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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- Beth Aldrich, national healthy lifestyle and nutrition expert, and author of the new book, Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous, dropped by the show today.

Beth shared her recipe for no-bake brownies and described what she callsour three "dysfunctional friends": salt, fat, and sugar.

Beth is hosting a book signing tonight, Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. atThe Bookcase in Wayzata.

You can find Real Moms Love to Eat in bookstores everywhere. For more information, visit realmomslovetoeat.com.

No Bake Brownies

3 cups raw walnut halves
16 pitted dates
? cup raw cacao powder (or ½ cup cocoa powder)
¼ cup raw cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)
¼ cup raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries.

Put each ingredient in the food processor, in order, processing each addition for about eight pulses. Press into an 8? x 8? ungreased pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into 12 squares and then scoop one out for yourself and savor every sweet, chocolaty, heavenly nibble. (You will only need a tiny piece.)

NUT Pate

1 cup tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, or a mixture), soaked overnight in purified water in a bowl or jar with a lid, then drained
1 roma tomato, sliced
½ onion, peeled
Sea salt, to taste

Put all the ingredients in your Vitamix or blender and blend until creamy. If the paste seems too thick, add a little bit of water, a tablespoon at a time, to get the consistency you want. Scoop it onto a plate covered in Bibb or romaine lettuce leaves and surround it with carrot sticks, green pepper strips, celery stalks, zucchini spears, cucumber slices, or other favorite raw veggies. You can also top the pâté with a little bit of grated carrot, chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, or a dash of paprika, for color and style.

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