By: Kim Macy, Miraval’s Pastry Chef
In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, Executive Chef Justin Macy and his wife, Pastry Chef Kim Macy share their secrets for making delicious, healthy dishes. Here’s a sneak peek of some of Chef Kim’s easy tips to make your desserts with less fat and fewer calories. Pre-order Sweet & Savory Cooking now before it hits bookstores January 7, 2014 for more healthy cooking tips and one-of-a-kind recipes.
Sneak Peek of Sweet & Savory Cooking: Simple Tips to Reduce Calories and Fat in Baking•
• For a virtually fat-free pastry crust, I make a meringue crust. It’s a light and airy alternative and made with egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar and a touch of vanilla extract. Be sure to only use no-bake fillings such as pastry creams, lemon curd or fruit compotes with this crust.
• For a creamy whip topping for any dessert, I make my pastry cream with nonfat milk as a low-fat alternative.
The new Miraval Book Club offers an opportunity for on-property guests and Miraval fans at home to participate in an interactive and ongoing discussion about wellness, mindfulness, and life in balance. Each month, a Miraval Specialist will select a book of his or her choice and facilitate book club discussions about the themes presented in the selected book title. This month, Miraval Specialist, Sheryl Brooks, R.N., chose Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman.
How to Participate
The discussion questions below are intended to guide a discussion about Tales of a Female Nomad for Miraval fans and participants at home. Please post your thoughts, questions, reactions to the book, or even any feelings you had about Tales of a Female Nomad in the "Response" section below. We are so excited that both Sheryl Brooks and the author, Rita Golden Gelman will be facilitating this discussion and responding to your questions! We invite you to participate in this Virtual Book Club discussion through October 31, 2013.
- Early in the book the author said, “I was crying for my lost spirit.” Can you understand how a woman, who has lived what appears to be a full life, could feel that there is a part of herself, her spirit that feels lost?
Take some of the Miraval magic home with you this fall! During the month of September, Miraval's online store is offering 15% off of any book purchase! Miraval Specialists like Wyatt Webb, Creator of the Miraval Equine Experience, Tina Powers, Miraval's Medium, and Brent Baum, Miraval's Trauma Specialist, share insights and personal stories through their published work.
Also available on the store is Mindful Eating and Mindful Living by Miraval. You can purchase Mindful Eating and Mindful Living together and save an additonal 10%!
Dr. Jim Nicolai recently held a signing for his new book, Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living, here in Tucson. Thank you to everyone who came out to Barnes and Noble on Saturday to show their support and meet the author!
Here's what Dr. Jim had to say: "Health and wellness is so powerful when it's a shared journey. Integrative Wellness Rules is all about telling stories of what's helped me get and stay healthy. It was fabulous to be able to do that with the Tucson community. Thanks so much to Barnes and Noble—they did a great job—and it was an awesome experience being able to laugh and share with people that health does not have to be complex or difficult to manage. It can be quick and dirty..."