Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes That Will Please a Crowd

Thanksgiving is just over a week away.  I really can’t believe that it’s already here.  To be honest, I am so far from being prepared for the holidays, but they are coming, so it’s time to get in gear.  I can’t completely go all out, even if it is just one meal, so we have some healthy thanksgiving recipes that help us balance out a few not so healthy dishes.

This year, I am so thankful that my mother in law has offered to cook for us.  Her stuffing is amazing, it’s not even close to good for you, but I am going to eat it and love every bite.  So, to go along with the not so healthy items, we will be cooking up some sides that aren’t loaded with bread or crackers.  This weekend, we cooked up a primal friendly pre-Thanksgiving feast, and today we are sharing the healthy Thanksgiving recipes we tried along with some of our long time favorites.  I am not including recipes for turkey or ham…those are usually pretty standard, and since I’m not a chef, I’ll let you go out on your own for these :).

**All of these ideas are primal friendly.  We do include dairy in our diet, but you could easily substitute dairy free milk and omit the cheese in many of these recipes.  While, I did not use any refined sugar, I did use coconut sugar in many of the recipes.**

Healthy Fast Food: Your Best Options

Healthy fast food…is it possible?  Let’s face it.  We live in a modern, fast paced world.  Unfortunately, most of us can’t source all of our own food, prepare it fresh daily, and happily sit down farm to table style for every meal.  With hectic day to day lives, many of us are left to takeout or fast food for a few meals each week.

While we always prefer to cook at home, we too find ourselves scrambling for dinner on a random Tuesday night or on a Friday after swim practice.  Thankfully, over the years, many fast food joints have come a long way in their transparency of what is actually in their food.  Some restaurants are finally taking a step forward and are removing things like MSG, meat laced with antibiotics and hormones, and chemical additives from their food.  So, where do we eat when we are in a hurry?  What’s your best choice when you find yourself in a less than ideal fast food establishment?  Read on, and we’ll happily share our opinion.

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Dairy…What is the deal? Is it good or bad?

Dairy…what the heck?  We get SO many questions about dairy.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  If you are “paleo” can you have dairy?  Let’s get one thing straight….dairy is different for everyone.  Dairy falls into an extremely gray area, and the research is pretty much all over the place.  Personally, we do consume high quality, full fat dairy such as grass fed butter, cheese, and yogurt.  No one in our family is sensitive to it, so we eat it.  What???  But, you’re “paleo.”  No, we aren’t.  We eat a “paleo-ish” diet full of real, whole, nutrient dense foods.  This means, sometimes we eat some dairy, and occasionally some {gasp} grains such as wild rice and quinoa.  Here’s a very basic breakdown of dairy and some resources if you want to dig in further.

Packing Lunch…Healthy Ideas to Keep your Kids Crash Free

Let’s face it.  Packing school lunches can be downright dreadful!  When your kiddos are living a Primal lifestyle, it can take lunch packing to another level.  What do you mean…no PB&J???  Over the last few years, we have found a few tools, and some great websites, to help make packing school lunches a little easier.  If you are struggling to find healthy options for your kids that don’t make them feel weird or awkward among a classroom full of shiny packages of chips, doughnuts, cookies, sandwiches, and juice boxes, we’ve got some ideas for you.

Navigating Sam’s Club – What I Buy in Bulk

I must say, I am often a little intimidated by all of the bulk items available at our local Sam’s Club.  I have been a member of Sam’s for years, and I shopped there pretty often when my kids were little.  However, when we moved, and our new house was about 30 minutes from Sam’s my shopping days ended.  That was two years ago.

Recently, someone told me about the Scan and Go app at Sam’s.  I’m sure I am late to the party on this one, but it sounded magical.  See, my least favorite part about my trip to Sam’s was the checkout process.  Something about waiting in forever long lines, unloading everything, finding a box to fit it in, and then getting to the car just turned me off.  A few weeks ago, I decided to give the new app a try, and I’ve been back just about every week since.  I’ve listed a few of my favorite purchases below.

Staying Primal at the Beach and on the Boat

Sweet SUMMERTIME!  For us, summer is all about the beach.  We live in Florida, so we spend as much time as possible at the beach.  Whether we are boating, fishing, swimming, or just hanging out on the sand, we are around the beach a lot.  In the past, beach and boat days meant unhealthy food choices.  We would grab something at a restaurant for lunch, take cold chicken wings with us out fishing, load the boat down with chips, and we would often resort to sandwiches if we packed our lunch.  Over the last few years, we have finally found some favorite food ideas that don’t get old or leave us feeling deprived of “beach food”.