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From Marilu’s NY Times Bestseller “Healthy Holidays” this biscuit recipe is wonderful for lazy weekend breakfasts in cold weather or family dinners over the holidays.

Overnight Biscuits 

1 package dry yeast
2 cups soy buttermilk
3 tablespoons Sucanat
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup soy margarine

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in 2 tablespoons water. Add the buttermilk substitute, Sucanat, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in the margarine. Add the liquid ingredients and mix lightly—don’t knead. Store in a large covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to bake the biscuits, preheat the oven to 450°F. You can either pinch off pieces of the dough and form them like hamburger patties, or you can knead the dough, roll it out, and cut out biscuit shapes. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.


This recipe was recently featured in our Hot for the Holidays class.  You can join in our upcoming classes AND get a free copy of Healthy Holidays with yearly membership at  Join now for our year end discount rate:

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To everyone gathering with family and friends this evening we wish you health and  happiness.



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No matter WHERE you live there’s a good chance that there are hungry families in your community.  We know that our community here at is filled with some of the most selfless, giving individuals.  This article was shared by one of our members and we want to pass the reminder on to the entire community.  When you’re helping others this month you might want to have these guidelines in mind.

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Healthy Potato Latkes

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From Marilu’ NY Times bestseller HEALTHY HOLIDAYS enjoy this recipe for healthy potato latkes.


2 Tablespoons plus 6 teaspoons canola oil

1 medium organic Spanish onion

6 medium organic baking potatoes

2 large organic cage free eggs

2 Tablespoons matzo meal

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a heavy nonstick saucepan over low heat, put 2 Tablespoons of the oil.  Add the onion and saute until softened, about 10 minutes. Cool. Coarsely grate the potatoes into a mixing bowl. Squeeze out the excess liquid or drain in a colander. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mix in the sauteed onion, eggs, matzo meal, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Grease a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan well and pour 1/3 cup potato mixture into each muffin tin. Smooth the tops lightly and spoon 1/2 teaspoon oil over each. Bake about 45 minutes, or until firm and brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and run a small, sturdy rubber spatula around the edges of the latkes to release them. You can leave them in the pan 15 to 30 minutes to keep hot.  Serve hot with applesauce.

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Traditional Applesauce

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This recipe is wonderful to have on hand at the start of Hanukkah because it goes so well alongside latkes.  But it’s also a great anytime dish.  It will fill you home with wonderful aromas and make a nice light snack or a side dish on a variety of menus.



4 pounds organic apples, cored, peeled, and quartered

1/2 cup Sucanat

12 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespoon strained fresh organic lemon juice


In a large saucepan, combine the apples, Sucanat, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Uncover and cook, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes, or until the apples are very tender.  Cool. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the apples to a food processor.  Puree the apples. Return the puree to the saucepan and simmer a few more minutes, stirring, until it is the desired thickness. Add the lemon juice and more Sucanat, if needed, stirring to blend.

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holiday to-do list

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As the temperatures drop remember…IF IT’S TOO COLD FOR YOU IT’S TOO COLD FOR THEM !  Bring your pets inside.  Every year many animals freeze to death in the winter.  Your housepets were not meant to live outdoors.  If you see an animal being mistreated speak up…save a life!

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In many places the cold weather has hit with a vengeance.  Add to that the extra traffic, shopping and chores at this time of year and you might be tempted to take a winter break from your exercise routine.  Even indoor activities can take a backseat on days when you don’t want to drive to the gym or if you have to make room for extra errands.  Don’t wait until you have time for a full workout.  Fit exercise into little pockets in your day.


During our Hot for the Holidays class we had 17 days of exercise suggestions, both yoga and pilates (Thank you Coach Kecia) that you can do at home.  There are recommendations for various fitness levels.  Some of these exercises are perfectly geared to help you de-stress.


If you’re not a member you can join today and be in time for our brand new class,  SIMPLY AMAZING, beginning in January.  Purchase your 2015 membership now and take advantage of special year end pricing AND receive Marilu’s NY Times bestseller Healthy Holidays as Marilu’s welcome gift to you.

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holiday season help

There are many ways to be financially generous at this time of year.  If you have the means, and the willingness, to give that’s wonderful.  But please don’t neglect to notice the many ways that you can help that are right under your nose and won’t cost a dime.  There might be a mom behind you in line at the grocery store who is cramming in one more errand before she picks up the kids.  Do you have a little extra time?  Let her go first. Do you know a single parent who would appreciate a hand on a random weeknight?

Spreading kindness could be something as simple as smiling at the mom whose child is having a meltdown.  She’s getting plenty of judgement.  Be the kind voice in the crowd.  Everyone has a need for kindness.

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About Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner is a well-known actress and the author of New York Times and national bestselling books, Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover and The 30-Day Total Health Makeover, I Refuse to Raise a Brat, Healthy Life Kitchen, Healthy Kids, Healthy Holidays, Wear Your Life Well, and By All Means Keep on Moving. For more than twenty years she has championed a vigorous, healthy lifestyle and has inspired millions of people along the way.  Read More

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