Dr. Cathy

Heart Healthy Valentine

February 12, 2016

Dr. Catherine Nutting, Family Nurse Practitioner, Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine


  • Fruit – “Apple of My Eye” or “A Real Cutie”
  • Lip Balm – “You’re the Balm”
  • From the Heart – Personally written Valentine Song or Poem
  • Time Together Coupons  – “good for a Daddy-Daughter Date”
  • Paper Airplane – “Flying High with You”
  • Sports Equipment
    • Frisby – “what a catch”
    • Tennis ball – “love all”
  • Time Together Coupons  – “good for a Daddy-Daughter Date”
  • Sunglasses – “Eyes on my Valentine”
  • Homemade
  • Herbs – “You’re a mint”
  • Homemade Gifts – bubbles, play dough, scrub, soap


Gluten Free Crab Cakes


  • One pound lump crab – vegan option 14 ounces of heart of palm chopped to crab meat consistency
  • 1 beaten egg  – may substitute chia/flax mix for vegan option or egg allergy
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup onion Crab_Cake
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon GF Mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  1. Dice red pepper, onion and garlic.
  2. Saute above mixtures until cooked but not brown.
  3. Combine cooked mixture with lump crab and then all of the remaining ingredients
  4. Add additional crumbs if mixture too wet and additional mayo or mustard if too dry.
  5. Shape into large crab cakes
  6. Heat olive oil in pan  or grease olive oil on baking dish
  7. Flip crab cakes to cook other side
  8. Cook until crab cakes are golden brown about 5 minutes on each side.
  9. Enjoy!

If you’d rather not cook, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes Express delivers fresh gluten free crab cakes to your door!


Artichoke Hearts


Find out How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke Heart!


Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries


  • Organic Strawberries
  • Coconut  or Olive Oilimgres
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Optional: Slivered Almonds or Crushed Walnuts


  1. Wash strawberries
  2. Melt dark chocolate and 1 tablespoon oil in double broiler
  3. Stir well
  4. Hold on to stem of strawberry and dip strawberry into the chocolate mixture
  5. Place dipped strawberry onto wax paper
  6. Dip into crushed or slivered nuts
  7. Refrigerate to set well.

Enjoy with the one you love!


Dr. Catherine Nutting, Editor-In-Chief

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Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care Team