Double Chocolate Paleo Muffins

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When plain chocolate isn’t enough…let’s DOUBLE it!

This muffin recipe is based on my popular Paleo Apricot Muffins Recipe, but substitutes apricots for dates, and adds raw cacao powder and dark chocolate chips to create a natural chocolate flavor.

These muffins are so quick and easy to make and are packed with fiber and superfoods, making them an excellent alternative to traditional chocolate muffins or chocolate cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pitted whole dates
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 shake salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon honey or raw agave nectar
1/8 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Pulse the dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
Add the coconut flour, cacao powder, coconut oil, salt, baking soda, eggs, honey/agave and vanilla extract and pulse until well combined.
Place the mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in the chocolate chips.
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Scoop 2 tablespoons of the muffin mix into each large muffin paper liner and bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer poked through the center comes out clean.
This recipe makes about 10-12 muffins. They can be enjoyed straight out of the oven while the chocolate chips melt in your mouth, or stored in an airtight container and enjoyed within a few days.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Camilla Carboni

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CrockPot Chili

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If you’re like me, CrockPot meals are an all-time favorite…what’s not to like about a cooking method that enables you to do all the work upfront in a matter of minutes, set the timer, and then have a delicious home-cooked meal a few hours later?! 

This Chili recipe is jam-packed with protein and vegetables, and overflowing in nutrients.

It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 4 hours to cook, and you’ll have a comforting meal that serves 6.

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
1 large onion
4-6 large carrots
4-6 celery stalks
1 large green pepper
30 oz organic stewed tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons chili powder (depending on how strong you like your Chili)
1 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Set your crockpot to the 4 hours setting and place the meat in it to begin cooking while you chop the vegetables.
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Chop the onion, carrots, celery and green pepper into thin dime-sized pieces, and add them to the crockpot.
Add the stewed tomatoes, chili powder and salt to the crockpot mix, then cover and let sit for about an hour.
Each hour over the 4 hour cooking process, lift the cover and stir gently for a minute.
After 4 hours, check that the meat is browned and once it looks well cooked, either serve right away while hot, or reduce the heat to low and enjoy later.

There’s just something so comforting about home-cooked Chili, don’t you think?!

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Mango Mojito Smoothie

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Sip your way into paradise with my new favorite summer smoothie!

This is a non-alcoholic fruit smoothie that puts your health first…
Mangos are known to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Clear the skin
  • Improve eye health
  • Alkalize the body
  • Improve digestion
  • Relieve heat stroke
  • And more…

And when mango is paired with coconut water (which hydrates), mint (which calms and soothes the stomach) and lime (which aids digestion and weight loss) you’ve got yourself a great tasting smoothie that checks all the summer health boxes!

INGREDIENTS

4 ice cubes
1/2 large mango
250 ml coconut water
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lime
4 fresh mint leaves

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Top with mint, a decorative umbrella and a straw and sip while you daydream of tropical beaches!

It’s really that easy…and it’s equally as refreshing and delicious.

Cheers!

Camilla Carboni

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Greek Shepherd’s Pie

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Looking for a delicious meal that whips up fast and leaves left-overs to munch on while snuggled in your PJs this coming weekend? Look no further!

This Greek-style, Paleo take on the traditional Shepherd’s Pie adds a subtle infusion for your tastebuds, while keeping memories of Grandmother’s dish.

It’s healthy, super simple and of-so comforting.

Serves 4-6.

Hot Tip: If you have a cast-iron pan, you can cook the meat in that on the stovetop, then build the layered Pie in that same pan and simple pop it into the oven to broil at the end.

INGREDIENTS

4 large white sweet potatoes, sliced (skin on is preferable for added fiber)
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1 lb pasture-raised bacon
1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into dime-sized pieces
1/2 cup pre-made olive tapenade
Mixed fresh of dried herbs of your choosing
1/4 cup grass-fed feta (optional for those on the Primal Diet)

RECIPE

Steam or boil the sweet potatoes until tender.
While the sweet potatoes are cooking, pre-heat a large saucepan at medium heat, add the bacon and cook until browned.
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Remove the bacon from the saucepan (saving the bacon grease in the pan) and cut the bacon into dime-sized pieces.
Cook the ground beef in the bacon greased saucepan until well-done.
Add the bacon pieces back into the saucepan, along with the broccoli florets and stir in with the cooked ground beef.
Shepherd's Pie Meat Mix
Set the oven to Broil.
Place the meat mix in an oven-safe dish (approximately 9 x 11 inches).
Spread a layer of olive tapenade over the meat mix.
Mash the sweet potatoes and create a layer of sweet potato over the olive tapenade layer.
Sprinkle with fresh or dried mixed herbs.
Top with with feta (if desired) and place in the oven to broil for about 5 minutes until the sweet potato browns slightly.
Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Refrigerate left-overs in an airtight container and enjoy within 3 days!

Camilla Carboni

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GUEST POST BY JULIE GRIFFIN: The Magic is in YOU!

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A Note from Camilla & Melissa:

We love to have guest posts and we’re so grateful that others want to share their stories 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.


The Magic is in YOU!

by Julie Griffin

So much of the time in life we are looking for that ONE thing to flip the switch for our life… that one diet to finally work. That one exciting fitness program or newfangled workout equipment that’s gonna be IT.

You know, the one that miraculously causes us to not quit just days in.
Or maybe it’s that relationship that will finally make us happy. That job that we’ve been dreaming of to fulfill us. That number in the bank account that will make all our problems go away…

We are always looking for that ONE Magic thing to bring about the change that we are desperately wanting in our life. But what if I told you that will never happen.

There is no Magic diet or exercise program. No Magic relationship or dream job. No Magic number in our bank account that can make our problems go away.

Yes, a diet may make us lose a few pounds for awhile, but if we don’t learn to how to heal our relationship with food first, or how to make sustainable life choices in our eating, all we will have accomplished is another failed fad diet and we’ll end up right back where we started. Many times even worse than before.

Or we may commit to that new fitness routine or show up to that exercise class, for a few days at least. We may even purchase that shiny, new exercise equipment and actually use it, for a bit… before we lose steam and it turns into another place to store our laundry and collect dust. Because if we don’t learn how to push past our feelings, creating discipline and consistency within ourselves first, there is no fitness fad, class, program, or equipment that will bring about the transformation to our bodies we so badly want to see.

Our relationships will follow the same patterns, we will still be unhappy in our “dream job”. And that bank account that finally looks like you want it to? Your problems won’t be going anywhere. Because all those things are just tools. Lifeless tools that hold no Magic. They only work in the hands of Magic. They are not the magic. They will never do what you are wanting them to. They hold no fairy dust that is going to come along and melt off the weight, or make you want to push your body to new heights while blowing your mind of what you are capable of! They can’t make you happy and fulfilled, or your
problems just disappear. Because they aren’t Magic. You are. The Magic is in YOU.

You ARE the Magic.

You are the only one who has the power to get in control of your eating and make good, healthy choices of what to put in your body!

You are the only one who has the power to wake up every day and produce the discipline and consistency required to watch your body change before your very eyes.

You are the one who makes yourself happy, not another person or relationship. Or a job. Or numbers in a bank account.

It’s you. Say it with me… You ARE the Magic. You are the MAGIC. YOU are the Magic!

The Magic is in you to overcome, to change, to conquer, to be happy, to be fulfilled, to be free. To finally be the person you KNOW is in there… maybe they’re really deep down in there, but you’ve seen glimpses. You feel the stirring at times. That’s the Magic. That’s the YOU that knows you can do this.

That’s the you that KNOWS how powerful you really are!

I’m not gonna lie. It’s hard. It’s painful at times. But it’s in those hard times, those painful places… that’s WHERE the magic happens. Because it’s where you discover WHO you are, WHAT you’re capable of, and just how POWERFUL you can be! And I promise you, if you will go there… if you will tap into that place inside yourself and stop looking to external sources to do what only you can do, you will Blow. Your. Mind.

You will never look at yourself the same. Because you, my friend, are so full of Magic it’s breathtaking!

So what is it that you want? What is it that you’ve been trying to accomplish and are always looking to some outside source, something that is just a tool, to make it happen?

Now close your eyes, take a deep breath, and feel that Magic come alive in you… you feel it? That stirring and knowing that you are made for more than what you’ve been living?

Now embrace it, own it, and get ready for the ride of your life. Because when we tap into our Magic, our lives are never the same again.

Who wants more of the same anyway? Not me, and I’m venturing to say if you’re reading this, not you either. You are just too full of Magic for that.


 

image1Julie Griffin is a Mindset & Identity Coach for women, working specifically with women in the area of Health & Fitness, positive body image, and connecting to their core identity of Womanhood.

She is passionate about seeing women truly learn to love and embrace their whole selves, inside and out, and be empowered to show up in this world in a vibrant and colorful way.

She is a mom of two crazy, creative, and talented kids, an avid traveler, lifelong learner, all around adventuring soul, and champion of the potential of mankind. In no particular order, she loves yoga, weight lifting, dancing, city lights, having fun, hot weather, and all things ocean!

She would love to connect with you, so jump over to her website www.wildandfitinspired.com where you can stay in touch and up to date with the latest that is going on in her world. You can also connect with Julie on Facebook and Instagram. She would love to hear from you so don’t hesitate to drop her a line!

The Magic Of Life + Gift Inside

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It’s hard to believe that PALEO Cleanse was released over 3 years ago. What an amazing journey this has been!

Through writing and blogging, Melissa and I have been able to reach thousands of amazing people – like YOU – and we are so grateful for the incredible, life changing stories many of you have shared with us.

For me personally, it’s not about specific recipes or making the Best-Seller list (although I’m very proud to say that we did!) – it’s about the lives I’ve had the chance of impacting along the way. And, on this journey, I’ve learnt a few things about life and business that have put me on a greater path than I ever imagined possible…

I have learned how powerful each one of us are;
That when you set your mind to something, it’s achievable;
And that every one of us (including YOU) has an incredible gift to share with others.

These learnings prompted me to step up my personal game in life, and I’m now on a mission to empower even more people…

Last year was HUGE for me. I trained as a Success Coach, traveled to 7 countries, and supported amazing women around the globe as they launched the business of their dreams.

I truly found my calling.

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And this year is even more exciting!
I’m working with three 7-figure coaches to continue to grow personally and professionally, and have a steady stream of high-level content to pass along to my clients as well. And I’ll be traveling extensively again…starting with Dubai, which is coming up next month! Needless to say, I’m beaming with excitement.

And, I’d love you to join me on this journey…

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, of having the freedom to set your own schedule, travel the world, be your own boss and make an impact in the world, then make yourself a cup of tea or whip up one of our Paleo smoothies and let’s chat, because I can help.

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I know how it feels to have big dreams and not know how to get started. I’ve been there. And to ensure your path is much easier than mine was, I’ve created this Free Guide to walk you through the 7 essentials that you must have in place to launch your biz (most of which people forget!)

I want you to know that I’m here for you and committed to supporting you in reaching for your dreams – not just in health, but in life and business as well.

You are valued in this community and I thank you again for your support over the years. I can’t wait to connect with you over in my personal community as well.

Much Love,

Camilla Carboni xxxx

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7 Health Tips for the New Year

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Let’s start the New Year off well, shall we?!

Here are our Top 7 Health Tips to support you in starting this year off healthier than ever:

#1 Hydrate.

Especially after consuming sugar and alcohol over the holiday season, it’s essential to drink plenty of water to help your cells cleanse and function optimally.

Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (room temperature water is easier for your body to utilize!)

#2 Clear your pantry.

Go through your pantry and get rid of (donate preferably) old foods and unhealthy foods.
Make space for the new and the healthy and eliminate temptations.

#3 Stock up.

It’s a whole lot easier to make healthy decisions when you have healthy options available to snack on – stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts, and carry them with you everywhere you go.

#4 Read labels.

You might be horrified at what food manufacturers sneak into food products, but the first step to all change is awareness, so take the time to check the labels before you buy.

#5 Choose quality.

Since we’re Paleo we believe in the value of meat in the human diet, but there’s a BIG difference between processed, antibiotic ridden, cage-raised meat and natural grass-finished meat. (The same applies to fruits and vegetables.)

You’ve probably heard the saying “You are what your food eats” – it’s so true and worth pondering. Choose wisely!

#6 Know the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished.

Many food labels aren’t well monitored and marketing is everything these days, so food manufacturers are quick to label foods with the latest and greatest trend. Be careful what you believe and check the facts. Most grass-fed meat is actually grain-finished!

#7 When implementing dietary changes, stick to them for at least 21 days.

It takes 21 days to form a habit that you’ll stick to, but it also takes time for your body to get rid of unhealthy foods and feel the benefits of the healthier foods you introduce, so don’t rush the transformation – give your body the time it deserves and truly embrace the lifestyle changes you make.

BONUS TIP:

We couldn’t share our top health tips for the New Year and leave out Paleo Cleanse!! If you’ve done our 30-Day Cleanse already, now’s a great time to redo it and kick-start your health this year. And if you haven’t yet tried our Cleanse, grab yourself a copy over on Amazon or your nearest bookstore and give it a try! We walk you through more tips, meal plans and so much more, to help you detox, lose weight and supercharge your health.

Here’s to a healthy and abundant New Year! 

Camilla Carboni & Melissa Van Dover

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