This is default featured slide 1 title

Go to Blogger edit html and find these sentences.Now replace these sentences with your own descriptions.

This is default featured slide 2 title

Go to Blogger edit html and find these sentences.Now replace these sentences with your own descriptions.

This is default featured slide 3 title

Go to Blogger edit html and find these sentences.Now replace these sentences with your own descriptions.

This is default featured slide 4 title

Go to Blogger edit html and find these sentences.Now replace these sentences with your own descriptions.

This is default featured slide 5 title

Go to Blogger edit html and find these sentences.Now replace these sentences with your own descriptions.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and GIVEAWAY

I was honored to be featured on the blog: Against All Grain. I think you would enjoy her blog! Check it out here:
http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/12/15/guest-post-lemon-bars/

ChocoPerfection Giveaway!

Enter to win a box of ChocoPerfection bars! All you have to do is leave a comment below that you would like to win and also include what "healthified" recipe you and your family enjoys the most. The winner will be picked on December 30th. Good Luck!

ChocoPerfection bars uses the sweeteners oligofructose, which is derived from ground-up chicory root, and erythritol, which comes from fermented natural foods. These ingredients don't effect insulin levels (zero on the glycemic index) or have a laxative effect like malitol. Most "low carb" chocolates use malitol which does increase blood sugar and often causes intestinal discomfort. So, here's to chocolate on a "diet!" Click HERE to find all "healthified" chocolates. 


I often get asked about dairy. Sure, if you use conventional dairy, you are going to get a lot of undesired hormones in the product. But we always use organic dairy products. I prefer Castle Rock, which is local and organic. Yes, it costs more, but it feels so good actually getting to know the families that you help support!


Here is a great video of Mark Sisson talking about a Paleo diet.

Also, if you have a gluten allergy, it can cause a dairy sensitivity...people are dairy sensitive though and that can be a problem for weight loss. When you are gluten sensitive you have something called "atrophy of the villi". You digest dairy and other proteins like eggs at the end of the villi. So once you stay completely gluten free and heal the intestinal wall, you can incorporate those foods again (in smaller doses at first). I usually have people take l-glutamine and other things to heal the intestinal wall.    



NOTE: If you click on the ingredients, it will take you to my Amazon.com store where I find everything on sale.

"HEALTHIFIED" CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE
CRUST:
2 TBS butter or coconut oil
1 ChocoPerfection bar (chocolate raspberry), chopped
1 cup almond flour (or hazelnut meal)
1/4 cup confectioners Swerve (or erythritol and 1/4 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp raspberry extract (if desired)
1 egg
FILLING:
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners Swerve (or erythritol and 1 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
TOPPING:
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 ChocoPerfection Bar (chocolate raspberry), chopped
2 TBS confectioners Swerve (or 1/8 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp raspberry extract (if desired)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. CRUST: Melt the butter/oil with the chopped ChocoPerfection bar. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Add in the nut meal, natural sweetener, egg and extract (if using). Press into the bottom of an 8 inch spring form pan with 3 inch sides.
FILLING: Stir chopped chocolate and almond milk in metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water. Blend cream cheese, natural sweetener, and cocoa powder in processor until smooth. Blend in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in lukewarm chocolate. Then swirl in the raspberries or raspberry jelly (I also chopped another ChocoPerfection bar and swirled that in also). Pour filling over crust. Bake for 60 minutes or until center is just set and just appears dry, about 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of cake to loosen. Chill overnight. 

TOPPING: Stir cream and chocolate in a medium sized saucepan over low heat until smooth, add in the natural sweetener. Cool slightly. Pour over center of cheesecake, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge and filling any cracks. Chill until topping is set, about 1 hour. Do ahead: Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover with foil and keep refrigerated. Makes 16 servings.


NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cheesecake = 461 calories, 29.6g fat, 7g protein, 42.5g carbs, 1.9g fiber (40.6 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Cheesecake = 298 calories, 29g fat, 7.7g protein, 7.7g carbs, 4.3g fiber (3.4 effective carbs)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Best Price : BSN Syntha-6 Protein Powder, Chocolate Milkshake, 2.91 Pound

BSN Syntha-6 Protein Powder, Chocolate Milkshake, 2.91 Pound


BSN Syntha-6 Protein Powder, Chocolate Milkshake, 2.91 Pound
SYNTHA-6 is an ultra-premium lean muscle protein powder, and the best-tasting protein supplement on the market. Its formula features multiple quality proteins, each of which provides a unique and complementary profile of amino acids and absorption rates, resulting in a nutritious and multi-functional protein supplement that ensures an athlete’s muscles a quality supply of protein building blocks. As any athlete knows, high-quality protein is essential for building and maintaining lean muscle m Read More >>


List Price: $ 33.87






And below is why i think all of you should buy this item :
  • 6 Unique protein sources - A blend of fast, medium and slow digesting proteins
  • Contains no soy protein
  • 5 Grams of fiber per serving
  • Produces rich, creamy milkshake taste and texture
  • Promotes muscle protein synthesis and recovery



Special for our fellow USA citizen, get big discount and fast USA shipping for BSN Syntha-6 Protein Powder, Chocolate Milkshake, 2.91 Pound this month.



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pumpkin Cookie Balls

For those of you in the Owatanna, MN area, I am holding a Maximize Your Metabolism class on Wednesday November 7th from 6-8pm. To sign up please email: DKARAUS@owatonna.k12.mn.us 

I will be bringing treats!


This was the first time the boys experienced carving pumpkins! It was so fun watching their reactions of the whole process of digging out the guts. I was right about my assumptions... Kai loved it (and wanted to eat it!) and Micah wanted to wash his hands after every scoop!


My dad's favorite Christmas cookie is the Italian Wedding Cookies. I thought... hmmm, we can make these into cute little pumpkins!


"HEALTHIFIED" PUMPKIN BALLS
3/4 cups butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup powdered Swerve (or erythritol powdered and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
6 TBS coconut flour
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp vanilla
Natural orange food coloring
Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

Beat butter with powdered sweetener, add flours, salt, pumpkin pie spice, nuts and vanilla and mix well. Roll into balls about a tablespoon in size. Place a pepita into the top of each cookie for the "stem". Bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 48 cookies.

NOTE: Not all coconut flours are created equal. My suggestion is to bake one cookie first. If the cookie flattens too much and doesn't look like a pumpkin, add 1 TBS more of coconut flour and try again until you get a nice round pumpkin shape.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per cookie)
Traditional Cookie = 74 calories, 6.2g fat, 0.6g protein, 5g carbs, trace fiber (5 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Cookie = 65 calories, 6.2g fat, 1.1g protein, 1.4g carbs, 0.8g fiber (0.6 effective carbs)


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cookie Dough Cupcakes and GIVEAWAY


Happy "Black Friday!" Enter to win a box of ChocoPerfection bars! All you have to do is leave a comment below that you would like to win and also include what "healthified" recipe you and your family enjoys the most. The winner will be picked on November 30th. Good Luck!



ChocoPerfection bars uses the sweeteners oligofructose, which is derived from ground-up chicory root, and erythritol, which comes from fermented natural foods. These ingredients don't effect insulin levels (zero on the glycemic index) or have a laxative effect like malitol. Most "low carb" chocolates use malitol which does increase blood sugar and often causes intestinal discomfort. So, here's to chocolate on a "diet!"




"HEALTHIFIED" COOKIE DOUGH CUPCAKES
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. Swerve (or erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. coconut oil or butter
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
8 oz cream cheese, softened (or coconut cream if dairy allergy)
2 TBS almond milk (or more to thin the frosting)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ChocoPerfection Bars, chopped

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all the dry ingredients and blend well. Add the dry and wet ingredients and blend until smooth. Grease and fill a cupcake tin 2/3rds full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes before frosting.

To make the frosting, place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium-high heat (heat until it turns brown, not black). Add in natural sweeteners until dissolved and the mixture bubbles just a little. Using a hand mixer on low speed, add in cream cheese, almond milk and vanilla. Mix until combined. Once the mixture is totally cool (you don't want the chocolate to melt), stir in the chunks of ChocoPerfection. Use to frost cupcakes. Makes 12 large cupcakes.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cookie Dough Cupcake = 391 calories, 26g fat, 4g protein, 35.1g carbs, 1.3g fiber (33.8 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Cookie Dough Cupcake = 267 calories, 26g fat, 5g protein, 4.8g carbs, 2.5g fiber (2.3 effective carbs)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Italian Pillow Cookies and LEAH'S CHRISTMAS PHOTOS

Need a little inspiration to push those Holiday treats at work aside? Here is a wonderful testimony from a client from 2012. 

Leah lost 60 pounds from when we started in February!  No gimmicks, just eating right!
"Dear Maria,
I had to write to tell you just how much you have changed my life. When i came to you for a consultation I was at the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I was depressed, and scared for my health. Seeing my Mom go through a stroke at age 57 , I guess you can say "scared me straight." I had been checking out your blog on and off for quite a while before I finally decided that I HAD to make a change, and I felt compelled to seek out your help. I was nervous, scared, and excited. I had tried so many different methods of weight loss over the years that I wasn't sure if this was going to work or not. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that my life would be transformed the way it has been because of all you have taught me. When I first met with you, we found numerous health concerns, besides being obese, I also had a high estrogen level, sinus issues, severe eczema, asthma, intense cramps during my period, episodes of severe heartburn, and gas and bloating. Through all the changes you suggested, and all of your amazing support I am so thrilled to say all of these things have disappeared  and on top of that I have lost 60 pounds, and I am still losing! I feel incredible, and I couldn't have done it, and keep doing it without you. Even after our month has been done you have continued to be my number one supporter. Whenever people ask how I am doing it, I sing your praises. Many have asked to see before and after photos of me, and when I finally agreed, I was in shock.  I knew I had lost the weight, but actually seeing it was unbelievable.  I will never let myself get that size again.  I not only feel great physically, but for the first time in my life I am happy and confident in my body, and I'm healthy!  You not only know what you are doing, you know what people need as far as caring and support. A million thank yous,
Leah




"HEALTHIFIED" ITALIAN PILLOW COOKIES
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup confectioners Swerve (or powdered erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp extract (orange/lemon/vanilla/almond)
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
FILLING
1/2 lb walnuts (or pecans/macadamia nuts/almonds)
2 TBS butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
ICING
1 cup confectioners' Swerve (or powdered erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp almond extract (or other extract... orange maybe!)
2 TBS unsweetened almond milk


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and the cream cheese for 1 minute. Add the natural sweetener and continue mixing until creamy. Add the egg, extract and salt and mix again. Stir in the flours, baking powder and salt. Combine until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To make the filling, either process the nuts through a food processor until finely chopped (just a little larger than all-out ground), or chop by hand. Combine the chopped nuts with the natural sweetener and cinnamon and then add in the melted butter or coconut oil. Mix well, making sure there are no large clumps. Add the egg whites and again, mix well.

Roll out a piece of dough into a rectangle on a greased piece of parchment paper, measuring about 6 inches by 18 inches. Spread ¼ of the nut filling onto the dough, leaving a small border around the perimeter of the dough. Roll up as you would a jelly roll, with the short ends to the left and right of you, and seal the ends. Cut the roll into 1-inch pieces and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are just slightly starting to turn brown. Cool completely. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough and remaining filling. Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the icing by mixing together the confectioners' Swerve, extract, and enough milk to achieve the desired consistency. You'll want the icing to be thick enough to not be runny, but still easily spreadable. Ice the tops of the cookies and let set completely before storing in an airtight container.  Makes 32 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cookies = 209 calories, 10g fat, 3g protein, 28.1g carbs, 0.8g fiber (27.3 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Cookies = 137 calories, 12g fat, 4g protein, 2.9g carbs, 1.6g fiber (1.3 effective carbs)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Holiday Tasting Party, Book Signing and GIVEAWAY

My New Savory Book!

This was truly a labor of love!  I've put together my best recipes to date in the next installment of my "The Art of Healthy Eating" color cookbook series.  Choosing a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to mean a lifetime of deprivation. This book is filled with mouth-watering foods and nutrition facts that demonstrate how eating healthy can be an expression of art. Included are recipes for your favorite comfort foods like pasta, lasagna, risotto, calzones, sushi, clam chowder in a bread bowl, baked brie, chicken pot pie, chili cheese “fries”, tomato basil sandwich wraps, pizza, tortillas, and many more. There are also lots of valuable tips and tricks to help one along the journey of learning how to eat as an art.

The Apple iBooks version is now available!  The Paperback is just days away, but if you can't wait, hit the link to get your ebook copy now for only $9.99!  Just CLICK HERE to get your copy! 

Thank you all for your support!   My husband lost his job just after we adopted 2 baby boys and we thought we were going to lose our minds... but your support with book sales have helped us keep it together!
Thank you so much!


HOLIDAY TASTING PARTY


One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to have a cookie baking and exchange party. But since those parties were filled with sugar, wheat and wine, I stopped doing that years ago. I sure miss that though! So last year I hosted the first annual "healthified" dessert tasting and book signing. My new book: The Art of Eating Healthy SAVORY, will be available to purchase. 

Where: My house in River Falls, WI (email craigmaria@gmail.com for directions)

When: Friday Dec. 7th from 5-8pm

Why: Because I want you all to try the desserts you are apprehensive about trying because I know the ingredients aren't cheap and this way you can sample some of the desserts to decide on which ones you would like to make. And I love food parties!

PLEASE RSVP to craigmaria@gmail.com so I know how many samples to make. Last year was a hit!

I also will be doing a giveaway at the house. For each book you purchase, you can enter your name into a box to enter a HUGE box of ChocoPerfection bars. This is a $50 box of chocolate.

Extreme Chocolate Cake (made into muffins) Recipe HERE.  Topped with French Silk Frosting. http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/2011/12/french-silk-pie-and-hair-loss.htmlRecipe HERE.
I want to give a special thank you to Rebecca Oberle. She helped me so much on this book and she did it all for a few baked treats from my kitchen. What an amazing woman she is! (She also donated breastmilk for Baby Kai!).

GIVEAWAY! I am giving away a box of ChocoPerfection bars once a month! To enter, add a comment to the blog and state what "healthified" recipe you enjoy the best! Good Luck!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Franken Berry Cereal

Really!? This box of cereal gets a "Healthy Whole Grain and Calcium" check of approval? I hate marketing! All I read is corn, sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial coloring!
Ingredients: Whole Grain Corn, Corn Meal, Sugar, Marshmallows (Sugar, Dextrose, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Malic Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Red 40, Blue 1 & 2), Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Salt, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Trisodium Phosphate, Red 40, Blue 1, Artificial Flavor. BHT Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Zinc and Iron (Mineral Nutrients), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), a B Vitamin (Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), a B Vitamin (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.
TIP: If you use coconut oil, this works great for traveling or packing for school. No refrigeration is needed! Here's to happy and healthy kids!



"HEALTHIFIED" CEREAL
1/3 cup erythritol (or Swerve)
1 tsp stevia glycerite (omit if using Swerve)
1/3 cup crushed almonds/pecans/walnuts
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup JAY ROBB strawberry whey protein (or egg white protein)
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1 tsp strawberry extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (170 degrees C). Combine 1/3 cup erythritol and stevia glycerite (or Swerve), 1/3 cup crushed nuts, almond flour, protein powder and extract in a small bowl. Cut in butter with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Place on a cookie sheet with defined edges or the butter will leak off. Bake for 12-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and gently stir while still hot. Let cool in the cookie tin (it will crisp up A LOT). Break pieces apart and enjoy with unsweetened almond milk (NOTE: I added 1 tsp of strawberry extract to my milk for extra strawberry flavor!). Makes 4 servings.


NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Post Cereal = 220 calories, 3g fat, 3g protein, 45 carbs, 2g fiber
"Healthified" Cereal = 220 calories, 9.2 g protein, 18g fat, 4g carbs, 2 g fiber

MILK COMPARISON (per cup)
Skim Milk = 90 calories, 13g carbs, 13g sugar
Unsweetened Almond milk = 35 calories, 1g carb, 0g sugar

SWEETENER TIPS (more information in The Art of Eating Healthy)
My recipes will call for erythritol and stevia glycerite. I use these separate to help keep my costs down. In any recipe you can use Swerve, ZSweet, Truvia, Organic Zero, Xylitol or Just Like Sugar. In order to use a different product, use the same amount of sweetener for the amount of erythritol in the recipe and omit the stevia (except for Organic Zero, that is only erythritol and you will still need stevia for sweetness). TIP: Most people report that Swerve is their favorite for sweeteness!

Note: You can click HERE to find healthy natural sweeteners.
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Swerve
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup ZSweet
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Truvia
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Xylitol
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Just Like Sugar
1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Organic Zero and 1 tsp stevia