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What is a Paleo Diet?

In keeping up with our new year resolution to eat better and to choose organic products, we have been doing some research on paleo and keto diet. As we looked into these diets we realized that the paleo diet is becoming increasingly popular because its so simple.

So what is paleo diet?

The paleo diet, also popularly known as the ‘caveman’ diet is a dietary plan roughly based on what our ancestors consumed during the paleolithic era. The current day diet is not an exact replication of their diet. Just a concept of what their diet would have been like – basically healthy, wholesome food that is not full of additives, preservatives and other harmful substances so often found in our current diet.

You can EAT:

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

DON’T EAT:

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils

Its as simple as this.

For more info please click here.

 

***Gajay***

Spoiling children with materialism

It’s commonly believed that one of the fundamentals of parenting and strong family basis is to offer the kids a safe space to be themselves without fears of backlash & judgement, but does that mean no discipline or paving a path of righteousness and responsible behavior?

It seems our generation is (even some of our parents were) heavily focused on keeping kids content and satisfied all the time that some of us fail to see that it’s also our responsibility to establish and cultivate a moral compass in our kids along with showing them what an ideal member of a society thinks and behaves like.

   

We offer our kids more of everything with ‘the more, the merrier’ principle but don’t realize excess of something/everything isn’t only unnecessary and wasteful, but the concept also robs our kids of appreciating the item in question.  Remember the saying of having-the-cake-and-eating-it-too?  Most of us have learnt many life lessons from such scenarios, but in our society of super-sizing and bulk-buying everything, we lose the aspect of cherishing limited resources as well as how to better make use of them…i.e. sharing, banking & appreciating.

   

As this is one of the differences of how children are raised in developed countries and developing countries, such vital lessons don’t have to be lost on us and our kids.  The phrase, going back to basics, has been very popular in cooking, exercising & dressing lately.  Why not, parenting?  Overwhelming our kids with everything they ask for or everything we feel they need to be happy isn’t the way to raise responsible, well-adjusted individuals.  The idea of soughting after something, waiting for a reward, working towards a long-term goal are all examples of day-to-day activities we should all get exposed to and practice, not something we learn in a soft skill seminar or at a retreat one week a year.

Parents.com has a quiz, Are you a Spoiler, that might help one determine whether they’re on the path to raising spoiled children which I find insightful & eye-opening.

Here’s to responsible parenting!

~Anushiya

 

Baked Vegetable Marinara

As I’m sure eating clean and healthy is one of the priorities and on the short list of all of our new year resolutions, here is a great recipe that’s proving to give it all: taste, health and easy-fast prep.  And as a bonus factor, it’s a warm and comforting dish for the deep freeze days we’re about to experience here in our part of Canada.

Author: Detoxinista.com
 
Serves: 2-4
 
A comforting vegetable dish reminiscent of baked spaghetti.
Ingredients
  • 1 (3 lb) spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1½ cups marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 oz. goat cheddar, shredded (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and place the halves cut-side-down on a large baking sheet. Bake until a fork can easily pierce the shell of the squash, about 45 to 60 minutes. (For detailed pictures, see this post.)

  2. In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in coconut oil for 5 minutes, until tender. Add the broccoli and zucchini, and a splash of water to help prevent sticking, then cover and allow the vegetables to cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the lid and stir well, making sure that any added water has evaporated. Stir in the marinara sauce and spinach, and cook until the spinach has wilted and the marinara sauce is heated through.

  3. You can serve these marinara coated vegetables as is, but for a truly comforting dish, I like to add a crisp and bubbly cheese topping. If your broiler is located at the top of your oven, you can simply sprinkle the cheese over the top of your large skillet and place it in the oven to broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese is lightly browned.

  4. If your broiler is on the bottom of your oven, like mine is, you may want to divide the vegetable mixture into individual oven-safe dishes so that they more easily can fit under the broiler. Sprinkle each dish with cheese, then broil for 2 to 3 minutes until the top is melted and lightly golden. Serve warm.

baked-vegetable-marinara     cheesy-vegetables

When I tried it, I substituted green and yellow bell peppers for spaghetti squash as I didn’t have it on hand.  And, if you can’t give up carbs as part of your meals, this dish can be layered over a thin bed of rice or pasta.  Great for freezing for down the road too!

Enjoy!

~Anushiya

Recipe & Image Source: Detoxinista.com

Happy 2015!

It’s the start of a new year and many are making their new year resolutions. Here are few thing we have to keep in mind when we make resolutions.

  1. Don’t make a resolution on New Year’s day. Give a a few days so you can settle down and make a realistic resolutions.
  2. When making a resolution, take into consideration the changes that will take place during the current year. Example, having a baby etc.
  3. Have a plan as to how you are going to achieve your resolution. A one month, three month or six month plan that will work with your lifestyle.
  4. Let your loved ones know about your resolution so they are able to support you throughout the year.
  5. Last but not least, don’t give up after a few attempts. Its hard to get something started but once it starts rolling things will be easier.

In 2015 my family has decided to choose organic products when possible to live a healthier life.

Let’s be happy and healthy and enjoy the simple things in life.

Happy New Year Everyone!

***Gajay***