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zucchini brownie bars with matcha frosting

and adding healthy fat

· Nutrition,Health,Lifestyle,Sweets

Chocolate obsession acknowledged.

I don't believe in deprivation.

I used to think health was defined by deprivation.

No longer.

Deprivation lifestyles are unsustainable and all-consuming.

It's easy to get caught up in an extreme lifestyle, and then allow the pendulum to swing the opposite direction when you've had enough.

Been there, done that. Not fun.

 

Striking balance

I crave a sweets pretty frequently. It may be a product of my carbohydrate dependence due to SIBO and candida, but that's a story for another time.

I'm in the process of eliminating cane sugar completely--- but still enjoying the sweets I hold dear to my heart. Instead of straight CUTTING something out, I am REPLACING it with something better.

Bye sugar, hello satiating healthy-fat.

Optimal fuel source

Think of carbs as the fast burning tinder and recycled newspapers used to keep a fire burning. You have to constantly feed the fire, and it might burn a little dirty something. Healthy fats are those big ol' hard wood logs that burn slow and steady for hours.

Why fat?

  • More satiating than carbohydrates
  • When eaten with carbohydrates, blood glucose is more manageable
  • Optimal cognitive performance
  • Nerve health; our nerve endings are protected by a myelin sheath made of fat. Imagine the end caps of your shoelaces-- if they're damaged, the show lace frays
  • Fat sources are less agitating to the gut lining
  • Fats turn into ketones in the body. This alternate fuel source is a super-trendy topic in the health space right now. Try a blend of glucose and ketones and see how you feel (eating some healthy carbs and healthy fat)
  • Quality is king: avocados, grass-fed meat, wild fish, free-range eggs, grass-fed butter, stable oils (try avocado, coconut, olive, MCT from coconut)
  • Balance all meals with a serving of healthy fat

Zucchini Brownie Bars with Matcha Frosting

BASE:

  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 c cacao powder
  • 1/4 c grass-fed butter, melted
  • 4 scoops collagen (I used vital proteins)
  • 1/4 c flour of choice (I used coconut)
  • 2 T granulated stevia
  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Pat into bar shape on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Set aside in freezer while making frosting

FROSTING

  • 1/4 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1 small can coconut cream (I LOVE  Native Forest)
  • 1 T maca powder
  • 1 T chia seed
  • 1 T matcha powder
  • 1 T granulated stevia
  • 1/4 unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Mix all ingredients. Cool to pancake batter consistency
  2. Spread over bars
  3. Freeze 30 minutes
  4. Slice and enjoy!
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