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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Ingredients:

4 cups unsweetened organic shredded coconut
2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
6 Tbsp pure maple syrup
4 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk (I used an organic variety from a can)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup organic dark chocolate, melted with 1 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil (the coconut oil makes the melted chocolate smooth)
Additional coconut for dusting if desired.

Instructions:

  1. Place shredded coconut and coconut oil into a food processor.
  2. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides occasionally, until it reaches an almost buttery consistency.
  3. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high speed until ingredients are combined.
  4. Shape the coconut mixture into 1” balls.
  5. Place on wax paper, and refrigerate for at last an hour, or set in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Once the coconut balls are very firm, melt the dark chocolate, and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat for just a minute or two, stirring constantly.
  7. Once the chocolate is melted, carefully dip the coconut balls into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with a tiny bit of shredded coconut
  8. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the coconut balls back into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer, for up to a week.

Enjoy!


Butternut Squash Soup

This Butternut Squash soup is a delicious and nutritious addition to any Thanksgiving dish!

Ingredients:

  • Avocado oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 small zucchinis, peeled and cubed
  • 1 celery root, peeled and cubed
  • 2 leek stalks, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with avocado oil, and add the chopped vegetables and sauté until the leek is translucent, be careful not to burn the vegetables.
  2. Add 6 cups of vegetable stock and add a sprig of thyme.
  3. Simmer on low for about 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove the thyme before blending the soup. I like to use my Vitamix to blend it thoroughly, but a hand mixer will do the job too.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Optional garnish: sour cream, fresh parsley, avocado, seeds, cheese, etc.
Bon Appétit!

turkey for the holidays

Does Turkey really make you sleepy?

The Turkey Coma – It isn’t Tryptophan!

The common belief is that the turkey you eat is loaded with tryptophan, which makes you sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal. While it is true that turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid precursor for serotonin and melatonin, there is no more tryptophan in turkey than in chicken or beef.

Perhaps the fatigue is related more to the size of the meal consumed, rather than the content? The concept to consider is the important connection between the brain and the gut. In fact, at PureBalance, we believe that health begins in the gut, just as the father of medicine, Hippocrates stated.

There is strong evidence to suggest that microorganisms in the gut play an important role in bidirectional communication between the gut and the central nervous system. In fact, science now considers our gut our second brain.

The Second Brain

Have you ever felt uneasy? Had butterflies in your stomach? This is your second brain, responsible for controlling digestion. Your gastrointestinal tract is composed of 2 thin layers of nerve cells called the ENS or Enteric Nervous System. These cells communicate directly with the brain.

The ENS is comprised of more than 100 million nerve cells that communicate with your brain. Researchers have evidence that suggests that emotional shifts and mood swings may be the result of ENS signals.

With millions of nerves and neurons running between your gut and brain, gut health is intricately tied to brain and overall body health. Since the neurotransmitters and other chemicals produced in your gut affect your brain, scientists believe strongly that by altering the types of bacteria in your gut, it may be possible to improve your brain health, and ultimately, your overall body health.

At PureBalance, we have first hand success with helping stressed and unhealthy bodies by focusing on gut health. Don’t feel tired and bloated this Thanksgiving. Eat a healthy portion, take an after-dinner walk, and try our featured product, MegaSporeBiotic. The bacteria in MegaSporeBiotic will improve your digestion and encourage healthy communication between your gut and your brain!

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