Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Hey my Chocolate Chips! :)

Thank you for your comments on my last post. Your comments really make my day bright. :) You guys are so sweet! Remember: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!

I asked if you wanted Healthified Biscotti.

You heard my cry.

I responded with a treat,

that you can try.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

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Notes: The sweetness is perfect. But if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, try halving the stevia. You can use whatever kind of sweetener you’d like. WHOLE GRAIN. VEGAN. VEGETARIAN.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup baking blend stevia (or simply use sugar or maple syrup; if you use maple syrup, cut back on the applesauce a little bit)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

optional: chocolate chips, melted, to drizzle on cookies

Directions

Toast chopped almonds in a dry skillet until fragrant (about 2-3 minutes). You can also do this in the oven.

Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, stevia, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

In another bowl, combine the coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla.

Beat in the flour mixture.  The dough should be stiff, but not sticky. Mix in the almonds.

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper (wax paper will work too). Roll dough into a log (mine was about 13 inches long).

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Transfer the biscotti log to a cutting sheet. Cut the log on the diagonal with a serrated knife.

Lay the cookies onto the cookie sheet again on their sides and bake for 10 minutes at 325*F.

Turn the cookies onto their other side, and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool on cooling rack.

Optional: melt chocolate chips in a sandwich baggie. Cut the corner of the bag, and drizzle chocolate onto cookies.

EAT THEM UP!!!!

They are perfect to dip in Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Almond Milk!

Questions of the Day

Do you drink Hot Chocolate in the Summer? I love it so much that I just can’t only drink it to the winter months. :)

I want to know: How do you view the sugar in fruit? I see it as an essential nutrient, but not to be eaten in excess (of course). Fruit still provides many imperative nutrients that the body requires. I’d rather eat the sugar in fruit than regular white sugar, which has been stripped of all of its beneficial nutrients.

I just came home from a week-long Camp (Girl’s Camp), so I’ll update you guys on that soon. Also, I just finished a couple of Challenges, so expect a post coming up soon!

xoxox

Who Can Say No?!

Hey my lovelies!!!

You guys are absolutely AMAZING!!!! Have I told you that?! I can’t believe at the response I got from my last post on Q & A on my past eating disorder! I’m so glad that you guys have found that balance with yourselves. I know that my balance may not be what everyone else’s balance is, but I hope all of you, if you haven’t already, find that balance with you.

Remember my post on the Faith Leap? While I was at Teen Conference, I got to spend a whole lot of time with my friends. In addition to all of the activities that we did, the food was INCREDIBLE!!! Alison really did an AMAZING job with everyone’s different diets and such. I was in absolute HEAVEN!!! If only we could have access to that Salad And Fruit Bar EVERYDAY my life would be complete. :)

Here are some of my eats for that Teen Conference weekend!!!

HUGE PLATES OF FRUIT!!!

They had so many different kinds of fruit! I instantly attacked the Watermelon, Strawberries, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, and HoneyDew. My mom doesn’t buy honeydew, so I really love it when places have it. :)

I brought my own oatmeal for my breakfasts, so I had oatmeal with my homemade Protein Powder.

Chocolatey and oh so good. :)

SALADS!!!!!

They had the Salad bar for Lunch AND Dinner — my favorite part of camp was this bar!! :D (who can say no to an incredible salad bar?!) This salad had leafy greens, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and chickpeas. The only thing they didn’t have were sunflower seeds!!! That would have made this salad PERFECT! :D

And MORE Salads along side some Quinoa Stir Fry!

It was the same salad as before minus the chickpeas, and with edamame. Alison also made the BEST QUINOA STIR FRY I have EVER had!!! Do any of you have a recipe that involves Quinoa? I have a big bag of it downstairs and I want to use it! :)

Camp Food was simply AMAZING.

I also brought baggies of almonds for my snacks in the afternoon. :) It worked out REAALLLLY well! :)

After Camp, we went to Culver’s!!! I usually don’t eat anything there, but because it was my birthday, I wanted a little something. So Kelsey and I shared a Cookie Dough scoop of frozen custard with banana!

It was really good, but WAY too sweet! I could feel the sugar in the cookie dough as though it were sand in my mouth! I could only take so much and then I was done. The bananas were really tasty though! :)

And THAT, my dears, was Teen Conference — Food Edition.

Fun. Delicious. Incredible!

How do you prepare foodwise for camps? Do you pack everything, bring a few essentials, or just not worry about it? Usually I’ll ask what they’ll be providing and pack accordingly – bring essentials, like nuts, oatmeal, soy nuts, etc.

What is one of your favorite salad toppings? I LOVE SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND CHICKPEAS!

Do you have splurges once in a while? Rarely, but yes. Sometimes. It had really be a special occasion though — like my birthday.

xoxox

Q&A Eating Disorder

Hey my Cinnamon Rolls! :)

Thank you guys for all of your amazing comments on my last post! I’m so glad that you guys love Pizzert Babies as much as I do!

I have been having a TON of questions on formspring, so I have another Q&A post for ya! I’ll have to do more than one of these to fit them all in. Some have been asking about how I eat and also about my eating disorder in the past, and here are my answers!

Have you ever had problem with binge attacks/eating? If so, I’d really appreciate it if you could talk about it on your blog.

I wouldn’t say I have ever “binged.” I find that if I miss a meal, I get pretty ravenous, but I wouldn’t really say binge. The closest thing to that is probably when I get a whole basket of strawberries! They are just TOO good! ;)

In one of the recent posts, it sounded like you don’t eat anything that could be perceived as unhealthy. You don’t even feel comfortable eating your birthday cake. Do you not think that this kind of strict eating habits could be your past eating disorder in a new form? How do you manage social situations, if you can’t eat anything unhealthy?

That is seriously a tough question. Mostly, the reason I choose not to eat Cake, Ice Cream, and Pizza is because they all have milk in them (which would give me a stomach ache). I must admit, when there’s nothing healthy at parties, I’ll eat before, or ask if they have some fruit or something. My mom just tells me that what happens if I’m in a situation where there is NOTHING else to eat? What if you go on a date and your date gets McDonald’s or something? What are you going to do? You don’t want to be rude. I see that unhealthy food as something I don’t need to put into my body. I feel that I should put as much healthy food into my food as possible. But I guess if there was NOTHING else, I would have to settle for something.

Though, this past week (when I was in Illinois), I’ve actually allowed myself a couple of splurges, like a taste of fudge, a baby-size ice cream cone of frozen custard, a glass of diet Sierra Mist, etc. I don’t EVER eat those kind of things, and they were definitely VERY SWEET. But, I allowed myself because it was a special occasion.

For me, one bite of a treat is enough for me. The baby-sized version of the frozen custard was almost too much. The entire time, I just wished I had a container of strawberries I could devour instead, but I didn’t have one. It’s alright though.

What kind of chocolate do you like? (Like what percentage of cocoa content. 45%, 72%, 10% etc)

I like me some BAKERS 100% Chocolate!!! The darker the better! :)

About how many times a week do you do something with a friend?

Like go shopping? Hang out? Spend time just talking kind of things? As often as I can, but at least a couple of times a week. :)

Do you ever wonder how you could be overweight yet you still eat healthy? I
struggle with this same thing and was wondering how you cope with it. I just
don’t get it!

Hmmmmm, I wouldn’t say that I am overweight. I am in the healthy weight range for my height, but I still want to be stronger, more toned, feel better about myself, etc. I am still finding that balance with myself, but I know what you mean.

Really, your weight really isn’t the best way to measure your health. “Skinny” on the outside doesn’t mean you are healthy on the inside. You can be “skinny,” but fat at the same time.

Eating too much of a good thing can be just as bad as not eating enough of it. Take for example, Vitamin A and beta carotene. If you eat too much of beta carotene, which has pigments just like your skin does, you can turn orange. I myself have turned a little orange through eating too much ORANGE, like cantaloupes, mangos, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. But vitamin A, also called retinol, is essential for your eyes and your skin’s health, has antioxidant properties, along with many other imperative characteristics.

So, really, you have to find that balance with yourself. Listen to your body and pay attention to the voice inside of you. That is the way to true happiness with yourself.

Also, don’t compare yourself to the models on the runway and the pictures in magazines. The average woman weighs 140 pounds and is 5″4. The average model is 5″11 and weighs 117 pounds. That is by no means a healthy weight, and should never be a goal for anyone! And also, the pictures in magazines aren’t real. Like, take the Dove commercial. The girl in the finished product doesn’t look anything like who she really is. The girl isn’t even as pretty as the girl!!!

Always remember that you are beautiful, just the way you are.

I am looking for a low cal whole wheat bread recipe that is free of added
sugars. (only made with natural sugars). any suggestions?

I have been working on a recipe for bread that is no sugar added/low sugar, so I’ll post about it soon!! :)

Were you ever underweight during your past ed?

I wouldn’t say I was ever in the “underweight” category for my weight. I caught myself before I did too much damage. I was still VERY restrictive; I felt I had to be a certain way, look a certain way, and I wasn’t happy with myself. I felt that to be perfect, I had to eat certain things at certain times, eat at certain times, etc., instead of focusing on my body and eating when it was hungry. Finding that balance is what is most important to me. Everyone is different. Through my quest for balance, I have found that I was eating (and still sometimes do eat) even when I’m not hungry, so listening to my body is one of the main things I continue to focus on.

How many calories do you eat a day? If you don’t count, what would you
guesstimate?

I strive not to count calories, but to just be aware. Probably around 1800-2200 a day, but I just listen to my body. I view food as fuel. When you work out more, you need more fuel (just like a car — the more you drive, the more fuel you will need).

What are your opinions on naturally sugared foods (dates, bananas, etc) vs
unnaturally sugared foods (cereal, graham crackers, etc)? Do you think natural
sugar is a lot healthier for you than regular or do you think they both are the
same?

I feel that the sugar in fruit is WAY healthier for you than any added sugar. The thing with sugar in fruit is that fruit also comes with nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidant, which “added sugars” mostly lack.

Your body’s energy comes from sugar. Complex carbohydrates are broken down into simple carbohydrates, which the body can then in turn use for energy for all of the chemical reactions that occur. (here’s a really good video that talks all about if fruit is healthy or not, and this on talks about how sugar is processed in the body).

TOO much sugar (the white, processed junk) is a poison. Nature made sugar come with the antidote — fiber. Sugarcane has a THICK layer on the outside. Nature made it in all one package. Fruit has fiber. Added sugars do not. White sugar has been stripped of all of it’s nutrients and fiber, therefore, stripping it of it’s antidote. Is it our place to change nature’s ways?

Added sugars should be avoided as much as possible for our health. I would say DIG IN to fruits and vegetables! The more fruits and veggies, the better! :)

Are dates healthy?

Like I said above, yes, I feel that dates are healthy — in moderation of course. They do have sugar, but they also come with fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that our body needs. I would rather use dates than white sugar ANY DAY!

If you have any questions, you can comment below, comment on this page, or you can comment anonymously here

 I am willing to open up about my eating disorder. I feel that not only does opening up about it help myself, but it also might help others who may be reading it. I can also answer questions you may have on other parts of my life too. :)

xoxox,

P.S. Happy Memorial Day! :)