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Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Carmel Pecan Vegan Chocolate Bars - Holiday Treat!

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    The concept of raw vegan desserts can sound daunting and exotic. Or if you have never heard of raw vegan desserts, you might be thinking that something uncooked, without eggs, sugar, butter and flour surely wouldn’t taste like dessert. However, raw vegan desserts are super easy and fun and most importantly, taste like dessert! “Baking” with raw ingredients yields deep, fresh flavors that are healthy and satisfying.

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    There are 3 layers in these bars. First, there is a nutty, lightly sweetened crust, then a gooey caramel filling made of dates and finally a layer of simple and healthy dark chocolate. This dark chocolate is made of coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao.

    Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately in the health community. Some people think it’s a superfood, while others think it’s just an oil with high amounts of saturated fats. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, but it’s the kind with “medium-length” fatty acid chains, instead of “long-length” fatty acid chains. These medium length chains metabolize differently and are healthier than the longer ones

    Vegan Chocolate Carmel Pecan Bars6.pngCoconut is especially helpful during pregnancy. It is high in lauric acid (the second highest source after breast milk, according to Mother and Baby online), which helps yours and your baby’s immune system. A couple teaspoons can alleviate the symptoms of heartburn, morning sickness, and constipation. There has also been research to suggest that it helps with digestion, weight loss, and preventing a multitude of diseases. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties that can help with bacterial and fungal infections.

    So it is a healthier choice than animal fats, but it still should be used mindfully. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer for hair, skin, nails, and used as a shaving cream. Its vitamin E and moisturizing qualities are also said to fade and prevent stretch marks. Goodbye diaper rash and hello glowing skin (and delicious chocolate caramel bars of course!)

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    Ingredients:

    Crust:

    ¾ - 1 cup nuts (pecans and almonds recommended)

    6 dates

    1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

    ¼ cup oats

    Caramel:

    1 and ¼ cup dates (medjool recommended)

    ½ inch piece of vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    4 tablespoons water

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    Chocolate:

    ¼ cup coconut oil

    ⅜ cup cacao or cocoa powder

    maple syrup to taste (start with 1 tablespoon)

    Also: Extras for studding:

    -Pecans

    -Cacao nibs

    -Goji berries

    -Dried coconut

    -Other nuts or anything you desire!

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    Instructions:

    Pulse the crust ingredients in a food processor until you get a crumbly mixture. Take some of the crumbles and pinch and form it to see if it holds its shape. If it is too crumbly, pulse the mixture a little longer. When you are done pulsing and it is the right consistency, press the crumbles into an 8 inch x 8 inch pan. You can use the bottom of a flat measuring cup to press down firmly. Set in the freezer while you make the caramel.

    Process the caramel ingredients until smooth and layer on crust. Put back into freezer while you make the chocolate.

    Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl. Mix in the cacao and maple syrup. Pour evenly over the caramel layer and stud with pecans.

    ENJOY!!

    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.

  • 50% OFF All Maternity Dresses and Nursing Dresses!!! CODE DRESS50

    Yes, we are celebrating the holidays early at TummyStyle by having a blow out 50% OFF SALE of all maternity and nursing dresses!! We are excited to offer incredible prices at top designer maternity dresses that you can wear well after you have your baby. Remember to use the discount code at checkout: DRESS50

    The majority of our maternity dresses are designed for "during and after wear" with nursing access. Our fabrics are made to stretch where you need it without tenting out and adding pounds. They allow you to look sexy and chic while expecting and after you have you baby.

    Check out some of our season favorite styles by Olian Maternity, Japanese Weekend, Maternal America and Everly Grey.

    Olian Maternity Sash Front tie Dress Olian Maternity Sash Front Tie Dress

    The Olian Maternity Sash Front Tie Dress is an awesome Winter and Holiday Maternity Dress. This flattering scoop neck design is fitted in the top and has plenty of room and stretch for your belly to grow in the skirt portion. The bold striped color blocks in the skirt contrast nicely with the black. The adjustable sash tie and becomes more of an empire waist look as your pregnancy progresses. Pair it with black tights or leggings and your choice of flats, heels or boots! You will love wearing this beautiful and comfy dress long after you have your baby!

     

    Everly Grey Lexi Lipstick Abstract Maternity Dresss Everly Grey Lexi Lipstick Abstract Maternity Dresss

    Another great choice for the holiday season is Everly Grey's Lexi Lipstick Abstract Maternity Dress. The wrap dress is back and is the perfect style for maternity and beyond! You will love how versatile this dress is - great for the holidays, your baby shower, work or date night! Make this dress as big or as small as you need to with the miracle wrap design. Wear it as an empire waist during later stages of your pregnancy and wear it as a waist wrap dress with easy nursing access after you have your baby. This everyday and everywhere maternity dress has an incredible price point for it's style and quality!

     

    Maternal America Pink Boucle Maternity Shift Dress Maternal America Pink Boucle Maternity Shift Dress

    Another take on maternity style is this gorgeous Maternal America Pink Boucle dress. Who says you can't wear pink for the holidays! Stand out with this edgy shift dress, no belts or sashes required! The super stretchy and comfy fabric will stretch with your bump but still keep you looking like the hot mama you are! Looks great with boots!

    Whether you are looking for classic holiday style or something versatile to wear through the winter months in comfort and style, TummyStyle has a wide selection of maternity dress styles to choose from. Shop today and remember to take your 50% OFF at checkout with the code DRESS50!!

    Happy Holidays from the TummyStyle Team!

  • Healthy Pregnancy Eggnog!! A Holiday Treat :)

    Healthy Vegan Eggnog Healthy Vegan Eggnog

    It’s getting colder and colder as the holiday season approaches! Warm yourself up and nourish your body and baby with this delicious and easy recipe for eggnog minus the eggs! Yes, you read that correctly! This clever vegan recipe is perfect for pregnancy and beyond and perfectly safe for your body and growing baby in your belly since there are no raw eggs to worry about!  This drink takes under 20 minutes so you can whip it up for a quick dessert or as a midday pick-me-up.

    Recipes with raw eggs can be a little risky, or at least leave you weary -- especially if you are pregnant. Babycenter.com advises pregnant women to steer clear of home or restaurant-made items with raw eggs -- which means no eggnog. However, they also say that it’s probably okay to drink store-bought versions, because they contain pasteurized eggs. But why drink store-bought versions when making it yourself is that much more fun, healthy, and safe? This recipe contains no eggs or animal products at all, making it much safer and much healthier. Afterall, who needs added stress for the holiday season?

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    The base is made from pecans and dates with a bit of spice and molasses for flavor. An optional addition is cashew cream, which is made of just soaked cashews and water. This versatile ingredient is a must for classic holiday meals. You can add it to pumpkin pie filling, make dressings, add it to soups, and of course, make creamy hot drinks! It’s almost impossible to mess up this recipe -- so experiment with different amounts of cashew cream, molasses, and all the other ingredients! You can even add some orange oil or add less sweetener and use it as an alternative milk.

    However you make it, this drink will warm you up and put a smile on your face. So go make some and drink it while you cuddle up with a good book or movie. It makes over 5 cups, so there’s plenty to share -- or not!

    eggnog4Eggnog Ingredients: makes 5 to 7 servings

    1 cup pecans

    ¾ cup medjool dates

    4 cups water

    1 tablespoon molasses

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth!

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    Optional: If you want the eggnog more thick and creamy, add ¼ to ⅓ cup cashew cream:

    -Soak about 1 cup of cashews overnight or for 6-8 hours.

    -Rinse thoroughly.

    -Blend in a high speed blender, adding just enough water to make a thick cream (think Greek yogurt consistency).

    -Refrigerate extra in an air-tight container. Keeps for about 5 days. You can also freeze it and thaw as needed.

    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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