December 05, 2016

Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Jam (Paleo, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Whole 30, Vegan)



Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Jam. Sounds pretty tasty doesn't it? Well that's what we're making this week.

But before we talk about this recipe I need to share my big news!

We got possession of our new house!

It was a bit of a fiasco near the end because the builder got behind in construction and we had to push our possession date back from the one we originally agreed on. But things are all good now.  Everything got done and the place looks amazing. We don't officially move in until Friday but we have started transferring things over, trying to get as much of the little stuff moved as we can before then. I can't wait to start decorating! There are so many things we need to buy so I have been busy pinning up a storm looking for furniture and decorating ideas (ps. Do you follow me on Pinterest? If not you should!).





I would love your advice on where you find your favourite house items. Of course you guys all know that I am partial to Anthropologie, but I have also found some great things at Home Sense and The Showroom in Calgary. I think I am going to get a dining room table made for us, ideally one that looks like something from Restoration Hardware, minus the Restoration Hardware prices... I had total sticker shock when I saw the prices at that store. Yikes! I will need to do a little more doctoring before I can afford to buy one of those pricey tables that's for sure...



This week's recipe is another one that I have had sitting around for a while. Since the summer actually. When it was still blueberry season and there was still sunshine and warm weather happening. I miss those days... I am watching the snow fall as we speak. But let's not think about cold weather and snow. Let's talk about summer weather and summer inspired food. Like this jam. 

Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Jam to be exact. 

And unlike store bought jams where the first ingredient is usually sugar, this jam doesn't actually contain any added sweetener. That's right, it's sweetened only with fruit and coconut. How is that for healthy? And I promise it still tastes delicious. Like really, really delicious. As long as you like blueberries that is. But who doesn't like blueberries? I can honestly say I have never heard someone tell me they don't like blueberries. They are one of my favourite foods. I could eat them by the bucket full. I can't wait for the day when I can live somewhere where I can grow my own... Yes friends a girl can dream... 





Since we are on the topic of blueberries, let's just talk about their health benefits for a second shall we? Because there are a lot. 

First of all, they are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your body from something called free radicals and oxidative damage, which are known to cause various health problems, including cancer. 

They also have a high content of fibre, and are high in vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. 

Blueberries have also been shown in some studies to help lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. And since heart disease is the number one killer of North Americans that is information you shouldn't take lightly. 



I hope you like this Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Jam. Please let me know if you make it. You know I always value your feedback!

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Happy eating friends! 


Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Jam Recipe


Ingredients

3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) 
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I use this kind
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (I use this brand
pinch sea salt

3 TBSP chia seeds (I used these white ones

Directions

1. Place a medium sized pot on the stove and turn onto low heat
2. Add the blueberries, coconut milk, vanilla and sea salt to the pot
3. Bring to a boil
4. Turn down the heat and let simmer for ~10 minutes (until berries are broken up)
5. Turn off the burner and let set for ~10 minutes to cool
6. Use your immersion blender and blend until you have the desired consistency (I just bought this immersion blender
7. Add the chia seeds and let sit for another 20minutes to thicken
8. Serve and enjoy!

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December 02, 2016

Paleo Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake Bars (Paleo, Gluten Free, SCD, GAPS, Vegan)


Paleo Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake Bars. Don't those sound amazing? Well that's what were eating this week friends. 


Now, you may be thinking: “cheese isn’t paleo!” And you are correct. But don’t worry, these bars don’t actually contain any dairy. But when I shared them with friends (my non-paleo friends I should add) they all loved them and said they reminded them of cheesecake, so hence the name.




These bars are not only paleo but they are also safe for those on the SCD, GAPS, vegan, or gluten free diets. They have the perfect lemon flavor which pairs so well with the sweet coconut layer on top. They also contain many nourishing ingredients like coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut manna and shredded coconut, so this really is a dessert you can feel good about eating. In fact, I bet you will have a hard time eating just one. At least I did.









Now, the holiday season is upon us, and I know how hard it can be to eat healthy during the holidays. The temptation to cheat is always there. But you don’t need to sacrifice your health in order to still eat delicious food. These bars are a great example of that. Why not whip up a batch for your next holiday gathering? This way you will still be able to enjoy dessert, and know that you are still nourishing your body at the same time. Plus, there is nothing worse than being sick over the holidays (trust me I know). So don’t risk eating those non-paleo desserts and paying the price later. I bet if you share this recipe with friends and family they won’t even be able to tell that they are paleo anyways. They are just that good!

I would be so thrilled if you tried making these Paleo Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake Bars. And I always love getting feedback on my recipes so please stop by my blog and let me know what you think (the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly). 


Happy eating friends!


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You can get the recipe for these Paleo Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake Bars by heading to Predominantly Paleo and clicking here



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