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Some delicious treats your taste buds will thank you for...

I am super excited because I am flying to Milwaukee later today to see my friends and family, and then I'm going to Chicago on Sunday to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday! It will be nice to take a few days off and see everyone. My brother and sister in law are in from Germany too, so I'm going to get to meet my new niece! If you've been reading my newsletter/blog for a while now, one thing you probably know about me is that I don't believe in depriving yourself. (If you are interested in learning more about how you can do that, check out my services and work with me page, or click here to sign up for a FREE 45 minute Discovery Session with me.) I am a believer in the 80/20 rule - eat well most of the time, but I think that you should allow yourself to have some treats every once in a while, but I also think that, if possible, you should do it in a "healthier" way.

So, today I wanted to share some recipes with you for those "healthier" treats! This might be something you want to print out so the next time you are craving something sweet, you can refer back to it before heading to the store for a candy bar or a box of brownie mix. Almond Joys 1/3-1/2 C raw honey, to taste 2 to 3 tbsp cocoa powder, to taste Dash of Celtic sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla 2 C raw coconut flakes 1 C raw, slivered almonds Mix the first five ingredients well, then add coconut and almonds. Stir well. Form into little balls and enjoy! Almond Butter or Walnut Butter or Pecan Butter 1 C raw almonds, ground ¼- ½ C raw honey Dash of Celtic sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla Blend in the blender until smooth. The almonds can be replaced with walnuts, pecans, or other raw nuts. Add cocoa powder for chocolate butter. Add raw cacao nibs, Maca powder, and chia seeds for superfoods. Fruit Leather Cook homemade applesauce with apples, water, honey, and dash of Celtic sea salt, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. Dehydrate the applesauce on a sheet in a dehydrator for 12 hours. Can use alternate fruits such as peace, grape, strawberries, etc. Sunflower Seed Brittle 1 C raw sunflower seeds ½ C raw coconut chips 2 tbsp sesame seeds ¼ - ½ C honey Dash of Celtic sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla Mix well. Bake in oven for 20-30 min. at 250°F. Cool and enjoy! Granola 4 C old-fashioned oats 1 ½ C sliced almonds ½ tsp Celtic sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon Mix these ingredients well. ¼ C coconut oil ½ - ¾ C honey Mix together. Whisk in 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture. Spread in 10x15 bar pan. Bake at 300°F for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Add ½ C raisins or dried cranberries when cool. Dehydrated Fruit & Vegetables Wash and cut fruit. Place in dehydrator on parchment paper under 115°F for 12 -18 hours. I hope you enjoy these!

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