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3 INGREDIENT RAW CHOCOLATE GRANOLA CUPS

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Press 0 comments on “3 INGREDIENT RAW CHOCOLATE GRANOLA CUPS”

Source: http://www.balancedlife-leslie.com
Author: Leslie
Link: 3 INGREDIENT RAW CHOCOLATE GRANOLA CUPS

In life there is no such thing as too much granola or chocolate.

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It’s been incredibly hot in NYC the past few weeks so we have not been turning on our oven whenever we can avoid it. But what about dessert? I can’t go a few days without my chocolate fix. So to combat this dilemma, I made a no bake chocolate granola cup inspired by Rachel Mansfield. It satisfied every need for chocolate, granola and dessert.

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These granola cups or so easy to make and are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, paleo and raw. I used Paleo Passion Foods granola which is a grainless granola without any refined sugar. It is available in 3 flavors, Caribbean Coconut, Maple Cinnamon and Choco-Nuts. Each package is an amazing source of omega-3 which our bodies need for optimal health.

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BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 INCLUDE:
reduces inflammation in the body
improves memory and cognitive development and function
improves eye and vision health
reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
reduces anxiety and depression

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So while you’re eating more than just one of these delicious no bake chocolate granola cups, just keep telling yourself that they’re healthy!

For Free Shipping and 10% off your Paleo Passion Foods order use code: summer10 at checkout.

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For full recipe, visit http://www.balancedlife-leslie.com/3-ingredient-raw-chocolate-granola-cups/

CHOCOLATE COCONUT BARS

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Press 0 comments on “CHOCOLATE COCONUT BARS”

Source: http://twistoflemons.com/
Author: Katie Lemons
Link: Chocolate Coconut Bars

You know that one food that everyone had in college as their hungover downfall. That for me was waking up with my hand in a box of Puffins cereal. Oh, and almond joys. So two foods. I don’t know what it was – chocolate or coconut – that satisfied my state of pathetic decay, and yet I continued to seek their delight despite inevitably feeling even worse after consumption. But check out this recipe revamp. This. This. THIS! I didn’t feel terrible after eating this. Plus these bars contain only five ingredients, including one of my favorite new grain-free and Paleo granolas. Recipe below!

Bottom layer:
1 cup Choco-Nuts Paleo Passion Granola
1/2 cup softened dates (soak 1/2 cup dates in hot water)

Middle layer
1 cup coconut flakes
1 egg white

Top layer:
dark chocolate (I used 74% dark chocolate), melted.

Do this:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Soak dates in hot water. Set aside.
Mix coconut flakes with egg white. Mold into 4 in x 4 in square. Bake until golden brown on top, about 10 minutes.
Take pits out of dates, and place in food processor with 1 cup Choco-Nuts Paleo Passion Granola
Mold sticky date/granola mixture into 4 in x 4 in square.
Place baked coconut layer on top of sticky date layer.
Cover whole thing in melted chocolate.
Place in freezer for at least 1 hour, or until chocolate on top is frozen.

I used this granola because it’s low in sugar, and compliments the other high sugar ingredients of the bars. Plus, it makes this entire sweet treat grain free! Check out this incredible ingredient list: Walnut, Shredded Coconut, Dark Chocolate (Cacao powder, Cocoa Butter, Wildflower Honey), Wildflower Honey, Almond, Pecan, Maple Syrup, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut Oil, Golden Flaxseed, Cinnamon. All natural, no refined sugar, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, grainless/gluten-free, and high in Omega-3’s.

To order some Paleo Passion Foods granola of your own, use the code LEMONS15 for 15% off and free shipping (ice pops don’t include free shipping, as they’re a hassle to ship with the dry ice). Yum, love, fun, happy, good times.

Paleo Passion Foods Krave the Krunch Grainless Granola

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Author: Rachael DeVaux
Link: Paleo Passion Foods Krave the Krunch Grainless Granola

I’m the biggest sucker for a good, crunchy granola so when Paleo Passion Foods approached me to try their line of Krave The Krunch granolas obviously I had to try. The three flavors include Caribbean Coconut, Choco-Nuts and Maple Cinnamon. They are all grainless, made with few whole-food ingredients and low-calorie. I love these granolas because they’re free of artificial sweeteners and flavors, they’re simply sweetened with either maple syrup or honey (two natural sweeteners I always prefer in any packaged product) rather than added cane or refined sugars.

These products are also a great alternative for those with grain allergies or those Paleo, since Krave The Krunch granolas are made from nuts, seeds, fruit and cinnamon. To me, I don’t even miss the grain when eating these. There’s an incredible bite and flavor that pretty much forces me to eat them with just about anything—preferably straight outta the bag, which I do quite often after discovering this sweet treat. Seriously, I don’t feel guilty loading up on this ‘nola either because it’s low calorie and low sugar when compared to other brands. Most granolas on the market today are packed with refined carbohydrate, added sugars and are high calorie.

Paleo Passion Foods uses ingredients that are GMO-free, Certified Gluten-Free, and Certified Paleo. Check out the ingredients for the Caribbean Coconut—walnut, almond, shredded coconut, pecan, wildflower honey, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, extra virgin coconut oil, golden flaxseed, lemon peel and cinnamon. Recipe for deliciousness! I’ve included a snippet of the nutrition facts panel for the Maple Cinnamon flavor below.

I tried to pick a favorite flavor for you guys, but I just can’t. They’re all so good and perfect for any sweet, crunchy craving. But I will say these Frozen Blackberry Cobbler Bars I made using the Caribbean Coconut Krave The Krunch granola are to die for!!! Truly the most refreshing late night treat you could ask for, go check it out (picture below).

Use my discount code, “rachael15” for 15% off plus free shipping!

Paleo Passion Foods Granola Review

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Press 0 comments on “Paleo Passion Foods Granola Review”

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Author: Maria Marlowe
Link: Paleo Passion Foods Granola Review

Don’t want to make your own healthy granola? Paleo Passion Foods Granola is delicious and free of nasties. (And now you can try it with 15% off!)

[Thank you Paleo Passion Foods for sponsoring this post!]

Most granolas and cereals are typically made with refined sugar, which instantly turns them into a not-so-healthy food.

As you probably know, I’m not a fan of refined sugar. It has been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, inflammation, skin problems, cognitive decline, and heart disease. So why on Earth would anyone want to eat it?!!

Well, because it tastes good.

But, as luck would have it, there are a number of natural sweeteners that are gentler on the body, while still providing the sweetness we sometimes desire. So, whenever I want something sweet, I turn to foods like Paleo Passion Foods Grainless Granola that are naturally sweetened.

Healthier Natural Sweeteners

There are a number of natural sweeteners that I prefer over refined sugar. Those include fruit-based sweeteners, such as dates, bananas, lucuma, and monkfruit, as well as maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, and stevia.

Fruit-based sweeteners come with added vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even protein, making them gentler on the body and healthier compared to refined sugar.

Maple syrup is lower glycemic than table sugar, meaning it impacts your blood sugar less drastically. It also provides trace amounts of minerals and at least 24 different antioxidants, including phenolic compounds, which are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases. Always choose the darker Grade B syrup for the most antioxidants.

Raw honey has been used both as food and medicine for thousands of years. Research studies have shown that replacing sugar with honey in the diet results in less weight gain and lower blood sugar levels. Plus, it exhibits anti-bacterial properties, and has been shown to aid in sleep, and support digestive health.

Coconut sugar is lower glycemic than table sugar, and provides trace amounts of minerals. It tastes like regular sugar, so is a great replacement for it in most recipes. I wrote more about it here.

Stevia is a 0 glycemic sweetener, meaning it doesn’t spike your blood sugar at all, which is ideal. It’s taken from the leaf of a plant, and is up to 300 times sweetener than table sugar, so a little goes a long way. It doesn’t sometimes have a bitter aftertaste, so I typically use other sweeteners instead.
Whenever I’m in the mood for something sweet, I choose or whip up foods sweetened with one of these natural sweeteners.

Paleo Passion Foods Granola Review

No Refined Sugar! Paleo Passion Foods only uses wildflower honey and maple syrup to sweeten its granola. Wahoo!

Grainless! It’s also grainless, and made with more nutrient-dense and health-promoting foods, including nuts, seeds, and coconut. These naturally provide the granola with anti-inflammatory omega-3s, protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Lower Glycemic! They even add in a bit of cinnamon to every flavor, which further helps to regulate blood sugar.

No Nasties! Of course, true to Paleo-form, there are no artificial nasties, preservatives, or refined ingredients here.

The Paleo Passion Foods Granola comes in 3 flavors: Choco-Nuts, Maple Cinnamon, and Caribbean Coconut. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I’m going to go with Choco-Nuts!

Where to Use Paleo Passion Foods Granola

You can use Paleo Passion Foods Granola anywhere you fancy. Personally, I love to:
put it in a bowl and pour homemade hemp milk over it.
eat it right out of the bag as a snack (there are yummy clusters that you can easily grab with your hand or break up for cereal).
Top a Matcha Smoothie Bowl or any smoothie bowl!

Disclosure: Thank you to Paleo Passion Foods for sponsoring this post! Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. I received product and compensation in exchange for writing this review.

Snack food aims for healthy twist

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Press 0 comments on “Snack food aims for healthy twist”

Source: Greenwich Time
Author: Megan Dalton
Link: Snack food aims for healthy twist

Balancing your health with a sweet tooth isn’t always easy. But Marty Sands thinks he has found a way: by starting his own all-natural snack food.

Sands and his wife, Kim, launched their company, Paleo Passion Foods, two years ago in an effort to create more healthy and delicious food options for consumers. The Greenwich residents started with Paleo Passion Pops, a line of unprocessed popsicles with zero additives such as GMOs, artificial flavors and added sugar. The company has now grown to include Krave the Krunch, a trio of all-natural grainless granola.

Granola has become one of the fastest-growing products in the country, and the pair decided to capitalize on the trend with a healthful twist. Unlike other granola products, their product consists of only ingredients like nuts, seeds, fruit, cinnamon, coconut, honey and maple syrup. Many types of granola in the marketplace, according to Marty Sands, include processed ingredients like oats and grains.

“The new trend is a grainless granola — taking out the processed foods and truly getting down to what real food is,” he said.

People eat granola because they think it’s healthy, Sands added, but consumers don’t always understand what they’re consuming. He compared the average granola bar to a Milky Way, attributing its “candy-like” nature to its processed ingredients and added sugar. With Krave the Krunch, however, people know what they’re putting into their bodies, he said.

Though the product launched just three weeks ago, it’s already being sold in about 85 stores. He attributes its rapid growth to a consumer need for snacks with more wholesome, clean ingredients.

The granola, which is baked in clusters, is easier to consume than other granolas. Instead of sticking your hand into a bag of loose ingredients, consumers can just grab a piece and eat it, according to Sands. Right now, the granola comes in three flavors: choco-nuts, Caribbean coconut and maple cinnamon. His team spent 10 months developing the granola through a process that included a series of focus groups, test tasting and recipe alterations.

“We tried to get as many people to try it as possible,” Kim Sands said. “(We) even used people who don’t typically gravitate towards healthy foods, to see if they like it, as well as people in the industry, like grocery store managers.”

Like their ice pops, Marty Sands hopes the granola helps in efforts to fight the epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has become common, serious and costly, with more than one-third (or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults classified as obese. As the rate of obesity rises so does the rate of obesity-related conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. For example, the CDC currently estimates that 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, or 9.3 percent of the population.

“It’s an enormous negative trend; a real problem,” he said. “Our food supply is in really poor condition.”

When they started the company, the Sandses wanted to create products that didn’t contribute to this epidemic. Their mantra back then, “evolving the way you eat,” continues to be their focus.

“There are no processed foods of any kind in any of our foods,” he said. “No refined sugars of any kind added to our foods. Our foods are non-GMO and contain nothing artificial, like dyes, chemicals or gluten.”

Since its launch in January 2014, Paleo Passion Foods has grown considerably, with their original product, the all-natural ice pops, gaining traction in more than 700 stores nationally, at health-focused chains like Whole Foods as well as more regional grocers like ShopRite.

“There’s an enormously fast trend today of people reading the label,” he added. “Our label doesn’t include ingredients you would only know from chemistry class.”

Megan.Dalton@scni.com; 203-625-4411

Paleo Passion Foods

May 5th, 2017 Posted by Press 0 comments on “Paleo Passion Foods”