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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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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

creamy 

refreshing 

and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Made with crunchy veggies and loaded with flavor, this easy lunch recipe, snack or dinner recipe can be ready in minutes. A perfect meatless substitute that is low-calorie, low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy plant-based protein.

Say hello to my new favorite recipe. Joe and I first tried Chickpea Salad (aka faux tuna or chicken salad) while at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. We were blown away by the mix of flavors, and the perfect combination of smooth with a refreshing crunchy.

You can enjoy this healthy salad on its own, on toasted gluten-free bread or wrapped in beautiful Swiss chard leaves. Really, anything goes. Bonus: chickpeas are packed with fiber and plant-based protein which help us stay full longer and energized throughout the day.

We encourage you to make a double batch of this yummy salad on meal prep days and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 Don’t forget to tag your food pictures using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients.

1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

¼ cup celery, chopped 

¼ cup carrots, chopped 

1/8 cup red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 tbsp, vegan mayo (I like this brand)

1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the wraps

2-3 large chard leaves, washed (fresh or blanched*)

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

3. Cut in half, plate and serve.

4. Leftover chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.

 

*Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves and stems for 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and cut away the stems at the base. Note: chard leaves are easier to work with when blanched but I also enjoy the crunchy-ness of fresh chard leaves.

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Celery Juice Challenge

The Celery Juice Challenge is the new trend. Use a blender or juicer and enjoy the amazing health benefits of this easy-to-make elixir in the mornings. It can easily be made in a big batch and stored up to 2 days. in the fridge. Give it a try and enjoy the naturally detoxifying benefits of this amazing superfood. 

I started the Celery Juice Challenge after my visit to Miami for Thanksgiving.

Every time I travel, mostly to Florida, where my family is, I indulge in comfort food that I don’t eat every day and unfortunately, this is not the type of food that I’m used to eating now. So that causes a lot of bloating, causes a lot of problems with my digestive system and overall, it’s not a good feel. So, because of that and after a lot of research I decided to try the Celery Juice challenge which a lot of people have been talking about.

Some people can call it a fad diet some people can call it a trend, but generally there is nothing wrong with drinking 16oz of Celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach hoping that you will feel better and get your digestion back on track.

So that is exactly what I did. For the next three weeks, I was very diligent about drinking 16oz of celery juice that I made using my Vitamix blender and an almond milk mesh bad, and I started drinking it.

What Changed..

To my surprise, I started to feel more energized, had less bloating, regular bowel movements, a lot of elimination. I started to break out on my skin which (I didn’t know this at the time) is part of the detoxification process. The salt crystals in the celery juice help detoxify the liver and the toxins have to come out somewhere. So, I started to feel less bloating, my skin cleared up after a few days, I was sleeping better. I felt like I was having coffee in the mornings because I wanted to have coffee in the mornings and not necessarily because I needed to fight or get rid of that sluggish feeling. Overall, it has been an amazing addition to my diet, that along with healthy food during the day, exercise and a good amount of sleep has helped me drastically.

Fast forward to now, and I am not as strict with the celery juice as I was in the beginning. I don’t drive myself crazy with these schedules, I do it if I have time because I know it makes me feel better, but I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day or a weekend. I think it’s an amazing way to help your body feel better, for your digestive system to work better which in turn helps absorbs the nutrients in your body from the foods that you eat. I think it’s great and there is a lot of information on the celery juice challenge in the book, “The Medical Medium” which is linked below.

Now it’s your turn..

I’ve included a quick way to make your celery juice when you don’t have a juicer at home. It’s always important to buy your celery organic as with other fruits such as bananas. Buying celery organic is better for you, the pesticides are not there which makes for a better experience and for a lot more health benefits.

So, I encourage everyone to try. As I always say on all of my posts and on Instagram, I am not a doctor. I am a health coach in training, I am a mom, I am a wife and I am a woman that wants to be healthy and do the best for herself and for her family and have the best health that I am able to have. I encourage you to read more about it, make an educated decision as to if the celery juice challenge is right for you.

I also encourage you if you’re going to start drinking celery juice in the mornings to consult your doctor before you start making any drastic changes to your diet.

Overall, I am a huge advocate for celery juice in the morning and I hope everyone either tries it or at least learns more about the health benefits of celery juice.

12 REASONS TO DRINK CELERY JUICE by Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium

 

1. Lowers Inflammation

Celery juice starves the unproductive bacteria and viruses that are behind inflammation.

2. Supports Weight Loss

Celery juice helps to clean up & detoxify the liver and a sluggish, toxic liver is behind mystery weight gain.

3. Aids Digestion

Celery juice restores hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach for better long-term digestion.

4. Reduces Bloating

Celery juice prompts the liver to increase bile production and strengthens the stomach’s hydrochloric acid production. Old undigested, rotting protein and rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach and in the small intestinal tract can then be broken down, helping bloating.

5. Helps Eczema & Psoriasis

The undiscovered cluster salts in celery juice break down the cell membranes of the pathogens responsible for eczema, eventually killing and destroying them.

6. Fights Infections

Celery juice enhances your entire body’s immune system. White blood cells absorb the sodium cluster salts in celery juice through their cell structure & then use them as an offense mechanism, not just a defense mechanism.

7. Helps Prevent UTI’s

Celery juice is an antiseptic to streptococcus bacteria, which is the true unknown cause of Urinary Tract Infections.

8. Healing For Acne

Celery juice’s undiscovered sodium cluster salts are toxic to bacteria, including streptococcus in the liver and lymphatic system, which is the real cause of acne.

9. Prevents High Blood Pressure

Celery juice helps stabilize blood pressure by cleansing the liver of Liver Troublemakers (see Liver Rescue for info), which leads to healthier blood that can be easily pumped by the heart.

10. Helps Lower High Cholesterol

Celery juice helps cleanse and strengthen the liver and breaks up undigested rotting proteins & fats that contribute to a sluggish liver, which is behind high cholesterol.

11. Helps Prevent Ulcers

Celery juice helps destroy the bacteria responsible for ulcers.

12. Protects Liver Health

Your liver’s individual immune system relies on the undiscovered sodium cluster salts inside of celery.

Click here for more information on the Celery Juice Challenge.

Here’s how you can make celery juice at home using a Vitamix and a nut milk bag*.

(A juicer might be easier/quicker but I don’t have one.)

Ingredients

1 bunch of organic celery, washed

1/4 cup filtered water

Instructions

1. Chop the celery and add to your blender. Begin to blend. If it’s not blending pour water in small amounts until the celery starts to blend

2. Strain the celery pulp out using nut milk bag or strainer.

3. Drink immediately on an empty stomach

*I love this NUT MILK BAG – it’s cheap, sturdy and easy to wash

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Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce, a simple and delicious dessert recipe made with gluten-free brown rice flour, organic cocoa powder, and other clean, healthy ingredients. A must-try recipe! 😉  

The holidays are finally here and they’re filled with lots of fun activities, family get-together and, of course, food. I love sharing healthy dessert options like these muffins with dairy-free caramel sauce. They’re a delicious alternative to unhealthy holiday treats that help keep up with your healthy eating habits. Plus they’re:
 
Moist 
Tender On The Inside
Perfectly Chocolaty
Not Too Sweet
 
I promise you everyone will love them! 
Are you guys baking for the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday desserts? 

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients

1/3 cup warm water

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup ghee, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cups coconut palm sugar

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½  teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoons baking powder

¼  teaspoon ground coffee

Pinch of sea salt

 

Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut palm sugar

½ teaspoon tapioca starch

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Muffin Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 mini paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
  4. Add the melted ghee, egg and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  7. Allow cooling completely then coat with a generous amount of caramel sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Caramel Sauce Instructions:

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, tapioca flour, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns a dark amber color, 30-40min.
  4. Remove from heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.
  6. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with the #OurFlipSideLife

Also, our FlipBox Holiday Sale is live through Dec 25th! Make sure to get your orders in! You can order directly through the SHOP NOW link below! 🙂 

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White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

Happy Thursday! How are the kids adjusting to the new school schedule? More importantly, how are YOU adjusting? We are slowly getting back into the swing of things.

As you know, Caro is in school longer hours which means I now meal prep for her too. Fresh fruit cups, veggies slices, and single serving smoothie packs are some of our favorites.

Another quick meal prep idea is this White Bean Dip. Best part? It’s impossible to mess up, creamy
and so flavorful. Plus it’s packed with protein and healthy fat which helps keep us full longer.

Double the recipe to make a big batch and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Feel free to skip the cilantro and substitute for fresh parsley!

Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and pictures on social media @ourflipsidelife and tagging us #ourflipsidelife

Ingredients

1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup onion, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, garlic, and onions and sauté until the garlic is golden brown and the onions are translucent
  3. Add the bean puree and chopped cilantro into the pan stirring frequently for 1-2min until all the ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  5. Top with chopped veggies and more cilantro (optional)
  6. Serve hot (or at room temp) with crackers, assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, or toasted GF bread!

 

PS – those delicious crackers you see in the back are Jilz Gluten Free Tuscan Crackerz (Lemon and Herbs) and they are AH-Mazing!

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OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

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Garlic and Chive Almond Pulp Crackers

Garlic and Chive Almond Pulp Crackers

We all know that homemade almond milk is easy to make and healthier than store-bought almond milk. Every few weeks I make a fresh batch and catch myself throwing out a ton of almond pulp – a waste of money and healthy nutrients, right? Well after browsing the internet for ideas, I found, tested and tweaked a few recipes. One of my favorite things to make with leftover almond pulp, these Garlic and Chive Almond Pulp Crackers. They’re light, crisp and pair well with dairy-free cheese or grass-fed butter or ghee. Give them and try and tell us what you think.

 

Ingredients

1 cup wet almond pulp
3 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp fresh chives (works with any herb)
1 garlic clove, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. If the dough looks dry, add water one tablespoon at a time, just until it can easily be pressed together between your fingers.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a sheet of parchment paper and place another sheet of parchment paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll the cracker mixture about ⅛-inch thick. (the thinner, the crispier).
  4. Use a large knife to score the rolled dough into square shapes.
  5. Bake for 20 min, then flip each cracker and bake until they are crisp and golden, about 15 to 20 min more. Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!
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