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Sunday
Feb102013

Guest Post: PB Chia Choco Chip Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies @carascravings

Today I welcome Cara of Cara's Cravings. She is here to share her contribution of Peanut Butter Chia Choco Chip Cookies to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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Hello, Lexie's Kitchen readers! Lexie is graciously hosting me today to kick off a fun event we came up with to honor one of the most important organs of the body, the heart. What better time to celebrate than during this month of love!

Being pregnant has turned me into somewhat of a cookie monster. After all, celebrations call for cookies and every day you feel that little miracle kicking within is a reason to celebrate, right? That's what I keep telling myself. But this week I made cookies for another kind of celebration.

Today, I'm kicking off a week of Gluten-Free and Heart Healthy recipes in honor of American Heart Month. Each year 715,000 Americans have heart attacks and 600,000 die from heart disease*.

To raise awareness and encourage good choices, we are offering up delicious gluten-free recipes packed with heart-healthy ingredients. So, read on and take to heart that you can have your cookies and eat them too!

Chia Seeds: Starring in these cookies is one of my favorite heart-healthy foods, the chia seed. Chia seeds are actually an ancient food that is making a comeback, and while some might deem them "trendy", my not-so-humble opinion is that when even more folks start eating them, chia seeds will again become a staple in our diets. Hey, I hope so anyway.

Chia seeds a jam-packed with essential omega-3 fatty acid, more so than other plant-based sources. We've probably all heard the buzz that omega-3's contribute to reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease, which is why I chose to feature the mighty chia seed in this recipe.

Oats: What else is there to love? These chewy little cookies have plenty of heart-protective, fiber-rich oats and they are held together with peanut butter.

Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butter (read: the kind that only contains peanuts) contains high amounts of oleic acid, a type of fat known to increase your good cholesterol and lower the bad kind, and it's another great source of fiber as well.

Now I'm not going to try to convince you that the only reason to eat a cookie is for your health, so I'll also throw in that these are so easy that you won't even need an oven, they're the perfect sweetness for either breakfast or dessert, and studded with mini chocolate chips so you're sure to get some of the good stuff in every bite.

I hope that I've tempted you to come on over and check out the recipe!

Peanut Butter Choco Chip Chia Cookies @carascravings

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*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth

Wednesday
Feb062013

How to Have a Beautiful [and Healthy] Baby


Not long ago I remember reading a famous pop singer quoted as saying she was "living off of mac 'n cheese" during her pregnancy.

I cringed.

Oh, if I could've had her ear for just 10 minutes!

I would have told her that her child's health begins with hers, that stuff can happen, that the choices she was making in regard to her body and how she was nourishing it (or not) could have a significant impact on the health of her unborn child.

 

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Sunday
Feb032013

Skip the Game, Come Play on Pinterest

 

So there's rumor of some big game going down today. What sport are we talking about? Dunno. And what teams are playing? Double dunno—seriously, I have no clue. I've been waaaaaay too busy perusing Pinterest to be up on such trivial things. You can find me there here.

 

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Friday
Feb012013

Gluten-Free Vegan Eats & Allyson Kramer

It's been a busy and exhausting week in the kitchen and in front of the computer. I'd say I am at the end of my second trimester with my forthcoming book. I didn't realize how much work and how many minute details went into writing, photographing, designing, publishing, and marketing a cookbook {any publishers out there want to take over at this point?!}.

So I'm just glad it's Friday.

One of the more pleasurable and relaxing highlights of the week was hanging out with Allyson Kramer

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Saturday
Jan262013

Wellness Juice Shot

It was looking like the Great Flu of 2012/13 was going to pass us by. The germaphobe in me had been taking all precautions ... after school the boys were herded upstairs for nasal rinses, doses of elderberry syrup were being doled out—as was the ever-constant reminder to "GET YOUR FINGERS OUT OF YOUR NOSE!!" 

Despite my efforts, the flu—or whatever bug it was—hit me and the boys this past week. One at a time we dropped like flies—but thankfully made speedy recoveries.

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