Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY Raw Goat Yogurt (SCD)

I know you all must dying to know how to make this! Raw goat yogurt- I mean, that just sounds like the superest super-food, huh? Not to mention that it's fermented for a full 24 hours in order to be SCD legal. I can't even explain how delicious this stuff is! The health benefits of it are nearly endless. Goat milk, in it's raw form, is one of the most complete foods we can consume. It's chock full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and minerals. It's also the only milk we can consume that is actually alkalizing! And I'm sure you all have heard that it's nearly identical to human milk. So, it's more easily digested and utilized. Click here to read about the benefits of goat milk. If you follow a paleo diet, you might also be wondering why I'm consuming this. Well, while I am 100% paleo in every other way- I deviate from the diet in this way. From the research I've done, I know that raw goat milk is good for me and nothing can change that. It's important to do your research, instead of blindly following a diet. 

Some of you may be thinking that it sounds insane to consume a raw yogurt. I mean, it came straight from the goat, and was fermented without ever being heated above 110 degrees. Isn't that dangerous? To be frank- NO.  If you didn't know this already: raw milk isn't dangerous. It's actually pasteurized milk that poses dangers to our health. Here is some more information about the safety of raw milk. In a nutshell- if you heat milk, the beneficial bacteria is killed. The beneficial bacteria is what prevents harmful bacteria from growing. So, if we kill of the good bacteria, that makes it easier for harmful bacteria to grow. If the milk has been collected in a sanitary container, in a sanitary method, there should be no concerns about safety. If you have a raw milk source (preferably goat), consider yourself blessed. It's one of the healthiest foods you can nourish your body with. 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Bars (with chocolate drizzle!)

It's finally Fall, and you know what that means? Pumpkin flavored stuff! I've been getting bombarded with pumpkin stuff on Facebook and Pinterest, and the can of organic pumpkin puree in the pantry was starting to call me name. 

This was my first experiment with pumpkin anything since I've been on the SCD, and it turned out quite well. I will definitely be making these again. I got my inspiration from Elana over at Elana's Pantry. You can see her recipe here.
 While you're there, you should browse a bit; she has some brilliant recipes. Like Elana, I recommend using your own roasted pumpkin. However, since this was an experiment, I didn't take the time to roast my own pumpkin. Because of the BPA liner in cans, it's best to use fresh ingredients when possible. This recipe is both Paleo and GAPS friendly. If you leave the chocolate drizzle out, they're SCD friendly as well! 

So, to make these you'll need:

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Monday, September 16, 2013

4 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding (RAW, PALEO, GAPS)

If you're like me, you need sugar snacks to function. Personally, if I want to be successful on a restricted diet, I have to have healthy desserts on hand. I am currently following the Paleo and SCD diet, so I like to keep my meals simple. Most of the recipes that I'll be sharing here will be quite simple- using only about 4-7 ingredients. I have never been a fan of those complex gluten-free recipes that use 20 ingredients to make the end product bread-like. You know what I'm talking about. So, expect to see lots of these super simple, tasty, healthy recipes! This one is one of the quickest, easiest, and most delicious. It's rich, creamy, and (best of all) healthy!  There are a million variations of this recipes on Pinterest, and I'm sure they are all great. However, I like to stick to these basic 4 ingredients. The great thing about simple recipes like this, is that you can add whatever flavors/extras you want. For example: cacao nibs, nut/seed butter, vanilla, mesquite, maca, chia seeds, etc. And lastly, let me ease your fears about the combination of avocado and chocolate. It's incredible. If you're too scared to try it.. you're seriously missing out. 

So here's what you'll need:
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All recipes are original creations by Tyler Peacock (The Primitive Homemaker), unless otherwise noted. If you wish to use a recipe on your own recipe or blog, please provide your readers with the link to my original recipe.