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Paleo Hot Chocolate

Paleo Hot Chocolate AltBeing that practically the entire east coast has just been slammed with snow, a paleo hot chocolate would be a great way for us all to bring this weekend to a close. Escape from all that snow, and get warm with this delicious paleo hot chocolate. I used 72% cacao chocolate. Using real chocolate, rather than powdered cocoa, makes this paleo hot chocolate rich, dark and creamy. Just make sure you’re choosing high quality chocolate without gluten, soy and dairy in order to keep it paleo. The coconut sugar gives it a caramel-y sweetness, but feel free to adjust the amount based on your taste. The sea salt and vanilla extract bring out all of the flavor, so don’t even think about skipping these secret ingredients. The coconut whipped cream adds even more creaminess and is the perfect topping to brighten up the rich chocolate. You can cut this paleo hot chocolate recipe in half for an individual serving, or double it for a family of 4. Whether you are snowed in or not, please join me in cozying up tonight with a warm mug full of this delicious paleo hot chocolate!

Tomato Basil Paleo Raviolis

Paleo RavioliThese tomato basil paleo raviolis may look intimidating at first glance, but trust me when I say this meal is quite simple to create. The tomato basil filling blends together in about 60 seconds, and once the pasta dough comes together it is so easy to work with. Once you taste these paleo raviolis, it will be hard to believe they are actually paleo. The first bite you take with the creamy filling paired with the tender pasta will make you completely forget you’re eating healthy. These are just as good leftover as they are fresh, so make some paleo raviolis in advance and reheat with your favorite pasta sauce for a quick weeknight meal.

How I’m Detoxing My Home

Detoxing My Home

In my last post, I talked about my new year’s resolution of becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness. That’s been going pretty good so far. For me I have found that it’s basically about recognizing when I’m rehashing the past or worrying about the future and refocusing my attention on what I’m doing at that moment whether it be cooking, driving, working, etc. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered how you actually got there? Me too, and it’s probably because we were focusing on something else during the entire drive. That’s not good! So I plan on trying to catch myself in those moments, letting those thoughts pass and placing my attention back into the moment. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve focus, memory, stress management, decision making, and so much more.

So becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness is my new year’s resolution for 2016, but I also have something else in mind. It’s not so much a resolution as a goal, and you may have recently seen a few sneak peaks on my Instagram and Facebook.

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Practicing Mindfulness | My New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year. A fresh start. A time to reflect on the past year and make a resolution for the new one. It’s been said that only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions. But if a new year’s resolution makes me just a little better at something, that’s worth it to me. As I reflected on the year 2015, I chose my new year’s resolution based upon an area of my life that I felt needed improvement. That is why, in 2016, my resolution is to become accustom to practicing mindfulness.  Before I go any further, let me help you understand what it is that I am referring to…

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New Year Banner | Free Printable

IMG_0716_croppedNow that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday that is upon us, New Year’s Day! But what is New Year’s Day without an appropriate celebration the night before on New Year’s Eve? Another popular day that is typically spent with your closest family and friends, but surprisingly 62% of us stay home for New Year’s Eve. However, staying in the comfort of your own home on New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean it has to be boring. That’s why I created this free printable new year banner, so that you are better equipped to throw the best New Year’s Eve bash EVER.

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Refined Sugar-Free Sangria

Sugar-Free SangriaChristmas is less than a week away, and this refined sugar-free sangria is perfect for your holiday gatherings. It’s a synch to throw together, and everyone will love the sweet, fruity and fresh flavor it delivers.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash SoupSo I told you guys in my last post how obsessed I am with butternut squash, and you’ll see that I am not kidding! I’ve literally been having it at least once a week in some shape or form. Most recently, I created this roasted butternut squash soup and it is soooo good. Warm, comforting, creamy, sweet, silky, delicious… I could go on, but I’ll spare you. The point is that you need to make this soup, like, right now.

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Paleo Roasted Butternut Squash 1I love this time of year, because winter squash is in season, and right now I’m obsessed with this simple roasted butternut squash. I’ve been making it at least once a week, but I could literally eat this everyday. It’s creamy, sweet and melts in your mouth. The butter coats the squash and gives it a caramelized finish that is to die for. I like to pair it with my maple glazed pulled pork for a savory comfort meal. I could also see pairing this alongside chili or a sloppy joe. Yum, I’m getting hungry just writing this! This simple roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish that pairs with just about anything. I like to prep the squash (peel and cut) before work in the morning, so that I can just toss it into the oven when I get home. The best is when I have meat cooking in the crock pot, because I have an amazing meal ready in what feels like lickety-split. You’ll notice onions in the photos, but I’ve realized since then that I like this better with just the butternut squash by itself. I will update the photo just as soon as I can get a picture before it all gets eaten!

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup FinalThanksgiving is only a week away, so now is the time to plan your menu and buy your groceries. Surprisingly, this holiday is actually quite easy to keep healthy and within the realm of paleo. You may be wondering how in the world you can make paleo stuffing or pumpkin pie, and what about the candied yams topped with marshmallow!? Well its time to rejoice, because you don’t have to give up those traditional Thanksgiving recipes just to stay paleo. There are plenty of recipes out there to make your entire turkey day feast paleo, and I’ve gathered them here for you. These healthy comfort foods will satisfy the biggest appetite without even feeling “healthy” and definitely without that post-feast guilt. So without further ado, here is my paleo Thanksgiving recipe roundup that includes the bird, dessert and everything in between.