These delicious berry popsicles are filled with fresh strawberries, tart raspberries and creamy coconut milk for a healthy treat or pre/post workout snack. We use Purium Power Apple-Berry Shake mix so it's bursting with flavor and superfoods!Read More
Make a chocolate gift for your Valentine! This Chocolate Fig Trail Mix Bark combines crunchy nuts, seeds, coconut and chewy figs for a decadent, healthy dessert that you'll "heart."
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and you know what that means—chocolate! It's sharing special desserts and meals that tells someone "I love you." It's candy hearts, a box of truffles, or even coming home to a chocolate cherry cake made by Mom that has made my day. So, I naturally thought of sharing one of my favorite recipes to date! I'm treating you to a thick, dark chocolate bark recipe that’s decadent and perfect for gifting to your loved ones. And yes, it’s easy enough to make AND enjoy the same day!
If you’re a chocolate fanatic, you’re going to absolutely love the rich 70-80% dark chocolate mixed with crunchy nuts, and sweetened with chunks of dried figs and gooey brown rice syrup. The syrup almost becomes like caramel when drizzled on the bark last—like a gooey caramel surprise.
As a great source of antioxidants, fiber and protein, you can feel good about nibbling on this healthy, "guilty" pleasure. Here's what you'll need for the trail mix:
The Trail Mix
AlmondsPumpkin seedsBuckwheat groats Toasted coconut flakesFigs
What is “Activated” and “Sprouted"?
"Activated" and "sprouted" nuts/seeds are when they have been soaked in water for a period of time, which allows the phytate compounds (the problematic acids that are hard to digest) to break down. Soaking them enhances their digestibility, making them easier for you to digest.
After pouring melted chocolate over the trail mix, it takes about 30 minutes for the chocolate bark to firm up in the freezer. Once hardened, chop into squares. Wrap them in parchment paper and tie with string for a cute, DIY gift. Enjoy, and Happy Valentines Day! xoxo
An easy, homemade tomato sauce simmered with simple ingredients, like canned tomatoes and basil! Make a big batch for delicious pastas, chicken bakes and veggie stews!
I had this vision of making my own tomato sauce. My dad always talked about how he could taste the love and care my Italian great grandmother put into her cooking. She never left her stove until her masterpiece was finito.
I wish I could say I had the same patience, but I thrive on spontaneous cooking. I'm also notorious for my messes in the kitchen—but isn't this a sign of a good chef ;-) Today's homemade tomato sauce recipe is one that will have you in-and-out of the kitchen. Instead of grabbing a pre-made jar that's higher in sodium and sugar, make your own batch under 30 minutes!
As I plan my meal prep for the week, homemade tomato sauce is a must! One batch gives a Mediterranean twist to pastas, chicken, lentil stews and sautéed vegetables. One of my favorites uses is to top Roasted Spaghetti Squash for a low-carb dinner!
Homemade Sauce vs. the Jar
Cooking your own tomato sauce let's you control the amount of sodium and sugar, and ingredients you are sensitive to, like onion and garlic for low-FODMAP dieters. Just because it's made from scratch, doesn't mean it has to be hard. Pop some tomato cans open, plop in some other ingredients and simmer for just 25 min. You're going to love how satisfying this savory and hearty sauce is, while also being way lower in sodium and sugar than the average jar.
A cast iron pan is perfect for making sauce because it enhances the flavors, it's easy to clean, and did you know it adds a little extra iron to your food?! Ever since I learned this from a San Francisco holistic doctor, I'm always pulling out my pan. All the ingredients are simple and thoughtfully added to make a balanced sauce.
- Canned tomatoes (no salt) because their fast
- Bone broth for extra protein
- Nutritional yeast for robust cheesy flavor
- Molasses for a earthy balance
- Coconut sugar for healthy sweetness
Why low sodium?
There's nothing I love more than Himalayan pink salt...ok, maybe salted dark chocolate! Besides wanting to loose excess water retention from the holidays, reducing salt is good for blood pressure and heart health. Eating whole foods and cooking at home is a way to consume way less salt than when eating out or pre-made foods. Read more about sodium here.
I'll leave you to your kitchen to get cooking! Here are a few recipes and ideas to make with this tomato sauce. Enjoy!