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cream puffs

Do you know anyone suffering from Alzheimer’s? How is your memory? Do you only eat egg whites? If you are, you are skimping on an essential mineral called CHOLINE! Egg yolks are filled with this vital mineral.

Choline is a chemical similar to the B-vitamins and serves many functions in our bodies:

1. Composes the structure of cell membranes, the flexibility and integrity depend on adequate supplies of choline.

2. Protects our livers from accumulating fat. 77% of men, 80% of postmenopausal women, and 44% of premenopausal women developed fatty liver when they ate a diet deprived of choline. (Premenopausal women were not as affected because choline can be made by our bodies from the synthesis of phosphatidyl-choline, which is regulated by estrogen from our ovaries).

3. It is the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which I write a whole chapter on in Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood. This is a neurotransmitter that carries messages from and to nerves, acetylcholine is the body’s primary chemical means of sending messages between nerves and muscles.

4. Because of rapid development in fetuses and infants, we have a great need for choline in our early lives. Human milk has high levels of choline. Studies prove that mothers who don’t consume enough choline have babies with less brain development and poorer memories after birth.

I know, I know, you are asking, “Well, how many eggs can I have in a day? What about the cholesterol in the yolks?” When most people hear “cholesterol” they think “bad.” Like most things in life, the reality is more complex. First off, I am talking about using farm-fresh, free-range, omega-3 filled eggs. Yes, they cost more, but I don’t need to buy Choline or Omega 3 supplements…I just spend my money on quality food!:)

Cholesterol is more of our “fire-fighters” that come in to put out the inflammation going on in our body. If your cholesterol numbers are high, you have inflammation going on. What can cause inflammation?

1. Too many Omega 6 fatty acids (omega 3 imbalance)

2. Low fat dairy products (oxidized milk solids added to skim/1%/2% milk)

3. Processed-prepackaged foods

4. Food Allergies/Sensitivities

5. Alcohol consumption

6. Too much fructose in the diet (Agave, HFCS, JUICE (even 100% natural juice)So instead of forcefully pushing cholesterol down with statin drugs, focus on what is causing the inflammation. People whose diets supplied the highest average intake of choline (egg yolks), have levels of inflammatory markers at least 20% lower than people with the lowest intakes, reports the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Detopoulou P, Panagiotakos DB, et al.) Chronic inflammation has been linked to a wide range of conditions including cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, heart disease, osteoporosis, and type-2 diabetes.

So, here is a recipe for our brain!

cream puffs

PUFFS:
3 eggs, separated
3 oz cream cheese or coconut cream (if dairy allergy)
1/2 cup chocolate whey protein (vanilla works too)
4 TBS cocoa powder
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp stevia glycerite
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Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a bowl, whip egg whites with cream of tartar until peaks are very stiff (about 5 minutes, see photo). Slowly mix in whey protein and cocoa powder. In separate bowl, blend cream cheese, yolks and stevia. Slowly add the cream cheese mixture into the stiff egg whites. Grease a cookie sheet or a medium size muffin tin. Fill muffin tin with batter or make little balls of batter on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). Remove pans from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Once cool, use a knife to cut a small hole in the puffs to insert the cream filling.
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FILLING:
2 cups raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup erythritol
1 tsp stevia glycerite
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Celtic sea salt
3 TBS hazelnut oil (could use other oil like coconut or macademia nut)

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the hazelnuts evenly over a cookie sheet and roast until they darken and become aromatic, about 10 minutes. Transfer the hazelnuts to a damp towel and rub to remove the skins.

Pulsing the Erythritol in a coffee blender and blending it until a fine powder is an optional step, but it makes a really smooth nutella.

In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts to a smooth butter, scraping the sides as needed so they process evenly, about 5 minutes.

Add the cocoa, sweetener, vanilla, salt and oil to the food processor and continue to process until well blended, about 1 minute. The finished spread should have the consistency of creamy peanut butter; if it is too dry, process in a little extra hazelnut oil until the desired consistency is achieved. Remove to a container, cover and refrigerate until needed. Allow the spread to come to room temperature before using, as it thickens considerably when refrigerated. It will keep for at least a week.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON:
Traditional Nutella = 200 calories, 23 carbs, 2 fiber
“Healthified” Nutella = 110 calories, 3.4 carbs, 2 fiber

More recipes and tips like this can be found in: The Art of Eating Healthy: Sweets. Thanks SO much for your support!

cream puffs

 

Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 15 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of "Keto.". Click here for Keto. http://amzn.to/2EfrECi Click here for our new Keto Courses: http://keto-adapted.com/school/

9 Comments

  • Onyx Panthyr says:

    Whenever I try to add anything to my egg whites, the mixture turns into a soupy mess. 🙁 I tried with the cheese danish and another recipe and it just won’t work right. I beat them with a hand mixer until they’re stiff and then slowly sprinkle some whey protein on one side of the bowl. Then I start folding it in with a spatula and gradually add more. Everything just collapses and is a runny mess rather than resembling dough at all. Please help. 🙁

    • Hangga says:

      most of her cream puff recipes dont work. you better add 1 or 2 tb swerve into eggs white to make them really stiff and retains its volume

  • Watch this…it will help!

    The password is mariabread.

    http://vimeo.com/23275789

  • Onyx Panthyr says:

    Thanks, Maria. And I love cinnamon too. Saigon cinnamon has a lovely flavor. I may have to try that bread in the video!!!

    I might give it another try next week. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂 I’ll save that video info so I can refer back to it.

    Thanks again!

  • France says:

    Thanks so much for the link to the video. Very very useful!

  • Beadweaver says:

    I wonder if it also matters if you use a mixer that has a substantial whisk attachment as opposed to a hand whisk or a hand mixer with those heavy twin beaters, I’m thinking that not enough air is being incorporated into the egg whites to get those high stiff peaks. My egg whites tend to break too when I make buns and stuff. I might have to get a good mixer. Christmas is coming… Also, is it possible to overwhip egg whites?

  • Maryanne Darner says:

    You seem to have skipped the part that says what to do with the batter. I see a muffin tin in one picture, but I can’t tell the size or how many the recipe makes. They sound like they’re delicious, though.