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Monday, October 1, 2012

My Cookbook

My Cookbook Is Here!

Mindful and Intentional Eating
Healthy Desserts That Nourish The Body
by Lisa Mitchell

This wonderful compilation of over a year's worth of tried, tested and tweaked  healthy dessert recipes that nourish your body is all gathered for you in two easy to use cookbooks!  A gorgeous hardcover edition of 11 x 8 1/2 shows all 17 recipes in their beautiful photographic glory.  The smaller soft cover edition makes it easy to keep these special recipes at your finger tips in the kitchen. 

After leaving my own cake and event business to pursue a healthier lifestyle, I was compelled and determined to find alternatives to bake again!  I researched healthy replacements for refined sugars and flour and found there are wonderful choices of real and natural products available to us that taste great and don't contribute to disease and all the complications associated with processed and refined foods.  

After gathering piles of books from the library, purchasing books from internet sources and endless hours of pouring over internet blogs, I compiled a notebook full of recipes to "try".  So, the baking began.  And I baked and I baked I and baked.  I sent cupcakes to elementary schools to try, desserts were tested in the high school cafeteria, the UPS man was not exempt  from a cuppie or two, and many a treats were tested at the White House itself!  After tasting and tweaking, the results were astonishing without one poor review.  So, with all my passion and conviction, I share these recipes with you in my self made, self published gathering of healthy desserts that nourish your body! 

See a page from the books below and order your copy here from my blog, by just clicking the size you prefer and the "Buy Here" button on the upper right.  I know you will enjoy these recipes as much I have. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Strawberry Cupcakes The Healthy Way

Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes
with Healthy "Buttercream" Frosting

Wonderful test trial results yesterday for a delicious healthy, high protein, low carb, no refined flour or sugar strawberry cupcake.  I worked on it all day with a few tweaks to my healthy no sugar buttercream frosting to go with it.  See the recipes below!

Being a cake decorator, I still hold the constant pull to make these healthy cupcakes with design and color while still staying true to the low sugar aspect.  So I have decided to practice decorating them with colorful liners and tiny PUSH MOLDS made especially for the smaller cuppies that fit so well in the Babycakes cupcake machine.  I am going to come out with my own line of decorative petite push molds soon that will fit perfectly with these tiny bites of delight! This will allow everyone to simply put a tiny bit of fondant or my healthy cream cheese recipe in a shallow mold and release for an easy breezy cupcake topper.   BUT first, I have to get the new cookbook up and running....just waiting for some last minute copy editing and it will be available soon. Get ready to nourish your body with intention and color!!  

Strawberry Cupcakes
adapted from Elana Amsterdam's "The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook"

2 large organic eggs
1/4 C grapeseed oil
1/2 C (minus 1 T) raw organic agave nectar
2 T Polaner All Fruit Spread, strawberry flavor
1 T pure vanilla extract or the inside of one vanilla bean
1T freshly squeezed lemon juice
10 drops of strawberry LorAnn candy flavoring
4 chopped fresh strawberries
2 1/2 C blanched almond flour
1/2 t baking soda

Combine all wet ingredients, except fresh strawberries, in a mixing bowl, mix gently with a hand mixer.  Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, mix into wet ingredients slowly to combine.  Fold in strawberry pieces.  Batter will be thick and easy to spoon into cupcake liners.  

For the tiny cuppie liners, perfect for the Babycakes Cupcake Machine, 1 T batter works perfectly.  I bake them in the machine for exactly 6 minutes.  For the oven, bake at 350 for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until slightly brown on top and test stick comes out dry.  For larger cupcake liners, 2 T batter and bake at 350 for approximately 18-20 minutes. 

Healthy "Buttercream" Frosting

1/2 C (1 stick) Spectrum  or Earth Balance all vegetable vegan shortening
1/2 C (1 stick) organic butter 
3/4 C of  organic raw agave nectar
1/4 - 1/2 C organic dry skim milk
2 packs dry Stevia
1/2 t meringue or egg white powder
1 T vanilla extract (or other)

Beat with hand mixer and chill for about  2 hrs to stiffen, add more dry milk if it needs a touch more stiffener.  

Spread or pipe through a piping bag.

I put in 10 drops of LorAnn strawberry oil flavoring and a t of lemon extract for this recipe. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life Changing Matcha Tea

Matcha Tea

Matcha Tea, photo by Diff Sky

I had been hearing a lot about this "Matcha Tea" through the health circuit grapevine and really didn't think it was more than some other green tea.  Well I finally researched it, and was amazed at the power house of antioxidants and amazing health benefits it DID have!  It boasts over 1,000 times more anti cancer and anti aging benefits as even blueberries.  So I decided to check it out and pick some up.  I changed out my morning coffee for this amazing tea powder.  I purchased some flax milk (starting my day out with over 1,200 mg of omega fatty acids for good mood, lowering cholesterol, and increasing metabolism) then adding a cinnamon stick to the milk for reducing insulin resistance and a piece of fresh ginger to control the body's inflammation.  After it heated up to about 170 degrees, I added and stirred in a teaspoon of the Matcha tea powder.  WOW, within a day I could feel the affects of it's energy boost without the crash, it's emotional calming affect and the best of all, I was able to sleep through the night!  I hadn't done that in sixteen years!  I continued on this superfood morning routine for a week and honestly never felt better!  This wonderful website, Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder explains some advantages:
Amongst its many benefits, matcha...
  • Is packed with antioxidantsincluding the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin levels

Photo and recipe from Leaf Joy Blog
Here is a wonderful photo from Leaf Joy Blog showing how beautiful the color is when you bake with it.  I made orange ginger no flour no sugar cupcakes with a vegan butter green tea frosting this weekend and it was truly amazing.  The entire two dozen were gone before I could even get a picture of their glorious color and enticing design.  

Oh give it a try, add it to your  healthy smoothie, try the tea with some dark honey or a delicious almond or flax milk.   The evolution of our diet switching to powerhouse foods, herbs and teas can only add to our quality of life.  I'm hooked!