The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: Paleo Versions of 5 Favorite Comfort Foods

As a sufferer of chronic sinus migraines, I have reluctantly come to realize that grains, dairy and I just don’t get along. For more than 10 years I was gluten-free. Giving up gluten helped rid my body of chronic psoriasis and arthritis. However, my sinus headaches persisted and gradually worsened over the years.

I searched for a reason, an ailment that could explain my sinus problems, even visiting specialists, but to no avail. My ENT doctor checked my sinuses and even sent me for MRI’s and other scans, which all came back clean. She said the migraines are more than likely food related.

So as a nutrition junky, I knew all about the elimination diet and gave it a try. Unfortunately, the elimination diet eliminates dairy and gluten, but not all grains, since oats and rice are allowed on most plans.

It wasn’t until I tried the paleo diet that my headaches finally began to subside. Now my diet is paleo approximately 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time, I allow myself indulgences, including gluten containing foods such as cakes, cookies as well as certain comfort foods and dairy. I find if I indulge in only one or two meals or so a week, my headaches remain at bay.

With that said, there are times when I’m eating healthy that I just need some comfort foods. Today, I’ve searched the internet’s plethora of Paleo sites for paleo versions of some popular comfort foods! ENJOY!

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

Paleo Running Momma

Baked French Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dip

Paleo Running Momma

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

Nom Nom Paleo

Easy Deep Dish Pizza Pie

Satisfying Eats
This recipe contains dairy.
For a true paleo version, consider using dairy-free mozzarella.

Perfect Grain Free Tortillas

Fork and Beans
Use these amazing tortillas with your favorite taco filling for perfect paleo tacos! I make these all the time! They are delicious and better than any store bought tortillas, whether regular or gluten free..

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes Even Picky Eaters will Love

“Vegetables are food for my food.” Is this phrase familiar to you? You want to eat healthy, but maybe you live with someone who is a picky eater and refuses to eat anything “healthy”. Maybe, you’re the one that is the picky eater. You know heathy eating is the way to go, but you hate vegetables or anything that resembles healthy food. It’s hard enough to convince ourselves to eat healthy, but how do we convince the picky eaters to eat healthy? The trick is to make the healthy food not look healthy!

On Tuesday, I posted an article highlighting 10 anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet.

Here are 10 anti-inflammatory foods to include in your daily diet

  1. green leafy vegetables
  2. blueberries
  3. broccoli
  4. turmeric
  5. green-tea
  6. beets
  7. pineapple
  8. nuts (especially walnuts)
  9. Wild caught salmon
  10. Bone broth

For this list, I’ve scoured the internet to find recipes using the 10 anti-inflammatory foods listed above. There are 10 recipes, one for each food. I tried to find recipes that picky eaters would consider fun or tasty. I hope you enjoy!

Greek Turkey Burgers

Sparkrecipes.com

This unique recipe is a fun way to add spinach to your diet

Teriyaki Pork Chops with Blueberry-Ginger Relish

Eating Well

This unique recipe will have your picky eater gobbling up some blueberries!

Honey-Orange Broccoli Slaw

Taste of Home

Most picky eaters hate broccoli,
but they just may love it in place of cabbage in this tasty coleslaw recipe.

Cinnamon Turmeric Sweet Potatoes

One Green Planet

Picky eaters may not like “golden milk” or “turmeric lattes”,
but they just might gobble up these sweet potatoes.

Blueberry Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Epic Matcha

While both green tea and matcha tea are healthy. Matcha tea is by far superior. You have to drink 10-15 cups of green tea to equal the nutrition of just 1 cup of matcha.

Simple Baked Beet Fries

Just Take a Bite

This is definitely a unique way to prepare beets!
Serve these with the Greek Turkey Burger for a winning anti-inflammatory meal.

Paleo Pineapple Whip

Recipenourish.com

Your picky eater won’t be able to resist this super easy and delicious pineapple recipe!

Parmesan Herbed Walnuts

Walnuts.org

Jazz up plain walnuts with this cheesy recipe!

Kid Friendly Salmon

Food Network – Melissa D’Arabian

This teriyaki style salmon recipe is sure to please.

Pastured Beef Bone Broth

Rebecca Katz

For the ultimate in healing, you can’t beat homemade bone broth.
This recipe, made from pasture raised beef bones,
is from Rebecca Katz, an alumni of my school, Hawthorn University.
Use this as the base for any soup or recipe calling for broth.

Closing thoughts:

Whether you try a recipe from this list, or just use it to inspire your kitchen creativity, I hope you found something to help you eat healthy. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. As the old saying goes ” You are what you eat”. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity, eating healthy can be fun!

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara

20 Small but Mighty Ginger Shot Recipes

Shots of ginger juice…why would anyone want to do that? Ginger is incredibly healthy, with many health benefits.

  • boosts immune system
  • soothes upset stomach
  • aids digestion
  • fights infection
  • speeds metabolism
  • aids post-workout recovery
  • regulates blood sugar
  • anti-inflammatory

Still not convinced? Here’s Dr. Axe with benefits of ginger:

Now that you know why ginger is so good for you, I have a great way to include this super root in your daily diet. Below, I’ve searched the internet and discovered 20 different ginger shot recipes, to add to your wellness recipe repertoire!

Homemade Ginger & Lemon Shots

Christina Greve

Three Ginger Power Shot Recipes

Inspiredtaste.net

Three Ginger Power Shot Recipes including Lemon Ginger, Carrot Ginger and a Green Apple Ginger Shot
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How to make ginger shots and 10 favorite recipes

Juicebuff.com

10 Ginger Shot Benefits That Will Leave You Feeling Incredible
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3 Small Shots, Great Benefits

Probiotics Center

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots

Minimalist Baker

Two glasses of Turmeric Wellness Shots for an anti-inflammatory homemade juice
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Lemon Apple Ginger Shot Recipe

Aline Made

Keto lemon Ginger Green Juice Shots

The Keto Summit

The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Heart Healthy Fall Dinners

One of the first lessons I learned at Hawthorn was the benefits of eating locally grown, SEASONAL produce. It’s fresher and packed with more nutrients than produce shipped across the country. Don’t know what veggies are in season? Take a look below:

Seasonal Produce Guide - Printable Chart - The Dinner-Mom

Below, you’ll find 10 fall recipes, that are not only packed with flavor, they are packed with healthy fall produce. I hope you enjoy and let me know if you try any of the recipes. I know I plan on trying them ALL! (As always, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes

with Red Pepper Relish

Woman’s Day

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Better Homes & Gardens

Turkey-Vegetable Casserole

Better Homes & Gardens

Easy Butternut Squash Risotto

Health.com

Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples

Eating Well

Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Eating Well

SLOW COOKER WINTER VEGETABLE SOUP WITH SPLIT RED LENTILS

A Beautiful Plate

Acorn Squash with Brown Rice

and Turkey Sausage

Good Housekeeping

Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Good Housekeeping

Make Ahead Meals - Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes Recipe
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Closing thoughts:

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. I hope, with the above recipes, I’ve inspired you to add some wonderful fall veggies into your diet.

Fall veggies are packed with color, and incredibly healthy. The yellow and orange squash are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C. Cruciferous veggies, such as kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts are incredibly healthy and an absolute must in any healthy diet. These healthy powerhouse veggies have many benefits, including:

  • anti-cancer
  • anti-depression
  • pain relief/anti-inflammatory
  • HEART PROTECTION
  • anti-oxidant
  • protection from toxins
  • enhance cognitive function

What’s your favorite fall vegetable? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara