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Hi. I'm Sara!

I am extremely passionate about all things health - while not letting it take over your life.  I love efficient workouts, easy healthy meal ideas and all kinds of tips and tricks to help you become a stronger version of yourself

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Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter {+Flax Seed}

Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter {+Flax Seed}

Super foods.  I'm pretty sure that term is never going to die down, we're just going to find more and more foods to add to the list.  At this point who even eats anything regular anymore, it all has to be above average to make the cut to get into my fridge or pantry.  One thing I have recently been obsessing over {there I go again with another overused term, sorry I can't help it.  I am obsessed with super foods #basic} is flax seed.  It's one of those things you hear about, you know its good for you so you buy it and bring it home and then you're all, "Now what do I do with this?"  I would occasionally mix it into smoothies but wasn't crazy about the gritty texture it gave them.

What's so great about flax seed anyways?  

Two tablespoons totals 8 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and is high in Omega-3's which help prevent inflammation and is good for joints.  It's like a runner dream food.  The more I read about it I realized that these healthy little seeds are actually more beneficial when they are ground up because they are much more easily digested.  I usually grind up about about a cup's worth and keep the flax meal in a container in the fridge to add to whatever dishes cause it to disappear in both flavor and texture.

Something else I have been all about lately is homemade nut butters.  Throw a bunch of nuts in the food processor & blend until it turns into sweet creamy goodness?  How can you hate that?  In a perfect world I wish I had time to make everything from scratch because I love knowing exactly what is in my food but like I mentioned last week who has the time?  Well now that I've trimmed some of the fat off my too long list of hobbies and things to get done on the weekend, I have a little more time for cooking.  I came across this recipe a few weeks ago for toasted coconut butter, and thought while I am not usually a huge coconut fan, it is growing on me quite a bit.  Perhaps it I could change it up, add some cashews and hey I could add the previously mentioned flax seed.  A little bit of kitchen experimenting later this amazing jar of sweet goodness was born.  

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 Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter {with Flax Seed}

2 cups roasted unsalted cashews
1 cup toasted unsweetened coconut {spread out on a baking sheet & pop in 350 oven for about 10 minutes or until golden}
1 cup un-toasted coconut
1/2 cup flax seed
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt

Pour all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy.  This may take a while.  First everything turns to what looks like crumbs.  Then you'll get what looks like a big clump of dough, and you'll think, "What the hell did I do to screw this thing up??" but hang in there because you need to give all the oils a chance to release and then it will start to turn into a smooth paste.  I promise.  Store in an air tight container and try not to eat it all in one sitting.

The first batch I made I mistakenly used sweetened coconut, which was basically like crack and lasted all of 3 days until I realized the reason it was so good was it was full of sugar.  The second go around I used unsweetened coconut which is really good but was a little hard to get used to after enjoying the super sweet stuff so much.  It's just like getting used to anything else without added sugar, and after a couple of days I was really enjoying this stuff and not missing the original version.  It tastes toasty and nutty with just a little bit of sweetness.

So go get a cookin.  Or mixin.  Or food processin.  Seriously what are you waiting for?

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