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myPaleoPal http://www.mypaleopal.com #1 Paleo Food Journal & Community App Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:26:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Introducing the ‘Happy Body’ App + Details on Development http://www.mypaleopal.com/mpp-launching-new-app-happens-next/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:21:01 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2355 Hello MPP users! We wanted to give you a quick update about the transition of MyPaleoPal to a new food tracking app, which will be called ‘Happy Body’ going forward. As you know from our previous announcement (read more here), due to some unforseen changes in the technology platform that we use as the backbone ...

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Hello MPP users!

We wanted to give you a quick update about the transition of MyPaleoPal to a new food tracking app, which will be called ‘Happy Body’ going forward.

As you know from our previous announcement (read more here), due to some unforseen changes in the technology platform that we use as the backbone for our MPP app, we were forced to redevelop our app pretty much from the ground up.

As a result, our developer-in-chief Adrien spent many hours researching the best solutions and technologies to rebuild the app. As a team, we took this as an opportunity to improve the app and come up with new features that would benefit our growing community.

The technology that supports our current MPP app is ceasing to exist at the end of January, so we had a tight deadline to launch the new app before then. Earlier this week, we quietly released the very first version of our new app, ‘Happy Body,’ on the iOS app store.  Some of you might have already seen and downloaded it.

We are super excited to launch the new app BUT we must be transparent and honest with you guys: it’s not quite there yet.  

Right now, you are able to create your new account and to start logging your food, see what others are posting, and to like and comment on posts.

This week, we are working on adding notifications and the journal features back in the app.  Then, it’s a long list of all the fun and exciting features – old and new – that we can only release gradually.

Every time we make an update to the app, we have to resubmit it to the app store, and this can only be done every second week. That means we can’t release new features as frequently as we would like.

We do promise that all you favourite features and some news ones will be arriving within the ‘Happy Body’ app over the next few months.

As we mentioned in the previous update, it is extremely complicated and time-consuming to migrate everyone’s existing posts, streaks and badges, so unless you really want to keep your journal and streak, we would appreciate it if you begin fresh. If your streak means a lot to you – and we understand why! – please email us at team@mypaleopal.com, and we will do our best to get your data migrated to the new app in due time.

We will send you updates about the latest app releases and when the current app is no longer usable. We will also be releasing some fresh app tutorials, mostly for our new users. Our existing app users should find their way around pretty easily.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding. We hope to see your gorgeous faces and tasty photos in our new app – ‘Happy Body.’

If you have any questions about the new app, please shoot us an email

Sincerely,

The MPP and HBF Teams (Adrien, Alex, Bel, Irena & Seb)

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Saying Goodbye to myPaleoPal – What’s Next http://www.mypaleopal.com/saying-goodbye-mypaleopal/ Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:27:15 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2349 Before we make the big switch, we have some big news! We don’t want to confuse anyone who uses the myPaleoPal app for iOS. First, we absolutely love and value our community, and we want you all to join us for what’s next! Don’t worry – it’s good news. What’s going on The technology provider ...

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Before we make the big switch, we have some big news! We don’t want to confuse anyone who uses the myPaleoPal app for iOS. First, we absolutely love and value our community, and we want you all to join us for what’s next! Don’t worry – it’s good news.

What’s going on

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The technology provider we have been using for myPaleoPal – a company owned by Facebook called “Parse” – has announced it has decided to stop servicing its customers, and they will be shutting down.

This was a terrible blow for the entire team here at myPaleoPal, because it meant that two years of effort and growing our community would be thrown away. The only solution to continuing the adventure was to develop the app again in a completely new programming language. Sounds fun, right? Basically, we had to start from scratch.

Needless to say, that’s what Adrien has been hard at work doing over the past six months! This is also why there haven’t been many new features bubbling up on the myPaleoPal app recently. Adrien has been working on new developments behind the scenes so we can keep up the momentum and continue to build.

Because we also spend a lot of our time developing the Happy Body Formula project, we thought it was the right time to bring both projects closer and merge. The new app will be called Happy Body.

What will the new app look like?

The app will have a similar foundation to myPaleoPal. Users will share pictures of meals and healthy lifestyles to stay accountable and connect with like-minded people. To fully embrace the circumstances, we wanted to take this opportunity to go much further. With time, the new Happy Body app will allow you to join all of the free and premium programs offered by Happy Body Formula such as the 7-Day Eat Better Challenge, the 7-Day Sleep Better Challenge and of course, the 9-week Happy Body Formula program. The app will also help you track your sleep, exercise and nutrition all in one place.

We are super excited!

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One major difference it that we will be doing away with the crowdsourced “approval system.” This is something that many people didn’t really love, because it felt a bit too “big brother-ish.” Ultimately, we decided to scrap it.

What this means for you

What this means is that come mid-January, the myPaleoPal app will seize to function. We wish it didn’t have to happen this way, but sadly, this is out of our control. Around the same time, we will release the new Happy Body app. At first, the new app won’t have as many features. Don’t worry – that will change with time!

Sadly, it is very difficult for us to transport your posts and data over from one technology platform to another. Thus, it is unlikely they will be transferred. If you have a day streak you are proud of and you would like to keep it, please email Seb at seb@happybodyformula.com, and we will manually update your streak on the new app.

We are very sorry we have come to this, but we hope you understand the problem is beyond our control, so we’ve taken the steps we think are best to preserve our community and our mission. We sincerely hope you will continue your journey to better health with us on the new Happy Body app.

Stay tuned for details on the release. We hope to see some familiar faces!

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Paleo Grocery List: Costco Bulk Buys http://www.mypaleopal.com/paleo-grocery-list-costco/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:23:04 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2271 If you’re not shopping at Costco, now is the time to start. If you are within an hour of a location, it’s worth the drive to stock up on the good stuff every so often. If you’re not already familiar, Costco is a wholesale grocery store, and they have got the deals. While I hesitated ...

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If you’re not shopping at Costco, now is the time to start. If you are within an hour of a location, it’s worth the drive to stock up on the good stuff every so often. If you’re not already familiar, Costco is a wholesale grocery store, and they have got the deals. While I hesitated getting a membership myself for awhile considering the size of both my kitchen and household (both quite tiny!), I received a membership as a gift. One trip with my paleo grocery list in hand was all it took to convince me; it was love at first sight. Seriously, I was giddy upon walking into the store. I think many of us foodies can agree that a new grocery store experience can be quite magical.

Whether you’re feeding two or ten, there are products here for everyone who wants to eat well and save money – who doesn’t? The membership itself When your pantry is full of good eats, so are you. Here are some of my favorite paleo grocery list staples with packaging and price details.

This is my personal list from experience at my local Costco. Some items may not be available at all stores and prices may vary/are subject to change. I have heard that the team is very responsive to customer demand, though. If you don’t find one of these paleo grocery list staples at your store, bring it up with staff and they may be able to stock up.


 

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For all of your meat needs.

Protein

  • 5 dozen Organic Large Cage Free Eggs: $15.79

I love buying eggs at Costco, because in this house, we go through ’em quick. From hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot turning into both meals and snacks to putting an egg on everything from soup to sweet potatoes to the random baking experiments that go down, 5 dozen is nothing. While it’s great to source local, pasture-raised eggs when possible, you can get a package of two or five dozen at Costco on a budget.

Alternative: 2 dozen Organic Cage Free Eggs: $5.99

  • 5 oz can Wild Planet Albacore Tuna (pack of 6): $14.99

This is hands down my favorite brand of sustainable, canned seafood. I love their sardines, salmon, and tuna. 30 oz. of tuna at about $0.50/oz. is the best deal on the stuff you’ll find anywhere, even shopping with online stores such as Thrive Market. There’s no reason not to stock up, even if you’re the only one eating it.

Alternative: 5 ct. 3.75 oz can Sardines: $7.99

  • 3 lbs. Aidell’s Sausage: $13.49

This stuff is breakfast made easy. I adore the chicken-apple variety which is 100% paleo-compliant with no added sugar or dairy which many of the other flavors do contain. Aidell’s promotes their hormone and antibiotic-free meat proudly which makes me even more excited to find such a good deal on the stuff. They’re pre-cooked, so it makes the ideal morning staple for healthy, on-the-go eats.

Alternative: 2.25 lb. True Story Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage: $14.99

  • Organic Young Chicken: $2.49 per lb.

At one time, there was a chicken in my crock pot every week. I still love to batch-cook some poultry, it’s just my Instant Pot that gets the attention now. Regardless of the method, cooking a whole chicken is one of the easiest ways to add protein to a huge variety of meals. At $2.49/lb., you can afford to make a pretty big batch.

Alternative: Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: $4.99 per lb.

  • 4 lbs. Kirkland Organic Ground Beef: $17.99

Although this particular brand isn’t grass-fed (they do carry it at my store!), it has an oh-so-glorious price tag that is worth the sacrifice as a savvy budget buyer. No matter what else is in my fridge, I can always find a creative way to use ground beef from taco salads to stuffed peppers or a quick meat sauce to throw on top of spaghetti squash.

Alternative: Top Round Roast (Beef): $5.79/lb.

 


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Got the munchies?

Snacks

  • 2lbs Medjool Dates: $8.99

Medjool dates are nature’s candy in its truest form. Sweet, chewy, and perfectly dangerous yet healthy. If you’re trying to kick sugar for good, don’t forget to add them to your paleo grocery list. Make your own Larabars, make date paste to use as a natural sweetener, whizz a few into a smoothie, or stuff ’em with coconut manna for a snack.

Alternative: 40 oz. Sun-Dried Unsulphured Figs: $9.79

  • 10.58oz Hail Merry Sea Salt Caramel Macaroons: $7.99

If you don’t know about these things already, maybe it’s best that you don’t buy the bulk option. They are highly delicious and highly addictive, especially the sea salt caramel flavor. They’re made of raw ingredients like almond flour and coconut so you can feel good about indulging in a few.

Alternative: 14 oz. Hail Merry Lemon Pie Macaroons: $8.99

  • 18 ct. Lara Bar: $15.79

Whole30 and paleo-approved (besides the peanut cookie flavor!), having these handy is always a good thing. Stash a few at the office, a couple in the car, one in your purse, and hide the rest away so nobody else finds ’em. The average sale price of a 5 ct. box in any other store is approximately $5.00, so this is quite the bargain at $0.87 per bar.

Alternative: 18 ct. Kind Bars: $17.49

  • 6 ct. 60 oz Cans Natural Olives: $7.29

360 oz. of olives for less than eight bucks?! Count me in. It might seem absurd, but we all need a little fat boost from time to time. These are one of my favorite salty snack fixes and flavor additions to any meal. Salads, taco fixings, or a little charcuterie plate at home make these a necessary addition to my paleo grocery list.

Alternative: 4 ct. 12 oz. Wholly Guacamole: $8.49

  • 6 oz. packs Organic Roasted Seaweed: $8.69

Seaweed snacks are packed with vitamins and minerals and all things good about green food. These snack packs are great for that late night potato chip craving, sprinkling on salads and soups for a little flavor, and packing in kid’s lunch boxes. I eat these like Pringles: once ya pop, the fun don’t stop.

Alternative: 6.4oz Kale Chips: $8.99


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Get a little nutty.

Pantry Staples

  • 2.5lbs Dry Roasted Almonds: $16.99

Consider purchasing almonds in bulk to make your own almond meal, almond butter, and snack packs. While you can also get double jars of nut butter at Costco for a great price ($10.99 for 26 oz!), purchasing the nuts on their own will give you the most bang for your buck.

Alternative: 26 oz. MaraNatha Roasted Almond Butter: $6.29

  • 2lbs Raw Oregon Honey: $9.89

Honey is a staple in my pantry not only for my sweet tooth, but for my homemade beauty products. I run out of the tiny jars far too often, and I notice when it’s gone. Two pounds of raw honey for less than $10 is the best deal I’ve ever seen. While some people value local honey, this is a steal if you’re on a budget.

Alternative: 1 liter Organic Maple Syrup: $11.79

  • 43.3oz Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil (pack of 2): $25.99

You might be asking, “What would I ever do with 86.6 oz. of coconut oil?” But you should be asking, “What wouldn’t I do?” Bulletproof coffee, everyday cooking needs, moisturizing, oil pulling… this is the gift that keeps on giving. Keep a jar in the kitchen and another in the bathroom. It’ll go quicker than you think.

Alternative: 24 oz. Organic Hemp Oil: $4.99

  • 33.8oz Chosen Foods Avocado Oil: $9.99

Avocado oil is special for a few reasons. Its mild tastes makes it a fine contender for homemade mayonnaise while its high smoke point makes it great for roasting veggies and meats at high temperatures. Getting the big bottle without putting a dent in your wallet? You can’t go wrong.

Alternative: 1 liter Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: $12.99

  • 32 oz. Organic Black Chia Seeds: $9.99

If you’re missing something a little sweet for breakfast, check out chia pudding recipes. Simply let them sit in your favorite non-dairy milk overnight. Mix with fruits, nuts, seeds, and protein powder for a complete meal. You can use these healthy little bursts of omega-3’s in countless ways, so a big bag will be warmly welcome on your paleo grocery list.

Alternative: 48 oz. Golden Flax Seed: $7.99


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Heaven on earth.

Produce

  • 160 oz. Organic Carrots: $4.79

Carrots don’t generally break the bank, but they are always on my paleo grocery list, and I go through ’em like a bunny rabbit. I use them often whether I’m dipping and snacking, shredding ’em up for slaw, roasting them, or adding them to a mirepoix for an Instant Pot stew. This is TEN POUNDS of carrots rounding out at <$0.50 per pound. Yes, please.

Alternative: 2 lbs. Earthbound Farms Peeled Baby Carrots: $5.99

 

  • 4 lb. Organic Frozen Strawberries: $9.79

My freezer is tiny, and at any given time, much of its limited space is occupied by my 4 lb. bag of frozen strawberries from Costco. I have to choose my frozen bulk items wisely, but these always make the cut when I’m writing out my paleo grocery list. They make an easy snack, addition to smoothies, and can easily be turned into tasty condiments like jam.

Alternative: 3 lbs. Kirkland Frozen Blueberries: $9.79

 

  • 3 lb. Organic Bananas: $1.99

I know bananas are one of the most inexpensive fruits across the boards, but organic bananas for $0.66/lb. is, for lack of a better word, bananas! You can even choose a ripe bunch and freeze them in chunks or slices. Banana ice cream, anyone? Or, you can let them get nice and spotty and indulge in a little banana bread. Mmm.

Alternative: 5 Large Hass Avocados: $5.99

  • 16 oz. Organic Baby Spinach: $3.69

If you’re planning a paleo grocery list, you’ve probably got a long list of greens to pick up. It’s one of the main emphases when it comes to eating healthy. A pound of spinach all but disappears in a day in my house. Sometimes I blend it, sometimes I add it to my eggs, sometimes I just throw a heap of it in a mixing bowl and make a salad. This is by far the best deal, and I can even budget for two containers.

Alternative: 3 ct. Organic Romaine Lettuce: $3.99

  • 3.5 lb. Organic Summer Squash: $6.99

Ah, yet another paleo grocery list staple that seemingly does a vanishing act in my fridge. Thanks to my handy dandy spiralizer, I can turn every ounce of these into zoodle dishes. Stir-fries, raw salads, spaghetti, or chicken zoodle soup. If you’re a fellow zoodler, this deal is too good to pass up.

Alternative: 2 lbs, Fresh Green Beans: $5.99


 

Are you ready to get your shop on? Eating real food can be costly, but it shouldn’t prevent you from doing so. Whether you’re struggling to feed a large family or working under a strict budget for any reason, shopping in bulk can be beneficial. If you don’t have a lot of cold storage space like me, it’s still worth it to pack the pantry tight with dry goods. Shopping big = saving money and saving time since you won’t have to make such frequent grocery runs. It’s a win-win. Don’t forget your paleo grocery list on the way out the door. Oh, and the re-useable bags… I always forget the bags.

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10 Methods for Natural Detox http://www.mypaleopal.com/the-best-methods-of-natural-detox/ Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:57:00 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2253 When the holiday season finally ends, we shift our focus. It’s all about resolutions, getting back on track, begrudgingly going back to work, and swearing off cookies for at least a month. Whether you’re jumping on board with a challenge at your gym or considering The Happy Body Program, there are countless ways to immerse ...

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When the holiday season finally ends, we shift our focus. It’s all about resolutions, getting back on track, begrudgingly going back to work, and swearing off cookies for at least a month. Whether you’re jumping on board with a challenge at your gym or considering The Happy Body Program, there are countless ways to immerse yourself in a supportive community to make sure your new year’s resolutions don’t get forgotten too quickly.

No matter what your game plan is, it’s easy to feel a little heavy after all the feasting that winter brings. If you’re ready to buckle down again, I’m sharing some of my favorite methods of natural detox that you can work into your daily routine to help you feel like your energetic and vibrant self sooner rather than later. Who knows? You may already be doing quite a few of these. Treat yourself to something good.


 

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The power of citrus is strong.

Lemon Water

If you’re feeling like you need a natural detox, water is a good place to start. Simple carbohydrates, excessive sugar, and too much caffeine or alcohol consumption naturally make us retain water. The solution? More of it! Lessening the bloat is as simple as making sure your h2o intake is up to speed. Adding a dash of fresh lemon squeeze provides the additional health benefits of an immune boost, an inflammatory-fighter, and a digestive aid. Drink up and don’t forget the citrus. Try it hot and cold. It’s best used first thing in the morning.


 

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The miraculous ACV.

Apple Cider Vinegar

There’s something about sipping on a tonic with a sorta funky taste like apple cider vinegar that makes it feel healthy. It’s like drinking kale juice – it might not taste great, but you know it’s good for you. ACV boasts a long list of healing properties since it’s packed with proteins, enzymes, and good bacteria. Try using apple cider vinegar by diluting a teaspoon or two in a glass of water. Taking it before a heavy meal can help with efficient digestion and keeping blood sugar levels stable.


 

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There’s an herb for everything.

Herbs

Whether you’re brewing it like tea or garnishing your dinner with it, here are a few herbs that can help with a natural detox and how to use ’em:

  • Dandelion. This root, sold in tea bags, is helpful in regulating digestion and promoting hydration, both of which will help you bounce back after some serious indulgence.
  • Turmeric. You can use the fresh root or the powder. Turmeric is a “superfood” you can add to anything from curry to warm coconut milk. It helps the health of your digestive system, immune system, and gut health for an easy natural detox method.
  • Ginger. This herb can be used fresh in cooking or brewed as a tea. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory so it can help you heal from eating foods your body rejects and help you feel better faster.
  • Milk thistle. This herb supports good liver health which might help you flush out toxins quicker if you’ve been indulgent with things like wine which inevitably take a harsh toll on the liver.

 

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Hit the sauna for some heat.

Sweat it Out

Hit the gym, hit the gym, or hit the streets. Sweating literally releases toxins from the body, and this is especially salt and alcohol – two big offenders at the holiday celebration table. Natural detox is made easy by sweating it out a little whether that means walking, running, lifting weights, or hitting the sauna real quick. It’ll also help release endorphins which will ease you out of the potential post-cookie sugar coma. For many people, sugar causes mood irregularities, and exercise can help give your brain the boost it needs.


 

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An amazing self-care tool.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is easy, and it aids in the natural detox process from the inside out. It stimulates your lymphatic system, it can increase circulation which will speed up the process of eliminating metabolic waste, and it supports digestion and kidney functions. Feeling better isn’t only evident on what’s going on inside though; taking care of your appearance and pampering yourself can do wonders in helping you bounce back from both the stress and indulgence of the holidays. Try incorporating it into your everyday routine right before you shower.


 

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Load up on cruciferous veggies.

Fibrous Foods

Despite having a few too many paleo cookies, hopefully your holiday meals have been full of fibrous veggies and foods. Regardless, now is the time to load up on those crucifers like cauliflower and kale and eat your fruits. Reaching your daily fiber goals ensures feeling satiated and making sure your digestion is optimal. It’s necessary to “flush you out,” which is generally what people think of when they hear the word “detox.” Beyond that, reaching 50 grams of fiber per day is a surefire way to know that you’re getting your daily recommendation of vegetable servings.


 

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The healing golden nectar.

Bone Broth

There’s no secret about the healing properties of bone broth if you’re familiar with paleo. It’s easy and affordable to make, and it’s vital to anyone’s healing journey. If you’ve got some leftover from all the Christmas cooking, now is the time to make sure you’re getting it in. It’s got goodies for your liver (glycine) and your gut while providing all those minerals that we need including calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. It’s the ultimate tonic for a natural detox to combat any gut disruption with excess sweets or gluten consumption.


 

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The healthy way to fast.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be as easy as skipping breakfast. Essentially, it implements “eating windows,” so you can choose to eat between noon and 8 p.m. for example. This can be done regularly or just a day or two after a large meal as a natural detox method in order to reset. If you wake up still feeling lethargic and full from eating a bit too much, consider having a smaller meal window. This doesn’t mean restriction; it simply means packing in all of your calories during those hours. You can choose to have two large meals or three normal sized meals with less time in between.


 

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Show some love to the gut.

Probiotics

If you’re already taking a probiotic supplement, now is the time to make sure you’re not skipping a beat! With traveling and lack of sleep, we’re more prone to disrupting our immune system. On top of all the tasty treats, it’s important to keep our gut bacteria in line. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, yogurt, and kimchi will help ensure that the good bacteria outweighs the bad making this an awesome natural detox product.


 

Massage

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The true gift of healing.

Getting down deeper into the issue, a massage can help the body with a natural detox in the most restorative way. Regularly going to a masseuse not only eases aches and pains, but the pressure releases toxins from the muscle tissues and fats into the circulatory system. Now, your body has a chance to rid itself of what was previously “trapped.” Now, it’s time to give yourself a little gift; treat yourself to an afternoon at the spa to get your body and mind back in the right place.

 

What are your favorite secrets for a natural reset? When paired with a healthy diet, these methods of natural detox don’t require any restriction. As always, it’s important to focus on what you can add rather than take away when you set new goals.

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15 Healthy Gifts to Give for Christmas http://www.mypaleopal.com/10-healthy-gifts-to-give-for-christmas/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:44:45 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2228 Let’s get down to it. We all want to be that guy who boasts about being done with the holiday shopping at Thanksgiving dinner, but the reality? Well, we’ve all got a few last minute shopping to do. Whether it’s deciding on that tough-to-buy-for person or plain ol’ procrastination, there are a million excuses. What better ...

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Let’s get down to it. We all want to be that guy who boasts about being done with the holiday shopping at Thanksgiving dinner, but the reality? Well, we’ve all got a few last minute shopping to do. Whether it’s deciding on that tough-to-buy-for person or plain ol’ procrastination, there are a million excuses.

What better way to ring in the holidays and the new year than with some healthy gifts? Many of us strive to get our family and friends on board with making healthier choices, but sometimes, it’s better to show it rather than say it.

These present ideas are perfect for foodies, fitness freaks, and wellness warriors alike. No matter who you’re buying for, there’s a gift on this list for anyone who wants to eat, move, and live better. Get those last-minute purchases out of the way with confidence that the recipient will love what they got.


For the Foodies


 

The Instant Pot

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The quintessential kitchen tool.

Not only did I receive one Instant Pot for Christmas. Oh no, I received TWO. That’s right. Let me tell you, they’ve revolutionized what it means to cook. Tasty pot roasts, bone broth that always gels, quick and easily peeled boiled eggs, and veggies that would take an hour to roast? Done in no time. I even got one to give as a gift. This is the quintessential kitchen appliance, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that everyone needs one. There is no better way to express your love than with this bad boy.

Purchase the Instant Pot here


 

Spiralizer

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Give the gift of zoodles.

We love our zoodles around here. I’ve got a handheld spiralizer that works great for zucchini, but if you’re looking for healthy gifts to hand out, you might want to turn it up a notch with this tool. You can set it to noodle-fy in thin, thick, or ribbon slices. The real bonus? You can use this with anything from winter squash to sweet potatoes and those odd hard veggies like celeriac to create delicious and nutritious meals. If you know someone who struggles to eat their veggies, this could change the game.

 

Purchase the Paderno spiralizer here


 

Immersion Blender

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Tiny but mighty.

You may wonder why someone might use an immersion blender when their kitchen is already stocked. You could be working with your blender and your food processor without a hitch, but this tiny but mighty tool makes working with certain recipes a whole lot easier. Homemade mayo? You’ll never have a failed batch again. This idea for healthy gifts will come in handy for the novice chef who wants to get a little more experimental.

Purchase the immersion blender here


 

A Cookbook

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These are a few of our favorites.

We all have friends who strive to get healthier every year, but their cooking skills are… well, limited to say the least. The great thing about paleo? The focus is pretty simple. On paper, eating real food and “going on a diet” is intimidating. When you have it spelled out for you with gorgeous photos to boot, there’s no reason not to get cooking.

Purchase The Paleo Approach here

Purchase Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans here

Purchase Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook here

Purchase The Whole 30 cookbook here


 

A SCOBY

healthy gifts
A natural way to detox from the holidays.

Know someone who’s dishing out big money for the good stuff at Whole Foods? I used to be one of those people, and if you’re brewing your own, chances are you were too. You could trust a homebrewing friend to gift you a SCOBY, or you could take the easy way out with this starter kit. If you really want to do it up with these healthy gifts, you could throw in a few jars to brew, bottles to store and tea of course.

Purchase the Living Kombucha Culture here


 

For the Fitness Freak


The FitBit Charge HR

healthy gifts
New Year’s Resolution: more steps.

I’m giving one of these healthy gifts away this year, but I have to admit, it was a tough one not to keep for myself! This is a gift for the resolution’er who wants to get more active, but doesn’t know where to start. This model tracks steps, flights of stairs climbed, workouts, heart rate, calories burned, AND sleep. It’s an all-inclusive way to keep up on the quality of movement you rest and get on a daily basis.

Purchase the FitBit Charge HR here


Foam Roller

healthy gifts
Roll it out.

If someone got me one of these healthy gifts, not only would I be thanking them profusely, so would my sore muscles! If your workout buddy doesn’t already have a foam roller, consider this on par with scheduling them a full-body massage. Static stretching can further athletic injuries or simply be ineffective; foam rolling works out all the kinks in a gentle way. Give the gift that keeps on giving – speedy recovery!

Purchase the fitness foam roller here


 

A Month of ClassPass

healthy gifts
A little something for everyone.

If this service is available in your city, pick up a membership for you and a friend. ClassPass is one of the most versatile healthy gifts since it offers you access to fitness classes of all types. If you know someone with commitment problems who ends up skipping the gym, give them the gift of choice. From yoga and pilates to circuit-training and kickboxing, you can schedule classes whenever is convenient for you.

Purchase a ClassPass membership here


 

A Protein Boost

healthy gifts
The all natural way.

Protein powders are fine and all, but real food is the way to anyone’s heart. These healthy gifts make the perfect post-workout recovery fuel, and they’re pretty tasty to boot. Pick up a variety box of these to stuff the stockings with. Unlike most protein bars, the ingredients are simple and meaty. These are the perfect nutrient-dense, quick snack to have handy, so look no further if you’re wrapping up munchies for the holidays.

Purchase the EPIC Bar variety pack here


 

Pull Up Bar

healthy gifts
Unleash the beast.

No more excuses! Gift this to a friend who wants to get stronger, but tends to skip out on the gym during the busy work week. Hanging this up in the kitchen doorway is an easy way to work on your pull-up skills and overall strength. Bonus points because the houseguests will assume you can bust a few out, even if you’re still working on getting there in the first place.

Purchase the doorway pull-up bar here


 

For the Mindfulness Guru


 

Yoga Mat, Block, and Strap

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For the aspiring yogi.

Everyone must start somewhere, and healthy gifts under the tree are a good place to begin, especially when it’s this handy-dandy yoga kit. It comes with a mat, strap, block, and towels. Getting into a new fitness routine is hard, but yoga has something for everyone. Slow-paced restorative yoga can help with gentle mobility while Bikram will help you sweat it out. It’s better to go in prepared, so gift this to your aspiring yogi friend.

Purchase the yoga starter kit here


 

Teeccino Coffee Alternative

healthy gifts
Kicking caffeine for the new year.

Yet another one of those healthy gifts in line with a common new year’s resolution: kicking caffeine to the curb. While some people do just fine with a jolt in the AM, lessening caffeine intake can be really beneficial for healing or just tapping into those natural energy stores. Teeccino blends take on the flavor and aroma of coffee without any caffeine at all. This is the perfect present for someone who wants to give up their morning cuppa for AIP or a healthier lifestyle overall.

Purchase Teeccino blends sampler pack here


 

A Light Lamp

healthy gifts
Give the gift of light.

Nothing like a little sunshine in the dead of winter, even if it’s artificial. Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common all-year round, but it’s worst effects usually take place in the winter. This gift is a good idea if you want to spread light this holiday season – and don’t we all? The light box mimics the effects of UV rays, and it can really help start the day right.

Purchase the energy light lamp here


 

Activated Charcoal

healthy gifts
For the DIY beauty guru.

Activated charcoal may look a little weird and sound a little weird, but it’s multiple purposes make this one of the best healthy gifts to give. Don’t worry, it’s not the same as the charcoal you use on the grill. It’s a natural detoxifier, and it can be used for everything from purifying water to toothpaste to face masks. If you know someone who loves DIY beauty products, you can choose to gift a bag of the stuff or get to making some creations of your own to package up.

Purchase activated charcoal here


 

Essential Oils

healthy gifts
A little aromatherapy.

A nice complimentary gift to give in addition to the charcoal would be essential oils. This variety pack has everything you need to get started. You can diffuse them in place of burning candles, scent your own homemade beauty products, and even use them to flavor recipes. Their benefits are endless, and each oil has its own specific properties.

Purchase the essential oils beginner’s pack here


 

Happy shopping and happy holidays! What’s on your wishlist?

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A Holiday Guide to Paleo Christmas Cookies http://www.mypaleopal.com/a-holiday-guide-to-paleo-christmas-cookies/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 22:39:31 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2170 The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and I like to attribute that to two things: presents and cookies. Okay, I suppose now that I no longer believe in Santa, spending time with loved ones and giving gifts rather than receiving them take precedence. Regardless, cookies and presents are a nice touch ...

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The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and I like to attribute that to two things: presents and cookies. Okay, I suppose now that I no longer believe in Santa, spending time with loved ones and giving gifts rather than receiving them take precedence.

Regardless, cookies and presents are a nice touch – there’s simply no denying it. We all have that one family member whose baking is superior to all and whose desserts seem irresistible. Let me remind you that you’ve got the power!

Whether you’re implementing that 80/20 mentality during the holiday festivities this year or you’re keeping it clean, these paleo Christmas cookies will keep you on track and you won’t be missing out on much. These healthy recipes turn all your holly jolly favorites into sweet treats you can feel good about eating one of each.


Almond Butter Buckeyes from Seasonal and Savory

paleo christmas cookies
A match made in heaven.

When I think of Christmas cookies, I think of buckeye truffles. Specifically, I think of hoarding plenty for myself to snack on throughout the festivities as they always run out far too quickly. I also think of the absurd amount of sugar I end up consuming with these innocent-looking treats alone. This recipe packs in the healthy fats with coconut butter and almond butter with a dark chocolate shell. I could get on board with having more than one of these delicious bites.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Seasonal and Savory here


 

Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Jam from Detoxinista

paleo christmas cookies
A great way to use up leftover jam.

If you’re accustomed to preserving the harvest, you’ve probably got a whole lot of jam jarred up in the pantry. You might even be putting a bow on all those perfectly labeled jars and serving ’em up as DIY Christmas gifts. Let your homemaking abilities shine in your paleo Christmas cookies with this almond thumbprint recipe. You can use the cherry jam recipe below or sub it out for your other favorite variety.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

For the jam:

Read the full recipe from Detoxinista here


 

Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies from Fit Foodie Finds

paleo christmas cookies
Your favorite drink in cookie form.

What?! These paleo Christmas cookies hit the spot. They’re cute, sorta fancy, and they encompass all of the things that make a piping hot mug of hot chocolate good. You don’t even need marshmallows, and you won’t be missing out on them. The whipped cream frosting will be the “cherry on top” these fluffy, fudgy pillows of deliciousness. These will be everyone’s new favorite holiday party favor.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies
For the Whipped Cream Frosting

Read the full recipe from Fit Foodie Finds here


 

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from The Iron You

paleo christmas cookies
Leave these ones out for Santa.

We couldn’t leave a little gingersnap recipe out of the paleo Christmas cookies list. Molasses and ginger come together for that classic flavor without all of the refined sugar and wheat this recipe generally calls for. You can shape these like normal cookies or turn them into tiny gingerbread men – it’s upto you. Just make sure to save a few for Santa, I hear these are his favorite.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from the Iron You here


 

Red Velvet Cake Truffles from Planks, Love, and Guacamole

paleo cookie recipes
The quintessential “cookie” is the truffle.

You know how there’s always that one exception when it comes to Christmas cookies? Well, that exception during the holidays for me is ALWAYS red velvet truffles. There is something so perfect about these bite sized treats that is SO worth the indulgence. Fortunately, there’s a paleo-friendly recipe out there skimping on the fake red dye in favor of the natural red hue from beets. These will disappear fast.

Ingredients:

For the chocolate coating:

Read the full recipe from Planks, Love, and Guacamole here


 

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from The Healthy Maven

paleo christmas cookies
A total Christmas cookie classic.

These cookies have three distinct parts to them that make them one of the best paleo Christmas cookies – the subtle peppermint flavor, the moist and chewy goodness reminiscent of cookie dough, and the sugary coating. This variation opts for a coconut sugar dusting instead of powdered sugar, but you can get a similar texture if you grind your sugar down into finer granules and sift it. The more you know.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from The Healthy Maven here

 


Snickerdoodles from Deliciously Organic

paleo christmas cookies
Not just a recipe paleo Christmas cookies.

These little gems aren’t just paleo Christmas cookies – Snickerdoodles are a hit year-round. No holiday cookie tray is complete without these gems though. A smidge of cashew butter and gelatin will keep these babies nice and soft, just the way they’re meant to be. My personal recommendation? More cinnamon.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Deliciously Organic here


 

Holiday Hermit Cookies from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard

paleo christmas cookies
Like fruitcake, but in cookie form.

Fruitcake has its place at the Christmas dessert table, but it has a reputation for being the sweet treat that nobody really likes. These paleo Christmas cookies will change everyone’s mind. Almond butter makes the texture creamy while the myriad of dried fruits and nuts will please anyone who is trying to eat healthier. Why call it a “fruit cake” if it’s just packed with flour and sugar? This fruity treat actually boasts a mean, clean ingredients list you’ll feel good about eating.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard


 

Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond-Cranberry Biscotti from Tasty Yummies

paleo christmas cookies
A little something for coffee after dinner.

The holiday dinner always includes coffee afterwards. Whether or not you add a little booze to your mug is upto you, but you should definitely include some paleo Christmas cookies in your post-feast cuppa. These chocolate-covered biscotti will make the perfect little dipper for your dark roast or you can bag them up for your guests to take home with you.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Tasty Yummies here


 

Christmas Cucidati from The Spunky Coconut

paleo christmas cookies
Also known as Italian fig cookies.

These paleo Christmas cookies are almost a variation of fruit cake. Almost. I grew up in an Italian family, so these chewy delights were a mainstay on the cookie tray. I never found them to be quite luscious enough for me, mostly due to the lack of filling. This recipe doesn’t skimp on the good stuff though – a variety of dried fruits and orange jam give this its texture and taste.

Ingredients:

Filling

Dough

Read the full recipe from The Spunky Coconut here


 

Egg Free Pizzelle Cookies from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

paleo christmas cookies
Paleo Christmas cookies have some serious Italian roots.

Ah, yet another Italian cookie tray staple – the pizzelle. If you don’t have a press to make these, you can bet your Italian grandmother does. It’s probably as old as she is, but still works like a charm. Borrow it for your baking extravaganza to make these almond flour pizzelles. If biscottis aren’t your jam, these cookies also pair exceptionally well with java.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Sam Eats Her Nutrients here


 

German Marzipan Paleo Christmas Cookies from The Clean Dish

paleo christmas cookies
Moving on to German holiday tradition.

One of the simpler paleo Christmas cookies are these German-inspired bites using marzipan, a sweet almond paste that couldn’t be easier to make. These are dense, moist, and chewy. The flavor is best for the nut-lovers at the party. This batch is fun because of how many variations of almond you use, so if the pantry is stocked, consider them made.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Bethmännchen:

 

Read the full recipe from The Clean Dish here


Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday full of cookies and joy. Don’t forget to save some for Santa.

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12 Incredible Paleo Instant Pot Recipes http://www.mypaleopal.com/12-incredible-paleo-instant-pot-recipes/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:20:08 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2144 Along with the rest of the world – the paleo community in particular – I have fallen in love. Deeply, madly, unconditionally in love… with my Instant Pot. I was a big proponent of my slow-cooker prior to my new appliance’s arrival for a few reasons, namely the ease of it. I love cooking, sure, ...

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Along with the rest of the world – the paleo community in particular – I have fallen in love. Deeply, madly, unconditionally in love… with my Instant Pot.

I was a big proponent of my slow-cooker prior to my new appliance’s arrival for a few reasons, namely the ease of it. I love cooking, sure, but I don’t always want to cook three meals a day. I also love the unbeatable texture and flavor that comes from setting it on low for eight hours. Tender, fall-off-the-bone meat and the natural juices making an effortless sauce for my pile of veggies on the bottom? Count. Me. In.

The Instant Pot does all that and more in record time. While I set my crock pot strategically so that it’s done by dinner, it’s nice to not always have to plan ahead.

As soon as I got my Instant Pot, I was scouring the web for Instant Pot recipes. I quickly found out that you can make everything in these things including some of my favorite things – large, inexpensive cuts of meat, perfect bone broth, and coconut yogurt. Oh, and cheesecake.

Everything from warm and cozy, sweet to savory, and snacktime staples like boiled eggs are made simple with the Instant Pot. Here are some great starter Instant Pot recipes that you’ll keep coming back to.


Meats

Kalua Pork from Nom Nom Paleo

instant pot recipes
The king of Instant Pot recipes.

This is one of those recipes that pops up on the myPaleoPal feed at least once a day. If you see it, you’re bound to see the leftovers reworked into countless dishes. The kalua pork is a mighty dish on its own or as an ingredient in something special. Either way, this is one of those quintessential Instant Pot recipes. It’s incredibly easy, and it uses pork shoulder which won’t break the bank. This will be on your batch-cooking menu for months (or years) to come.

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 5 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • 5 peeled garlic cloves (optional)
  • 1½ tablespoons of Alaea Red Hawaiian Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cabbage, cored, and cut into 6 wedges

Read the full recipe from Nom Nom Paleo here


Beef Braised Short Ribs from Fresh Tart

instant pot recipes
No intimidation in this hearty dish.

Short ribs are one of the easiest proteins I’ve ever worked with, yet they always come out tasting like you put a lot of hard work into it. I think this is a pretty common theme amongst the best Instant Pot recipes – minimal time and effort for spectacular results. This dish is a foolproof option if you’re working with short ribs for the first time. Tons of flavor and no intimidation since the Instant Pot will do the browning and braising for you.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Fresh Tart here


Instant Pot Beef Stew from Our Paleo Life

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Warm and cozy without the wait.

Beef stew is hands down one of the greatest comfort foods of all time. It’s warming, cozy, and filling with all the veggies piled high amongst tender meat and juices. Alas, it is also one of the most time-consuming recipes. Usually, I let mine simmer for hours just knowing that the longer it cooks, the better it will taste. With the Instant Pot, you can turn that tough stew meat into incredible, edible amazing-ness in record time.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Our Paleo Life here


Instant Pot Shredded Chicken from My Heart Beets

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A simple recipe to make endless meals with.

Chicken salad? Sure. Chicken soup? In a pinch. Lettuce cups for lunch? In the lunch box and ready to go. Quick and easy protein after a workout? You got it. A big ol’ batch of shredded chicken is one of the most versatile pre-planned protein options you can possibly have handy. With the Instant Pot, a big batch of this is so much simpler than baking or frying, and it takes far less time than slow-cooking.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from My Heart Beets here


Sweets

Miniature Pumpkin Pies from Hip Pressure Cooking

instant pot recipes
Yep, you can bake with the IP too.

Upon joining the Instant Pot Facebook community, I found out that amongst the most beloved Instant Pot recipes are those for cheesecake. People share their favorite “baking” pans and recipes. Unsurprisingly, most aren’t exactly paleo-friendly. This pumpkin pie uses butternut squash, coconut milk, and maple syrup for a simple and clean ingredients list, and you can make them single-serve style with oven safe ramekin dishes.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Hip Pressure Cooking here


Pressure Cooker Paleo Banana Bread from Poor Paleo

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Spotty bananas? Here you go.

There are a few options when you’ve got a bunch of ripe bananas sitting on the countertop. You can opt to salvage them by freezing ’em, or you could make banana bread. With Instant Pot recipes, you can almost always find a way to forgo the oven, and baking something sweet is no exception. This treat is clean and easy using cassava flour to make the dough.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Poor Paleo here


Pressure Cooker Applesauce from Provincial Paleo

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Snacktime made simple with the Instant Pot.

When the picking is good, we might find ourselves with a never-ending supply of apples. The simplest way to preserve the harvest is by making big batches of applesauce. It’s a great snack, it works well in baking as a sweetener and an oil substitute, and it pairs well with poultry. You could even jar it up and pack it up as a holiday gift. The Instant Pot turns the daunting task of canning into something feasible and even enjoyable.

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium apples, cored and diced
  • Scant ½ cup apple juice/non-alcoholic cider or water

Read the full recipe from Provincial Paleo here


Coconut Milk Yogurt from Flame to Fork

instant pot recipes
The easiest way to make dairy-free yogurt.

Making your own batch of coconut yogurt just feels intimidating. It’s one of those things that will inevitably save you money and add amazing variety to your diet after eliminating dairy, but it’s hard to take the first step. With the Instant Pot, it’s an easy feat with just three ingredients. The appliance itself has a ‘Yogurt’ button, so there’s literally no excuse to keep buying store-bought. No additives, no sweetener, just plain probiotic-packed deliciousness.

Ingredients:

Read the full recipe from Flame to Fork here


 

Snacks and Sides

Hard Boiled Eggs from Predominantly Paleo

instant pot recipes
Changing the game, folks.

Boiling eggs isn’t exactly hard whether you choose to do it on the stovetop or by baking ’em in the oven. It’s one of the easiest ways to prepare a protein-heavy snack ahead of time, and it’s incredibly budget-friendly. The truly difficult part? Peeling ’em. With the Instant Pot method, your eggs are ready in just five minutes and the skin comes off effortlessly. These Instant Pot recipes are designed to make your life exponentially easier, especially this one.

Ingredients:

  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 cup water

Read the full recipe from Predominantly Paleo here


Instant Pot Bone Broth from Phoenix Helix

instant pot recipes
Bone broth in record time.

Okay, so I made my first batch of bone broth in the Instant Pot and my life changed. I had only ever gotten my broth to gel once before, and this time around, it was obvious I had a winner. It takes just 1.5 hours from start to finish, and the flavor is out of this world. The pressure cooking allows you to use far less veggie scraps than you would in a slow-cooker or stovetop recipe. You’ll never make broth any other way.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. bones (choose a variety; frozen bones are OK)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3″ piece of celery
  • 3″ piece of carrot

Read the full recipe from Phoenix Helix here


Silky Sweet Potato Puree from Grazed and Enthused

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Showing our favorite starch some love.

What would a roundup of Instant Pot recipes be without a little love for starchy sides? You can make potatoes in a million ways with your new handy-dandy kitchen appliance, but it’s true abilities will shine through when you go to cook your sweets whole. No more waiting (impatiently) for the oven to get that perfect spud. You can have mashed, silky sweets with no fuss using a little bit of that perfect batch of bone broth.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs white sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups beef or pork bone broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Read the full recipe from Grazed and Enthused here


Pressure Steamed Artichokes from FlavorRD

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Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.

The one veggie that always stumps me? Artichokes. Not only because I’ve definitely eaten the white, fuzzy part before… I always manage to burn them when I roast them, and I tend to undercook them in my attempts to steam them. As a result, I’ve avoided them for a long while now. With the Instant Pot, I feel confident in taking on this challenge once again.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized whole artichokes
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 cup water

Read the full recipe from Flavor RD here


 

 

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Starch Secret: The Guide to Paleo Carbs http://www.mypaleopal.com/starch-secret-the-guide-to-paleo-carbs/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 02:09:02 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2130 One of the most common misconceptions about the paleo diet is that it’s low-carb. It’s just what people think when you reveal to them that you choose not to eat bread. Beyond grains, there is a world of scrumptious starches out there for us to eat. These sources of paleo carbs come from real food products ...

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One of the most common misconceptions about the paleo diet is that it’s low-carb. It’s just what people think when you reveal to them that you choose not to eat bread. Beyond grains, there is a world of scrumptious starches out there for us to eat. These sources of paleo carbs come from real food products aka vegetables! While all fruits and veggies are considered a carbohydrate, the ones we’ve rounded up here today are dense starches with less water than most green veggies and more glucose than fructose which sets them apart from fruity carbs.

The good news? Carbohydrates are NOT the enemy. While some people may prefer to avoid them due to reasons such as diabetes or weight loss goals, other individuals truly benefit from 1-3 servings of the starchy stuff per day. Athletes in particular need carbohydrates to properly fuel and recover from intense workouts. It can all be done without the help of grains. Here are the best paleo carbs you can possibly eat, why they’re good for you, and how you can eat them.


 

Plantains

paleo carbs
Black, yellow, and green – there are a few different varieties!

These tropical fruits are an amazing and affordable source of paleo carbs. Black, yellow, or green? Well, they serve slightly different purposes, and they have slightly different starch profiles. The greener the peel, the more starchy the fruit. Riper plantains – the spotty ones, like bananas- have a higher fructose (sugar) content.

What they’re good for:

  • 1 medium plantain offers up more than half of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
  • Plantains are a good source of magnesium; 1 medium plantain has 16% of the daily recommendation.
  • They also have a substantial amount of vitamin-A and vitamin B6.
  • Compared to bananas, the nutrient profile is significantly better across the board.
  • Green plantains are predominantly starch vs. sugar offering up a dose of low-fructose paleo carbs.

How to eat ’em:

  • Tostones. Fry plantain slices in coconut oil in a skillet. When they begin to brown, rest them on a plate lined with paper towels. Gently smash each slice with the back of a wooden spoon and continue to fry for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.
  • Plantain chips. Perfect for on-the-go snacking and dipping. Slice green plantains thin with a mandoline. Toss the slices with oil, season with sea salt, and line them up on a baking sheet. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.
  • BBQ. Plantains work really well on the grill. Slice yellow plantains in half lengthwise, season as you wish, and grill for 15 minutes on each side.

 

Sweet Potatoes

paleo carbs
You can choose from white, yellow, or purple.

This staple source of paleo carbs comes in quite a few varieties including the standard sweet potato which is orange on the inside, the purple sweet potato, and the Hannah which is a white color. The orange type offers up lots of beta-carotene which lends the sweet potato the bulk of its high nutrient complex. If you’re steering clear of white potatoes, sweets stand in for an easy substitution method.

What they’re good for:

  • So. Much. Vitamin A. More specifically, 377% of the daily recommended intake per cup.
  • A single cup of sweets can restore your electrolytes post-workout and even help reduce anxiety with a hearty dose of potassium at 448 mg. per serving.
  • They are relatively high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber may reduce blood sugar spikes while insoluble fiber has been linked to better gut health.
  • Sweet potatoes have a slightly lower glycemic index than white potatoes, and it can be reduced further by boiling them.

How to eat ’em:

  • Stuff ’em. One of the things you won’t find on our list of healthy paleo carbs is bread. That’s where sweet potatoes come in. Poke a few holes in a whole sweet potato and bake at 350 for 1-1.5 hours. Slice down the middle when it’s soft use these as the “bun” for your sloppy joes or stuff them with carnitas to recreate tacos sans tortillas.
  • Stack ’em. Round, thick sweet potato slices can be baked and used as vessels for sliders or any other sandwich creation you can imagine. Toss ’em with oil and sea salt then bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping them once.
  • Hash it out. Make a big batch of skillet hash early in the week to crack an egg on top of for easy meal prep. Cut a sweet potato into small chunks and sautee with bacon and your favorite vegetables.

 

White Potatoes

paleo carbs
Potatoes come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Technically speaking, regular ol’ potatoes are paleo. Alas, the paleo diet isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach, and white potatoes won’t work well for everyone. This is especially true for diabetics since potatoes have a higher glycemic index than most other paleo carbs on our list. They are also higher in calories, so they’re better suited for individuals without blood sugar issues and who need the extra energy.

What they’re good for:

  • White potatoes actually have even more potassium than sweet potatoes coming out at approximately 897 mg. per medium sized spud.
  • The magnesium content in white potatoes is on par with sweet potatoes with just a little bit more than sweet potatoes.
  • A single potato can provide you with nearly 20% of your daily fiber intake.

How to eat ’em:

  • French fries. When you make fries at home, you can turn this junk food into something relatively healthy. Toss sliced potatoes in oil in a frying pan for five minutes with desired spices, then place them in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Hasselback it. A classic dish that looks pretty on the table, too. Slice the potato in thin strips while leaving the bottom in tact. Drizzle with ghee and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about an hour.
  • Mash ’em. Cauliflower mash is a popular substitute, but if you’re trying to pack in some carbs, you can’t beat mashed potatoes. It tastes a whole lot like comfort food. Boil peeled potatoes, strain ’em, then mash them with ghee and coconut milk for a rich, creamy side dish.

Cassava Root

paleo carbs
Cassava, also known as tapioca.

This root has gained notoriety as one of the most versatile paleo carbs with the incredibly easy-to-use cassava flour. This is easily one of the best flour substitutes to bake with as it takes on the purpose of wheat flour very well. It’s also got plenty to offer in the way of nutrition, especially compared to nut flours and coconut flour.

What they’re good for:

  • Of all the sources of paleo carbs on our list, this tuber has the highest protein content.
  • In flour form, this starch is AIP-compliant. Many flour substitutes are made of nuts which can cause reactions.
  • It’s got a high mineral content including zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.

How to eat ’em:

  • Dessert.  Cassava flour is your friend if you’ve got a sweet tooth. In most recipes, you can use cassava flour the same as you would wheat flour, so take a stab at some of your favorite baked goods. A quick search for paleo treats will yield tons of results using the stuff.
  • Chips. Yet again, the cassava root itself can be baked and eaten as a healthy potato chip replacement. Slice with a mandoline and fry in lard or tallow. Dry on a plate lined with paper towels and enjoy this treat dipped in guac.
  • Bread substitutes. Once again, cassava flour works brilliantly when attempting to recreate foods typically made with wheat flour; from empanadas to tortillas, this stuff makes a mighty fine dough.

 

Winter Squash

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Paleo carbs for every taste and recipe.

There is a winter squash for every taste and recipe, my friends. Beyond just butternut squash, we’ve got contenders like kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin), spaghetti squash for noodle dishes, and the tiny-but-mighty delicata squash. Some are slightly sweet while others take on a nutty taste, but they’re all delicious and nutritious sources of paleo carbs, especially during the autumn and winter while they’re in season.

What they’re good for:

  • Butternut squash is lower in calories than sweet potatoes with a similar taste and even more vitamin A with 297% of the recommended daily value per cup.
  • A serving of acorn squash can provide up to 20% of your daily vitamin C intake.
  • For a mere 50 calories worth of pumpkin, you get a whopping 3 grams of fiber which makes it a highly satiating choice that can also aid in healthy digestion.
  • The seeds can be cooked, and they’re incredibly nutrient-dense; the plant-based chemicals found in squash seeds (phytosterols) can help to reduce “bad” cholesterol otherwise known as LDL.

How to eat ’em:

  • Toasted and roasted. Pretty much every variety of winter squash can easily be cubed or sliced, tossed in some oil and spices, and roasted in a 425 degree oven for 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the pieces. You can even roast it whole or halved if you’re patient enough. It’s easy, delicious, and makes preparing ahead of time a breeze.
  • Slow cooker. Throw a whole squash in a bit of water in the crock pot to “steam.” Low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours will make the squash easier to cut, de-seed, and peel if you’d like, but most skin is edible.
  • Soup. Blended winter squash makes for creamy soups. Simply take the flesh of any cooked winter squash and blend with bone broth, herbs and spices, and whatever else you’d like – try coconut milk and curry powder for a Thai-inspired flavor.

 

Beets

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The messiest of all the paleo carbs.

Red beetroot is the most common (and messy) variety, but you can also get your hands on some golden beets or chiogga beets – the ones that look like candy canes on the inside. These are of the more sugary sources of paleo carbs, but they’re still incredibly healthy. Don’t forget to cook the greens and stems which offer just as much nutrition as the root itself. This starch is worth turning your entire dinner red.

What they’re good for:

  • Beets have a lot of phytonutrients which provide the body with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and overall aid in natural detoxification.
  • Beetroot has a high folate content which is most commonly found in legumes – a not-so-paleo source of carbohydrates – which help the brain and the nervous system function optimally.
  • Beet greens contain substantial amounts of both calcium and magnesium in comparison to similar leafy veggies such as turnip and mustard greens.

How to eat ’em:

  • Raw in slaw. Grate raw beetroot or shred it in a food processor and mix well with carrots, cabbage, homemade mayo, and spices like dill for a delicious and colorful take on traditional coleslaw.
  • Nomato sauce. For an AIP-compliant pasta sauce reminiscent of tomato sauce, you can use beets. They lend similar properties such as their red color and natural sweetness.
  • Roasted roots. Toss some hearty chunks of beetroot with carrots, onions, and your favorite winter squash with coconut oil and sea salt. Set the oven and forget it for awhile – this is an awesome side dish to have handy for weeknight dinners throughout the week.

 

There is no real secret to starch; these foods are all 100% paleo-friendly and they make great additions to most people’s diets. Remember, paleo isn’t always “low-carb,” and many individuals – especially athletes and women – do well with 1-3 servings of starch per day.

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12 Great Paleo Ground Beef Recipes http://www.mypaleopal.com/12-great-paleo-ground-beef-recipes/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:48:52 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2107 Grass-fed, pasture-raised, locally sourced beef is the staple protein of the modern day caveman. When you choose to eat “happy cows,” you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Grass-fed meat is higher in omega-3’s and as a result, lower in omega-6’s. You’ll also be getting in CLA’s, beta-carotene, and vitamin E, all of which ...

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Grass-fed, pasture-raised, locally sourced beef is the staple protein of the modern day caveman. When you choose to eat “happy cows,” you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Grass-fed meat is higher in omega-3’s and as a result, lower in omega-6’s. You’ll also be getting in CLA’s, beta-carotene, and vitamin E, all of which you don’t quite receive when you choose conventional beef.

Paleo ground beef recipes offer up a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are often both simple and affordable. With more hype surrounding better quality meat, most big box supermarkets carry grass-fed ground beef now, and it’s hardly breaking the bank.

We’re not just talking meatloaf and meatballs although those are perfectly fine contenders for your stash of beef in the deep freeze. Let’s think outside of the box a little; shepherd’s pie, sloppy joes, and meatza all come to mind. These paleo ground beef recipes are tried and tested, and most of ’em are healthy adaptations of classic dishes. It just goes to show that you don’t always have to sacrifice taste, convenience, or your favorite childhood meals because of your dietary restrictions. Eat up, friends!

 


 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from Cook Like a Cavewoman

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Warm and cozy comfort food.

What’s a list of paleo ground beef recipes without shepherd’s pie? This is one of those classic dishes you might remember from your childhood that is so easily converted into something hearty and healthy. You can pack this pie full with beef and veggies and top it with sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. In the traditional recipe, the whip on top is made thick with dairy, but this recipe forgoes it – the sweets will be creamy enough on their own with a little bit of butter or ghee.

Ingredients:

For the sweet potato mash:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (approx. 1 ½ lb), peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
For the filling:
  • 1½ lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (+ ½ tsp for greasing)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped/sliced
  • 8 baby carrots, sliced (about 1 medium carrot)
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • 2 shakes of ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Ground paprika (for garnish only)

Read the full recipe from Cook Like a Cavewoman here

 


 

Paleo Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe’s from Paleo Newbie

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No bun necessary.

If you’re on the hunt for paleo ground beef recipes, you’ll likely run into quite a few takes on the Sloppy Joe. Yet again, sweet potato saves the day and serves as what would typically be the “bun.” You can forget complicated paleo-fied bread recipes when you get creative with root veggies instead. The sauce is made smoky and sweet with just a touch of honey and chili powder – an unexpected match made in heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pre-baked sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1 1/2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion, chopped small
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped small
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup of celery, chopped small
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tbs of coconut sugar or honey
  • (1) 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, with liquids
  • (1) 6 oz can of tomato paste

Read the full recipe at Paleo Newbie here


 

Easy Salisbury Steak from Laughing Spatula

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A classic all reworked.

Ah, I remember salisbury steaks as a kid. Specifically, I recall eating this dinner straight from the freezer. Back then, this was the only steak I would eat, and only if there was mac and cheese on the side. There were undoubtedly a ton of hidden, unhealthy ingredients in Stouffer’s overprocessed take on this surprisingly simple dish. This is one of the most budget-friendly paleo ground beef recipes out there which comes together with kitchen staples including eggs and tomato paste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1½ cups sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (about ⅔ of a 3 oz can)
  • 1 cup beef broth

Read the full recipe from Laughing Spatula here


 

Hamburger Soup from The Pioneer Woman

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Turn your sandwich into soup.

If you’re dreaming up paleo ground beef recipes, burgers probably come to mind. There are plenty of ways to build your own burger, but that’s a whole ‘nother recipe roundup! Instead, we’re making it a one-pot affair with this hamburger soup. You can whip up a big batch of this and save some for the freezer. You can substitute red potatoes for yams, butternut squash, or another root like parsnips if you don’t include them in your diet.

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 pounds Ground Chuck
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 can (14.5 Ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes
  • 3 cups Beef Stock Or Beef Broth
  • 1 whole Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 whole Carrots
  • 5 whole Red Potatoes, Cut Into Chunks
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Read the full recipe from The Pioneer Woman here


 

Beef and Butternut Squash Breakfast Skillet from The Healthy Foodie

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Tripe B action – beef, butternut, and breakfast.

The best paleo ground beef recipes include butternut squash and the option to eat it for breakfast. Of course, you could have just about anything for breakfast, and this is especially true if you crack an egg on top. Masala-seasoned squash and meat mashed with greens is the perfect balanced plate to begin your day – a little starch, a little veg, and lots of protein. Top with eggs and avocado for a little more brainfood and you’re set. Sunday brunch just got better.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp lard
  • 450g grassfed ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp Himalayan or fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ large butternut squash, cooked
  • 450g spinach, chopped
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • ½ avocado, peeled and sliced

Read the full recipe from The Healthy Foodie here


 

Paleo Stuffed Eggplant from Everyday Maven

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Eggplant boats with a Mediterranean influence.

Paleo ground beef recipes follow a similar theme if you sift through them for long enough – there’s a whole lot of stuffing going on. This Mediterranean-inspired dish uses scooped out eggplants as the vessel for all the meaty awesomeness going on inside. Quality olive oil, homemade tomato sauce, and fresh parsley will lend this dish authentic flavor so don’t skimp on the good stuff. Almond meal will stand in for bread crumbs giving it a crispy topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 to 6 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 large Italian eggplants
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1½ cups homemade pasta sauce plus more for serving
  • handful fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch salt

Read the full recipe from Everyday Maven here


 

Thai Ground Beef Spaghetti Squash Casserole from My Heart Beets

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Thai + spaghetti squash = awesome.

Now we’re traveling with the paleo ground beef recipes. Here, we’ve got a unique take on Thai using spaghetti squash – not typically found at your favorite takeout joint! Think a noodle dish with beef curry, but no grains in sight. The spices truly hold down this dish’s distinct taste and texture with an otherwise simple list of food ingredients. Spaghetti squash casserole is the future, and you can start right here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 Thai bird’s eye chili, minced
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 1 pound grassfed ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • green onion, garnish

Read the full recipe from My Heart Beets here


 

Mexican Meatza from Mel Joulwan

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Like pizza, but the meat is in the crust.

Behold, your royal highness in the kingdom of paleo ground beef recipes. When you discover that you can use meat as the crust, you’ll forgo the fancy flours and failed attempts at cauliflower crust pizzas. Seriously, it couldn’t be easier to get your delivery fix than with this easy recipe. Bonus? EVERYONE will like it. If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, go with meatza. Every. Single. Time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of your favorite salsa
  • Green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • Red onion, cut into thin strips
  • Avocado, diced
  • fresh lime, chopped fresh cilantro

Read the full recipe from Mel Joulwan here


 

 

Lazy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls from The Domestic Man

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Skip the hard part with this “lazy” recipe.

Looking to get your greens in with paleo ground beef recipes? This is your dish. If you like the taste of stuffed cabbage rolls but hate the process of blanching, rolling, and cooking ’em (I know I do!), here’s the solution: beef, cabbage, collard greens, and shredded carrots simmered in a delectable tomato mixture. This makes the perfect lazy weeknight dinner. Substitute riced cauliflower  for white rice to make this just like cabbage rolls – unstuffed, of course.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter, divided (use ghee to make this recipe Whole30)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 (22oz) can or jar diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 head green cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 3 leaves collard greens, stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked rice (optional, see notes in recipe below)

Read the full recipe from The Domestic Man here


 

Stuffed Acorn Squash from Cook It Up Paleo

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Paleo ground beef recipes = a whole lot of stuffing.

Winter squash lends itself quite well to paleo ground beef recipes because they’re the perfect substitute for an actual bowl. When you can opt for food instead of a plate, you know you’ve got a dinner staple worth standing by. You can pretty much make additions as you go, but this recipe is simple on its own with curried beef, mushrooms, and onion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • Bacon fat or lard for sauteeing
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach or other green (arugula, kale, etc.)

Read the full recipe from Cook It Up Paleo here


 

Paleo Lasagna Rolls from Plaid and Paleo

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Of course there’s a lasagna recipe.

The overarching theme of paleo ground beef recipes is classic dishes made healthy, easy, and affordable. It’s the one food we always have handy, tucked away in the freezer and ready to be worked into something magnificent. This version of lasagna is made decadent without dairy thanks to creamy cashews and the oh-so-versatile zucchini stands in for noodles.

Ingredients:

Cashew cheese:

Meat filling:

Extras:

  • 2 thick zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onions

Read the full recipe from Plaid and Paleo here


 

Spicy Beef and Cucumber Salad from Eat Drink Paleo

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A fresh and cool take on ground beef.

Warm and cozy is the gist of things as we move through these paleo ground beef recipes, but here’s a fresh dish that will carry over well into the warmer months as well. The cucumber salad is crisp and cool, garnished with lots of fresh lemon and mint. The cashew dressing and myriad of warm spices will make this dish truly stand out. Move on over, boring side salads – we’ve got a new boss in town.

Ingredients:

For the cucumber salad

  • 2 cups diced cucumber (3-4 medium Lebanese cucumbers)
  • 2 tbsp diced fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • Few whole raw cashews

For cashew dressing

Read the full recipe from Eat Drink Paleo here

 

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Paleo Kids: Breaking Through To Picky Eaters http://www.mypaleopal.com/paleo-kids-breaking-through-to-picky-eaters/ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:32:45 +0000 http://www.mypaleopal.com/?p=2057 Calling all paleo mamas and papas! As you are probably aware, feeding yourself is only half the battle when you have kids. While we’re going ahead and making big changes to our diet, the younger ones are often the toughest crowd to please.  Fortunately, the myPaleoPal community is full of parents working hard to make ...

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Calling all paleo mamas and papas! As you are probably aware, feeding yourself is only half the battle when you have kids. While we’re going ahead and making big changes to our diet, the younger ones are often the toughest crowd to please.  Fortunately, the myPaleoPal community is full of parents working hard to make veggies fun and exciting on a daily basis. While there is no one way or “magic trick” to turn your fussy eaters into fine diners, there’s a lot that will help your picky eaters ease up at the dinner table. Take it from the pros who are transforming tiny palettes day in and day out.

I asked the paleo parents of our community what their most successful tips and tactics for transforming young palates are, and we’ve gathered up some incredibly useful advice. If you have trouble with picky eaters, take note!

What are your best tricks? Perhaps it’s just time to add some new recipes to the mix-up. Check out these 12 Foolproof Paleo Recipes for Kids.


 

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A rainbow of knowledge.

Be their guide

Knowledge is power, and you are the teacher. Take on this role with confidence. As real food experts and our children’s primary source of food, we want to arm these kids with the smarts to make good decisions at home and on their own as they grow. Ideally, that understanding will help them evolve into less picky eaters. As a parent, there are a few things we can do to make guiding the little ones’ choices in the right direction.

Alison explains, “My picky eater (6yo) is much more open to eating vegetables when grains are not in his diet. If he has crackers with lunch, he won’t eat any vegetables at dinner. If he hasn’t had crackers in a few days, he eats his offered veggies with no comment. [I] work with what he does like. We talk about the veggies (and we have a chart that he can mark certain ones as red, yellow, or green) so that we know what he likes.

In this instance, the kids are making decisions in the absence of other staple foods and what they do like. Preparing a chart for the kitchen with a visual reminder for both you and the little ones should make things easier. It’s a forum for discussion, and it will help you to teach the kids about the importance of different veggies while focusing on easy-to-understand concepts like colors.


 

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If they admire you, they’ll admire your plate.

Lead by example

Kids are the most easily-influenced demographic. This is both good and bad. The positive side? This gives the parents the ultimate power. While you can be the best teacher in the world, true influence pays off by practicing what you preach. If you act as a role model for your children, they will be more eager to do what you do.

Kerrey tells us, “My son admires his stepfather. Last summer, it was impossible to get him to eat even a single bite of a vegetable. One day, I noticed that the few vegetables that he eats were also vegetables that my husband enjoys. My husband is Italian and is a bit of a foodie as my son is aware. I mentioned to my son that he seems to have a palate similar to my husband and, perhaps, since he and my husband had similar tastes, he could eat the vegetables that my husband likes. We talked about vegetables common in Italian cooking, and my son agreed to try them. Pretty soon, he was eating almost everything and is actually quite adventurous.”

Amongst all tactics that you can implement during meals with your picky eaters, this may be the most powerful. Fortunately, if you’re already following a paleo diet, the concept itself is simple enough and requires minimal effort. Observe what piques your kid’s interests on their plate, whose behavior they’re more likely to replicate, and what teaching techniques they are most responsive to.


 

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The hat and apron are optional.

Train ’em like little chefs

The kitchen isn’t an adults-only zone, so don’t make it one. Nurture a positive food experience as a family for both you and the kids by allowing them to help out. While batch-cooking and meal prep aren’t necessarily suited for little hands, weekend breakfasts can spare a little extra time to teach them your ways.

Kerry further elaborates on her kitchen experience with her son: “I also get him involved in the planning the menu and as much as I can in the cooking.”

Not only does menu planning offer children the freedom of making choices, but cooking the food itself will make them more enthusiastic. When the experience of eating is accompanied by seeing the product from start to finish, they may be more willing to try new foods. Lastly, you’ll be building the foundation of cooking skills that will carry them through the rest of their lives as they develop.


 

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Too much control can be detrimental.

Avoid being the paleo police

A balanced approach is important for most things in life, and feeding the kids well is no exception. While children with allergies should be fed with the utmost care to manage undesirable symptoms, too much control regarding the “normal” kid’s diet can turn them away from enjoying food altogether.

Jennifer shares her method of a balanced approach:

“For our kids, we’ve made this decision (to not be “stricter” with their diet) for several reasons:

1). We don’t want them to feel “food controlled” or “food policed”–that has another host of psychological concerns.

2) We know what it feels like to be extremely strict with your diet and then eat something non-compliant. We don’t want them to get sick because they ate pizza at a friend’s house.

3) I want them to feel normal at “kid” events: birthday parties, school events, after-sports games.

All that said, we aren’t managing serious health issues; we just want our family to eat healthily and nutritiously, and we subscribe to a little ‘kids will be kids’ approach.

If you’ve adapted to a paleo diet, you’re likely accustomed to the notion that this is a lifestyle, not a diet. As such, we realize that it involves a great deal of transformation both on our plates and in our minds. By avoiding the idea of control, we help nurture a healthy psychological relationship with food which is formed in us as children. Keep your mission simple and focused on health rather than perfection, especially when you’re trying to make your picky eaters less picky.


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Hopefully, they’re leaning towards the broccoli.

Stick with the tried and true favorite

Take note of the textures, flavor profiles, and foods your kids enjoy over time. Kids aren’t just picky eaters, but their picky habits are subject to change without notice. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to specific food likings and aversions, but our paleo parents have some tips.

Hanna shared her own brilliant way of getting ferments essential oils into her picky eater’s diet:

“All I have so far are gummies. You can turn pretty much any clear liquid into a gummy and he’s liked all of them – Even the ones made using beet kvass and rosehip syrup!”

Gummies are a paleo favorite, and they’re a tiny, non-intimidating vessel of goodness. The gelatin itself offers a myriad of health benefits, and you can infuse these “candies” with just about anything else you’re having trouble fitting on the plate. These are no substitution for a heaping plate of veggies, but they’re a suitable supplement. Check out Three Easy Gelatin Recipes on the blog if you need some guidance with getting started.


 

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Offer up the good stuff.

Take action

Kids will be kids, so this means your picky eaters are going to take their best options. If you’re advocating for healthier choices at school functions or sporting events, offer up what you’ve got! Naturally, being involved in those activities will mean a lot to your children regardless of whether you come bearing snacks or not. We all know food is the way to the heart, though.

Jennifer shares her strategy: “For school parties or sports snacks, I try to volunteer to bring the first snacks and then bring fresh fruit, air popped popcorn or unsweetened Popsicles with mini bottles of water or whole milk singles. I’ve found setting the tone at the outset with healthier snacks cuts down on other parents desire to send Twinkies and Capri Sun.

Stepping up to volunteer gives you the freedom of offering healthy snacks to everyone. By setting an example for the kids, you inherently set a standard for other adults doing the same service as well. Once again, leading by example is a powerful tool. Since you’ll be providing food for a crowd of other picky eaters, you can add in non-paleo, whole food snacks like popcorn and milk for familiarity like Jennifer mentions.


 

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Don’t be so keen to switch things up.

Keep on trying

A little exposure therapy in the kitchen is a fairly trustworthy method in transforming your picky eaters into more open-minded diners. If they don’t like it at first, just keep on trying. Furthermore, you can prepare the food in different ways to test whether or not it’s the aesthetics or texture that’s turning them off in the first place.

Shawna has three boys, and she has different strategies for each. Throughout her experience with three picky eaters of different varieties, she found repetition and familiarity to be key: “The youngest is almost entirely Paleo. With him, we just keep putting a new food on his plate, over and over and over. He rejected kabocha for weeks! Suddenly, he’s eating it and eating it first! Repetition led to familiarity which led to acceptance. These boys have a big problem with changing seasons. I try to keep our food seasonal as much as possible, but found that meant last year’s favorites were getting rejected! Hello, frozen veggies! I’ve got to keep accepted veggies familiar!

With Shawna’s boys, repetition lead to familiarity which finally lead to acceptance. In order to maintain their interest, she works with frozen veggies. If you’re having any luck with picky eaters, try preserving their favorites while they’re in season by freezing them yourself!


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A dip can make all the difference.

When all else fails, add ketchup

Sometimes, all it takes is a little extra something. That something might just be a dip or a sauce. The taste of anything can be enhanced or masked by a delicious dip on the side. Dressings, homemade ketchup, and BBQ sauce could change the game with your picky eaters.

Shawna also shared her second-best secret with us: “I’ll give you my husband’s method as well: Paleo sauces. He can get them to eat most anything by dipping it in ketchup!”

If you have an understanding of the tastes and flavors your kids are partial to, try incorporating that into dips and sauces. This could help them be more adventurous with the food simply for the fact that it gives them the freedom to change the taste at their own will.


 

As Hanna stated,  “I think children are often picky in different ways which means it’s hard to have any easy rules.” Most parents are probably nodding their heads, “Yes,” in agreement! There is no approach that works for all the picky eaters in the world, but there are countless ways in which you can work with your kids to feed them well and teach them about making healthier choices.

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