Want a delicious, healthy fat filled, METABOLISM BOOSTING snack that tastes like a brownie??! Look no further! Coconut oil has a positive impact on your metabolism because of the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) in them that are so quickly converted in to energy. You can certainly use MCT oil alone, but coconut oil, grass fed butter and full fat cheeses all also contain MCTs. Great news, right (as long as your body tolerates dairy)?! I use coconut butter (also labeled as coconut manna) in addition to coconut oil because it has the coconut meat still in it which adds fiber and flavor. You can purchase this or make it simply by blending unsweetened coconut in your food processor until it is smooth! In addition, Cinnamon is naturally anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and helps stabilize blood sugar. By helping stabilize your body in these three areas, you are also aiding your metabolism by bringing overall balance to your body. Your body will be in protect mode if you have chronic inflammation, low immune system and dysregulated blood sugar & insulin. (I like adding cinnamon essential oil to my water along with some of my other favorite metabolic boosting oils!) Macadamia nuts (aside from being delicious!) offer a good dose of vitamin B1 and magnesium, and just one serving nets 58 percent of what you need in manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of thiamin (according to Dr. Mercola). They are also packed with healthy fats which make them one of the best choices for a low carb, high fat diet. Lastly, cocoa powder is full of minerals that are so important for our electrolyte balance! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19930003
What do you do if you find yourself with a boat load of zucchinis, BUT you don't want to resort the ol' "I'll just make zucchini bread" situation?! Well this casserole is a perfect option! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE zucchini bread!! However, we are doing less and less of that kind of thing in our household these days; the sugary, carby, processed ingredients... and it feels darn good!! <3 Let me also talk DAIRY for a moment. We are also doing less dairy these days. WHY? First of all, dairy is a top food in terms of inflammation. None of us have gastrointestinal issues with dairy, BUT that's just the most obvious symptom. It can cause skin issues, joint aches, raised blood sugar, etc. I also personally keep it at a minimum due to the hormonal impact it can have. Even if you choose hormone-free {which is what we buy}, it still has a ton of natural hormones in it, which you might notice makes a difference in YOU. I do!! Over the past year I have personally been working to balance my hormones, in particular estrogen dominance. What exactly causes this?? A number of things. Clearly, getting extra hormones in our foods is an obvious one. But, some less obvious, but super impactful things are toxins in our daily environment {in our makeup, body products, detergents, cleaners, foods from pesticides and artificial ingredients as well as xenoestrogens} and stress {hello cortisol!!! This impacts our sex hormones by driving down our progesterone and creating a bigger chasm between progesterone and estrogen which means estrogen will dominate too much}! If you are interested in learning more and/or would like to schedule a free consult with me to discuss your particular hormone situation and what you can naturally do to help balance that, please click the "book now" button you see on my site to schedule a free session! In addition, head over to my "shop" page and you can see what I personally use EVERY DAY for my makeup, body products and cleaning products in order to live a toxic free life!
This recipe is one that is perfect for you low carbers! It can also easily be something for those who do dairy or who are dairy free. I did not add any, however some cheese and sour cream on top would be perfect! This really was easy. Just some chopping veggies was the "hardest" thing!
People probably get sick of me saying “this is delicious” or something similar about these recipes I share. Well…it’s because I don’t share recipes that aren’t delicious! This one, definitely my new favorite. If you like dynamic flavor…spice {but not spicy hot}…and lime…you’ll LOVE this!
I had you at blueberry muffins, right? I mean my mouth watered a bit just typing it. Warm, fresh out of the oven Muffins with juicy blueberries is such a comforting, yummy thought. Think you can’t have them once you’ve ditched sugars and processed wheat based flours? Think again! This recipe gets a big win from my house!
‘Tis the season of SOUP! I just LOVE a good soup during the Fall/Winter seasons. Having a delicious soup cooking on the stove or in the crockpot just makes me feel cozy <3 Plus, it’s easy and you can easily have enough for days {easy to freeze for later too!}. Of course, with the shift in seasons we also tend to have a shift in immune systems. This is a definite health bonus to eating soups. Not only can you stock your body up on antioxidants and all the micronutrients it needs to ward off whatever “ick” is going around at the time… if you use a high quality, organic bone broth: the benefits you will gain grow exponentially! {For more on the awesomeness of bone broth check out this article by Dr. Axe} This soup I’m sharing today is SUPER easy to make and I love that it’s filling and yet light at the same time. Plus, cilantro & lime are two of my favs! Both Paleo & keto friendly: you can opt to use tortilla chips and cheese and/or sour cream as toppings if you so choose. *ALSO: there are jalapeños in this recipe. I actually love my food a little more than medium spicy and this soup was NOT spicy at all because I cleaned out the seeds. So, if you are not a spicy hot fan…don’t let the jalapeños scare you off! Just make sure to get the seeds cleaned out and you’ll be good to go.
OH man. I’m IN LOVE! This stuff is so delish. I decided last night to experiment with making my own “granola” sans grains with LOTS of healthy fats and HELLO pumpkin spice {of course you can omit and add whatever spice you prefer. But, come on now…it IS October!}. I honestly have been just enjoying this by itself. However, do what you like with it. Eat it with some full fat milk of whatever variety {I LOVE cashew milk} or have it on some full fat yogurt OR enjoy with some coconut cream {the canned, thick, delicious stuff}.
If you’re looking for a filing and tasty salad that is full of savory flavors…look no further! This is easily a meal in itself and one you’ll want to make again!