How Mount Fuji Taught Me to Love Sardines

How Mount Fuji Taught Me to Love Sardines

I visited Japan for the first time in 2014, and one of the things I was blown away by was the food.

The sushi was way better than I even expected, and I generally ate tons of great food for cheaper than I expected.

But one of my favorite discoveries – and stick with me here – was sardines.

I know!! Who would have thought?

But in the town that is near Mount Fuji, they’re famous for their young sardines, also known as “Shirasu”. You can buy them fresh or dried (we went for fresh), and they’re absolutely delicious.

As it turns out, I’d spent my whole life being afraid that I’d hate this little fish, only to find out just how great they are.

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5 Reasons Broccoli is Better Than You Think

5 Reasons Broccoli is Better Than You Think

Growing up, there were few foods I disliked more than broccoli. (Collard greens was one of them – I just couldn’t stand the smell when I was a kid.)

Fast-forward a couple decades, and I want to put broccoli and collard greens in everything. My mom would be proud, except that she doesn’t actually like broccoli. Oh well.

Your own mom might have tried to feed broccoli to you as a kid, and it turns out that she had good reason to do so—broccoli is a true superfood. This famous green has been linked to a variety of positive health effects in nearly all of the body’s systems, from the circulatory and immune systems to mental health.

Just what sort of healthful benefits is broccoli packing in those green bunches?

Why is Broccoli Healthy?

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Is Diet Soda Paleo?

Is Diet Soda Paleo?

Want to cut back on calories?

Drink a diet soda.

Want to get away from sugar?

Drink a diet soda.

People have been debating over the health effects of the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas—sucralose, stevia, and aspartame—for quite a while now.

So should you use diet soda as a way to curb not-so-wholesome sugar cravings, or should you avoid diet soda forever?
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How to Make Cashew Cheese [Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free]

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Cheese was one of the last foods I stopped eating after starting a Paleo diet – it was simply too hard to resist at first.

Luckily, I found cashew cheese as an easy and delicious replacement. Give it a try and pin the infographic below on how to make cashew cheese so you don’t forget – it’s super easy to make and has a nice creamy texture very much like cream cheese. In fact, it also looks very similar to cream cheese.

My favorite use for cashew cheese is in this recipe for bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cashew cheese.

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Is Tuna Paleo?

Is tuna paleo?

Until 2013 (when Salmon surged ahead), tuna was the second most popular seafood consumed in the US. And it’s not only in the US that tuna is a favorite.

If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant, you’ve likely noticed that some of the most common cuts of sashimi are maguro and toro — in other words, types of tuna.

Fish is regularly touted as a very nutritious food, but it’s also common to hear warnings about certain seafood, including tuna.

So should you regularly consume tuna?
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3 Reasons This Seafood Is Your New Best Friend

seaweed paleo

Nori. Dulse. Gim.

Whatever you call it, seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse.

Although seaweed is eaten around the world, Japan is the country most commonly associated with seaweed consumption. In fact, recent research indicates that the average Japanese citizen’s gut bacteria is specifically adapted to be able to digest more seaweed than most other folks around the world.

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Review of Navitas Raw Cacao Nibs

review of navitas cacao nibs

I’ve always LOVED chocolate (to the point where I used to pity a classmate who was allergic to chocolate – how did she survive those teenage years without chocolate??).

So, naturally, cacao nibs piqued my interest when I found them in Whole Foods, especially when I saw that they had 0g of sugar in them.
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Spotlight on Garlic

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We all know that the foods we like can change throughout our lives, but one thing I can say for sure is that I grew up loving garlic and just never stopped! As a seasoning and ingredient in soups and on meats, my family always made sure to have that extra pinch; even the smell of cooking garlic was enough to lure me into the kitchen.

Mom had no problem getting me to eat garlic, and that’s a good thing, because this unassuming little bulb of flavor really packs some amazing boosts for your health. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used since before ancient Egyptian times as a seasoning all around the world. However, even more than as a delicious food, garlic has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal effects, many of which come from antibacterial sulfur compounds (like allicin) that appear when garlic is chewed or crushed. It’s also what gives garlic that delightfully pungent smell.

What’s great about garlic:

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Is Oatmeal Paleo? (Don’t take away all of my breakfast foods!)

Is Oatmeal Paleo?

Most of us have sampled some sort of oatmeal creation in our lifetime, whether it’s cookies, oatmeal in the morning, or a family recipe for baked oatmeal squares.

In fact, many people tout oatmeal as one of the best breakfast foods for you. Should we follow along and grab a bowl of oats every day, or should we be a bit more cautious about adding oatmeal to our daily Paleo lifestyle?
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List of the Best Paleo Snacks of 2015 (15 You Can Buy + 27 You Can Make)

The Best Paleo Snacks

While you don’t have to eat any Paleo snacks on a Paleo diet, sometimes they can be essential to prevent you from falling off the diet!

And if you’re taking a long flight, a road trip, a vacation, or you often stay at the office late, then having some Paleo snacks around can be super helpful.

So, here’s our list of the best Paleo snacks for all occasions. There are 10 that you can buy from the store or from Amazon (in the US and sometimes Canada – we’ll put together a list of our best Paleo snacks that you can buy in the UK soon and also a separate AIP snacks list!), and there are also 27 Paleo snack recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes.

And if you’re looking for snacks for a long flight, then check out this list instead.

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Is Ghee Paleo? (More Specifically, Why Ghee is Amazing…)

is ghee paleo?

I didn’t grow up exposed to a lot of foods that you might consider to be traditionally non-American. (Whatever that means, but you get the idea.)

Ghee is certainly such a food.

In fact, when I first read about it, I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. Gee? Jee?

I had no idea, except the vague understanding that people seem to spread it on things.
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Are Sardines Paleo?

are sardines paleo

One of my most vivid memories of elementary school is of sitting in one of our incredibly cramped, 20-person classrooms and eating lunch with friends. They’d be munching on zebra cakes and I would, with an excited smile, pop the lid off my little bin of sardines.

Apparently the smell of fish was less favorable to the 8-year-olds than the sweet aroma of those zebra cakes, because more often than not, I’d look up from my sardines to find myself sitting all alone.

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What are Sardines?

I think part of the problem was that no one really knew what a sardine was—a small, whole fish also known as a pilchard. Belonging to the herring family, sardines are rather tiny, oily fish that you can buy fresh or in a can.
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One Huge Reason That Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

why artificial sweeteners are unhealthy

Artificial sweeteners have gotten a very bad rap for a long time without much solid evidence as to why they’re bad.

There have been a lot of studies that have shown correlations between things like obesity and artificial sweeteners, but there are so many confounding factors in those studies that they’re pretty much irrelevant for anything other than casual conversation.

That’s rapidly changing.

Click Here To Get The Entire Paleo Diet Food List PDF Emailed To You (it’s beautifully designed)

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