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Guiltless Nutritious Treats

 

 

 

Baking away, daily is what I do. Along with marketing, finance, janitorial, speeches, and so forth.

But, I never thought that my product was touching  the lives of those with eating disorders. One day, I had a woman with her mother come into my bakery in Miami. She proceeds to tell me that she purchased my product at a store in South Beach, FL.

I listened as to hear how the ingredients on the back quinoa, millet, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, protein, apricots, honey plus the information “Why We Use These Ingredients” on the website educated her on how these foods work for her and not against her.

At 26 years and 10 years of bulimia, her mother tells me that she no longer has this problem and has proceeded to start cooking for herself and understanding foods.

We spent a few days together, as for they flew in from Paris, France to meet me. I was honored. I was amazed. It is things like this that keep me going daily as a small business owner. Some can say, well isn’t it money that keeps you going. NO, because we can quit at any time.

That day, 4 people were blessed.

I still keep up with the girl from Paris. I still keep doing what I do.

http://www.skinnysouth.com

Tracy Knight is the owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats. Has several national articles written has been on television, and radio.

Why we Use these Ingredients!

Agave

Helps with weight management, enhances immune system, improves: energy level, bone density, reduces risk in heart disease & Type II diabetes, lowers risk of lower intestinal cancer, low glycemic index number, high fiber, calcium and iron

Almonds

Rich in Manganese, Vita E, Magnesium, calming properties, rich in potassium, lowers blood pressure, Vitamin B2, may help protect against diabetes

Amaranth

High in Protein, iron and calcium as well as B vitamins and fiber

Apples

Rich in vitamin C, antioxidant, regulates blood sugars, rich in fiber, health teeth, B vitamins, energy, rich in calcium, magnesium

Apricots

Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, low in sodium, rich in potassium, rich in phytosterols, antioxidant, rich in protein, Helps with healthy skin, eyes, builds immune system

Avocado

Heart Health, anti-inflammatory, reduces or prevents arthritis, cancer prevention of the: mouth, skin & prostate gland

Banana

Protects heart, controls blood pressure, strengthens bones, quiets cough

Blueberries

Good Source of Fiber, can improve urinary tract health,

protects your heart, stabilizes blood sugar and boosts memory

Buckwheat

From a thistle plant, contains 20% protein, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus

Carrots

antioxidant, healthy skin, improves eye sight, anti-cancer, reduces strokes by 68%,

blood sugar regulation, prevents macular degeneration in older adults

Chia Seed

Prevents Sugar spikes, improves cardiovascular health, fights belly fat, contains fiber (also helps you feel full), Omega-3 (fights belly fat), stronger bones (contains high amounts of calcium), high amounts of manganese & phosphorus, and protein

Coconut

Boosts thyroid, increases metabolism, promotes a lean body and weight loss, supports a healthy immune system, rich in antioxidants, treats skin disorders, healthy hair, and strong bones

Dark Chocolate 60% and above

Anti-oxidants, anti-aging

lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, increases sex drive, muscle repair, calming properties

anti-depressant, mono-unsaturated fat, reduces risks of heart disease

Dates, Medjool

Rich in calcium, Beta Carotene, potassium, low in sodium, Magnesium, iron, helps with healthy bones, and teeth. Helps utilize carbohydrates and fats, helps repairs tissues and cells, growth and maintenance, helps in the production of protein synthesis and the production in nucleic acids in DNA and RNA. Helps with the fat emulsification. Helps with muscle contraction, regulates heartbeat

Flaxseed Meal

High in Omega 3’s, Rich in Fiber, Protects against: breast, prostate & colon cancers, Protection against: cardiovascular disease, diabetes & inflammation

Hemp

GLA, ALA.. essential fatty acids, 9 essential amino acids, easily digested, 35% protein, calcium, iron Vitamin E, phosphoruss, magnesium, phytosterols, phospholipids (lecithin), zinc

Omega 3 and Omega 6, low carb and low sugar

Gluten Free Oats

Stabilizes blood sugars, complex carbohydrate, oats used are gluten free, healthy heart properties, 15% protein, great source of fiber, folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid as well as a good source of iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, calcium and copper

Honey (local, bee-friendly)

Immune booster, natural energy booster, may reduce the risk of cancers and tumors, healthy hair, health digestion, weight loss, lowers cholesterol

Lentils

Rich in iron, protein, fiber, calcium, good for the heart, bones, weight loss, easily digestible

Millet

15 % in Protein, high in fiber, sweet is extracted from the grain to produce sorghum, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, high in iron, potassium and magnesium.

Pecans

lowers blood pressure, prevents breast cancer, lowers bad cholesterol,

prevents prostate enlargement, weight control, regulates moods, high in Protein, regulates blood sugar,

delays the onset of age related motor neuron diseases.

Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy prostate, improves bladder function, anti-depressant, lowers cholesterol,

prevention of cancers, prevention of osteoporosis, increases bone density,

Rich in zinc, increases sex drive, anti-inflammatory, treatment of tapeworm and other parasites, high in magnesium, high in protein

Raw Quinoa (not flour)

Provides more oxygen release into the blood, it contains high source of protein, iron and calcium with a mixture of B vitamins and other minerals. It is considered a superfood from all its amazing properties. Contains more powerful nutrients rather than grinding into flour; so we kept it whole and raw

Sweet Potato

healthy bones, prevention of degenerative diseases, prevention of heart attacks,

high in vitamin C, boosts immune system, helps with stress, anti-depressant,

healthy skin, mood stabilizer, supports thyroid gland, anti-inflammatory

Walnuts

Decreases fat in blood, improves cell function, highest in antioxidants among nuts, fights fat,

prevention in heart disease, certain cancers, gallstones, controls blood sugars, rich in Phytonutrients,

high in omega 3, anti-stress, anti-depressant, supports weight loss

Pea Protein Isolate

Body digests 98% of the protein, healthy hair, cells, brain, calming properties, aids in weight loss, b vitamins, rich in increases muscle thickness, No chemicals, regulates blood sugar, healthy heart, less allergens, complete protein, builds lean muscle, helps regulate hormones

Spices

all spice

Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, beta carotene, C, folate, Omega 3 & 6, protein. Rich in antioxidant

cardamom

detoxification, eliminates: bloating, nausea, gas, constipation

clove

anti-microbial

cumin

insomnia, some cancers, antioxidants, respiratory disorders, colds

fennel

can reduce bad breath and body odor

ginger

anti-nausea remedy

nutmeg

strengthens immune system, prevents leukemia, improves circulation, strengthens cognitive function, detoxifies body, skin health, oral conditions, indigestion, pain reliever

oregano

helps smoothe stomach

antioxidant, helps with digestive problems

rosemary

antioxidant, helps with circulation, relieves headaches, and respiratory problems

sage

helps with sour stomach, helps with detoxification in kidney and liver, antibiotic

turmeric

anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress

Nutrient

Function, definition and pairing

Calcium

Body is 99%, fat burner, increases LDL (with the help of magnesium), helps balance acid and alkaline, aids in digestion, healthy nervous system, healthy teeth, bones, stress, pair with magnesium, phosphorus, A, C, D, helps with PMS, osteoporosis, cramps

Iron

Paired with protein. Transports oxygen from lungs to tissues, combines with protein and copper yielding healthy red blood cells, helps with stress, antioxidant, helps with myoglobin (transports oxygen)

Choline

Pair with sodium and potassium to create healthy cells, corrects acid and alkaline balance. Regulates the sodium / potassium in the cells. Stimulates production of hydrocloric acid; aids in digestion, detoxifies liver, aids against hepatitis

Magnesium

Within the bones 70% and 30% in soft tissue and body fluids. Found inside cells where it activates enzymes for metabolism of carbs and amino acids. Pairing with Calcium: it helps with the nervous system, muscle contraction and acid-alkaline balance in the body. Helps the body absorb: Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium. Enhances B, C, . Have to have to convert sugar in the blood for energy.

Manganese

grains

Now known for helping lactating moms with let down. Manganese paired with choline. Helps synthesize fat and cholesterol. Helps B vitamins. Helps with sex hormones, nervous system and brain

Phosphorus

nuts, grains, seeds

In every cell. Pair with Calcium. Body musts maintain a ratio of 2.5:1 phosphorus respectively. Aids in carbohydrate, fat and protein digestion. Helps with the contraction of muscles like the heart. Has to be paired with niacin and riboflavin to for those two to be even digested. Important for cell division and reproduction, kidney function, transfer of nerve impulses, growth of bones, tooth development. Acid and Alkaline balance

Potassium

Aids in diabetes, alcoholism, insomnia, bones, healthy digestive system, allegeries, muscle contraction, gout, RA, acne, stress. Combined with potassium helps regulate water balance in the body, decreases bloating, helps with the conversion of glucose to glycogen for energy.

Selenium

Found mostly in the liver and kidneys. Pair with E. antioxidant, helps with anti-aging, elasticity of tissues

Zinc

pumpkin seeds, quinoa, almonds

Anti-aging, anti-stress Aids in other nutrients absorption in the body. Helps breakdown alcohol. Helps ward off bugs, mosquitoes, heals wounds, and burns, helps with the synthesis of DNA, detoxifies body. Helps with healthy heart. Healthy sex hormones, reduces cholesterol

 

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Women hormones we are known for them. We are known for our mood swings and cravings… To cut to the chase because we are all busy :

 

If you have:
since you have headaches, fatigue and cravings: you want to increase these nutrients 14 days out and have every day before then during we will shift to change a few nutrients
B6: 200-300 mg aka pyriodoxine directly connected to female hormones …. as other B vitamins, it is lost through heat, cooking, stress, processed foofd, fast foods. Enriched in cereals and breads.
sources: meat,whole grains, whole wheat, wheat germ, fish, chicken, egg yolk, soy, ried beans, peanuts, walnuts, banansa, prunes, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, avocado. White sugar has none whereas raw sugar is rich in B6
whole wheat bread b/c it is processed has lost almost all but wheat germ and wheat flakes are rich in B6

B1: 150-250 mg depleted by the use of coffee, sugar, black teas, alcohol.  aka is thiamine.  sources: wheat germ, grains… do not use polished rice. whole wheat bread, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, blackstrap molasses. oats, millet, spinach, cauliflower, nuts, sunflower seeds, legume, peanuts, peas, beans, avocado (highest in fruits), pork tenderloin, dried fruits

chromium : mineral that help the glucose tolerance factor metabolizing and regulating carbohydrate metabolism in order for glucose to properly used within the body.
chromium which is depleted 90% by processed foods and fast foods (any even chick fil a ) 200-400mcg…. grains, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast (best form), green peppers, eggs, apples, butter, bananas, spinach, black pepper, blackstrap molasses …. whole grains, meats, shrimp, bran, potato skins, beets, mushrooms excellent sources

E 800 iu pair with omega 3 like salmon, olive oil … .pair foods like sunflower seeds, and olive oil in your spinach salad which spinach has 210% vitamin E
C : 8 mg citrus, red bell pepper

frequent small meals throughout the day.

Now, the amino acid: leucine will help when you have a busy day. it is found in dairy, poultry, wheat germ

its friends are the other BCAA : isoleucine and valine this will stabilized or lower blood sugar it metabolizes carbs to use it has energy instead of storing it has fat. It will help with bones and skin. it helps with hypoglycemia.

You can find it in protein shakes but natural is best: cheese, meats, grains, seeds, wheat germ, nuts… I like to put out there vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options. Valine is literally found in large amounts in eggs. it protects nerve endings or aka the myelin sheath. It is found in proteins in most foods.

On a side note valine is important to reduce for keto acids in the urine which break down muscles….

enjoy food. enjoy life.

 

 

Tracy Knight is a certified nutritionist and owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats. Contact her at lovelife@skinnysouth.com or lovelifenutrition.tracy@gmail.com

Why on earth and how on earth did I come up with this? Well, I call this the ketchup / french fry approach; it just fell into place.

As an avid athlete, like many can relate, the bars have way too much sugar. I was inhaling many of a particular kind. As a person on the go, a new mom and marathon runner I needed something fast.  I was tired of the fact the energy from the bars was sugars, then carbs, then fat, then protein. This ratio was not going to help me with recovery hence I would not eat these heavy things before.

Like a bad relationship, I felt like it was weighing me down. This coupled with clients wanting moderation, my daughter starting kindergarten and a few family members with celiac, diabetes…etc, I thought maybe there is a way to change this approach.

Incredibly, One day long long ago in 2008, the land of the unknown after a huge change in my life, I was making cookies. Catering to my daughter’s kindergarten class, I made chocolate chip cookies, but all the while and at the same time I was working with a few doctors regarding attention deficient and children;. Then a light bulb went off and I asked my self the million dollar question, “why in the world am I putting all the ingredients which may cause attention deficient disorder into the very cookies I am going to give MY daughter and her class?”.
… healthy cookies were now a possible idea for a hobby.. not a business. haha!

In 2009, during the day, I worked as a general manager at a small fitness gym, at night I would bake at Miss Cordelia’s in Memphis, TN to create this cookie made with all healthy ingredients… I tried the usual like applesauce, yogurt, which are great but mold quickly on the shelf.

The kindergarten kids were sold and the parents purchased my cookies outside of the bake sale by the dozens and my fellow running buddies at races would ask to purchase these cookies … literally selling them out the back of my Jeep.

Finally, they started being sold in the grocery store where I baked the products Funny part is since my last  business was bull-dozed by the financial fall of 2008,  I did not see myself getting involved with another entrepreneurial idea.
Well… Ha!Ha!
In 2012, The protein cookie company was born and the name Skinny South Incredible Treats was created thanks to my incredible best friend’s contribution to the name “Incredible” … its the little things that change your perspective.

The bars where popular but not like they are today… Again, I didn’t want a bar, I wanted a cookie. A food item shaped like a cookie….my thought,  a cookie makes one happy to eat.

On a quick side note, to my Family and friends, I thank you for putting up with me during this long journey/ dream… which is still being built. Yes, this business has been built with sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, long nights and challenges.

How guiltless are the products?
Skinny South Incredible Treats is a company that is free of junk and full of flavor. All natural Protein cookies made into delicious guiltless flavors of Carrot Cake, Walnut Crunch Cake, Banana Nut Bread, Coconut Cake and Chocolate Chip.  We also carry, 90 calorie all natural chia brownie, walnut brownie, Memphis soul brownie (contributes to the children’s music scene), almond cup cookies (like reese’s but reversed), brownie bite cookies, skinny dips of strawberry shortcake, lemon drop, dipped dark chocolate, and chocolate covered cherry.

The thing is they have these names, they look sinful but in reality with the right ingredients and process they honestly aren’t. The fact how I do it and what I use allows for your body to process the foods quickly either utilize them and to help cleanse the body.

Again, How ???  spices, natural sugars, spices… did I say, spices? Food pairing is important to help with any carbs, protein and fats Naturally found in the foods.

I am a mom, certified clinical nutritionist and former personal trainer as well as avid athlete.
I am conscience what goes into my body from minute one of the day.

We Make protein cookies from southern family dessert recipes.

… Southern Recipes made into Protein Cookies : Pumpkin Pie Latte, Chocolate Chip, Carrot Cake, Walnut Crunch Cake, Chocolate Chip, Banana Nut Bread, Coconut Cake, Lemon Coconut Cake …
Dark chocolate Brownie, Walnut Brownies, Memphis soul Brownies ( made with almond butter and dark chocolate). The brownie took 4 years to perfect to make it 90 calories and delicious. It has been said, that this is…. “The best vegan brownie ever tasted ! ”

“Thank you for the samples, everyone at the office got to try them and loved it! “, raves John Ruiz from Swarm Inc. Miami, FL

CHOCOLATE CHANGING LIVES program

Raised between Woodstock, GA and Memphis, TN, as a southern blood runs through my veins,  I am sure most can relate to the Memphis soulful music scene and the delicious southern desserts. So, in honor of my hometown, we support the Memphis Music Scene through children’s programs and healthcare programs.
To date we have sold over 2000 Memphis Soul Brownies thanks to the ladies at Delta Groove Yoga and their patrons! A nice percentage of those sales will be used for the programs to enhance the beautiful music scene that has impacted the world.
…. the Memphis Soulful line supports the Memphis Music scene.

Now having a location in Miami Beach, we will support the community there as well. Right now, Tracy has been on radio Life FM 90.9 discussing nutrition. Also, she is a regular demo chef at Fairchild Garden who teaches how to prepare meals healthy. She has been on television….
The next step is for the brownies sold in each city the product is sold to have that support the Children’s music scene and raise awareness to the importance that music has on our mind, body and soul. It is highly influencial and important for everyone to understand the importance of how we impact our environment.

Our plan is to have our products in New York and LA in 2016, which the a portion of sales will go to support programs in those communities as well.

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ALL THE RAGE !!!

 

Today is a beautiful day in Miami, FL. I am at the Fairchild Garden Spring event as one of the demonstration chefs. As the owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats, I want to always put forth healthy dessert alternatives. For this one it is Apricot Toasties: Gluten free, vegan… the diabetic friendly part I will show you.

The ingredients:

Coconut : Deliciously valuable and a large nut fruit. Very popular in South Florida and grown all over. It is high in Saturated fat, but rich in Omega 3, contains some protein and carbs, fiber. Traces of B, E, potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, copper. Very diverse from cooking to yogurt… to topical to drinking…

The value of this oil is it is not like the hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and fats which are usually fortified with Vitamin A, and other additives which tend to function differently in the body ; therefore, it increases the blood cholesterol, yielding to cardiovascular problems and cancer risks. Lard, butter and chicken fat do the same.

Now, I hear the switch to polyunsaturated fats / oils so the saturated fats are less consumed, hoping to keep the heart healthy. Well heating a polyunsaturated fat is not wise because science talk: it has one unsaturated bond which hydrogen atoms attach.  Simple talk: the heating affects the chemical structure which is less usable for the body and difficult for the body to process. If you heat the oil it will oxidize which destroys cell. Whereas, antioxidants repairs, heals and keeps cells from breaking down thus preventing cancer, cardiovascular issues.

The fat that coconut contains: B, C, E… these burn fat. Also, having traces of potassium and Magnesium helps calcium absorb into the body. This little nut fruit is essential to have in your pantry, if you are not allergic.

Vegetable shortening The vegetable oil I used today is organic and rich in E, essential fatty acids and linoleic acid which is Omega 6 and also found in wheat is germ, safflower, sesame (rich in protein) and sunflower.

On a side note, after I wrote this, I had questions from the chef’s demo ….

Why don’t I use coconut oil? or shortening? Because I am already using coconut flakes, unsweetened, but I don’t want an over load of coconut. Instead this is a palm oil which contains monounsaturated and saturated oils. The apricots containing C and Beta Carotene will help burn the saturated oils and is why I used dried fruit in the recipe, without it would be just sugar and oil … thus less healthy.

It is wise to use a polyunsaturated fat and an E together for better fat absorption. Sunflowers added to your salad is an easy fix.

Apricots : This little guy is awesome ! Rich in A, high in C, Iron , potassium, manganese. Beta Carotene is an antioxidant which helps cells, skin , hair. Remember heating of the oil causes oxidation…. and antioxidants help the cell… well this is beta carotene, and C…. two things the apricot has.

Sugars: table  sugar glycemic index is 65 whereas the organic brown rice syrup found in many health food items like hemp milk is 98 on the glycemic index. My advice, know your sugars but foods like blackstrap molasses mixed with organic cane sugar reduces the glycemic load into the bloodstream.

Other food items to pair with sugars is cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, protein and fat. Protein slows down the sugars running through the bloodstream and fat does too.

With the Apricot toasties, I add cinnamon in the mixture to help slow down the sugars rushing through. You can also substitute pea protein 1/4 cup gluten-free flour for added protein .

Organic Stevia

Organic cane sugar and brown sugar

Vanilla Extract and Almond Extra

Other questions from the chef’s demo:

  1. can I use quinoa flour?

    you can but it is heavy and it contains high carbs and fat. We are just making toasties. I suggest a pea protein isolate so that it stays light and no carbs and no extra fat because we are using coconut and palm oil. Too much carbs in your dish then you will have added weight on your hips.

  2. Can I use just stevia?

    A few reasons why not, but at the end of the day, its your journey….1)  if you like the aftertaste of some stevias. 2)  the pure stevia,  like pure olive oil is very expensive.  3)This dish was designed with a budget. It yields 60 toasties. 4) Also, the glycemic index is reduced when using real sugars with protein and spices. Again, table sugar is a less glycemic index than brown rice syrup or evaporated cane juice/ syrup in most health foods. Remember food pairing is the best choice. 5) Because even stevia is processed down. If you ever had a stevia plant and tried to extract sugar from it… like trying to get juice out wheatgrass, takes a lot. Yes, I speak from experience.

  3. Can I use brown rice flour instead of white rice flour?

    Yes but it is the difference between brown rice and white rice… brown will be heavier than white and remember we are using flaxseed meal for toasties… toasties are to be light and if you have too much fiber then your guests may not visit with you, they will be reading the bathroom materials instead.u

  4. Do you do cooking classes?

    What I do is I come to your home, church or business and I teach you how to pair the right foods together. Based on the type of environment or what we discuss previously, yes I can do cooking classes. 

    Just email me at lovelifenutrition.tracy@gmail.com and we can discuss. Its affordable. My clients currently include: Helena Chemical, MLGW (electric company), celebrities, chefs, schools and Cigna health insurance (as a third-party vendor to their corporate clients).

  5. Do you have a book?

    I am finishing it up . A couple of books. One is Journey with Food and the other the Journey Within. Journey with Food comes out in a few months and will be available on Amazon.com site.I am a published nutritionist in several magazines like Premier Bride, Dallas Bride, Justine Teen Magazine.

  6. What has been your experience?  My experience has been life and other’s lives. My father, stepdad, grandmother…. experienced diabetes. I myself, experience hypoglycemia. I cannot pair certain foods together and I cannot have anything that has more than 10g of sugar at one time. I can feel my blood sugar rise. I can feel my body and then I know I will crash in a few moments into a deep sleep for 2 hours. I am an avid athlete, an aspiring Olympic hopeful at one time but life got in the way…. sometimes our journey takes us a different way than what we wanted. I am a mother of a 12-year-old with several types of moderate mental disabilities. I was in a severe car accident that  left me in the bed for 3 months and then learning to walk again … told I would never walk again and if so it would be with assistance… I mailed the doctor my autographed 5k and marathon photo a year later. I am a single parent who is a business owner which comes with its own financial challenges. When I was with food stamps, how I built my Skinny South Incredible Treats business, the most important thing to remember is nutrition. Regardless, I always put the right foods together keeping the staples of spinach, pasta, apples, carrots, milk, butter, bread, peanut butter, tomato sauce… that’s all we could get at times and many times I wouldn’t be able to eat dinner, lunch… whatever. But, blessed with the Lord’s hand, we are doing much better. Now, I want to show others it can be done but not to focus so much on the hype or the type, but focus on the ingredients and the nutrients.

Any more questions can be sent to lovelifenutrition.tracy@gmail.com

 

Apricot Toasties

Preheat oven 350 ( because it is gluten-free you will reduce the temp and time it is baking) Less processed food items take less time to prepare. ….

Create “egg” vegan egg… 2 tbsp flaxseed meal to 6 tbsp warm water , stir and let set for 5 minutes

in a saucepan combine:

1 ½ cup chopped dried apricots (put in freezer and then taken out, thaw they will be sweeter)

½ cup water

cover and cook together 5-8 minutes

sift or blend together:

1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

¾ cup gluten-free brown rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp kosher sea salt

Cream together :

1 cup vegetable shorten

¼ cup confectioner’s sugar

¼ cup stevia in the raw

½ cup light brown sugar ( or make your own with ½ cup organic cane sugar and ¼ cup blackstrap molasses in a saucepan and stir regularly until well blended over low heat , do not burn)

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp almond extract

blend in the flaxseed meal egg mixture

stir in dry ingredients and cooled apricot mixture

take 1 tsp of mixture and drop into 1 ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

and shape into balls

place 1 “ apart and on baking sheet

top each one with a whole almond or sliced

bake 350 10 min or until coconut is slightly toasted

makes 6 dozen

yum yum enjoy !

enjoy

Healthy Heart, healthy blood sugar levels and Peaches!

 

The peach is like a beautiful sunset sitting in your hand, the colors ranging from orange to yellow to white blended in a picturesque form. The peach has been at many times in ancient oil paintings as an vibrant contrast.

On the Inside, Peaches having one seed nestled in the brownish red center containing a fleshy, white to yellowish orange with either a fuzzy skin or smooth skin.

The characteristics of the peach have a significant eye-catching health benefits.

The nutritional value of a medium peach contains 75 cal, 6 g sugars, 1g protein, 1 g fiber and incredible amounts of A, B vitamins, E and K, choline (water-soluble, B vitamin family and essential nutrient for the body to convert fats). Healthy hearts contain diets that are rich in potassium and low in sodium; thus the peach contains 200 mg of potassium and 0mg of sodium

So to remember these health benefits without being a scientist. Look at the peach. The rich reds which make up the sunset remind me of my heart. The arterial wall being the color of the pit of the peach, healthy heart.

The skin of the peach being firm let’s me know that eating foods containing high amounts of C will increase my collagen production decreasing the signs of aging. Since the peach is fleshy, it reminds me of the banana which is high in fiber and will move foods through. When eaten with a spinach salad, I know this combination will cleanse my system naturally and gently reducing the risks of colorectal cancer.

Peach with the high amounts of potassium and no sodium which can reduce hypertension. Those with anxiety disorders will find this to very effective when wanting to feel calm. A nice peach tea would be perfect. Rich in antioxidants, the peach will effectively help with the removal of free radicals which has been associated with sun damage, skin cancer, heart disease and other forms of cancers.

The peach has successfully within the tests conducted by the University of Texas,

has been found to reduce LDL(bad cholesterol, help with metabolic issues, fight off obesity (fiber),

help prevent certain cancers, wrinkles in the skin (Vita C),diabetes and heart disease.

Just a side note, diabetes and heart disease go hand-in-hand.

Try peaches in your salad, or muddled into your drink.

Allergens: protein produced in the peach have been associated with those who suffer from tree nut sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

side notes:

  • Mitchell SC, Smith RL (2001). “Trimethylaminuria: the fish malodor syndrome”. Drug Metab Dispos 29 (4 Pt 2): 517–21. PMID 11259343.
  • Side note if you have Trimethylaminurial or TMAU a fisher odor in sweet or reproductive organs which can cause a more pungent smell during or before your menstrual cycle. Odor varies based on diet, hormonal change, amount of sweat. Get tested if you suspect
    Avoid foods containing: choline, carnitine, nitrogen, sulfur and lecithin
  • BV: Bacterial Vaginosis: which can be caused by the imbalance of bacterial flora and can be confused as bacterial yeast infection or TAMU. Get tested and ask specifically. If you have douched or have had multiple sex partners. This bacteria can be associated with redness or itchiness in the vagina area.
  • Forney, LJ, Foster, JA, Ledger, W (2006). “The vaginal flora of healthy women is not always dominated by Lactobacillus species”. Journal of Infections Diseases 194 (10): 1468–9. doi:10.1086/508497. PMID 17054080.
  • Define choline: Merrium-Webster Dictionary

 

The tallest mountain in the world Mount Everest, has seen many deaths but since the 90’s the success has nearly tripled.
Why?
Better gear and better guides.

We all have mountains to go over and only 56% are successful. Good part is that many people are becoming more successfully due to better gear and guides.

We constantly have struggles, and those struggles are won over by the resources we have.

There are more self help books than ever before but they mostly are people’s opinions, and studies. Their struggle may or may not help you.
My struggle may or may not help you. However I do suggest that you take a little from everything and with help from Trusted source, custom design your own rope.

God has been an amazing tool in my life.
Many times I have turned to materialistic things or people unfortunately that only satisfied me for the day and I was back or worse than before.
People have their own things going own and their own opinions from their own educational standpoint. But with the educated guide, which is a strong woman or man in Christ and your guidebook, the bible you can conqueror your Mount Everest.

Galatians 6:2-9
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived:God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

So many go to the gym, well I hit the ground running – literally.
Many do. Many in this world take the bus, bike, however to get around. We have to do what we need to do to get head. Wherever that may lead us, we have to uplift and carry others forward with us.
Leave no man behind !
I am sure if you have gone through a situation, someone has too.
I am sure that if you feel alone- I am sure someone else does too

Today, got up 100 crunches , 25 push-ups, 5 min jumprope then got my daughter up, made breakfast And grabbed the bike.

Got to the beach and walked my daughter one mile to school. Jumped on the bike and road 6 miles to work.
At work it is all upper body work so I couple it calf raises and squats.
Always working the body.
My family needs me to stay fit.

I make sure I get protein in as snack 2 hrs after breakfast
Then rice for lunch with veggies and back to baking
4 pm rolls around I have to deliver.
I pick up the 15 pound box and jump on the bus to south beach and deliver to a private party.
Left there jumped on bus and off 15 blocks from the school with 15 minutes to spare I darted to my daughter’s school.
Never wasting time. Always making cross-training apart of my day

My daughter and I leave walk 1 mile and talk seeing how each other’s day went.
This I Also important – it’s connecting with your family.
Communication is key to a any relationship especially if you want a healthy one.

We get to the bus stop and head home.
Where I write this cross fit day to you.
The importance of family time and communication is just as important as cross-training time.

Be healthy for your family and take the time to get fit from the inside – out!

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