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Here’s the thing. I’ve harped about gut health a lot. Maybe even too much, but it’s only because I count it among the most important things you can do for your overall health. At the top of this page, you see a whole section of that main menu dedicated to a series I wrote called “Why Gut Health Matters.” It’s a 6-part series in which I take various health challenges, talk about them from the perspective of gut health, and offer various solutions including probiotics (of which kombucha is a great option), bone broth, and dietary changes, just to name a few.

I actually made a pretty awesome infographic for that series. Here it is again, just in case you forgot (pretty proud of myself) 🙂 If you want to check out the full series after you’re done reading this post, just click the image and a new page will open up and be waiting for you:

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Heal Your Gut and the Rest Will Follow

Anyway, to put it mildly, I happen to think that gut health is the pretty-much the end-all, be-all of health and wellbeing — fix your gut, and you’re about 90% the way there. Whether you’re talking about diabetes, heart disease, immune system support, allergies, stress, anxiety, depression, skin issues, insomnia, weight loss, bloating, food sensitivities, and/or quite possibly even dementia (research is still being done), by reducing inflammation, healing your gut lining, and balancing your gut flora, you’re sure to improve your physical (and very likely mental/emotional) state. 

I’ve shared with you my unbelievable acne story (I’d never have believed it if it had happened to anyone else), and 100% of my success is attributed to healing my gut. How I did that was a multi-step process, with the final step being a daily practice of consuming warm bone broth. I did that for two weeks straight, and twenty years of acne nearly vanished. 

The Good Bugs (Probiotics like those found in Get Kombucha PRO)

One thing I do pretty consistently in conjunction with my daily bone broth is include probiotics in my diet. Probiotics are the “good bugs” that live in your large intestine. They help ward off excessive inflammation and sugar cravings (both caused by the bad bugs), they aid in the assimilation of key nutrients from our food that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to absorb, they regulate our mood and our cravings, and can even have an effect on our sleep. To put it as simply as possible, the good bugs keep us healthy.

Whether it’s with my homemade kombucha recipe, kim chee at my favorite Korean restaurants, raw sauerkraut, or some of my awesome wild pickles, I like to incorporate some beneficial bacteria into my diet every day. But sometimes it’s just not feasible, which is when a supplement comes in. It’s also nice just to mix it up every once in a while.

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Because when it comes to creating a healthy colony of good bacteria in the belly, variety and quantity are your two best friends, I like to take a supplement from time to time. I will often take different ones to ensure that I’m getting a good variety, and I recently added another super cool product to my probiotic arsenal. Get Kombucha PRO is a pretty remarkable product. It takes all the good stuff from kombucha and concentrates it down into an intensely potent tincture supplement. They do it through a cold-pressing process that presses 5 lbs of the actual SCOBY, not the brewed kombucha, into one tincture. Pretty neat technology if you ask me — especially if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like the taste of kombucha but still wants all the health benefits.

How to Get a FREE bottle of Get Kombucha PRO

So why am I telling you about this product? Besides it being AWESOME, it’s also a FREE GIFT in this, the very last day of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Flash Sale. Now is your very last chance to get in on this amazing opportunity to get $1900 worth of eBooks and resources from the best health bloggers in the blogosphere (including me!) at a steep 97% discount.

The collection is really something, and it covers just about anything you could possibly imagine in the way of healthy living, homesteading, parenting, natural remedies, essential oils, whole food diets, homemade body care and cleaning products … and the list goes on and on. I used this eBook as the inspiration to some of my homemade Christmas crafts this year, and I’ve checked out quite a few more too, for guidance in a personal health challenge, recipe ideas, and chemical-free cleaning products. Here’s the full picture of what you get in this bundle. It’s pretty mind-blowing!

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We as authors and bloggers offer our products at such a deep discount for a tiny amount of time because we know that, when packaged together, our collective knowledge will spread farther and reach more people than we could ever reach alone. And we want to help as many people as possible!

I’m really proud to be a part of this bundle (you can see my Nine Easy Steps to Delicious Gluten-Free Living tucked in there on the second row!), and I’m eager for you to check it out and benefit from the priceless resources inside. 

Bonuses!

So about that bonus thing. Not only is the Get Kombucha PRO offered to you absolutely free (a $39.99 value — you just have to pay shipping), but you also get bonuses from five other UHLB partners, totaling a $175 value!

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Surprise Sale! 2 DAYS ONLY

Remember over the summer when my eBook was part of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle — that amazing bundle of eBooks and resources from around the web offered at a super steep discount and alongside a ton of free Bonus gifts? And remember how it was only offered for 7 days??

The folks at Ultimate Bundle have decided to re-open the sale for 2 days only — that’s TODAY and TOMORROW. For the next 39 hours, you get access to this amazing offer one last time! If you got it last time, consider getting it for a friend or family member this time, and if you heard about the sale too late in the game last time, now’s your chance to find out what you missed. 
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New Year New You with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

This bundle is the perfect tool to jump-start any New Year’s Resolutions you might have around getting fit, going paleo or gluten-free, learning how to make natural body care or cleaning products, starting a garden, learning to pickle, losing weight, and the list goes on and on!

If you want to learn more about what this bundle has done for me, you can read my story here — it’s a short review of one of the 90+ resources available in the bundle along with a key piece of my personal health journey. 

The breadth of material covered in this bundle is really unmatched, and the value is too. If you were to get each of these books individually, you’d be spending $1900+, but this bundle is discounted 97% for just these two days. We as authors agree to do that for the opportunity to have our eBooks in front of more readers than we’d ever be able to do on our own. (At least that’s true for me!)

And the bonuses are endlessly amazing — they’re actually a little different from what they were back in August, so if you’ve already purchased a bundle, you have a few new bonuses waiting for you — for FREE (some have shipping fees).

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I ordered my Get Kombucha bonus already (that’s a new one)! Can’t wait to try it. You know I feel about all those good gut bugs! 🙂

After tomorrow, this bundle disappears forever, so don’t miss your chance. 

You know I don’t do a ton of hard-selling without any additional content, but this is a special case because it’s too good a deal to pass up, and the deadline is TOMORROW (12/29/15) at 11:59pm.

Go check it out! If you order it and find that it’s not everything I’ve promised, you can ask for a full refund within 30 days. No strings.

Best wishes to you and yours as we dive in to 2016!!

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Mindful Intentions this Holiday Season

It’s the week of Christmas and I’m finding it unbelievable how quickly this year has passed. I know it’s not quite over yet, but this has been by far the fastest year of my life. It’s flown by at lightning speed, and I think part of the reason for that is the amount that’s been piling onto my plate in the last 6 months. I’m not complaining — I love the work I’m doing. I love this blog. I love the adventures we’ve had this past year (some of which I shared in my 2 year anniversary post), and I love that I have the luxury of choosing how to spend so much of my time. I think the problem is that sometimes the choice I make is to dive into Instagram or Facebook, and suddenly 30 minutes has passed. That’s going to change in 2016.

I made a promise to myself and to you last year that I was going to start prioritizing mindfulness. In that area of wellness, I’ve seen some successes and some challenges. In some ways, I’ve come a long way, but in others, I’ve regressed — the phone thing I mentioned is a big regression for me. I find myself with my face in my phone more than ever these days, and it’s a personal goal of mine to reduce that this coming year. 

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There’s an App for That

I learned a while back that there was an app called Moment. I learned it when I was doing research for this post about unplugging to get more creative, but I never quite pulled the trigger and downloaded it. Basically, it monitors how often you pick up your phone with the idea that awareness around your habits will help you change them. It works the same way keeping a food journal does — just the act of monitoring can have the power to change the behavior.

I’m doing it right now. The app is downloading as we speak. I’m going for it, and my quest for 2016 is to change my phone habits. It’s a free app — I get nothing at all for telling you about it. I’m just curious to see where I am, how much time I spend on my phone (a more specific quantity than “too much”), and what I might feel motivated to do to improve my habits. We’ll see how it goes. 

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Mindful Intentions This Holiday Season

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you read the note I sent out to you a few weeks back, just as the holiday hustle and bustle began. I mentioned bringing mindful intentions with you everywhere you go this season, and how this simple act can reshape your whole holiday experience.

Bring your mindful intentions to your office every day if you work at one of those places that covers every flat surface with candy and cookies this time of year. Bring them with you to your next holiday party. Bring them with you as you plan to see your family (especially if that’s a stressful prospect for you). 

To bring mindful intentions with you is to check in with yourself as you move through activities you might not otherwise be actively present in.

Mindful Intentions at Work

Before grazing the work candy/cookies buffet, mindfully ask yourself if you’re hungry or if you’re just taking something because it’s there. If you’re hungry enough to eat an apple, try that first before going for the candy. Otherwise, grab some water or tea and head back to your desk. And ask the question without judgement. Just ask it and see what comes up without berating yourself when you find out the answer.

Mindful Intentions at the Holiday Partymindful intentions and mindful eating

When you prepare for a holiday party, offer to bring something that you know you’ll enjoy eating that isn’t full of sugar or junk. Be mindful of your appetite going into the party and prepare ahead of time so that you’re not ravenous when you see the hors d’oeuvres table. Do a quick scan of what’s available to eat and choose your favorite “indulgence” for the night — the one that’s really worth it, and enjoy it without guilt. Leave the rest of the sweets alone. 

Mindful Intentions at Family Gatherings

As you gather your gumption to see difficult family, notice how the anticipation feels, and allow it to dissipate. Understand that you are the master of your own destiny, that you are a sovereign being with control over your reactions and that the power is yours to entertain or ignore toxic people. Recognize that if you choose to “eat your feelings,” you will only be punishing yourself. And remember to *breathe.*

Mindful Intentions Towards Yourself

And absolutely MOST IMPORTANTLY, be kind to yourself. This is a time of year for celebrating, for being with those we love, for showering loved ones with good intentions in the year to come, for deep gratitude for the blessings in our lives, for our health, and for generosity. Don’t forget to be generous with yourself too. You deserve it. We are often our biggest critics. Use this time at the end of the year to acknowledge the things you’ve done well, to celebrate your accomplishments, and to appreciate yourself and how hard you work. 

Thank you for being part of the CWB community this year! I couldn’t do this without you!

And just for fun, Dexter says Happy Holidays too!

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Homemade Gift Ideas: Paleo(ish) Peppermint Bark

And, as promised, I’m sharing this absolutely delicious, rich, Paleo(ish) Peppermint Bark today. I say “ish” because there are candy canes in it. And candy canes, as far as I can tell, do not fall into the paleo diet. This recipe, however, is worth the minor cheat (if you’re a strict paleo eater, which I’m not), as the vast majority of what you’ll be biting into is pure, healthy, whole food decadence. I think you’ll love it. Everyone I’ve shared it with so far loves it, and I’ll be giving away 5 more boxes of it this afternoon. Crossing my fingers that it will be as big a hit today as it has been this last week.

As for packaging and decorating, I found these cute little glass boxes at a Japanese store called DAISO (it’s kind of like a dollar store) for $1.50 each. They’re microwave safe glass containers, and of course I busted out the paint pens again to make them festive for the season. You really can make awesome gifts on the cheap if you know where to look! And the contents inside are far from skimpy — believe me, this is a sweet, rich treat!

homemade paleo peppermint bark

For more ideas on homemade gifts for the holidays, check out my homemade flourless rum balls, my homemade garlic herb salt, my homemade foot scrub, and my homemade lotion bars and hand salve. You’ll love them all! And just in time — one weekend left to get it all done guys!

Special Chocolate Care

I’ll be honest, this chocolate is somewhat high-maintenance. It needs to stay in the fridge or freezer, because coconut oil, while mostly solid at room temperature, is in no way hard like chocolate should be at room temperature. And coconut oil is the main ingredient. In chocolate you buy at the store, cacao butter is the main ingredient, and while using cacao butter was originally part of my plan (I have a big block if it at home and everything!), I chickened out on using it when I read that the temperature had to be monitored more closely during the heating and cooling process than it did with the coconut oil (read: SHORT CUT) chocolate that I ended up making. I’m fine with the special needs of this chocolate. It forces me to pick a piece and walk away from the refrigerator, which is a good thing for me when it comes to peppermint bark (it’s one of my favorite holiday things!).

But I do plan to experiment with the cacao butter after the holidays when I have more time for trial and error. This way, I can figure it out and perfect it in time to make a shelf-stable version next year. Then again, Christmas isn’t the only time for chocolate eating, so maybe chocolate-making will become a regular thing for me. After all, I am stocking up on silicone molds. My next chocolate project to tackle will be some sort of nut butter chocolate. I haven’t quite worked out how I want to do it, but the wheels are turning, so I’ll keep you posted!

Paleo(ish) Peppermint Bark

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Paleo(ish) Peppermint Bark
This is my take on the traditional peppermint bark. There's no white chocolate in this one, but that's ok. It's an almost-paleo treat that you can feel good about indulging in!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder (CWB Favorite Pick)
  2. 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil (CWB Favorite Pick)
  3. 8 tbs pure maple syrup
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 3 tsp peppermint oil (CWB Favorite Pick)
  6. 4 standard candy canes
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil on the stove in a saucepan until completely melted
  2. Add in the cocoa/cacao and stir or whisk until it's fully mixed into a homogeneous liquid
  3. Turn off the heat and add the other three ingredients
  4. Pour about 1/4 inch thick into a cookie sheet or a silicone tray like this one
  5. On a non-breakable surface, unwrap the candy canes and crush them. (I used the bottom of a thick glass cup and crushed them on a cutting board) You can decide how big you want the pieces to be
  6. Place the tray in the refrigerator for at least one hour
  7. When the bark is completely solid, remove tray from the refrigerator
  8. If using a hard, non-pliable cookie sheet, turn the tray upside down on a cutting board and bang on the back of it to release the bark. You might need to use a thin spatula to get underneath it to release it
  9. If using a silicone tray, simply peel it back and either break or cut the pieces as desired
  10. Store in the fridge or freezer
Adapted from AllRecipes
Adapted from AllRecipes
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Homemade Gift Ideas: Lotion Bars and Hand Salve

I promised I’d follow up my previous post with more great suggestions for homemade gift ideas. This post will be pretty short and pretty sweet. Today we’re making homemade lotion bars and hand salve. All with natural ingredients and super easy to do. Cleaning up is probably the most time-consuming part, and I even have a solution for that! I’m sharing these two together, because one sort of came out of making the other. I’m going to attempt to do the math for you in the event that you want to make just one or the other, but it’s actually not a big deal to do some trial and error here until you get it exactly how you want it. That’s the beauty of DIY fun! 

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Silicone Molds – get some!

A while back, I bought some silicone ice trays, and Amazon suggested some other silicone molds I might like. With a vague notion that one day I might want to make chocolates or something like that, I went ahead and bought a sheet of heart-shaped molds. And then the tray sat in my cupboard for about 2 years, untouched. When I decided that this year would be the Year of the Homemade Gift, I knew that that tray would come in handy!

You don’t HAVE to have silicone molds to make the lotion bars, but they sure do make it a lot easier, because they’re flexible and non-stick. If you don’t have them and don’t have time to order them before Christmas, you could get creative with some parchment paper and a baking dish. You can actually cut these bars to size, so if you’re ok with a less precise look, you could do one big sheet and then cut the bars yourself. Maybe a really sharp cookie cutter would work? Don’t quote me on that one. I haven’t tried it, but I know cutting it with a good knife would do the trick. If you are interested in getting some molds though, I’ve collected my favorites and shared them below. Check them out! I’m actually adding some of these to my cart right now for future projects. I love those bugs! (although I kind of wish there was one with just lady bugs …)

Click on the image you like to add it to your Amazon shopping cart. It will contribute a few cents to CWB and provide inspiration for your next crafty project. 🙂 

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Ok, now let’s get started.

Homemade Lotion Bars

My recipe for lotion bars came straight from the master of homemade everything, the Wellness Mama. She seems to have a recipe for everything under the sun when it comes to DIY body care, cleaning products, make up, and even random things like foam rollers and self-tanner. First, I’ll share her link to Homemade Lotion Bars so you can see how simple it is, and then I’ll explain how the recipe ended up making both lotion bars and hand salve.

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Lotion Bars: Here’s what I did.

I used the Wellness Mama’s proportions of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter (1 cup each), and heated them in a large  glass jar on the stove (at least 3 cups in size). To do that, I placed the jar into a pot of water and boiled the water while the jar sat inside.

Note: I ended up transferring the liquid to a large measuring cup, as it was much easier to control the pour into the molds because of the little spout on the measuring cup. Next time I’ll start with the measuring cup. It might make sense to have a dedicated “crafting” measuring cup for this so that you don’t have to clean it up much. Here’s a good one from Pyrex.

Once everything was liquified (the beeswax took by far the longest to liquify), I turned off the fire and added in the contents of 3 vitamin E gel caps and about 40 drops of lavender essential oil (this is the one I used). If I did it again, I’d double the lavender, because they aren’t quite as fragrant as I want them to be.

Then I went to pour the liquid into my molds and soon realized that I had a lot more liquid than I did molds. I had 28 molds, but they’re pretty small. I ended up with about 1 cup left over. Not wanting to waste it, I decided to but it back on the fire and add another full cup of coconut oil.homemade gift ideas: homemade hand salve homemade lotion bars

Homemade Hand Salve

And that’s when my hand salve was born. I heated the ingredients until the coconut oil was melted, added the oil from 3 more vitamin E gel caps, and about 20 drops of peppermint oil. For simplicity, and in case you want to make JUST the hand salve sometime, here’s an estimate of the ingredients. Of course, you can choose whatever fragrance you want. These quantities yielded 9 two-oz tins of hand salve.

  • 1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • the oil from 3 vitamin E gel caps
  • 20 drops lavender oil
  • 20 drops peppermint oil (I used this one)

I happened to have these lovely tins on hand, so I poured in the hand salve experiment and hoped for the best. Once everything cooled, Loren and I tried both the lotion bars and the hand salve. And both came up winners

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Because I didn’t think far enough ahead to order labels for my projects, I did the next best thing. I drew pictures on the tins in paint pen. It’s just about the easiest way to personalize a gift. I grabbed a red one and a green one and made some cute little Christmas pictures and called it a day. You can be as creative as you want with this step! I considered glue and glitter but then remembered that these were likely to end up inside the purses of women I love. And I realized that the thought of getting glitter in my purses would make the opposite of “merry and bright” so I went with paint pens.

I hope you give one or some of these a try! 

In case you missed it, yesterday’s post walks you through a simple recipe for Homemade Foot Scrub/Salt Scrub. Check it out and let me know if you decide to try any of these!

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Homemade Gift Ideas: Salt Scrub/Foot Scrub

For the CWB household, this year was the year of the homemade gift. Loren and I exchanged homemade gifts for our anniversary, and I also decided that I wanted to do a Crafty Christmas. It would not only save me a few bucks, it would also push me to learn a few new tricks for making things at home. My thought was to do a sort of “Spa Gift Set” for the ladies in my life: a sugar or salt scrub, some sort of lotion, cream, or salve, and maybe a lip balm. I wasn’t sure what I’d end up with. And for the men, I planned do some culinary gifts. 

Homemade Gift Ideas

I scoured the internet for simple homemade gift ideas, but I also had a few great eBooks fall right into my lap with this year’s Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. (Here’s one of them.) Today I’m going to share a How-To for one of the gifts I’ve made, and my overly ambitious goal is to do some extra blogging this week and next to get all of my ideas out to you before Christmas. That way you can have ideas for those last few people on your list! Crossing my fingers that I can do it! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!     fingers crossed homemade gift ideas

Homemade Culinary Gifts

For the culinary gifts, I had one success and one failure. I started in the kitchen with a garlic herb salt that I shared with you a while back. And boy oh boy did that turn out great! I’ve already gone through 3 jars of it in my house since I shared that recipe, and I’ve actually already given a few as well. All rave reviews so far! But then there was the other gift I was planning to go along with it. Infused olive oil. That project was a total fail. I was so proud of myself, thinking that if I did them far in advance, they’d be perfectly infused by the holidays. I made 10 bottles with various combinations of fresh herbs and tucked them away to do their magic. Last week I pulled them out and at least half of them were cloudy with mold! It was so sad. I’m hoping that I can crack the code on this and share what I learn with you after Christmas, but this was a big disappointment — and a big waste of olive oil. I guess we live and we learn!

I ended up making a homemade paleo(-ish) peppermint bark instead, and I’ll share that recipe with you on Friday. Not exactly a “culinary gift” but it’s edible and quite delicious, so I think we’re good here. For now, here’s a picture of it.

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Homemade Salt Scrub

I always love using a good salt scrub. Sugar works too, but there’s something refreshing to me about that ocean-like feeling of using a salt scrub in the warm shower, especially in the winter when going to the ocean is the farthest thing from my mind. The oil used in scrubs like this also provides an added layer of moisture for our skin, a nice touch when we’re in dry, heated indoor environments all day.

Using that book I linked above, (here it is again) along with the tons of available recipes and suggestions online for how to make a homemade salt scrub, I ended up with a combination of ingredients that I liked best. I wanted something that smelled good, but also served a purpose, specifically for achy feet: pain relief — hence the addition of the Aches and Pains oil.

Because I was making gifts, I made a big batch and ended up with just over 10 small-ish jars of foot scrub (jars that I’d estimate hold 6-7 oz each). Feel free to shrink or grow the recipe to fit your needs.

As a side note, I got these cute little jars for $1 each at Target, and the tops have a black chalkboard sticker on them. I wrote “Foot Scrub” on them with chalk — super cute!

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Peppermint Salt Scrub/Foot Scrub

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Directions:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients  in a large mixing bowl so that they’re well incorporated
  2. Add the grape seed oil and essential oils
  3. Stir together until the mixture is homogenous
  4. Jar and label your scrub

I chose to infuse my scrubs with peppermint oil for two reasons. One, because it’s an invigorating aroma that wakes you up and excites the senses in a morning shower. Two, because I associate peppermint with the Christmas season. There are tons of other great combinations you could use to make a salt scrub/foot scrub that appeals to you if peppermint isn’t your thing. Basically any essential oil should work, but here are a few fun combinations:

  • Lemon essential oil + fresh lemon zest
  • Lavender essential oil + dried chamomile and/or lavender
  • Rose geranium essential oil + dried hibiscus

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Up next, I’ll share the two other body care gifts I made — a lotion bar and a hand salve. The lotion bar recipe was pretty big, so I ended up tweaking what was left of it and making the hand salve. Not exactly the best way to share a recipe, but that’s what I did, and it turned out great, so that’s how I’ll share it. : ) I hope you guys are excited about all of these homemade gifts! I know I am.


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Give the Gift of Health to a Family in Need: Shop Thrive Market

If you’re anything like me this time of year, you contend with “One for You, One for Me Syndrome” as you make your way through your shopping list for the holidays. You find the purse you were going to buy for your sister and think, “You know, I could use a purse like this too,” and end up with two in your hand as you head to the cashier. I’ve actually been doing this as I make all my crafty homemade gifts this year — something that’s not quite so risky on the pocket book, but I digress. It’s even easier to get caught up in the “One for you, One for me” habit with online shopping — it’s a click of a button to add another, so why not? But what if that syndrome actually did something great for a family in need this holiday season?

That’s where Thrive Market comes in.

Before I go any further, I’ll say up front that I’m an affiliate for Thrive Market. If you choose to stay with me through this post and then click the big red and green button at the bottom, I will get a commission at no extra cost to you. That’s how lots of bloggers make their money. : ) We tell you about things we know, love, and use, and when you give them a try, we get a tiny piece of the pie. Win win for everyone! Yay!

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Why Thrive Market?

I’ve had a passive link to Thrive on my home page for quite a while now, so there’s a chance that you’ve clicked on it at least once. But in case you haven’t, I’ll give you a short run-down of why I choose and recommend this beautiful online marketplace.

We all love the foods and products at Whole Foods, but we don’t love the price tags there right? For the average American, it’s not financially tenable to do all the weekly grocery shopping at such an expensive market. The prices at places like Costco or Sams Club are much more appealing. But the hassle of going to those club stores — the parking, the crowds, and the QUANTITY requirement to actually get the savings — is huge. You really need to have a big garage or lots of storage if you want to do the club thing. For me, it’s prohibitive.

I am not a member of a single large-scale wholesale club like Costco or Sams. And there are two reasons for that. One I just named (the hassle/space problem). The second is that I don’t want most of what they sell. I don’t want a 12-pack of Lean Cuisine or the biggest wheel of brie cheese on earth. I want what’s in the aisles of Whole Foods. Having been involved in the natural foods industry and/or holistic health (including working at Whole Foods) for close to 10 years, I’ve come to trust the quality of certain brands and products. And the Venn Diagram of what’s both at Costco and at Whole Foods (while certainly growing) isn’t very big. 

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So in short, I want:

  • the healthy brands I trust
  • in whatever quantity I choose
  • delivered to my doorstep
  • at wholesale prices

That’s Thrive Market.

One for You, One for Me

So back to this holiday conundrum. We’re upon the season of giving, the time of year when most of us ramp up the charity work, the donations to important causes, the deliveries to food banks, and the volunteering at soup kitchens. Many of us join forces with coworkers or neighbors and adopt a family to ensure that they have a Merry Christmas just like we will, filled with gifts and ashop thrive market and give the gift of access yummy meal. Thrive Market can be a part of your gift-giving experience this holiday season. When you join Thrive Market for the year, you sponsor a membership for a family in need. In short, you provide access to top quality staples, snacks, home goods, and baby products for a family that would otherwise be without.

You’re giving them an opportunity to get more for their food dollar (with discounts of 25-50%), improve their health, and enjoy a home cleaned with non-toxic products. And you get all those things too. One for them, one for you. It’s a win-win. And the best part is when you sign up through my link, you get your first month of Thrive Market for free. You can try it out and take advantage of the savings before you commit to an annual membership. Give it a whirl, you might just find some great last-minute, under-$20 holiday gift items. To make it easy for you, I’ve compiled some things I think would make adorable gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Dark Chocolate Sampler

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie [RECIPE]

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Potpie

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie 

We had a big crowd for Thanksgiving this year. But apparently we had an even bigger turkey, as it was the only thing leftover by the time we all packed up to head home from our Thanksgiving trip to Bend, OR — our unexpectedly epic, snowy adventure.
 
I’d intended to experiment with a few different ways to use the Thanksgiving leftovers, but alas, turkey was the lone-leftover. Everything else got gobbled up, but don’t be too upset, because I’m about to share with you the most outrageously delicious paleo pot pie you’ll ever sink your teeth into.
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Potpie

Smith Rock State Park, OR 

 
It’s completely free of corn starch and wheat flour, and the only dairy in it is the butter in the crust. You’ll never believe what makes the filling creamy! (Don’t worry, I’ll get to that in a minute.) The crazy part is, you’d never even know it was missing anything! I would be willing to wager that if I handed you this dish in a blind taste test, you would have absolutely no idea that I’ve used only wholesome, healthy ingredients, OR that it’s both gluten-free and grain-free. I’m so excited for you to try it!
 
Disclosure
But first, full disclosure. I like to give credit where credit is due. Before this experiment, I had never made a pot pie in my life, so I scoured the web for grain-free, gluten-free pot pie recipes that didn’t seem too complicated. I ended up landing on this one from Every Day Maven, and I took a page out of her book to concoct my own version of this paleo treat. I pretty-much use her exact method for the crust. I just changed some of the seasonings to fit my own palate. I suggest you check hers out and see which one sounds better to you. She also has some great step-by-step pictures, which I’m not going to include here.
 
As far as not being too complicated — this recipe has a lot of steps and it does take a while, but it’s very straight forward, and I’ve laid it out in the simplest way possible, so just about anyone can follow along. Which leads me to my next point … 

A Kitchen Helper

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey PotpieI’m lucky enough to have a helping hand in Loren when I make multi-step recipes like this (at least most of the time). This recipe has a lot of moving parts, and although it’s certainly possible to get it done solo, it’s more fun to have someone in the kitchen with you to share tasks — or at the very least to wash some dishes so you don’t have a mound a mile high waiting for you when you’re done.

That being said, there are some “cooling periods” in this recipe — you stick the dough in the freezer twice for large chunks of time — so you can chop and prepare other things while you wait. I’ve laid out the tasks in the order that makes the most sense for a solo home cook.

This recipe in total takes well over 2 hours — not quite sure where the Maven’s math came from at an hour and 50 minutes — so if you’re anything like the skinny man I live with and need dinner right away, have a snack. Or make this on the weekend. I’ll be honest, it’s one of the more labor-intensive recipes at CWB, but it’s SO worth it. Even the skinny, hungry man agreed!

Coconut Cauliflower Puree

This is my little not-so-secret, secret ingredient for this masterpiece. Your average pot pie recipe calls for either white flour or cornstarch + either milk or heavy cream to create the thick, creamy, saucy consistency of the filling underneath the dough. Everyday Maven chose to replace those ingredients with russet potatoes and coconut milk. I took it a step further and replaced the potatoes with steamed cauliflower for a lower-carb option. I like to pack in the phytonutrients wherever I can, and not being a fan of eating too much potato, I decided to give a nod to some of my other creamy cauliflower recipes (Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup and Cauli-freddo Sauce) and make the swap. It turned out FANTASTIC. It took some doing not to just start spooning out the puree and eating it before it ever made its way into the frying pan. And since I eliminated the potato chunks as well, I added some umami to the mix with diced cremini mushrooms, which I sautéed with the onions and carrots. Yum! 

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Potpie

Note #1:

You need your butter to be rock-solid cold for the crust in this recipe. I happen to buy lots of butter at a time and keep the extras in the freezer, so it worked out for me to be able to make this recipe on the spot, but you will be sad if your butter isn’t frozen when you start this recipe. Just giving you a heads up.

Note #2: 

Getting everything done in the right order is the best way to ensure a timely dinner. 
  1. Start with the dough and get it into the freezer as quickly as possible. 
  2. Then get to steaming your cauliflower (don’t forget to add a pinch of salt!)
  3. Then start chopping. 
  4. Then preheat the oven.
  5. Then start sautéing the veggies.
  6. Then get the dough worked out flat and stick it back in the freezer.
  7. Then start blending.
  8. Then get everything else into the pot.
  9. Then grease your dish.
  10. When the dough is ready, you’re ready for the oven. 
Step by step details are below in the actual recipe, but I wanted to give you an outline first.
 
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
Serves 6
I'm including the time freezing the dough as prep time and assuming that's when you'll be doing your chopping and simmering. If you do the dough on another day and freeze it to use later, the prep time will be shorter because you won't be waiting for the dough.
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Crust Ingredients
  1. 1 cup blanched almond flour (CWB Favorite Pick)
  2. ¾ cup tapioca starch (CWB Favorite Pick)
  3. ½ tsp garlic powder
  4. ½ tsp lemon pepper
  5. ½ tsp Real salt (CWB Favorite Pick)
  6. ¼ tsp baking powder
  7. ¼ cup frozen butter (I use Kerrygold pastured butter)
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 3 tbs ice cold water
Pot Pie Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs butter or ghee for sautéing (CWB Favorite Pick)
  2. Avocado oil for greasing (butter or ghee works too, but I sprayed with my Misto Sprayer to make it easier)
  3. 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  4. ½ cup full fat coconut milk (CWB Favorite Pick)
  5. 3 medium carrots, diced
  6. 8 cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  7. 1 head cauliflower
  8. 1 pound leftover turkey meat, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  9. ⅔ cup frozen peas
  10. 1 tbs finely chopped fresh rosemary
  11. 1 cup bone broth (CWB Favorite Pick)
  12. Dash of apple cider vinegar (CWB Favorite Pick)
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place almond flour, tapioca starch, garlic powder, lemon pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and baking powder into a food processor and pulse a few times
  2. Shred your frozen butter right into the flour mixture using a cheese grater
  3. Add in the egg
  4. Gently pulse just enough to incorporate the egg without over-mixing
  5. Stir in the cold water with a spatula or spoon
  6. Spread a sheet of parchment or wax paper over a cookie sheet or cutting board and dump your dough -- it should be a lump of dough, not liquidy
  7. Place dough in the freezer for 30 minutes
  8. While the dough is freezing, chop up your cauliflower and start steaming it on the stove with a dash of salt
  9. Chop your onions, carrots, and mushrooms, and cube your turkey
  10. On a very large skillet, heat about a tablespoon of ghee and add in the onions
  11. Sauté onions until translucent
  12. Add in carrots, mushrooms, and the bone broth, and turn down the temp to a simmer
  13. Pull the dough out of the freezer and place another piece of parchment or wax paper on top before rolling out or shaping with your fingers to fit your dish (I used 6 personal pie dishes, but it was too hard to make perfect circles to top each pie. I ended up cutting the dough into 6 pieces with a pizza cutter after the final freeze and just placing "squares" on top instead of fitting the dough completely around the top of the pie. If you fit your dough around one larger pie, cute some slits into it to let the heat out as it bakes)
  14. Place rolled out dough back in the freezer for another 30 minutes
  15. Once the cauliflower is steamed, transfer it to the blender and add the coconut milk and a dash of apple cider vinegar
  16. Blend until completely smooth and set aside
  17. Add turkey, frozen peas, and rosemary to your veggies on the stove and turn up the heat
  18. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes until the peas have thawed and all the veggies are cooked
  19. Turn off the stove and stir the cauliflower/coconut mixture into the meat and veggies
  20. Grease your baking dish(es) -- I sprayed avocado oil to keep it simple
  21. Transfer your filling into your baking dish(es)
  22. Pull the dough out of the freezer, remove the top piece of parchment paper, and either flip over directly onto the one dish or use a pizza cutter to cut into equal pieces to top your individual pies.
  23. Bake at 350 -- 1 hour and 10 minutes for one big pie or 50 minutes for little ones
Adapted from Every Day Maven
Adapted from Every Day Maven
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Pecan Pie Two Ways: Maple Bourbon and Chocolate [RECIPE]

This Thanksgiving, we’re heading out to Smith Rock in Oregon for a Friendsgiving. We’ll be staying in a house in Bend and enjoying our turkey dinner with some of our closest climbing compadres. I love this time of year — in case I haven’t said it 100 times before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the tradition, the food, the family, the friends.

A Tradition of Gratitude

Last year, after we enjoyed our potluck Thanksgiving meal, we started what I’m hoping will become a new tradition among friends. We picked one person at a time and each of us said what we were grateful for about that person — our favorite thing about them and why. And then we all jumped in the hot tub on a cold desert night. It was beautiful. Unfortunately this year’s destination doesn’t include the hot tub, but I’m crossing my fingers we’ll share our gratitude together again. 

A Tradition of Pecan Pie

One thing’s for sure. I’ll be bringing not one but TWO pecan pies this year. One maple bourbon pecan pie, and one chocolate pecan pie. Pecan pie is my absolute favorite holiday dessert. It reminds me of home, and especially of my grandmother who passed away a couple of years back. She used to make the best pecan pie ever. My pecan pies are all grain- and gluten-free, and they work great for those with lactose or casein allergies, because I use ghee instead of butter. The crusts are made with almond flour.

gluten free grain free maple bourbon pecan pie

In the course of doing this blog, I’ve learned that as I improve and perfect recipes over time, it never hurts to share the improvements, even if I’ve already posted a recipe here at CWB. If you’re a CWB veteran who’s been with me since the beginning, you know that I posted a chocolate pecan pie recipe waaaaaay back in the first month of this blog’s existence. But I’ve improved upon that recipe — I’m sharing both versions of my favorite holiday dessert with you today. Get excited. They’re delicious.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
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pecan pie is my absolute favorite fall/winter/holiday dessert. add bourbon, and you've stolen my heart.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
For the crust
  1. 2.5 cups almond flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 tbs palm shortening (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. 1 tbs bourbon (I used Bullet)
  5. pinch of salt
For the filling
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 1 cup maple syrup (I use grade B)
  3. 4 tbs ghee (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. 1 tbs bourbon
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1 1/4 cups pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
For the crust
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a ball of dough forms and all ingredients are incorporated
  2. Shape in a pie dish by hand and place pie crust in the freezer while you prepare the filling
For the filling
  1. Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, combine the first 7 ingredients, mixing until all ingredients are completely incorporated and you have a uniform liquid (you want all the sugar to dissolve into the liquid and the ghee to be mixed in completely)
  2. Stir in pecans
  3. Remove crust from the freezer and pour in the filling
  4. Cut a pie-sized circle out of a piece of foil or use one of these and place on the exposed crust to protect it from burning
  5. Bake for 30 minutes
  6. Allow to cool before slicing and serving
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glutenfree grain free maple bourbon pecan pie and chocolate pecan pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie
This recipe is an improvement upon an old favorite from way back at the birth of this blog. It takes the traditional (albiet gluten- and grain-free) pecan pie and adds dark chocolate chips for a rich, delicious experience.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
For the crust
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 tbs palm shortening (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. pinch of salt
For the filling
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 1 cup maple syrup (I use grade B)
  3. 4 tbs ghee (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. 2 tsp vanilla
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/4 cup pecan halves
  7. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (CWB Favorite Pick)
For the crust
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a ball of dough forms and all ingredients are incorporated
  2. Shape in a pie dish by hand and place pie crust in the freezer while you prepare the filling
For the filling
  1. Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing until all ingredients are completely incorporated and you have a uniform liquid (you want all the sugar to dissolve into the liquid and the ghee to be mixed in completely)
  2. Stir in pecans
  3. Remove crust from the freezer and pour in the filling
  4. Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips into the filling
  5. Cut a pie-sized circle out of a piece of foil or use one of these and place on the exposed crust to protect it from burning
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
  7. Allow to cool before slicing and serving
Cultivated Wellbeing http://cultivatedwellbeing.com/
 gluten free grain free maple bourbon pecan pie


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Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving: Eat This Not That

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I get to spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen making food I almost never eat at any other time of year — something I’ve already started preparing for, even though it’s not until next week. As most “Friendsgivings” go, we’re doing ours potluck-style this year, and I’m making my three favorites: green beans, sweet potatoes, and pecan pie. The rest is up to my friends to put together — and it’ll be a well-deserved treat after spending Thanksgiving morning climbing at Smith Rock! (Never been there before, can’t wait!)

Maintain Don’t Gain

I always tell my coaching clients that this time of year is about maintaining and not gaining. It’s rough to keep strict weight loss in full focus around the holidays, so the goal shifts to maintenance until January. This is true for other health goals as well — dietary restrictions can be difficult to follow when glutenous, dairy-filled, white sugar-laden treats are on every surface at holiday parties. My personal strategy is to do what I’ve done this year (and in years past): to claim my three favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal so that I can know exactly how they’re being prepared and eat them with abandon (or at least controlled abandon. Is that an oxymoron?)

My strategy works for me, because I can take or leave some of the other traditional foods on the Thanksgiving table. I don’t care about stuffing or mashed potatoes for example. I could also take or leave the cranberry sauce. But I know that’s not everyone, so for those who want something from every casserole dish on their plates this Thanksgiving, I’ve prepared a guide with suggestions for helping you stay on track. It’s intended to offer you some low(er) carb, low(er) sugar options richer in phytonutrients and mindful of at least some of the common dietary restrictions. The idea is to keep the healthy substitutions delicious so that you’re satisfied and not wishing you’d just splurged on the real thing.

I’ll start with my favorite way to prepare Thanksgiving sweet potatoes and then share a few suggestions with you from CWB and around the interwebs that will work as healthy substitutes. As far as the Turkey goes, the best thing you can do is get rid of the skin if it’s not an organic bird. And save the bones so you can make some turkey bone broth!

Rosie’s Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatMy sweet potato recipe is modified from the version my mom makes every year — which I LOVE — chalk-full of butter, heavy cream, and loads of brown sugar. I’m able to accomplish pretty much the exact same thing using substitutions that are a little friendlier to those avoiding lactose and milk proteins. I also sub out the brown sugar for maple syrup and coconut sugar so that you still get the sweet and the crunch but you also get some fiber and micronutrients too. The essence of my mom is still there though, so I’ll still call them Rosie’s Sweets.

Whether you’re talking about the original recipe or my slightly healthier modified version, both of these recipes blow the marshmallow-topped canned sweet potato casserole out of the water. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up with my mom’s masterpiece, but the typical sweet potato mush doesn’t compare in my book. Here’s how you do it — no measuring required: 

  • Roast your sweet potatoes in the skin for an hour or so
  • Remove the skin (or don’t) while they’re still warm
  • Cut into bite-sized chunks and fill the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and a pinch of salt
  • Cover with handfuls of pecan halves or pieces
  • Scoop teaspoon sized dollops of ghee or coconut oil and place them every two or three inches across the dish
  • Drizzle maple syrup and coconut sugar gently over the whole surface of the baking dish 
  • Pour coconut milk over the top (no more than a cup or so)
  • Bake on 375 until sizzling and brown (about 15 minutes)

Eat This Not That for Thanksgiving

Parsnip Mash vs Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatParsnips are among the more underrated roots in the vegetable kingdom. They’re often skipped over for the seemingly more exciting potato or carrot. (They look like white or yellow carrots.) But guess what. Parsnips are awesome, and if you’re avoiding nightshades, they make a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table. They also have lower net carbs (if you’re counting) and tons of folic acid, calcium, and fiber. The fiber will keep you full for longer and will prevent the insulin spike that comes with peeled white potatoes. I happened to have just posted a perfect parsnip mash recipe this week — skin and all! Check it out and add it to your Thanksgiving lineup. 

Cauliflower Gravy vs Traditional White Flour Gravy

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatWere you wondering why I didn’t suggest a cauliflower mash instead of potatoes up above? It’s not that I don’t love mashed cauliflower, it’s just that I don’t want to tell you to replace your whole Thanksgiving meal with 50 shades of cauliflower. By all means, if you love cauliflower mash, go for it, I just wanted to give you some variety and suggest something you might not have tried before. AND, I wanted to leave room for this cauliflower gravy from The Paleo Mom. I personally cannot wait to try this.

Right now, the only cauliflower we have in the house is purple. I’ll keep you posted should I decide to make purple gravy. Although I haven’t created my own cauliflower gravy recipe, I knew in my gut that a good one must exist, because this nutritious veggie works great in sauces and soups as a substitute for cream. If you’re curious, you can check out my Cauli-Freddo Sauce recipe and prepare for your taste buds to thank you.  

Italian Green Bean Casserole vs traditional green bean casserole

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatThis substitution is not just a matter of health, it’s a matter of flavor and yum factor. Put these two dishes side by side, and I dare you to choose the one with the cream of mushroom soup in it topped with those weird fried onion that come out of a can.

But the health concern is most certainly part of the equation as well. The sodium alone in the cream of mushroom is cause for concern, not to mention the high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, ultra-pasturized powdered milk solids, and the who-knows-what-else is in that can. Add on top of that the rancid oils used to fry those canned onions, coupled with whatever is added to them to keep them crispy … just seems like a digestive/wellness nightmare to me.

Around this time last year, I shared how to make healthy, delicious gluten-free breadcrumbs for this very dish — the Italian Green Bean Casserole. My mom has been making this my whole life (in fact, back in the day when I only ate beige food, this dish became an exception), and I’ve created a more nutritious, gluten-free version by swapping out some ingredients and making these Italian breadcrumbs. One thing I do to control the sodium is control the beans. I’ve found delicious success with both steamed fresh beans and no-salt-added canned beans. And I always use freshly grated cheese. Deeeelicious!

Grain-free paleo stuffing vs the boxed stuff

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatAs I said before, I could take or leave cornbread stuffing, but when I came across this grain-free recipe at PaleoPorn, I decided a) that it needed to go on the list and b) that I needed to try it as soon as possible. I love this recipe because it could almost be a meal on its own. You could scoop this stuffing onto a bed of greens and have yourself a feast of a salad! It’s not only gluten-free but grain-free, for those who are avoiding grains all together. It’s chock full of veggies, healthy fats, and there’s even some sausage in there to really get the flavor going and the protein count up.

This stuffing works great for those of us who don’t care much about the turkey in our turkey dinner (guilty), and is a creative take on something that’s usually just another carb-y, white dollop on the Thanksgiving plate. Even if you can’t stick with it exactly, shoot for real food ingredients in this year’s stuffing and add in as many fresh herbs as you can to pack a powerful flavor and nutrition punch.

As for the traditional alternative: whether we’re talking about the boxed stuff or stuffing made from scratch, we’re looking at a bready mix of refined flours and white sugar. Might as well save the sugar for dessert and enjoy something that won’t send your blood sugar through the roof before you even get to the dessert table.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce vs the canned stuff

Thanksgiving Eat this not thatI feel like for this substitution, a picture is worth a thousand words. But for the sake of consistency, I’ll point out that this amazing-looking homemade cranberry sauce from Two Healthy Kitchens kicks it up a notch (to say the least). It’s not just a sugar bomb like the canned stuff is. It features whole fruits and nuts to slow some of that sugar down, and it involves zero cooking, so it saves you time too. You can also customize the texture with your food processor — leave it chunky or smooth it out. Up to you! 

To really drive the point home, I looked up the ingredients in the most popular canned cranberry sauce (the kind that remains the shape of the can when it comes out). And guess the ingredients. Guess! Cranberries, high fructose corn syrup, water, corn syrup. That’s it. Side by side with the rich flavors and textures of THK’s recipe (or so many other gorgeous homemade recipes), there’s really no comparison. And again, this one is raw, so one less pot for you to clean!

Pumpkin vs Pumpkin Pie Mix

Thanksgiving Eat this not that

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There’s virtually no way around dessert on Thanksgiving. And that’s fine. It’s one of the best parts of the holiday! I personally consider the sweet potato recipe I just shared to be one of the desserts of the day, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more. For some reason, there’s always room for dessert no matter what else has gone down the gullet — especially on Thanksgiving. Here’s the trick for pumpkin pie: mix the pumpkin yourself. Instead of getting the can that says “Pumpkin Pie Mix,” opt for the box of plain pumpkin (affiliate link) and add in your own sweets and spices. This way, you can control what KIND of sugar goes in and HOW MUCH. Plus, you’ll avoid the BPA from the can. You can even add in extra cinnamon, which has been shown to improve insulin response (might as well throw it in).

More Dessert Advice

Pick your FAVORITES for the holiday season, and enjoy them, guilt-free. Be judicious this time of year when the barrage of sweets is endless, so that when you do choose something sweet, you can be sure that it’s worth it. If there are five different kinds of pie, pick your favorite one or two and do half-slices, rather than trying them all. If lemon meringue isn’t your favorite, leave it for someone else and make every bite count. Just make sure you leave some pecan pie for me. After all, our goal is to live a sweet, rich life — the sweet has to come from somewhere!

Eat This not That Infographic

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Sweet and Savory Parsnip Mash [RECIPE]

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because I’m planning a bonus post for Friday, of which today’s recipe will be a part. I’m featuring parsnips — mashed parsnips to be exact. 

The Parsnip

Parsnips are weird. They look like white carrots that don’t taste very good raw (even Dexter doesn’t like them), and sometimes they can be gnarly and weird. Grocery stores don’t need them to look “perfect” to sell them, so they kind of seem more exotic than your average root veggie — a beet, a carrot, a potato. Parsnips are actually pretty great though. They’re high in fiber (about twice the fiber of a potato or carrot), and they boast a pretty decent nutritional profile: potassium, vitamin C, manganese, folate. Lots of goodies in there. Plus, they’re naturally sweet. Yum.

image found on Wikipedia through Creative Commons by Jonathunder

image found on Wikipedia through Creative Commons by Jonathunder

Parsnip Mash

I have to admit, the humble parsnip has never been a star on my shopping list. I don’t think I ever even tried a parsnip before I learned how easy and delicious roasted root veggies could be. I decided to throw some into the mix one day and have enjoyed them ever since. This was back in grad school when I finally decided to stop being afraid of my oven. In addition to the stove top creation as the main feature of this meal, today’s recipe has an oven component too (for the topping), so get your preheat going and let’s get started! 

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Parsnip Mash
Serves 6
Parsnips are delicious substitutes for potatoes. They're high in fiber, have a low glycemic load, and have a natural sweetness to them.
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Ingredients
  1. medium leek
  2. 1 cup bone broth (affiliate link) or veggie broth
  3. 1/4 cup coconut milk (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 2 tbs butter or ghee (CWB Favorite Pick)
  6. pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cut parsnips into large, even-sized chunks and place in a large pot
  3. Separate the white part from the green part of the leek, coarsely chop the white part and add it to the pot
  4. Slice the green part of the leek into 1/4 inch strips and spread out evenly across a cookie sheet
  5. Drizzle greens with avocado oil and roast while the parsnips are steaming (about 7 minutes)
  6. Cover and simmer parsnips and the white part of the leeks in broth until a fork slides easily through the parsnips (about 12 minutes)
  7. Turn off the fire and add coconut milk, salt, and butter or ghee
  8. Using an immersion blender (CWB Favorite Pick) or potato masher, blend or mash until smooth and creamy like mashed potatoes
  9. Sprinkle black pepper to taste
  10. Top the parsnip mash with roasted green leeks and enjoy warm
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Special Edition: Cultivated Wellbeing 2 Year Anniversary!

It’s officially been 2 YEARS since I started Cultivated Wellbeing (CWB), and I have to say, it’s been SUCH a fun ride. I’ve enjoyed pretty-much every minute of the journey so far, and I’m looking ahead at what’s to come in all aspects of my life — personal, professional physical, psychological (well, I guess I’m only looking forward to things that start with a “p”).

A pretty cool side-effect of having a blog in the style of CWB is that it sort of doubles as a virtual scrapbook, chronicling the adventures in the aspects of my life that I’m most eager to write about: those in the kitchen, the great outdoors, the garden, and inside my mind. This project started out as an expression of all the ways I wanted to create and feel personally fulfilled, and over the course of the last two years, I’ve whittled away some of the hobby-style aspects of the blog and focused more deeply on the activities I think would be most useful for others — the lessons I’ve learned and discoveries I’ve made along the way that might benefit someone else. 

Pinnacles

I shared this image in my very first CWB post back in 2013. It was taken on a climbing adventure in Pinnacles National Park, and the only proper gear I had for climbing was my harness and shoes. Seeing this — what I’m wearing from head to toe really highlights for me that this was the beginning of an epic adventure in the sport of rock climbing. I barely recognize the person in this picture. She certainly had no idea what was to come!

Progress Report

Over the course of the last two years, I’ve forged relationships with other bloggers through workshops, conferences (like BlogHer), and on the interwebs. These relationships have taught me how to make genuine connections through blogging, how to reach more readers, how to use social media as best I can to get my message out, and ultimately how to create better content for you to read.

I’ve been a guest on radio shows and podcastsfeatured on other blogs and wellness sites, hosted guest bloggers here at CWB, even had a spot on a news show in Milwaukee!

I’ve published three eBooks, one of which was bundled together with masterpieces from some of my peers in the blogosphere in the 2015 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

I’ve forged relationships with companies I believe in and just recently launched a YouTube station dedicated to answering your questions about the Bone Broth Acne Cure.

Oh yeah, and before your very eyes, I cleared 20 years of acne in two weeks with traditionally prepared bone broth. That was a big one. 🙂

The Bone Broth Acne Cure Question and Answer

In the garden

Over the past two years, I’ve built out my garden (even won a competition!) and seen both successes and failures in the front and back yard. I learned that slugs love to get drunk and that peppers and tomatoes prefer the front yard over the back.

I’ve discovered that succulents prefer less sunlight than I thought they did, and that food won’t grow under the shade of a redwood tree.

I’ve set up an indoor seed-sprouting station, been ready to kill my dog over a destroyed green bean crop, and found joy and magic in the surprisingly delicious brassica bean

Above all else, I’ve learned that organic gardening is a humbling endeavor, and that what worked one year might not work the next. In the garden, you will always be surprised (maybe not always pleasantly), and you will inevitably find powdery mildew, aphids, and leaf miners. I’ve learned that nature rules, and there are plenty of variables you can’t control — a lesson that applies on many fronts of life. No matter what you do, or how long you’ve been at it (for me, not all that long), you will always learn something in the garden. I started gardening because I wanted to cultivate my own food, but I’ve ended up cultivating a lot more than that. CWB Garden Spoils (1)

In the kitchen

The CWB kitchen has turned out some pretty fantastic flavors over the last two years, if I might say so myself! Of course, there have been some flops too, which you’ve probably seen if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook. My sad cauliflower pizza crust that crumbled on the plate, the chewiest turkey necks known to man, burning things, under-boiling Dungeness crab … the list goes on and on.

But the gems are in there too! I’m planning to dedicate a whole post to recipe highlights of 2015 at the end of this year, but for now, suffice it to say that if you want to get a bunch of winners all in one package (or three), consider downloading my eBooks! And here are some teasers just because I can’t help myself:

Recipe Round up Sneak Peek!

In the Great Outdoors

The amount of character that has been built entirely out of the perils of climbing and being in the elements could fill a whole book. Granted, we got our van this year, which was HUGE for cold weather camping, but in the end, it’s the adventuring that’s paved the way to a more contemplative and deliberate me. 

Let’s not kid ourselves. Sometimes there’s crying. I’d say that on multi-pitch climbs, there might even often be crying. But I never regret the push. I never regret getting to see the view at the top, struggling with a move I don’t think I can do and then finally pushing through it. Climbing forces you to be in the moment — right there, nowhere else.

It’s not the kind of sport that allows you to check out and move forward mindlessly — there is no multitasking in climbing. You have to be completely in it. And that element of singular focus can really be a challenge for me sometimes. I’m juggling a lot right now in my professional life, and it’s often difficult to turn it off at the day’s end. Climbing forces you to clear your mind and solve the problem in front of you.  And all the while you get to be in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Brag Over

Ok, so I’ve spent this whole post telling you all the great things life has brought in the last 2 years. Sorry if it was over the top. But the point of this post was to encapsulate this moment in time — this two year mark where I look back to see where I was, look in the mirror to see where I am, and look ahead to see where I’m going. And I’m doing all three things with the utmost gratitude and humility.

This work is fun, but it’s a commitment to making tiny little steps forward. There aren’t a ton of overnight blogging success stories, but sometimes it’s hard to resist comparing myself to others, and wondering if there’s something more I could be doing to get to the next level. A little sense of competition never hurt anyone, but that urge to compare can be intoxicating — and toxic. A lesson I’ve learned across everything I’m doing: in blogging, in business, in gardening, cooking, lifting, and ESPECIALLY climbing, is that nothing good comes from comparing myself to other people. All I can do is see where I was, see where I am, and see where I’m going. 

One of the more treacherous experiences of the last two years -- Cathedral Peak in Tuolomne Meadows. This was a multi-pitch climb that involved altitude sickness, getting lost on the route, and realizing as the sun was setting that two out of three of us had forgotten our headlamps. If it weren't for the patient and generous soloers who topped out with us, we might have had to camp out up there.

One of the more treacherous experiences of the last two years — Cathedral Peak in Tuolomne Meadows. This was a multi-pitch climb that involved altitude sickness, getting lost on the route, and realizing as the sun was setting that two out of three of us had forgotten our headlamps. If it weren’t for the patient and generous group of soloers who topped out with us, we might have had to camp out up there. Sure is pretty though, right?

Spoiler Alert!

I won’t spoil everything I have in my bag of goodies, but there are some exciting things in the works at CWB. In this third year of the blog, I plan to launch some exciting new offerings, write another eBook (more to come on that!), and who knows? maybe there will be some new developments in the CWB kitchen that are worth writing home about!  

Until then, THANK YOU for your support over the last two years (or whenever you started reading)! Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter, for replying to my emails, for taking my surveys and answering my questions, for participating in the comments section, for watching my YouTube channel, and for following me on social. The CWB community is amazing, and as we move into this third year, I plan to call on you more and more to ask for your input as I build the next phase of this project. 

Partnering with Bone Broths Co to Bring You the Best Bone Broth on the Market

Editor’s Note (3/20/16): Since writing this post, Bone Broths Co. has changed names to Kettle and Fire. This post has been updated to reflect the changes. The product is still the same top quality.


The questions I get most often at CWB are about my Bone Broth Acne Cure — how to make it, how it works, and will it work for this or that type of skin condition, allergy, or gut problem. I also hear a lot of reservations about actually taking the time to make the bone broth itself.

Over the course of the last two years since sharing my own gut-healing story, I’ve learned that asking people to spend time in the kitchen when they’re not used to it; to leave their stove on low all night or all day while they’re fast asleep or away at work; to buy a bunch of jars and clear space in their freezer — these requests can be pretty uncomfortable for some.

As someone who loves to cook (and someone who suffered long and hard for years with gut and skin problems), it never occurred to me just how big these barriers to entry might be. To those of you who love making your own bone broth, by all means, keep on keeping on; but if you have been curious about bone broth but haven’t tried it because it seemed like a hassle or too much work, I’m talking directly to you for the remainder of this post. 

Shortcut to success with the Bone Broth Acne Cure

Today, I’m offering the ultimate shortcut to getting this nourishing, gut-healing elixir into your belly, so that it can do the important work of sealing your gut lining and clearing your skin. 

I’ve hinted at this collaboration for long enough, and it’s finally time for me to announce that I’ve officially found a pre-made, slow-cooked bone broth that’s up to my quality standards and nutritional snuff — one that I can stand behind and feel good about offering to you with a full vote of confidence. 

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Believe it or not, there is a lot of high-quality bone broth companies to choose from, and I’ve tried quite a few. But a big problem lies in the packaging and the shelf life. Not a single one of the high-quality brands I’ve tried comes shelf-stable.

Kettle & Fire reduces waste with minimal packaging (and no ice packs, which saves you money on shipping) and uses only top quality bones from grass-fed cows and organic veggies, and they slow-cook the broth just like I do at home. 

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The box on the left shipped two cartons of Kettle & Fire product. The box on the left shipped two freezer bags of the same size from a competitor.

Does it gel?

This is an important question. It might be THE question in fact. 

For the past 6 months, I’ve been on a mission to find the right company to work with in my quest to offer YOU, my readers, an excellent pre-made bone broth solution. Upon gently turning down one of the frozen brands I’d sampled, they responded back to me that I’d be sacrificing quality by choosing a shelf-stable bone broth. They said that the broths you find in tetra-packs aren’t cooked long enough, use fewer bones, and don’t gel. While that’s true for one brand I’ve tried that shall remain nameless — and flavorless — it’s patently false about Kettle & Fire

Their product is the absolute exception to this rule. They cook their broth for at least 24 hours to ensure that all the important healing constituents in the bone matrix make it into the liquid. Otherwise, it would be a bland, watery mess like some of their competitors.

Does it gel? YES it gels. Here’s proof: 
Bone Broths Gel

Bone Broth for Travel

The box in the picture above was pulled out of my suitcase, not out of the refrigerator. One of the beauties of having a shelf-stable product (in addition to sparing the environment, skipping the waste, and saving on shipping costs), is that you can now travel with your bone broth. This summer on my 10-day vacation, I packed two of these little boxes in my luggage so that I could enjoy my morning ritual away from home.

And honestly, traveling could be when you need bone broth most — the immune-boosting qualities can protect you when you’re on an airplane breathing recycled air and touching everything that everyone else is touching. 

I’ve tried a number of the pre-made bone broths on the market right now, and I can honestly say that this one not only tastes the best, but is of the absolute highest quality. And the portability is basically priceless — especially for someone like me who likes to escape to the van from time to time and go adventuring. 

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photo credit: Loren Rothman

The CWB/Kettle & Fire Affiliate Partnership

If you’ve been struggling with gut issues or skin problems and haven’t found the time to make homemade bone broth yet, this is your chance to try it without spending more than 1 minute in the kitchen to warm up the mug. 

The Bone Broth Acne Cure

I won’t pretend to know how every individual will react to adding this healing liquid gold into their diet, but as most of you have read, it took just two weeks of drinking the stuff for 20 years of acne to disappear from my face

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These little boxes make two servings each, so if you want to guarantee that you’ll have enough for two weeks straight, I suggest you start with 7 boxes. Your other option is to get the subscription package (which I happen to see as more of a maintenance plan). Either way, you save 15% by using my affiliate link, and you get free shipping too!

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If you have any questions before you purchase, feel free to hit me up. I love helping you guys out, so don’t hesitate to ask!

I can’t wait to hear how you like this bone broth! I love it and have already placed my order for my Thanksgiving travels and a few recipes I plan to feature right here between now and the end of the year.


Addendum #1: Two weeks ago, in an effort to answer the flood of questions that come in about the BBAC, I announced the launch of my new YouTube Channel: Bone Broth Acne Cure: Question and Answer, where I address your burning questions about this amazing remedy. New episodes drop every Thursday at 2pm PST. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss anything, and if you have a question of your own, please reach out to me directly so I can get it answered on a future show. 

Addendum #2: If you haven’t already subscribed to my newsletter, it’s high time you did. You’ll get a free eBook just in time for the fall season. It’s filled with amazing pumpkin recipes that range from sweet to savory, even spicy — and they’re all simple to make! You’ll also have your pick of some of my other clear skin resources, including how to take your skin to the next level: Vibrantly Healthy Skin. Just reply to your welcome email to let me know you want my Bone Broth Acne Cure Resources and I’ll shoot them right over to you as soon as humanly possible.   Subscribe Now
 


FTC DISCLOSURE: This is not a sponsored post but I will receive compensation if you use the links in this post to purchase Bone Broths Co. bone broth. I’m proud to call this company a partner and work with them to bring bone broth to as many people as possible. All opinions are my own.

Flashback: Love Muffins (Almond Flour Muffins [RECIPE])

It’s been a couple of months since I did a “flashback” post, so for those of you who haven’t read the previous ones, I’ll quickly explain. Flashback posts are blasts from the pasts — recipes, experiences, time travel from before my blogging days. I post these stories from time to time, usually because they hold some sort of juicy morsel worth sharing with the world. They often involve a special experience in my life, and today’s flashback recipe is no exception — it’s a love story in fact!

Today, we’re transported back in time to spring of 2011, when these little yummies were introduced to me for the very first time…

Loren had just proposed marriage atop Indian Rock in Berkeley. The following morning, my lovely friend Colleen called to ask if we’d planned to go to the farmers’ market (which took place halfway between our respective homes). I said yes (to both questions!), and she asked if she could meet us there.

Upon seeing Loren and me, she held out a plastic freezer bag filled with beautiful home-baked almond flour muffins and yelled, “CONGRATULATIONS, LOVE MUFFINS!!” A huge fan of cheesiness with a healthy appreciation for pun, I laughed and gave her a big hug, just before sampling a muffin on the spot. Pure gloriousness! I couldn’t wait to get the recipe.

And then the truth was revealed. Once the excitement subsided, Colleen said, “I don’t really need much from the farmers’ market. I just wanted to see your ring, so I brought you these muffins as an excuse. Let’s see it!” 

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We got married the following summer. Here are a couple of pictures (sans muffins).

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A Muffin Was Born

So that’s how the name of these beautiful almond flour muffins came to be — I got engaged, and since they were kind of an engagement gift, they were dubbed “Love Muffins.” And boy oh boy will you love them! My recommendation is to get as creative with these babies as your little heart desires. But first, try them exactly as the recipe suggests. This way you’ll get an idea of just how delicious they are before you start tweaking things.

Then, the next time you make them, play with the details as much as you like without losing the main ingredients that make them a nice, solid muffin (that’s the ingredients with asterisks* next to them in the recipe below, for those of you who were wondering).almond flour muffins love muffins

Some variations could include:

  • skipping the chocolate and adding fresh blueberries
  • doubling the cocoa powder and skipping the dried cherries for a chocolate/chocolate experience
  • switching out the dried cherries for fresh cranberries and adding in some orange extract
  • swapping the cocoa for cinnamon and switching to white chocolate chips, or even skipping them altogether 
  • adding additional nuts and seeds of your choosing for a heartier, more calorie-dense snack

On the Health Front

This muffin works great for breakfast or a snack, but it does have some extra sugar in it. If you’re tracking your sugar, choose the darkest possible chocolate chips for your muffins or skip the chocolate chips altogether. (These chocolate chips from Enjoy Life are my favorite because they’re dark chocolate and soy-free.) (affiliate link) You can also reduce the amount of maple syrup to 1/4 cup to further cut back the sugar.

These muffins are gluten-free and grain-free, decently high-fiber, full of healthy fats and proteins (from the eggs, almonds, and walnuts), and are sweetened with an unrefined, natural sugar source. They’re a perfectly wholesome addition to nearly any diet — plus they’re called Love Muffins, which makes them great for the mind, body, and spirit. 🙂 

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Love Muffins
This recipe yields 8 large muffins or 10 medium-sized muffins
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 3 eggs*
  2. ½ cup real maple syrup
  3. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries
  5. ½ cup chopped walnuts
  6. ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  7. 1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 3 cups of almond flour*
  9. ½ tsp baking soda*
  10. ¼ tsp salt*
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a muffin tin with baking cups
  3. Combine the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa in a bowl
  4. Combine the cherries, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla, maple syrup, and eggs in another bowl
  5. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well
  6. Evenly fill each baking cup with the batter
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes
Notes
  1. *ingredients with asterisks should remain the same no matter how you modify the recipe with new or substituted ingredients I suggested in the post.
Adapted from a recipe in the book Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass
Adapted from a recipe in the book Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass
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