Paleo Drinks: Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water

Harmless Harvest: 100% Raw Coconut Water

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!
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Coconut Masala Chai Tea (Paleo, Dairy-Free)

coconut masala chai tea (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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.

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Make Your Own Masala Chai Tea Spice Mix/Blend

paleo masala chai tea blend recipe

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.)
masala chai spices

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The Ultimate Paleo Coffee

THE ULTIMATE PALEO Coffee recipe

Watch the Bloopers at the End!

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
    paleo cultured gheeYou might be wondering why cultured ghee, so this is what Pure Indian Foods say is special about “Cultured Ghee” as opposed to “normal ghee:”
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Refreshing Cucumber Celery Lime Smoothie

paleo celery cucumber lime smoothie

Would you like a splash of vodka with that?

Yes, please!

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.

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Simple Mint Tea

paleo mint tea

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!

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Ginger Basil Tea

Paleo Ginger Basil Tea

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!

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Greek Yogurt Raspberry Smoothie

greek yogurt raspberry smoothie

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!

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Chocolate!! Avocado Paleo Smoothie Recipe

Avocado paleo smoothie recipe

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!

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Apple Tea

paleo apple tea recipe

I am a big tea drinker, and the quote on my mug there is one of my favorites!  “While there is tea, there is hope.”  And some days, I feel like that saying is so true!

I am generally a black tea fanatic, but I have on occasions had fruit teas.  However, they’ve always been a bit of a disappointment – good smelling but cardboard taste.  So my number one aim in making a fruity tea was to make sure it didn’t taste like cardboard!

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Almond Butter Chocolate Shake

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake

A friend had asked about a quick breakfast option that wasn’t eggs yesterday, and I had suggested shakes/smoothies.  So they were on my mind this morning when I was considering breakfast options.  They’re so quick and simple to make, and you can put ingredients into them that are tailored to the flavors you enjoy, so you can’t fail not to find a recipe you like!  In fact, Primal Toad has a great ebook with a huge number of primal smoothie recipes you can choose from!

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Cucumber Lime Water

cucumber lime water

Sometimes drinking plain water gets just a bit too dull for me.  So, I like to make various iced teas (herbal, green, and black) and non-tea drinks.

I have quite a stash of cucumbers in my fridge having fallen in love with the amazing simple cucumber salad (recipe here), and so I decided to add some more cucumbers into my diet.  This time though, it would be drunk, not eaten.

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