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Healthy Desserts

Lovely Persimmons


This might sound a little funny, but persimmons have long held a special place in my heart. As a young boy, I remember my parents picking up a case of heart-shaped Hachiya persimmons from the Korean grocery store in Toronto every winter just before Christmas. We'd gently check them every morning to see if one had ripened enough to eat. It was a true test of patience because if they weren't ripe enough, halfway down the fruit toward its stem, the flesh would make your lips and mouth pucker from its astringency, caused by a high concentration of tannins. Though I didn't understand the science of it as a child, waiting for full ripening meant allowing the naturally occurring tannins to become inert, leaving incredibly sweet and tender fruit. Read more about Lovely Persimmons


Healthy Almond Cookie Recipe, Free of Dairy and Gluten


My aunt has long made these delicious almond cookies for our large clan of relatives over the Christmas holidays. Free of dairy and gluten, I would contend that these cookies are quite a bit healthier than most conventional store-bought baked goods. They're definitely a good source of easily absorbed protein, fiber, calcium, and magnesium.

Though the recipe calls for egg whites, my aunt has found that the cookies turn out just as scrumptious with the yolks included; the main difference in using just the whites seems to be a greater level of chewiness, so if you value chewy, better to skip the yolks and go with just the whites - either way, be sure to whisk well! Read more about Healthy Almond Cookie Recipe, Free of Dairy and Gluten


Cactus Pears, Cactus Fruit, Prickly Pears

Prickly pears, also known as cactus pears or cactus fruit, are well worth adding to your diet whenever you can find them. I have consistently found that prickly pears are well digested, support healthy bowel movements, and offer protection against sunburn, most likely because of their abundance in richly pigmented antioxidants (betalain, betanin, and indicaxanthin). Read more about Cactus Pears, Cactus Fruit, Prickly Pears


Peanut Butter & Jam Dark Chocolate Cups


Since sharing a detailed pictorial on making homemade almond butter and raspberry chocolate cups last year, I've received several requests for a similar but less labour-intensive recipe for producing these decadent and relatively healthy treats. Read more about Peanut Butter & Jam Dark Chocolate Cups


How to Make Kale Chips


When you're craving potato chips but looking to keep your intake of acrylamide and empty calories to a minimum, see if you can satisfy your need for salty and crispy with kale chips. That's right - chips made with nutrient-dense kale. Read more about How to Make Kale Chips


How to Make Healthy Fudge


This is for fudge and brownie lovers out there who want to enjoy their decadent squares sans flour and refined sugar.

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How to Make Korean Rice Cake

Pick any common saying in western culture, and chances are good that there's a Korean equivalent that involves rice cake (lovingly called dduk in Korean).

The grass is greener on the other side? Check. The other person's rice cake always looks bigger than the one you're holding. Read more about How to Make Korean Rice Cake




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