Hello readers, joining in with Terri’s Sunday Stills (here), which has the theme of Yin and Yang this week. Terri shared:
“The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, and the trough of a wave; the yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth.”
Remember – yin and yang forces are both connected, even though also separate—they overlap and interplay.
One of my goals for 2020 is to share a few health tips in various blog posts.
The health tip today is to “Snack Smarter” and I have a healthy recipe for coconut snacks.
- I know some health coaches who argue that snacking is not going to be needed if your regular meals are filling you up properly. And then some health coaches insist that a time of fasting during the day is great for the entire GI and so a break from snacking is beneficial.
- Sometimes (not always) snacking means you need more nutrition. Especially those that burn carbs as their primary fuel source – you might find that you need snacks more often than someone who is “fat adapted” and who can use fat as their fuel source (and this is an area I am continuing to learn more and and more about).
- When you eat good fats and oils – you give your body more nourishment – and when your body is able to tap into stored fat as fuel – and not merely store it – you feel a lot better and can sometimes go longer without refueling.
- RECIPE: A healthy, good-fat snack we enjoy are coconut treats – made with coconut flakes and stevia. They are Low on sugar, high on taste, delicious, and provide good fat.
COCONUT BOYS SNACK RECIPE
- 8 oz. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes from Trader Joe’s.
- Stevia (amount will vary depending on type of stevia used)
- optional – add cinnamon, chocolate, blueberries
- Blend coconut flakes and stevia in a food processor for about one minute, or until smooth – mixture will be soft.
- Spoon contents into the mold of your choice.
- Chill until firm.
- Our Wilton “gingerbread men” mold has become the favorite for making coconut treats because this mold is easy to fill – and then treats are easy to remove. Each snack is a good size and one bag of coconut usually makes a whole tray. You might need to experiment to find the mold that works best for your needs – but we love this mold and this is how our treats got the name “coconut boys.”
Here are some close up versions of our “coconut boys” – which I am linking with Becky’s January Squares.
- What about you? Any :easy” healthy snack recipes to share?
- Any thoughts on yin and yang? I almost started writing about the yoga connection to yin and yang, but don’t have the time right now….. maybe a little later in the year I can get to it.
Hope you have a great day