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Coconut Fudge Bites

Hi!

For some reason I am exhausted today!  I think the past weekend and the past few days of working out pretty hard have caught up with me.  That and the love nugget and I had a busy day of running errands after SS today that wiped me out!

This morning before we headed off to SS I made the love nugget a frittata with zucchini, turkey breast and mozzarella cheese.  He hasn’t been that into his eggs lately so I tried to spruce them up a little today.

He seemed to like it!

I promise we have other bibs besides Camo ones.  We aren’t really camo people but these are the only two that we have that button rather than velcro and he pulls the velcro one off.   So he’s rocking the camo for now!

I had a bowl of overnight oats with some almond butter and freeze-dried strawberries mixed in.

We didn’t make it to the farmers market yesterday to pick up our organic strawberries to I had to settle for freeze-dried.

Since SS got moved up a half hour earlier we had a little more time to get some errands ran before the love nugget crashed.  We managed to go to Target, Costco and Sprouts for groceries after SS all before 12:00!

When we got home I was starving so after putting away all the groceries and what not, I chowed down on some leftover salmon and roasted veggies mixed with quinoa, lemon juice and goat cheese.

It was super filling but I wanted something a little sweet afterwards so I whipped up a batch of these little bites of goodness…

They might not look all that pretty but… yum!!!!

And…. they are naturally sweetened, no bake, and super easy to make.  Score!

Coconut Fudge Bites (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Fudge babies)

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup raw pecans

1 cup pitted dates

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

dash of sea salt if desired

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly and sticky.

Totally up to you how you want to form these.  You can make them into balls, form them into bars, or press them into an old ice tray then pop out for little bites of heaven like I did.

Once formed into desired shapes, place in the fridge to set then store in the fridge or freezer.  Enjoy!

 

Did you know that walnuts are the healthiest nut for you?

When it comes to nuts, the walnut is the king. It’s a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.

Walnuts also contain the antioxidant compound ellagic acid, which is known to fight cancer and support  the immune system. But that’s not all–in a study  in the August 2003 issue of Phytochemistry, researchers identified 16 polyphenols in walnuts, including three new tannins, with antioxidant activity so powerful they described it as “remarkable.”

Walnuts are incredibly healthy for the heart. A study in the April 2004 issue of Circulation found that when walnuts were substituted for about one-third of the calories supplied by olives and other monounsaturated fats in the Mediterranean diet:

Total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol were reduced

The elasticity of the arteries increased by 64 percent

Levels of vascular cell adhesion molecules, which play a major role in the development of atherosclerosis          (hardening of the arteries), were reduced

SOURCE

I mostly snack on raw almonds but walnuts are also a staple around here.  We use them in salads, granola bars, on top of yogurt or in oatmeal.

QUESTION ~

What is your favorite nut to snack on?

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