Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday! 

It was an absolutely wonderful day 🌸💖

I spent some great time with family and relaxed after a long week of school. 

My mother baked me an absolutely DELICIOUS cake! And although it wasn’t healthy (it was filled with gluten and oil 😂😂😂), it was 100% naturally sweetened. No white sugar, no brown sugar…just pure maple syrup. 

I treated myself to a delicious birthday cake, without going sugar crazy.

I’d say that’s a victory!!!!! 

All in all, a blessed day 😘

Stay Crunchy

-m

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Healthy Food Can Be Pretty

Think nutritious, homemade foods are ugly, misshapen, and dull? Sometimes they are! 😉

But, I wanted to show you all a few beautiful photos of healthy food. Taste is always most important, but let’s be honest, pretty food is just plain fun to eat ❤️❤️❤️❤️




I hope this post inspires you to get creative in your own kitchen! If you have some healthy innovations you’d like to share with me, post them on Instagram using #girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy

-m

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Just a Little Health Meme!

Just a funny little healthy food meme to brighten up your day ❤️💚❤️💚


I’m a sucker for a good meme…and for good, clean fun! 

Did you know laughing for a total of 15 minutes in a day can burn around 40 calories? Man, #laughitup, am I right?!?! Not that calories really matter, but it’s fun to consider laughing the fat away!!!!!

This has me thinking…Did you grow up watching Veggie Tales? Do you watch them with your kids? I’d love to know! 

Stay Crunchy
-m

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Is the Deck Stacked Against Us?

I played monopoly at my university this afternoon…

“Community Health Monopoly,” was a teaching aid used to parallel life’s trials….to showcase issues such as privelage, the health & wealth gap, and social classification. 

Some players started off the game with debt, no insurance, and low paying jobs (realistic, right?). Others started off with excellent insurance, high paying jobs, good educations, and monetary wealth. My “character” represented the middle class:

This game opened up a great conversation about what it means to be healthy and happy, how a person can become those things, and if there are some people who truly just don’t stand a chance. 

When you have PCOS, it’s easy to get depressed and feel like you have no chance of “winning.” SNAP OUT OF IT!!!!! Yes, the deck may be stacked against you, but with the right tools, you DO stand a chance! You DO have a bright future. You CAN be healthy and happy. PCOS is an obstacle…but not an impossible one! 

Stay Crunchy
-m

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Peach Oatmeal Muffins {RECIPE}

Peach Oatmeal Muffins! 
3/4 cup oat flour

1/2 cup millet flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 cup of oats

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup maple syrup.

1/2 cup of almond milk

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup kerrygold butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Eggs 

1 Egg Yolk

Zest of 1/4 of a lemon

INSTRUCTIONS

1 cup of cubed peaches doused in brown rice flour

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Place your cubed peaches in a bowl or a deep plate. Douse them lightly in brown rice flour until all pieces are covered.
Sift together oat and millet flours, baking powder and salt. Whisk in oats.
Heat together your sweeteners, fats, and almond milk. 
Add in vanilla and lemon zest. 
When mixture is cooled, stir in your egg and egg yolk. 
Slowly incorporate your liquid mixture into the dry. 
Once combined, gently fold in your peaches. 

Pour your batter into your muffin tins.

Bake for 16 minutes. 
Let cool…and enjoy 💛
Stay Crunchy

-m

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The Magic of Honey

Raw honey is one of the most underappreciated health foods in America. It’s been cherished throughout history, yet lost its way during the dark ages of pasteurization. But raw honey is back and better than ever. Primal eaters call it nature’s greatest sweetener, vegans call it bee vomit, and Winnie the Pooh calls “Hunny,” lunch, but what is raw honey, really?
To give you a strictly technical answer, raw honey is a one hundred percent natural product produced by bees, using the nectar they extract from plants. It has been praised through history for its medicinal properties and various culinary uses. To give you a lighthearted, California paraphrase, raw honey is liquid gold, baby!!!

Raw honey has had a long and glorious career, making its way into nearly every civilization in world history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used it as medicine, while the ancient Romans traded it as currency. A jar of 5,000 year old honey was recently discovered in Georgia and, get this, it’s still edible!!! One of honey’s most iconic qualities is its, essentially, eternal shelf life. FUN FACT: It’s suspected that Alexander the Great was embalmed in honey. Even Pooh might that find a bit extreme!

Many people use raw honey simply because they know it’s healthier than white sugar. They’re not in on the secret that raw honey isn’t just a natural sweetener, it’s a superfood that some would go so far as to call, medicine. Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. It sounds a lot like medicine already, right? It can be used topically to treat skin ailments like acne and eczema, as well as, aid in healing open wounds and sores. It has long been applauded for its great effect on seasonal allergies. Many people take local honey instead of traditional anti-histamines. It’s soothing to the digestive tract and throat, hence the tradition of hot water, honey, and lemon for the treatment of stomach aches and hoarse voices. Raw honey has been shown to relieve anxiety and depression, partially because of its hormone balancing properties. If Pooh wasn’t so darn stingy with his “hunny,” maybe Piglet and Eeyore would have been in better moods. Alas, we’ll never know. We DO know, though, that raw honey has been used to treat ulcers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and imbalanced blood sugars. If you didn’t think that honey could get any better, check this out. Raw honey pumps up the human immune system and is a powerhouse antioxidant with alkalinizing, free radical busting, cancer fighting properties. Now do you understand why I called this stuff “liquid gold?”

A friend asked me the other day if there was one food I would be devastated to have an allergy to. My reaction was quick and decisive. “Raw Honey!!!” I exclaimed without hesitation. I, without fail, consume raw honey on a daily basis. Whether I’m spooning it onto my soaked oatmeal or using it to sweeten healthy baked goods, I’m getting the good stuff in me. Raw honey has been an essential part of my health journey. It has helped me overcome detrimental allergies, seal the lining of my leaky gut, and work out my PCOS induced insulin issues. I have a strong emotional attachment to my honey, and, although I love watching my family getting healthier, I do hate seeing my honey vanish before my eyes. I’m a bit possessive, but, hey, at least I don’t plan on being buried in the stuff!

If you’re suffering from any of the above issues, or if you’re just trying to use food based medicine in a preventative way, raw honey is something that needs to be in your diet. You can use it as a 1:3 replacement for white sugar in baked goods, add it to tea or oatmeal, dip your apples in it, or eat it straight out of the jar. The possibilities are endless. Medicine has never tasted so good!

Stay Crunchy
-m

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SOURCES:
http://besthoneysite.com/honey-history/

http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html

http://io9.com/why-honey-is-the-only-food-that-doesnt-go-bad-1225915466

http://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

Originally posted to EatNaturallyMag.com 

Laugh at Yourself!

I’ve discovered that when people start eating healthy or changing their lifestyle, it can make those around them quite uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s because their jealous…sometimes it’s because they’re insecure…sometimes it’s because they feel judged…sometimes they aren’t even sure why they feel so uncomfortable…But it’s awkward, nonetheless.

How do we minimize “the awkward?” Laughter, of course! 

You may not know this about me, but I LOVE comedy….stand up comedy, sketch comedy, comedy films, and, of course, the situation comedy (sitcom). 

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. I wholeheartedly believe that. I am, naturally, a quite goofy person. Picture a female version of…. Don Knotts. Can you imagine it? Well, that’s me! 😉 I’m a weirdo. 

If you sense people are uncomfortable about your eating habits or about your health issues, pop out a joke and lighten the mood. 

If someone is staring awkwardly at your empty plate at a barbecue…Smile, Say, “Yep! I’m one of those weird health nuts,” or “I recently harnessed the power of telekinetic invisibility. There’s actually a HUGE meal on this plate,” and laugh.

If someone simply can’t fathom why you won’t eat sugar…get a very serious look on your face and say, “I’m an addict. The white stuff. It makes me crazy. I have been clean for a month,” 😉

If you have PCOS & a female friend seems uncomfortable, crack a joke about your “workaholic ovaries.”

If you aren’t stressed about a situation, and if you can laugh about it, everything will be alright.


DON’T BE AFRAID TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF!

Stay Crunchy,

-m

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Despicable Me Muffins {RECIPE}

Remember when I said I would be posting lots of healthy sweets recipes this month? Well, tonight I’m starting that off with these delicious Choco-Banana Hazlenut muffins. They’re gluten free, dairy free, high fiber, refined sugar free, and low glycemic. 

These are always a crowd pleaser in my family and with guests. They’re rich, chocolatey and have some wonderful warm, nutty undertones! 

These sweet, banana filled muffins are inspired by “Despicable Me,” 

Exhibit A:



Exhibit B:


WET INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup refined coconut oil

1 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract

3 bananas, mashed

2 eggs

DRY INGREDIENTS:

1 cup oat flour

1/4 cup millet flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped 

Instructions:

Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Cream together coconut oil and coconut sugar.

Add vanilla & almond extract and eggs.

Mix in banana until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients. 

Fold dry ingredients into the wet.

Add hazelnuts.

Pour into muffin tin. This will make about 12 muffins.

355 for 20 minutes

Try out these delicious muffins and post them on Instagram with #girlgonecrunchy 

Baking healthy treats is a wonderful way to keep on track!

Stay crunchy!

-m

Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy