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Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway!

Congradulations to the winner, Teslaca, picked from


Yes, you did read that right.  I did use the word’s “Healthy” and “Dessert” in the same sentence.  And, doing so I’m not talking about “fat free” or “sugar free”, which are not health at all, but thats a topic for another day.  Mom-blogger at Modern Alternative Mama, and author, Kate Tietje has just released her 4th cook book “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts”!

Kate’s book is loaded with fabulous recipes utilizing natural ingredients such as honey (with immune benefits, especially when using local honey), pure maple syrup (not the kind that has corn syrup in it), Sucanat (the least processed form of granular sugar) comparable to Rapadura; also, butter, cream, fruit, almond flour and sprouted grain flour and other natural foods.  For those with food allergies and gluten sensitivity or intolerance she has plenty of grain-free and some GAPS-friendly recipe’s too!

I have tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce from Kate’s dessert cookbook, her version of Nutella, a favorite in many households.  It was extremely easy to make, and no artificial unpronounceable ingredients!  It MIGHT have taken me 6 minuets.  We dipped banana’s in the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce for an after dinner treat.  Kate also suggest trying it atop her crepe recipe or as a frosting on a cake.  This is definitely a great recipe if you want to impress the family and throw together a quick dessert in a bind.

Tonight my husband requested Lemon cake so I whipped out Kate’s new book and was happy to make Kate’s version of this classic dessert,  loaded with wholesome ingredients and a great fresh taste for the summer.  It turned out very moist and very lemony! Her recipe called for a bunt pan which I didn’t have so I used a 11×8 glass baking dish and enjoyed the same great taste, toped with homemade whipped cream (without white sugar).

GIVEAWAY (starts 9/12, ends 9/16/2011)

Kate has generously donated a free copy of “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts” for one lucky reader.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To be entered go to Modern Alternative Mama and leave a comment at this post of which recipe from the Table of Contents you would most like to try.   Be sure to leave a valid e-mail so I can contact you to claim your prize.

For Extra entries:

  1. Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did.
  2. Blog about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using  ” Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  3. Go to Modern Alternative Mama and subscribe and comment here that you did so.
  4. Go to Modern Alternative Mama and Follow on Twitter, and comment here that you did so.
  5. Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweeting about this giveaway.   Then comment with a  link to your tweet.
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Discount Code

If you do not win the giveaway but would really like to own this fabulous cookbook you can purchase the book at Modern Alternative Mama and receive 25% off using the following code: GREENTREAT.  It expires on: 9/19/1


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Staying Cool in the Heat: The Green Way

Weather you are without air conditioning or simply trying to be green and conservative  and use a limited amount of electricity and resources to stay cool, this list will help you out!


Simple Ways to stay cool during the summer heat wave?  Please share!


  1. Drink lots of water!  Avoid too much caffeine which can dehydrate you and caus the body to overheat
  2. Limit cooking:  Choose cool options.  Grill when you can.  Avoid using the oven and if you have to, turn it on in the early morning or late evening.  Consider a small toaster oven which won’t heat the house as much and although I don’t like microwaves, if it is really hot for a long period of time and you need to heat something up they might be warranted.
    1. Breakfast –  nutritious smoothies (add ingredients such as coconut milk, green leafy vegetables, or ground flax or egg yokes to make them filling and nutrient dense), slice of sour dough or sprouted wheat bread with butter, cream cheese, homemade jam or local honey with a glass of milk and fruit.  Yogurt or kefir with oats, ground flax seed and fruit.  Avoid processed cereals though
    2. Lunch – tuna, hummus with veggies, cheese, fresh fruit, dried fruit, all kinds of salads (you can really get creative here, greens, add nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies, avocado, different dressings, mozzarella capries salad and so much more !)
    3. Dinner – Grill, Grill, Grill!  You can grill meat, fish and veggies many different ways. Salads make a nice addition to a meal.  Try spaghetti with spaghetti squash instead of boiling noodles.
    4. Snacks and Other – try frozen fruit such as grapes, cherries, and other berries.  Make sun tea instead of boiling water.  Use a french press instead of a coffee pot.  Make homemade popsicles!  Puree fruit in your blender, sneak in greens, coconut water, juice some veggies if you have a juicer to add to the fruit puree, let your imagination go and make your own healthy popsicle creation!  Try “Raw Food” deserts or other meals.  Walnuts with a touch of honey or maple syrup make a nice snack too!
  3. Close your blinds or shades when the sun is up
  4. Do your errands or shopping during the heat of the day if you need to get cooled off indoors outside of your house
  5. Hit up your local splash pad, there are several that you can go to for free around columbus.  They can be found in Dublin, Hilliard, and Powell, plus Easton and Polaris  malls
  6. Indoor activities to get out of the heat such as the play areas at local mall’s or Firefly Play Cafe in Columbus
  7. Pull out your kiddy pool and put it in a shaded area of your yard.  Then in the evening fill your watering can with the pool water to water your garden!
  8. Fan’s can help, try an energy efficient model.
  9. Hang your laundry on the line rather than running your dryer which can heat up the house.
  10. If possible, store your spare freezer or fridge (if you have one) in your basement instead of the garage where it will need more energy to run on hot days


What other things do you do to stay cool during the summer?

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Recipe: Leeks and Greens Soup


Welcome to Healthy Home, an enlightening weekly series on Mom Going Green.  Healthy Home focuses on natural health topics for the whole family.  The goal of this series is to provide moms (and dads too), with information on how to achieve optimal health for the entire household naturally.   The series will include the latest in natural health news, wholesome health tips, yummy recipes, and natural health remedies that have worked for healthy homes in years past.


This tasty green soup will keep you warm and healthy this winter.  Homemade soups are a stable in our house in the winter.   Soup is fun because you can get creative with it.  I like to make soups with seasonal foods when possible.     Eating warm foods can also make you feel more full faster than eating colder foods.

3 Tbs Butter

1-2 Garlic cloves

1 Onion

1 Leek

8 oz Brussels sprouts (i used frozen to keep the cost down)

4.5 oz green beans

5 Cups organic vegetable stock

1 Cup frozen peas

1 Tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp coriander

4 Tbs organic heavy whipping cream

Salt & Pepper to taste


Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the onion and garlic and saute over low heat until soft.  Slice the white part of the leek thinly and set aside.  Slice the remaining leek, the brussels sprouts and beans.  Add all 3 to the saucepan along with the vegetable stock and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the peas, seasoning and lemon juice, simmer 10-15 minutes.   Let the soup cool then process in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Pour back into the sauce pan and add the reserved leek, boil for 5 minutes, until the leeks are soft.  Adjust the seasoning if needed, add the cream and heat gently.  Serve and enjoy!  Servings:  6, Total time:  1 hourI sometimes top with mozzarella cheese.  I like to make a double batch and freeze some for later.

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Hocking Hills and Homemade Salsa

Hocking hills was beautiful last weekend.  I was worried the weather wouldn’t be on our side, all week storms were predicted.  However it was sunny and warm with a gorgeous blue sky.  We hiked 5.5-6 miles, the OFSC staff and several patients.  It was great exercise and loved going somewhere new.  There is so much to see at Hocking Hills that I’ll have to go back.  We enjoyed lunch after the hike at a patients lakehouse.  It was relaxing and fun.

Also, recently, Greg, Jack and I checked out the Worthington Farmer’s Market.  Doted the largest in Columbus.  There were vendors lining both sides of High Street.  The food vendors had very long lines, it was definatelly a popular place.  I saw strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, peas, green beans, asparagus, lettice, apples, cheese, free range chicken and beef, and more.  I purchased a few tomtoes to make a homemade salsa.  I also picked up a few plants, 2 tomatoes, a basil and a parsley.  I know we have a huge organic garden, but those plants were very behind and I wanted a garentee abundant plant!  As you can tell, I can be a little impatient, which isn’t a good trait of a gardener.  But the plants were well priced at the market.  I was impressed with how many flower and plant vendors we saw.  They had a little bit of everything in Worthington.  It is definately worth checking out if you live in columbus and enjoy fresh produce.  It wasn’t a bad hike even from New Albany.  We were a little rushed the morning that we went so I hope to go back again.  I think the produce selection will continue to grow as we get further into the summer.

Sheryl’s Salsa

2 Tomatoes, diced

1 red onion

1 Can white corn

1 can black beans

Italian dressing

Dr. Heather’s variation:  Add the following

1 choped Mango

1/2 C choped green onion

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