The Deal On Dairy

118970265_b42657315c_mDairy isn’t paleo. Most people who have read about/heard of the paleo diet know that. But WHY isn’t dairy allowed? Is it really that bad for you? I like looking at pros and cons so I’m going to break it down that way.

Dairy Pros

1. If you buy the right stuff, it’s pretty natural. I’m not talking about cheesecake flavored yogurt, ice cream, or strawberry milk. I’m talking about grass-fed milk and butter, plain Greek yogurt, etc. Whole milk is removed from a cow, heated to 145 degrees F for 30 minutes or 162 degrees F for 15 seconds (that is the Pasteurization process) and then bottled. Of course, this can be different at a big factory farm type dairy. But if you are buying organic, grass-fed milk, you’re getting a pretty unprocessed product. Continue reading The Deal On Dairy

Paleo-Except-for-the-chips Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup almond flour + coconut flour (I used 1/2 cup each)

1/2 tsp baking soda

Dash salt

1/4 cup grass fed butter (1/2 stick)

1 banana, mashed

6 dates, chopped fine

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Combine flours,  baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Beat together butter, mashed banana, and vanilla. Add in dates and beat until well mixed in (they won’t blend completely in but should be in small enough chunks). Add in egg and beat, then beat in the flour mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Grease a baking sheet and place spoonfuls of dough evenly on the sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.