Given how turbulent the world feels right now, I’m been extra focused lately on keeping my energy grounded so I can better respond to all of life's ups and downs with a greater sense of grace and ease.
This may sound counterintuitive, but the more grounded we can stay, and the more peacefully we react to situations, the more we reflect that energy into the world.
One way I stay grounded is through the path of mindfulness, mediation and yoga, the other way is through food and limiting the amount of processed sugars (e.g. cane sugar) and refined carbohydrates I consume.
I’m careful with packaged foods containing a large amount of added sugar per serving because research shows that consuming processed sugars in large amounts can cause a rapid increase, then decrease in blood sugar levels, leading to feelings of anxiety and uneasiness. As someone who has suffered from anxiety, limiting processed sugars has been a key change to increasing my overall well-being.
Instead of processed sugars, the natural sweeteners that I like to use include maple syrup, raw honey and stevia. Stevia is my sweetener of choice. It’s made from plant leaves and has a Glycemic Index score of 0 so it does not cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels as with processed sugars. Honey and maple syrup are both natural sugars, and are still considered low on the Glycemic Index. Honey and maple syrup are digested differently than processed sugar so they can be used as a source of fuel in the body much quicker. Maple syrup and honey also contain trace amounts of vitamins and minerals unlike processed sugars. Maple syrup contains manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium while honey contains antioxidants, iron, zinc, potassium, and calcium.
I love making and finding gluten-free and processed sugar-free healthier options to some of my favorite childhood foods (checkout my Sunbutter Gluten-Free Cookies) but I’ve yet to master my own granola recipe and most store bought brands just don’t cut it. Despite the healthy claims on conventional granola boxes, most are high in refined carbohydrates and processed sugars.
I absolutely love a good, crunchy granola so when Paleo Passion Foods approached me to try their line of Krave the Krunch granola, I knew I had to give the product a shot. It did not disappoint!
Krave the Krunch grainless granola comes in three flavors: Caribbean Coconut, Choco-Nuts and Maple Cinnamon and is gluten-free, GMO-free and grain-free. It is also lower in sugar (uses only natural sweeteners), includes healthy fats such as omega-3s and is higher in protein than regular granola.
The base of the product uses a mix of nuts and seeds instead of oats, including walnuts, almonds, and pecans as well as pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, making it packed with healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Wildflower honey and maple syrup are used as sweeteners. In addition to opting for foods with natural sweeteners, I also look for foods containing omega-3 fatty acids since they’ve been shown to have numerous health benefits, including decreasing the risk of anxiety and depression.
I created a fun paleo chocolate chia pudding recipe using Paleo Passion Foods granola that I like to have as a late afternoon snack if I’m craving something sweet but want to keep my blood sugar stable.
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Leave a comment below if you make the recipe or if you order Krave the Krunch grainless granola. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Paleo Passion Foods Chocolate Chia Seed Parfait With Dairy Free Coconut Cream
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 30
- Chia Pudding
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 peppermint oil
- 3 tbs cacao nibs
- 1 tsp stevia
- Dairy Free Coconut Cream (modified from the Kitchen)
- 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
- 4 probiotic capsules
- 1/4 tsp stevia
Dairy Free Coconut Cream
- Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight
- Scoop the layer of thick white cream off the top with a wooden spoon and place into a sterilized glass jar
- Twist open the probiotic capsule and pour the contents into the cream, stirring with the wooden spoon
- Add stevia, stirring again
- Place sterilized lid on jar and place into the oven — turn the oven light on to keep the environment warm. Leave for 12 to 24 hours without disturbing
- In a high-speed blender, blend nut milk, peppermint and stevia on medium until well blended
- Add cocoa nibs, dried coconut and chia and blend on low until well combined with no lumps
- Pour into individual jars and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, I like to allow mine to chill overnight
- Layer with Dairy Free Coconut Cream and top with Paleo Passion Foods and frozen or fresh blueberries
- Serving Size: 6
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