Healthy Chocolate Christmas Balls

I love this recipe, it is a great snack for when I am craving something sweet and since it is sugar free it is great for my health. I also find that they fill me up, so I don’t have to eat heaps of them to satisfy that craving.

I make these for family and friends as Christmas gifts and after all the indulgent food they have eaten, they are thankful for something healthy and yummy at the same time. They look fantastic inside a small colourful bowl, wrapped in cellophane and tied with Christmas ribbon. I usually double the recipe so there is enough for everyone. Makes about 30 small balls.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups (225g) Whole Almonds (and or Walnuts, Cashews – whatever nuts you have handy!)
  • 15 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Powder/Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Zest of 1 Orange

Method:

  1. Place the nuts into a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.
  2. Add the dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and orange zest and blend until the mixture is completely combined and holds together when you press a chunk together.
  3. Roll into large teaspoon sized balls using your hands, then place in the fridge to cool for 30 mins-1 hour.

I store these in the fridge in an airtight container and they last for a week or so.

Walnuts are great for the kidneys and if you are trying to conceive, they are especially beneficial for men!

 

Written by:

Dr Kate Howden

Acupuncturist

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience, in both general and psychiatric nursing. And now years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. She takes a holistic approach to client care and loves seeing people feel better about themselves.

Kate has a particular passion for women’s health. She is a mother with her own children and stepchildren and understands the many challenges women face. Kate also has experience in treating withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction.

She enjoys regular games of netball and long walks with her partner.

15 Ways to stay sane & well during lockdown

It can  be challenging to be in lock down. To be isolated. We understand why it’s important, but how can we do it without losing our minds or our physical health? Whether you’re working from home or not. It’s all too easy and tempting to hit the sugar-rich comfort food. Or the alcohol. Whatever your pleasure.

.. But staying well can be done. And that’s exactly what you need to do during this time. Stay as well as you possibly can. We all know now how to avoid our exposure to COVID-19. But what about the bigger picture? How do we not gain weight? How do we avoid being consumed by COVID news & memes..? How can we boost our immune system? Here’s some ideas:

  1. Swap your commute time (if you don’t do it anymore) for a health promoting activity that you enjoy. ie. meditation/ yoga/ exercise / stretch.
  2. Wake up early at sunrise or soon after & get exposure to sunlight. Your melatonin and cortisol levels will thank you for it.
  3. Have a siesta if possible in your household. 20 minutes has been shown to be the optimal time for ultimate refreshment:)
  4. Limit screen time. This is a big one. Most of us know that screen time has a negative impact on our mental health. But there’s so much to read right now hey? I suggest you set limits. Schedule yourself non-screen time doing something else pleasurable. The phone screen time reminders are all too easy to discard. Try an alarm on your phone that is more annoying perhaps. Or simply decide your going to put the screen down 1-2 hours before bedtime. And stick to it.
  5. Then choose your screen time wisely. Excluding any work, I suggest that other screen time is best focused on giving you a sense of community. Connecting with groups of like-minded people. Chatting to friends and family. Rising above the physical barriers of isolation.

  1. 6. Avoid increasing your food intake or bad food intake. It’s all too easy and can be a slippery slope. Before you know it you’ve gained 2 kg, then might feel depressed about it, emotional eat and gain more. It’s a common scenario. Understandable in these times. But, in these times we need to be as well as possible. Gaining weight or eating poorly is going to hinder your health. Most of us have a unique opportunity at the moment to give more time to our health. More time to food planning, trying new recipes, exercising. Embrace that as much as you can.

7. Plan at least a few meals per week. It reduces fresh food waste and gives you some structure. Try at least 1 new recipe a week.

8. Find a new daily rhythm as soon as you can. Including waking time, meal times, work & play. The new rhythm will shorten the period of transitional stress that most of us are facing right now. The stress of adapting to a big change.

9. Open your windows to let fresh air circulate through the house every day.

10. Consider buying an air purifier. One with a HEPA filter which eliminates bacteria and viruses from the air.

11. Gargle with salt water. Coronavirus cells have been found to accumulate in the throat before causing an infection. Wash those nasties out! Gargling every night before bed is simple and inexpensive.

 

12. Maybe set a health goal for the next 4 weeks. Only if it doesn’t cause major stress. Make it a SMART goal. An achievable one. It might be as simple as flossing your teeth every day. Eating dark leafy greens every day. Or doing some muscle building exercises. Or meditating for 5 mins daily.

13. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but never found the time. Painting on canvas? Growing some herbs or vegetables? Learning a language maybe. Knitting? Whatever your heart desires..

14. Laugh it up. Can laughter really boost your immune system? Results of some studies suggest it can. In a study of healthy males, watching a funny movie boosted natural killer cell activity while watching an emotionally neutral movie did not. Belly laughs feel great. They can’t hurt and they might help boost your immune system and reduce the likelihood of illness.

15. Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot. Remember that it’s only temporary. Try to see the opportunity to live differently.

 

 

Written by Dr. Elaine Hickman

 

 

Elaine has trained and worked in various settings, both in Australia and China.  She has over 20 years experience in treating many health problems.  Elaine loves to provide a health care experience for people that is respectful, effective, empowering and enjoyable.  Elaine has particular expertise in Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Family Medicine and Wellness promotion.

Elaine is available

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Call (03) 9486 5966

Grain Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

 

Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo friendly. These muffins are tender, chocolaty, and perfect for breakfast or snack.

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 22 minutes
REST TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 37 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour (or almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled (or oil of choice)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature (I used Chia Gel and it worked well)
  • 3/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free, dairy-free dark chocolate chips (I omitted these for a lower sugar option and they still tasted great)
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, and eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Stir in the shredded zucchini.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon batter evenly into your paper liners.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the center is set.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.

 

Recipe source: https://www.glutenfreepalate.com/

Open Room Acupuncture update

To give more people access to low cost Acupuncture AND keep our sessions hygienic &  allow for physical distancing we’ve changed the Open Room/ Community Acupuncture schedule as follows:

 

  1. We’ve changed the schedule to allow 3 people max per hour and metres apart to adhere to social distancing requirements.
  2.  The sessions now start 15 mins apart. That is, 1 person is booked at say 2pm and the next at 2.15, 2.30 and so on..

This change has changed the way you can book online slightly. Now you book via the appointments tab, not the group sessions tab. Scroll down the appointment types until you see Open Room Follow Up and select. Then choose your day/ time.

And we’re now offering sessions on Mondays nights with Heather. In addition to the Wednesday, Friday & Saturday sessions.

Click here to book

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

Sugar Free Chunky Ice Cream

Made from the stevia plant, Natvia is a 100% natural and healthy alternative to refined, processed sugar.

Recipe by California Country Gal

Ingredients

4-5 each medium/large just ripe bananas
2 cups/500ml/1 lb heavy cream or coconut milk
1/4 cup Natvia
1/8 tsp Natvia
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Guar gum (1/2 tsp if using coconut milk)
Stir In:
2/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Serves 2

Directions

Blend everything in your blender for about a minute. The mixture should become thick and creamy.
Add the stir in ingredients.
Pour into a container that has been brushed with Coconut Oil and freeze for several hours.
– See more recipes at: www.sweeterlifeclub.com

Banana bread- gluten, dairy & sugar free

Love banana bread? Try this gluten, dairy and sugar free recipe out!

Ingredients:
1.5 cups almond meal
3 large eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 large ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of coconut nectar or sugar

Method:
Preheat oven to 170 degrees
Mash or blend bananas and then combine all ingredients together
Bake for 35 minutes or until slightly brown on top

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