List of Healthy sweeteners

The most difficult part of replacing white sugar with healthy sweeteners is missing the convenience of sugar. Any where out of our own kitchen replacing sugar won’t be easy, but more and more places will provide honey or molasses if you just ask for it . 

Here is a list of healthy delicious sweeteners:

honey; dates sugar; coconut sugar; maple syrup & molasses

Honey-  the nectar of the gods, is also used topically for centuries to heal wounds and fight infections. It’s also great for adding flavor to homemade dressings and marinades.

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Yogurt & honey

Date sugar- made from dried dates. Haven’t tried this one but we love adding dates cut in small pieces to oatmeal, salads, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Coconut sugar- also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar, or coconut crystals is made from the sweet nectar of flower buds of the coconut palm.

Maple sugar- boiling sap from maple trees dried, powdered, and sold as maple sugar. Also great with cinnamon or ginger for added flavor to sweet potatoes, and grilled vegetables.

Molasses- dark syrup is the byproduct of processing sugar cane, but it has antioxidants, making it a better option than refined sugar. With its bold flavor it is a tasty ingredient for cookies, smoothies, barbecue  and beans.

 

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Snacking before bed, Good or Bad?

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Yogurt with drizzle of honey, or toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches

Good. There is Nothing wrong with having a snack before going to bed to ease the hunger feeling. We all have those long days that keep us awake way after we had dinner & right before bed the hunger feeling Keeps us from falling sleep.

Two important things before we eat.

1- it should be only a snack

2-  a snack that won’t keep you up.

* Snack we pick should be light on the stomach and low on fat content.

* No sugary, caffeinated, or spicy foods.

Any snack with complex carbs and protein will release amino acids into our body that could actually help us sleep better at night.

Here is a list of 10 snacks :

1- Peanut butter

2- Pistachios

3- Greek yogurt

4- Cottage cheese

5- Popcorn

6-  White Meat Turkey

 7- High fiber cereal

8- fruits

9- whole wheat cracker

10- dates & nut butter

 

Cauliflowers are delicious & good for us

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Cauliflowers with eggs, and rosemary potatoes

A great side dish, this yummy vegetable has every vitamin required in a healthy diet. Eating it raw or cooked keeps our heart healthy, and is rich in antioxidants that help keep our immune system strong.

*Cauliflower coated in eggs & sautéed .

1- Breakup the cauliflower in small florets. The easiest way is cut the stem and start cutting off the florets individually.

2- In a bowl break 4 eggs add salt & pepper.

3- Boil the florets so you can pick one easily with a fork.

4- Drain the water pick each floret and dunk them in the egg bowl.

5- Place them on their side in a pan with olive oil. Sauté until golden.

Enjoy it ☀️

 

We say “I Love U” With Eclairs❤️

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Chocolate covered eclairs

We love sweets, but sometimes our favorite pastries are not easy to find.

Valentine’s Day has always been the day to spend with everyone we love and care about and our gifts usually include chocolate, Flowers and small gifts that are needed.

Today we baked eclairs since our entire family is in LOVE with this not easy to make pastry.

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In process of adding the chocolate glaze

We hope you get the chance to spend time with your loved ones🌹

Tea for 2 or more

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it’s a delicious way of getting fluid into our body each day, and teas can help protect our teeth and our heart, as well as possibly even helping us to battle cancer.

All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant how much process they go through determines if we are having green, black or oolong tea.

Tea has antioxidants. Drinking tea can help with losing weight, also help with keeping our heart healthy, and has less caffeine so it helps to calm our nerves.

We are putting together a pot of tea using loose leaf earl grey, and exotic sweets and sweetners to make it fun.

Lemon slices

Orange slices

Cinnamon sticks

Crystallized ginger

Cardamom   powder

Condensed milk

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A perfect ❤️

 

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Breakfast is our most favorite meal of the day, and for Valentine’s Day we have decided to give our family a big pink delicious breakfast. ❤️

Pancakes with berries
Pancakes with berries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, maple syrups, and powder sugar
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Scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey bacon, spinach, and hash browns
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French toast casserole with apples

We are thinking maybe …..

1- french toast casserole

2- pancakes  with walnuts & strawberries

3- yougurt, honey & berries

4- oatmeal w dates & berries

5- scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, spinach 

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Yogurt with drizzle of honey, toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches
Biscuit scrambled eggs quince jam turkey bacon
Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, biscuit with quince jam
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
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Biscuits with favorite jams
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Scrambled eggs with enchilada sauce, bacon, avocados, feta cheese
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Poached eggs with cheese grits and fruits

And of course a valentine’s Cookie hidden in the lunch box, and the iPad case for after lunch.

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How to keep our skin healthy in winter?

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Healthy skin food and natural moisturizers Almonds,walnuts,yogurt,olive oil,avocado

5 Most important facts for healthy looking  skin in cold temperatures.

1- lock in moisture:

Pamper your skin by using honey, buttermilk, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas and aloe.

2- Stay hydrated :

Hydrate with a humidifier, or by drinking water.

3- Eat your vegtables, celery, and cucumbers for high water content, and omega3 fats like salmon, olive oil and walnuts.

4- Choose natural soaps to avoid the alcohol and chemicals that cause dryness.

5- Exfoliate to wash away the dead skin and reveal the glowing skin.