Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Loving desserts is always something I am very honest about. I will give up dinner for a good dessert. It’s literally my favorite meal of the day! When I became a personal trainer, I taught people how to have a healthy dessert in moderation so they never had to give up their favorite food! Because let’s be honest, life is too short not to have dessert every day!

 

Of course with my luck, when I got an autoimmune disease, dessert was one of the first things that got taken away. (and wine too but we won’t start on that subject right now) At first I just made due and was miserable watching everyone else eat dessert. Until I started looking into paleo (no dairy, no grains, no preservatives) and found you can make a lot of great desserts, just healthier! Needless to say I am a happy camper again since I can have dessert! So far I have only found a few I like that are easy to make, but I won’t complain and will keep hunting! Here is my favorite, Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! (This is NOT my personal recipe but one I got out of a paleo group and tweaked to make it work for me!)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

2 Cups Almond Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Almond Butter

3/4 Cup Coconut Oil (Soft but NOT melted)

1 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar

2 Eggs

3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips (gluten free and dairy free)

Directions:

Preheat over to 350. Combine the coconut oil, almond butter, egg, and vanilla extract. I use a hand beater on medium to combine these and it does take a few minutes to get the chunks out of the oil. Next, slowly add in the dry ingredients. The mixture should be pretty thick. If it’s to thick, I added a dash of coconut milk. Once it is combined, stir in the chocolate chips.  Next, scoop some up with a spoon and make it into a ball. Put it on a baking sheet and press down so it’s flat (I use cooking spray or aluminium foil on my baking sheet for less mess and sticking). Fill your baking sheet and then place in the oven for about 15-18 minutes. I like my cookies crunchy so I do it longer. They do bake after coming out too, so keep that in mind! I store mine in a bag, but also put some in the freezer! Just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you have a nice tasty snack!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Dana

Stop Making Excuses

Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all have them! It’s just part of life! And yet some people are able to never let the excuses stop them, and others let the excuses control them. As a personal trainer, I got really good at helping people notice the excuses and find ways around them. That benefited me BIG time when I started working from home. Many people think a work from home Mom has it made, but it’s quite the opposite! I was Mom from 5am -8pm and then come 8pm, when I was completely exhausted and drained, I suddenly had to put my perky pants on and get to work! I could have used the fact I have 3 kids as an excuse. Or the fact my husband works long hours and is gone Fri-Wed. Even the fact he went to school on his days off would have been a legitimate excuse! Not to mention the fact I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and discovered to be quite ill! And yet, all of that motivates me MORE!

Stop Making Excuses

Stop Making Excuses

Why??? Because as a Mom, I want to set an example to my kids about how to function no matter what hurdle comes in your path. As a woman of God, I want to show others that God gives us these mountains to show people they can be moved! I’m a firm believer that my story could be life changing for someone else. Every struggle I encounter, every setback with my health, every hurdle I climb reminds me I can do this, and when I reach the top, I will have an AMAZING story to share!

 

That inspires me not to let the excuses stop me. Every person is different though and you have to find what personally will inspire you! Is it setting an example for your kids? Buying something you really want? Getting more time with your spouse? Being able to retire early? Find what will inspire you to work hard! It has to be something big, or very important to you because the honest truth is there will always be EXCUSES, but if you are motivated enough…..you will fly over those excuses easily! In 2017 my health got much worse, my husband spent a month in the hospital and almost died, I ended up in the hospital multiple times, we had a death in our family, I got pneumonia, the whole family got the stomach bug, I ran a fever for 3 months straight….the list goes on and on! But I also had the best year ever in my business. I also learned what are the best things to do for my health. My husband and I got out of debt. The positive list goes on and on to, and all because I never let a hurdle stop me. Every time I encountered an excuse, I found a way to get around it!

Stop Making Excuses

Sometimes it really helps having a partner who you can share your goals with, and discuss your struggles. They can point out if you are making too many excuses and help come up with ways around them! One thing I have learned over the years and through all my crazy struggles is that if you truly want to succeed bad enough, NOTHING will stop you! So the question is, how bad do you want it???

 

 

Dana

New Year, New Goals

The New Year is coming, and with that, New Years Resolutions!! For many small business owners, this is a time to evaluate how your business did over the past 12 months, and what your plans are for the coming 12 months. In order for your business to be successful and thrive, set goals for yourself! Start out small, but make sure you are growing your business every month. Whether it’s by adding 3 new customers, or by adding a new business partner, you need to grow monthly and stay consistent!
2018

New Year, New Goals

If you are struggling to grow and find your business going down hill each month, put a stop to it!! Take stock of what you did that works, and what didn’t work. Stop relying on social media to build your business, and get out in your community!! Pass our flyers, leave business cards around, and offer samples! If you aren’t talking about your business, then its not growing!

You can also search out craft fairs in your area, most have them in the Spring and these are a GREAT way to get your product/business out there to a new market. Be creative with these, offer free samples, prizes and incentives. You can find some great ideas for events on Pinterest. Make sure to get get people to sign up for your newsletter, this way you have their contact information even after the event is over.

And if you don’t have a newsletter, start one NOW. This is a great way to let your current and past customers know about new deals, plus ways to offer them incentives if they refer friends or host a party. Keep in touch and show them you appreciate their business. A happy customer stays around and refers their friends to shop with you too!

Remember in order to be successful, you have to put in the work! Some people can get by with just a few hours a week, but most of us require a few hours each day of work! Especially if you just started a new business, it takes people 7 times being exposed to a product to be ready to buy!

 

Here are Five Tips To Help Your Business Be Successful
1) Always be the hardest worker in the room! I never ask others to do thing I personally won’t do and because of that, I lead by example.
2) Be consistent. Nothing is worse than having business partners that stop, start, stop, start over and over again! Be known as someone who is always consistent.
3) Have an accountability partner. It’s always great to have someone you can share ideas with, and who will call you out if you aren’t doing your work.
4) Plug In To Training’s! A lot of time the things you struggle with, someone else has been there and overcome it! If you plugin, you can learn.
5) Drop the excuses! Everyone can find an excuse why things won’t work. Don’t even bother with them. Make this the year you succeed, no matter what!

 

Do you have some tips for being successful this year? Feel free to share them with me!!!

Dana