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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School Healthy Eating, Chocolate Mousse and a Book Review

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Well, there is less than a week before school starts and I've been trying to think of healthy treats I can send to school with the kids. I have to admit, that this summer, we were pretty lax and we indulged quite a bit on junk food. Now that we will be on our regular routine, I'm ready to get back to healthy home cooked foods and healthy school lunches. Now, in no way am I one of those crunchy, organic, health nuts; but I do care about what goes into my kids bodies and my own. My weakness has always been sweets and when I heard of Peggy Kotsopoulos and her book, Must Have Been Something I Ate, I knew this was one that I wanted to read. Peggy, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant, focuses on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious.

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I love that Peggy explains about food and what it can do to make you feel better. She talks about eating right, for more energy, better sleep, when you are stressed, to increase your libido. She even gives examples of foods for each specific subject, which I find is very helpful. And even better, she includes recipes at the end of the book, to help you get to a good start, with eating healthy. Since I am a total choco-holic, I gravitated to her chocolate mousse recipe. I LOVED that it uses ingredients that I have in my house.

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I will be totally honest, at first I was reluctant to make the mousse.... I mean pumpkin puree in mousse?? But I went for it and you know what? THIS MOUSSE ROCKS!!! You can't even tell there is pumpkin in there. I love the subtle coconut flavour from the oil and how this is slightly sweet. But, what I love most about this recipe is that THE KIDS TOTALLY LOVED IT TOO!!! Sorry I don't mean to yell, but I was ready for them to tell me they didn't care for it. Instead they asked to lick spoons and asked to have some promptly after dinner. I am so excited to have found a pudding I won't feel guilty about putting in their lunch box. I am very excited to try other recipes from this awesome book.

Chocolate Mousse
Adapted from Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos

This mousse is so light, so airy, so decadent, and so HEALTHY! The secret ingredient? PUMPKIN! Yup! It’s true. This guilt-free goodie helps to lower heart disease, prevent against cancer, and is great for expecting mums for it’s high folate content. You wouldn’t even know! And oh so, so good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked, pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil (make sure it’s heated to point of being liquid)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well with a fork. That’s it!
  • garnish with fresh berries, raw pumpkin seeds, or raw cacao nibs
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You can find Peggy Kotsopoulos on her site, on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter. Or, enter to win a copy of this book, by using the Rafflecopter below. Even if you are just looking to add a few more healthy habits to your lifestyle, Must Have Been Something I Ate, is the perfect resource to get your started!
 
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This post linked to

Hearth and Soul
Real Food Wednesday
Whole Foods Wednesday
Cast Party Wednesday
What's Cooking Wednesday 
Fit and Fabulous Friday 
Great Canadian Giveaway Linky
 

24 comments:

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Hmm...well, we don't do a whole lot of processed foods, I'm sure that's gotta count for something on the healthy scale, right? ;)

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Chillin’ Chocolate Cherry Truffles - THOSE sound good! Even if they are healthy. ;)

Anonymous said...

All fresh, no processed...99% raw, vegan or vegetarian.

That Girl said...

I've been finding recipes that use fresh, organic ingredients, and trying to up the veggies. ...and trying to limit my cookies to under 6 a day.. >_> Still working on that one.

Hubby gets a homemade lunch in his lunchbox, so at this point, I think he's eating healthier than I am!

keshakeke said...

I give my daughter and myself fresh fruits and veggies to snack on instead of chips or snack cakes.

keshakeke said...

I would like to try her Chocolate Mousse recipe

Anne @ Authentic Simplicity said...

Right now, I'm focusing on eating more proteins and fewer carbs.

The Better Baker said...

I LOOOOVE adding/hiding healthy ingredients...especially in sweets. This mousse looks fabulous!

The Better Baker said...

I love hiding spinach in quick breads...butternut squash in mac n cheese and flaxseed in many things.

The Better Baker said...

I would make the almond chai tea latte from her recipes.

PeggyK said...

Thanks so much for the review Cindy! Glad you LOVED the mousse!!! :)

Amee Livingston said...

I love this idea of pumpkin in this lovely mousse! I try and make healthy substitutions to my recipes by using natural sugars, healthier oils (such as safflower, coconut, or grapeseed) and whole grain or gluten-free flours. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

Amee Livingston said...

I would love to try Peggy's baked butternut squash... looks amazing!!

Viv Sluys said...

I would try the quinoa cookies (minus the hemp seeds). I have been experimenting with cookies, trying to make them less unhealthy (reduced sugar etc) and more healthy (adding nutrient rich foods)

Viv Sluys said...

I add vegetables purees into my sauces (like spaghetti), I give fruit and veggies as snacks and we try to avoid junk food

Jen M said...

I try to stay away from the "big brands" as much as possible. I buy products from smaller companies, with better ingredients.
jenyasha87 at hotmail dot com

Jen M said...

I'd love to try the Lentil Soup recipe
jenyasha87 at hotmail dot com

Contest Patti said...

I keep lots of healthy snacks ready in the fridge - that way there's always something health to grab between meals

Contest Patti said...

I would try the chocolate moose

Sarah said...

I would never have guessed pumpkin was in your mousse, but I'll try it if you say it's yummy Cindy, thanks for sharing! - Sarah

Angie said...

Focus more on veggies. Kids go crazy over Ranch, so veggies and Ranch are a plus.

Angie said...

I would like to try the baked butter nut squash.

Sarah Reynolds said...

I try to make dinners pretty and fun for make my family enjoy them, even though I add a ton of veggies! I use lots of colour in my cooking and I try to keep switching my menus to keep taste buds excited.

Served up with Love said...

I should say I just dont buy a lot of junk food. I try to make the goodies I give my kids so I know whats in them. Would love to win