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Getting fiber into the day with a low carb diet can be a challenge. This delicious organic oat bran galette makes it easy. One serving size (1/3 cup) delivers 7 grams of fiber and the organic flaxseed has 3 grams in a serving (1TBS)
Best of all, it tastes fabulous and it will fill you up for hours, thus preventing the urge to snack on less than beneficial foods. Important note: DRINK LOTS OF WATER after your oat bran to enhance the sponge like effect of pulling toxins off your colon walls. Flush the Fat my Friends!
Some of my clients eat their oat bran in yogurt or even plain. Any way you get it in is good, but nothing beats the galette for flavor and the always vital Happiness Factor! We are happy when we are not hungry. You will never be hungry after a galette…promise.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup oat bran
1TBSP milled flaxseed
1 egg white
2TBSP cottage cheese
Apple slices
Cinnamon and xylitol

Spray sauté pan generously with non stick spray
Cook like a pancake, flipping once or twice
Garnish with more apples
Enjoy with plenty of water

For a more savory galette add slices of turkey

Scrumptious Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.

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Healthy ice cream with no sugar!
Even though the vanilla ice cream I made yesterday had less sugar and dairy than the recipe actually called for, it still made me feel lousy. My nose feels like I can’t breathe and the sugar makes me feel tired and hung-over. So I have to keep reminding myself that if you are committed to eating a PURE DIET then you must avoid the offending culprits…which is difficult since they taste so good at the time of consumption. Lest we forget our mantra: A minute on the lips….forever on the hips…even if your hips don’t concern you, your health certainly should. Sugar is acidic ….bad, bad, BAD. Enough said. Just avoid it.
My solution was to make this SCRUMPTIOUS Strawberry Ice Cream with NO sugar and the teeniest smidgen of dairy in the form of organic half & half.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup xylitol
1 can cream of coconut
1/4 cup organic half & half
1 envelope of gelatin (Knox plain)
1 cup pureed organic strawberries

First warm almond milk in pan but do not boil
Add gelatin which has been dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
cool mixture
I added it all to my Kitchen Aid mixer, blended and then put in refrigerator while we took a bike ride to the beach down the road…
Next poured into pre frozen ice cream maker for 20-25 minutes
Ate for breakfast this morning with strawberry garnish sprinkled with xylitol. AH-MAZING!

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Who can resist the call of ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Memories of the ding-a-ling-ring of the ice cream truck at the beach and down the road…sometimes my parents actually said YES…My lucky kids with the freezer full of popsicles, Nutty Buddies, Eskimo Bars and MORE…
Lately I have been limiting myself to ONE (count em) soft serve kiddie size twist
cone per summer at our fav local Cape Cod spot: Captain Frosty’s. Or, if I am with my children and throwing caution to the wind: The Ice Cream Smuggler where they make their own ice-cream . It is ridiculously rich, creamy, sweet, and of course delicious. But I feel terrible after I eat it! If you attempt a healthy diet with little to no white sugar you will find your lack of tolerance to these offending foods is dramatic! Now, thanks to my exciting new appliance purchased this week at my new home-away-from-home: Bed Bath & Beyond, I am making a new healthy treat every day! Without sugar!
My husband only likes vanilla ice cream and has sworn off it this year. He was eating about a half gallon per day. No exaggeration! He added it to his protein shakes. But still….insane.
So I made him vanilla ice cream in my Cuisinart and he loved it. He appraises everything I make with a suspicious eye of course: “so, what’s in it Honey?”
(Deep -fear- of- healthy- ingredients- syndrome.)
Of course I lied.
Ingredients:
2 cups Almond Milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup xylitol
1 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
1 cup organic half & half
1/2 cup heavy cream
Mix together until sugar dissolves then pour into pre chilled ice cream maker to churn for 20 minutes. “Cure” in freezer for a few hours. Enjoy for breakfast the next day with fresh fruit…or serve in a cone like i did for my husband! Yum!

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There is not much I won’t do to make a birthday celebration special…my baby girl turning 24 seemed like a good reason to make her homemade ice cream. I borrowed a machine and found a vegan recipe that looked easy and healthy. The recipe called for coconut milk but I went hog wild and used coconut cream. Avocados are not a favorite of mine so I was a bit wary. The good news is the avocado flavor was not at all distinguishable but it gave the ice cream a creamy texture and a velvety mouth feel. The finish was dreamy on my palate. What a nice surprise!
Ingredients:

5 organic limes
1 cup maple syrup
2 ripe avocado
1 can coconut cream

Zest a TBSP of lime
Juice from 5 limes
Mix all ingredients in a blender
Add to ice cream machine

Simple and quick (especially if you have helpers like I did for the zesting and juicing)
Use a micro zesting grater for best results. Top with a sprig of mint. Keeps well in freezer and was a nice refreshing treat the next day too.

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Is it possible some people do not know how to give a proper compliment? Or even worse, are there people who never give compliments?
My two darling daughters know how to compliment me so well. “Mom your hair looks perfect!” and my favorite from my baby girl ” Awww you look so pretty today Mamma!” Their compliments always take me by surprise and make me feel so happy. Of course, they can turn off the charm just as efficiently: “MOM stop shopping in the Junior Department!” “Ma, those jeans make your butt look big!” Or as I call them: the classic anti-compliment! But, as long as it is delivered from a place of love I can accept it. Yesterday, I received what I classify as a compliment gone wrong. Standing at the check out counter at a shop I often frequent I hear: “you look good today” from the cashier. I peered at her from under my huge sunglasses and shake my head denying her compliment and she reiterates once again: “No! You look good today!” All my brain is thinking is: “gee I must look really terrible on most days” but of course that is not how she meant it. (I hope!) So I got to thinking about how words really do have power and how sensitive we all are to compliments. I bet you can still recall some of the best compliments you have received. As women we do expect them when we have made “the effort” as I am fond of calling it. If I take the time to do my hair, makeup, nails, outfit etc he had darn well better take note eh? Some men are experts at this and others fail miserably….but I bet we all can fondly remember the ones who were lavish with compliments. Of particular interest is the compliment from a friend who is happy if you look good… just do not look better than her….then you will often get criticism as way of punishment for looking too good! Women are funny like that. We are all secretly competitive with each other.
My husband does compliment me nicely before we go out. But like I said: I made the effort! “Fine food takes time to prepare” as some menu’s have pointed out…just in case you are too ignorant to realize that fact we -will -spell- it- out. If I take too long getting ready for Date Night I gently remind my spouse of that menu slogan. I am, after all, fine food!
How to deliver a good compliment? Keep it sincere and genuine.
If you are new to this world keep is simple. Start small: “Your manicure looks great!” “What a pretty ring!” As you become braver work up to:”Beautiful hair!”
Be specific: “that shade of blue is great on you” “Your hair is so shiny” “OMG your waist looks so tiny in that dress” “Pilates is agreeing with you” “fabulous shoes”
And you can never go wrong with the flat out over the top enthusiastic “Gorgeous!” as long as you are genuine and sincere.
What about people who have never once uttered a kind compliment ever? We all know one! It is strange because when you do compliment them they soak it up, but they never return a compliment. My theory is that the people most likely to give compliments are the people who are the most secure, and the happiest with themselves. They have a lot of love to give and they enjoy spreading the cheer. So get out there today and give a compliment and see how pleasantly surprised you may be at the response. Most of us go into denial mode like I did yesterday but that is not a good trait either. Accept the nicety with a gracious response and try not to go into self deprecating mode. “It is better to give than receive” may be true of compliments my friends….and by the way you look STUNNING in that outfit!

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Today I receive a lovely letter from my college roommate Judy. She is one of the few, if not the only person I know who still write letters. I had such a hectic day on my schedule that I looked longingly at that letter, wondering when I would have time to read it ….then in a moment my whole day changed. Some clients cancelled and I was in shock to have hours of free time! Not only did the letter get read, but I sat down, wrote a letter back, put a stamp on it and went to the Post Office down the Lane and mailed it! This sounds like such a simple task but it was actually pretty wonderful for me. I thought of my Mother who wrote letters and mailed cards to a LONG list of people on a regular basis. She never missed anyone’s birthday. Now Mom has passed away, and this year will be the first year many of us will not be getting that sweet card from her. Her Mother, my Grannie was also a gal who wrote letters. Grannie had many friends! She mailed cards for every birthday……that generation had no email, no cell phone, they happily made the effort to write, took the time to write.
Today I took the time to write…and that is how it felt …right.

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When I think of my dear Dad I always smile. He had the most outrageous sense of humor. He could make almost everything funny and admitted to taking very little seriously. When he was an officer in the Marine Corps and teaching amphibious warfare to Army officers he was famous for cracking jokes. One day a student asked him if he took anything seriously, and his answer surprised them. Yes, he said, my religion! Shortly after which he resigned his Lieutenant Colonel post to pursue a more meaningful way of life. My Dad made me a very confidant person. He was lavish with praise and encouraged my writing. He loved reading my poems, even the really terrible ones. The word “CONGRATULATIONS!” is one I heard over and over from him. His enthusiasm was amazing. I am so grateful that my Dad instilled that love for enthusiastic living in me. His health kicks bordered on fanatical and I can appreciate that too. Today I was blessed to see my sweet husband carry his little 2 year old Grandson in his arms at the local car show. His enthusiasm for that little boy reminded me of my Father…Big, strong, and never tiring of holding a child. Big hearted men are a gift to this world, I am glad I had one as a child and so very happy to have one now as a husband. And yes, I made him his favorite cookies today. If my Dad was still on earth with us I would have made him a nice big glass of carrot juice. I can hear him now: “Congratulations!”

Tonight I made my first ever Moscow Mule cocktail and let me report that I am delighted with the outcome! I had never heard of this wonderful drink until I got my beloved copper drinking mug at Amazon. Except for the vodka, this could be considered a fairly health drink! The ginger beer has 12 calories an ounce and I only used 2-3 ounces… Not too bad. I used organic limes and would have used Crop Organic Vodka if I had it. Topped off with fresh mint from the garden and it is as refreshing as it looks. Delish! If you don’t have a copper cup (yet) use a tall Collins glass.
Recipe:
Fill glass with ice
Pour 2 oz vodka
Squeeze 1/2 a lime then toss it in glass
Add 2-3 oz non alcoholic ginger beer ( I used Reeds)
Sprig of mint
Cheers!

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On a cold rainy dank and dreary day like today my sauna calls out me me! “Come, come my chilled and cranky friend, come sit within my warm comforting birch scented walls! Let me cradle you with far infar red energy! Let me warm you to the bone and flush out those nasty toxins! Let me help you procrastinate even longer….the laundry will still be waiting for you when you get out of the sauna…come, come my cold cranky friend!”

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