Love cheese? Same here. Don't do the best with dairy? I think you'll find many can agree with you on that. Which is why dairy free cheese is so popular, especially among the paleo crowd.
I grew up loving broccoli cheddar soup but haven't had it in years, especially in such a healthy way as I've created here. Using our Beyond Better Non-Dairy Cashew Sauce Mix, you can create your beloved broccoli cheddar soup once again.
1 crown of broccoli, steamed to soft
1/2 Cup milk of choice (coconut milk, almond milk)
1/2 Cup water or broth
Optional: salt, pepper, nutritional yeast
1. Add 1/2 Cup of the cashew sauce and 1 Cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring.
2. When sauce has thickened, add to a blender with broccoli, milk, and water or broth.
3. Blend until thoroughly combined, taste, then salt and pepper as needed. To enhance the cheese flavor, add additional nutritional yeast.
Posted on October 13, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
In our quest of all natural beauty, collagen has been the leader in products emerging to help with skin, hair, and nails and thanks to Vital Proteins products, there are a variety of ways we can get this healthy protein.
Straight from the source, "Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility."
Supplementing our diet (we can't live on bone broth alone!) with collagen in the form of peptides, gelatin, or the variety of products Vital Proteins makes, a helpful for a number of reasons, best outlined here by Vital Proteins:
THE BODY BENEFITS:
Collagen peptides are very popular for their ability to be stirred into both hot and cold liquids. Their more solidified counterpart, collagen gelatin, gels up when added to liquid, giving you the ability to use it in fun recipes including custards, jello, etc.
Another fun product that Vital Proteins has created to make collagen more ready to use are their Beauty Waters which combine collagen, hyaluronic acid, probiotics in three flavors, available in single serving packets for sipping and making happy tissue!
I have always loved making homemade gummy bears/fruit snacks using Vital's gelatin so I figured it was only natural to create some more "grown up" flavored bears using their delicious new Beauty Waters.
1 Cup water
2 Tbsp collagen gelatin
2 tsp honey
1. Bring 1 Cup of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons of honey, mixing well.
2. Set aside and allow to cool completely (so as not to kill any of the probiotics in the Beauty Water.)
3. When cooled, add 1 packet of Beauty Water and 2 Tbsp gelatin, mixing well.
4. Spoon or use an eyedropper/baster to put the liquid into silicon candy molds of your choice.
5. Refrigerate for a few hours, remove from mold and enjoy.
Posted on October 11, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
While browsing Pinterest for inspiration one day, I happened upon this billiant 2 ingredient cereal bars. They looked a bit like a rice krispie treat, or a big Fruit Loop bar, all held in place with frozen yogurt along the bottom.
Thanks to innovation from brands in the natural food world, both cereal and yogurt can be found to fit whatever diet type you follow, cause we've hopefully all graduated from those mallow filled bowls of charm. One of my favorite snacks is coconut milk or almond milk yogurt. There are tons of options for both available in many places now, and range in amount of ingredients (I always try to go with the most simple list.) However, if you can handle dairy, I think a full fat greek (thick!) yogurt would work great for this recipe.
And when it comes to cereal, you know we've got you covered here at Barefoot. Our grain free cereal selection is ever growing, yet remains consciously curated — we only pick the best (the stuff we can't get enough of!) For example, the Lark Ellen Farms granola bites I used to create this recipe is crunchy beyond crunchy. Big nuggets of granola made with not just one, or two, but SIX different kinds of sprouted nuts and seeds fill this bag. Why sprouted? Nutrition, in a nutshell. (Ha!) Sprouting and then drying a nut or seed allows some of the nutrients to develop without the breakdown or damage that can occur when a nut is made crispy by baking at high temperatures. It's the difference between letting your clothes flap in the gentle breeze on a laundry line versus tumbling them at temperatures so hot you can't touch them in a sealed machine.
So rework an old idea. That's the easy way to create delicious new things without the junk your body doesn't like to eat. And that's just what I've done here!
1 Cup of yogurt
1/2-3/4 bag grain free granola, like Lark Ellen Farms' Granola Bites
1. On a sheet of parchment paper on a small cookie sheet or a silicon baking mat, spread 1 Cup of yogurt into a square or rectangle, about 1 cm thick.
2. Sprinkle granola bites on top of the yogurt to cover evenly.
3. Push down slightly so no granola is loose.
4. Freeze for 2-3 hours, remove and carefully slice into bar shape, cutting edges to even them up if desired. Careful not to cut your mat here.
5. Remove and enjoy frozen. These will melt quickly so pop them back in the freezer between snacks.
Posted on October 02, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
Hitting up the grocery, you'll find close to an entire aisle of nut and seed butter these days, but after just a moment's looks, you'll quickly realize this seemingly simple food ain't always so innocent. Many are full of hidden sugars, less than healthy oils, and other skeptical ingredients that are a no-no on your Whole 30. What's a Whole30'er to do? Hit up our Whole30 Collection for Whole30 nut butter that you can keep in your kitchen for all kinds of uses.
Our pantry, as you might imagine, is overflowing with jars of who knows what, as you might imagine (someone's got to do all the taste testing for our products, right?) but there are a few that we like to ALWAYS have on hand for use in recipes and snacks alike. Here are our top 3 picks for your Whole30:
This chunky, yet creamy, almond and sea salt studded confection is a Whole 30 nut butter dream come true. We love it because the crunchy almond texture, with big specks of sea salt is all enveloped in a sea of creamy coconutty goodness. Coconut butter lends a naturally slightly sweet flavor without the use of any added sugar, making this one perfect to use in sweet or savory dishes.
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides has antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities and has been shown to help with weight loss, Alzheimer’s, cognitive function and athletic performance.
Our favorite way to use it: for many nut butters, we like to use them in recipes, but we enjoy this one straight up, on its own for a filling boost of protein + good fats, a tablespoon to keep away the mid day hangries. We also love pairing this with fruit at mealtime, and even in these paleo snack Protein Bliss Balls in life after Whole30. Grab a jar here.
Sesame seeds have been used for thousands of years for culinary and health-enhancing purposes. Their nutritional profile is a powerful one. They’re a great source of dietary protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Churn them into a creamy silky seed butter with stone grinding and you have Whole30 friendly magic.
We love the peppery, not at all sweet flavor this has compared to nut butters. Since it's used in many hummus and babaganoush recipes, that's a great way to use this stuff, as there are tons of Whole30 recipes for dips like them. You can add some coconut aminos, or oil and vinegar to this to make a creamy dressing, or dip your raw veggies in it, sprinkled with some of your favorite spice, like Teeny Tiny Spice's Berbere.
A few of our favorites include:
Another stone ground, creamy dreamy Whole30 nut butter in our collection is this organic stone ground almond butter by Dastony. It's perfect for dipping your fruit and veggies, but also goes miles when used in sauce and salads.
Almonds are naturally delicious and extremely nourishing. Healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan and vitamin E are just a handful of the key nutrients that make almonds so nutritious.
Made with ONLY stone ground almonds, this stuff is the silkiest texture you could ever imagine.
A few of our favorites include:
Of course, there are plenty more where those came from: Coconut butter, Cashew Butter, Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Butter, Sprouted Almond Butter, to name a few, but these three Whole30 nut butters will keep you on the path to 30 days of deliciousness. Find them all, plus a few more for life after Whole30, here.
Posted on September 18, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
Thanksgiving is on the horizon and you know I'm already thinking about what I will be eating. There is a drastic different in being overly obsessed with food (to the point of orthorexia - been there, and it's NO fun) and overdoing it to the point of sickness around the big food holidays, but finding that perfect balance can be tricky. Of course, we want to partake and enjoy the favorities of season, but I also know that for many of us, keeping our food clean and healthy is the best way we can take care of ourselves, so that we can enjoy the time spent with others during these holidays (and not sick or overly exhausted.)
Thanks to the genuis of the best paleo and gluten free bloggers we're lucky to share this space with, a Paleo Thanksgiving, or at least a Thanksgiving that is clear of some of the most unclean offenders (canola oil, canned cranberry sauce, sugar) that sneak their way into our favorite dishes, is 100% possible. And 100% delicious.
We've rounded them up for you here and hope this will make your holiday meal planning just a little bit easer! Enyjoy ~
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Roast from The Castaway Kitchen - Not only does Thanksgiving go paleo, but also keto AND Whole30 with this insane showstopper of a main course from our girl Cristina over at Castaway Kitchen.
How to Easily Grill a Whole Turkey by Beauty and the Foodie - If you're like me, your Thanksgiving temperature is usually around 85 degrees outside, so firing up the grill sounds like the perfect way to make room in the oven for more of your turkey day dishes.
Chinese Roasted Orange Chicken by I Heart Umami - this roasted bird is a twist on the classic Chinese takeout chicken, but more appropriate for a formal dinner. It's savory and full of citrus flavor that is perfect for the holidays.
Citrus Ginger Cranberry Sauce by Delicious Obsessions - I have this cousin who was obsessed with canned cranberry sauce, ever since we were kids. We'd actually wrap one in paper and give it to him on his birthday (sorry, but ew, Chris!) That stuff won't cut it around here. But this one, oh yes, this one will do the trick.
Kale Bacon Salad with Apple Vinaigrette by The Castaway Kitchen - I know a salad can seem like a "filler" on Thanksgiving but a salad like this deserves a place right beside mashed potatoes as a "MUST MAKE AGAIN NEXT YEAR."
Green Bean Casserole by Flabs to Fitness and A Girl Worth Saving - Because two is better than one, especially when it comes to this classic Thanksgiving favorite. Both recipes bring the most simple elements together to create comfort food perfection!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Pancetta, Garlic, and Sage by Comfort Bites Blog - this is the type of dish we have to make double of at my house. Butternut squash is my favorite and this combo is no disappointment. This just screams "Fall!"
Paleo Bread Stuffing by Predominantly Paleo - the paleo bread queen does this side dish fave 100% justice with a paleo rendition.
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars from Teeny Tiny Spice - these are a dream and taste JUST like traditional pecan pie except they're made with just 9 paleo friendly ingredients.
Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pecan Pie by the Family that Heals Together - This is like, SEVERAL of our favorite things in one delicious dessert. Pumpkin, check, cheesecake, double check, pecan pie, triple check! Not 100% paleo, but if you tolerate dairy, don't miss this one.
Paleo Marble Pumpkin Chocolate Bread by Living Healthy with Chocolate - If you're looking for something a little less traditional, favor some chocolate? This Marble Pumpkin Chocolate Bread is the perfect way to combine a seasonal favorite with our favorite, chocolate.
Cranberry Grapefruit Cookies (AIP, egg free, nut free) by Grass Fed Salsa - I've had these more than once and OMG. Anne is a genius at AIP baking but you don't need to be on the AIP diet to enjoy these.
There you have it! Time to meal prep, and get cooking! If you need even more amazing recipes or meal inspiration, Flame to Fork has it for you, right here.
Posted on September 02, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
I'm from the south, and if we know one thing in the south, it's how to fry chicken. Okay, we know a lot more than that, and to be honest, I didn't grow up eating THAT much fried chicken - that's not to say I haven't enjoyed my fair share of it in life.
All the elements of fried chicken, for the most part, on their own are pretty innocent. Egg batter, flour, oil, chicken, spices — pretty standard. What make these such tricky territory and gives fried chicken such a bad rep are years of "fat will make you fat" mentality, as well as the choice of oil and flour used in most fried chicken. Most contain over-processed white flour, and because it's cheap, are fried in unstable vegetable oils that wreck havoc on our system. When we switch these unsavory elements to more healthful ones, fried chicken doesn't sound so bad!
When I get plain, uncured, unsweetened pastured pork belly or bacon from my local farmer, I ALWAYS bake it on a big baking sheet, typically 400 degrees until crispy. This yields a TON of leftover pork fat which is perfect for frying chicken in. Fatworks also makes a delicious lard for frying, which you can grab here, and EPIC Bar also makes a great one, here.
What else should you change up? Of course, toss the white flour, and grab your favorite paleo flour. They all work differently, and this one works really well with our plantain flour. Plantain flour works well in both sweet and savory recipes.
1/2 lb diced chicken thighs or breasts, bite sized pieces
1 to 2 eggs
about 1/2 Cup plantain flour
about 1/4 Cup lard
salt and pepper to taste
1. Whisk egg in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Add flour, salt, and pepper to another small bowl and set aside.
3. Dice chicken into bite size pieces.
4. Heat lard in a large cast iron skillet or high heat cooking pan.
5. Toss chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off excess, then dip into the egg. Coat all of the chicken in the egg, then little by little, dip back into the flour, then carefully into the hot oil. Repeat until all chicken is frying.
6. Cook on medium, flipping carefully while cooking to check for burning. Cook until golden brown, until chicken is cooked through, adjusting heat as necessary.
7. Carefully remove chicken onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil.
8. Serve, and enjoy!
Posted on August 25, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
If none of the above describes you, I'm not sure exactly how you got here. But if you're nodding along, then I am so thrilled to introduce you to a game-changing new product. Introducing Lucky Sheep, the best sleeping bag in the world.
Yes, this is a strong claim. But I stand behind my word. Lucky Sheep inventor Patrick Clark has long been on the forefront of primal furniture design ('modern' chairs, tables and beds are responsible for our epidemic of back and neck pain), and he has been fine-tuning this sleeping bag for years, in his quest to achieve the ultimate in minimalist sleep (more on minimalist sleeping later on). The result is this sublimely comfortable and functional bag, which has changed my sleeping life forever, and will change yours as well. It's so much more than just a sleeping bag, and you're going to want to use it every night, not just for camping or occasional star-gazing. It's an integral part of a minimalist sleeping setup. What's so awesome about Lucky Sheep? Read on, for a detailed review:
It's all about the wool. We're in the midst of an outdoor gear revolution, and wool is being rediscovered as the original performance fabric. Wool manages moisture like no other material, wicking perspiration away from our skin all night long, and repelling dew and mist naturally. It's hydrophobic by nature, so you will stay warm and dry. Finally, a sleeping bag that breathes, and even allows you to sleep without a tent, directly under the stars, without waking up wet. Lucky Sheep bags are filled with puffy eco-wool and lined with merino wool that feels like silk. You'll never want to sleep in a synthetic bag again.
These bags are ridiculously soft and puffy and luxuriously cozy. Being inside one is like snuggling with a dozen lambs all night long. If you're the sort of person who's sensitive to the texture of your clothing and loves highest-quality natural fibers, you'll be in complete bliss when you crawl inside this bag. I've honestly never slept against something this sensually wonderful, and I'm a highly sensitive hedonist with a longstanding textile obsession. The fluffy eco-wool filling merges with the ultra-silky merino lining to create a uniquely nurturing texture, like being enveloped by merengue. This will probably become your new security blanket.
Innovative design. Patrick Clark has been fine-tuning the design of these for years, and it shows in every detail. Unlike so many sleeping bags, you are not entrapped by this one. There's a zipping footbox, and the rest of it folds beneath you effortlessly with soft flaps that reduce the weight of the bag. No more mummy-like immobilization or heating up too much — you can move around and shift and adjust everything to your liking. You can even unzip it completely flat and use it like a blanket (trust me, you'll want to.) There are a bunch of other cool design features to this bag, which you can discover on the Lucky Sheep website. Suffice it to say that Patrick has thought of everything, including things you would never have thought of. This bag is truly bleating-edge.
Better sleep. You will wake up feeling more refreshed that you ever would in your old synthetic bag. Wool's amazing properties are highly conducive to getting more of the deep and REM sleep we so desperately need. I've actually tested this empirically using my sleep-monitoring Oura Ring, it's incredible to see the difference between using this bag and synthetic bags, or even a down-and-cotton quilt.
Everything done right. Clean highest-quality ethically-sourced materials, impeccably handmade under ethical conditions in the US, small independent business, beautiful colors (soft blue-grey and stone), gracefully lightweight, naturally anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic. And oh yes, it will last a lifetime, and wool actually gets stronger with age.
Minimalist sleeping made easy. This bag makes sleeping on the floor and/or outside a joy. You know how minimalist shoes became all the rage a few years ago, as public awareness and product design caught up with the best science? All of a sudden people started to wake up and realize that shoe designers had been doing it all wrong — they were actually hurting people with all that foam, stifling rigidity, un-ergonomic heel drops, and way-too-narrow toe boxes. The best shoe? As close as possible to no shoe at all, the way our foot evolved for millions of years. Public awareness isn't there yet with beds, but you'll be hearing about minimalist sleeping a lot in years to come, as people realize its myriad benefits and throw their toxic plush foam-swollen mattresses into the landfills. How does minimalist sleeping work? Imagine your distant ancestors. Get rid of your bed. Sleep on a firm pad on the floor. Try to sleep outside on the ground as much as possible (it's okay to use a pad). Swaddle yourself with something cozy and breathable — ideally a Lucky Sheep bag. You'll need to get used to sleeping on a firm surface, but I can assure you that I get my best sleep on the floor or the ground at this point, and my Oura Ring concurs. Now that I've got a Lucky Sheep sleeping bag, I don't have to sleep in a synthetic bag anymore when I'm outside, and my sleep quality is better than ever. And when I sleep inside on the floor, the Lucky Sheep bag is perfect for that as well. It's so cozy, it makes minimalist sleeping feel like a complete luxury. Goodbye plush mattresses and cumbersome box springs! A Lucky Sheep bag and a foam pad on the floor, and you'll get a perfect night of sleep.
Special discount for Barefoot Provisions customers. If you've read this far, you're probably ready to donate your synthetic sleeping bag to a homeless shelter and start using a Lucky Sheep bag. This bag is made of highest-quality materials and will last a lifetime, but we know it's not inexpensive, so we're here to make it easier for you. In the spirit of barefoot sleeping, we're offering our customers a 10% discount on a Lucky Sheep bag! Just order here and use code bare10.
Posted on August 09, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
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