Okay… not sure why it has taken so long to stop using the microwave. It’s been two weeks without it and we haven’t looked back. Actually, I look where it use to be and feel peace because I have a newfound space for nourishing food and a favorite vintage danish decanter, a gift for Christian. Every time I used it I would “lightly” think about the health risks and if it was destroying enzymes in our food? Ours was actually not heating very fast anyway. For example, if I was heating a bowl of soup the stove was just as fast, if not faster. Thanks to St. Nicholas and his family gift of a whirlipop there’s no need for microwave popcorn anymore either, plus it’s just not a good idea anyway!
I’m sure there may be some inconvenient times, but I haven’t found any yet (and I’m in the kitchen ALWAYS).
Not sure you want to make the leap? Just test it out for a couple of weeks. You may be surprised at how gratifying it is to live without one.
These bites were originally meant for after school but running late to school after hibernating at home for a couple of snow days, they quickly became the perfect “eat in the car breakfast, because we are beyond late!” After school I like to include a snack that is packed with protein to curb that afternoon grumpiness in my boys. They’re not fans of too many whole nuts at a time so crushing them into a nut meal seems to work really well and blended with the banana, raw cacao, spices, and orange, it’s closer to a treat than a snack. This is a great one for the kids to help with and they can be stored in the refrigerator to pop out at snack time and maybe even those super rushed mornings.
Orange Spiced Energy Bites | gluten free and grain free | adapted from this recipe by Apartment 34
1 cup almond meal (coconut flour or cashew meal would also work well)
1/2 t. asian five spice (or cinnamon)
1 T. raw cacao powder
1 ripe banana mashed
2 T. raw honey
1/2 c. almond butter
dash of salt
1 t. of orange juice or a few drops of orange extract
unsweetened coconut for rolling the bites in
cooking note … if you would like to use a blend of nuts and pulse them in a food processor, this works well too. I find almond meal and cashew at Trader Joes.
If you are making your own meal from nuts just crush them in a processor or a blender until ground, but not into a butter. For the almond butter, you can certainly just make your own while you are already blending nuts.
Place the nut meal, asian five spice or cinnamon, and the cacao powder in a large bowl. Mash the banana on a plate and then add in the honey and almond butter. Add this mixture to the nut meal mixture. Mix in the salt and the orange juice or extract. Mix this all together with a wooden spoon. Let this cool in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into 1″ round bites. Freeze the bites for 30 minutes and then roll them in coconut (you could also roll them in chopped nuts instead of the coconut).
We’re always looking for new healthy (gluten free + grain free) homemade snack ideas here so feel free to comment with your favorites.
I’m all over the map today with these favorites but this gives you a glimpse into my “deep thoughts” lately.
Above, an image from Dwell Magazine, featuring a vintage Danish piano that is so lovely. The whole project is so simple and lovely, so do take a look.
Creating with the kids this week … Cardboard tube treehouse by Willowday. This will be fun and sure to spark some imagination.
I’ve been searching for years for a good option without toxins and tried so many. Hoping this makes the cut. Homemade deodorant by The Cayenne Room. Please let me know if you have a favorite.
Some tasty looking delicata squash recipes from 101 cookbooks. I wish my kids liked squash as much as I do. I could have a variation of it daily.
This paleo blog, Cook Eat Paleo that has some promising recipes. A couple on the list for the week are the easy paleo biscuits and the butternut squash frittata.
and last, but certainly the best …
For my dear husband that gave me a weekend alone. He was greeted with this Aztec Chocolate Old Fashioned from apartment 34. Happy 16 years my sweet! Yes, he swooped the kids away for the weekend to give me a breather.
A newfound cocktail was truly deserved!
Enjoy the week my friends!