Ok, that got your attention! February is Healthy Heart month and I want you to be empowered to prevent heart disease. Over 800,000 people die of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. alone, every year, and I don’t want you to be one of them!
I met with a client recently diagnosed with cancer last week, and I was telling him my husbands story about being diagnosed with cancer in 1984. The look on his face when it dawned on him that there where no computers or internet in 1984 to research his cancer was priceless! Yep, that was a LONG time ago and almost seems like the dark ages for those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, LOL!
Have you been considering the “Keto Diet” but are not sure if it’s right for you? The truth is, some people start this new program of a Ketogenic lifestyle and it makes them very sick. Others, it would be downright dangerous for them to even consider.
I can’t lie, cookies, cakes, pies and Christmas goodies are all things I Love! Of course, I can’t eat them all the time, but I sure like an occasional treat without too much guilt.
Recipes that are a healthier option are something I’m always searching of. One requirement is that they must taste wonderful! Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite holiday goodies, because what would the holiday’s be without a little “sweetness”!
Kiwi and Raspberry Tart
This is a beautiful tart to make for a holiday party, so colorful and your guests will love it!
Purchase a pre-made graham cracker crust or make one from scratch.
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1 1/2 cups crushed organic Graham Crackers
- 6 Tablespoons grass-fed butter melted
- 2 Tablespoons raw sugar
- Stir melted butter into crushed Graham Crackers along with sugar.
- Press into 8” pie plate or tart pan
- Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes – let cool
- 1 package of organic cream cheese softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
- 2 Tabl. raw sugar
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Spread into bottom of cooled pie crust.
- Approximately 8 Kiwi peeled and sliced thin.
- 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
- 1 Cup organic raspberries
- 1/2 cup organic blueberries
Layer strawberries overlapping around pie crust. Continue by repeating another layer towards middle of pie with kiwi. Fill middle with raspberries and blueberries.
Mix 1 tsp Cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons jelly (currant, pomegranate, grape, any will do). Melt in small saucepan and stir until thickened. Drizzle over kiwi filling. Refrigerate until ready to eat!
Gingerbread says Christmas!
¼ Cup Butter
¼ Cup Chopped, pitted prunes
¼ Cup Boiling water
1/3 Cup Molasses
2/3 Cups Honey
1 Organic egg
1 Cup Whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1 Tsp Baking powder
½ Tsp Soda
½ Tsp Sea salt
¾ Tsp Cinnamon
¾ Tsp Ginger
¾ Tsp Nutmeg
¼ Tsp Cloves
½ Cup Boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9×9 pan with non-stick spray.
Place prunes in ¼ cup boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes then place in blender and puree. Cream the butter in mixer. Add pureed prunes. Blend in molasses, honey and egg. Slowly add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and all spices, alternating with ½ cup boiling water.
Pour into baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve with fresh whipped cream!
Apple Cherry Crisp
9 Large Organic Green Apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 12oz package of frozen, pitted cherries (or you can use fresh blueberries)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp. of cinnamon
2 Tabl. of gluten free flour
2 cups Organic rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 tsp Pink Himalyan salt
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup melted Grass-fed Butter
Toss sliced apples in large bowl with cherries, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Pile into 9×11” baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
In same bowl mix together all the topping ingredients. Spread over the top of apples. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 20 minutes at 375 then remove foil and bake an additional 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
I hope you enjoy these yummy recipes as much as my family does! Remember the 80/20 rule during the holidays…..80% of the time eat your “clean” food and 20% of the time enjoy some yummy holiday treats!
To Happy, Healthy Holidays!
P.S. Will you be ready for a gentle detox when the New Year starts? Join our 10 Day Detox class that starts January 7th!
The Holiday’s will soon be upon us and with that foods and beverages that we may not normally eat, rich, fatty, sugary and tempting. Our poor digestion can sometimes be in an uproar and heartburn hurts!