Easy Banana Nut Bread

Ever wonder what to do with your extra ripe bananas?

Fun fact about me: I HATE eating ripe bananas by themselves–I much prefer my banana in the “perfectly yellow” stage–anyone else with me?

When I am low on time, rather than just throwing my overly ripe bananas in the compost pile, I like to peel & freeze them so I can later add to oatmeal or smoothies. BUT when I have extra time on my hands (like all of us during this quarantine phase), I love to bake with them!

Ripe bananas are a great addition to basically any baked good–cookies, muffins, brownies–and quick breads! Not only does it add a sweet element to baked goods, but mashed bananas can also substitute oils or butter in a recipe.

Easy & Healthy Banana Nut Bread

Banana nut bread is probably one of the most popular quick breads out there-so hopefully you’ll give mine a try! This is no lie-the BEST quick bread I have ever made–and I’ve made a lot!

The best part? This banana nut bread contains wholesome, nourishing ingredients! While there is a time and a place for rich & dense sweets & desserts, I like to make nourishing treats because:
*they still satisfy my sweet tooth
*they keep me full (more fiber)
*they make my body FEEL good

Intuitive eating is all about eating what make your body FEEL good–sometimes it may be white sugar + white flour + buttery banana nut bread–but other times, it will be the quick bread with more fiber + less sugar + more nourishing ingredients. All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle!

On to the recipe:

Easy Banana Nut Bread

  • Servings: 10-12 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
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2 ripe bananas
*1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
*2 eggs
*splash of vanilla extract
*1/4 cup coconut sugar (can sub white sugar, maple syrup or honey)
*1/2 cup oat flour (place 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in blender, blend until flour consistency)
*3/4 cup 100% whole wheat flour
*1 Tablespoon baking soda
*1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add bananas. Mash well.
3. Add applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Add coconut sugar, oat flour, and whole wheat flour. Lightly mix.
5. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Lightly mix until all ingredients are coated.
6. Fold in chopped nuts.
7. Pour bread mixture into parchment paper lined bread pan.
8. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
9. Enjoy!

This banana nut bread makes a great breakfast accompanied with some eggs or protein rich smoothie! Perfect for meal prepping.

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5 Ways to Build Easy & Filling Meals

Hey, friend!

Do you ever feel hungry shortly after a meal? Or just not really satisfied at all quickly after eating?

There could be a reason for that! On one hand, you may not be eating enough. On the other, you may not be balancing out your meals.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry I can’t focus on anything else but that hunger.

Have no fear! Today I am going to share with you 5 ways you can build filling meals so you are happily fueled the rest of the day to prevent brain fog and the hangry monster.

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How to make easy meals filling and satisfying
  1. Bulk up the fiber
    And I’m not talking fiber supplements! I mean load up on the PLANTS! Vegetables, fruits, 100% whole grains–add them to your meals! Fiber is a nondigestible carb that helps keep us full for a long period of time. Plus, it can help with prevention and management of chronic diseases, aiding in digestion and weight management.

    Easy ways to add fiber to your meals:

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    easy ways to add fiber to your meals to keep you full
  2. Incorporate a heart healthy fat
    Fat plays an instrumental role for our body (especially us gals) because it is important for hormone production. Back in the 1990s, fat was deemed “bad” by society and diet culture. While fat does have more calories per gram than carbs or protein, it is still a vital nutrient our bodies need. Lots of people avoid fat-and that could be why you’re hungry soon after a meal! Incorporating heart healthy fats into your meals can be a great way to keep your body satisfied until your next meal.

    Ways to add fats to meals:

    Add avocado to you salads/sandwiches
    Mix nuts into yogurt parfaits
    Drizzle salad with Olive Oil based dressings
    Sprinkle chia seeds on your smoothie bowls
    Incorporate fish (like salmon, tuna, mahi mahi) to your meals twice a week

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    Mahi Mahi fish tacos with avocado-perfect easy & filling, balanced meal
  3. Ensure there is enough protein
    To be honest, the protein element in meals is the hardest one for me to plan! I’m not a big meat eater, so I get a lot of my protein from vegetarian sources (like beans, legumes, corn, grains, soy, etc) or dairy…but I can defintely tell a difference in my hunger levels when I am not getting enough protein at meals. Pro tip: plan and prep ahead of time!

    Some of my fave + EASY ideas:
    Boil eggs for the week
    Make dried beans in the crockpot (easy + low maintenance)
    Canned fish – salmon & tuna (easy for on the go protein)
    Frozen pre cooked grilled chicken (easy for busy nights)
    Boil chicken for the week (quick + easily accessible for quick lunches/dinners)
    Greek yogurt (great for breakfast or snacks)
    Make your own veggie burger (then freeze for easy protein source)
    Add nut butters/nuts to meals/snacks

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    Filling snacks with non starchy vegetables (fiber), hummus (protein + complex carb) to keep you fueled and full for hours

     

  4. Include a complex carbohydate 
    Okay, okay…I know the whole craze is to go carb free, but honey…our bodies run off of carbs. We need carbs for energy. Choosing to go “no carb” or even strictly “low carb” is not a sustainable lifestyle choice…so, eat the carbs! Complex carbs (like 100% whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, fruits etc) contain fiber in them making them more satisfying than refined, simple carbs (such as sugar, refined white flour/grains, baked goods, soda, etc). The more active you are, the more carbs your body is going to want–so be mindful while you are planning your meals.

    Some ideas on how to add carbs to your diet:
    Add fresh/frozen berries to oatmeal
    Snack on a banana with peanut butter
    Eat raw veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, etc) with hummus for snack
    Mix in brown rice with your cauliflower rice
    Try bean pasta (chickpea, lentil, edamame)

    Easy + Filling Mexican Quinoa Bake
    Filling meal with protein/ complex carb (black beans + quinoa), non starchy vegetables (salad + fiber), and healthy fat (cheese)!

     

  5. Choose satisfying foods
    How many of you are guilty of eating salads for lunch but actually hate them?? I’ve been there! I used to force drink kale smoothies in college–plot twist: I HATE raw kale. I hate kale in smoothies. BUT I was trying to be “healthy”. And you know where it got me?? 20 minutes later, in my dorm room, eating all the snacks because I was not satisfied with my food choice. Smoothies are great, but when they contain things you don’t like and there is an imbalance of nutrients, then you’re gonna be munchin’ on whatever you can find shortly after. What are foods that satisfy you? Let me know in the comments section 🙂
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Choose foods that satisfy YOU! Food that brings you joy and nourishes your body

I hope these tips were helpful for you! Comment down below (or on social media) how YOU stay full and fueled at your meals. I challenge you to keep these things in mind while you’re meal planning and prepping so you can build balanced meals that keep you FULL and satisfied.

Easy & Filling meals
Build easy & FILLING meals

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Happy Chewing!
xoxo
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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Nourishing Chocolate Turtles

Chocolate, caramel, nutty chewiness-ahh, the pure joy of a chocolate turtle!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m thinking all things chocolate-including my nourishing chocolate turtles!

healthier chocolate truffles using dates as the caramel layer. Perfect healthier sweet treat

Now, I can’t take all of the credit. This past Christmas, my aunt made something very similar and I was amazed! Essentially refined sugar free, these turtles contain whole pecan halves, pureed dates, and dark chocolate to make the perfect after-dinner sweet-fix.

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Healthier Desserts and Intuitive Eating?
These little dessert bites are refined sugar free and loaded with fiber and antioxidants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy something with a little more sugar on occasion, too! With intuitive eating, you use gentle nutrition to guide your food choices based on what makes your body FEEL its best. Personally, I feel my best when I eat whole foods and low amounts of refined sugars, but I definitely enjoy a double dark chocolate fudge brownie from time to time. 🙂 Read all about intuitive eating here. It is 100% okay to choose a “healthier” choice for dessert…it all boils down to your relationship with food and your reasoning for food choices. 

Why Dates:
Dates are a great way to naturally sweeten your baked goods, energy bites, oatmeal, or just to treat your sweet tooth.

While these babies are perfect to satisfy a sweet craving, they are also very nutritious. Dates are good sources of fiber and antioxidants, making them great for digestion and fighting against chronic diseases. I recommend buying the medjool dates because they have a better texture and flavor than other pre-packaged pitted dates. PSA: Aldi has GREAT prices on medjool dates 🙂 

On to the recipe!

healthier chocolate truffles using dates as the caramel layer. Perfect healthier sweet treat
healthier chocolate truffles using dates as the caramel layer. Perfect healthier sweet treat

Healthier Chocolate Turtles

  • Servings: 18-20 turtles
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
18 Medjool dates (soak in warm water for 30 minutes)
warm water to thin (use as needed, about 1/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups pecan halves (~50 pecan half pieces)
3 ounces dark chocolate (or any other chocolate you like)
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes. This will help soften the dates making them easier to puree.
  2. Remove the pit from the dates. Add pitted dates to high powered blender or food processor.
  3. Add warm water (as needed, using a little at a time), cinnamon and vanilla. Puree dates until smooth yet sticky consistency. *you want the puree to be thick so you can spoon on top of pecan halves. Set aside.

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    Puree dates, pecan halves, dark chocolate
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place clusters of pecans down (2 or 3 pecan halves per turtle).
  5. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the date mixture on top of the pecan clusters. Once dates are on top of pecans, freeze for at least 30 minutes.

    healthier chocolate truffles using dates as the caramel layer. Perfect healthier sweet treat
    2-3 pecan halves clustered with 1 tablespoon date puree on top. Freeze for at least 30 minutes
  6. While dates are freezing, melt chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate and coconut oil. Melt in microwave at 30 second intervals (stirring in between to prevent burning) until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

    healthier chocolate truffles using dates as the caramel layer. Perfect healthier sweet treat
    Top with melted dark chocolate or any other chocolate you prefer
  7. Remove pecans + dates from freezer. Spoon/drizzle dark chocolate ontop of each cluster. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

*Note: these turtles store well in the freezer! Make a batch and freeze for later day when you want a sweet treat!

What a perfect way to treat your Valentine (or Galentine)! No matter what dessert you choose to celebrate with, take time to enjoy this special time with your loved ones.

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What is Intuitive Eating?

Have you ever struggled with food freedom? Felt guilty at just the thought of eating a certain food or food group? Been on every diet in the book?

I sure have. I have shared my obsessions with food and over-exercising several times before…and today, I want to share with you the freedom I have found with intuitive eating.

Intuitive eating is such a big topic that I am going cover a few blog posts on. Today, I am going to break down what intuitive eating is and what it is not. It is my hope that if you struggle with food rules, deprivation, restriction, purging, or maintaining a healthy relationship with food that this may become one of your wellness goals: to become an intuitive eater.

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What is Intuitive Eating?
When you think “intuitive” think “instinctive”. What are our actual physical instincts when it comes to hunger? Logically, when we are hungry, we *should* eat. Many restrictive diets cause us to completely neglect our true hunger cues and just eat a portioned amount of food based on society’s limitations.

Intuitive eating is also based on these 10 principles:
1. Rejecting the diet mentality
2. Honoring your hunger
3. Making peace with food
4. Challenging the food police
5. Discovering the satisfaction factor
6. Feel your fullness
7. Cope with your body’s emotions with kindness
8. Respecting your body
9. Exercising to feel a difference
10. Honoring your health

The Break-Down of The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating:

  1. Rejecting the diet mentality:
    Transitioning the common societal view eating “healthy”. Especially this time of the year, many people go around saying “I am going to get back on track” or “my diet starts tomorrow”. When you become and intuitive eater, you honor your hunger and body by fueling it properly using gentle nutrition, but also know there is a time and a place for cookies…because let’s be real, a life without FUN foods is not as enjoyable.
  2. Honoring your hunger:
    Have you ever been on a “diet” that gave specific times to eat food? Certain portion sizes? Only allowed you to eat certain foods? That’s a major problem with diet culture–not teaching you to really listen, know or honor your hunger cues. With intuitive eating, you base eating needs on your physiological hunger.What are the physiological signs of hunger??
    Physiological hunger is your body’s way of saying “hey, feed me!”

    Signs of hunger:
    *empty stomach
    *stomach growling
    *dizzy/light-headedness
    *headache
    *irritability (HELLO hangry monster!)
    *difficulty concentrating
  3. Making peace with food:
    Any of you ever experienced fear foods? Foods you fear are going to make you gain weight? Foods that society has deemed “bad”?I used to have a huge fear of peanut butter and would only eat the powedered peanut butter because it was low in fat and calories. However, when I started studying nutrition in college, I learned that while peanut butter may be higher in fat and calories, it is also a great plant based protein source. The fat in peanut butter is actually beneficial for your hormone production and heart health. There is much nutrition in peanut butter, and I am happy to say now I am at peace with it and probably eat it daily.You can make peace with any food. When you can break it down and realize your body needs fuel for survival. Truly think of food as fuel. Know that your body can handle eating a cookie on Christmas…a slice of cake on your birthday…a piece of chocolate on Valentine’s day. The bottom line is: with intuitive eating, you never feel deprived or restricted of any food…so when you allow yourself to have more indulgent foods, you don’t feel the need to eat as much as your body can hold.
  4. Challenging the food police:
    Do you know how many times people have analyzed what I eat? Especially now that I am a registered dietitian. I remember my grandpa telling me I shouldn’t eat macaroni and cheese because it would “make me fat”. Or having family members say “Oh, you’re eating cake??” at Thanksgiving dinner. Those comments are annoying, and very difficult for those transiting into the food freedom lifestyle. As hard as it may be, my biggest advice is taking those comments with a grain of salt, and always think about what you’re gonna say next. You can always say “I’m at peace with  food, and very thankful that I can enjoy this pumpkin cheesecake today”. 🙂
  5. Discovering the satisfaction factor:
    Lots of times when we “diet”, we may not be satisfied with what we are being “forced” to eat. “Oh, I’m trying to eat healthy…guess that means I have to eat salad every day.”

    When we are in that mindset of “I have to eat this because it is healthy”, then our bodies aren’t satisfied. We aren’t eating foods we actually enjoy…meaning we aren’t satisfied after a meal. With intuitive eating, you choose foods based on your preference and what you want to eat. You may choose a big mixed greens salad for lunch with some lean protein, avocado, and vinegar based dressing. Other times, you may choose to have a burger with roasted vegetables. Regardless, you learn how to be satisfied after a meal so in turn, you won’t binge and mindlessly eat later on.
  6. Feel your fullness:
    Just as we should honor our hunger cues, we also need to honor our fullness cues, or our satiety level. As an intuitive eater, you learn how to stop eating when you are  full. No one is perfect! Overeating happens to all of us, but intuitive eating can help us learn when to stop at our fullness level, which helps us not overindulge.
  7. Cope with your emotions with kindness:
    This essentially means not to “fix” your emotions with food. Find other kind ways to handle your emotions. Find something that destresses you…that brings you comfort. It could be painting a mural, talking to a friend, journaling…whatever it may be, focus on that instead of food.
  8. Respecting your body:
    This can be easier said than done. From a spiritual aspect, God created you the way He wanted you to be. He wants you to be healthy and develop healthy relationships with people and health. Your body is a celebration of His creation, and wasting time worrying about your size does not enhance your life. Respect your body and what it can do. You are more than the number on the scale or the size in your pants. Focus on your strength. Your talents. Your growth. Your relationships. Your happiness. Respect yourself.
  9. Movement-feel the difference:
    This is all about shifting the mindset of “how many calories can I burn during this session” to “what movement brings me joy?” Don’t run if you hate running. Don’t spin if you hate biking. Find what exercise brings you joy and you’ll never feel “forced” to workout ever again…you’ll even look forward to your workout sessions!
  10. Honor your health using gentle nutrition:
    This is my favorite one! There are so many misconceptions with intuitive eating, but intuitive eaters know how to eat well by using gentle nutrition. With gentle nutrition, you honor your food choices and taste buds with foods you enjoy. Bye, bye kale salads, hello burrito bowls! You don’t instantly become “unhealthy” from one snack, meal, or one day of eating. Intuitive eaters focus on eating well consistently over time versus eating perfectly 24/7. It’s all about progress over perfection with gentle nutrition.

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What Intuitive Eating Isn’t:
Intuitive eating isn’t anti-health. It isn’t eating cookies all day long. It isn’t failing to eat nourishing foods. It isn’t mindlessly eating. It isn’t neglecting physical activity. It isn’t eating highly processed foods “just ‘cuz.”

Intuitive Eating is used to help people truly learn to fuel their bodies without a fear of food, without restricting, without guilt, without over-exercising. Intuitive Eating helps us learn to be comfortable choosing a big salad for lunch, but also realizing if you eat a cookie for dessert that you aren’t “unhealthy”. 

Intuitive Eating
What intuitive eating is and what it isn’t

I hope you now have a better idea of what this intuitive eating movement is all about, and it is my hope that we all can make peace with food. Life is too short to be a chronic dieter.

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Happy Chewing!
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References:
https://www.intuitiveeating.org/10-principles-of-intuitive-eating/

Peanut Butter Granola (Refined Sugar Free + Gluten Free +Vegan)

Do you love granola?? I do! It’s one of my favorite foods to have at breakfast in a smoothie or yogurt parfait. And what’s better?? It’s so easy and affordable to make.

If one of your goals is to make more foods from scratch, meal prep/plan, or just cook more at home, this peanut butter granola recipe NEEDS to be on your list. I know I have shared lots of granola recipes on here, but trust me. This one is the best yet!

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Lots of store bought granola’s can be high in fat and sugar. This recipe uses 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to help bind the ingredients to make a good, chunky granola (they’re my fave!). Other fat sources are found in natural peanut butter–a heart healthy fat to keep your hormones happy and your body fueled for the day. Instead of traditional granulated sugar, I use maple syrup and monk fruit sweetener. The maple syrup also adds a binding agent to the granola ensuring we get those chunks we want!

Why Monk Fruit Sweetener?
Have you ever heard of monk fruit? Since the Keto Diet emerged, monk fruit sweetener has been “on trend” because research shows it does not spike blood sugar like table sugar, making it a good alternative sweetener for those with diabetes, PCOS, or other chronic diseases. According to Michigan State University, monk fruit sweetener is derived from a southeast Asian fruit called “luo han gu” and is chemically processed (usually combined with eryitritol) to form a calorie free sugar alternative. Like stevia, monk fruit sweetener is a lot sweeter than regular cane sugar, so you can use less in a recipe (although most packaging companies state monk fruit has a 1:1 ratio with table sugar).

**Disclaimer: While I do like using naturally derived sweeteners (like maple syrup, honey, stevia, sugar alcohols, monk fruit, etc) because I can use less in a recipe compared to table sugar, I also believe that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle when not used in excess. I would not recommend someone use any of these alternatives in excess but to focus more on whole, natural, plant based foods.

Now onto the recipe! 
This peanut butter granola recipe is comparable to my favorite store bought brand, but I like making granola from scratch because it’s economical, easy, and minimal ingredients.

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • If you do not have monk fruit sweetener, no fear! Use 1/3-1/2 cup of maple syrup (instead of 1/4 cup) to give the granola the sweetness + binding factor for the chunky granola
  • Feel free to use any oil you have on hand–I like using coconut or avocado oil (high smoke point to decrease production of free radicals).
  • To make granola chunky: Pack the granola into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick on parchment paper lined sheet pan. If the granola is not packing well, you may need to add more maple syrup or coconut oil. Bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes, take out of oven and allow to cool completely. This is a crucial step to make the granola chunks.
  • Additional add ins: Once granola is cooled, you may add any toppings you like! Some ideas:
    • dark chocolate chips
    • raisins (or any dried fruit)
    • chia seeds
    • nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds, etc)
    •  freeze dried fruit (like strawberries or apples)
  • To make a complete & balanced meal, add granola to protein smoothie bowls, Greek yogurt parfaits, or protein oats.

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Peanut Butter Granola

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener
1/4 cup Maple Syrup (or 1/3-1/2 cup of not using monk  fruit)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add oats. Set aside.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, add cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut oil, peanut butter, monk fruit, and maple syrup. Microwave for 30-45 seconds until smooth–OR heat over stove top.
4. Pour peanut butter mixture over oats and coat well.
5. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. For chunks, press granola into a rectangle, 1/4 inch thick.
6. Bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Allow granola to cool completely (1 hour).
8. Break granola into chunks and store in air tight container.
9. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite flavor of granola? Let me know in the comments section! As always, tag me on IG @balanced.nutrition.dietitian if you try!

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Sources:

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/sweetener-stevia-monk-fruit-sweeteners

Lower Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Happy [almost] Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays mainly because of the flavors! Pass me the sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, and my personal fave–cranberry sauce!

Growing up, every year I’d help my mom make our family’s traditional “Cranberry Salad” which consisted of cranberries, raspberry jello, mandarin oranges, apples, crushed pineapple, and pecans–delish!

While I still enjoy that dish from time to time, I enjoy this healthier version just as much, AND I can enjoy it all cranberry-season long, which lasts from mid-September to mid-November.

Cranberry Facts:

Have you ever heard that drinking cranberry juice can help treat UTI’s? According to US News dietitian Julie Upton,   cranberries contain a special polyphenol called  proanthocyanidins that interfere with certain strains of bacteria–meaning they may help treat urinary tract infections. In addition to that, cranberries are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber, making them great for digestion!

Cranberries are also naturally low in sugar (which is why they are so dang bitter!). Most products require some sort of sweetener to make these berries palatable. In my recipe inspired by Cookie + Kate, I use 1/3 cup of maple syrup, chopped apple, and fresh orange juice to sweeten it up a bit.

Ways to enjoy cranberry sauce:

  • Toast with cream cheese + cranberry sauce
  • Top yogurt + cranberry sauce
  • Mix in oatmeal
  • Eat it by the spoonful!

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Lower Sugar Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 chopped apple (I used Pink Lady)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 zest of an orange
  • Juice of a whole orange

Directions:

  1. Pick through and wash cranberries.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan, add cranberries, maple syrup and water. Bring to boil. Cook berries for 5-10 minutes until all berries have popped.
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  3. Add in chopped apple, cinnamon, orange zest and orange juice. Stir together.
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  4. Allow to cool. Cranberry sauce will thicken the more it cools.

 

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Sources:
https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2016-06-16/10-surprising-facts-about-cranberries

 

 

Homemade Apple Pie

Happy Fall, y’all!

I am taking a break from #allthingspumpkin and experimented in the kitchen with homemade apple pie! When it comes to pie, what is your favorite: apple, pecan, or pumpkin?

With holidays right around the corner, I decided to get in the kitchen and make a more nourishing pie with the same flavor and deliciousness. Finding healthier alternatives to my favorite treats is one of my favorite things!

I adapted my pie crust from @livelytable and it did not disappoint. Essentially you could use about any type of flour, but I chose 100% whole wheat flour for some extra fiber + B vitamins + nutrients.

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Tip for the pie crust: The recipe calls to use a food processor, but I used my Vitamix and it worked perfectly. This recipe makes 2 pie crusts that last in the fridge up to 3 days before use. If you are vegan or do not care for  butter, feel free to use coconut oil.

I chose to peel my apples BUT there are TONS of nutrients in the apple peeling-fiber, vitamins and minerals…you can keep the peeling or save it for a smoothie.

Okay, onto the recipe!

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Homemade Apple Pie

  • Servings: 8 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pie Crust Ingredients:
2 cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour
2/3 cup (12 T) cold butter, cubed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold water

Filling Ingredients:
4 large apples (I used Fuji & Pink Lady)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup-pure
1 T Lemon Juice
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 T whole wheat flour

Pie Crust Directions:
1. Using a food processor or high powered blender, pulse flour, butter, and salt until crumbly (or pea shaped form).
2. Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until flour meets dough-like texture.
3. Form dough into 2 equal shaped disks. Refrigerate up to 3 days or go ahead and roll out and form crust into a pie pan.
4. Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes.

Filling Directions:
1. Peel apples if desired. Slice apples to desired size.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add peeled + sliced apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon and flour. Mix well. Set aside.

Assemble Pie:
1. Allow baked pie crust to cool for about 5 minutes.
2. Add apple pie filling.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye on pie.
4. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and ENJOY. 

*TIP: if you’d like a more “goopy” pie, use a tart apple like Granny Smith and cook for about 30-45 minutes. I will experiment with this method soon!! 😊

 

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Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Who else is still on a pumpkin kick? You know I am!

Y’all know I love me some granola, and if you haven’t checked out my other granola recipes, you can find them linked below:

Maple-Almond Granola

Almond Joy Granola

BUT since it’s pumpkin season, I made my version of pumpkin spice granola and honestly–it’s my favorite homemade granola recipe yet! I hope y’all love it as much as I do! Make sure you tag me in all of your creations: @livebetterwithkatdetter

Fun Pumpkin Facts: 
Did you know that pumpkin can be used to replace butter or oil in baked goods? You heard me right!
Subbing pumpkin for butter in a recipe: For 1 cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of PURE pumpkin puree
Subbing pumpkin for oil in a recipe: For 1 cup of oil, use 1 cup of PURE pumpkin puree (1:1 ratio)

Pumpkin is also high in fiber which many Americans do not consume enough of daily. Fiber aids in digestion, promotes heart health, and controls blood sugars. Make your “treats” more nourishing by using pumpkin!

Other ways to incorporate pumpkin:
Add pumpkin puree to Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey
Make pumpkin muffins or scones
Mix 1-2 Tablespoons into coffee with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Make a savory sauce with pumpkin + light cream + Parmesan cheese
Combine pumpkin + ricotta cheese + herbs + spices and use as a filling for lasagna
Make a pumpkin smoothie

Okay, now onto the granola!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 T chia seeds or ground flax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet ya like it!)
1/2 can PURE pumpkin 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix oats, spices and chia/flax together. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin until melted and combined together.
  3. Mix pumpkin mixture into oats.
  4. Once well incorporated, add to a parchment paper lined baking dish.
  5. For granola clusters, spread granola evenly and firmly pack oat mixture onto baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Allow granola mixture to cool for an hour, then break into chunks.
    **NOTE: If granola is too moist, bake for an additional 10-20 minutes at 200 F to take out excess moisture.
  7. Enjoy on a top of yogurt, in a smoothie bowl, or plain!
  8. Additional/optional add ons once granola is cooled:
    Dark chocolate chips/chunks
    Pumpkin seeds
    Raisins
    Dried cranberries
    Freeze dried fruit

 

What other fall recipes would you like me to try? Let me know in the comments here or on my social media accounts!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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Vegan Raspberry Tart

Who else love the fresh flavors of raspberry + lemon? You know I do!

Vegan Raspberry Lemon Tart
Vegan Raspberry Lemon Tart

 

This is a dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free raspberry tart that is really simple to make with minimal ingredients that your whole family will enjoy.

I’ve tried several “vegan cheesecake” type of desserts before, and I have to say…the cashew base is definitely my favorite. I’ve tried full fat coconut cream and coconut milk, but the cashew base is the creamiest.

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Vegan Raspberry Tart

  • Servings: 8 slices
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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*Note: for best results, soak raw cashews in water for at least 4 hours.

**Note: keep coconut milk room temperature and only use the separated cream, not liquid

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup English Walnuts
  • 10 Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon

Directions: 

  1. Line the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan with parchment paper. Grease sides of pan with coconut oil.
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  2. In a high powered blender, add English walnuts, dates and lemon and blend until crumbly crust texture. Add more/less lemon juice as needed to help incorporate ingredients.
  3. Press crust mixture onto lined spring form pan. Set in freezer while the filling is mixed.
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Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of raw cashews, soaked *
  • 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk **
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 fresh lemon

Directions:

  1. In a high powered blender, add soaked cashews, maple syrup, coconut milk, salt, coconut oil and lemon. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Bring crust out of freezer and add filling on top.
  3. Put tart back in refrigerator for 4 hours, or until the tart is set and firm.

Topping ingredients:

  • 3 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup

Directions: 

  1. Add raspberries and maple syrup to a saucepan and bring to a boil, continuously stirring to not burn.
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  • Allow to cool slightly. Pour over tart. Put in freezer for ~5-10 minutes.
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  • Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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7 Freezer Foods to Keep on Hand

Has anyone ever told you that you HAVE to eat fresh foods to be healthy???

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The truth of the matter is that frozen foods are very convenient for our busy schedules and some nights we need a quick + easy + nutritious meal in a matter of minutes. In my household, we keep our freezer STOCKED. 

Don’t be fearful of frozen foods because they don’t uphold to “diet culture” standards. You can still get nourishment from frozen foods.

Here you will find some of my favorite freezer find foods that I keep on hand for fast, nourishing meals.

  1. Frozen Vegetables
    But frozen isn’t as good as fresh? WRONG. Frozen vegetables are fresh vegetables that have been washed, cut up, blanched, then frozen…meaning they are still in their complete, WHOLE food form making them a great food find to stock your freezer. What I like most about frozen veggies? They don’t spoil as quick as fresh veggies and are economical. Now, I do love my fresh vegetables–but frozen are so convenient! My favorites include broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and the mixed vegetable blend (usually with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots). How to use? Follow directions on package for preparation and add to stir fry’s, pasta dishes, bake, saute or steam for an easy side dish to accompany any meal.
  2. Cauliflower Gnocchi
    Where all my Trader Joe’s fans at??? These are so yummy and take less than 10 minutes to make. My favorite way is to lightly saute in a frying pan and add basil pesto + Parmesan cheese. Perfect little side dish! Add a  lean protein (like baked chicken or grilled fish) for a complete, satisfying meal!
    *Check out your local grocery store vegetable freezer section! Different brands are coming out with their own “Cauli Gnocchi” line.
  3. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
    By now, y’all know I love me some cauli-crust! Yes, I have a GREAT recipe that I make + freeze from time to time, but nothing quite beats the convenience of an already prepared crust. There are tons of brands to choose from. My favorites have been Caulipowered and Mama Cozzi’s from Aldi. Bonus? You can buy plain crust and add your own toppings OR buy one already assembled for you. Take your pick!
  4. Veggie Burgers
    I LOVE to have veggie burgers on hand. Veggie burgers get a bad rap nowadays because a lot of people seem to be against soy–but unless you have an allergy, intolerance or a medical condition that is affected by soy, it is perfectly nutritious and a great protein source! Soybeans are the only true plant based protein that contains all 9 of the essential amino acids making it a great protein source. I’ve tried many brands and can honestly say I like them all equally. Try what sounds best to you!
  5. Frozen Meats
    There are tons of frozen meats to choose from–precooked, uncooked, ground, strips, etc…I usually buy ground turkey fresh and then freeze until a later use. Pre-grilled frozen chicken strips are also a great one to have on hand to heat up and add to salads, wraps, or bowls. You can do the same with raw chicken breasts, steak, or fish. Recently, I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Mahi Mahi burgers from Trader Joe’s.
  6. Frozen Fruits
    Much like frozen veggies, frozen fruits have also gotten a bad rap. “They’re not fresh”…nope, but they are produced in a similar fashion to frozen veggies, just make sure you’re buying the “100% whole fruit” versions–no added sugars or additives. Fruits are perfectly sweet on their own. Frozen fruits are great to make smoothies, add to oatmeal, mix into baked goods, or eat on their own!
  7. Halo Top
    While I DO indulge in the “real deal” occasionally, Halo Top gives me the frozen, sweet fix I need to power through my cravings. Is regular ice cream bad? NO! The beauty of intuitive eating is that you can choose what you want based on what will satisfy YOU. Some days it may be Halo Top. Other days it may be Ben & Jerry’s. You do you!If you haven’t tried Halo Top, I highly recommend it! It’s still creamy, sweet, and satisfying. My favorite flavors are PB&J, Mocha Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

What foods do you keep stocked in your freezer?? Let me know in the comments!

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Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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