Sweet potato custard is a completely delicious dessert that just happens to also be completely Primal. Sweet potato, eggs, high-fat dairy (or coconut milk) and a drizzle of maple syrup are the main ingredients in this easy to make, easy to love dessert.
Sweet potato custard is rich and creamy, with a mild flavor reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Except this dessert is better than pumpkin pie—because custard doesn’t need a crust. Every spoonful brings hints of roasted sweet potato, maple, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s a dessert that’s nearly healthy enough to eat for breakfast (not that we’ve done that…).
Good morning, everyone. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving—however you chose to celebrate. Today, as previously announced, we’re upending tradition (and our usual blog schedule) to do something different. On Tuesday, I shared alternatives to the customary Black Friday lines.
Today I’ve turned over the blog to some of our Mark’s Daily Apple, Primal Blueprint, Primal Kitchen, and Primal Health Coach “worker bees” who are generously sharing what they’re doing today to get outside and spend time with those they love.
The staff and I are off today to be with friends and family, but I wanted to take some time this morning to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving—whether you’re celebrating here in the States or checking in from around the globe.
From a personal point of view, I like beginning the holiday season with a time for thankfulness. The end of the year calls us to take stock, and it’s illuminating (and humbling) to do it in a spirit of gratitude.
The team and I are hustling today, getting everything in place before the holiday weekend, and all of us are already thinking about the festivities (not to mention feasts) to come. So, you’ll forgive me if I indulge the holiday spirit and even wax a bit sentimental—just a little. (Thanksgiving IS my favorite, I’ll admit….) And, on a more practical note, let me share some “best of MDA” tips and recipes for making the holiday weekend healthier and happier.
For most of my life, Thanksgiving was spared the overt commercialization of the other holidays. Christmas has the gifts, Halloween the candy and costumes, Valentine’s the chocolates, roses, jewelry, and guilt—perfect avenues for commercial interests. But Thanksgiving genuinely felt different, as if it was only about getting together with friends and relatives over a crispy-skinned bird and offering gratitude for what we had and who was still with us.
These days, commercialization has crashed the party. You’ve got Black Friday. Then Small Business Saturday. Then Cyber Monday. (Giving Tuesday I can get behind.) The “Black Friday” deals on Amazon started going last week and should continue well past the holiday.
For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m quickly answering a bunch of questions from readers. Most are from the comment section of last week’s collagen post, and others concern different topics. They’re all interesting and useful, including how I consume podcasts, gelatin loss during chicharrone production, adding collagen to hot coffee, how much vitamin C to take with collagen, collagen’s effect on ketosis, and why I include a processed food product like whey in the pantheon of Primal-friendly foods.