An Update From Melissa: Publishing Fiction & Traveling The World

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Camilla and I always love hearing from our readers. The messages that they send us, help us make a personal connection that we may never have had the chance to make otherwise. While these messages are often Paleo related they also include stories from the lives of our readers.

We love learning about our readers so much that we decided it would be a great idea to share a little about what’s going on with us…outside of crafting Paleo recipes for you!

So here’s whats new with me…

Publishing Fiction

It’s been a dream of mine for a while to publish a fiction novel. Well…I finally managed to put my head down, work hard and get the job done.

My debut romance novel, The Marked One is currently available for pre-order on Amazon! I’m hard at work on the second book in the series and I’m looking forward to publishing more books before the end of the year.

EBOOKIf you like romance novels or know someone who does, I’d love for you to take a look at or share The Marked One with a fellow reader.

I’m even running a GIVEAWAY right now for a FREE Amazon Fire Tablet and 5 signed, copies of The Marked One. If you’re interested, click here to learn how to enter for your chance to win!

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Traveling The World

From September 2015 – April 2016, my husband and I had the chance to go on one giant adventure! We sold our house, I quite my day-job and my husband graduate from school…then we were off.

We spent 8 months traveling around the world, we planned a little but most of our adventure was based off of last minute decisions. We ended up spending 4 months in Europe, 2 months in Asia, 1 month in New Zealand and tagged on South America and the Caribbean.

We hiked to the Base Camp of Everest, visited the Great Wall of China, hiked the Inca trail, rock climbed a waterfall and much more. It was amazing. We learned a lot. But most importantly we had a blast.

Here’s a quick look at some of our adventures, but if you want to see more you can check out or daily blog @ www.operationgotravel.com

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So that’s what has been going on with me. I’d love to hear about what’s been going on with you, sound off in the comments below!

Now…I’m looking forward to cooking up some great, new recipes.

Talk with you soon,

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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Frozen Mochachino

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Who doesn’t love a tasty Mochachino to sip on happily during the summer months?

The thing is, most coffee shops make their frozen coffee drinks with genetically modified cow milk, whipped cream, cane sugar and artificial syrup. It’s hard to justify that when there’s a home-made Frozen Mochachino solution right here!

This recipe is not only dairy and refined sugar-free, it’s packed with fiber and antioxidants.

There goes the guilt…now you can really enjoy your summer!😉

INGREDIENTS

Ice (about 6 cubes)
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee (or a shot of espresso and a little less coconut milk)
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon honey or raw agave nectar

RECIPE

In a blender or food processor, pulse the ice until finely crushed.
Add the coconut milk, coffee, cacao powder and honey/agave and pulse for about a minute, or until very well blended.
Pour into a glass and enjoy while cold.

It’s so simple and yet every bit as good as a coffee shop Frozen Mochachino!

Enjoy,

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Cucumber Lox Bites

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When preparing snacks for he day I try to keep everything as simple as possible whether it be a piece of fruit or beef jerky. Keeping everything simple is the one sure way I know to stay on track with my health goals. When things are simple you are more likely to stick with them.

That being said, I do get board with my normal selections occasionally and it makes me want to try something outside my norm. Lox bites are a great way to spice things up without making things complicated. They are great as a snack or even an appetizer for a party.

INGREDIENTS

1 – 2 ounces lox
1/2 cucumber
coconut cream cheese (optional)

RECIPE

Wash and cut cucumber into 1/8” to 1/4″ slices, place on plate.
Top with coconut cream cheese (if desired) and/or 1 slice of lox.

The recipe is that simple but it’s a great way to change your normal snack or party appetizer. If you’re interested in adding coconut cream cheese to your lox bites you can find the recipe for it here.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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Paleo Explained

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A message from Camilla and Melissa

We love to have guest posts and we’re so grateful that others want to share their stories, creations and experiences with all of us. Every individual is entitled to their own health beliefs and we respect everyones wishes. While some of the comments in our guest posts may not be reflective of a true “Paleo Diet”, it is our hope that the common goal of a healthier life will help to guide you in your own health choices.

We are excited to present The Paleo Diet Infographic courtesy of Life Health HQ!

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About Life Health HQ

The Life Health HQ blog has published a new infographic explaining the paleo diet and why so many folks have switched over to paleo eating. The Paleo Diet Infographic uses fun visuals to provide a general overview of the theory behind paleo eating, what foods can and cannot be eaten on the paleo diet, and the nutritional benefits of going Paleo.

Feel free to share this infographic on your own blog or on social media…more power to Paleo!

Coconut Cream Cheese

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I love cream cheese, unfortunately it doesn’t exactly align with the paleo diet. That love has led me to try and find a recipe for coconut cream cheese. I had no luck until I made it on accident in an attempt to make coconut yogurt more easily.

So here it is… how to make no hassle, coconut cream cheese.

INGREDIENTS

1 can of coconut milk (the fuller fat the better)
2 probiotic tablets (mine were rated at 10 billion), you’ll need to break these open as you’ll just be using the powder and be discarding the casings.
3 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of gelatin
*you’ll also need 1 mason jar.

RECIPE

Turn your oven light on, just the light you do not need to turn on the oven. The heat from the light will be enough to incubate the mixture and give it the slightly sour taste that is similar to cream cheese.
Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the thick coconut cream that has formed at the top of the can and place in a clean mason jar.
After you have scooped out the thick coconut cream, add roughly 3 tablespoons of the remaining liquid to the mason jar with the cream. (The remaining liquid can be saved and added to smoothies or other recipes.!)
Add the probiotic powder, honey and gelatin the mason jar and stir to combine.
Stick in the over with the oven light on for 24 hours (do not cover).
After 24 hours remove from the oven.
You’ll notice that the mixture has separated, a milky color liquid on the top and a clear liquid on the bottom
Spoon the milky top layer into a blender and blend(the clear liquid can be used for other recipes).
Place the mixture in a new mason jar and cover.
Place in the fridge and wait a couple days, the mixture will solidify.
After the mixture has solidified it is ready to eat.

This cream cheese is the perfect addition to many paleo recipes, it will give you the creaminess you’ve been missing. You may notice a similar recipe coming up soon on the blog as we learn how to make coconut yogurt with no hassle.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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The Case For Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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We have comfort zones for a reason. They help protect us from bad things and fulfill our need to be safe and grounded. For this reason comfort zones are great, however with everything there is a good and a bad. The bad with comfort zones is that they can lead us to being complacent and to act without thinking.

Complacency and acting without thinking are major contributors to becoming out of shape, having a poor diet and being generally unhealthy.

So it makes sense that if you find yourself in any state of living unhealthy that you may want to make a change and such a change will push you outside of your comfort zone. In this instance you have a great cause for stepping outside your comfort zone, that being said it could still be intimidating and scary. So to help make this change less intimidating we have 5 tips that will make stepping outside of your comfort zone to become a better you less overwhelming.

The 5 tips are…

  1. Don’t do it by yourself, find someone to join your on your journey to a healthier you. In the Paleo Cleanse we call this an accountability buddy.
  2. Have a plan. A guideline can be really helpful when you’re reaching for a health goal, spend a few minutes writing out what you plan to do.
  3. Get some help from those who have done it themselves. In the Paleo Cleanse we share our journey to health, listening to others who have been through the same experience will help to alleviate stress regarding your journey to a new you.
  4. Take it one day at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the stress you may feel as you step outside your comfort zone and change will take time to ease.
  5. Keep the end prize in mind. Whenever you have doubts remember what you’re fighting for, it will keep you going.

Stepping outside your comfort zone can be intimidating but rewarding. This is especially true when we’re doing so to find a healthier version of yourself.

Happy Transformation!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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Pork Stew

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Traditionally, stew takes hours to cook. But who has time for that?!

This Pork Stew recipe is made stir-fry style with fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and spices, and utilizes natural apple sauce to create a stew-like gravy.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 pound pork, sliced into strips
1/4 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup onions, chopped finely
1 tablespoon jalapeños, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano spice
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the pork strips to the pan, season with the oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pork Stew Preparation
Once the pork is almost fully cooked, add the tomato, onion and jalapeño, before turning the heat up to medium-high.

Allow the tomato and onion to soften while the meat soaks up the flavor.

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Last but not least, add the apple sauce to the dish and continue to cook for another minute or two, stirring continuously.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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