Grain-free Gingerbread Cookies

 

gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a must for the holiday season. It’s one of the things I always remember about Christmas growing up so it’s something I want to share with my children. Something even better is that gingerbread has a lot of very healthy ingredients. The warming spices in gingerbread are great for digestion and the blackstrap molasses is a natural source of iron. Blackstrap molasses is also a naturally balanced source of calcium and magnesium. I used to make a point to eat molasses when I was pregnant because I was borderline anemic with both of my pregnancies.

I love this recipe because there aren’t too many ingredients, it’s very quick to mix together and it’s a really fun project for little children to help by cutting out the shapes with cookie cutters. The main ingredient in this recipe is almond flour which also makes them a healthier alternative to traditional grain based cookies. They are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.

These cookies can also be frosted but they never seem to last long enough for me to make frosting and actually decorate them.

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Three EASY Grain-free Soup Recipes That Boost Immunity

Three easy grain-free soup recipes

This time of year, I can’t get enough soup. It’s not only comforting but really healthy and perfect for building up the immune system before a long winter. The warming nature of soup recharges the digestive system which is important in fighting off illnesses. The digestive system is our defense system and this helps keep it working at its best. There are a few more reasons why these soups are supportive to the immune system.

#1 Vegetables

Vegetables are arguably the healthiest foods that exist. I’ve never heard of a diet that says not to eat vegetables, have you? It’s pretty much a given that vegetables are good for you. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and a long list of other health bearing nutrients. The first rule in eating healthy is to eat lots of vegetables (no matter what you are – vegan, paleo, gluten-free, etc.). Cooked vegetables are easy to digest which makes it much less work for the digestive system to assimilate them into the body.

#2 Bone Broth

Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, and they are easily absorbed in this form. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat. Another benefit of bone broth is that it also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. When bone broth is made with soup bones or marrow bones it will also be a good source of gelatin which comes from the collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, including marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  When making bone broth, be sure to use grass-fed organic beef and pastured organic chicken (if you can get your hands on some chicken feet, throw that in the broth for some added health benefits).

#3 Garlic

Garlic is full of health benefits, it is one of my top choices in immune boosting foods. I really use this stuff for everything. It’s great to take garlic if you or your child feels sick but you don’t know what it might be. Garlic is anti-everything – anti-viral, anti-baterial, etc. that’s why its always a good choice when you don’t feel well. In the Winter, eat as much garlic as you can (my kids and I probably smell like garlic for half the winter but I don’t care because it keeps us healthy). These soup recipes I am sharing with you today all contain this health bearing food!

Here are the Recipes…

Bone Broth with Vegetables

Heat broth in a stock pot, add chopped vegetables. Simmer until veggies are soft. Enjoy!

Garlic Soup

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 20 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 4 tbsp. grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 6 cups chicken bone broth
  • 4-6 cups chopped veggies – anything you have on hand: carrots, potatoes, celery, zucchini, parsnips, etc.
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • sea salt to taste

Heat oil or butter in a stock pot. Saute onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add stock, veggies, thyme, and sea salt. Bring pot to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Kale Soup

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 7 cups vegetable stock or chicken bone broth

In a stock pot, heat the coconut oil. Saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add stock and vegetables, bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Enjoy!

What simple soups do you make for your family in the Fall & Winter? Please share in the comments below.

Paleo Garlic & Herb Cracker Recipe

garlic herb cracker

Crackers are one of the things a lot of people miss on the paleo diet. Since most crackers are made from grains they are a no-no on this diet. These crackers are made from almond flour so it is approved for grain-free diets like paleo or GAPS diet. It also has a good amount of some really healthy herbs. Both garlic and basil have antibacterial qualities. Basil is also very high in vitamin k, a vitamin important for blood clotting (especially important for pregnant mothers).

My son turned 1 year in August and since then he has developed a much bigger appetite for solid foods then he had before. However, he is a bit picky about his food choices so I have been experimenting with a lot of new things. He definitely likes to feed himself so this cracker recipe has been one of my recent successes with him. It is great on its own or even better with homemade hummus on top (although this linked recipe is not paleo, hummus can be made with zucchini instead or chic peas to make it paleo-approved).

Paleo Garlic & Herb Crackers

  • 3 1/2 cups Almond flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. basil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 pastured eggs

Mix together all of the dry ingredients until well combined. In a separate bow, whisk together the melted oil and the eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands to get it well combined. Place parchment paper on the counter and roll out half of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares. Transfer the paper onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Let cool before removing from the cookie sheet and repeat with second half of the dough.

Store at room temperature in an air tight container like a mason jar.

Here is my son enjoying one of these crackers!

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Have you ever made homemade crackers? What is your favorite recipe?

Sugar-free Coconut Cookies & SweatLeaf Stevia Giveaway!

sugar free coconut cookies

There are many reasons to go sugar free. Health concerns such as diabetes and candida overgrowth require a sugar free diet in order to heal. In general, it’s not a bad idea to go sugar free for a period of time to do a little sugar cleanse. Sugar is very hard on the body and should only be used sparingly, if at all. This month I have been concentrating on reducing even natural sweeteners as preparation for my Winter Cleanse program (starting February 24th).

SweetLeaf Stevia contacted me recently and asked me to develop some recipes using their products, which was a fun project. These cookies are one of the recipes I came up with. I also used their SweetLeaf Stevia clear in this Butternut Squash Soup Recipe.

Stevia is a natural sweetener which is extracted from the stevia plant. It is 300 times sweeter then sugar which makes it a great alternative to use in small amounts. Stevia is a great choice for diabetics, and anyone on a candida diet because it does not cause a spike in blood sugar levels like sugar or other sweeteners.

I hope you enjoy this recipe…

Coconut Cookies

coconut cookies

Ingredients:

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix together almond flour, coconut flour, shredded coconut, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In a high powered blender or food processor mix together the flax seeds, coconut milk, almond butter, coconut oil, vinegar, stevia, vanilla, dates, and honey until smooth. Pour batter into a bowl and hand mix in the flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake 12-15 minutes – 12 minutes is a softer cookie and 15 minutes is a more crisp cookie.

And now for the giveaway…

sweetleaf stevia giveaway

Want to win some Vanilla Creme SweatLeaf Stevia so you can make your own batch of coconut cookies? Enter in the rafflecopter box below!

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