Health & Nutrition

Southern Sweet Pepper Jelly

Growing up in the South, pepper jelly with cream cheese and crackers was definitely a thing – you’d undoubtedly find it somewhere on the table at any holiday party, church picnic, or family reunion. But of course it was loaded with refined sugar and artificial coloring to make it thick and *bright* green so when I found myself with a surplus of peppers this summer I decided to whip up a healthy, honey sweetened alternative to the stuff I knew in my childhood! Not only is it a fun throwback, but canning them was a great way for me to use all the peppers I had without any of them going bad!

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Three Easy Paleo Single Serving Desserts

Are you anything like me when that sweet craving hits you’re instantly searching for a recipe that is quick and easy? No need to reach for something unhealthy and processed when you can make any of these paleo sweets desserts in 30 minutes or less! Even as a paleo baker, you might think I have desserts around all the time but I promise you that is very unlikely. Hence why I developed these three single serving desserts so I don’t feel guilty wasting any.

I love making a single-serving dessert when I am cooking for one or even just for two. You’ll most likely be surprised that you won’t even need to head to the grocery store because most of the likely will likely be in your pantry.

I’ve included my top three favorite Paleo Sweets recipes below that make for an incredible dessert, breakfast or quick snack on the go! All paleo-friendly, vegan and grain-free! Do you have a go-to single serving dessert recipe? I would love to know!

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Sweet & Savory Cinnamon Crusted Pork with Apple Compote

If you guys know me, then you know I have a huge sweet tooth, so sweet and savory dishes are totally my jam! And this recipe totally knocks it out of the park.

Ignore the fact that it looks like a lot of instructions because I promise you, this recipe is super easy to make! Plus, there’s are ZERO ingredients that you’ll be unsure about and have to search 3 different health food stores to find. (Seriously, when that happens, just hop on Amazon and you’ll find it in 10 seconds flat!) You probably have half the ingredients already, and the other half can be found at any local grocery store!

Give it a try. Serve it at your next holiday gathering, your Paleo and non-Paleo friends will both be pleasantly surprised!

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Perfect Paleo Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Seriously, the holiday season just isn’t complete without with a cookie jar filled with festive cut-out sugar cookies. Cookie Santas, candy canes, reindeer—you’ve got to have them! But the traditional sugar cookie recipe isn’t quite “paleo friendly,” so I had to have a little bit fun and experiment with making my own.

Let me tell you, these hit the spot! Serve them with a little hot cocoa and you’ve got yourself the perfect paleo sugar cookie. You know, I think even Santa would approve if he found these by the tree this year!

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5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight (Even on a Paleo Diet)

5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight (Even on a Paleo Diet)

I literally had 3 conversations with 3 individual people and they all said the same thing… they came to paleo thinking that they’d change their diet and all of a sudden they’d just lose a bunch of weight! People have this impression that when they start a paleo diet they’re going to be able to lose weight more easily, right? Well, the answer is kind of yes and no.

There are 5 keys reasons the keep people from losing weight, no matter what type of diet they’re on, that I really wanted to share with you. So, let’s get started!

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Paleo-Friendly Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce with Coconut Milk

Paleo-Friendly Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce with Coconut Milk

When you’re beginning a paleo diet, one of the harder things to give up is pasta… uhm, no more mac & cheese?! Seriously, who doesn’t love mac & cheese? But there are so many paleo-friendly pasta alternatives.

You’ve got the infamous zoodles (zucchini noodles) that you’ve probably heard about. But you can also use other things like cucumber, beets, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots—you can spiralize so many different foods. And then, of course, there’s spaghetti squash!

I’ll admit, sometimes these paleo “noodles” can take a bit of getting used to, but I promise you’ll get there! And you know what helps? Topping it off with a DELICIOUS sauce! Like this paleo-friendly alfredo sauce. Seriously, this masterpiece can make any pasta dish crave-worthy!

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2 Substitutes for Almond Flour That You Can Make at Home

In my Paleo Sweets Cookbook, a lot of the recipes use a combination of different flours including almond flour, arrowroot starch, and coconut flour. And one of the biggest questions that I get from people about those recipes is “what is a good substitute for almond flour?”

This is a consideration for myself as well because, after I wrote the cookbook I discovered that I was sensitive to almonds!

As I was creating the cookbook and testing out the recipes (aka eating lots of cake, cookies, and brownies) I was wondering why I was feeling so terrible all the time. Surprisingly, no, it wasn’t because I was eating too many sweets—it was simply because I was eating too much almond flour! Who knew?! I was thankful that I discovered the cause, but then I had to start finding substitutes for almond flour in all my recipes!

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