Chickory Root – The Coffee Alternative

Are you looking for a coffee substitute, well neither was I until I had to remove coffee from my diet : ( !

Here comes Chickory root with it’s health boosting benefits…

It looks and tastes something like coffee but is caffeine-free and less expensive than the real thing.

This medicinal herb, helps purify the blood and detox the liver.

Chicory root…

•Supports digestion, and the breakdown/metabolism of fats by increasing bile production

•Contains inulin which helps regulate blood sugar levels and pulls toxins from the body when we visit the bathroom

• Inulin can regulate blood sugar levels and pulls toxins from the body when we visit the bathroom and boosts immunity.

• Chicory is full of antioxidants

• Reduces inflammation in the body

• Studies show that it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal

• Helps boost digestion and relieve constipation. : )

OK,  I’ll admit it’s not coffee and I surely do miss my morning cup and boy do I hope this is temporary, but in the meantime I will enjoy the deep, dark, slightly bitter & rich taste and all the benefits of my cup of chickory root : )

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Chocolate “Love Potion” Improved & Passover Friendly too(recipe)

If you’ll recall a little while back I introduced you to a Chocolate “Love Potion”

My friend Ivette shares an updated version that adds a little more spice to an already spicy treat.  Thanks Ivette!

And BTW, if you’re keeping Passover you don’t have to give up a thing : D !!!!

Paleo Choc Pudding Recipe  (added ingredients in red ) 

2 ripe avocados  (Use one avocado for more silky mousse and 2 for thicker more fudge mousse.)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey, organic agave or maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 dates, soaked and pitted
Dash of cinnamon 
Dash of Himalayan sea salt
Optional – red pepper flakes

Blend ingredients in the food processor, serve room temp or chilled

Top with sea salt and/or red pepper flakes  & your set for a delicious treat!

whipped cream is optional but ooooh sooo good : P

Happy Passover & Bon Appetite!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Guilty Pleasures …now Guilt Free

Joycelyn-111web Because more antioxidants are released when cocoa is heated up, this winter treat is great ammunition to fight free radicals.

Antioxidants protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals.  These free radicals are capable of attacking the healthy cells in the body that may lead to chronic diseases and interfere with your immune system.

The flavonoids in hot cocoa can help improve blood flow

Help lower your blood pressure & improve heart health.

 

Researchers at a Cornell University study found that:

Hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine.

Concentrated it is two to three times stronger than that of green tea &

Four to five times stronger than that of black tea.

 

Hot Cocoa Recipe

1 Tbsp. Organic cocoa powder

1 cup water boiled

¼ cup almond milk (heated)

Nu stevia – to taste (I use 2 packets)

Calories – about 15, Carbs – 1g, Fat – 1g, Protein – 1g, Sugar- ZERO

Ahhhh the simple pleasures

Drink up & …

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer