After 7 days of eating exclusively whole, unprocessed foods + drinking lots and lots of water + making more of an effort to get out and exercise several times/week + setting aside time to relax and get enough sleep, I am thrilled that I have kicked some of my bad eating habits. Several months of dining out, and simply operating on "vacation mode" this summer had taken their toll. It happens to the best of us.
When I was craving something sweet last week, this was a simple treat that hit the spot.
Simple Coconut-Almond "Candies"
unsweetened shredded coconut
raw almonds, soaked*
Slice dates in half. Roll inside of date (which is quite sticky) in unsweetened coconut. Press a soaked almond into the date. Enjoy!
*Place raw almonds in a bowl, and cover with water. Place into fridge overnight, then drain and store in fridge. The almonds will be fresh for 1 week, after soaking, if stored in the fridge. The almonds will be softer and soaking will make it easier for your body to digest all of their nutrient goodness, including protein, fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
p.s. Dates also pack a nutritional punch, being loaded with minerals, antioxidants and fiber.... but they do have a high natural sugar content, so don't indulge in too many of these sweet treats!