The Best Low Carb, Gluten-Free Pecan Sandies Recipe Ever

Get your sweet fix with these yummy shortbread Pecan Sandies!

Sweets have always been my dieting downfall. I can’t resist cookies, candy and pretty much all desserts. Tough on a Keto or Paleo diet. But, over the past couple years, I’ve found some great cookie, candy and dessert recipes that give me my sweet fix and are still healthy and low carb. This recipe definitely fits the bill.

I always loved Pecan Sandies cookies growing up. All that crumbly goodness was great dunked in a nice cold glass of milk. I tried these cookies and fell in love all over again. My sister, the cookie making queen in our family, couldn’t believe they had no flour in them when she looked at them. And she was impressed when she tasted them, too – as was everyone who tasted them. They are delish!

Keto-Friendly Pecan Sandie Recipe

Picture of Pure Monk 100% monk fruit sweetener.Adapted from isavea2z.com recipe for Keto Shortbread. I use a combination of coconut sugar and pure monk fruit powder to sweeten these, but you can use the sweetener of your choice. Pure monk fruit is soooo sweet, you only need a little. I love the Pure Monk monk fruit sweetener because there is no weird aftertaste like with stevia and erythritol. Read monk fruit sweetener labels carefully – many have other sweeteners in there. This was the only one I found that was just monk fruit. To make these cookies Paleo-friendly, substitute coconut oil for the butter.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups almond flour
6 Tbs softened cultured butter
1 Tbs organic coconut sugar
1/4 tsp Pure Monk monk fruit sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic chopped pecans (eliminate for shortbread or allergies)

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350°.
2) Mix softened butter and sweetener until light and fluffy. If the butter is too soft, it will be too oily, so don’t over soften the butter.
3) Mix in vanilla.
Picture of crumbly Keto Shortbread Cookie dough before it gets cooked.4) Add the almond flour slowly and mix well. It should look a little crumbly, but will stick together and be dough-like when you pick it up.
5) Drop by tablespoon full onto cookie sheet. Press each one down to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. They will not expand much when cooked, so don’t make them too thin.
Picture of Keto Pecan Sandies golden brown just out of the oven.

 

 

6) Cook for 8 – 12 minute, depending on thickness, on top rack. The edges will be a light golden brown when done. They will be very crumbly when hot and will harden as they cool. Cool on rack and enjoy! Makes 20 cookies.

Picture of Keto Pecan Sandies on a plate – one has had a couple bites taken out of it.
Macro Info per cookie if using my sweetener suggestions:

Calories: 101
Carbs: 3.8, Fiber: 1.6, Net Carbs: 2.2
Fat: 8.1
Protein: 3.2

Good luck eating only one!

 

How to Train Your Brain to Eat Less

Check out these healthy eating habits that help you eat less.

by Amanda Roberts

The human body, lead by the ever-powerful brain, goes through a number of automatic functions on a daily basis. The need for nourishment is an inherent one but this does not mean we do not have any control over what and how much we eat. By learning how to train the brain to eat less, it is possible to say goodbye to unhealthy eating and return to healthy habits. The brain can be trained in such regards but you will have to be persistent and not give up. And, as a great man once said, when you eat better, you feel better.

Re-discover Mindful Eating

We have grown accustomed to eating on the run and often in excessive quantities. Our hectic lifestyles are causing us to eat without paying attention to the food, seeking out meals that offer instant gratification. It has become common to eat your dinner in front of the TV, to have your breakfast while perusing the latest posts on social media and such. All of these habits are making us eat more than it is necessary, with the quality of the food becoming one of the things we fail to take into consideration.

The solution of how to train your brain to eat less is to take a step back and re-discover mindful eating. We need to eat in accordance with what the body needs. We have to analyze ourselves and decide whether we are actually hungry or just bored. Food should never be used to cover up negative emotions. By becoming aware about our tendencies, we can eat less and better. Thus, we will break the negative pattern and return to a healthy lifestyle.

Keep Temptations at a Safe Distance

Remember the sensation you get when you are bored? You want to munch on something, no matter if it is sweet or salty. This is emotional eating and it can do a lot of damage in the long run. A good solution is to avoid temptations and train your brain to opt for healthy choices instead. You have to clean your house and remove all unhealthy foods at once; otherwise, you will be just as tempted to eat them. The same goes for your workplace, as the job-related stress can cause a fake hungry sensation.

Organize your kitchen and include as many healthy snacks as it is possible. You should go shopping once a week and only with a well-prepared list accompanying you. Before leaving for grocery shopping, eat a hearty meal, prepared from fresh ingredients. This will keep you full while doing your shopping and, thus, you will avoid giving into temptations. It is also essential not to starve yourself, in the hope that you will eat less. This will only place the brain in survival mode, forcing many to eat unhealthy foods and in excessive quantities as well. Survival mode can also trigger the body to hold on tight to the fat you have for energy, which is the opposite of what you want to happen. This is why eating good amounts of quality food can help you lose weight faster than starving yourself.

Add Healthy Supplements

Picture of HealthForce Vitamineral Earth on a background of roots and herbs.In a world that pays less and less attention to healthy eating, it can be difficult to be the one who fights against the current. You can support your general well-being by taking natural supplements. For example, you can take Vitamineral Earth from Nourishing World, a powdered supplement that is rich in nutrients and other beneficial substances (omega-3 essential fatty acids, soluble fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and detoxifying herbs).

Viktamineral Green has been found to support the healthy functioning of the immune system. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels, preventing you from giving into temptations and reducing the risk of unhealthy cravings. This powdered supplement can easily be integrated into meals, having a detoxifying effect and stimulating the digestion.

Picture of Catie's Whole Food Magnesium on a background of foods rich in naturally occurring magnesium.Each supplement has a different purpose but many of them can help you keep your appetite in check. For example, did you know that magnesium deficiency is often associated with carb cravings? In order to counteract such problems, you can try Catie’s Whole Plant Food Magnesium to help keep any unhealthy cravings at a safe distance. Catie’s Magnesium can also help regulate the blood pressure, ensure healthy muscle function and prevent blood sugar crashes, and helps many people sleep better.

Meal Planning

You might say that you are too busy to plan your meals but, considering the alternative, you should definitely find the time. When you have an entire week of cooking planned, temptations will no longer be so appealing. If you are planning on going out to a restaurant, check out the menu in advance and make sure you are opting for healthy choices as well. Pay attention to the ingredients used and especially to starters, as these are often high in calories. Avoid overeating, even if it includes only healthy choices; moderation is the key, as the brain will learn how to respond to the change of amounts and kinds of food consumed.

Portion Size

Picture of woman eating a large ice cream dessert while playing on her phone.Fast food chains draw us with tasty meals. They make matters worse by supersizing everything, causing us to eat more than it is necessary. Unfortunately, at home, we follow the same tendency, filling our plates to the brim. A good way to change your mindset with regard to eating is by reducing the portion size. You can trick your brain by choosing a smaller plate and filling it to your pleasure. It has also been determined that, by using eating utensils in a smaller size, you will eat less. Practice portion control and you will no doubt see positive results. Don’t starve yourself, and don’t overeat. As stated before, moderation is key.

Drink Water Before a Meal

Closeup of a refreshing glass of water on a white backgroundResearch suggests that drinking at least 8 oz of water right before a meal can help you feel more full so you eat less. Drinking one half to one oz of water per your body weight is the recommended amount required daily and is excellent for overall health and wellness. As much as 75% of the US  population suffers from dehydration and doesn’t realize it. Drinking adequate amounts of water is beneficial for digestion, metablosm,  elimination and more. Drinking 8 to 12 oz of water right before you eat may help you eat less and gets you that much closer to your daily requirement of water.

Leave the Table While Still Hungry

In the old days, it was often said that you should get up from the table while still hungry. This is just as true today and it stands as testimony to why moderate eating is a great way to stay healthy. You should never eat until you can no longer breathe; this will have a negative impact on leptin, the hunger hormone. If the leptin mechanism no longer functions, the brain will not transmit the satiety sensation to the body and you will end up eating more than you were supposed. Again, don’t starve yourself, but retrain your brain to stop eating before you’re stuffed.

A Final Note

It is possible to learn how to train your brain to eat less, thus being able to maintain a better state of health. Follow the recommendations included in this article and return to mindful eating. Avoid giving into temptations, plan your meals in advance and do not shop on an empty stomach. Choose wholesome foods, drink lots of water and support a healthy diet with nutrient-dense supplements, as these can have a positive impact on your general well-being.

 

Author bio: Amanda Roberts is an authors most noted for her writing for Nutrition Inspector. Her favorite topics include health, nutrition and fitness because she wants to help people live a healthier lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook.

 

 

Try Our Low Carb Grain-Free Keto Pizza

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So, yesterday, my husband came home with all the stuff to make pizza at home for dinner. He had the already-made individual pizza crusts, sauce and all the fixings (I was a little appalled that he bought all the pre-made stuff, but that’s a whole other story). As I’m on a very low carb diet, I was a little jealous that I wouldn’t be partaking of the family pizza party. Then, I got to thinking about what I could put pizza fixings on that would be low carb and simulate a pizza crust. I had a jicama in the veggie drawer and decided to give it a try. Much to my delight, this low carb Keto pizza was totally yummy and worked great!

Jicama goes by many names, Mexican potato or Mexican turnip to name just a few. It is a root vegetable that is pretty low carb. A one cup serving of raw jicama has about 6 net grams of carbs. And, I don’t think I used a full cup of the vegetable for my recipe. I also made my own low carb Keto pizza sauce because the store bought one had sugar in it (what? why?) and soybean oil. Also, I like to add Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen to the sauce to bump up the protein in my pizza. Here are my recipes for low carb Keto Pizza and Keto/Paleo Pizza sauce.

Jicama frying before being made into grain-free Keto Pizza.Paleo/Keto Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

1 6 oz can organic tomato paste
3/4 cup organic tomato sauce
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp each oregano, basil, onion powder and garlic powder
3 scoops Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen

Keto-friendly, grain-free jicama pizza ready for the oven.Directions:

Combine first three ingredients and the spices in a small sauce pan. Simmer for 20 minutes so flavors get released and mix well. Remove from heat and add Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen. Stir well until completely dissolved. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Keto Jicama Pizza

The two slices of pizza, without anything besides cheese and my Paleo Pizza Sauce, have  about 9 net carbs, 17 g of protein, and 8 g of fat, depending on the brands used. Nine slices of uncured pepperoni adds 1 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of protein Yummy low carb Keto pizza on the plate, ready to eat.and 10 g of fat. Eight large olives, sliced, adds 0 carbs and protein, but 3 g fat.

Ingredients:

2 slices of jicama, about 1/4 inch thick (I cut mine from the middle so they’d be bigger)
1 Tbs grass-fed butter
2-3 tablespoons Paleo Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice

I tried the low carb Keto Pizza and really enjoyed it.Directions:
1. Melt butter on medium heat in a frying pan.
2. Add the slices of jimaca. Cook on medium heat for five minutes on each side.
3. Preheat oven to 400°.
4. Place jicama crusts on cookie sheet and add sauce, cheese and toppings.
5. Cook for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted to desired doneness.
6. Enjoy!

 

My Favorite 21 Day Detox Diet Recipes

Let These Recipes Help You Heal During Your 21 Day Detox!

by Kerrie Bross

I just finished up the 21 Day Detox Diet Plan for the third time. The 21 Day Detox Diet Plan was developed by Dr. Erica LePore, a naturopathic doctor with over 15 years of experience helping patients heal through detoxification and food testing. Even though I eat a pretty clean diet, I do the detox once a year just to clean out any toxins that have built up and to help get me back on the heathy track. For an in depth report on the results after my first detox, check out this blog.

Another 21 Day Detox Diet Success Story

While I do it just to get a good cleanse, many people do the 21 Day Detox Plan to help figure out why they feel unwell. A good friend of mine is in this category. Melissa was feeling off for a long time. Her feet hurt when she got up in the morning. She often felt very tired, had low energy and was often down. She had gas and bloating, joint stiffness and a general feeling of malaise. I mentioned the detox to her last year when I did it, and she said she wanted to do it to see if food was triggering her symptoms. It took her until this year to finally get prepared and just do it. She was amazed by how much better she felt after just a couple of days.

Melissa’s Results During the 21 Day Detox Plan

In just the first week on the 21 Day Detox Plan, Melissa noticed an improvement in mood and energy, and she said she had bouts of unexplained happiness or giddiness. This was such a nice change after feeling down a lot for no reason. She also noticed she felt wide awake when she woke up in the morning – no dragging tiredness – and her feet no longer hurt when she got up. She noticed significantly less joint pain and the stomach issues were gone.

What Melissa Learned from Doing the 21 Day Detox Diet

Doing the 21 Day Detox helped Melissa realize a few very important things. She believes she was probably dehydrated most of the time. She also realized she was addicted to sugar and flour and that it was contributing to overeating. Now she stops eating when she’s full as opposed to feeding the sugar and flour addictions. She has made a breakfast smoothie part of her regular routine and loves starting the day with a glass of water. She says it is a nice way to gently wake up her system instead of filling it with egg and cheese on a bagel on the way to work. Many of the healthy habits she picked up during her Detox Diet have remained part of her daily routine and she feels so much better.

The 21 Day Detox Diet Plan is not easy – that is why it took Melissa so long to finally get prepared and do it. But, when done properly, it can help you figure out if certain foods are causing or contributing to your health issues. It is a very powerful tool when used properly. So, I wanted to help anyone who is attempting the diet with a list of my favorite recipes from this latest round of detoxing.

21 Day Detox Diet Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast Smoothie

This is my go to breakfast all the time, and now it’s Melissa’s, too. Although beef is not allowed on the diet, Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen from grass-fed cows is allowed, ( I checked with Dr. Lepore). To make this more filling and last with you longer, add 1 Tbs Perfect Coconut Oil.

Ingredients:
2 Tbs full fat organic coconut milk (Native Forest is my favorite)
Filtered water
1 Scoop Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
1 Scoop Perfect Acai Powder
2 Scoops Baobab Fruit Powder, (if doing the diet, you already have this)
1/2 Tbs Catie’s Gluten Free Greens
6 – 8 oz organic frozen fruit – my favorites are raspberries and pineapple-mango

Directions:
1) In a blender, add coconut milk then filtered water to the one cup line.
2) Add Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen, Baobab Powder, Perfect Acaiband Catie’s Greens to blender. Blend for a few few seconds to mix it all together.
3) Add organic fruit and blend on high until all the frozen fruit is broken down and well mixed in.
4) Pour in a glass and enjoy

A picture of Paleo Rice-Less Krispie Treats – good for a detox diet.Rice-less Krispie Treats

This recipe comes from Paleohacks. You will need a food processor to chop up the nuts. This is a good dessert or snack, as well as a good breakfast!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups raw almonds
1 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup creamy almond or cashew butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup honey, depending on how sweet you like it
salt to taste

Directions:
1) Place nuts in a food processor or high speed mixer. Pulse several times on high until the nuts are a crumbly mixture.
2) In a large mixing bowl, add nut mixture, honey, almond butter and salt. Stir to combine.
3) Line a loaf pan or small glass pyrex dish with parchment paper. Firmly press the mixture into the dish, all the way into the corners.
4) Refrigerate for at least two hours to set. Cut into 10 or 12 pieces. Store in the refrigerator so it stays firm.

21 Day Detox Lunch or Sides Recipes

I tried this Beet and Quinoa Salad and it was fantastic. I ditched the dijon mustard and used 1/4 tsp ground mustard to eliminate any sugar or toxins from processed mustard. Make sure you buy organic edamame because soy is a GMO crop. Week two you cannot eat soy, so substitute garbanzo or black beans instead of the edamame. One batch was enough for a few lunches. I sometimes added leftover chicken to make it a little more filling.

This Three Bean Salad is so invigorating with the fresh parsley. The dressing calls for 1/4 cup granulated sugar. I used 2 Tbs honey instead. Use more or less according to your tastes.

Last nights leftovers always make good lunches. Read on for the snack and dinner recipes I loved this time around.

21 Day Detox Snack Recipes

Picture of a box of Simple Mills Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Crackers and a Bag of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips.I could not get through the 21 Day Detox Diet without having snacks and homemade goodies on hand.  I also found a couple of great store-bought snacks this time around that are really flavorful, healthy and only have ingredients that are allowed. See the picture.

I have a sweet tooth, so I needed lots of pre-made sweet snacks. One day we were going to the movies and I needed a sweet snack to munch on that was small and candy like. I found a maple glazed nut recipe that I altered a bit. The following recipe is so good, I’ve made it a few more times since my diet ended!

A picture of Paleo Maple-glazed Nuts in a white dish.Paleo Maple Glazed Nuts

Ingredients:
5 cups of organic nuts – I used macadamias, pecans, walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts
4 Tbs organic maple syrup
1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt – to taste

Directions:
1) Add maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix to combine.
2) Add nuts and stir so all are well covered in the maple mixture.
3) Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out the nuts with a slotted spoon and let the excess liquid drip off for a few seconds. Place in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
4) Cook at 250° in a preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes if you can. Store in an airtight container.

Picture of a dish of Coconut Chia-Seed Pudding with big blackberries on top.Other Sugar-Free Snacks

I also ate the Rice-less Krispie Treats for sweet snacks along with Dr. Lepore’s Vanilla Coconut Chia Seed Pudding. Fruit is always a healthy snack. I ate a lot of apples, tangerines and pears. I couldn’t eat icecream, but I have a Yonanas machine that turns frozen fruit into sorbet. My family ate bags of frozen berries this way. My kids like it sweetened with a little honey. For salty snacks, and for an appetizer, I ate a lot of fresh guacamole with the Red Rice chips.

Guacamole

Ingredients:
2 medium avocados
1/4 cup diced organic tomatoes
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
1/2 Tbs organic dried onion
1/2 Tbs organic lime juice or fresh squeezed lime juice

Directions:
1) Cut avocados the long way and use a spoon to scoop out the green goodness. Mash to desired consistency.
2) Add 1 Tbs filtered water and the dried onion to a glass dish and zap in the microwave for 30 seconds. Fresh onion can be used, but my kids don’t really like fresh onion and this is fast.
3) Add onion, salt, and lime juice to the avocado mixture. Mix well and adjust salt if needed. Add tomatoes and serve immediately. If you are not eating right away or if there is any left over, this is a trick to keep it from going brownish on top. Put it in as small a container as possible so there is only a little open to air. Slowly add water so it sits on top, completely covering the guacamole with about 1/4 inch of water. When it comes time to eat it, pour off the water and stir.

21 Day Detox Dinner Recipes

Picture of Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup recommended by Dr. Erica LePore for those on the 21 Day Detox Diet Plan.This stuffed turkey tenderloin recipe is fantastic right out of the oven or as leftovers. It is completely compliant and no changes were needed. I also really enjoy the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup from the 21 Day Detox Plan website. A few nights we did roasted chickens or rotisserie turkey for dinner and for leftovers. Then, I made bone broth and really good chicken soup. Here’s the link to my bone broth and chicken soup recipe. It says chicken noodle soup, but it tells you how to make it chicken and rice soup. It was the soup days that I ate Guacamole and Red Rice chips to make the meal a little more filling.

Another thing I made a few times was Fresh Basil Pesto. This recipe puts it on chicken breasts, which totally works for the 21 Day Detox Plan. I usually made just the pesto and ate it on baked spaghetti squash with some diced chicken thrown in for protein. YUM!!!! Trader Joe’s makes brown rice and quinoa pasta that you can eat on this diet, too.

How to Find Recipes for the 21 Day Detox Diet Plan

There are lots of recipes out there that work for the 21 Day Detox Diet Plan. Search for Paleo versions of your favorite recipes and those will usually work with little or no tweaking. The best way to be successful on this diet is to have food on hand that you can eat, including snacks. Make sure to make some emergency turkey meatballs to freeze for a quick meal in case you are in a hurry. The recipe I made was not great, so I didn’t share it, but having them was good for rushed meals when I wasn’t well prepared. Check spaghetti sauce jars, many have sugar in them.

Last thing, these recipes are tasty, healthy recipes good for any time, not just when your detoxing. Enjoy!

 

Keto, Paleo and Primal Diets Are Basically the Same… but Here are the Wee Tiny Differences…

Paleo, Primal, Keto: What"s the difference?

If you hear about one more type of diet, just one more, you are going to start breaking things.

Seriously!

It’s bad enough that there are one thousand and one different kinds of supplements out there that it can push a person into multivitamin madness, but all of the different kinds of diets roaming around can push one over the edge.

You have the grapefruit diet. The crash diet. The Atkins diet. The Mediterranean diet. The detox diet. The vegetarian diet. The semi-vegetarian diet. . . .

Seriously!

Many people are calling it a day to just be on a See Food diet. They see food, and they eat it.

But we like to keep things pretty simple around here: Eat real food that isn’t processed, and let the chips fall where they may.

Because these seem to be in the spotlight, let’s (briefly) talk about the keto diet, paleo diet and primal diet, and what their differences are.

Eat Real, Unprocessed Meat, Oils & Vegetables on a Paleo or Primal Diet.

The Primal and Paleo Diets

Let’s talk about these two in one sitting, because they are basically the same thing. But modern man came along and made them into two separate things because … well … heck, we don’t know. Let’s not make rocket science out of simple science.

Primal, which is short for primeval, means of first importance – primary. It’s the first years of the world’s existence – the Genesis biblical era.

Paleo is short for Paleolithic. It’s how we humans lived in ancient times when we used tools and weapons made of stone. “Cavemen,” in another words.

The primal and paleo diets are basically the same, but here are the only real differences:

  1. The primal diet includes raw, full-fat dairy as a source of healthy fats. The paleo diet restricts it.
  2. The paleo diet eliminates nightshade vegetables. Like white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. These are called “nightshade’ because these plants prefer shady areas. The primal diet doesn’t
  3. The primal diet includes coffee. The paleo diet restricts it.

Foods included are:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • raw or fermented dairy, like raw milk and cheese
  • pure maple syrup and raw honey
  • meat and fish, preferably grass-fed, cage-free and wild-caught

It’s the same as our ancient ancestors ate. Real, unprocessed food. Nothing complicated, right?

Okay, so what about the Keto (Ketogenic) Diet?

Ketosis: Burn fats, not carbsThe ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, very low-carbohydrate diet (generally 20 to 50 net carbs daily) that is used as both a lifestyle and a medical method diet.

It forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies.

The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. So healthy fats are needed to fuel the body.

As an example of this being used as a medical method, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.

Foods included are:

  • High-fat meat.
  • Low-carb fruits and vegetables.
  • Dairy (including yogurt and cheese and cottage cheese).
  • Coconut oil and olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Dark chocolate.

Paleo Primal and Keto Diets Compared

So Which One is Best?

As you can see, they are all good. But there is no size fits all here anyway, and we are not going to tell you what diet you should choose. You’re the captain of your health ship, and only you can set the course that is best for your own voyage.

But just keep common sense in check. Eat real food that isn’t processed. Watch your stress level. Keep it under control with Monday-morning traffic and irritating coworkers. Smile and laugh more. Keep friends close and enemies closer.

And, hey, maybe you’ll just live forever with a body you’ve always wanted.

Okay, almost.

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Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Check out these posts for great Paleo recipes:

Paleo/Primal Crepe
Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread
Grain Free Pumpkin Granola
Paleo Holiday Recipes

Til next time.

From the staff of Nourishing World

Paleo Holiday Recipes

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So, if you’re like me, then most people you know still have a modern diet and holiday parties are filled with lots of enticing foods that are loaded with flour, sugar and processed oils. I feel a little better when I bring something that is both tasty and healthy. I know I can eat that one dish, at least, without any guilt. The chocolate cream pie is now a new favorite and I’ll be making a few over the next couple weeks. Need an easy healthy cookie recipe for your party? The chocolate macaroon cookies below are no-bake and delish! There are links at the end to other recipes we’ve done that would be good for holiday parties, as well. And, if you’re not much of the make-from-scratch kind of person, then a big veggie tray is an easy, healthy addition to any party. My family’s favorites for the veggie tray are snap peas, sliced red peppers, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and cauliflower. I’ve included below an easy ranch dressing made from avocado mayonnaise, so it’s Paleo-friendly. Enjoy your holidays and all the parties!

Easy Paleo/Primal Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup avocado mayonnaise (Try Primal Kitchen MAYO)
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • Optional Primal Ingredient: 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, & Vegan. Inspired by GI365.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, (from the can)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup big flake coconut
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (I used 80% dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes until the caramel thickens, stirring constantly to keep the caramel from sticking.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla, sea salt, and coconut. Stir to combine. If you’re using the almond or cashew butter, mix it in thoroughly.

Finally, add the almonds and chocolate chunks and combine, stirring as little as possible to keep the chunks intact. No worries, though – it’s still very good even if the chocolate melts.

Portion the cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet and let cool. This version of no-bakes takes a full 3-4 hours to fully set up, but you don’t have to wait that long because they’re really good warm and gooey.

Note: To keep this recipe 100% dairy free and vegan, be sure to use a chocolate that is dairy free.

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Paleo Chocolate Silk Pie

I had to find a great chocolate cream pie recipe because it’s my step-father’s favorite. This silky, decadent Paleo chocolate cream pie fits the bill! The pie is dairy-free as long as you use coconut oil instead of butter. This one’s for you Kenny!

Inspired by lafujimama.com.

For the chocolate almond crust:

  • 1 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil or butter

For the chocolate silk pie filling:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or pastured milk

For the coconut whipped cream:

  • 1 (13 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Make the chocolate almond crust first.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar in a medium bowl. Add the egg and coconut oil to the bowl and beat with a mixer until a crumbly dough-like mixture forms. This may seem a little dry or hard to mix, but that’s normal. Just get everything well combined.

Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then let the pie crust cool completely before filling. Refrigerate to speed the cooling process if necessary.

2) Make the chocolate silk filling.

Place the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted; do not overheat the chocolate!

With the blender running on low speed, pour the hot chocolate milk in over the other ingredients. Blend until the mixture is smooth and completely incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

3) Make the coconut whipped cream.

Refrigerate the coconut milk at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream. The makes the thick cream separate from the liquid and firm up. Chill a glass or metal bowl in the freezer 20 minutes before making the whipped cream.

Remove the lid from the can of coconut milk. The coconut cream will be very thick on the top. Gently scoop this part out and put it in the chilled bowl. Save the watery liquid for another recipe.

Using a mixer, whip the coconut cream until it is light and fluffy and peaks form, then mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Scoop on top of the pie and use a spatula to spread, or use a pastry bag to decorate the top of the pie with the whipped cream.


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Which Superfoods Will Protect My Eyesight?

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Our eyes are under a lot of strain and sadly, for some of us, this will lead to serious damage and even blindness later in life. The culprit? Blue light emitted from our personal digital devices, computers and lighting. Over time, these harmful rays can cause degeneration of our retinas and lead to sight loss.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Scientists at Harvard University have shown that certain superfoods actually protect against the damaging effects of blue light and can protect our eyesight in the future.  

What’s the science?

The reason blue light is so dangerous is that is has a much higher frequency than other visible light. This means the light rays vibrate more violently as they enter your eye, causing damage to your retina. Specifically, they damage your macula – a highly-pigmented area at the back of the retina.

The macula acts as a filter to blue light. It’s packed with yellow pigment, which fends of those harmful rays. Repeatedly having to do this takes its toll however, leading to what is called advanced macular degeneration. This condition is the leading cause of blindness in the West, affecting a staggering 30% of people over the age of 75. And we can only assume that, in the age of the ever-present smartphone, this figure looks set to rise.

How can superfoods help?

The Harvard study found that the nutrients in certain superfoods have a significant benefit to the health of our eyes. It followed the visual health of over 100,000 participants over the course of 20 years to conclude that two nutrients are vital in protecting against macular degeneration: lutein and zeaxanthin.

Researchers showed that people eating a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are 40% less likely to suffer from advanced age-related macular degeneration. The reason? These two little carotenoids contain the yellow pigment the macula needs to be able to filter out blue light. Pretty clever huh?

Which superfoods should I be eating?

Fermented_Kale_supplementTop of the list is superfood favorite, kale. We always knew we loved these nutrient-dense greens and it can feature in a wide range of dishes from stir-fry to smoothies. If you’re not keen on its earthy taste don’t worry, there are also clever products and supplements that make eating your greens so much easier. Try Perfect Fermented Kale supplement to quickly and easily get concentrated kale into your diet.

Other foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin include raw cress, raw spinach, cooked spinach and green peas. And in a slightly disappointing myth-buster, carrots were found to have relatively low levels of eyesight-protecting nutrients.

So, it looks like eating your greens is a must when it comes to protecting your eyesight. But exactly how many greens do you need to eat?

How much lutein and zeaxanthin do I need?

At this point in time, there is no established Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for either lutein or zeaxanthin. However, in another study into visual health – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2) –  just 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin per day were found to have significant benefits to macular health.

In the study, this was provided in the form of a supplement but just one cup (or 100g) of cooked kale is thought to contain around 20mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Five portions a day of other green vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli and peas, would also provide you with sufficient levels of these very special carotenoids. That’s a pretty delicious way to protect your eyesight!  

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