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How To Cook A Butternut Squash Without Cutting It – 2 Methods

Louise Hendon | September 12

If you’ve ever tried chopping up a raw butternut squash, then you’ll know that it’s dangerously tough. It’s one of the reasons why I started paying extra for the ready chopped ones at the supermarket! However, it doesn’t have to be dangerous or so much work. As I’ll show you in this post, there are 2 simple ways to cook butternut squash without cutting it. Yep, it’s that easy.

Enjoy all the benefits of this delicious squash without risking your fingers. Plus, check out our list of reasons for eating butternut squash at the end of this post.

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How Many Carbs In Nuts And Seeds?

Louise Hendon | May 6

If you're on a low carb diet or a ketogenic diet, then you might want to know exactly how many carbs you're taking in daily.  And while nuts are generally pretty low in carbohydrates, there are some that are shockingly high in carbs like pumpkin seeds and chestnuts.

There are also other health concerns with nuts and seeds (like the fact that they are high in polyunsaturated fats and anti-nutrients), so try not to overeat them on keto or on any other diet.

We've listed below the carbohydrate content of various nuts and seeds.  We've also calculated the net carbohydrate count for you.

Net Carbs = Total Carbs - Fiber

All the data for this table comes from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28.  And to help you remember all the numbers, we've also prepared a handy infographic (scroll down the page for it).  Please feel free to pin it and embed it on your site.

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Are Cashews Nuts, Legumes, or Drupes?

Louise Hendon | April 16

Cashews are a fascinating food.

Botanically, they are a master of disguise.

They split in half like a legume, but they are not a legume.

They look sort of like a nut and grow on a tree, but they are not a tree nut.

And the red juicy pear looking thing that grows on the same tree as them looks like a fruit, but it’s not actually a fruit.

Mmm.

From a culinary standpoint, they are also fascinating.

Sure, you can grind them into a flour like other nuts. You can also use them whole in various dishes. But what’s most interesting is the fact you can grind them and mix them with water to form a cream cheese like substance that you can then put on top of pizzas or use as cake icing! It’s one of the foods loved by both vegans and Paleo-eaters!

I hope you’re also getting fascinated about this fake-nut…

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Are Nuts Ketogenic-Friendly?

Louise Hendon | April 6

Nuts have been a favorite of low carb dieters for a long time and now they’re popular among ketogenic dieters. Nuts are a quick and easy snack that you can purchase even at a gas station, they provide that nice crunchy texture that many people find missing from a low carb diet, and nut flours can be used to make a variety of baked goods that can be used as bread-substitutes.
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AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) Pantry List

Louise Hendon | March 23

It’s not easy to start the AIP (autoimmune paleo) protocol. Various foods like bread, cereal, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, eggs are all of a sudden off the list of foods you can eat, and you’re left wondering what on earth you can still eat!

So, we’ve created this handy guide to help you navigate the AIP diet and heal your body as quickly as possible.

You can also download this list as a printable PDF to stick on your fridge or to take with you when you go shopping.

Items in parentheticals are typically harder to find and not often used in most recipes. If you live somewhere where those items are easier to find and you want to give them a try, then by all means purchase them. Where applicable, items are linked so that you can purchase them on Amazon.com or elsewhere online.

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Paleo Baking Conversions – US to Metric Conversions

Louise Hendon | February 27

Paleo baking (and gluten-free baking) can be confusing already, and the fact that most of the Paleo cookbooks and blogs are written by Americans means that you have to spend a ton of time doing Paleo baking conversions for all your ingredients.

I still remember first learning that a cup was a standard measurement in America (it confused me to no end as a child growing up in the UK).

So, to help everyone who wants to try their hand at Paleo baking (or gluten-free baking), here’s a handy and comprehensive list of US to Metric conversions for Paleo, grain-free, and gluten-free baking.

I’ve also included a few ingredients that are typically not found in Paleo baking, but I thought it’d be useful to have the conversions for them anyway.

If I’ve missed any ingredient that you think should be on this baking conversions list that would help you convert US recipes, then please send me a message and let me know.
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What Are Cape Gooseberries? And Are Cape Gooseberries Healthy?

Louise Hendon | February 23

What Are Cape Gooseberries?

Cape gooseberries look like an orange cherry tomato and taste like a sweet version of a cherry tomato. They also have a paper-like cape on the outside that should be removed before eating.

what are Physalis?

They’re known by various names throughout the world (e.g., Physalis, Physalis peruviana, Inca berry, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, African ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry, or amour en cage). Cape gooseberries are now grown in many countries with Columbia being the major producer.

In particular, you might find that the dried fruit is often called goldenberry (and sometimes Pichuberry to associate them with Peru). You can even buy dried goldenberries to eat as a snack on Amazon.com.

Cape Gooseberry or goldenberries

While gooseberry is in the name of this fruit, cape gooseberries are not gooseberries. Instead they are a nightshade and are closely related to the tomatillo. Because the cape gooseberry is a nightshade (click here to see a list of nightshades), they are not permitted on the AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) diet. Note, however, that since the typical gooseberry is NOT a nightshade, they are permitted on the AIP diet.

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Coconut Sugar vs Coconut Palm Sugar

Louise Hendon | February 19

With so many different names floating around, it can be tough when you’re out shopping to ensure you buy the right products.

So, what’s the deal with coconut sugar? Is coconut palm sugar the same thing as coconut sugar? And is palm sugar different to coconut palm sugar? What about coconut nectar and coconut crystals?

Yes, I agree…it’s really annoyingly confusing. So read on to discover exactly what is what as well as which sugar is Paleo.

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What Is Gac Fruit? And Is Gac Fruit Healthy?

Louise Hendon | January 19

I found this strange fruit while traveling through Thailand a few weeks ago. It’s so odd looking that I was worried it was fake and plastic at first!

As the sign I saw pointed out, gac fruit juice is often known as a fruit from heaven and it is a pretty rare fruit.

gac fruit thailand

So, what is gac fruit? And is gac fruit healthy to eat?
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Pastured Eggs from Free-Range Chickens: Are They Healthier?

Jeremy Hendon | January 6

Eggs are a huge part of modern diets, but the ways we raise chickens has changed a lot over the past 100 years.

To be fair, egg consumption has probably been a big part of our diets as long as humans have been…well…human. Imagine carrying home a whopping 19-inch egg from the prehistoric dinosaur segnosaurus, who laid the biggest eggs we’ve ever seen! (Just kidding, of course – humans never existed anywhere near the same time as any yummy dinosaur eggs.)

Nowadays, egg consumption around the world is unfortunately dinosaur-free, so we’re left with what makes up the bulk of the world’s modern egg diet—quail eggs in Asia, ostrich eggs in Africa, and of course, chicken eggs pretty much everywhere else.
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Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | December 30

I don’t remember ever eating a sweet potato as a kid. And that makes me a little bit sad.

Since I’ve gone Paleo – and particularly if I’m doing any sort of intense exercise or training (Muay Thai, CrossFit, etc.), I’ve fallen in love with sweet potatoes.

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I used to get adventurous and make all sorts of different sweet potato dishes, but recently, boiling or baking and then eating seems much simpler and just as yummy.
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Is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | December 18

Luo Han Guo (aka Monk Fruit) has been all the rage lately as a low calorie “natural” sweetener.

Fantastic!

But…is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

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What is Luo Han Guo?

Luo Han Guo, also sometimes known as monk fruit, is the fruit of Siraitiagrosvenorii, a plant native to China and some other parts of Asia. Its odd name comes from the phonetic Chinese name for the fruit, which in turncomes from the Buddhist Luo Han monks, who were some of the first to cultivate the fruit hundreds of years ago.

What’s so special about this fruit is the fact that its extract is highly sweet and yet low in calories.
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