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Co Dependent's Almond Butter

07 September 2016 Written by 

Co-Dependency often puts me between a rock and a crazy place, trying to please everyone all the time. This week, I'm waging a war on sugar consumption. The American Heart Association (AHA) wants kids to eat less than six teaspoons of sugar a day. My son wants sugar laced cupcakes for every meal.

Keeping My Serenity While Cutting Sugar

I want to make them both happy, but my recovery teaches me that what I want matters most. And I want my whole family to be free of sugar cravings. To make that happen, sugar is now making limited appearances in my grocery cart, the kitchen cupboards, and in my son's lunchbox.

Healthy Habits Start in the Kitchen

This summer I bought two 80’s style Tupperware relish trays, and on Sunday, I spent almost an hour cleaning and prepping one with our favorite fruits and one with veggies. This simple hour was a great way to practice self-care:

  1. Being prepared brings serenity to busy mornings.
  2. I have access to ready-made snacks, so I can halt when I’m either Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
  3. Focusing on this task gives my family an hour of free time. Live and let live.
  4. Prepping the food lets me live in the present by smelling the fruits, listening to the cadence of my knife, and paying attention to where all of my fingers are.

Pecan Almond Butter - Swapping the Sugar for Honey

Even the “Natural” peanut butter I buy has almost one teaspoon of added sugar serving. My new favorite almond butter recipe tastes great and is sweetened with AHA approved honey.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Dash of sea salt

Almonds have a natural sweetness, and the pecans have more natural oils. Put the nuts into food processor and chop. After 1 – 3 minutes, the nuts will be dry and mealy. Scrape the sides of your processor then keep chopping. Stop often to scrape the mixture back down. After about 10 minutes, the nuts will release their natural oils and look more like a spread. Add the coconut oil, honey, and salt. Chop to blend ingredients then enjoy!

This spread’s thick consistency is shape-able, so I’m thinking of rolling it into balls and dipping them in dark chocolate for a homemade candy treat that’s lighter on Mom guilt.

Content Originally Published By: Pam Carver @ Reach Out Recovery

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Pam Carver

In my family of origin, three of us are in treatment for codependency, drugs, and/or alcohol abuse. Two of us are in denial about the devastating effects codependency, drugs, and alcohol have had on our family. None of us are talking about it. I’m the codependent one on a quest for healthy living through love and boundaries. My journey started in Celebrate Recovery. I have much to learn and practice. I live with my wonderful husband, amazing son, and pseudo-therapy beagle, Spot. I enjoy long walks on the beach and writing about the life-changing principles I’m learning in the rooms of recovery.
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