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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Pie-Mania

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You may have noticed that we LOVE pie! So we can’t resist making traditional pie recipes Paleo-friendly to enjoy all holiday season long, without the guilt.

For quick and easy access to all our favorite Pie Recipes, here’s a Pie-Mania cheat sheet:

Pie-Mania

Paleo Pie Crust – gluten-free, grain-free pie crust.

Coconut Pie Crust – Paleo Pie crust designed for those with egg-allergies.

Traditional Pumpkin Pie – decadent homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch.

Egg-free Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Pie created especially for those with egg-allergies.

Mango Key Lime Pie – a slightly sweet, slightly tart touch to the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie – a slight twist on the Pumpkin Pie classic.

Christmas Pie – a Mince Pie inspired treat.

Berry Pie – an antioxidant rich dessert.

Apple Pie – an American favorite.

 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Camilla Carboni

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Herb-Butter Roast Chicken

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Another November is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those festive meals…

Roast chicken is one of my favorite dishes to prepare during the holidays – it’s relatively easy, everybody loves it, and it’s a great excuse to roast some vitamin-rich veggies while you’re at it!

This recipe is straight-forward and pretty much foolproof, and always seems to be a huge hit. The butter leaves the chicken moist and the herbs add just enough flavor to pique interest without detracting from other festive side dishes.

The trick though is to massage the bird, so let’s get our hands buttered up!

INGREDIENTS

A 3 to 4 lb whole raw chicken, thawed
2 x 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
2 x 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 x 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 x 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
8 to 12 fresh basil leaves

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the chicken in an oven-safe dish.
Melt the first 4 tablespoons of butter.
Add the first teaspoon of basil, the first teaspoon of cilantro, and the first teaspoon of garlic into the melted butter and stir.
Using your hands, massage the herb-butter mix into the raw chicken, getting in under the skin as well. The chicken should be very well smothered in the butter mix before it enters the oven.
Once you’ve buttered it up, place the chicken dish in the oven to roast for 25 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees F.
Make the second batch of butter-herb mix and repeat the massaging process, this time, flipping the chicken onto its back first and basting the underside, then positioning it back on its stomach and rubbing the herb-butter mix into the rest of the body, before placing it back in the oven for 1 hour.

Once the hour is up, remove the chicken from the oven and, using a baster pump, suck up the excess herb-butter mix surrounding the chicken in the pan and pour it over the chicken. Decorate the chicken with fresh basil leaves.

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Place the chicken back in the oven to roast until the interior temperature of the meaty thigh reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove the dish from the oven, slice the chicken and serve while warm.

Happy Holidays!

Camilla Carboni

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Seasonal Menu

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Dinner party season is headed our way and we know how hard it can be to come up with a Paleo-friendly dinner selection that caters to even the most discerning guest.

So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together a 5 course Seasonal Menu, that you can follow entirely, or pick and choose from to make your own perfect Paleo dinner.

Let’s get started with the first course…simply click the links for each item below to be directed to the easy to follow recipe.

1st COURSE

Pear and Prosciutto Salad – This simple yet decadent salad option is a great light and tasty start to any dinner.

2nd COURSE

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cashew “Cheese” – A guest post recipe that we adore, this appetizer is a great way to show off how traditional recipes can be adapted to become Paleo-friendly.

3rd COURSE

French Onion Soup – This soup is always a favorite and makes for a great introduction into the main course of a dinner serving.

4th COURSE

Apple Thyme Roast Chicken – A delicious main dish that’s complete with an apple stuffing and can be roasted alongside vegetables of your choice.

Cauliflower Mash – Roast this dish in the oven alongside the chicken and have a heathy substitute to traditional mashed potatoes.

5th COURSE

Sweet Potato Pie – A twist on the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie, this recipe is the perfect end to a seasonal dinner party.

 

Now that should impress your guests this holiday season!

Camilla Carboni

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French Omelet

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As the season changes and the morning air gets crisp, there’s something magical about decadent breakfasts…and better yet, breakfast in bed!

This omelet recipe combines fresh tomatos and herbs, with eggs and coconut milk, in a French style, creating a healthy, decadent home-style breakfast option that anyone can whip together.

The below recipe makes one omelet:

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Sprinkle of mixed herbs
A pinch of salt and ground black pepper
4 cherry tomatoes, cut into 4 pieces each
1 teaspoon grated grass-fed cheese (optional)

RECIPE

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until well mixed.
Add the coconut milk, mixed herbs, salt and pepper, and whisk.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan, over medium heat.
Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat until the edges start to get firm.
Using an egg lifter, pull the egg mixture towards the center of the pan from the outside edge inwards, starting at one point on the circumference and moving all the way around.
Continue this process until the egg is thoroughly cooked, yet soft.
Flip once for a few seconds.
Plate, sprinkle with the chives, parsley and fresh tomato, and decorate with grated grass-fed cheese, if desired.
Enjoy while hot.
“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?”
– Anthony Bourdain

Camilla Carboni

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Chopped Kale Salad

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You’ve heard all the hype about kale, and the truth is, it’s not just hype.
Kale is a superfood, rich in antioxidants and vitamins and high in fiber.

Truth be told though, I am not a huge fan of kale on it’s own, so I’m always concocting recipes that combine kale with other yummy items, like bacon!

In this super easy salad recipe, kale is balanced with apple, bacon and a citrus dressing for a tasty and healthy side.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup kale, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped
2 strips of bacon, cut into dime size pieces
Juice of 1/4 orange
1 tablespoon olive oil

RECIPE

Place the chopped kale, apple and bacon in a mixing bowl that has a lid.
Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and olive oil.
Close the lid of the bowl and shake until the salad is well tossed.
Plate and serve.

It’s equally tasty and healthy as it is simple.

Enjoy!

Camilla

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Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites

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Simple and delicious. That’s my motto for just about everything when it comes to recipes, and these little dessert nibblers are the perfect quick and easy (yet still very decadent and delicious) treat to whip up in a hurry, serve as a party snack, or to pre-make and serve frozen on a hot summer’s day.

Plus, when you pair dark chocolate with banana you get a nutrient-boost while you indulge. What’s not to like about that?!

INGREDIENTS

2 bananas, chopped into inch-sized pieces
1 serving of Paleo Chocolate Sauce
Nuts to sprinkle on top (optional)

RECIPE

Place each banana piece on a toothpick or skewer.
Hold the toothpick/skewer and dip the banana pieces into warm Paleo Chocolate Sauce (coating the banana piece half way ,or entirely, as desired). If you like lots of chocolate, hold or rest the dipped banana pieces on a plate until the chocolate hardens, then repeat with a second dip to double the chocolate coating.
If you want to add nuts, then while the last chocolate sauce layer is still wet, dip the banana pieces in shredded nuts of your preference, dressing the banana pieces as lightly or heavily in nuts as you like.
Allow the chocolate to cool and serve immediately, or place in the freezer in an airtight container and enjoy a frozen dessert later.

Who knew that antioxidants, vitamins and potassium could be this delicious!

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