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5 Benefits of Cooking with Tallow & Lard

Posted by Andie Dill

Tonight my family had bacon for dinner. Yep, it was one of those nights where everybody wanted breakfast for dinner and bacon sounded too good to pass up. What I love most about cooking bacon though, is all that yummy, nutrient dense fat that pools in the bottom of the skillet. The best part is, when it comes time to fry the eggs, they are cooked in the delicious taste of the bacon “leftovers,” and it got me thinking about the benefits of animal fats. Lard is that famous fat that grandparents use to love and save jars of in the pantry. So what exactly is it? 

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Dairy-free Avocado Pistachio Pudding with Organic Coconut

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Confession: I love pudding. Smooth, melt-in-your mouth swirls of it, topped with angelic wisps of whipped cream and garnished with delicate slivered nuts...sigh.  Layer it into a darling parfait dish or bake it in a ramekin and I find the stuff to be completely irresistible. While I enjoy most flavors, I have always been particularly fond of pistachio pudding, with its sophisticated taste and charming pale green color. One thing is for sure however...a dessert this good shouldn’t come from a box mix, nor should it be something that is sacrificed for those needing to avoid dairy. So, here is a cunning no-cook, dairy-free version that uses the natural coloring of an avocado, the robust sweetness of a banana and the creamy texture of coconut milk to create an easily-digested, satisfying mousse-like treat in minutes.

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Savory Chai Spice Coconut Flour Muffins

Posted by Andie Dill

Fall has finally arrived here in my little town of sunny SoCal! It is hard to believe November is upon us and yet just a few days ago my thermostat read 102 degrees! A brisk fog rolled in off the ocean over the weekend though, and today the high reached 60 degrees. I don't know about you, but in my house, fall screams “warm cup of tea,” and one of my favorite recipes “Chai Spice Muffins!” I finally feel a little better about turning the oven on, and not having to blast the air conditioning to compensate for all that extra heat!

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Gelatin - What Is It, and How Can I Get More of It?!

Posted by Andie Dill

Last month I posted on “Three of the Many Wonderful Benefits of Collagen.” If you did not see that post, or you are new to the blog, you can check it out here! Today I am going to dive in to the topic of Gelatin and share some great facts, as well as a couple of my favorite recipes and ways to incorporate more gelatin into your diet.

Often times gelatin and collagen are used interchangeably and many people think they are one and the same thing. However, gelatin and collagen are indeed different, both with their own purposes and special health benefits. So let us jump in to gelatin and the amazing goodness that it is! (1)

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Tags: Fuel Your Body, Recipes, Supplements & Remedies

Cinnamon Raisin Coconut Flour Muffins

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

You really can’t go wrong with the classic combination of cinnamon and raisins. In this recipe, the spicy-sweet duo is folded into a simple coconut flour batter to make hearty, flavorful muffins. Not only do these muffins taste delicious, they are also satisfyingly high in healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and protein. Topped with a dab of nut butter or drizzled with coconut spread, they are one of our absolute favorite recipes to use as a nutrient-dense breakfast or snack on-the-go.

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Fisherman's Eggs: A Nutrient-Dense Meal

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Sardines. What can you do with this shimmery, nutrient-packed seafood? While undeniably rich in protein, omega-3s, and minerals, the strong tasting little fish can be very challenging to incorporate into the diet. Some brave people enjoy them straight out of the can or spread neatly over crackers, but I’ve never quite managed to get them down in that way. That’s why I’m always looking for creative, simple strategies to include them in meals. One of my favorite ways to eat sardines is in this traditional Fisherman’s Eggs dish with lots of garlic, shallots and parsley. It provides just the right balance of flavors and textures to make eating sardines delicious and easy.

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Tips for Finding the Best Olive Oil + A Homemade Dressing Recipe

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

With its highly palatable taste and wide availability, nearly everyone has heard about olive oil’s heart helping, cholesterol lowering, blood sugar regulating properties. Olive oil is popularly used in cooking: drizzled in the pan as a base for quick, hearty sautés or slathering over veggies for roasting. However what many people don’t realize is that this powerhouse plant oil is really best featured in dips and salad dressings where its 200 plus beneficial compounds and complex fatty acids can be enjoyed in the raw. In this article I'll share some of the key features to look for when selecting an olive oil, review tips for using it wisely in the kitchen, and share one of my favorite salad and homemade dressing recipes. 

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Tags: Recipes, Avoid Toxins, Fuel Your Body

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Pancakes

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Around here we have already started to see the very first hints of fall. Certain leaves are beginning to fade into a golden yellow, apples are decorating orchard trees and there's a cool edge to the afternoon breeze. The season for steaming drinks, flannels and all-things-pumpkin is about to arrive! To celebrate, I've prepared this Coconut Flour Pumpkin Pancake recipe. Made with hearty ingredients and filled with the rich flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup, this breakfast treat is the perfect way to usher in the upcoming season.

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Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Last week I found myself in a breakfast rut. Don't you just hate when that happens? I woke up, walked down to the kitchen and scanned it blankly. I swung open the cabinets and peered into the refrigerator, but nothing looked appetizing. I was bored with my go-to options and was craving something new. That's when I dreamed up this Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl. Packed with healthy fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber, it has plenty of nutrition to satisfy and just enough sweetness to leave you scraping the bowl.

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No-Bake Chocolate Berry Slices

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Making healthy, real food desserts isn't always easy. Gluten-free flours can be tough to work with, recipes seem to have a million steps and at times it can feel like you've spent days in the kitchen experimenting only to end up with a recipe flop. But every so often I find a dessert like this one that tastes amazing and is super simple to make. I guess it's hard to go wrong with chocolate, nuts and fresh berries. This unique nutrient dense dessert combines these beloved ingredients into something that falls between a tart, pie and fruit pizza. Call it whatever you'd like; most importantly it is delicious!

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