paleo coffee creamer

My husband and I are slightly obsessed with Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk. It’s so creamy and delicious and now that they’ve taken out carrageenan, I feel comfortable drinking it. The other day when I was at the grocery I saw that they now carry Toasted Coconut Coconut Almond Milk blend (still carrageenan free) with no added sugar. Now, it still has some of the “gums” in it, so you can decide wether or not to drink it. I brought it home to try it in my coffee and decided to make a creamer out of it. It’s sweet and slightly coconutty…. 

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paleo peppermint mocha

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Paleo Peppermint Mocha

8-10oz coffee
dash of your favorite non-dairy milk
1t cocoa powder
2t maple syrup
1 drop Peppermint Vitality

Simply mix all of the ingredients. You can customize the taste by changing the amount of milk, cocoa or syrup. This blend was just perfect for me. I personally chose to put them in my individual-sized blender to froth the milk but you can also simply use a whisk to do so or choose to not froth the milk at all. An extra bonus with the peppermint oil in addition to it tasting great is that it supports normal digestion and helps with gastrointestinal comfort. Yay for that!


I personally use and trust Young Living as my source for essential oils. They have a line of essential oils that are labeled for internal/dietary use called the Vitality line. When I speak about ingesting essential oils, the only brand that I can recommend from my experience is Young Living. There are many opinions about ingesting essential oils and the French school of thought is the route I go: some essential oils are safe for internal consumption. Young Living’s integrity and quality is so important to me and I love their Seed to Seal process. The fact that I can visit the farms and see how the oils are produced speaks volumes to me. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, I’d love to talk to you more about them and how to purchase them or click here to learn about becoming a wholesale member.

roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes {whole30 & paleo}

IMG_8941About a month ago I roasted a chicken for the first time – before that I always threw the whole chicken in the slow cooker all day long. Roasting it just creates a different taste – the skin gets crispy and the veggies almost caramelize in this recipe. It’s all just so delicious and super easy.

I don’t have exact measurements, because I just made how much I thought would fit in the dish and how much we’d eat. I don’t have a roasting pan, so I had to use a glass casserole dish. I need to get a roasting pan so that I can fit more veggies in there because they are so good, especially the carrots. Yum! I hope you enjoy it and if you have chicken left over, it’s perfect for soups or chicken tacos…. 

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simple spicy chili {whole30 & paleo}

IMG_8949This is Dave’s favorite chili and I’ve adapted it from this recipe (didn’t take much amending) to make it whole30 compliant and Paleo. Like all recipes, check your ingredient list for canned goods to make sure there isn’t any hidden sugar or other things that you don’t want while doing whole30. This is a spicy chili, but not overly hot. Our kids like it too so it’s a great way for them to get some veggies. This is a great recipe to double and freeze some for later. Our family of 4 eats almost all of this in one sitting…. 

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