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Pretty Simple Paleo

Recently I decided to go Paleo. I tried it a few years ago and liked it, but while in college at the time I gave it up. So, I started again and this time recruiting my husband to join. Let’s just say so far it has been a HUGE SUCCESS!

My husband has a gluten intolerance so it is perfect that we avoid grains and gluten all together. But, if you were like him or the other 95% of the world that doesn’t understand Paleo, here it is in a nutshell and why it’s not hell like people think.

There are tons, and when I mean tons, I mean TONS of foods you can eat. I’ve made muffins, chocolate cakes, brownies, wings, quiche, you name it! But, it wasn’t without the help of a very new and dear friend; Diane Sanfilippo. Let me just say Diane, thank you so much for making the most amazing cookbook that actually has backed research and information on eating Paleo and not just recipes! Diane’s book, Practical Paleo, should be an award winning seller. It contains hundreds of overly delicious and nutritious recipes I could have never dreamed about.

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So, you ask again, what is Paleo? Everyone wants to know what they can’t eat instead of looking at what is allowed, so I’ll give it to you. Avoid the following:

  • grains
  • anything processed
  • artificial sweeteners
  • dairy
  • legumes

That’s kinda the gist of it. Not bad, right?

Since my husband is the best example for this and had no clue what he was getting into, let’s just say he hasn’t complained once about the food, his belly is always full, and doesn’t mind the desserts either 😉 He has lost 10+lbs in a couple weeks (including bloating and water weight) as have I. But what is even more important is how we FEEL!! I teach multiple exercises classes a week and my body has been in constant pain, but since going Paleo, my muscle and bone aches are gone, my energy level has increased, and I feel terrific!

Now the final question, will you give the Paleo lifestyle a try?

 

Nourish

Try these Gluten Free Gooey Brownies!!

Don’t ruin your hard work with a craving for yummy brownies. Boxed brownies are easy and quick to make but filled with loads of sugar!! Instead, try this simple recipe that has minimal ingredients and takes only 25min to bake!!! You probably have half of the ingredients at home already!!!

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) jar of creamy almond butter [I get unsalted]

2 eggs

1 1/14 cups of agave nectar or honey [I use honey because agave nectar has been researched as an inflammatory 😦 ]

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of Hershey’s 100% cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt or himalayan salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup chocolate chunks [I use ghirardelli due to highest cocoa percentage of 60% in baking isle]

 

Instructions:

1. blend almond butter with hand blender until smooth

2. blend in eggs, honey/agave, and vanilla extract

3. blend in cacao, salt, baking soda, and then fold in chocolate chunks

4. grease 9 x 13 inch baking dish and pour batter in

5. bake at 325 for 25-40 min!!!!

 

If you find your batter super thick and dry, it’s ok, your brownies will come out cake like but still yummy. I found that by adding a dash of water (just under 1/4 cup) helps a lot. It makes it look very watery, but when they bake and come out they’re very gooey and delicious!!! Try out both was and perfect your own!!

 

I also add coconut flakes on top 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

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