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Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates – A Gluten-free, Dairy-free Anytime Treat!

Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

You’ve probably seen pictures of these beautiful babies on my Instagram through out the past year as they’re one of my favorite melt-in-your-mouth #realfood treats. And they take two seconds to put together, which is also a prerequisite for ‘favorite desserts’.
So, I decided I had to share my flavor combo repertoire with you guys asap.
My ‘recipe’ (really just a list of my fave toppings and stuffings) was posted on Red and Honey a few weeks ago, but then I spent a week drinking lots o’ wine and eating my heart out in California (see my recap here), so I’m a little late on spreading the stuffed date love with you guys. Here you go! Enjoy and let me know your favorite stuffed date flavor combos…
Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates - A Gluten-free, Dairy-free #RealFood Anytime Treat!
These stuffed medjool dates are one of my go-to desserts. When I went gluten-free and dairy-free back in 2006 due to health issues (read my story), I knew I had to think of some quick and easy options that would satisfy my sweet tooth at any time. Stuffed dates are the perfect, speedy, no-bake, one-bite treats!
So when I don’t have my favorite blueberry muffins or cocoa caramel bars on hand, or just want something quick, I take out a date, pull it apart, and stuff it with scrumptious spreads and toppings…

Click here to read the full post and get the recipe over on Red and Honey!

California Dreamin’ – Highlights from Spring Break

Hey, friends! It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. My hubby and I just came back from a week-long vacation in California, and let me tell you, it was absolute heaven! 

Why, oh why, did we move back to the east coast, again? ;-) 
So, this little blog is growing bigger and bigger, slowly but steadily, and I’m incredibly grateful for your support, interest, and enthusiasm. I love, love, love connecting with you guys and although I’m sometimes hesitant to post about my personal life, I think it’s important to share! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see a lot of pics from my daily life. 
MTG isn’t just a healthy living brand, it’s about all of the things that make your and my soul shine.

And California makes my soul glow

We lived in Los Angeles from 2011 – 2013 when I was getting my MPH from UCLA. I absolutely loved living near the ocean, the fresh, seasonal, year-round produce and multitude of farm markets, the great restaurants (so many that are sensitive to dietary restrictions), the amazing hikes, and the abundant sunshine. But, a new job in Princeton, NJ came up, right down the street from my husband’s family, so we took the leap and moved back to the east coast. 
I still miss living in LA. I really do think it’s where I’m meant to be, where my soul shines, if you will. For now though, visits will have to do!
So, we took a week away from real life and ate, drank, and walked our way through San Francisco, wine country, and southern California. 
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First stop: San Francisco. Hikes to beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, lots of yummy food at the Off the Grid festival in the Presidio, walking around the Ferry building, and awesome restaurants.


Next we were off to explore little vineyards outside of Sonoma and Napa. Lots of amazing food and wine. and food and wine. and more wine were had in Healdsburg, St. Helena, and Yountville. Highly recommend Bella Winery (super laid-back with tasting in caves!), Truett-Hurst (gorgeous garden and patio on the river), and Ferrari-Carano (the views… see the tulip picture below).
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Then it was off to LA. You know I had to pack my travel snacks. I always pack snacks (see more healthy travel ideas here and here).
After a harsh winter, the sunshine felt incredible! We spent almost the whole time outside, soaking it all in while we went back to some of our favorite places in Manhattan Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica. 
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Although we were sad to leave, it was pretty amazing to come home to our little pup, Kaya

Coming next week: Super Simple Medjool Stuffed Dates, a new giveaway, and more!


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The Healthy Mind Cookbook Review and Giveaway

I have a such a fun giveaway for you guys today! 

The Healthy Mind Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The Healthy Mind Cookbook is the latest cookbook from Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson, and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite source of inspiration. If you don’t know Rebecca’s work, you need to (check out her stunning site here)!

I met Rebecca in 2009 when I worked at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help produce their Food As Medicine trainings. Rebecca is the chef extraordinare for CMBM, and an integral part of the trainings. Not only is she a whiz in the kitchen, but she’s kind and funny, too – a joy to be around and learn from.

Needless to say, I love her recipes and have every single one of her cookbooks.

Imagine how thrilled I was to learn that she (and her partner-in-crime and my former amazing colleague and friend-for-life, Jo Cooper) would be sending me a copy and gifting two of my readers with a signed, personalized copy! AND, she’s also sharing some of her recipes with us — scroll down for more.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Images are of pages in the The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson.

As with Rebecca’s others cookbooks (The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen are my faves), The Healthy Mind Cookbook is filled with mouthwatering recipes, vibrant pictures, and lots of YUM. Rebecca uses the latest research to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function – and translates it into the kitchen – 

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity

Here are a few of the recipes I can’t wait to try:

Orange Salad with Olives and Mint
Cauliflower Tabbouleh
Roasted Ginger Salmon with Pomegranate, Olive, and Mint Salsa
Turkish Lamb Sliders
Thai it Up Steak Salad
Raspberry, Lemon Zest, and Vanilla Muffins
Tomato, Mint, and Fennel Vinaigrette
Campfire Style Seasonal Fruit Fondue with Chocolate
and the list goes on!

Healthy Mind Cookbook Recipes

Photo Source: The Healthy Mind Cookbook

A few of my favorite features of The Healthy Mind Cookbook:

  • The focus on using whole, clean, real food — and the abundance of gorgeous produce within each and every one of the 120 recipes;
  • The comprehensive Culinary Pharmacy section, full of 80+ ingredients and the notes on roles they play in helping memory, mood, sleep, energy, and more;
  • Helpful tips through out, including ‘make it ahead strategies’, ‘kitchen clarity’, and ‘reducing recipe reading anxiety’; and
  • Really, the entire book is an outstanding repository of science-based brain-supporting nutrition facts.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook Review and Giveaway

So, I highly recommend this book – for yourself or for others. My mom and I love to give Rebecca’s books as thank you gifts or hostess gifts and always receive rave reviews! 

Want a sneak peek of some of the recipes?

Rebecca is also graciously sharing a few of the recipes included in The Healthy Mind Cookbook:

These recipes can be found in her Recipe Box: check out the Chocolate Cherry Walnut TrufflesAvocado Citrus Salad, and the Cozy Lentil Soup with Delicata Squash

Now, it’s Giveaway Time:

Rebecca is giving TWO Made to Glow readers a signed, personalized copy of The Healthy Mind Cookbook! To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter box below (it may take a minute or two to load).

After logging in using your email address or Facebook account, follow the prompts to gain entries.

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This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, March 6, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on March 6. Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by Rebecca Katz. The views and opinions expressed on Made to Glow are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences. I was given a copy of The Healthy Mind Cookbook free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.

A Decadent and Healthy Chocolate Mousse (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No Refined Sugar)

Healthy Chocolate Mousse (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sweetened with Dates)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day…. a scrumptious chocolate mousse. 

Today, I’m revisiting an older chocolate mousse recipe to give it a face lift. I’ve made this recipe tons and tons of times, and wanted it to have an updated look, as well as highlight it for V-day.
This recipe is pretty unique as it has no processed sugar added. It gets it’s sweetness from mejool dates and sweet potato!
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I love seeing when you guys make my recipes – it makes my heart burst with joy! So many great ideas of ways to enjoy this decadent mousse:
MTG reader, Celine, made the mousse on her blog and used it as pie filling in an almond flour crust – then topped it with a chocolate drizzle. Holy cow:
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MTG reader, Lauren, made chocolate mousse-covered strawberries… 
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I love it straight out of the food processor:
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Or on dried mango, on strawberries, or on top of pancakes! These are my Banana Nut Pancakes with this chocolate mousse on top, drizzled with peanut butter, and topped with flax seed, cacao nibs, and strawberries. You’ve got to try it!
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You won’t find any processed fake stuff here… only a handful of good-for-you ingredients. And, it’s easy to customize to your taste… need it sweeter? Add more dates, or try a little bit of maple syrup or stevia. Want more chocolate? Add more cocoa powder! 
Oh, and how about this for a genius idea… double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers in freezer-safe containers. When you’re ready to eat, simply put the containers in the fridge overnight to thaw. It’ll be ready to eat in the morning. You should see my freezer – full of chocolate mousse :) 
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A Decadent and Healthy Chocolate Mousse (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No Refined Sugar)
  • 1 cup of roasted sweet potato (about 1 medium to large sweet potato)
  • 3-4 TB cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 7-8 soft, plump pitted Medjool dates (Note: I have only used Medjool dates in this recipe – you could try with super soft regular dates – make sure to soak them for several hours in hot water – but results will not be the same)
  • ¼ cup + 2 TB non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk from a carton, not can)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted to a liquid
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Roast your sweet potato at 425 degrees until it’s very soft, your knife can easily slide through, and it’s caramelizing on the outside (this brings out the sweetness more). The skin should look like it can easily peel right off. Mine took about an 55-60 minutes in the oven, but check your’s throughout.
  2. Let cool to a warm room temperature and slide the skin off.
  3. Pack the sweet potato flesh into a measuring cup until you get one cup.
  4. Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until very smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  5. Taste, and adjust, if needed, according to your preference: Want it sweeter? Add another date or a touch of maple syrup or stevia. Want more chocolate flavor? Add more cocoa powder. Want it richer? Add a bit more coconut oil. Want it to be thinner? Add more liquid. Process again until smooth.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days or freeze in a freezer-safe container. When ready to eat, simply put the container in the fridge overnight to thaw, and in the morning you're ready to eat!
The dates provide a subtly sweet flavor to this mousse. If you want it sweeter, add maple syrup or your sweetener of choice.
Depending on the temperature of your sweet potato when you process it, the mousse may be very thick (colder sweet potato flesh = thicker mousse). Simply add more liquid to thin it out!

Chocolate Mousse


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Friday Favorites 02.06.15 – Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living Finds

Happy Friday! TGIF.

Here are some favorite finds from the week – from fitness to food to style and everything in between. You’ll also see some of my recent eats and recipes scattered throughout. Have a great weekend, my friends!

Friday Favorites: Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living FindsA little blackberry pick-me-up – organic blackberries, a drizzle of tahini, goji berries, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. Crunchy and satisfying. One of my favorite snacks!

How about this handy guide to what’s in season this month from Produce for Kids.

9 Steps to a Healthier Kitchen from Healthy Child Healthy World. Easy tips you can start implementing today.
Friday Favorites: Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living Finds An easy breakfast to power up for the day… I topped chia seed pudding with tahini and frozen berries.
Lusty Lady Smoothie from FemFusion Fitness… 1) I love the name and 2) Brianne includes some awesome info about why the ingredients (pomegranate juice, cocoa powder, berries, coconut oil, and more) are so good for us. Can’t wait to try!
Loving this terrific post by one of my dearest friends, Caitlin, on her journey to self-discovery. Check out more from Caitlin on @WayfaringGypsy.
Friday Favorites: Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living Finds
 Made this Slow-Cooker Beef Stew from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen… the perfect comfort food! Grass-fed beef, bone broth, and tons of veggies.  
These nail colors and this bright outfit make me CRAVE spring. Cannot wait for some warm sunshine…
A fascinating new study in HuffPo looked at the role of inflammation in developing depression. Interesting findings, looking forward to seeing more research.
Free yoga videos online (for beginners, too!) – what a great resource from Mom Always Finds Out, especially on these cold days! 
Friday Favorites: Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living Finds
A late lunch using Against All Grain’s Blender Bread for my sandwich. Made of cashews and super easy to whip up.
 The Healthy Mind Cookbook from my favorite chef, Rebecca Katz, comes out next week, wahoo! My copy is already on the way and I’m thrilled. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen are staples in my kitchen. 
The Complete Guide to Spriralizing your veggies into noodles from Inspiralized! This is super helpful, even just to know you can spiralize SO many different vegetables. In the market for a spiralizer? This is the one I love!
Sweat, Smile, and Repeat
What are you doing to get your sweat on this weekend? 
Don’t forget to fuel your body to feel your best… last week, I had a day full of errands after a long Body Pump session, so I made sure to pack some snacks: a hemp seed green smoothie, Kit bar, hard-boiled egg, and banana. Protein + Carbs + healthy fat = glow.
Friday Favorites: Weekend Link Love and Healthy Living Finds

Happy weekend!

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