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Paleo Meatloaf

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The other night I was searching the web for a recipe for Paleo Meatloaf that did not contain bread crumbs or other grains. I found quite a few recipes, but most used Worcestershire sauce or ketchup in the recipe. However, I did find one recipe that I tried and it was the most delicious meatloaf recipe I ever tasted …

Italian Meatloaf

I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I substituted green bell pepper for roasted red pepper and left out the dried parsley.

This recipe included a made-from-scratch tomato sauce for the top of the meatloaf. There was no compromise on truly healthy paleo ingredients.

It called for baking the meatloaf at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

I like to cook my meats at lower temps. So, I set the oven for 325 degrees F and timed it for 40 minutes. When the timer rang, I put in a meat thermometer. I took the meatloaf out of the oven at 1 hour when it registered 160 degrees F.

With every bite, I said to myself, “OMG, this is the best meatloaf I have ever tasted!”

Try it! You’ll like it!

Do You Eat Any Of These Foods?

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Besides being unhealthy because of their chemical additives, highly processed, nutrient deficient and GMO ingredients, they are loaded with excessive calories.

Fast Food Items with 1000 Calories and More
How Many Calories Counter

For healthier choices, you can make your own fast food at home.

Use organic, grass fed beef for your burgers.

Cut your organic potatoes into French fry size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil and bake them at 350 degrees F. Better yet, use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes.

Healthy Snacks and Finger Foods

Non-Dairy Blueberry Ice Cream

Tasty Veggie Dip

Healthy Snacks Your Whole Family Will Enjoy

Carob Coconut Candy

Get more healthy recipes here.

So, you see, healthy eating can be delicious and tasty. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to prepare. Try these recipes. Enjoy them. Your body will love you and you’ll be healthier for it.

Wake Up Call

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In the last two years, one cousin and three close friends have died. The first two friends were my best girl friends from childhood. We played together from elementary school age and graduated high school together. The third was one of my college friends.

My cousin, who is younger than I, died in September 2010 from lymphoma. My first girlfriend died in August 2010 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her husband, who also graduated from high school with us, preceded her in death in 2009. My second childhood girlfriend, succumbed in June of this year, to cancer. My college friend just died suddenly October 3, 2012.

It is being said that our children’s generation will not live as long as their parents. I think it’s already happening.

We are not living as long as our parents.

Read more.

If you didn’t click the link to read the rest of the article, please do … This is important. It truly is a matter of life and death.

With the holidays upon us, why not start with making your holiday foods a little healthier this year? Even the goodies can be healthy. Check out these articles to find out how …

Healthy Holiday Fare

Are You Ready For A Healthy Holiday For A Change?

Just because it’s the holidays and the traditional foods are less than healthy doesn’t mean we can’t have healthy holiday food. We can and it can taste delicious too… AND you can feel good about indulging.

For more healthy recipes, click here.

It’s early enough now, that with a little planning, you can raise the bar on your holiday food choices and enjoy healthy holiday fare. Your body will thank you!

Turkey Tips And Thanksgiving Recipes

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In one week, it will be Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  Here are some tips to help you  make this Thanksgiving a healthy one.

  • Choose a pastured turkey if possible. Conventional turkeys are raised on factory farms, in close unhygienic quarters, injected with antibiotics and fed GMO grains. You will pay a little more for a pastured turkey, but did you know that poultry that are injected with brine may contain up to 40% salt water? So if you subtract the weight of the brine, your cheap factory farmed turkey isn’t so cheap any more. Get more tips on choosing your turkey here and a recipe for Turkey with CranApple-Sage Stuffing.
  • Enter to win a turkey “raised with care.”
  • What kind of veggies do you like with your turkey? Click here to get some healthy veggie  and other recipes  …
    • Sage Green Beans with Pinenuts
    • Ginger Carrots
    • Cuban Stuffed Turkey
    • Deviled Eggs
  • One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Sweet Potatoes and Apples. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in my house without it.
  • No meal is complete without a big healthy salad … tossed greens with at least 4 or 5 different raw veggies. Get some ideas here.
  • Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dessert. So, here’s a healthy recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pie. If you don’t want to watch the video, the recipe is about 1/3 of the way down this page. You’ll also find more Thanksgiving recipes before you get to the pie.
  • If you’re not a pumpkin pie fan, here are a couple other healthy desserts for you to enjoy…

So, there you have it. You are now armed with a variety of healthy recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy!

Try It, You’ll Like It!

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I never liked parsnips. I ate them a few times when I was a kid when my mother made them and made me eat some. I probably cooked them once or twice in my adult life to try them again, just for variety and because they’re healthy for you.

I recently bought the Primal Blueprint Cookbook, after borrowing it from the library a few times. The recipes I had tried were absolutely out of this world delicious. So, when I saw the recipe for Mashed Parsnips, I thought I’d give them a try. Remembering the taste of parsnips from the past, I really didn’t expect much, but the fact that all the other recipes I had tried were so outstanding, I was just curious as to how they would taste

Wow! I couldn’t believe it. They were so delicious! They really were. I’ve actually made them twice in the last two weeks and I have more parsnips in the refrigerator to make the recipe again soon.

If you’ve never liked parsnips, or even if you do, you’ve got to try this recipe. I got special permission to reprint it here for you.

Mashed Parsnips

2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 cup chicken broth  {I used bone broth}
Salt and butter to taste
1/4 cup cream (optional)  {I used Plain Amasai}
1/4 tsp nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)  {I skipped this}

In a deep pan, combine parsnips with chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups water. With a lid on , simmer until very tender (about 15 minutes). Drain off broth and reserve it on the side. Mash parsnips with a fork or potato masher. Add broth or cream until desired consistency is reached. Add salt and butter to taste. Top with a pat of butter and if you wish, a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Cultured Foods

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Before the days of refrigerators and freezers, food was preserved by lacto-fermentation. This not only preserved the food, but also enhanced the nutritional content.

Cultured foods are more nutrient dense than the same non-cultured foods and are rich in probiotics, enzymes and anti-microbial organisms. They promote the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestinal tract and help to maintain a healthy gut.

The most common lacto-fermented vegetable is sauerkraut, but just about any vegetable can be cultured.

Click here and watch the video to see how easy lacto-fermented vegetables are to make.

Healthy Recipes For Your Bones

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There’s more to the health of your bones than taking calcium supplements. Good bone health requires a wide variety of nutrients. These delicious, nutrient-dense recipes will help you feed your bones nutrients it needs in a tasty way … for your enjoyment.

Creamy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

Chickpea & Walnut Hummus

Get the recipes here.

Healthy Fare For The Holiday Weekend

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I’ve long said that if you’re good 80% of the time, i.e. eating healthy food, you can give yourself a treat every once in a while.

However, once I committed to eating healthfully 100% of the time, I found that the few moments of pleasure from eating the forbidden foods turned into days of misery while their effects were being eliminated from my body. After a couple times, I have never been tempted again. That was enough to keep me focused only on the healthy fare.

Before you think… boooring, I spent some time creating healthy alternatives to the unhealthy options. While my commitment to eating healthfully would be enough for these substitutes to please my palate, my daughter is the one who really puts these healthy alternatives to the test… And they passed.

Here are a few samples to help you have some healthier choices for your holiday weekend get togethers.

Guacamole … I just threw this together one day when I was in a hurry and it has gotten rave reviews ever since.

Ripe avocados – mashed
chopped onion
minced garlic (optional)
raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar – add by the teaspoon till you get the desired flavor
Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Mix it all together and enjoy

The Guacamole goes well with raw veggies – celery, carrots, cucumber, jicama, etc.

If you must have chips, take some organic corn tortillas. Place in a greased pan (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) and spread with a little oil or butter and Celtic Sea Salt. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F, for a few minutes, until crisp. Then break apart into chips. One tortilla per person will give you the pleasure of eating a few chips, but without eating too many carbs.

For hotdogs and hamburgers, choose from organic, grass fed animals. Skip the buns or use a tortilla instead. Better yet, take a leaf of lettuce, put the dog or burger inside with all the fixins, wrap and enjoy. You might even try taking a sheet of Nori and using it instead of the bun. In fact, you can take sheets of Nori and tear them into one or two inch pieces and use them to snack on, plain, with a little guacamole or salsa.

Have some raw nuts and seeds and fresh fruit handy too.

For a sweet treat, try my Carob Coconut Candy.

Now for you pizza lovers, this is the only way I ever eat pizza any more. Put a few organic corn tortillas on a greased (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) baking pan. Spread some melted butter or coconut oil on each tortilla.  Add some of your favorite organic salsa or organic pasta sauce. Top with sliced olives, chopped onions, bell pepper slices, slices of organic, free range, grass fed sausage, shredded raw organic cheese, whatever healthy toppings you like. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

For more healthy recipes, click links for the Archives, on the right side of this page, starting in December. I put a lot of healthy recipes on this blog in the first few months.

Have a happy, healthy Labor Day weekend!

Snacks & Finger Foods

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I’m a fan of the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook. I use it and I recommend it.

Here’s an entire section out of the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook on Snacks and Finger Foods. Check it out to not only get some amazing healthy snack recipes, but also some interesting healthy eating information.

If you want to know how healthy the food additives are in the “Know Your Ingredients” columns, check them out in Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not.

Enjoy!

No Mayo Tuna Salad

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Most of the mayonnaise on the market contains canola oil or soy oil, both of which are unhealthy and most likely genetically engineered, if not organic. However, even if these oils are organic, they still are not healthy oils to consume.

Safflower oil is highly refined and high in omega-6 fatty acids, of which there are far too many in the average American diet.

The best mayonnaise to use is olive oil mayo. However, it is quite expensive and most people are not willing to pay the price.

So here is a tasty way to enjoy tuna salad, without the mayo.

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped peppers (sweet or hot)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cans tuna, drained
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
fresh lemon juice to taste
Celtic Sea Salt to taste

Saute the onion, peppers and garlic in the coconut oil until the onion is translucent. Put the tuna in a bowl, add sauteed vegetables and remaining ingredients and mix. Season to taste with lemon and Celtic Sea Salt.

Enjoy!