Superfoods!

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If you use facebook or twitter, I guarantee you’ve heard one “super food” claim or another. Acai berries, blueberries, pomegranate, garlic, red wine… all have at some point been reported to have magical health benefits above and beyond your average health food. Do you think there is such a thing as a “super food”? Share thoughts to comments, and read on to learn more about what a super food is and what the research says about some of the most famous foods! Continue reading Superfoods!

Easy Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients

2 eggsphoto-3

1 TB water

1 TB honey

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup flax seeds (golden)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 sea salt

Coconut oil

Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Gradually add to mix of dry ingredients. Melt coconut oil over medium heat. Cook pancakes until done all the way through. Should make 4 small – medium sized pancakes.

To Paleo or Not to Paleo

Have you heard…a very old diet, the Paleolithic diet, is regaining some popularity. It’s been covered by Shape Magazine, The New York Times, and ESPN Page 2, just to name a few. The first articles on this diet were published in the mid 1970’s in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet. It’s been widely popularized by the CrossFit community and bloggers around the world. This post will explain the Paleo diet, discuss some of the research, and go over the pros and cons.

The Paleo diet –  also known as the “caveman diet” – is a way of eating inspired by the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors, the men and women who lived 2.5 million years ago, before the agricultural revolution began about 10,000 years ago and provided mankind with a steady supply of grains, corn, dairy, and domestic meat. The theory behind Paleo eating is that our bodies are genetically programmed to eat certain foods, and that many modern health problems like obesity result from the introduction of grains, dairy, and other processed foods, which wreak havoc on our metabolic systems. The diet, and it’s “allowed” and “restricted” foods, are based on anthropological research providing insight into what pre-agricultural humans ate. Continue reading To Paleo or Not to Paleo

Aunt Jeanine’s Southern Pulled Pork – Paleo and Non Paleo Versions!

I first had this pulled pork at my cousin Jenna’s 5th birthday party a few years ago and had to have the recipe. After moving to Boston and buying my first slow cooker, I finally gave it a try.

Why it’s awesome – it’s simple and delicious. You can leave it in your crock pot all day, and when you come home it’s ready in about 45 minutes. And seriously, it’s delicious. Goes great with a side of yucca or greens, or with eggs and fruit for breakfast.

Ingredients 

3-5 lbs pork shoulder

1 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup seltzer (club soda)

4 TB McCormick Grill Mates Pork Rub

3/4 jar thick style Hot Bone Suckin’ Sauce (found at whole foods)

Continue reading Aunt Jeanine’s Southern Pulled Pork – Paleo and Non Paleo Versions!

Eat in Season!

Different seasons mean different things: fall is college football, summer is beach season, and winter is marked by the Holidays. Food used to be the same way. Have you ever noticed that Strawberries are best in the summer, that all of a sudden come September there are about 10 more varieties of apples available in the super market, and that pears are everywhere in November? Nowadays you can get most fruits and vegetables year round, imported from almost anywhere in the world, but once upon a time different seasons meant different fruits and vegetables, and if you wanted Strawberries in December, you’d better can them or make some jam. Here are a few reasons why the old way was better, why eating seasonal produce, preferably locally grown, is better for both you and the environment. Continue reading Eat in Season!