Pumpkin Fritters

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I’ve grown to love pumpkin fritters…as a side dish, as a snack…sometimes even for breakfast! (Don’t judge me, they’re delicious!)

The best part is, they are super simple to whisk together and are 100% Paleo-friendly so you can munch away without any guilt.

So, I thought that as we head into pumpkin season, it was time to share this little recipe secret with you. This might just be my new favorite recipe for this fall!

Here it is…

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked (boiled or steamed) organic pumpkin, or butternut squash
1 large egg
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
1 pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Coconut palm sugar and cinnamon spice to taste

RECIPE

Place 2 cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin in a mixing bowl.
Whisk the egg and then add it to the mixing bowl. Mix the egg in well with the pumpkin.
Add the arrowroot flour, salt and cinnamon and mix again until the fritter mix ingredients are well combined.

Next, in a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin mix at a time into the pan and fry for a few minutes until the underside of each fritter becomes firm and golden brown. Then flip the fritters over and fry for another few minutes until the other side turns a beautiful brown as well.
Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil, if desired.
Continue this process until all the fritter mix has been used.

Sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon, to taste and serve warm.

How’s that for a toasty fall treat?!

Season Greetings,

Camilla

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Candied Walnuts

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Even if you’re perfectly Paleo you no doubt occasionally have candy cravings. That’s normal! The trick is not to throw in the towel and cheat too badly, but to get creative with naturally sweetened snacks.

Dates are always a good choice to help cure sugar cravings, and so are raisins, but for those times when something a little more candy-like is needed, you can always whip up some Candied Walnuts…

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons honey or raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the honey/agave, cinnamon and vanilla extract to form the candy dip.
Line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
Dip each walnut piece into the candy dip, making sure you cover the entire nut, and then place each nut about 1/4 inch apart from one another on the baking tray.
Continue until all the nuts are dipped and placed on the tray.
Place the tray in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven and set aside to cool for about an hour, or until the candy dip has hardened on the nuts (to expedite this cooling process, place the nuts in an air-tight container and refrigerator).

Enjoy this sweet but healthy alternative to candy!

Camilla Carboni

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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:

Orange Glazed Ham Cooked

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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Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet Potato Pie is a favorite in many of the Southern States and, while it sounds like a healthy dessert, it is traditionally made with heaps of refined-sugar and dairy.

In this Paleo version, organic sweet potatoes take center stage, second to eggs, natural sweeteners and coconut milk. It’s just as delicious, and a whole lot more nutritious!

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs
2 cups organic sweet potatoes
1/4 cup coconut milk (canned and full fat)
1/2 cup honey/raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt

Paleo Pie Crust ingredients

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Peel the sweet potatoes, slice them and place them in a pot or steamer for about 20 minutes, until they are soft.
Meanwhile, make the Paleo Pie Crust so the base is ready.
Once the sweet potato is cooked, place the eggs, cooked sweet potatoes, coconut milk, honey/agave, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and pulse for about a minute, or until well blended.
Pour the pie filling mix into the baked Paleo Pie Crust, reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F and bake the pie for 45 minutes.
Remove the pie from the oven and allow it time to cool, then refrigerate it for at least an hour for the pie to set before serving.

Enjoy!

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Nutty Mocha Protein Shake

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Protein shakes are a great way to start the day and an excellent boost for the afternoon. With just a few ingredients, a basic egg white protein powder shake can be turned into a delicious milkshake-like treat, without the dairy.

This Protein Shake is packed with nutrients, as well as a caffeine pick-me-up. The cinnamon and cacao provide antioxidant protection against free radicals and the almond butter adds healthy fat while providing a creamy base for shake. Best of all, it takes about 2 minutes to make!

INGREDIENTS

6 ice cubes
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 scoop egg white protein powder
1 heaped tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 heaped teaspoon cacao powder
1 shot espresso

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse for about a minute until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy your morning boost.

It’s really that simple! Enjoy this tasty and nutritious boost to your day,

Camilla Carboni

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Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

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Happy New Year!

It’s 2015 and it’s a fresh start.

Let’s begin the New Year on a fantastic note–with a delicious and healthy smoothie to give your body an instant boost.

Cinnamon is a well known superfood and everyone knows that saying about having an apple a day. Together they provide your body with manganese, calcium, fiber and vitamin C, ensuring you have the nutrients you need to quickly cleanse your body of that midnight champagne toast and rejuvenate to start the New Year the right way.

INGREDIENTS

6 ice cubes
1/2 large organic banana
1/2 large red organic apple, skin on
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut milk

RECIPE

In a blender or food processor, pulse the ice until crushed.
Add all the other ingredients and blend until well combined.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy your morning boost!

We wish you a wonderful start to 2015–may this be the year that you feel better, healthier and more alive than ever before.

Camilla Carboni

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The Ultimate Superfood List

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Superfoods are more than super nutritious. They are antioxidant rich, jam-packed with vitamins and minerals and believed to slow down the aging process. Superfoods are foods that have an extremely high nutrient content in proportion to the amount of calories they provide. Miraculous foods is what we really ought to call them!

At a recent Cooking Demonstration we were asked for a list of superfoods, so we thought what better way to support that request than with a thorough list of the best known superfoods around. Here goes!

Acai Berries

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Purple berries from the acai palm boast higher antioxidant levels than all other common berries. Purchase the berries dried, frozen or in a powder form and add them to smoothies, dessert and fruit salads.

Beets

http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/beet-root.html

The taproot portion of the beet plant is an often forgotten superfood. The rich purple color should serve as a great reminder–richly colored foods tend to have higher contents of antioxidants. Beets are also an excellent source of folate, manganese and have been used since the Middle Ages as a treatment for indigestion.

Blueberries

http://bartlettsblueberryfarm.com/BlueberryFacts.html

Grown in clusters on a shrub, these blackish-purple berries are antioxidant rich, high in vitamin C and are known to neutralize free radicals and promote urinary tract health. They are one of the most common superfoods available and are a tasty addition to smoothies, salads and desserts.

Cacao

http://www.optimallyorganic.com/Cacao.htm

From the cacao bean, raw cacao is the healthy equivalent to the better known cocoa powder, found in the baking section of grocery stores. Raw cacao is extremely rich in antioxidants and aids in the destruction of free radicals in your cells, which cause aging. The best part is cacao tastes like chocolate, so I’m sure we don’t have to convince you to eat up!

Chia Seeds

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From the mint family, chia seeds were a staple food source for the Aztecs and Mayans. Chia seeds are known for their ability to provide natural energy and have become increasingly popular in the running world. Chia seeds also have very high contents of omegas, necessary to human brain function. They are most easily absorbed by the body when in liquid form.

Cinnamon

http://www.foodpyramid.com/healthy-eating/health-benefits-of-cinnamon-3752/

Derived from the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon is common on our grocery store shelves both in it’s powdered and bark (cinnamon stick) form. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon equates to 22% of the daily need for manganese. Cinnamon also offers calcium and fiber and is believed to have antimicrobial benefits. Get your daily dose by adding cinnamon to tea or sprinkling it over fruit and vegetables.

Coconut

http://spoonuniversity.com/food-thought/50-unsuspecting-uses-coconut-oil/

The fruit of the coconut palm, coconuts are a staple in the Paleo Diet in oil, fruit, flour, water and dried forms. Coconut is high in fiber, healthy fats and contains the highest natural amount of medium chain triglycerides found in food. Unlike most fatty acids, which are long chain triglycerides, the coconut metabolizes more easily. This means the coconut acts as a good source of quick energy and is great for your skin, hair, heart and brain.

Goji Berries

http://www.thriveyogacenter.com/blog/2014/06/superfoods-goji-berries

A member of the nightshade family, goji berries are considered the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth. They have been used medicinally in Tibet for thousands of years as they contain all the essential amino acids, vitamin C, fiber, iron, calcium, zinc and protein. They are most commonly found in their dried form and make a great substitute to the traditional raisin snack.

Kale

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The ultimate supergreen, kale is a leafy green, just like lettuce and cabbage, but a whole lot more nutritious. Not only is kale high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, A, C and calcium, it is filled with antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Make the switch the kale salads!

Maca Powder

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From the root of a radish, maca is known as the Peruvian ginseng. Maca is rich in vitamin B, C and E and provides a great source of natural energy and acts as a mood enhancer. You can find maca powder at most health stores. Get your daily dose by adding it to protein bars and smoothies.

Matcha Green Tea

http://greentea-diet.com/matcha-green-tea/

A premium green tea powder that has been served at Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha has made it’s way to the Western world and is often served both hot and cold in teas and smoothies. Matcha has high antioxidant, amino acid and fiber contents and one single cup of matcha green tea is claimed to deliver the equivalent nutrients as 10 cups of regular green tea.

Noni

https://www.real-noni.com/Blog/?tag=3

A fruit native to Southeast Asia and Australasia, noni is a lesser known superfood that comes in various forms: powder, tea, juice and fruit. Noni is believed to be one of the healthiest fruits on earth and has been used to treat headaches, depression and hypertension. Rich in macronutrients, noni also boasts antibacterial properties and is thought to support the immune system and improve memory.

Seaweed

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A plant from our ocean, seaweed is most commonly spotted in sushi dishes and is often underestimated for its nutrient dense dose of essential vitamins and minerals. Seaweed delivers digestive benefits, detoxifies the body and purifies the blood.

Tumeric

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A common herb used in spicy dishes across the globe, tumeric has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, along with high contents of protein, fiber, iron and zinc. Tumeric aids the immune system and provides natural relief for arthritis. Sprinkle tumeric over sweet potatoes, add it to baked dishes or use it as a topical antiseptic.

Stay tuned for tons of recipes that contain superfoods from this list!

Camilla Carboni

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