GOOD FAT FUDGE

Good Fat Fudge on Plate 1

“A truly dramatic shift in Americans’ eating behavior is playing out in the area of fat consumption. Animal fats, demonized for decades as prime contributors to obesity and heart disease, are being rehabilitated as new research calls their culpability into question. The emerging generation of Millennial consumers has embraced animal fats for their chemical-free purity, and at the same time the Food and Drug Administration has outlawed artificial, plant-based trans fats. The net result is a big, fat renaissance for classic ingredients like butter, lard,…

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QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE-IN-A-CUP

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You could be eating ooey, gooey, chocolatey cake in a matter of minutes! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons almond flour 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt 1 large egg 1 tablespoon Natural Mate,* equal to 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips 2 tablespoons additional sugar-free chocolate chips for topping Whipped cream or ice cream and berries for garnish, optional Directions: Combine almond and coconut…

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CRISP WAFFLES AND LOW-CARB MAPLE SYRUP WITH VIDEO

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If you think hot, crisp waffles, topped with butter and thick, sweet maple syrup are off the table on a low-carb diet, I’ve got good news for you! LOW CARB MAPLE SYRUP This simple, no-cook faux maple syrup adds the final touch for my new waffles. The syrup becomes thicker and clearer after it stands; make it first so you will have it on hand when you get the urge to indulge.  Ingredients: 1/3 cup Natural Mate,* equal to 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum…

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CHOCOLATE GLAZED PECANS

These are wonderful as a sweet treat or a snack. Chopped, they make a crunchy topping for ice cream or desserts. 2 cups raw pecan halves 2 large egg whites 1 teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract High intensity sugar substitute equal to ½ cup of sugar* A few grains of salt 1 tablespoon cocoa powder Preheat oven to 300ºF. Spread the nuts in a shallow pan and bake for 5 minutes to crisp and dry. Let cool.Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until foamy. Stir in vanilla extract,…

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WHITE CHOCOLATE PECAN BARK

    I made low-carb Christmas cookies for my husband but I’m still on an elimination diet trying to figure out what I’m allergic to. Chocolate, dairy, almonds, eggs, gluten, sugar, and foods that are high in Chromium (which includes almost everything, animal, vegetable, and mineral!) are off limits for now. This is the most innocent treat I could come up with that I could eat. I’ve only made it once, but it was very good. Ingredients:1/3 cup coconut oil1/3 cup coconut manna (may be…

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COCO-CHOCO-CHIA BARS

This is another of my favorite recipes from Nourished. Is it candy or cookies? You can decide. They are good and good for you! Nourished contains a total of 237 recipes including: Vanilla Spice Broiled Chicken, Home Fries, Cheddar Biscuits with Butter and Jam, Candied Fennel Tart, and Raspberry Marshmallows. (The Amazon Bookmatch sale is still in effect!) COCO-CHOCO-CHIA BARS Chocolate, coconut, walnuts, whey protein, chia, and pasture butter are known to possess remarkably healthful properties. These moist, chewy bars could qualify as super-food candy; it’s…

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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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THE PUDDING OF HAPPINESS

Pudding Cups Judy Barnes Baker

My husband counts the pills I put out for him in the morning to be sure I didn’t sneak in anything new. If he doesn’t recognize one, I have to show him the bottle. Once, when my children were small, I overheard my vegetable-phobic son whisper to his sister, “Don’t eat the spaghetti~she put PARSLEY in it!” The only foolproof way I’ve discovered to convince the people I care about to eat things that are good for them is to turn them into foods they can’t resist! I call this the “pudding of…

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COOKIES FOR EVERYONE

Here is my first new recipe since discovering that I am allergic to eggs, almonds, and possibly dairy products. (The jury is still out on some dairy, but for now, it’s off limits.) It cheered me up immensely that these were so good. This is my new reality, but food allergies are so common now that it is probably a good idea to include options for customizing when writing recipes anyway. So whatever diet you follow, Paleo, Primal, Atkins, LC/HF (low-carb/high-fat), gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or almost any other plan, you can have…

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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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THE ESSENCE OF SPRING: RHUBARB SHORTCAKE

My rhubarb plants start testing the air in mid-winter, sending up ruffled probes through the mulch to ask, “Is it time yet?” Those persistent little sprouts are always a cheerful reminder that Spring will eventually come, no matter how remote it seems on a cold, gloomy day. The strawberries are not yet planted, but the rhubarb was ready to harvest before the daffodils budded. I topped my Yogurt Biscuits with roasted rhubarb in a vanilla-scented syrup and whipped cream to make shortcakes, the perfect dessert to welcome the season! RHUBARB SHORTCAKES Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 lb  rhubarb, trimmed and sliced 1-inch thick (about…

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