Chocolate Avocado Torte (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS)

This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. 

 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo

I am so excited for this week's recipe! A Chocolate Avocado Torte. My mouth is watering just thinking about this cake. I pretty much ate the entire cake to myself the first time I made this recipe. Ok not the whole cake. I let Erik have at least one piece (I know I'm such a good girlfriend right?). This cake is made fudgey and delicious by the addition of avocados - and before you say "yuck" I assure you that you cannot taste the avocados. All you taste is choclately, fudgey deliciousness. And yes I just made up at least 2 words in that sentence to describe how good this cake it. It's so good that it needs its own language. 

 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo
 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo

Can you believe that summer is almost half over? How did that happen? It is going by way too quickly if you ask me. This happens every year. 2 months of summer is just not enough. Not enough at all! The good thing is that I still have another two weeks of vacation booked for August, so in another two weeks I will be back at the lake enjoying some sun, sand, good books, good food and relaxation time. Because it's been so hot lately I have been making ALL the paleo ice cream that I can. Because there is nothing better than a little ice cream on a hot day. Right? Especially when it's made with healthy, real-food ingredients. Some of my favourite paleo ice cream recipes include my Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream and Lavender Infused Cherry Ice Cream. Do you have a favourite paleo ice cream? If so leave it in the comments so that I can try it! I am also working on a couple more paleo ice cream recipes for you so stay tuned for those in the near future. 

 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo
 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo

Okay but let's chat about this Chocolate Avocado Torte. I am OBSESSED! I was inspired to create this recipe after eating the chocolate torte at Ten Foot Henry. Now, the two recipes are definitely different, but in my opinion both amazing. This Chocolate Avocado Torte has a slightly sweet, crunchy crust and then a melt in your mouth chocolate layer. Oh it is just so good! The avocados give the chocolate layer an extra creamy texture. And don't worry, you don't taste the avocados! So even if you hate avocados (if you do you are crazy by the way) you will still get all the health benefits from them. 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

This Chocolate Avocado Torte is paleo, vegan and GAPS safe. So no matter what special diet you are following you will likely be able to eat this dessert. Because life without dessert once in a while just isn't a fun life at all. I am all about that balance. Eating healthy in the long run is all about balance. Deprivation is not a long term strategy. Don't let yourself feel guilty about eating a treat now and then. Make it a delicious treat and enjoy every moment of it. 

I would love to know what you think of this Chocolate Avocado Torte! If you make it please come back and leave me a comment. The more feedback that I get the easier it is for me to tailor my recipes to what you guys want. I really do appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to make my recipes. This blog would not exist if it weren't for your support!

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Until next time, happy eating friends!

 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo

Chocolate Avocado Torte Recipe

 

Crust Ingredients

1 1/2 cups raw cashews

1 1/2 cups dates

1 cup shredded coconut (I use this brand

1/4 cup cacao powder

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this kind)

 

Crust Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I use and love) and blend well until desired texture (I still like to have some cashew chunks)

2. Transfer the crust to a 9 inch round springform cake pan

3. Press the crust down with a spoon or spatula until you have a smooth, even layer

4. Place the pan in the freezer while you make the filling 

 

Filling Ingredients

Flesh from 3 ripe avocados

1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk (this brand is great because it is guar gum and xanthan gum free

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

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 

1/3 cup organic cacao powder (buy here

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand

 

Filling Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I use and love) and blend well, until smooth

2. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the filling on top of the crust

3. Spread evenly until smooth

4. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours, until it reaches the consistency you desire (Note: If you freeze this longer the texture is more like ice cream  cake, and if you freeze it for less time it is more like a mousse) 

5. Remove from the freezer and let thaw for 10-20 minutes 

6. Serve and enjoy! 

Note: Store the cake in the fridge or freezer depending on how quickly you will eat it

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 This Chocolate Avocado Torte are what dessert dreams are made of. This Chocolate Avocado Torte is the perfect combination of a slightly sweet crunchy crust with a melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topping. Serve this Chocolate Avocado Torte at your next dinner gathering and your guests will love you. #cake #vegan #chocolate #paleo
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How To Choose A Safe Sunscreen

Do you know how to choose a safe sunscreen? When I have been talking with my friends, family and patients recently I've realized that most people have no idea how to choose a safe sunscreen. So I decided it was time to make a post just about that: how to choose a safe sunscreen. 

 Do you know how to choose a safe sunscreen? When I have been talking with my friends, family and patients recently I've realized that most people have no idea how to choose a safe sunscreen. So I decided it was time to make a post just about that: how to choose a safe sunscreen. #healthinformation #sunscreen #nontoxic

There is so much confusion out there regarding sunscreens. Between SPF numbers, active ingredients, barrier sunscreens vs chemical sunscreens it can be very daunting heading into the sunscreen isle. But wearing sunscreen is super important if you are going to be in the sun for any prolonged period of time. We know that too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer so it is important to keep yourself and your family protected. But every sunscreen is not created equal. Some can actually be very harmful to your health and I've learned by talking with my friends, family and patients recently that most people have no idea how to choose a safe sunscreen. So I decided it was time to help you make safe and informed choices when trying to choose a sunscreen, so I put together this guide: How To Choose A Safe Sunscreen. 

 

How To Choose A Safe Sunscreen

1. Choose SPF 30 (And No Higher)

This is a confusing one for many people. Most people have no idea what SPF actually means. What SPF refers to is a sunscreen's ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin or causing a sunburn (it doesn't indicate the product's ability to block UVA rays however). This is how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen means that it will take 15 times longer for your skin to turn red (about five hours). So an SPF of 30 means it takes 30 times longer to start turning red, etc. 

Most people also don't know what the differences are between the different SPF values and their ability to block the suns rays. Many people assume that choosing an SPF 100 means they would get double the protection compared to an SPF 50. Unfortunately this isn't correct. The differences in protection between SPF 30, 50 and 100 are extremely small. An SPF of 30 blocks 97% of the suns rays, SPF 50 98% and SPF 100 99%. No sunscreen can block 100% of the suns rays. So by choosing an SPF 100 over an SPF of 30, you really aren't getting that much in addition protection from the sun (only 2%). What you are getting by choosing SPF values higher than 30 is exposure to more and more harmful ingredients however. Higher SPF products require higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than lower SPF sunscreens. Unfortunately, many of these sun-filtering chemicals are actually quite bad for us, being know to cause tissue damage and hormone disruption. They can also cause allergic skin reactions. There is also no evidence that SPF's above 30 are any better at reducing skin damage and skin cancer risk compared to SPF 30 products. This is likely due to how sunscreens work. The ingredients that form a product’s SPF are aimed at blocking UVB rays, which are the rays that cause sunburns and non-melanoma skin cancers. UVA rays on the other hand, penetrate deeper into the skin and are harder to block with sunscreen ingredients currently approved by the FDA. UVA exposure suppresses the immune system, causes harmful free radicals to form in skin, and is associated with higher risk of developing melanoma skin cancer (the extremely aggressive and often fatal one). A sunscreen's SPF rating has little to do with the product’s ability to shield the skin from UVA rays. As a result, most sunscreens offer far less protection against UVA than UVB rays, and this is the worst for those products with the highest SPF values. This is because UVA and UVB protecting ingredients do not harmonize. Using a higher SPF product means you are getting more UVB and sunburn protection, but less protection against UVA rays, which are the rays that cause melanoma skin cancer. 

In other words, choosing an SPF of 30 sunscreen (as long as it is used properly) should optimize your protection from both UVA and UVB rays, offer great sunburn protection and limit your exposure to additional harmful chemicals that are required to make higher SPF rated sunscreens. 

2. Only Use Zinc Oxide Based Sunscreens 

The active ingredients (the ones that protect you from burning) in sunscreens come in two forms: mineral and chemical filters. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. The most common sunscreens on the market (think brands like Coppertone, Neutrogena, Banana Boat etc) contain chemical filters. Many of these sunscreens contain a combination of two to six of these chemical filters which come in the form of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens on the other hand use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. 

The problem with the chemical filters is that they are bad for our health. I've written about this topic before in my post The Safest Sunscreens (That Actually Work) but these chemical filters can act as hormone disrupts, and they can also cause allergic skin reactions. What's even scarier, is that some of those ingredients in the chemical based sunscreens actually become even more dangerous when they are exposed to UV radiation. Without getting too sciencey on you, they form free radicals when exposed to UV light, which can cause significant damage within the body (and have even been linked to cancer). Yikes!

Of the chemical filters, oxybenzone is likely the most dangerous. It can act like an estrogen in the body and has anti-androgenic effects, as well as potentially causing allergic skin reactions. It's also been linked to birth defects and other pregnancy related problems. And for breast feeding women, oxybenzone and other chemical filters end up in your breast milk, meaning that your baby is directly ingesting those harmful chemicals. One study showed that 85% of breast milk samples contained at least one chemical sunscreen filter. How scary is that? And besides being bad for us, oxybenzone is also extremely bad for the environment. In fact, it's destroying the coral reefs. So for the sake of your health, your children's health and our planet's health, make sure you avoid this nasty ingredient.

Mineral sunscreen barriers don't penetrate the skin like chemical barriers do, meaning that they can't impact your internal organs or hormones like chemical barriers can, and are therefore a much healthier and safer option. When it comes to mineral sunscreen filters I suggest using zinc oxide based sunscreens. This is because it is both the safest of the two mineral barriers (titanium dioxide being the other one) and the most effective.  

The EWG has done a great review of this topic and you can read their article here

3. Avoid Fragrances

When you see the words "fragrance" or "scent" or "perfume" on a product, these terms are considered to be trade secrets. That means that companies don't have to disclose the ingredients in that product on the label. And right now, over 3,000 different chemicals can be used to make up a fragrance, and you don't get to know what any of them are if you see the word fragrance on the label. It's really quite terrifying. How can you know if what you are putting on your body is safe if you can't even see those ingredients? The fact that companies can hide ingredients behind an innocent seeming word like "fragrance" just to make some money makes my blood boil. And it should make yours boil too. Often ingredients like phthalates and parabens (continue reading for more information on these) are hiding under the term "fragrance" along with a whole host of other extremely harmful ingredients. In other words, that extra coconut scent or tropicical scent that has been added to your sunscreen is just not worth the health risks. Instead, choose products that are scented wth natural ingredients like essential oils and make sure that those ingredients are listed on the label. 

4. Avoid Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of plasticizing chemicals that allow makeup to become more pliable, and fragrances to stick to your skin and last longer. The three phthalates most commonly used in personal care products are diethyl phthalate (DEP), which is found in scented products, including perfumes, deodorants, hair sprays, lotions, soaps and shampoos, and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), which are used in nail polish and cosmetics. Phthalates are found in most items that contain fragrance and can also be a part of the company’s “secret formulas” so that they don't have to be disclosed on the label. Studies done in the lab and on animals show that DEP, DnBP and DiBP have estrogen-like properties and anti-androgenic properties (androgens are the male type hormones found in the body). In other words, they disrupt your hormones and can cause hormone imbalances. They and have also been linked to birth defects and infertility. 

5. Avoid Parabenes

Parabens are used as preservatives, anti-bacterial agents and stabilizers in many skin care and cosmetic products. The parabens used most often in personal care products are methyl, ethyl, butyl and propyl paraben. Parabens have weak estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity within the body. This means that they can cause hormone imbalances. And since hormones are one of the master regulators of the body, this is a big problem. Hormone imbalances can lead to a number of health problems including thyroid disease, decreased sperm counts, infertility, acne, fatigue, weight gain, etc. Parabens can also contribute to hormone imbalances and hormonally based cancers such as breast cancer. In fact, one study showed that 99% of those with breast cancer had paraben accumulation in their breast cancer tumors. 99%. It's so scary!

When you are reading labels, look for ingredients ending in "aben" as this will indicate a paraben. Once you see that term, simply put that sunscreen (or other personal care product) back on the shelf. Because those ingredients have no business in your body. 

How To Choose A Sunscreen

So now that I have probably totally scared you and you are running to your bathroom cupboards to throw out all of your current sunscreens, how on earth are you going to navigate the sunscreen isle and decipher all those ingredients on sunscreen labels? Don't worry friends, you don't need to become label reading experts when you are trying to choose a sunscreen. My biggest tip to easily choose a safe sunscreen is to use the EWG Skin Deep Database. You can look up individual products and see where they rank. I suggest only using sunscreens that rank a 3 or less (ideally a 1 or 2). Every year the EWG puts out a new sunscreen guide, sharing the safest sunscreens of that year (they also do a guide of the most dangerous). Here is the link to the 2018 review. 

My personal favourite sunscreen is Beautycounter's Countersun Mineral Sunscreen. It ranks a 1 on the EWG database (which is the safest rating possible), works extremely well, and unlike other zinc oxide based sunscreens, it goes on nice and clear. No thick, pasty white, thick as cement texture, like most other brands have. It also blocks blue light which most other brands do not. Blue light is the light emitted from all of our electronics and computer devices and each day more health problems are being linked to blue light exposure. Problems like disrupted sleep, vision changes, premature skin aging and possibly even skin cancer. I don't know of any other sunscreen brand on the market besides Beautycounter's that blocks blue light. I use the Countersun Mineral Lotion for my body and the Mineral Sunscreen Stick for my face. If you are interested in shopping Beautycounter, please click here. I also offer everyone $15 off their first Beautycounter order with me, so if you are interested in that please email me at erin.carter.md@gmail.com or sign up for my newsletter below. 

And if you find information like this helpful, I have a Healthy Living 101 Facebook group where I share all sorts of health information. It is a place where you can ask me health related questions (no medical questions please) and interact with each other. If you are interested in joining please click here. I always always share a ton of health information on my Instagram Stories. You can follow me on Instagram here

Until next time, happy eating friends!

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Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options. 

  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps

You guys I am a liar. I told you I would have this recipe for these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème for you last week and that just didn't happen. Don't hate me! Things have just been a little crazy on my end. I've had to make some choices lately as to whether I spend more time on the blog or more time on my Beautycounter business and since I am making good money from Beautycounter, and only pennies from the blog I have decided to dedicate more of my free time (which I have very little of) to Beautycounter. Because I realize that in the future the money that I make from Beautycounter will allow me way more freedom in my work life so that I can ultimately spend more time on Pure and Simple Nourishment. You see, I have the long term goals in mind but in the short term you may not see me as much around here while I have to prioritize other things. Especially over the summer when I will also be taking some much needed time off. 

  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps
  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps

Speaking of time off I am currently enjoying a little vacation of my own. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen that I am busy relaxing at the lake. Erik couldn't come so it's just me and the puppies enjoying a lot of sunshine, long walks, good books, delicious food and some much needed rest and relaxation. I also went and saw Ocean's 8 which I (and my parents) really liked. I am here for 2 weeks and I must admit that the time is flying by way too fast. Next year I am debating taking the entire summer off and getting a locum to cover my practice. Doesn't that sound amazing? I sure think so! I'll just need to save up some money so that I can afford to take 2 months off without getting paid... Hence the even bigger motivation to earn even more money from Beautycounter! I actually expect that I will be able to replace my physician income with my Beautycounter income over the next couple years. How crazy is that? Spend 15 years in school to be a doctor and spend 3 years working from home with Beautycounter and make the same money? It actually blows my mind. In the best way possible of course. I can only imagine how much my quality of life will improve when I am no longer tied to the office or dependent on patients showing up to make money. Because if there is one thing I have learned in my short career as a doctor so far it is that patients (well not all, but many) are just not reliable. Not reliable at all. It's one thing that I will never understand. Is it really too much to ask to get you to do your bloodwork when you are supposed to? Or cancel your appointment if you can't come? Apparently. 

  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps
  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps

But I digress. I am supposed to be talking about these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème aren't I? Because while some of you like hearing about my medical practice and Beautycounter, I know most of you are simply here for the recipes. So I will give you what you want. Which is Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème goodness. Before making these I had never actually made stuffed peppers before. I'm not exactly sure why. I definitely should have made them sooner because they are so delicious (if I do say so myself). And these are topped with the Avocado Crème that I shared a couple weeks ago that just takes them over the top. I really wish I had made a double batch of these stuffed peppers because they did not last long. Not long at all. One supper and leftovers for lunch the next day and that was it. You know a recipe is good when even the leftovers get inhaled quickly. And these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème are loaded with healthy, gut healing ingredients like grass fed ground beef, coconut oil, vegetables and of course all of the healthy fats from the Avocado Crème. I am pretty sure you are going to love the. And besides being Whole30 compliant they are also paleo, GAPS and SCD safe. Enjoy friends!

  Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème will be going on your meal plan this week. These Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème make the perfect dinner solution and your whole family is going to love these Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème. Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème also make a great lunch or appetizer options.  #whole30 #paleo #gaps

Whole30 Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Crème Recipe

 

Ingredients

3 TBSP coconut oil (this brand is my favourite

1 small white onion, diced

3 bell peppers (I used one of each colour)

3 tomatoes, chopped

1.5 lbs grass fed ground beef (get grass fed beef delivered right to your door by signing up here)

2 TBSP dried oregano

1 tsp sea salt (plus a little more for seasoning the peppers) 

1 tsp ground black pepper (plus a little more for seasoning the peppers) 

1 tsp ground cumin

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F

2. Place a medium pan on the stove on medium heat

3. Add the coconut oil and allow to melt

4. Add the diced onion and start cooking 

5. While the onion is cooking, cut one of the bell peppers in half and dice half of the pepper

6. Add the diced pepper to the onion and cook together until the onion is clear

7. Add the ground beef, tomatoes and spices to the pan and mix well

8. Cook until the ground beef is browned and the tomatoes are fully cooked

9. Cut the remaining bell peppers in half, remove the stems and seeds, and place on a baking sheet (face up) lined with parchment paper

10. Sprinkle the peppers with salt and pepper 

11. Scoop the ground beef filling into each pepper

12. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes (I actually like the meat crispy in these so I cook them longer but cook them to your preference) 

13. Remove from the oven and add the Avocado Crème (Get the recipe here)

14. Serve and enjoy! 

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Whole30 Avocado Crème (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes.

  Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes. #whole30 #vegan #paleo

It's officially summer! Who else is excited? Summer is by far my favourite season of the year. By far! Warm weather just makes me happy. As does good food. Food like the recipe I am sharing with you today for this Whole30 Avocado Crème. It is perfect for summer because it comes together in just seconds and makes the perfect dip, dressing or sauce. No one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen during the summer. I get it, you want to be outdoors playing in the sunshine so the easier the recipes the better right? I am already picturing myself sitting but the pool, drink in hand, snacking on some raw veggies dipped in this Whole30 Avocado Crème. I can't wait! I leave for vacation this week and am so excited. Two whole weeks of sun, lake swims, poolside reading and relation. In other words: total bliss. 

  Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes. #whole30 #vegan #paleo
  Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes. #whole30 #vegan #paleo

How was your weekend? Ours was spent at weddings. Two weddings for the same couple. A little ridiculous right? But that's what happens when two people from two different religions get married. Friday was the Hindu wedding portion and then Saturday was the Catholic wedding part. And unfortunately it poured rain all weekend. Like really, really poured. I felt bad for the couple for that. For those brides that dream of all those perfect outdoor wedding photos that was just not possible this weekend. But that's okay, they made the most of it and it was still a lot of fun. Many of Erik's relatives from LA also flew in for the occasion so I got to meet some family members that I had never met before which was nice.  

One tradition at weddings which I cannot stand is the one where people tap their glasses to get the newlyweds to kiss. I wouldn't mind it if people only did it occasionally but at the wedding over the weekend people were literally tapping their glasses every couple minutes. It was so obnoxious! And totally immature if you ask me. Is anyone else with me on that one? Or do you like that tradition? If I ever get married I will definitely not be allowing that at my wedding. No way Jose. 

  Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes. #whole30 #vegan #paleo

I initially created this Whole30 Avocado Crème to top a Whole30 Stuffed Peppers recipe that will be coming next week (it's a good one I promise!), but this sauce is just so versatile that I wanted to give it to you sooner. Becuase it's so much more than just a topping for stuffed peppers. This Whole30 Avocado Crème makes the perfect dip for raw veggies, topping for salads, sauce for meat, fish, burgers, sandwiches or pasta dishes (if you eat grains that is). Really you can use it for almost anything. Besides being Whole30 safe it is also paleo, AIP, vegan, GAPS and SCD safe as well. Basically whatever special diet you are on this Whole30 Avocado Crème will be safe for you to eat. 

This Whole30 Avocado Crème is also loaded with healthy fats from both avocados and coconut milk. Because if there is one thing that your body needs it is healthy fats. Low fat diets are one of the worst things that you can do for your health. In fact, since the low fat guidelines were introduced back in the 1960's people have just been getting sicker and sicker and fatter and fatter. Our food guides have it totally backwards. Your body needs fat. Healthy fat. Fat from natural sources. Fats like lard, butter, avocados, coconut oil, tallow, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut milk and more. Saturated fats are some of the healthiest foods on the planet and are loaded with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that you can't get anywhere else. If there is one thing I can teach you I hope that it's to not be scared of fat. Be scared of all of those "vegetable oils" like canola and sunflower oils  - they are in fact grains oils - which are an extremely processed type of fat and extremely harmful to your health. I don't have the time to go into this issue in depth on this post but if you are looking for a great read that will explain it all to you I highly recommend reading Eat The Yolks by Liz Wolfe. The documentary The Magic Pill on Netflix also talks about this (Note that I don't agree with everything in that movie but a lot of the nutritional info is really great). 

Avocados really are a super food. They have so many health benefits including: 

  • Are a great source of fibre
  • Contain many vitamins including vitamins A, K, C, E, B6, as well as folate 
  • Contain many trace minerals including magnesium, potassium, iron and copper
  • Are a great source of monounsaturated fats 
  • Have a high protein content
  • Contain antioxidants 

There are many easy ways to incorporate avocados into your daily diet including using them to top any salad or meat dish, making guacomole or any of my avocado recipes including my Avocado Mint Chip Ice Cream (yes ice cream made from avocados!), my Chocolate Avocado Mousse or my Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. All of which are delicious if I do say so myself. 

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Until next time, happy eating friends!

  Whole30 Avocado Crème. Also known as your new favourite dip, dressing or sauce. This Whole30 Avocado Crème is so versatile that you can use it for almost anything. Use this Whole30 Avocado Crème as a dip for raw veggies, a dressing for your salads or a sauce to top meat or fish dishes. #whole30 #vegan #paleo

Whole30 Avocado Crème Recipe

Ingredients

Flesh from 3 ripe avocados

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (I use this brand which is guar gum and xanthan gum free

zest and juice from 2 limes

1 TBSP coconut vinegar (I love this kind

1 TBSP dried cilantro (I use this brand)

1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste) 

 

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your Vitamix (this is the Vitamix that I have and love) or food processor (this is the one that I own) and blend well until smooth

2. Serve and enjoy! 

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Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan)

Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade. 

  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade

Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade. That's what we are sipping on today. This has officially become my new favourite drink. A little sweet, a lot refreshing and filled with all sorts of healthy ingredients. Truth be told I have had my jar of spirulina powder sitting on the shelf for months and I decided it was finally time to put that amazing ingredient to use. Plus look how pretty the spirulina makes this drink? 

  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade
  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade

Summer time. Also known as my favourite season. Summer is the time for outdoor runs, patio drinks, lake vacations, flip flops and breezy summer dresses. It is my goal to be able to live in a place one day that has summer type weather all year round. It's amazing how much better I feel surrounded by sunshine and heat. If I never have to put on another pair of socks (except to work out of course) I will be one happy girl.

In a couple weeks I will be heading out to my parents place in the Okanagan valley for 2 weeks of vacation. I plan on spending it next to the pool (or lake) with a good book in hand, a drink by my side, in my bikini soaking up that vitamin D. Of course I will also be coating myself in my favourite safe sunscreen (you can check it out here) to protect my skin from burning, because even though we all need natural vitamin D exposure, as you all know, too much sun can lead to skin cancer. And as a pale blonde girl who has had my fair share of burns when I was younger (trust me I wish I had listened to my parents better when I was growing up - but you know how teenagers are) I am trying to avoid any further sun damage. Just remember that when you are choosing a sunscreen, the only active ingredient that you should be using is zinc oxide. I wrote an entire post about the importance of choosing safe sunscreen which you can read here. I also highly recommend using the EWG's 2018 Sunscreen Guide to help pick a great safe sunscreen. 

Truth be told I have been feeling pretty burnt out recently. I have have had very little down time between my regular job, the blog, and my Beautycounter business. Now, don't get me wrong, I am grateful for all of these opportunities and I am so thrilled to watch my Beautycounter business grow but it just means that my evenings and weekends have mostly been spent working, working, working rather than relaxing.  So I will be using the 2 weeks of vacation to recharge my batteries, catch up on sleep, get in some good workouts and read as many books as I can! 

  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade
  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade

So what does this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade have in common with mermaids? Well really nothing other than the colour... I am not really sure why I decided to name it that but I did. And I think it has a nice little ring to it don't you?

The Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade that I am sharing with you today is packed with some nutritious ingredients like spirulina, kombucha, ginger and raw, local honey. Truth me told I have had a jar of spirulina powder sitting on my shelf for months and haven't known what to do with it. If you aren't familiar with spirulina, it is actually an algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. It contains high levels of vitamins and minerals including calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It is also a great source of protein, with protein making up about 60- 70% of Spirulina's dry weight. However, I wouldn't rely on it as a protein source, as you would need to be consuming very large amounts of it for it to account for any significant percent of your daily protein intake. Sprirulina is also high in antioxidants and some evidence shows that it may be beneficial for cholesterol and triglyceride levels (reference) as well as lowering blood pressure (reference). 

This Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade isn't too sweet (I don't like my lemonade too sweet) but is so, so refreshing and will be the perfect drink to sip on all summer long. I will be enjoying mine by the pool when I head to BC in a couple weeks. I can't wait! 

Until next time, happy eating friends!

  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade

Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade Recipe (Paleo, Vegan) 

Ingredients

1 bottle GT's Original Kombucha (or make your own) (buy GT's Kombucha here

2 cups filtered water

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 TBSP honey or maple syrup (choose local, raw honey or grade c/number 3 maple syrup to maximize the nutritional value)

1-2 TBSP spirulina powder (the more you put in the darker the color will be) - this is the brand I use

1/2-1 tsp powdered ginger (this is the kind I use)

 

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your Vitamix Blender or other high speed blender (this is the Vitamix that I use)

2. Blend until smooth

3. Serve and enjoy! 

Print Recipe

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  Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade is going to become your new favourite summer drink. Your kids will love the fun green color of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade and you will love that they will be filling their bellies with healthy, nourishing ingredients every time they take a sip of this Mermaid Kombucha Lemonade.  #paleo #vegan #lemonade
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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!

Deodorant Health Risks

Did you know there are a lot of deodorant health risks? Some of the deodorant health risks include cancer, hormone imbalances, allergies and skin irritation, airway problems, neurological problems and even more. Read on to learn more about deodorant health risks and how to avoid them. 

  Did you know there are a lot of deodorant health risks? Some of the deodorant health risks include cancer, hormone imbalances, allergies and skin irritation, airway problems, neurological problems and even more. Read on to learn more about deodorant health risks and how to avoid them.  #natural #naturalremedies #cleanbeauty

Deodorant or antiperspirant. We pretty much all use it each and every day. But what if I told you that the majority of deodorants and antiperspirants found in drug stores and grocery stores could be making you ill? The personal care industry doesn't want you to realize that there are deodorant health risks, but there are. Risks like cancer, hormone imbalances and so much more. 

If you look at the ingredients in your deodorant or antiperspirant you will probably find aluminum on that list. Unfortunately, research has shown that long term exposure to aluminum from deodorant can lead to accumulation of aluminum in breast tissue, and increase your risk of breast cancer. What happens is that the aluminum build up can lead to alterations in DNA which is what can lead to cancer development (References 1 and 2). It is also known that the aluminum can interfere with estrogen receptors, and estrogen has a well established role in the development of breast cancer (References 1 and 2). 

But there are other issues with deodorant besides just the aluminum. Most deodorants also contain other ingredients like parabens and fragrances. 

Have a look at your deodorant ingredients. Do you see anything ending with the letters "aben"? - if so that indicates a paraben. I have talked about the dangers of parabens before, in my post 8 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid but many people are still not familiar with their risks or what they even are. 

Parabens are preservatives found in many beauty and skincare products to help increase their shelf life and stability. They are commonly found in makeup, foundations, face washes, face moisturizers and lotions. 

The parabens used most often in personal care products are methyl, ethyl, butyl and propyl paraben, which are used as preservatives and antibacterial agents. Parabens have weak estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity when they are studied in the lab (in vitro) or in animals. In other words, they can cause hormone imbalances. And since hormones are one of the master regulators of the body, this is a big problem. Hormone imbalances can lead to a number of health problems including thyroid disease, infertility, acne, fatigue, weight gain, etc. And parabens have been linked to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm counts (References 3-6). 

Another big issue with deodorants are the fragrances used to scent them. If you head down the deodorant isle you will see all sorts of different scents. From fruity to citrus to vanilla to fresh and breezy (what does that even mean by the way?). You get the idea. The problem is that the ingredients used to make these fragrances can be quite harmful to your health. 

Have another look at your deodorant label. Do you see the word "fragrance" or "scent" or "perfume" listed? If so, throw that deodorant out immediately! Here's why: "fragrances" are considered to be trade secrets. This means that a company doesn't have to disclose any of the ingredients used to make up that fragrance. Hidden within that little unassuming term could be hundreds of chemicals or ingredients that are harmful to your health. And you don't get to know what any of them are.  Isn't that terrifying? In fact, there are over 3000 different ingredients that a company can use to make a fragrance. 3000 potential ingredients that could be hiding in your products. 

Ingredients in fragrances are known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, allergens, airway irritants, neurological-toxins and ingredients linked to infertility. It makes no sense to me how on earth we aren't allowed to know what makes up a fragrance, but the rules that govern the personal care industry don't have our best interests at heart. The rules are actually so outdated (the last time a law was passed in the US governing the personal care industry was way back in 1938 - how insane is that??) and in huge need of an overhaul (References 7-10). If you're interested in learning more I recommend reading my posts: 15 Scary Skincare Facts, Could Your Perfume Give You Cancer? and Endocrine Disruptors

So now that I have scared you to death and you are probably all running to your bathrooms to throw out all of your deodorants and antiperspirants what are you going to do? I get it. You don't want to smell all day. Trust me I tried going deodorant free and it was a terribly smelly failed experiment. Luckily there are a lot of safe, natural deodorants out there. However, they are not all created equally. I actually tried a ton of different ones (probably at least 10 different brands) before finally finding one that works. 

The only natural deodorant I have ever found to work for me are the ones made by Primally Pure. Their Lavender one and charcoal ones are my personal favourites. I have even gotten Erik to start using them! And my friends at Primally Pure have been so generous and are offering all of my readers 10% off your orders for the month of June 2018. Simply click this link and enter the code "Puresimple10" at checkout to receive your discount. 

Deodorant Health Risks
Deodorant Health Risks

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  Did you know there are a lot of deodorant health risks? Some of the deodorant health risks include cancer, hormone imbalances, allergies and skin irritation, airway problems, neurological problems and even more. Read on to learn more about deodorant health risks and how to avoid them.  #natural #naturalremedies #cleanbeauty
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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 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. That's what we are eating today. This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with healthy ingredients, but is still super tasty. Enjoy this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce over noodles, vegetables, meat or fish diseases. 

  Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. That's what we are eating today. This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with healthy ingredients, but is still super tasty. Enjoy this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce over noodles, vegetables, meat or fish diseases.  #whole30 #paleo #vegan

Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. Yes, Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower. In other words, a healthy Alfredo sauce! Before this recipe I can honestly not remember the last time I had Alfredo sauce. Probably 10 years ago? How sad is that? Especially because it used to be one of my favourites. I remember going to Boston Pizza and having their Alfredo pasta baked with double cheese. That would be a total death sentence for me now. All that dairy and all that gluten. Oh I can't even imagine the pain I would be in if I tried to eat that. But man oh man, growing up that dish was like heaven to me. So I finally decided it was time to make my own version of Alfredo sauce, and this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is the result. 

  Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. That's what we are eating today. This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with healthy ingredients, but is still super tasty. Enjoy this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce over noodles, vegetables, meat or fish diseases.  #whole30 #paleo #vegan

Ok team. I officially have two new favourite TV shows I need to tell you about. First is World of Dance (don't judge) and the second is Broadchurch on Netflix. I don't know what it is about those dancing shows but they suck me in every time. Every single time. The things all those dancers can do with their bodies just blows my mind. Now, I really don't know anything about dance but I can appreciate a great athletic performance. And a great emotional performance. I have been known to shed a tear or two watching that show (again, don't judge). That one and So You Think You Can Dance. Between the two there have been a lot of tears. And also a lot of smiles. 

  Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. That's what we are eating today. This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with healthy ingredients, but is still super tasty. Enjoy this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce over noodles, vegetables, meat or fish diseases.  #whole30 #paleo #vegan

But now let's chat food. Specifically this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. There are so many options when it comes to this recipe! You can use it on spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles and turn it into Whole30 pasta, you can add it to other vegetables as a sauce or to meat or fish dishes to add even more flavour. My favourite way to use this sauce is to turn it into Whole30 Chicken Alfredo using spaghetti squash as my noodles. Oh yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I think I might have to make this for dinner. Again. For the second time this week. Yes that's how much I love this dish. And like everything else on the blog this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is totally dairy free. 

This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with so many nourishing ingredients. Ingredients like cauliflower, bone broth (this is the brand I use and love), coconut oil and coconut milk. And besides being Whole30 compliant it is also paleo, AIP, GAPS, SCD and vegan safe. Basically everyone can eat it. I bet that even the pickiest eaters in your life are going to love this sauce. Just don't tell them it's made from cauliflower and they will never know. 

Can we also just talk about how good this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce would be topped with bacon!? So good right?? (sorry, all you vegans can ignore this part). And wouldn't it be even better if that bacon was free?? Yes you read that right! Free bacon. Here's how you can get it for yourself. From June 6-8, 2018, if you sign up for Butcher Box (using this link) you will get a free package of bacon in every box of meat that you get. Butcher Box is a US service that delivers grass fed and pasture raised meat directly to your doorstep. I got to sample their meat when I was in the states for vacation and it is amazing! And having it delved right to your door is so much easier than having to go to the farm like I have to do to get it yourself. I only wish we had this service in Canada. If you're interested in this deal simply go to the link below between June 6-8, 2018 and sign up! Easy peasy. 

I would love to know what you think of this Alfredo Sauce! Please comment below if you make it. 

And until next time, happy eating everyone! 

  Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. That's what we are eating today. This Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is loaded with healthy ingredients, but is still super tasty. Enjoy this Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce over noodles, vegetables, meat or fish diseases.  #whole30 #paleo #vegan

Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Recipe (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

4 TBSP coconut oil (this is my favourite brand)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup full fat coconut milk (I use this brand)

1 cup bone broth (get it delivered to your door here) (substitute vegetable broth for vegan) 

1 tsp Italian seasoning (plus more to taste if desired) 

1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)

Directions

1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and steam until tender

2. Once the cauliflower is finished cooking, place a medium sized pot on the stove on medium heat

3. Add the coconut oil to the pot and allow to melt

4. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until starting to brown

5. Add the coconut milk, bone broth and spices to the pot and stir well to combine

6. Add the steamed cauliflower to the pot

7. Allow the mix to come to a boil 

8. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes

9. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes

10. Using your immersion blender (this is the one I use), blend the sauce until smooth (alternatively you could pour the mixture into your Vitamix blender and blend until smooth)

11. Serve and enjoy!

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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 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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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!

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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  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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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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  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
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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 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
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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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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!