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Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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Paleo Ice Cream: French Vanilla, Pralines and Cream, Maple Walnut, & more!

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French Vanilla Ice cream

Ingredients :

–  3 egg yolks
–  16 ounces of heavy cream or canned coconut milk
–  1/2 a cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar
–  1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions :

–  Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil while whisking constantly.  You don’t want any lumps
–  Remove from the heat and let cool, then strain into a medium mixing bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
–  Pour the cooked custard into an ice cream maker and run following directions.
–  Put the finished ice cream into a container and store in your freezer.

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Once you have your basic ice cream, you can make lots of variations such as :

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Pralines and Cream

While your ice cream is making, saute a cup of chopped pecans in a skillet with a teaspoon of butter.  When they are toasted, remove the nuts, then add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice to the pan and heat a few minutes more to make a caramel sauce. Add back the nuts and mix until well coated, then pour onto a plate and leave to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly. Once your ice cream is made, mix in the nuts and the sauce, put into a container, and store in your freezer.

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Chocolate Mint

Add a few drops of mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring (optional) to the cooked custard base before freezing.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer. [Jane Grok note: I strongly advise against using any artificial food colorings, as they are all toxic & damaging to humans.]
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Double Chocolate

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa to the ingredients when you make your custard base.  Follow the directions above.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer.
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Maple Walnut

 Use maple syrup as your sweetener and add a tablespoon of maple extract to your custard base.  Follow the directions for Pralines and Cream, but use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.
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Chocolate Sundae

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One of the best ways to serve your french vanilla ice cream is with chocolate. Melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and pour this over your ice cream.  This will form a hard coating like the kind you get on Dairy Queen dipped cones, but much tastier.

This is, of course, incredibly rich, and not the sort of thing you want to eat more than a couple of times a year.  But when you really want to indulge, it’s much, much better for you than anything you can buy.

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Basic Fruit Ice cream

3 cups of chopped fresh fruit
3 1/4 cups of heavy cream or 2 – 14 oz cans of coconut milk
1/2 cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Put all the ingredients into your blender or processor and process until pureed.  Taste to make sure the sweetness is right, then pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the instructions.

The variations on this are endless.

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Peach Melba

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Once you have peach ice cream in your freezer,  you are just a few steps away from having a great summer dessert – Peach Melba.  To make this – slice a peach, top with peach ice cream, and then top that with a raspberry puree which you can make by processing a cup of raspberries in your blender.
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Coconut Pistachio & Vanilla Ice Cream

 Ingredients
– 400 ml(about 1 3/4 cup) coconut milk
– 1 vanilla pod
– 2 egg yolks
– 1-2 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp colza oil
– a pinch of salt
– 4-5 tbsp or 25 g of pistachio nuts (shelled and unsalted)As in my previous recipes, I reduced the coconut milk to half the volume by simmering it for approximately 1 1/2 hour with the vanilla seeds and the vanilla pod.

Add the salt, honey, egg yolks, colza oil and give it a good whisk. Now you have a fat and smooth mixture that should make a very tasty ice cream! Let the mixture cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Chop the pistachios in a mixer and roast them in a dry frying pan. Be careful not to burn them.

Run the ice cream mixture in the ice cream maker and add the pistachios halfway through.

Serve with a bunch of pistachios and enjoy!

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Easiest Paleo “Ice Cream”

A 3 ingredient ice cream. You won’t know what hit ya! Anyone can make this and it’s a pretty darn good (and cheap!) switch-a-roo for store bought coconut ice cream or the likes.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas*
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Method

Remove the peels from the bananas and discard. Place the bananas in plastic wrap and stick in the freezer for at least 5 hours. Once they’re hard all the way through, you’re ready to start making the “ice cream.”

Take out your food processor and toss in the frozen bananas, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Blend until everything is smooth. Done!

Either eat immediately or stick it in a covered dish and freeze it. Take the ice cream out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat. It can get pretty hard in the freezer.

Thanks to: http://www.health-bent.com/treats/easiest-paleo-ice-cream

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Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Recipe Source: A Couple Cooks (adapted)
What You Need

14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerate before using if possible–I didn’t do this and it was fine)
14-ounce can light coconut milk (I actually just used 2 cans of full fat coconut milk and my ice cream was super creamy!)
½ cup honey
⅔ cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (I omitted this as I wanted plain chocolate ice cream, but I think I’m definitely going to add it next time!)
Pinch kosher salt

What To Do
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk and ½ cup honey. Whisk in ⅓ cup cocoa powder until it is fully integrated (it will take about one minute to mix in). Then mix in the remaining ⅓. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt.
  2. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (it helps if the mixture is cold before freezing; as noted above, we keep cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so they are already cold). Or, make it without the machine(Jane’s note: I didn’t chill my mixture before and it was fine–I did mix it in my ice cream maker for about 20 minutes until it was the consistency of soft serve)
  3. You can eat the ice cream right away for a soft serve texture, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a harder texture. (I froze mine for a few hours and it firmed up but retained a really fluffy texture!) Enjoy!

Thanks to: http://inthepinkandgreen.blogspot.com/2013/02/paleo-chocolate-ice-cream.html

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Slightly Sweet & Salty Frozen Custard also known as “Healthiest Ice Cream EVER”

Ingredients for Frozen Custard

1 medium butternut squash (will need 2 cups cooked)
1/2 T salt
a few tablespoons coconut oil

13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
2 pastured egg yolks
1 T vanilla
1 t cardamom extract (if you don’t have it, use almond extract)
1 t ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Roast your butternut squash, using the coconut oil and salt. Usually we use the Elana method; however, for this recipe – to increase the caramelization of the natural sugars of the squash – we recommend cubing your squash into 1″ pieces, lathering it in coconut oil, tossing with salt and roasting it at high heat until soft, brown, bubbly and delicious.
  2. Scoop from inside skin if you didn’t separate the flesh already. Then, let your roasted squash cool. Listen. Patience, young grasshopper. We actually let ours cool overnight – but it will be ready when the squash meat is cold. It will stick to your ice cream maker and ruin the whole batch if you try to put warm anything in there!
  3. Combine 2 packed cups of the now cold roasted squash (should have some moisture) and the remaining ingredients until smooth (we suggest a food processor to get it super smooth, but use whatever you have).
  4. Put the mixture in an ice cream maker and watch for it to stiffen – ours took about 7 minutes.
  5. Freeze ice cream to firm up, 3-5 hours is usually ideal. If it stays in longer, simply let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes prior to serving to “soften” it up.
  6. Top with Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix (below). This is really kind of a must – skip the almonds if you can’t do nuts – but you have to have the salty crunch to fully appreciate the creamy ice cream.

Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix
this recipe is inspired by one of our favorite recipes of all time, Caramelized Coconut Chips by The Clothes Make the Girl as featured in Well Fed

Ingredients

1/4 C coconut chips
1/4 C almond slivers
1 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg (fresh preferred)

Instructions

1. Combine coconut chips and almonds in a pan (clean stainless steel preferred) over medium high heat, stirring often, until the fragrance of the nuts and coconut come out and a light brown color develops.

2. Toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.

3. Serve on top of ice cream or snack on it obsessively. Store in an air tight container for a LONG time, although best served fresh.

Thanks to: http://paleoparents.com/featured/the-healthiest-ice-cream-ever/

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Coconut Almond Bark

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Yield: 9×13 giant mass of coconut bark

Servings: 16

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a 9×13 cookie pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a cast iron pan on medium heat. Add almond slivers and pecans. Reduce heat to medium-low and toast for 2-3 minutes, rotating frequently (about every 20 seconds) to prevent from burning. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Himalayan rock salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt the coconut butter with coconut oil in a double broiler or in a large metal bowl over top a saucepan filled with water to touch the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Add extracts, roasted pecans and almonds. Mix well.
  5. Drop onto prepared cookie sheet and spread the mixture into a thin layer.
  6. Press the shredded coconut onto the top.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes or so. Remove and break into random pieces.

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/12/sugar-free-coconut-almond-bark/

Similar recipes:

http://www.unrefinedkitchen.com/2013/04/04/almond-butter-coconut-bark-coconut-almond-bark/

http://paleomagonline.com/almond-butter-bark/


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Paleo Cheesecake with a Raspberry Compote

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On the preparation:

      Do not skip soaking the raw cashews in water. Soaking increases your body’s absorption of the vitamins & minerals, and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors naturally present in raw nuts and seeds.. Soak them for at least 4 hours, if not overnight. A blender works best for the filling (made it creamier), and food processor for the crust. Also, don’t substitute the coconut oil for any other oil, as it is solid at room temperature, and therefore helps the cheesecake stay firm.

For the crust:

1/2 cup raw pecans (pecans don’t require soaking)
a little more than 1/2 cup soft pitted dates
1/4 cup raw flaked coconut
tiniest pinch of sea salt

For the filling:

3 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked & drained)
2/3 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 vanilla beans, scraped

Directions:

Begin by soaking the nuts. After they’ve finished soaking, prepare the crust. In the bowl of a food processor, chop the dates, nuts, coconut and sea salt. Process until it holds together when you press it between two of your fingers. Set aside. Begin the filling by slightly warming the coconut oil in a bowl of warm water (it melts at 77 degrees). Add the cashews, coconut oil, agave, lemon juice and vanilla into the pitcher of a blender, and blend well (until completely smooth). Blend a little more, just to be safe.

Press the crust evenly into the bottom of an 8-inch spring form pan (don’t go up the sides). Pour the filling on top and freeze for 4 hours, or over night. To serve, let the cheesecake thaw for about 30 minutes, and cut into small slivers.

Raspberry Compote:

1/2 cup of raspberries
1/4 cup of water
1 tsp of raw honey
1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
a dash of almond milk (or you could use coconut milk)

I put all of the ingredients together in a bowl and used a hand mixer until blended. Then drizzle desired amount over your slice of cheesecake.

Author’s notes on the recipe:

        Good luck finding an 8″ spring form pan. I went to 5 stores trying to find one, I do not lie. I finally found a set of 3 (for only $14.99, score!) at Bed Bath and Beyond that came with 8 1/2, 9 1/2 and 10 1/2. The 8 1/2 worked fine. GO EASY on the lemon juice! I would probably use half of what was recommended and go from there, tasting the “batter” as you go. Unless you want lemon cheesecake. Then you’re set. I would also probably add some almond butter to the crust to give it a little more flavor and make it creamier. The agave nectar worked nice, it was so subtle and didn’t compromise the texture or flavor. I would also recommend thawing for an hour, it was still frozen solid after 45 min. Maybe I just have a hardcore freezer?

Thanks to: http://cleaneatingwithadirtymind.com/2013/02/14/are-you-there-dessert-its-me-paleo/


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Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Pops

grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free • nightshade-free • sugar-free • sweetener-free

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PREP TIME: 5 minutes
YIELD: 6 servings
ingredients:

  • One 15oz can of full fat coconut milk + water to fill pop molds
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

preparation:

  • Pour the coconut milk into a mixing bowl (preferably one with an easy-pour spout) or into your blender.
  • To calculate how much water you’ll need to add:  Test how much liquid your ice pop molds will hold by filling one to capacity, then measuring the liquid in a measuring cup. Multiply that amount by the number of pops you have, then add water to your coconut milk to add up to the total number of ounces you’ll need to make your pops. For example, if you have 6 pop holders and each one hold 3oz of liquid, you will need to have 18 total ounces of liquid. In this case, you will want to add 3oz of water to the 15oz of coconut milk you have to add up to the total of 18oz.
  • Slice the vanilla bean pod in half lengthwise, then scrape the back of your knife down the inside of the pod to remove the seeds.
  • Place the vanilla bean seeds into the coconut milk, then add the vanilla extract and either whisk together or blend.
  • Pour evenly into your molds and freeze overnight. To remove the pops, run the containers under warm water until the sides release.

Yes, you can enjoy this recipe while on The 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Thanks to: http://balancedbites.com/2013/04/easy-recipe-vanilla-bean-coconut-ice-pops.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=easy-recipe-vanilla-bean-coconut-ice-pops

Ice pop molds:

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Pina Colada Smoothie

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Prep time – 3 mins, Total time – 3 mins, Serves: 2

 Ingredients

  • 1 large Banana
  • ¾ cup canned Crushed Pineapple (or 1-1/4 cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks)
  • 2 Tbsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1-1/2 cups Ice
 Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple slice or some more shredded coconut if you want to get all fancy.

Thanks to: http://www.ourpaleolife.com/2013/03/pina-colada-smoothie/


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Coconut Facts

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It has been used for thousands of years in ancient India as a healing fruit.

It takes around 9 months for a coconut to filter all of the water that it contains. This makes the water completely pure & sterile, which is why it can be used for blood transfusions.

It has the highest concentration of electrolytes of anything found in nature.

Younger coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fats and are better than mature coconuts.

It boots the immune system, boosts metabolism, and improves thyroud function.

It makes a great topical oil(use a TINY bit – it goes a long way!) that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.

Eight ounces of coconut water has 46 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 250 mg of sodium, 200-500 mg of potassium, 60 mg of magnesium, 45 mg of phosphorus, and 2 grams of protein. The electrolyte content is more than double that of traditional sports drinks with about half of the carbohydrates. (Potassium is an essential macromineral in human nutrition; it is the major cation (positive ion) inside cells, and it is important in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.)

According to researchers, individuals with high blood pressure usually have low potassium levels. Therefore, drinking coconut water on a regular basis can be quite effective at regulating blood pressure.

Coconut milk (made from the meat of the coconut) has 500-600 calories, and coconut water(liquid inside) contains about 50 calories.

A few studies have shown coconut water to have cytokinins which are beneficial for anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects. The American Institute for Cancer Research says that some of the compounds in coconut water, such as selenium, have antioxidant properties and fight cancer in the lab(many common fruits and vegetables are packed with these compounds). Several animal studies suggest coconut water can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, but this research is too preliminary to make any claims  yet.

An article with numerous facts & info: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

Another article with information & factoids: http://www.thepaleosecret.com/2012/07/19/top-10-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
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