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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.

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Could This be the Missing Link?

What is MTHFR?

Are You Struggling to Find Solutions to Your Health Problems?

MTHFR is a gene that instructs the body in its production of a certain enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. When you eat food that contains folic acid (a form of vitamin B-9), MTHFR converts the folic acid into methyl-folate an active form of folate which optimizes an incredible number of important processes in your body.

So, you ask, why do I care about MTHFR?

There are mutations in this gene that have been identified that change the way you metabolize and convert nutrients in your diet. These mutations affect everyone differently, but research has shown an association between MTHFR and several health problems including ADHD, Autism, Autoimmune disease, Cardio Vascular disease, Chronic fatigue, IBS, and more.

Migraines, hormone and thyroid problems have also been linked to MTHFR. In addition, MTHFR is also one of the many possible culprits for the development or progression of gallbladder, pancreatic, and liver diseases.

The Bad News

Over 40% of the world’s population has some type of MTHFR gene mutation.

The Good News

There are natural treatments for MTHFR symptoms. A few healthy lifestyle changes and natural supplements can help support your body’s metabolic and methylation processes.
At PureBalance Natural Family Health Center, we are devoted to helping you find solutions to your health concerns. Our patients can get a blood test done at our office to find out if they indeed have this mutation, providing valuable information to fine tune a HealthyYou plan.

Find out more about MTHFR and the natural solutions available to you. Find your HealthyYou!

Call us today at 224-521-1212 to schedule your blood test to find out if an MTHFR mutation is the missing link that is keeping you from feeling your optimal self!


Healthy Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

Give your children a healthy snack with these Halloween chocolate chip cookies. Cinnamon and pumpkin with plenty of dark chocolate chips, this recipe is simple to make and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

1/3 cup smooth almond butter
1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar (you can use a healthy raw sugar or coconut sugar)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg
2 1/3 cups blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional:
A pinch of sea salt, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together the first 5 ingredients (almond butter, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and egg)
3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and spices
4. Once the dry ingredients are well mixed, slowly add to the wet ingredients until absorbed
5. Add the dark chocolate chips
6. The dough will be sticky and can be chilled slightly before making the cookies
7. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to form round, even-sized dough balls
8. Drop onto a parchment lined (or sprayed) cookie sheet
9. Flatten each ball slightly (to about ½ inch thick)
10. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until just set

Allow the baked cookies to sit for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Enjoy!


Brain Food: Avocado Hummus

This delicious hummus includes two brain foods, avocado and olive oil. Garnishing it with toasted walnuts adds a third. Serving it with raw broccoli and celery sticks will really feed your brain!

INGREDIENTS

½ large ripe avocado
1 15½-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
⅓ cup tahini, well mixed
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, chopped or smashed
¾ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional - Toasted walnuts and olive oil (for garnish)

Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Process until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil, process until light and creamy.

Top with additional cilantro. (Optional - drizzle with olive oil and add toasted walnuts.)

Serve with fresh broccoli and celery stalks.

Bon Appétit !!!


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Immune Boost at PureBalance

Your immune system is a collective of cells, tissues and organs working together to fight off infections. Your body relies on factors such as nutrition, exercise, rest and good posture to maintain optimal health.

At PureBalance, we offer three services which provide a natural path to a healthier you.

1) Get Adjusted!

The systems in your body are coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system runs through the spine and interacts with the immune system, learning how to adapt and protect your body. A spinal misalignment may cause neural dysfunctions, which in turn weakens your immune system. Lessen the stress on your body. Feel the benefits of an immune boost. Get an adjustment!

2) Get Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is a tried and true medical practice. At PureBalance we use acupuncture to reconfigure the energies in your body and balance your Chi. Acupuncture charges your body, giving you more strength to fight off viruses. Leave feeling energized, relaxed and recharged. Stay healthy. Get Acupuncture!

3) Get into the Far Infrared Sauna!

Spending regular time in a far infrared sauna can also help to boost your immune system. The far infrared sauna will raise the core body temperature, removing toxins and helping to keep the immune system strong and in good working order. Check out our sauna special and schedule your sauna sessions today!

Call PureBalance at 224-521-1212 and get started on the path to naturally boosting your immune system!

Cheers to a healthier you!