A FAMILY TRADITION ENDURES AND HEALTHFUL EGGNOG

My husband, Dean, has made gingerbread houses for the grandkids to decorate since they were very small (the oldest just turned 20). They were pleased that he was able to continue the tradition this year despite his recent hospital stay. I made hot chocolate for the kids but Dean doesn’t like hot drinks, so I made eggnog for him. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner!  I haven’t been able to persuade him to join me in my morning regimen of Butter…

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BUTTER: GOOD, BETTER, BEST, AND BUTTER COFFEE

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Butter is good. Clarified butter is better. Nearly everyone can eat clarified butter. It contains no sugar (lactose), no protein (casein or whey), and it is usually tolerated even by those who are allergic to dairy. It can be stored at room temperature and it makes a perfect fat for cooking because it won’t burn, even at frying temperatures. If it is made from the milk of Jersey* cows eating fresh, green grass, it is better yet. I’ve been making my own clarified butter from organic,…

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SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINKS

I have always used the plain water button that is on most soft drink dispensers, but I never noticed the one marked “soda” until Dr. Eades mentioned on his blog (http://www.proteinpower.com) that he and his wife use it to get a sugar-free, carbonated beverage at restaurants. I took it a step further. Many restaurants provide lemon slices on the counter along with the straws and napkins, especially if tea is one of the choices, so now that I know the trick, I make my own “real” pop…

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LOW-CARB MILK

  I had a request from a reader for my low-carb milk recipe. It is featured in both Nourished and Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat. Milk Lactose, or milk sugar, tastes less sweet than other forms of sugar, but each 8-ounce serving of milk, including low-fat and non-fat milk, contains the equivalent of 3 teaspoonfuls of table sugar. By using the protein and cream components of real milk and replacing just the sugar, you can make your own delicious, low-carb milk. 2 tablespoons plain whey…

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SANGRIA

Red wine has been shown to have a positive effect on health and the high rate of wine consumption in France is often used to explain the seeming paradox that the French have a lower rate of heart disease than we do even though they eat a diet high in animal fats. I think they are healthier because of the butter and duck fat, not in spite of it, but the resveratrol in the wine probably doesn’t hurt. SANGRIA 1 whole lime, sliced and seeded 1/2…

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BULLETPROOF® CHOCOLATE BARS

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (one not shared by a Paleo cave dweller) you have probably heard about Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Executive, and his magic coffee. Dave is the computer genius and entrepreneur who hacked his own biology, upgraded his brain by more than 20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 pounds without exercise while eating over 4,000 calories a day. Dave’s recipe for Bulletproof® Coffee is here. He says, “Try this just once, with only 2 tbsp. butter, and have nothing…

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BRANDIED CRANBERRIES

This was one of three new recipes I made for Thanksgiving this year. I made some more today and put it in jars so I will have enough to last through the holidays. It is luscious, easy, more versatile and even prettier than cranberry sauce. Ingredients: 2 cups (220 grams or about ½ pound) fresh cranberries 2 cups water Sugar substitute equal to 1 cup sugar * 2 to 3 tablespoons brandy or to taste A sprinkle of salt Directions: Wash cranberries and drain well, removing any…

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VIDEO #2: THREE EZ LIME DRINKS

EZ LIMEADE Sweetened beverages are said to be the #1 source of calories in the diet of Americans.* Each 12-ounce serving of regular cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. Why so much? Carbonated water tastes bitter and it takes a lot of sugar to counteract it. (Taste a flat Cola to see how sickeningly sweet it is.) Make your own drinks for your family using fresh ingredients and get the sugar and caffeine out. Per serving: 1 cup water 2 tablespoons…

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SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE YOUR MIDDLE

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I was probably one of the first people to pre-order the new book, The 6 Week Cure for the Middle Aged Middle, by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades. When the publication date passed and others were already blogging and posting about it, and I still hadn’t received my copy, I gave up and ordered it again. Then I had to read it, collect the necessities, and wait for a time when my husband, whom I shall hereafter refer to as “D,” would be home…

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A GOOD DAY FOR A CUP OF HOT COCOA?

Have you discovered Wondercocoa™? It has half the carbs of regular Dutched cocoa and almost no caffeine. (It also has no fat, but since cocoa butter is one of the good fats, that’s not especially important.) HOT COCOA RECIPE One serving of Wondercocoa has 1 net gram of carbohydrate, no fat, and it is 99.7 % caffeine free. The label states that the fat is removed by mechanical pressing. If you use Wondercocoa™ and liquid sucralose, a rich, creamy, cup of cocoa is almost a…

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A HEALTHFUL SOFT DRINK AND FLU ADVICE

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Dr. Eades mentioned in his blog a few days ago that he and his wife use the soda water button on pop dispensers for a sugar-free, carbonated drink at restaurants. He even included a picture of the little button so you’ll know what to look for: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/photo-diet-diary/photo-food-diary-tuesday-dec-2-2008/. I usually use the plain water button that is on most soft drink dispensers, but I never noticed one marked “soda.” I think this is a great idea. Many restaurants provide lemon slices on the counter along with…

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