I can’t live without peanut-butter cookies. But there are lots of reasons to avoid peanuts on a healthy diet. For one, peanuts aren’t Paleo. That’s because they’re not a tree-nut, but rather a legume, a bean that grows underground, and wasn’t a major part of the human diet until well after the advent
Today I had an irresistible craving for healthy muffins, not too sweet, with the rich flavor of sweet potatoes. I adore these for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Mini-muffins seem so small and innocent, I can pop half a dozen in my mouth before I catch myself. Anyway, it’s not a problem as these are pretty much guilt-free, loaded with vitamins, potassium, and beta carotene. Even better, they’re grain-free and extremely low in the carbs that cause weight gain, especially if you use the zero-carb chicory root sweetener suggested. Oh, and if you’re out of sweet potatoes, they’re also very tasty with yams,
These super-easy cookies taste crunchy on the outside, and like pumpkin pie on the inside. Kids love to make them as they’re quick to enjoy. A Paleo-adaptation of those decadent old-fashioned macaroon with evaporated milk and tons of sugar, these are free of flour, gluten, grains, sugar and dairy.
When I have only 2 minutes for a healthy breakfast, I go for a smoothie. This is a favorite because pear and ginger taste fabulicious together! It takes just 5 ingredients – plus any optional super foods you’d like to add. I drink it in the car, and it keeps me going with stable energy for several hours.
Whip up a hazelnut hot chocolate and it will change your whole day. My love affair with hazelnuts has gone to new heights of expression. Everyone knows that hazelnuts and chocolate are a special combination, rich and satisfying. Even better, hazelnut milk is a super-easy, high-nutrition snack.
OK, this is trouble…a serious love affair with um – hazelnuts. Their deep, dark, rich flavor blends tantalizingly with chocolate. Pure hazelnut butter, toasted hazelnuts, and hazelnut meal put these Paleo brownies right over the top as the fudgiest and chewiest I’ve ever tasted. They’re free of gluten, grains, dairy,
It’s zucchini season and gardens are overflowing. What to do? Aha! Zucchini muffins, but with a twist! I wanted to know if avocado and chocolate together would make an incredibly moist and rich muffin. Well, the answer is emphatically yes! These babies have a lusciously smooth texture using low-carb, grain-free coconut butter
The easiest fudge I ever made. And oh my! The most delicious by far. With a velvety smooth texture and crunchy nuts, it’s quick to make as there’s no heating or baking – just mix and chill. Avocado has a mild flavor, so I added cinnamon and allspice. The spices blend beautifully with chocolate, however they’re optional.
I confess, it took me 8 tries to make a vegan quiche worthy of sharing with you. This Paleo-vegan recipe has a wonderful flavor and just the right consistency. The texture is similar to traditional quiche – except it’s egg-free! Instead of eggs, blended cashews, coconut, and grain-free flour bind it together.
Sweet toasted sesame seeds make these squares crunchy with a hint of Asian flavor. Mild tasting hiziki seaweed makes these nutrient-dense and irresistibly scrumptious. Also called hijiki, you can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores. It may appear expensive, however you only need a tiny bit,
Soda Bread is surprisingly easy and versatile, a recipe that has stood the test of time as an Irish classic because of its simplicity. A yeast-free, no fuss bread, this is my kind of recipe! Feel free to change it by adding other tasty things like olives, rosemary, and herbs – but this time I added spring onions!
Today I needed a refreshing bite of lemon & ginger to balance a hot, muggy day. These bars have a zingy citrus flavor, plus they’re raw and alive with powerful anti-oxidant lemon nutrition. In Chinese medicine lemon is cooling — yes I get it. And ginger moves Qi, the vital force in the body
Chocolate cravings were stronger than usual today. I saw hemp nuts, chia seeds, coconut, and blueberries sitting on the counter. These bars were in my tummy soon after – with no baking needed. How shall I describe them? Well, fruity, nutty, an easy snack or semi-sweet dessert that’s loaded with protein,
Whew! My senses are still vibrating from the deep flavor and nutrition in the glass I just downed. Raspberries are a refreshing low-sugar fruit that’s loaded with antioxidant flavonoids, anti-inflammatory ellagic acid, plus Vitamins C and K (that’s the one most of us are needing!).
Finally, a healthy salmon spread or dip! This is great for lunches, picnics, or parties, and tastes fantastic on crackers or veggies. The flavor is even better than my mom’s salmon cream cheese spread. And since it contains no mayo, you can leave it out of the refrigerator with no worries.
Hungry at the grocery check-out counter, I almost grabbed a chia bar. But then I saw the ingredients. Uh oh! Agave syrup, brown rice syrup, apple juice concentrate – 3 high-fructose sweeteners that would send anyone’s blood sugar through the roof. So I came home and made these delicious babies!
Whew! I’m still recovering from the shock of finding 3 high-fructose sweeteners in “healthy” chia bars at the Whole Foods check-out counter. Agave syrup, Brown rice syrup, and Apple juice concentrate are hidden sugars that destabilize metabolism. But not THESE bars!
I’ve always craved these crispy sesame squares! Maybe that’s because I loved their crackling crunchy texture as they disappeared into my mouth one after the other – a perfect high-protein snack. But I don’t buy them any more, as they’re loaded with sugars and stabilizers.
This moist coffeecake has a rich buttery flavor with swirls of rhubarb and ginger, plus a crispy streusel topping. A nutritious gluten-free, grain-free snack or dessert, it tastes just as yummy as my mom’s traditional recipe, with rhubarb filling marbled inside and crunchy nuts.
Surprisingly quick and easy, these dense, fudgy indulgences touch my deepest primordial desires. A great way to use leftover beets, they’re also a perfect way to hide healthy veggies in a snack that seems decadent, but isn’t. I made them for a Paleo gathering and they were demolished in minutes.
Oh my, I had this for breakfast today! It’s also a fantastic 1-minute snack. Blackberries are refreshing and loaded with anti-oxidant compounds. Protein powder gives this treat the holding power of a full meal. It was such a pretty color that I enhanced it with beet.
Almonds are a healthy, high-protein snack that’s very low in sugars and carbs. Here’s a super-quick and easy 5-minute recipe for cocoa-covered almonds. While our Paleo ancestors may have never tasted these delicacies, they could have, since they’re 100% hunt-and-gather ingredients.
When I want a healthy meal in a minute, I grab a seaweed wrap. Seaweed is a superfood loaded with healthy Vitamins B12, C, D, E and K. It is rich in minerals such as potassium, selenium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
Quick to blend, and way tastier than oily store-bought mayonnaise, you’ll want to spread this creamy mélange on everything! Cashews make a wonderfully smooth base for mayo, and they’re lower in fat than other nuts.
High-protein, low-carb, and filled with whole-food Paleo nutrition, these scrumptious crunchy cookies are a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack. The surprise ingredient is green banana, known to be low in sugars and carbs and high in resistant starch, which helps to cultivate healthy intestina
A plantain has been ripening on my counter for a few days – hmm – wasn’t sure what to do with it. Just then I saw the orange. Aha! A sumptuous plantain orange indulgence with deep, dark cinnamon swirls! Oh yes! And then I remembered my mother’s coffeecake pan.
This nutty fudge has everything you desire in the perfect snack: Chocolate, low-carbs, high-nutrition, rich flavor, and crunchy nuts. However, what looks like a decadent sweet, secretly hides nutrient-dense foods likes hemp nuts, flaxseeds, bee pollen, chia seeds, and oh yes, beets!
Is it a snack, a dessert, or a meal? Well, it’s whatever you want it to be! Chock-full of high anti-oxidant chocolate and superfoods, these flourless brownies taste like pure decadence, but they’re really a meal in a bar. While your taste buds are spinning for joy, your body is soaking up nutrient-dense
Here’s a foolproof recipe for thick, luscious coconut yogurt. This recipe has a rich flavor and dense texture, almost like Greek yogurt. It’s Paleo, dairy-free and vegan. It tastes great with fruit, and is easy to digest. Coconut yogurt is naturally sweeter than milk yogurt, so it doesn’t need to be sweetened.
Liver is more than a seasonal delicacy. It is one of Nature’s most potent superfoods! This pate tastes rich and creamy, much like traditional pâté de foi gras. The main difference is you can make it in 15 minutes or less. I wanted a way to prepare liver with minimal cooking