- Whole foods - In their most natural form
- Plenty of fruits and vegetables - Local and/or organic when possible
- Dairy products - milk, plain yogurt, cheese (We try to buy local and/or organic dairy. At the very least, we look for dairy products from cows that weren't treated with antibiotics or growth hormones.)
- 100% whole wheat and whole grains - pasta, bread (We buy whole wheat pasta with only 1 ingredient (durum whole wheat flour)
- Seafood - preferably wild caught
- Locally raised meats - pork, beef, chicken (and eggs too, for us)
- Beverages limited to water, milk, unsweetened coffee/tea, beer and wine
- Dried fruit, seeds, nuts and popcorn for snacking
- Only all natural, minimally processed sweeteners - we limit these to honey and maple syrup in our house
- NO refined grains, such as white flour or white rice
- NO refined sweeteners, such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice or anything artificial (Equal, Splenda, NutraSweet, etc.)
- Nothing from a can/box/package with more than 5 ingredients on the label
- NO deep fried foods
- NO fast foods
Now, these are the rules the Leakes used during their pledge and though I'd LOVE to live this way 100% of the time, I realize that it's not realistic for me. However, I do try to eat by these rules most of the time. Rather than commit to 100 days of real food like the Leakes did, they offer a different challenge to their readers - A 10 Day Pledge! For as much as I've learned about and talked about Clean Eating over the past 8 months I've yet to take this pledge myself. That's all about to change! I'm excited to announce that I am going to take the 10 Day Pledge beginning August 12, 2014! ( We have this little event coming up known as my daughter's 9th birthday...so I thought I should wait til after that!) I invite YOU to join me and sign up for the pledge yourself so we can do it together!
These are made with a high quality almond flour (I find mine at Costco) and honey which my kids love! The original recipe calls for chocolate chunks and orange zest. Though I really enjoyed the orange zest, it got mixed reviews in my house so I omitted it. Also, in an effort to make these completely sugar free I omitted the chocolate chunks as well. If I were making these for a special occasion I would totally use them, but for an everyday lunchbox treat I think they are just fine without them. Also, to add a little extra depth to them, I topped them with a little fleur de sal when they were done baking.
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel (or other flaky sea salt)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
Pinch of fleur de sel (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8x8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Butter the parchment or spray with extra virgin olive oil.
Place almond flour in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and any chunks have broken down. Pulse in cocoa powder and fleur de sel until mixture is well blended, about 10 seconds.
Add eggs, one at a time, and process until mixture is smooth. Add honey and coconut oil and continue blending until the mixture is smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool about 15 minutes before removing from the pan using the parchment to lift it out. When brownies are completely cooled, sprinkle with additional fleur de sel and cut into 16 squares.