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Chocolate Caramel Chews

ChocolateCaramelChews

By the time you read this I will be in the wilds of Iceland, just spellbound by my surroundings and marveling how great it is to be alive.

Leading up to the trip, I’d been trying a few new slices and fudges, but I either managed to eat it all before taking a picture, or misplaced the recipe.

Just a little distracted by the impending adventure no doubt!

So in the meantime, here is one delicious chewy bite, where I managed to keep it all together.

The right amount of sugar carefully balanced with nutrients is back in my diet, so there is none better than medjool dates to deliver a sugar hit packed with nutrients.

While I’ve tried the raw brownies before, made with dates and cacao powder, I was never impressed with the gooey texture when it was supposed to be chewy. Just because it’s healthier, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or texture.

So in this recipe, there is an extra step to make those dates super chewy and taste divine.

Recipe adapted from My Heart Beets.

Chocolate Caramel Chews

What’s in it…

Chocolate Part

Make a batch of Chocolate Tweets and leave it cooling on the stove.

 

Caramel filling

10 medjool dates

1 TBS grass fed ghee

¼ tsp fine Himalayan rock salt

How to do it…

Chop dates. Sauté in a non-stick frying pan with ghee and salt for approx 5 min on medium heat. The dates should break down a little.

Take off heat and allow to cool a bit as it gets super hot.

In between some parchment paper, spread the date mix out and fold the paper on top. Press flat with your hands and the bottom of a glass. (Or rolling pin if you like.)

Pop in the fridge for a bit while you organise the chocolate.ChocolateCaramelChewsflat

On a tray with another sheet of parchment paper, pour half the chocolate.

Pop in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Pull out of the fridge both the semi set chocolate and flat date centre. Peel off the paper and put the slab of dates on top of the semi set chocolate, then pour the rest of the chocolate on top.

Back in the fridge for 2 or more hours

When set, cut into squares or press out shapes with stainless cookie cutters.

Notes – you could use butter instead of the ghee, however have you tried ghee before? Someone described it as butterier than butter and that’s pretty accurate. It’s amazeballs. (Put it in the chocolate too if you have it!)

This is the one I use.

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So I tried a different method with the caramel too, in that I whizzed the dates in the food processor before I cooked them, I thought that would remove the occasional woody bits in the dates that are a bit hard to chew. But it completely destroyed the structure and whatever it is in the dates that made them chewy – so forget that experiment, it made the recipe worse not better.

You can also make them thicker than I did however, they do get a bit tougher to chew, so be mindful if cooking for little kiddies.

Can’t wait to make them again when I’m back.

As they say in Iceland – þar til næst!

Kristy x

 

 

Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Does Low Carb/Keto eating make your hair fall out?

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So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot.

However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would?

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Potato Shortbread Cookies (Gluten free, 4 ingredients)

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Since I’ve discovered that heating nut flours like almond flour etc actually increases the oxidisation of PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids) in them and kind of makes them toxic (eek!), you can understand why I’m not so keen to continue making up recipes with these nutty flours in it.

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Is ‘Coconut Body Milk by Eco by Sonya’ the only low PUFA natural skincare in the world?

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Quick quiz….

What is a PUFA?  –  Why is it a problem?  –  How does it relate to my skin and aging?

Ok, PUFAs are Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids and despite many a traditional dietitian still espousing that it’s the healthier oil – think nut oil, seed oil, grain oil – like sunflower, canola, rice bran – others like Biologist Dr Ray Peat say that due to its unstable nature – ie: easily breaks down in heat and light – it actually may be toxic and inflammatory and cause a whole host of issues like this:-

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The switch from very Low Carb to Pro Metabolic eating Part 2 – The OUT list.

saladleavesSo last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.

Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.

Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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What I’ve learned… was mostly wrong!

happyny2017It’s been an eye opening last 6 months for me on the healthy food front!

I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.

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What’s your temperature? And what does it have to do with weight loss?

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Do you know what your resting temperature is?

How about 30 mins after you eat food?

Why does it matter anyway?

Well turns out your body temperature and heart rate are like a little window into your metabolic system and gives a good indication if it’s cranking properly or spluttering to a halt. Health professionals are using these measures along with blood work and checking a list of symptoms, to give a true picture of what’s working, what’s not and if your hormones and thyroid may be out of whack.

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