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Nose to Tail: The Nutritional Value of Eating the Whole Animal

Hi friends! I recently wrote a guest post for Bare Bones Broth. The company owners, Katherine and Ryan, pour their passion for sustainability and nutrition into their broth, and I love partnering with them in any way I can. Enjoy this quick excerpt, but read the rest of the post on their blog!

If you’re like me, you probably didn’t grow up eating things like organ meat (heart?? Ew!) or bones. Though some people already have a taste for foods like liver pate, beef tongue, and heart, most of us feel squeamish when we think about those “other bits.”

Enter the ancestral way of eating. This promotes the idea that our diets should look much more like what our ancestors ate (a large variety of plants and animals) and less like Lunchables. A core piece of this lifestyle is the need to consume the whole animal – nose to tail.

It’s absolutely true that this way of eating is perfect for those who want to be both economical and environmentally-friendly, but in this article, let’s explore the health benefits behind eating the whole animal.

So why care about those other bits at all? In short, they’re nutrient powerhouses! Parts like liver and bones are concentrated sources of important vitamins and minerals. Let’s take a closer look…
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25 Budget Friendly Paleo Meals

25 Budget Friendly Paleo MealsThough it’s true that most people don’t “go Paleo” to save money, that shouldn’t mean you have to throw out your grocery budget! Serving for serving, each of these 25 budget friendly paleo meals is cheaper than a fast food meal. In fact, they average around $3-$4 a serving.

The best part? They’re delicious! I cook some of these meals every week or so.
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Easy Weeknight Dill Chicken Salad

“Easy Weeknight Dill Chicken Salad

This chicken salad needed to be shared with the world. I’ve made it every week since I created the recipe, and EVERY WEEK I stand at the counter, eating it out of the bowl. It is SO quick to throw together, and the flavor is amazing!

I really don’t consider myself to be a food blogger. I don’t have THAT many recipes on this blog, because I’m still learning how to experiment in the kitchen. And yet, this is my second chicken salad recipe. If that doesn’t speak to my love of chicken salad, I don’t know what does. 😉
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3 Signs That You’re Not Eating Enough

This is a preview of a guest post that I wrote for All The Healthy Things! Scroll down to read the full post. 

Tired? Can’t lose weight? Maybe you’re not eating enough!

In the Standard American Diet of calorie-dense, over-stimulating, processed foods, it is really easy to over-eat.

But when we enter the “healthy eating” world, things get trickier. If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself struggling with the opposite problem! Why does this happen?

Well, under-eating is sometimes done with purpose: a restrictive attitude around food (even healthy food) may be at play. But often, it’s accidental: maybe you’re eating a lot of fiber-rich plant foods that fill your stomach without delivering very many calories (like salads and smoothies). Or maybe you’re just SO BUSY that an afternoon flies by and you forget to eat lunch.

Yes, many people find it incredibly easy to under-eat. I’m one of them. Before I started paying attention to nutrient density and calorie consumption, this is what a typical day would look like:
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Taking “You’re So Skinny!” Out of Your Vocabulary

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

I’ve never had an eating disorder, but it’s a subject that was constantly inserted into my study of nutrition and health. I’ve known people who have had slightly disordered relationships with food and exercise, and people who have had full-blown, heart-breaking disorders. 

No, I’ve never had an eating disorder, but I have been underweight. A few years ago, I had a body fat percentage that was MUCH too low for me (partially because I have “skinny genetics”, but also because of a tendency to accidentally under-eat). I realize now that it played a role in some of my health issues over the years, specifically with hormonal imbalance (for more on my story, read my feature on Primal Palate’s blog).
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Stop Using Band-aids: Finding the Root Behind Your Symptoms

Finding the Root Behind Your Symptoms

Fatigue, cravings, constipation, weight gain, skin issues, hormonal dysfunction…all of these symptoms have one thing in common: they all have a root.

That may seem obvious, especially if you’re used to a more holistic and functional view of health. But personally, I find that people still have trouble getting out of “symptom focus”.
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40 Healthy (& Paleo-Friendly) Stocking Stuffer Ideas

40 Healthy & Paleo-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Need ideas for healthy and paleo-friendly stocking stuffers? You’ve come to the right place! 

I’ve always loved opening stockings on Christmas morning. There’s just something fun about opening a bunch of random, useful, and delicious little gifts. 🙂

Now that I’m older, I love finding those fun little gifts for others. However, I still like to keep quality and usefulness in mind, which led me to create this list for you!

But don’t limit yourself to stocking stuffers! Many of these products would make great gifts for friends, teachers, hosts, and family members. 🙂

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“How Do I Cook Brussels Sprouts?” – The Farmers Market Series

DELICIOUS ways to cook brussels sprouts!

If you’re new to the blog, I’ve created these quick Farmers Market Series posts to highlight a different in-season veggie each month! This month we’ll look at how to cook brussels sprouts.

I was never really interested in trying brussels sprouts. It seems like they have a pretty bad reputation after being prepared in boring or over-boiled ways for so long, and I can understand why someone would not enjoy eating cabbagey mush.

But now…NOW I am a brussels sprouts fanatic. If they had a spot in every one of my meals, I don’t think I would mind.
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Brown Butter & Herb Roasted Carrots

Delicious roasted carrots made with brown butter ghee and herbs! Makes a great healthy side dish!

I don’t like boring veggies. I need my salads to have all sorts of flavors and textures, and I like most of my veggies roasted or sautéed with fat, garlic, sea salt, and other seasonings (like my favorite-ever-I-could-eat-them-like-popcorn-brussels-sprouts recipe).
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