4 Methods for Restorative Beauty Sleep

Uncategorized | June 16, 2017 | By

Intro: What is Beauty Sleep? Does this term sound like a marketing ad to you for some skincare product? Or, does it simply refer to sleep itself? Fact: A proper amount of good, restful sleep is essential for not only beauty but, true health. We have all seen various articles over recent years, commenting on how important sleep is for virtually every area of our body However, people miss out on the fact that sleep is an important part of the beauty routine. The reason for this is two-fold. First, your skin works on repairing and regenerating itself during sleep. Second, both your mood and your overall physical appearance are affected by how tired you are and how much sleep you got e.g. puffy eyes, dark bags, etc.This affects not only how people are seeing you in a physical aspect but, more importantly, whether they are getting to see the vibrant, happy and more relaxed you which is much more attractive than stressed or glum. Below is a list of 4 methods for improving your sleep-and they are both portable and affordable.

Earthing Mat

What is Earthing? No, it isn’t an umbrella term encompassing all things related to “greener living”. Earthing refers to walking barefoot on the ground to gain the benefits of grounding and connecting to the Earth. The Earth’s surface is negatively charged and, when you walk barefoot on it, there is a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. However, as it isn’t always possible for us to walk around barefoot on a daily basis, there are some products out there designed to give you the benefits of Earthing, no matter where you are. The most popular of these is an earthing mat.

An Earthing mat connects to the grounding part of the outlet in your home, to the grounding rod outside. This allows you to engage in Earthing, even on a rainy day.

What kind of benefits can be experienced due to Earthing? Many people report sleeping better, deeper and even falling asleep faster due to the regular use of an earthing mat. A common method of using the earthing mat is to sleep on it at night-which leaves you with no excuse to not use it daily.

Spoonk Mat

Continuing with the theme of using mats to improve your sleep quality, the Spoonk mat makes use of acupressure points to ease back pain, muscle tension, and improve blood circulation. This is due to the 6,200 small stimulation points that the mat contains. The amount of pressure you feel can be adjusted by placing it on a softer surface, like a bed, or a harder surface, like the floor. You can also start off with wearing thin clothing to use the mat, and then try it out with bare skin once you’ve become used to using it regularly.

The Spoonk mat is an easy and simple addition to your bedtime routine. Simply place the mat on the bed, lie down, adjust it to your liking, and read a book or listen to soothing music while reaping the relaxing benefits of acupressure at home.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have many uses from wound healing, to headache relief, easing muscle pain and eliminating odors. However, essential oils can also be an amazing addition to your pre-bed routine due to their relaxation potential-both in topical and airborne use. Dilute a calming or grounding essential oil like lavender, cedar wood, or vetiver with a quality carrier oil and apply to the soles of your feet. Be sure to hold your hands up to your nose and deeply inhale the scent of the oils to further the calming experience.

Another method of embracing essential oils at bedtime is to invest in a diffuser and use a combination of oils to infuse the air in your bedroom, while you practise deep breathing exercises.

Magnesium Salt Flakes

Magnesium is used in many functions of the body including the heart, digestion and the structural development of bones. But perhaps the most widely known health benefit of magnesium is stress relief and sleep support. However, most of us are lacking in adequate magnesium due to soil depletion and stressful modern lifestyles. This is where supplementation through transdermal absorption comes in. Topical magnesium oil is a great way to absorb magnesium through the skin daily and promote a calmer, less stressed approach to the day.

The second method kills two birds with one stone by both supplementing your body with readily available magnesium, and involving a super-relaxing, spa-like experience. The routine? A hot bath filled with magnesium salt flakes. Better yet, enhance your ritual with a few candles, soft music and a face mask. Taking the time for a magnesium bath even a few times a week is an act of self-care that helps calm your mind and allows you some precious “me time” to just unwind from the day. So the next time that you try and talk yourself out of some special self-love bath time, remember that it is both good for your health, and supports a restful night’s sleep.


In our modern age, sleep often takes the backseat to whatever else we deem more important in our life at the time, including more time on Instagram or Facebook. However, we must recognize that sleep needs to take a primary place in our lives, and always focus on getting a full restful 8 hours..every..single..night. Sleep impacts not only our health but also our skin, our attitude and outlook on the day, and sometimes, even our posture-all of which affects how we look and our perceived by others. To get more quality, restorative slumber, we need to take time out of our lives to incorporate pre-bedtime routines that include methods designed to calm and relax us. This may include Earthing, using a Spoonk mat, usage of essential oils, or a magnesium salt bath. Learning to appreciate good sleep can have a big impact on our overall health and beauty, and a pre-bedtime routine is an act of self care that benefits both our mental and emotional health.


Why Clean Eating Didn’t Cure Your Breakouts (And the Solution)

Clean Eating Acne Breakouts Paleo

Uncategorized | May 29, 2017 | By

Intro: You’ve tried cutting out processed foods, refined sugar and refrain from eating out, yet, despite your real food diet, your breakouts remain stubbornly stuck to your face. You may have even tried adding in a few random supplements or gone green-smoothie crazy like your friends but, your skin doesn’t seem to acknowledge your hard efforts, as you still see many pimples and red spots in the mirror each morning. What am I doing wrong you ask? I’ve cut out all the “bad stuff” so, shouldn’t my skin automatically clear up? What am I still missing?

While clean diets are a great start to a healthy lifestyle and an important foundation to good skincare, the average person is unaware that a “real food” lifestyle is not generic and the same for everyone. The term bio-individuality means that everyone has different nutritional problems and needs and therefore, the solution for curing your breakouts for good, is based on your own person needs. Let’s take a look at a couple of important areas that are not usually mentioned when “clean-eating” is discussed.

Food sensitivities: Even in clean, whole-food diets, people will sometimes encounter food sensitivities. This is why not all foods work well for everyone. And this is why breakouts can sometimes occur in relation to food sensitivities, as inflammation is a reaction to the undesirable substance in the body.

In more serious cases, some people may have lots of food sensitivities due to leaky gut or other digestive problems and therefore, need to work on healing their gut, while keeping on a strict dietary protocol.

Internal major systems needing support: The body has certain major processes which are really foundational in how they affect us so much in symptoms, overall quality of life, and especially, skincare. For many people, one or more of these systems needs nutritional support, usually due to either a history of eating processed foods, or the affects of our toxin and stress-filled lifestyles. Some of these major processes include:


Digestion includes not just the stomach but also the small and large intestines. Various problems in the small and/or large intestines due to flora imbalance and bacterial overgrowth, like h.pylori, affect the proper digestion process and assimilation of nutrients in to the body. Low stomach acid is another common digestive problem that causes symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux-this is because strong stomach acid is needed to breakdown all our foods so our body can access the nutrients. It doesn’t matter how nutritious the food you’re eating is, you still won’t get all the benefits from it if you can’t digest it properly.


The liver/gallbladder is the detox system of the body, meaning that it plays an important role in healthy skin. Breakouts around a woman’s period are usually a result of the liver not being able to properly detox the excess hormones. Lastly, the gallbladder also plays a role in digestion as it breaks down and metabolizes fats.

Blood Sugar Balance

Blood Sugar Balance is often tied to the adrenals which can also affect our moods and sleep as two of their major functions are reacting to stress and releasing the hormone cortisol.


A clean diet should include plenty of quality fats which help keep blood sugar balanced throughout the day as well as contributing to healthy hormones. A clean diet should alsofrom containing too many “natural sweetners and excessive fruit intake to help balance blood sugar. However, if diet is not enough then your hormones may still need additional nutritional support. Since our hormones not only affect our moods but also our skin, it is important to delve deeper to find the root of the cause.

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances:

Due to soil-depletion and the affects of our modern lifestyles, diet is often not enough  to give us all the important vitamins and minerals that we need. Take zinc and magnesium for example. Zinc is important for stomach acid production and for healing in the body. However, if a person is already low in zinc, it will take a while for them to get enough to through foods alone to be sufficient, and it is also more expensive-meaning that using quality supplements is generally the better option. Magnesium on the other hand is something that is used by the body whenever we encounter stress, making it important to use topical methods such as magnesium gel, lotion, or magnesium flake baths often to supplement the body.


A “clean eating” or even Paleo lifestyle is a great start to getting clear, beautiful skin and getting health for life. However, people make the mistake of thinking that just eating whole foods will give them all the nutrients that they need. They also miss the subtle yet important aspect of bio-individuality, aka, everyone is a separate individual with different nutritional needs. Three ways bio-individuality affects us are:

Food sensitivities, which cause an inflammatory response in the body

– Internal problems that play major roles in how our skin looks and how we feel and that need specific nutritional support, e.g. hormones, blood sugar balance, liver/gallbladder (detoxing), and digestion.

– Nutritional deficiencies, which are difficult to address solely through diet alone.

Addressing these factors with proper assessment will give you a targeted approach to curing your breakouts for good and give you the healthy skin you deserve.

Suncare, Essential: Internally and Externally

Suncare Sunscreen Nutrition Antioxidants

Uncategorized | April 28, 2017 | By

Suncare is a big topic. With stores filling their seasonal shelves with chemically-smelling, thick, white sunblocks that can make you feel like a grease pot, to SPF moisturizers that can leave your face looking shinier than your new pair of sunglasses, it’s easy to see why the topic of sun protection is cringe-inducing for many people. Make no mistake though, protecting your skin from the sun is essential however, most people don’t understand that this is a 2-part equation. Since your skin is a 2-sided organ, you must not only use topical protection but also give your body the internal support to mount some of it’s own sun-defense.

Internal sunscreen. Have you ever heard the saying “eat your sunscreen”? If you haven’t then, please hear me out. Getting enough quality animal fats in your diet is not only essential for hormone health, and many other functions, but it also influences the strength of the cell itself. Esthetician Cassandra Lanning describes this cell mechanism in further detail:

The fatty acids make up the cell membrane plus are used inside the cells. When skin cells move up through their life cycle and flatten and pop, they disperse their contents to create the lipid layer (or lamellar layer) which is the protective layer, and  the remaining “envelope” becomes the corneocyte. So the more healthy the cell membrane is, the stronger the corneocyte and stratum corneum will be. Understanding this is essential to creating a healthy lipid/lamellar layer.

Now, to get enough dietary fats to support your healthy skin, you need to be consuming enough quality animal fats on a daily basis. Great food sources include: grassfed meats, liver, free-range eggs and poultry and grassfed dairy, grassfed butter or ghee, grassfed, nitrate-free pork or bacon fat, and duck fat.

Antioxidants: The second step in consuming your suncare, is through antioxidant rich food sources. Now, we all know of the regular antioxidant fruits and powders like raw cocoa, blueberries, goji berries, green matcha tea, etc. But, did you know that the most impressive and powerful antioxidant actually comes from seafood-who get it from sea greens? Astaxanthin is found in the largest quantity in Green Algae, then krill oil, then Wild Sockeye salmon. However, before you start eating a bunch of salmon, you need to consider why this is a serious health no-no. When eating seafood, we have no idea how much mercury it contains-and we have no control over this fact, making it a very unwise choice to consume too much. Secondly, neither krill oil or green algae sounds very appetizing or palatable for any regular human. The solution? Source a quality astaxanthin supplement and take it regularly. Antioxidants are so important as they protect skin cells from environmental assault-mainly the Sun, pollutants, and free-radicals.

External protection. The skin really is a 2-sided organ, meaning that it not only needs the building blocks of nutrition but also, quality botanical ingredients to protect it topically. Our skin is bombarded by environmental assault daily in the form of free-radicals and air-pollution. It is also rained down upon constantly by the sun’s rays, which often leads to sunspots and premature ageing. Considering that our skin is something we have to live with for our entire lives, it really is our responsibility to take care of it the best that we can. To do this, choose a quality botanical moisturizer with a high SPF and use it daily throughout the year. This cream should be suitable for the age of your skin, aka, acne prone and youthful vs mature and dehydrated. Using an SPF daily is mandatory as the sun’s rays still come out in fall and winter, not just summer.

Boost the power: Using an antioxidant serum, like Vitamin C, underneath your SPF botanical moisturizer has 2 major uses.

It increases the effectiveness of the SPF.

It provides your skin with wonderful topical antioxidant nutrients.

Conclusion: Suncare is mandatory for good skincare but, it needs to be approached both topically and internally. Having a proper balance of fatty acids ensures that you are creating a strong cell membrane for your skin cells. Antioxidants are an important part of helping your body fight free-radicals and should be sourced from whole food sources, as well as a quality astaxanthin supplement. Lastly, protect your skin topically with a botanical SPF moisturizer. This should be layered over a Vitamin C serum as the antioxidants both increase the effectiveness of the SPF and help protect against sun damage.

Breakthrough: Why Exfoliation Is Harming You, Not Helping

Exfoliation Skin

Uncategorized | March 25, 2017 | By

We are bombarded by the cosmetics industry with a plethora of exfoliating products, and society has garnered a mindset that we need to exfoliate often for beautiful skin. The problem: we are exfoliating WAY too much, and with the wrong products. How many times have you seen a facial scrub when browsing the skincare isles? How many times has a Youtuber or beauty blogger mentioned an exfoliating product that they love? This all helps influence people to buy exfoliators that are harming their skin and not helping. Here’s why:

  1. The common methods of exfoliation:

    The majority of facial exfoliators are scrubs of varying harshness, or even chemical peels. Let’s take a look at scrubs first. If you look at a sugar crystal under a microscope, you will see jagged edges. These create little tears in the skin and lead to water loss, meaning your skin is less plump and hydrate. Exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve. Yet sugar scrubs are everywhere, even in DIY remedies. Some products even go so far as to use walnut shells, and encourage people into the belief that this is all for “smooth skin”  Remember, scrubs are meant for the bathtub, not the face. Our face is what people see the most of, and the skin is more delicate there, so, we need to be gentle with our skin, even in exfoliation.

Chemical peels: Chemical peels can be bought on amazon, and applied by any too eager individual who doesn’t know what they are doing and burns their skin. Some people do say that they help improve the skin by speeding up cell turnover. But, should this strong product be used at all, even by professionals? Is it actually healthy to be putting your skin through that kind of abuse? Turns out, chemical peels aren’t just doing more harm than good, they are aging you faster. Master Esthetician Cassandra Lanning explains:

There is no question that exfoliating the epidermis does speed turnover but it is not because it is a healthy event, it is because the skin is rushing to fix the damage, to the detriment of the dermis. when the dermis is forced to fix the damaged epidermis, it must divert nutrients and repair activity that it would have used to maintain itself. This leads us to the possible conclusion that chronic exfoliation speeds aging.

When we look at the research on what chronic exfoliation does, the mild, temporary improvements that result seem meaningless in the face of the long term damage that results:

  • the skin has less melanin protection
  • it has more damage to repair from the acids being used
  • there is loss of moisture from the loss of protective lipids which often leads to oil/oily T-zone
  • most importantly, there is a significant increase in the amount of free radical damage to our skin cells and their DNA.

We are better off not second-guessing the skin’s decision to slow down but rather work with it to restore its normal activities. There is no logical reason why adding inflammation could make our skin younger or healthier. Even when we look at research on the body’s ability to repair itself, it almost universally has shown us that it never recovers 100% (and it certainly does not recover 110%) when damaged.

 DIY Skincare Do it Yourself skincare is another area where many people are mislead on what is and what is not proper exfoliation. Pinterest is chalk-full of recipes and pictures promising “super-smooth” skin with exfoliation treatments. Problem is, almost all of these methods are very bad ideas that should not be used on your skin at all. Common methods involve using sugar granules, lemon juice,and even baking soda. As I’ve already discussed why sugar granules are so harmful, I’d like to look at the other two most frequent DIY ingredients. Lemon juice is a strong fruit acid that produces a burning sensation and drying affect on the skin-definetly not a good idea. And baking soda? Let’s just say that if a substance is used for cleaning your kitchen, then it should be a no-brainer why it doesn’t belong on your face.

2. The Amount of Exfoliation:

People are encouraged to exfoliate their skin a couple times per week-to even daily. There are a variety of face washes that are labeled “multi-taskers” by including scrubbing ingredients so that you can exfoliate daily. Who ever came up with the idea that this is even necessary? I chalk it up to marketing, rather than actual knowledge from skincare professionals. So how often should you exfoliate, and with what? This is where we bring in plant enzymes. It’s always important to use skincare products that are quality, are as natural as possible, and avoid harsh man-made chemicals. You can safely exfoliate 1-2x per month, allowing the skin to recover in-between but, this is optional. Lanning further describes the proper role of exfoliation:

Over-exfoliation inhibits cell to cell communication, leading to impaired immune function and early aging”. The primary function of exfoliating 1-2x per month is to get rid of the build up of environmental effects, cells that might be stuck, and sebum.

Now, if you have really bad clogged pores and enzymes don’t do the trick, consult a licensed esthetician and have them measure out the appropriate usage for fruit acids-a more potent treatment only to be used under professional guidance.

In summary:

Proper exfoliation can be part of a healthy, skincare regimen, if it is done properly and only occasionally. The common product mistakes that the general public make are in using exfoliating substances that harm their skin in the long run: DIY recipes, facial scrubs, and chemical exfoliators. The common application mistake most people make is in exfoliating way too frequently-weekly or even daily. We only need to exfoliate our face 1-2 per month. Lastly, it’s important to source a botanical, fruit enzyme exfoliator which contains quality ingredients and will ensure a safe and gentle exfoliation treatment.

How to Banish Dry Skin: A Proven 3-Step Nutritional Approach

Banish Dry Skin Nutrition

Uncategorized | February 9, 2017 | By

The reason for dry skin? A lack of enough fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids in the diet. This can be an even bigger problem for people that have digestion problems, as their body cannot properly breakdown and assimilate these fats. Instead of slathering on another thick layer of lotion on your dry skin, try these following steps to naturally cure this problem for good.

  1. A Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is not only free of grains, gluten, refined/processed foods and soy, it also contains many quality sources of fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are essential for nourished, hydrated, supple skin. Note: while the Paleo diet suggests omitting dairy, many people in North America do well on grassfed dairy products so there is no need to automatically remove them. Remember, not all milk is alike so, how you may be reacting to commercial dairy could be completely different from grassfed dairy. Grassfed butter is an especially good source of fat-soluble nutrients. Check out this Paleo infographic from to help you better visualize the dos and donts of the Paleo diet.

All credit for this infographic goes to the makers at

Paleo Diet Food List Infographic ImageSource: Paleo Flourish Magazine



2. Supplementing with a quality blend of essential fatty acids. Why do I need to supplement you ask? If I am already eating a Paleo diet, shouldn’t I be getting a proper balance? The answer is yes, sometimes. However, the questions to ask are, are you getting a good balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s? If you are able to eat grassfed meat, and another Paleo fat source daily, then you will probably be getting more Omega-3s. This is very good as our modern civilization already has too much Omega-6s in our diet from over-consumption of grains and seed oils. However, if you eating very little Omega-6s, over time, your body will become unbalanced again with not having enough Omega-6s to the Omega-3s. The body needs essential fatty acids for proper digestion & elimination and several other areas that affect skin health: healthy liver function, absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins and managing the inflammatory process. Therefore, a proper balance of Omega-3s and -6s is primary.

3. Proper Digestion. Your body won’t be able to breakdown the quality fats and use them for your skin if you have digestion problems. Strong stomach acid is needed to break down the fats and nutrients we consume so the body can use them. Unfortunetly, inadequate stomach acid is very common in North America, as well as digestive issues like h.pylori and candida overgrowth. This poses a problem as all the fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids in the world won’t be able to cure your dry skin if you have poor digestion. Proper nutrition supplementation protocols can affectively heal the issues in the intestines and the bacteria imbalance. Next, treat low stomach acid by increasing it with an HCl supplement, Swedish bitters or Apple Cider Vinegar.

Conclusion: The cosmetic industry teaches us that dry skin is a skin type, aka a condition that some people have and others don’t. They constantly come up with new “super” or “ultra” moisturizing creams, body butters, and lotions to “solve” this problem. But, topical treatments don’t actually treat the dry skin, it just brings temporary relief. However, if you give your body the proper balance of fatty acids, and ensure that your digestion is functioning optimally to break down and assimilate those fats, your body will have the tools to cure dry skin itself.

Lime Pots de Creme

Recipes, Uncategorized | January 9, 2017 | By

Yay, for green desserts; a perfect idea for either a summer gathering or a certain Irish-inspired holiday (hint, hint). Sometimes, the best inspiration comes from other people. Such is the case when I check out other real food bloggers, they have such great ideas. I have always wanted to try a lime dessert as I am a citrus fan, so, when I found myself with a surplus of limes on hand, I knew that I had to do some experimenting. Imagine my joy when I found this Paleo Key Lime Pie recipe by paleorunningmomma. Being a lover of custards and pots de creme, I decided to put a theory of mine to the test. Would this recipe work in pots de creme form? With a little tweaking, eureka! Success!! By omitting the crust and subbing heavy whipping cream for the coconut cream, these little lime pots turned into the perfect St. Patrick’s Day-inspired dessert. Michele from Paleo Running Momma has graciously allowed me to share this concoction with you, so onto the recipe!


Lime Pots de Creme
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  1. 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
  2. ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  3. ¼ cup + 2 tbsp raw honey
  4. ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 tbsp finely grated lime zest
  6. 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your ramekins in an oven-safe pan-we are going to be using this for a water bath to bake the pots de creme.
  2. In a large bowl, (or in the bowl of a mixer) whisk or blend together the eggs and yolk with the raw honey.
  3. Then, whisk in the heavy whipping cream, lime juice and zest, and tapioca and mix well until very smooth.
  4. Pour the filling into the ramekins. Place your pan into the oven and then pour water into the pan itself, until the water comes quite close to the tops of the ramekins.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until set.
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely at room temp, then refrigerate for at least 40 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Custard Cake

Recipes, Uncategorized | December 20, 2016 | By

All credit for the original recipe goes to

This Chocolate Custard Cake is a happy medium between a fudge brownie and chocolate cake. They are lighter than a brownie, but still rich and tasty. The whole recipe can be made in one 8×8 pan, cut them up into small party bites, or freeze and save for a lunchbox treat. In the meantime, just enjoy the nutritional benefits of real raw cocoa powder and no refined ingredients. 

P.S. try frosting them with my Cream Cheese Icing


Chocolate Custard Cake
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  1. 4 free-range eggs, at room temperature
  2. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  3. 1 and 1/4 cups coconut sugar
  4. 110g butter (1/2 cup), melted and cooled
  5. 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1 to 1 flour
  6. 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (be sure to taste test your batter as you may not need the full extra 2 tbsps)
  7. 2 cups heavy whipping cream, lukewarm
  1. Preheat oven to 320F (160C).
  2. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  3. Separate egg whites and yolks.
  4. Beat egg whites in a bowl until stiff and put aside.
  5. Whisk egg yolks, vanilla extract and coconut sugar until creamy.
  6. Add melted butter and mix for half a minute.
  7. Add the flour and raw cocoa powder. Mix with a whisk until incorporated well.
  8. Pour the heavy whipping cream gradually and continue whisking.
  9. Add in the egg whites, one third at a time and gently stir with a whisk. Don't overmix, just stir until combined.
  10. Pour this runny batter into the baking pan and bake for 60 minutes.
  11. The centre of the cake will still be jiggly when removed from oven.
  12. Let it cool for about half an hour and then remove from the pan. When it reaches room temperature, chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  13. Cut and serve.
  14. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator or freeze.
  1. All credit for the original recipe goes to

Gluten-free Gingerbread Men

Recipes, Uncategorized | December 5, 2016 | By

While looking for a Gingerbread Men recipe (the holidays aren’t complete without gingerbread!), I discovered this recipe from Frontier, Natural Products Co-op and I was so excited to find that it already used honey and little sugar. So, I only had to make a few tweaks to the recipe to make it both gluten-free and completely unrefined. Note: It is essential to use black strap molasses for strong gingerbread flavour, rather than regular molasses.


Gluten-free Gingerbread Men
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  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1/4 cup black strap molasses
  4. 1/4 cup raw honey
  5. 1 free-range egg
  6. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1 to 1 Flour (see notes)
  8. 2 tsp ginger powder
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 nutmeg
  11. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1/2 tsp allspice
  13. 1/4 tsp salt
  14. 1/8 tsp cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, and honey.
  3. Beat in egg and pure vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
  6. Make sure your surface is well floured, before rolling out your dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  7. Cut out your gingerbread men, or whatever shapes of your choice.
  8. Place on either non-stick cookie sheets, or ones lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  10. Let cool before decorating.
  1. You can substitute Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour BUT, you must add the necessary amount of xanthan gum to the flour itself before adding it to the recipe.


Honey-Sweetened Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Recipes, Uncategorized | November 22, 2016 | By

Some days you just wanna have your cheesecake and eat it too….but in adorable little serving sizes that are just right for Girls night. The perfect solution? A creamy, rich, yet light mousse served in petite ramekins and full of lemony, cheesecake goodness. This mousse can also be piped into tall dessert glasses or tulip jars.


Honey-Sweetened Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
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For the Lemon Curd
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 3 large egg yolks
  3. 1 cup raw honey
  4. zest of one lemon (be sure to zest the lemon before you juice it)
  5. 1/2 cup lemon juice (this MUST be freshly squeezed lemon juice to give it that vibrant and fresh taste. Store bought lemon juice CANNOT be substituted.)
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/2 tbsp of arrowroot flour
For the Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
  1. 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  2. 1 1/2 Tbsp water
  3. 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  4. 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream
  5. 12 oz (340g) cream cheese, softened
  6. 10 oz of the already prepared, extra-sweetened lemon curd (recipe below)
  7. Additional lemon curd and blueberries for garnish (optional)
  1. Make the lemon curd.
  2. Gather all your ingredients.
  3. Fill a medium pot with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil. We are going to be improvising a double boiler.
  4. Put the eggs, egg yolks, raw honey, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt into a large metal bowl.
  5. Whisk all the ingredients in the bowl together until they are incorporated.
  6. Set the bowl over the pot of boiling water.
  7. Whisk fast and briskly. You must whisk the entire time the bowl is over the water. Keep the mixture moving, so the eggs don’t get a chance to scramble.
  8. After about 5 minutes, it starts to get frothy. (You can use a tea towel to hold onto the side of the bowl with one hand and keep it still. I find that I need this.)
  9. Keep on whisking. After about 5 more minutes, the mixture turns into a creamy consistency. This is when you are going to add an arrowroot flour paste to thicken it up.
  10. Put 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour into a clean, small bowl. Gradually add a little bit of your lemon curd mixture, from your double boiler, to the arrowroot flour and mix until it forms a paste. Now, slowly add the arrowroot flour paste to the lemon curd mixture in your double boiler, whisking the entire time to incorporate.
  11. Continue to whisk for another couple of minutes until the mixture is thick.
  12. Transfer lemon curd to a heat-safe bowl and allow to cool to room temperature before putting in refrigerator to chill.
For the Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
  1. Pour lemon juice and water into a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over top, let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream in a medium mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Whip until stiff (but not lumpy) peaks form (shake cream from beaters, no need to clean). In a separate large mixing bowl whip cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix measured 10 oz lemon curd into cream cheese mixture.
  2. Heat rested gelatin mixture in the microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Whisk for 1 minute to thoroughly dissolve gelatin, then let cool 3 minutes (any longer and it could start to set). While mixing cream cheese mixture with hand mixer, slowly pour in gelatin mixture then blend until thoroughly combined. Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture to lighten, then add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold until combined. Spoon or pipe mixture into dessert cups or ramekins. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours (or up to 1 day ahead if desired) to set. Garnish as desired. Serve cold.
  1. Recipe source for lemon cheesecake mousse: Cooking Classy
  2. Original recipe source for lemon curd: Irina at

Paleo Turkey Gravy

Recipes, Uncategorized | November 8, 2016 | By

One of the challenges that I usually face around the holidays is a lack of gravy. The traditional gravy I grew up with uses a store-bought mix to add additional flavour and thickening properties. However, I had no desire to put a processed powder with preservatives into my food. So imagine my joy when I discovered the secrets of what makes a truly flavourful and Paleo gravy (with a little help from mom).

Before starting this recipe, please make sure that you have all of the herbs and ingredients on hand, as they are essential. You also will need to pre-make a simple stock from the giblets of the turkey, this is a big flavour booster for your gravy. I used this tutorial from Martha Stewart, except I only used the giblets, no other parts of the chicken.

Note: Turkey juices are the juices and droppings that are left at the bottom of the pan after you cook a turkey.

Note: If you do not have mushroom powder, you can add mushrooms that had been sliced and fried to your gravy to give it the mushroom flavour.


Paleo Turkey Gravy
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  1. Arrowroot flour
  2. Savoury
  3. Sage
  4. Marjoram
  5. Rosemary
  6. Mushroom powder (or sliced and fried mushrooms- see note above)
  7. Salt
  8. Pepper
  1. Combine your turkey juices, with your stock in a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. I would suggest to reserve a bit of the stock and put it off to the side, as while you are making the gravy, you might find that you want to add a little for extra flavour as you’re making your gravy.
  3. Once the broth mixture has reached an almost boiling temperature, it’s time to start thickening and adding flavour.
  4. Combine 3 tsp of arrowroot flour in a cup with 1 tsp mushroom powder (if using). Add cool water little by little while stirring to form a paste.
  5. Drizzle the paste into the broth mixture slowly, while whisking to incorporate.
  6. Add a dash of savoury, sage, marjoram and rosemary.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Now comes the fun part, continue to taste your broth while adding more of the herbs until it suits your preference. You can also add a little of the reserve turkey broth to add more flavour.
  9. Lastly, if you wish to thicken your gravy more, simple use another 1 tsp of arrowroot flour made into a paste (see step 4 ) and whisk into broth. You can continue to do this until you have achieved the thickness you desire.




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