RECIPE: Apricot and Goat Cheese Balls

Need a delicious high protein snack, a fabulous hors d’oeuvre, or a unique and decadent dessert?

Well, I’ve got ALL 3 in one stylish sphere.

These lil’ balls are blow-your-mind good and so simple, even your ex-boyfriend could make them.

And by the way, don’t be afraid of cheese! We’ve been taught it’s high in fat and therefore “unhealthy”, but we need healthy fats to absorbs vitamins, AND it’s protein and fat that make us feel full all day long!

So enjoy this decadent treat–just don’t eat them all in one sitting.

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1 sleeve 5 oz goat cheese ( I use the seasoned goat cheese, preservative free and from hormone/anti-biotic free goats, of course )

12 dried apricots finely chopped

Handful of finely chopped walnuts (10-20 walnuts)

1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1/4 tsp finely crushed dried rosemary (optional)


Mix goat cheese, apricots, and 1/2 of chopped walnuts (and salt and rosemary if you are using)

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Then roll into a small sphere and roll each sphere in to remainder of walnuts.

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Make 10-16 spheres, depending on size. Enjoy!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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