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How To’s on Buttery Indulgent Health Junk Food, not as contradictory as it sounds.

I believe in health food.  I also believe in sneaking in as much natural sweets and fats as the body can handle per day without overtaxing your liver, colon, and bloodstream.  However, most of the awesome recipes that catch my eyes include a bunch of ingredients that are hard to find or  have to be ordered from 3 different websites, in bulk, to really get a deal.

Today, I share my recent discoveries that would incite immediate salivation on anyone, while supplying tremendous nutrients.  I’m talking gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free*, allergy-free, anti-flammatory….guilt free basically.  Your body wants it. Your body needs it.

These are so easy and inexpensive to make its disgusting.

*Almond is actually a seed, not a nut. 

On the menu is:

Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream*, with Raw Fudge Sauce

Vanilla Almond Flax Butter

Key Lime Mousse

and the latest dangerous obsession where too-much-of-a-good-thing unfortunately applies….drumroll please…..

Coconut Butter

No, I’m not gonna teach you how to make them, silly! I’m going to share links.

All you need is a food processor, one of the best investments you can make.  Or a mother-in-law who has had an unused spanking new appliance for years in her closet waiting to be used.  I don’t know if blenders are as successful as a food processor, but the authors and/or comments on these links tend to discuss that issue.  A high speed blender is the next, pocket-denting, investment to spend on but that’s a story for another day.  I make by with a regular blender if I have to.

via sparkpeople.com

Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream*, with Raw Fudge Sauce. Or Coffee Flavored. or Peanut Butter Swirl.

Click here for instructions which is basically: frozen banana, process it, dunzo. 

Here’s a video, using coffee.  Coffee flavored banana ice cream? Brilliant! Cheerio!

This one is Kimberly’s Synder version with a fudge sauce.  She recommends organic bananas. Usually, I don’t buy organic bananas.  But in this case, if we’re willing to pay $4 for a starbucks coffee, let’s splurge on a homeade ice cream that hasn’t been gassed with pesticides, am I right? It will cost about the same as the coffee, and they taste better, sweeter, it’s alkalinizing, provides potassium, and it impresses people when you say I churned this ice cream just for you.  Still will be under $4.

Youtube the options, some add chopped walnuts, I would integrate some vanilla bean and/or organic peanut butter and make a swirly if I wasn’t intolerant.  If you can’t afford raw cacao powder, Hershey’s cocoa powder is better than the vein-blocking processed syrup.  The point is: drop the Chunky Monkey, and work for your body. For those allergic and intolerant, that’s why God created almond butter…segwaying into our next amazing treat:

via Healthful Pursuit

Vanilla Almond Flax Butter

Kill me now. This is amazing.  We all need more Omega 3, anti-inflammatory foods, for our little bellies to send out into the body, but who knew there was such a magical way to deliver it?  The best deal for roasted almond butter is at Costco for $5.99 on a humungo jar.  But a 3-lb bag of raw almonds is $9.99 and you could probably make 3-5 jars from your own, and this way you can monitor the heat used to roast the seeds so that you retain the most important fats and reduce the harmful ones.  Ground flax is also sold at Costco, but even Walmart carries it now.  If it gets hard to process, the recipe creator (a holistic nutritionist) recommends adding a few drops of almond oil to smooth the process.  Since, I’m trying to stick to a budget for now, I will be trying coconut oil, because you can’t add enough coconut to anything.

My little sauce recipe:

  • almond butter
  • a small amount of coconut milk
  • cinnamon
  • agave.

Agave is not recommended if you’re trying to clean up your body and provide nutrients, but every once in a while I do pig-out indulge.  Stevia is a healthier, more natural option.  The Husband loves this junk on a bagel.  Haven’t convinced him to go GF and probably never will, but I got him off most of the dairy.  Gold stars for him!

via healthyblenderrecipes.com

Key Lime Mousse

All hail this gluten-free vegan!  She looks like a princess.  She eats like a queen.  And simultaneously, a pig.  For voracious appetites who want a sleeker frame and plenty of sweets, this one is also painless to make. Tried and true, I recommend this for sweet tart lovers.  This is perfect for dieting and beautifying skin.  The sweetener on this is optional.  I just add an extra banana if I want it sweeter. And I go psycho on the zest.  I need the sour face to make me look pretty.

via superkitchenmachine.com

Coconut Butter

This is an obsession.  Probably worse than when I was 15 yrs old, obsessed with Nsync, in which I also wanted to spread them on toast. You know I’ve been practically threatening about the quality of your life if you do not try coconut butter.  At $7.99 a jar from Vitacost.com, it’s not too bad.  Use this link for $10 off.  Then Husband discovered it, and its an arms race to see who can scarf it down faster.  I will not spend $35 a month on butter.  Here is where the beauty lies…I found out how INEXPENSIVE and EASY it is to make at home.  Like all the previous recipes, you can get creative and add some cacao powder and natural sweeteners.

Recipe link:  They use a Thermomix.  I don’t know what that is.  But I’ve searched far and wide: you can use any blender, bullet, or processor.

How To Video link: Glad I found this one.  She has good tips, like not using sweetened coconut to avoid fails, and my personal secret: buying coconut flakes at the indian grocery store.  $2 for coconut.  $2! versus  $8.  That means I can eat it four times as much.

How To Make Your Own Coconut Butter: I just like this vid.  She prefers a blender over food processor! And said something about lemon truffles? What?

What and Why Coconut Butter?

So why is coconut good for you? Google it. I’m not doing all the work for you. But it has amazing health benefits.  Wait until I get into fermenting coconut water..soon.  Someday.  I’ll get there

Moderation is still important, obviously, blah blah blah, but I’ve found that eating healthy is easy when you’re surrounded by so many delicious recipes that are good for you to begin with.  If you only stick to the cookies and chocolate bars we’re used to seeing on ads, that’s what we’re gonna crave.  But if we learn a few options and get creative, it gets easier to get all our vitamins and minerals while eating something that only tastes sinful.

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Coconut Manna in my Mouth

Coconut Manna in my Mouth

Tragedy struck last week to some dear friends and family. Despite all the recent strength, excitement and willpower recently resurfaced, once the bad news reached my ears, I just want to recoil into a dark corner and never come out.

That is exactly why I will post, even though a shorty, dammit I will post. For continuity’s sake. For the sake of the loved ones left behind with so much heartbreak, we have the burden of surviving and my desire to stop everything is not an option. At some point it’ll be easy to have joy again without guilt or quickly chastising oneself for experiencing moments of careless happiness. We’ll learn to carry the memory instead of the pain.

For now, I found something delicious we should all try while we’re alive. Something indulgent, yet healthy, low in sugar, and heavenly.

One day I’m gonna see my friend again and handing him a jar, askl him, “Did you ever try coconut butter?…Melts in your mouth huh”?

With globfuls of this gooey stuff dribbling in his mouth, he’s gleefully nod his head.

There wasn’t much point to this other than I wanted to share. Have it with almond butter and agave syrup on toast or a bagel…and cozy up with someone you love. Wrap a ribbon around it and give it to your best friend.  Slap it on GF waffles with coconut ice cream. Share the yummy comforts. Now, before it’s too late.

Oh yea, and I swear I’m not purposely pushing this, but if you use the link above you pretty much get the first jar free.  ($10 off a $7.99 jar). It’s eating good on a budget, is what it is.

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November 21, 2011 · 6:23 PM

Wal-Mart Fun, Insights, Tangents, and Bulletpoints

  • This post will constitute the greatness that is Walmart fun.  It is what happens when you’re not in a rush, don’t want to bring WMD with you,  and don’t focus on the ungodly alienesque (redudant) characters that roam the stores frightening the cohabitation of the average citizen, making us ponder the unanswered question…why are we here?
  • Times are tough.  The economy is bringing people together at Walmart.  For the most part, you can spot a person who doesn’t belong in there and you identify their economical and life status.  Nicely groomed man: Wife left him, took everything. A well dressed career woman pushes around a cart, puzzled and flustered: Husband is in debt.  High-end snob model: she’s lost or is too blonde to know she’s making all the rednecks drop their canned goods on their crusty toes.
  • It will expound upon some tips on nutritional food, insights, Walmart sight-seeing, money saving tactics and tid-bits I’ve picked up along the way.
  • It will be laid out in bullet point format for the mom-in-a-hurry, the business woman, or those with  Internet ADHD Syndrome (the ones who click on all external links, and find themselves reading about Tanzania’s President by the time their done), or people like me: the coherently fractured mind (paradoxical).
  • Money saving tips – Produce: buy at corner vegetable and fruit stands.  No bagging, no stock boy, no corn wax. For Asian, Jamaican, Latin, and world recipes..find a local ethnic store.  Everything will be ridiculously cheaper there.
  1. Curries
  2. Corn Masa
  3. Rice and Beans
  4. Herbs and Spices
  5. Coconut Milk
  6. Noodles
  7. Sauces
  8. Weird plants
  9. Oxtail Seasoning.. Wait. What? (Emphasis on the WH)

There is no doubt why some whities think the spanish are a bit from the another world.

No croutons. I’ve got just the thing!

Truth is, in the Spanish section, I found pumpkin seeds perfect for snacks and granola, which I paid a Starbuck’s coffee’s worth more for it at a natural health food store (even though I’m not supposed to drink coffee).  Anyway, these are not highly processed.  Get your anti-inflammatory curry powder here!  It’s not just for people with disease: people with allergies, people who work out.  Get your banana leaves here…haha..

  • Funny… that the Wal-Mart I patronized did not list it as the Ethnic Foods Isle.  They labeled it Latin Foods.

The other cultures look tame next to these guys.

  • Not funny… that ironically I had become the Wal-Mart weirdo because I was taking pictures of cow tongues in jars.  I’m not kidding.  Even the spics were looking at me like I spit on the Virgin Mary.  Oh, don’t worry.  I didn’t mean spic as derogatory, because I am one.  Kind of like how only a certain group can use the “n” word amongst themselves.  Just jokes my friends, just jokes.  Send hate mail or counsel to :bunnybutt83@yahoo.com
  • You must still read the labels.  Just because some countries are poor does not mean their corporations are beyond adding a lot of cheap foreign material to it.  I mean, look at our broke America.  They put silicone in my food! Some Oriental and Spanish food shamelessly add Mono Sodium Glutamate to their food.  Almost anything that ends in -mine does not belong in your plate.  My Cholas: please look carefully if you buy ADOBO seasoning.  The spanish version contains MSG.  The randomly enlightened North American version does not.  Some just sell MSG for a good brain rush.

  • A special side note:  The picture quality is to blame on my chronologically irrelevant phone in this rapidly evolving tech timeline we live in.  As a matter of fact, while I took the above picture, I lost the R key plate (that also doubles as the number 3 button).  No longer can I text you that, “I’m angry, Grrrr!”.  No, I’m just G.  Matching iPhones are in the works for Husband and me, but I fear divorce in the near future if we upgrade to such man-grabbing smartphones.  I would have to make an ElenAPP to get his attention.
  • Some popular organic brands are available in your Wal-Mart.  If you scan the rows long enough will magically appear in the back, hiding behind the pickles and the Twinkies.

And you thought the epitome of greatness was Peanut Butter. Bout time you experimented!

  • Please do yourself a favor and buy Gluten Free, Organic, and Environmentally Friendly Peanut Butter Panda Puffs!  They carry it at many Wal-Mart!  (Not in hick town though).  You don’t have to have Celiac’s Disease to want to stuff these down your pants. Try with vanilla soymilk. If you just don’t care, get Reese’s Peanut Butter cereal cause they are good, said the girl with the hives.

  • Here’s some common sense for all housewifes and home keepers, not rookies like me. Pragmatically speaking, not nutritionally, do buy the large strawberries so you don’t have to keep going back.  Don’t stock up on bulk broccoli just because you need to eat better.  Eating healthy food happens in baby steps for us Oreo-is-a-food-group eaters.  It is better you overdose on strawberries than spend your monies on a ton of greens that are just gonna get up on their stalks and walk away.
  • If you want your kids, I mean er, Husband to eat better…you’re gonnaa have to do some prep work.  Chop them fruits up pretty, try to put them in a prettier bowl that the tupperware below, and pin some fiery sparklers on top of them.  Handing them an apple is just laughable.  Slice it, dice it, eat a piece, garnish them and serve.  Arrange their cauliflower into little trees and take off the crust every once in a while on the sprouted whole grain bread.  Tell them there is sugar added in the berries.

  • This is what a fruit massacre looks like. “It was a run-by fruiting!” Bet you don’t know what I’m quoting?  Husband and I bonded on that quote long ago!  A million points if you know it:

  • I know this is obvious, but buy seasonally!  Try the things you were always afraid to try and do it while they’re dirt cheap.  Tis the season for papaya, kiwi, and watermelons.  I know this because it was on display, not because I subscribe to Southern Living.  In the days of yore (not sure when yore is), people would eat what was available in the area and nearby trade.  They didn’t have mass exports of kiwi in the dead of winter.  It makes sense that tropical people eat mangoes in the Caribbean to cool off, not in New England.  This is TRUE organic eating.  However, since we’re a spoiled peoples, let’s have our papaya and eat it too.  It makes your skin glow by the next day, great anti-inflammatory, protein breaker-upper, and you’ll poop like a duck. Eat. Boom! Poop.

Yes guessed it!  You must scoop out the seeds, possibly peel the skin, and dismember it into cubes to remove any semblance that it was once a papaya if you wants your family to go near it.  They don’t do fruit roll-ups with this many vitamins and fiber.

  • And if you don’t have that much fun in Wal-Mart after looking for little treasures and tricks, then stop by  Sweetbay’s Ethnic section.  guaranteed fun.  I spy with my eye:

In the English section. Love how it says sponge pudding.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go slurp on some cactus mucus….Bye.

Love,The Housewifee

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