All posts tagged: raw

Fit Friday: MSF Raw Mocha Almond Squares

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are having a great week and are headed into the weekend feeling accomplished or inspired. I have been plugging away at Pilates training and enjoying walking to classes in this summer-like weather we’ve been having. It’s been pretty warm so I haven’t been wanting to put my oven on to bake anything, but that doesn’t mean my chocolate cravings go away! I experimented with some things I had on hand and ended up with squares that were the perfect amount of chocolatey goodness and super simple to make, so I felt the need to share with you! These remind me of a chocolate brownie with a ganache-like consistency and a hint of coffee which gives that caffeine kick I am seriously addicted to. They are rich and luscious enough to feel sinful, but the ingredients are clean and raw and nothing to feel bad about. Win, win! You must try and make these to enjoy pre/post workout or to have when you need a little pick-me-up that feels decadent …

Wellness Wednesday: Cuckoo For Coconuts

Coconut oil has been all the rage. While the health benefits and versatility of what it can do are impressive, I feel like it’s been done…we know it’s amazing and we understand what it can do for us. Seeing it everywhere made me think of where it comes from and if in fact the fruit itself is as impressive as the oil and water we see lining the shelves. After reading all about the coconut fruit, I found it to be just as fascinating as the counterparts we know and love. So here it is, my list of benefits I found useful and interesting about the coconut as a whole. Top 5 Benefits of Coconuts Minerals-consuming a cup of shredded coconut gives us a high % of our daily recommended servings of minerals manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Fiber-(this one surprised me) raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber! One cup of shredded coconut meat equals 7 grams of fiber which can help lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in our bloodstream. Immunity boost-fats …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info. It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations. Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today. Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, …

Fit Friday: MSF Brownie Batter Balls

Happy Friday!! I feel like celebrating because we all made it through the week after springing forward. I don’t normally complain about the time change but WOAH, this time change did me in. I know I’m not alone because everyone I came in contact with this week has brought it up. Anyways, I relied heavily on matcha lattes, cold brew, and chocolate to get me through. Now on the other side and facing the weekend I thought this was a perfect opportunity to link my second “how to” video on YouTube. Eek! It’s like the scariest thing ever for me and I don’t really know why. I love to talk, I love to make yummy/healthy things, I love to teach…so what’s the big deal? Well I’m working on it, and hoping to make it more and more natural so it’s not so painful for you guys to watch. Until then, bear with me and hopefully you’ll find a few of the videos useful! This one was shot by my dear, patient husband who insists it’s …

Fit Friday: You Have My Heart 4 Ingredient Truffles

Happy Friday! Was it just me or did this week seem to DRAG? It could be because I am on my way out of town for a weekend away, or just because there’s been a lot going on. Whatever the reason, I am extremely grateful and in need of  a trip to one of my absolute favorite places. I will do a follow-up “recap” post with all the highlights. Stay tuned! Until then, I’m still in Valentines Day mode because…why not? Love is in the air and it’s been fun to see the romantic side of everyone. The other thing I can’t get enough of is all the holiday treats, especially the chocolate. Ugh the chocolate. Just because we’re on MSF doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the decadent treats this time of year. Yes we’re trying to stay fit and mindful of our habits, but it’s important to maintain balance in everything. I like to incorporate something healthy in my treats (as you may have noticed) but also cook with as …

Fit Friday: Fit Fix, MSF Raw Brownies!

Sometimes you just need something sweet. It can be to satisfy a craving, treat yourself when you need it or j u s t b e c a u s e. If there’s one thing I’m big on its efficiency. So why not satisfy your craving without completely derailing your healthy eating efforts? I’ve got you covered! The brownies below are guilt-free because they have only 4 ingredients, no gluten or dairy, and are naturally sweetened with dates so they won’t spike your blood sugar. It’s ridiculous how easy they are to make and I promise they will hit the spot when you just need something sweet. MSF Raw Pecan Brownies Ingredients 1 c raw pecans, chopped 1 c dates, pitted ½ c cocoa powder or cacao powder 1 tsp vanilla extract *optional dash of cinnamon Directions In food processor blend together pecans, dates and cocoa powder 1-2 minutes. Add vanilla (and cinnamon if using) with 1 tsp water. Pulse until combined (1-2 minutes). If dough is not sticking together, add more water ½ tsp …

Wellness Wednesday: Moringa

I had a request a little while back to incorporate Moringa into a recipe.  Before I could deliver on this request I wanted to learn a little more about the “it” superfood so I had more to say on the topic instead of a simple recipe. First off, if you aren’t read up on Moringa (which I wasn’t entirely) the short-hand version is it is a powerful superfood that is gaining popularity because of its high nutrient content, antioxidants, and healing properties. There are many claims to what the Moringa plant can prevent and treat but I’ve only included benefits found from multiple sources which also seemed to be the most backed by scientific research. So here they are, the top 10 benefits of Moringa. Top 10 benefit of Moringa Brain health-Moringa supports cognitive function and brain health because of its high levels of antioxidants as well as large amounts of vitamins C and E which help fight oxidation (oxidation leads to neuron degeneration). Accelerates healing-it has blood clotting properties which means a reduction in wound healing …