Setting Health Goals For The New Year

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A New Year will be here before you know it and it’s important to start it off right. To do that you need a plan of action and to make a plan you need to know what your end goals are. So lets work on setting some goals.

As you prepare your goals for the New Year especially the ones that are health related there a few ways you can look at it, you could have a goal focused on loosing weight, on improving your fitness, or even eating better. It could even be a combination of the three.

With whatever goal or goals you choose you should make sure they have these 3 success factors in common.

  1. They’re specific- they are clearly defined. For example, “I will lose 10 pounds or I will eat no wheat”.
  2. They have a time frame- you can provide a date by which you plan to achieve your goal or a specific time frame.
  3. A list of actionable steps to achieve your goal- you can create a list of steps you need to complete to reach your end goal, each step should have an action associated with it.

When setting your health goal or goals for the New Year make sure they adhere to the 3 success factors. As a final note about selecting your goals, make sure that you don’t exceed 2 or 3 goals total. The more goals you have the less likely you are to complete them because of a lack of focus. The best practice is to pick one goal and go for it.

Happy New Year!

Melissa Van Dover

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Orange Glazed Ham

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There’s just something about a juicy ham during the festive season and we’ve discovered that there really is no need for store bought glaze dripping in refined sugar when fresh oranges, coconut palm sugar and grass-fed butter make for a perfectly delicious glaze concoction!

In this recipe, my good friend Samantha and I used a natural, antibiotic-free and hormone-free spiral-cut ham that was pre-smoked. (Check the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t any Paleo-unfriendly items sneaked in). We then paired the ham with a homemade citrus marinade, which tenderizes the meat and aids the body with the digestion of the ham. It turned out fabulously! Here’s how we did it:

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INGREDIENTS

7-10 lb spiral cut, smoked ham
4 oranges
4 cups pure orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cloves
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

RECIPE

Place your ham (fresh or frozen), in a large oven-compatible dish.
Mix 3 cups of orange juice, the nutmeg, cloves and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Slice the oranges and soak the slices in the marinade for about 10 minutes, before removing the slices and placing them aside for later.
Pour the marinade mixture over the ham, completely drenching it.
Using toothpicks, pin the marinated orange slices to the surface of the ham, then cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the refrigerator to marinade for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the foil and place the dish in oven for about 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, mix the last cup of orange juice with the coconut palm sugar and melted butter.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, remove the dish from the oven, and work the orange juice, coconut palm sugar and butter mixture into each spiral fold of the pre-sliced ham, pouring any excess over the exterior of the ham before placing the dish back in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until well cooked.
Remove the glazed ham from the oven and serve warm alongside your choice of vegetables.

May that add to your 2015 festivities!

Camilla Carboni

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Our Top 9 Holiday Recipes

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No holiday would be complete without a favorite dish or meal. To help celebrate this year we’ve pulled our top 9 favorite recipes perfect for a holiday meal to share with you. These recipes are exactly what you need to serve the perfect paleo holiday meal.

Our top 8 favorite holiday recipes are…

  1. Paleo Apple Pie
  2. Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie
  3. Paleo Sausage and Fruit Stuffing
  4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  5. Pumpkin Spiced Cookies
  6. How To Make Paleo Gravy
  7. Paleo Roesmary Bread
  8. Christmas Pie
  9. Apple Thyme Roasted Chicken

Try serving up one of these dishes this holiday season and everyone will be happy.

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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Date Orange Loaf

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Orange rinds too often go to waste and, when combined with naturally sweet fruits, like dates, make an irresistible taste sensation not too be missed.

In this easy-to-make loaf, I used the base recipe of my popular Paleo Apricot Muffins and added a sweet, citrus twist.

The loaf is high in fiber and comes out deliciously moist. This recipe is ideal for 1 mini loaf (about 5.75 x 3 inches) and can also be made into muffins.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 shake salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon honey/raw agave nectar
Grated rind of 1 large orange

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Pulse the dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
Place the rest of the ingredients (except the orange rind) in the food processor and pulse for another minute or so, until well combined.
Add the grated orange rind and pulse for about 10 seconds.
Scoop the mix into a oven-safe bread dish and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes (the center of the loaf rises last), or until a skewer through the center comes out clean.

Enjoy the sweet and citrus taste of this decadent loaf,

Camilla Carboni

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Let’s Talk About Health

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Health is a hot topic, and we LOVE that!

No matter what your health views are, we truly believe that the world is a better place when health is a focus. The more awareness there is on the importance of health, the more likely the health industry, our society and our own personal health is to improve.

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

And that’s why we are excited to join Greg Hollenback on his Radio TalkShow, The Modern Eater, this Saturday, December 5th at 6pm MST to talk about Health, Holiday Eating and of course our pet project, PALEO Cleanse.

Want to join us?

Tune in to iHeart Radio and 630 KHOW, Denver’s Talk Station at 6pm tomorrow and listen live.

Can’t make it?

We’ll miss you, but not to worry – you can listen to the full recording after the show by visiting The Modern Eater’s SoundCloud page.

Have an awesome and healthy weekend!

Camilla and Melissa

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Coconut Fudge Bars

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Sometimes mistakes are gifts waiting to show up! In this case it couldn’t be truer. I was playing around with making a coconut cream pie and ended up making fudge bars! These bars are rich and will conquer your sweet tooth and coconut cravings.

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups shredded coconut (the all natural, unsweetened kind)
1 3/4 cans coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons tapioca flour
2 tablespoons gelatin

coconut pie crust base (Instead of pressing into a pie you will press into the bottom of a rectangular pyrex or glass dish and bake, no need to make it come up the sides you are simple making a base for the fudge)

RECIPE

Prepare crust bottom for fudge, see notes above and link to recipe.
Toast shredded coconut in a frying pan over medium heat, this will take a few minutes and it is best to keep stirring the coconut and keep your eye on it.
After coconut is golden brown remove from heat and set aside.
In a pot combine coconut milk, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt; simmer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes turn off heat.
Then add 6 tablespoons of the heated milk mixture to a small bowl and whisk in gelatin.
Add gelatin mixture, tapioca flour and toasted coconut to pot; combine everything thoroughly.
Pour combined mixture over coconut crust base and place in the fridge.
Let set for 2 hours.

This is just what you need when you’re craving something sweet!

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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