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Egyptian Lentil Soup GAPS Legal Recipe

GAPS Legal Egyptian Lentil Soup

Are you getting bored with the same old flavor profile? It's easy to do, no matter what dietary guidelines you are following. Well, here is a soup to get you out of our rut!

This delicious soup is legal on Full GAPS, and have been a hit with every single one of the many people I have served it too. This is not a leftover that gets forgotten in the fridge... it has disappeared much sooner than you want it to be gone! I hope you enjoy this Egyptian lentil soup!

Egyptian Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Meat Stock

  • 1 cup Dried Red Lentils, Sprouted

  • 2 cups Chopped Onions (about 1 medium onion)

  • 2 cups Chopped Cauliflower, about half a small cauliflower

  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Other Fat

  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/3 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro or 1 tsp Dried Cilantro

  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

  • Sour Cream (optional)

  • Avocado (optional)

Directions

To sprout the red lentils, soak lentils overnight in filtered water. In the morning, rinse them with filtered water. Leave them drained with a mesh lid over the jar. Rinse every 12 hours until little tails grow, between 2 and 5 days. When they are dry, dehydrate them and store them in a jar until ready to use.

It's important to sprout the lentils for this GAPS Legal and GAPS Friendly Egyptian Lentil Soup recipe. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Add the lentils to the pot. After about 10-15 minutes, add cauliflower and cook for about ten minutes.

This Egyptian Lentil Soup recipe comes together easily because of the rough chop of the vegetables. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Roughly chop the cauliflower and onion.

Peel and crush garlic cloves. Add onions and garlic to pot.

Lower the heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the lentils and veggies are tender.

Take pot from stove burner and set aside for at least five minutes.

In a small saucepan, add the oil; warm over low heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.

This easy Egyptian Lentil Soup features toasted spices. It's GAPS Legal, GAPS Friendly and good for the Whole 30 and Paleo diets as well. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Add in the cumin, turmeric, and salt. Cook and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes or until the cumin has released its fragrance. Be careful not to scorch the spices.

Set spice mixture aside for 1 minute to cool.

Egyptian Lentil Soup is an easy GAPS Legal and GAPS Friendly recipe. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture. Add cilantro. Stir to combine.

This Egyptian Lentil Soup recipe can be pureed to whatever consistency you'd like. It's a GAPS Friendly recipe and GAPS Legal. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

You can puree the soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender. Blend to desired texture. I like to leave it a bit chunky.

Add in lemon juice, stir to combine.

Don't skip this step! The lemon really makes the soup, and if it is tasting blah and boring, you need more lemon (and probably a little more salt).

Finish your GAPS Legal Egyptian Lentil soup with a dollop of sour cream and a few slices of avocado for a healthy dose of fat. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and slices of avocado. And, as always, I recommend that everyone add additional salt as needed to taste.

Note:

To make this soup go further, you can add a potato. This makes the recipe not GAPS legal and you’ll also need to add a little bit of extra stock.

Finish your GAPS Legal Egyptian Lentil soup with a dollop of sour cream and a few slices of avocado for a healthy dose of fat. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Egyptian Lentil Soup

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ingredients:

  • 5 cups Meat Stock
  • 1 cup Dried Red Lentils, Sprouted
  • 2 cups Chopped Onions (about 1 medium onion)
  • 2 cups Chopped Cauliflower, about half a small cauliflower
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Other Fat
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro or 1 tsp Dried Cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Egyptian Lentil Soup

  1. To sprout the red lentils, soak lentils overnight in filtered water. In the morning, rinse them with filtered water. Leave them drained with a mesh lid over the jar. Rinse every 12 hours until little tails grow, between 2 and 5 days. When they are dry, dehydrate them and store them in a jar until ready to use.
  2. Add the lentils to the pot. After about 10-15 minutes, add cauliflower and cook for about ten minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the cauliflower and onion.
  4. Peel and crush garlic cloves. Add onions and garlic to pot.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the lentils and veggies are tender.
  6. Take pot from stove burner and set aside for at least five minutes.
  7. In a small saucepan, add the oil; warm over low heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.
  8. Add in the cumin, turmeric, and salt. Cook and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes or until the cumin has released its fragrance. Be careful not to scorch the spices.
  9. Set spice mixture aside for 1 minute to cool.
  10. Stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture. Add cilantro. Stir to combine.
  11. You can puree the soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender. Blend to desired texture. I like to leave it a bit chunky.
  12. Add in lemon juice, stir to combine. Don't skip this step! The lemon really makes the soup, and if it is tasting blah and boring, you need more lemon (and probably a little more salt).
  13. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and slices of avocado. And, as always, I recommend that everyone add additional salt as needed to taste.
  14. Note:
  15. To make this soup go further, you can add a potato. This makes the recipe not GAPS legal and you’ll also need to add a little bit of extra stock.
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Simple Easy Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

GAPS Legal Hollandaise Sauce Recipe Made with Limes

What do you do when you are bored or eggs two ways (scrambled or fried?)... make hollandaise sauce, of course!

I'm not sure how the true chefs will react to this recipe because I'm sure I don't get my hollandaise sauce as smooth as it's supposed to be, but so many of you have asked for this favorite recipe of mine that I want to share it here! I have now made this sauce dozens of times and there are a few principles I have learned about what makes this dish different than plain scrambled eggs.

#1 Don't do this in a cast-iron or your eggs will taste like iron.

#2 Lower heat makes for smoother sauce. But if you are in a hurry and don't mind lumps, more heat and less time still creates a delicious meal.

#3 The acid (lime or lemon juice) is the real key to this dish. I make my plain scrambled eggs with similar amounts of butter, but it is the lime that makes the eggs more smooth.

#4 I prefer lime over lemon because it is more mild and I feel I can add more of it without overpowering the dish. I believe this makes the hollandaise sauce easier to successfully make. After having done this many times there is a color change I look for when adding the lime juice. When I achieve this color change I know that my sauce will turn out decently smooth.

As you make this sauce, don't give up if you don't achieve your desired smoothness the first time! As with most cooking, this is an art and skill that you will get better at with practice. Enjoy your hollandaise sauce!

Simple Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 (ish) tablespoons Butter

  • ½ lime, freshly squeezed

Directions

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Melt butter in pan on very low heat.

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A smooth hollandaise sauce is achievable! Whisk the eggs quickly before adding to melted butter. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Beat two eggs in a bowl.

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Hollandaise Sauce is my most requested recipe! I eat this GAPS Legal and GAPS friendly sauce on chicken, vegetables and with eggs. It's also Whole 30 and Paleo friendly! Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Add eggs to pan as soon as butter is melted.

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The key to making a good Hollandaise Sauce is to whisk constantly for a smooth sauce. This GAPS legal recipe couldn't be easier! Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Mix sauce together, stirring constantly. Add lime juice. Using a whisk will get you a smoother sauce but I don’t mind a chunkier sauce.

If your eggs start to thicken, turn down your heat or add more lime juice.

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An easy simple recipe for Hollandaise Sauce with only three ingredients. This recipe is legal on the GAPS Diet, Whole 30 and Paleo. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

The sauce is done when it holds together more and you can start to see the bottom of the pan.

Serve immediately! Serve with chicken, artichokes, vegetables.

Note:

Do not cook this is in an cast iron pan! Use a stainless steel pan with good heat protection.

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Hollandaise Sauce with Limes

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ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 (ish) tablespoons Butter
  • ½ lime, freshly squeezed

instructions:

How to cook Hollandaise Sauce with Limes

  1. Melt butter in pan on very low heat.
  2. A smooth hollandaise sauce is achievable! Whisk the eggs quickly before adding to melted butter. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.
  3. Beat two eggs in a bowl.
  4. Hollandaise Sauce is my most requested recipe! I eat this GAPS Legal and GAPS friendly sauce on chicken, vegetables and with eggs. It's also Whole 30 and Paleo friendly! Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.
  5. Add eggs to pan as soon as butter is melted.
  6. The key to making a good Hollandaise Sauce is to whisk constantly for a smooth sauce. This GAPS legal recipe couldn't be easier! Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.
  7. Mix sauce together, stirring constantly. Add lime juice. Using a whisk will get you a smoother sauce but I don’t mind a chunkier sauce.
  8. If your eggs start to thicken, turn down your heat or add more lime juice.
  9. An easy simple recipe for Hollandaise Sauce with only three ingredients. This recipe is legal on the GAPS Diet, Whole 30 and Paleo. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.
  10. The sauce is done when it holds together more and you can start to see the bottom of the pan.
  11. Serve immediately! Serve with chicken, artichokes, vegetables.
  12. Note:
  13. Do not cook this is in an cast iron pan! Use a stainless steel pan with good heat protection.
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Swedish Gravlax Recipe

This meal is adapted from GAPS Cookbook by Dr. Natasha Campbell

This is a brined fish meal legal on GAPS stage 2. You eat little pieces, one small piece a day.

Swedish Gravlax Recipe

Ingredients for Swedish Gravlax:

  • ½ lb Fresh Wild Caught Salmon

  • Fresh Dill

  • Freshly Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

  • 4 cup Room Temperature Filtered Water

  • 1 tbsp Honey

  • 1 ½ tbsp Salt

Directions for Swedish Gravlax:

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Thinly slice the fish.

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Place fish slices into a deep tray.

Sprinkle with dill sprigs and pepper.

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Dissolve honey and salt in water to make a brine.

Pour brine over fish.

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Leave at room temperature for 1 - 1 ½ hours.

Pour the water out.

Serve on lettuce or eat alone.

Store in refrigerator and consume within two days.


Swedish Gravlax Recipe

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ingredients:

  • ½ lb Fresh Wild Caught Salmon
  • Fresh Dill
  • Freshly Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 cup Room Temperature Filtered Water
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp Salt

instructions:

How to cook Swedish Gravlax Recipe

  1. Thinly slice the fish.
  2. Place fish slices into a deep tray.
  3. Sprinkle with dill sprigs and pepper.
  4. Dissolve honey and salt in water to make a brine.
  5. Pour brine over fish.
  6. Leave at room temperature for 1 - 1 ½ hours.
  7. Pour the water out.
  8. Serve on lettuce or eat alone.
  9. Store in refrigerator and consume within two days.
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Citrus and Chocolate Fudge Made with Coconut

GAPS Legal Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Fudge and Citrus Coconut Fudge

The GAPS Legal Fudge is a delicious holiday recipe and easy to share with family and friends! This recipe comes together quickly, besides the melting of the coconut butter and oil. I like making this recipe on a snowy day because it’s fun to chill the pans in a snowbank! It makes me feel like a pioneer.

For the citrus fudge, you can use any citrus you like. I prefer orange. You can also use all shredded coconut if you like. I prefer a little crunch in my fudge and like to add the flakes.You can make these flavors on their own and keep them separate. However, I prefer the two flavors together.

To combine the flavors, make the chocolate peppermint fudge first and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill rapidly while you make the citrus fudge. Once chilled, pour the citrus fudge over the top and chill again.The fudge keeps for quite a while and doesn’t melt easily at room temperature. Even so, storing in the fridge is best.Enjoy!

Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Fudge

Ingredients for chocolate peppermint coconut fudge

  • ½ cup coconut butter

  • ½ cup coconut oil

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 tsp peppermint extract or 2 drops peppermint oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

Directions for chocolate peppermint coconut fudge

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Melt coconut butter on medium heat by adding water to the bottom of a pot and placing jar on top. Or add jar and water to crockpot and heat for two hours until melted.

Melt coconut oil in a separate pot. Crush coconut flakes into smaller pieces.

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, peppermint, vanilla, shredded coconut and coconut flakes into a food processor.

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Spread mixture into a pan.Chill for 30 minutes.

Add hot water to the sink. Float pan in mixture approx 1 minute until mixture releases from sides. Dip a knife in hot water then slice fudge into pieces.

How to Make Citrus coconut Fudge

Ingredients for citrus coconut fudge

  • ½ cup coconut butter

  • ½ cup coconut oil

  • ⅓ cup raw honey

  • 1 tbsp citrus zest

  • 2 tbs citrus juice

  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

  • ¼ cup Coconut Flakes

Directions for citrus coconut fudge

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Melt coconut butter on medium heat by adding water to the bottom of a pot and placing jar on top. Or add jar and water to crockpot and heat for two hours until melted. Melt coconut oil in a separate pot.

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, peppermint, and vanilla into a food processor.

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Spread mixture into a pan.Chill for 30 minutes.

This GAPS Legal Coconut Fudge comes in two flavors, citrus and peppermint. You can make the flavors separately but I prefer them layered together. Use coconut butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes for a delicious gluten free, dairy free and GAPS legal fudge. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic

Add hot water to the sink. Float pan in mixture approx 1 minute until mixture releases from sides. Dip a knife in hot water then slice fudge into pieces.


Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

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ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract or 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

instructions:

How to cook Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

  1. Melt coconut butter on medium heat by adding water to the bottom of a pot and placing jar on top. Or add jar and water to crockpot and heat for two hours until melted.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a separate pot. Crush coconut flakes into smaller pieces.
  3. Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, peppermint, vanilla, shredded coconut and coconut flakes into a food processor.
  4. Spread mixture into a pan.Chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Add hot water to the sink. Float pan in mixture approx 1 minute until mixture releases from sides. Dip a knife in hot water then slice fudge into pieces.
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Citrus Coconut Fudge

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ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp citrus zest
  • 2 tbs citrus juice
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup Coconut Flakes

instructions:

How to cook Citrus Coconut Fudge

  1. Melt coconut butter on medium heat by adding water to the bottom of a pot and placing jar on top. Or add jar and water to crockpot and heat for two hours until melted. Melt coconut oil in a separate pot.
  2. Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, peppermint, and vanilla into a food processor.
  3. Spread mixture into a pan. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Add hot water to the sink. Float pan in mixture approx 1 minute until mixture releases from sides. Dip a knife in hot water then slice fudge into pieces.
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Brownies Made with Dates

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, GAPS Legal Brownies Made with Dates

While these brownies are not as sweet as conventional brownies, they were deemed by some tasters on the GAPS Diet as being “Better than Brownies.” These GAPS legal brownies are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, and egg free.

Even better, besides the 24 hour fermentation time needed for the almond flour, these brownies can be made very quickly! These brownies actually get better over time so it’s actually better to make them a day before to let the flavors meld. They would be delicious eaten alongside homemade ice cream or with homemade whipped cream and fruit.

Better Than Brownies - GAPS Legal Brownies

Ingredients for brownies made from dates

  • 2 cups of almond flour

  • 5 tablespoons Whey

  • 18 dates

  • ½ cup Filtered Water

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil + extra to grease the baking dish

  • ¼ cup Cacao Powder

  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

  • ¼ cup Cacao Nibs (optional)

  • ¼ cup Crispy Nuts (optional)

Directions for brownies made from dates

24 Hours Before:

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Add almond flour and cacao powder to a bowl. Use a fork to get rid of almond flour clumps.Add whey and stir to moisten.Cover and leave on counter to ferment for 24 hours.

The Next Day:

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Cut up 18 dates, removing the inner pit.Add ½ cup Filtered Water.

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Cook on low heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed, about 4-6 minutes. (think like making applesauce.) Watch closely to make sure dates don’t burn. You may need to add more water as you go depending on how dry your dates are so they’re able to fully hydrate without burning. Be sure not to add too much or it will thin the eventual date paste.

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

When dates are soft, turn off the heat. Puree the mixture in the pot with an immersion blender or add to a blender or food processor until smooth. The smoother the date texture, the more appealing the brownies!Preheat oven to 350.Grease a baking dish or pie pan with coconut oil. Do not use a metal baking dish or the edges will burn.

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Combine coconut oil and dates into the almond flour mixture. If you’re using a blender, add the coconut oil to the blender and blend until smooth before adding to the flour mixture. Optionally, add cacao nibs and crispy nuts.

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Stir the mixture until smooth, being sure to get all the clumps out. You want the mixture to be as smooth as possible. The batter will be thick. Add batter to greased baking sheet and smooth out.

These GAPS legal brownies were deemed as better than brownies. They are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, and made with fermented almond flour and dates. Recipe by certified GAPS Practitioner Amy Mihaly, Be Well Clinic.

Bake for 45 minutes until the knife comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Instead of date paste, you can use applesauce but the brownies will not be as sweet and you will need to make your own applesauce that is thick so it creates the right consistency.

  • These brownies get better with age!

  • These are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, egg free and legal on GAPS.


Brownies Made with Dates

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ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 5 tablespoons Whey
  • 18 dates
  • ½ cup Filtered Water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil + extra to grease the baking dish
  • ¼ cup Cacao Powder
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Cacao Nibs (optional)
  • ¼ cup Crispy Nuts (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Brownies Made with Dates

24 Hours in Advance
  1. Add almond flour and cacao powder to a bowl. Use a fork to get rid of almond flour clumps.Add whey and stir to moisten.Cover and leave on counter to ferment for 24 hours.
The Next Day
  1. Cut up 18 dates, removing the inner pit. Add ½ cup Filtered Water.
  2. Cook on low heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed, about 4-6 minutes. (think like making applesauce.) Watch closely to make sure dates don’t burn. You may need to add more water as you go depending on how dry your dates are so they’re able to fully hydrate without burning. Be sure not to add too much or it will thin the eventual date paste.
  3. When dates are soft, turn off the heat. Puree the mixture in the pot with an immersion blender or add to a blender or food processor until smooth. The smoother the date texture, the more appealing the brownies!Preheat oven to 350.Grease a baking dish or pie pan with coconut oil. Do not use a metal baking dish or the edges will burn.
  4. Combine coconut oil and dates into the almond flour mixture. If you’re using a blender, add the coconut oil to the blender and blend until smooth before adding to the flour mixture. Optionally, add cacao nibs and crispy nuts.
  5. Stir the mixture until smooth, being sure to get all the clumps out. You want the mixture to be as smooth as possible. The batter will be thick. Add batter to greased baking sheet and smooth out.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until the knife comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
  7. Notes:
  8. Instead of date paste, you can use applesauce but the brownies will not be as sweet and you will need to make your own applesauce that is thick so it creates the right consistency.
  9. These brownies get better with age!
  10. These are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, egg free and legal on GAPS.
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Mayo Free Deviled Eggs Recipe

Mayo Free GAPS Legal Deviled Eggs 2 Ways

The story of these GAPS legal deviled eggs has a long beginning.

One of the foods I miss most? Mayonnaise. Now I know there are different mayos out there, even ones you can make yourself that are GAPS legal. But unless it tastes like the Real Mayo deliciousness that I remember, I have no interest in consuming it. I was a mayo snob long before I payed attention to what I ate!

Because I haven't found a mayo my taste buds approve of there is no mayonnaise in my refrigerator, even if it's just to make recipes like deviled eggs with. So one day when I had a hankerin' for deviled eggs I got the creative juices flowing and started experimenting with recipes. My first thought was to substitute the mayo for butter. After all, fat is the main reason deviled eggs are so good, right? A batch with butter resulted in delicious and very rich eggs, but the texture was very strange (hard), especially if refrigeration was required. Then I thought to add some sour cream to the mixture. At first I still had too much butter (50:50 ratio), but eventually found a ratio that works well—the butter adds some firmness to the "runnier" sour cream. This gives you a good base that allows you to flavor your deviled eggs as desired.

Next I wanted to come up with a dairy-free egg that my sister could enjoy. I immediately thought of using avocado as the fat. This also resulted in a delicious deviled egg, that's just a little green. I have served these eggs to many people, and as long as they know there is avocado in it, no one has had an issue with the color. And these are perfect for serving at a Dr. Seuss gathering as part of green eggs and ham! No artificial coloring required!

I have discovered that deviled egg recipes can be very familial. If these don't taste like the deviled eggs your grandma made, I encourage you to springboard off the base ingredients and modify the recipe to try and recreate your family memories. After all, that's what recipes are all about, aren't they? If you come up with something particularly delicious, we'd love if you share it with us in the comments below!

Enjoy these GAPS Legal Deviled Eggs, 2 Ways!

Dairy Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

Ingredients for Avocado Deviled Eggs

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 medium or ½ cup Avocado

  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder

  • 1 tbsp of water

  • 1 tsp Vinegar

  • ½ tsp Honey

  • ¼ tsp Salt

  • Lemon

  • Chili Powder (optional)

  • Paprika (optional)

  • Cilantro (optional)

Directions for Avocado Deviled Eggs

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Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.

Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.

Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.

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Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.

Cut the peeled eggs in half.

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In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.Set the egg whites onto a plate.

Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.

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Mash the avocado into the egg yolks with a fork.

Add mustard powder to the egg yolk mixture.

Add water and vinegar to mixture. Mix well.

Add honey, salt and lemon. Mix well.

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Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.

Sprinkle with chili powder or paprika or top with sprigs of cilantro.

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If you have leftover egg mixture, you can dip vegetables into it or smear onto scrambled eggs or crackers.

For a spicier egg, add more mustard powder!

These are legal on GAPS stage 4.


Sour Cream Deviled Eggs

Ingredients for Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

  • 6 eggs

  • ½ c Sour Cream

  • 1 tbsp Room Temperature Butter

  • 1 - 1 ½ tsp Vinegar

  • 1 tsp Honey

  • ¼ tsp Mustard Powder

  • ⅛ tsp salt

  • Paprika (optional)

Directions for Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

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Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.

Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.

Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.

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Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.

Cut the peeled eggs in half.

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In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.

Set the egg whites onto a plate.

Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.

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Add the butter to the mixture and mix well.

Add the sour cream. Mix.

Add 1 tsp of the vinegar plus all the honey and salt. Mix.

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These are less tangy than a traditional deviled egg. To add more tang, add up to ½ tsp of vinegar.

Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.

Sprinkle with paprika.


Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

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ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 medium or ½ cup Avocado
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Lemon
  • Chili Powder (optional)
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional

instructions:

How to cook Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.
  2. Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.
  3. Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.
  4. Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.
  5. Cut the peeled eggs in half.
  6. In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.Set the egg whites onto a plate.
  7. Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.
  8. Mash the avocado into the egg yolks with a fork.
  9. Add mustard powder to the egg yolk mixture.
  10. Add water and vinegar to mixture. Mix well.
  11. Add honey, salt and lemon. Mix well.
  12. Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.
  13. Sprinkle with chili powder or paprika or top with sprigs of cilantro.
  14. If you have leftover egg mixture, you can dip vegetables into it or smear onto scrambled eggs or crackers.
  15. For a spicier egg, add more mustard powder!
  16. These are legal on GAPS stage 4.
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Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

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ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • ½ c Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Room Temperature Butter
  • 1 - 1 ½ tsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Paprika (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.
  2. Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.
  3. Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.
  4. Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.
  5. Cut the peeled eggs in half.
  6. In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.
  7. Set the egg whites onto a plate.
  8. Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.
  9. Add the butter to the mixture and mix well.
  10. Add the sour cream. Mix.
  11. Add 1 tsp of the vinegar plus all the honey and salt. Mix.
  12. These are less tangy than a traditional deviled egg. To add more tang, add up to ½ tsp of vinegar.
  13. Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.
  14. Sprinkle with paprika.
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Honey Roasted Chicken Recipe

I've been posting some of my ol' stand by recipes, and this cinnamon-toasted honey-roasted chicken is one of the first Paleo recipes I truly enjoyed. You can tell this is an old recipe because it uses honey... something I don't usually use anymore in my baking and cooking, but I can't give it up!

Roasting a chicken is a great and simple way to make a meal. This particular roasting recipe requires a little more attention than others, as you need to baste and adjust the temperature often, but it's definitely worth it! Just make sure to set the time or you might end up with a fried-to-a-crisp chicken! Also, I recommend doing this in as small of a dish as fits your chicken. As you can see from the final pictures if the juices get too spread out they will burn! This is a larger dish than I usually use (I thought it would be pretty for the photos), and I will never use it for this recipe again! I hope you enjoy!  

Recipe Adapted from The Paleo Project by Dr. Marc Bubbs

GAPS Legal Honey Roasted Chicken Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 9 cloves of garlic

  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey

Directions for gaps legal roasted chicken with honey

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Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Make your rub by mixing cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.

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Crush 5 cloves with the flat of your knife, keep 4 cloves of garlic whole.

Remove the giblets. Wash and pat dry the chicken. Make sure you dry the chicken really well so the rub will stick.

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Drizzle approx. 2 tbs of honey of the top of the chicken, rub both sides well.

Massage the rub on the chicken, making sure to rub both sides.

Add all garlic cloves to chicken cavity.

Cover chicken with parchment paper and aluminum foil to keep cinnamon from burning.

Roast at 500 degree for 15 min then decrease your oven to 450 for 15 minutes.

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Remove chicken from oven. Baste chicken with juice drippings.

Reduce oven to 425. Recover chicken and bake for approx 30 - 45  minutes until chicken reaches internal temp of 165. Uncover chicken for five more minutes then remove from oven.

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Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes.

Carve chicken and serve! Make sure you enjoy the skin while it’s crispy and hot!

Notes:If your chicken came with giblets, you can add them to your next batch of stock or make liver pate.

I don’t normally recommend baking with honey but for this delicious recipe I make an exception.

Save the gelatin and juices of this chicken! Once cooled, they are like candy because of the sweet honey and cinnamon.


Honey Roasted Chicken

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ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 9 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey

instructions:

How to cook Honey Roasted Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Make your rub by mixing cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Crush 5 cloves with the flat of your knife, keep 4 cloves of garlic whole.
  4. Remove the giblets. Wash and pat dry the chicken. Make sure you dry the chicken really well so the rub will stick.
  5. Drizzle approx. 2 tbs of honey of the top of the chicken, rub both sides well.
  6. Massage the rub on the chicken, making sure to rub both sides.
  7. Add all garlic cloves to chicken cavity.
  8. Cover chicken with parchment paper and aluminum foil to keep cinnamon from burning.
  9. Roast at 500 degree for 15 min then decrease your oven to 450 for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove chicken from oven. Baste chicken with juice drippings.
  11. Reduce oven to 425. Recover chicken and bake for approx 30 - 45 minutes until chicken reaches internal temp of 165. Uncover chicken for five more minutes then remove from oven.
  12. Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes.
  13. Carve chicken and serve! Make sure you enjoy the skin while it’s crispy and hot!
  14. Notes:If your chicken came with giblets, you can add them to your next batch of stock or make liver pate.
  15. I don’t normally recommend baking with honey but for this delicious recipe I make an exception.
  16. Save the gelatin and juices of this chicken! Once cooled, they are like candy because of the sweet honey and cinnamon.
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GAPS Legal Zucchini Pizza Bites

Recently I needed a bit of a change. I needed something exciting to eat! And I really wanted pizza. But even though I know how to make a GAPS legal pizza crust I did not want to spend the time or energy to make it. Then I came up with this brilliant idea... pizza bites... on zucchini! and what's better? They are stage 4 (and beyond) GAPS legal!

I happened to have just bought some good-quality uncured pepperoni at the store, and had some sauce in the cabinet (although if I don't happen to have that I just as easily throw a couple tomatoes in a blender and make my own sauce on the stove). I tried it, and it worked! Delicious pizza bites that really taste like pizza (with zucchini on it) and can be made to suit any taste or dietary guidelines.

Unless you can't eat zucchini, you should be able to modify this for anyone. The fat used can be anything. You could leave off the tomato sauce, or make a while sauce. You can top with anything you can tolerate. Most people can tolerate raw cheese by the time they get to full GAPS And I guarantee that even if you can't do pepperoni, there is some type of meat you can have! Part of what makes a pizza is cheese and tomato sauce, so without these you will have a little different taste, but that doesn't mean you won't have something delicious!

Ingredients for gaps friendly pizza made with zucchini:

  • Zucchini

  • 2 TBS Lard, Butter or Other Fat

  • Italian Seasonings

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Pizza Sauce (make your own or buy a sugar free version in a glass jar)

  • Mozzarella Cheese

  • Uncured Pepperoni

  • Other Pizza Toppings of Your Choice

Directions for gaps friendly pizza made with zucchini:

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Sliced the zucchini into rounds, approx ¼ thick. Don’t slice too thin!

Add your preferred fat to a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add zucchini slices. Your zucchini should not be swimming in the fat!

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Sprinkle zucchini slices with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings.

Grate the mozzarella cheese.

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Once the zucchini slices are golden brown (8-10 min), flip them to the other side.

GAPS Legal pizza is a thing! These pizza bites are gluten free because they’re made with zucchini. Zucchini pizza bites are GAPS legal past stage four and are a great summer recipe on what to do with too much zucchini. GAPS Friendly pizza made with zucchini recipe by holistic healthcare provider and certified GAPS provider Amy Mihaly.

Spoon tomato sauce on top of each zucchini slice. Top with uncured pepperoni or other toppings of your choice and add grated mozzarella cheese. Cover for 2 - 3 minutes so the cheese melts.

GAPS Legal pizza is a thing! These pizza bites are gluten free because they’re made with zucchini. Zucchini pizza bites are GAPS legal past stage four and are a great summer recipe on what to do with too much zucchini. GAPS Friendly pizza made with zucchini recipe by holistic healthcare provider and certified GAPS provider Amy Mihaly.

Once the cheese is melted, your zucchini pizzas are done!

Other toppings you could try would be artichoke hearts, olives. anchovies, or cooked chicken pieces. (Think your favorite pizza toppings!) Enjoy! Careful, they are hot! Once they have cooled a little, you can cut them into fourths to be served to those with small mouths. And as any good pizza is, they are delicious cold as well!  

What are your favorite toppings? Did you find good combinations? Let us know!


Zucchini Pizza Bites

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ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • 2 TBS Lard, Butter or Other Fat
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pizza Sauce (make your own or buy a sugar free version in a glass jar)
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Uncured Pepperoni
  • Other Pizza Toppings of Your Choice

instructions:

How to cook Zucchini Pizza Bites

  1. Sliced the zucchini into rounds, approx ¼ thick. Don’t slice too thin!
  2. Add your preferred fat to a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add zucchini slices. Your zucchini should not be swimming in the fat!
  3. Sprinkle zucchini slices with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings.
  4. Grate the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Once the zucchini slices are golden brown (8-10 min), flip them to the other side.
  6. Spoon tomato sauce on top of each zucchini slice. Top with uncured pepperoni or other toppings of your choice and add grated mozzarella cheese. Cover for 2 - 3 minutes so the cheese melts.
  7. Once the cheese is melted, your zucchini pizzas are done!
  8. Other toppings you could try would be artichoke hearts, olives. anchovies, or cooked chicken pieces. (Think your favorite pizza toppings!) Enjoy! Careful, they are hot! Once they have cooled a little, you can cut them into fourths to be served to those with small mouths. And as any good pizza is, they are delicious cold as well!
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How To Travel On the GAPS Diet

Traveling while following the GAPS diet can be challenging. But with the right preparation and choices, it can be possible. Before we talk about specific ideas, let’s talk about the top 3 things that are variables in how you prepare for traveling on GAPS.

Mode of Transportation

When planning what to do, you must first consider what mode or modes of transportation you are taking. Travel by car, bus, train, airplane, or international flight all come with their own difficulties. When you are traveling by car you can pack foods in a cooler, and there is more room for things like hot plates, pots and pans. Air travel can come with limitations on liquids and space, and international travel may have even further limitations. And traveling by bus or train may not bring liquid restrictions, but the items you bring will still be limited by baggage space.

Length of the Trip

The second consideration is the length of the trip. You may be able to omit certain foods like ferments or meat stock if you are gone only a few days, but longer trips would necessitate the need to bring these essentials. On the other hand, a longer trip would give you the opportunity to go to the store, purchase and prepare these essential foods, when there isn’t necessarily enough enough time to do this on a shorter trip.

Your GAPS Stage

Finally, think about what stage you are on, and assess where you are in relation to your health. For example, traveling on Intro stage 1 is very different from traveling on Full GAPS. It’s also important to bring into the calculation how strongly your body is currently reacting if you eat things off your current stage. People on earlier stages and with stronger reactions will have to be more careful and likely need to bring and/or prepare all of the food they eat while traveling.

Great! Now you have thought through the specifics of your trip, now let’s look some options for the foods themselves. The GAPS protocol is, by necessity, intricate and encompassing to make sure that we are supporting your body as well as possible during healing. But during times like travel, there are a few essentials that are most important to continue doing daily, while other (equally important) habits can be skipped for a few days.

What are the essentials to GAPS?

Meat stock, fat and ferments!

So let’s talk about these three.

Meat Stock

Bringing meat stock can seem almost impossible when traveling, especially if you are traveling by plane. And if you are in a stage where you can be without, it is okay to miss this for a day or two. But if your trip gets much longer than that, or if you are traveling while on an early Intro stage, then you need to find a way to have meat stock on your trip.

The two issues with meat stock are space and liquid. You can reduce the space the meat stock takes up by boiling your stock down to a concentrate or even dried bullion that an be reconstituted later. Simply make your stock (chicken is easiest for this), then when it’s done remove the solids and put the liquid back on the stove. Simmer it with the lid off until it is reduced in volume. At this point you can freeze it in snack-pack bags or ice-cube trays.

To further reduce it (and eliminate the liquid problem altogether), you can put it on fruit leather dehydrator trays and remove the rest of the liquid via dehydration. This “meat leather” can be broken into strips and the pieces added to water, or it can be pulverized into bullion powder.

Another option may be to make meat stock where you are going. If you are staying in a house all you need is a quick stop at the store to pick up supplies and you are on your way. But if you are staying at a hotel there are still some options. If you have the space to bring a small hot plate and medium saucepan, you can make stock in small batches in your hotel room. Or you can use and electric kettle or the coffee maker to warm up hot water to reconstitute your “meat leather” or bullion, or use hot water from the hotel lobby or coffee shop.

Fat

Animal fat is so important, especially with the increased and different stressors you will be exposed to during travel. It’s important to continue getting good quality fat.

Freezing your fat in single portion sizes, then traveling with it in a soft cooler (or better yet, checked luggage) is almost always successful even when traveling by air. Then don’t forget to eat it! Bring it with you through your day so you can add it to your meal, or eat it straight or with snack foods like dried fruit.

Traveling home with it may be more tricky, so make sure to have some at home ready to greet you when you return!

Ferments

Getting regular doses of probiotics during your trip is also essential, especially when exposed to unfamiliar foods and microbes. Some people may find that taking a powdered or encapsulated probiotic is sufficient. But others may be depending on that probiotic for stomach acid to digest food and release bile.

If this is the case, many people can get by with eating only the fermented vegetable (no liquid) of their favorite ferment. This shouldn’t get flagged by the TSA. Simply strain the ferment for several hours, letting the juice run into a jar (save for later). Then double-bag the vegetables for easy packing.

If you need that liquid ferment, you will probably have to put it in your checked luggage. I recommend a container that seals well, with plenty of air room, and many bags protecting your clothing! Or you may be able to connect with someone at your destination who can make a ferment for you so it’s ready when you arrive.

A Few Final Notes

Most restaurants will have no problem with you bringing in an addition to their food (like ferments or fat). In fact, if you add it to your dish after you are served, it may go completely unnoticed by anyone even at the table.

Most hotels have a refrigerator available for guest use, even if there isn’t one in your room. If you don’t see one, ask!

International flights may have different rules about what can come into their country, but it seems that for most, as long as it is only a small amount of prepared food for personal use, there isn’t a problem.

And finally, there is a phenomenon that occurs for many people while they travel. The body understands that you are in a different place, and in many cases it can put the current healing mode on hold. This means you may be able to eat more foods with fewer problems than you do at home. This is common, but it does not mean that you are necessarily ready to continue those foods upon your return. In fact, you may find that you need to be even more strict, or drop to a earlier stage for a few days to get your body back to where it was. But if this happens, it usually happens after you return, not during travel. Other people can avoid this dip but being sure to return back to the stage they were on immediately after getting home.

A note on detoxing: While we discussed only food in this post, detoxing is important to continue, and may be even more essential in an environment that is polluted with EMFs and environmental toxins, as well as unfamiliar and potentially unknown foods. I recommend traveling with a bath dechlorinator (I use this one) and a zipper-sealed bag of Epsom salts for detox baths. Additionally, take opportunities to sunbathe and ground, even if just for a few minutes.

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GAPS Friendly Waffle Recipe

Recently the idea struck me to try to make a GAPS waffle. I had made many GAPS pancakes, so I thought maybe it could be done. And it turns out... it can! It was not a simple task, however.

The ratios are fairly different than a GAPS pancake... for one thing, putting in too many eggs caused it to overflow and made quite a mess. But after some trial and error I found a recipe that is delicious, and delivered consistent results (which is a big deal when cooking without flour).

I was also excited to make this a dairy-free recipe (except for the whey). Unfortunately, I can't make it nut free, the almond butter is essential! I hope you enjoy them!

GAPS Friendly Waffles

(makes about 8 waffle squares or 2 full-size waffles)

GAPs legal waffle Batter Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash

  • 4 TBS fermented almond butter (see note)

  • 1 TBS melted lard

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Additional Ingredients

  • About ¼ cup melted lard or butter to grease the waffle iron

Tools for gaps legal waffles

  • Food processor or high-powered blender

  • Waffle iron

  • Chopsticks (this is very helpful to get the waffles off in one piece)

Directions for gaps legal waffles

This recipe is quick to put together if you do a little prep work first!

Prep the Fermented Almond Butter:
At least 24 hours in advance, ferment the almond butter. Add 2 TBS whey to 1 cup almond butter. Stir. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours. This will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.

Prep the Butternut Squash:
Cut the butternut squash in half and place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 min until soft. Remove the squash flesh and place in a bowl.

For the GAPS Waffles:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until very smooth and mixed.

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I recommend pouring the mixture into a bag and using it like a pastry bag. The more quickly you can get the waffle batter on the iron and close the lid, the better it turns out!

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When everything is ready, and the waffle iron is hot, use the pastry brush to spread fat on the upper and lower waffle irons. Do this as quickly as possible.

Add batter to the waffle iron, then close the lid.

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There is a lot of moisture in this recipe, so expect a lot of steam!

Wait for the green light to go on, and then another 30 seconds or so.

Slowly open the waffle iron.

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Remove the waffles from the iron, using the chopstick in the groves in any areas it is sticking.Top with fried eggs, honey, date syrup, berries, homemade whipped cream, or anything you want to!

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Enjoy!


GAPS Friendly Waffle Recipe

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ingredients:

Waffle Batter Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash
  • 4 TBS fermented almond butter (see note)
  • 1 TBS melted lard
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Additional Ingredients
  • About ¼ cup melted lard or butter to grease the waffle iron
Tools Needed
  • Food processor or high-powered blender
  • Waffle iron
  • Chopsticks (this is very helpful to get the waffles off in one piece)

instructions:

How to cook GAPS Friendly Waffle Recipe

  1. This recipe is quick to put together if you do a little prep work first!
  2. Prep the Fermented Almond Butter:
  3. At least 24 hours in advance, ferment the almond butter. Add 2 TBS whey to 1 cup almond butter. Stir. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours. This will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
  4. Prep the Butternut Squash:
  5. Cut the butternut squash in half and place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 min until soft. Remove the squash flesh and place in a bowl.
  6. For the GAPS Waffles:
  7. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until very smooth and mixed.
  8. I recommend pouring the mixture into a bag and using it like a pastry bag. The more quickly you can get the waffle batter on the iron and close the lid, the better it turns out!
  9. When everything is ready, and the waffle iron is hot, use the pastry brush to spread fat on the upper and lower waffle irons. Do this as quickly as possible.
  10. Add batter to the waffle iron, then close the lid.
  11. There is a lot of moisture in this recipe, so expect a lot of steam!
  12. Wait for the green light to go on, and then another 30 seconds or so.
  13. Slowly open the waffle iron.
  14. Remove the waffles from the iron, using the chopstick in the groves in any areas it is sticking. Top with fried eggs, honey, date syrup, berries, homemade whipped cream, or anything you want to!
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GAPS Friendly Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Strawberry rhubarb pie has always been one of my favorites! In the past I have modified recipes to make a strawberry rhubarb dessert, but this year I decided I wanted to use my growing knowledge and skill in the kitchen and make a delicious GAPS-legal pie. My added challenges? I wanted to make it with a fermented almond crust, and use a different sweetener than honey. Finally, I wanted to have a modification that made not only GAPS legal, but dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free.

Overall, I would call the experiment a success. But to get that success I had to make more multiples of this recipe than I ever have for any previous recipe I've posted. Because of the crust. Not that my "tester" friends and family complained.

Turns out almond flour crust doesn't play nice with a wetter pie filling. Actually, the problem is that it plays too nice! It wants to combine with the filling; get up close and personal. Not what a pie crust is supposed to do. I did not fully overcome the pie-crust conundrum, but every recipe I made turned out delicious. So instead of chocking it up as a "failed recipe," I decided to share with you what I made... a good pie that happens to have a crust with boundary issues! And, of course, I will share the modified recipe for egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free strawberry rhubarb dessert. Keep reading!

Ingredients FOr Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

For the Pie Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1/4 cup whey (enough to moisten)

  • 1/2 cup room-temperature butter (or lard)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the Filling:

  • 3 1/2 cups rhubarb pieces

  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup date syrup (I use this one)

  • 2 TBS gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water

  • Optional: zest from 1/2 lemon

Directions for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Mix almond flour and whey together. Cover and leave on the counter for 24 hours to ferment.

After 24 hours, this mixture keeps in the fridge for up to 1 week.

To the fermented flour mixture, add butter or lard and sea salt. Mix well, getting all clumps out.

Then butter a pie pan well. Press the crust mixture into the pan and form a crust using your fingers.

Bake at 400° for 5-8 minutes until a little dry and just turning brown.  

Combine all ingredients for the filling. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until the juices increase.

Add the filling to your pre-baked crust.

Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes until light brown.

Directions for Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert

A delicious nut free alternative served hot or at room temperature!

Mix the filling the same, except add 2 additional TBS of gelatin and dissolve in 1/2 cup of hot water.

Let the filling sit for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors mix.

Line muffin tins.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until the tops are just browning.

Serve warm or room temperature. These gooey treats are a bit messy, so eat with a spoon. They are delicious!  

Enjoy!


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Author:
prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

For the Pie Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup whey (enough to moisten)
  • 1/2 cup room-temperature butter (or lard)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the Filling:
  • 3 1/2 cups rhubarb pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup date syrup (I use this one)
  • 2 TBS gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • Optional: zest from 1/2 lemon

instructions:

How to cook Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

24 Hours Before
  1. Mix almond flour and whey together. Cover and leave on the counter for 24 hours to ferment.
  2. After 24 hours, this mixture keeps in the fridge for up to 1 week.
The Next Day
  1. To the fermented flour mixture, add butter or lard and sea salt. Mix well, getting all clumps out.
  2. Then butter a pie pan well. Press the crust mixture into the pan and form a crust using your fingers.
  3. Bake at 400° for 5-8 minutes until a little dry and just turning brown.
  4. Combine all ingredients for the filling. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until the juices increase.
  5. Add the filling to your pre-baked crust.
  6. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes until light brown.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert

Author:
prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups rhubarb pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup date syrup (I use this one)
  • 2 TBS gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • Optional: zest from 1/2 lemon

instructions:

How to cook Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert

  1. Mix the filling the same, except add 2 additional TBS of gelatin and dissolve in 1/2 cup of hot water.
  2. Let the filling sit for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors mix.
  3. Line muffin tins.
  4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until the tops are just browning.
  5. Serve warm or room temperature. These gooey treats are a bit messy, so eat with a spoon. They are delicious!
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Is Fat a Better Prescription for Mental Illness?

Shootings, bombings and gun control are often in the news these days. There are many different opinions and views on this, but one thing that I do not think is getting enough attention is the mental stability of the perpetrator. It makes sense that mental illness is involved, but many people have a diagnosis of mental illness and don't carry out violent crimes. What's the difference? I think we need to look closer to try to find out what causes a person to carry out a violent crime?  

Here is my hypothesis for testing:

What connection do diet and the use of anti-psychotic drugs have to do with these unprovoked acts of violence?

Could it be that we are prescribing the wrong treatment for mental illness?

What diet has to do with the brain:

The gray matter of the brain is made up of an estimated 50% fatty acids. Our hormones and neurotransmitters are partially composed of lipids, and lipids are needed for several different cellular functions, including neuron growth and signaling, cell movement, and lymphocyte activation (2).

If lipids and cholesterol are involved in so many aspects of brain function, doesn’t it make sense that a low-fat diet would cause brain function problems? If it is fat deficiency that is causing the disease, then we would expect the results of a treatment that addresses down-line symptom (chemical imbalance) rather than the root cause (fat deficiency) would have limited effectiveness.

Isn’t that what we are observing?

Only a percentage of people who take medications for anxiety or depression see improvement.

When Consumer Reports asked 1,386 people who took medications for anxiety, depression, or both (SSRIs, SNRIs, Bupropion), they found that 48-53% people said it helped a lot, and 35-38% said it helped somewhat, and in each grouping 13-15% of people said it helped less than somewhat (or none) (1).

If depression and anxiety were caused by a simple chemical imbalance, shouldn’t we see a much higher response rate to treatment?

Not only are these medications largely ineffective, but they also come with a high risk of side effects. When the same group (above) were surveyed, 12-31% of those people experienced one or more side effect: loss of sexual interest or ability, weight gain, dry mouth, or sleep problems (1). That means up to 1/3 of the people on these medications experience side effects! And they may not even see any benefit from them!

Other side effects listed for these medications are nervousness, agitation or restlessness, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, digestive system problems (4, 5). Bupropion is listed to have the additional potential side effects include: trouble concentrating, hyperventilation, irregular heartbeats, irritability, paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, fainting, anger, assaulting others, being aggressive or impulsive, actions that are out of control, inability to sit still, or talking, feeling or acting with excitement (3). That’s a scary list!

And don’t some of them sound familiar in light of the shootings?

Avoiding the side effects:

Finally, talk alone may be as (if not more) effective than medications. A survey of 1,544 people showed that talk therapy alone was as much, if not more successful than a medication treatment (1).

So... maybe medications aren’t the answer? Then what is?

What if we correct the underlying imbalance?

What if we prescribe a diet high in the building blocks needed for the brain?

This includes omega-3 and -6, but also cholesterol and saturated fats from animals, which are necessary for our cell membranes and other parts of our brain and nervous system.

Put simply, we need fat because fat:

  • Balances hormones

  • Helps make “happy” neurotransmitters

  • Is necessary for mentation (thinking)

  • Is a needed part of the myelin sheath (fast nerve impulses)

  • Decreases inflammation

  • Help in brain damage repair

  • Detoxifies the body and brain

  • Feeds and supports the immune system

  • Is used in every cell of the body

  • And more!

When we look at a tragedy like a shooting, there are many factors at play. But how many of those factors are related to the balance and health of the shooter’s body?

If, as an old advertisement stated “They’re happy because they eat butter!” then perhaps a lack of saturated fat in the diet is a large contributor to the unimaginable mental state of people who treat human life so carelessly.

Eat more fat!

This is why the first and most important thing I recommend is to eat more fat! Animal fat, specifically.

If you have prescribed to the low-fat diet for a while, or had your gallbladder removed, you need to increase your fat consumption gradually, and perhaps look at supplementing with something like ox bile during your transition. Work up until you are eating at least ½ cup of added animal fat a day. This includes children—they have fast-growing bodies and brains!

Common sources of animal fat are:

  • Butter and ghee

  • Sour cream (crème fraische)

  • Lard (rendered pig fat)

  • Tallow (rendered beef, buffalo, elk, deer fat)

  • Chicken, duck, goose, etc fat

  • Bacon (not turkey bacon!)

You can eat much more than ½ cup a day! Just listen to what your body is asking for.

And to learn more about why we should eat fat alongside every food group, check my The One About Fat post.

What do you think?

  References:

  1. Consumer Reports. (July 2010). Best Antidepressant for Anxiety According to Our Readers: Readers Revealed the Therapists and Drugs that Helped. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/01/depression-and-anxiety/index.htm

  2. Ding, Z. and Zajac, J.-M.. (2016). Cholesterol-rich lipid rafts are involved in neuropeptide FF anti-nociceptin/orphanin FQ effect. J. Neurochem., 136:778-790. Doi:10.1111/jnc.13450

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New Year's Resolutions: Six Habits I Recommend on a Regular Basis

Happy New Year everyone!

In the last post, I shared about mindsets to have (or not) that will help with successful habit change. This week I want to share about some of the habits I think are most important to consider integrating into your family. This is not an exhaustive list! These habits are simple and sound. They are not flashy or trendy (necessarily), and they have stood the test of time. And remember, I am not suggesting you start ALL of these habits at once, or that these are the highest priority for your family. I am merely suggesting ones I think are important. For your consideration. Here they are:  

Six Habits I Recommend on a Regular Basis:

1. Eat More Animal Fat

This is my number one recommendation, and it is something you can incorporate into your food right now! Everyone should be eating more animal fat! Here's a post about why you should add more animal fat to your diet. Animal fats are butter, lard, tallow, ghee, chicken, duck and goose fat, bacon, and sour cream. This is where the money is! But what about avocados, coconut oil, and all the "healthy fats"? Those fats are fine and healthy (if they are good quality), but they cannot replace the amazing benefits that animal fats bring to your body. Those fats are fine to eat, but focus on increasing the animal fats. I recommend people work up to eating a minimum of 1/2 cup added animal fat per person per day. This includes children (they need fat for their developing brain!) This can be accomplished by adding fat to everything! Fry everything in butter, lard or bacon grease. Butter your steak! Eat butter cubes and dried fruit for a snack. Eat a tub of sour cream with a spoon! These are just some ideas to get you started. And if you are worried about fat and heart disease or obesity, I recommend you check out the book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride called Put Your Heart in Your Mouth, which explains the real reason for these epidemic diseases.

2. Drink Meat Stock Daily

Meat stock (not necessarily bone broth) is a liquid gold that I think every person can benefit from. To learn how to make it, view my post about it. I recommend that every person (children included) consume at least 1 mug of meat stock every day. With every meal is even better. This doesn't have to be in the form of soup—it can be a mug of the strained stock. And this is great place to add in extra fat (see previous point). And yes, there is a difference between store-bought and homemade—you can make something of infinitely higher quality than anything you can buy. And please, even if you use a microwave for other things, warm up your meat stock on the stove!

3. Eat a Fermented Food

Until the age of refrigeration, we naturally had some time of fermented food at least once a day. Either foods were fermented on purpose to preserve them longer (like sauerkraut), or during the course of a few days stored at room temperature, they grew some amount of mold, yeast, or bacteria on them.

Today, food in this state goes instantly into the trash (often container included), but for most of history food was rarely wasted due to a little mold! Now, I am not saying you should eat food that is molded or rotten, but our bodies function in a more healthy state if we regularly eat microbes. After all, a large part of our bodies are microbes! Here is a fun little video about how microbes work in your body. To help your body get or stay healthy, it's good to get these healthy microbes in us! You can do this by taking a probiotic, or eating fermented foods. There are different reasons why one is better than the other, and sometimes both are needed, but eating a ferment (or fermented food) is a great way to start out! 

You can buy your ferment (like live, refrigerated sauerkraut), or make it yourself. In addition to sauerkraut, beet kvass and vegetable medley are two of my favorites. When you start with any probiotic or fermented food, go slowly! Too much too fast can cause what's known as a die-off or Herx reaction. This is not fun, but can be avoided by increasing the amount you eat slowly! Start with one bite of sauerkraut, or 1 ounce of beet kvass. See how you feel for the next 24 hours, then use that as a guide to let you know how fast you can increase (or if you need to decrease).  

The last three habits are related to detoxing and cleansing your body.

4. Filter Your Water

This is a fairly simple change to make, yet it can reap large benefits. City water, most bottled water, and some well water contains chlorine in one or more forms. It is put there to keep species of bacteria, fungus and other microbes from multiplying to unhealthy levels. However, when we drink this same water the chlorine negatively affects the flora living inside us as well. And when we bathe and shower in it, not only do the chemicals dry out our skin and the fumes irritate our lungs, the protective barrier of our skin (maintained by skin flora) is damaged. You can largely prevent all of these things by filtering the chlorine (and some other things) out of your water. There are many levels of filters, and depending on how sick you are and what's in your water supply, a stronger filter may be necessary. But most people see benefit with simple filters for their drinking, cooking and bathing water. I use this filter or this filter for my drinking and cooking water, this filter for my baths, and this filter for my shower. You could get them all, or start with one and build from there.

5. Take a Detox Bath

A detox bath is an excellent way to help your body get rid of toxins that have accumulated there. There are three factors in a detox bath: water temperature, time, and amount of detox material. You can adjust all three of these to find your perfect bath! Common detoxing materials are Epsom salt, baking soda, and raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. And as we just discussed, dechlorinated water is preferred. The goal of a detox bath is to make you feel lighter, clearer and better. If you go too high on any of the three detox bath factors, you may get nauseated, a headache, increased heart rate, brain fog, muscle cramps, irritability or other like symptoms. If this happens during your bath, no worries! Just get out of the bath right away, drink plenty of water, and your symptoms will usually disappear in a few minutes. If they don't, lie down for a little while to let your body rest and recover.

  • Water temperature: you want a warm bath, but if it gets really hot, your body can jump to that other level of detoxing that will give you all the undesirable symptoms. This temperature will be determined by you, and may vary slightly day by day.

  • Time in the bath: to detox, most people need to stay in the bath about 20 minutes. You can stay in longer. But sometimes staying in more time can cause you to start having symptoms. If that happens, bath time is over! It's time to get out! Shorten your bath time by a few minutes the next time.

  • Amount of detoxing materials: for each bath, you want to use one of the detox materials listed above. Amounts vary between 1/4-1 cup. Test and see what works for you. It's good to rotate the material, using all three at different times, for a more comprehensive detoxing.

Enjoy your bath!

6. Walk Outside in the Sun

This is actually a two-for-one! Sunbathing (with nothing on your skin) is a great way to detox AND increase your levels of vitamin D. Of course, different seasons will have a different influence on vitamin D levels, but talking a walk in the sunshine has undeniable benefits (and probably ones we don't even understand yet!) The full light spectrum can help fight daytime fatigue, which in turn helps our hormones to balance. And you are getting gentle movement exercise on top of it! This will stimulate blood flow and increase your body's ability to remove toxins, as well as stimulate lymph movement, which does the same. It's important to expose your skin to the sun without any barrier, including light barriers such as coconut oil. Commercial sunscreens should be avoided altogether as they contain many known carcinogens. If your skin is not ready for the amount of sun exposure it's going to get, it's best to cover up with clothing, and/or gradually work up the time in the sun. As a side benefit, the more animal fat you eat the less likely you are to sunburn! So use this winter wisely! By the time spring and summer come, you should be able to increase your sun time gradually without problems! And yes, this includes you blondes, redheads, and fair-skinned people!

So there you have it!

The top six changes I recommend on a regular basis. Let me know which one you tried out first, and how it went!

Onward!

Buckeye Cookies {GAPS Legal}

Another one of my favorite Christmas cookies are Buckeyes. These delicious cookies are traditionally peanut butter and powder sugar balls dipped in chocolate, made to look like the buckeye nut. The buckeye nut is commonly found back East, like Ohio and Michigan, where my family is originally from.

The roots for this recipe go deep in our family. Much like the Force.  

Ok, maybe not the Force (although I am excited for the new Star Wars movie that comes out this week!)

But we do make Buckeye cookies a lot. Since powdered sugar is hardly GAPS legal, I haven't had these cookies for a while either. But all that is about the change!  

Introducing GAPS legal Buckeye cookies!  

These no-bake cookies are egg free, and casein and lactose free (contains whey and butter). They are also coconut free!  

Please note that while cassava flour is not technically on the GAPS-illegal list, it is still quite starchy. These cookies should be a special treat, and consumed infrequently and in small amounts. Same with cocoa powder. And, as always, observe if YOUR body is okay with this particular food at this time. Just because something is "GAPS legal" does not give you a free pass to eat it! Pay attention to what your body is telling you. But if it's telling you that these cookies are okay for you, then by all means ENJOY THEM!!!

GAPS Legal Buckeye Cookies

Makes about 48 cookies

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 2 cups cassava flour

  • 8 TBS whey

  • 1/2-1 cup honey

  • 8 oz butter

  • 2 tsp vanilla

Coating:

  • 1 1/2 cup cocoa butter chips

  • 1/8 cup raw honey

  • 1 TBS cocoa powder

Directions:

Prep time: Need to start this recipe 24 hours in advance, 5 minutes prep time. Then it takes about 30-45 minutes to finish on the following day.  

Filling:

Twenty-four hours in advance: mix 1/2 cup peanut butter, 4 TBS whey, and 1 cup cassava flour together until everything is moist and crumbly. Try to eliminate as many clumps as possible. Leave on the countertop in a glass container with a lid. This is to give the legumes and cassava flour a chance to lacto-ferment. This makes them more digestible and increase the nutritional value. For more on why we should only eat nuts and seeds that have been properly prepared, watch my video on this.

After 24 hours, the mixture should look something like this...just a little more moist than what you started with the day before.

Add to this the vanilla extract, honey and 8 oz of softened butter (it's not the end of the world if you melt it, but try not to).

I used 1 cup of honey for this recipe, and to my non-sugar eating palate they are very sweet (which is the point, I suppose)! I plan to reduce the honey by about half the next time I make this. The mixture just needs to be formed into balls.

Mix well, and smooth out as many clumps as possible. You should be able to easily for this mixture into little balls.

Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper

Place the balls in the freezer to chill (about 10-15 minutes)   Next, make the coating   The most important part of making the coating is to heat things just hot enough to melt. Nothing should be cooked here! You are gently heating them up to mix. Then gradually cooling them back down again.  

Using a double boiler (or as I just discovered, my glass 2 cup measuring container fits perfectly into a medium saucepan) On low heat, melt the cacao butter chips.

When they are fully melted, turn off the heat and add the honey.

Next, stir in the cocoa powder (I recommend using a whisk to mix well.) 

Finally, remove the mixture in the top half of the double boiler to the coating is allowed to start cooling   Continue whisking the coating mixture occasionally. The honey cools faster than the cocoa butter, and you need to keep them mixed.

When the mixture is cool enough, remove the dough balls from the freezer. Stick a toothpick (or broken-off bamboo skewer in our case) into a ball and dip it into the coating. Depending on the temperature of the coating, you may need to dip more than once to achieve a satisfactory coating. After allowing the extra coating to drip off for a few moments, return the ball to the parchment paper.

Maintain the coating within a narow temperature margin. Keep the water from the lower part of your double-boiler ready. If your coating begins to cool too much, slip the top of the double-boiler back on top of the hot water for a minute or so to warm it back up (you probably don't need to turn on the heat). Do not let it cool too much or reheat it too quickly or too much—these can cause the chocolate to clump (this happened), and there's not going back from this. You would just need to start over making the coating.  

Traditionally the coating is darker than this recipe. I originally made a darker coating, but more cocoa powder required more honey, which seemed to throw everything off balance. I think this is part of why it clumped. Once you master the basics of temperature and consistency, you can try increasing the cocoa powder to darken the color. I will be doing that myself. In the meantime, even though this isn't as dark as traditional Buckeye cookies, the coating dries hard at room temperature. I'm calling that a win!

When they are all dipped to your satisfaction, use a toothpick to roll over the holes, filling them in.

There you have it! Rich, delicious Buckeye cookies.

Enjoy!


Buckeye Cookies

Author:
prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

Filling:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups cassava flour
  • 8 TBS whey
  • 1/2-1 cup honey
  • 8 oz butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Coating:
  • 1 1/2 cup cocoa butter chips
  • 1/8 cup raw honey
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder

instructions:

How to cook Buckeye Cookies

24 Hours in Advance:
  1. Twenty-four hours in advance: mix 1/2 cup peanut butter, 4 TBS whey, and 1 cup cassava flour together until everything is moist and crumbly. Try to eliminate as many clumps as possible. Leave on the countertop in a glass container with a lid. This is to give the legumes and cassava flour a chance to lacto-ferment. This makes them more digestible and increase the nutritional value. For more on why we should only eat nuts and seeds that have been properly prepared, watch my video onthis.
The Next Day:
  1. After 24 hours, the mixture should look something like this...just a little more moist than what you started with the day before.
  2. Add to this the vanilla extract, honey and 8 oz of softened butter (it's not the end of the world if you melt it, but try not to).
  3. I used 1 cup of honey for this recipe, and to my non-sugar eating palate they are very sweet (which is the point, I suppose)! I plan to reduce the honey by about half the next time I make this. The mixture just needs to be formed into balls.
  4. Mix well, and smooth out as many clumps as possible. You should be able to easily for this mixture into little balls.
  5. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper
  6. Place the balls in the freezer to chill (about 10-15 minutes) Next, make the coating The most important part of making the coating is to heat things just hot enough to melt. Nothing should be cooked here! You are gently heating them up to mix. Then gradually cooling them back down again.
  7. Using a double boiler (or as I just discovered, my glass 2 cup measuring container fits perfectly into a medium saucepan) On low heat, melt the cacao butter chips.
  8. When they are fully melted, turn off the heat and add the honey.
  9. Next, stir in the cocoa powder (I recommend using a whisk to mix well.)
  10. Finally, remove the mixture in the top half of the double boiler to the coating is allowed to start cooling Continue whisking the coating mixture occasionally. The honey cools faster than the cocoa butter, and you need to keep them mixed.
  11. When the mixture is cool enough, remove the dough balls from the freezer. Stick a toothpick (or broken-off bamboo skewer in our case) into a ball and dip it into the coating. Depending on the temperature of the coating, you may need to dip more than once to achieve a satisfactory coating. After allowing the extra coating to drip off for a few moments, return the ball to the parchment paper.
  12. Maintain the coating within a narow temperature margin. Keep the water from the lower part of your double-boiler ready. If your coating begins to cool too much, slip the top of the double-boiler back on top of the hot water for a minute or so to warm it back up (you probably don't need to turn on the heat). Do not let it cool too much or reheat it too quickly or too much—these can cause the chocolate to clump (this happened), and there's not going back from this. You would just need to start over making the coating.
  13. Traditionally the coating is darker than this recipe. I originally made a darker coating, but more cocoa powder required more honey, which seemed to throw everything off balance. I think this is part of why it clumped. Once you master the basics of temperature and consistency, you can try increasing the cocoa powder to darken the color. I will be doing that myself. In the meantime, even though this isn't as dark as traditional Buckeye cookies, the coating dries hard at room temperature. I'm calling that a win!
  14. When they are all dipped to your satisfaction, use a toothpick to roll over the holes, filling them in.
  15. There you have it! Rich, delicious Buckeye cookies.
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New Year's Resolutions: How to Make Successful Habit Changes

As I'm writing this, we are almost half way through December. This time of year is about getting ready for the holidays AND the new year.   As we are looking forward to the new year, most of us are thinking about new habits we want to start (or renew). But this can be tricky. You only have so much time and energy to spend on habit change, and some health trends are not actually helpful to you. I want to help you plan for this upcoming year. Let's talk about how decide what habits are right for you!

#1 Make changes that make sense

Starting habits you can't keep doing is so common we write comic strips about it! This can happen for several reasons: we try to change too much at once, we don't put forth enough effort, or we are trying to make a change we are not ready for.   No matter what you decide to change, all change requires energy and effort. And sometimes we fail to make a change because we take on too much or are lazy. But most of us do want to change. We have every intention of making changes and sticking with them.

So what's the problem?

Often, we try to make changes based on what we think we should change, instead of what makes sense, in our life, to change.

For example: You read a health trend article on social media about doing interval training five days a week. There are so many benefits! So you decide to start doing thirty minutes a day. But you had an old knee injury that is easily aggravated, and by the third day you are in so much pain you have to take medication. You make it to the fifth day, glad for the break. After two rest days you are still walking with a limp, and decide not to continue the interval training until you can walk without pain again. It takes three weeks to feel fully recovered, but you never start up your interval training again.

What do you think this shows? Too many changes? No, let say that this was the only thing you decided to change at this time. Laziness? Many people (my old self included) would say that this you were lazy, or a wimp. But you did show dedication. You pushed through the pain to see if it would get better. But it didn't. In fact, it took your body almost a month to recover. You body let you know that you weren't ready for that change in that way.  

There was a time that if I had been living the above scenario, I would have felt like a failure, and called myself all kinds of names.

But now I look at that scenario and see it as a victory. You stopped because you were listening to your body! It told you this was too much for it right now, and you listened. That's not a failure, that's a win! To seal the victory, you need to try something else. Exercise can be challenging. Just because it is doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Find something that is a slight challenge for you... maybe it's a five or ten minute walk. Maybe it's a bike ride, or yoga. Maybe it's a martial arts class. Find something, listen to your body, and don't give up without a reason ("it's too hard" is not a reason, although "it hurts too much" is a clue to try something else).   When we make changes that make sense, we are working with our body instead of fighting against it. This creates a two-against-one scenario, and you are more likely to succeed!

#2 Don't make too many changes at once

The beginning of the new year is a great time to make changes. And I'm not saying you shouldn't take advantage of the timing, the motivation, and even the cultural shift to choose healthy over unhealthy. But making too many changes at one time doesn't set you up for success.

Most experts agree that we can only successfully make 1-3 changes at a time. Maybe with the new year energy you can make three. (Especially if they are opposites, like cut out soda and drink more water.)   There are very few people that can successfully create many new habits at one time. Let's assume you are not one of these people!   Did I just cut your resolutions list in half? Or more? You probably have some great habit changes on that list. How can you eliminate some?

First, cross off any habit changes that you only put on there because you saw it on social media and feel guilty for not doing it. Maybe that habit change is a good idea, but making a change solely because of guilt is not likely to end well. Second, out of the remaining habits, circle the ones that seem simpler to complete and the ones that make the most sense related to what is going on in your life right now (physically and circumstantially). Third, pick (at most) three habits to begin with. These may be the simplest (avoid chlorinated water: buy a shower and sink filter), or the most pressing (make meat stock every day to calm constant joint pain).

When you pick the habits that are most important or simple for you to change right now, you are more likely to succeed in those habits. This will create momentum (not to mention make you feel better, which leads to increased energy), which you can use to make the next set of important habit changes. (Which you can start making when the first set are well established, or about three weeks.)

#3 It's a marathon!

Habit change is not a sprint—it's a marathon. When you are training for a marathon, you don't run 26.2 miles every day. You run more some days, and less on others. Some days you don't run at all! Don't think of your habit change as a sprint... all or nothing and if you have one little mess up, you are out of the race. Our lives are not like that. We have built-in room for error (our race is approximately 80-90 years long). Everything we do either builds our body up (anabolic) or tears and wears it down (catabolic). We are never stable, we are always moving and changing. Being perfect is not the goal—making forward progress and positive change is.

As I wrote last week, get off the bandwagon bandwagon! There is no bandwagon to fall off of! The bandwagon is a myth! If you don't do a habit one day or another, you haven't lost your chances of success. Each choice that you make simply adds to the anabolic or catabolic side of the scale. But one (or even several) negative choices don't have to cause a downward spiral. They don't have that kind of power unless you give it to them.   There you go. Three ways to choose the habits that are best for you right now (which are also the ones in which you are most likely to succeed)! Now you know how to choose habits. Next time I will give you a list of some of my top habit suggestions for you to consider... one's that give you a lot of bang for you buck (or should I say results for you time)!   Until next time,

Onward!

Christmas Wreath Cookies {GAPS Legal}

It's the holiday season! More specifically, it's cookie season!   I love making, giving away (and eating) Christmas cookies. But it's been a long time since I have enjoyed many of the cookies I grew up making, so this year I decided I wanted to create real-food versions of some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  

First up, Christmas Wreath cookies!

  This cookie is traditionally a mix of corn flakes, marshmallows, and butter. So let's look at the ingredients...

  • The butter is already a real food!

  • Marshmallows I have made before, modified from Mommypotamus' marshmallow recipe.

So all I had to do was figure out a substitution for the corn flakes (and see if the marshmallows actually work the same as the commercial variety).   Challenge accepted!

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies (recipe can be halved)

Ingredients

For Marshmallows

  • 2 cups honey

  • 1 cup of filtered water

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 6 TBS grass-fed beef gelatin

  • 1 cup of filtered water

For Wreath Cookies

  • Marshmallow paste (above)

  • 8 ounces organic butter

  • 14 cups coconut flakes (approximately 20 ounces)

  • Red hots (my homemade recipe)

  • Natural food coloring, blue and yellow packets (I used this one)

Directions

Place the coconut flakes in the oven at 200°

Toast the coconut until they are light brown—this makes the cookies crispier! When done, remove them from the oven Place in a large bowl, set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat When melted, remove from heat and set aside   Next, make the marshmallow paste. See recipe here.

Soften the gelatin

  • Add gelatin to 1 cup hot water

  • Stir and allow to to sit, keep warm (not on stove)

While gelatin is softening... Heat honey and water in a medium saucepan (medium to high heat), stirring frequently, until it reaches the soft ball candy stage (about 235°F).

If you don't have a thermometer, you can check by dripping the heated honey into a glass of cold water. When the candy forms a ball, it is ready!

When the honey has reached the soft ball stage, remove from heat. Add the heated mixture to the softened gelatin in a large bowl. Add vanilla.

Do these steps quickly, you don't want honey mixture to cool off too much!

Whisk the mixture using an electric mixer or stand mixer for about 10 minutes.

When the mixture is thick and looks like marshmallow paste, it's done!  

If you want marshmallows, you can stop here. Put the marshmallow paste in a greased glass 9x11 dish and allow to cool and dry for a 24-36 hrs. Then cut up and serve.  

But we are not stopping here! To make traditional Christmas wreath cookies you melt the marshmallows and turn them back into paste-which is what you just created!  

Next, stir the melted butter into the mixture. It will deflate the mixture somewhat, this is normal.

Mix in the blue and yellow food coloring packets. This will turn it green (not neon green—that's an artificial color). But when it's made into wreathes it does look green—although you're going to have to take my word for it!

Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the toasted coconut flakes. Mix until the flakes are coated.

Finally, form the warm mixture into wreath-shaped cookies on parchment paper.

Add decorative red hots as berries (see my homemade recipe) Allow to cool.

See, I told you they look green!

All that's left is to share and enjoy these delicious treats!

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Christmas Wreath Cookies

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ingredients:

For Marshmallows
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 6 TBS grass-fed beef gelatin
  • 1 cup of filtered water
For Wreath Cookies
  • Marshmallow paste (above)
  • 8 ounces organic butter
  • 14 cups coconut flakes (approximately 20 ounces)
  • Red hots (my homemaderecipe)
  • Natural food coloring, blue and yellow packets (I used this one)

instructions:

How to cook Christmas Wreath Cookies

  1. Place the coconut flakes in the oven at 200°
  2. Toast the coconut until they are light brown—this makes the cookies crispier! When done, remove them from the oven Place in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat When melted, remove from heat and set aside Next, make the marshmallow paste. See recipe here.
  4. Soften the gelatin
  5. Add gelatin to 1 cup hot water
  6. Stir and allow to to sit, keep warm (not on stove)
  7. While gelatin is softening... Heat honey and water in a medium saucepan (medium to high heat), stirring frequently, until it reaches the soft ball candy stage (about 235°F).
  8. If you don't have a thermometer, you can check by dripping the heated honey into a glass of cold water. When the candy forms a ball, it is ready!
  9. When the honey has reached the soft ball stage, remove from heat. Add the heated mixture to the softened gelatin in a large bowl. Add vanilla.
  10. Do these steps quickly, you don't want honey mixture to cool off too much!
  11. Whisk the mixture using an electric mixer or stand mixer for about 10 minutes.
  12. When the mixture is thick and looks like marshmallow paste, it's done!
  13. If you want marshmallows, you can stop here. Put the marshmallow paste in a greased glass 9x11 dish and allow to cool and dry for a 24-36 hrs. Then cut up and serve.
  14. But we are not stopping here! To make traditional Christmas wreath cookies you melt the marshmallows and turn them back into paste-which is what you just created!
  15. Next, stir the melted butter into the mixture. It will deflate the mixture somewhat, this is normal.
  16. Mix in the blue and yellow food coloring packets. This will turn it green (not neon green—that's an artificial color). But when it's made into wreathes it does look green—although you're going to have to take my word for it!
  17. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the toasted coconut flakes. Mix until the flakes are coated.
  18. Finally, form the warm mixture into wreath-shaped cookies on parchment paper.
  19. Add decorative red hots as berries (see my homemade recipe) Allow to cool.
  20. See, I told you they look green!
  21. All that's left is to share and enjoy these delicious treats!
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Homemade Red Hots {GAPS Legal}

I have been getting more bold in the kitchen, and this December I decided to create alternative recipes featuring some of my favorite Christmas cookies. To enjoy.

I decided on my first cookie to make, Christmas Wreath cookies. And as I was running through my ingredients and working out substitutions I came to the decorative red hots.

And I was faced with a dilemma... could I create a red hot, or should I simply bite the bullet and just use traditional red hots. Maybe I could even find a healthy brand...

But my all-or-nothing attitude kicked in. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right.

And that meant making red hots. From scratch. A quick search revealed that it was possible... in essence red hots are a sugar brittle flavored with spices, like cinnamon.

I knew how to make candy out of honey. This could work.

It did work. But I'll admit that when I make the Christmas Wreaths in the future I may use boughten red hots... and tell people they are just for decoration and to pick them off.  

Because making homemade red hots is a labor of love. There is no other way to put it. But being able to put healthy, three ingredient red hots on your Christmas cookies is amazing! And if you don't care if they are rounded into tiny, holly-berry decorative balls, then this is a really easy candy to make!  

GAPS Legal Homemade Red Hots / Cinnamon Hard Candy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 package natural red coloring (I used this one)

Directions:

Combine the honey and water on the stovetop in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently.

You want to heat it at a temperature that is not too hot that it burns, but if it's too low it will take forever to get to temperature.

You're going to have to find your heat sweet spot. It should take between 5-10 minutes to get to soft ball stage, if it's taking longer, turn it up!

Soft ball stage occurs around 235°. If you don't have a thermometer available, you can drip some into a clear glass of cold water. It will form into a little ball upon hitting the water. For a little harder candy (I recommend this), let it go a minute or two after you hit the soft-ball stage.  

After whisking thoroughly, pour the liquid onto some parchment paper to cool When it has cooled enough to touch (doesn't take very long), then use well buttered fingers to form tiny little balls

Not tolerating butter? Any fat will do—the key is to prevent sticking!

Roll those little suckers quickly... after a while the candy will get too hard to work with. You can reheat it to soften in up, but believe me, you will be ready to stop rolling balls. Better yet, recruit a friend (or two) to roll with you!

Set the balls in a cold place (outside works for us right now!) When they are hard, gather them up and store them in a container in the fridge. This prevents the balls from clumping.   This candy could be made into any size (I only chose red hot size because of the Christmas wreath cookies)... or simply cooled and broken into pieces. It is a delicious treat!

Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Your trust is important. I only recommend products I trust. 


Homemade Red Hots

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prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package natural red coloring (I usedthis one)

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Red Hots

  1. Combine the honey and water on the stovetop in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently.
  2. You want to heat it at a temperature that is not too hot that it burns, but if it's too low it will take forever to get to temperature.
  3. You're going to have to find your heat sweet spot. It should take between 5-10 minutes to get to soft ball stage, if it's taking longer, turn it up!
  4. Soft ball stage occurs around 235°. If you don't have a thermometer available, you can drip some into a clear glass of cold water. It will form into a little ball upon hitting the water. For a little harder candy (I recommend this), let it go a minute or two after you hit the soft-ball stage.
  5. After whisking thoroughly, pour the liquid onto some parchment paper to cool When it has cooled enough to touch (doesn't take very long), then use well buttered fingers to form tiny little balls
  6. Not tolerating butter? Any fat will do—the key is to prevent sticking!
  7. Roll those little suckers quickly... after a while the candy will get too hard to work with. You can reheat it to soften in up, but believe me, you will be ready to stop rolling balls. Better yet, recruit a friend (or two) to roll with you!
  8. Set the balls in a cold place (outside works for us right now!) When they are hard, gather them up and store them in a container in the fridge. This prevents the balls from clumping. This candy could be made into any size (I only chose red hot size because of the Christmas wreath cookies)... or simply cooled and broken into pieces. It is a delicious treat!
  9. Enjoy!
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