Refreshing Cherry Paleo Sorbet Recipe

Paleo ice cream, paleo shaved iceThis recipe is kind of a cheat. It’s really just a frozen juice/smoothie that I’m trying to pass off as some form of glorified Paleo ice cream, but who cares? It’s delicious, good for you and reminds me of ice cream every time I eat it, so I don’t care if I’m “cheating.” You’ll be happy I did once you make it 🙂

The recipe is actually similar to a traditional sorbet recipe, hence the name, which are mainly composed of fruit and a ton of added sugar. This is obviously without all that processed sugar, which is completely unnecessary anyway as the fruit is naturally sweet on its own.

You can do this with almost any smoothie or juice recipe. Things that incorporate starchier fruits like bananas tend to have a more ice cream-like consistency, while a straight-up juice — more watery, less smoothie-like in liquid form — will have more of a shaved ice feel, but honestly, either way is really yummy and will totally satisfy that craving of wanting a frozen dessert.

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‘Fill Me Up’ Paleo Avocado Smoothie

paleo avocado smoothie, avocado shakeI’m no stranger to a smoothie recipe. They are quick and convenient for breakfast or a filling snack, and they remind me of eating ice cream. Yum.

This one is particularly reministant of ice cream thanks to the avocado. Its super creamy, and give it a few extra minutes in the freezer after blending and you can enjoy it with a spoon as opposed to a straw. I sometimes keep a batch of this in the freezer for an after-dinner treat.

Avocado aside, the raw almonds amp up the “filling” factor even further, in addition to giving this a nice balance of healthy fats and protein in combination of the sweetness of the fruits.

You can top this with some bananas, Chia seeds or chopped raw almonds for a little texture.

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So Yum! Dairy-Free Raspberry Banana Shake Recipe

dairy-free shake, raspberry banana shake, healthy dairy-free shakeSmoothies and shakes are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack option for me.  I love the convenience of simply throwing a few fruits in a blender and pressing a button; easy clean up too.

I have a slew of different smoothie and shake recipes, but one common player in every individual recipe is using all frozen fruits — you can either buy them that way or buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. I often make fruit salads in the summer so I usually just freeze whatever I have left over. Using all frozen fruit and no ice makes these smoothies perfectly thick; I hate a watery smoothie or shake. Yuck.

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‘Tastes Like a Cookie’ Blueberry-Cashew Flax Seed Bars

Flax seed bars, Chia seed bars, flax and chia energy barsI feel like energy and snack bars are all the rage these days.

A new one pops up on the market what feels like every 10 seconds and I get why. There is a market for them. An easy snack/meal that fills you up and gives you a boost? Yes, please.

However, you have to be careful with certain bars if you are trying to stay on the healthy route. Some of them are loaded with processed sugars and ingredients, or have a exorbitantly high calorie count. And while there are some great alternatives on the market with low sugar and high nutrition — Health Warrior Chia bars are my favorite — nothing tastes as good as homemade, which is why I make my own.

I usually make these in all different flavors, but this combo is one of my favorites — everyone says they taste more like a cookie than an energy bar, hence the name — and the fact then when I make a big batch they never kick around for more than a day or two is a testament to their deliciousness. In addition: The Flax and Chia seed on top of the already energy-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients make these yummy little bars true powerhouses. Surge up.

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‘Hoping For Summer’ Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

watermelon goat cheese salad, watermelon and goat cheeseI always get overly sun-starved this time of year.

And as the days get longer here in New England and my house starts to look less like an igloo and more like a home, I’m starting to get especially anxious for the first signs of spring.

I stole this salad recipe from my sister — only making some Paleo-friendly additions of my own — and making it this time of year was with a bit of wishful thinking — I was feeding into my end-of-winter angst — as it is very summer-like, anything with watermelon is, in my opinion. But no matter, as it is delicious whether there is sun in the sky or snow on the ground.

Just pretend you are enjoying it by the pool with a glass of chilled white wine in hand — the power of positive thinking, right?

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Simple Strawberry and Radicchio Salad Recipe

radicchio salad, radicchio recipesRaw radicchio can be a little too bitter and spicy for some, encouraging grilling or roasting it to mellow the taste. But when paired with sweeter dressings, greens and fruits in salads, raw radicchio can deliver an awesome — and delicious — contrast in flavors.

The sweetness in the Bibb lettuce and the strawberries do the job of mellowing the bitterness of the radicchio nicely here. And while strawberries are my preferred fruit to use in this salad, I have used mangos as well. Feel free to mix it up based on your preference.

If you’re are serving this as an entree, top it with some grilled chicken, salmon or steak.

Enjoy!

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Fruit and Nut Summer Kale Salad Recipe

summer kale salad, paleo summer kale salad, citrus kale salad recipe Summer is finally here.

Bring on the summer salads.

This kale salad is hearty, yet light — loaded with a combination of dried and fresh fruit and toasted almonds — and is topped with a citrus-based, low-calorie dressing. Yum.

It’s one of my summer favorites — although, pretty much any kale salad is — and it’s really tasty on its own or topped with some grilled chicken or steak. Enjoy.

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Yummy Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

Fresh mango salsa recipeFresh crab and sweet potato chips — not paired together, obviously (ick) — are two of my favorite foods. And eating them both with a fresh fruit-based salsa is a must.

I have tried making mango salsa a bunch of different ways — adding some dried fruit, lots of spice, fresh veggies, with a good tomato base, etc. — but ultimately discovered that as long as you are using nice, fresh mangos (Champagne are my favorite), the less you muck them up with a slew of add-ins, the better it tastes.

This recipe lets the mango be center stage — only adding a little spice, some citrus, red pepper and a touch of vinegar — which is the way it should be. And while I mainly use this to top off crab cakes or sweet potato chips (if you don’t have time to make the chips yourself, Food Should Taste Good makes an awesome version) it goes well with most mild fish and fresh veggies, too. Enjoy!

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