Sugar-Free Strategies – Baking with GNOWFGLINS

Aunt Sarah's No Bake Cookies

After creating recipes for The Sweeter Side of Candida cookbook, Sarah and I've learned a few sugar-free strategies and tips about how to bake with stevia, which common kitchen seasoning is its best friend, and how to tell when you've added just enough - no matter what brand of stevia you're baking with. Those tips, two of our favorite stevia-sweetened desserts (shown below), and more sugar-free strategies are part of GNOWFGLINS'S amazing online resource area. (recipe from The Sweeter Side of Candida) "I love the easy preparation of this recipe! Scooping and freezing is such a quick … [Read more...]

The Sweeter Side of Candida Dessert Cookbook Sale & Giveaway

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We’re so excited to announce the arrival The Sweeter Side of Candida dessert cookbook in softcover!! We talk a lot about candida here at Whole Intentions. (Ya think?) It's been a huge part of why we eat the way we do, and why so many of our health issues are gone. Is it easy - being on a strict candida diet? I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a piece of cake. . .wait - except now I can. . . :) My dear friend Sarah and I got tired of life without dessert because the sugars and starches would feed our candida. Instead we came up with over 70 safe desserts that anyone on a candida diet, … [Read more...]

Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta


Are you ready for a delicious dessert that is light, creamy, and dairy-free? Vanilla bean panna cotta sounds quite fancy, but is actually super simple to make and is a perfect vehicle for fresh berries. Grab your grass-fed gelatin and let's get cooking! Ingredients: 1-13.5 oz. can coconut milk 2 cups cashew milk 1/3 cup sweetener of choice: raw honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup (If you are sugar-free, you can use liquid stevia. Just add it drop by drop until you achieve your desired sweetness) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. ground vanilla bean 2-3 tsp. Great Lakes … [Read more...]

Crunchin’ Fudge Bars

Crunchin' Fudge Bars

Delicious, crunchy, chocolatey, and. . .healthy. Booyah!  Crunchin’ Fudge Bars (The Sweeter Side of Candida) 2/3 c. cocoa butter 2/3 c. raw cacao powder 3 Tbs. xylitol granules 1 c. almond butter** 1 c. old-fashioned oats 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes 1/2 c. chopped almonds (or nut of choice) 1 tsp. vanilla extract stevia to taste pinch of celtic sea salt - if almond butter is unsalted Directions Melt cocoa butter in a medium saucepan over low/medium heat. Add raw cacao powder and xylitol and stir until xylitol is dissolved. Stir in almond butter, oats, … [Read more...]

When Apples Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be


(photo credit) Ask your doctor, your mom, and a stranger on the street if apples are healthy for you and you'll get the same answer. Absolutely. In fact most people would look at you a little weird if you questioned it. Don't they say, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'? Apples are encouraged in weight loss plans - Weight Watchers claims apples are 'free', and I've read more than one article encouraging  eating three apples a day - one before each meal to 'fill you up'. There's even apple detox programs where you eat nothing but apples for days! As moms we're ecstatic when our kids … [Read more...]

Maca – Peruvian Superfood Review & Giveaway


Congratulations to our winner! Stormy Woods J. ! You've won a sample pack of 7 varieties of Maca worth over $75! This giveaway is over, but the savings are still in full swing! From now until December 16th all Whole Intentions's readers (that's you!) get 10% off every product at The Maca Team with coupon code: WHOLE!  This is the perfect opportunity to buy a few samples of their organic, GMO-Free Maca. Read more about maca's wonderful health benefits, including: energy, strength, libido, hormone balance, menopause relief, and more below! I've spoken briefly about the amazing health … [Read more...]

Spoon Lickin’ Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

I can’t stop licking the spoon that I used to make this cranberry sauce and thought it would be nice to share the recipe with all of you amazing Whole Intentions readers. I know there are those of you rushing to find just the right cranberry recipe for tomorrow and I hope you love this one! We’d love to say thank you to each and every one of you and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! -Paula and Sarah Spoon Lickin' Cranberry Sauce (casein-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, yeast-free) 6 c. fresh cranberries (frozen would work too) 1 1 /3 c. fresh apple … [Read more...]

Sugar and Wheat Free Treats For the Holidays

Sugar and Wheat Free Treats for the Holidays

Do you have special holiday treats that you look forward to each year with anticipation? Maybe it’s pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner or cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast? I think most of us do. Personally, I love fudge. What’s not to love about creamy, chocolatey goodness? Maybe you’re on a special diet and glaring at your monitor right now because I just reminded you of something that you won't be able to eat this year. If you’re on a restrictive diet, like I am, then all those sugar and wheat-laden treats are temptations that we really need to avoid to remain healthy and on the … [Read more...]

The Best Ever Almond Butter Buckeyes


Recipe from (The Sweeter Side of Candida) "The Best Ever" Almond Butter Buckeyes (makes 20 pieces) center: 1/2 c. butter, softened 3/4 c. raw almond butter** 1 tsp. vanilla extract pinch of celtic sea salt 1/2 c. powdered xylitol 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, optional chocolate coating: 1/2 c. coconut oil 1/4 c. raw cacao powder pinch of celtic sea salt stevia to taste Directions In a medium mixing bowl, combine xylitol/cinnamon with butter, almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt and mix on medium speed until well incorporated. Use a small scoop, or form balls … [Read more...]

The Sweeter Side of Candida Cookbook Has Arrived!!

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I can't tell you how excited Sarah and I are to bring you The Sweeter Side of Candida! Cutting sugar out of your diet is one of, if not the most difficult part of any diet be it a candida, diabetic, or a weight-loss diet. Impossible? No. Difficult. Yes. I can't tell you how many times I've faced holiday meals, birthdays, guests for dinner, and even church fellowship meals and struggled to stay away from the desserts. Sometimes it worked. . .sometimes it didn't. And anyone can tell you that giving in to that cake, candy, or bars isn't going to help at all. That's where the sweetness … [Read more...]

Pumpkified Mousse: A Sugar-Free, Candida-Diet Dessert for Fall

Pumpkified Mousse Collage

(photo credit) Nothing says fall like pumpkins. Except maybe football. boots. snuggling. and sweaters. Once October hits it's like a switch goes off and you want to eat all the pumpkin you can. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin Cheesecake. Pumpkin Bars. And a big pumpkin caboose. Oh, wait. That's what happens after all the pumpkin goodies. So how can you enjoy all your pumpkin goodness without needing to join a gym come January? Make it sugar and grain-free, sweetie, and you can enjoy without regrets! Here's one of my favorite fall desserts: Read more and find the recipe … [Read more...]

Uses & Recipes for Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle Uses

If you're just joining us, don't miss Stinging Nettle Part 1: What It Is and Its Health Benefits. We covered how stinging nettle has been used in times past for ailments such as excessive menstruation, pneumonia, asthma, sciatica, arthritic joints, and lumbago pain. Today we're going to give you some ideas how you can use this useful herb in your kitchen. Read more. . . … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise


Have you ever want a nice glob of homemade mayonnaise to mix in with your egg yolks to make deviled eggs? Or perhaps combine it with tuna fish for a nice, protein-filled sandwich? Salads, dressings, dips. . .mayonnaise comes in handy for so many things, but like most products found on the store shelves, it's so much better for you if it's homemade. And it's not hard at all! Let's take for instance, Hellmann's Mayonnaise, which is advertised as "America's #1 Mayonnaise". They proudly state that their mayo is made with real*, simple ingredients: eggs, oil and vinegar. (That asterisk (*) … [Read more...]

Crockpot Venison Stew

Crockpot Venison Stew

We spent last weekend deer hunting up at my folks' place. My mom and I had fun chasing the little ones and catching up on our visiting while the guys did their best to fill the freezers for winter. Ahh, yes. Winter's coming upon us, and it makes me feel like curling up near a blazing fire and throwing a good venison stew in the crockpot. This original recipe is on the starchy side with my choice of veggies, but you can certainly put in whatever you'd like. If you're struggling with candida, I'd suggest broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, onions, green peppers. . . Just the thought of … [Read more...]

Sourdough Chocolate Fudge Cake – Calling All Chocolate Lovers!


Okay, by now you all know I'm becoming obsessive with this whole idea of making my recipes with 100% sourdough starter. Things have been turning out so nicely that I can't stop! :) This week I decided to give sourdough cake a whirl. I'm so glad I did too! This cake turned out delicious, chocolatey, and super-duper healthy. And topped with an anti-candida Fudge Frosting is enough to make me swoon! I can seriously say I don't feel a bit guilty when indulging in this one! You can find the recipe over at Grain Mill Wagon where you'll find more recipes that use 100% sourdough. Be sure to come … [Read more...]