I’ve been looking for a tea concoction that I could cozy up to during the long winter months here in rural North Dakota. I’ve fallen in love with Apple Cider Vinegar over the summer and I drink it on a daily basis (thanks to the Good Girl Moonshine Recipe posted by Trim Healthy Mama!). The apple cinder vinegar reminds me alone of hot cider, so I wanted to add it into a tea blend with Cinnamon. My friend Shellee recently introduced to her new business, Steeped Tea. This is where I found the perfect pairing for my love affair with Apple Cider Vinegar with their Pu-erh Tea Cinnamon Hearts. This is a winter/fall, cozy, apple, spiced love in a mug! What is even better is that there are great benefits to drinking both Pu-erh Tea and apple cider vinegar. Just smelling the Cinnamon Hearts tea got my toes all tingly! It has a very fragrant aroma of cinnamon and spice. YUM!
Benefits of Pu-erh Tea from Livestrong:
“Pu-erh that is processed and allowed to ferment is a black tea that also contains catechins. Catechins in pu-erh tea lock onto the oxidating elements in the blood and destroy the oxidative process thereby preventing cancer”
“Pu-erh tea can be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders because it reduces blood lipids.”
“In a study conducted by the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pu-erh tea had a greater ability to regulate and reduce body weight than any other tea studied.The study concluded that the compounds found in the pu-erh tea that had an anti-obesity effect were catechins, caffeine, and theanine. Pu-erh tea was also shown to reduce the fat content in the liver in the study.”
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar From Livestrong:
“Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can slow down starch digestion, consequently lowering glucose levels in the bloodstream”
“Reduces Bad Cholesterol”
“Apple cider vinegar contains beta-carotene, which according to the Mayo Clinic possesses antioxidant properties that counteract damage caused by free radicals and that boost your immune system.”
“By helping balance blood sugar levels, apple cider vinegar also assists in weight loss, since insulin will not direct sugar to be stored as fat, says nutritionist Dr. Carol Johnston of the Arizona State University East.”
Here is the warm, cozy, healing tea recipe:
- Steep 1 tsp Cinnamon Hearts Tea in mug with boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
- Add 1 TBS (15 ml) of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Add 1 tsp of Truvia (or your preferred sweetener)
- Cozy up to your mug and enjoy the cinnamon, spiced, apple aroma while your body drinks up the healing benefits! I re-steeped my original tea for a second cup.
Trim Healthy Mamas: This would be fuel pull and can be sip on throughout the day.
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I may have a slight obsession with ch9ocolate and coconut. Thanks to Trim Healthy Mama I can indulge in both without guilt! I love being a Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve lost over 60+ lbs to date (in about five months).
On pinterest, I came across a pin for Coconut Crack Bars. It looked delicious, but I thought it would be even better with some skinny chocolate added.
I doubled the recipe for the coconut crack bars and I suggest making a simple syrup from Truvia (I used my homemade version of truvia) in place of the agave. I found that after I blended the mixture together, I needed to add a bit more water to make the mixture combine better. You need to taste the coconut mixture and to be sure it taste sweet enough for you. I always seem to add more than the recipe calls for because I do have a sweet tooth.
After I got the coconut mixture tasting just right, I scooped it into my deluxe mini muffin pan and then pressed it down to make little wells for the skinny chocolate. You could easily do this recipe in a brownie 9 by 9 ban or whatever small pan you have available. Just do one layer chocolate and one layer of coconut crack bar.
This is my version of the skinny dark chocolate which I love (based from the THM version)! Blend all below ingredients together in a blender (single serving works great). Again, taste it before you start pouring it to make sure it taste good to you.
- 1/2 c of Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil in liquid form (you can use refined if you don’t like the coconut taste)
- 1/4 c of Ghirardelli’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 6 heaping tsps of powdered truvia (again, I use a homemade version)
- 3 pinches of Celtic Salt
- 1 square of Ghirardelli’s 86% Midnight Reverie Chocolate Bar
After I was sure my skinny dark chocolate had my desired sweetness, I then poured the skinny chocolate into the wells. I had more chocolate then coconut, so I filled a couple more wells with just the chocolate. I popped my muffin pan into the freezer for about an hour. It was a little hard to get the ones with the coconut mixture to pop out, but I found putting a butter knife straight down helped to get them to pop out. A silicone mold would be easier to work with.
These are a great yummy treat for those who love a dark skinny chocolate and coconut!
If coconut isn’t your thing – here is my version of Skinny Dark Chocolate made into fancy chocolate with the help of a silicone mold.
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