Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you. 

  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts

Happy Monday! And it's an especially happy Monday because it's a long weekend. To help you celebrate your extra day off I am bringing you a dish that people have been begging me for for months! I posted these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts on Instagram a few months ago and had so many requests for the recipe. Well friends, I am finally getting around to sharing it with you. These long awaited Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are a total hit in my house. They never last long in the fridge, and even make delicious left-overs. 

  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts
  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts

So the royal wedding happened over the weekend. Did you watch? I did not. I really don't understand what all the hype was about to be honest. I mean it's just a wedding. Yes a royal wedding, but still just a wedding. But for those of you who did watch, what did you think? Did it meet your expectations? Did you like Meghan's dress? Or dresses I should say? I was a little unimpressed I must admit. I realize it must be pretty formal since it is the royal wedding, but I found them both to be rather boring, and not that well fitting. I expected something a little more special from someone like Meghan who is such a fashion influencer. But I am guessing there are some strict rules that must be followed when it comes to designing a royal wedding gown. Because if there is anything that I do know about royalty is that there seems to be rules for everything. Absolutely everything. At least that is what watching The Crown has taught me. And ps. if you haven't watched that show on Netflix yet you need to. Yes NEED to. It is so, so good! But man, what a terrible life that would be. Why anyone would choose to marry into the royal family is beyond me. Constantly being scrutinized, told what to do, how to act etc. It would be suffocating! I realize it is also a huge honour but it definitely wouldn't be for me. Not one bit. 

  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts

Now, let's talk food. Do you like Brussels sprouts? I find that people are either lovers or haters of this vegetable. I am definitely a lover. Such a lover! I have a couple other dishes on the blog dedicated to this vegetable including my Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Beef and Brussels Sprouts. I badly need to update the photos of the Sautéed Beef and Brussels Sprouts but for a long time that was the most popular recipe on the blog. Until my food photography got better that is. It really is a delicious dish I promise. Don't let my crummy old photos fool you. 

This week's Brussels sprouts recipe combines a few of my favourite things. Brussels sprouts, bacon and apples. Can you say yum? Like lick your lips and ask for seconds kind of yum? When I made these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts the first time they only lasted two days in my house. Ever since then I have been sure to make a double batch whenever I make them. At least we get a good four days out of them that way... 

I have given you a few different ways to make these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts to make them compliant with whatever special diet you are following. Whether it be the paleo diet, AIP diet, GAPS diet or SCD diet you can make this recipe work for you. Because there is nothing worse than finding a recipe you think looks amazing, only to discover that you can't have it. Trust me I have been there too many times. 

Since it has become more and more popular, I have been trying to post more Whole30 compliant recipes for you lately. If you haven't downloaded it yet, I actually have an entire FREE ebook of the most popular Whole30 recipes on the blog. You can get your copy by going here or by leaving your email address below. And if you aren't yet familiar with the Whole30 diet and program, this book outlines it all for you. If people are looking to start a whole foods based diet, I often refer them to the Whole30 program because everything is so easily outlined in all of their books. The Whole30 and paleo diets are extremely similar. One main difference is that the Whole30 doesn't allow any form of sugar during the 30 day period, or any kind of treat or dessert. Doing a Whole30 is a great way to re-program your taste buds and easily transition to a real foods based way of eating. 

If you make these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts I would love to know what you think of them. You can leave your comments at the bottom of the post. I really do love hearing from you guys! 

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  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts

Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

Ingredients

2 lbs brussel sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half

2 red applies of choice (I used Gala), chopped into pieces

5 slices of bacon (nitrate and sugar free), chopped into pieces ~1cm wide

1/3 cup avocado oil (this is the brand I use and love

2 TBSP Maple Syrup (omit for Whole30, SCD and GAPS)

2 TBSP Herbes de Provence Spice Blend (I use this brand as there are no starches or binders added

1/4- 1/2 tsp black pepper (to taste) (omit for AIP) 

1/4- 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste) - this will depend on how salty your bacon is - I recommend adding this after they are cooked so you can determine how much salt needs to be added

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400F

2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together

3. Spread the ingredients evenly on a baking sheet

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until bacon and Brussels sprouts are crisp

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes

6. Serve and enjoy! 

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  Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. Otherwise known as your new favourite vegetable dish. These Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. Serve these Whole30 Roasted Apple Bacon Brussels sprouts at your next event and everyone will thank you.  #whole30 #paleo #Brusselssprouts
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Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS)

Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream

Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Yes ice cream made from avocados. It really is possible my friends. I made it happen with this recipe. This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream has become my new warm weather favourite. I really think you are going to like it (at least I hope you do). 

  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream
  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream

I didn't get a chance to post last week. I was actually in Minneapolis for the annual Beautycounter Leadership Summit. And you guys, it was amazing! My heart came back so full from that trip. So, so full. It was so great to spend an entire weekend with other like-minded women. Women who care about health and wellness, women who are goal driven and willing to work hard, and women who are just plain kind and fun to be around. You probably already know many of the women on my team. Women like Arsy from Rubies and Radishes, Natalie from Honey, Ghee and Me, Liz Wolfe from Real Food Liz (whose book, Eat the Yolks is amazing), Dianne Sanfilipo who wrote Practical Paleo (which is a must read for those of you who are curious about the paleo diet), Kristen from Live, Love Paleo and Cassy from Fed and Fit. I mean come on, who wouldn't want to spend a weekend with those ladies? 

I also got to learn about all the new products coming out soon (eek! they are all incredible) and we were given updates on all the progress we are making with legislation in both Canada and the US. It's pretty darn incredible what Beautycounter has been able to accomplish in just a few years. As Maria Shriver said in her key note speech at the conference, "if it weren't for us, no politician would be paying attention to this stuff." And sadly it's true. There is no money in making products safer. None at all. And if the concept of safer skincare and environmental health are new to you, I have a few posts that you should read to give you more information. Posts like Endocrine Disruptors, Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid, 15 Scary Skincare Facts, Could Your Perfume Give You Cancer?, Is There Mercury In Your Mascara? and my FREE guide, Healthy Living 101

At this point I could not imagine my life without Beautycounter. The friendships I have been able to make, the extra money I make each month and the advocacy work I get to be a part of have been so incredible. If you've been curious to learn more about the Beautycounter opportunity, I highly suggest watching this video that my mentors made recently. I know it sounds totally cheesy but the opportunity with Beautycounter really could change your life. I would be honoured to have any of you jump on board to work with me. If you are at all interested please send me an email and we can chat! 

  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream
  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream

But enough about Beautycounter right? I know you really came here for the food, which is great because the Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream I am sharing with you today is so, so delicious! It's also loaded with healthy fats from both avocados and coconut milk. In fact, avocados are one of my favourite super foods. They really are loaded with many health benefits including:

  • Are a great source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
  • Are a great source of fibre 
  • Are loaded with vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin E

And if you have picky eaters at home who won't eat avocados plain, this ice cream is great way to sneak those avocados into their diet. In fact, this ice cream contains the flesh from 3 avocados. Yes 3! Just think of all those health benefits! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also made using real, fresh mint leaves. It might be rather obvious by the number of mint oriented recipes on the blog but I love mint! Mint anything is a win in my books. If you are a mint lover like me you will also like my Get Your Greens Mint Smoothie Bowl, Chocolate Mint Smoothie, Paleo Mint Crunch Bars, and Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (just to name a few). And mint combined with chocolate is basically a match made in heaven. 

This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is compatible with a paleo, vegan or GAPS diet. Like all of my recipes it is free from dairy and refined or processed ingredients. And for some additional health benefits, feel free to add a few scoops of my favourite, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Your gut, skin, nails and hair will thank me if you do! 

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Until next time, happy eating friends! 

  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream
  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream

Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS) 

Ingredients

flesh from 3 ripe avocados 

 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk (I love this brand

1/2 cup packed, fresh mint leaves (or more depending on how minty you want it to be)

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup for vegan) 

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand

1/2 heaping cup dairy and soy free chocolate chips (plus a little more for garnish if you wish) - I use and love this brand but an alternative brand is Enjoy Life 

Directions

1. Add all of the ingredients, except your chocolate chips to your Vitamix blender (this is the one I use and love)  and blend well until smooth

2. Stir in the chocolate chips

3. Transfer the ingredients into a freezer proof bowl (I used a bread pan) and spread evenly with a spoon or knife

4. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top

5. Place in the freezer for 1.5-2 hours (until frozen) 

6. Remove from the freezer, and let sit until it softens to your desired texture (this will depend on how long you freeze it as well) 

7. Serve and enjoy!

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  Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is going to become your new favourite summer treat. The refreshing combination of mint and chocolate were made for each other! This Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is also loaded with healthy fats from avocados and coconut milk. I promise even your kids will love this Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! #paleo #vegan #gaps #icecream
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Mint Crunch Bars (SCD, GAPS, Vegan)

Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe.  

  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

I have a new recipe for you guys today! Paleo Mint Crunch Bars. I have to be honest and tell you that I completely forgot about this recipe. I came up with these back in December 2016. Yes a year and a half ago! Am I a terrible blogger or what? I also have to admit that the photos aren't my favourite. But, with my post infectious colitis that I am dealing with, sadly I can't do too much experimenting in the kitchen right now. So I dug these bars out of the archives. And don't let the photos deceive you, they really are delicious! A lot of crunch, a burst of mint and just the right amount of sweetness. The perfect combination if you ask me. 

  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

Are any of you superhero movie fans? Have you seen the new Avenger's movie? I am definitely not a major superhero fan, but Erik is so we went on opening night last week and I must admit that I was pretty impressed. It was actually really funny and really well done. Now if you don't want to know too much stop reading now (yes spoiler alert!).

I am rather sad that they killed off Spiderman. He is my favourite! Of all the superhero movies I have seen I am pretty sure that the newest Spiderman is my favourite. Although I have a feeling they will find a way to bring him and many of the other characters that they killed off back. I mean there is a lot of money in it for them to keep making movies with those characters and we all know that movie franchises are all about the money. Just saying... 

I should also give you guys the heads up that there won't be a new post on the blog next week. That's because I will be in Minneapolis for the annual Beautycounter convention. I am so excited! Not only have I never been to Minneapolis before but I am so looking forward to connecting with all the other amazing women on my Beautycounter team and learning so much more about this incredible company. If you've followed my blog for a while you all know how much I love working with Beautycounter and how much the experience has done for me personally. If you have been curious about working with Beautycounter my mentors just made this video last week talking about how much the opportunity has done for them personally. I love listening to these women talk. They are just so inspiring! If you're interested you can watch the video here. And if you have any suggestions for what I should do in Minneapolis please send them my way!  

  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree
  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

Do you like mint? I love mint! Mint flavoured anything is always my favourite. You may have guessed that by the amount of other mint flavoured recipes on the blog. Recipes like Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake, Raspberry Chia Pudding with Mint Cashew Crumble, Coconut Mint Fudge, Get Your Greens Mint Smoothie Bowl, Lavender Mint Lemonade and so, so many more! 

These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are made with nourishing ingredients like cashews, sunflowers seeds, coconut oil and raw, local honey. If you missed my post last week, I talked all about how soaking and dehydrating your nuts and seeds before you eat them not only increases their nutritional value but also makes them much easier to digest. And since digestive issues are so common these days I recommend that everyone soak and dehydrate their nuts and seeds before they eat them. This is especially important for anyone dealing with any chronic illness, especially any autoimmune illness. If you missed it you can learn Why You Should Soak and Dehydrate Your Nuts and Seeds here

These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are not only paleo but they are also vegan, GAPS, SCD and of course gluten, grain and dairy free. And besides making a great snack they also make a pretty delicious dessert. I have even been known to eat them for breakfast. I mean if you think about it, it's just like eating granola, only in a bar form. I really do hope you love them. 

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  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

Paleo Mint Crunch Bars Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups raw cashews, ideally soaked and dehydrated first (see how to do that here) 

1 cup raw sunflower seeds, ideally soaked and dehydrated first (read how to do that here) 

1 cup finely shredded coconut (this is the brand I use and love)

30 large fresh mint leaves

 

1/3 cup melted coconut oil (this is my favourite brand)

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 

 

Directions

1. In your food processor (this is the one I use and love) combine the cashews, sunflower seeds, coconut and mint leaves

2. Process the ingredients until they are your desired texture (I still like to have some larger chunks) 

3. Transfer the ingredients to a large bowl

4. Add the coconut oil and honey and stir well to combine

5. Transfer the ingredients to a 9"x9" pan

6. Press the ingredients down with a spoon to form a flat, even layer

7. Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours 

8. Remove the pan from the freezer and cut the bars into desired sized pieces

9. Serve and enjoy! 

Note: These bars are quite crumbly which is why I recommend storing them in the freezer. 

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  Are you looking for the perfect snack? If so, these Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are for you. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars have the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness to satisfy all of your snack or dessert cravings. These Paleo Mint Crunch Bars are also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. #vegan #paleo #glutenfree
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Why You Should Soak And Dehydrate Nuts And Seeds (And How To Do It)

Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals. 

  Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals.  #paleo #aip #guthealth #digestion

Do you soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you really should be, and here's why: a little thing called phytic acid. 

Phytic acid is the main storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially the bran portion of grains and seeds. It contains the mineral phosphorus tightly bound in a snowflake-like molecule. In humans, the phosphorus is not readily available because of this blockage by phytic acid.

In addition to blocking phosphorus availability, the snowflake "arms” of the phytic acid molecule readily bind with other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, making them unavailable as well. 

Phytic acid not only grabs on to or chelates important minerals, but it also inhibits enzymes that we need to digest our food, including pepsin, which is needed for the breakdown of protein, and amylase, which is needed for the breakdown of starch into sugar. Trypsin, needed for protein digestion in the small intestine, is also inhibited by phytic acid. 

  Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals.  #paleo #aip #guthealth #digestion

Phytic acid is present in beans, seeds, nuts, and grains—especially in the bran or outer hull portion. Seeds and bran are the highest sources of phytates. In general, nuts contain levels of phytic acid equal to or sometimes even higher than those of grains. Phytates are also found in tubers, and trace amounts are found in certain fruits and vegetables including berries and green beans.  Raw, unfermented cocoa beans and cocoa powder are also very high in phytates. 

Up to 80% of the phosphorus present in grains, which is an important mineral for bones and overall health, is locked into an unusable form as phytate. When a diet including more than small amounts of phytate is consumed, the body will bind calcium to phytic acid and form insoluble phytate complexes. The result is that you lose calcium, and don’t absorb phosphorus. Research suggests that we absorb approximately 20% more zinc and 60% more magnesium from our food when phytate is absent. In other words, removing phytate is important to help us increase vitamin and mineral absorption. 

High phytate diets can result in mineral deficiencies. In populations where cereal grains provide a major source of calories, rickets and osteoporosis are more common. Additionally, the zinc and iron blocking effects of phytic acid can be just as serious as the calcium blocking effects. Adults can usually get by for many years on high phytate diets given their stores of vitamins and minerals, but growing children can run into problems. In a phytate rich diet, their bodies can suffer from the lack of calcium and phosphorus with poor bone growth, short stature, rickets, narrow jaws and tooth decay. They may also develop anemia and decreased mental functioning due to the lack of zinc and iron.

The detrimental health effects of phytic acid have been known for many years. As early as 1949 experiments showed that consumption of high phytate cereal grains interfered with bone growth and interrupted vitamin D metabolism. High levels of phytic acid in the context of a diet low in calcium and vitamin D resulted in rickets and a severe lack of bone formation. It has also been shown that excessive phytic acid consumption decreases vitamin D stores. 

  Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals.  #paleo #aip #guthealth #digestion

Interestingly, unbleached flour and white rice are less anti-calcifying than whole grains that contain more minerals but are higher in phytic acid. Experiments have shown that while whole grains contain more minerals, in the end equal or lower amounts of minerals are actually absorbed compared to white rice and white flour due to the higher phytic acid levels. So don't fall for the commercials claiming that whole grains are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They aren't!  

Phytase is the enzyme that neutralizes phytic acid and liberates the phosphorus. This enzyme co-exists in plant foods that contain phytic acid. Unfortunately, most humans do not produce enough phytase to safely consume large amounts of high phytate foods on a regular basis. However, the probiotic lactobacilli, and other bacterial species of digestive microflora are able to produce phytase (how cool is that?). Therefore, people with healthy intestinal flora will have an easier time digesting foods with phytic acid than those with unbalanced or unhealthy microflora. This is just another reason why gut health is so important to overall health. 

To help maintain optimal health and proper vitamin and mineral levels, phytates should be lowered as much as possible, ideally to 25 milligrams or less per 100 grams or to about .03 percent of the phytate-containing food eaten. At this level, vitamin and mineral losses are minimized.

  Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals.  #paleo #aip #guthealth #digestion

On a positive note, there is a way to decrease the phytates in nuts, seeds and grains so that you can still enjoy these delicious foods without the detrimental health effects. Evidence has shown that soaking nuts, grains and seeds for several hours, dehydrating them at very low temperatures and then roasting or cooking them eliminates a large portion of phytates. Sprouting also activates phytase, thus reducing phytic acid even more.

Another issue with nuts is the high amount of enzyme inhibitors they contain. These enzymes are useful to seeds and nuts because they prevent them from sprouting prematurely, but they can be very hard on the digestive system. Soaking nuts in warm water will help neutralize these enzyme inhibitors, and also helps encourage the production of beneficial enzymes. These enzymes, in turn, increase many vitamins, especially B vitamins. It also makes the nuts much easier to digest and the nutrients more easily absorbed.

So, now that we have learned why it is so important to soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds I am going to show you exactly how to do this. I personally don't eat grains (you can read why in my post Why Grains Are Not Healthy), but if you are interested in learning how to soak and prepare them for easier digestion The Weston A Price Foundation is a great place to find this information. In order to properly soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds you will need a dehydrator. I personally use and love this Excalibur one. It was such a good investment and I have not had any problems with it. 

I have also created a handy printable guide for you to have on hand that explains how to soak and dehydrate all your different nuts and seeds. You can grab your copy by leaving your email address below. 

  Do you know why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds before you eat them? If not, you need to read this post. In this post I explain why you should soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds (and how to do it) to not only improve digestion, but also improve your absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals.  #paleo #aip #guthealth #digestion

How to Soak And Dehydrate Nuts and Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

Soak 4 cups raw pumpkin seeds in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for 7 hours or longer (up to 24 hours). Drain and rinse. If desired, sprinkle with seasonings such as salt and honey before placing in your dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally, until dry and crisp.

Sunflower Seeds

Soak 4 cups sunflower seeds in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for 7 hours. Rinse and dehydrate at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally, until crisp.

Pecans and Walnuts

Soak 4 cups pecans or walnuts in warm, filtered water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for 7 hours or longer (up to 24 hours). Rinse and place in your dehydrator at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally, until dry and crisp.

Pecans can be stored in an airtight container, but walnuts are more susceptible to become rancid so should always be stores in the refrigerator.

Pine Nuts and Hazelnuts (Skinless)

Soak 4 cups of raw nuts in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for at least 7 hours, or overnight. Rinse, and then place in your dehydrator and dehydrate at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, until dry and crisp.

Almonds

Soak 4 cups almonds in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for 7 hours or longer (up to 24 hours). Rinse, place in your dehydrator, sprinkle with salt/honey/other spices if desired and dehydrate at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally, until dry and crisp.

* You can also use slivered almonds

Cashews

Soak 4 cups cashews in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for no more than 6 hours (I prefer 4 hours). Rinse, and place them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake at 200-250F for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally, until crisp.

Note: Some care must be taken in preparing cashews. They will become slimy and develop a disagreeable taste if allowed to soak too long or dry out too slowly, perhaps because they come to us not truly raw but having already undergone two separate heatings. You may dry them in a 200 to 250 degree oven-the enzymes have already been destroyed during processing. 


Macadamia Nuts

Soak 4 cups of raw macadamia nuts in warm water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for at least 7 hours, or overnight. Dehydrate at 105-150F for 12-24 hours, until dry and crisp.

References:

1. Growth and bone mineralisation as affected by dietary calcium, phytic acid and vitamin D.

2. Phytic acid and the rickets-producing action of cereals

3. The rickets‐producing and anti‐calcifying action of phytate

4. Phytic acid interactions in food systems

5. Dietary determinants of and possible solutions to iron deficiency for young women living in industrialized countries: a review.

6. Iron and zinc nutrition in the economically-developed world: a review.

7. Probiotic lactobacilli: An innovative tool to correct the malabsorption syndrome of vegetarians?

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Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good!

 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack

Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are what we are snacking on this week. I have been getting more and more requests for healthy, easy to make snack foods so I am trying to give you what you want. These nuts only take minutes to make and make the perfect, sweet yet savoury, crunchy snack. 

 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack

You may have noticed that I haven't posted for a few weeks. To be honest I have just been feeling pretty burned out and un-inspired recently. I have been thinking about giving up blogging altogether almost daily for the last 6 months so I decided it was time to take some time away from it to give myself a break. I am sure being as sick as I have been for the last few months with C.diff hasn't helped anything either. So I went to Florida, soaked up the sun, read amazing books, went for runs on the beach and didn't worry about the blog at all. It was lovely. 

If you are a reader like me, I read four amazing books while I was on vacation: The Women in the Castle, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies, The Silver Star and Alias Grace. Of the four, my favourite was probably My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies but they were all actually really good.  

I must admit that coming back home to snow and cold was not easy. If I could have spent another four weeks in Florida in the sunshine I would have. Sadly, real life doesn't just stop when I go on vacation. My patients wouldn't do so well if I abandoned them for six weeks. Not well at all. So it's back to the real world for me. Although I am feeling much more refreshed than before I left. Sadly my guts still aren't doing great. I now have post-infectious colitis so I am trying to deal with that as best as I can. They may need me to have a colonoscopy which I am really not wanting to do. So if you guys have any ideas of things I can do to help heal please send me your thoughts! Right now I am using bone broth (I love this brand), probiotics, L-glutamine (buy here), zinc, DGL (this is the brand I am using), digestive enzymes (this is the kind I use), psyllium husk (for prebiotics) and saccharomyces (this is a type of yeast that is great for healing antibiotic related diarrhea). I am also planning to start getting acupuncture soon as well. But any additional ideas are welcomed and appreciated! 

 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack
 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack

I think you guys are going to like this week's recipe. These Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are a new favourite snack in our house. I know that finding healthy, easy to make snacks are hard when you have dietary restrictions so I am trying to come up with more snack recipes for all of you. I have a few other great ones on the blog already like Roasted Honey Dijon Pecans, Slightly Sweet Grain Free Granola (which is even Whole30 compliant), Paleo Morning Butter Biscuits, and Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. If you head to the Snacks Section of the blog you will find even more delicious options! 

Now for any of you dealing with any gut issues or working on gut healing, I highly recommend soaking and dehydrating your nuts before eating them. This will help neutralize the protective enzymes contained in nuts which make them hard on the digestive tract. I have found that soaking and dehydrating nuts has made a huge difference in my ability to digest them. I really don't tolerate nuts well unless they have been prepared this way. I will be publishing a guide next week that outlines just exactly how to soak and dehydrate nuts. Because each type of nut and seed requires a different soaking time, dehydrating time and dehydrating temperature (just to make things more confusing right?). I invested in an Excalibur Dehydrator last year (this is the one I got) for this purpose and, not to sound overly dramatic, but it has changed my life. It has made dehydrating large batches of nuts so much easier. I try and do a big batch of nuts every few months so that I don't have to go through the process frequently. Not that it's hard, but it does take time, and I know that none of us like spending hours on end in the kitchen. Because who has time for that? Now, I will be sending my guide to dehydrating nuts out early to my email subscribers so if you want to get a copy early make sure you sign up below. You will also be sent all sorts of other goodies when you sign up (things like subscriber exclusive recipes, deals and giveaways). 

I would love to hear what you think of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds! 

Until next time, happy eating friends!

 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack

Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups raw cashews (preferably soaked and dehydrated first for easier digestion)

1 1/2 cups raw almonds (preferably soaked and dehydrated first for easier digestion)

3 TBSP avocado oil (this is the kind I use)

3 TBSP honey or maple syrup (Note: use honey for SCD and GAPS and maple syrup for vegan)

2 TBSP organic curry powder (this brand is SCD and paleo safe)

1/2 tsp sea salt (I use and love this brand)

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 325F

2. Place the cashews and almonds in a large glass or ceramic bowl

3. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well with a spoon

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

5. Spread the nuts evenly on the parchment paper 

6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for ~20 minutes

8. Serve and enjoy!

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 Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds are going to become your new favourite go to snack. Not only are these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds super easy to make but they are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury crunchy goodness. You might even want to make a double batch of these Sweet Curry Cashews and Almonds, they are just that good! #paleo #vegan #snack
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Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. 

  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree

Are you looking for the perfect Easter treat? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are just what you need. They are filled with both carrots and apples so not only will you get to enjoy a delicious treat when you make these but you will also be nourishing your body at the same time. Because remember my number one rule: real food really is medicine. And real, healthy food can still be delicious. Really, really delicious!

  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree
  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree

So great news friends! I am now 2 weeks post my fecal transplant and fingers crossed but so far I am still relapse free! Since getting C.diff almost 3 months ago this is the longest I have gone without treatment without having a relapse. My bowel function is still far from normal but I am doing everything that I can to help support the healing process. Things like probiotics, L-glutamine, DGL, aloe vera, zinc, collagen peptides and a pretty simple diet free from gut irritants, heavy sugars and fats. I've been told it can take months to heal so I am trying to be patient and just take things one day at a time. I also just got to Florida a few days ago and will be spending 2 weeks in the sunshine to hopefully help speed up my recovery process. If you ask me there is almost nothing that the sunshine and ocean can't fix. My soul is just so much happier by the sea. 

Since arriving I have been busy going for runs, bike rides, reading books, watching basketball (anyone else out there March Madness fans??), and relaxing. Yes relaxing. Because one thing that always impairs the healing process is stress, so I am trying my best to limit that as much as possible right now. I will still be checking my patients' lab results and doing some work on the blog but otherwise I am trying to keep my work to a minimum for the next two weeks. I wish I could totally step away from work for these two weeks, but sadly as a physician that just isn't possible. There really is no such thing as a true vacation with this job. It's one of the things that is really challenging about a career in medicine. I envy those people with jobs that they can truly step away from when they go on holiday. If that's you please don't take it for granted! You have no idea how lucky you are! 

  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree
  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree
  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree

Can you believe it's almost Easter? I sure cant! I don't know where the time is going but it is sure flying by. Easter food is some of my favourite though so I wanted to get you a new recipe to make just for the occasion. And these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are the delicious treat that I came up with. The donuts themselves aren't super sweet (which I prefer) but the glaze on top has just the right amount of sweetness to take these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts over the top. I actually used my Paleo Honey Glaze as the icing for these donuts and it is the perfect pairing if you ask me.  One key thing about making donuts is using the right mold. I had made so many failed batches trying to use a metal donut pan but I finally had success after investing in silicone donut molds. Friends, they are a total game changer! Honestly one of the best kitchen tools I have ever bought. And they are actually really affordable. You can see the ones that I use and love here. 

If you haven't realized it yet, I am a huge Carrot Cake fan. It's one of my favourite desserts. So if donuts aren't your thing, you could make my Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Bread as an alternative. Or if you are more of a chocolate fan my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge or Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies or Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups might be more your style. You can't go wrong with any of those recipes if you ask me. They are all reader favourites.  

And in honour of Easter and the upcoming holiday I wanted to do a little something special for you guys. So from now until the end of March (2018) I am giving away FREE Beautycounter Face Sunscreen Sticks. Yes FREE! So here's the deal: Spend $100 or more on products with Beautycounter through me (you can shop through my link here), email me at erin.carter.md@gmail.com with your order number and I will give you the sunscreen stick for FREE. Easy peasy! Using safe sunscreen is something that is extremely important when it comes to your health. So important that I have written an entire post about it before, so if you are interested in learning more you should read my post, The Safest Sunscreens That Actually Work. I also give everyone $15 off their first Beautycounter order with me, so if you combine those deals you can save yourself a lot of money! If you have any questions or need any help with products please email me. I am happy to chat!

Until next time, happy eating friends! And Happy Easter!

  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree

Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts Recipe 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond flour (this is my favourite brand) 

1 cup tapioca flour (I use this brand)

1 TBSP ground cinnamon (This brand is my favourite

1 tsp aluminum free baking soda (I love this brand

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (I use this brand

1/4 tsp ground allspice (buy here

1/4 tsp ground cloves (I use this brand)

pinch sea salt

2 large eggs (choose free range) 

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup grated apple (I used Gala apples but Pink Lady or other sweet, red apples will also work) 

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (this brand is my favourite

1/4 cup honey (choose local and unpasteurized for maximum nutritional benefits) 

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F

2. Add all of the ingredients to your standing mixer (I use and love this Kitchenaid Stand Mixer)

3. Mix on low until blended well

4. Spoon the batter into your silicone donut molds and spread until even (you want each donut mold to be about 3/4 full) - these are the silicone donut molds that I use

5. Place in the oven and cook for 20-22 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean) 

6. Remove from the oven and let cool 

7. Add the icing (Use my Paleo Honey Glaze recipe

8. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 14 donuts 

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  Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts. Need I say more? These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts are going to become your new favourite dessert recipe. You can also indulge on these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts as a snack or as as sweet breakfast option. Your whole family is going to love these Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts.  #paleo #donuts #carrotcake #glutenfree
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Honey Glaze (Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes. 

  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS

Friends! I've neglected you for a couple weeks. I am sorry! I am making it up to you with this Paleo Honey Glaze though. This Paleo Honey Glaze is great to keep in your fridge to have on hand just in case. It is the perfect topping for almost any dessert recipe and is delicious eaten straight from the spoon when you just need a little something sweet. 

  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS
  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS

The reason I couldn't post last week was that my C.diff flared yet again. I know, this has been a never-ending saga of sickness. Two and a half months to be exact. I first got sick just after Christmas and it has been a relentless battle since then. But, good news! I got a fecal transplant last week which is basically the best cure for the bug. So fingers crossed I am finally done with this infection. I will be pretty upset if I spent $1200 to swallow someone else's poop for nothing (how is that for a nice visual?). 

So far I have been feeling better than I have been for months which has been amazing. I don't want to jinx anything but I am hopeful that the worst is behind me! I will be monitored for at least a year now to make sure I don't have another recurrence. If you're interested in hearing more about my C.diff journey I have been doing regular updates on my Instagram page so you can head there for more information. I am also planning on doing a full post about my C.diff adventure once I am sure that I am over it. Plus another post on the supplements I am using to help my gut heal. Over two months of horrible diarrhea does a lot of damage to the intestinal tract let me tell you, so focusing on gut health over the next few months is going to be crucial to me. 

  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS
  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS

In food news I am totally addicted to this Paleo Honey Glaze. I have been eating this stuff by the spoonful ever since I made the recipes a few weeks ago. It is so easy to make, coming together in just minutes and can be used for so many things. This glaze would make a great topping to my Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Bread, Paleo Banana Pecan Muffins or Paleo Plantain Pancakes. I also use this glaze for the Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts that I will be sharing with you next week. They are the perfect dessert, and just in time for Easter. If you want the recipe for my Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts a little early, make sure you are signed up to my newsletter list. I will be sending my subscribers the recipe later this week. You can sign up using the form below:

Until next time friends, happy eating!

  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS

Paleo Honey Glaze Recipe (Vegan, SCD, GAPS) 

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashew butter (I use this brand

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (This brand is my favourite

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup for vegan and honey for SCD) - always use raw and local honey or grade c or number 3 maple syrup 

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand

pinch sea salt

 

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your Vitamix blender (this is the one I use and love) or food processor (this is the one I have

2. Blend until smooth

3. Serve and enjoy! 

NOTE: This makes a great topping for cakes, donuts, cupcakes and other desserts. It is also delicious eaten straight off the spoon. 

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  This Paleo Honey Glaze is going to be come a new favourite in your kitchen. Keep this Paleo Honey Glaze on hand to top dessert recipes or to simply eat by the spoonful. Made without any refined sugars this Paleo Honey Glaze is a healthier alternative to many other icing and glaze recipes.  #paleo #vegan #SCD #GAPS
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS)

Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. 

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo

Chocolate Avocado Mousse. I can't believe I didn't think of this recipe earlier. It's just so darn easy to make! And so, so tasty. This recipe comes together in just minutes and can be used for so many things. It can be used as a dip for fruit, a topping on desserts like cakes or cupcakes, and it is also amazing simply eaten by the spoonful. I served this Chocolate Avocado Mousse at a Beautycounter event a few months ago and it was a big hit. 

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo
 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo
 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo

For those of you following my C.diff saga I'm sad to report that things have taken a turn for the worse again. It was 8 days after I stopped my last course of vancomycin that things flared up. Luckily I got to my doctor the same day and got back on the vancomycin right away so hopefully this current flare settles faster than the last few (this is now my fourth flare). This has been going on for over 2 months now so I am really pretty darn tired of this whole thing. But luckily I am now scheduled to get a fecal transplant on March 13 which has about a 90-95% success rate so fingers crossed it will finally kill this beast! It's not a cheap solution though. I have to pay $1200 to get to swallow someone else's stool. Sounds nice doesn't it? But if it works it will be the best $1200 I ever spent. I've already spent about $1200 on the vancomycin antibiotics so this is getting to be one expensive infection. 

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo
 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo

But I know you really don't come here to hear about me swallowing some one else's poop. So let's talk about more exciting things like this Chocolate Avocado Mousse. I served this at a Beautycounter event a couple months ago and it was a huge, huge hit. No one could guess there were avocados in there so for those of you who are worried about this tasting like avocados, have no fear. This Chocolate Avocado Mousse just tastes like creamy, chocolate deliciousness. It makes the perfect dip for fruit, icing for cakes and is so good just eaten by the spoonful. 

Another bonus of this Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe is that it is loaded with healthy ingredients. Avocados are such a healthy superfood, loaded with vitamins like vitamin C, K, E and B6 as well as minerals like potassium and magnesium. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, carotenoids, fibre and protein. As well coconut milk and raw honey provide even more nutritional benefits. Honey is my favourite natural sweetener because of everything it has to offer. Benefits like vitamins and minerals as well as anti-bactieral properties. Just make sure that you are always buying raw, local honey. Never buy those little bears filled with "honey" from your grocery store. Most of them actually contain corn syrup that has been disguised as honey (don't even get me started on this rant). 

Now, if you are a chocolate lover like I am, you can find many other chocolate recipes on the blog as well. Recipes like Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge, Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies, Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream, and Paleo Nut Butter and Chocolate Crunch Bars

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Until next time, happy eating friends!

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

 

Ingredients

Flesh from 2 large avocados (or 3 small ones)

1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (this brand is my favourite)

1/4 cup organic cacao powder (buy here

3 TBSP honey or maple syrup

1 tsp organic vanilla extract (I use this brand)

Optional topping ideas: cacao nibs, raw cashew pieces, coconut flakes

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor (I use this one) or Vitamix (this is the one I use and love)

2. Blend until smooth

3. Serve and enjoy!

Note: This can be stored in the fridge for at least a week 

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 Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Doesn't that sound amazing? And I promise you that this Chocolate Avocado Mousse doesn't taste like avocados. It is just pure creamy, chocolate deliciousness. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Mousse as a quick and healthy dessert at your next party and I promise your guests will leave happy. #chocolate #vegan #paleo
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Cornbread Muffins (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack. 

  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread

Paleo Cornbread Muffins are what we are eating this week friends. Now, the name is a little bit of a misnomer because there is definitely no corn in these muffins. There are no grains at all to be exact. Since grains are so hard on the gut, and since most chronic health conditions, especially autoimmune conditions, stem from dysfunction in the gut, avoiding those ingredients that irritate the gut is crucial to help your body heal. But I personally used to love cornbread muffins so I was determined to come up with a recipe that was similar to my old favourite. I am pretty darn happy with how these Paleo Cornbread Muffins turned out. They make the perfect pairing to the Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries that I posted last week. Chili and cornbread, it doesn't get much better than that if you ask me. 

  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread
  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread

Now if you are on my Pure and Simple Nourishment Newsletter List you would have already received this recipe last week. I often send out recipes to my subscribers before they are published on the blog so if that interests you please leave your email address below. 

For those of you following my C.diff adventure, I stopped my third round of antibiotics on Friday. So I am now in the watch and wait period. Every other time I have stopped the antibiotics the C.diff flared within 24-72 hours, so please send me a little prayer that this final round of antibiotics actually did the trick. My bowels aren't back to normal yet but they are definitely doing better than they were a week ago. I am also taking a ton of supplements to help me heal. Supplements like probiotics (I am using this brand), L-glutamine, zinc, DGL and saccharomyces (this is a type of yeast that is helpful for antibiotic induced diarrhea - you can get it here). Oh yes and collagen peptides! How could I forget my favourite supplement? Sheesh (Get my favourite collagen peptides here). 

I am planning on doing a full post about my C.diff story as well as the things I am using to help heal my gut, but many of you have been asking for an update so I wanted to answer all the questions I've been getting before that full post goes live (I also need to make sure I have killed this beast once and for all before I write it).  

  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread
  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread

When I changed to the paleo diet I thought my days of delicious cornbread were over. But I have been experimenting more and more with paleo baking lately, and I became determined to make a recipe that resembled one of my old favourites. Because while I do think avoiding grains is necessary to help heal from many chronic health conditions (you can read Why Grains Are Not Healthy here) I also firmly believe that you should still be able to eat your favourite foods while doing so. Foods like chili and cornbread. When it comes to comfort food, there is almost nothing better if you ask me. Especially when winter just never seems to end!

Besides being a great addition to chili, these Paleo Cornbread Muffins also go really well with stews and soups and even make a great breakfast or snack. Plus they are pretty darn easy to make which I know many of you appreciate. What else would you pair these muffins with? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Until next time, happy eating friends!

  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread

Paleo Cornbread Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond flour (I use this brand)

1/2 cup coconut flour (This is the brand I use)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (This is the kind I use)

1 tsp aluminum free baking soda (buy here

pinch sea salt

3 large eggs (make sure you are buying pasture raised)

1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk (I love this brand)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (This brand is my favourite

2 TBSP honey (preferably raw and local)

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F

2. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together

3. Add the wet ingredients and stir well to combine

4. Line a muffin tray with silicone muffin cups

5. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, until level

6. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 26-28 minutes (until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean)

7. Remove from oven and let cool until room temperature (I actually prefer to let these sit out overnight outside of the muffin cups before eating them so that they are more crumbly) 

8. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 12 muffins 

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  Paleo Cornbread Muffins. Yes you did read that right. While these Paleo Cornbread Muffins don't actually contain any corn, they are still so darn tasty. These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the perfect pairing to your favourite chili or stew. They also make the perfect breakfast or snack.  #paleo #muffin #cornbread
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili

I am so excited to share this week's recipe with you guys. Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries. Yes blueberries! Am I a genius or what? Okay, maybe don't answer that question, but I was trying to think of something that would resemble black beans, without actually having the gut aggravating effects that beans do. And blueberries were the perfect solution! It gives this chili a little something special. I really do think you are going to love it. You are going to love it even more when you realize how simple this chili is to make because it's done in the slow cooker. Basically throw all the ingredients in there and let your slow cooker work it's magic. Easy peasy. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili
  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili

Friends! Sorry for all the silence around here lately. Sadly this C.diff I have has turned out to be such a stubborn beast to get rid of. Every time I go off antibiotics things just come back with a vengeance so I am now on my third round of vancomycin at four times the usual dose. I have spent a fortune on antibiotics this month - so far around $800. Thank goodness I have some drug coverage. Without it these antibiotics would have cost me over $2500! How crazy is that? 

If this doesn't work I will be going into a clinical trial for either a stool transplant or an experimental antibiotic. I will do anything to be better at this point but if I had to choose I think I would pick the stool transplant. It's almost been 2 months that I have been sick now. 2 months! It's crazy. And right now it's the simple things that I am missing the most. Things like being able to eat real food, do a workout, leave the house without fear, sleep through the night and go to work. I am doing my best to take things one day at a time and accept that this experience will just make me stronger. Even as recently as a couple years ago I would have been stressing about the fact that I have hardly worked out in 2 months and have not been able to eat well. But lately I have gotten a lot better at rolling with the punches and realizing that a few months off will not break me. It will take me time to build my fitness back to where it was, but that's ok. Right now what my body needs is rest. Lots of rest. And bone broth. And Netflix. Thank god for Netflix. I have watched so much television the last two months it is crazy. I feel like I am starting to run out of things to watch though, so if you have suggestions for me please let me know. But if you are looking for some suggestions I highly suggest: This is Us, Mind Hunter, Imposters, Grace and Frankie, Gilmore Girls (always a classic), Shameless and I just started watching How To Get Away With Murder. I will keep you posted on whether I like it or not. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili
  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili

Do you like chili? I love chili! Growing up I used to request my mom's chili all the time. However, since going paleo and removing all beans from my diet, having traditional chili has been a little more challenging. I do have a couple other paleo and Whole30 compliant chili recipes on the blog including my Three Meat Raspberry Chili and Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, both of which are also pretty darn delicious. But neither have anything in them that resemble those beans that define a classic chili. So I was determined to think of an ingredient that would make this chili look like a more traditional chili recipe. And blueberries were my solution! They also add a unique flavour to this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries that I think you are going to love. I also created a Paleo Cornbread Muffin recipe that pairs really well with this chili. Chili and cornbread, it doesn't get much better than that does it? You will have to wait until next week to get the Paleo Cornbread Muffin Recipe however. I will be sending it out earlier to my newsletter subscribers though, so if you don't want to wait an entire week, simply leave your email address below and I will get you my Paleo Cornbread Recipe sometime in the next few days. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili

This Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is loaded with so many healthy ingredients. Ingredients like grass fed ground beef, bone broth, four different kinds of vegetables plus blueberries. Grass fed beef is actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Loaded with vitamins and minerals and with an omega 3 to 6 ratio of 1:1 to 1:4 it is a really anti-inflammatory food. Just don't confuse grass fed ground beef with the regular ground beef that you find in the grocery story. They are completely different foods. The ground beef that you find in the grocery story that comes from factory farmed cows is actually really bad for you. I wrote an entire post on this topic called The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet. If you haven't, I highly suggest you read it.

Bone broth is also one of the best things you can include in your diet if you are looking to improve your health. It is great for gut health, skin health, nail health and hair health. It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals. Again though, make sure you aren't making your bone broth with bones from factory farmed animals. You need to be using grass fed beef bones or pasture raised chicken bones. This is crucial! And if you aren't quite ready to make your own bone broth yet I highly recommend getting it from Kettle and Fire.  All you have to do is order online and they will deliver high quality bone broth right to your door! How convenient is that? 

Have a great week everyone! Until next time, happy eating! 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili

Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries Recipe

 

Ingredients

2 TBSP cooking fat of choice (coconut oil, ghee, bacon fat are all great options)

2 lbs grass fed ground beef (have this delivered right to your door by ordering here

2 cups bone broth (make your own or buy here

2 cups fresh blueberries 

5 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

5 celery stalks, chopped

5 carrots, chopped

3 sweet bell peppers, chopped (I used one yellow, one orange and one red)

1 TBSP organic cacao powder (omit for SCD) - buy here 

1 TBSP dried oregano

1 TBSP dried parsley

1 tsp ground cumin (I use this brand)

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp chili powder - Note: use pure chili powder, not a mixed spice chili powder - buy here 

1/2 tsp paprika 

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

NOTE: If you find this a little spicy simply add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk (as needed based on your tolerance) 

 

Directions

1. Place a medium sized pan on the stove on medium heat

2. Add the cooking fat and allow to melt

3. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook until browned, breaking the meat apart as it cooks

4. While the beef is cooking chop the vegetables and add all the other ingredients into your slow cooker (this is the one I have and love)

5. Transfer the beef to the slow cooker (buy here) and mix all the ingredients well

6. Cook on low heat for 8 hours 

7. Serve and enjoy! 

Optional topping ideas: Chopped avocado and cilantro 

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  Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is going to become your new favourite dinner. Not only is this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries packed with flavour, it's also loaded with vegetables so it is so, so healthy. Because it's made in the slow cooker this Whole30 Slow Cooker Chili with Blueberries is also really easy to make. Your whole family is going to love it.  #whole30 #paleo #chili
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups (Vegan, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. 

  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate

Are you Valentine's Day fans? I will be honest and admit that I am not really, but, what I am a fan of is chocolate. Lot's of chocolate. So any excuse to come up with more chocolate recipes is good with me. And it should be good with you too, because it means you get to enjoy these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups for dessert this week. And perhaps even for Valentines Day... 

  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate

So good news my friends! I am officially off of antibiotics for my C.diff infection! It has now been 3 days and knock on wood, but things seem to be going well (thank goodness). If you remember, I totally failed my first course of antibiotics and my symptoms just came back with a vengeance as soon as I stopped them the first time around, so the second time I had to go on a different, more powerful regimen. But thank the lord it seems to have worked. Now I am busy focusing on healing all the damage that was done to my gut. All the experts I have talked to says it usually takes 1-2 months for the bowels to recover and for gut function to return to normal. So I am busy loading up on probiotics, L-glutamine, zinc, DGL, marshmallow root, NAC, bone broth and collagen peptides. I am on a mission my friends. A an intense gut healing mission. I am thinking about writing a post about my C.diff experience because it was so brutal. So, so brutal. Basically a month of hell. I cannot remember ever being that sick for that long. I could hardly eat that entire month, couldn't work out, and basically lived on the couch or in bed. Netflix and bone broth were my two best friends (although who am I kidding, they are still my best friends). But would you guys be interested in a post about my C.diff experience? And all of the gut healing supplements and foods I am using? Let me know! I am happy to start working on that one. 

  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate

We should probably talk about these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups shouldn't we? Because they are amazing! And super simple to make. I served these at a recent Beautycounter event that I hosted and they were a huge, huge hit. In fact I had to make another batch so that I could get them photographed for you guys. It was a real sacrifice let me tell you, a whole other batch that I was forced to eat myself. The things I do for you... 

These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only paleo but they are also vegan and GAPS safe. They are dairy free and refined sugar free as well so you can feel good about eating them even if you are trying to eat healthy. It's like I always say, real food really is delicious! And even if the idea of chocolate and raspberry doesn't appeal to you, I have many other chocolate recipes on the blog that you could choose instead. Recipes like my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge, Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies, Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream and Paleo Nut Butter and Chocolate Crunch Bars. So many delicious chocolatey options! 

  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate

I wanted to take a second and highlight a couple of the ingredients in these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups and what makes them so healthy. So here's a little breakdown of a few of my favourite ingredients in these treats:

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats on the planet. Unfortunately, organizations like the American Heart Association have recently condemned coconut oil because it is a saturated fat, but to simply say that coconut oil is unhealthy because it is a saturated fat is just not true. Not at all. Coconut oil is a unique plant fat because it is 60% saturated fat, but different from animal saturated fats in that it is also a medium chain triglyceride. Saturated fats are the easiest fats for us to use for energy and medium chain fats only need one step to produce energy within the body. The reason they are such a great energy source is because they don’t require bile salts to be absorbed in the small intestine so they enter the bloodstream very quickly, and can even be easily digested by people without a gallbladder. Coconut oil also has many other amazing properties like being anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, and is important for cellular health, immune health, gut health and so much more. So please don't be scared of coconut oil! This is my personal favourite brand of coconut oil. You can also read all about my favourite uses for coconut oil here. 
  • Raw Honey: Raw honey has so many health benefits! It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, is a great source of antioxidants and also contains many vitamins and minerals. it can also be great for helping to treat seasonal allergies (it is important to be getting local honey for this purpose) and can help heal a sore throat. Raw, local, honey is actually my favourite natural sweetener. It's additional health benefits just can't be beat. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! And if you like what you see, make sure you sign up to my newsletter list below. You will be sent subscriber exclusive recipes, health information and deals. 

  Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups. That's whats on the dessert menu this week. These Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are not only delicious, but they are also so simple to make. Plus, these Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups are refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan friendly. I promise your whole family will love them. #paleo #vegan #chocolate

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cups Recipe

Chocolate Ingredients

1 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (this is my favourite brand)

1/4 cup raw honey, melted (if you want them extra sweet feel free to add 1-2 more TBSP) - sub maple syrup for vegan

1/3 cup organic cacao powder (buy here

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

pinch sea salt

 

Raspberry Layer Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries

2 TBSP coconut manna, melted (you can find it here

 

Directions

1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the chocolate layer ingredients, until smooth

2. Line a muffin tray with silicone muffin cups (buy here

3. Spoon approximately 2 TBSP of the chocolate sauce into each muffin cup

4. Place the tray in the freezer for 20-25 minutes

5. While the chocolate is freezing, using another bowl, stir together the raspberry layer ingredients until smooth

6. Add a small amount of the raspberry layer onto each chocolate cup

7. Cover the raspberry layer with the remaining chocolate sauce

8. Place the tray back in the freezer for an additional 45-60 minutes

9. Serve and enjoy! 

Yield: 12 chocolate raspberry cups 

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Paleo Cheese Sauce (Vegan, Dairy Free)

Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes.  

  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese

One of the hardest things about the paleo diet is giving up dairy. I get it. Dairy tastes delicious. Unfortunately, most dairy is just not very good for you. But that doesn't mean you aren't going to miss it when you remove it from your diet. So I decided to create my very own Paleo Cheese Sauce. Now, don't let the name fool you, this sauce is totally dairy free. It's also loaded with veggies so it's pretty darn healthy (bonus right?). 

  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese
  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese

For those of you on my email list and who follow me on Instagram (you can start following my by going here) you know that I have been super sick this past month with an infection called C.diff. Honestly it has been the month from hell. I spent all of Monday last week in the emergency room because things had gotten so bad. But I am happy to tell you that I am finally on the mend! I failed the initial antibiotic regimen that I was prescribed and so I got to see the infectious disease doctor in Calgary who specializes in C.diff and he put me on a different protocol which (fingers crossed) seems to be working! Thank god! I still have about five days of antibiotics left but I keep seeing improvements every day. The biggest blessing has been getting my energy back. I have just been so drained this whole month. As you know I am usually a pretty high energy, high achieving person, so this month has been very humbling for me that's for sure. I had to take an entire month off of working out and exercising, and really haven't gotten anything blog related accomplished. Normally this would totally stress me out, but I am really trying to focus on just letting go and giving my body what it needs to heal. This has entailed a lot of bone broth (you can buy your own bone broth here), a lot of rest, homemade electrolyte drinks, probiotics, and a lot of Netflix. Like a lot! When all you have the energy to do is rest on the couch it's easy to blow through a lot of TV shows. I watched both seasons of The Crown (amazing by the way), the new season of Grace and Frankie, the new season of Shameless and a few movies. I feel like I have gotten my Netflix quota in for the year in just this past month.

  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese

One of the most common questions I get asked when I recommend the paleo diet to my patients and readers is "why is dairy not allowed?". The answer is simple, dairy is actually not very good for you. Now, before I get into why dairy isn't healthy, I need to preface this by saying that it wasn't always this way. Traditional cultures have used full fat, raw dairy products for a long time, and experienced great health because of it. Unfortunately, like most things in our modern day food system, the food industry has completely butchered (no pun intended) dairy products.

Cows are no longer raised in a manner that allows them to thrive, and are instead kept in factory farms, often in unsanitary conditions and fed a diet that is completely unnatural to them. Most dairy cows are kept in confinement, in individual stalls, on hard cement floors, hooked up to milking machines, forced to produce milk ten months out of the year, in an overcrowded building. This is how the average commercial dairy cow spends her short, miserable life – 42 months on average, compared to 12-15 years for a cow on pasture. As well, cows naturally eat grass. However, there is not enough grass to feed cows in a factory farm. Instead, they are fed a diet that is completely foreign to them which is composed mainly of grains (corn and soy) as well as many other bizzare, and sometimes downright disgusting additives. Corn and soy are the most genetically modified crops on the planet, and also contain more than 80% of the herbicides used in the United States. Even more disgusting, some 40 billion pounds a year of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs are rendered annually into livestock feed. It has been shown that 75% of the cattle in the US are fed feed containing slaughterhouse by-products. These unhealthy living conditions and feed can lead to some very sick animals. Animals that are then given high doses of antibiotics to counteract these illnesses. These drugs then end up in the dairy products produced by these animals. So even if you are trying to avoid antibiotics in your day-to-day life, if you are consuming conventional dairy products you are still ingesting a large amount of them. In fact, 50% of the antibiotcs produced today are given to animals in their feed. And ingesting these antibiotics can lead to a whole host of health problems including changes in your gut bacteria or microbiome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome.

The other major problem with conventional dairy is the use of hormones to increase their milk supply. In some countries, dairy cows are given a synthetic growth hormone that leads them to produce up to 50 pounds of milk per day, which is extremely dangerous for these animals, and part of the reason why their life span in factory farms is so short. As well, the cows given these growth hormones get a lot of udder infections, which is not only harmful for the cows, but is also harmful for humans since the milk from these cows will contain even more antibiotics (used to treat these infections) as well as bacteria and pus. Sounds delicious doesn't it? Right now I am working on an Ebook called The Complete Paleo Food Guide that will discuss the problems with dairy in even greater detail. If you are interested in getting a copy, make sure you are signed up to my newsletter list. You can do this by leaving your email address below. 

Now let's chat about this Paleo Cheese Sauce. I am officially addicted to this stuff! I have been using it to dip my favourite Siete Nacho Chips into and have even made paleo nachos with it (would this recipe interest you?). This sauce is also great for drizzling over raw vegetables and other meat dishes for a little extra flavour. And of course, this sauce is completely dairy free. It is actually loaded with vegetables so it is a really healthy alternative to traditional cheese sauce. It is also vegan and vegetarian safe. 

This isn't the first cheese flavoured dish I've made for the blog either. My Sweet Potato Nacho Dip is another reader favourite. It's like I always say, eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! 

  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese

Paleo Cheese Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

1 small head cauliflower

4 medium carrots

2 cups full fat coconut milk (I love this brand)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast (buy here

1/4 cup organic avocado oil (this brand is the most budget friendly that I have found)

1/4 cup water

1 tsp organic and raw apple cider vinegar (I use this kind)

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2-1 tsp tsp sea salt (to taste)

1/4 tsp garlic powder (I use this brand)

NOTE: I like this sauce to be pretty thick. If you want it to be a bit thinner feel free to add a bit more water or avocado oil

 

Directions

1. Wash and cut your cauliflower and carrots into florets and pieces

2. Steam the cauliflower and carrots for 15-20 minutes (until tender)

3. Transfer the vegetables to a medium sized pot

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot

6. Using your immersion blender, blend the ingredients until smooth

7. Turn the burner onto low and heat for a few minutes (until desired temperature) 

8. Serve and enjoy! 

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  Do you miss dairy on the paleo diet? Good news! I made this Paleo Cheese Sauce just for you. This Paleo Cheese Sauce is totally dairy free and is loaded with vegetables so it is a healthy alternative to traditional dairy products. This Paleo Cheese Sauce makes the perfect dip for nachos, and raw vegetables and makes a great topping for burgers and other meat dishes. #paleo #vegan #cheese
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup (Dairy Free)

This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise. 

  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree

On the menu this week is another Whole30 recipe for you guys. Because so many of you are doing a January Whole30 I am really trying to give you what you need to help get you through this round. And congrats because you are officially half way done! This week's recipe is Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup. This might just be the best soup I've ever made. At least in my opinion. And that's saying a lot because I've got some other really great soup recipes on here like Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Red Pepper and Squash Soup (also Whole30 compliant) and Simply Sweet Tomato Soup (also Whole30 compliant). 

  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree

If you follow me on Instagram you would have already heard about this, but I found out why I've been so sick recently. Turns out I have an infection called C.diff. It's a really brutal gut infection. So I am now on day 6 of antibiotics, and honestly not seeing a great improvement so far. It's also made my acne flare like crazy (it's so annoying!) as well as my KP which hasn't happened in years. I am also loading up on the probiotics and saccromyces to try and kill this thing as soon as possible. I am on a 14 day course of vancomycin so hopefully things start to turn around soon. I am pretty darn tired of being sick. I've also been on call all week so I have still had to go to work and try to function. The joys of being a doctor sometimes: no sick time and no one to cover for you if you are sick. Doctoring isn't everything it's made out to be that's for sure. Most of us, at one time or another, have sacrificed our own health for the health of our patients. It's sad but true. I was supposed to have a Beautycounter event over the weekend but had to cancel it unfortunately. This darn bug is starting to ruin my life. I've also not really been able to workout for about 2 weeks now and that's also starting to drive me crazy. My body is craving movement, yet it's too tired and weak to actually be able to do it. Again, hopefully I start to feel better soon so that I can get back to all the things that I love to do. 

  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree
  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree

While I've been sick I've been doing a lot of reading and Netflix watching. I am almost finished the book, A Man Called Ove. Have you read it yet? If not you need to! It's so good! Like really, really good! Probably one of the best books I've read in a long time kind of good. I have also been watching The Crown on Netflix and totally loving that. So hey, if I am going to be sick I need to find something to do right? What books and shows are you loving right now? Hopefully I'll be better soon and not needing your suggestions but it doesn't hurt to ask, just in case. 

But let's chat about this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup shall we? It is made with some nutrient dense ingredients like nitrate free bacon, apples, bone broth and coconut milk. And speaking of nitrate free bacon, I should let you know that right now you can get FREE BACON FOR ALL OF 2018 if you register with Butcher Box before January 31. If you haven't yet heard of Butcher Box, they are a service (only available in the US) that will deliver you a package of ethically raised meat (think grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, pasture raised chicken and organic sausages) to your door, each and every month. The service is really affordable and their meat quality is amazing. And if you sign up with them, through my link, before January 31, 2018 they will give you FREE nitrate and sugar free bacon in each of your boxes for the entire year. How amazing is that? I only wish this service was available to my Canadian readers too (sorry guys, I feel your pain!). If you are interested in signing up for Butcher Box, and getting free bacon for a year, simply go here, or click on the box below. 

And I have had a few people from Calgary ask me where I get my sugar and nitrate free bacon and I get mine from Old Country Sausage Shop. I am not affiliated with them in any way but I get all of my bacon and all of my paleo and Whole30 safe sausages from them. I cannot recommend their products enough. 

Now, I should just mention that when the paleo diet was first created, potatoes were not allowed on it. However, there are many paleo experts, including myself, who now allow people to eat non-GMO potatoes on the paleo diet. As long as you tolerate them that is. I personally tolerate white potatoes better than sweet potatoes so in the last year I have started incorporating them into my diet more often. However, my one rule of thumb when it comes to food is to always listen to your body first. If potatoes do not agree with you, do not eat them. I just don't want anyone getting upset that as a paleo blogger I am posting this potato recipe so I felt it important to explain why. So please, no getting angry with me. Do what's best for you and your needs.   

Please let me know what you think of this soup. I always love getting your feedback! Until next time, happy eating friends!

  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree

Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

1 package nitrate and sugar free bacon (get FREE bacon for a year here

3 lbs organic yellow or white potatoes

2 red apples of choice, chopped (I used Gala)

1 white onion, chopped

3 cups bone broth (make your own or buy here

2 cups full fat coconut milk (this is the brand I use and love)

1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

1/4 - 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (to taste) 

Optional: chopped chives (for garnish) 

 

Directions

1. Using a medium sized frying pan, cook your bacon until crisp

2. While the bacon is cooking, fill a large pot with water and place on medium heat on the stove

3. Clean the potatoes and chop into quarters (leave the skin on - this is where most of the nutrients are located)

4. Once the water in the pot is boiling, add the chopped potatoes

5. Turn the burner down so that the potatoes cook at a low boil for 25-30 minutes, until soft

6. While the potatoes are boiling, remove the bacon from the frying pan and use the grease to saute the chopped onion and apple together, until the onion is caramelized and the apples are tender (~10-15 minutes)  

7. Once the potatoes are done, drain the water from the pot

8. Transfer the onions, apples and bacon fat to the pot with the potatoes 

9. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot

9. Using your immersion blender (this is the one I use and love), blend the ingredients until smooth

10. Optional: Top with chopped bacon and chives

11. Serve and enjoy!  

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  This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Perfect for cold winter days and nights this Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with your whole family. This Whole30 Cream of Potato Soup tastes so good you won't even be able to tell it's dairy free. Promise.  #whole30 #soup #dairyfree
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo

Happy 2018! Are you kicking off your year with a Whole30 to get you re-set? If you are, I am with you, and in which case this week's recipe is for you: Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. I am normally not much of a short rib fan, because I find them to pretty pretty tough and chewy. But not when they are cooked like this. These Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are fall off the bone tender. Which is exactly the way ribs should be if you ask me. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo
  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo

How has your new year been so far? Mine started off brutally. I got the flu from hell this year. I was bed bound for an entire week. I actually thought I had contracted C.diff and went and got some stool testing done because it was so bad. I have honestly not been that sick in years. It was brutal! I basically spent my whole week off in bed. I had all of these grand plans of things I wanted to do while I was on vacation (just a stay-cation) and none of it got done. It was pretty darn frustrating. But hey, stuff happens right? One thing I am trying to get better at this year is rolling with the punches and letting things go more easily. So this is just one of those times when I gotta just let it go. The to-do list will have to wait. It also meant that I started my Whole30 6 days behind schedule. So I have to modify my calendar a little bit. Oh well. There are many worse things that could be happening right now right? Right. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo
  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo

But if you're like me, and doing a Whole30 in January you are going to be very happy about this recipe. Even if you aren't doing a Whole30 you are going to like this recipe. Because who doesn't like ribs? Don't even answer that. If you don't like ribs I don't think we can be friends. Especially when they are grass fed ribs like these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. Grass fed beef is just so much tastier than grain fed beef. Once you taste it you will never want to go back I promise. Plus, the health benefits of grass fed beef are just incredible. Grass fed beef is an excellent source of fat soluble vitamins and it has an omega 3 to 6 ratio that is almost 1:1, unlike grain fed beef which has very high omega 6 levels, and is hence a very inflammatory (and unhealthy) food. 

One of the most common questions I get asked by my patients when they are switching to the paleo diet is whether changing their meat sources is really that important and my answer is always an emphatic YES! I believe this so firmly that I wrote an entire post about it called The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet. Another great resource that explains just how important this is is Dr. Sarah Ballantyne's book, Paleo Principles. If you are looking for a great, scientifically-backed resource that explains the paleo diet that book cannot be beat. I just got my copy in the mail last week and I am blown away by that book. It's really more like a text book but I highly recommend it. 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool? I have a few, but my slow cooker is definitely in my top three. I use that thing constantly! If you are new to a real-foods type diet, I highly suggest you invest in one. They are one of the most affordable kitchen tools you can buy, and it makes making delicious meals so, so easy. I use my slow cooker to make meals like my Paleo Slow Cooker Maple Cranberry Beef Roast, Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Ribs, and Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili. This is the slow cooker that I personally use and love. 

Now, these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs would pair very well with some cooked broccoli, cauliflower rice or even spaghetti squash. Really they would go well with almost any vegetable side. I would love to hear what you end up paring them with! 

  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo

Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

 

Ingredients

6 lbs grassfed beef short ribs (get these delivered right to your door here

6 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 TBSP raw, local honey (substitute 1 fresh peach, chopped for Whole30)

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (this is the brand I use)

2 TBSP dried rosemary (this spice brand is my favourite)

1 TBSP Herbes de Prevence Spice (this is the brand I use)

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

10 fresh basil leaves 

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients (except the ribs) into your food processor or Vitamix (this is the Vitamix I use and love) and blend well until smooth

2. Transfer the sauce to your slow cooker (this is the slow cooker I use)

3. Add the ribs and stir to coat with the sauce

4. Turn the slow cooker onto low heat and cook for 8 hours

5. Serve and enjoy! 

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  Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so darn tender. Add these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs to your menu this week and you will make your whole family happy.  #whole30 #slowcooker #paleo
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Healthy Living 101

Are you struggling with your health? Have you changed your diet but still aren't seeing all the results you were hoping for? Have you considered that what you are being exposed to in your day-to-day environment could be making you sick? If not, Healthy Living 101 is for you. This guide will teach you how to remove the toxic products from your home that could be contributing to your chronic health issues. Healthy Living 101 is a step-by-step guide to help you live your best, healthiest life. 

  Are you struggling with your health? Have you changed your diet but still aren't seeing all the results you were hoping for? Have you considered that what you are being exposed to in your day-to-day environment could be making you sick? If not, Healthy Living 101 is for you. This guide will teach you how to remove the toxic products from your home that could be contributing to your chronic health issues. Healthy Living 101 is a step-by-step guide to help you live your best, healthiest life. #health #skincare #wellness

It's January 1st. Have you made a resolution to live healthier this year? Are you planning to change your diet? Exercise more? Sleep longer? Lose weight? Start healing your autoimmune disease? I hope so! I made the decision to switch to the paleo diet seven years ago and it was one of the best things I ever did for my health. However, it wasn't enough to allow me to completely heal. While the paleo diet did get rid of my chronic abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, headaches, sleep disturbances and heat rashes, there were some aspects of my health that didn't totally heal despite eating real, nourishing foods. Issues like my adult acne and keratosis pilaris. It wasn't until I started focusing on other aspects of my health, specifically, the environmental health aspects that I was able to experience even greater health than I ever would have imagined.

Sadly, until a couple years ago, I wasn't even aware that the things I was being exposed to in my day-to-day life and in my own home could be making me ill. I also see my patients struggling with similar issues. They have totally changed their diets but still aren't seeing all of the results they were hoping for. That is why I decided to create this guide, Healthy Living 101. I want to help you improve your health. Your total health. And you can't improve your total health until you start focusing on the environmental aspects that could be making you ill. Now, I am not saying that what you eat isn't important. Absolutely not. Eating real, nourishing foods is extremely important to not only prevent, but also heal from many chronic diseases, but if all you do is change your eating habits you may not experience the optimal health you are looking for. Healthy Living 101 is a guide that will help you learn how to identify environmental exposures that could be making you sick, and how to replace them with healthier, yet effective alternatives. 

  Are you struggling with your health? Have you changed your diet but still aren't seeing all the results you were hoping for? Have you considered that what you are being exposed to in your day-to-day environment could be making you sick? If not, Healthy Living 101 is for you. This guide will teach you how to remove the toxic products from your home that could be contributing to your chronic health issues. Healthy Living 101 is a step-by-step guide to help you live your best, healthiest life. #health #skincare #wellness

I created Healthy Living 101, which is a FREE 25 page e-book, to help you jump start your healing journey. If you want your own copy simply leave your email address below and you will be emailed the guide (along with many other free recipes, healthy living tips and subscriber exclusive deals). There is also a way for you to earn $15 Off your first Beautycounter order with me in the book. Let's make 2018 your healthiest year yet! 

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  Are you struggling with your health? Have you changed your diet but still aren't seeing all the results you were hoping for? Have you considered that what you are being exposed to in your day-to-day environment could be making you sick? If not, Healthy Living 101 is for you. This guide will teach you how to remove the toxic products from your home that could be contributing to your chronic health issues. Healthy Living 101 is a step-by-step guide to help you live your best, healthiest life. #health #skincare #wellness
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Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls (Vegan, GAPS)

Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! 

  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate

Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are on the menu this week friends. Because if you ask me, orange and chocolate are the perfect flavour combination. And I know how stressful and busy this time of year is so I wanted to create a snack that not only tastes amazing but will be perfect to grab and eat in a pinch. And these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect solution. Because even though you will be eating more sweets and foods that you wouldn't normally eat during the holidays, you don't need to let your nutrition slip 100% of the time. 

  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate

How is it only a week until Christmas?? Seriously where did December go? I am sad to admit I am not nearly as prepared as I usually am. I am normally so good at getting the Christmas decorations up nice and early and my Christmas cards in the mail at the beginning of the month. Not this year sadly. I still haven't done any Christmas cards and at this point I just don't think they are going to happen. So if you are used to getting a card from me, don't worry, it's not that I forgot you, it's that I haven't had the time to send any out. For some reason this year has been especially busy. Between work, the blog, Beautycounter and well, life, things have just been especially busy this year. It's funny, up until last year I was always so busy working that I missed most social events, but now that I actually have time to go I realize just how many things go on during the holidays. Things like holiday Christmas craft nights, holiday work parties and coffee dates with friends who come home during this time of year. 

  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, you totally should) you would have know that I was donating my Beautycounter commissions from the first two weeks of December to The Love For Lewiston Foundation. Well, I am so thrilled to report that last week I dropped off a cheque for $500 for them! That is all thanks to you, my loyal Beautycounter customers and readers. I truly appreciate your support and was more than happy to put that money towards an amazing cause. That money was a small piece of allowing them to reach their goal of raising $100,000 in less 8 months, with all of the money going towards SMA research. I was so thrilled when I heard that they had reached their goal last Friday. If you aren't familiar with the story behind The Love For Lewiston Foundation I encourage you to visit their website

  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate
  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate

I am pretty darn excited about this week's recipe friends. Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Bites. These have become my new go-to snack for when I am on the run. Because let's face it: holiday season is a busy one! And you don't have time to be slaving away in the kitchen. At least I don't. But I still want to eat healthy during this time of year (at least most of the time) so that is where these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Bites come in. They not only taste amazing but they are made with nourishing ingredients like dried fruits, raw nuts, shredded coconut and cacao powder. There are no sweeteners in these because they just don't need them. They are naturally sweet from the fruit and nuts. They are also vegan, GAPS, gluten free, grain free and dairy free. 

If you haven't already figured it out, orange and chocolate is one of my all time favourite flavour combinations. Another one of my favourite recipes using this combo is my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge. If you haven't tried it yet you are totally missing out. It was one of the first recipes I ever posted, but is still one of my favourite (and one of the most popular on the blog). I featured that recipe (and 74 amazing others ones) in last week's post: 75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Just in case you needed any more dessert ideas for your upcoming holiday menus. 

  Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make! #paleo #vegan #chocolate

Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

Ingredients

10 ounces organic dates (I use this brand

1 cup organic raisins (buy here

1 cup raw cashews (preferably soaked and dehydrated first for easier digestion and nutrient utilization) - buy here

1 cup raw sunflower seeds (preferably soaked and dehydrated first for easier digestion and nutrient utilization) - buy here

1 cup shredded coconut (I use this brand

1/2 cup organic cacao powder (I love this brand)

6 TBSP melted coconut oil (I use this brand

Zest and juice from 2 navel oranges

 

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one that I use and LOVE)

2. Process until desired consistency (I still like to have some crunch to mine)

3. Using your palms form ~1 inch balls 

4. Place the balls in the fridge for ~1hour

5. Serve and enjoy! 

Yield: ~35 energy balls

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75 Paleo Holiday Treats

75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good! 

  75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good!  #paleo #glutenfree #treats

I can't believe how many amazing paleo holiday treat recipes there are out there. I collected 75 of them here and I am sure I could have included hundreds more. It just goes to show how popular the paleo diet is becoming. And that sure does make my heart happy. In this collection of paleo holiday treats you will find cookies (so many cookies), bars, cakes, pies, truffles, cupcakes, drinks, fudge, brownies, fruit and scones. In other words, there is something here for everyone! Which recipe will you try first? 

75 Paleo Holiday Treats

  75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good!  #paleo #glutenfree #treats

Cookies

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Paleo Cinnamon Slowflake Cookies from Raising Generation Nourished

Paleo Cranberry Grapefruit Cookies from Grass Fed Salsa

Paleo Molasses Cookies with Maple Cream Filling from Thriving on Paleo

Almond Crescent Cookies from Whole New Mom

Paleo Sweet Beet Chocolate Crinkles from Recipes to Nourish 

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from What Great Grandma Ate

Thumbprint Jam Cookies from The Curious Coconut

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Zen Belly

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies from Delicious Obsessions

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies from Against All Grain

Paleo Ginger Cookies from Paleo Flourish

Frozen Inspired Paleo Spritz Cookies from My Natural Family

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting from Pure and Simple Nourishment

Maple Glazed Snickerdoodles from The Curious Coconut

Paleo Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies from 40 Aprons

Paleo White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies from Today in Dietzville

Grain Free Ginger Molasses Cookies from Recipes to Nourish

Tripe Ginger Cookies from Delicious Obsessions

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from What Great Grandma Ate

Allergy Friendly White Chocolate Peppermint Snowballs from Traditional Cooking School

Tahini Molasses Cookies from And Here We Are

Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms from Real Food with Dana

Paleo Peppermint Oreos from 40 Aprons

The Best Ever Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from My Natural Family

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Pure and Simple Nourishment

Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies from Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Bars and Truffles

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Cakes and Cupcakes

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  75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good!  #paleo #glutenfree #treats
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are so good they will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. 

  Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds.  #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

Today we are snacking on Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. I am officially obsessed with this recipe. Erik and I have been inhaling these. I've made two batches in the last 2 weeks. Yes obsessed! These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies aren't super sweet, but are nice and dense and cocoa-y. Yes I am making up words to describe things now. Don't judge me. 

  Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds.  #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree
  Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds.  #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

Okay, how is it December already? I mean seriously? Where did November go? Christmas is going to be here in no time. Have you started your shopping yet? I am actually almost done mine I think. I still need to get something for my Dad and a couple more items for Erik but otherwise I think I am done. Which never happens! It was all those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. I am just a sucker for deals. Especially when I can take advantage of them from the comfort of my own home. In my pyjamas, sipping coffee and snacking on treats like Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. I will actually never understand why people go and brave the malls on those days. Honestly those crowds do not look appealing at all. Like at all. I personally don't think that any deal is worth all that stress and grief. None. 

Besides gift giving for my friends and family I am also making a conscious effort to give back this season. This year I have chosen to donate to The Love For Lewiston Foundation. 

Every once in a while you come across a story that touches your heart in such a way that you can't help but want to help. This year for me that story has been the story of an incredible woman named Jessica Janzen and her family. Jessica used to teach spin at the studio I attend, and last year she had a beautiful baby boy named Lewiston. Tragically, when Lewiston was just 3 months old he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called SMA and given less than a year to live.

Jessica's energy throughout his entire illness was incredible. Even up to his last few days they would regularly hold dance parties in his hospital room, and their favourite song to dance to was Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling." Jessica has shared every step of her story along the way on her Instagram page and her incredible attitude and outlook inspires me everyday. Tragically, Lewiston passed away when he was only 6 months old. As you can imagine, Jessica and her family were devastated. But, sometimes our biggest tragedies become our biggest success stories, and shortly after Lewiston's death, Jessica and her family created The Love For Lewiston Foundation and their goal is to help find a cure for SMA. They set a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of the year and they are now only $12,000 away.

I have been so touched and inspired by their story and want to help any way that I can. So for the next 2 weeks (until December 14, 2017) I will be donating all of my Beautycounter earnings to The Love For Lewiston Foundation

If you want to help you can shop for Beautycounter products here: www.beautycounter.com/erincarter

And if you aren't interested in Beautycounter but still want to help The Love For Lewiston Foundation is also selling some really cute clothing items to help raise money as well (I personally bought the scoop neck grey heart sweatshirt). You can shop the clothing line here. 
 

  Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds.  #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree
  Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds.  #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

But let's get back to business shall we? The business of these amazing Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Now I should warn you that these are pretty dense. They are not like a wheat filled brownie if that is what you are used to. Why? Well because these are made without any flours and are loaded with healthy fats from avocados and eggs. But they still taste amazing if you ask me (and Erik agrees). 

Food Is Medicine Tip: Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats (which are great for your heart and your brain), carotenoids, vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, trace minerals like potassium, folate and fibre. They really are a nutritional superfood.
— Erin Carter, MD, BSc, FRCPC

These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies make a great treat, snack and perhaps even breakfast in a pinch? Chocolate for breakfast? Don't judge me, but on occasional I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Remember, the paleo diet is all about balance and focusing on nourishing ingredients, and these Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies have plenty of those. In fact I love this recipe so much that I am only making it available to my newsletter subscribers. Simply leave your email address below and you will be sent a copy of the Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies Recipe. 

And If you are looking for other paleo chocolate recipes you might also like my Paleo Double Chocolate Ice Cream, Paleo Nut Butter and Chocolate Crunch Bars, or my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge (my personal favourite). 

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2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide

It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. 

  It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. #paleo #christmas #whole30

2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide

Cookbooks

I love cookbooks. My collection is ridiculous. But not all of them are created equal. These are my absolute favourite paleo cookbooks. If you or someone you love is looking to eat healthier in 2018 I would highly recommend any of these books. 

Practical Paleo

Against all Grain Celebrations

Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ditch the Wheat 

Against All Grain Meals Made Simple

The Paleo Kids Cookbook

All American Paleo Table

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Against All Grain Cookbook

My Paleo Patisserie 

The New Yiddish Kitchen

 

Beauty and Skincare

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know how passionate I am about choosing skincare and beauty products that are made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. If the idea of safe skincare is new to you, I highly suggest reading my posts 15 Scary Skincare Facts, Endocrine Disruptors, 8 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid, How I Healed My Acne Naturally, and How I Healed My Keratosis Pilaris Naturally. However, not all safe skincare and beauty products are created equally. I tried a lot of products that were safe, but worked terribly, before finding my favourites. If you have a lady in your life, I know they would love receiving any of these as gifts this holiday season. 

Beautycounter Multi-Masker Set: This set contains my two favourite masks. The Charcoal Mask and the Brightening Mask. The charcoal one has been KEY in helping me heal my acne. I use it twice a week as a full face mask and nightly on any acne lesions. I also use the brightening and plumping masks once to twice per week. This set even comes with a brush to help with even application of these masks. 

Beautycounter Clean Slate Charcoal Duo: Two of my favourite things in one great package. I already mentioned how much I love the Charcoal Mask, and another item that I cannot live without is the Charcoal Bar. It has been another key in healing my acne. I was my face with this one twice per day. I also use it on my back and chest to help with any acne spots that crop up there as well. This is also perfect for the men in your life. Yes you read that right. Erik uses these products just as much as I do and his skin has never looked better! 

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: Another item that I CANNOT live without. I use this as my makeup remover and as my overnight cream. It is also great for any kind of skin rashes or irritation. It has been another crucial item in healing my acne. If I stop using this one I notice a huge difference in my skin in a short period of time. And don't let the price scare you. This jar is huge and will last anywhere between 6-12 months. 

Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum: This product is a new one for me, and I just started using it two weeks ago. However, in those two weeks I have seen such a huge difference in my skin texture. It is so much smoother than it used to be! The amazing thing about this particular line is that it adapts to your skin type, so it's good for almost everyone. 

Sugar Body Scrub: This stuff smells amazing! And it leaves my skin feeling so, so smooth. This product has been key in helping me heal my keratosis pilaris. 

Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette: If you have a makeup lover on your list they are going to love this! The colours in this eyeshadow palette are incredible. They are so pigmented and last a very long time. Plus their colour cosmetics are tested three times for heavy metal contamination so you know you are getting safe, yet effective makeup. 

Winter Jewels Palette: Another must have for the makeup lover on your list. This is such a great deal because it contains 8 eyeshadows, 1 eyeliner, a blush and a highlighter all in one little set. I have been using this almost daily since I received mine. 

Poppy Lip Duo: This is the perfect shade of red. I am not even a big lipstick girl but this lipgloss and lipstick combination is amazing! Perfect for all those Christmas and New Years celebrations. And they taste and smell like peppermint. 

Volumizing Mascara: This is by far the best non-toxic mascara that I have ever tried. Mascara is pretty much the one makeup item that I always wear and I cannot recommend this one enough. This would make a great stocking stuffer!  

  It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. #paleo #christmas #whole30

Wellness Related 

Total health is about more than just what you put in and on your body. There are many other things that come into play like proper sleep, exercise and oral health. This gifts are meant to help focus on all of those other things that will increase your overall health even more. 

Blue Light Glasses: Do you spend a lot of time on your computer or phone? Did you know that the blue light that comes from your devices can not only strain your eyes but interfere with your sleep patterns? These Blue Light Glasses block that harmful light so you don't get those negative effects. I especially recommend using them if you will be looking at your screens 1-2 hours before bed. They may not be the most attractive things but they may greatly improve your health and sleep!

BPA Free Essential Oil Diffuser: I love diffusing essential oils in my home. Doing so at night has greatly improved the way I sleep. However, not all diffusers are created equally. You want to make sure you are picking one made without the hormone disrupting BPA used in many plastics. 

Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock: For some reason all of my wellness gifts seem to be sleep related this year. But good sleep is extremely important so I don't feel bad about that. Waking up to natural light is ideal. Unfortunately, during the winter months that isn't always possible. So getting an alarm clock that can simulate natural light for you is key. 

Electric Toothbrush: If you follow me on Instagram you hear my talk about gum and teeth health frequently. One key to healthy teeth and gums is using an electric toothbrush. I actually got one for Christmas a couple years ago and I was so grateful when I did. That was one item I just had no interest in buying myself. But I was more than happy to have someone else buy one for me and put it under the tree! 

Skipping Rope: One of my favourite, simple, fitness tools. I always pack a skipping rope with me when I travel because skipping provides such a fun and effective workout. 

Workout Tights: Pretty workout gear is one of my favourite things. Honestly I swear I workout harder when I am wearing nice workout clothes. For me a high waist and non-slip material is key. And these leggings have both of those! They can also be worn outside the gym because they are just that pretty. 

Alo Yoga Sports Bra: Like the workout tights above, this sports bra is almost too pretty to work out in. Almost. I just discovered Alo Yoga earlier this year and am loving their stuff! It's not only gorgeous but high quality and holds up really well. 

 

Kitchen Tools

Let's be honest. Buying kitchen tools for yourself isn't the most exciting thing. But somehow receiving them as gifts is a totally different story. Here are a few gadgets that I could not live without. They will making eating healthy, real food, so much easier

Immersion Blender: I use mine for so many things! Making soups, home-made mayonnaise, dips and sauces. I honestly don't know what I would do without one. 

Slow Cooker: You guys all know how much I love my slow cooker. I use that thing ALL THE TIME! If you are looking to eat healthier, but don't want to slave away in the kitchen to do so I highly suggest investing in one (or gifting it to someone you love). 

Food Processor: Another essential in my kitchen! I use it to make dips, energy balls, fudge (yes fudge) and so much more. 

Vitamix: This may sound dramatic but this device will change your life. Yes I love mine that much. It is out almost constantly in our house. We make smoothes, soups, sauces, dips and so much more in it. 

Instant Pot: Like a slow cooker but FAST! This device has been all the rage lately, and for good reason. It makes delicious meals in almost no time at all. There is even a Paleo Cooking In Your Instant Pot Cookbook that would be a great addition as a gift. 

Dehydrator: Home made dried fruit, beef jerky, dehydrated nuts. Yes these things are all possible with a dehydrator. I actually got one for Christmas last year and have been using it regularly ever since. 

Waffle Maker: Because what is Saturday morning brunch without waffles? It may sound like a frivolous item to have but trust me you will put this to good use. 

Coffee Grinder: If you aren't grinding your own coffee beans yet you have no idea what you are missing. Freshly ground coffee is just so much better than already ground. If you don't believe me then I dare you to try it. 

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Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast (AIP, Gluten Free)

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. 

  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Can you believe that November is almost over already? Where did the time go? Christmas will be here before we know it. One thing I do love about this time of year is the cranberries that are everywhere! I have been putting them in everything. Including this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast. Doesn't that sound amazing? I promise you it is. And because it's made in the slow cooker it is also super simple. Dare I even say fool proof simple? 

  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #slowcooker #cranberry

So it's back to the grind this week for me. I was away in San Diego for a conference and then on a stay-cation last week which was pretty nice. Although it went by way too quick I must say. I had a lot more I was hoping to accomplish but somehow it just didn't happen. I did get a couple more recipes made for the Paleo Baked Goods Ebook I am working on though. It's coming along nicely but I have no idea when it will be finished. I keep thinking of more and more things I want to include is the problem. So far there is going to be a breads chapter, muffins and scones chapter, cookies and squares chapter, cakes and pies chapter and then a snacks chapter with recipes like crackers. I am almost done the muffins and breads recipes but I still have a lot more paleo baking to do. I am hoping over the Christmas holidays I can make more of a dent in it as well. My goal is to have it done in 6 months. I wish I could say sooner but I am trying to be realistic. So far there are recipes like Paleo Double Berry Muffins, Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Paleo Apple Muffins with Caramel Drizzle, Paleo Sandwich bread, Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and Paleo Rosemary Olive Biscuits that are already done. If you are interested in seeing previews of these recipes, I have been sharing them over on my Pure and Simple Nourishment Instagram page almost daily. I also tend to share giveaways and other things exclusively to my Instagram followers so make sure you are following me on there as well. I have included a direct link below where you can head to my Instagram page and sign up. 

  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef
  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

So I started watching this amazing show called Alias Grace on Netflix while I was in San Diego. Have any of you watched it? Well, I went to continue watching it when I got home and figured out that I can't! It's not available on Canadian Netflix. What the hell? Sorry but Netflix why do you do that?? Is it really that difficult to provide the same content across different countries?? Grr. It's like television discrimination or something. Maybe one of you who understands technology better than me can fill me in on why it's like this. Because this girl clearly doesn't understand. And yes, I realize there are much bigger issues going on in the world than me not being able to watch a certain TV show. Trust me I know. But sometimes it's nice to take a little break from all the horrific things happening around us and watch a little mindless television. Right? 

  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Do you guys love you slow cooker? I LOVE mine. Really, really love it. I use it almost every week. Between making bone broth and cooking meals it is almost always on our countertop. I use it so much because it makes meal prep so easy, and the meat always turns out so tender when you use it. Some of my favourite recipes using the slow cooker are my Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Ribs, Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, Tropical Slow Cooker Pork Roast and now this recipe, Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast. I have been waiting to share this recipe for weeks. I initially made it during Canadian Thanksgiving which was back in October. And since then I've made it twice more. It's just that good. And not only is this recipe paleo, it is also AIP safe and gluten and dairy free. It also uses grass fed beef making it an extremely healthy dish. Did you know that grass fed beef is one of the healthiest foods you can eat? It is loaded with vitamins and minerals and is very high in omega 3 (the anti-inflammatory fatty acid), which most people are lacking these days. I also realize that getting grass fed beef may not be the easiest thing to do. I personally get mine from a local farm that delivers to Calgary about once a month, but I realize not everyone has the time to do this. That's why I am thrilled to tell you that Butcher Box will actually deliver grass fed beef to your doorstep. How amazing is that? If you are interested in this option, simply head to Butcher Box by clicking here, or click on the box below. 

I hope you love this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast as much as I do. I try and make this on Sunday so that we have leftovers to get us through the week. Because let's face it. None of us have time to be cooking meals every day. At least I sure don't. So leftovers are key for us to continue eating healthy, even when we are busy. 

Until next time, happy eating everyone!

  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast Recipe (AIP, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups bone broth (make your own or buy here

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (buy here

1/4 cup maple syrup (I recommend grade C) 

227 grams of fresh cranberries

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 TBSP dried rosemary (I use this brand

1 TBSP Herbes de Provence spice (I use this brand)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

10 bay leaves

1 grass fed cross rib beef roast 

 

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients, except for the roast, into your slow cooker and stir well to combine (this is the slow cooker I use and love)

2. Add the roast

3. Turn the slow cooker onto low heat and cook for 8 hours, turning the roast occasionally

4. Serve and enjoy! 

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  This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners.  #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef
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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!