This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.
The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.
Its been many years since I have eaten a waffle, and in fact until the other day, my kids had never eaten a waffle. Go figure! It’s not something that is as big here in Australia as it might be in America perhaps. I’m not sure why that is. I remember having them as a young child when we visited my nan’s, but I think they may have been the packet variety, even though she was a great baker. The last year, though, I have had a need to find myself a waffle iron and make waffles. I’m not sure if its the paleo influence, and all these yummy waffle images on Pinterest, but it was a need I had to fill. Continue reading
Lately I’ve been trying to eat a bit cleaner, even Paleo followers can consume a little too much sometimes. Tonight, however, I was craving something sweet. I’ve learnt that if this is the case, I am better to make something naturally sweet using Paleo ingredients, than to succumb to the craving and eat something ‘bad’.
This is usually where most of us fall off the wagon. Our cravings get the better of us and once we’ve broken it once, well we give in and tell ourselves its too hard. So I fed my craving with this pudding, using real food ingredients, and I enjoyed it.
Now, I know that many in the paleo community don’t count paleo sweets or baking as actually being paleo. Our hunter gather ancestors certainly didn’t find a cacao protein ball on a magical tree, but….my personal belief is that we have evolved a lot from those hunter gather days and so have our food requirements.
Many don’t have the same opportunities of growing and foraging for their ingredients while juggling a busy family, living in the suburbs, while working around a high demand career…and thats ok!
How are you all feeling now you have cut the sugar out? Its important to remember that your body will go through a detox when you cut out sugar and things may feel worse before they feel better. I looked at my bodies reactions when I cut it out and realised it was proof of the effect it had on me. How the sugar cravings heightened, it really did feel like a drug calling to me.
The benefits now are very noticeable for me and you will notice them too. When your sweet tooth does speak up and beg you for that bar of chocolate or lolly, don’t ignore it completely. With the help of honey, coconut sugar, dates and maple syrup you can still have your treat and feel good about it too.