Homemade snickers with adaptogens

Homemade chocolate is seriously something you need to consider. This one is packed with superpowers, is easy to make, and is SUPER delicious. Say hello to homemade vegan snickers with the adaptogens ashwagandha and maca!

ADAPTOGENS: What on earth is an adaptogen? They are a unique group of herbal ingredients used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to improve health and especially the adrenal system which is the system that is in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress (such as cortisol). The name comes from the herbs ability to adapt to your body's needs (1). They are great herbs if you have experiences stress, or you need help to heal. You can usually get them in your health food or specialty store, or on Amazon or iHerb.

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ASHWAGANDHA: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb belonging to the tomato family that has been used in India and Sri Lanka for the past 5,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine. The past few years the herb has gained attraction in the wellness world again with good reason. It is well known to help the body reduce stress and strengthen the immune system after illness, and is used against mental and physical exhaustion. Other benefits are to reducing anxiety and depression, as well as improving concentration. Yes, please?!

MACA: Maca root is also an adaptogen and is in the same family as (radical) broccoli and cabbage, but it has even more unique properties than these vegetables. Maca is grown in South America, mainly in Peru. Maca contains 18% protein and contains a whole range of nutrients such as magnesium and iron. Maca is known to balance hormones for both men and women (PMS, menopause, fertility, testosterone, and estrogen), and is also used for energy and mood-boosting effects.

Snickers with adaptogens

Ingredients Bottom layer

  • 1/5 cup almond butter

  • 1,5 tbs coconut flour

Caramel sauce

  • 6 big Medjool dates

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp ashwagandha

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup cashews

Chocolate layer

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 50 g cacao paste

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Directions

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Bottom layerMix the almond butter and coconut flour, and place the mixture on a greaseproof paper. Form the mix into a 1 cm thick square using your hands, and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.Caramel sauceWhile waiting for it to freeze, start preparing the caramel sauce. Place the Medjool dates, adaptogens and coconut oil in a blender, and blend the mix until it has a creamy consistency. Take the bottom layer out of the freezer and spread the caramel sauce on top with a spatula. Gently sprinkle over the nuts and place everything back into the freezer for about 30 minutes.Chocolate layerLastly, place about 30 grams of chocolate paste and 1 tbs of coconut oil in a pan, melt it, and with a spoon drizzle it over the bars. Make sure to cover the top and the sides. Place everything back in the freezer and wait 30 minutes, then they are ready to be served! They melt really fast so they are best out of the freezer. Hope you like it!Enjoy them while they last!

Heartwarming hot chocolate & 8 benefits of it

Real, raw cacao is one of the foods that contain the most magnesium - a mineral that affects almost all symptoms related to your hormones. Fun fact: this is actually why girls usually crave chocolate at certain times of the month! Here are eight additional benefits of this amazing food(1):

  1. It can regulate cortisol (the body's stress hormone)
  2. It can help you sleep better
  3. It can activate vitamin D in your body
  4. It can be anti-aging
  5. It can help create hormones
  6. It can be used as fuel for energy-creation in your cells
  7. It can aid your thyroid in its work
  8. It can reduce your blood sugar

This yummy hot chocolate is made from raw cacao, and it tastes delicious. Not a night goes by without a cup of hot cocoa during the fall and winter months. You may find that it tastes a bit bitter in the beginning, but after a while, you will think that regular chocolate tastes super sweet! We have written more about raw chocolate here.SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate (2 cups):

  • Optional plant-based milk
  • Either 2 tsp raw cacao or a medium sized bite raw cacao (solid)

Heat the drink in a casserole over medium heat, but make sure that it doesn't boil. There are dozens of things you can add to pimp your cocoa, like chili, cinnamon, nuts, honey or coconut sugar.Raw cacao in any form can be found at your health store, iHerb or other online stores. Simple & delicious!SAMSUNG CSC

Health boosting green juice and 4 super benefits

In case you are wondering why everyone is all about juicing these days we are going to try to give you a short explanation. First of all, it's delicious. The right mix gives you an energizing boost in the morning.Hvis du lurer på hvorfor alle driver og drikker grønn juice om dagen så skal vi prøve å gi en kort input på dette området. For det første så er det skikkelig godt! Den riktige miksen gir en forfriskende start på en ellers grå/svart(kaffe) morgen.SAMSUNG CSC

What's the bonus?

  1. Vegetables have an alkalizing effect on the body. Many people have a diet that creates acid, which we have written about in this post. Leafy green veggies contain chlorophyll which is detoxifying and alkalizing (1).
  2. By drinking it on an empty stomach in the morning, you get concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that enter quickly into the blood. AKA you get the benefits much quicker than if you were to eat the veggies.
  3. The digestion gets to rest while giving your body an energy boost - YAY
  4. It can give you clearer skin, and work more efficiently than expensive skin care products

Så hva er bonusen?

  1. Grønnsaker har en basedannende effekt i kroppen. I dag har mange mennesker et kosthold som gjør at de har mer syre enn base i kroppen, som vi har skrevet mer om i dette innlegget. Mørkegrønne bladgrønnsaker inneholder klorofyll, som er et avgiftende og basisk stoff (1).
  2. Ved å drikke den om morgenen på tom mage får du høykonsentrerte vitaminer, mineraler og enzymer som går raskt inn i blodet. Juicen har nemlig tappet grønnsakene for fiber, og du vil derfor ta opp næringen mye raskere enn dersom du skulle spist én og én grønnsak.
  3. Fordøyelsesorganene får hvile, samtidig som du tar opp næring.
  4. Det vil kunne gi deg en superfin og glødende hud, forbedre fordøyelsen, gi deg masse gode næringsstoffer og energi! Du kan kjøpe maaange dyre ansiktskremer men dette er mye mer effektivt.

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Green juice

(2 portions)

  • 1 organic cucumbet
  • 1 organic apple
  • 3 chunks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • Spinach
  • Ginger

We recommend that you choose organic cucumber and apple, as they have thin skin, making them more prone to contain pesticides and other toxins from non-organic farming. The Environmental Working Group have made an overview of how to choose organic vs. non-organic produce. You can also add a variety of other fruits and veggies in this juice, the most important is to have veggies as over half of the ingredients. What about adding some broccoli? :-)

Grønn juice

(2 porsjoner)

  • 1 økologisk agurk
  • 1 økologisk eple
  • 3 stilker stangselleri
  • 1 sitron
  • Spinat
  • Ingefær (hvis man liker smaken - den blir markant)

Det er viktigst å passe på at agurken og eplet er økologisk, da de har tynt skall som vil gjøre dem mer utsatt for å inneha plantevernmidler og giftstoffer enn grønnsaker med tykkere skall. Environmental Working Group, en amerikansk non-profit organisasjon, har laget en oversikt over hvilke varer som er viktigst å velge økologisk. Det finnes massevis av andre grønnsaker og frukt som kan brukes i en grønn juice, det viktigste er at man holder forholdet mellom frukt og grønt over på den grønne siden. For eksempel brokkoli :-)