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IMMUNE HEALTH 

Have you ever noticed our kids get sick a lot from Halloween until Valentine’s Day? HMMMM, there are a lot of Holidays in between that time that focus on candy. Sugar depresses the immune system. Vitamin C is needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.

In 1970, Linus Pauling, discovered that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.Simple sugars aggravate asthma, cause mood swings, magnify personality changes, muster mental illness, fuel nervous disorders, increase diabetes and heart disease, grow gallstones, accelerate hypertension, and magnify arthritis. Since sugar lacks minerals and vitamins, they draw upon the body’s micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system.

So what are you sending your kids off to school with? A bowl of cereal and skim milk? A Poptart? To keep your kids healthy and focused at school, try organic eggs with lots of omega 3’s and healthy protein!

easy almond joys

So, let’s keep everyone in the family healthy with these treats instead!

2 TBS coconut oil (melted)
2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1 TBS almond butter
1 TBS coconut flour
Stevia glycerite (optional to taste…I didn’t use any)

Mix cocoa into the coconut oil. Then add in the almond butter, mix until smooth. Then add the coconut flour (and sweetener if desired). Pour into mini ice cube trays. Freeze for at least 5-6 minutes and either store in the fridge or freezer. Makes 4 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Almond Joys = 235 calories, 29.2 carbs, 2.5g fiber
“Healthified” Almond Joys = 88.5 calories, 3.6 carbs, 1.7 fiber

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30 Comments

  • Beth says:

    I think you are right on with your thoughts on this. I only wish I had known about this when my kids were young! I have been low carbing for quite a few years now, and I have definitely noticed that I don’t get near as many colds etc. as I used to and if I do get one, it doesn’t last near as long or make me feel near as bad. I think it helps greatly!!!

  • Bobbi Kenow says:

    It is seriously disturbing what sugar can do!

  • Samantha says:

    I’m LOVING this recipe! Great info too! Thanks!

  • malpaz says:

    hmm….YES YUM haha im gnna try, but with carob powder i dont have cocoa

  • Kathleen says:

    These look wonderful. Bought my coconut flour and plan to make them today.

    I always find that when I indulge in too much sugar, I end up with sore glands in my throat and feeling like I’m about to get a cold. I am low-energy and congested. I try to remind myself that I will feel terrible if I have too much sugar!

  • Rachel says:

    Very similar to the chocolate delight I make all the time… I like the addition of the coconut flour! Thanks 🙂

  • France says:

    Maria! Those are amazing (I made them with crunchy natural peanut butter)!!! Dangerously good!
    I made some where I pushed a macadamia nut in the middle before putting in the freezer! So good for a quick fix!

  • Laura says:

    These look awesome! How many per serving? Just 1/4 of however many it makes? I only have bigger ice cube trays….

  • Jan Dagley says:

    Hi, I tried to go to the page you got that diagram from and it said to let you know that the link did not get anywhere. Easy Almond Joys and HALLOWEEN IMMUNE HEALTH diagram. I was trying to give credit where credit is due. I also want to know how to link to your blog from mine. Don’t know how to ask other than here. Thanks I just found this this morning. I have spent over an hour on it reading previous posts.

  • Megs says:

    I just made this in like five seconds& it’s AMAZING. Better than that other crap.. You are an angel!

  • Ann H. says:

    Maria … i was wondering….. is it possible to make almond joys with fresh shredded coconut ? i have a whole coconut i have been trying to decide what to do with.

    i was wondering if you can make candy with it…. like
    chocolate coconut haystacks … or mounds bars. … or maybe even cutting the fresh coconut into small
    pieces and coating them with chocolate.

    i dont know anything about cooking or how fresh coconut would behave when making any candy with it.
    what do you think ?

    thanks

  • Ann H. says:

    thanks Maria …. i’m gonna try it. I only have what i call a day off… once a week and thats when i try things like this. normally during the week i would never do it but one day weekly i allow myself anything i want. of course no grains and no sugar but i do indulge in more carbs than usual. then…. the next day after the day off… i fast for 24 hours. that gets me right back on track. lol

    i do enjoy overfeeding myself on protein and carbs but i dont do it to real excess. i have to say that on those overfeeding days….. i feel even better than i do on my usual days of limited protein and carb and very heavy veg meals. not sure why that is but i really love it. lol

    i have lost alot of weight doing this and the fasting really makes me feel good as well.
    so… i’ll give the fresh coconut a try and make sure i dont get carried away with eating too many treats
    if it comes out well. but…. who knows. lol
    there is always the 24 hour fast that starts the following morning to set things right again.

  • Ellen says:

    These are the bomb! I’ve really been getting into making my own version of Larabars lately but had been missing the chocolate Gu (I used blended bananas on Saturday – did the trick but not as satisfying!) I happened upon Pumpkin-Shaped Mini Ice Cube Trays yesterday! So pumpkin Almond Joys they will be! Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  • Tanja says:

    They are delicious!! I put one teaspoon Xylitol as I haven’t Stevia. My husband liked them, too.

  • Jackie says:

    I made these and they are super easy. A bit too chocolatey for me tho. Next batch I used 2 teaspoons of cocoa, and to me they tasted better and less bitter. Wonderful candy. Thanks!

  • Esther R. says:

    Your chocolate almond joys are wonderful!Thanks

  • what can I use if I don’t have coconut butter?

  • JE says:

    Made for Valentine’s Day…easy and very good.

  • Ahh I love these simple recipes! Post more of these.

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