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A tasty rich, flourless treat with protein and fiber. This treat uses the natural sweetness of fruits, cocoa and nuts to make a healthy treat without any harmful chemicals that our body reacts to like poison. These brownies are also gluten free, due to the rising number of individuals who show a mild or severe gluten intolerance we avoid gluten containing ingredients as much as possible.
Cook time – 30 minutes
Number of servings – 4
Serving size – ½ cup
Difficulty – normal
½ cup sliced almonds (provides heart healthy fats)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (a rich flavor that has no added sugars)
¼ cup agave nectar or honey (a natural sugar that is rich in immune system boosting antioxidants).
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup packed pitted dates (provides a chewy texture and sweetness, along with Iron, fiber and potassium)
¼ cup almond milk (a dairy alternative to those who suffer from lactose allergies)
2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil and coat lightly with oil.
- In a food processor, blend almonds, cocoa, chocolate, baking soda and salt until ground. Pulse in dates, agave nectar, almond milk, oil and vanilla until a smooth paste forms.
- Beat egg whites until medium peaks form. Stir in 1/3 of almond mixture, then fold in remaining mixture. Spread in baking pan.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out almost clean, about 30 minutes.
Healthy Chinese Orange Chicken
This is a healthy spin on traditional Orange Chicken from your local Chinese restaurant. This is not fried and is lower in sodium but is still packed with flavor.
Servings Size- 4oz chicken
2 lbs. or 32oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (boneless skinless chicken breast is the leanest cut of chicken making it the most heart healthy)
8 oz. broccoli florets (fresh or frozen) (broccoli is cruciferous vegetable, it natural detoxes our body helping reduce our risk for certain cancers, it is also rich in vitamin A and K which help rebuild vitamin D stores)
1 bunch fresh green onions chopped
2 tbs. toasted sesame seeds
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil (olive oil is a heart healthy fat)
Orange Chicken Sauce
½ c orange juice
¼ c pure honey
1/3 c lite soy sauce (reduced sodium which makes this more friendly for blood pressure and heart disease)
3 tbs. corn starch
The zest of an entire orange
Dash of crushed pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger (a powerful antioxidant that help reduce inflammation and boost immune system)
3 cloves of garlic chopped (another powerful antioxidant that improves heart health)
- Cut chicken breast into cubes and cook both chicken and broccoli in olive oil until cooked through.
- Add Orange Chicken sauce, bring to a boil, reduce heat and serve over quinoa, rice, or noodles, quinoa, brown rice or wheat noodles are a great source of fiber making them an excellent choice over traditional white starchy options. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.
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