I’ve said it before but meringues and I have a history. I used to count down my calories all the way to my sugar free packaged meringues I would enjoy at night. Now whenever I see these meringues in the grocery store, I cringe a bit. Not only do they bring me back to the no fun calorie counting days, but to be honest I never really liked them that much anyway. What I did like was that I could eat a whole bunch for 100 calories. Now I would say it’s totally not worth it! These meringues on the other hand are different. These are full of real food ingredients, delicious, and protein packed. The even better part, I have no clue how many calories are in them! That’s something to be proud of 😉
- 4 large egg whites
- 3 tsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips (omit these if you are Paleo)
- dash of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees
- In a mixing bowl beat your egg whites, coconut sugar, and salt on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the cocoa powder into your mixture.
- Next carefully fold in the chocolate chips.
- On a well greased baking sheet scoop the egg whites into circles.
- Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours at 200 degrees.
- After 1 and 1/2 hours turn off your oven and let the meringues cool inside the oven (about 1 hour longer).
Makes 6-8 large meringues
Little tip: To make these quickly you can bake them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes watching them closely to make sure they don’t burn. They won’t harden as well but still make for a great sweet tooth fix in a pinch.
Anyone else a former calorie counter? Want to get rid of the calorie counting habit? Send me an email ([email protected]) I’m happy to help!
Here is a really simple snack to make if you need a fix for your sweet tooth. Bonus is it includes bananas, which are a great source of both potassium and magnesium. Enjoy!
- 2 tbs. Enjoy life semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 large banana
- Topping of choice (I used unsweetened coconut flakes and sprinkles)
- Slice up one banana and set aside.
- In a separate bowl melt together your chocolate chips and coconut oil.
- Immediately dip the bottom of your banana slice into the chocolate and place, chocolate side up on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with topping of choice.
- Repeat until all your slices are covered.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings
Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…
- Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
- Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
- Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
- Extra naps
- Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
- Going shopping
- Extra manicures and pedicures
- Lots of time with friends and family
- 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
- 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
- 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
- Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
- Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
- Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
- Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
Makes 12 cookies
Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?