To be fair, I have a lot of favorite food items. I wonder how many of my recipes have the word “favorite” in the title. And realistically, I’ve never had cranberry salsa before this recipe so it’s technically the only cranberry salsa I’ve tried. Easy to make something a favorite when you haven’t tried other variations.
Anyway, my mom used to make homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays, and this is similar, but with a bit of a Tex-Mex twist to it. Salsa is always a fridge staple at our house, so why not make this cranberry salsa a holiday staple?
What sets this recipe apart from others I’ve seen is the fact that I use monk fruit sweetener instead of regular cane sugar to cut the bitterness of the cranberries. Monk fruit is not an artificial sweetener, and it has actually been used for thousands of years for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It doesn’t impact blood sugar levels the way regular sugar and those chemically artificial sweeteners do (don’t get me started on those).
This salsa is so versatile. It can be eaten by itself, with tortilla chips, or my kids’ favorite – spoon it over goat cheese and eat with crackers. I recently discovered that it is delicious on top of a baked sweet potato, paired with a side of scrambled eggs for breakfast!
Disclaimer: this recipe is not an original creation of mine, unlike the other recipes on this page. I’m not quite sure where the original came from, or I would give a proper shout-out. What I have changed is the sweetener used and I also use a jalapeno with seeds intact because my people like things spicy! (P.S. – I know there is a tilde over the n in jalapeno, but I can’t figure out how to correct that on my laptop.)
To see the Instagram video of the process, click here.
Jennifer Loehding is a health and business coach, blogger, podcast host, speaker, and author. Her memoir, Beat the Toughest Obstacles, highlights the period in her life when she was able to recover from the pain and frustration that comes with a diagnosis of Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia. After years of getting no answers from medical professionals, Jennifer decided to find the best path to healing for herself.
Her story is inspiring and encouraging and a reminder not to be limited by a label! Download here or listen wherever you get podcasts.
Jennifer’s health journey and her diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia
What is the butterfly effect and how it impacts our
How to stop sabotaging self belief
How to let go of the unnecessary
How a therapeutic ketogenic diet changed her life
How she maintains health pain-free
How making one small change makes a difference
Learn more about Jennifer at JenniferLoehding.com.
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Steve Welch is a nutrition research expert and past guest on the show. He is the co-author of the book, The Ketogenic Key. In our first episode, he shared why fat is good and doesn’t impact cholesterol the way we have been told. In this episode, we discuss why people get stuck in the cravings cycle over the holidays and how to combat that with a few easy tricks!
How to avoid the temptation of sugary treats
How fat keeps you full and optimizes hunger hormones
What leptin and ghrelin are and how they regulate your eating and influence your urge to overeat
The importance of nutrient density vs fueling on processed carbs
“Cholesterol is so important that your body will manufacture it if you don’t eat enough of it.” – Steve Welch
Steve is a NESTA certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and former publisher of the world renowned medical journal CHEST. His background in medical publishing provides him with insights into assessing medical and nutrition research, which he uses to educate others to improve their own health and fitness.
He is coauthor of the new book “The Ketogenic Key,” which is available in stores now.
In this episode we cover:
– Why we fear fat
– The history of low fat diets and why the data is skewed
– Why our bodies need fat to function
– The cholesterol conversation
– Carbohydrates, cholesterol, and inflammation
– How cutting extreme calories can backfire
– Individualizing the approach for YOU
This is such a fascinating interview that I hope you enjoy and learn from as much as I did!
Dr. Lori Shemek is an award-winning, bestselling author of How to Fight FATflammation, The Ketogenic Key, Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting, and Fire-Up Your Fat Burn. She is a leading health and weight loss expert who has been featured in countless publications and TV shows. She is also known as “The Inflammation Terminator.”
In this episode, Dr. Shemek shares about her new book, The Ketogenic Key. She shares what the keto diet is, how ketosis benefits our mental health, benefits of intermittent fasting, how inflammation is a threat to our health and well-being, and practical ways to implement changes to your lifestyle.
Podcast is available on the show page or wherever you get your podcasts!
Key topics addressed:
The importance of the ketogenic diet and how it isn’t a fad
The deal with carbs and sugar
Creating metabolic flexibility
The difference between low carb and keto
Intermittent fasting, autophagy, and mitochondrial biogenesis
The raw broccoli test for hunger
Who should not practice intermittent fasting
Why women NEED protein as we age
The benefits of healthy fat
Types of inflammation and the effects
How to do keto in real life
What kind of alcohol is okay for keto
Her book, The Ketogenic Key, is a perfect guidebook for all things related to ketosis, and is a great way to learn how to enhance your brain and body health in an easy to understand way. It is available wherever you purchase books!
Ali Miller is a registered dietitian, integrative functional medicine practitioner, and author of Naturally Nourished, The Anti-Anxiety Diet, and The Anti-Anxiety Diet Cookbook.
In this episode we discuss the concept of food as mood, how neurotransmitters play a role in gut health, and how your stress response affects your overall health – from mental wellness to reproductive function to immune health.
She explains the 6 approaches she takes to restoring our bodies to their rightful state, how to biohack our bodies and create metabolic flexibility – and simple tools to reducing panic and anxiety during times of stress.
Key topics covered in this episode:
Blood sugar regulation is key to balancing mood.
The imbalance of our stress response in the HPA axis and how “the body has to feel safe to do well.”
Reduce inflammation, reset the microbiome, repair the gut lining, restore micronutrients, rebound the adrenal glands, and rebalance neurotransmitters.
What excessive screen time does for our dopamine.
How 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut and why probiotics can be nature’s Prozac.
Breath is the most powerful way to harness the HPA axis and how to use mantras.
How she uses a strategic ketogenic approach with her clients and the reasons it has been beneficial for so many of them.
To download and listen to the full episode, click here. For the link to iTunes, click here.