Flu fighter cookies

Day 3 of laying in bed, and I am getting bored.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind sleeping when I feel this down.. It’s just hard to sit still when my mind just wanders around aimlessly, while my body tries to fight a war.
This morning, when I made the trek to the kitchen, I decided I was going to treat myself. Not only are these cookies low on the sweet scale, they settled my stomach and actually eased my throat-thanks to the big fresh chunks of ginger I threw in 😉
Sometimes when I’m sick, I just want sweets and whatever will make me feel good in the moment.. But I know that that is not the right thing to do for my body. These bed-ridden biscuits will do just the trick, for the ailing confection lover.

Recipe is for 1 serving, yields 4 small cookies

Flu fighters
-2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
-2 tablespoons coconut flour
-1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
-dash of salt
-2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce
-1/2 teaspoon chia seeds+1 teaspoon water (mixed until a gel forms)
-A few drops Vanilla Cream Stevia
-Add a few splashed of almond milk
-Add in your flu fighting toppings. I went with raw cacao chips, fresh ginger, and cranberries.

Preheat oven to 350, and mix all ingredients together. Don’t worry about doing them separately, for one I don’t feel like taking the extra step right now, and two, this recipe mixed just fine.
Form little balls and flatten on parchment, and pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

While waiting, enjoy a throat soothing lite coconut milk&berry popsicle.

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Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which helps your body convert chemicals that are known to help fight of viruses-and it’s an anto-bacterial agent. Berries of all shapes, sizes, color and types keep your brain sharp, boost heart health, control weight, antioxidants- which keep your immune system in shape.

Waiting down till the very last tick tick tick.. My kitchen was filling with the strong earthy scent of ginger. And that’s about all I could smell, since my nose is so plugged, but ginger is such a fabulous anti inflammatory! DING! They were finally done. 😍

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Now, you may ask ‘Will these actually make me better?
No.. I’m afraid their not a miracle cookie. There is no magic antidote in these, nor do I know the secret to wellness through baking. But, they do contain some very critical sickness fighting agents, and lets face it, their yummy and feel good on your stomach.

Coconut flour is an antibacterial, boosts energy, cleanses the body’s internal system and is high in protein.
Whole wheat flour has been shown in recent studies to produce healthier blood pressure levels, reduce inflammatory disease, reduce the risk of strokes 30-60%, and better weight management.
Unsweetened Apple sauce is awesome for queasy stomachs! It has fiber, vitamin C, and works just like butter in most recipes (lessening the fat/caloric density in any meal)
Chia seeds also high in fiber, these teensy seeds are jam packed in Omega-3’s (brain healthy goodies), manganese, phosphorous, supposedly rid the body of toxins, and when mixed with water to create a gel; can replace eggs in recipes OR make chia pudding!!!
Raw cacao nibs; NOT ‘cocoa’, this is the unprocessed form of chocolate. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and various minerals, raw chocolate can aid in cardiovascular function, improve digestion, and makes our brains happy (lipid anandamide)!
Cranberries strengthen the immune system in lots of ways, and also contain anti aging properties, contain citric acid that prevent and cure bladder infection, and are a blast of vitamin C.
Ginger is a given- this stuff is a cure all! I love it!

I’m going to watch Thelma&Louise now, and catch a bit more shut eye. What’s even better for your when your feeling ill than all these ‘remedies’? Rest.
Enjoy your cookies 😊( even if your not feeling lousy), until next time.

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Xo Caity

Vegetarianism: my life loving veggies!

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10 out of my 20 years on this planet, I have been a dedicated vegetarian.
That’s right! Half of my life, I have been a veggie-belly. Not only am I incredibly proud to say this, but I love my lifestyle.
I often get asked
‘Do you eat fish?’
‘How do you get your protein?’
‘You must miss bacon.’
And several other annoying, obnoxious questions.. Almost as annoying as when people think its okay to grab and prod at my tattoos, or call them ‘tatts or ink’. No, just sit down and shut up please.

When I was younger, I did often struggle to find nutritious ways of eating.. Pasta, cheese, and bread are always easy. Thank goodness for my mother, who is very health and nutrition based, took it upon herself to educate not only us- but also my father and her, into eating a wholesome vegetarian lifestyle.
I do not eat fish, but on occasion I do eat eggs. So I guess you could say I am an ovo-vegetarian. Their not apart of my everyday food intake-but I do enjoy them. I try to only eat eggs from a neighbors farm, and stick to free range. No, I do not miss bacon! Why would I with all the delicious substitutes on the market now a days!? And to be honest.. I don’t even remember the taste.
I also always have a good vegan protein on hand for my workouts or mixed with fruits in a smoothie as a meal replacement. Whey and casein hurt my stomach, and I believe over the years I have built up an intolerance to dairy/lactose. I don’t drink milk, and I eat very little cheese, but when I do I am sick for hours.
Some of my favorite ways to get protein are:
Beans/Legumes: Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, edamame/soy beans, navy beans you name it! I love them all. There are some AWESOME recipes for veggie burgers made with beans too. They can be delicious on their own, or in soups/chillis, baked, or even made into sweet baked goods like brownies. (Don’t knock it till you try it!)

Whole grains: Like quinoa and brown rice, these can be a staple food in meals. You can also make veggie patties with them! I’m a big veggie patty lover.

Tofu/Soy: While I’m not a big fan of soy milk, I absolutely love tofu!! It’s good in stirfrys, soups, grilled. It’s also a main ingredient in many dairy free cheeses, faux-‘meats’ and one of my favorites- tempeh! On the less savory side, they also make soy yogurts and ice creams! Tofu can also be blended and added to make creamy sauces- like vegan alfredo or mac&cheez!

Nuts, Seeds and Nut butters: I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOOOVE PEANUT BUTTER! Almond butter is a close second. I also love cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts and macadamia! Vegan milks are also made from nuts and seeds, my favorites being almond and flax. 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter contain 8g of protein- and it’s convenient. You can easily grab some nuts at a corner store or grocery and snack on them.

Seitan and Meat substitutes: Usually made of a combination of soy protein and wheat protein (so not gluten free) I have found various products I love- and a lot that are gross. It’s all trial and error! Once you find what you can enjoy, the possibilities are endless. Faux chicken, veggie ground round, hot dogs, I’ve even seen up and coming faux sea food products!

Protein supplements: My personal favorites have been anything with sprouted brown rice, pea protein and hemp. Again, I am not very big on soy milk OR protein (in a powdered form), but it’s all up to your taste buds.

Being a vegetarian started for me after coming across PETA video on animal cruelty (A la KFC.. Which my dad thoroughly enjoys and loves). That scared me, and made me think.
People really don’t think a lot about animals. Now, I have no problem with people who eat meat, my boyfriend is by vegetarian and cooks meat in our home. But people often gorge, and take advantage of what we have around us. Meat is not a necessity- but people have made it out to be that way. The quote ‘If slaughterhouses had windows, a lot more people would be vegetarian’ comes to mind when I talk to people about this topic. So many in humane practices go on in the meat industry- and that is why I am a vegetarian. I cannot stand the stupidity in society who try and fight on this matter.
If your someone who does want to keep meat a part of your diet- research it. Buy from local butchers, and farms. Though the price may be a bit higher than the average grocery store- your getting your money’s worth, for food that is proper, and not pumped full of chemicals and water, fed grain till they burst, or stuffed in stalls with various other animals living in their own filth.
Knowledge is power my friends.

Now to get back on topic! Experiment! Have fun with your food. I have had a lot of downfalls and A+’s in my vegetarian cooking/eating life. The best part of cooking healthy, is finding out what you enjoy. I love food and cooking, and I think that’s what makes food so much fun for me!
I will post a lot more vegetarian recipes soon, I promise! Still feeling not so great today 😪 so once I am back in tip top shape- let the veggie masterpieces begin!!!

Xo Caity

Coconut lemon Energy bites

After our long hike out to Raft cove and back, I realized.. We really should have thought into snacks. The trail is about 35 minutes through uphill-downhill scales, twists, turns, roots, fallen trees, staircases and bridges, which lead to one of the only sandy beaches this end of Vancouver Island!

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I’m not sure what was going on in the first picture.. But drunk yoga was taking place.

The morning after, we were starvin’ Marvin. I was hating myself for not having packed something healthy and snacking for the track back.. And this revelation came once home to my den of inequity.

Lemon-coconut energy bites
-1 cup oats, blend into flour
-1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (plus extra for rolling)
-12 pitted dates, chopped
-1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin seed butter
-1/4 cup lemon juice (plus another 2 for consistency)

1– Blend your oats into a flour like consistency.

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2-Add your coconut to the mixture and blend again. My magic bullet likes to sometimes not thoroughly mix!

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3– Throw in your chopped dates. Make sure they are pitted as well, don’t want any accidental issues in the blender. This will begin to make a paste- but you will need more liquid.

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4-Warm up your 1 1/2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed butter. This will greatly help it to mix! Blend, and stir with a spatula.

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5-Start pouring in your lemon juice, carefully, and blending between. I needed this much liquid, but you may not need it depending on your ingredients. I felt I needed this much at least!

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6– Spoon out, and roll with hands into little bite sized balls! Roll in coconut, and your done ☺

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My recipe made 10, one of which I definitely ate.. Cause you have to test taste 😉 These are so good! Not to toot my own horn or anything. Super lemony, and great texture. I love anything lemon, so I often go over board with the lemon. So you can substitute water for the extra lemon if you don’t like things as tart as I do!!
Happy munching 🍋😘

xo Caity

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