Paleo Chia Almond Muffins Recipe – Guest Post from

Paleo chia almond muffins recipe guest post

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

This is a healthy breakfast or snack recipe – easy to make and highly portable! The nutritional benefits of these muffins are numerous; they’re chock full of vitamins and minerals! Alina experimented with several different berry mixes and you can too, depending on what is in season or readily available.

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GIVEAWAY! Win Almond Flour from

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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, almond flour is used in a lot of Paleo bread, dessert, and snack recipes). Louise and Jeremy always have some stocked in their kitchen – so stock up here!

Win Almond Flour

Now we’re teaming up with 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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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.

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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

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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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GIVEAWAY! Win Laughing Fox Chocolates

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Autumn is starting and you know what that means– pulling out the winter coats, snuggling by the fire, and… comfort foods! Chocolate is everyone’s guilty pleasure. Chocolate truffles, well, they’re just too good to feel guilty about! And Paleo chocolates?! Even more reason to go guilt-free and choco-crazy.

We previously interviewed Devin Plaut, the mastermind behind this Paleo delicacy, revealing his secret recipe. If you never got around to making your own chocolate truffles, you can find his truffles for sale at the Laughing Fox website. You can also enter to WIN a free pack of chocolates directly from Laughing Fox in this week’s giveaway! There will be one lucky winner so don’t miss this chance…


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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 Stories – Vivian Cheng from

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Vivian Cheng is the founder/editor/writer/designer behind The Real Food Guide. You’ve probably seen our review of her fantastic Paleo ice cream recipe book, and you’ve probably also seen (and maybe already tried) her guest recipe – Not my Mama’s Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork). So, we thought you’d like to know a bit more about this amazing woman!

In this post, Vivian shares with us some of her Paleo story, including how she came to Paleo, what she found most challenging about Paleo, and her best tip for maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. And please visit The Real Food Guide for more of Vivian’s fantastic recipes and articles.

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6 Super-Secret Ways to Naturally Cure Constipation

how to naturally cure constipation using the paleo diet

I’m pretty sure people have been constipated as long as…well, forever.

Which is why I want to let you in on a little secret…

There are no secret solutions to constipation.  

Only proven tactics that actually work.

Constipation Can Be Caused by Many Things

With constipation, there are a lot of possible causes, from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth to insufficient bile production.

No matter what, don’t take this issue lightly.  Constipation can be very serious, and if it gets particularly bad (usually more than a few days), then taking laxatives or seeing a doctor is probably best.

However, if it’s not yet at that point, then let’s stick with the theme…
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GIVEAWAY! Win Primal Pit Paste from Go Primal Products!

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While I’ve worked hard to develop a consistent exercise routine, I never get any joy out of breaking a sweat in my workouts. Sweating is the thing I try to avoid most in life — whether dancing in a fancy dress at a wedding, or running to catch the bus in my formal button-down shirt on the way to work.

Quite possibly the only thing that grosses me out more than that sensation is the thought of industrial chemicals being used to make the deodorant I used to so eagerly put in my pits. I would go for the strongest one I could find until I realized what I was risking by not willing to get a little sweaty from time to time: my health.

Certified CrossFit trainer and athlete Amy is on my side. Her Primal Pit Paste provides an amazing, healthy and natural alternative to your average deodorant. It doesn’t contain aluminum or parabens, and it smells great too!

We believe that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about what you eat. The products you use on your body have an impact as well, and choosing them wisely is another great way to take care of yourself.

We want to spread the word about this great line of products, and we’re excited to team up with Go Primal Pit Paste for a giveaway! Two lucky winners will each receive a jar and stick of the Primal Pit Paste Deodorant as well as their Pucker Paste Natural Lip Balm! The contest ends next Tuesday at midnight so don’t miss your chance 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.

3 Things That Should Worry You Far More Than GMOs

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I’m going to write a longer article on GMOs very soon.

And it’s going to be extremely unpopular.  Everyone loves to hate GMOs.

However, despite over 30 years of research into GMOs (mostly not funded by the industry), nearly 100% of the science has proven that GMOs are safe.

Now…you can’t actually prove that anything is safe.  You could test it a billion times, and the time after that might be the one case where it’s really dangerous.

But still…30 years is 30 years.

GMOs Are The Last Thing We Should Be Worried About

I don’t actually care if anybody is worried about GMOs.  
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