An Ode to Sweet Potatoes

An Ode to Sweet Potatoes

Oh sweet potato, oh sweet potato, how much I love thee!

Okay, so this isn’t going to be an actual ode to sweet potatoes.

But this week I’ve been craving sweet potatoes LIKE MAD and I’m just getting ’em in any way I can. 

So I thought I’d share my favorite sweet potato snacks BESIDES just making sweet potato fries.  (Which, btw, is way easier with this handy utensil. )

Cut em’ up, drizzle with oil, and broil.  Flip halfway through.  Simple and quick, that’s how I do it.

Oh, and don’t forget to coat them liberally in real salt.  My favorite is Redmond’s Real Salt which you can find here. 

I love sweet potatoes for a lot of reasons.  First, I think they taste AMAZING.  They have so much flavor compared to your typical potato. 

Sweet potatoes are also rich in soluble fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and more.  

They are a super nutritious food that works amazingly well for workout recovery, higher carb days, or a balanced meal with protein and fat. 

The Sweet Potato Lover’s Cookbook includes tons of great ideas for using sweet potatoes.  Find it here. 

I absolutely LOVE Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips (find them here).  I like to snack on the ones cooked in coconut oil after a long night of dancing! 

Organic sweet potato puree (find it here) is amazing to use in brownies or baked goods.

Flours are carby anyway, why not replace some with sweet potato puree and get some nutrients?  If you use this, you will have to account for it with the water content of the baked good.

You can also use sweet potato flour (find it here) to replace most of the regular flour in baked goods.

Or, you know, you could just buy already made stuff, too!

These bars would make an AWESOME post-workout snack.  They do have pecans, so they aren’t for everyone, but they are made with grass-fed beef and sweet potato and are a healthy option for lots of people!  Find them here. 

No matter what your carb count, sweet potatoes are one food I just see very little reason to completely give up.

Of course, non-starchy vegetables should make up the majority of your intake, but a few starches here and there won’t hurt you, and sweet potatoes offer a totally nutritious choice!

Do you have any favorite ways to eat sweet potato?  Hit me up with your recipes and advice!

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Top 3 Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Greens

Top 3 Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Greens

Ah, leafy greens.

We love to extol your benefits, hate to actually eat you.

We praise the benefits of daily servings, yet fail to meet our own mark.

If you are one of the beautiful people who LOVE leafy greens and eat them all the time, this post is not for you.

No, this post is for all you ladies and gents out there who make a salad and eat mostly the toppings.

This is for those who buy those beautiful boxes of organic spinach and throw it, moldy and weeks later, in the trash.

This is for the ones who praise paleo and the nutritional benefits of leafy greens to friends but never seem to find the time to actually eat them.

I mean, geesh, it’s hard enough eating the minimum daily serving of VEGETABLES when all you really want to do is down about 3 sweet potatoes in the form of french fries.

I get it.  Life is busy, food is hard.  And it’s true what they say about leafy greens- they are one of nature’s healthiest, most important foods.

Spinach itself could provide all the nutrients a person needs in high enough quantities without ever touching another vegetable.

It’s magic food.

So if you find yourself flailing in the meantime as you mean to get those greens in but don’t, cut yourself some slack and try some of these 3 ways of getting in a little extra.  It’ll do your body good.

1. Greens Capsules and Powders

I’m known in some parts for my smoothie recipes which, in my opinion, are bomb.

And usually I’ll use fresh greens and grind them up to include.

Spinach is great with banana, kale is awesome with raspberry.

But when you’re on the go or out of spinach, there’s also several great powders you can use that combine all the goodness and nutrition of leafy greens with other vegetables, many of which we don’t commonly eat.  These can be mixed into smoothies and taste great.

I love these greens caps from Premier Research Labs because they have some crazy weird greens in them!  All organic and nutritionally power-packed, there are a lot of greens you’ll probably never eat.

I’m talking to you barley grass!

These are great to take with food and it also comes in powder form for smoothies.

Find the greens capsules on Amazon here or the greens powder here

I also really love this greens powder for smoothies.  Just another great option to mix in! Find it here.

2. Baby Food

Okay, so maybe it sounds gross.

But if you’re in a hurry, making a smoothie in the morning or just need something to grab and sip, there are some seriously great baby foods out there.

Who says baby’s are the only ones who can eat pureed fruits and vegetables?

The best part about these is that they are pureed so you still get all the important fiber.

My favorite are these organic spinach, apple, and kale packets. (Find them here)

Truly, they taste pretty good and I love to just throw them into a smoothie or brownie batter, or whatever and I get extra greens in the process!

3. Chips

I don’t know if it’s possible to make spinach into a chip.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

But I do know one thing.

Kale can be made into a chip.

And it’s DELICIOUS.

I’m a huge, huge fan of kale chips.  For some reason, they genuinely don’t taste like kale.

They are crunchy, salty and still good for you.

Find some of my favorite kale chips here.

From mixing purees into spaghetti sauce, to dressing up veggies like cute tiny animals, there are tons of ways to get more veggies.

What are some sneaky ways you like to get your greens?

 

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Fruit Is Life: Snacks for Any Occasion

Fruit Is Life: Snacks for Any Occasion

I love fruit and I love chips. There’s no mystery there.

But I also love convenience, especially when I’m out on the town or on a great hike.  And mangos don’t always fit in my purse!

How do those things go together?  Easy:  freeze dried fruit.

It’s delicious, it’s nutritious, it fits in my tiny clutch handbags and doesn’t get my hands sticky and gross on the run.

 It keeps well and its light and easy to carry. It’s the perfect snack.

Fruit sometimes gets a bad rap in the paleo community because of it’s relatively high sugar content (compared to other things most paleo folks consume).

However, fruit has been shown time and time again to improve inflammatory markers in people with chronic inflammation, provide important nutrients like Vitamin C as well as flavanoids and other anti-inflammatory compounds, is a great source of fiber, and it tastes DELISH.

It’s nature’s gift, so enjoy it.

Fresh fruit is obviously best, but there’s something wonderful about the convenience of freeze-dried that I just love.  Unlike regular dried fruit which is often coated in sugar, it’s fairly easy to find freeze dried fruit that has no added sugar.

Sugar isn’t even necessary with these delicious morsels of happiness, anyway.

And while there’s about as many brands of freeze dried fruit out there as you can imagine, these are a few of my new favorites which I have been thoroughly enjoying of late.

Jicama Chips

These jicama chips are no joke.  Did you even know they made chips from jicama?? Maybe it’s not dried “fruit” per se, but its awesome and delicious and I couldn’t write a snack post without letting you guys know about these little gems.

These particular ones are a bit spicy with chile and lime!  Yum!  Find Chile-Lime Jicama chips here.

Apple Chips

I’m also a huge fan of apple chips.  They’re so sweet/sour/yummy.  Apple is an awesome source of fiber and a lower glycemic fruit choice compared to some others.

These apple chips in particular are my fav.  They’re made from just apples and cinnamon, no added sugar.  Find Bare apple chips on Amazon here. 

Banana and Coconut Chips

Does it get much better than bananas and coconut?  This particular snack comes with dried coconut and chewy dried banana mixed together.  What a great snack with fruit, fiber, and good fats!  Find banana coconut chips here. 

Strawberry Chips

Of all the fruits, there is a very large body of evidence that strawberries are quite anti-inflammatory.  They’re also one of my favorite fruits EVER.  I like to get my dried ones from Steve’s Paleo Goods (find them here) but for freeze-dried strawberry chips, these do the trick.

Find strawberry chips here. 

I hope you all enjoy these yummy snacks!!

What are your favorite paleo snacks for on-the-go?

 

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5 Must-Have Condiments for the Paleo Kitchen

5 Must-Have Condiments for the Paleo Kitchen

You’re a busy person, with a lot on your plate.

You’ve probably got work, or school, or kids, or all three!

And you’ve decided to eat home-cooked, wholesome food to help with your health.

Maybe you have hormonal conditions, or an autoimmune disease, maybe you want to lose weight, or clear up acne, or lower cholesterol.

No matter what the situation is that helped you decide to eat a paleo diet, the stresses of modern life effect us all.

I don’t care how much time I have on my hands.  I just do NOT want to make my own mayonnaise. 

Or ranch. 

Or ketchup. 

Or barbecue sauce. 

Whatever it is, I’ve basically got time to make my main dish and vegetable, and zero time to get fancy making condiments.

But condiments are what make food worth eating sometimes. 

I mean, a delicious ranch sauce on a chicken salad, or mayonnaise on a burger.

There’s nothing quite like it.

That’s why I’m so glad that things are changing.  It is now possible to buy great sauces and condiments online, in paleo form, made with healthy oils and ingredients, so I can sauce it up guilt-free. 

And out of the dozens of wonderful options out there, these are a few of the new favorites from Primal Kitchen I think you just gotta have in your pantry.

Primal Kitchen Mayo

This is the original, the best and the most important condiment I always keep on hand.
Store-bought mayo is made with the nastiest of the nasty ingredients- even the “olive oil” kind is usually loaded up with soybean oil or some other kind of Omega 6 rancid disaster oil.  

Mayo is eggs and fat at its core, so it’s also super strange that the store bought stuff seems to last practically forever.

And mayo is something I use in a LOT of dishes.

Primal kitchen makes theirs with delicious avocado oil.  I love the flavor MUCH more than mayo I’ve made at home with olive oil (which can come out bitter if you use EVOO), it has a definite traditional mayonnaise taste.

It’s super easy to get this stuff quickly thanks to the magic of Amazon.  Find avocado oil mayonnaise here.

Primal Kitchen Chipotle Mayo

What’s better than regular mayo?

Ummm…chipotle mayo!

This stuff is to-die-for good and makes Mexican dishes quick and easy.  It spices things up like nothing else and it’s also made from the same healthy avocado oil that the other Primal Kitchen Mayo is made from.

It’s a must-have condiment in my kitchen.  Find it here.

Primal Kitchen Ranch

When I first went paleo, I sometimes had the thought, “what is life without ranch?”

Memories of chicken nuggets, pizza, wings, and french fries dipped in the stuff swam through my head.

And, of course, it’s the best salad dressing!

But my ranch days were long behind me when I discovered Primal Kitchen’s ranch dressing. 

This was missing from paleo eating for TOO LONG and thank GOODNESS Primal Kitchen makes a healthy version. 

The options with ranch dressing are endless and not limited to lettuce covering.

I bake it in casseroles, slather it on meat, and just generally do everything short of drinking it out of the bottle.

Yum.  Find Primal Kitchen Ranch here. 

Primal Kitchen Greek

Like Greek dressing?

Me too.

And I missed it quite a bit.

I eat a LOT of salads on this paleo diet.  And olive oil/balsamic vinegar gets OLD. 

So the introduction of greek dressing back into my diet was a true variety maker!  

It’s delish!  Find it here.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard

Okay, so honey mustard isn’t the hardest thing in the world to make.

It’s just honey and mustard, right?

But the whole ratio thing is bothersome and having it in a bottle means its ready to go for meats and salads, quickly and easily. 

You can trust this honey mustard to be made from organic ingredients that taste delicious.

I’m a huge fan.  Find Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard on Amazon here. 

What are your go to condiments?  What do you choose to make and what do you choose to buy?

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Exciting Changes to Grass Fed Meat Just in Time for the New Year

Exciting Changes to Grass Fed Meat Just in Time for the New Year

Grass fed meat is an important part of the paleo lifestyle and many of us make a big effort to eat as much of it as we possibly can.

But grass fed meat is not always easy to come by, nor is it easy to afford.

Enter Butcher Box.

SO many of my readers have now become big fans and loyal subscribers to Butcher Box’s pioneering subscription-style meat delivery service.

They make grass fed affordable and simple and can do boxes in beef, pork, and chicken.

But over time I’ve heard from some of you with some minor beefs (pun intended).

You guys were really excited about the idea but wished there was a bit more meat in each box.

You also wished they would use less plastic packaging so that you didn’t feel like a blight on the environment.

I heard you!

Butcher Box did too!

So they’ve made some great changes to their boxes the meet your needs!

Boxes now come with only biodegradable packaging and instead of a Styrofoam box to keep things cool, meat is packaged in a large reusable tote bag! (It’s really cute btw and great for picnics!)

Boxes also now come with an average of a WHOLE POUND of meat more per box for the same price!

Possibly best of all, there is now a pork and chicken ONLY box option if you’re just not feelin’ beef that month!

Butcherbox delivers right to your door, so its a great option for those of you who live far away from an available source of grass fed meat.

And the variety of cuts is awesome!

I’ve tried some great new cuts with this service and my readers who use Butcherbox love the included recipes.

A box of meat or even a subscription would make an AMAZING gift for anyone trying to go paleo in the new year and it would be something nice to do for yourself after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

Use this link to learn more and order from Butcherbox!  You’ll get FREE BACON added to your box just for signing up through us!  Get more on Butcher Box here!

Hooray!

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Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

The Holidays are here and that probably means you’ve got family in town or are getting ready to visit them.

Parties and get-togethers will abound and you know how they’ll go.

There will be buffets and smorgasbords of delicious foods that you will want to avoid for various reasons.

Maybe they hurt your stomach or sabotage your health.

Whatever the reasons are, a great trick for any health conscious party-goer is to bring something that you can eat and enjoy to the party. 

That way you’re a pleasant and considerate guest AND you know you have something to eat even if everything else there is off-limits for you!

And if you want to go off the paleo plan for the party (which is totally fine!) you can also consider taking a digestive enzymes supplement like this one with lactase, lysine, lipase and others to help your body process any of the dairy, grains, or excess fat you encounter.

These Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs make a great recipe to take to a party or make as an appetizer! 

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Ingredients:

Recipe:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a dish ensuring the shrimp are well coated
  2. Cover and leave in refrigerator for around 4 hours
  3. Preheat a grill to moderate heat. Meanwhile, thread shrimp onto skewers.
  4. Cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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What will you be making for holiday parties this year?

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