4 cups water (or however much fills desired pitcher)
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
4 tsp agave syrup (or any sugar syrup)
Ice (as much as desired)
Sprig of cilantro
Sprig of mint (optional)
Add 1 thinly sliced cucumber, a large sprig of mint and a sprig of cilantro to a large pitcher of water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour. This will become the base for the drink.
Heat 3 limes, sliced in half, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a cocktail shaker. Add 4 teaspoons agave syrup or a sugar syrup to the lime juice, ice cubes and 1 cup of the cucumber infused water. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Bonus tip: Freeze the cucumber-infused water in an ice cube tray and use this ice in place of regular ice when making the drink.
- 3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 1 peach or nectarine, diced small
- handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
- Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
- Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out.
Paleo Watermelon Cake
Prep time: 15 mins — Cook time: 5 mins — Servings: 6-8
– 1 large seedless watermelon
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey
– 1 cup sliced raw almonds
– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)
– Cutting board
– Kitchen knife
– Measuring spoons
– Measuring cups
– 2 medium mixing bowls
– Hand Mixer
– Paper Towels
– Can opener
– Medium sized skillet
– Stirring spoon
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.
2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: I always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream. You can use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.
3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.
TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS:
1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.
2. Add the sliced almonds and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want. I recommend 6-8 slices depending on the size of the watermelon. (See below for a visual on how to cut the watermelon!)
2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better).
3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and your favorite fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Hi everybody. I decided to make this blog because I started paying attention to the actual contents of our food, and I was shocked.
Some of the things that people consume these days more closely resembles poison than food. I’ve noticed a growing undercurrent of people that have also realized this. Some people are turning to “raw” food, veganism, fasting, paleo, liquid diets, etc. It seems like we’ve started rebelling in a way and asking “why in the world am I eating this?” For some, it stops there.
For others, we want to take it all the way back – to when humans first roamed the earth and consumed what mother nature provided for them. These foods are: wild game, fish, nuts, berries, and possibly an occasional fruit. If you didn’t hunt it, kill it, pick it, find it, or gather it – you should not eat it.
Eating natural, one ingredient foods is hard enough – depending upon where you live, but we must now try to dodge GMO foods. They look, smell, and taste like the real thing, but what are they doing to us at a cellular level? If you are following the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet), you may think you are consuming healthy foods – until the day you develop a disease or sickness out of the blue. If you are exercising right and eating “healthy”, why do you have diabetes? Heart disease? Tire easily? Can’t sleep? Cancer? Why do most people seem to have these afflictions today? Even children? It must be something common. Something that most people are eating and/or drinking. Most people drink milk everyday. Most people eat some form of bread, pasta, seasoning, or grain everyday. For most people, the majority of their meals or ingredients come from a package or can. These are not natural foods. Even if you are making your meals from “scratch”…look at the containers your ingredients came in. Did you pick a magical pie crust from the pie crust tree? Did you drive out to a forest and forage for berries and nuts that went into that butter/sugar/flour-laden pie? Nope? Then you might as well have just purchased a boxed pie from your local grocery store.
Years ago, I used to buy $250ish in groceries every friday. I bought the same things every week: bags of chips, dip, lots of ground beef, chicken, franks, cheese, condiments, salad dressing, snack cakes, ice cream, several large frozen pizzas, frozen fries, 2-3 gallons of milk, 2-4 boxes of cereal, pop-tarts, pudding, juices, tea, sodas, sugar, flour, vegetable oil, and the list goes on. I thought we were doing good…I made a “well-rounded” meal for dinner that consisted of meat, pasta, vegetables, fruit, and dessert afterwards. I hoarded recipes like crazy – always trying to impress guests and family with my wonderful cooking skills. I never thought twice about any of it. I had zero health issues and I had beautiful muscle tone. My family was healthy…except for a bad “cold” once in awhile. That all changed. My father had a heart attack in his 40’s, my husband came back from the doctor one day with a bad cholesterol reading, I started fainting and my doctor said I was severely anemic (she wanted me to go to the hospital right then!). It hit me like a brick wall. What the heck were we doing? I have to change our diet. We needed to start eating healthy. So it began…
I did what I thought was the right thing (according to S.A.D. guidelines). I tossed out all of the soda, salt, sugar, etc. I went to the store and loaded up on “healthy” foods and snacks: whole grain bread, whole grain noodles, whole grain cereal, 3 gallons of 2% milk fortified with vitamin D, soy milk, etc. My husband’s cholesterol went back to good and that’s it. My problems seemed to worsen and even multiply. Years later, my husband said he read somewhere that some people are allergic to or have problems with flour and wheat products. I thought he was silly, but I looked into it. Yep. I was having the symptoms of gluten intolerance. I was trying to become healthy by eating nothing but products that were processed and overloading my system to the breaking point. I was actually harming myself and my family! By reading up on that issue, I came across many other interesting articles and reports that were linked to it. Things regarding hormones and soy, why milk is a problem, how toxic food coloring is…. all of the things that are in the S.A.D. that we are suppose to consume to be healthy. I had a major epiphany. All of the science and proof is there. I stopped buying dairy products, wheat/flour products, and I’m trying to get the rest of our diet as close to what Grok would have eaten. That’s where I’m at now…
At this point, I am envious at the people who have already changed their diets and lifestyle. I know they are looking at my grocery cart and shaking their heads. Hopefully, if they were once on the S.A.D., they can remember how it felt to discover that they were on the wrong path all along too. I feel bad now when I have to go to the store and I see people walking around like brainwashed zombies, filling their baskets with all kinds of crud that is making them sad, over-weight, miserable, and sick. I want to go up to them and enlighten them, but I know it’s futile. Who would believe me over the big ole FDA and a sea of super-smart “health” experts? I wouldn’t have believed me either. I guess people have to wake up, whenever they are ready to.