If you know me to even a short extent, you know I believe living healthy is part of living fully.
Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
When Camden (my 14-year-old) was just a toddler, we noticed him struggling health-wise. After many trips to local doctors, we took him to a specialist in Houston when he was 4 years old. The doctor ran tests to rule out Leukemia and a brain tumor based on Camden’s symptoms. The results, thankfully, showed no major maladies. However, we were told he had a surplus of serious health shortcomings.
The doctor then informed us we could administer prescription medications to Camden or we could change the way we ate. This would mean eating whole, natural foods.
Even then, Camden may never have the stamina of his peers. And his growth could be stunted. So said the doctor.
We prayed earnestly. And chose the dietary change.
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19)
We parted with our boxed and pre-packaged meals. On the road to eating naturally.
Foods eaten as closely to the way God created them.
This was not easy.
They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. (Psalm 78:18)
Within a week, Camden was noticeably better. He was able to run and play like his younger brother.
Then the words I’ll never forget,
Mommy, my head doesn’t hurt today.
I can’t remember when I never had my head hurt before.
I’d had no idea my child had daily headaches.
Over the last ten years we’ve changed our diet regularly as I learn more about nutrition.
By the way, diet is a noun in the DuBois home.
Not a verb.
I’m on constant pursuit of ways to feed my family healthy meals and to honor God even with our choices of food and drink.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Camden is now quite healthy. With more stamina than most of his peers. And more height than many on his teams.
Refusing to Tiptoe.
(Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly)
Camden loves treats. Which means I’m frequently attempting to create a healthy version of desserts for him.
This treat I’m sharing with you is one of Camden’s favorites. (And it is SO easy!!)
I must tell you I accidentally made these. That’s actually the way many of my recipes are created. I was trying to make Brittany’s Cocoa Amore. But, I altered the ingredients just a bit to suit Camden’s dietary needs.
And that’s when Fudgcicles were formed.
1 3/4 cups Coconut Milk*
2 oz. 100% Cacao**
4 Tablespoons honey
2 pinches Stevia***
Mix together in blender (warm milk first, if needed, to melt chocolate; I use a Vita-Mix and run on high to melt chocolate).
Pour into popsicle molds and insert sticks. Makes about 8-10 fudgcicles (depending on size of popsicle molds).
Freeze for about 3-4 hours.
* You could use one entire can coconut milk (found in International food section at grocery store). But, they usually have some crazy preservatives. So, I use the coconut milk found in the refrigerated section with the regular cow’s milk. There is a slight difference in consistency when using canned versus cold. The canned milk will be a bit richer and stay consistent a tad better. But, not enough to warrant eating something I cannot pronounce.
** I buy the 4 oz. 100% Cacao Bar in the baking section of the grocery store. You could play around with the recipe and use 70-80% with less added sweeteners if you don’t mind the processed sugar.
*** I try to only use KAL Powdered Stevia. It is 100% pure. The Stevia at the local store will almost always have fillers. You’ll need more Stevia to get the same results. The KAL Stevia comes with a tiny scooper. I use two of those itty bitty scoops, which is close to two pinches.