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Cinnamon Maca Bites

Even though these Cinnamon Maca Bites are in the dessert section of Paleo Living, these bites pack a punch. Since Keto has become interlaced with Paleo, these two various healthy avenues seem to compliment each other. By cutting out the sugar, you’ll receive a healthy dose of protein.

The Cinnamon Maca Bites are filled with nutrient-rich fats and protein. Meaning one bite could fill you up. Consider these little bundles of joy to help boost your day. Every now and then, especially during the holidays, we need a pick me up snack. Instead of reaching for chips, reach for a bite!

Imagine these Cinnamon Maca Bites would be great with a cup of green tea! Another added note, this is a Ketogenic, sugar-free recipe!

By the way, this mini recipe can jumpstart the Ketosis diet!

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Cinnamon Maca Bites
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Cuisine Paleo
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
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Instructions
  1. Bring out the food processor. Place every ingredient in the processor and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Make sure to use a silicone ice tray. Or if you can find a mold that can withstand freezing temperatures. Spoon the mixture into the cube spaces.
  3. Allow to freeze for an hour or two until solid.
  4. Then when it's time to serve this mini bites. However, allow the bites to thaw from the mold before taking them out one by one.
  5. These Cinnamon Maca Bites will stay fresh for up to two weeks as long as they are in a sealed container in the freezer.
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Is Coconut Aminos Paleo?

Are Coconut Aminos Paleo?

A savory, salty and a delicious flavor enhancer for a variety of dishes, coconut aminos are made from raw coconut tree sap and sea salt, then naturally aged. It’s also a fermented product. Used as a substitute for both soy sauce & tamari, as well as Worcestershire sauce, even a few dashes can deepen the flavors of many kinds of foods, from soups to egg dishes to stir-fries. The soy-free sauce also contains 17 different amino acids and is low on the glycemic index. While a relatively small amount of this sauce is used, the amino acids it contains can rebuild and repair muscle tissue, as well as enhance the immune system and increase our energy.

So, is it Paleo?

Did our Paleolithic ancestors take the time (or have the knowledge) to make coconut aminos? Probably not. Staunch Paleo purists advocate that fermented foods are not part of the Paleo diet, and that fermentation is only datable back to the Neolithic Era. But as the two key ingredients in coconut aminos are naturally-found coconut sap and sea salt, others would argue that they beg a nod to the Paleo plate.

What do the Paleo gurus say?

Diane Sanfilippo says: “If you’re like me—sensitive to both gluten and soy—try coconut aminos. It is one of the best substitutes I have found in years and I now actually prefer the taste of it to soy sauce.”
Mark Sisson says: “…tastes somewhat like soy sauce. It’s not an exact match, but it’s not really trying to be an exact match. Coconut aminos are their own beasts, and these happen to be tasty beasts. Trace amounts of certain amino acids in a sauce that you’ll consume by the tablespoonful probably aren’t going to amount to much of anything. Consume it for the unique taste and the lack of soy and wheat.
Nell Stephenson says: No, it’s not paleo for two reasons – it’s got salt and it’s fermented. For athletes, some added salt to the diet is permissible, however, fermented items wouldn’t be. I will say, that I’d prefer to see a client use a small amount of that if they chose to do so, over even a trace of soy!

Conclusion?

Not Paleo…but a good accompaniment to foods on a Paleo diet. While they don’t fit the strict definition of Paleo because of the fermentation process they undergo, a few coconut aminos can add taste and variety to a Paleo menu without harm, say most experts.

Issue No. 20

Paleo Apple Cider

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.

 

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Paleo Apple Cider
Course Beverage
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 8 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Course Beverage
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 8 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Get out a saucepan or you can use a teapot, place over medium heat. Pour in the unsweetened apple juice.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir constantly and let the apple cider come to a gentle boil.
  4. Once the cider begins to boil, let the beverage simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the saucepan or teapot from the stove. Pour the cider through a strain into the cup of your choosing. Enjoy!
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Making A Peppermint Mocha

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.

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Making A Peppermint Mocha
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 4 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Minute
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 4 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Minute
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Instructions
  1. Get out your blender.
  2. Be sure to already have two cups of freshly brewed coffee ready.
  3. Take all the ingredients and place them in the blender.
  4. Blend on high, until each ingredient is mixed throughly.
  5. Get out your coffee mug and pour the mixture into your cup.
  6. Then the toppings become optional afterwards!
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Paleo For Your Pets?

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.

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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.

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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!

Healthy Stocking Stuffers!

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.

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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.

6.) Coffee!

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!

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Pumpkin Seed Vanilla Clusters

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!

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Pumpkin Seed Vanilla Clusters
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15-20 Minutes
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15-20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Bring your oven to a preheated temp. of 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl combine the vanilla extract, maple syrup and coconut sugar. Stir until the three create a thick paste. Afterwards add a small amount of boiling water to thin out the paste, until it looks like a runny syrup.
  3. Dump in the pumpkin seeds and stir until each one is covered.
  4. Get out a backing sheet and place down parchment paper. Then like you would with cookie dough, take about a teaspoon full of coated pumpkin seeds and dallop them onto a baking sheet. Repeat until all the pumpkin seeds are grouped together in little sections.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Do not let the seeds burn, so check on them constently after the 10 minute mark. Allow the seeds to turn a golden brown hue.
  6. Take out the baking sheet, allow the clusters to cool down. You can press together the clusters so they form a ball. However, the clusters will cool off quickly.
  7. Once they've cool the clusters are ready to eat!
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Beet & Caramelized Onion Soup

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!

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Beet & Caramelized Onion Soup
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 12-15 Minutes
Cook Time 40-45 Minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 12-15 Minutes
Cook Time 40-45 Minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Bring out the stockpot and place the beets inside.
  2. Add 4 of the 5 cups of Chicken Broth to the stock pot, along with pepper and salt.
  3. Be sure to cover and cook for up to 45-50 Minutes or until beets are soft.
  4. Take out a large skillet and on medium heat, melt the butter or ghee.
  5. Place the onion and carrots in the skillet so they can be sautéed. Constantly stir until the onions have caramelized and the carrots are soft.
  6. Then once the carrots and onions are done, add them to the stockpot.
  7. Allow the soup to simmer and cool down.
  8. Once the soup has cooled, transfer to a blender to incorporate everything into a smooth puree, add the remaining Chicken Broth.
  9. Place back into stockpot, add pepper and salt for a perferred taste. Bring to a simmer and enjoy!
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Garlic Mashed (Yet Creamy) Cauliflower

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.

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Garlic Mashed (Yet Creamy) Cauliflower
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 5-6 Minutes
Cook Time 12-15 Minutes
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 5-6 Minutes
Cook Time 12-15 Minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Boil a medium size pot filled with water, add a pinch of salt.
  2. Once boiling add the cauliflower florets. Turn the heat from high to medium.
  3. Cook until florets are soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. Take out a frying pan and on medium heat melt the butter or ghee. Once heated, saute the garlic for 2-3 minutes or until tender and soft.
  5. Once the cauliflower florets are cooked. Remove from the stove and drain out the water.
  6. With a food processor add the florets, the garlic that has been sautéed, and the butter the garlic was cooked in. Also add in the milk (or coconut milk), parmesan cheese, black pepper and salt.
  7. Pulse and puree until smooth and creamy.
  8. Serve with a dash of chives or rosemary.
  9. Bon Appétit
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Diary-Free Eggnog

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.

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Diary-Free Eggnog
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 9-10 Minutes
Cook Time 3 Minutes
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 9-10 Minutes
Cook Time 3 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start off with placing the cashews in a glass bowl. Then cover with hot water.
  2. Soak cashews for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes has passed, strain the cashews and dump the water.
  4. Bring out the High Speed Blender and place every ingredient inside. Blend or pulse until all the ingredients look incorporated and mixture appears smooth.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dash of nutmeg on top. This can also be served chilled.
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Hash Made With Brussels Sprouts

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!

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Hash Made With Brussels Sprouts
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 20-24 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 20-24 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Heat up a medium size pan with olive/grapeseed oil, this is a great time to utilize a casket iron skillet! If not, do not worry.
  2. When the oil is hot, add rosemary.
  3. Cook for 60 seconds, then remove the rosemary to a plate nearby.
  4. Add the onion and garlic. Reduce the heat to low, cook until the onion softens. This can be anywhere from 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add the brussels sprouts and set heat to medium to high heat. Bring back the rosemary by either chopping or crushing the sprig. Be sure to discard the stem. Add to the pan.
  6. You must stir consistently, the brussels will turn a gold on the edges. Timing defers between 5-7 minutes.
  7. Now divide the pan into 4 sections. These sections will be for the eggs. Be sure to reduce the heat to a low, medium.
  8. Add a cover, cook for 3 minutes. You can either salt or pepper now or wait until you've dished up a plate.
  9. Prepare to serve! Be sure to have a deent size spoon on hand for this dish!
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Approved Paleo Sweeteners

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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 

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.

 

  • Honey 

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.

12 Paleo Foods You Must Have in Your Cupboard

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.
  • Ghee 

 

    • 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.
  • Nuts 

 

    • 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.
  • Honey 

 

    • 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.

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