Winter Slaw with Pears and Cranberries + 15 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

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pear-and-cranberyy-slawI hope you don’t mind me butting in here, but I know that many of you (and me) are going to festive parties, and I thought I would share my 15 healthy holiday eating tips with you. These are probably common sense, and you know them already, but if you are like me it is always good to have them written down and reiterated. At this time of year my healthy weight management workshops always drift onto how we can merrily eat and drink all of the holiday goodies but keep a handle (not lovehandle) on the old kilograms. These little tips may help. Some are for the cook, some are for partyers, some are for dining out; a whole paragraph is devoted to negotiating that desk that always seems to have a plate of Christmas sugar cookies on it. Something for everyone, in other words.

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Noon Barbari (Persian Bread) & Nazkhatun (Eggplant dip)


NazkhatunI have been meaning to make this bread and this dip for sometime now. In March I had visited my parents in Kuwait and we ate nazkhatun at a Persian restaurant. It was delicious and an instant hit on our table. It does need a special ingredient – pomegranate molasses which adds this amazing flavor to the dip and make it unique. The dip has this tart flavor from the molasses and the freshness from mint – all this complimented with the smokiness of eggplant (which comes from grilling the eggplant) makes one dynamic combination of flavors. Although I didn’t but you can also add some pomegranate seeds in the dip for sudden bursts of flavor.

The bread – noon barbari  is a lot like naan, the Indian bread you mostly  get at the restaurants….and I am pretty sure that the word  noon is connected with naan somewhere…

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ferrero rocher copycat recipe (and it’s gluten free)

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gluten free ferrero roche. gf and meBeen missing Ferrero Rocher since you went gluten free? Well Geoff has. It used to be one of his holiday favorites, so this year we decided to try to make some that were gluten free. The results were incredible – although perhaps not as pretty as those little gold and silver foil-wrapped balls of chocolate! We did, however, feed them to some unsuspecting gluten eaters who all said they liked these even better than the original. In fact, they ordered requested we make more! If you like nutella and chocolate then this is the recipe for you!

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Healthy Low Sugar Desserts

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas



Dark Chocolate

Unsalted Nuts

Freeze chunks of banana in the freezer.

Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave.

(make sure to stir every 20 seconds until the chocolate is smooth)

Dip the frozen bananas in the chocolate.

Roll the chocolate dipped bananas in the unsalted nuts.

Place them back in the freezer until the chocolate freezes and then enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Apple Bites with Blueberries

Healthy Snacks

2 thin slices of apple

2 teaspoons of peanut butter

1⁄4 banana, sliced

1⁄8 teaspoon of sugar

1⁄8 teaspoon of cinnamon

14 blueberries


Place apple slices on a flat surface and spread peanut butter onto the apple slices. Then place the sliced banana on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (if desired) and top off with blueberries. If you don’t like peanut butter you can substitute with Nutella.

Healthy Desert Option: Old Fashioned Fruit Crumble


This old-fashioned fruit crumble recipe makes 4 servings in roughly 40 minutes. The preparation time is only 10 minutes so it’s a delicious alternative to enjoy for desert instead of a high calorie cheesecake or chocolate cake. Below are the ingredients, preparation and nutrition calculations. Enjoy!


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, such as blueberries, peaches, plums
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat or all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine fruit with granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and orange juice. Divide among four 6-ounce ovenproof ramekins. Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Drizzle with oil and stir to blend together. Sprinkle the fruit mixture on top. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is a golden brown approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 252 calories; 11 g fat ( 1 g sat , 7 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;5 g fiber; 1 mg sodium; 179 mg potassium.

Halloween: Recovery Mode

Costumes, candy and parties! Most college students are still avid celebrators of Halloween. Now that it’s over we know that you’re probably going to wake up feeling sluggish after filling up on all those sweets! Many people think that it’s really hard to get over that sugar rush, but it is actually pretty simple. Rebuild your body with these tips on what to eat the day after.

1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

2.  Eating protein will stabilize your body by providing amino acids to rebuild.

3. Eat healthy fats to feel satisfied and stabilize your blood sugar.

4. Get a serving of vegetables and fruits (be careful with the amount of sugar) to boost your mineral intake and your energy.Image

Iron Machine Energy Booster

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Iron deficiency can leave you feeling tired so next time you make a smoothie try incorporating spinach and kale. Try this tasty smoothie!
½ banana
Chopped mangos
Chopped pineapples
Ice cubes
*Bonus: Instead of the fruits listed above, try a citrus fruit to boost Vitamin C uptake for a great energy booster!