Lox Avocado Rolls

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If a sushi roll and a lox bagel where to merge into one delicious bite sized Paleo snack, I think this might just be it!

This super simple wrap that makes an excellent healthy lunch or perfect Paleo appetizer is made with just 4 ingredients: a coconut wrap, lox, avocado and kale.

Better yet, each ingredient is jam-packed with goodness, such as fiber, vitamins and essential oils. It truly is clean-eating at its finest – ideal for the start of the New Year!

INGREDIENTS

1 Coconut Wrap (we love Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps)
1/2 an avocado, sliced into thin strips
1/4 cup kale
3 to 4 slices of lox (fillet of brined salmon)

RECIPE

Place the coconut wrap on a plate.
Starting with the avocado, place thin strips down the middle of the wrap.
Then put a layer of kale and lox on top of the avocado layer.
Starting on one empty side of the wrap, roll the wrap over the center toppings, towards to the empty side, as tightly as possible. (Think sushi rolling and you’ll be in business!)
Once the wrap is tightly rolled, use a sharp knife to slice it into bite-sized pieces and serve chilled.

Enjoy,

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Guest Post by Tarah Chieffi: Selecting The Best Foods For Your Paleo Pregnancy

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A Note from Camilla & Melissa:

Tarah Chieffi brings a great deal of knowledge and personal experience to the Paleo community which we so greatly admire. As the Founder of one of our favorite Paleo Blogs, What I Gather, and the Author of the latest Paleo Pregnancy book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book (which we are so excited to have just received in our mailbox!), Tarah shares Paleo resources and recipes with thousands of fellow Paleo fans and we are so honored that she wrote this Guest Post exclusively for The Paleo Pact.


Selecting The Best Foods For Your Paleo Pregnancy

By Tarah Chieffi

If you are familiar with the Paleo Pact girls and their book, PALEO Cleanse, then you are well aware of the benefits of eating a nutrient-dense Paleo diet. Eating real food and cutting out all of the “fake” food is what brought me to love Paleo in the first place; I knew that everything I was eating was full of nutrients and contributing to my overall health. You certainly can’t say that about an extra value meal from the fast food drive thru!

During pregnancy, though, there are certain nutrients that become even more important because of the roles they play in your baby’s growth and development. These include folate, calcium, vitamin A, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, among others. Following is a list of my favorite pregnancy superfoods and some tasty ways to work them into your diet.

  • EGGS: If I had to choose one pregnancy superfood it would most definitely be the incredible, edible egg. There is a reason eggs are referred to as nature’s perfect food. They are packed with protein, choline, selenium, B vitamins, and they are one of the few food sources of vitamin D. Need I go on? I don’t think there are many new ideas under the sun on how to use eggs, but I can tell you they are spectacular in my Garden Veggie Omelet, an exclusive recipe straight from my new book that you can find at the end of this article.
  • BEEF: A good source of protein, B vitamins, zinc and selenium, beef should definitely be on your pregnancy plate. Take the time to search out quality sources of grass-fed, pastured beef for the best nutrient profile because happy cows make happy hamburgers, stir fries and pot roast. Ready to take it a step further? Although there are warnings about consuming too much liver during pregnancy because of the high levels of vitamin A, one or two servings a week is perfectly safe and provides even higher vitamin and mineral levels than muscle meat.
  • AVOCADO: One avocado contains about 20% of your daily folate needs during pregnancy, a level that can be difficult to meet through food sources alone. You can blend half an avocado into your smoothie, whip up a batch of guacamole or serve it up on the side of your favorite omelet, like my Garden Veggie Omelet.
  • BERRIES: Need a sweet treat? Berries have it all – fiber, vitamin C, folate and those ever-important phytonutrients. Strawberries are one of the stars in my California Salad, but you can also top a bowl of creamy banana soft serve with sliced strawberries or throw a handful of mixed berries into your smoothie (along with that avocado, perhaps).
  • BROCCOLI: Move over, oranges. A cup of broccoli provides almost all of your daily vitamin C needs and is also a good source of calcium and vitamin A. Broccoli is delicious eaten raw with salsa or guacamole and it is also a wonderful roasted with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper or as an addition to stir fries.
  • WALNUTS: Walnuts are a good source of plant-based protein, certain B vitamins (including folate), omega-3 fatty acids, copper and manganese. There are a lot of fun ways to use walnuts besides grabbing a handful every time you open the cupboard. You can mix them with berries for a true superfood snack, add them as a crunchy salad topping or roast them with veggies, like in my Roasted Green Veggies and Grapes recipe.

If you are ready to learn more about how a Paleo diet can help you meet your nutritional needs during pregnancy, check out my new book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book. With exercise recommendations, breastfeeding support and advice for recovering from childbirth and adjusting to motherhood, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book is the guide a mom-to-be needs to navigate a Paleo lifestyle during pregnancy. To top it all off, I’ve included over 100 recipes and a four week meal plan to set you on the path for a happy, healthy pregnancy. You can order the paperback and Kindle versions now on Amazon or find it at Barnes and Noble in stores or online.


 

Tarah ChieffiTarah Chieffi is an author, freelance writer, blogger at What I Gather and holistic nutrition educator in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. Tarah’s passion is working with pregnant women, new moms and families to achieve health and happiness through physical fitness and a “real food” lifestyle.

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BONUS RECIPE from Tarah Chieffi

Garden Veggie Omelet

Serves 2

Garden Veggie Omelet

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup chopped spinach
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green onion, diced
1 avocado, sliced

RECIPE

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add ghee or coconut oil to pan.
Crack eggs into a medium bowl. Add water, salt, and pepper. Whisk well.
Pour eggs into pan. When eggs begin to set around the edges, use a spatula to push cooked eggs toward the center of the pan, and tilt skillet so the uncooked eggs can spread to the bottom of the skillet.
When eggs are almost set, sprinkle spinach, cherry tomatoes, and green onion evenly over half of the omelet.
Use a spatula to fold the omelet in half. Cook for 2 minutes, until eggs are fully cooked.
Serve with sliced avocado.

Tropical Holiday Salsa!

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This recipe is to celebrate my vacation in the islands! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It may be snowing and below zero where you are now but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little something tropical.

INGREDIENTS

1 mango, peeled & diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 tbsp cilantro, diced
1 avocado, peeled & diced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp honey
2 – 3 limes, juiced
1/2 tsp salt

RECIPE

In a bowl combine mango, red onion, cilantro and avocado.
In a small bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, honey, lime juice and salt.
Add liquid to bowl and stir.
Serve when ready.

This festive salsa is a great topping for fish or it can be enjoyed as a side. I hope this recipe brings you day dreams of the islands or makes you think about taking your own vacation. Vacation is good for the soul, just like this salsa is good for your body!

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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Natural Summer Skin Treatments

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As wonderful as summer is, the beating rays can cause damage to exposed skin. Luckily, there are some natural ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen which can help to prevent and to heal sunned skin.

http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/07/30/is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/ Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is as beneficial to your skin as it is to your cells. Unlike most store sold moisturizer, coconut oil is fat based and petroleum free. Most moisturizers are water based, leaving your skin dry after the water dries, and have many artificial ingredients (and in some cases perfumes) for commercial benefit.

The natural oil content found in coconut oil makes it a wonder-drug for naturally preventing dry skin and for nourishing hair follicles. Just buy organic, extra-virgin coconut oil–that way you know it’s free of GMOs, bleach and perfumes.

Apply coconut oil to your hands, feet or any other dry areas and use it as a deep conditioning hair mask, allowing the oil to penetrate for 10-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly (from personal experience I don’t recommend using it as a leave-in conditioner as it can leave your hair looking oily).

The natural fat content of coconut oil leaves skin moist and smooth and hair shiny and hydrated; what’s more, it has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

http://www.aromaoilstore.com/avocado-oil.html Avocados and Avocado Oil

Like the coconut, avocados are an excellent source of natural fat. They also contain various essential oils and vitamins, such as vitamin E, that your skin can benefit from.

The vitamin E content makes avocado perfect as a dry skin solution, while the humectants found in the peel provide additional moisture.

The oily contents also make for a hydrating scalp treatment and a natural oil-bath.

http://gyaandarpan.com/tag/olive-oil-massage/ Olive Oil

Last but not least, olive oil is not only great on summer salads, it’s rich in fatty acids, making it great for the skin as well.

A completely natural exfoliant can be made by mixing equal parts salt and olive oil.

Olive oil has also been popularized as a natural shaving cream alternative that helps prevent summer skin rashes, and as an excellent way to clean BBQ grease off your hands!

That’s more than you bargained for out of your Paleo kitchen oils, I’m sure. Now that’s making the most of summer!

Camilla Carboni

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PALEO CHOCOLATE PUDDING

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Finally a dessert you don’t need to feel bad about eating! You’ll have a hard time believing that this chocolate pudding is Paleo when you taste it but I promise it is very much Paleo. It’s packed with healthy fats and Omega 3. This is perfect as a dessert or even a snack during the day.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup coconut milk
3 tbsp honey or agave
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp chia seeds
1 ripe avocado

RECIPE

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Scoop into a bowl or container, place in the refrigerator for 1 hour for chia seeds to grow.
Enjoy!

Yes it really is that easy!

I hope you enjoy this nutrient packed dessert!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com