Welcome and Chocolate Treat Recipe!

I’m so excited to have my own blog to share healthy ideas. I truly believe the healthier we are, the happier we are.

I started my health journey 12 years ago. I was overweight after having my second child and couldn’t seem to lose the weight. I saw Marilu Henner on a talk show discussing her book, “Total Health Makeover.” I thought I’d check it out. Well, I read the book over the weekend and immediately started throwing food out of my house. I eliminated meat, dairy, processed sugar, and junk from my diet. The changes were immediate and amazing–weight loss, better skin, better digestion, more energy, healthier outlook on life.

I’ve never looked back. Once I learned how food affects the body, I couldn’t go back to how I was eating before. I’ve gone on to study nutrition and macrobiotics and incorporate what I’ve learned into my family’s diet and lifestyle–which can be quite a challenge. 10 years ago, I started teaching healthy cooking classes. I also coach on-line health classes on Marilu Henner’s web site and do private health consultations.  My passion is to share all I’ve learned about natural, healthy living with anyone who is interested.

I continue to be an eager student of natural health and hope to continue sharing. This blog is just the next way for me to share with others. I hope you enjoy the information here.

Here’s an easy, super-healthy treat I’ve been enjoying lately:

Chocolate Coconut Treats (raw, no added sugar, healthy!)

– 1 cup walnuts (quickly rinsed to clean)
– 1 cup pitted dates (the fresher the better)
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (1/4 tsp. of almond extract is nice to add)
– 1/4 cup unsweetened, unsulphured coconut flakes
– Few pinches sea salt
– up to 10 drops of stevia (to make it sweeter)

Grind walnuts in a food processor (with an S blade). Add dates, cocoa, vanilla/almond extract, coconut, sea salt, and stevia. Mix until finely ground. Place 1 tablespoon in your hand and roll into a ball. Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze to set. They taste great right out of the food processor, too! I like to eat them frozen–they taste more like a truffle.

I hope you have a healthy day!

Jill

“Having good health is very different from only being not sick.” – Seneca The Younger, 50 AD