November 20, 2017

Tart Cherry Juice Drinkers Could Gain An Hour of Sleep

A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study reported recently in the American Journal of Therapeutics found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice extended sleep time by an average of 84 minutes in older patients with insomnia. “Insomnia is quite common among older adults and it can lead to a range of health issues if left untreated,” observed lead researcher Jack Losso, who is a professor in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. “However, many people are hesitant to resort to medications to help them sleep. That’s why natural sleep remedies are increasingly of interest and […]
September 6, 2017

Try Tropical Tarts with Coconut Crust

If you love ginger, this one’s for you, especially if you use the greater amount. Ingredient tip: Look for high-fiber coconut flour in the baking section of your natural market. To make the crust gluten free, use an all-purpose gluten free flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. *Yogurt Cream Blend: 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 Tbs. honey. Makes 1/2 cup. **Citrus Glaze: Combine 3/4 cup fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 cup honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce […]
December 13, 2016

Apple Walnut Tart with Maple Custard

This tart will be the centerpiece of your dessert table: a crunchy, gluten-free walnut crust with a creamy maple-custard filling,
December 5, 2016

Brazil Nut Tarts

These tarts, with their hint of lime and rich texture, take Brazil nuts to a new level. Brazil nuts are full of detoxifying selenium and protein, as well as hearty-healthy omega-3s, which help to keep your skin elastic and hydrated and help to reduce swelling and redness. I like to make several small tarts from this recipe, but you can make large tarts if you prefer. SERVES 4-8 Ingredients 2 (9-in.) whole-wheat pie crusts 1 can (12 oz.) fat-free evaporated milk 2 Tbs. tapioca flour diluted in 4 Tbsp. water 2 beaten large eggs 2 Tbs. coconut butter 2 Tbs. […]
October 22, 2013

Pear and Apple Tart

In this dessert, I take the recipe for the classic French dessert tarte tatin–with its quercetin-containing apples–and add pears for their copper content and pecans and cinnamon, which are high in antioxidants. It is worth noting that when used in sufficient amounts, cinnamon also has anti-blood-clotting agents and anti-inflammatory properties and may help stabilize blood sugar levels. SERVES 6-8 Ingredients 6 Tbs. butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 cup sugar, combined with 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 4 apples (Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji), peeled, cored, and cut in half 2 pears (Bosc), peeled, cored, and cut in half 1/2 […]