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Primal Snack Round-Up: 9 Tasty Options

It’s certainly getting easier to find healthier snacks at the store, but the convenience of healthier, pre-packaged snack food often comes at steep price. For most of us, homemade snacks are still the most practical, budget-friendly option.

For convenience, stick with whole food snacks that require little or no cooking. Fresh fruit, cut up veggies, olives, pickles, nuts and nut butter, sardines, soft- or hard-boiled eggs, and high quality cheese are always delicious choices.

And when you have a little more time to spend in the kitchen, try one of these favorite Primal snacks.

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Coconut Flour: Benefits and Uses

While I’d give most pre-packaged gluten-free flour mixes a firm shake of the head for their empty carb content and (at times) filler ingredients, there’s one I’d recommend as a paleo/Primal and low-carb staple: coconut flour. The obvious benefit is that it’s gluten-free, but it also has a respectable dose of fat, protein and fiber as well as a pleasantly sweet taste. In this post, I’ll explore some of the nutritional benefits of coconut flour along with the many ways in which it can be used. Coconut Flour Benefits As far as flours go, coconut flour is relatively high in nutrients—a fact that sets it a cut above the rest.  High Fiber Lab analyses show that coconut flour is 60% fiber; 56% insoluble and 4% soluble. That’s considerably more fiber than almost every other flour on the market, including the other major paleo contender, almond flour.  Low Glycemic Value Unlike most of the grain-based flours on the market, all the indigestible fiber in coconut flour makes for a surprisingly low glycemic product. In fact, multiple studies show that adding coconut flour into traditionally high-glycemic products like macaroons, carrot cake, granola bars and multigrain loaf helped to significantly lower blood sugar spikes after eating. And whether you have diabetic tendencies or not, using a flour that doesn’t send your blood sugar levels through the roof is definitely a good thing. Cholesterol Friendly Effects Research shows that coconut flakes (made as part of coconut flour production) can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and serum triglycerides in those with moderately high cholesterol levels.  Low Phytic Acid While the research is a little thin regarding the phytic potential of coconut flour (and coconuts in general), preliminary trials indicate that it’s nothing to be concerned about—certainly not when compared to nut and grain flours. As a case in point, this study showed that coconut flour additions to baked goods didn’t impact mineral availability, which is the key concern when it comes to phytates. Lauric Acid Coconut flour contains a decent dose of lauric acid, a fatty acid often present in high saturated fat content foods. As a precursor to monolaurin, lauric acid can aid in the inhibition of pathogenic species in the body, ward off certain forms of acne, and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Healthy Fats While almond flour, the main contender for paleo flour dominion, has a lot more fat, most of it is pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Cooking With Coconut Flour When it comes to baking or culinary creations in general, no one flour is the same. Most of us have spent most of our lives eating and working with wheat flour, which has drastically different qualities to, say, almond flour, which again is completely different to coconut flour. It’s best to adapt your expectations and approach when dealing with coconut flour for the first time. Know that the flour has its own unique features that require certain recipe adaptations. Coconut flour is more sponge-like than most other flours. Due to its high fiber content, … Continue reading “Coconut Flour: Benefits and Uses”

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Recipes From The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook—and a Giveaway!

Folks, I’m excited today. The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook was just released this morning. It’s been a labor of love the same way The Keto Reset Diet book was. I literally threw myself into that project (with my own ongoing keto experiment), and this recipe collection was no different.

With help from co-authors and fellow chefs, Lindsay Taylor, PhD and Layla McGowan, I wanted to put together the perfect tool for keto eating. In short, a tool that would allow anyone to get all the benefits of a keto diet—with the least amount of time, strain and effort in the kitchen. (I’m all about that.) And now it’s here: 75 low-carb, hassle-free, and delicious recipes to get you started (or reinvigorated) in your keto journey.

To celebrate, I thought I’d serve up a sneak peek with two of my favorite recipes from the collection—along with a giveaway.

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My 14 Favorite Keto-Friendly Snacks

Keto tends to discourage snacking. Not as in “If you’re keto, you’re not allowed to snack!” More like “If you’re keto, you probably won’t feel the need to snack as much.”

Still, hunger strikes. Situations arise where you need a little something to nourish you in the moment without having to cook a meal. This isn’t a problem. But you do need to be prepared—or else risk derailing your efforts.

A snack must be instantly available or take no more than a minute or two of preparation. A snack shouldn’t be something that makes you groan or use more than one or two bowls or pieces of kitchen equipment to prepare. It should be an afterthought.

What are my favorite keto-friendly snacks? I’ve got 14.

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Introducing The Keto Reset Instant Pot® Cookbook—and Free Gifts!

Greetings, have you heard about this newfangled contraption called the Instant Pot®? Just kidding, of course you have (and if you answer no, it’s time to get with the program!). The Instant Pot has become the most sensationally popular kitchen appliance in decades. One report indicated that some ten million Instant Pot units were sold on Amazon.com in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone! Instant Pot is the genericized trademark for what is technically called a multi-use pressure cooker. There are many other brands for these space-age, tabletop units touted as the inclusive replacement to nine common kitchen appliances (including a stovetop pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow cooker/crock pot) that speed cooking time by a factor of two to six times while using 70 percent less energy than the stove, oven, or other gadgets.

In short, it’s a perfect tool for keto eating. You get all the benefits of a keto diet—with the least amount of time, strain and effort in the kitchen. Today I’ve got 75 low-carb, hassle-free, and delicious recipes to get you started. 

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14 Ways to Make Coffee Healthier

According to the stats, more than 80% of American adults use coffee to get going in the morning. Increasingly, we’re getting collectively pickier about what we drink, too. A report released this year by the National Coffee Association found that, for the first time in 67 years, more than half of all coffee consumed daily was classified as “gourmet.” 
But let’s be honest. There’s a lot of junk in that category—syrups and whipped toppings, soy milk and sugar galore. It’s a damned shame because coffee can offer big health benefits when done right. When done even better? Well, let’s take a look.

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Primal Recipes On a Budget

It’s true that eating well is perhaps the best investment you’ll make—in life and health. That said, there’s no reason to believe that going Primal means breaking the bank. Looking for delicious Primal recipes that make it possible to eat well within your means?Who among us isn’t? These budget-friendly Primal recipes put a satisfying meal on the table without the enormous grocery bill.

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Thrift Meats That Can Match Expensive Cuts (and How to Cook Them)

Eating flavorful meat doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune. But finding the most flavorful thrift cuts at the market often means speaking up and asking the butcher. Don’t be shy—butchers and meat vendors at the farmers’ markets usually love to share their favorite thrift cuts of meat.

The lesser known, less expensive cuts of meat listed here are a good place to start if you want flavorful meat, for a lower price. These cuts aren’t always displayed front and center in the meat case, and they might even have to be special ordered.

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Dear Mark: Folate Retention in Beans, Seeds, and Greens, Blended Liver Folate, No Vegetable/Fruit Full Study

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. You guys had more questions about folate. Since it’s such an important vitamin, I answer those first. Then I discuss the study mentioned in last week’s Dear Mark in which removing polyphenol-rich fruits and vegetables from the diet improved oxidative stress markers instead of worsening them. I got my hands on the full study, so I have more to say on the subject.

Let’s go:

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A Look At Swerve Sweetener

As we move into a new era of health awareness, there’s more variety than ever available to us. Overall, this is a very good thing—the average Primal consumer now has far greater access to a wider range of organic, free range, pastured, GMO-free, wholesome foods and products.
But this presents something of a dilemma when it comes to gray areas like sweeteners. While I don’t have much of a sweet tooth myself, I’m not a anti-sweetener purist either. While I lean toward stevia or monkfruit, I get a lot of questions about sugar alcohols, in particular a product called Swerve Sweetener, particularly from the keto crowd. 

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