Make these delicious grain free cookies from Winnie’s book One Simple Change and enter a giveaway to win a copy of it! Find out what Winnie reads in her spare time and what her favorite comfort food is in an interview with the author.
One of my favorite new books is One Simple Change by Winnie Abramson, ND and author of the blog Healthy Green Kitchen. This book is suitable for just about anybody who is looking to make some healthy life style changes or – and I see myself in this category, people who would like to refresh their memory an refocus on the simple, important things in life.
If you are like me (and most other people), it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all the information out there about better living; we’re flooded with contradicting recommendations and advice. I often get lost just trying to determine the credibility of a source which is exhausting and sometimes frustrating. Winnie’s take on a healthier life is a breath of fresh air; she touches on all important areas of our lives and delivers well researched and easy to read information that will help you transform your life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book which offers short, concise chapters on a variety of topics: Juicing, Sugar, Caffeine, Organic Food, Gardening, Green Cleaning, Stress Management and many, many more! I particularly enjoyed not having to read these chapters in the order they are presented in – you can easily skip a section and choose topics that are the most relevant to you at the moment.
Winnie also included a series of recipes — my favorite: Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! You will find the recipe below with some minor changes – for the original recipe, see One Simple Change!
Without any further ado, read what Winnie has to say about her book, her blog and her life in a short interview – now over to you, Winnie!
What motivated you to write this book, Winnie?When I was younger (in my teens and early twenties), I dealt with disordered eating and over exercising. I ended up miserable and had a host of health problems as a result. Now I live a life that’s balanced and full of joy (and at 43 years old, I have never been healthier or happier): I wanted to share how I got to where I am today, and that’s why I wrote this book.
In your book, you recommend eating “Real Food”. In a few words, can you describe what Real Food means to you?
Good question, Rose! In all honesty, even though I use the term, I don’t love saying “real food” because all food is real (in the sense that it’s not “imaginary”, anyway). That said, the term “real food” is meant to convey the concept of whole foods that come from natural (not factory-made) sources.
In one of my favorite chapters of your book, you propose to opt for organic produce. What do you recommend if one cannot afford to buy organic produce?
This is absolutely an important point because sometimes people think that if they can’t afford or don’t have access to organic produce, they shouldn’t eat fruit and vegetables. This isn’t true: the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are huge, and they should be part of your diet no matter what. If you are concerned about chemical residues on your produce, you can buy a “veggie wash” spray that removes surface contaminants.
Your book covers more than just nutrition; what are some of the other important factors in our lives that affect our well being?
Indeed, what we eat is only part of the picture when it comes to good health. Some of the other topics I cover in the book are sleep, stress management, exercise, and natural skin care. I also discuss things that promote a healthy attitude, such as mindfulness and gratitude.
On your blog Healthy Green Kitchen, you share wonderful photos of healthy recipes with us. Which recipes have been the most popular among your readers?
What books are your reading right now?
I enjoy both non fiction and fiction, and I generally read a few different books at once. Right now I am reading Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger and American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom. I am also reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese.
Can we look forward to another book from you?
I’d love to write another book! I plan to start working on another book proposal soon.
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- Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Spread out the coconut on one of the baking sheets and toast in the oven until light brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes, but start watching after 4 minutes so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool for several minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F/180°C.
- Using a wire whisk or a fork, mix together the toasted coconut, almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer, mix coconut oil and maple syrup. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until blended.
- Add the almond flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Briefly beat in the chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days) before baking.
- Spoon rounded teaspoons of the dough onto the baking sheets approximately 2 in/5 cm apart.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are starting to brown around the edges but still look slightly underdone in the center (they’ll continue to cook a bit after you take them out of the oven).
- Remove the cookies from the oven. Allow them to rest for 1 or 2 minutes on the baking sheets, and then, using a spatula, carefully transfer to a cooling rack. (If you transfer them too soon, they’re likely to crumble.) Wait a few more minutes before serving or until completely cooled before storing in an airtight container. The cookies should keep for 4 to 5 days.