Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

There are few combinations as heavenly as strawberry and rhubarb. Baked together, strawberry and rhubarb do something for the soul. Rhubarb’s tart flavor goes perfectly with the sweetness of strawberries. This yummy treat is refreshing and easy to make without gluten, grains, flour, dairy, or sugar. It won't spike your blood sugar or cause weight gain, if you use one of the suggested natural zero-carb sweeteners. Try it with dairy-free Instant Coconut Whipped Cream on top.

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How to Be a Ninja Grocery Shopper

Do you like to watch people in the grocery store? Yep, it's amusing. Do they use a list? Are they guided by cravings or colors? Uh Oh! - how did that junk food get in their cart? OK, how do YOU shop? If you follow the store layout like most people, you'll spend $ more and come home with less nutrition. OR you can become a Ninja shopping warrior! Aha! Knowledge is power. Armed with clear understanding you'll be empowered to choose the healthiest, most nutritious foods. My advice: Buy local organic fresh fruits and vegetables, and skip packaged foods altogether. 

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Easy Almond Fudge, Burfi from India

Burfi is a dense sweet fudge from India. I created two recipes for a recent event and both turned out fabulous! This is super-easy to make on the stovetop, and doesn't have to be baked. Burfi is often made at Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights in the Autumn, and there are hundreds of varieties. Almond Fudge, or Badam Burfi is made with almond meal.

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Tibetan “Cream Cheese” Candy, Dairy-free

A favorite for Tibetan festivals, this delightful candy is called Burfi. It is usually made with sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Instead this Paleo-adapted recipe uses coconut milk, coconut butter, and natural zero-carb sweetener. So easy to make! I wanted it rich and thick, so I added 1/2 cup Vegan Coconut Milk Powder from Edward & Sons, which is optional.

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Uh Oh! Growing Loopholes in Organic Regulations

Very few consumers understand the real meaning of organic. To be certified organic, products must follow requirements of the NOP (National Organic Program), which is part of the USDA Department of Agriculture. 

In the US, organic foods are required to ensure cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Livestock must have regular access to pasture without routine antibiotics or growth hormones. 

In order to use the USDA Organic Seal, the product must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards

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Paleo Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Alive with flavor and life force, this pesto is an easy nutritional powerhouse you can enjoy in 2 minutes flat. It looks and tastes just like authentic Pesto Genovese, but dairy-free with pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts. For this vegan pesto, I used lemon juice and nutritional yeast to give a tangy parmesan taste. You'll need a food processor. Pumpkin seeds are a true superfood loaded with a wide variety of healthy nutrients from magnesium to copper, protein and zinc.

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How Much Life Force is in Your Food?

Is your food glowing with life force? Or is it lifeless? When a food has just been picked, it's LOADED with life force and nutrients! Life force is vital energy or Qi. After harvesting, the life force gradually declines. At the very last stage of decline, microbes take over, it disintegrates, dies and gets recycled back into the earth. When food is processed at high heat, it loses life force, so high temperature baking, frying, and irradiation cause a loss in nutrients. When raw foods are dried or dehydrated,

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“Peanut Butter” Cookies without Gluten, Grain, or Peanuts

I call these babies "No-Peanut Butter Cookies". They taste just like classic peanut butter cookies, crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside. They're Paleo, free of peanuts, gluten, grains, dairy, GMO's and sugars. Even better, they're incredibly easy to make, high in protein and ridiculously low in carbs. Hooray! Use ANY nut butter you like. I used toasted cashew, pumpkin, and almond butters, plus raw hemp butter. See my nut nutritional analysis.

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Beware! Non-GMO Foods with Glyphosate

So you're eating GMO-free - that's great. But if non-GMO is your main guiding principal, there's a wake-up call that's flying under everyone's radar. Surprise! A whole new generation of GMO-free fake foods just arrived in your favorite grocery. You can avoid them in 3 steps:

  1. GMO foods are to be avoided. We're getting this. Learn them - see the graphic below. They contain both GMO's and Glyphosate.
  2. Glyphosate foods are the everyday foods that haven't been modified (yet) and are raised with toxic chemicals. Remember that Glyphosate or worse pesticides and herbicides are in all non-organic foods. See examples below.
  3. Non-GMO foods with Glyphosate - Yep, a whole new generation of certified non-GMO foods with Glyphosate and chemicals has just arrived. The public is demanding non-GMO, so these toxic foods are filling grocery shelves and flying under the radar. Marketed as healthy, they contain plenty of herbicides and pesticides. Don't buy them. Let food manufacturers know we want CLEAN FOOD. Read my lips!

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6 Ways to Squeeze More Nutrition Out of Your Food Dollar

This won't be my most popular post. However it might revolutionize your health and vitality without costing a penny! A few years ago I suffered a terrible loss, and the emotional stress led to total digestive collapse. I couldn't digest anything. Every food I ate went straight through. I became emaciated, thin, and exhausted for months. Then a miracle happened.

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Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

This humble cake doesn’t look particularly fancy. But what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in flavor and simplicity. A great summer dessert for potlucks or picnics, everybody loves tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries. The cake underneath is a simple Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free yellow cake that tastes rich and sumptuous. During baking the cake soaks up the juices released ...

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Paleo No-Corn Muffins with Goji Berries

I love old-fashioned cornbread. These easy muffins have the exact texture and flavor of corn bread, except they’re Paleo, without corn, gluten, or grains. Hooray! The secret ingredients are shredded coconut and chia seeds, which give the perfect texture and flavor of cornbread! Ha ha! Spread them with my fabulicious Vegan Butter!  They taste absolutely scrumptious for breakfast.

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  • Excellent work! Jane…as a person who finds menu planning, etc…overwhelming…I just want to thank you for sharing your nightshade-free recipes…and all your information. You’re a Godsend!!!!” Karen