Paleo recipes I’m digging

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I absolutely love feeling inspired. Especially when I’m not expecting it, like cruising through the farmers market, Pinterest or the beach.

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I’ve been embracing that inspiration and trying new recipes. Most of the time I search Pinterest for recipes with low natural sugar (no cane sugar) and Paleo because I’m still limiting yeast to heal the gut. I could probably loosen up a bit because it’s been over 3 months since I drastically changed my diet, but I feel SO much better. I really really enjoy feeling this good so why mess with a good thing, right?

Man, this whole food allergy thing has turned me into an ingredient snob who kinda likes to cook. Who am I?

I wanted to share a few of my current favorite recipes in case you’d like to try something new. They are super simple (if I can do this, you can too), full of simple natural, healthy ingredients and tasty. Like this delicious Paleo Maple Peach Bread. Go make this now!! PS I used frozen nectarines because that’s what I had on hand and it turned out amazing.

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Ohhh and I could eat this chia seed jam straight up. No wait, actually I have!

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Basic recipe:

(Adapted from Oh She Glows)

  • 1 cup berries fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 – 1 T honey (to taste)
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • Optional 1 T Natural Calm

Bring berries & water to a boil. Add chia seeds, honey & Natural Calm if using it. Boil and stir every 30 seconds or so for about 5 minutes. Let it cool on the counter for a bit then refrigerate.

I’ve made it with and without the Natural Calma and they are both delicious.

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If you haven’t tried Collard greens or Rainbow Chard I feel sorry for your life.

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They are perfectly in season right now. In fact, I just picked up a bunch at the farmers market last night that were picked that morning. There is nothing like freshly picked produce, right?

Greens are quick, simple and full of nutrients the body needs. Actually craves. Just give ’em a good wash, chop and toss them in a large pan with a splash of water, EVOO or Coconut oil, S&P & whatever spices you’re feeling. I love turning the heat to high at the end, adding a splash of balsamic to caramelize.

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Of course this goes without saying, but it really is much cheaper to make your own almond/peanut/sunflower/etc butter. I made cashew butter by roasting 1.5 cups cashews on 200 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Roasting brings out their natural oil so you don’t have to add more to the food processor.

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Transfer them still warm to a food processor and blend until smooth. Usually takes about 5- 8 minutes. Stop to scrape down the sides often.

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Also chia pudding is amazing! It has currently been my go to easy, healthy breakfast. This recipe is also adapted from Oh She Glows.

Chia Pudding:

  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3/4 coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 T honey (to taste)
  • Splash of vanilla & cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients in bowl or ball jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning top with fresh fruit, nuts or whatever you prefer. Easy peasy.

I’m still searching for a Paleo basic bread or cinnamon raisin recipe. I’ve tried a couple and they were not good at all. <Insert sticking out tongue emoji here.> So if you have one you love, please share it in the comments.

What are your current favorite healthy recipes?

What inspires you?

Where do I start? Of course Pinterest, blogs, nature, coffee, passionate people, hiking trails are a few.  

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6 Comments on “Paleo recipes I’m digging

  1. Wow–all the food looks amazing! I love when summer comes and we plant our garden. I am always very inspired to cook with fresh veggies! I am so happy to hear the new diet plan works for you. Tummy troubles from IBS-C are such a buzz kill. You give me hope!

    • I am sooo looking forward to stone fruit and tomatoes this summer! How are you feeling lately? Still in the pool? I went pool running for the first time in awhile last week. It felt so good to move around pain free.

      • I am doing pretty good. I still have to be careful with my hips and low back and just had a little flare up last week so am completely scaling things back until that quiets down. I am still swimming 1-2 days per week. It’s my saving grace and always a pain free workout. Keep it up, J!

  2. Hey J! Please do a vlog about your allergy testing, results, changes you’ve made and how you feel now! I think people sometimes don’t know how bad they feel until they actually feel well!

      • 1. What types of symptoms did you experience prior (fatigue, hormonal/pms, digestive, skin issues, etc?)
        2. What was the testing process and cost?
        3. What specific changes have you made?
        4. Did your symptoms improve/resolve and if so, how long before you started noticing improvement?
        Thank you!!

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