You can’t have the holidays without pumpkin EVERYTHING!! But for those of us trying to stay away from dairy, gluten, and refined sugar – the holidays can feel like the 7th circle of hell – running into temptation at every corner!
So after some recipe testing, we finally found a delicious holiday classic that’s actually PALEO APPROVED!!! May we present our Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie and Maple Cardamom Coconut Whipped Cream:
Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth (sub with vegetable stock to make vegan)
3 cups pumpkin puree (sometimes called 100% pumpkin NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
3/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 (14 ounce) cans full fat coconut milk
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat and saute onions. Cook till very soft and add remaining ingredients, except coconut milk, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Add coconut milk and continue to cook (but not boil – it will break) for another 5 minutes. Serve and top with cilantro and pumpkin seeds.
By: Leanne Ely
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One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, “Hey, Leanne, can you help me out with some gluten-free snacks?” I love a gluten-free snack just like anyone else and my favorite go-to’s of course are apples and oranges or tangerines because you can throw it in your purse. But also, I like nuts, a handful of nuts that is. And when I say a handful, I’m talking ten. The problem with nuts is that they are full of fat which is not a problem, but too much fat is too much fat, people, right? They also have lots of fiber and protein so they really are the quintessential great snack. You need to limit them though, because overeating is overeating and it doesn’t ever work out well. So that’s one of my favorite things.
Another of my favorite things, and you can find this over on the Leanne Recommends page is Bulletproof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee is from my friend Dave Asprey, also known as the Bulletproof executive and he has MCT oil. This is high-octane, Brain Octane Oil. And what this is is pharmaceutical grade coconut oil plus Kerrygold unsalted butter. So you take a cup of coffee, one tablespoon of the upgraded Brain Octane Oil and a tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter, you blend it in your blender and you drink it in this like a fabulous cappuccino! Seriously! And the only dairy is just a little bit from this butter and let me tell you something, this puts your brain on fire. So, if you have to work really hard or you’ve got a lot of things going on, this is the best coffee drink that you can get. Sometimes, this is all I’ll have for breakfast. I’ll have a couple cups of this and I’ll just be going like crazy. That fat is amazing.
The other thing I like is celery and almond butter. I think it’s just fantastic and eat it all the time. I love hard-boiled eggs. I mean, again, if you stick it in a Ziploc bag and throw it in your purse, you can take it with you.
Avocados are fabulous. One of the things that I like to do with an avocado is cut it in half, put a little salt and pepper on it and a little bit of salsa right in the middle, and just spoon it out and eat it that way. It’s very satisfying and very delicious. You can also stick part of an avocado into your smoothie to make it extra creamy. You won’t taste the avocado, so you don’t have to worry about that.
And if you’re wondering, “What on earth is that stuff on the counter?” It is chia seed pudding. Now chia seeds are fantastic. They are full of fiber and particularly pectin which is awesome because pectin holds toxins and pushes them out. So, you know what I’m saying… it’s the ultimate cleaner upper. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids so that’s brain power right there. So if you mix them up with a little coconut oil or almond milk. That is, around a quarter of a cup of chia seeds versus a cup of almond milk or coconut milk. And you shake it up, let it sit and it gels… it’s a pudding! Put some fresh raspberries on it, blueberries, whatever you want, maybe even some slivered almonds and it’s fantastic. I will have that for breakfast and I eat about a cup of this for breakfast and I’m telling you, honey, it keeps you regular. That’s what I’m saying.
Also, speaking of keeping you regular, I am crazy about fermented foods – sauerkraut, pickles, good pickles, Bubbies is an awesome brand. Also this is really pretty crazy. This is kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage food and this one has spicy ginger.. It’s a little bit hot but you just throw it on your plate and eat it! Fermented foods help to build the good guys inside of your gut and that’s what helps to get rid of the bloat and again, keep you regular. I’m all about keeping you regular.
Anyway, so those are just a few of my favorite things that I like for snacks and I hope you give them a try and see what you think!
Buckets of nutrition in buckwheat
By: Leanne Ely
With all of the bad press wheat’s getting these days, you might be surprised to see buckwheat as the topic of this week’s health food post. But what you might not know is that buckwheat is actually not wheat. It’s not actually a grain at all and it is completely gluten free.
Buckwheat is an herb. Its flowers turn into triangular little seeds known as “groats” after they’re processed. A native plant of southern China, buckwheat has been eaten by human beings for centuries.
There is a tremendous amount of nutrition in buckwheat. It is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. In addition to its high protein, buckwheat provides a host of other health benefits, including:
Cancer prevention. Buckwheat has been shown to protect against colon cancer
Blood sugar and blood pressure regulation. Buckwheat can reduce your blood sugar levels and can help keep blood pressure nice and even.
Gallstone protection. Buckwheat has been shown to protect against gallstone development.
Lower cholesterol. There are properties in buckwheat that can lower your cholesterol levels.
When you’re searching for buckwheat, make sure the ingredient lists: 100% buckwheat flour because sometimes wheat flour is snuck in there.
If you’ve been missing noodles since adopting a grain-free diet, look for buckwheat noodles (also called Soba noodles) for a delicious and nutritious alternative to regular wheat noodles. They also cook more like a traditional wheat noodle so they don’t get mushy like other gluten-free noodles.
Buckwheat flour makes wonderful gluten free pancakes and waffles.
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