What’re the Christmas holidays without some Apple Cider? This age-old hot beverage has been used throughout time to warm the mind, body, and soul. This quick Paleo recipe allows anyone that’s looking to keep it a little healthy around the holidays. Or if someone just wants to add a little spice to their table.
A Peppermint Mocha on a chilly Winter day sounds completely divine! Now after all the cooking and baking for the holidays is coming to an end. Being able to make one of your favorite hot beverages is ideal and refreshing. Give this recipe a try and even add some spices to dress up this Peppermint Mocha. Try and relax a little with this heavenly creation.
Yes, the headline is correct, more and more animal owners are turning to Paleo based diet plan for their furry families. One of the main reasons behind the fact happens to be the most pets suffer from chronic illnesses, early arthritis pain, and obesity.
Now, this doesn’t mean going ahead and feeding your pet raw ingredients. On the contrary… vets are advising individuals to fully cook a beloved pets food before serving. Since the Paleo diet is considered “Paleolithic Era” way of eating. Times have changed and so have our fuzzy friends eating habits and digestion. Anyways, a domesticated animal ingesting raw food can lead to food poisoning or pass pathogens on to their owners. Avoid this at all costs.
For instance, offering your pet a cooked egg can provide beneficial proteins. This is a great treat but, can cause stomach upset. Be sure to test a small portion of yolk and egg white to see if your animal can digest easily.
While going on a Paleo Pet-Friendly diet, remember, suddenly changing your animal’s food can cause stomach upset. Instead slowly introduce certain foods that would benefit your pet.
On ASPCA’s website, they have a list of foods to avoid giving your pet, this is a great starting off point.
Be sure to treat your animals with the utmost care. Starting off by feeding them exactly what they need!
During the holidays it can be difficult to find the right kind of gifts when it comes to stocking stuffers. What about for your health-conscious friends? What can you possibly give them?
We’ve compiled a list of healthy stocking stuffers just in case someone in your life has changed their diet towards Paleo or Keto. We’ll even throw in some homemade snacks that anyone would love!
1.) Paleo Spiced Nuts that are Homemade
Who doesn’t love a mixture of cashews, pecans, and walnuts that are equally coated with a spicy yet savory seasoning? This homemade addition will delight family members and work as a perfect go-to snack.
2.) A Giftcard Worth Giving
For the juice, tea or elixir loving individuals in your life, out of Spokane, Washington the Wellness Tree Juice Bar gift card is ideal. While the company carries a huge variety of nearly everything when it comes to health inspired drinks and acai bowls, (even anti-aging and any help with digestion) this place knows no bounds!
3.) Mixes From the Paleo Baking Company
The Paleo Baking Company has a ton of muffin mixes that can be used for any occasion, or to simply enjoy. Even most of the muffin mixes are cake mixes as well. They even have Banana Bread mix worth trying! At only $9.00 a bag that’s a pretty good deal when it comes to a stocking stuffer!
4.) Nom Nom Paleo Socks
Yes, socks! Because even those of us that are deeply devoted to the world of Paleo, socks can be scarce and well, these are simply awesome! Plus with these knee highs there will be no more worry of freezing feet.
5.) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Work this clay mask so it’s healing properties will purify your skin. This natural skincare clay will not only last for a decent amount of time but at a really fantastic price! You can find the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay by clicking on the name.
We couldn’t leave out coffee! The Equal Exchange Organic Coffee could fuel a fire, that is a fire to keep moving through your day as those gloomy Winter clouds take hold. Gift someone with a healthy pick-me-up that will have them gleaming with joy!
While this group of Pumpkin Seed Vanilla Clusters may not look like much, they do serve a vital purpose. While searching out various seeds that were high in Zinc (the one vitamin that is required throughout this flu season) to ensure a healthy and happy home, pumpkin seeds were at the top of that list. Pumpkin Seeds can not only provide a high zinc count but also pumpkin is on the Paleo-approved list!
These clusters can be enjoyed on cereal or as a healthy snack for anyone on the go! This is a great alternative to simply grabbing a pre-packaged food, these clusters will help revitalize you!
Did you know including beets in your diet while pregnant can help prevent birth defects.Or that beets have a high amount of B vitamins essential to your overall health. Luckily this root vegetable targets the pancreas, nerve function, kidneys, muscle movement, liver, and bone health. So for towards sweet reward, Beet & Caramelized Onion Soup has a savory yet intense flavor ready for any seasonal illness!
As Christmas Eve approached, typically the dining tables are lined with food ready to be sampled. However, what about the after effect, overly stuffed and feeling sluggish. We have yet another side dish to utilize this holiday season!
Instead of the traditional mashed potatoes, try your hand at garlic mashed cauliflower! This is an excellent substitute for mashed potatoes without the added bloat! Adding this decadent side dish will offer a better alternative, this recipe can also be changed over time to include your favorite seasonings.
Looking for Paleo-friendly holiday recipes? They seem to be hard to come by because the holidays usually call for anything dairy, gluten and well overly sweet. However, we intend to change that perception at least one recipe at a time. This Christmas season we will be giving more recipe ideas for this foodie holiday season!
Since eggnog is a staple and generally a traditional drink for these impending Winter nights, here’s an eggnog recipe with a twist! Funny when you search for dairy-free Eggnog you tend to run into recipes that still call for 4-6 egg yolks… even though most people are looking to make this dessert drink without the need for eggs! Well in this recipe we have thrown in an egg-free, vegan, Paleo-friendly recipe for those of you that are struggling. Or for those of you that want to try something new.
Looking to change up your breakfast routine? What about adding brussels sprouts to your daily intake of vegetables? Plus brussels sprouts tend to get a bad rep if they are not cooked or prepped properly. In fact, brussels sprouts have a ton of nutrients and can be quite tasty if they are paired with eggs!
This recipe showcases how to make a Brussels Sprouts Hash that will have you going back for seconds. Or even making this for different family members!
Looking to sweeten things up on your paleo diet? It’s easier than you would think! The options of paleo sweeteners are surprisingly vast considering you are on a sugar-free path. The hardest part of cutting refined sugar from your life for good will most likely be making everything from scratch! Chances are if it is pre-packaged, it is heavily processed and chocked full of refined sugars. Once you have cut out processed and refined sugars from your life, you would be amazed to see how many everyday foods you can find natural sweetness in.
Erythritol is a natural, paleo, sweetener that occurs naturally in many fruits and fermented foods. It is also produced from glucose from fermentation. Erythritol has almost zero calories and does not affect blood sugar or cause tooth decay. In fact, it is 70% as sweet as sugar and is partially absorbed by the body while the other portion is digested. Erythritol can be purchased as different sweetener names in many grocers, but you should always be sure to get a non-GMO version. Many sweeteners contain erythritol are made from GMO corn stalks.
One of the most popular paleo sweeteners is honey. Honey is simple. As long as you are purchasing local organic honey, which is always best! Honey lends itself well to nearly all instances and is typically a pantry stable for most everyone. Honey is twice as sweet as refined sugar and contains approximately 80% carbohydrates. Unlike erythritol, honey does affect blood sugar and can easily cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
- Maple Syrup
Maple syrup has become an extremely popular paleo sweetener. As with most paleo sweeteners, it is extremely important to be sure that you are purchasing 100% pure maple syrup that hasn’t gone through an extensive pasteurization process. Maple syrup is healthy in moderation and lends itself to many flavors, especially for sweetening up your favorite fall spice treats or creating a phenomenal glaze.
- Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar, or coconut palm sugar, is made from the flower of the coconut palm. The liquid soap is extracted and then heated until the majority of the water has evaporated. Coconut sugar is high in calories and to be consumed in moderation. It does, however, have a lower glycemic index than traditional table sugar. Coconut sugar can be used in many of the same ways as traditional sugar and in most recipes, may be used as a 1:1 ration to traditional sugar.
Making the decision the switch a paleo lifestyle may not be the easiest transition. But with a little prep and just the right ingredients in your cupboard; you will be cooking as natural as always with just a few paleo substitutions in no time, consider this Paleo foods. Stocking your cupboard with all of the necessary paleo and healthy ingredients can be as simple as starting with just 12 basic paleo must-haves.
- Coconut Aminos
- Having coconut aminos available in your pantry could be just what you need to boost the flavor in your paleo dishes. Coconut aminos are useful in a number of ways; from sauces to stir fry’s, it will lend you a similar flavor to that of soy sauce. Coconut aminos is the raw sap of the coconut tree. Harvested, then allowed to age before being combined with sun-dried sea salt to accomplish its soy like flavor.
- While if you are familiar with ghee, your first response may be that it isn’t paleo; this is arguably true. Made from dairy, Ghee is cooked until all of the milk solids are removed, making it part of the paleo diet. If you are willing to use ghee on a technicality, it can impart a great nutty flavor to many of your dishes. Just be sure not to confuse ghee with clarified butter, clarified butter has not had its milk proteins removed or cooked off!
- Coconut Milk
- The most popular milk substitute used in paleo cooking. It is rich, creamy, and lends itself well to cooking and flavoring dishes. Coconut is a substitute for traditional cow’s milk and will leave you with a delicious outcome.
- Almond Milk
- Almond milk is the perfect substitute for cow’s milk in everyday uses, such as drinking, baking, and other cooked or uncooked recipes. The best part is making your own un-processed almond milk out of almonds.
- Keeping a stash of nuts around the house, other than peanuts, is a great handy snack that packs a much-needed protein punch. Using nuts in everyday cooking from stir fry’s to baking, even when to just add a tasty crunch. Nuts are highly regarded in the category of Paleo foods.
- Almond Butter
- If you are searching for a healthy peanut butter substitute, almond butter is the top choice. It is rich, creamy, and nutritious. This can be made at home with no added sugar.
- Coconut Creamer
- While coconut cream is similar to coconut milk, it’s much thicker and lends itself well to things such as paleo whipped cream. It is also great to use for paleo ice cream and other healthy versions of traditional sweet treats.
- Almond Flour
- Known as almond meal or ground almonds, is a perfect grain-free flour substitute. Yes, Almond flour is a top pick for flour substitute in many different variations, such as baking or breading. Almond flour lends itself well to creating paleo bread, muffins, and cakes.
- Coconut Flour
- Growing in popularity for its grain free properties and produced from dried coconut meat. Yes, coconut flour is grain free, gluten free, and high in protein value.
- Dark Chocolate
- While it is important to purchase close to 100% dark chocolate as possible, dark chocolate is an easy paleo option for the sweetness you crave. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and great for eliminating free radicals in the body. Try this, in place of traditional milk chocolate or chocolate chips in everyday recipes.
- Chances are that you already have honey in your pantry, but you should check the label. The best choice is always local organic honey. Local organic honey is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and is the perfect natural sweetener for everything from drinks to sauces.
- Maple Syrup
- Similar to honey, maple syrup lends itself well to sweetening everyday dishes. It also has its own delicious maple flavor, perfect for introducing warm fall flavors. Maple syrup is also conveniently interchangeable with honey in nearly all instances.
Paleo foods are located in every home and most of us tend to forget that healthy alternatives are hidden away in our kitchen.
Is coffee Paleo?
For many people, the morning isn’t fueled by the excitement of a great day—it’s fueled by coffee.
And when the 3 p.m. blues comes around, guess who’s up for coffee round 2 (or round 5 or 6)? With coffee houses popping up everywhere and coffee pots just getting easier (and cheaper) to use, it’s no wonder that this energizing drink has quickly risen to claim a spot as one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.
But should you run off and pour yourself another mug, or is it time to shut the kitchen coffeemaker down for good?
Is Coffee Healthy?
It’s not surprising that a good bit of research has been done into how coffee affects the human body.
We know that it can definitely give us a jolt (that’s the caffeine), but does it do anything else for us? As it turns out, there’s more to coffee than meets the eye (or, I suppose, the taste buds). Studies show that drinking coffee reduces the risk of cancer, especially in the colon and prostate. It can also reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, and another study showed that there is an inverse relationship between the amount of coffee you drink and how likely you are to die from general and specific causes.
(To be completely frank, coffee isn’t a miracle food. Despite some claims to the contrary, the potential benefits of coffee are relatively small.)
In addition, there are a few things to watch out for with coffee.
In particular, watch what you put in your coffee. The studies above show the benefits of coffee—not mochas, lattes with flavored syrup, or coffee with ice cream and sprinkles. From processed sugar to dairy, it’s the add-ins that cause the greatest issues.
Finally, if you have or think you might have adrenal fatigue, then it’s probably a good idea to cut the coffee (and all caffeine) out of your diet since it will only stress your adrenals more, which will slow your recovery.
What do the Paleo gurus say?
Mark Sisson says: “The overwhelming majority of the observational literature finds that coffee is linked to lower body weight and protection from type 2 diabetes. [To get the most out of your coffee,] get up and move around a bit when you drink. Since that coffee has just liberated a bunch of fatty acids from your adipose tissue, use them! If you don’t, the bulk of those fatty acids will simply be recycled back into your body fat. Remember that coffee isn’t just caffeine. It is a whole plant food/drink with hundreds of bioactive compounds beyond just caffeine….The taste and health effects of coffee thusly depend on dozens of factors, and that’s why coffee has different effects on different people as reflected across dozens of studies.”
Robb Wolf says: “If you have to ask, ‘If I can’t have sugar, coffee mate, cream, etc. in my morning cup, what can I do to make it taste good?’, then you really need to question the reasons behind your habit. Is it replacing sleep, masking a sugar or cream fix, or do you just REALLY like that Starbucks cup? If you truly ENJOY coffee for all of its warm, black deliciousness and you don’t have any compelling health or lifestyle reasons to avoid it, then I am not going to steal your ‘morning thunder.’ Keep on keeping on (with an occasional detox to clean things out). But, if on the other hand, your coffee needs a mate(s), or you’re using it as a means to function in the AM; take the time to conduct a CSI (Coffee Scene Investigation).”
So is coffee Paleo?
However, with great deliciousness comes great responsibility. Avoid allowing coffee to become a crutch for poor sleep or stress management patterns, and be aware that the health effects of coffee don’t count for much when you drown it in sugar or processed cream.
For maximum health benefits, take your coffee black or with coconut oil and ghee.
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