If you’ve already caught onto the kombucha craze, I applaud you! But if not, I’ll be the first to admit that just a little more than a week ago, even I had absolutely no idea what this stuff was, or why there is such a fuss over it!
Kayla is a Canadian engineering student who is passionate about the Paleo and Primal lifestyles and creating delicious recipes. She shares them with the world at her blog, Cookie Monster Gone Primal.
Sweetened with bananas, made creamy with almond milk, full of pumpkin, and a touch of spice, this milkshake is sure to satisfy anyone’s pumpkin tooth!
What is it?
This is a raw (& organic) coconut water drink i.e., it has been heated (although what I couldn’t find exactly what temperature they keep their process under).
Coconut water is the liquid in the center a coconut (it’s mostly water with a little bit of sugar and minerals from the coconut). So, if you cracked a coconut in half, it’s the water-like liquid that would splash out.
Note that coconut water is different to coconut milk, which comes from the meat of the coconut and is high in fat.
Is raw better?
I’m not huge into raw foods – yes, it’s often more nutritious because cooking does destroy some of the vitamins and minerals as well as the antioxidants, but cooking also helps us absorb more of the nutrients. But, I love trying random new foods, so I picked one of these drinks up in Whole Foods despite its rather hefty price tag.
And boy was I glad, because this Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water tasted AMAZING!
Our time in India was fantastic (3 Indian cooking classes, a camel ride in the Thar desert, meeting random travelers, seeing the beautiful Lakes of Udaipur, marveling at the amazing colors in Jodhpur, and so much more). It’s definitely gotten me excited about cooking more Indian dishes too.
One of the most common things we had in India was Masala Chai (Tea). We drank it with fresh goat’s milk in the middle of the Thar desert with some villagers, we had it at a random deserted road-side stall, and we made it in every single cooking class we attended.
Indian Masala Chai
Everyone in India seems to have their own special family blend for Masala Chai, and there are lots of blends for sale in the US (e.g., this one on Amazon). I bought a small amount from Shashi in Udaipur, India, but I wanted to make my own as well (for fun and for when I run out).
The Spices in Masala Chai
Here are the spices I used for my mix (there are lots of different possibilities, but these are some of the basic ones). Feel free to Pin the photo below! (There are links to purchase the individual spices in the recipe box below.)
Everyone seems to be talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes these days, or maybe I just sit in Starbucks too much!
So, with a can of pumpkin puree sitting at home, I just couldn’t resisting trying…it turned out really delicious and warming.
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This coffee is what I’ve been loving recently! And I’m showing you how to make it in my very first video on YouTube – I even designed my channel art last night (*feeling smug*).
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A Few Quick Tips on How to Make Paleo Coffee
- Start slow – by this, I mean that if you’re not used to eating much fat, then I would put in just 1 teaspoon of ghee + 1 teaspoon of coconut oil initially until your body adjusts after a few weeks.
- Use good ghee – this is the ghee I use (it tastes absolutely AMAZING – in fact, I love licking my spoon after scooping the ghee out)! Pure Indian Foods Grassfed Organic Cultured Ghee
You might be wondering why cultured ghee, so this is what Pure Indian Foods say is special about “Cultured Ghee” as opposed to “normal ghee:”
Would you like a splash of vodka with that?
I actually made this as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, but the idea of adding alcohol to this drink definitely crossed my mind while I was savoring it! And if you’re wondering whether alcohol is Paleo or not, then you should take a look at this great video.
What Can You Drink on Paleo?
There are more drinks than just water, soda, and fruit juices in this world!
Tea is a great option on Paleo, and it’s especially great if you make you own fresh tea from various herbs.
I’ve had mint tea in Middle Eastern restaurants many times before, and I finally got around to making it at home the other day. It’s soooo easy!
I’m a big fan of tea, and as the cold season rolls around in New York, something nice and hot is perfect. However, there’s only so much caffeinated tea that I can drink in a day, and most herbal teas that you buy don’t taste all that flavorful (a bit too cardboard-like for my tastes). But this ginger basil tea made with fresh ginger and fresh basil is a great way to fend off the winter chill.
All you need is some ginger and basil and hot water!
I’ve been reading about smoothies, and it seems that the word “smoothie” (meaning a smooth talking person) first appeared in print in the US around the early 1900s. However, the fruity drink didn’t become known as smoothies until around the 1960s.
I wanted my smoothie to be a bit more filling than just some frozen fruity juice, and so I experimented with adding some Greek yogurt as well as almond milk. It was quite delicious and very filling!
Note that unlike most recipes on this website, this recipe contains dairy (I created it before I gave up dairy), so if you don’t know whether you tolerate dairy or not, then try giving it up for 30 days first before trying to reintroduce it slowly (we find that even if people tolerate dairy, they typically tolerate raw or fermented dairy better).
Why must smoothies be a breakfast/brunch recipe? I always hear of people saying they had a smoothie for breakfast, but it never made sense to me why I couldn’t also have a smoothie for lunch and dinner (and maybe a midnight snack too)! If it’s a delicious smoothie, then it should be enjoyable ANYTIME.
And this smoothie is definitely one of those “enjoy anytime” ones!