Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Katie's Best Banana Bread Ever


We previously shared Katie's recipe for Xylitol Chocolate Walnut Torte. Now we're bringing you her recipe for the "Best Banana Bread Ever!" 

Once again, Katie made her recipe healthier by using Dr. John's® xylitol from birch in place of sugar. Xylitol has the same sweetness as sugar, so you simply swap it out at a 1:1 ratio.


Ingredients:
4 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup Xylitol
1/4 c. melted, salted butter (slightly cooled)
1 egg
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1.5 cup flour
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and/or 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, beat together the bananas, Xylitol, cooled butter, egg, salt and baking soda.
2. Gradually add in the flour. Fold in nuts or chocolate chips, if desired.
3. Pour batter into lightly greased loaf pan and bake at 325* for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Katie's Xylitol Chocolate Walnut Torte

There's no reason to go without mouthwatering desserts this holiday season, even when you're reducing the amount of sugar you consume.

Take this dessert, for example. Katie replaced the sugar with Dr. John's® birch xylitol, a healthy sugar substitute, for her Chocolate Walnut Torte recipe. Graciously, she shared the recipe and photo with us, so we could share it with you!




Katie's Chocolate Walnut Torte

Ingredients:
5 eggs, separated
1/2 cup Xylitol granules
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups walnuts

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse the chocolate until the pieces resemble the consistency of gravel.
2. Pulse in the walnuts for just a few seconds, until they are coarsely chopped - just bigger than the chocolate chunks.
3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until they're pale in color, then gradually beat in Xylitol. Fold in the chocolate-walnut mixture.
4. In a separate large bowl (Katie prefers a KitchenAi mixer with the whisk attachment) beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, then beat in the salt.
5. Fold the chocolate-walnut mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
6. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch spring form pan.
7. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave in for 10 minutes longer, until firm to the touch and golden brown around the edges.
8. Cool slightly in pan, then serve.

Variation: Replace some of the chocolate chips with carob chips. 

Like this? Visit our blog again soon for another of Katie's recipes.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kosher Candy for Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah begins on Wednesday, November 27th – the day before Thanksgiving – and ends on December 5th. For eight days, families celebrate their heritage with games, traditions and gatherings; getting together to light the Menorah each night and share their stories and love with each other.

If you’re looking for the perfect candy to enjoy during your Hanukkah festivities, Dr. John’s® is proud to offer a selection of Kosher candy that makes the perfect treat for kids and adults alike. These kosher candies are sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener from birch trees, that may help improve oral health. Many of our kosher candy selections are gluten free, dairy free, and they are all sugar free!

Chocolate treats are always a favorite around the holidays – making a special surprise for a friend or a tasty treat for the entire family. We just unveiled four brand new flavors to our already popular line of xylitol chocolate DecaDENTS. New selections include Toffee with Almonds, Sea Salt Caramel, Orange with Almonds, and Raspberry – all wrapped in our sugar-free, kosher dark chocolate – there’s a variety to suit everyone! And unlike many sugar-free chocolates, these xylitol chocolates taste GREAT – made with the highest quality ingredients, and no artificial aftertaste!

Surprise the children at your holiday gatherings with our gourmet kosher lollipops with xylitol.
Watermelon, cherry, blue raspberry, peppermint, double dutch fudge,  and spicy cinnamon are just some of the flavors offered. With fun shapes and pleasant flavors, these make the perfect treat for kids – or just kids at heart.

These sugar free sweets are a great addition to any celebration! From everyone at Dr. John’s – have a safe and happy Hanukkah!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mom’s Chewing Gum Can Help Prevent Baby’s Cavities?


Any mom who has ever learned, at their young child’s very first dental appointment, that there are cavities to tend to will tell you that her feelings of shock were quickly replaced by a wave of guilt.  Was she not helping her child brush the right way?  Not often enough?  Was she supposed to be flossing in between those baby teeth?

Are Cavities Contagious?

Studies are now showing that the cavities may indeed be mom’s fault, but not for the reasons she thinks.  Who knew it was possible for a baby to “catch” tooth decay from her mom?  Evidence shows that it does happen, thanks to a bacteria called Strep
tococcus mutans that can be found in the mouth of anyone with active tooth decay.  This bacteria is transferable through the exchange of saliva, which is all too common between a mother and young child.

Naturally, there are numerous everyday activities between a mother and child that would qualify: sharing utensils or drinking cups; blowing on a toddler’s food to cool it down; even those irresistible kisses on the lips.  Or even the occasional (shudder) biting off pieces of food to feed them, or (bigger shudder) a parent cleaning off the child’s pacifier in their own mouth.


An Ounce of Prevention....Or In This Case, a Gram of Xylitol
 
Most of those practices are nearly unavoidable - certainly no mom can hold back from giving her little one kisses, and when a two-year-old is hungry and her food is too hot, well ...Streptococcus mutans is the last thing on a mom’s mind.  Recognizing this, many dental professionals recommend focusing on preventative measures instead.

Chewing xylitol gum, a gum sweetened with a sugar alternative derived from birch trees, is shown to significantly reduce the colonization of Strep Mutans bacteria.  It is recommended that mothers establish a habit of chewing xylitol gum during their third trimester, and maintain it as their babies begin to cut teeth.  The xylitol can help keep this bacteria from transferring from mom to baby and from attacking the soft, new enamel of a young child’s vulnerable teeth. 

Three to four pieces of Dr. John's® Simply Xylitol® gum, chewed throughout the day, will maximize the oral health benefits of xylitol useage. Preventative measures such as this, paired with regular cleanings and flossing - for the mom - can mean a much happier visit to the dentist for the toddler (and the mom) the next time around.



Resources:  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35989527/ns/health-oral_health/t/moms-kiss-can-spread-cavities-baby/#.Ud3tXyinbD0

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Swap Your Sweets for Healthier Treats – And Boost Your Immune System

You wake up feeling a little achy, not as well-rested as you should, maybe with a scratchy throat or a heavy head.  And it hits you: you’re coming down with something.  And you most definitely do not have time for that. 

 
As we move into cold and flu season, are you doing everything you can to make it through unscathed?
Getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, waiting in line for a flu shot, cutting way back on your sugar intake?  If that last one’s not on your to-do list, it certainly should be.

How Do You Hide 100 Pounds of Sugar?


Americans are – often unknowingly – consuming a jaw-dropping amount of sugar every day.  In 1850, we took in about 20 pounds of sugar a year.  A hundred years ago, we had reached nearly 50 pounds of sugar a year – and today, Americans ingest over 100 pounds of sugar annually.  


How is this possible, when more and more people are declining that spoonful of sugar in their coffee, and switching to diet sodas?  The problem is that modern prepared and processed foods include loads of hidden, added sugars.  From ketchup to microwave meals to bread, cereal, and peanut butter…sugar is inescapable.  And most of the time, Americans aren’t even aware how much sugar they are taking in with every meal and snack.
 

Sugar Can Devastate Your Immune System
 

We all know the effects of sugar on our weight – but what about on our immune system?  It turns out that sugar may be our immune system’s number one nemesis.  When the body tries to process simple sugars, like fructose, there is a competition for what substances can enter our cells. 

Since the body recognizes sugars as a source of energy, it will always allow sugars in first – ahead of beneficial substances, like vitamin C.  Too much sugar leaves cells devoid of vitamins and minerals used to strengthen our immune system – and leaves us vulnerable to a host of illnesses, from cold and flu all the way up to cardiovascular disease.
 

Small Changes, Instant Impact
 

Avoiding this drop in immunity as we head into cold and flu season is, naturally, everyone’s goal. A series of small changes can have a powerful and immediate impact on an immune system:
•    Choose whole fruits over fruit juices
•    Avoid processed microwave meals
•    Keep healthy sweets on hand - everywhere


Set yourself up for success with a stash of Dr. John’s candies everywhere you are – at work, at home, in your car.  These treats are naturally sweetened, which means they don’t have the bad aftertaste - or unknown effects - of artificial sweeteners.  Instead, they are perfectly sweetened with xylitol, a natural extract of the birch tree that is processed differently than simple sugars.  And you can still indulge in your favorite flavors – from classics like Butterscotch, Cherry, and Grape, to on-trend modern choices like sweet Peach, Pomegranate, and Cherry Blossom.  At www.drjohns.com, you’ll find options that are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, free of artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners..... but all still full of flavor!


Resources:
http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sugar.htm
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-american-sugar-consumption-2012-2