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The Naughty Nutritionists
Simply Balanced. Simply Delicious.
Simply Balanced. Simply Delicious.

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Cacao Dusted Soft Caramels

Traditional caramel is typically made of butter, sugar and syrups. It’s anything but teeth friendly and in our mind, not so tasty. These caramels are sweetened with nothing but wholesome dates and made with delicious coconut oil. You can dust them with cacao or make them more chocolatey and completely cover them with dark chocolate. It’s a satisfying and nutritious dessert with every bite.
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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are one of the best things around (in our opinion), but they are usually jam packed with sugar, white flour and processed peanut butter. Although these cookies still have quite a fair amount of sugar in them, it’s coconut and cane sugar making it higher in nutrients then your traditional white sugar.

These cookies are also gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, grain free and high in protein (making that sugar that it does contain digested by your body in a slower fashion). They only have 6 ingredients and can be made in one bowl. SO. Easy. And no one would ever know they are better for you!
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3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam

If you haven’t already noticed, we love our sweet tooth… YES! We savour delicious desserts every single day, but the difference is that those desserts add nourishment for your body and won’t leave you feeling heavy or cranky because of the sugar crash! Think of it, most commercial jam relies on a heavy dose of sugar and in most cases not just your plain sugar but high fructose corn syrup as well as various preservatives and in some cases added food colouring.

Most of what you are eating is not really fruit but additives and processed ingredients, that is why we have made this delicious and easy alternative. You can eat it on its own or make it a classic and have it on a whole grain toast with your peanut butter.

3 Reasons to Sweeten Your Life with this Jam:

1) Ch-ch-ch-Chia seeds. Those little seeds make all the difference to this recipe as they add the jelly texture and many of the health benefits. They are rich in heart healthy omega 3s and fiber keeping you fuller for longer and balancing your blood sugar levels (something that does not happen with your regular jam). They are packed with antioxidants and are an excellent source of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

2) Beauty Food. Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C to boost your immunity and keep you looking youthful. Strawberries also have a compound called ellagic acid that is shown to have anti-cancer properties.

3) Honey, Honey! One of the staple superfoods in our kitchen helps to soothe and heal. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties offer many health benefits from soothing stomach aches and cough to speeding wound healing.
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Salted Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

This is definitely one of those ‘eat this instead of that’ recipes. If you are a Reese’s Cups lover, you absolutely need to test out this recipe. It is your healthified version of the candy bar that you know and love. Plus, this recipe is so simple to make, you can make it in huge batches and freeze (so you don’t need to keep running to the store) and it is much better for you. It has no dairy, it is low in sugar, and it is high in protein, which means that a few bites will do. We might be ditching our processed chocolate bars for a home made one, but does it really have any other health benefits? Why yes, yes it does:

5 Benefits of Eating these Nut Butter Cups and Ditching the Reese:

1) High protein from nuts! Do you ever notice an afternoon slump, or that sugar craving that just won’t quit post lunch? It usually means your blood sugars are crashing causing cravings, tired and hunger. The best (and healthiest) way to nip it in the bud is protein and some healthy fats. That’s why munching on a handful of nuts can come in handy when you’re starting to feel peckish. Protein leaves you feeling full for a great chunk of time.

2) Low sugar snack. Usually when blood sugar dips, and hunger kicks in- especially hunger for a sweet treat; we tend to reach for something that is jam packed with sugar (muffin/pastry/candy bar etc.). These options don’t actually leave you full and just promote your blood sugar to become out of whack again. A low sugar/high protein snack will help balance those blood sugars and hopefully help you look towards eating a healthy meal.

3) Coconut oil. Most nutrition blogs will talk a great deal about coconut oil, and why not? Not only is it good for you skin, your teeth, your hair, but it is also an incredible oil to add to your food. Contrary to popular belief the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) found in coconut oil can help speed up your metabolism, aiding in weight loss. It can help with bone health, fatigue, acid reflux and helps strengthen the liver. These are just a few benefits that coconut oil has to offer.

4) Bite sized. Having a pre-packaged bite sized snack to munch on post lunch is a great thing. You pack 3, you only have an option of eating 3 and by the time you are done you wont need any more. It doesn’t leave you with that awful sugar spike and crash. This means you can kiss your need to mow down goodbye.

5) Easy to prep, easy to take on the go. This doesn’t need much explaining. When something is easy to make, it makes it much easier to pack it up and leave the house with it ready to eat for when your body is telling you to pick up a snack. This makes walking to the convenience store or vending machine to pick up something that offers no nutritional a lot less likely.
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