The Craving-Killing Healthy Chocolate Shake Recipe

healthy chocolate shake, healthy breakfast shake, Paleo shakeThis is one of those healthy recipes that feels a little unhealthier than it actually is — which is amazing, as that rarely happens. The consistently and sweetness of this makes it scarily similar to a legit chocolate shake, but its minimal, non-processed, dairy-free makeup makes it clean and healthy on top of its craving-pleasing qualities. It’s my go-to when I’m having one of those “just give me something sweet” moments — and it should be yours, too.

In addition to being a yummy snack or dessert, this shake also suffices as a filling — and fulfilling — breakfast. Eat up.

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Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado Recipe

Paleo baked eggs, baked eggs in avocadoThe only thing better than an avocado in your omelette is an egg in your avocado.

Avocado is usually a fail-safe add-in in most meals, but flipping the script and making it the main dish is just as delicious — and something every avocado-lover needs to try.

This dish is great for a snack or breakfast on the go. It requires very little effort to put together and minimal ingredients. It’s also super filling for a small meal and is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, protein, potassium and a slew of vitamins, including vitamin E, B and folic acid.

I usually top this with some uncured turkey bacon — Applegate Organics is my favorite — but this would work with ham or some chopped red pepper, too.

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Awesome Almond Butter Paleo Pancakes Recipe

Paleo pancakes recipe, paleo waffles recipe, gluten-free pancakes, grain-free pancakes, dairy-free pancakesI grew up on Long Island, where a good 24-hour diner was always within a half-mile drive, making it incredibly easy to get a solid stack of pancakes — anytime, from anywhere. When I moved off the island, I was no longer in the land of plenty when it came to delicious breakfast food, and when I turned grain-, gluten- and dairy-free, my pancake-accessibility went scarce to non-existent. Tear.

Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and pancakes were one of my all-time favorite splurges, I recently became obsessed with crafting — and perfecting (I hope) — the makings of an awesome Paleo pancake.

My experiments sort of became a Saturday morning ritual. I tired a combo of coconut flour/almond flour, adding applesauce, pureed dates, mashed banana, and few other interesting combos; anything to try and moisten them up a bit (coconut/almond flour can be dense, which can make your final product a bit dry).

After numerous trial-and-error Saturday sessions, I found a recipe that satisfied. The ingredient that brought it all together? Almond butter. Duh.

I usually dress these up with some fresh fruit — any combination is delicious — or you could throw some dark chocolate chips in there if you want something a bit sweeter.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that while I think this recipe makes a really solid Paleo pancake, don’t expect a product equivalent to it’s fluffy, flour-based sibling; I’m not a miracle worker 🙂

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Finally! How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg Every Time

hard-boiled egg recipe, the perfect hard-boiled eggs, how to make perfect hard-boiled eggsHard-boiled eggs used to be my culinary kryptonite. How long do I boil them? Under what heat? And how can I peel that damn shell without accidentally breaking into the egg in the process?

It never seemed to work out for me. Until now. I finally perfected hard-boiled eggs. This way, they come out flawless every time; no soft-boiled yolks, no hard-to-peel shells, and no super-dry centers; only sheer perfection. Sigh.

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The Best Green Juice Recipe for Everyday

green juice recipe, best green juice recipeFresh juice is kind of my thang.

A while back — after discovering all the processed crap and unnecessary additives that are thrown into so many store-bought juices — I opted to make own, and soon became semi-obsessed. I normally drink a small fresh juice a day — making them in advance and storing a weekly supply in mason jars in the fridge — and I’m constantly experimenting with different fruit and veggie combos.

This green juice is one of my favorites.

It super hydrating, detoxifying (cumber, celery and cilantro) and energizing (spinach, broccoli), and the pear and apple give this a little sweetness along with additional vitamins and nutritional benefits. Juice up!

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Healing Cantaloupe Juice Recipe

Cantaloupe juice, Cantaloupe juice recipe, healthy juice, antioxidant juice, vitamin juiceCantaloupes are one of my favorite fruits — to eat and to juice. They are sweet, refreshing, low-calorie and loaded with valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and folic acid.

And when combined with pineapple, orange, carrots and ginger, the nutrition and healing benefits are only amplified.

This juice is a life-saver when you’re feeling under the weather — the fruits give you tons vitamins, while the ginger can help ease your stomach and clear congestion — but I drink it weekly, regardless of how I’m feeling. You can also double or triple this recipe up and separate and store it in mason jars to enjoy throughout the week, which how I do it most often, since it saves me from having to clean my juicer on a daily basis :).

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Fruit and Nut Chia Seed Bars Recipe

chia seed energy bars, chia seed barsI’m always trying to incorporate Chia seeds into my diet; I sometimes sprinkle them over my eggs or make them into a pudding, but this way is by far one of my favorites. These Chia seed bars are super simple to make and are packed with nutrients. A yummy mix of mainly Chia, organic dried fruit and nuts, these little bars are sweet, have good texture, and are super filling, making them great for a quick grab-and-go breakfast or a hearty snack. These all-natural bars are an excellent source of omega-3’s, fiber, antioxidants and energy, and are lacking any fillers or processed sugars found in other over-the-counter energy bars. Enjoy! Continue reading…

Paleo Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

With raspberries and toasted almonds

Chia seeds — the new “super food” infamous for giving Chia Pets their grassy coats — have recently been given higher honors than the thing responsible for putting some “hair” on a clay dog, thanks to their extensive nutritional benefits.

Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (700 times more than salmon), protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also an excellent source of calcium, potassium, zinc and iron, and suggested to be responsible for boosting energy, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar and  easing digestion.

This no-bake Chia pudding will not only give you all the health benefits of this trendy superfood, but it’s also super simple to make, uses minimal ingredients, and will satisfy your sweet tooth. It also makes for a yummy, healthy breakfast topped with some fresh fruit and chopped nuts.

You can mix up this recipe in a ton of ways, using coconut milk instead of almond milk, or natural agave or maple syrup instead of raw honey, but this way is my preference. Get creative with toppings, or enjoy it plain; it’s delicious either way.

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