Recharging the behind-the-scenes star
Recipes for Success
by Erika Holenski, BSc., ND, KW Health Connection
Being a behind-the-scenes star can be exhausting. It is important to take time out of your day to relax and really just be with yourself. And what is better than cozying up to a warm mug of sweetness and a cookie? Try the following:
Being a behind-the-scenes star can be exhausting. It t is important to take time out of your day to relax and really just be with yourself. And what is better than cozying up to a warm mug of sweetness and a cookie? Try the following:
This is a spin on the traditional London Fog. Pick your favourite herbal tea; mine is strawberry. Steep your tea in half a cup of boiling water. While this is steeping for 5-6 minutes, heat one cup of milk (cow or soy) on the stove until steamy hot. Add the hot milk to your tea. You may wish to add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it even more.
From my family recipe book with a twist. I fully believe in treating yourself with something that reminds you of your childhood. In the following recipe, I have the traditional ingredients and also a few ways to make it healthier.
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar (increase molasses & decrease sugar. Molasses is high in iron and Vitamin B12)
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour (or use buckwheat or spelt flour)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or grate your own from a cinnamon stick)
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger (can grate fresh ginger about 1½ – 2 tsp. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, stimulates and helps digestion and has a warming effect on the body, which is great for the winter months.)
1/4 tsp salt (sea salt without added sulphites)
To decrease the glycemic index and increase the protein content, you can add half a cup of ground white kidney beans. It sounds bizarre, but it does not alter the taste and does increase the nutritional value of the cookie.
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill for 30-60 minutes.
Roll into 1¼ inch balls and dip in sugar (optional). Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until surface cracks. Do keep a close eye on them as they can turn dark brown very quickly.
Cool on baking racks. Enjoy!