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!