better” is beginning to look at food more than just ‘energy’. It’s pausing at meals, allowing your body to properly digest food. It’s eating meals that require a fork and knife; swapping burgers and burritos for a plated dish, filled with salad, veggies and good protein.  “Better” may be adding a cup of wholesome soup to your meals or stocking your office/kitchen cupboards with healthy snacks....
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