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Preservative Free Peanut Butter Cups

13 May

Today convenience foods reign supreme, but what many people do not realize is that consuming too many preservatives can have a negative effect on health. Packaged processed foods don’t only have more fat, sugar, and salt they also contain ingredients that prevent them from spoiling, give them a certain appearance, color or texture, and flavor. As great as it is that a food item will stay good for 6 months sitting on the shelf, it’s important to remember why we need something to last that long. In emergency situations or when you are unable to prepare fresh foods. Though convenience foods are inexpensive, most do not provide adequate nutrition. Consuming too much processed packaged convenience foods can lead to weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, allergies, difficulty breathing, nausea, headaches, and cancer. Below is a recipe for organic peanut butter cups. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without the preservatives, extra fat, and sugar. They only have 4 ingredients and are quick and easy to make. Talk about convenience!

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Makes 6 big peanut butter cups or 12 mini peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Bottom

3/4 cup Organic Peanut Butter

1 Tbs Organic Maple Syrup

2 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil, melted

Chocolate Topping

1/4 cup Organic Cacao Powder

1 Tbs Organic Maple Syrup

1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted


1. Mix peanut butter, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil in a medium bowl until well combined.

2. Fill silicone muffin cups 1/2 way full with peanut butter mixture. Place cups in freezer for about 15 minutes or until hardened.

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3. Mix cacao, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil in a medium bowl until well combined.

4. Top the hardened peanut butter cups with chocolate mixture. Place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes or until hardened.

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5. Store peanut butter cups in freezer until you are ready to eat them. If left out the coconut oil may begin to melt and peanut butter cups can lose their shape.

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Other considerations

– For a sweet, salty, and savory flavor combination sprinkle a little salt on top

– For a crunchy texture add chopped nuts to the peanut butter mixture or sprinkle on top.

– For extra coconut flavor add shredded coconut to the peanut butter mixture or sprinkle on top.


Flu Season

8 Oct

Fall has arrived and with it comes cold and flu season. We all have certain ways to help cure ourselves when we are sick. It can be anything from a specific kind of cough drop, soup, or tea  to something your mom used to do or make for you as a kid. In addition to those things I have this home remedy. I make it whenever I feel that icky tickle in my throat.

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8oz Warm Water
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 small Lemon, juiced
4 drops Oil of Oregano
1 tablespoon Honey (optional-I only add this if my throat is in terrible pain)

Why this combination?

-Apple cider vinegar promotes nasal drainage and soothes a sore throat.

-Cayenne pepper has anti inflammatory properties, helps to clear congestion, and contains vitamin A.

-Lemon juice also soothes a sore throat and contains vitamin C.

-Oil of oregano has antibacterial properties and contains zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, niacin, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

-Honey is known to be antimicrobial and soothes a sore throat.

Try this the next time you feel that tickle in your throat and let me know what you think.