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less and more {saying yes to the best}

to obey is better than sacrifice…  but sacrifice, with a generous heart, can lead to greater joy.

that’s a hefty thought to take away from saying no to ice cream, no?


the greater yes angela sackett


i’ve been on a health journey for a few months that has required giving up several food items i used to love.  dairy is one of those things, and i’ve mourned it.  how hard to navigate social gatherings when coffee gets cream, gelato is a girl-night treat, and every appetizer highlights cheese.  glorious cheese.


and even as i type these words, i see how silly it is to “mourn” the loss of a luxury food, when others go without daily.  and i am amazed each time i say no, because doing so opens up a new way to create, to enjoy, to savor.  i can’t have coffee with cream.  but aeropress and espresso are a pleasure as-is.  hot tea with honey is a treat.  and more, having nothing allows me to savor a moment, over a thing.


all this thinking about silly food (yes, this from a self-proclaimed “foodie” who is raising recipe-makers and pastry-bakers) points me to a bigger truth:

saying no to something can bring greater joy in what does get an intentional “yes.”


there’s a very popular book out right now called the best yes.  i haven’t read it, but i know the primary premise is wisely choosing what gets priority in life, and doing it amidst the roar of everyday life and its demands.  and as silly as it sounds, each time i say “no” to something i am not putting in my mouth, i feel like i am saying “yes” to something greater… a better me, with clarity of purpose, and more joy in what i do choose to enjoy.  i’m learning not to mope about “cannots” and to rejoice in “cans.”  and that lesson applies to a lot more than food.


(by the way – the pretty picture above is actually from my dairy-free salted maple ice cream.  click over to make it for yourself.)


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{paleo} black forest cookies with coconut

these are good.  i’m not bragging.  ok, maybe i am.  a little.

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eating cleaner is becoming a choice all the kids are getting behind, and i can actually now say, “go make a paleo snack,” and the kids know where to look.  i’m getting braver at experimenting with unusual (formerly, at least, to me!) ingredients like cacao nibs and hemp seeds.

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i’m trying to feed teenagers.  athlete-teenagers.  and a ten year old who has biceps already.  and does not stop eating.  i mean it!  so i’m forever looking at ways to add healthy fat and protein and fiber.  i decided to add coconut and hemp to this cookie recipe.

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did i make them look as good as they are?  because these are good.  did i say that already?  don’t you want to make them?  here you go!

Paleo Black Forest Cookies With Coconut


3 cups nut flour (almond, pecan, walnut, chestnut)

1/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut (shredded)

1/4 cup dried cherries (or cranberries)

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup maple syrup (warm to room temperature)

2 eggs



Stir together flour, coconut, cranberries, chocolate chips, nibs, sea salt and soda, and seeds.  In a separate bowl, beat liquid ingredients.  Stir together and drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking-mat-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cookies are done when the top no longer looks wet and they are slightly firm.  Enjoy!!!

and the coolest part?  when you’ve had a couple one, you don’t feel like you’ve just destroyed your chances at ever being svelte.  🙂

oh, and in case you were wondering, here are some facts about hemp  (taken directly from Body Ecology):

What is Hemp, Really?

Hemp seeds come from the plant Cannibus sativa L. Sound kind of familiar? In fact, the hemp plant is often confused with the marijuana plant because they are of the same family (Cannibus) and closely resemble one another. Because of this, hemp has had a checkered past and the debate continues even today.

The hemp “seed” is actually an achene: a simple dry fruit with a hard shell, just like sunflower seeds. It is considered one of the most versatile and economical plants, with many uses from food to biofuel.

Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are nutrient-powerhouses containing:

All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.

  • A high protein percentage of thesimple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.2Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
  • Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil. 4
  • A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
  • A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
  • A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
  • The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids5


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