Friday, April 14, 2017

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding

Simple treat perfect for a sweets craving--cocoa and raspberries are always a nice duo :)

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 12-oz bag frozen raspberries
1/2 c organic cocoa powder
3-4 tbs grass-fed gelatin powder (Great Lakes brand)
1/4 c xylitol (Designs for Health)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
Garnish: raw cacao nibs or fresh raspberries

1. Put all ingredients in high-speed blender and combine until smooth. May need to tamper.
2. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set up.
3. Enjoy!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Blueberry Sauce

My mom requested "something lemony and creamy" for her birthday dessert, and this recipe was borne. Very satisfying, but not over the top rich or sweet. Keep it simple and make the filling minus the crust to serve in ramekins with fresh berries as a simple treat. 

Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Blueberry Sauce
(Makes 24 small bars)

2 Large eggs
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
¼ cup xylitol
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Cheesecake filling:
3 packages full-fat organic cream cheese
3 large eggs
½ cup xylitol
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
8-10 drops doTerra lemon essential oil
Garnish: organic lemon zest

Blueberry topping (optional):
One 10oz bag frozen blueberries
2 tbs xylitol
2 tbs arrowroot

For crust:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix all crust ingredients together. Add more coconut oil or butter if too dry.
3. Evenly distribute crust mixture in 9” x 13” pan.
4. Bake crust for 18-20 minutes at 325 degrees.

For cheesecake, topping and assembly:
1. While crust is baking, place all filling ingredients in large mixing bowl and combine with hand mixer until fully incorporated.
2. Once crust is lightly browned, remove from oven (leave oven on).
3. Spread cheesecake mixture evenly over crust.
4. Garnish with lemon zest.
5. Bake cheesecake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
6. Make topping: put blueberries, xylitol and arrowroot in saucepan and heat over medium, stir intermittently till warm and gooey.
7. Once done, allow to cool and then set in fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm.
8. Slice into bars. Top with blueberry sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt.
9. Enjoy!

Variation without crust:
Make filling and pour into ramekins.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
Top with blueberry sauce and enjoy.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keto Cocoa Cookies

Pittsburgh weddings often have a "cookie table" to pay homage to Eastern European tradition. My keto-loving friends recently wed, and I made a batch of these simple low-carb treats to celebrate :)

Keto Cocoa Cookies 

1 ¼ cup almond butter
2 large eggs
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2-3 tsps stevia
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup raw cacao nibs (optional)

½ cup almond butter
¼ cup coconut cream
2 tsps stevia

1. Blend all ingredients in blender until thick paste forms.
2. Scoop out paste and hand roll into balls.
3. Place balls on baking sheet and flatten with fork, criss cross style.
4. Bake at 300 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
5. While cookies bake, make frosting: combine all ingredients in bowl and mix with hang mixer until combined.
6. Once cookies have baked and cooled, garnish with frosting. Add a sprinkle of sea salt if desired.
7. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Green Zinger smoothie

I love the zing of the ginger in this smoothie, loaded with protein and good fat, a meal in a jar!

Green Zinger Smoothie

1 cup coconut water
1 cup filtered water
1 6oz bag organic spinach
2 tbs MCT oil
1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or 1/2 banana)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2" piece fresh ginger
1-2 tsps stevia
2 tbs collagen
1/2 tsp sea salt

1. Blend all ingredients.
2. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash Boats

I love the versatility of spaghetti squash, a low starch veggie with satisfying texture. What's not to like? These squash boats are simple to make, fun to eat, and pretty enough to serve for a dinner party. The recipe is easily modified, feel free to load up the boats with your fave veggies or other healthy proteins.

Spaghetti Squash Boats
Serves 8

4 medium spaghetti squash
1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1-2 cups organic marinara sauce (no sugar), depending on preference for amount of liquid
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Olive oil (for sauteing)
Optional toppings: feta cheese or roasted cauliflower crumbles,  fresh basil

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place cut side down in a baking dish with 1/2" of filtered water. Bake, uncovered for 35- 40 minutes or until tender.
3. While squash is baking, saute minced garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or pan until fragrant.
4. Add remaining filling ingredients to skillet and cook until meat is no longer pink.
5. Remove cooked squash from oven. When cool enough to handle, scoop out squash, separating strands with a fork.
6. Fill shells with cooked beef mixture.
7. Garnish and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why I went gluten-free...

My Interview on Gluten-Freeway

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by my dear fellow-health nut and gluten-free baker extraordinaire friend Lauren Marts on her YouTube show Gluten-Freeway (interviews take place whilst driving). We delved into GMO dangers, healing the gut, our most missed gluten containing foods and more. Tons o' fun! Lauren is the best.

Check out our interview and Ms. Marts's amazing gluten-free goodies on her site Baked True North.

Direct interview link for viewing: YouTube

Enjoy! XO.

Probiotic Ginger Fizz

Start the day right with my ginger fizz, full of anti-inflammatory and probiotic ingredients to support gut health and healing 💪🏻 Cheers!

Probiotic Ginger Fizz

3 cups filtered water (or brewed tea for more flavor)
1 two inch piece of fresh ginger
3 tbs raw ACV (Bragg's brand)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tbs MCT oil
1 tsp Stevita stevia
pinch of sea salt
3 tbs grass-fed collagen (optional)
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (optional)

1. Blend all ingredients, adjust for taste as needed and enjoy!