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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!
 
chocolate mousse
 
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:
 
Chocolate Mousse
MTG reader, Lauren, made chocolate mousse-covered strawberries… 
 
chocolate mousse
 
I love it straight out of the food processor:
 
Chocolate Mousse
 
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!
 
Chocolate Mousse
 
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 :) 
 
Chocolate Mousse 2
 

A Decadent and Healthy Chocolate Mousse (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No Refined Sugar)
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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!
Notes
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!

 
Note: some of the above products are affiliate links where I will earn a small commission if you purchase through MTG – at no extra cost to you of course! I’d be grateful for your support. Thank you.

Healthy Individual Seven-Layer Dips (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Healthy Individual Seven-Layer Dips (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

You know those mouth-watering seven layer dips that you see around game day tailgates? They are SO good. But, they are usually also pretty processed, full of strange ingredients you can’t pronounce, and sky-high in sodium from the store-made salsa, cheeses, bean dips, and more.

Healthy Individual Seven-Layer Dips (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

I decided I had to revamp the traditional seven layer dip – using real food ingredients and upping the nutrition. Still keeping the traditional flavors, of course!

This version is packed with super fresh produce and also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

This recipe is full of options. Can’t tolerate dairy? Skip the cheese or use a cheese alternative. Family members not fans of leafy greens? Skip the spinach and just use chopped romaine. You’d rather use black beans than refried pinto? Go for it.

Healthy Individual Seven-Layer Dips (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

This recipe is like your template… do what you love! Oh, and because these are individual servings, you can also add as much or as little of each layer as your heart desires…

Read the whole article and get the recipe on Red and Honey

Healthy Individual Seven-Layer Dips (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Need some more healthy recipes for the Superbowl? 

Check out this round-up of recipes I did last year of some delish options including:

Sweet Potato Nachos

Homemade Fresh Guacamole

BBQ Chicken Pizza on a Cauliflower Crust or Brown Rice Tortilla

Sliders with Eggplant Buns

BBQ Chicken Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

BBQ Chicken Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

Don’t forget to enter the Bai5 Giveaway!

Enter here to win a case of Bai5 and a “Believe in What You’re Made of” tank top – giveaway ends 12:00 am ET, February 2, 2015. 

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

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Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

The awesome folks at Bai contacted me before the holidays and asked about partnering for some recipe creation and giveaways. Not only did they send a bottle of each Bai5 flavor, but also sent this cute tank top, which has quickly become one of my faves. 

Blueberry Burst Smoothie and Bai5 Giveaway

Win this tank top and an entire case of Bai5 Samples!

I am thrilled to share this delicious Blueberry Burst Smoothie AND send one of you the fun box of goodies above!
Bai5 Tank - Win it in the Giveaway

‘Believe in what you’re made of’ Tank - Win it in the Giveaway

Since they sent the case of Bai5, I’ve been enjoying the different flavors in everything – from using to flavoring my water to making smoothies and chia puddings. 
 
Panama Peach Bai5 Chia Pudding (Click here for the recipe):
 

Peach Bai5 Chia Pudding

Molokai Coconut Bai5 Green Smoothie (Click here for the recipe):
 
Molokai Coconut Green Smoothie
 
Congo Pear Bai5 Green Smoothie (spinach, cilantro, parsley, cucumber, frozen banana, frozen green figs, frozen mango, Congo Pear Bai5, unsweetened coconut milk):
 
Congo Pear Bai5 Green Smoothie
 
What’s neat about Bai5 is that it’s made of coffee fruit and white tea extract, which provide antioxidants and some caffeine (like a cup of green tea) – perfect for a pick-me-up. It’s sweetened with organic stevia and erythritol, and each bottle is only 5 calories each. Bai5 is also gluten-free and vegan, and the bottle is BPA-free. 
 
Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 
Most of the flavors are pretty sweet, and since I’ve been avoiding added sugar for awhile my taste buds are probably overly sensitive to sweeter flavors. I love to mix Bai5 with tap and sparkling water - perfect for those who don’t like to drink plain water but know they need to drink more. Bai5 is also great for using as the liquid in oatmeal, chia pudding, and smoothies, as it lends such a variety of fun flavors as well as sweetness. 
 
Like this Bai5 Bluberry Burst Green Smoothie!
 
It’s kind of like a trifecta of antioxidants (hello, wild blueberries, kale, and Bai5 Brasilia Blueberry), protein (hemp hearts pack a serious protein punch), and caffeine from the white tea extract in the Bai5. Exactly what you need to power through your day. And, it’s full of baby kale so you can get your green on in a tasty way. 
 
Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 

It’s Giveaway Time. 

The folks over at Bai5 are giving one lucky MTG reader an entire case of Bai5 and a “Believe in what you’re made of” tank top (picture above)! 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 @Made to Glow and @DrinkBai on Instagram, which is mandatory to enter the giveaway. To gain additional entries, follow the prompts.

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This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, February 2, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on February 2. Good luck!

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 
A green smoothie bursting with blueberry goodness! Makes 1 liter, or 2 large servings.
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
  • 9 frozen strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of baby kale
  • ½ frozen banana, chopped
  • 2 TB hemp hearts
  • 1.5 cup Blueberry Brasilia Bai5
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut mik
Instructions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until well-combined.
  2. Garnish with cacao nibs and shredded coconut to take it over the top!
  3. Store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When ready to drink, simply shake up and sip!
Notes
Try to get frozen wild, organic blueberries for extra antioxidants.
Not a fan of kale? Try spinach or a 'power greens' mix.

 Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by Bai. The views and opinions expressed on Made to Glow are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with Bai products. I was given the products free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.