Lavender Berry Coconut Cream Dessert

So Nick (the boy-toy) has been craving frozen yogurt lately and after 4 trips to get $7 creations topped with more candy than yogurt this past month I decided to make something a little healthier to satisfy that craving. This fresh treat is so much better than the artificially sweetened crap you can get at your local yogurt shop. The coconut milk is rich and creamy and feel free to add a little more honey or some other fruit to up the sweetness factor! Plus the flavors are so delicious you won’t even miss the candy toppings that you know you succumb to no matter how much restraint you tell yourself you’ll have. So throw this together in the morning and instead of stopping for some crap on the way home, feel good after dinner with this healthy satisfying treat!

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Ingredients

2 cans full fat coconut milk
1 bag frozen berries (make sure there’s no added sugars 😖)
2-4 tbsp Food grade lavender (as much/little as you’d like
3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 lemon

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine, making sure the berries don’t gather in clumps. Take the lemon and roll it on the counter before cutting it open. Remove any seeds and squeeze half the lemon into the coconut mixture, stir. Separate into 4 containers and freeze overnight or for 6 hours. Enjoy!

Simple Snacks…Roasted Chickpeas!

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It seems like one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that being healthy takes too much time. Most people are busy with school, work, taking care of their kids and pets with barely enough time to get all that done, never mind taking any extra time to take care of themselves! In an environment like this healthy eating takes the backseat, especially if you feel as though you have to spend hours in the kitchen to make a good meal. Here’s where I come in!! I am going to do a series of healthy Simple Snacks that you can make with very little prep time and taste absolutely delicious. The first in the series is Roasted Chickpeas. These are great because they are so versatile, you can eat them plain, throw them in a soup or on a salad, and on top of that you can even season them any way you like! Oh and did I mention…they only take about 5 minutes to prep plus they are VEGAN, gluten, dairy, soy, corn and wheat free!

You will need…

2 cans chickpeas (or more!)
1/4c olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper

First things first, preheat the oven to 350. Then you want to open your cans of chickpeas and put them in a strainer, make sure to rinse them really well. After rinsing them off lay them out on paper towels and dry them off, the dryer they are the crunchier they get! You will start to notice their little shells coming off, just pick them out and toss them. Don’t worry if you don’t get them all!

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Next you want to put them all in a big bowl with the olive oil and seasonings. Feel free to add more or less or switch it up completely! Some other great options are using sesame or coconut oil instead of olive oil. Use Cumin, Coriander and Garlic powder for an Indian flavor. Toss with fresh minced garlic and parsley for an Italian style batch. There are no limitations on what you can use, just make sure you get all your oil and seasonings mixed in there really well. Then put them on a flat baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 30 mins et voilà, time to start snacking!

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Keep checking back every Friday for a new Simple Snack post!!