Summer is here…we can feel it in the Reno weather! But, with summer, comes wanting to feel our best, feel confident in our legs, and enjoy the sunshine. This grain-free, vegan, one-bowl Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is sure to help keep the cravings down with a guiltless bite.
This recipe from Debra Klein, a holistic health coach, has all the best qualities of a baked good in that it is extra soft and perfectly chewy. Plus, with the help of both cacao powder and chocolate chips these cookies turn into more of a cookie-brownie hybrid…yum! The recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free—at once healthy, sweet, satisfying! Try the recipe below and let us know how yours turn out!
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- ¼ cup cacao (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Optional: sprinkle of sea salt.
- Preheat oven to 350. Line large baking tray with unbleached parchment paper or silpat mat.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together almond butter, maple syrup and eggs. I find this easiest to do with a fork.
- Mix in almond meal and cacao powder stirring until well combined with no lumps
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Scoop out dough with a spoon, using the back of another spoon to “drop” onto prepared baking tray. Spray a fork lightly with a neutral oil and press lightly press each cookie down. Lightly sprinkle with salt, if using.
- Cook for 10 minutes and allow to cool on the baking tray before removing.
- Store in airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Where do varicose veins come from and how can we help prevent and be proactive about our veins? Luckily, we have some tips!
Varicose veins are caused by vein reflux which is due to faulty valves in the veins, which is where Reno Vein Clinic comes in, if necessary. When the oxygen-poor blood is unable to travel back to the heart to get oxygenated it causes pooling in the veins, causing discomfort, pain, swelling, itching and more. Making sure to stay active, eat a healthy diet and be proactive about your health are some of the best ways to avoid developing severe vein discomfort. To start your journey to proactive and healthy veins, here are five tips that will help you maintain an active lifestyle and help reduce the risk of varicose veins:
- Walking:One of the best ways to keep blood flowing in your legs is simply walking! When you walk your calf muscles contract and relax, helping push blood up from the legs back to your heart. Setting a goal to walk at least 20 minutes a day is a great way to keep your veins healthy! Try parking a little further at the grocery store to help get those steps in!
- Calf Flexors:Next time you’re on the couch watching tv try doing this easy exercise that will easily help pump blood through your legs! You can perform this exercise by flexing and pointing your toes up and away from the ceiling. By repeating this rocking motion for a few minutes each day, you’ll be creating optimal blood flow through your legs! This is also a great exercise you can perform at your desk!
- Running: Running isn’t for everyone but it’s one of the best ways to get the blood pumping through your whole body. It’s also a great way to strengthen your heart which is the powerhouse that ensures overall circulation! Just trying to get a quick jog in once a day is something that could help benefit your overall health.
- Yoga:If running is not an option for you then you might find yoga to be an alternative way to get your blood flowing. Yoga is a great form of stretching your muscles and can be modified and elevated through any fitness level. You can also try a faster more flowing form of yoga like Vinyasa, which can really get the blood moving in your body. Another great pose in yoga that helps drain the blood from the legs to your hearts is putting your legs up the wall while your laying on the ground. This is a great pose to do after a long day of sitting!
- Mountain Climbers: This is a great exercise for getting your heart rate up and your blood pumping! Starting in a plank position pull one knee to your chest and alternate. You can speed it up for a tougher workout or add it in after a walk for an extended workout. This blood flowing move will get your abs and shoulders working hard for a full body workout!