Healthy Salted Date Caramel Sauce

I’ve been loving my healthy treats lately, its been a strange thing for me, because I don’t really like sweet treats.  The things you will like during pregnancy might startle you and make you worry about who you’re turning into!

I’m usually a rather nice person, and I watch Carl eat something in one sitting, but lately I’ve felt a lot of resentment towards the fact that he can’t control himself and eats most of my special really dark chocolate, in such a short period, where I try to make every block last and practice self control.    I actually went to bed angry thinking about the fact that I didn’t have a little block of chocolate, the irrational anger is real guys.  We think pregnancy is tough on us, but what about our poor husbands, or partners just getting caught in the crossfire of our irrational emotions or maybe they should just leave our special treats alone!

This salted caramel date sauce is amazing! I’ve been using it in everything! Seeing as I’m trying to eat 6 dates a day for a better labour, and my blender doesn’t want to properly blend in the dates in any of my smoothies;  This sauce is my special way of sneaking in delicious dates into my diet, that feels so decadent, but is so much better for you than normal caramel sauce.  I’ve been using it in my overnight oats, overnight coconut porridge, for my frozen salted date banana bites, as a dip for fruit, swirled into banana nice cream and as an extra special something to my rooibos latte.  The possibilities are endless!

HEALTHY SALTED DATE CARAMEL SAUCE

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, if they don’t seem soft, or you have a bad blender soak them in warm water for 15 minutes and discard water.
  • 1/4 tsp ground Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 or more non dairy milk.  If you like it a little runnier add more milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp caramel extract – optional, but adds extra caramely goodness.

Directions

healthy salted caramel

Blend everything together in a blender until its smooth and has reached your desired consistency.   Serve with apple slices, or refrigerate

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an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Pretty clouds over lions head.

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^^ Probably our last hike at lions head.

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^^ Raw beetroot ravioli stuffed with sunflower cheese.

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^^ Pretty succulents.

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^^ Roses popping out.

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^^ A walk on the promenade.

Hello friends! How are you doing? Did you get up to anything this weekend.  We had a horrible weekend where nothing wanted to work out, I almost got knocked off the trail on lions head thanks to the trail runners not worrying about anyone else, and to top it off it was such an insanely hot day before 10 that I started feeling like food in a microwave just slowly cooking away getting radiated.  I’m really not looking forward to Summer back in Africa, but I’m trying to survive by having my eye on the prize.

What I ate: 28 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by, I feel like I need to update and talk more about it before its all over and the lack of sleep thanks to a cute little newborn makes me all crazy and frazzled.

I’ve cut a lot of food out of my diet since finding out I’m pregnant, I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t work for me one bit.  It all seems to be paying off, because I’m feeling great, have a lot of energy, I’m sleeping wonderfully and all my tests keep coming back great.  A couple of things I’ve cut out is; sugar, the big bad culprit we all know is bad for us, but we just can’t get enough of it, I actually wasn’t eating that much sugar before we went to Ireland, but as soon as we arrived in Ireland it was like I just had to have all the sugar.  All those delicious first world treats and candy I’ve never tried before had to be consumed.  I don’t regret my Irish sugar binge one bit, but I’m so glad I’m off sugar again, it just makes me feel so much better and my skin just feels wonderful! I’ve also limited my fruit in take to 3 – 4 fruit a day.  I got rid of most gluten, but kept rye bread in the mix, but I started getting severe heartburn from it from just one bite, so no more bread for me.  I’ve started sprouting most of my grains and legumes for easier digestion, personally I never knew brown rice could be sprouted, but wow, does it improve the taste!  and I’ve cut out soy, unless its fermented. Here is a look at what I’ve been eating.

BREAKFAST: Around 8 am

Gluten Free Overnight PorridgeIron rich Overnight Oats

I tried having a smoothie for breakfast, but it really just doesn’t work for me.  It doesn’t fill me up or keep me going for long, also the consistency really gets me on an empty stomach.  Instead I’ve been sticking to my Iron rich overnight oats or Grain free coconut flour overnight porridge filled with chia seeds, ground flax and hemp seeds.  I top both of these with fruit and coconut yogurt.  Its so good and keeps me going till around 12 pm – 1 pm.  Overnight porridge is just so convenient, you add all your ingredients in a jar, shake it up and leave it in the fridge overnight.  You wake up to a delicious, no hassle breakfast.  Convenient.

Snack: 12 pm

Green smoothie

I don’t really feel snacky, the porridge really keeps me full and satisfied for a long time, but around 12 pm or 1 pm, I start feeling a bit of a hankering for food. I either have a green smoothie or a couple of spoons of my favourite oh mega peanut butter or nuts.

LUNCH 2 pm

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Kale salad to go

^^ Look how well it travels.

I don’t really stray to far from my trusty kale salad for lunch, its so easy to make. I usually make a big salad that last me the whole week, it keeps well and transports amazingly in a lunchbox.  The kale salad consists of  kale chopped finely and massaged with lemon juice, sprinkled with salt and an avocado smashed in.  Topped with beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, peppers, roasted pumpkin seeds and lightly fried tempeh or walnut and mushroom meat.  Other lunches I have;  a nori wrap filled with sprouted beetroot hummus and vegetables.  So yummy and filling.

Snack: 5 pm – 5 -30 pm

vegan protein shake

Like clock work I have my green protein shake at this time.  I’ve started adding moringa leaf powder to it for added benefits.  Moringa is just the best.

DINNER: 6:30 pm – 7 pm

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Amazing lentil soup

For dinner I’ve been having my Moroccan lentil soup, a coconut flour base pizza, with homemade sugar free Iron rich BBQ sauce topped with a lot of veggies.  Burrito bowls made with cauliflower and broccoli rice, walnut meat and other veggies.  and a lot more.

DESSERT:

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I usually have one block of 85% or darker, dark chocolate or Frozen banana bites with date salted caramel.  I use the salted date sauce in my protein shake for extra date goodness.

Drinks : not mentioned is all the water I drink!  I drink a lot of water some with lemon in it some just like that and occasionally I’ll have a rooibos tea latte.  My dinners change, but breakfast and lunch stays the same!  Not mentioned: I do take prenatal vitamins!

That’s just a quick peak into what I’m eating while pregnant.

 

 

Baby Bump Update 28 Weeks Pregnant

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Hello Third Trimester!  I can’t believe I’ve made it to the third trimester, I feel like this pregnancy is just flying by and I’m just sitting here trying to enjoy it as much as I can.  I know a lot of woman if not all hate pregnancy, but I’m loving it! Growing a healthy baby is an amazing feeling, sometimes a little bit alien and weird, but mostly just amazing!  Feeling my baby kick inside me and sometimes flip around like a tiny gymnast is a wonderful feeling, the baby has even started kicking for Carl, not on demand, baby still stops kicking as soon as Carl touches my belly, but when Carl starts talking to baby, the kicking continues.

28 Weeks baby bump

Symptoms : I’ve been really lucky and I haven’t had any serious symptoms throughout this pregnancy (knock on wood).  Maybe its because I’m feeding my body only good nutrients, not having any sugar and cut down on gluten, but I feel great! My mood has been a little iffy, I sometimes get irrational anger towards Carl and the weird things he does at dinner table.  I’m sleeping pretty great and wake up feeling refreshed, I really hope it stays that way! Baby seems to sleep at night and kick the living daylights out of me during the day.  I also made the decision not to have anything to do with stress, and not seeing any negative people that make me feel bad until this baby is born.  Its been one of the best decisions I’ve made, I’m putting my baby’s health and my health first, and I’ve seen the positive way I feel since deciding this.  I want to continue staying, healthy and strong ;physically and emotionally for my home birth in December! I’ll see you negative Nancy’s in December!

Cravings: I haven’t been craving anything really.  I’m eating healthy meals, often.  I did find the most amazing all natural peanut butter, that’s made with all natural ingredients, including flax seed oil that I haven’t been able to get enough of.  Its just amazing!  I recommend oh mega peanut butter to everyone! Its just amazing!

Exercise:  I’ve been exercising every day for 30 – 40 minutes.  Light Cardio, some weight training and Pilates during the week.  On the weekend Carl and I like to go for a hour and half hike or walk.

Looking forward to:  I’m looking forward to getting the nursery ready!  I can’t wait to get into our new place to get painting and setting up for baby.

28 Weeks pregnant

All in all, I’m feeling pretty great about the pregnancy, birth and becoming a Mother.  I’m really excited to hold my baby in my arms and make our earthly adventure even more exciting.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Nature, always impressing me with its vibrant display of colour.  We should all plant bougainvillea as a fence, it will make the world so much prettier.

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^^ Found this pretty flower on the ground.  Just look at that colour.

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^^ Walks in Tokai forest.  They are planning on felling all these trees.  It brings a lot of sadness to my tree hugging heart.

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^^ Mesmerised.

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^^ Find beauty everywhere.

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^^ We found a log to sit on to enjoy our little picnic lunch.  Kale salad and almonds for me and a rye bread sandwich for him.

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^^ Enjoying his sandwich.

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^^ You know your husband loves you if he is willing to carry a heavy stump back to the car, because with a little work this stump will be turned into a side table.  Thanks Carl!

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^^ Pretty flowers on a walk to the waterfront.  A contrast of colours.

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^^One of my favourite photos! Feet in the forest.

Hey friends! What did you guys do this weekend?  We’ve been preparing for our move in 2 weeks and trying to buy everything at just the right moment so it will be delivered on the day we move in! Hopefully it all works out perfectly, otherwise this pregnant lady will be sleeping on the floor! We decided to go to Tokai forest before they start felling, so we can walk around the forest and be happy amongst all the trees.  I’m really sad that they want to cut down all the pine trees in Cape town for fynbos, but that’s just because I’m horribly allergic to it and it feels like Cape town is slowly trying to kill me, but we are only planning on staying here for a year or two so hopefully all the felling gets delayed and I get to enjoy all the trees until we leave.  Hopefully!