FRUIT AND NUT TREATS

I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty good and the Chia Orange flavor has no flax, but lists dates as the first ingredient and also contains raisins. They have 12 net grams of carbs per ounce (two small squares). I thought I could do better. I kept the…

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PROTEIN BARS

The recipe for these bars is one my favorites from Nourished. They make a healthful addition to your repertoire of holiday cookies as well as great bars for snacking. Wrap them in parchment paper and then in foil to use as a portable lunchbox treat, much less expensive than purchased protein bars. Ingredients: ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. (1½ ounces) almond flour or meal 1 cup (about 4 ounces) of almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mixture ½ cup (1 ounce) unsweetened, flaked coconut ¼ cup (2 ounces) creamy nut or…

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SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM IFBC

The International Food Bloggers Conference has come and gone and I’m just now getting around to posting my wrap up. Dorie Greenspan, the soft spoken and delightful author of Around My French Table and food blogger extraordinaire, was the keynote speaker. Her message was, “Say yes and follow your dream,” even to the things that terrify you, “always say yes.” We had to make difficult decisions about which of the many wonderful sessions to attend; there were food tastings and lectures and demos on food photography, story telling, cooking, and technical subjects…

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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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MENU FOR VALENTINES DAY

Here’s what I made for my Valentine: Sliced tomatoes with Fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil Crispy Braised Duck Legs with Vegetables (from my section in Low-Carbing Among Friends Vol.3) Oven Roasted Asparagus (from Nourished) Cranberry Sauce (also from Nourished) Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream Everything was really easy (don’t tell my husband). The pie is a cherry version of my Three Fruit pie from a previous blog post here: http://goo.gl/Ztb0c I prebaked the bottom crust and a separate crust round for the top, cooked the…

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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 #3: EZ CREAMY STAWBERRY PIE

EZ CREAMY STRAWBERRY PIE This luscious strawberry pie is low-carb, gluten-free, and probably the easiest pie you will ever make! Ingredients: 1 (9-inch) Almond Pie Crust, recipe below, baked and cooled 8 ounces frozen strawberries (to make 1/2 cup of cooked puree) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 10 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 16 ounces (two 8-ounce tubs) whipped cream cheese 8 ounces plain, Greek yogurt with live cultures 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Liquid sweetener, such as EZ-Sweetz* or LC-Sweet, equal to 14 tbs of sugar A few grains of…

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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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Video #1: EZ Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Gourmet, chocolate-dipped treats are the perfect gift for the special someone in your life. Easy to make and not just good, but good for you! Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. Ingredients: 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1/4 teaspoon (24 drops) EZ-Sweetz or other liquid sweetener equal to 1/2 cup sugar A second liquid sweetener, such as stevia, equal to 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons no-trans-fat shortening, such as Spectrum, or use coconut oil* A few grains of salt 12 to 16 fresh…

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STRAWBERRY SEASON

Strawberries are in season, and this is the only time of the year when you can experience them as nature intended, freshly-picked, ripe, and sweet. Even so, you may have to seek out a local produce stand or farmer’s market, as the best varieties are too fragile and ephemeral to make it to the supermarket. I bought the berries in the picture above from Flower World, a large nursery that has a produce store that sells garden-fresh fruits and vegetables as well as eggs from their chickens out back. The eggs are often still warm…

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