Lemon Curd Delight
Ever get a hankering for dessert? How about for lemon curd?
Are you wondering, “Why is my chiropractor asking me about dessert? Aren’t desserts the antithesis of health?” In this blog, you’ll find 3 action steps & a recipe that tastes good and will make you feel good!
As a doctor who cares for so many people, I am studying the latest medical breakthroughs and scientific developments, in order to understand the intricate workings of the human body. I stay current through seminars and research. I pay attention to bio hacking, to research, and to what works in my clinical experience. What I have learned about what makes us thrive, has made me rethink even dessert!
I’ll share with you an important discovery. Dessert isn’t the enemy! It’s what you put in your dessert that can make you or break you! Here is something that might revolutionize your world; sugar is not in and of itself the root of all evil. Not all sweeteners are created equal, that is a topic for another time. It is more important to share that refined carbohydrates are much more harmful culprits than white sugar.
“White flour disease”, the introduction and consumption of processed and refined carbohydrates to our diet, has been spoken about by people ‘hacking’ health since the 1930’s. Royal Lee, the developer of Standard Process, referenced “white flour disease” as what he and his colleagues observed leading the way to disease states and ill health. White flour is often the first key ingredient in refined carbohydrates, which are empty “foods” that substitute real fats with trans-fats (illegal in many countries including Denmark & Japan by the way), real sweeteners with artificial sweeteners, and refined flours devoid of most nutrient value. These food substitutes, lets call them, have added chemicals that prolong shelf life. Imagine why a product would need to be ‘fortified’ with added synthetic vitamin components (unlike vitamin complexes – that are bio available and can be found in whole foods).
Refined carbohydrates make your body work overtime. After your gut, pancreas and liver have taken the brunt, your body has no choice but to store the rest as fat. These trans fats have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. They were also banned for use in restaurants by the city of New York in 2007.
3 Simple Actions to Improve Your Health
The World Health Organization has urged countries to eliminate trans fats. This is a great thing to do for your health! #1 Toss anything with trans fats. Search the ingredient list on the foods in your kitchen and dispose of any items with “partially hydrogenated” oils. Unnaturally occurring trans fats are industrially produced and synthetic. These wreak havoc on your system, and break things down from your gut to your arteries to your brain… Yikes is right!
According to an article published by WebMD.com (https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/truth-about-white-foods#1), refined carbohydrates are acceptable in moderation. The people I take care of who stop eating these foods, experience it - quickly. Their health profiles improve; subjectively they feel better, and objectively their scans improve, too.
The simplest thing to do after eliminating the toxic stuff, is add in the good stuff! These next two steps to take for yourself, can result in feeling better and amplifying your health. #2 Drink adequate clean water! Our bodies have systems to filter, and process out wastes and toxins. #2 Eat healthy, whole foods. Whole sources of food are packed with bio-available nutrients, meaning they are ready for your body to utilize and absorb. When we provide clean water and nutrient dense food, our bodies can do incredible things, naturally! Healthy foods include plants and animals that also have healthy water and food. I recommend finding local options that are organic, free range, and pesticide & herbicide free!
It is even easier now to get healthy foods in for your meals, snacks and desserts! So back to my initial question, ever have a hankering for lemon curd? Well, when you do, here is a delicious and delightfully bright lemon curd! As much as possible, get your ingredients organic, cage free, free range, and grass-fed. Healthy food makes for healthy bodies!
I‘ve adapted this recipe from the Blenderist’s food blogger, Jasmine Lukuku’s Sugar-Free Lemon Curd.
1/2 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
2 tbsp unrefined coconut sugar or you can use stevia
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
6 tbsp of room temp butter cut in to cubes
3 tbsp Great Lakes Collagen
3 tbsp Brain Octane/MCT oil
1 vanilla bean sliced the length of the bean
(Optional: 1/4c chocolate chips)
Instructions: Recipte takes about 20min to make, then 20min to chill before you serve
In a saucepan, whisk lemon juice, coconut sugar/stevia, eggs and egg yolks.
Add the butter and Brain Octane and turn the heat up to a low temperature stirring continuously. (about 20minutes)
Whisk in the collagen vigorously and continuously. *Collagen will clump if you dump it in, lightly let it slip in while you whisk.
Once all the butter has melted, turn the heat up to medium-high.
* Remember, if the heat is too high, you’ll have scrambled eggs.
*Optional: in a double boiler, melt chocolate chips.
Continue to stir until it thickens up. When it is done is should be the consistency of conditioner.
Remove from heat and pour through a mesh strainer to remove any eggy bits or collagen clumps. Pour into a brownie pan.
*Pour melted chocolate in, and make it pretty!
Store in the fridge for 20min until you serve.