easy snacks, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and guilt free healthy snacks on the go

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

mmmm…MoNdAy MuNcHiEs! 🙂

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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We have a thing on set called “crafty” or I guess the more formal name for it would be “craft services.” And if you’ve ever been on a movie set, you’ll learn quickly just exactly what it is. 🙂

Okay, I won’t leave you hanging, It is…a never ending world of snacks for everyone on set. The thinking behind it originally was that productions could get more mileage and hours out of cast & crew if they fed them.

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I like to think of those snacks as the fuel that we need to keep us going. If we don’t look at it that way, we could easily snack on not-so-good things and find our bodies crashing instead. So to me, it’s vital to have healthy snacks on set, otherwise our work tends to lag as we tire and our energy becomes sapped.

But I don’t do crafty and don’t have any desire to, so I’m grateful for those who do, and especially when they get the vision and provide us great healthy snacks.

So this is a crafty snack that was inspired on a recent commercial shoot we both worked on. The crafty girl made them with cheesecake (with dairy, sugar, and who knows what else) and the entire crew went crazy. We never tried them, but didn’t forget them either. In fact I looked them over and decided then and there that I would put together another version that would be healthy, I mean why waste all of those luscious strawberries on anything less than healthy?!

NOTE: If you have nut allergies, you could replace the cashews in this with young coconut meat or sunflower seeds and get awesome results as well!

AND btw, we’ve got some super amazing news! If you are re-doing your pantry and wanting GREAT DEALS on quality organic ingredients, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH!  Yep, time to celebrate, and let’s go:

RAW STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BITES

3-4 cups fresh organic strawberries
1 cup raw cashews (+a few extras to crumble onto the top of the finished berries)
1/4 cup lemon juice (plus a little more, if it needs to be thinned)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Rinse and drain the strawberries
  2. Using a knife, cut out the stems, leaving a circular hole in the strawberries. Place them upright in a dish or pan.
  3. Place all remaining ingredients in a blender, and mix together well.
  4. Pour mixture into the strawberries
  5. Dust with crumbled cashews

And serve. The great thing about these cute little raw strawberry bites is that they not only make people feel special, they help to revive their energy, and help them to perform better. Store in the refrigerator.

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Go enjoy them, share them, and let us know how they worked out for youwe LOVE getting your comments!

xo

Laurie & TIffany

Cinnamon Toast & Honey Butter – get your skin glowing!

 

A healthy snack for beautiful skin!

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This was just a random snack I was eating and I snapped an instagram picture.  No biggie….at least that’s what I thought for about 1 minute, lol!   Suddenly I was flooded with requests.  So I posted it on our naturesknockout.com and our viewers loved it.  So I guess you could say this one is back by popular demand, lol.

Just because

it’s different,

doesn’t mean

it’s impossible!

But beyond that, it’s worth loving for lots of reasons.  Here are a few:

  • super quick to make
  • delicious healthy snack (no gluten, dairy, sugar or soy)
  • the aroma is amazing
  • the ingredients are all beautifying, inside and out

And if that’s not enough, here is a little more insight as to why we love these ingredients…

CINNAMON & GINGER

Cinnamon is a given on cinnamon toast, but it’s a good thing, because it’s loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants which make your skin glow beautifully.  Many studies have led us to believe that inflammation is the very root of aging and disease.  So eating cinnamon and ginger help retard inflammation and allow our bodies to thrive.

Ginger is even higher on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory scale and that’s the main reason we add it to this snack.  It has a stronger taste, so you may try a little at a time, but if you’re really wanting better results, we think this a a great place to indulge. 🙂  Yeah, we’re a little shallow like that, but we believe you’ll feel better too.  So whatever level of motivation you have, we say enjoy! 🙂

HONEY

Some people worry about the high sugar content because of diabetes or hypoglycemia, so if that’s a problem, we say just omit the honey and throw on a little date sugar instead.  In other cases, some people have inflammatory reactions to honey…but here are our thoughts on that.  Tiffany can eat “raw” honey, and does great, but if she has regular store bought honey, she is in pain right away with her rhuematoid arthritis.  We’re researched it through and through and the only difference we can find is that raw honey is NOT heat processed, while regular honey is.  So we believe that heat alone is enough to chemically restructure honey, making it a foreign invader to some people.  Because of that, we only eat raw honey and eliminate potential problems and embrace the immune boosting benefits of honey.  Btw, we won’t link to our favorite honey because we recommend buying it locally for the best immune system boost.

COCONUT OIL

We’re big lovers of coconut oil and could devour the fragrant smell that explodes from it.  There is some controversy surrounding it because it is a saturated fat, but we’ve seen enough good research on it and some great doctors who endorse it that we feel confident that it has many great health promoting properties.  Here is a video we did: A Billion Uses for Coconut Oil

AND to make it simple, we’ve found a market with the best deal ever on quality organic ingredients. Just check them out, their prices are better than amazon, or anyone else we’ve ever found. Because they provide a way for our viewers to try incredible healthy ingredients and foods for huge discounts, we’re big fans, and have set up to be affiliates to their program, so you can get the best bang for your organic buck!…AND btw, we can make a small commission on some of the ingredients below, however we will never recommend anything to you that we don’t completely believe in, or that we wouldn’t use ourselves.

HERE ARE LINKS TO BOTH OF OUR COOKBOOKS THAT WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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ENJOY!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

 

DIY Cookie Bars, for Better Skin, Abs, Hair, & Nails!

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DIY Cookie Bars, for Better Skin, Abs, Hair & Nails!

We spend an average of 14-15 hours a day, working on film sets. They bring us food all day long, and most of it is, well….ummmm, appreciated, but not what we eat.  

So these bars are a must have in my day–they are absolutely wonderful and provide the all of the nutrients I need for a great fix and a wonderful boost. I actually love that most of the crew gravitates to my snack bag and is so enthralled with everything I pull out. It’s fun, and it’s smart and only takes a few minutes to throw these together, so why not???!

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That amazing feeling

of  knowing exactly

what you are eating

and then feeling

better with every bite!

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So, to save you a lot of money and to help you fill your day with healthy and delicious alternatives to what you may be urged to fill your body with, I will share the recipe to my DIY Yummy Cookie Bars, for Better Skin, Abs, Hair, & Nails.

A little note: I won’t be writing out the ingredients because it isn’t an exact science, but still works every time!  I’ll explain everything and probably a little more in the video, so…

OK! One last thing–with many of you working on filling your new Pantries with staples, so we have something very wonderful to share….IF you need a great place to get great quality organic ingredients, AND you’re wanting the very BEST PRICES on them, we highly recommend that you check out this new ORGANIC MARKET, their prices are a steal, in fact they are better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and we know these items are all fresh! We only share affiliate  links to brands and items we completely believe in, and in this case we highly recommend them and wholeheartedly believe you will too.The Best Pecan Pie Ever

AND here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Enjoy it and let us know how you love your Quick Yummy Cookie Bars!!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Raw Honey – 3 tips for the love of honey!

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raw honey, + WHY you want it raw… 

Raw Honey – 3 tips every honey lover should know!

We’ve written about the amazing qualities of honey before, but this afternoon, we were making sunbutter & honey sandwiches (gluten free bread of course 🙂  and realized we should share a few tips to make honey easier to use and to help you get the most nutrients from it!

TIP # 1

Raw honey is more nutritious than regular honey.  Yep, and that’s huge!

You’ve been trying to eat honey for a better nutritional option than sugar, but did you know what you may be eating may be more harmful than good?

Yeah, if that seems shocking, be sure to read on!

We didn’t know there was a difference until Tiffany realized her rhuematoid arthritis would flare up when she ate regular honey.  But raw honey didn’t bother her at all-which made no sense (or so we thought).

Sooo, we did a lot of research.  You may be wondering…what happens when a couple of blondes put their heads together? 🙂  Actually, sometimes some very good things happen! What we learned raw honey is not heat processed, which means it contains more nutrients.

But because of Tiff’s reaction to regular honey, we feel that heating honey must change the molecular structure, causing it to become toxic to some people…another thing about regular processed honey is that some manufacturers add artificial colors and flavors to the honey, which add additional toxins to the contents.

So that, plus the lack of nutrients with processed honey = why buy processed honey at all????????

Soo, how you can tell if honey is raw?

It should say “Raw” somewhere on the label.  It will also become cloudy and thick.

TIP #2

Don’t heat up raw honey!

The first thing we used to think was to throw it in the microwave, but NO!  That kills the healthy properties of raw honey and can make it toxic for some people.

We also try to only buy raw honey in glass containers.  The main reason is because often the plastics used (especially the honey bears) contain BisphenolA, which can be highly toxic, especially when heated.  You never know how long your product has been sitting in hot warehouses or trucks, so it’a always best to avoid plastics as much as possible.

TIP #3

So how do you scoop out hardened raw honey, without heating it?

This is one of our fave tips!!  Are you ready???

We figured out a really great tip.  We get a glass of hot water and place a knife or spoon in it long enough to heat it up and then dig into the honey with it–it just melts what you touch enough to scoop it right out!   Pretty cool, huh?!  Raw Honey – 3 tips every honey lover should know!

If you have any more raw honey tips you’d like to add, feel free!  We’re all in this together!

Here are some more posts you might like:

Honey-Butter Toast (grain free of course!)

Therapeutic Bath & Spa Facial Treatment

PLEASE COMMENT, we LOVE your thoughts, requests, ideas, etc. We love YOU!!

xox

Laurie & TIffany

 

Raw Hot Fudge – without heat!

Raw Hot Fudge Recipe, without heat and gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and soy free!PIN IT

 

Raw Hot Fudge (without the heat 🙂

Raw Hot Fudge Recipe, without heat and gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and soy free!

Ready for the most amazing chocolate fudge syrup? Yes, it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and soy free, and sooooo yummy! It’s our own version that we cooked up, almost by accident and we’ve been celebrating ever since, lol.

You know how things sometimes happen for a reason?  Well, this is one of those “things”…alleluia!  My sister was staying with us on a visit and she started asking what she should use to improve her skin.  That’s like asking a pack of wolves if they’d like to eat you, haha, so of course, I marched her down to my kitchen and started whipping up some nutrients in a dish.  I loaded it with antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids and moisture.  I slapped it on my face and had her do the same.  But before I knew it, she was licking her bowl clean…. ummm, excuse me?! 🙂

It’s a little hard to take someone seriously with chocolate slopped all over her face, but…as I thought about it, I realized she was onto something, hmm.  I knew it should taste pretty yummy with the ingredients it contained, so I licked my own lips and as far around my lips as my tongue could reach…and yes, you guessed it, before long I had licked my own bowl clean.

Gratitude opens the door

to all of the wisdom,

the power, and the happiness

you were meant to enjoy!

It really tasted great and I could see that it had some real potential.  I thought about how to thicken it and mixed up a few versions before, viola! This recipe came together. And it’s delicious on any of our baked goodies or on good old fashioned cut up apples, bananas, strawberries….ummm get the idea?

AND we’ve got some super exciting news!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH! 

Raw Hot Fudge Recipe

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons organic tapioca flour (starch) or organic almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional)
  • few drops of extra virgin olive oil (use to thin it and for added Omega 3’s)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a mini blender for the most incredible fudge topping.  If you want it thicker, let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. It can be used over many of the desserts in this book or it makes a delicious dip for bananas, apples or fresh pineapple.  

And btw, don’t forget that if there’s anything left over, your face will be forever grateful if you decide to share.  And if you do, just apply it directly to the skin and allow it to set 10 – 15 minutes.  Use a moist cloth to remove.

Another good for you recipe, inside & out!  Raw Hot Fudge, without heat and gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and soy free!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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PLEASE COMMENT–Let us know how you love it and how you decided to use it.

Stay Safe, it’s Beautiful! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Our theory is that it’s easier to embrace a new way of life if you have nothing to give up. Instead, replace. And these fries are a perfect replacement for the trans-fatty laden fries we all were raised on.  Eat them spiced or not, either way, they are a wonderful treat!

If you don’t know

what you want,

that’s what you’ll get,

but if you want a

wonderful life, it’s yours.

Choice is a beautiful thing.

Ingredients

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4 sweet potatoes ( washed and sliced )
sea salt – to taste
avocado oil – to taste
chipotle pepper powder – to taste

Directions

Next, bake for 18-22 minutes, depending upon how crisp you like them. Remove and cool slightly before devouring! 🙂

Another recipe we think you’ll love….

BEST BEAN BURGERS EVER

 

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please COMMENT, we love it when you do!

To yummy eating and better Health!!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Organic Movie Theater Popcorn and Kettle-less Popcorn recipes

Organic Movie Theater Popcorn

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Organic Movie Theater Popcorn Recipe & Kettle-less Popcorn Recipe

As we were first starting down the path to more natural and organic eating and living, we were a little worried about how much it would be changing our lives.  So when we figured out that we could pop up healthy popcorn, that tasted better than at the movie theaters, life got a LOT better!I actually had an old air popper from way back when they had been all the rage (before microwave popcorn stole the scene).  I thought it may be a better option, but remember the lifeless, dry popcorn it used to produce.  Prior to that moment, I had committed to replacing all of my butter and margarine with extra virgin olive oil, so I thought it might be a good option to try, after the popcorn was popped.  I liked that idea too, because I knew it would help us maximize the nutrients in the EVOO, if it wasn’t heated.

So I popped up the popcorn and added the EVOO, and then sprinkled on some fresh sea salt.  My first taste was surprisingly wonderful, and then the next, and the next–I was so excited.  When Tiffany and her little guy came over, I hurried and popped some up for them and got the same reaction.  After that and even now, when they come over, her oldest goes right to the popcorn to get things going.  We’ve popped it for all of the believers and non-believers alike and everyone absolutely loves it.

Now go look at that microwave popcorn you’ve gotten used to.  Check out the ingredients and give something else a try, that happens to also be much better for you–and you don’t have to give up a thing.

For another treat, we’ve added a Kettleless Corn recipe that is pretty amazing too!

See for yourself how easy it is to make this popcorn–and get ready for a super yummy treat!

PRODUCTS IN THIS VIDEO:
Hot Air Popcorn Machines
Organic Popcorn (Bulk)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

AND we’ve got some super exciting news!! If you are needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH!

Here’s a video so you can see how easy it is to make this Organic Movie Theater Popcorn Recipe!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Enjoy and please comment, we love hearing from you!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Honey-butter Cinnamon Toast – a quick snack for better skin

Honey-butter Cinnamon Toast - a quick snack for better skin A healthy snack for beautiful skin!

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This was just a random snack I had and I snapped an instagram picture and was flooded with requests.  So we posted it on our naturesknockout.com and our viewers loved it.  So I guess you could say this one is back by popular demand, lol.

But beyond that, it’s worth loving for lots of reasons.  Here are a few:

  • super quick to make
  • delicious healthy snack (no gluten, dairy, sugar or soy)
  • the aroma is amazing
  • the ingredients are all beautifying, inside and out

And if that’s not enough, here is a little more insight as to why we love these ingredients…

CINNAMON & GINGER

Cinnamon is a given on cinnamon toast, but it’s a good thing, because it’s loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants which make your skin glow beautifully.  Many studies have led us to believe that inflammation is the very root of aging and disease.  So eating cinnamon and ginger help retard inflammation and allow our bodies to thrive.

Ginger is even higher on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory scale and that’s the main reason we add it to this snack.  It has a stronger taste, so you may try a little at a time, but if you’re really wanting better results, we think this a a great place to indulge. 🙂  Yeah, we’re a little shallow like that, but we believe you’ll feel better too.  So whatever level of motivation you have, we say enjoy! 🙂

RAW HONEY

Honey is known for it’s ability to boost the immune system, especially when local honey is added to the diet. It also is great as a hydrator, inside and out, and has great anti-bacterial properties as well. We only use raw honey, because it has never been heated or pasteurized, which tends to remove the nutrients and great attributes that make it so amazing.

RECIPE:

We use grain-free bread only. Our Grain-free Italian Herb Bread works great for this as it is or if you’re not quite sure you’ll like the herbs mixed with the spices, you can make the bread but jut omit the herbs when you bake it and it will still be an amazing treat.

Use:

  • 1 piece of bread
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • Cinnamon and Ginger to taste

Toast the bread. While it’s warm, swipe on the honey and spices. That’s it!

Enjoy.

PLEASE COMMENT and let us know what else we can share!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany