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The Elder-Boomer Buzz, Issue #018 -- Delicious (and Healthy) Valentine’s Day
February 05, 2010

Issue #18
Delicious (and Healthy) Valentine’s Day


For those of you who are familiar with our web site, you may have noticed that an underlying theme is “healthy.” Including with nutrition and recipes. That goes for desserts too. Of course we all like to indulge sometimes and go decadent (like perhaps Valentine’s Day) but even holidays can be reasonably healthy. And we’ve got some great easy, healthy, dessert recipes on our site.

Even if you have sugar restrictions, the special dessert on this page will be a hit. Just use a substitute like the newest rage – the all-natural stevia. I use the brand called “body friendly” Sweet Leaf. There are no chemicals, alcohol, or additives. Stevia, if you’re unfamiliar, is an herb grown in warm climates such as South America. It’s wonderfully sweet and get this -- it has 0 calories (yup, that’s right), 0 carbs, and is a 0 on the Glycemic Index. It is safe for diabetics. So that’s the buzz about stevia. (I’m going to be writing a web page coming up soon comparing research and results on many of the kinds of sweeteners out there, including stevia).

So just in case you don’t want to go all out too far in the sweet department, but still want something yummy, here is a really fabulous suggestion…

Another old recipe from my mom, one that’s over 60 years old. It’s a fresh strawberry pie that you can do all kinds of things with to dress up, and the secret is in its sauce. Have you ever had one of those wiggly gelatinous-type strawberry pies? Well this isn’t one of them.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie:
  • 1 quart of fresh strawberries
  • 4 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 Tblspn of corn starch
  • 1 Tblspn of water
  • 1+ teaspoon of gelatin
  • ½ cup of sweetener (sugar, Splenda,or stevia) – make sure you read the sweetness proportions of a substitute sweetener vs. sugar, in case you want to decrease it
  • 1 pre-baked pie shell
Mix ¼ of the berries, and the sugar in a sauce pan.
Dissolve the corn starch in lemon juice, and add in.
Cook on medium heat until it thickens.
Mix the gelatin in the water, and add in.

Arrange the other ¾ of the strawberries in the pie crust. (By the way, a chocolate cookie crumb pie crust is fantastic with this. You can also use those little mini pie shells, or mini filo dough shells if you want to make tarts). Pour the above heated mixture over the pie.

Let it cool and set before serving. Great with whipped cream or pink (strawberry) ice cream! For Valentine’s Day, garnish the top of the pie with a few shavings of chocolate, or set a chocolate candy heart on top of each slice. You can also put a candy (like a red jelly heart) on a toothpick or short skewer and insert it into the ice cream or whipped cream. Try mixing a drop of red food coloring in with the whipped cream to tint it pink.

Here are links to our Valentine’s Day related pages:
Valentine’s Day Desserts -- Our Valentine's Day Desserts are simple but unique. And healthy – many are made with fresh fruit. Of course there are ways to dress them up or make them decadent too! See our ideas.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts -- These fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Festive Valentines Crafts -- A collection of festive valentine crafts that show unique ways to give valentines; or to use as centerpieces, place settings, and give-aways. Lots of possibilities! Easy to make with items you may already have around.


Visit our web site for lots more great articles for baby boomers and seniors at www.elder-one-stop.com.

The best to you,

Mary

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