EASY, HEALTHY DIET ALTERNATIVES

Good basic healthy-ish cookie recipe

The original recipe comes from Kook en Geniet but I changed it a bit. Makes a really crispy, light cookie. Omit spices if you want to, or add some cocoa and just adjust the amount of milk a tiny bit to make up for the dryness of the cocoa powder. Makes about 60 cookies (I halved the recipe and made only 30):

1/2 cup coconut oil (original says butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg room temperature
About 3 tbsps water (PIant based milk will work as well)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence
2 1/2 cup cake flour
300 ml dessicated coconut
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (omit or add according to taste)
1 tsp ginger (omit or add according to taste)

Mix together all wet ingredients until fluffy and light.
Mix together all dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients to wet.
Mix together with spoon until it feels too thick to mix with spoon. Knead together for a minute or two. Add a tiny bit of milk if the dough doesn’t come together.
Roll dough out to a thick sausage (approx 4 cm diameter), wrap in clingfilm.
Preheat oven to 190 C (375F)
Let dough rest in fridge for an hour
Cut dough into discs of about 8mm thickness and place on oiled and floured baking sheet. Don’t press on it except for any tiny bits that might flake off on the sides.
Bake for approx 10 minutes. If you want the cookie to be golden on top, flip and bake for 2 minutes extra.

I will probably never roll out cookie dough in the traditional way again – rolling the dough into a sausage and cutting is quicker and makes for a crispier cookie, as the knife makes tiny ridges in the cookie which gives a lovely texture!

Those are all that was left of the cookies, we ate the rest!

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Salt & Vinegar Chip Replacement

Rice cake – plain or seeded unsalted version – sprinkle some pink salt over it along with a splashes of pure, natural lemon juice to taste (add some pepper of other natural spices if you feel like it).

Rice cake with pink salt & lemon juice

Quick raw oats breakfast

Change your cooked oats to raw oats in water with a squeeze of lemon, a dash of pink salts and some fresh, halved grapes or brown sugar if needed (Stevia may have an effect on fertility,  Xylitol – watch out if you have liver problems – most of it needs to be digested by the liver). If you let the water soak in for a few minutes, it makes its own milk. This breakfast drives out a lot of nasties. Add some seeds and nuts to taste.

A happy tummy is the beginning of healthy body and mind!

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Quick replacement if you need something sweet and gooey  Frozen or fridge cooled grapes (I prefer black or red grapes), dipped in almond butter (other nut butters will also work). If you haven’t tasted almond butter yet, you’re in for a treat! You know those wickedly delicious caramel toppings you find on ice cream cones? The taste and texture is very similar. 

Seedless black grapes with almond butter

My parents’ mango tree is so full of fruit so I had to find something to do with it – tropical ice cream without sugar or other nasties. Too good not to share!

Healthy ice cream replacement  

6 medium size mangos
6 medium sized bananas
1 small pineapple
juice of 1/2 lemon
400 ml coconut cream (health shops sell tins without any preservatives. Most coconut creams have Sodium Metabisulphite in it, which may have an ill effect on the lungs and cause allergies or asthma attacks).

Blend in blender, into ice cream maker and eat!

Makes +/- 1.5 liter. Add one or two bananas for extra sweetness.

Dairy free, sugar free mango ice cream without any nasties

Basic smoothie recipe Reasonably inexpensive green smoothie that works for me for vitality, lymph cleansing, liver cleansing, less pain and gut health (bromelain in pineapple) and brain clarity. Also very useful for weight loss. Can help alleviate hunger in-between meals and definitely ups serotonin levels for happiness. Use more basic ingredients if you want a less expensive smoothie (banana, pineapple, bunch of green leaves & lemons will work wonders. (Leftover juice is still valuable for about 3 days, especially if you add a bit lemon juice to preserve the mix)

2 apples (the polyphenols present in apple keep serum and lipid levels of liver under control. Apples carry pectin and malic acid that help remove toxins and carcinogens. Apples have anti-inflammatory properties that protect you against fatty liver) 2 bananas (sweetness and emulsification) bunch of mixed, coloured greens (roughage, vitamins and minerals) 1/3 of cucumber (hydration, less puffiness and lymph cleaning) 1/2 medium sized pineapple (bromelain – pain and enzymes) tablespoon of aloe vera juice (gut health) 1.3 teaspoon pink salt (minerals and cleaning out old gunk high up in the tummy) 1/2 lemon juice (lymph cleansing and vitamin c for antioxidant activity can decrease inflammation, which may help improve your immune function, for skin health as well)

Blend in a smoothie maker or eat items regularly for health.  

Chickpea flapjacks

1 egg (free range, hormone free if possible)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsps oil, blended together.

No weird tastes, just yummy goodness!

The colour came out weird on my cellphone, they are actually a normal flour colour.

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