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10 Summer Mocktails We Love

Ah, there is nothing quite like winding down with a beautifully crafted cocktail. Beyond the buzz, there is so much to enjoy in an ice-cold, colorful glass of goodness.

Unfortunately, alcohol isn’t exactly known for its healthy reputation (besides red wine), and sometimes, it’s good to cut back.

One of the major focuses in the beginning stages of The Happy Body Formula is eliminating alcohol entirely. Unsurprisingly, this is HARD for people to do.

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When it comes time for the weekend, or when we get a night off, we tend to gravitate towards a drink to wind down with. While these healthy mocktails lack in the hard stuff and sugar, they are tasty and can help curb the urge by giving you something delicious and refreshing to sip on.

Black cherry basil mocktail

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If the herb garden is blossoming, you’ll find that the opportunities to practice your craft cocktail skills are endless. This fizzy drink features fresh basil with an unlikely but delicious component – black cherry. A twist of lime brings this mocktail from The Wicked Spatula together.

Pomegranate mint mocktails

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If you’re in the mood for something beautiful and vibrant, this mocktail is dressed to impress. The pomegranate lends its slightly tart and slightly sweet flavor and color to this gorgeous glass.

Mint-infused ice cubes make this totally unique, and they won’t get watered down if you’re hanging out in the sun. Get the full recipe for these beautiful drinks from Real Food with Dana.

Watermelon hibiscus lime cooler

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Looking for something with a little tea? This refreshing toss-up is just for you. Subtle floral flavor from the hibiscus mixed with tart lime and sweet juicy watermelon makes this the perfect healthy mocktail to cool down with.

Check out the full poolside ready recipe from Tasty Yummies.

Mango raspberry kombucha mocktail

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If you’ve got a fresh brew of kombucha handy, or even store bought, you’re halfway to a fancy schmancy mocktail already. In fact, you don’t have to add much more if you don’t want to.

This recipe takes it up a notch with creamy fruit purees for added sweetness and texture with natural hydration from coconut water. Get your probiotics in with this fizzy drink from Gratitude and Greens.

Gin & tonic inspired tipple

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Gin and tonic is a classic bar staple if you’re sticking to the basics, and its distinct taste is easy to miss if you’re trying to give up alcohol. Juniper berries and lemon peel give this the taste it needs to make it feel a whole lot like the real deal.

Fresh citrus does the rest of the work. Get the deets from Eat Drink Paleo.

Ginger lime mocktail

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Ginger and lime don’t only taste fantastic together, but they’re super healthy for you. This drink is crisp, cool, and anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting properties.

The only other ingredients are stevia and sparkling water, so these guys couldn’t be easier to make. Get the scoop on these refreshing spritzers from Elana’s Pantry.

Pine lime splice

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Pineapple, lime and vanilla. It doesn’t get much better than this! Lime is a popular choice for a garnish on our healthy mocktail list and for good reason – it goes with everything.

Pineapple stands in for those tropical cravings while vanilla lends its complexity. Sounds fancy, but it’s quite simple. Check out how to make these on Well Nourished.

Lemon pineapple kiwi sparkling mocktail

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Here we have ALL the things including the oh-so-loveable kiwi. Oh, and La Croix! This stuff goes a long way in mocktail creation, as you have a variety of flavoured bases to use.

This drink gets its sweetness from just a bit of pineapple juice with a base of sparkling lemon water and some kiwi to garnish. Get this recipe from Physical Kitchness ready for the beach.

Blackberry smash

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It’s no surprise we have another lime-y mocktail! This time, this citrus pairs up with blackberries for a sweet and sour treat. This blackberry smash is exactly what it sounds like, and the recipe includes details for a blackberry syrup you can use in loads of cocktail creations.

Check out all the ingredients for these guys from A Calculated Whisk.

Blueberry mint agua fresca

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What’s a mocktail roundup without an agua fresca? While this drink is usually made with watermelon, this recipe uses blueberries instead. Truly, you could use just about any fruit!

A little mint goes a long way in addition to a squeeze of lime in this one. Get experimental. Use a variety of berries if you’d like. Get the entire recipe from The Blenderist.

What’s your favourite way to enjoy a mocktail? Get creative! Skip the sugar and the spirits, and use mixers with natural fruits and plain sparkling water instead – you might not even miss the “bad” stuff!

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Shirataki Noodle Salad with Salmon & Sesame Lime Dressing

This filling and nourishing salad is made with shirataki noodles, also known as konjac noodles. It’s low in carbohydrates, high in fibre and full of beneficial Omega-3s and antioxidants.

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What are shirataki or konjac noodles?

Konjac or shirataki noodles are made from a root vegetable called Konjac. Konjac (yam) has been a popular Asian staple food for hundreds of years.

The noodles made from this root vegetable are low in calories (only 8-10 calories per 100 grams of cooked noodles), almost entirely carbohydrate and fat free, and gluten free. They are also a great source of soluble fibre called glucomannan (5 grams of fibre per 100 grams of cooked noodles).

Shirataki noodles usually come pre-cooked and packed in water, so they only need to be rinsed and sometimes soaked quickly in hot water. They’re great for bulking up salads and stir-fries, or to use in spring and sushi rolls.

Check out more shirataki noodle recipes here.

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Konjac Noodle Salad with Salmon & Sesame Lime DressingFor similar recipes, check out 12 Healthy & Delicious Kelp Noodle Recipes or our 7 Day Make Ahead Meal Plan.

For this recipe, I am using angel hair konjac noodles, which I rinsed well in cold water and then strained of any excess liquid. You can add any salad vegetables you like and replace salmon with grilled chicken, prawns, mushrooms or tempeh for a vegetarian version.

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Shirataki Noodle Salad with Salmon & Sesame Lime Dressing
 
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Serves: 2 serves
Ingredients
  • 250 g konjac/shirataki noodles (drained weight)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 x 150 g salmon fillets
  • generous pinch of sea salt and some white pepper
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • small handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 5-6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber,
  • 1 thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Sesame, ginger & lime dressing
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated garlic (about 1 small garlic clove)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger, or 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • zest of medium lime juice of 1 medium lime
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chilli sauce, or other chili sauce or some dried chili flakes
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse and strain the konjac noodles and set aside.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan or a skillet. Wash and pat dry the salmon with the kitchen roll paper. Place in a hot pan, skin side down. Sprinkle the flesh side with white pepper and sea salt. Cook on the skin side over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, then turn over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate to rest.
  4. Prepare the vegetables and herbs and combine them with the konjac noodles in a large salad bowl. Pour over the dressing and mix through really well. I use my hands to separate the noodles and make sure they are evenly coated. Serve in bowls topped with flaked cooked salmon and sesame seeds. I like to serve an extra lime wedge and some chilli sauce on the side.

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12 Delicious & Healthy Kelp Noodle Recipes

Kelp noodles are a great alternative to regular noodles or pasta as they are gluten-free, egg-free, low in calories, contain virtually no carbohydrates, and are high in iodine which helps with healthy thyroid function for healthy hormones.

The noodles are made from kelp, which is a type of large, brown seaweed, although they don’t actually resemble or taste like seaweed at all. They are crunchy glass noodles with neutral, bland taste that can take on other flavours really well.

Another cool thing about these noodles is that they require no cooking – simply soak them in water, rinse and toss through with a zesty dressing or drop in a hot, tasty broth.

Kelp noodles are popular with raw, vegan, and paleo foodies… and we love cooking with kelp too! That’s why we wanted to curate some of the yummiest looking recipes using sea kelp noodles in this post.

You can easily use them to meal prep for the week, and they’re compliant with our 30-day program – score!

Finally, kelp noodles are incredibly nutritious. Read up on the amazing benefits of seaweed.

We hope you enjoy them!

12 Healthy & Delicious Kelp Noodle Recipes

We’re going to kick off with this colourful salad that is full of nutrients and flavour.

Rainbow Kelp Noodle Salad with Lemon Almond & Ginger Dressing by Keeping it Kind

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Kelp Noodles with Almond & Ginger Dressing  from Glow Kitchen

This similar but slightly simpler recipe for a salad is by Aylin Erman from the Glow Kitchen (she also contributes to The Greatist website). We love the simplicity and zesty flavours in this recipe. Bonus – no cooking required! Raw, vegan, paleo and gluten-free.

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Raw Kelp Noodles with Garlic Kale Pesto by Rawmanda

We love how fresh and flavourful this recipe looks. With the addition of kale and broccoli, this is a great way to get your daily greens, plus the pesto is a great condiment that you can use in other dishes. Raw, vegan, gluten free and paleo-friendly.

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Raw Kelp Noodles with Maple Orange from Tales of A Kitchen

This tasty looking salad is full of rainbow colours and crunchy textures, which we love. And although we’re not fans of many processed soy products, tempeh is ok in our books in moderation because it falls in the ‘fermented soy’ category and thus contains fewer anti-nutrients.

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Korean Beef & Vegetable Kelp Noodle Bowl from The Primal Palate

Quick, easy and filling dinner anyone? This recipe is low-carb, high in protein, and full of veggies for a solid micronutrient fix. This dish hits ALL the notes!

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Kelp Noodle Pad Thai from Let’s Regale

Once again, this recipe requires no actual cooking so it’s simple and fast. We love the addition of almond butter in the sauce for those extra healthy fats and the zesty Thai flavors.

Peanuts can be replaced with crushed almonds or cashews and you could easily add chicken or shrimp to this dish. Raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

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Paleo Kelp Ramen Soup from The Paleo Cupboard

For something a little warm and hearty, we love this ramen soup recipe. Pork can be substituted with other meat or seafood, or mushrooms and tempeh for the vegetarians.

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Coconut Soup with Kelp Noodles & Shrimp from Cooking Weekends

Gerlinde of Cooking Weekends used kelp noodles in this lovely coconut based soup with great success.

She says they retained their crunchy texture and didn’t get mushy which is ideal considering the texture and taste of kelp noodles can throw some people off. In a broth this delicious, you shouldn’t even notice it!

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Chilled Green Curry Kelp Noodle Bowl from Tasty Yummies

Here is another curry soup inspired dish that we like the look of. It’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly, and it’s a great dish to store in the fridge if you’re following a make ahead meal plan.

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Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs & Kelp Noodles from Going Cavewoman

A lot of kelp noodles recipes seem to be centered around Asian flavors and that’s why we love this idea for a soup that is inspired by Italian-American kitchen.

This ‘wedding’ soup with turkey meatballs is a great example of how you can incorporate these kelp noodles in classic soup dishes.

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Stir-fried kelp noodles with beef and broccoli from Nom Nom Paleo

Classic beef and broccoli just got easy, and we’re not talking takeout. This recipe uses quick-to-make ingredients like ground beef instead of sliced beef in a bed of veggie-infused kelp noodles.

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Shrimp and Kelp Noodle Spring Rolls with Almond-Tamarind Dipping Sauce from Thrive Market

If you love Vietnamese spring rolls with shrimp, then you will love these. Kelp noodles are a fabulous addition to Happy Body Formula’s spring roll recipe which you can find in our 30-day program meal plan.

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Still have questions about kelp?

Let’s learn a bit more about this grain-free noodle replacement! Hopefully, we can answer all your burning questions in this brief Q&A!

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Q: Are kelp noodles raw?

A: Yes! In their natural state, kelp noodles are raw. Some recipes might call for cooking them though, to increase flavour or flavour absorbency rate of other ingredients used in the dish. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal taste preference.

Q: Are kelp noodles refrigerated?

A: Nope! They’re shelf-stable for around six months while retaining all their freshness (and nutrients), and that’s just about all you need to know about how to store kelp noodles. Keep them in a cool, dry place to maximise freshness.

Q: Are kelp noodles processed?

A: They should not be. They are raw and not denatured in their natural form. When seeking out a good product, search for a noodle with simple ingredients – namely, kelp! Additional ingredients like water or sodium alginate – a salt derived from the seaweed – are fine. The sodium alginate actually helps remove heavy metals from the body.

Q: Are kelp noodles low-carb?

A: Yes. They’re very low-calorie with only 6 calories per 4 ounces! This means there’s not a lot of room for carbs to sneak in. While they contain around 1 gram per 4 ounces, this is a “net carb,” basically meaning it doesn’t count because it’s actually fibre. They are a great keto-friendly noodle alternative.

Q: What do kelp noodles taste like?

A: These crunchy noodles are mostly neutral with a bland taste that can take on other flavours really well. You don’t want to eat them on their own! If you don’t like seaweed, don’t worry – they don’t have a fishy taste.

Q: Are kelp noodles a vegetable?

A: Technically, yes – they’re a sea vegetable!

Q: Are kelp noodles paleo, gluten-free, vegan, Whole30, keto and AIP?

A: YES! A resounding yes. Kelp noodles are basically compliant with any real food approach you take to food. They’re allergen-friendly and nightshade-free, so they’re good for the autoimmune protocol. Whether you’re a plant-based eater or simply avoiding grains, kelp noodles are a wonderfully convenient and versatile pantry staple.

Where to buy kelp noodles

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If you don’t have any luck sourcing kelp noodles locally, you can always purchase them online. We recommend Sea Tangle kelp noodles which you can easily stock up on with Amazon. This brand contains just three ingredients – kelp, water and sodium alginate.

Where are kelp noodles sold?

If you’re in a large metropolitan area or a town with a specialty store, Asian food market, or health food store like Whole Foods, you should be in luck! Ask your retailer if they stock them in case you can’t find them.

You can often find them in the Asian food section. It’s worth taking a look at your regular grocer or co-op if they have a large selection as kelp noodles are gaining traction even beyond clean eaters.

Have you tried kelp noodles? What’s you favorite way to prepare them? Tell us in the comments below. And of course, don’t forget to share with friends and followers.

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Fennel & Prawn Salad with Parmesan and Apple

Fennel is fantastic in salads, especially when paired up with sweet apple and sharp cheese like Parmesan. I opted for some prawns as my protein choice but grilled chicken or fish would work well too.

It’s light yet satiating and very nourishing. The best part is it only takes 15 minutes to make.

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What’s good about it: This salad contains lots of powerful anti-aging and immune supporting nutrients, which we talk about a lot in our Happy Body Formula program. It’s a perfect meal to include in your weekly meal plan.

It’s high in B group vitamins and vitamin C, comes with lots of fibre, which helps with weight loss and is important for a healthy heart. Prawns are an excellent protein choice with high amounts of magnesium, which plays a role in bone development and nerve and muscle function (plus it helps you sleep better); zinc, which supports immune function; and selenium, one of our favorite antioxidants.

Parmesan is a good source of beneficial probiotics and vitamin K2, which is important to your heart, brain and bones.

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Fennel & Prawn Salad with Parmesan and Apple
 
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Serves: 2 serves
Ingredients
  • 400 grams cooked, peeled prawns
  • 1 medium fennel, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green apple, quartered, seeds out and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup crispy fried shallots (found in Asian grocers), optional
Instructions
  1. tablespoons lemon juice
  2. ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  3. tablespoons olive oil
  4. teaspoon honey or brown rice syrup
  5. generous pinch sea salt

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Low Carb Cloud Bread with Chives & Pepper

Living up to its name, cloud bread is super light and fluffy. I have no idea who came up with the original recipe, or how the name came to be, but it has become the ‘must-try’ food in the low-carb and wellness circles.

In today’s post, I’ll show you how to make delicious savory cloud breads with chives and pepper. P.S. This is cloud bread without cream of tartar.

Low Carb Cloud Bread With Chives & Pepper - gluten free, primal, nut free.

What’s really good about these little pancake-like clouds of goodness is they are a perfect substitute to bread-y foods like sandwich slices or burger buns.

Cloud bread is very low in carbohydrates while being high in protein and healthy fats. You can eat it as is, with a lovely crisp salad, or top it with your favorite ingredients such as smoked salmon and cucumber or good quality ham.

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Cloud bread variations

The basic recipe for cloud bread calls for only three ingredients – eggs, cream cheese and cream of tartar (or anything acidic basically – I used some apple cider vinegar to stabilize the egg whites).

You can then add your favorite additions such as chopped fresh herbs or a little honey for a sweet version. I used chives and pepper in my version.

How To Eat Cloud Bread

If you can’t tolerate dairy, you might be able to use cashew based cream cheese alternative. I haven’t tried it, but I would be curious to see how that turns out.

If anyone wants to make a small batch, do let us know if it worked. Apparently cottage cheese or ricotta will also work.

Shop for key ingredients on Amazon: free-range, grass-fed non GMO chicken eggs, apple cider vinegar, cream cheese, baking paper, coconut oil.

Enjoy guys!

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Low Carb Cloud Bread with Chives & Pepper
 
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  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives (or scallions/green onion)
  • ½ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • Coconut oil and baking paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C/ 300 F (conventional). Lightly grease a large piece of parchment baking paper with coconut oil or olive oil and layer over a flat baking tray. You might need to use two trays depending on the size. Set aside.
  2. Carefully separate the eggs, making sure there are not yolks in the whites. Add the egg whites to a large glass or stainless steel bowl and the egg yolks to another smaller bowl.
  3. Add the cream cheese, chives, pepper and salt to the yolks and set aside.
  4. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the eggs whites. You can also add a tiny pinch of salt. Beat the whites with an electric whisk on high speed until stiff peaks. You should be able to turn the bowl over with the egg whites moving. Set aside.
  5. Using the same whisk, no need to wash, mix together the yolk mixture until smooth and creamy.
  6. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites gradually. Be gentle and try not to over mix as this will break down the air bubbles in the whites.
  7. Using a large spoon or a quarter cup, scoop the mixture into even rounds on the sheet, think a small pancake or a cookie, however you can also make them burger bun diameter. The will flatten and spread slightly so allow for some room between the breads.
  8. Bake on the middle rack for about 20-25 minutes. This will vary if you’re baking on two trays and need to rotate those half way for even cooking. In some cases, these will be ready in 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on them at the 20-minute mark.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before peeling them off the baking sheets. You can slide a knife or a spatula under each cake to get it off.
  10. While still warm, they will resemble a cooked meringue, but slightly denser but this texture will change as they cool down completely. Once refrigerated for a few hours or overnight, they will become more bread like. You can store them in a zip lock bag or an air-tight container for 2-3 days.

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Healthy Onion & Bacon Dip – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

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Caramelized Bacon Onion Dip
 
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  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • ½ cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat a pan to medium high heat
  3. Cook chopped bacon on the pan until they are brown and crispy.
  4. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the bacon grease in the pan.
  5. Add the onions into the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook stirring occasionally for 20 minutes until the onions are caramelized. Remove from heat.
  7. Drain the cashews and place in a food processor.
  8. Add mayo, nutritional yeast, raw apple cider vinegar, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and cayenne (optional) in the food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  9. Place in a bowl, then add bacon bits and caramelized onions and mix well.
  10. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve with chips and/or sliced vegetables.

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Tropical Raw Bliss Balls

Tropical Raw Bliss Balls - Paleo, Vegan recipe.These healthy bliss balls come from Michele Spring. She’s a mom of 2 young boys and an expert on using the paleo diet to feel your absolute best.  

When she’s not blogging, you can find her sewing up a new outfit, reading a great book, or desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to keep her kids from making her house look like a tornado hit it. Meet Michele and get ready to use Paleo to better your life at ThrivingOnPaleo.

These raw snack balls make the perfect snack for anyone on the go. They come together quite easily and require little to no skill.

If you can throw stuff into a food processor and roll the resulting “dough” into a ball, then you are set! And they taste divine, like you are hanging out on the beach on a tropical island somewhere.

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Tropical Raw Bliss Balls
 
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Serves: 10 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried pineapple
  • ½ cup dried mango
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt (if macadamia nuts aren’t salted)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut for dipping
Instructions
  1. Mix fruit in food processor until it comes together into a ball.
  2. Add the ½ cup shredded coconut, nuts, and sea salt if using to food processor and mix until everything is of equal size (about 1 minute).
  3. Scoop out about a walnut-sized amount with your hands and roll into a ball. Dip into the remaining shredded coconut and turn to coat.

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20 Incredible Guilt-Free Desserts

Balance. We all strive to find it in every part of our lives, but especially in our diets. This means red wine and dark chocolate on the regular (but not too regular).

The trick to giving up the guilt is not only finding time and space in our lives for these indulgences, but working with healthy and nourishing ingredients when it’s time for a treat.

Where there is a will, there is a way and the universe is hard at work developing new ways to make dessert a perfectly healthy fourth meal here and there.

These are some of the most mouth-watering guilt-free desserts out there for every craving you can imagine.

Raw chocolate hazelnut cakes

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Think Nutella without the sugar rush. These raw vegan treats are a bit like that mixed with ice cream aka pure heaven. This is a four-part recipe building the base, the gooey center, and the chocolate sauce on top, but it’s totally worth the effort. Get the full recipe from Ascension Kitchen.

Sweet potato, caramel & chocolate Tiramisu cake

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There’s no case quite as convincing for a guilt-free dessert than when the main ingredient is a vegetable. Count me in! This Tiramisu is decadent and rich with chocolate and caramel with the secret ingredient nobody will guess. Get the details at Mummy Made It.

Fruit ice cream cake

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One look at these gorgeous rainbow layers and you know you want to make this ice cream cake. Forget artificial dyes, this fruity masterpiece is all natural with its vibrant hues coming from the fruit itself.

This labor-intensive cake is a piece of art, so it’s totally worth the time. Check out another recipe from Mummy Made It.

Epic raw banoffee cheesecake

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The name just about says it all. This cheesecake is truly epic with loads of healthy fats in its creamy filling and all raw ingredients. You can pop this baby in the freezer and take a slice for those nights that call for dessert. This treat recipe comes from Jules Galloway

Berry nice brownies

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Know what pairs exceptionally well with brownies? Berries, of course! These sweet potato brownies will come to life with a surprise raspberry or cherry in every bite. Get the scoop on these heavenly slices from Well Nourished.

Raw chocolate berry tart

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Is a little less chocolate and a whole lot more berries your jam? We get it. This tart is the perfect vessel for antioxidant-rich summertime berries with a fig-infused crust to boot. Read the details in another recipe from Jules Galloway.

Chocolate-hazelnut & salted caramel tart

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This tart will hit the spot with a luscious chocolate spread, its hazelnut-based crust, and a secret layer of ooey-gooey salted caramel. Salty and sweet, this tart is something everyone will drool over. Catch the full recipe from the Merrymaker Sisters at Eat Drink Paleo.

Raw vegan rainbow cake

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Okay, there’s not much we can say to do this a cake justice. It’s like magic, fairy, unicorn, rainbow cake. You’re just going to have to make it for yourself. This rainbow cake will knock everyone’s socks off. Get the details from the Merrymaker Sisters.

Chocolate brownies that will blow you away

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On the hunt for the best paleo-friendly brownies out there? Look no further than these fudgy bites. With a simple ingredient list including a bit of veg power from sweet potato, these will become a weekend staple in your kitchen. This gorgeous dessert is another one from Eat Drink Paleo.

Cherry chocolate naked cake

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Going for simple? While this cake requires quite a few ingredients and some baking skill, it is a naked cake which means you can skip the step of perfect icing, leaving it for the layers in between. This double chocolate whammy comes from The Urban Poser.

Gluten-free fruit cobbler

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Tap into some old-school, rustic charm with this fruit cobbler. Bursting with berries in a fluffy gluten-free crust, this is the perfect pairing for some dairy-free ice cream on a warm summer day. Find out how to make it from Eat Your Beets.

Caramelized banana pecan ice cream

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Speaking of ice cream, you might want to get your hands dirty with this one. Nutty perfection from pecans match up well with caramelized banana in this easy, 4-ingredient healthy ice cream from My Natural Family.

Samoa donuts

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If you don’t LOVE Girl Scout cookies, you’re lying. Amongst the most coveted are the Samoas with their gooey caramel, chocolate drizzle and liberal amounts of coconut. The only way to make them better?

Turning them into a donut, of course. Fortunately, The Urban Poser was kind enough to make it happen.

Homemade Twix bars

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If Girl Scout cookies aren’t your cup of tea but the candy aisle is your main temptress, consider whipping up a batch of these gluten-free Twix bars. The crunch? Check. Chocolate? Gotcha. Caramel? You bet.

This recipe from Bakerita is no frills and you likely have the ingredients on hand.

No-bake chocolate caramel tarts

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One look at that scrumptious center and you know you want to make this tart. You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to cut into this goodness. Once again, caramel and chocolate come together for something truly special with this tart from Paleomg.

Rustic homemade marshmallows

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S’mores, anybody? Whether you need a little something sweet to roast over the fire or the perfect garnish for a cup of hot cocoa, these rustic marshmallows will do the trick. They’re a bit intimidating to make, but this recipe from The Urban Poser makes it easy.

Paleo creme eggs

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Just because it’s not necessarily Easter doesn’t mean these creme eggs aren’t on the menu. With this recipe, you forgo the seasonal wait and all the junk in the store-bought brand. Check out the recipe from Greens of the Stoneage.

Grain-free magic cookie bars

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There’s something about layers. It’s like dressing for fall – it’s just kinda fun. The more, the better, and these magic cookie bars have 7 layers of straight up deliciousness. Packed up with healthy fats from nuts and coconut, you have to make this dessert from Coconuts and Kettlebells.

Paleo cookie dough oreos

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While it may have not crossed your mind until now, the ONE thing that beats a double-stuffed Oreo is an oreo cookie filled with cookie dough. Double the cookie, double the fun. This recipe does just that, and it’s refined-sugar free. Grab the inside scoop from Living Healthy with Chocolate.

Paleo & vegan chocolate chip cookies

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Looking for something a little more on the simple side? Chocolate chip cookies are your friend. Even this healthier, guilt-free version is easy to make with minimal ingredients you probably have on hand. Get a tall glass of milk ready for this perfect go-to dessert recipe from Wicked Spatula.

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Gut Healing Key Lime Bites

These fun citrus-inspired treats are refreshing and nutritious, especially with their gut-healing properties. This recipe comes from Suzie, a real food chef inspired by her healing journey with rheumatoid arthritis, at The Tasty Remedy.

Shop for key ingredients on Amazon: gelatin, maple syrup, vanilla extract, heart-shaped silicon moulds.

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Gut Healing Key Lime Bites
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 can (13.5oz) full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup key lime juice (about 15 key limes)
  • 1 Tbsp key lime zest
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine the coconut milk, key lime juice and water over medium heat. Use a whisk and stir until smooth.
  2. Add zest, maple syrup and vanilla, and stir. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly pour in the gelatin while whisking continuously. You'll want to pour in the gelatin slow enough that you don't create clumps. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into silicon moldsor a greased 9x9 pan. Let set in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove from molds and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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10 Nutritious & Tasty Omelette Fillings

Let’s talk about stepping up your omelette game.

First thing’s first: master your flip! Otherwise, these healthy omelette fillings will work well tossed in with scrambled eggs just fine. Next step: get creative. Egg dishes are the perfect vessel for more veggies, especially greens.

As a disclaimer, ALL of these combinations will take well to a handful of greens! An omelette is a blank canvas for a nutritious breakfast on the go or a brunch party spectacular.

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Peas & feta

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Step into spring with this seasonally appropriate omelette. Frozen peas are budget-friendly and often a staple in the freezer. They’re jam-packed with vitamin K, fibre, and vitamin B1 amongst other vitamins and minerals.

Feta adds an appropriate tang that complements these little legumes.

Take it a step further: If you’re sensitive to peas, try asparagus or zucchini in place of them (or add some in addition). Pack a flavor punch with a few sprigs of fresh mint.

Try this fab looking pea, feta & mint omelette from Delicious Magazine

Sweet potatoes or butternut squash

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Oftentimes, we serve starch on the side of our eggs. Think hash browns or buttered toast. Instead of bothering with the hassle of finely grating those potatoes, opt for healthier starches like sweet potato and butternut squash.

They’re loaded with beta-carotene hence the orange color, and they both contain a fair amount of vitamin C. Butternut squash is far less starchy than potatoes and even sweets, so it’s the perfect hash brown sub if you’re watching carbs.

Take it a step further: Add in some fresh goat cheese if you tolerate dairy well. It will help bring out the natural sweetness in the veggies.

Try this roasted sweet potato & bacon omelette from Eat Drink Paleo

Avocado & salsa

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Who needs chips when you have eggs? If you’re feeling like tacos in the AM, these fillings can satisfy your craving for a big ol’ burrito. Avocado will lend its healthy fats to help you feel full and energised throughout the entire morning, easily tiding you over ’til lunch rolls around.

Fresh salsa (props if it’s homemade) will give it the kick you need. I also love Arriba fire roasted Mexican salsa.

Take it a step further: Add in some leftovers! Pulled pork, grilled chicken, or ground beef will complete your taco omelette. If you’re feeling extra crazy, add a dollop of grass-fed sour cream or cheese.

Apples & almond butter

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Omelette fillings aren’t limited to just savoury items. If you’re feeling pancakes but not feeling the effort it takes to make ’em – especially if you’re trying to make a healthier version!

Fear not – a sweet omelette can nix your sugar cravings and fuel your morning the right way. Can’t say the same for waffles, huh?

Chop up an apple and fry in a bit of coconut oil with cinnamon on top and place inside the omelette with a scoop of healthy fats from almond butter.

Take it a step further: Not sweet enough? Drizzle a little grade B maple syrup on top.

Salmon & cream cheese

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Before you stop at the bagel shop on your way out the door, think about adding this combination to your omelette instead. Salmon packs in healthy fats, omega-3’s and even a little vitamin D to make for a super-satisfying breakfast plate.

A few eggs in place of a carb-heavy bagel turns your standard lox into something a bit more diet-friendly. Use fresh salmon or smoked.

Take it a step further: Sprinkle some capers in there. If you don’t tolerate dairy well, replace the cream cheese with 1/4 or 1/2 avocado to boost the healthy fats.

Mushrooms & onion

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Get your fungus on! Mushrooms contain loads of health benefits (you can read all about Reishi mushrooms here) as they contain selenium, some plant protein, and loads of antioxidants.

A little red onion keeps this omelette straight-forward and simple. Prep mushrooms and onion ahead of time by roasting and slicing ’em to easily add them to any egg dish your heart desires.

Take it a step further: This combination is versatile taking to most varieties of cheese, other veggies, and fresh herbs quite well.

Ham and cheddar

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Another easy, no-prep option is using some uncured, nitrate-free deli meat to spice up your omelette. This classic combination turns your eggs into something reminiscent of a sandwich.

Try sourcing cheddar from a clean and sustainable animal source, or use your favorite cheese instead. Provolone, swiss, and Pepperjack would make nice substitutions.

Take it a step further: Add in a handful of spinach to add some mighty green power and extra nutrients to your breakfast.

Strawberries & cream

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Yet another sweet omelette! Berries and cream (and maybe a little chocolate) can curb your sweet tooth with this inventive omelette idea. Add fresh chopped strawberries to your omelette, and whisk your eggs with a bit of full-fat coconut milk for a dreamy, creamy egg breakfast.

You can also opt to whisk in a bit of raw cacao powder if you’re giving into your inner chocoholic.

Take it a step further: Use frozen mixed berries and melt them down in a pan to make a luscious berry sauce for your omelette. Add some chia seeds which will thicken up, making it like a jam.

Brussels sprouts & bacon

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The trick to learning to love brussel sprouts? Eating them with bacon! This side dish is easily prepared ahead of time during a batch cooking session. You can roast or sauté them together.

Shred the brussel sprouts for an easy addition to your omelette. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. And what’s breakfast without bacon? Once again, fueling up with healthy fats should be a breakfast ritual.

Take it a step further: Add in a dollop of goat’s cheese or cheddar to boost flavor.

Tomatoes & mozzarella

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Turn your omelette into a caprese salad with eggs! There’s nothing quite as dreamy as the simple Italian-inspired combination of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

You can also incorporate some roasted or sautéed eggplant into this dish to pack in the veggies first thing in the morning. Eggplant is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper.

Take it a step further: Drizzle with a quality olive oil and include fresh basil for a true Caprese feel. Oh, and don’t forget the balsamic!

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