Happy Holiday Recipes

For many of us, the holidays bring on overindulgence, weight gain, and a straying from healthy principles. This does not have to be the case! With a little planning, the holidays can be fun and healthy! The three recipes below fit perfectly into the Blood Type Diet and will add a bit of merry to your plans while improving your health along the way. 

Cranberry Walnut Cake

picture of a cranberry walnut cake

Perfect for Parties (adapted from the Blood Type Diet Recipe Center)

If you are attending a party or family function and get derailed by all the desserts, offer to make one and feast on this cake which is friendly for all blood types. Just remember that a serving is one piece, not one cake ☺.

Cranberry Walnut Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice or millet flour
  • 1 cup flax meal
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves (or cinnamon – or both)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee
  • 6 Tablespoons date syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon black strap molasses (DO NOT OMIT)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Combine rice or millet flour, flax meal, and hot water in a bowl.
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir. It will be thick but keep stirring. It is OK to taste the batter and adjust the sweetness as desired.
  • Pour batter into an oiled 8X8-inch pan or line the pan with parchment paper so it will not stick.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Note:  All ingredients are either beneficial or neutral for all blood types.

Hot Chocolate or Café Mocha

holiday hot chocolate

Great While Watching Your Favorite Christmas Movie

From the 25 Days of Christmas to 24 hours of A Christmas Story and the endless Hallmark Christmas movies which have been running since before Halloween (I watch them all), the holidays are the perfect time to cuddle up under the covers and relax while watching stories with a predictable but happy ending. For those cold winter movie nights, ditch the added sugar from commercial or coffee house drinks and make this one at home!

Hot Chocolate or Café Mocha

Ingredients

  • 8oz Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk (or appropriate substitute)
  • 2 tsp Organic Cocoa Powder (more if you like it extra chocolatey)
  • ½ – 1 TBSP Date Syrup (adjust the sweetness to your taste)

Directions

  • Combine ingredients and stir well. 
  • Heat on the stove in a pot to desired temperature and enjoy.
  • Can be microwaved but be sure to use a large cup so it does not boil over (1.5-2 minutes depending on the microwave)

Café Mocha Version:  Heat 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or appropriate substitute, 2 – 3 tsp Organic Cocoa Powder, and ½-1 TBSP Date Syrup to an 8oz cup of the coffee of your choice. This version is my new favorite. 

Note:  All ingredients are either beneficial or neutral for all blood types.

Spinach Omelet

Picture of a blood type friendly spinach omelette

Quick and Easy New Year’s Breakfast (adapted from the Blood Type Diet Recipe Center)

As the holiday season comes to a close, it is time to think about healthy habits for the New Year. Kickstart your New Year’s Day with an easy breakfast and then go for a walk (or clean up from New Year’s Eve).

Spinach Omelet

Ingredients

  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil or nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper (can be omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed (can be omitted)
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Salt to taste (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oil on low-medium heat (never use Olive Oil on High Heat)
  • Add cayenne and cumin and sauté for 2-3 min.
  • Add the spinach and sauté for 1 min.
  • Spread pepper, cumin, and spinach evenly in the skillet.
  • Add eggs and cook to desired firmness.
  • Fold, remove and serve.
  • *Salt can be added while cooking or after

Note:  All ingredients are either beneficial or neutral for all blood types.

We hope you give these a try and let us know what you think. Look for more recipes, videos, in-person events, and tips for healthy living as we continue to assist you on your health journey.

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Jane Bowser, Ed.D

Jane Bowser, Ed.D

Dr. Jane Bowser is a certified health coach, nutritionist, and personal trainer, blending academic expertise with a passion for holistic wellness.