Wrinkle Reducing Berry Smoothie

Despite the title, no, this is not a smoothie for your face. Although that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I’ll have to try that. This smoothie actually works from the inside out to help reduce and even prevent wrinkles. Wondering how? COLLAGEN. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It makes up our skin, our hair, our nails, our joints, our cartilage, etc. At the age of 25, we produce less and less collagen. This is why we see more wrinkles, brittle bones, arthritis and less lustrous hair with age. One reason for both cellulite and stretch marks is a breakdown in connective tissue. Collagen helps our skin remain firm and elastic. Collagen helps the skin retain structural integrity. Remember that collagen is a protein, a protein that helps form the connective tissue of the skin. If it’s lacking or damaged, this will result in wrinkles (as well…

Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

It’s happened. Even though it’s 90 degrees out. September is here and everyone I know is already going nuts for fall, pumpkin,  pumpkin spice, scarves and cute sweaters. I’m over here just tryin’ to cling to the last lil’ bit of summer and plan weekend beach trips before it gets too cold. But I’m also a realist. I know you guys want pumpkin recipes. I know you’re all excited for autumn, even if I’m not. I know you guys want easy, healthy recipes that taste good. And this definitely fits the bill. It took all of five minutes to throw together. And it’s actually pretty healthy. Unlike most dessert dips you’ll come across. No refined sugar, no GMO dairy and no sketchy ingredients. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:6]

Soft, Chewy & Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband is a chocolate chip cookie monster. It’s his favorite cookie. On Wednesday I made a big batch of these cookies (which I’ve been perfecting for a while) for our friend’s birthday today. The recipe below makes about 14 cookies. When I woke up this morning, there were two left. HE’S EATEN TWELVE COOKIES SINCE WEDNESDAY. IT’S FRIDAY MORNING. So while it’s a bummer I won’t be gifting these to my friend for his b-day, at least I know that they’re good. Sometimes I’m not sure if I like something I’ve made because I’m so used to eating grain and sugar free, or if they actually taste good. Scott is a chocolate chip cookie expert and said these were really good – but very soft. He’s one of those people that prefers a crunchier chocolate chip cookie. I am not. These are super soft and chewy, just don’t over-bake…

Metabolism Boosting Raspberry Coconut Oil Bites

I’m always trying new ways of incorporating coconut oil into my diet but can’t stand the taste of it when I’m just scooping it out of the jar, chewing it until it melts and swallowing it. Swallowing any oil is tough. It’s just weird and kind of gross. But it’s important to consume coconut oil daily, as it’s great for both the gut and metabolism. Coconut oil is high in  medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that boost the metabolism. Studies have shown that when people replace fats with MCTs, they burn more calories. What’s especially interesting about the fats in coconut oil is that the body doesn’t store it as fat but uses it for energy. The MCTs in coconut oil are immediately sent to the liver where they are used for energy. Thus, boosting metabolism! Many people wrongly assume that because coconut oil contains saturated fat, it’s unhealthy. The opposite is…

High Protein + High Fiber Chocolate Pudding

I ordered raw and grass-fed cottage cheese from a local farm and it’s the best cottage cheese I’ve ever had. I used most of it to make a lasagna (I use it in place of ricotta because it has a higher protein content). But I still had a ton leftover. I thought it would be interesting to make a protein packed, high fiber pudding with it. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I ended up loving it. It’s a bit thinner than regular pudding (if you’d like thicker, add less liquid to the chia seeds). I don’t eat a ton of dessert, but it’s awesome to know that when I do, it’s super healthy. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:10]

Superfood Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite snacks ever. They’re easy to throw together and insanely healthy. I upped the nutrient density by adding salmon roe. In traditional cultures, fish eggs were reserved for men and women planning to conceive, pregnant women and growing children. It’s definitely a fertility food. Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A, E, D and K as well as choline – a necessary nutrient for pregnancy. Both the egg yolk and fish eggs are rich in omega-3s and the fish eggs are high in vitamins A, D and C and a great source of B12 and folate. I’ve found that a lot of people think fish eggs will taste super fishy, but they’re more salty than anything. They are a great addition to eggs, oysters, sushi, etc. Not overly fishy, just the right amount. Ingredients 4 eggs, hardboiled 3 tbsp mayo 1 tbsp mustard 2…

Shrimp & Avocado Salsa

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and like any good Arrested Development fan, yesterday I celebrated Cinco de Cuatro. In doing so I made this Shrimp & Avocado Salsa. It’s easy to throw together and it’s a super nutrient dense meal. Because I’m planning on getting preggers soon, I like to make sure every meal I’m eating is loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Avocado and olive oil cover the healthy fats, shrimp are a great source of protein and the tomatoes, onion and cilantro are just all around healthy foods. But truth be told, we’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight at the Mexican restaurant on the corner of our street. They serve Coronaritas (if you don’t know – Google it) and lots of cheesy dishes. This is why my husband likes the place so much. My husband literally will eat a block of cheese like an apple.…

Paleo Tuna Salad

Scott loves tuna salad. With extra mayo. In fact I made a bunch of this earlier this week and he ate it on the way to work this morning. He likes to go to Whole Foods and buy it, and I think like a lot of people, he assumes that just because it’s from Whole Foods – it’s healthy. It isn’t. Store bought tuna salad is still full of rancid vegetable oils, GMOs, preservatives and sketchy ingredients. Making your own is cheaper and infinitely healthier. And in my opinion (aka the correct opinion), my recipe  for paleo tuna salad taste better. Ingredients 12 oz tuna 1 cup homemade mayo (I love me some mayo, you can use less) 1/3 red onion, diced 2 celery stalks, diced salt and peppa Instructions Combine everything until it’s completely mixed. It’ s easy ya’ll.

Smoothie Packs

Lately I’ve been all about making smoothies. Don’t get me wrong – not the smoothies that contain a shit ton of sugar (even if it’s from fruit, three cups of fruit is way too much). Not low fat smoothies either. If you’re not consuming fat with your smoothies, you’re not absorbing the fat soluble vitamins. The smoothies I’m making are a great way to get extra veggies into your diet. They actually make an awesome snack. I add chlorella, bentonite and diatomaceous earth because I’m planning on getting knocked up in the not so distant future and these are extremely detoxifying. The chlorella removes mercury while the bentonite and diatomaceous earth remove harmful bacteria, yeast and toxins. Lastly I also add gelatin, because it’s awesome for the gut, your bones, skin and cartilage. When I’m in the mood for a smoothie or just want a snack, I’ll grab one of…