Testimony of the Day
“Before working with Maria, I had struggled most of my adult life with my weight. I had tried other plans, and they would work for a time and then once I went on my own, I fell back into the old patterns and the weight came back. In December 2012, I weighed 212lbs. I had been pushed into finding an alternative way to better eating because of some health related issues in my family. My dad is diabetic and has had a couple of heart attacks. He’s been told that there’s nothing that they can do to repair his arteries. Of course, this gets me paying attention as I don’t want to head down that same path.
Maria was non-judgemental during this process. She was always providing me excellent resources to allow me to take this journey on my own once I got properly set up. When I was struggling she had tips for me. The videos that she’s created or the ones that she recommends were always timely and helpful. I have lost 35 lbs since working with Maria – and just 7 away from my original goal. I’ve chosen to take the longer path to success because I want to make sure that this weight stays off – for good. Eating food that tastes amazing has been the key to my success in being able to do this on my own. I’m a fussy eater, but also one who’s grown up in a practical environment. The menus that Maria has created are based on food that I grew up on – not high end fancy dishes that I don’t know how to pronounce. I have to say that that has made a huge difference for me – eating foods that I would have ate – just differently so that they’re healthy for me and keep me satiated. Maria has given me the tools and resources to be able to modify my own recipes in a ‘healthified’ way. Since losing weight, I am now able to fit into cute show clothes again, and I’m sure that I’m also much lighter for my horse’s sake :-)” –Janice
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5 TBS psyllium husk powder (no substitutes) (45 grams)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar (1 oz)
3 egg whites (8 egg whites if using coconut flour)
1 cup BOILING water (7 oz)
NOTE! If you are having an issue with a bubble, try weighing your ingredients as listed above. I use this kitchen scale. 🙂
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the almond or coconut flour, psyllium husks, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs and vinegar. Stir continuously as you add the hot marinara or water. Combine until very smooth. Place the dough onto a piece of greased parchment paper (I used THIS coconut oil spray). Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out in a circle shape with even thickness throughout. Place brie in the center, and fold pastry around it, sealing seams. Transfer to baking sheet, seam side down. Bake brie until pastry is golden, 23-35 minutes.
Drizzle with Nature’s Hollow Honey. Sprinkle with pecans. Serve with “healthified” cheez-it crackers. Makes 8 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Baked Brie = 401 calories, 30g fat, 9g protein, 27g carbs, 1.2g fiber (25.8 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Baked Brie = 239 calories, 18g fat, 11.2g protein, 7.9g carbs, 4.9g fiber (3 effective carbs)