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    Copyright ©2009 ritamarie Loscalzo, Ms, dC, CCn, daCBn.

    austin, texas, Usa.

    all rights reserved. no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, whether electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the author. Please do not give away, publish on a website or in a newsletter or sell without permission of the author. you have permission to make as many printed or backup copies as you desire for personal use only. thank you for respecting the hard work that went into creating this document for your education and enjoyment.

    The first edition was published in December 2007 in the United states of america by dr. ritamarie Loscalzo. this edition was published in october 2009

    [email protected] http://www.drritamarie.com

    Disclaimer the techniques and advice described in this book represent the opinions of the author based on her training and experience. the author expressly disclaims any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a result of using any of the techniques, recipes or recommendations suggested herein. if in any doubt, or if requiring medical advice, please contact the appropriate health professional.

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    Table of Contents Chapter 1: introduction ............................................................. 7 Chapter 2: Winter Holidays ...................................................... 9

    survival tips ....................................................................... 10 Gift ideas ............................................................................. 12

    Chapter 3: Christmas ................................................................. 15 Main Course ........................................................................ 16 Beverages ............................................................................ 27

    Chapter 4: Hanukkah ................................................................ 31 Main Course ........................................................................ 32

    Chapter 5: Holiday Parties and new year’s .............................. 39 introduction: typical Party Finger Food ............................. 40 Creating Hors d’oeuvres ................................................... 41 Party Food recipes ............................................................. 45

    Chapter 6: Healthy Holiday sweets .......................................... 57 dessert ingredients .............................................................. 58 Basic Guidelines ................................................................. 60 Cookies ............................................................................... 68 Quick & easy sweet Bites .................................................. 76 Pies ...................................................................................... 78 Cakes ................................................................................... 88 Frostings, dips and Puddings ............................................. 106 ice Cream ............................................................................ 112 Candies ................................................................................ 114

    Chapter 7: Healthy Holiday Baked Goods ................................ 123 Baking for the Holidays, introduction & ingredient alternatives ............................... 124 recipes – Breads, Cookies, Pie Fillings, Cakes .................. 128

    Chapter 8: equipment ............................................................... 137 Getting your Kitchen ready ............................................... 137 equipment List .................................................................... 138 Blender Comparison ........................................................... 142

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    Chapter 9: Shopping List .......................................................... 147 Produce ............................................................................... 147 Pantry .................................................................................. 148 appendix a: suppliers .............................................................. 155 About the Author........................................................................ 157 recipe index ............................................................................. 158

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    Acknowledgements

    this book was inspired by so many of my loving family members, friends, students and patients, who have asked me so many times over the years for my recipes and guidance, and have been practically begging me to write a book. Because i am such a perfectionist, i have delayed and dawdled, wanting to be sure to include just the right recipes and to be sure to include all the information that is needed to make the process of creating healthy celebration meals and treats a delightful experience.

    one of my mentors said over and over, “Go for completion, not perfection.” this made sense to me. another said, “you’ll never get it done, and you cannot get it wrong.” i realized it is always a process. Most books, courses and computer software are first released as edition 1 because there is always going to be more that can be added, more refinements that can be made and new information that can be included. i offer my deep appreciation to all of my teachers and mentors for their words of encouragement and expertise and my sincere thanks to everyone who has ever told me that i needed to write a book. this is for you and many others.

    i would also like to acknowledge and thank my children, eric and Kevin, who have been raised on vibrant, whole, plant-based foods and my dear husband and partner in life, Scott, who has selflessly supported many late night marathons of creativity and cleaned up the mess afterward. all three of my “boys” have tasted my experiments, given me thumbs up and thumbs down, and supported me with their unconditional love. i couldn’t do what i do without them.

    so relax, and be easy on yourself and on me as you try out these recipes. You may not get it “right” the first time, and I may have missed a way of wording my explanation that would make it easier on you. By all means, please send me an email to tell me what you

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    liked and what you feel could be improved in the next edition. and if you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to contribute to the next edition, please send it on. you can reach me at [email protected] drritamarie.com.

    Finally, i want to acknowledge all of my friends, patients, clients, assistants, students and colleagues who have shared their stories with me, including their frustrations as they struggled to improve their own states of health. each of you has helped to shape this book and all the materials that i create. i have learned as much from all of you as you have from me.

    relax and enjoy the pages that follow. take it a recipe at a time and really allow yourself to love the process. you are worth it!

    Love and Health,

    dr. ritamarie

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    Chapter 1 introduction

    Holidays are a time of celebration and cheer. they’re special events when you set aside time to get together with friends and family and simply appreciate one another. one thing that all holidays and celebrations have in common is that they tend to focus on food. Christmas cookies, thanksgiving turkey, Halloween candy, Hanukah latkes, Easter eggs, birthday cake…one could have a field day playing word association games. Unfortunately, most of the foods that you associate with holidays and celebrations are high fat, sugar- laden, refined dishes that do nothing to enhance your health and do everything to expand your waistlines.

    even if you have been dedicated to eating healthfully for a long time, staying strong and true to your health commitment is a challenge, especially when you’re surrounded by the smells and tastes that remind you of past holidays. you may have even learned to equate these foods with love. Face it – most of us, myself included, grew up using food to comfort and soothe us. Certain aromas may remind you of the comfort of grandma’s house on a special holiday, or a special person or feeling that you became connected to really early on in your life.

    so what do you need to do to make holidays and celebrations all about the love rather than all about the food? How do you resist the temptations that abound and instead stick to a healthy eating plan that gives you life, joy, and sanity year-round?

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    i have some ideas on how