GIVEAWAY! Win Almond Flour from Nuts.com

Giveaway - Win Almond Flour from Nuts.com

In 2010, I tried being a vegetarian for 6 months. It was an interesting experience (although I never gave up fish so perhaps you could say I only dabbled in pescaterianism). The biggest issue for me was the lack of that ‘fullness’ feeling after a meal. Sure, I was still eating carbs, which would mean a fleeting feeling of satiety at least. But to make that the satiety last longer, I had to depend on other sources of protein. My favorite one? NUTS! Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, you name it. Even better if they were roasted and slightly salty and all mixed together in a tasty bag o’ trail mix.

Whether you’ve gone vegetarian, slow-carb, no-carb or Paleo, nuts are an important contributor to your protein intake. And for Paleo people, they are a crucial tool in substituting some less healthy ingredients in otherwise gluten-heavy recipes. Almond flour (aka almond meal) works great as a substitute for wheat flour (as you’ve probably seen in some of our Paleo bread and dessert recipes).

Now we’re teaming up with Nuts.com to give a one pound bag of almond flour to one lucky winner! They have an amazingly diverse stock of nuts and seeds, as well as a really cool blog with snack and recipe ideas. Check out their selection at their website and don’t forget to enter to win below:

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Disclaimer: Nuts.com provided the prize for this giveaway. Links on this website may be affiliate links.

Post by Lucha: World traveler turned culinary student, Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.

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How Light is Making You Fat, Sick, and Mean. And What to Do About It.

is artificial light bad for you?

Is Artificial Light Bad For You?

In the past few years, there have been a lot more studies on sleep and its effects on health, as well as on light and its effects on sleep.

In 2013 alone, there were 3 awesome studies that have focused on “Light at Night” (pretty self-explanatory):

Nocturnal light exposure impairs affective responses in a wavelength-dependent manner

Mice exposed to dim light at night exaggerate inflammatory responses to lipopolysaccharide

Exposure to light at night, nocturnal urinary melatonin excretion, and obesity/dyslipidemia in the elderly   

Each study was different in a number of ways (which animal was used as the test-subject, the type of health effect being studied, etc.), but the similarity among all 3 was the same…
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Coconut Lime Soda

coconut lime soda - paleo drink recipes

I’ve been enjoying coconut water a lot over the past few months (it’s just such a great summery drink), and you might have suspected this because we’ve been publishing quite a few coconut water related posts recently: is coconut water paleo, the health benefits of coconut water as well as my coconut water green smoothie recipe.

But, I have been concerned about the high sugar content (even though it’s natural sugar) in coconut water. That’s why I came up with this easy coconut lime soda – it dilutes the coconut water a bit with soda water (making it even more refreshing) and the lime juice is tasty and could help to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
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Are Peas Paleo?

Are Peas Paleo?

When I first switched to a Paleo diet, I was often confused about which foods were or weren’t Paleo.

After just a few weeks, though, I felt pretty comfortable judging foods without going back to a book or website.

However, there are certain foods that confused me for a long time, and one of those foods was peas.

After all, peas are a legume, and legumes like beans are off-limits on a Paleo diet, right? (See this article for why legumes are not Paleo).

However, I was right to be confused, since there’s a lot more to this story…
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