PRAIRIE GIRL IS NUTTY4NUTRITION

She is a down to earth prairie girl with a passion for healthy living. Her name is Chantal Raper, but most of us will know her by her Instagram name Nutty4Nutrition. Instagram became part of her life in May 2012, and has grown to have over 60,000 followers from all over the world.  Her love for sharing her passion for healthy eating leaves her “waking up everyday more inspired than the last”!
Chantal’s journey began after the death of her brother, she was living an unhealthy lifestyle and was “sick and tired of being sick and tired”. Like many of us out there, Chantal, thought that the low fat, fat-free, sugar-free diet that is all over the media would be the jump start her healthy lifestyle.  After little success she changed her thinking and realized that she needed to go about it a different way. And most importantly that she needed to do it for herself, not for anyone else!

So, she started doing her research and made a list of things she wanted to change and some health related goals. She tackled this list one goal at a time and would not move on from one goal until it felt like it had just become part of her everyday life.  Slowly she started to see progress, she was less tired and bloated and had so much more energy. She stared experimenting with cooking and grew to "love the challenge of making fun, delicious, and nutritious meals". Her instagram account Nutty4Nutrition was created from this new found love, she started sharing her recipes and her followers began to grow...a growth that has been continuing steadily to this day. Today Chantal describes herself transformation as, “girl just wanting to learn how and what to eat to gain optimal health to a girl who inspires others daily.
We love her Instagram page for her relatable prairie humor, delicious recipes, health tips and weight loss inspiration. We also love that she believes in balance and “maintains balance by throwing away all the RULES”! She does hot yoga, cardio boot camps, rollerblading, biking, cycling classes, circuit training only when she can fit it into her schedule. Although she does eat healthy nutritious meals most of the time because she truly enjoys it, she believes in indulging like at her recent bachloerette party where she "danced, drank, indulged."

To celebrate the return of summer weather Chantal is sharing her Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake recipe with us. Check out her latest ebook for more delicious recipes!



Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake 

 Ingredients (for the crust)
• 3/4 cup raw pecans
• 18-20 pitted dates Directions-Pulse pecans in a food processor or blender until you reach a fine crumb texture. 
• Add the dates and pulse until all crumbled and combined.  
• Press down firmly into an 8 inch round dish and refrigerate as you prepare the filling.  


Ingredients (for the filling) 
• Coconut cream from 1 chilled can of FULL FAT coconut milk. *Note: Place can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight and the cream will all rise to the top. The longer the can is stored in the fridge, the thicker your cream will be.
• 4 oz/half a brick of light plain cream cheese, room temperature 
• 4 tbsp honey or other sweetener of your choice
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 1/2 cup of mashed strawberries/strawberry purée  

Directions -Scoop out coconut cream only into a large bowl (use some liquid only if the cream is too thick to beat). -Add all other ingredients except the strawberries and best with an electric  hand mixer.-Mash your fresh strawberries or warm frozen strawberries on a skillet until soft and than mash and fold into the coconut cream cheese mixture.-Pour the filling into the crust and garnish with whatever you want! -Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving (I usually let mine sit overnight)!  ***Try more strawberries, sliced almonds, pecans, coconut ribbon, and/or raw cacao nibs for garnish.

Check out Chantal's blog for access to more recipes and her ebook!

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