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Gluten Free Almond Butter Love Cups

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My G-free valentine, Erica, and I decided to team up this V-day to bring you the tastiest treats. Like, ever. I’m talking home made almond butter cups. Think Reese’s… but healthier and tastier x 100.

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These babies are soooo easy to make, it’s stupid. No fancy kitchen tools. No forgetting to pre-heat the oven. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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You only need a few ingredients… most of which you most likely already have in your kitch.

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+ A mini muffin tin (liners optional, yet recommended)

+ Chocolate chips (we went with organic semi-sweet)

+ Almond butter

+ Maple syrup

+ Chia seeds or chia powder

+ Pink himalayan salt

+ chocolate chips (we went with organic semi-sweet)

Melt your chocolate chips. You can do this using a double boiler on the stove top or just zap ’em in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals until melted.

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Pour your melted chocolate into your mini muffin tins. If you are not using liners, make sure to lightly grease them, preferably with coconut oil. Cover the bottom of each tin with chocolate. Make sure to spread the chocolate up the sides of each mold. This will become the chocolate ‘cup’ that holds your almond butter. Once each tin has been sufficiently chocolat-ed, pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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While they are freezing you can work on your almond butter mixture. Mix 1 cup almond butter with 3 tablespoons of organic maple syrup and about a spoonful of ground chia seeds. If you do not want to grind your own seeds, you can use chia powder. Mix, mix, mix until smooth.

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Once your chocolate has melted, fill each cup with a spoonful of your almond butter mixture. Top off each cup with more melted chocolate and sprinkle with pink himalayan sea salt. Pop your tray in the freezer for another 30 minutes.

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Voila! That’s it. So easy, so festive, and insanely delish. I may or may not have had one for breakfast today. Oops. Not sorry. It wouldn’t be Valentines without a sweet lil treat.

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What are your fav g-free recipes?

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Cheers To A Clean, Green 2014!!

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So, we’re all into starting new, feeling fresh, getting healthy, bla bla bla… but once that magical feeling of a brand new year starts to wear of this can be easier said than done… right?

In my opinion it’s all about finding little things that a ) you enjoy, b ) make you feel better, and c ) bring you one step closer to your health and fitness goals.

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I must have been a pretty good girl this year, cuz Santa brought me a Vitamix for Christmas. Woohoo. Seriously… best. present. EVER. I have pretty much been juicing, blending, and pulverizing anything and everything I can get my hands on for the past week.

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I’m so excited to bring you my favorite new recipes and I’m starting off with my ultimate fave ( and the way I like to start each day )… the Glowing Green Juice. I’m definitely a lover of juice… esp. green juice, but holy shiz… this seriously blows everything else out of the water. Being able to make my own, fresh juice is making me feel like a kid on Christmas every. single. day.

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My girl Lauryn was ranting and raving about Kimberly Snyder’s book “The Beauty Detox Foods”. She highly highly recommended it to me so I did what I do best… ran to the store and bought it! She was right ( thx L, xo ). This book is AMAZE! It’s filled with sooooooooo much quality information and I really agree with her philosophy. Also, the back is filled with bomb-ass recipes, including the Glowing Green Juice. So, here it is!

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I like to use water, spinach, romaine, celery, one apple, one pear, a splash of lemon, a few ice cubes, and a table spoon of chlorella ← more on that later.

P.S. This recipe will make enough for a few servings of juice. I like to store my leftovers in cute little glass bottles so that I can grab and go, or share with my friends and fam!

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If I want it a little creamier I will add a banana. Chia seeds make a nice addition too. If I’m treating myself post-workout, I’ll add some Perfect Fit Protein. Yum. So delish!

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This juice is SO refreshing, SO satisfying, and no joke, after a week of sipping it on the daily my skin is seriously glowing.

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A total bonus…? Making fresh, healthy food for my pup & my nephew. Their current fave is a puree of spinach, carrot, and blueberries. Mmmmm. Stay tuned for more of my favorite, healthy Vitamix recipes.

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Snack-time Saviors: Kombucha Style

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I always wished I was one of those people who just couldn’t  get enough Kombucha. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t  the case… until now!

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GT’s Green Chia Kombucha may just be the tastiest treat ever. It’s not too vinegar-y (which is why I tend to not be crazy for Kombucha), it’s so refreshing, gives me TONS of energy, and supplies some pretty crazy health benefits. It’s also packed with chia seeds, which I love.

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So, what are the health benefits of Kombucha? First of all, it’s been around for 2000+ years and is referred to as ‘the immortal health elixir’. It’s been shown to fight cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. Kombucha is an amazing detoxifier, boosts your immune system, promotes joint health, aids in digestion, and has even been shown to reduce or eliminate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia.

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If you already love Kombucha, I suggest trying out my favie flavie. If you’ve been hesitant to try this strange concoction, don’t be. You’ve got nothing to lose and SO much to gain!

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