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Flourless Sugar Free Chocolate Brownies

EAT, eat, family meals By January 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

You’ll have no dessert guilt after indulging in these flourless sugar free chocolate brownies!

· 1 (14 oz) can of
black beans, rinsed and drained
· 2 large eggs
· ½ cup cocoa powder
· ¾ cup Xyla
· ½ teaspoon oil
· 1 tablespoon milk
· 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
· ½ teaspoon baking powder
· ½ teaspoon baking soda
· ½ teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee
· ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (xylitol chocolate to make them completely sugar free, or omit chocolate and use all walnuts)
· ½ cup walnuts (or any nuts of your choice

– Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
– Blend the black beans, eggs, cocoa powder, Xyla ® xylitol, oil, almond milk, balsamic, baking soda, baking powder and coffee in the blender until smooth and pour into a bowl. You can also do this all by hand if you don’t have a blender. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts at the end. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. You can also sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top.
– Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 to 32 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.


Tropical Peach Breeze Smoothie

EAT, snacks By April 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Tropical Peach Breeze SmoothieAfter a fruit-filled tropical March break, the family is completely hooked on two things: peaches and coconut water!  Getting back into the school routine wasn’t easy, but breakfast is proving to be less stressful (and more healthful) than it was prior to the vacay. With a chill still in the Canadian air, I had resigned myself to using expensive, imported fruit.  But then I was given a revelation: canned peaches are amazing!  Their nutritional value is not only on par with fresh peaches, but they actually have 1.5 times more antioxidants and their Vitamin C levels are 3.5 times higher than fresh.  California Cling Peaches are canned within 24 hours of delivery to the cannery, which ensures that the peaches maintain superior taste and nutritional value.  The way to find them is to look at the various peaches in the stores to make sure they say Made in the USA – those are the California Cling Peaches.  With this new information, I found a recipe that has quickly become a stable in the house (and at the office!).

Tropical Peach Breeze Smoothie

1 can 14 oz / 398 mL California cling peaches (slices)
½ cup coconut water or plain or vanilla almond milk
½ cup Greek vanilla, honey or peach yogurt, preferably 0%
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp ginger
tsp nutmeg
Honey or agave syrup (optional)

Prep: 5 min Total time: 5 min


Drain peaches reserving 2 tbsp (30 mL) juice. Place peaches, reserved peach juice, coconut water or almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg in a blender. Blend until smooth. If you wish sweeten with honey or agave syrup.

Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) for 2 smoothies.

The information and recipes were generously sponsored by California Cling Peaches.  As always, our opinions are our own.


BodyMedia Fit with Bluetooth Link

fitness, GEAR By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Bodymedia FitAnd although I am happily married, a guy said that I am sexy.  And that I’d be even sexier if I lost 20 pounds.  Yeah.  Why is it that I never have a good comeback?  Silence.  And anguish.  And the decision to lose 20 pounds so that the next time I see him I can totally diss him.  Ahh.  The woman scorned.  And even better – a woman who has a few tricks up her sleeve.

Bodymedia FIT LinkI was sent the BodyMedia Fit with Bluetooth Link two months before the January resolution craziness.  I was very excited.  You strap it around your upper arm and it tracks everything, including depth/length of sleep, steps and heart rate.  You manually input food and drink consumed into the computer or a smartphone and the device syncs automatically, tracking your daily calorie burn, sleep and consumption.  It encouraged me to do another lap with the dog and to reach for the skim milk instead of orange juice.  It was also a constant reminder that I was taking better care of myself.  Like a little guardian angel on my arm.

The verdict?  A keeper.  I’m down 10 pounds.  And for the record?  I’m no more sexy than I was.  Just a bit healthier.

Disclosure: UrbanMommies was sent a Bodymedia Fit unit to test and review.