Celebrating The Season With Cannabis Maple Candy

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As somebody who is sugar intake aware I spend the holiday seasons in awe of how much processed sugar in the form of candy and baked goods is pumped out at every store and in every kitchen. Facetiously I ask, “What would Jesus think of people gorging themselves on sugar (in some cases, the very thing that is causing them disease) in the name of celebration and tradition?”

Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…all times of the year that it becomes socially acceptable to mindfully and mindlessly consume sugary treats. 

Now, I am not bashing sugar or celebrating but I am suggesting that as a society and as individuals who desire good health it is worth the time to think about how we consume sweeteners in quantity and quality. What if we treated sugar like alcohol? 

Dr. Lustig suggests that sugar be treated like alcohol because it does the same thing to your liver. He points out that it used to be only alcoholics developed fatty liver disease but now doctors regularly see it in children because of the amount of sugar being regularly consumed.

The average American is consuming 22 grams of sugar per day even though the World Health Organization suggests that people should only consume 6-12g of sugar per day and the FDA suggests that you only get 6-9g of sugar per day- how much is a in the average candy serving?

I recently browsed through several different kinds of sugary candy, the average serving size seemed to be between 15-30g of sugar in a couple ounces of treat. The bottom line being you may want to limit the number of sugary treats for the health of your liver and endocrine system. 

Now that I have said all of that, I realize it is the holiday season and you may be needing something sweet and special so you don’t feel left out when every body around you is filling their faces with processed crap. I have also added a bonus step to add a cannabis concentrate so that you can double this treat to also mellow out your stress and maybe give Christmas a healthy new vibe this year. Maple syrup, while yes, is high in sugar, it comes with vitamins and minerals and is a whole food. I add hemp and walnuts to not only help balance the sugar’s absorption in your body with nuts or seeds but also to help your body metabolize the cannabis.

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Maple Walnut Maple Candy 

2C maple syrup

1/3C hemp seeds

1/4C chopped walnuts

1 gram cannabis concentrate (optional)

1- In heavy bottom saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil on med-high heat and stirring occasionally. **Add your cannabis concentrate here and stir in until fully melted. Boil syrup until it reaches 235F (110C) on a candy thermometer. Watch your pan closely to make sure it does not boil over.

2- Remove from heat and cool to 175F (80C) without stirring, about 10 minutes.

3- Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon for about 4-5 minutes, adding hemp seeds and walnuts until the color lightens and the mixture becomes thick and creamy. 

4- Quickly Pour out onto a sheet of parchment paper (or into candy molds) and spread to about 5mm thick and let cool and harden. Cut into 2-3cm squares and store in a refrigerated airtight container for up to one month.

To figure out how potent your candies will be:

1000mg X concentrate potency \ number of candies

For example, my gram of concentrate was 80% THC (800mg) and I got 40 servings making each of them about 20mg/THC. 

I recommend enjoying this maple candy sparingly and giving it out as thoughtful gifts in small portions. With intention and a solid food snob attitude you will make it through the holiday feasts without the average 10 pound increase and keep your health in tact. 


Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter Fudge (Vegan)

Chocolate peanut butter fudge made without processed sugar that will help me sleep and relax my body? Yes please.

During an especially strong chocolate craving I came up with this simple, and healthy fudge version that is effective as medication and packed with nutrients.

I used a CO2 extracted cannabis oil, purchased from a local pot shop, that I know had been tested for quality and impurities. I like cooking with CO2 oils because they can easily be added to oils and because they are tested for potency making it easy to dose THC or CBD by the milligram.

MMJ Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2C cacao powder

1/2C hemp hearts

1C coconut milk

1t vanilla

6 medjool dates

1/4C maca powder

1g CO2 cannabis concentrate (option for MMJ version)

1C peanut butter

1/3C chopped walnuts

1) Blend cacao, hemp hearts, coconut milk, vanilla, maca powder, and dates until smooth.

2) Gently heat the peanut butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add the cannabis concentrate to the warm oils. Mix well.

3) Combine both mixtures then add walnuts.

4) Place in a 6″x9″ pan and chill in fridge for 15 minutes. Cut into pieces and place into freezer until firmly set. Keep refrigerated or in the freezer until ready to eat.

These turned out to be a pleasant way to medicate. Not sugary but with a rich and fudgy texture and effective daytime mmj potency.

Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea.

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast

I’m in bodybuilder mode. By that I mean I’m trying to put on some healthy weight and hopefully regain some muscle that somehow disappeared somewhere. Such a project requires meal planning.

I consciously have to eat more nutrients and the only way to do that is to know what I’m having before I even get hungry. I plan ahead and do some batch cooking on Sunday to have multiple meals ready to go and make sure my pantry, fridge, and freezer are stocked for the spontaneously cooked meals that I put together later in the week. My meals plans usually work out about 90% of the time. 

I find that this type of planning virtually eliminates food waste at my house and leaves me physically running better because I have no reasons to skip meals or eat poorly due to not knowing what to have or being too busy to cook. This method also saves me a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on meals out or the purchase of unmade food that goes bad in the fridge.

This week the chosen main vegetable has been brussels sprouts and the first way that I used them was for making a breakfast bake with sweet potatoes, spinach, and eggs. I made enough for two portions and I now I also have another meal already to go for tomorrow morning or whenever.

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast (2 servings)

1 small sweet potato, sliced into 1/4″ thick pieces

6-8 brussel sprouts, quartered

4 eggs

2 mushrooms, finely chopped

2C spinach, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Put the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts in an 8″ pan and lightly drizzle avocado oil (or oil of your choice) over the veggies and give them a stir. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  3. Mix together eggs, mushrooms, spinach, and spices and pour evenly over the partially baked sweet potato and brussels sprouts mix. Bake for about 15 more minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked and firm.
  4. Eat half and store the other half in a covered container in the fridge for up to three days.

I love a solid savory meal for breakfast. This one wins in every way. Easy, filling, nutritious, and delicious.

Here is to healthy muscles!

 

Blueberry Hemp Cake

I’m in a minor cake mode. I’ve made a new cake every week for the past few weeks and this last one came out with a muffin feeling but since it was made in a cake pan, I’m calling it cake. Perfect for breakfast, snacks, and in the freezer for later.

Recipe positives:

-gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly, no processed sugar, full of nutrients, easy to make, takes delicious.

Blueberry Hemp Muffin Cake

1/3C coconut oil

1/4C maple syrup

1t vanilla

4 eggs

1/t baking soda

1/2t salt

1/3C hemp seeds

1.5C almond flour

1C fresh or frozen blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8 inch pan or line with parchment paper. Cream together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix eggs into mixture.
  2. Add all dry ingredients mix until combined.
  3. Stir in blueberries.
  4. Spread evenly into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick stuck into middle comes out clean.

It has been in my thoughts that this recipe would work great in a loaf pan or as actual muffins although I have yet to try.

As you may know, I like to use hemp in my diet. I first discovered it when trying to find healthy sources of plant based protein and it has turned out to be a great one for my sensitive digestive system. Hemp comes with other bonuses like omega-3 fatty acids and B-Vitamins which rounds out the beneficial nutrient profile needed for a healthy brain and nervous system. I highly recommend it.

Happy Health to You.

Pam Dyer is a Holistic Health Coach who trains people with scoliosis and chronic illness how they can improve sleep, gut health, immunity, and brain function to live full and hurt less.  To book a consult with Pam please email:  butterflysessions@gmail.com