healthy fun dip {rhubarb + coconut sugar}

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Remember those Fun Dip candies they used to have (or still have for all I know). If came with a candy stick that you licked and then dipped into candy powder? It was definitely one of my favourite candies but I now cringe at the fact that it was basically sugar on top of sugar. With artificial colours and flavours to round it all out!

This post isn’t a recipe, more of a fun idea that I’m sure most of you have done at some point in your life. But I had completely forgotten about it until the rhubarb made an appearance at the market a few weeks ago. So just in case you have all forgotten about it too or have never tried it before, I thought I’d post it here. If you’ve never tried it, I demand you go buy rhubarb before it goes out of season and do it.

The idea is simple: dip rhubarb in sugar. Eat. Repeat. Reminiscent of Fun Dips but so so SO much better for you.

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

I remember doing this a lot as a kid. Going out and picking rhubarb from the garden (whilst also catching butterflies and caterpillars- yes I had a sheltered upbringing), running to the kitchen while tracking dirt everywhere. I would spread rhubarb out all over the table and frantically try to reach the jar of sugar. You see, dipping rhubarb in sugar was about as close as I was ever allowed to get to eating pure sugar. And since rhubarb season is short, I couldn’t waste a single second. And I would eat until every stalk was done.

But  now that I’m older, I realize how truly delicious this snack is and not just because it’s sugar-dipped fruit. Sugar is the perfect compliment to tart rhubarb. These days, I use coconut sugar, or even sometimes maple sugar for a special treat. Coconut sugar is low-glycemic so it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar and maple sugar retains more nutrients than a refined cane sugar. However, you could use any sugar you wanted here!

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Now since I’m a nutritionist, I couldn’t share this idea without looking up the nutritional stats of rhubarb. Turns out it’s pretty damn good for you! It is lower in calories and sugar than most fruits. It’s packed with fibre to help delay the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream. It is also rich in antioxidants (disease fighters!), B-vitamins (energy!), vitamin A (skin and vision), and vitamin K (bone health and blood clotting)! However beware- the leaves are high in oxalic acid which can be toxic! You are unlikely to suffer sever consequences from a few leaves, but best be safe and not sorry.

Healthy Fun Dip
 
Sort of like that fun dip garbage you used to eat as a kid, but healthier!
Author:
Recipe type: dessert, snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw
Ingredients
  • Rhubard
  • Sugar of choice (I like coconut or maple)
Instructions
  1. Cut off funky bits of the rhubarb.
  2. Dip end in sugar.
  3. Bite end off.
  4. Repeat.

 

vibrant life cleanse program and cookbook launch and review

before i get into today’s post, i just want to announce the winner of my little life box giveaway! congrats to….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

sarina, i will email you soon with details!


now today i have another review for you and guys, believe me when i say, this is an ebook that you definitely want to have. i was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book and upon first open i was hooked! 

vibrant life ebook

i’m sure most of you know Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit. if you haven’t, climb out from under that rock you’ve been living under, and check her out. she’s seriously awesome. she is a holistic nutritionist with an approach i have long since admired. and since i myself am now a holistic nutritionist, i have even more respect for her. there’s a lot of pressure in this field to be the perfect health role model (and hence always eat perfectly and always be perfectly healthy! exhausting just thinking about it). leanne lives life according to what works for her, refusing to subscribe to a particular label, admits she's not perfect and indulges on occasion (like anyone should!). basically, she’s one of my professional crushes and mentors.

and now she’s released another ebook: Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. just in time for spring! i don’t know about you all but i sure could use a bit of a reset on my system after this long winter we just had!

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it’s st. paddy’s day weekend! make these three…

it’s friday so it’s time for installment number 2 of my new series! and it’s only 2 weeks after #1, i’m pretty impressed guys.

since it’s st. paddy’s day weekend (because restricting the drinking and celebrating to one day is clearly not enough), i thought i would share some appropriately themed and coloured eats. 

whatever you get up to this weekend, whether it’s drinking green beer or simply drinking green tea, enjoy this wonderful excuse to pretend we’re irish! 

for breakfast why not try…

gluten-free vegan irish bread pudding - the veggie nook

a slice of this non-traditional traditional gluten-free irish bread pudding (with a side of irish coffee (same post) if you’re really givin' ‘er)

then for lunch

shredded brussels sprout salad #vegan #glutenfree #raw #paleo

give this shredded brussel sprout salad recipe a go to get some much needed detoxifying nutrients into your system

then for dinner

baby kale and shitake mushroom stir fry #vegan #glutenfree

this baby kale and shitake stir fry will fill your stomach up with carb-y goodness to help with drinking stamina, and it’s conveniently green, orange and white in colour!

and a bonus #4 for dessert (it’s a sorta-holiday guys!)

raw thin mint green tea "ice cream" cake #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

my raw thin mint green tea “ice cream” cake. because it’s thin mint green tea ice cream cake, no other reason is needed.


do you guys have any big plans for the weekend? i don’t have any st. paddy’s specific plans yet but do have a birthday party and a little reunion with old university friends on the books!

what’s your favourite green food? this question is basically impossible for me but i’m going to go with avocado because it’s so versatile (savoury or sweet) and it’s fully of fatty goodness.

raw thin mint green tea ice cream cake

thin mint green tea ice cream cake #raw #paleo #vegan

ice cream cake was always my birthday cake of choice when i was younger. specifically dairy queen ice cream cakes with the vanilla and chocolate layers and in between those there was this fudge cookie layer that was heaven. and even though i hated most icings (at most birthdays i would eat around the sickly sweet, rock hard icings, unlike every other kid who loved it), the icing on those cakes was delicious. i got one for all of my birthdays and it was basically my favourite thing about having a birthday party. 

so with st. patrick’s day coming up, i felt it was finally time to revamp this old favourite into a new healthy treat.

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building up to the big one: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

so here we are! the final post that will bring it all together. i thought about spitting it up a little more but that just seemed mean ;). if you missed the first two components, check them out here and here

before i get into that though i just have a couple things to say. recently davida wrote a post about the things a year of blogging has taught her and it got me thinking about the last two years. i started this blog because i needed an outlet. and what was the biggest thing i gained?

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