Giveaway! Win Rawnola Bars from Earthling Organics!

Win Rawnola Bars from Earthling Organics

We all know we should avoid mindless snacking, but opinions vary on whether we should stick to 3 square meals, or have several smaller meals with snacks interspersed throughout the day. I tend to feel better when I opt for the latter, although I do have to be conscious not to go out of control with my snacking. The best way to do this is to nourish myself at snack time with healthy options. I’ll admit, it has been hard to learn to just say no to potato chips and chocolate cookies! What really helps is when I’ve got something to snack on that is both tasty AND healthy.

When it comes to healthy snack bars, you have your raw granola bars. Your organic granola bars. Your vegan granola bars. Your gluten and grain-free granola bars. Now roll all of that together and what do you have? Earthling Organics RAWNOLA BARS!

The team at Earthling Organics believes that food should be as natural and close-to-nature as possible. Their food is produced in a California facility free of corn, soy, wheat, peanuts and GMOs. They feel that if you have to ask whether it’s harmful for the planet, then it’s not good enough for your body either.

We posted a review just last week, and now we’ve partnered with Earthling Organics to give variety packs (12 each) of their yummy and nutritious Rawnola Bars to SIX lucky winners! Check out their site to find out where they’re sold, and also enter below to win!

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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.

Is Monk Fruit Paleo?

Is Monk Fruit paleo?

If you’re anything like most people, you’ll read the title and think, “Oh, monk fruit. That’s great! …What’s a monk fruit?”

Monk fruit has been a hot topic in the Paleo community recently, as it may have potential as a new (and possibly Paleo!) sweetener. Monk fruit, also sometimes known as luo han guo, is a unique plant grown only in China. It got its name from the Buddhist Luo Han monks, who were some of the first to cultivate the fruit hundreds of years ago.

But with all of the toxic compounds and negative side effects associated with other artificial sweeteners, can monk fruit really be a part of the Paleo diet? Or is it just another Paleo no-go?

What you should know about monk fruit

Many people who have tasted monk fruit say that it tastes like chocolate or molasses, and its flavor isn’t the only thing that has people talking. The sweetness in monk fruit comes from a type of glycoside called mogrosides, and these mogrosides are full of antioxidants that help the body function healthily. Additionally, monk fruit helps to reduce oxidative stress on the body, so your body receives the support that it needs to function at full potential.

One study on the effects of monk fruit on the body showed no toxic effects; in fact, the animal subjects were given large amounts of the luo han guo sweetener (3g per kg of their body weight—on a 10lb dog, that’s 30g of sweetener!), yet they showed no ill effects and did not gain weight.

So then, what negative effects does monk fruit have? Aside from the rarity of its habitat (only in Guangxi, China), Paleo experts agree—it’s great!

What do other Paleo gurus say?

Mark Sisson says: “Legend has it that the monk fruit vine sustains its caretakers by enveloping them and transmitting pure life-force directly into their hearts. And if you have the climate to grow monk fruit, you might try setting up that whole symbiotic relationship/lifeforce exchange thing (perfect for people who telecommute). I’d say it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for a non-caloric, natural sweetener. Verdict: Primal.”

Jane Barthelemy says: “Luo Han Guo is a 100% natural Paleo sweetener. I suggest caution in buying Luo Han Guo as it is often mixed with other ingredients such as cane sugar or dextrose (a corn sugar), [but] I believe it to be a very good concentrated sweetener.”

So is monk fruit Paleo?

Yes.

Monk fruit is a promising addition to the Paleo diet, offering sweetness and nutrition all in the same package. Be careful when buying in order to avoid monk fruit mixed with artificial sweeteners like corn.

Some Paleo experts suggest Swanson Vitamins as a good supplier of high-quality monk fruit extract, and if you want to powder it yourself, ask any Chinese medicine herbalist for Plum Flower brand momordica fruit.

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Paleo Dates with Cashew Cream Recipe

paleo dates filled with cashew cream recipe

This easy recipe is fantastic as a snack, dessert, or appetizer.

I used to love blue cheese, and dates filled with blue cheese are amazing. Since going off dairy, I’ve been using cashew cream instead. If you’re not familiar with cashew cream, it’s really easy to make and almost tastes like a very mild soft cheese.

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Paleo Cacao Avocado Pudding Recipe – Guest Post from Orgali.ca

Paleo Avocado Cacao Pudding Guest Post

Alina Muresan is a RHN holistic nutritionist who specializes in family nutrition and health. Visit her website, Orgali.ca to find great advice on your child’s nutrition and delicious recipes that are healthy and fast!

This decadent recipe is actually really healthy with avocado and the raw cacao which is full of antioxidants. It can be customized with various fruits and nuts depending on your mood or preference!

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The Microscopic Danger Lurking in Grains and Peanuts

the microscopic danger grains peanuts

Maybe you’ve already given up corn, wheat, peanuts, or and other grains.

After all, they’re not very nutritious to begin with.  

But if you are still eating any of those foods, here is a bit more cause for concern:

Masked Mycotoxins Are Efficiently Hydrolyzed by Human Colonic Microbiota Releasing Their Aglycones

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Paleo Broccoli Bacon Salad with Onions and Coconut Cream

Broccoli Bacon Salad with onions and coconut cream

I saw a similar broccoli bacon salad in the pre-made food section of my local Whole Foods last week, but the problem I have with buying pre-made food in Whole Foods is they typically cook everything with canola oil!

So, I created a similar salad with broccoli, bacon, red onions, and coconut cream. If you prefer more crunch, you can use raw broccoli instead (I blanched the broccoli first).
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The 30 Best Paleo Guacamole Recipes

Best Paleo Guacamole Recipes

Whether it’s your go-to dip, a frequent side salad, or something that you only eat at your nearest Mexican cantina, guacamole can be considered a food of the gods – Aztec gods, to be exact! You can smash it, mash it, process it, or give it the old mortar and pestle treatment. Health benefits galore so there’s no reason to feel guilty when you can’t help but go back for more.

The following are recipes that we have collected so you can discover new twists and old classics. Here are the 30 best Paleo Guacamole recipes! (Also check out our Wholly Guacamole giveaway, running until this Saturday, October 25 at midnight!)

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How to Gain Weight on a Paleo Diet

How To Gain weight on a paleo diet

If you’ve ever asked this question (or if you’re wondering right now), then you, my friend, are in a generally enviable position.

Unlike the rest of us, you probably have very little trouble losing weight, and of the 2, it’s almost always easier to gain weight than to lose it.

And doing while Paleo might be a little tougher than doing while eating a standard American diet, but it’s not impossible at all.

How to Gain Weight on a Paleo Diet

Putting on weight is really a matter of doing 3 things, whether you’re Paleo or not…
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Giveaway! Win Wholly Guacamole Products!

Win Wholly Guacamole

Having grown up in California, Mexican food has always been one of my favorite cuisines. Tacos, burritos, nachos, you get the picture. But as a child I wasn’t so keen on vegetables, especially the green ones. I would dip the chip in the salsa, even sometimes in the guacamole (despite it being green), but more just to flavor the chip. I would never actually scoop anything up.

Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood – I was a late bloomer in terms of healthy eating – a friend was devouring an avocado and when I looked at him with a puzzled face, he started to poetically elaborate on the buttery subtleties of this special “fruit” (yes, avocado is a fruit, botanically speaking). I started to experiment, first with a little salt, then with different textures, until I finally learned to make, and love, my own guacamole! (There are myriad ways to make a good guacamole; we recently published a list of our Top 30 favorite guacamole recipes.)

When I don’t have the time or energy to make my own, I search high and low for a worthwhile store-bought version and I’ve found that Wholly Guacamole has got me covered. Free of chemicals and preservatives, their packaging technique keeps their delicious guacamole fresher for longer without compromising the flavor. And they have smooth or chunky, and mild or spicy varieties, plus mini dip kits which are perfect for the kids’ lunch boxes (or yours).

To celebrate their awesomeness we are giving away coupons to 5 lucky winners for your choice of Wholly Guacamole products. Check our their great selection and then enter below to win!

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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.

Paleo Chocolate Pancake Recipe

paleo Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

Pancakes seem to be an American breakfast tradition, so having just become an official US citizen, I thought I’d make these to celebrate.

This Paleo chocolate pancake recipe is a modified version of the coconut pancake recipe here. And if you’re looking for an even simpler Paleo pancake recipe, then check out the 2-ingredient pancake recipe here.

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Why Humans Need Their Gallbladders – A Guest Post by Ute Mitchell

Why Humans Need Their Gall Bladders

Ute Mitchell lives in Portland, Oregon, where she homeschools her children, grows her own veggies, does CrossFit, and is a certified Nutritional Therapist. She co-published the Fast Paleo Top 100 ecookbooks and shares her musings on her Paleo life at GrokettesMusings.com, which is in the processed of being moved to realfood4.me.

Why Humans Need Their Gallbladders

The human being is an amazing animal. When necessary, we manage to live with just one kidney, a fake heart, no stomach, shortened bowels and more. We don’t think twice about appendectomies or the removal of tonsils. These surgeries are done as routinely as root canals, no questions asked by patients, no explanations offered by surgeons. In October of 2013, I went to the hospital for a liver resection. Hemangiomas in my liver made it necessary to remove over 60% of my liver, which translated to my entire right lobe and a small piece of the left lobe. As part of this surgery, my gallbladder, attached to the right lobe of the liver, had to be removed. It was a “package deal”, according to my surgeon, and I had nothing to worry about, because the gallbladder is an “unnecessary organ”. I usually pride myself for possessing great critical thinking skills. A statement like this would have normally alarmed me, and I would have asked questions or done my research about this gallbladder that I knew precious little about. Under the circumstances, however, I was a little preoccupied. It’s not every day that one is told that they will lose half a liver.

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Are Grits and Hominy Paleo?

are grits and hominy paleo

The standard American diet’s favorite Southern sidekick, grits, and hominy, a popular ingredient in the Mexican soup, posole, are enjoyed by many.

But are they Paleo-friendly indulgences or not-so-Paleo?

Fun Facts About Grits and Hominy

Both hominy and grits are made from corn that has been dried and ground, with the germ and hull removed. First the corn is soaked in an alkali solution, then processed to crush and sift out the kernels.
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