Know What I Mean, Peaches ‘N’ Cream?

I know by now you are so tired of hearing that you shouldn’t skip breakfast. Wait, don’t roll your eyes just yet. Skipping breakfast comes with greater risks than just a growling stomach. 

What if I told you that eating breakfast could lead to more weight loss? 

In one recent study, people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months. The large-dinner group only lost an average of 7.3 pounds each over the same time period. (source) 

I find that the common reason women skip breakfast is because they do not have enough time in the morning. Either they don’t have the time to eat breakfast at all or they are not eating a balanced breakfast before they start their day. 

What is balanced? Well, a protein (yogurt or eggs), a complex carbohydrate (oats), and healthy fat (chia seeds) is truly considered balanced. Your body digests foods in a particular order. Carbohydrates first, protein second, and fats.

This means, grabbing a banana on the go isn’t enough to fuel your body for an extended period of time. But how does a woman who is on the go and trying to find balance master breakfast? Have you tired overnight oats yet? 

You can prep multiple overnight oats on Sunday evening or the night before you plan to eat them for breakfast. 

Overnight oats are more than your plain-Jane milk and oats you are used to as a young girl. They are also better than your Quaker maple and brown sugar or peaches n cream, sugar packed instant oats you find at your local grocery store. 

Overnight oats are a great way to incorporate fresh fruit, dairy-free yogurt, and extra essential healthy fats. There are so many different recipes to try, too. This means you can enjoy different flavors throughout the week so you do not get bored. Breakfast ready to grab and go! Ready to try your hand at overnight oats yet?

This simple Peaches ‘n’ Cream Overnight Oats recipe has dairy-free coconut milk yogurt, fresh organic peaches, chia seed, raw honey, and almond milk. Sweet and refreshing to grab and go in the morning. 

Let me know what you think! Enjoy! 


Peaches 'n' Cream Overnight Oats {dairy free}
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Peaches 'n' Cream Overnight Oats {dairy free}
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  1. In a clean, glass jar mix oats and almond milk until combined.
  2. Layer peaches on top of oats
  3. Add coconut milk yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and chia seed
  4. Seal the glass jar and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy in the morning.
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Dairy-Free, Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, eggs, trees, and hearts. You know those sweet holiday treats that are so delicious. Girl, I used to go to Target the day after every holiday on the hunt for half-priced peanut butter filled chocolate treats.

I would sit and eat a whole pack of the Reese’s eggs after easter. Yep, all 6 in one sitting. It would follow with a stomach ache. Why did I do that to myself? Maybe it is the novelty? Who knows. 

What I do know is, they are filled with dairy. *gasp*, about 18+ ingredients, some of which contain GMOs *double gasp*, and 18g of sugar per egg! whaaaat?! A 6 pack of eggs = 108 grams of sugar. Definitely NOT the kind of 6 pack that is going to help me get a 6 pack.

I wanted to find a way to make something a little bit more healthy than the GMO filled (GMOs are my new thing, btw), sugary Reese’s cups I used to buy. Something I could enjoy without the guilt!

This Easter I wanted to make some of these delicious treats without the dairy and garbage. Especially because I USED TO fill Nick’s Easter basket with a plethora of Reese’s treats. I know though that they don’t make him US feel very good after eating them… AND I am committed to helping us live the healthiest life possible.

This recipe sure does beat the ingredients list of the typical household favorite, without sacrificing the taste. They are so delicious! I used only Organic ingredients, also to be certain the ingredients were GMO free!

Have you ever look to see what is in a Reese’s?!?!

Reese’s Ingredients: Milk chocolate, (milk, chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, no fat milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR), peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, TBHQ and citric acid.

I was appalled to read the information below about some of the ingredients from Living Traditionally. I am still learning and researching all about modern day ingredients, GMOs, and what they ACTUALLY mean for our health.

PGPR (polyglycerol pilyricinoleate): PGPR that has  replaced cocoa butter in an effort to cut down on manufacturing costs. PGPR is made from castor beans that reduces the viscosity of chocolate. This chemical has been found to cause gastrointestinal discomfort and allergic reaction in children.

•Soy lecithin: 93% of soy is genetically modified. Soy lecithin can cause breast cancer, has negative effects on fertility and reproduction, may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities. (Read More About Soy Lecithin)

TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone):
TBHQ comes from petroleum and is related to butane. This can be toxic and also cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ear, delirium and collapse. It is shown to cause stomach cancer in lab rats, fragment DNA and cause damage to humane lung and umbilical cells. In children it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHD.

 

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Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Sweets
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I used only organic ingredients to ensure these PB Chocolates were GMO free. I also used dairy-free chocolate, which isn't difficult to find at your local health food store.
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Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Sweets
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I used only organic ingredients to ensure these PB Chocolates were GMO free. I also used dairy-free chocolate, which isn't difficult to find at your local health food store.
Servings
10-12
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10-12
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Filling
Chocolate Coating
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Filling
  1. In a mixing bowl mix together all filling ingredients until a soft dough is formed.
  2. Roll dough in to whatever shape you like (eggs, hearts, circles, etc.)
  3. Line baking sheet with wax paper and freeze shapes for 30 minutes
Chocolate Coating
  1. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl, in the microwave until melted. About 30-45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.
  2. Coat the shapes in a layer of chocolate and put chocolate covered shapes on wax lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a small amount of course sea salt.
  3. freeze 1-2 hours. Store in refrigerator.
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Chocolate for Beauty


When I learned chocolate was considered a beauty food, I had to dive in and find out the facts. I’m a girl that actually believes her acne issues had a little something to do with the massive amount of sugar I was consuming in my teenage years and early 20s. Which if you read my last post, we know sugar truly does negatively impact our skin condition. What I want to know is, what is this chocolate food that’s all the rage and can it benefit me?!

Cacao is not cocoa, there is actually a difference.

Let me explain.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. What’s the benefit in that?

Well, Cacao in its raw form is considered one of the highest source of antioxidants of all foods. If you know anything about current beauty trends, you know antioxidants help our body fight free radicals. Free radicals are damaging not only to our cells, but our skin as they can cause aging and a dull complexion.

According to this source, Cacao can prevent premature aging – polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. These anthocyanins (found in dark colored fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer.

But wait, there’s more! Cacao contains four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas.

Aside from antioxidants, cacao is an excellent source of healthy fats. The same healthy fats as we see in olive oil or coconut oil.

What does it taste like, though?! My preferred way to consume cacao is from cacao nibs. They look like little chocolate chips.

Both raw cacao beans and nibs undergo a fermentation process that preserves the antioxidants. They have a rich, dark chocolate flavor.

If you follow me on Snapchat, you know my latest dessert obsession is cacao nibs, 1/2 a banana, and crunchy peanut butter. It is delicious! You can also add them to your smoothie in the morning.

 The natural sugars in the fruit of your smoothie or PB Banana dessert decreases the bitterness, dark chocolate taste.

Another option is to mix the cacao nibs in to your coffee with a little coconut milk. {avoid dairy as it destroys the antioxidant properties in the cacao}  It won’t be as sweet those hot cocoa packets you drank as a kid, rather it will be a mocha flavor filled with skin glowing benefits.

I have been eating cacao daily for the health benefits. Not only does cacao help with glowing skin and fighting aging, but cacao helps with so much more. Depression, diabetes, inflammation, energy, lowers blood pressure, and so much more. It truly is a SUPERfood!

I add cacao in to my glowing skin smoothie, but I also made these quick, raw cacao bites you can grab and go! Beauty food to go? Sign me up!

These beauty bits not only have cacao, but they are sweetened with dates not artificial sugars. They also have walnuts, which are an excellent source of  omega-3 essential fatty acids, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). 

Keep scrollin’ for the recipe!

Have you tried cacao? What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate it in to your diet?

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Raw Cacao Bites
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These sweet little treats are a great for satisfying your chocolatey sweet tooth.
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12 bites
Raw Cacao Bites
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These sweet little treats are a great for satisfying your chocolatey sweet tooth.
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12 bites
Servings
12 bites
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Servings: bites
Instructions
  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor and blend until walnuts are chopped
  2. Add the dates, cacao powder, cacao nibs and blend until well combined.
  3. Roll golf ball size balls with your hands.
  4. You can dust the balls with a little cacao powder or unsweetened coconut so that they are not sticky.
  5. Store the bites in a sealed container in the fridge.
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Beauty Isn’t Always Pain

We have both heard the “beauty is pain” phrase. I can’t decipher if that means that I should wear really uncomfortable shoes or if that means that I should have a facial cream that burns. Regardless of what the phrase actually means, I have this weird obsession with finding simple and affordable beauty tricks.

I am at that phase in life where age is beginning to show and kind of freaking me out. On the flip side I know that I am not even CLOSE to what is in store for me, you know? Like, I see the smile lines and frowny wrinkles, but they are at a point where I think I can take some preventative measures. It has prompted me to be a beauty research queen on Pinterest. 

Something I do know for sure is “you are what you eat” is a very true statement. So what if we ate foods for glowing, wrinkle-free skin? There has to be an “eat this, not that” list for beautiful skin, right? In all of my obsessive research, I found a few do’s and don’ts for us to start incorporating. 

  1. Do skip the sugary dessert! According to this source, Eating tons of sugar forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers in the body to become stiff and malformed. The proteins most prone to glycation are collagen and elastin ((the proteins that make your skin plump and springy.)) When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess and a loss of radiance.
    Instead add in more nutrient and antioxidant packed fruits. Berries, apples, bananas are all full of essential vitamins and nutrients. Not to mention, natures candy {aka fruit} is easier on your waist line!
     
  2. Do eat more fish and healthy fats! Healthy fats are key for glowing, hydrated skin.  Omega-3s turn down the dial on the production of inflammatory chemicals. Not a fan of fish? Try consuming coconut oil throughout the week. Coconut oil contains the antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E can protect your skin cells overtime.
  3. Do eat raw cacao! {Not cocoa, cacao} Cacao is not the same as cocoa as they are nutritionally more potent. I wrote this post sharing the beauty benefits of cacao  with an added recipe for you to try. In simple terms for today, cacao blocks harmful free radicals in the body. Cacao can also improve the skin’s complexion, repair skin cells, and protect our skin from premature aging.
  4. Do eat more spinach, broccoli, and kale! According to this source, green leafy vegetables like these are rich in alpha lipoic acid (ALA). Because of its high concentration of antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause aging, ALA is one of the most powerful anti-aging agents available. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing under-eye circles, puffiness, redness and blotches, all while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
  5. Do eat more raw superfoods! What are these superfoods you keep hearing about? Superfoods are nutrient dense foods that are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can boost collagen, brighten, and hydrate the skin. Strengthening and increasing collagen is a must if you are looking to combat cellulite and reverse the signs of aging. Some superfoods include gogi berries, cacao, maca root, turmeric, and chia seeds.

Okay, so now that you know which foods are beauty boosters, how do you get them in to your day-to-day? I discourage you from eating a tablespoon of maca root powder by itself. #gross! I especially think that a day filled with kale and salmon salads is boring.

I created this glowing skin smoothie that I drink just about everyday. The base of the smoothie is coconut water, which is literally natures gatorade, full of electrolytes, and perfect for hydration. I pack my smoothie full of superfoods and get my drink on! And let’s face it, smoothies are perfect for the busy gal! Throw everything in a blender and let’s hit the road!

Let me know what you want to see more of! I really appreciate all of the feedback and kind words from you all!

Email: MrsAnnaPanza@gmail.com
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Glowing Skin Smoothie
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  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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A Dairy-Free Fruit and Yogurt Parfait


Remember when those McDonald’s Fruit N Yogurt Parfaits came out?! They were originally the size of a Starbucks tall drink. Remember that? Loaded with vanilla yogurt, berries, and granola. I think now they are like the size of a small child’s to go cup.

The size of the parfait is completely irrelevant to my post.  I just wanted to point out how the sizes of everything have changed. “back in my day” granny moment.

I wanted to create a lower sugar and dairy-free version of a parfait. I think parfaits are tasty in the morning or as a snack, but my intolerance to dairy always rules out the store bought or restaurant versions. 

For my parfaits, I use unsweetened vanilla So Delicious coconut milk yogurt. It is yogurt made out of coconut milk, so it is completely dairy-free. No upset stomach. Hallelujah!

This parfait is perfect for PanzaTine’s Day/Valentine’s Day morning. The red raspberries at that festive pinkish red color and the granola gives a tasty crunch. You can add whatever toppings you would like too or other berries.

I mentioned last week that we were house hunting. My goodness! I knew it would be a little stressful, but I suppose I thought I would just find “the one” right off the bat. There are so many components to think about when looking for a house. The streets it is near, the school district, the neighborhood, and even what setup you want for entertaining. Are you following me yet on Snapchat?

I shared on Snapchat a kitchen pantry that was the size of a small bedroom. One home we went in smelled like pee, NO THANK YOU! We nicknamed the houses we saw and that one was “smelly house”. #SorryNotSorry

Today we are preparing to go view a few more. One or two of which I can really see myself living in and creating a home in. I have already redesigned the front landscaping in my head for one of the homes. 🙂

Anyways! I will be hosting a giveaway in my Facebook group this week. I am giving away the book You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. If you haven’t joined us, request to join at The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Life on Facebook

No more delaying, here is the recipe for you. 
Do you enjoy recipes like these?! Let me know and I will continue to share more. 

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Dairy-Free Coconut Raspberry Parfait
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Dairy-Free Coconut Raspberry Parfait
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Servings
1 serving
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Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. You can also add a little bit of coco powder if you would like a rich, chocolatey tasting parfait. Pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dried goji berries are also tasty toppings.
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