Healthy alternative food choices

November 14, 2008 4:07:41 PM PST
There are ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. Founder of Melslife.com, Melissa Melcombe, shares some healthy and alternative food choices.

Chocolate chip cookie recipes:

Original Toll House

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
¾ Brown Sugar
¾ White Sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
2 ¼ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of Salt
Package of Chocolate Chips (minimum of 12 oz.)

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F
Bake 9-11 minutes

Vegan Toll House-Like

1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance
¾ Brown Sugar
¾ White Sugar - (for healthier cookies try maple or date sugar)
3 Teaspoons of Egg Replacer combined with 4 tablespoon of warm water - mix well
1 tablespoon of Vanilla
2 ¼ cups of flour (for healthier cookies avoid white flour)
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of Salt
Package of Chocolate Chips (minimum of 12 oz.) with no dairy products - try adding broken dark chocolate from bars.

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F Bake 9-11 minutes

Very healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie called "The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie" from Natural Health Magazines' (March-April 1997 issue)

No Sugar
No Eggs
No Butter
1 ½ cups of old-fashioned rolled oats, toasted and ground to a course meal in a food processer
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of whole raw almonds, toasted & chopped
1 cup of vegan chocolate chips
½ maple syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F Bake 9-11 minutes

Notes: Cookies must be pressed into shape before baking. Put only 1 cookie sheet in the oven at a time, toast oats @ 350 degrees until fragrant and lightly colored (about 5-6 minutes), toast oats @ 350 degrees until fragrant and lightly colored (about 8-10 minutes)

Alternative Food Choices:
Earth Balance Box
Egg Replacer Box
Vegan Donut holes from Whole Foods
Energy Bars
Veganise
Rice Milk
Ezekial Muffins
Assorted Candy Bars
Earth Balance Butter

About Melslife.com:
A new, multi-media, advertiser-supported, healthy living social network, which targets echo boomers , was launched by Los Angeles-based Richmel Productions. Melslife has many of the functionalities of social network leaders facebook and myspace, but its emphasis is on food, health and life philosophy. Melslife is for people who want to live healthier lifestyles. While melslife is not a medical site, it does feature in-depth coverage of six medical issues, written from a holistic point-of-view.
Website: www.melslife.com

About Melissa Melcombe:
Melslife's 24-year-old founder Melissa "mel" Melcombe is passionate about sharing healthy information. With so many people focusing on their health and the environment, Melslife comes at the perfect time.


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