Posts Tagged "Mighty Nest"

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake Recipe

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Family Health, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan | 13 comments

I came across this recipe back in 2009, except it wasn’t gluten free. The avocado in the recipe intrigued me so I converted it and posted it in my Chicago Family Health Examiner Column. However, Mighty Nest, a local e-commerce company that sells non-toxic, eco-friendly home goods, asked me to help them un-cupcake the cupcake, I happily agreed. We don’t have to sacrifice not eating a cupcake do we? I like to think the calories don’t count in this Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake Recipe, but alas they do. But this sweet treat has no refined sugars and made with healthy fats using both coconut oil and avocado. That is something you can feel good about! Avocados are super healthy, in fact it can help aid in losing weight and it makes an excellent first foods for baby. Here are some other great facts about avocados: Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They have the highest fiber content of any fruit  (almost 7g!) including 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber Avocados can protect your vision as they are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in the retina that keep eyes healthy. A study done from The Ohio State University found people absorbed 4.5 more times lycopene, which has been linked to protection against prostate cancer, and 2.5 times more beta-carotene, which, along with alpha-carotene, helps protect against cancer and heart disease. Hello guacamole! Historically avocados had a long-standing stigma as a sexual stimulant and is known by the Aztecs as the “fertility fruit.”  Due to their high monounsaturated fat content and vitamin B6, both are needed to keep energy and libido up. Well that last fact is surely a fun one, because combined with chocolate it is a win-win. Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake 1 1/4 cup of gluten free flour blend of your choice 3/4 cup of unprocessed unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp of guar gum (I like this better than Xanthan Gum and it is cheaper!) 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk combined with 3/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar set aside 1 avocado pitted 1 cup of Grade B Maple Syrup 1/3 cup coconut oil Add dry ingredients together and set aside Puree the avocado, maple syrup and coconut oil together Add half of dry ingredients into the avocado mixture and blend While blending, ddd the milk with apple cider vinegar Finish off with the dry mixture Scoop mixture into muffin pans and bake for approximately 22 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about one dozen cupcakes I also do not like canned frosting. They actually put food dyes in it and I don’t understand why, even for white frosting there is still red and blue dyes in it. I make my own, always. Here is my favorite Whipped Chocolate Frosting that takes 5-minutes to make, literally! Whipped Chocolate Frosting 3/4 cup of organic powder sugar 1/4 cup of raw cocoa powder 1/2 cup of Spectrum Shortening 2 tsp of coconut milk In order for me to get truly whipped frosting that feels like it comes from the can (ick!). I like to blend it in my food processor. It adds air to the powders that make it fluff up.  I like using the coconut milk because of its consistency. Here is the quick recipe! Whip the shortening up until nice and soft. Add the powders and blend with the shortening While blending add the milk or for a mocha flavor add coffee That is it!  Total Time for making your own frosting 5-minutes and you...

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Creating a Healthy Home for Your Family with Mighty Nest

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Family, Family Health, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | 5 comments

It is work in progress trying to create the ultimate healthy home for my family. When I changed my diet several years ago, I also changed up many of my household cleaning products and cookware. Yep bye, bye to non-stick, bye-bye to aluminum pans, melted plastic utensils, personal care products, you name it, it was G-O-N-E. Yes, it was a costly switch, but one I made over time (not all at once!). One of my issues was finding a place that housed items that made for a healthy home. I had to research several companies and shop at several places to find what I like and in my terms. It had to be eco-friendly, made with non-toxic products, sustainably made, and affordable. Local company Mighty Nest is just that, yay! They have done that research and sell items that are well healthy and some things I already have in my home, so I know it is research well done. They are offering a fantastic fun way to win many of their items and I have joined in on the fun. First take a look at my Healthy Home Makeover Pinterest Board to see what I may have or would like to incorporate more into my home.   Now you can enter to win a Healthy Home Makeover too! Simply enter here for their Pin It To Win It Campaign. Yes you can win money to shop directly at their store. If you are not sure about what to buy, create your own board and see what I like and what I may already have in my home!  The fruit paint is so fun as their non-toxic play-dough and my kids have personally loved. I would love to get my hands on that cast-iron griddle to make our gluten free pancakes and have been researching for a shower head that eliminates the use of chlorine and other harmful chemicals to help ease my son’s psoriasis (great for eczema and other skin conditions too). These two items is something I have been searching for quite some time, especially the shower-head. And of course, my wooden spoons are looking a little rough an it is time to renew them and who can’t use more dish towels? I can go on and on, so what are you waiting for?  Hurry up and enter now! Please share with me what your healthy home will look like!     Disclosure: I am being compensated by MightyNest for your participation in this...

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