Throwback: Top 5 Recipes in every category.

Hi all you fabulous fellow foodies,

In tune with the New Year and all the resolutions swirling about in peoples minds and intention towards their healthiest, best selves in 2019, here are some personal top 5 most loved recipes in each Sweet. Raw. Free. category!

Note: Click the name of any recipe to be taken to its corresponding recipe page!

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Hot Health Reads for the New Year!

In tune with the healthier, “new” you for 2019, here are some of the hottest health reads on which you can count on with leading you towards your healthiest, most glowing, feel awesome self!

 

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There has been significant discussion of shifting knowledge and new research coming to light about what are truly healthful foods for us to be consuming, versus what are more harmful items to be eating.  We hear it all, especially certain contradictory messages, from meat as being terrible for our hearts, to then our being encouraged to consume such in abundance.  What might be the truth?  How can we decipher what is good for us or not?  This can be a tough thing to parse out, as the topic of nutrition is such a wide ranging and ever expanding one, with new research coming to light almost weekly on such.  For assistance with understanding nutrition, this can be a great introductory read: Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat your way to Lifelong Health” by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.

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Healthier Chocolate Mousse

Who doesnt love the whipped, light-as-air, though decadent and rich taste of chocolate mousse?  Non-chocolate lovers aside, this tends to be a universal crowd pleaser.  To me, chocolate mousse is romantic nights in.  Its sexy and sensual.  Wintery nights holed up by the fire.  An extravagant ending to your meal, simple in appearance, though one that wows in taste.  Behold, my version of chocolate mousse, though with no added refined sugar.

Super easy to make, tasting indulgent and delicious, though with something like half the usual amount of sugar in traditional chocolate mousse recipes.  A sweet treat worth getting psyched about, to be sure.

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Lose the wheat, lose the weight

Hi all!  Happy Holidays!  Just in time for New Years and all those health-related resolutions…

For a slightly different posting, I am going to offer a review of an excellent, health-oriented book I read recently.  “Wheat Belly: lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health” by Dr. William Davis.

With the arrival of the new year and everyone vowing to overhaul their diet and health, this article seemed an ideal topic.

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A book on my perpetually growing, never-ending, “to read” list for years that I just now got around to reading.  And wow, was this an eye-opening, sobering read indeed.

I used to tout the belief that, while bread wasn’t great for you, it was sugar that was the ultimate evil.  Sugar is horrible for your health, that truth still holds, but on reading this, I learned that wheat is the food to avoid at all costs.  At least, if you wish to remain disease free, age well, not gain tons of weight over the years (and no, exercise will not keep wheat related weight gain off), nor have neurological issues, diabetes, or heart disease.

I was absolutely flabbergasted to read just how awful wheat is for both our physical and mental well being.  It was a bit depressing (because who doesn’t love pasta?), though a mind-blowing, and thus, incredibly important read to say the least.

And further, wheat isn’t one of those things you can just “enjoy in moderation.”  Wheat is a food that, anytime even a bit of it enters your system, it wreaks havoc and sets in motion all the damage I will now describe below.

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Sweet. Raw. Free. Cookbook!

Love recipes you’ve seen or sampled on Sweet. Raw. Free? Are you an impassioned foodie at heart? A health aficionado? Motivated and inspired toward eating and living a healthier life, though not wanting to skimp or sacrifice on taste?

Then the “Sweet. Raw. Free. Cookbook” is the thing for you.

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Chock full of eye-catching, vivid photographs, coupled with easy to make, top-notch-in taste recipes, all of which fall under at least one (if not more) of the tiers of gluten/grain free, lactose-free, sugar-free, or raw, this is a lifestyle changing cookbook worth having at home.

The perfect gift for a family member, friend, romantic partner, or colleague who loves food, as well as enjoys topics related to healthier eating.  It’s also an ideal item to have on the shelf in your own kitchen at the ready. Whether you are one of those unique types who loves actually reading cookbooks (in which case, we are kindred spirits), or is just looking to shake things up in terms of your weekly menu, all while whipping up food that is scrumptious, though simultaneously great for your health, “Sweet. Raw. Free.” has you covered.

See below for a sneak peak of some of the recipes within…

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There are several versions available to suit your preference. A softcover print book, a hardcover version (with or without a dust jacket), as well as an E-Book- which is perfectly portable and thus, can be taken with you easily anywhere.

Here is the link just below for how to get your own copy (you can also find the book by going to Blurb.com and in the top right hand corner, within the search bar, typing “sweet raw free”):

Sweet. Raw. Free.
Sweet. Raw. Free.
By Brooke English
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If for some reason, the link above didn’t work, here you go:

Preview or purchase Sweet. Raw. Free. on Blurb.com here.

Have a blast cooking and baking up a plethora of decadent, delectable, healthful, and easy to make dishes, many of which are lovely to look at, and even better to eat.

With warmest regards, gratitude, and wishes,

your fellow foodie,

Brooke

 

Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I cannot imagine autumnal and winter holidays without the accompaniment of pumpkin pie.  To me, the two go hand in hand.  Cool weather celebrations, and pie.  Pecan, apple, chocolate cream, though for me the most preferred is pumpkin.  Light, subtly spiced, homey, humble, yet delightfully delicious.  This particular pumpkin pie though, is better than the rest.  Thats because, while it tastes like the best bakery made or store bought among them, its grain/gluten free, and low in sugar.  This is a pie in the sky thats actually legit 😉

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Cranberry Curd Tart

And just in time for Thanksgiving!  This tart has the slightest bite, the twang from the cranberries pairing beautifully (both literally, as you can see, as well as figuratively) with the nutty, crumbled crust.

This adapted version is gluten free and without any refined sugar.  Woo hoo!

Though its a slightly time consuming one to make, the end result is gorgeous, as well as divinely delicious.  In fact, one of the best desserts I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling, and its made by none other than Master Chef Maxx.  Yes, this is his recipe :-).

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Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Tis the season.  With autumn well under way, all things pumpkin have arrived in explosion, showcased in abundance on any and many menus.  Pastas with pumpkin, quinoa bowls with chunks of pumpkin among other autumnal flavors and ingredients, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin muffins, and of course, pumpkin donuts.

There is something about the color, that warmth induced coziness via the brilliant orange shade.  As well as of course, the spiced flavor of pumpkin desserts.  Laced through with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, all manner of comforting, cold weather friendly spices.

These pumpkin donuts?  Get super excited, because not only are they moist, cakey, delicious, subtly spiced, and easy to make.  But.  They are also gluten/grain free, lactose free, and low in sugar.  No guilt in enjoying one of these babies.  Clocking in around 250 calories each, frosting included (not an exact count, a very close estimate), they aren’t heavy on the calorie end for a sweet treat of this size and satisfaction inducing either 😉

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It is my goal over the next few weeks to perfect the pumpkin donut (albeit, a gluten/grain free, low in sugar one.  My two stipulations).

In the meantime, this is a pretty darn good start.

Note: see bottom of the recipe for a cashew maple glaze frosting and how to make it.

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Paleo Sweet Potato Lasagna

On whipping this one up for dinner, Maxx and I were skeptical.  Oh how thankfully wrong we were though.  This is, hands down, one of the best lasagnas Ive tasted.  And the jaw dropping part?  Its without noodles/wheat/grain (aka no gluten), with sweet potatoes in place of these, as well as without dairy (crushed almonds and nutritional yeast forming a cheese-like spread instead).  There is ground turkey in the dish, so its not vegan.  But its grain/gluten free, and dairy free.  Low in fat, and SO homey and delicious.

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Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Bars

Love cookie dough?  Though majorly bummed about all the flour, calories, sugar, and dairy its chock full of?  Have no fear, I’ve got ya covered.  These bars are perfect to take as a healthy sweet treat to work or elsewhere.  They take 5 minutes to throw together, are dairy free, sugar free, and grain/gluten free.  Most importantly, they taste awesome.  This is a dessert you can truly feel good about eating, no guilt included.

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