Nutrition Stripped is your stripped-down guide to an unprocessed lifestyle with no expiration date. Here I share my passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and whole foods recipes. i hope through this blog you will get one step closer by learning the simple ways to nourish your body and live well!
What a more perfect way to start off the month of December than with a healthy sweet treat! These Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites are sure to hit the spot with your sweet tooth, but also keep you on track through the holiday season full of indulgences. Ooey-gooey dates pulsed with finely ground almonds, hazelnuts, cacao powder, chopped chocolate chunks and a secret superfood ingredient to make these malt flavored. These Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites are sure to please everyone this holiday season, I hope you enjoy!
Since we’re in holiday mode around the globe, I’m going to be sharing a lot more sweet treats than I normally would- I hope you all don’t mind that (ha ha). I absolutely love these Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites when I’m craving something sweet after dinner or for a quick snack. The perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates is a hunger killer combo (POW!). These brownie bites don’t have the same texture as a cooked brownie obviously- they’re not warm, but they’re still ooey-gooey and super decedent!
This past weekend we had an amazing Friendsgiving at our place and I shared this dessert with all of our wonderful friends to try. Little did they know I made this up “on the fly” the morning of and was praying it’d be a hit…it was! Raw Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is a gluten-free, raw, and vegan dessert that’s super simple to make. It’s incredibly delicious, thick, creamy, and satisfying just like traditional pumpkin pie. It’s perfect for all your guests diet lifestyles and contains loads more healthy fats. This dessert is a great way to end a Thanksgiving meal and I hope you all enjoy as much as I do!
There’s no other root vegetable I love more than sweet potatoes, sweet, ooey-gooey soft and caramelized sweet potatoes. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Truffles captures the versatility of sweet potatoes as this dish is primarily a dessert instead of the familiar savory preparation we normally see with this root vegetable. These truffles are deliciously simple to make containing only natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and nutrient dense ingredients; mainly almonds, dates, oats, and of course sweet potatoes!
Word on the street (a.k.a. my kitchen?) is sweet potatoes are no longer just for savory dishes, they’re also great in desserts! I love using them in dessert recipes to add a natural sweetness with a starchy yet creamy texture, take sweet potato pie or sweet potato casserole for example. Sweet potatoes are highlighted best when they’re baked in the oven long enough that the natural sugars from the center start oozing out of the crispy potato skin, creating a dark sugar caramel. My favorite part of baking sweet potatoes is the moment when you scrape them off the baking sheet and see a string of caramel connecting the sweet potato to the baking sheet still- that is until I quickly take my finger and scoop up the sugary sweetness and eat it!
Happy Halloween everyone, you’re all in for a treat today, no tricks here! Spiced Cookie Dough Pumpkin Ice-NOcream is a delicious high raw, non-dairy (it’s called NO cream for a reason) dessert made with only fresh, natural, and nutrient dense whole food ingredients. I mean, do I really have to do much convincing here for you all to run to your kitchens right now and make this recipe? It’s so delicious and the title and vibrant color of this Nocream says it all!
I first brought you Banana Nocream, which is a basic and classic non-dairy ice cream alternative to dairy ice creams; today I combine this classic recipe with some fall flavors to get in the spirit of Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner. Pumpkin Ice-NOcream is perfect all on it’s own, but with the added sweet and chewy raw cookie dough balls made from less than 5 ingredients, it takes this ice cream recipe to a whole new level! I love pumpkin ice-Nocream around this time of year when I’m craving something sweet and want to treat myself, but also continue to nourish my body with whole foods. This recipe is also perfect for anyone who may want a healthier alternative to refined sugar loaded candies, sweet, and other treats around this time of year.
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. In lieu of the National Chocolate Day on October 28th and Halloween on the 31st, I thought it was perfect timing to share with you all some of the nutrition facts about chocolate, different forms of chocolate, health benefits, and my favorite simple recipe on this celebratory day! Let’s be real, I don’t need a “national holiday” to celebrate chocolate, I treat almost everyday as a national chocolate holiday by satisfying my sweet tooth with chocolate in some form, mostly with what I call McKel’s Hot Chocolate.
Many of the health related benefits you see with chocolate and that I’m referencing to are unprocessed cacao powders, raw chocolates, and dark chocolates all of which contain no added preservatives, colorings, dairy, and do not come in a candy shell. Unfortunately, many people generalize health benefits and research on cocoa for all types of chocolate giving themselves and excuse or justification that eating whole candy bars daily is okay… that’s not what I’m suggesting. I’m recommending incorporating unprocessed or least processed forms of cacao in your diet instead of mass produced and poorly grown/harvested/manufactured chocolates.