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Paleo Dessert Recipe Ideas

Many people are put off going on diets because they aren’t willing to give up the tasty treats and the extras. However, many diets today have excellent workarounds. You can have awesome desserts with many diets that are both enjoyable, tasty and nourishing!

One such diet that has an abundance of dessert dishes that can top off your meal is the Paleo Diet. Built in the mold of what our ancestors once ate, in the hunter-gatherer era, there is a significant amount of different foods that you can both make and enjoy when eating this diet. You can be creative! To see creative cooks in action, be sure to watch the Paleo Mayonnaise Video I have posted at the bottom of the article.

With more natural goods like fruits and nuts available to you, it’s easy to get creative with your dessert. When people think dessert, they immediately think of chocolate cake and the like – but have you ever thought about going outside the box a little?

Grilled Bananas

One popular choice among Paleo Diet users is grilled bananas. This is a brilliant way to get the sweet tastes without having to resort to using sugars of sweeteners. Fruit provides us with a natural sweetness that is easy to enjoy if you can avoid the chocolate and chewy alternatives.

This is simple to make and literally takes about fifteen minutes. You’ll need a grill and a couple of bananas. You could then add in some walnuts and almonds to add extra flavor, and whip up a heavy cream to create a charming extra that will add flavor to the entire proceeding.

Leave the peels on, get some cinnamon and some coconut oil. Split the bananas in half and put some cinnamon on the open side. Place them down on the grill for a few minutes or until the peel starts to come off. Eat it out of the peel if you can!

This is just one of the many examples of creative thinking inventing up a fantastic dessert meal. Paleo Diets are fun, good for you, and lets you explore a side of food you probably never have. It’s time to avoid all of the overly priced and lackluster choices out there in terms of food, and start enjoying some proper dessert meals!

Look about in recipe books and online for some creative ideas posted by other Paleo Diet users, you will never find yourself short of ideas!

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Eating Healthy When At A Restaurant

Most of us see eating out or getting take-away food as the easy option – it saves you cooking, right? One thing it does not do is keep your diet in a fine balance. Again, the majority of us do not live perfectly healthy lives and have rather dubious diets.

 

This is why, especially if you have a mediocre diet, you should try and use restaurants and take-away food as a chance to eat a little better. Healthy eating is definitely possible, and because it is being cooked in a restaurant you are sure to be getting a top quality meal.

When surrounded with all that temptation, all the bad stuff, it can be hard to say no but most of the healthy options are just as nice in a restaurant. Here are some fundamental concepts to put in place when eating out at a restaurant, it will make it much easier to ensure you eat healthier;

Manage your portions

If you simply cannot get anything healthy, then ensure you limit your portions – get the smallest possible. Order a normal sized meal, and make sure you get things like salads and healthier appetizers, but keeping your portion to a reflective size is half the battle.

 

Take home a share

If you find the portions are too big even still, then request a takeaway box and put half of the portion in there. You can then have that for lunch, meaning you keep your portions much fairer and provide yourself with that opportunity to not pig out.

Get water

When at a restaurant, it’s too easy to just order a soft drink or a beer. Make sure you stick to water – the extra additives in restaurants make the juice that little bit worse for you, meaning you should swerve the fattening juices that come with your meal almost on cue now.

Dodge dessert

A lot of us make that horrible mistake to just order desert anyway, despite the fact we are full and feel like we are about to burst. Learn to say no! If you feel perfectly full and happy after your dinner, then do not go for dessert. This is also the most tempting part of the menu – avoid these massively unhealthy dishes every time you go out and especially if you have had a healthier meal. Don’t put all of your good work to waste by getting dessert!

Eating healthy can be hard, especially if everybody around you in tucking into decadent yet unhealthy meals! Make sure you limit your portions and get the most nutritious and beneficial meal you possibly can.

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Breakfast Ideas for a Paleo Diet

It is a wonder that in today society, with all of our breakthroughs in medicine and technology, that the majority of the developed world suffer from weight problems and living a healthy lifestyle. Worse still, there is so much misinformation out there it is hard to know what to believe and what is nonsense. Many of us could become more fit and interactive in life if we just had a strict routine to follow in terms of our fitness and welfare. Many of the most common health problems people suffer from is by not having a cohesive idea of what they should and should not be eating. The Paleo diet is a new but quickly growing diet which is being recommended by many people as a good starting point for a new health regime. You can make almost anything, even Paleo Mayonnaise.

However, getting into a diet like a Paleo diet can be tough due to needing such specific plans about what you are going to eat and what you can eat on a daily basis. Many guidelines are very generic and it can leave you struggling for creativity and therefore it is much harder to stick to a routine. If you need help getting started on a Paleo diet, then try out some of these breakfast ideas – you can build from there. Any meal in a Paleo diet must be food that was hunted or gathered, so this included any type of;

  • Meat
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Nut
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Roots
  • Berries

This means that despite limiting yourself, you still have a pretty huge amount of selection out there, so getting creative should not be a problem. You have to be sure you are avoiding things like grains, oils, sugar, salt and dairy, these are all post-agricultural foods which goes beyond what the Paleo diet is about.

Monday – If you are used to cereal on a Monday morning before work, try a mix of nuts and berries with some coconut milk, which is allowed. This is quick and cheap to make, and lovely too.

Tuesday – Go for something a little more daring, like an egg & tomato stir-fry, with some green onion cooked into it. This will keep you going with a lot of energy until lunch.

Wednesday – Egg with salsa and avocado is a good way to start your day – it will brighten you up for sure. It’s very quick to make and the ingredients are simply sourced. Use 2 eggs on a medium heat, and then include a quarter avocado.

Thursday – I recommend trying some banana almond pancakes – this is a lovely recipe and tastes just as good as any normal pancake. Add one egg and one tablespoon of almond butter, then mash in two bananas. Add some coconut oil and cook the batter on a medium heat. Add some blueberries if you like to give them some extra flavor.

Friday – try a coconut milk smoothie. To do this, add some coconut milk into a blender and add the fruits that you want. Add some nut butter in too, to create a nice smooth aftertaste. If you feel it needs it, add some vanilla extract (a few drops) to add some extra zest.

Saturday – Sweet potatoes will do the trick here, go for some sweet potatoes which have been grated to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Cook until it is softened, and then add a quarter tablespoon of cinnamon.

Sunday – It’s the last day of the week, so go for some steak and eggs in the morning. This meal will give you plenty of energy and see you through until a later lunch. Cook the steak as you like, it really is up to you how you like your steak!  Paleo diets are extremely good for you and can put you on a more healthy mindset – it is does not need to be so tough to come up with ideas, either!

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Auckland Farmers Market

If you are sick of eating sprayed up vegetables and “goods” which are no longer quite so good for you, then why don’t you consider checking out the Farmers Market’s in Auckland? They provide plenty of quality farmed goods that you can really pick up quality produce for a great price, safe in the knowledge that you are buying genuine food.

However, there are many markets to check out and finding the one most suited to you can take a little time and patience. Some of the best farmers markets are in Auckland, and they are usually based in the cities anyway, so you shouldn’t have to travel too far;

La Cigale’s

La Cigale’s French Market is one of the most impressive of the Farmer’s Market, and is a favourite for many. You can pick up a variety of produce like dairy, seafood, and meat. It’s absolutely bouncing on a Saturday and gives you plenty of opportunities to pick up some great food!

The people are colourful to say the least and if you go down regularly enough you will start to see some old faces and many new – it’s always full on Saturdays. Although open on Sundays, its nowhere near as full or vibrant and you don’t get quite the same quality of selection, so make sure you visit on a Saturday for the full experience!

Oratia

A strong community-based Farmer’s Market, you get more than just produce here. It’s shaped like a horse-shoe which is always good, it helps add to the authenticity, and you can get a mix of good bargains, local music and some very unique wines to try out – so make sure you arrive via public transport!

The spices and garlics are some of the nicest you can pick up at a market – put them on any meal and turn it from a micro-dinner to divine cuisine – it’s also quite famous for the quality of tomatoes on display at the market and you can get them all over the place. It’s again one of the great Farmer’s Markets and is well worth checking out – it’s impossible to miss.

Sandringham

Sandringham is still in it’s first stages as a Farmer’s Market, but it’s already beginning to get quite the reputation as one to watch out for. With the intention to expand further in the future, going around the different suburbs in a rotation scheme to make sure everybody gets a chance, this once a month opportunity gives you the chance to pick up some cuisine not found in too many other markets.

From Japanese dumplings to some simply divine bread, there is plenty of very different food you can pick up at the Market to make it worth your while. It’s a bit different to your usual market, there are a lot of artisans in some very specific subjects who regularly visit here, so have a little fun exploring and see what you think of the place!

However, these are not the only markets! There are many more all across Auckland and frankly our best recommendation would be to see where you go with it – travel to a town, if you have the day free, and see what is on offer! The majority of Farmer’s Markets in Auckland take place on a Saturday or a Sunday, so ask around and see what sounds like it may appeal to you – but at least you have somewhere to start now on your Market hunt!

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Paleo Recipes Cookbook: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemons are delicious in baking, and when I was creating new paleo recipes, I decided to try out something I had been kicking around: lemon poppy seed muffins. There is a bit of a backstory to this, though. I spent a lot of hours in the kitchen testing and trying out new things. There were a lot of failed starts, and some versions that while my roommates enjoyed, weren’t up to my standards. I finally created a version I was proud of and reminded me of the ones my mother used to make.

I used some substitutes to help with the texture. I used coconut flour to create the fluffy, moist texture you get in bakeries. I used real, fresh lemon juice (so much better than artificial sweeteners!) and of course, I added in poppy seeds which adds a delicious crunch that doesn’t conflict with the other flavours. I’ve been having one each morning with my coffee and other breakfast.

Best of all, these are perfect for guests, because they take so little time to create. Just throw all of the ingredients into the food processor, and you have batter that is ready within a few minutes.

Number of muffins created: 8

Ingredients

Quater cup of honey

Four eggs

Quater of a cup of melted coconut oil

Zest of one lemon

One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Half a teaspoon of baking soda

Three tablespoons of lemon juice

One tablespood of poppy seeds

One eighth of teaspoon of salt

One third a cup of coconut flour

Instructions

  1. Step one: preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Step two: while waiting for the oven, take out a muffin tin and grease or line it (I recommend you don’t use olive oil as it leaves an after taste on the muffins)
  3. Step three: take out the food processor, and grind up all of the ingredients – EXCEPT for the poppy seeds. Process until they are well combined.
  4. Step four: once all of the ingredients are well combined, take your poppy seeds and pulse them in.
  5. Step five: pour the mixture into the muffin tins. Fill about half way, as they will rise and you don’t want them to spill.
  6. Step six: bake them until they are tasty and golden brown. To test if they are ready, take a toothpick and insert it into the center. If it is ready, it will come out clean.
  7. Step seven: take the muffins out, and cool until they are no longer hot to rouch on a wire rack.

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