Tis the season for cookies and hot cocoa with marshmallows and presents galore! It is also the season of resolutions, including many promises to eat and live more healthfully. These resolutions are notoriously hard to keep.
However, having the right resources and having others to help you stay accountable will help you increase your chances of success. I first really paid attention to this after hearing an NPR story back in 2012. Clinical psychologist John Norcross said, “The buddy system works” and “publicly declare your resolution as a family. […] Families can do it all together much more effectively than one alone.” (Check it out here: Making Resolutions That Stick.) This is one of the many reasons Brent and I have been successful in living more healthfully over the past few years; we support each other and surround ourselves with resources and great friends who support us, too.
As we’ve spent almost 3 years now following a paleo diet (wow!), many of our tastes have changed. Heather is now a big fan of brussels sprouts, mustard, collared greens, and many other items she otherwise thought were off limits. For me, the greatest addition to my life has been the tomato. I thought it was the occasional obligation on a restaurant hamburger, or a small part of a salad.
Recently I came to the conclusion that I now pick up a tomato how I used to pick up an apple. This salad challenges the assumption that a salad has to be a bed of greens with some accoutrement; don’t allow your salad to be boring! This time of year, we thought the bright red and green was perfect for the holidays. We hope you have a delightful time with family and friends this week, regardless of how (or what) you decide to celebrate.
The winter holidays are here! Every one we know is decorating their houses, baking treats, and buying and wrapping gifts. The last two years, we went to Brent’s parents’ house to celebrate the season, so we didn’t decorate at all and it never really felt like holidays. But this year, we’re hosting both sets of parents. So, while we haven’t exactly finished our gift shopping or planned our Christmas dinner menu, we did put up our Christmas tree a couple weeks ago. As soon as we finished it, I got a little “warm fuzzy” in my heart.
Since that evening, I have been daydreaming of Christmas cookies from my childhood. I know, though, that most of them would leave us feeling sick. Most of them. One cookie (one out of the seemingly endless kinds of cookies we helped my grandma and mother make) is naturally gluten- and dairy-free. It’s called Basler Brunsli. Originally from 16th century Switzerland, it has long been part of the holiday tradition in Germany and Austria. The main ingredients are two of my favorite things—chocolate and almonds—and the complementing spices give it a warmth and complexity of flavor that I cannot resist. Brent said, “They taste like an Oreo and a gingerbread cookie had a baby.” Honestly, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to make these cookies before! We hope you enjoy them as much as do. Continue reading →
This week, I’m keeping things short and sweet, and tangy and bright. We experimented with this salad this past Thanksgiving because we wanted a light salad to balance the hearty, savory, and sweet components of the entire menu. Plus, we didn’t want to do a traditional romain or iceberg salad; we can do that any day, really. Holidays call for a little some special, right?
This refreshing citrus salad will brighten any meal. Serve it on the side or as a dessert. Or, use it as a palate cleanser between courses if you’re serving a more elaborate dinner menu. It’s versatile, and will taste great year-round. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Continue reading →
As the weather cools down for us here in the DC area, my mind have moved from barbecues and light refreshing salads to more substantial meals and stews. We are huge fans of chili and pulled pork, but I wanted to expand our repertoire. Especially because I am prone to colds or falling under the weather as the seasons change, I wanted something that could help keep my sinuses clear with the help of capsaicin. (Check out the medical uses in this Wikipedia article—warning: not AIP friendly.)
For me, this is an ideal winter stew, and is much heartier than our hot and sour soup, which was my go to meal when fighting a cold up to now. We hope you’ll give it a shot, and enjoy it in a variety of ways.