I have done Christmas baking with my family for as long as I can remember. From biscotti’s to Christmas pudding we always manage to have a blast and make a giant mess. As I began to become more aware of the impact food (specifically sugar) had on my health, our Christmas baking tradition became less appealing.

I continued to participate but did not consume our ‘unhealthy’ creations. Then I realized I didn’t want my family to be consuming all the sugar-filled treats. So, I decided to change some of the recipes for healthier alternatives.

I have never been a fan of restriction, if something has to be removed I generally only take it out for a set period of time. Where I have found success both with patients and myself is finding healthier alternatives. So I encourage everyone to try to do the same this holiday season and all year long.

Pomegranate Chocolate Bark

• 200 grams Dark Organic Chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
• 1 cup Pomegranate Seeds
• 1/2 cup Pistachios (shelled and chopped)
• 1/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and coconut flakes in bowls.

2.Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, by breaking the dark chocolate into pieces. Stir continuously just until melted. Remove from stove top immediately once melted

3.Pour the melted chocolate onto the baking sheet. Use a spatula to smooth the chocolate into an even layer, about 1/4 inch thick. Quickly sprinkle the pomegranate seeds evenly over top, followed by the pistachios and finally the coconut. Transfer to the fridge or freezer and let chill for 20 to 30 minutes, or until firm.

4.Once the chocolate is firm, break or cut it into pieces. Enjoy!

Healthy Gut Eggnog

• 1 cup of kefir
• 2 bananas (the riper the better)
• 1tbsp coconut oil
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 tsp maple syrup (I will also use a pinch of stevia)
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place ingredients in a blender until smooth and garnish with nutmeg.

Mashed Cauliflower

• 1 head Cauliflower (large, sliced into florets)
• 2 Garlic (cloves, minced)
• 2 tbsp Butter
• 1 tbsp Thyme
• Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

1. Steam cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes, or until very soft.

2. Transfer steamed cauliflower to a food processor or blender along with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!