CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: My Favorite Dessert Recipes
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This weekend, I had the pleasure of sampling some fresh-made juices and smoothies from Life Force Juice - located in Cambridge, MA.  The owner is a delightful, passionate, and dedicated man named Liam Madden. 

Life Force Juice's mission is to "make being healthy easier."   Ahhh... music to my ears. They offer fresh juices and smoothies, kombucha, almond milk and other elixirs.

The good news?  The juices are absolutely delicious.  My hubbie and I particularly loved the carrot-apple-ginger drink - it had a great kick at the end!  My boys loved the Lala Berry Smoothie.

The better news?  The drinks were delivered in glass bottles (they do have plastic bottles for corporate types who are on the go and don't want to carry glass)... AND the ingredients are organic and locally-sourced whenever possible.

The best news?  Life Force Juice delivers their juices to their local area by BICYCLE - taking good care of the environment.

Want some fresh juice?  Of course you do!

I was so tickled pink to have the option of having fresh juice delivered to my doorstep... and I know that many of you who live in the Boston area would as well... so, here's what Liam and I have worked up for you.

As a reader of BostonHealthCoach's newsletter, you can get 10% off ALL of your orders with Life Force Juice by giving them this coupon code: ChristiCollins+LifeForce

Here's the scoop:

- Minimum order is 3 juices.

- Life Force Juice delivers by bicycle to Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. They will deliver community drop offs (three or more orders) to Arlington, Brookline, Belmont, Needham, Lexington and Medford.

- They are willing to deliver farther out if there's enough interest (Andover, anyone?).

- They also have Saturday pick-ups in Cambridge.  

- They will waive the delivery fee if 3 or more neighbors or co-workers combine for a single drop-off.

** To order, visit the Life Force Juice website.   Remember to tell them that Christi sent you!  What a great way to get your nutrients for the day.  I love supporting new businesses that are dedicated to supporting our health.  It's a win-win, for sure.



My Favorite Desserts to Bring to Parties and Potlucks


Let's say that you've been invited to a potluck or a party, and the host asks you to bring a dessert with you. 

"No problem," you think to yourself.  "I'll just stop by the store on the way and pick up something."

Then the host says, rather apologetically, "Um... see, the problem is, one of our guests is gluten-free... the other is dairy-free... the other is soy-free.  Do you think you could bring a dessert that doesn't have any of those ingredients in it?"

Gulp. "And is it supposed to be EDIBLE, too?" you wonder to yourself.

Dietary restrictions are popping up everywhere.  Trying to make a dessert that will appease everyone can be a struggle... that is, unless you have a go-to recipe that not only is allergen-free... but also tastes amazing.

A lot of people ask me what I do when I need to bring something sweet to a party or get-together.

Well, this month I want to share some of my favorite sweet treats with all of you!  They are not only delicious and free from most allergens, but they are easy to pull together on short notice... and everytime I make these, they are gobbled up in no time at all.



I've made variations of this in the past, but when my friend Joanne sent me this version from Linda LeLand at Groton Wellness, we all fell in love. 

It is so easy to make.  And seriously, we will eat the entire dish in less than a day... two days if we're trying to practice will power.   This dish goes over extremely well at parties, too.  We had this at our Superbowl party this year...

- 2 cups almond butter

- 1/4 cup raw cacoa powder
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 heaping tbl coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 tsp coarse sea salt

- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

- Mix well.
- Spoon the mixture into a pan lined with wax or parchment paper and flatten with a piece of wax or parchment paper.

- Place in freezer for an hour or so, then take it out to cut into bite-sized pieces.

- Transfer into a container and keep in the freezer. If they aren't kept in the freezer they will become soft very quickly.

- Alternative is to spoon mixture into candy molds or balls.

** The fudge has to be stored in the freezer.  Enjoy!





Now, this recipe is one that can be made as banana bread... but we actually prefer to make it into muffins.  I've used Honeyville almond flour to make this... and I've also used almond meal.  Both are delicious, but we actually liked the almond meal better (which is great because it's a lot cheaper!).

I'm not sure where I got this recipe from initially... it was floating around on some healthy mama website, but if anyone knows the origin, please let me know.  I can't take credit for this one... but I do love to eat them!


Ingredients and preparation

- 1/4 cup of honey (or other sweetener, such as maple syrup; you can go lower here too if you need to)

- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

- 2 eggs

- 2 very ripe bananas

- 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon of salt

- 2 1/2 cups of almond flour (or almond meal)

- cinnamon - a healthy dash or two!

- Optional: 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit (I like adding pecans)


- Preheat oven to 310 degrees F. (Sometimes I go to 315 to speed it up)

- Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl until well blended.

- Now add dry ingredients and mix well again.

- Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the loaf. If you’re making muffins, cut the time to 25 minutes.

- Cool and cut, or store covered. Here's a hint: double this recipe.  Trust me :)





Last December, I made these cookies with fingers and toes crossed.  I had been looking for a recipe that I could take to a gathering where the dietary needs were: gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and egg-free.   Yeah, try to find a baked good that satisfies those requirements... and still tastes good.  Not an easy task.

But... boy oh boy, did these cookies deliver!  Everytime I bring them somewhere, people are amazed that they are free from all these allergens.  I just made them last night for a dinner party, and everyone was trying to sneak extras off the plate when no one was looking... including myself :)

These cookies come from Elana's Pantry website - here's the original version on her blog (fabulous recipes there, I've tried many of them, and want to encourage you to try her orange chipotle chicken - to die for!).

** These are the chocolate chips I use when I make these cookies.

I make the cookies pretty much the way Elana does, except I use coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil... and I use honey instead of agave nectar. These are simply fabulous.

OK, those are my favorite treats right now.  Suitable for folks with food allergies... suitable for those who want to bring a healthy (yet edible) treat to a party or get-together.

If you make them, drop me a line and let me know how people respond!




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Dr. Mom's Essential Oil First Aid Kit

WHAT: "LIVE"! workshop led by Christi for the Essex County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network

WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lanam Club at 260 North Main Street in Andover, MA

HOW MUCH: This workshop is free for all, and open to HMN members and the public


In this practical, hands-on workshop, Christi Collins (a holistic health coach and homeschooling mom to two young boys) will share with you the essential oils that you can have on hand to respond to all of the non-emergency situations that pop up in your family.   We will cover oils that are helpful for children, as well as moms and dads.

** The first 25 people to show up at the meeting will receive a small sample bottle of Thieves and Peace & Calming oil.


Non-Toxic Home and Personal Care

WHAT: Teleclass hosted by Christi and Pam Rich, certified holistic health coaches and oil ladies extraordinaire

WHEN: Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: This is a phone call, you can call in from the comfort of your couch

HOW MUCH: This call is free for all


Pam and Christi will share the products they love to use to clean and care for their homes in a natural, non-toxic way.  We will also share how you can care for your skin, hair, and beautiful body with natural, essential-oil based products that will nourish and support you... and make you feel gorgeous... inside and out.

** Yes, this call will be recorded, and if you sign up for the teleclass, you will receive the recording, even if you can't attend the live call. **

TO SIGN UP: The sign-up page is not yet ready for this call.  To make sure you receive the sign-up info for this call, make sure you are signed up for Christi's "Nourishing Nuggets" newsletter... and you'll get all upcoming oil teleclass invites.



Essential Oils Home Gathering

WHAT: This is a once-a-month fun gathering by invitation only.  Christi will teach you about essential oils... and also share all of her oils with you, so you can smell, sample, and see which oils call to you.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon

WHERE: Christi's home in Andover

HOW MUCH: This live home workshop is $10 for people from my BostonHealthCoach list

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Please send Christi an email and ask to be put on the invite list.


Using Essential Oils for Emotional Release

WHAT: Teleclass hosted by Christi and Pam Rich, certified holistic health coaches and oil ladies extraordinaire

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: This is a phone call, you can call in from the comfort of your couch

HOW MUCH: This call is free for all


Pam and Christi will share which essential oils are best for supporting your emotional health. On this call, we will share all the information and advice we learned in March at an all-day Emotional Release workshop with Gary Young (the founder of Young Living oils)... so this teleclass will be full of the most current research and practical tips.  If you are feeling depressed, anxious, sad, fearful or worried... please join us on this call.

** Yes, this call will be recorded, and if you sign up for the teleclass, you will receive the recording, even if you can't attend the live call. **

TO SIGN UP: The sign-up page is not yet ready for this call.  To make sure you receive the sign-up info for this call, make sure you are signed up for Christi's "Nourishing Nuggets" newsletter... and you'll get all upcoming oil teleclass invites.


"Sunday Morning Zumba Class"

Yes, I'm now teaching zumba classes! Come get your dance party on!

WHERE: The Champion Factory, North Andover

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. on Sunday mornings

WHAT: Zumba is an hour of awesome music, fun Latin-inspired dancing, and is a non-intimidating and easy workout for beginners and experienced zumba-ers alike! You won't believe how fast an hour of calorie-burning will go by, and how much fun you'll have... plus the changes in your body won't be too shabby either :)

HOW MUCH: First class is always free... so come give it a try!


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If you are looking for inspiration around healthy living, please check out the archived copy of all past teleclasses and healthy living products that I keep on my website.








I love pesto, but it can be so expensive to make.  My sister-in-law, Jen, included this fabulous pesto recipe in her cookbook, "Elimination Diet 101." 

I have to confess, this pesto has never actually made it out of my food processor - it is so delicious that I just sit there using carrots or celery to scoop it right out of the container.

This week, I'm going to make a double batch and see if it outlasts my appetite :)

My brother says he loves this pesto over anything - steak, shrimp, broccoli.  Trust me, you're going to LOVE this one:

Serves 4 (ahem!... or ONE, if you're me! :)


1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup roasted shelled pistachios
1 small clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons olive oil


1. In a food processor, finely chop the first five ingredients with 1/4 cup of oil.
2. Drizzle in the remaining olive oil if necessary and serve.










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Christi Collins, H.H.C., AADP, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

**Are you wondering what a Holistic Health Counselor is?  This description may help!

Christi studied Eastern/Western nutrition and modern health counseling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is addicted to learning about nutrition and wellness, and is constantly experimenting with her own food and self-care.

Christi's goal is to help people fall in love with "The Big Three": Healthy Eating, Juicy Living, and Guilt-Free Self-Care.

She is currently learning all about how to use therapeutic grade essential oils to support optimum health.

She supports very busy women who are struggling to eat healthy and take insanely good care of themselves... without feeling stressed or guilty about it.

Christi is a three-time marathoner and triathlete, an avid pianist, and a mom who homeschools her sonsHenry and Evan.

Christi is also a licensed zumba instructor and a trained psychic reader.

To read more fun facts and stories about Christi, click here.

These days, Christi is best reached by email.

She is not working with individual clients at the moment, but will be happy to refer you to another holistic health counselor.


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