You can have decadent holiday dessert that is also healthy and low in calories! This poached pear recipe proves it. Plus, this tasty and lovely-to-look-at dessert, created exclusively for us by the "farm to table" catering company Savour This Moment, is Paleo. Watch this video to learn just how easy this dish is to prepare, and then celebrate by making your own. Cheers!
For a healthy, protein-rich meal that doesn't rely on dairy for flavor, try this delicious Mexican-style chicken recipe full of fresh ingredients. This preparation results in an absolutely delicious, fall-off-the-bone piece of meat. Make sure to leave 15 minutes for the first two steps, then pour everything into your slow cooker, and let it do its magic. Serve this recipe over a bed of purple cabbage, black beans, or brown rice for a balanced meal under 500 calories.
Keep reading to learn how to make this healthy slow-cooker recipe.
Feeling under the weather? Warm up with a bowl of this healing soup. This light and delicious recipe is full of nutrients to help you feel better sooner.
Carrots, onions, and chicken stock are to be expected, but you might not be used to cooking with daikon root. This strange-looking cruciferous vegetable is chock-full of vitamin C, and it derives its white pigment from anthoxanthin, an antioxidant that may lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Get back on your feet and learn how to boost your immunity with this recipe after the break!
Craving sweet and sticky pecan pie? You can still enjoy this Thanksgiving staple even if you're on a gluten-free or Paleo plan! Just bake these decadent-tasting pecan pie bars. Even better, issues of portion control are (almost) eliminated, since these single-serving bars help you keep your calories in check.
The gooey filling and a moist, crumbly crust will offer all the textures and flavors of the classic you love — without a sugar crash! With no added sugar and all-natural ingredients, this reinvented recipe needs to make an appearance at your spread this year. The recipe is surprisingly easily to put together, so keep reading for this Thanksgiving dessert.
If you have 10 minutes, pasta is a quick and filling go-to meal, especially in the colder months. But if you're watching your carb intake or are following a gluten-free or Paleo diet, then even though it's healthy, whole wheat pasta is off-limits.
Here's an equally satisfying, soft, and tender alternative that's as easy to whip up as that bowl of spaghetti.
It's made with carrot ribbons using a simple vegetable peeler, then sautéed with mushrooms, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil for a bowl that's sure to satisfy your pasta cravings.
The carrots add a sweet twist to this traditional dish, but the marinara and cooked veggies make it taste like you always remember — and your tastebuds won't miss a thing.
Keep reading for this under 500-calorie gluten-free fettucine recipe.
When heading to a dinner party, I always opt to bring a healthy, hearty dish, something that will change everyone's perspective on what "health" food actually tastes like. I recently was cooking for a table of guests with dietary restrictions ranging from Paleo to gluten-free and all the way to vegan. It seemed like a recipe for disaster, but instead, my cookbook research brought me to the perfect salad to please everyone's (picky) palates: food journalist Mark Bittman's spicy sweet potato salad.
High-fiber sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar and help you lose weight, while a spicy antioxidant-rich red pepper and jalapeño dressing ties everything together. Be prepared: everyone will be asking you for this recipe, so leave a lunch-sized portion at home. This easily portable salad is even more delicious the next day.
Keep reading for your new favorite Fall recipe.
These easy tips from Shape will make your transition to following the paleo diet stress-free and successful!
The paleo diet has been reported to eliminate bloating, clear up acne, eradicate seasonal allergies, free you from migraines, and even help you shed a few pounds. While none of this is guaranteed, cleaning up your diet and focusing on whole, fresh foods is definitely a good idea. "Real foods in the right portions help you feel more satisfied because they help keep blood sugar levels even and your hunger hormones balanced," says Diane Sanfilippo, a holistic nutritionist and author of Practical Paleo.
The basic guidelines — skip grains (both refined and whole), legumes, packaged snacks, dairy, and sugar in favor of vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fats, and oils — seem easy, but to successfully go cavewoman takes some savvy. Follow these 11 rules to get started.
Clean Out Your Kitchen
Gather all the "no" foods — grains, cereal, vegetable oils, beans, yogurt, cheese, milk, packaged foods, you get it — and toss them in the trash. Doing it all at once has an advantage. "It’s easier to avoid temptation if it’s not there," says Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous With the Diet You Were Born to Eat.
But if you prefer to baby-step your way, that works too. Perhaps you cut out dairy the first week, eliminate refined grains during week two, skip all grains the next week, and so on until you’re following a paleo diet. Either way, be sure to restock your kitchen with whole foods so you have plenty to eat.
Pinpoint Your Motivation
Many people turn to paleo in an attempt to help with medical issues, such as GI problems, autoimmune conditions, and allergies. Some simply want to feel better day to day or believe that it’s the healthiest way to eat. Your reason will help determine the guidelines you follow and what you want to be meticulous about, Sanfilippo says. And be strict about your personal rules for the first 30 days, Stephenson recommends. "This is enough time to start noticing all the health benefits."
Follow the 85/15 Rule
After the first month, many experts recommend the 85/15 approach, meaning 85 percent of the time you're strictly paleo, leaving 15 percent for nonpaleo stuff, whether that’s a granola bar, a hamburger (bun and all) at a cookout, or cocktails with the girls. Pay attention to how you feel after reintroducing things into your diet, Sanfilippo says. For example, if you have a scoop of ice cream and wake up bloated the next day, you may decide that future discomfort isn’t worth it.
See more tips after the break!
Over the weekend, there's nothing better than baking up some tasty treats — especially when they've been given a healthy twist. Whether you love cookies, brownies, or muffins, the latest batch of recipes from the FitSugar Healthy Recipe community group will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth!
No-Bake Trail Mix Cookies
OK, this recipe is a total win, because you don't even have to turn on the oven — perfect for those hot Summer days! Made from only five ingredients, these gluten-free, vegan cookies contain quinoa, making them a protein powerhouse.
Dark Chocolate Brownies
These might not be low-cal, but they are rich in antioxidants and fiber and contain much less sugar and fat than you'd find in a traditional brownie recipe. There's also black beans hidden in them — which you won't even taste! — so let's hear it for the extra protein boost.
Wait — there's more! Check out some delicious-tasting coconut muffins and Paleo banana bread after the break!
2 pints minus one handful of blueberries
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp arrowroot
3 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1 cup almond flour
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sliced almonds
5 Medjool dates
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
Learn how to put it all together after the break!