Thursday, June 9, 2011

So I've noticed that most people have trouble with their diets because of their sugar cravings.  I am always amazed that people can eat a full meal and then order dessert.  Students used to walk into school eating skittles and drinking sugared drinks for breakfast.  I WAS and continue to be appalled. 

Sugar's effect on your health

The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and many microwave meals.

read more on the drawbacks
Fresh pineapple is a great after meal dessert, quick and natural.  Some companies claim that pineapples help to filter out the mercury of fish.  mercury  When you crave something a little special or company is coming, try this Raw Vegan Coconut Cake.  It's easy to make and delicious.

2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almonds
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup dried apricots (or apples)
1 cup dates
Finely chop nuts in the food processor; slowly add fruits and dates
Add vanilla & process till smooth
Mold dough into the desired shape (I like the round one layer cake)

1 cup dates
1 cup pine nuts
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 - 2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup coconut
Process dates and nuts and vanilla until smooth and creamy. 
Add water as needed.
Spread on cake - press coconut onto the top and sides of the cake.
Serves 8

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