Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with tons of happiness, love, and cheer! It’s the last day of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge! It’s been a festive 25 days filled with holiday recipes, workouts, tips, and inspirations. For the last day it’s all about the best Christmas gift that anyone can receive.. It’s about family, love, and support! Today, for Day 25, there is no greater present than the gift of your support system. Whether it be family, friends, guardians, or social media pen pals.. It is so important that we remind ourselves of all the love and support that we are constantly surrounded. From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and reflect on all that love that is around you!
This Christmas I am spreading Diabetic Awareness to Santa by giving him cookies “Type Happy” style. I decorated classic sugar cookies related to Type 1 Diabetes. As tradition, my family and I spend the night before Christmas baking and decorating cookies for Santa. As much as I wish these were paleo sugar-free cookies, they are not.. But it was so much fun to decorate as a family and to bring the awareness to everyone that eats them. The holidays can be hard for us diabetics with food everywhere and constantly having to make sure that we stay on top of our insulin corrections before eating those holiday sweets. Additionally, it gets redundant having to explain to people that Type 1 Diabetics can in fact have sweets! Day 24 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge is to find your way of spreading Type One Awareness to others during this hard time in the holidays for diabetics.
Merry Christmas Eve everyone and Happy Holidays!!
Have you ever thought about whether the designer of fingerless gloves was a diabetic?! Think about it. What a genius idea that someone invented for us diabetics to be able to do our finger pricking in the cold weather, hassle-free. And it also makes quite the fashion statement! Day 23 for the Type Happy Holiday Challenge is to use this tip and put these babies on your Christmas list. Or you can even make your own by taking some old gloves and cutting the tips off them!
Dodging crowds, walking store to store, lunging after that perfect gift.. Christmas shopping is a workout in itself. As your rushing from store to store, you can’t believe how much you walk and how many calories you burn! In one day of shopping, I have to check my blood sugars more than normal because I tend to go a little low when I’m running around constantly. I also often forget to eat because of how busy I am. Today’s Monday Motivation for Day 22 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge is to use a pedometer as you shop and see how much you walk around! (most smartphones have a pedometer app that you can use too) So far I’m at 1,054 and the day just started! Make sure to not give into that holiday stressful energy, shop at your own pace. Remember to test often if you tend to go low and eat a healthy substantial meal to give yourself energy for your long day.
Ready, set, shop!
I love making simple desserts that taste fabulous and don’t take a lot of effort to make. Preparing for desserts and meals can become an overwhelming ordeal, especially during the holiday season. So this treat is a no brainer to make this season with yummy results. Day 21 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge, I am making Double Layer Paleo Almond Butter Cacao Fudge! Get your taste buds ready for something smooth, creamy, rich, chocolatey, and tasty. Just having one of these fudge bites will solve all your sweet tooth cravings.
1 cup raw creamy unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey (or can be subsituted for 10-15 drops of stevia, sweetened to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I like to use Lily’s Sweets sugar free chocolate chips)
- Mix together your almond butter, coconut oil, unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, honey (or stevia), and salt until it is a smooth consistency
- Pour half the mixture into a square baking dish lined with plastic wrap (or candy chocolate molds like I did) and use a spoon to spread out evenly.
- Put this half of the mixture in to the freezer to harden
- Then take the rest of the mixture that you didn’t put into the freezer, and add your cacao powder. Add as much as you want. The more cacao powder used the stronger the cacao taste. You may need to add a little more honey or stevia to sweeten the mixture a little more.
- Once cocoa powder is incorporated in, pour your chocolate fudge on top of your now hardened light almond fudge.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Cut into chunks.Fudge should be stored in the freezer and eaten chilled, otherwise it will begin to soften if too warm.
I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do!