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Welcome back for the third and final post of the Christmas Time Stories and Sweets series I am writing with Jess from The Owl’s Skull. Last week, I talked about my Spiced Molasses Sunflower Seed Cookies and the week before it was my Banana Chia Chip Cookie Dough/Cookie recipe. Jess has been chatting about her favorite holiday books. Don’t forget to enter to win some awesome giveaways. Enter to win at the bottom of this post!

This week, I am baking my favorite holiday cookie, Snickerdoodles.

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However, I switched up the original recipe a ton and used only real food ingredients. No white sugar here – Sucanat and raw honey. Finding ways to limit your white sugar intake this time of year is huge on your health!

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These cookies can also be an easy breakfast option. They are healthy enough!

Be sure to check out Jess’s post, where she is talking about another adorable holiday book, The Night Before Christmas.

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Also, check out Jess on Facebook and Instagram. Jess has an amazing outlook on life, motherhood, literature and she is one of those women who you just totally want to be friends with. Yep.

My baking assistant quit half-way to play Barbies. I know, I know – priorities.

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Sweets Recipe 3 of 3: Real Food Snickerdoodles

Coconut flour is my new love in baking.

Real Food Snickerdoodles
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Serves: 2½ dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup Sucanat sugar
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, butter and oil and mix well. Mix in the coconut flour. Using a cookie scoop, put batter on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon over each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 375F.

 

 

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I LOVE this coconut flour.

This giveaway includes a copy of one of the books Jess talks about as well as some amazing products from Enjoy Life Foods – 2 bags of Seed and Fruit Mix (one of each flavor) and 4 total grab & go sized (2 of each flavor). These could be eaten as a snack, put on top of oatmeal or yogurt or baked into your favorite holiday cookie recipe! The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, December 17th at 9PM. Enter and spread the holiday love. :)

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1. To enter the giveaway, you must be a fan of both BMoore Healthy and Alice in East Washington on Facebook. Also, you must be receiving BMoore Healthy’s monthly newsletters. Click here to sign up for my newsletter.

2. Use the Rafflecopter tool right here to enter to win. This giveaway is available to US residents only. Good luck! The contest ends Wednesday, December 17th at 9:00 PM. A winner will be announced shortly after that.

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4 easy ways to health-ify lasagna.

by Betsy on December 15, 2014

Lasagna is a quick, easy and affordable dinner option for busy families. I really try to minimize the dairy and wheat intake for our family. However, we are not perfect. Heck, I am Italian so sometimes I just gotta have lasagna!

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I have, meanwhile, learned how to “health-ify” lasagna in 4 easy ways:

1. Add greens and lots of them. If I chop up spinach and kale and add it to the ricotta cheese mixture, my kids could care less and eat it all up. So, I add a ton of it. I am talking like an entire package of greens.

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2. Substitute wheat noodles with brown rice noodles. I buy these brown rice lasagna noodles and love them. I add to the lasagna uncooked. Just add some extra sauce and let those noodles cook to perfection.

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3. Buy organic dairy. Dairy products are one food category I splurge and buy organic when I can.

4. Add additional veggies like carrots, zucchini, garlic and onion. My kids will eat pretty much anything covered in sauce and cheese. I work with this fact and pack in as many veggies as I can.

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So excited to team up with Jess from The Ow’s Skull for this Christmas Time Stories and Sweets giveaway. Make sure you enter to win an awesome holiday book and baking goods over here.

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An easy Christmas craft that will keep their attention for more than 5 minutes.

December 11, 2014

I am not that type of mom that has an official craft ready to go every day. Far from it. I am a big fan of kids getting creative with some construction paper, kid scissors, a few markers and a glue stick. I like to let them take the lead. Maybe that is laziness on […]

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Post 2 of 3: Christmas Time Stories and Sweets. Plus, a giveaway!

December 9, 2014

Welcome back for post 2 of the Christmas Time Stories and Sweets series I am writing with Jess from The Owl’s Skull. Last week, I talked about my Banana Chia Chip Cookie Dough/Cookie recipe that can either be eaten raw or baked. I mean, how easy is that? This might not be the super sweet […]

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Why I’m not sending Christmas cards this year.

December 5, 2014

Every year since Madilyn was born, Brian and I have sent out Christmas cards to 100+ households where our closest and dearest friends and family live. Every year I look at my list and decide what new friends “make the cut.” I ask Brian, “Should I send one to that new girl that works at […]

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Post 1 of 3: Christmas Time Stories and Sweets. Plus, a giveaway!

December 2, 2014

Of course, I have already started thinking about the Christmas cookies I am making this year. This is an added bonus being a blogger and health coach – trying new recipes early on in the holiday season. I love to bake cookies – anytime of the year. Seriously, I don’t need a reason. However, baking […]

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Top 10 things I am grateful for right now. Plus, two easy, real food Thanksgiving dinner recipes.

November 25, 2014

Thankful is defined as “feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.” We live in a busy and chaotic world where it can be difficult to notice how good we have it. The news is constantly filled with negativity. It is easy to dwell on all the things that are driving us crazy. As I sip on my […]

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6 ways to start your own family traditions plus a holiday apron and tea towel giveaway!

November 18, 2014

Before having our girls, Brian and I had a pretty good system of honoring both of our family traditions during the holidays. We did a pretty good job spending time with both families. It was easy to visit both families on the same day (our parents live about 40 minutes away from each other). I […]

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Top 10 things to say NO to this holiday season.

November 11, 2014

When I think back to the holidays when I was a kid, I have visions of my mom’s apple pie on Thanksgiving, waiting outside after midnight mass on Christmas Eve listening for Santa’s sleigh, and learning how to wrap my gifts for my parents and sisters that I bought from Santa’s workshop in the basement […]

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Top 7 tips for a less stressful holiday season

November 4, 2014

Today, when I walked into Macy’s with my two girls, the Christmas music playing over the loud speakers totally took me by surprise. My oldest, Madilyn, said, “Look mom, Christmas trees!” Yep, the holiday season is coming and it is coming fast. My husband and I have been talking a lot about the holidays lately […]

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