Christmas Potatoes

The first time I made these potatoes I said, “Hey! These taste like Christmas!” I used to hate sweet potatoes (I’d like to apologize to sweet potatoes everywhere) but I think I just hadn’t found a way to enjoy them. These potatoes are BY NO MEANS low calorie or low fat so don’t get that in your head. But you know what they are? DELICIOUS, a little bit sweet, nutty, savory, and BUTTERY. What more do you need in life?

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Paleo Peppermint Brownies

Is there a more iconic Christmastime duo than chocolate and peppermint? Gingerbread is in it to win it, but chocolate/peppermint takes the cake. I even did a poll on instagram (do you follow me there? Click HERE) and peppermint won!

These brownies are everything I need at Christmas and heck, any time of year. They taste like a chocolate dipped candy cane and that’s really all you need to know. The best part is they’re completely free of refined sugar, dairy, grains, glutens… all the weird stuff. And you seriously won’t be able to tell they are paleo. They’re that good.

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Beef and Vegetable Soup

Remember that bone broth I posted last week? Next on the agenda… beef and vegetable soup using that bone broth! (You can totally use chicken/beef stock if you don’t have any bone broth) This soup is so delicious I could eat it for every meal… and I did for a week. No shame!

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Bone Broth

Bone broth has been one of those “buzzwords” in recent years. But it’s for a good reason. It is delicious and one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat… or drink. However, I’ve found I don’t really enjoy the taste of most bone broths you can buy at the store. (I do like this one and I buy it often.)

But what makes bone broth so special? When you soak and steep the bones, you are able to extract the most valuable nutrients. For example, collagen and amino acids. Read more about the vitamins and minerals in both broth here. One of the best parts of bone broth is you get tons of bang for you buck. Fruit, veggies, bone marrow… without actually eating all of those things. It’s nature’s multivitamin. Luckily for you, you don’t have to cook your bone broth for 12-24 hours anymore. Enter: Instant Pot!

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Pink Princess Smoothie Bowls

Feeling a little fluffy after eating all your Thanksgiving goodies? I know I am! This smoothie bowl is the most delicious way to get back on track! It’s great for kiddos (helloooo it’s pink!) and you can change up the toppings to be more kid friendly- lookin at you, sprinkles. I know a lot of people are hesitant to allow veggies in their smoothies but, TRUST ME, you really cannot taste them if you do it juuuust right. And I’m here to help you do it right.

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Chocolate Protein Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is a gift to humanity. I’ll admit- the first time I tried it I wasn’t into it. I think it’s because my expectations were off kilter. I expected “puddin’ cups” when I should have been expecting tapioca pudding. Have you ever had tapioca pudding? My grandfather LOVED it so it evokes a really sweet memory for me. Chia seed pudding is very similar to tapioca, but a little more crunch.

Chia seeds are not only delicious, they are extremely nutrient dense! They are a powerhouse in a tiny package- like Smurfs. Chia seeds boast 20% protein content, more fiber than flax seeds, high omega-3 fatty acids, as well as high quantities of calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. You can ready more about their heart healthy benefits in this study I referenced here.

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Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been working on this recipe for over a year and it has given me such a hard time! It was too dry, it was too crumbly, it was too grainy, it was too cake like, it wasn’t sweet enough… Well, my friends, she’s finally ready!

Beware: make these cookies and you become a danger to yourself and others. It’s impossible to keep your hands off of them! They are simply delicious and are made with real, whole food, minimally processed ingredients. Nut free friends: I haven’t tried but I bet these can be made with gluten free or brown rice flour. Please let me know if you try!

If you want a REAL treat, dunk these babies into a cold glass of almond milk (or any milk you like)! The dunk took me back to such a sweet time of childhood- filled with Nickelodeon, paper dolls, and flashlight tag. I hope you enjoy these beautiful, delicious, moist (I SAID IT) cookies as much as I did!

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