Monday, September 1, 2014

Coco-nutty Frozen Blueberries

I have a special treat for you today...a sneak peek at one of the brand new recipes I created for the upcoming The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book: The All-Natural, Nutritious Plan for a Healthy Pregnancy! I think it is so helpful, especially during pregnancy, to have healthier options for sweet treats available to you. Let's be honest, my sweet tooth is obviously never going to pack his bags and move along. I think he is here to stay and he was out in full force when I was pregnant. I was grateful that there were so many options out there for healthy substitutes of my favorites from my pre-Paleo days like ice cream and brownies. I even wrote a post during my pregnancy on healthy, Paleo cravings swaps.

Just heat, pour and refrigerate until it hardens!

Not only is this coconut and blueberry bark made with just a few simple ingredients instead of a bunch of refined sugar and other additives, it actually provides health benefits, too. Coconut is a good source of fatty acids, particularly the medium chain triglycerides (or MCTs for short). Coconut oil is high in a particular fatty acid called lauric acid that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Blueberries, like other berries, are packed with phytonutrients. One of these is anthocyanins, which give blueberries their deep blue color. Anthocyanins fight free radical damage and inflammation, and provide anti-viral benefits. Studies show that they may also promote healthy heart function and aid in cancer prevention. Sounds like a guilt-free treat to me!

Now for the fun part, breaking it up!

Pregnant or not, this coconut bark is quick and easy to make and you can store it in the refrigerator when you want to grab a quick snack. This recipe would also be great for sharing with friends, but once you taste it you may not want to share!

Coco-nutty Frozen Blueberries
Serves: 8
Time: 30 Minutes

1 cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium–low heat. Cook, stirring often, until it reaches a creamy consistency, 5 to 7 minutes.

Evenly spread coconut butter into a parchment paper-lined 8”x8” square pan. Press frozen blueberries into mixture and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator to cool for 15–20 minutes, until coconut butter hardens.

Break apart into bite size pieces and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Paleo Baby Avocado and Banana Smoothie

I've got another Paleo baby recipe for you today! Last week, I posted an update on how we are feeding Avery now that he is a year old and has been eating solids for a while and I included a recipe for Paleo Baby Popsicles.

One food I've been wanting to make for Avery for a long time has been smoothies. Smoothies are a GREAT way to get your baby lots of fruits and veggies, especially helpful if you have a picky eater. We are lucky (so far) that Avery loves most foods that we feed him, but we do get in the habit of feeding him the same snacks over and over again and I was ready to switch it up.
Umm...I don't think that is  quite right :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Feeding Our Paleo Baby: A 12-Month Update and a Recipe for Paleo Baby Popsicles

It's been a while since I've done an update on how we feed our little Paleo baby and, to be honest, he isn't so little anymore so I thought it was about time for a little peek into where we are now. If you want to catch up on Avery's introduction to solid foods you can read my six month update here and my ten month update here. If you follow me on Instagram you probably have a good idea of what Avery eats because I post a ridiculous number of pictures to share our dining adventures. Check out #paleobaby on Instagram, too, to see what Avery and lots of other Paleo babies are chowing down on!
Enjoying a lunch of strawberries, turkey and avocado
As of his ten month update, Avery had just started feeding himself finger foods. Before that, he would eat finger foods if I put them in his mouth, but he wouldn't pick food up and put it in his mouth. We had also just started giving him a sippy cup with water at each meal, but he could only use the kind that had handles. He couldn't quite grasp (physically and mentally) a cup without handles. Because he was getting the hang of finger foods we were finally able to start feeding him some of the same meals we were eating. Usually, I would separate out a bit of meat and vegetables from whatever I was cooking so that I could cut it into manageable pieces for Avery.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

An update on life, food, and the upcoming Everything Paleo Pregnancy book

Hi friends! I've been deep in the world of book writing for the past couple of months, but I am happy to share that I handed in the first draft of my manuscript almost two weeks ago. It has been a busy, but exciting couple of months and I learned so much through the research that I've done and about the writing process. I really love writing and everything that comes along with it. I have a few weeks away from the book and then the editing process begins. The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book will be available in paperback and e-book versions in January of 2015 and is actually available for pre-order NOW on Amazon. If you pre-order now you can lock in the low price that is currently available, even if it changes before the book comes out in January.

Today I just wanted to give you a quick update on what I've been eating and what's been up in my life besides this awesome book. Let's start with the yummy stuff...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Big News...I'm Writing a Book!

You may have heard some crickets chirping over here on the blog lately. Things have definitely been quiet and they will most likely stay that way for a little while longer because (drumroll, please)...I am writing a book!

I don't just read books to dogs, I write them, too!

You may be familiar with The Everything Series of books. They published The Everything Paleolithic Diet Book and The Everything Weeknight Paleo CookbookWell, in the not-too-distant-future, you will be able to purchase The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book, authored by yours truly! I have been working hard on this book day and night to make sure I get the most accurate and timely information out there to support other Paleo mamas-to-be before, during and after pregnancy. The book will include information on the following:
  • General Paleo diet guidelines 
  • How to tailor the Paleo diet to meet your needs during pregnancy
  • Which nutrients are most important during pregnancy and how to get them
  • The importance of food quality
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • How to battle common pregnancy ailments while sticking to your Paleo diet
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • How a Paleo diet can support breastfeeding
  • Recovery from childbirth
  • Tons of healthy, Paleo recipes
  • And much, much more!
The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book will be available for pre-order on Amazon in the coming months and I will keep you updated on any other book related developments.  If you are planning to become pregnant or know someone who could benefit from this book, please sign up to receive my blog updates by email so you don't miss a thing!

I will try to update the blog from time to time, but for the next couple of months I will be deep in the writing process so it may not be on a weekly basis like I prefer. I hope you understand and will stick with me through this crazy ride because I am so excited to be doing this and I can't wait to share it with you!