Coconut Ghee Egg Spiced Chai Lattes

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I’ve always loved coffee with cream. Going Paleo meant I had to ditch it and get used to the taste of black coffee. To be honest, I never could. Should I have stopped drinking coffee altogether at that point? Probably—but I didn’t. I soldiered on, so great was my addiction, and began experimenting instead. I tried Bulletproof Coffee, Egg Coffee, coconut oil, and different spices. The results were pretty good but it was just missing one key ingredient, which I couldn’t put my finger on. Thankfully I found it at AHS13 in Atlanta. The vendors at events like these are incredible. There was everything from tallow lip balm to kombucha starters—a veritable cornucopia of Paleo delights. One table that really caught my eye was the Pure Indian Food’s Ghee display. I’ve always loved and used ghee, but it’s hard to find good sources of it. Here, starring me in the face, was organic, grass-fed ghee—gallons of it. Not only that, there was coffee too, with a little sign saying “try some ghee in me!” And so I did. Deciding between the different types of ghee was difficult—they had cultured or plain, coconut mixed with ghee, and different flavors, including a … Continue reading

How My Family Ate at McDonald’s and Still Stayed Primal

Believe it or not, these are double Quarter Pounders with Cheese from McDonald's. Or a Royale with Cheese for you Europeans.

The other day, it was 115 degrees here in Phoenix and my family and I were planning to head over to a friend’s house to go swimming. As luck would have it, we were going to be at their house over the dinner hour. These friends are awesome people but if there was an opposite of Primal, that’s what they’d be. Almost everything they eat comes from a box. They don’t care about ingredients, or gluten, or sugar. They have bowls of Hallowe’en candy out on their kitchen counter all year long. There is nothing in their house that I can eat in good conscience. Before we went over, they suggested that we order pizza in for dinner, completely forgetting that we don’t eat restaurant pizza. The only stuff I had in the fridge were chicken dinner leftovers. I tried to imagine my children being asked to eat chicken and spinach while their peers chowed down on delivery pizza. Not happening. My Primal brain went into survival mode. What restaurant could we get food from that our friends would eat, our children could eat and that wouldn’t make us sick? Somewhere where we could all make our own choices, instead … Continue reading

Magical Multipurpose Paleo & Primal Dough Recipe

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I’ve been working pretty hard on this recipe and I think it’s a winner. So much, in fact, that I’ve decided to sell it instead of giving it away for free. “Sell it?!” you ask incredulously. “Why not give it away like everyone else?” The short answer is: I’m broke. My book is still in its editing phase and until it hits the shelves and becomes a New York Times Bestseller, I have absolutely no income. The long answer is: my husband told me this recipe was too good to give away. He wanted me to sell the recipe to a corporation so they could make it and sell it to you. I don’t want you to have to spend $6 for a 10 oz. box of crackers, so I’ve decided to sell you the recipe instead. What is the recipe for? Pizza crust, crackers, rolls and (to a lesser extent cause they’re harder to make) tortillas. That’s right, Primalgirl’s Magical Multipurpose Paleo and Primal Dough Recipe will make ALL those things — and probably more if you’re super creative. I’m happier with the results of this recipe than I have been with any other recipe I’ve found in a … Continue reading

Primalgirl Cooks: Paleo Pasta Part One

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For those of you that caught my tweet the other day, you’ll know that I have come up with a Paleo pasta recipe. That’s right: PASTA. I’m not talking zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or those disgusting  zero-carb shirataki noodles that smell like fish. I’m talking real, honest-to-goodness pasta that you can turn into lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli or whatever the hell you want. It’s grain-free, gluten-free, guar and xantham gum free and 100% Paleo. It does take a bit of work though, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. This whole adventure started when George Bryant over at www.civilizedcavemancooking.com posted a recipe for beef bacon ravioli. I’ve been missing Italian food something fierce lately so I eagerly clicked on the link. To my dismay, I discovered that George hadn’t made the pasta himself, but had gotten it from Capello’s Gluten Free Products and that it was $55.00 for 4 12-oz packages. Not only can I not afford $55 for pasta that will make approximately 2-3 meals (my kids eat A LOT), but the ingredient list left a little to be desired: almond flour, cage-free eggs, tapioca flour, potato starch, xantham gum, sea salt. My children and I can’t eat … Continue reading

Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream and Coconut Butter

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Coconut is amazing. You can turn it into flour, milk, oil or butter. You can drink the water. You can simply eat the coconut. You can buy it shredded or in cans. Most of us don’t think about how simple it is to make things ourselves and so we pay $14 for a jar of coconut butter or $2.50 for a can of coconut milk and resign ourselves to shelling out for it because it’s awesome. My kids have to take milk to school to fulfill some bullshit calcium requirement and since they’re dairy free, we’ve been sending them off with coconut milk. I’ve tried watering down canned coconut milk but it tastes…canned. I had started buying coconut milk “drink” in tetra paks, but at $2 each, it was getting expensive. Plus, one look at the “vitamins” on the side revealed that all the additives were artificial – even in the Trader Joe’s brand. I read a post on The Primal Parent about the damage that those artificial vitamins can do and how to make your own almond milk (which I did, and it was amazing but I can’t send the kids off to school with any type of nut … Continue reading

Vitamin D, CBS and Pickle Mayonnaise

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Vitamin D and Sleep Dr. Seth Roberts (a PhD and biohacker who presented at AHS last year) has been blogging about my Vitamin D and sleep connection for several months now and has been trying it out for himself. Seth has been trying to improve his sleep for years and definitely thinks I’m on to something. You can read about his experiments here. He’s currently writing a publication on the subject, which I can’t wait to read. He’s also been referring to the topic during some of his talks. I know some of you have tried and have had success with changing the timing of your supplementation – we believe it’s more important than previously thought and can impact the outcome. Paleo on CBS Paleo’s been on the news again! Dr. Kim Mulvihill at CBS San Francisco recently came to PaleoFX and interviewed some of us. There’s tons of great information, including an interview with CJ Hunt about his new movie, In Search of The Perfect Human Diet. (Spoiler alert: it turns out the perfect human diet is Paleo.) Check out the videos on CBS, or click below. I just happen to be in this one. ;) Aired May 14, 2012: New Documentary … Continue reading

Enhanced Water You’ll Want to Drink

I’ve been seeing all kinds of crazy crap on the market lately. Water full of vitamins, flavors, calcium, electrolytes, herbs, and weight-loss ingredients. There’s even a fortified water for dogs (FortiFido) and one enhanced with “positive thoughts” to “raise consciousness in humanity” (Aquamantra). I can’t make this shit up. Apparently people don’t want to drink regular water anymore. I, myself, have no problems with it, but sometimes like to “spice it up” a little and make my sports drink. I’m not going to let the industry “enhance” it for me, though; their track record isn’t great at keeping toxic chemicals and sugar out of my food. I’m certainly not going to let them mess up the one calorie-free thing I consume. My husband and I were in a Thai restaurant a couple of years ago and the water we were drinking was the most delicious, refreshing water we’d ever had. We had no idea why, until the waitress came over to refill our glasses. In the pitcher was a slice of strawberry and a slice of cucumber. She told us that they add the strawberry and cucumber (one slice of each is enough for an entire pitcher of water) and refrigerate … Continue reading

Easy Sports Drink Recipe

A couple of years ago, shortly after I had started on my Primal journey, I ended up in the hospital. I thought I was having a heart attack or a stroke. Here were my symptoms: heart palpitations, numbness in my arms and legs, convulsions/seizures, pain in my left shoulder running down my arm, slurred speech, general confusion. It started after a particularly grueling workout with a new GlobalGym trainer that didn’t realize how out-of-shape I was at the time. I started to “black out” while I was still at the gym – the symptoms I usually get when a migraine is coming on: impaired vision, black spots everywhere and extreme sensitivity to light. Somehow I made it home, where things got worse. My dad rushed me to the ER. I spent about 5 hours in the hospital, pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it (I’m a complete drama queen, I know.). After ensuring I wasn’t having a drug overdose or a heart attack, the doctors took some blood, gave me fluids and left me to recover. When the results of the blood tests came back, I seriously couldn’t believe them. My potassium was slightly low? Really? That was all … Continue reading

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

When I first heard about this, I thought it sounded disgusting. I hated cauliflower but I was so desperate for a slice of pizza I would try anything. Low and behold, it was the best thing I’d had in months. Not only does this make delicious pizza crust, but it also makes great bread for sandwiches, bread sticks or muffins, snacks for kids or a side dish. A guy I know eats it topped with steak and eggs in the morning. There are tons of uses for this stuff, and it’s delicious. I found the original recipe on the Internet and have tweaked it a bit. Mine is a great substitute for real pizza crust and holds up well enough to be eaten in your hands. Plus it’s gluten free, grain free, soy free and LOW CARB! Feel free to substitute broccoli for the cauliflower for a different taste. Depending on how thick you spread it on the pan, you’ll also have a different experience. INGREDIENTS: coconut oil or butter to grease pan 1 head of cauliflower, approx. 2 cups when steamed and smashed. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/4 cup coconut or almond flour* 1 … Continue reading