“It’s good to have chocolate everyday.” Have you ever heard anything so beautiful? But, before you stock up on M&Ms, let’s clarify this delicious quote from Ritva Dale, health coach and founder of Rawsome Fudge. Ritva has captured the goodness of raw chocolate with all of its health benefits, combined it with natural sweeteners (no refined sugars, please!) and other organic ingredients to create a true chocolate aficionado’s dream.
“When people who really enjoy dark chocolate sample my fudge, I see their faces light up,” Ritva says.Read more
By far, the resolution that tops almost everyone’s New Year’s list is losing weight. The key to success in this challenging endeavor is not to bite off more than you can chew. Stringent diets can lead to frustration and ultimately, failure. However, there is a way to cut back gradually without totally denying yourself the pleasure of eating what you like. Instead of “doing without” just “swap it out!”
- Did you know that unsweetened applesauce can replace sugar or oil/butter in baking? The measurement stays the same, but when replacing sugar with applesauce, you may need to cut back on the other liquids in the batter. A mashed banana can also take the place of an equal amount of butter or oil.
- Pureed avocado can be used for butter in some recipes (including brownies) or spread on whole grain toast for a healthy breakfast.
- Substitute vanilla to cut back on sugar in recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, use one-half cup sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. That alone cuts out about 400 calories!
- Use an equal amount of evaporated skim milk instead of cream in your coffee.
- Quinoa can replace couscous anytime. They have similar textures, but quinoa is packed with proteins and nutrients.
- Pasta will get you every time. But your favorite sauces will still stand out and may even taste better over a plate of spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. Time to get out the spiralizer.
There are plenty more ways to trade up to a healthier diet with less pain and less gain. Check out http://greatist.com/health/83-healthy-recipe-substitutions for ideas.
It’s important to protect and nurture your skin during the harsh winter weather. Here are some simple and natural ways to stay aglow even in the snow.
Hydrate: Drinking water helps maintain the skin’s elasticity and also gets rid of toxins.
Steam: A steam bath or facial steamer is a great way to open up your pores, increase circulation and keep skin feeling softer.
Exfoliate: Gentle, natural exfoliating scrubs remove dead skin. Try a mixture of brown sugar or coffee with baking soda.
Moisturize: The best and most effective moisturizers contain natural ingredients like olive or coconut oils and natural scents or essential oils for fragrance. You can easily make your own at home or purchase products from producers like Lotus 8.
Cover up: Hat, gloves, scarves, boots…whatever it takes to keep you warm and dry will also keep your skin from drying and cracking. For the parts you can’t cover up, like your lips, make sure you use lip balm.
Visit us at Doylestown Food Market to see our full line of body care products from Lotus 8, The Brown Soap Company and Barefoot Body.
Hi, it’s Coach Kira here to tell you about our upcoming workshop “Why do WE Eat What we Eat when we Know what we know?”
The workshop will be Thursday, October 20 from 7 – 9 at the Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N Broad St.Read more