The holidays are here. This season is a string of special events that treat everybody to gastronomic spreads made up of the most indulgent recipes.
Very few can resist the lure of the season’s rich traditional fare. Therefore, the commitment to eating healthy is put aside until the end of the holidays. However, if you are among those who believe that special occasions are the perfect opportunities to strongly uphold your health commitment, it is actually easy to prepare “good” celebratory food.
If you follow a paleo diet (which consists mainly of lean meats and fish, vegetables, and fruits, and does away with dairy, grains, and processed food), there is an abundance of paleo recipes to use for the holidays. These are absolutely delicious and festive, and both young and old will surely love them. In fact, they are so tasty, most people will not even be able to tell that they are “diet” food.
Here are three recipes that are perfect for every occasion:
1. Keto Paleo Gingerbread Cookies
No holiday season is complete without gingerbread cookies — particularly, those shaped like popular Christmas symbols.
The problem is the paleo recipes for these holiday treats often cannot compare to the delightful texture of the traditional ones. But, Chef Vanessa Musi’s new recipe for paleo gingerbread cookies is sure to satisfy. Not only does the recipe deliver pure pleasure with every bite, but it also only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Plus, it goes amazingly well with Bulletproof coffee.
Below is her recipe.
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons erythritol monk fruit blend, such as Lakanto
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
1 tablespoon Collagelatin
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil, melted or avocado oil
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon paleo baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
- Set your oven at 350 degrees and prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Mix the butter, oil, Lakanto, vanilla, almond milk and molasses in a bowl.
- In a different bowl, whisk the almond flour, spices, Collagelatin, salt, baking soda, and baking powder thoroughly. Then add in all the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix.
- With a small ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto the parchment lined tray and flatten the dough with a spatula.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until you see that the cookies are golden brown.
2. Paleo Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti is a comfort food you can serve for practically all occasions. It is fast and easy to make and basically, any recipe works as long as you do not add in any of the “forbidden” ingredients in a paleo diet such as cheese and butter.
To prepare the squash spaghetti noodles, follow these instructions:
- Cut up a squash in half and scrape out the seeds.
- Brush the inside of the squash with olive oil and season it with sea salt and black pepper.
- Place the squash on a baking sheet. Make sure the cut side is facing upward.
- Roast it in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- Once the squash is properly roasted, use a fork to scrape out the meat to make the spaghetti noodles. Add the spaghetti sauce, and serve.
3. Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms
This is both paleo and keto, and it makes the perfect side dish for any occasion — Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday dinners, potlucks, and even Independence Day shindigs. This savory treat only takes 20 minutes to prepare and requires just a few ingredients.
You will need:
2 lbs of mushrooms (you can use whatever kind you like but crimini would be perfect for parties)
2 tbsp melted ghee, or coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients until the mushrooms are properly coated.
- Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Give the mushrooms a stir every few minutes for even browning.
Serve warm, and enjoy!
Celebrate Special Occasions Without the Guilt
With these lovely paleo recipes, staying healthy even during celebratory occasions is easy. What’s more, most of the recipe ingredients are easy to procure and a breeze to prepare.
This way, you and your guests can just have fun and enjoy delicious food without worrying about your waistline and having to find loose flowing clothes to wear to help conceal “expanded” bellies after the holidays.
Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.