Orange Salmon

Posted by cemmerich in dairy free, egg free, gluten free, high fat/moderate protein, main dish, nut free, pasta, PURE PROTEIN/FAT DAY, Uncategorized 23 Sep 2013


Happy Holidays! Today’s giveaway it a gift basket of Quest Pasta!

All you have to do is 3 things:

1. “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook

2. “Like” Quest Nutrition on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment below on what your favorite pasta recipe is that you would like to see “healthified”!

A winner will be picked January. 4th and posted on Maria Mind Body Health Facebook page. Good Luck!

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The winner is… Brenda Killinger!  Congrats!
Testimony of the Day

“I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and followed Maria’s WOE the whole time. I occasionally went up to 60g carbs a day because I LOVE fruit and like to have it fresh and in season. I had the best, easiest pregnancy I ever had! I had very minimal morning sickness and less fatigue than with the others. I had no swelling and my blood pressure was perfect. I never experienced that extreme discomfort that so many women complain of. I 100% attribute a great pregnancy to Maria’s WOE.  I gave birth naturally to a very healthy 7lb 5oz baby boy. I’m actually sad he’s the last one because my pregnancy was so wonderful.” -Sue

Click HERE to get started on your keto-adapted diet.


I get a ton of emails a few months after these consults telling me that they are ecstatic and are now pregnant but are wondering on what to eat now. As if this diet of REAL food would be harmful to a fetus. There are many reasons why to not add in certain foods like gluten and dairy. Many times when cravings get the best of pregnant clients and they consume these foods, the auto-immune response results in a miscarriage. But even if the clients are committed about staying away from gluten and dairy, they often worry that too low of carbs is bad for the fetus. You will never find evidence of this, but you will read it all over the web. The information that clients read have a few flaws:

1. A huge mistake is when people and doctors compare benign dietary ketosis to diabetic ketoacidosis. You can produce ketones in a starvation state. So instead of using a well-formulated low carb diet, they starved pregnant rats to get them into ketosis. The flaw in that evidence should be obvious.

2. The last form of this “evidence” is when they sliced up the brains of rat fetuses and saturated them in ketones. What happened was that the brain cells lived but it stopped producing new brain cells. This is thought to be evidence that ketosis causes retardation.

Now let’s dive into the facts. The lean human body is 74% fat and 26% protein by calories. Fats are a structural part of every human cell and the preferred fuel source of the mitochondria, the energy-burning units of each cell. A fetus naturally uses ketones before and immediately after birth. Many studies done on pregnant pigs that are placed on ketogenic diets have fetuses with “increased fetal brain weight, cell size and protein content. In the early stages of pregnancy there is an upsurge in body fat accumulation, which is connected to hyperphagia and increased lipogenesis.

In the later stages of pregnancy there is an accelerated breakdown of fat depots, which plays an important role in fetal development. The fetus uses transported placental fatty acids as well as two other products: glycerol and ketone bodies. Even though glycerol crosses the placenta in slight proportions, it is a superior substrate for “maternal gluconeogenesis” (remember earlier, I discuss regular gluconeogenesis where we make glucose from protein when needed which is the preferred way of making glucose), and maternal glucose is the main substrate crossing the placenta. Heightened ketogenesis in fasting conditions or with the addition of MCT oils, create an easy transference of ketones to the fetus which allows maternal ketone bodies to reach the fetus, where the ketones can be used as fuels for oxidative metabolism as well as lipogenic substrates.

During pregnancy, women become even more sensitive to carbohydrates due to an evolutionary adaption in which they become slightly insulin resistant to allow a positive flow of nutrients to the developing fetus through the placenta. If the mom was more insulin sensitive than the fetus we could end up in a nutrient shortage situation. Biology fixes this problem by making mom a little insulin resistant, effectively “pushing” nutrients to the fetus. This rationalizes just how important feeding you and your fetus a nutrient dense ketogenic diet is.ketoCover small

Breast-milk is naturally very high in fat as compared to baby formula which is high in carbohydrates and sugar; causing babies to be addicted to sugar early in life. If a newborn is breastfed, it spends a lot of time in ketosis, and therefore keto-adapted. Keto-adapted babies can efficiently turn ketone bodies into acetyl-coA and into myelin. Ketosis helps babies develop and build their brains. I love it when my clients continue to consume those “fat bombs” they ate to get pregnant because the coconut oil helps with the baby because coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which keep the mother and baby healthy. The extra coconut oil also helps with lactation, but more importantly the coconut oil increases lauric acid in the breast milk. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk that supports healthy metabolism. Read more about this in my new book Keto-Adapted.

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Thank you all for your love and support!


Certain prescriptions, including birth control, deplete zinc in our body. A zinc deficiency can cause birth defects. So if you are planning on getting pregnant, a good rule of thumb is to discontinue birth control for 6 months before getting pregnant and increase your zinc stores. Zinc is not only important for females, it also helps with sperm motility. Oysters are filled with zinc! YUM!
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“Maria helped me lose 75 pounds in just over a year. The Maria way cleared up many health issues I had been struggling with, some my whole life. Losing the weight and getting into the best health of my life also helped me and my husband get pregnant after 7 years of trying and two miscarriages. We are due with our little girl in February. Thank you Maria Emmerich for changing my life.” Leah



Women in their postpartum period often get the blues. Why is this so common? Well, babies need DHA for proper brain development, so in the last stages of pregnancy, the baby “pulls” DHA from the mother’s stores. This is found to be the cause of postpartum depression. Adding DHA during your third trimester has shown to help with the “baby blues,” but even more interesting is that it can increase babies IQ scores.

Orange Ginger Salmon
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 1½ pounds raw salmon
  • ¼ cup MCT oil or quality olive oil
  • 2 TBS toasted sesame oil
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 2 TBS Swerve confectioners
  • 2 TBS coconut aminos or organic Tamari sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 TBS freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 TBS Swerve Confectioners
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos or organic Tamari sauce (soy sauce)
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp orange oil/extract
  • ¼ tsp fish sauce (for Umami: see below)
  • 1 TBS black sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  1. In a large bowl or baking dish, combine melted oil, sesame oil, coconut aminos/Tamari, garlic, ginger, vinegar, natural sweetener and whisk well until combined. Add salmon to the dish or place everything in a large shallow baking dish (I used a lasagna pan) so the salmon can soak up the marinade. Refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Remove salmon from the marinade. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler, skin side down.
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the salmon’s thickness, until opaque and easily flake-able with a fork.
  5. Remove and serve immediately, garnish with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds, green onions and the orange ginger sauce.
  6. To make the sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the ingredients in a boil while whisking for about 3 minutes and the mixture is very smooth. Please note that this sauce will separate if it sits too long or cools. To combine it again, gently warm and whisk until well mixed. Pour over salmon.
  7. Serve over Quest pasta or cabbage “pasta” if desired.
Traditional Orange Salmon = 414 calories, 16.6g fat, 34.2g protein, 23.1g carbs, 0.9g fiber
“Healthified” Orange Salmon = 411 calories, 30.1g fat, 33.9g protein, 2.4g carbs, 0.8g fiber (65% fat, 33% protein, 2% carbs)

 TIP: I made extra sauce and cooked my cabbage “pasta” in the extra sauce. This way, I had more cabbage pasta with the high fat sauce and a smaller portion of salmon to get my fat ratio better.

Plan Plan Plan is the key to success

Recipes like my cabbage “pasta” can be found in my cookbook The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker. Cabbage is so cheap and lasts forever, I always keep one in my fridge. Cabbage pasta can be made days ahead of time and stored in an air tight container in the fridge for easy additions to dinner.

One trick that works for our family is that Craig helps clean up after dinner, while I prepare dinner for the next night. I often fill my slow cookers with a main dish, side dish and dessert (yes, I have 3 beloved slow cookers). Then in the morning, all I have to do is take the slow cooker shell out of the fridge and turn them on. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of my day!

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Happy Eating! Thank you all for your love and support!




  • Caroline December 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm / Reply

    I voted for you Maria!! Good luck and happy holidays to you and your family!!
    Pasta- I wish I could make my own noodles. I used to make homemade noodles a lot, until I changed my lifestyle. I think nut flours would just fall apart. Thank goodness there are good alternatives, but my pasta maker is collecting dust.

  • Holly December 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm / Reply

    Maria, are you considering doing a pregnancy book too? I know books are a lot of work. Our family really appreciates everything you’ve done! :)

  • Jacquie Z December 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm / Reply

    Can’t wait to try these noodles!

  • Justyna December 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm / Reply

    HI would love to healthify my favorite chicken alfredo with broccoli!

  • Cathy Griffice December 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm / Reply

    I would love to try plain ol’ Mac and Cheese…

  • Melinda December 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm / Reply


  • Shelley Loudermilk December 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm / Reply

    I miss having spaghetti more than anything. I know this sounds simple, but eating a low-carb lifestyle prohibits getting my spaghetti in. I would love to try these noodles and see how they do in spaghetti.

  • Rheanna Smith December 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm / Reply

    I would love to be able to make a beef stroganoff!!! Can’t wait to try these noodles!!

  • Rita December 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm / Reply


  • Marisa December 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm / Reply

    Would love to try these!

  • Sandy December 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm / Reply

    Mac n cheese.

  • Deanna S December 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm / Reply

    noodles for soups

  • courtney December 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm / Reply

    I’d love to see mac and cheese or a form of lasgna

  • Elizabeth December 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm / Reply

    I love a hearty meat sauce over spaghetti!

  • Victoria December 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm / Reply

    Cheesy Tuna Mac (like the Tuna Noodle Helper version). Gosh, I love that stuff!!

  • Cindi Hoag December 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm / Reply

    I’ve not seen the Quest pasta, but love their bars. Have to check it out.

    • Cindi Hoag December 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm / Reply

      I’ll use my homemade pasta sauce!

  • Jamie H. December 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm / Reply

    The noodles look great and I’d love to try them with my homemade marinara, alfredo and pesto sauces!

  • Laurie December 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm / Reply

    I would love Alfredo recipes as well as a ravioli recipe. Your slow cooker cookbook is on my Christmas list, too. Thank you for all you do and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  • Rachel December 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm / Reply

    I’d love Mac n cheese, spaghetti, chicken Alfredo, just about any pasta dish will do!

  • Susan December 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm / Reply

    Would love to see ‘mac’ and cheese’ with this pasta. I’ve tried spaghetti squash and other vegetables base pastas but they seem to be lacking.

  • cherie December 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm / Reply

    Chicken Alfredo Oh please oh please!!!! yummm!!!!

  • Deirdre December 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm / Reply

    Definitely alfredo pasta!

    I liked you and quest on facebook and follow you both on twitter!

  • Rita December 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm / Reply

    Spaghetti! ! Yummy

  • lbug December 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm / Reply

    Would love to try! Soups!

  • Jonique December 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm / Reply

    Anything Alfredo and gnocchi with sage brown butter if that counts as pasta :)

  • minnie December 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm / Reply

    Fettichini alfredo!!!

  • Shawna December 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm / Reply

    pad thai! mmmmm.

  • Kathleen December 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm / Reply


  • loyri halliburton December 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm / Reply

    Healthified Phad Thai ;)

  • Sarah P. December 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm / Reply

    Any dairy-free pasta dish would be welcome in my family, as my daughter is allergic to milk and gluten. Thanks!

  • Cathie D December 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm / Reply

    Lasagna! I know it can be done with zucchini but it’s the pasta part I want!
    Thanks for the chance to win

  • Laura December 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm / Reply

    Wondering about the taste? Hmmm…

  • erica December 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm / Reply


  • Brenda McNeil December 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm / Reply

    A good Alfredo and the Pad Thai sounds really good too!

  • JAN December 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm / Reply

    Would to see a healified mac and cheese!

  • Melissa December 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm / Reply

    Chicken with Alfredo Sauce! YUM!!!

  • Donna Poole December 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm / Reply

    Would love to try spaghetti and lasagna!

  • Randee December 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm / Reply

    Would like to add them to soups.

  • Mary R December 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm / Reply

    spaghetti and meatball & lasagna

  • Penny December 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm / Reply

    Oh, I would love a good spaghetti and an alfredo recipe.

  • Amy December 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm / Reply

    It’s so funny that this is the giveaway today as I was listening to one of Jimmy Moore’s older podcasts that had an advertisement for Quest Bars. I went on the Quest website and saw these noodles and the first thought I had was “I wonder if Maria would approve of these?” Has anyone tried them? Are they good?

    I think a beef stroganoff or a chicken lo mein would be good with these noodles. Really want to try these.

  • Tovah! December 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm / Reply

    I would LOVE to see both lasagne and carbonara healthified!

  • Marion December 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm / Reply

    Just plain ol spaghetti&meatballs…

  • Suzanne December 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm / Reply

    Looking forward to trying this..

  • shewonnah December 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm / Reply

    pad thai for sure

  • Kindra December 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria, I just purchased and watched your Supercharge Your Metabolism Class last night. It was so informative! I have been following your blog for awhile and have your Healthy Metabolism book, but the class really brought all the information together for me.

    I have an acid reflux issue — not the kind where you get heartburn, but the LPR one where the upper sphincter stays open and I get that icky digestive juice taste in my mouth sometimes and I wake up with a phlegmy throat. From your video, I am planning to follow your Keto Adapted plan and also cut out dairy to try to heal my gut problem. I am wondering about taking the L-Glutamine and L-Carnitine amino acids — do I continue to take 3g of each after the after digestive issues are healed? I’m hoping it doesn’t take too long, our family is from Wisconsin and it’s hard to go without dairy!

    On a side note, my 11 year old has found her favorite treat ever from one of your recipes, and she makes it all by herself for our family! She takes your Turtle Cheesecake and swaps out peanut flour for almond flour, cuts down the Swerve by about a 1/3 in each step (we like less sweet), and leaves off the caramel. The chocolate sauce with the peanut flour crust gives it a touch of PB cup flavor. It is sooooo delicious! She likes it better than any other dessert, even those made with wheat and sugar! I’m hoping to get her younger sisters’ tastes switched over soon as well. Thank you so much for your awesome recipes, there’s no way our family could make the switch without them.

  • Wendy December 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm / Reply

    Always ready to try something new! I have tried the Quest protein bars and love those, so would love to try these.

  • Tina December 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm / Reply

    Garlic shrimp pasta (Red Lobster)

  • Judy December 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm / Reply

    I would love another option for pasta. I would like to see beef stroganoff healthified.

  • Linda December 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm / Reply


  • Julie December 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm / Reply

    I am voting everyday, I love your recipes! I am preparing to start cooking with your recipes on a daily basis

  • Paulette December 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm / Reply

    A pasta I like is tough. When I grew up pasta was to stretch a pound of hamburger to feed 8 people. Since my mid twenties I have most followed an Atkins kinda a diet and I haven’t eaten real wheat pasta in nearly 40 years. I just try to pick off the topping from the pasta. Will be interesting to be able to eat the whole thing and not worry about carbs. That said I like Meat Sauces,

  • Maria December 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm / Reply

    Would LOVE mac and cheese and gnocchi.

  • Judy December 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm / Reply

    I’d love to have a healthified ravioli….

  • Karla T December 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm / Reply

    linguine and clam sauce

  • Stacey December 24, 2013 at 12:37 am / Reply

    Saw your “tapioca” pudding recipe…wondering if I could make my own “rice” out of these and try that as it looks really yummy!

  • Tracy December 24, 2013 at 3:23 am / Reply

    I would love mac and cheese!

  • Kristaleen December 24, 2013 at 4:28 am / Reply

    I would love baked spegetti :) this place at mall of america-tucchi benuchi makes such good baked spegetti and I really miss that!!

  • Kristin December 24, 2013 at 4:31 am / Reply

    I would love Mac & cheese!! So good but def not healthy!

  • Theresa December 24, 2013 at 6:47 am / Reply

    Shrimp linguini

  • Diane December 24, 2013 at 8:29 am / Reply

    Would love to see ‘Healthified versions of ‘Pasta Bake’

  • Tracy Lynn December 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm / Reply

    what would a serving size of salmon/protein be to keep those ratio in check. I wonder sometimes if I am eating too much protein.

  • Jean B. December 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm / Reply

    First, a big thanks to Maria for the recipes and inspiration!

    Second, from the ingredients, it appears that the Quest noodles are shirataki, so those who have already tried and disliked shirataki will also be disappointed with these. I vastly prefer shirataki in Asian dishes, especially those that usually are made from bean thread (aka cellophane noodles). I also use them in place of rice noodles, but that takes some fiddling. I intend to try dehydrating the shirataki a bit ere I use them, my thought being that they will be more absorbent that way.

  • Jessica December 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm / Reply

    I would love to try these with green chili mac and cheese!!

  • Relizabeth December 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm / Reply

    I’d love to try these noodles with sunflower butter and red curry paste! Maybe some green olives too.

  • Kim December 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm / Reply

    mac & cheese and pad thai

  • RoxieSchmoxie December 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm / Reply

    I have never tried the Quest pasta, but if it is anything like the glucomannon based noodles (Konjac noodles) or shirataki then it is totally disgusting. I bought 20 lbs of it online on the recommendation of others. I rinsed the dreadful fishy smell with multiple rinses, boiled it and then made it up into a dish and couldn’t bring myself to eat more than 2 mouthfuls of it before dumping the entire 20 lbs of packages. It is truly an abomination. I would rather never have another piece of pasta than to eat this dreadful substance.

  • Terran December 25, 2013 at 2:16 am / Reply

    Enjoying pasta on occasion would be nice! I make my own sauces and don’t need them “healthified,” but currently just eat them over cauliflower.

  • Nikke December 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm / Reply

    That’s my testimonial but my name still isn’t Sue, lol.
    It would be fun to use these noodles with meatballs. I wonder if the texture would be similar to semolina noodles?

  • Debbie Meissner December 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm / Reply

    Squash stuffed ravioli with sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce like they serve at Olive Garden.

  • Linda F. December 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm / Reply

    Pasta Carbonara! I am serving it today with a low carb Olive Garden type recipe. I am using brown rice noodles for my gluten free daughter and her family, and shiritaki noodles for me to keep it low carb!

  • Olya December 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm / Reply

    I would love to try these noodles too!

  • Lisa December 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria – I apologize I don’t really know where to post this question. I was wondering if you might be able to do a post about GABA (or point me to a previous post?) I went to purchase the GABA in your Amazon store, but the 22 one-star reviews noted some pretty serious withdrawal issues once a person quits using GABA. I’m a little nervous about adding this supplement now. Thank you in advance!

  • Tracy A December 26, 2013 at 12:31 am / Reply

    Anything pasta- like would be welcome, but I do better when I don’t think about my old favorites.

    Btw, I made your egg white bread (not the official name which I can’t remember) the other day to bring to home for the holidays. I had been putting it off due to the depression I knew I would feel when (I was sure!) I hated it. BUT I REALLY LIKE IT! Not on it’s own so much, but with toppings (melted cheese & butter) it has a satisfying chew to it, which is soothing to me. Thanks:)

    • cemmerich December 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm / Reply


  • Tasha December 26, 2013 at 2:20 am / Reply

    I just want spaghetti!!!

  • Bryn December 26, 2013 at 3:49 am / Reply

    Would love to try fettuccini alfredo!

  • Kailie January 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm / Reply

    Why no dairy when pregnant? How about Raw dairy?

    • cemmerich January 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm / Reply

      Only if sensitive to dairy. It could cause miscarriages if you are dairy sensitive or allergic.

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  • Emily Stanek February 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm / Reply

    Chicken parmesan!

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