Mediterranean Dinner Menu

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I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately when it comes to my meal choices. Thankfully we have several paleo-Mediterranean recipes on the blog. To show case these fantastic meal options we’ve put together a menu of delicious recipes.

This menu is perfect for a dinner party or even a themed dinner for the family.

Mediterranean Dinner Menu

  1. 5 Minute Olive Tapenade– A great start to a fantastic meal.
  2. Mediterranean Gnocchi– A great starter or main course.
  3. Paleo Tzatziki Sauce– The perfect sauce to dress your gyros.
  4. Paleo Garlic Naan– This may have been created from Indian inspiration but it’s the perfect wrap for your gyros.
  5. Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros & Chicken Gyros– It’s your choice but let us warn you…all options are delicious!
  6. Date Orange Loaf– Of course we can’t end without something sweet.

We hope you enjoy this menu as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Happy Dining!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

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Nothing says summer like a picnic. So to celebrate the start to this summer we’ve compiled a simple but delicious summer picnic menu. These dishes will delight your taste buds. They also travel great so they’ll be intact when you make it to your perfect picnic spot. We hope your summer is a wonderful one.

Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

  1. Paleo Fruit Basket– Design your own fruit basket and load it up with the bounty of summer!
  2. Paleo Smoked Salmon Wraps– Bring your wraps and a container of ingredients, and make your wraps on location.
  3. Simple Tuna Wraps– You can keep these as wraps or serve it as a tuna salad. Both options are delicious.
  4. Paleo Energy Bars– These bars will give you a nutritious boost but they’re also fantastic as a dessert.
  5. Baked Apple Chips– These chips are delicious, will fill you up and pair well with most dishes.

For other great picnic recipe ideas take a look through our blog. We hope you enjoy your picnic and time outdoors.

Happy Summer!

Melissa Van Dover

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Valentine’s Day Treat Menu

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Nothing says “I Love You” like a specially baked, homemade treat. When it comes to baking paleo, many people are worried that it’s too much work or too difficult of a task. We’ve made it simple for you by compiling a list of treats for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. These treats are delicious, but more importantly they’re simple and easy to make.

Take a look at our treat menu below! We’ve got something for everyone this Valentine’s Day.

Treat Menu

  1. Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies– If you’re looking for a cookie this is the place to find it. This book is packed with amazing paleo cookie recipes.
  2. Chocolate Date Nut Balls– Delicious, easy to make and packed with goodness.
  3. Chocolate Sauce– Lets be honest. What’s Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate?
  4. Valentine’s Peaches– If you’re not big on baking or cooking, this is simple and very easy!
  5. Paleo Chocolate Pudding– For those chocolate lovers.
  6. Salted-Chocolate Brownies- These are delicious and soon to be a favorite…

If you didn’t find what you were looking for here, don’t worry. Take a look through our blog and we’re certain you’ll find something that fits both your valentine’s and your taste buds. Have fun baking and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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The Perfect Holiday Dinner

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Are you planning a holiday feast in the next few weeks? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’re here to help and have compiled some great Paleo recipe options to fill any holiday feast menu. These recipes are simple, quick and of course…Paleo! All you have to do is select your favorite recipes from each section. You’ll have the perfect holiday dinner whipped up in no time!

Paleo Recipes For The Perfect Holiday Dinner:

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! As always, we’d love to hear from you, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Holidays,

Melissa Van Dover

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The Three Course Paleo Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of the year again…the holidays are here! Which means that it’s time to get your chef hat on and do your best when it comes to maintaining your Paleo lifestyle. Though it can seem overwhelming when it comes to preparing for your holiday feasts it doesn’t have to be.

To keep things simple for you we’ve compiled a three course Paleo Thanksgiving feast. These recipes will make your Thanksgiving preparations quick, simple and Paleo. We may have also added some additional “optional” recipes…just incase three courses won’t cut it!

The Three Course Paleo Thanksgiving:

  1. Paleo Sausage and Fruit Stuffing– Lets be honest, you can’t do Thanksgiving without stuffing.
  2. Lemon Butter Chicken Roast– This recipe can easily be adjusted for turkey, simple update the cooking temp, time and seasoning portions based on the size of your turkey.
  3. Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie– The perfect end to a delicious feast!

Of course, sometimes three items simply isn’t enough for a feast. Here are a few other optional recipes to bolster your Thanksgiving meal…

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! As always, we’d love to hear from you, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Holidays,

Melissa Van Dover

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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

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7 Tips For Paleo Living While Traveling

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Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling is a challenge. Let’s be honest, often times when we’re traveling it’s difficult to stay on track. Especially if you’re running around to meetings or have limited food options, lets say if you’re stuck in a theme park.

Don’t worry though, maintaining your paleo diet while traveling isn’t impossible. It just takes a little more work and determination.

The top 7 tips for staying paleo while traveling:

  1. Don’t wait till the last second- make sure you have snacks on hand or start preparing for a meal before you’re starving.
  2. Stay hydrated- often times we get so caught up with what we’re doing when we’re traveling that we forget to drink water. Your body can confuse thirst for hunger, so make sure you stay hydrated.
  3. Visit the grocery store- buying snacks or food from a restaurant or the hotel gift shop can be expensive and often times there are no paleo options. Take a half hour break and run to the local grocery store and pick up some fruits and nuts to stay on track.
  4. Preview the restaurant menu- before you go out to lunch or dinner spend 5 minutes online and find the best paleo option for your meal.
  5. Keep it simple- when you eat out keep it simple, vegetables and protein are always a safe bet. If you don’t know what to get order a steak, chicken breast or fish fillet and pair it with some veggies.
  6. Start off right- you’re much more likely to stay on track throughout the day if you start it off right. Make sure to eat a paleo breakfast and get in your morning exercise, you’ll be much more likely to stay on track for the rest of the day.
  7. Think about your options- it’s so easy to say that you can’t, before you get their think about your options and think about what you can control. You’ll be amazed at what you can actual control if you don’t count yourself out right away.

Maintaining your paleo lifestyle while you’re traveling isn’t impossible, it just takes a little extra work. Don’t give up before you’ve started, you’ll be amazed at how manageable it actually it is.

Here’s To Staying Paleo!

Melissa Van Dover

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