Nourish Mama by Sherry Rothwell
Nourish Mama, a nutritional program by Sherry Rothwell

Carob vs Chocolate?

In the mood for some late night chocolate flavour without the caffeine? Watch the video to learn about the health benefits of carob vs. chocolate : )

Not sure which one is best for you, watch the video below to find out!

Now that you know which one, learn how to make your own quick and easy delicious homemade ‘chocolate’ bars!

Everyone around here LOVES this recipe (you can use chocolate or carob)!

Perfect when you want chocolate, but can’t have it. No caffeine, no theobromine and no oxalic acid.

Which one do you like better? Carob or chocolate? I love them equally!

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The Garden You Didn’t Know You Had!

Over the years on the path to reclaiming domestic arts and traditional wisdom, my vision and focus, pretty much has never left the kitchen.

These days though, I’m starting to think more and more about how to grow and access food, without relying on a grocery store – even the organic ones.

weed grass

Move over wheatgrass, ‘weed grass’ is in the house!

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the convenience, it’s just that, I want to know for sure, that I know how to grow and access appreciable amounts of food for my family – anytime.

Whether you want to save money, access more nutrition or gain survival skills, you’re going to love discovering the garden you didn’t even know you have!

And no, it’s not about going into the woods and foraging (although you could), it’s a little closer to home…. right outside your door in fact!

I’ve been having so much fun with it and it lights me up so much, that I’m going to share the process with you, as I learn it, so that we can both grow in knowledge together.

I get so excited when I find really cool stuff…. I just can’t help myself from sharing it!

In this case I am sharing with you, something you already have!

Something you may even be trying to get rid of.

You should have seen the look of trepidation on my husbands face when I offered him a cold glass of ‘weedgrass’ juice tonight before dinner!

I decided to create video to show you what I’m learning, so that you can learn along with me!

It’s pretty cool isn’t it, that there is such an abundance of one of nature’s most nutritious foods (leafy greens) right outside your door.

It’s not only super accessible, but it’s completely free for everyone.

While you should invest in a weed book (just to make sure what you’re eating is actually edible) don’t worry about whether or not your weeds are perfectly pristine.

weed salad

Free the Salad!

If you don’t spray your lawn or garden, it’s likely that even weeds growing by the side of the road are much cleaner then the conventional food at the grocery store (not to mention how often we eat commercially or organically grown food situated at the edge of the highway and don’t even know it)?

Remember, it’s earth, not dirt!

If you want to learn how you too can identify common edible weeds, instead of wasting them, click here to buy Katrina Blairs inspirational life-saving and practical book!

On another note, and yet in perfect timing…. did you know that according to Chinese medicine, it is liver season? If you want help loving up your liver this year, then check out this free training that will give you the knowledge of how to eat to nourish your liver this spring.

Will you eat weeds with me?

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Cinnamon Lover’s Skinny Bomb

Cinnamon Fat BombsIf you love cinnamon, you’ll love these blood sugar balancing fat bombs, they are addictive! They also hold up at room temperature…..so you can put them in the kids lunches or serve them to guests on a platter : )

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp plain stevia

How to do it:

  1. Melt the coconut oil and coconut butter on the stovetop with the cinnamon and stevia at mediumCinnamon Fat Bombs 2 heat (it will slightly roast the cinnamon which adds such a delicious flavour, but stir often so that it doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot).
  2. Put into your blender once melted and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into your favorite mold.
  4. Store in the fridge.

Yummy!

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Liver Loving Lemon Tea

This refreshing beverage will not only hydrate you first thing in the am, but will provide the medicinal and nutritional benefits of turmeric (anti inflammatory), black pepper (boost HCL and absorption), cinnamon (blood sugar balancing) and cayenne (boosts circulation).

It is a very energizing beverage that can be consumed upon arising or for an afternoon pick me up. I drink it before my coffee, so I can confidently attest to it’s ‘pick me up’ powers!

Lemon TeaWhat you will need:
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch black pepper
pinch of cayenne
a pinch or two of salt
optional: grated ginger
1/8- 1/4 tsp green leaf stevia (or drops to taste)
the juice of half a lemon
1 cup hot water

How to do it:
1. Boil water.
2. Put spices into mug.
3. Pour boiling water on top and let cool a few minutes.
4. Squeeze lemon in and stir.

Perfect as a morning ritual to start your day.

‘Creamy’ Variations:

1. Use coconut milk instead of water.

2. Add 1 TBSP coconut oil and 1 Tbsp of grass fed butter and blend in your highest power blender.

Making it a habit…

Lemon Tea RitualNow here is some help to make drinking this a habit. Purchase some tiny containers or jars and pre measure the spices. That way each morning, all you have to do is boil the water and squeeze the lemon!

If you want to pre squeeze the lemon, you can do that as well.

Simply squeeze 6 lemons, add a tsp of salt and an 1/8th cup of whey or apple cider vinegar to keep it fresh and add the benefit of good bacteria!

You’ll have more than enough for a weeks worth of Liver Loving Lemon tea and you can use the extra in cooking etc.

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Carob Hazelnut Skinny Bomb

Carbo Hazelnut Fat BombThis is one of my favourite tasting fat bombs. Unlike many fat bomb recipes, this one has enough cocoa butter that you can actually keep these outside of the fridge and they won’t melt….yay!!

Can’t take the caffeine in chocolate. Carob is the perfect alternative, being a fruit that tastes like chocolate! Just like chocolate, carob is high in minerals….specifically calcium (whereas chocolate is higher in magnesium).

What you will need: 
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup carob powder
1 tsp hazel nut flavoured liquid stevia

How to do it:
1. Melt the coconut oil and butter on the stove top.
2. Blend in the remaining ingredients
3. Pour into glass contains, square candy mold or silicone ice cube tray.
4. Refrigerated until firm.

Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Fat Bombs

I am very delighted by this recipe, especially because in general, white chocolate has never been something that I particularly enjoyed.

White Chocolate Fat BombsHowever, these babies are totally delish!

Unlike many fat bomb recipes, this one has enough cocoa butter that you can actually keep these outside of the fridge and they won’t melt….yay!!

What you will need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp whey powder
3 Tbsp of ground erythritol

How to do it:
1. Melt the erythritol, coconut oil and butter on the stove top.
2. Blend in a high powered blender like a Vitamix, to make sure that the erythritol is evenly distributed and not re crystallized.
3. Pour into glass contains, square candy mold or silicone ice cube tray.
4. Refrigerated until firm.

Enjoy!

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Cultured Marinara Sauce

If you are looking for a quick and delicious marinara sauce, this is it! Marinara sauce is always great to have on hand to add flavour to simple vegetable dishes (along with goat cheese), soups, stews, noodles, lasagna and of course pizza!

It was so delicious, we ate most of it before I had a chance to take a picture!

It was so delicious, we ate most of it before I had a chance to take a picture!

What you will need:
398 ml can tomato sauce
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp  each of onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, oregano & dill
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 Tbsp apple cider or balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp whey (strained from plain yogurt)
optional: saute a red onion in copious amounts of butter along with 3 cloves of pressed garlic until ‘candied’

How to do it:
1) Put it all in a blender and blend!
2) Let sit on the counter for 6 hours to ferment (adds good bacteria and preserves it).

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Coconut Coffee Skinny Bombs

There is nothing like coffee infused chocolate! I could pretty much live on this. And if you decide to use carob, the coffee flavour will make it more rich.

Cocont Coffee ChocWhat you will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla stevia

How to do it:

  1. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop at medium heat.
  2. Put everything else into your blender.
  3. Once the coconut oil is melted, add to the blender.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour into your favorite mold.
  6. Store in the fridge.

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (sans sugar)

Got leftover egg whites? Don’t let those protein rich babies go to waste.

chocolate coconut macaroonsWhat you will need:

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate/carob powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 3/4  -1 cup of erythritol
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk

How to do it:

  1. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop at medium (or less )heat.
  2. Mix carob powder, almond flour and shredded coconut in a bowl.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  4. Stir in melted coconut oil (but let it cool down a bit if too hot so that it doesn’t start cooking the egg whites)
  5. Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
  6. Form into balls and place on cookie tray (oiled or on parchment paper if you are lazy about dishes like I am)!
  7. Bake for 20 min.
  8. Let cool on baking rack for about 10 min. before serving.
  9. Store remaining in the fridge.

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Fat Bomb Fruit Pops

Popsicle meet fat bomb. Fat bomb meet popsicle. This unique creation is truly a nutrient dense snack packing 6 raw egg yolks! Best of all, you can use whatever fruit flavoured stevia you have on hand. And yes it is kid tested and approved!

popsiclesWhat you will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 tsp stevia (use any fruit flavoured stevia you have)

How to do it:

  1. Melt the coconut oil and coconut butter on the stovetop at medium heat.
  2. Put everything else into your blender.
  3. Once the coconut oil is melted, add to the blender.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour into your favourite popsicle mold.

Click here for recipe to use up egg whites : )

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