The following blog posts are categorized under Desserts

Raspberry Pecan Chia Pudding

I spoke recently about superfoods and smoothies at an event in Washington, DC, and I was surprised at how many people had never tried, or even heard of chia seeds. Is that you? Chia seeds benefit us with anti-inflammatory properties; they’re a healthy source of Omega 3 fatty acids, high in fiber and protein, and smoothie lovers appreciate how they thicken naturally when these tiny seeds are added to liquid. They taste almost like old school tapioca pudding. Here’s my latest version of chia pudding. I prefer using liquid stevia to keep my sugar intake in check, but you can use whatever healthy sweetener you have in the cupboard. Fresh raspberries are abundant right now, and southern pecans make me feel like summer. Here’s hoping you love it! Ingredients 2 cup coconut milk 15 drops liquid vanilla stevia (note: you can substitute 2 tsp of maple syrup or honey if you desire) 1/2 cup whole chia seeds 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch sea salt 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder 1 cup fresh raspberries plus extra for topping 1/4 cup chopped pecans for topping 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for topping Preparation 1. In a 1-quart mason jar or other container with…

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Summer strawberry dips

  One of my favorite summer treats are fresh strawberries, a terrific source of vitamin C and bright red antioxidants, and there’s nothing like eating them right out of the…

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Sleeping Beauty Smoothie

  This delicious and decadent smoothie is perfect if you love to exercise in the evening, after work. You love your fitness routine, but don’t always have an appetite for…

“Raw” Pumpkin Pie

I’m not much of a “baker”, but I love mixing this easy dessert for the holidays; it’s a crowd pleaser. Pumpkin is a fall Superfood, loaded with vitamin A, carotenes, fiber, and antioxidants. While a pumpkin pie is definitely still a sweet treat, using raw pumpkin and natural sweeteners like dates and coconut makes it a healthful choice. I say go for it. I love using the extra raw pumpkin in smoothies, too. Here’s my favorite recipe. Raw Pumpkin Pie Crust Ingredients 2 cups of pecan or walnuts 1/4 cup of soaked dates (pitted and cut into small pieces) sea salt, dash Optional: 1/4 cup dried coconut Preparation Blend the crust ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, then press evenly in the bottom of a pie plate. Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients 2 cups of shredded whole pumpkin 2 teaspoons of finely ground almond flour (optional-this helps to hold the pie together) 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup of almond milk or rice milk to blend Preparation 1. Blend ingredients in a blender and place on top of the crust. Set in fridge for a couple hours to…

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DYNS Healthy Halloween Tricks

There is something about Halloween that causes even me, a Nutrition Coach, to feel excited. Maybe it’s the crisp air or the excitement of the kids, but I still love…

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Rock Your Vitamix

  This week I’m giving away not one, but TWO Vitamix blenders as part of my Launch with Benefits. I can’t wait to find out who is going to win…

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Watermelon Granita

  It was the last of the summer watermelons, so we had to do something special. I decided to make an icy treat. It’s 87 degrees and humid here in…

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Feeling tart? Pucker up in 5 mins!

  This sherbet is inspired by my friend Theresa, a local raw foodie and super healthy ageless beauty. She whipped this up the other day, and I couldn’t wait to…

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Yogurt and Cereal Parfait

  This is a fun treat for Sunday breakfast, or any day when my son (or my husband) needs a little treat. Ingredients Your favorite organic cereal or granola Your…

Mrs. Thompson’s Double Chocolate Smoothie

We had two of my sons friends stay with us this past week, and while it was loads of fun, and hysterically funny,  food was a big issue. I could write a quick mini-book on how to feed young teenage boys in a healthy way, and how to battle the contraband junk food bags that sneak in.. Instead I’ll share one of their favorite recipes from the week. The parents have asked for this recipe because the boys went home talking about it.  Not bad for something that’s incredibly healthy. The boys know that Mrs. Thompson feeds them organic food, and one of them is really into chia seeds, but let’s face it, they really just want it to taste good. Here you go, friend. It’s Mrs. Thompson’s Double Chocolate Smoothie. Ingredients 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I recommend Vega One, Vanilla or Chocolate, or Organic Hemp Protein) 1 tablespoon chia seeds, whole (for energy, Omega 3’s, and brain support) 1 tablespoon raw organic cocoa powder (for an energy boost, endorphins, and high levels of antioxidants) 1 tablespoon raw organic cocoa nibs (same as above and to add a little bit of crunch) 1 tablespoon raw organic coconut flakes…

 
 
 
 
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