Desserts

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cupcake

Every day can be a birthday with this recipe! Nom!

Found this Joel Fuhrman, M.D. recipe on Dr. Oz’s website

Serves: 16
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

CAKE

Combine Dry Ingredients in a bowl and set aside:

1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons natural non-alkalized cocoa powder

In blender puree:
3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided (1/ 2 cup cut into small pieces and set aside)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 banana
1 organic apple, cored and cut into pieces

In Food Processor:
1 cup shredded beets
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Mix all above in large bowl with:

1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/ 2 cup dates (which was cut into small pieces & set aside)
2 teaspoons alcohol-free vanilla extract(optional)

Spread in a 9.5″ X 13.5″ nonstick baking pan.

Bake for 1 hour @350 degrees F. or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

CHOCOLATE NUT ICING: (For a no-nut version, Use Chocolate Sauce Recipe)

1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
2/3 cup dates, pitted
1/3 cup brazil nuts or hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla flavor (optional)

For the chocolate nut icing, combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender* until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.

Note: A food processor may be used to combine icing ingredients but the icing will not be as smooth.

Check out this BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Video of delicious, Chocolate Candy!

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Desserts, Need to know

The Cravings Beasty – Sweets

 

 

Going without sweets can sometimes be a challenge. Here is some of the advice I share with my clients. 

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, sweets, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk,  etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these Beasts. Today I will help you deal with Sweets.

Check out the recipe page for great tasting recipes for sweet candy, drinks, ice cream and even Healthy Chocolate Cake!

Remember, if you make green smoothies, you can always add dates or other dried fruits  to make a delicious and healthy sweet shake.

Avoid sugar substitutes, even “natural ones”; they will only perpetuate your cravings.

Sweeteners like honey are not favorable. According to Dr. Fuhrman; “Honey is a concentrated mixture of fructose, glucose and sucrose with no notable phytochemical or antioxidant load (see vitamin and mineral chart below).  Just like sugar, the nutrients in honey are so few that they are almost non-existent. Add this to the fact that honey is high in fructose and contains more glucose than most fruits and you get a food that puts stress on our bodies, especially our liver and kidneys. There are 64 calories in one tablespoon of honey and all of these calories are in the form of sugar. That’s 17.25 grams of sugar in just one tablespoon!”.

Abstinence is your friend. It will get better. If you are tempted to fall off the wagon, read my blog How to Avoid Falling Off The Wagon

It is not your fault that you are craving things like sweets. Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry. This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us 

Learn how sugar is hidden in nutrition labels That word means sugar?

Finally, if you have diabetes I highly recommend reading The End of Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

How do you combat the sweets beasty?

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I have helped many people combat cravings. If you would like help to  learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

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Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

 

Coffee - I need coffee

If you are trying to eliminate coffee, I suggest you taper off slowly as many people get awful headaches if they quit coffee too quickly.

Caffeine consumption can mask true hunger and leave you out of touch with your body’s needs.

Most of us use coffee for a sweet high, caffeine high or to help us to get more energy.

Try to taper off coffee by diluting caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated. Drink 75% caffeinated with 25% decaffeinated and go down in caffeine from there. Also consider decreasing the number of cups you drink per day.

If you adhere to a whole food, plant based diet with minimally processed foods, preferably sugar, oil and salt free, your need for an energy drink should eventually be eliminated.

There are some delicious teas which are health promoting and do not contain caffeine.

I enjoy green tea and it can be fun to try other caffeine free teas.

Hibiscus Tea can help lower blood pressure and also help with erectile dysfunction. You can buy Hibiscus Tea Bags  for one cup serving or make it by the gallon.

I always have a one gallon container of Hibiscus Tea in my refrigerator as my family drinks one cup daily.

I simply fill my  tea leaf diffuser with Hibiscus Tea Leaves.

I put one gallon of water in a pitcher with 2 cinnamon sticks and the tea (in the diffuser). You can sweeten the tea with date sugar and taper off the sweetener over time. I don’t boil the tea water and after a few hours in the refrigerator, I have delicious tea!

I keep my tea stored in the container with the cinnamon sticks and tea diffuser, in the refrigerator.

Is caffeine an issue in your life? If so, how to you combat the Caffeine Beasty?

Please subscribe so that I know you would like to see more helpful information.

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

I saw this quote recently; “You are not lactose intolerant, you are just not a baby cow.”

Cows milk is designed to grow a 70 pound calf into a 700 cow in 12 months (yes, even grass fed cows milk).

Although there are versions of cows milk that say there are no growth hormones, that does not mean you are not drinking hormones. Many dairy cows are kept pregnant throughout their lives in order to continuously produce milk.

Cheese and ice cream are more concentrated versions of this hormonal, growth formula.

With all of this knowledge, for some of us, our primitive brain still struggles with cravings for this sugary, frozen, hormonal growth fluid.

I eat a vegan version of ice cream almost every night!

Check out our recipe page for great recipes for chocolate, vegan ice cream (soft serve and frozen pops) , Naked Pumpkin Ice Cream and frozen fruity treats as well.

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

 

Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

Flour things like cakes, cookies, pies, etc. are the bad carbs. So many people tell us to avoid carbs, but fruits and vegetables are whole food, plant based, healthy carbs.

The bad carbs are the refined carbs like flour. Flour is what remains after stripping things like a wheat berry of the water and fiber. What remains is a concentrated, calorie dense powder which can cause things like weight gain and Type II Diabetes.

When you concentrate foods and strip out the water, fiber and nutrients, you have a dangerous component remaining. It will cause you to have a big dopamine hit in your brain, which is why things like cakes, cookies, pies, etc. are so hard to resist.

We are continuously adding recipes for foods that are great substitutes. Using things like oat flour ,made from grinding oats in your food processor, can be a healthier choice.

Check out the recipe page for great ideas, some of which are easy and quick to prepare.

Recipes like: Easy No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies Yummy and Easy Cookies OATMEAL-RAISIN COOKIES  Healthy Chocolate Cake are a great place to start. We are continually adding even more recipes each week.

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Breakfasts, Desserts, Dressings and Sauces, Main Dishes, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Salt Shaker

Going without salt can sometimes be a challenge. Here is some of the advice I share with my clients. 

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these Beasts. Today I will help you deal with Salty Things.

Salt can really make you retain water and make you weigh more. It makes food hyper palatable and therefore makes you eat larger quantities. It is also deleterious to your health;  it can cause blood pressure to rise and it is specifically harmful to the Endothelial cells which are the life jacket of your arteries.

If those are not enough reasons, did you know that microplastics have been found in salt?

What to do?

There are a few things you can add to your food to help deal with the Salty Beasty.

Benson’s Table Tasty 2 oz  (I use lots and buy the 1 pound bag) Benson’s Table Tasty 1 pound bag is great for adding to air popped popcorn, stir fry’s, hummus and most anything to which you would like to add salt.

You can also trick the tongue by adding things to your recipes like sun dried tomatoes (oil, salt and sulfur free), lemon zest and lime zest (preferably organic).

It is not your fault that you are craving things like salt. Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry. Nutritionists hate high-sodium foods. Even the mayor of New York City wants you to eat less salt. But how come the industry hasn’t been able to significantly reduce the salt-content of their foods?
Salt is as essential to the food industry as water. First, it fixes a lot of the problems that occur because foods are processed. Cornflakes lose their metallic taste with salt. Crackers without salt are bitter, soggy, and stick to the roof of the mouth. In bread making, salt keeps the machinery from gumming up. Salt makes food last longer on the shelves.
Salt covers up nasty tastes, especially of meat, that would otherwise remind you of damp dog hair.
Salt is the great antidote to all of these problems, and more. And salt is as cheap as water.
The industry could use less salt if they started using fresh spices, like rosemary, which have antioxidants abilities. But consumers want CHEAP food, and fresh spices are costly. So salt comes to the rescue.
And let’s face it: people love salt. Without salt, manufactured bread tastes like tin, and doesn’t even look puffy. It’s riddled with big air pockets and has a rough texture. If food manufacturers put out salt-free versions of their foods, nobody would buy them. And maybe that would be a good thing, but we all know that it’s not going to happen.
This is just some of what you will find in a book which is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Here is a great tasting, salt free mustard Salt Free Mustard

What are some strategies you use to combat the salt beasty?

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods. If you struggle with this, here are some of the tips which I share with my clients:  Fell Off The Wagon? Ouch….

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Please click FOLLOW so that I can send you more helpful hints, inspiration and recipes.

Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on myAmazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Crunchy Things

Crunchy Chick Pea PNG.pngThis lifestyle can seem restrictive. Getting over certain food cravings and / or addictions can be a challenge.

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

Crunchy Things

For some, things like celery and carrots can satisfy the crunchy food desire. There are some great recipes in the recipe page for crunchy, seasoned chickpeas and also for 4 Seed Crackers. You can also make potato chips in the microwave. Check out my Crunchy Hacks on YouTube!

Air popped popcorn is also an option. Remember that even plain, air popped popcorn is about 1600 a pound. It is calorie dense. If you season it, you may eat even more than you intended.

One transition food is Mary’s Gone Crackers Superseed Crackers. These crackers are delicious. Of course, if weight loss is your goal, you may want to limit or not consider these crackers. You could easily binge on these crackers and gain weight (even if you are 100% compliant in all other areas of your eating!). (*Note: Other products by Mary’s Gone Crackers may be higher in salt and fat).

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Check out this video on tips to make delicious, crunchy things!

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Cheese.pngThis lifestyle can seem restrictive. Getting over certain food cravings and / or addictions can be a challenge.

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these Beasts. Today I will help you deal with Cheese.

Cheese

Cows milk is designed to grow a 70 pound calf into a 700 cow in 12 months (yes, even a grass fed cow). Cheese and ice cream are more concentrated versions of this growth formula.

Cheese  is another addictive food. There are great recipes in our recipe page for creamy, vegan cheeses. These cheeses are great for recipes like vegan lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo.

If you are looking for a transition food that is much like gooey cheese, try Dalia Cheese which is available in the refrigerator section in most grocery stores.

Dalia Cheese is made with oil, so while it is an acceptable transition food, and a better option than dairy cheese, my family and I eventually stopped using this product.

Here are a few nice recipes to try:

Melty Stretchy Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese

Cheese Sauce 

Cheese and Alfredo Sauce and Dressing Recipe

If you are addicted to cheese, I highly recommend reading this book by Dr. Neal Bernard,  The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy

Next time, we will deal with crunchy things.

Are you experiencing challenges with this lifestyle?

If so, what are / were they and how do / did you deal with them?

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods. Fell Off The Wagon? Ouch….

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Please click FOLLOW so that I can send you more helpful hints, inspiration and recipes.

Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

E Cornell center-for-nutrition-studies

Desserts, Need to know

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Chocolate nice cream ice creamChocolate Cupcake

This lifestyle can seem restrictive. Getting over certain food cravings and / or addictions can be a challenge.

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these Beasts. Today I will help you deal with Chocolate.

For some, the only way to combat cravings is abstinence. If you are not ready to quit chocolate for good, here are some of the healthy ideas which I share with my clients.

Check out the recipe page for great tasting recipes for chocolate candy, drinks, ice cream and even Healthy Chocolate Cake! Check out my ChocolateYouTubeVideo

Remember, if you make green smoothies, you can always add cocoa powder to make a delicious and healthy chocolate shake.

How do you combat the chocolate beasty?

Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Please subscribe so I know you would like me to share more helpful hints.

Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods. Here are some of the tips which I share with my clients on what to do if you Fell Off The Wagon? Ouch….

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

Please click FOLLOW so that I can send you more helpful hints, inspiration and recipes.

Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

 

 

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell
Desserts, Need to know

Super (Delicious) Bowl

For many people, food is an important element in the whole Superbowl day. Recreational eating can be fun and healthy.

My family and I will be watching the S.B. on TV (well, I’ll be watching the half-time show). Today, I am figuring out the snacks.

I looked through the recipe files on this blog and decided to make the BAKED FALAFEL WITH TZATZIKI SAUCE. I will also be making Sushi Rolls, air popped, popcorn and  Frushi Rolls (with chocolate sauce of course!) . For the drinks we will have cold Hibiscus Tea with ginger and cinnamon. Click here to see where I purchase the Hibiscus Tea and Tea Leaf Infuser.

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