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Should Moms Be Able to Eat During Labor + Top Labor SnacksEver since I met Genevieve Howland, aka Mama Natural, at a Weston A. Price conference, I knew we were kindred spirits. As fate would have it, she ended up moving close to where I live in Florida and we actually meet for lunch every week or so. 👯

She’s got an amazing free pregnancy week-by-week series from a natural perspective. She also has an online natural childbirth course.

Now Genevieve is taking her mission to the next level with a beautiful new book that is out this week, The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Today, she’s sharing some thoughts on eating during childbirth and good snacks laboring moms can munch on.


There’s a long-held consensus in the medical world that women shouldn’t be allowed to eat or drink caloric liquids—at all—during labor.

Why’s that?

Because back in the 1940s, when C-sections were typically performed under general anesthesia, concerns emerged about the dangers of aspiration. That is, inhaling food or fluid into the lungs while unconscious.

Clearly, it’s not the 1940s anymore, but there are still hospitals that have policies that don’t allow women in labor to eat or drink

Crazy, right?

These days, the threat of aspiration during delivery is almost nonexistent, thanks to advancements in anesthesia, and several organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), have since argued that restricting food is both unnecessary and unwarranted. According to the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Closed Claims Project database, there was only one case of aspiration during labor and delivery between 2005 and 2013, and zero cases between 2000 and 2005.

In fact, the ASA came out with a statement saying most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor.

Obstetrics & Gynecology further analyzed food intake during labor, looking at the pros and cons involved. They conducted a variety of trials among 3,982 women in labor and concluded…

“Women with low-risk singleton pregnancies who were allowed to eat more freely during labor had a shorter duration of labor. A policy of less-restrictive food intake during labor did not influence other obstetric or neonatal outcomes nor did it increase the incidence of vomiting. Operative delivery rates were similar.”

You’d think this would be great news for laboring mamas since giving birth is hard work! However, in many hospitals across the U.S., policy hasn’t caught up with the times and moms are still not allowed to eat or drink during labor, especially if they’ve had an epidural (which is up to 80% of women!).

Why should women in labor eat, anyway?

Researchers suggest that the energy and caloric demands of laboring women are similar to those of marathon runners.

Without adequate nutrition, women’s bodies will begin to use fat as an energy source, increasing acidity of the blood in the mother and infant, potentially reducing uterine contractions and leading to longer labor and lower health scores in newborns. Additionally, studies suggest that fasting can cause emotional stress, potentially moving blood away from the uterus and placenta, lengthening labor and contributing to distress of the baby.

I went nearly nine hours without food and drink the first time around, and I’ll never forget the surge of energy I got when my doula finally gave me some apple juice.

Just to reiterate, based on research from 385 studies published in 1990 that focused on hospital births, without proper nutrition, laboring women could face:

  • Reduced uterine contractions and longer labor
  • Lower health scores in newborns
  • Emotional stress
  • Fetal distress

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Which mamas shouldn’t eat during labor?

There are some instances when it’s best not to eat or drink during labor. If you have high-risk conditions like eclampsia, preeclampsia or obesity, your risk of aspiration outweighs the risks of withholding nutrition according to studies.

What’s a mama to do?

The best course of action is to discuss eating during labor with your midwife or doctor well in advance of the big day. (Put it on your birth plan too!)

Here’s the good news: most midwives actually support eating a bit of (light, easily digestible) food during labor. So if you can give birth with a midwife at a birth center or home birth, you should be able to eat and drink as you wish.

If you’re giving birth with an ob-gyn, here’s what American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests:

the physician, anesthesiologists and obstetricians should work together to assess each patient individually. Those they determine are at low risk for aspiration can likely eat a light meal during labor. This gives expectant mothers more choices in their birthing experience and prevents them from being calorie deficient, helping to provide energy during labor.

Additionally, if you’re giving birth in a hospital and are a low-risk pregnancy, you should most likely be able to eat light foods and drink fluids during labor. If you bump into resistance, you could print out this statement or this study and bring it to your next prenatal visit to discuss.

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What if my hospital positively forbids eating during labor?

Planning on giving birth at a conservative hospital, where you know you won’t be allowed to eat and drink? Bring food anyway.

You’ll certainly be allowed to eat after you deliver, and if that happens to be at two in the morning, you don’t want to be stuck scrounging something from the vending machines.

The what, when, and how of food during labor

OK, now for the fun part! Let’s talk about what are some good foods to eat during labor.

Right before due date and/or very early labor

Many moms instinctively crave filling comfort foods like meatloaf, lasagna and hamburgers when labor is imminent. Some moms feel good enough to eat like this in the very early stages of labor, too, allowing herself to store up energy she’ll need for the main event.

If your very early labor is already intense, you might want to try simpler foods like sweet potatoes or brown rice, mix with a little fat or protein.

Early active labor

As birth picks up in intensity, your appetite will naturally decline. In early active labor, some good foods to nibble on may include:

Active labor

At this stage of labor, most moms forget about foods and drinks altogether. The key is to stay hydrated and provide your body with some natural glucose to replenish your energy and muscles.

Some snacks may include:

  • banana
  • coconut water with a dash of sea salt
  • homemade lemonade
  • diluted fruit juices
  • honey sticks

Transition

Some moms throw up during the peak of labor, known as transition, so food is not appealing. Stick with fluids, which require minimal digestion, such as:

Pushing

The pushing part of labor is probably the most physically intense. You’re really engaging your core, breath and body like never before. This is a critical time to ingest quick, natural sugars (mostly in liquid form) to keep you hydrated and energized like:

  • honey sticks
  • diluted fruit juices
  • lemonade
  • coconut water
  • iced red raspberry leaf tea sweetened with raw honey

Postpartum nourishment

After you push out your placenta, the hard work of childbirth is finally done! Woo hoo! Now, it’s time to relax and restore your body. With both of my births, I was starving afterwards and chowed down on healthy takeout that was delivered to the birthing center. Some moms aren’t very hungry until several hours after birth. Listen to your body.

Once your appetite kicks in, focus on deeply nourishing foods like:

If you have to stay at hospital for several days, see if you can have a friend or family member drop off some warm meals. You can also pack a little cooler with an emergency stash of health snacks.

The point is: hospital cafeterias aren’t exactly known for serving top-notch, real-food cuisine, nor are they always great at catering to patients with dietary restrictions or who are health nuts. 😜 Keep in mind that plenty of takeout places will deliver to hospitals, too.

Don’t forget to pack snacks for your husband, partner, or support person so they can keep their energy up, too!

You also want to be sure you are drinking plenty of fluids to flush your body as well as support breastfeeding!

Want to help change the birth culture in our country?

Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy & Childbirth book cover left facingI’ve just published the first week-by-week pregnancy guide from a natural perspective. It features insights from a certified nurse midwife (who happened to deliver both of my children), as well as a registered nurse and doula.

This 500+ page illustrated book is comprehensive, evidence-based, and empowering. It’s available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

But with your help, we can get the book into stores like Babies R Us and even Walmart, where it will reach people who may have never heard about:

  • Delayed cord clamping, which boosts baby’s iron stores by 30% and improves fine motor skills and social development later in life.
  • Skin-to-skin contact, which regulates baby’s body temperature and blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and helps initiate early breastfeeding.
  • Gentle cesarean, which can “seed” baby’s microbiome, eliminate fluids from baby’s lungs, while empowering the mama.
  • Or the importance of eating during labor!!!

But in order to get into mainstream retailers, we need to show those stores that there is a groundswell of people wanting a more natural approach—and a demand for this game changing book.

Would you consider ordering a copy? Even if you aren’t pregnant, you could:

  • Donate your copy to a local library
  • Give it to a pregnant or TTC friend
  • Share it with your midwife, OB/GYN or chiropractor as these people are huge influencers
  • Pass it along in your local mom’s group
  • Give it to a church or community center

Thank you so much for your support!

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Tres Leches Cake (Grain-Free) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/tres-leches-cake-grain-free/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/tres-leches-cake-grain-free/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:01:03 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=118914 A slice of Tres Leches cake defines pure indulgence. Before going gluten-free, my favorite place to enjoy a piece of Tres Leches was a restaurant in Dallas called La Duni. I still visit La Duni for their incredible latin food, but I’m always a little disappointed I can’t have a bite of cake. So I […]

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A slice of Tres Leches cake defines pure indulgence. Top it with berries and whipped cream, and you’ve got a delicious showstopper!

A slice of Tres Leches cake defines pure indulgence. Before going gluten-free, my favorite place to enjoy a piece of Tres Leches was a restaurant in Dallas called La Duni. I still visit La Duni for their incredible latin food, but I’m always a little disappointed I can’t have a bite of cake. So I decided to recreate the recipe at home using grain-free ingredients and different milks.

Tres Leches cake uses 3 different milks: whole milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. You can choose to use dairy-free or raw milk, making your own condensed and evaporated milks, or you could choose to use these dairy-free organic condensed and evaporated milks that are done for you.

For the cake, you can use this coconut flour cake recipe or, if you want to cut some corners, use the Simple Mills Vanilla grain-free cake mix. I’ve been using Simple Mills mixes occasionally when I’m in a hurry as they each contain only real food ingredients.

The beauty of this cake is that you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge for 3 days before serving.

Keep in mind that this cake contains quite a bit of sugar, so it’s best to enjoy in strict moderation. I made it for Easter, enjoyed a slice with the family, and look forward to making it again next year!

Serves 9

Tres Leches Cake (Grain-Free)

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Pour the prepared cake batter into a buttered 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the heavy cream, milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and vanilla seeds into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Using a bamboo skewer, poke holes all over the cooled cake and slowly pour the cream mixture over the cake, allowing it to be absorbed completely before continuing to pour more of the mixture over the cake. Continue this process until you have about 3/4 a cup of the milk mixture left. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Store the remaining milk mixture in the fridge.
  4. To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture on 9 dessert plates and then top with a piece of cake. Surround the cake with strawberries and place a dollop of whipped cream on top.
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The Benefits of Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes http://deliciouslyorganic.net/soaking-nuts-seeds-grains-legumes/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/soaking-nuts-seeds-grains-legumes/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:36:44 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=118730 Humans have eaten grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for thousands of years. Traditionally, people soaked these foods before cooking them to promote easier to digestion. Somewhere along the way, we forgot about this important step and now consume these foods without the proper preparation. All grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients that require neutralization. […]

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The Benefits of Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes

Humans have eaten grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for thousands of years. Traditionally, people soaked these foods before cooking them to promote easier to digestion. Somewhere along the way, we forgot about this important step and now consume these foods without the proper preparation.

All grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients that require neutralization. Nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that block digestion – potentially causing negative effects on the health of the body. Grains and legumes contain phytic acid that robs the body of important minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and iron.

Over time, when we consume these foods without properly preparing them, serious health issues like leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and autoimmune problems can arise.

Here at Deliciously Organic, we often talk about avoiding grains; but after you’ve taken measures to heal your digestive system, you can usually add healthy, soaked grains back into your diet. This can be especially helpful for people dealing with adrenal issues.

Soaking these foods may sound intimidating, but it’s actually very easy! It basically involves putting the food in a bowl, covering it with water, adding a neutralizer, letting it sit at room temperature, and then draining.

It takes a little forethought, but your body will certainly thank you!

Soaking Grains:

If you need to avoid grains right now because you’re on a healing diet, just save this info for later.

Rice and Millet: Place 2 cups of grain into a large mixing bowl and cover with 2 cups of warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave the bowl at room temperature for 7 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual.

Quinoa: Place 2 cups of quinoa into a large mixing bowl and cover with 6 cups of water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual.

All other grains: Place 2 cups of grain into a large mixing bowl and cover with 2 cups of warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave the bowl at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual, or dry in a dehydrator.

Soaking Legumes:

For Kidney, Pinto, Navy, White, and Black Beans: Place 2 cups of beans into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 pinches of baking soda. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 18-24 hours total. Every 7 hours, drain the beans, cover with warm water again and stir in another 2 pinches of baking soda.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Lentils: Place 2 cups of lentils into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 7 hours.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Garbanzo Beans: Place 2 cups of beans into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 24 hours.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Soaking Nuts and Seeds:

All nuts: Place 4 cups of raw, shelled nuts into a large mixing bowl. Cover with water and stir in 1 tablespoon of Celtic sea salt. Soak (see chart below for specific soaking times). Drain and then place in a dehydrator, or spread the nuts on a large baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper and dehydrate them in a warm oven (under 150ºF) for 12 to 24 hours. I usually let the nuts dehydrate in my oven overnight.

Almonds: 7-8 hours
Brazil Nuts: 4-6 hours
Cashews: 3-6 hours
Flaxseeds: 7-8 hours
Hazelnuts: 7-8 hours
Macadamia Nuts: 6-7 hours
Pecans: 7 hours
Pine Nuts: 7 hours
Pistachios: 4 hours
Pumpkin Seeds: 7-8 hours
Sesame Seeds: 7-8 hours
Sunflower Seeds: 4 hours
Walnuts: 6 hours

Source: Biodynamic Wellness

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Paleo Chicken Flautas http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chicken-flautas-recipe/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chicken-flautas-recipe/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:14:05 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=118585 I’ve made some homemade grain-free tortillas over the years, but they haven’t really hit the mark. So a few weeks ago, when I was grabbing a few things at Whole Foods, I was elated to see grain-free tortillas on the shelf! I purchased a bag with some skepticism, because I honestly didn’t think they’d taste […]

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You can serve these Paleo chicken flautas with guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa.

I’ve made some homemade grain-free tortillas over the years, but they haven’t really hit the mark. So a few weeks ago, when I was grabbing a few things at Whole Foods, I was elated to see grain-free tortillas on the shelf! I purchased a bag with some skepticism, because I honestly didn’t think they’d taste anywhere near what I was hoping for. But I was pleasantly surprised; they not only tasted fabulous, they also handled just like a regular tortilla!

We all enjoyed making our old favorite – Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas – for dinner one night. Next, I tried using these tortillas to make flautas. Man, were we one happy bunch!

You can serve these Paleo chicken flautas with guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa.

I looked into the company that makes these tortillas, and they offer a few different options based on your dietary restrictions. I tried all three and they all cooked well on the skillet and tasted great. Keep in mind, the almond flour and coconut flour options contain a bit of xanthan gum, so if you’re currently trying to heal from digestive issues, I’d choose the cassava and chia tortillas.

You can serve these Paleo Chicken Flautas with sour cream, guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa. Enjoy!

Makes 8 Flautas

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Place the sausage and turkey in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned. Make a well in the center of the pan and add the chili powder and salt, and heat until fragrant. Then stir the spices into the rest of the meat. Place the meat mixture and cilantro in the bowl of a food processor and process, using 1-second pulses until the meat is finely ground.
  2. Place a tortilla on a clean surface and place 2-3 tablespoons of the meat mixture on the tortilla. Roll the tortilla and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush, brush the rolled tortilla with a little melted lard and sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of the tortillas are turning golden brown. Serve.
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9 Ways Stress is Destroying Your Health and How to Break Free http://deliciouslyorganic.net/9-ways-stress-is-destroying-your-health/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/9-ways-stress-is-destroying-your-health/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:37:49 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=116984 The CDC has stated that by 2020, stress will be one of the most critical health issues for Americans. While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health. First, I think it’s very […]

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While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

The CDC has stated that by 2020, stress will be one of the most critical health issues for Americans. While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

First, I think it’s very important to understand what happens in the body when it encounters too much stress. The adrenal glands are the body’s “emergency” system. When the body is under chronic stress, the adrenals will send out cortisol into the bloodstream. Over time, this chronic cortisol output will weaken the endocrine system, liver, digestive system, the brain, slow down your thyroid, etc.

9 Ways Stress Can Destroy your Health:
1. Stress increases cortisol production in the adrenals which wreaks havoc on the entire endocrine system.
2. Stress elevates cortisol production which depresses the immune system. The adrenals are your “emergency” organs. When they fire, your body goes into “fight or flight mode”. The body has to make a decision – do I want to save my life right now or fight infection. The body will choose to “save your life.” This is often a root cause of autoimmune disease.
3. Chronic stress overworks the adrenal glands which can lead to low DHEA, low progesterone, abnormal estrogen/progesterone ratios, pituitary and thyroid imbalances.
4. Elevated cortisol decreases your liver’s ability to detox excess hormones out of the body which can lead to estrogen dominance, PMS and menopausal symptoms.
5. Stress elevates cortisol and decreases T3 production. This has a negative effect on thyroid health.
6. Elevated cortisol tells the body to stop using fat as energy which can lead to hypothyroidism and weight gain around the waist.
7. Elevated cortisol decrease the amount of stomach acid produced in the stomach. When this happens the body can’t use the nutrients in your food.
8. Elevated cortisol lowers white blood cell production making it harder for your immune system to fight.
9. Chronic stress increases insulin output and can cause insulin resistance or even type II diabetes.

We all encounter stress of some kind each and every day, but we each have the ability to deal with it in a healthy way.

While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

Here are some of my favorite ways to deal with stress:
1. I love to use essential oils on a daily basis to help deal with stress. It’s by-far the easiest and quickest way to help me feel better! Why? Because your sense of smell is the only sense that’s directly connected to your emotional brain. So, when you smell an essential oil, it immediately makes you feel different. If you’d like to dive into exactly how to use oils for stress, check out my free online training that I teach with a fellow NTP.
2. Exercise, but not too much. Long walks, Pilates, yoga, swimming, or light weight lifting are all great ways to exercise without putting too much stress on the adrenals.
3. Spend time in a near-infrared sauna.
4. Disconnect from electronics. I turn off my phone each evening at 6pm. This allows me to be completely present with my family and also helps me to unwind.
5. Spend time with family and friends who encourage and build you up.

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Fermented Radish Salsa http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fermented-radish-salsa/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fermented-radish-salsa/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:00:32 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117895 Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa! This delicious, probiotic condiment helps build a healthy gut which in turn helps keep the immune system strong. Most salsas feature tomatoes, but a few weeks ago I was in Mexico and had some salsa made with radishes. […]

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Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa!

Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa! This delicious, probiotic condiment helps build a healthy gut which in turn helps keep the immune system strong.

Most salsas feature tomatoes, but a few weeks ago I was in Mexico and had some salsa made with radishes. Much to my surprise, we all really enjoyed it!

I decided to experiment a bit, and shared on Instagram that I was trying out a new radish salsa. There was a lot of excitement about the recipe, so I tested it a bit more and now happily share with you my fermented radish salsa!

It’s very easy to make, and only takes two days to ferment. It turns a lovely shade of pink, which will be fun to serve in the upcoming spring months.

You can serve it with grilled meats or fish, or if you’re looking for some crunch, plantain chips will do the trick!

Makes about 4 cups

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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches radishes, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes, about 3 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss until incorporated. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Spoon the salsa into a large wide-mouth mason jar . Using a muddler, press the radish mixture so the juices cover the salsa. You might need to press several times to help the juices release from the radishes. Loosely screw the lid on top of the jar.
  2. Place the salsa in a dark, cool spot in the pantry. Let sit for 48 hours. You’ll notice if you stir the salsa there will be bubbles. That’s a good thing! It means the salsa has fermented. Store in the fridge.
  3. Note: I only test the recipes on my site with the listed ingredients and measurements. If you would like to try a substitution, you’re welcome to share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (Grain-Free, Paleo) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/3-ingredient-chocolate-mousse-grain-free-paleo/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/3-ingredient-chocolate-mousse-grain-free-paleo/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:06:11 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117744 I originally saw this intriguing recipe as part of a tart in a cooking magazine and I had to give it a try. A 3-ingredient chocolate mousse? Impossible! Well, I was wrong! The only ingredients in this decadent mousse are coconut oil, coconut cream, and dark chocolate. Added bonus: no whipping! Just melt, whisk, pour […]

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This 3-ingredient chocolate mousse comes with an added bonus - no whipping! Just melt, whisk, pour and refrigerate.I originally saw this intriguing recipe as part of a tart in a cooking magazine and I had to give it a try. A 3-ingredient chocolate mousse? Impossible!

Well, I was wrong!

The only ingredients in this decadent mousse are coconut oil, coconut cream, and dark chocolate. Added bonus: no whipping! Just melt, whisk, pour and refrigerate.

For some extra fun, I used these cookie stamps with my dairy-free sugar cookie dough and the kids loved them! Happy Valentines!

Grain-Free Valentine's Sugar Cookies

Serves 4

3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (Grain-Free, Paleo)

10 minPrep Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  1. Melt the coconut oil and chocolate over a double-boiler. Whisk in coconut cream. Pour the chocolate mixture into small bowls and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve cold.
  2. Note: For the coconut cream you'll need three 150ml cans to make this recipe, but if you use all of the contents of all three cans, you'll have more than what's needed. So, use all of of the contents of one can (the coconut cream and the liquid at the bottom), and then just scoop out the solid coconut cream out of the other two cans.
  3. I only test the recipes on my site with the listed ingredients and measurements. If you would like to try a substitution, you are welcome to share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Sheet-Pan Dinner (Grain-Free) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/sausage-potato-and-spinach-sheet-pan-dinner/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/sausage-potato-and-spinach-sheet-pan-dinner/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:11:03 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117661 I have another easy to prep sheet pan dinner recipe for you! Simply toss together all the ingredients, minus the spinach and lemon, and roast them in the oven until golden. I like to serve this easy to clean up entrée with a simple salad, or some raw vegetables drizzled with olive oil. People often […]

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I have another easy sheet pan dinner recipe for you! Toss together all the ingredients, minus the spinach, and the roast them in the oven until golden.

I have another easy to prep sheet pan dinner recipe for you! Simply toss together all the ingredients, minus the spinach and lemon, and roast them in the oven until golden. I like to serve this easy to clean up entrée with a simple salad, or some raw vegetables drizzled with olive oil.

People often ask why I don’t use olive oil or coconut oil for roasting or sautéing, so here’s a quick review. Every oil or fat has a “smoking point”. This is the point where the oil oxidizes and creates free radicals. Free radicals damage the cells of our bodies, so we try to avoid those as much as possible.

Olive oil and coconut oil oxidize at higher heats, so it’s best to cook with a stable saturated fat like ghee, lard, tallow, duck fat, etc. These stable fats provide omega-3 fatty acids and contain fat-soluble activators. Fat soluble activators enable our bodies to properly use the vitamins A, D, E and K in our food, so they’re incredibly important for good health!

So, for roasting or cooking at higher heats, ditch the olive oil, coconut oil, and of course, any seed oils and go for the stable saturated fats from pastured animals.

Serves 4-6

Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Sheet-Pan Dinner
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fingerling or yukon potatoes, cut into thick wedges
  • 4 links organic sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 10 shallots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ghee , duck fat , lard or tallow
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 4 cups raw spinach or arugula
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Place the potatoes, sausage, and shallots on a large sheet pan lined with unbleached parchment paper . Drizzle the sausage mixture with the ghee and season with the sea salt. Toss to coat the vegetables and meat with the fat. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until edges of potatoes are turning golden brown.
  2. Sprinkle the 4 cups of spinach over the hot sausage mixture. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and then toss to incorporate. You can serve alone or with a dollop of mayo .
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Sesame Chicken with Plum Sauce (Grain-Free) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/sesame-chicken-plum-sauce-grain-free/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/sesame-chicken-plum-sauce-grain-free/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:48:37 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117532 Our family loves Sesame Chicken with Plum Sauce. Marinating the chicken in buttermilk makes it delightfully tender (this trick also works for fried chicken). The original family recipe calls for packaged herb stuffing, so I replaced that with plantain chips and spices. Bake the chicken until it’s golden brown and then serve it with a […]

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Sesame Chicken with Plum Sauce is a family favorite and always shines at parties, too, because the chicken can be prepped ahead of time, frozen raw, and then baked straight from the freezer!
Our family loves Sesame Chicken with Plum Sauce. Marinating the chicken in buttermilk makes it delightfully tender (this trick also works for fried chicken). The original family recipe calls for packaged herb stuffing, so I replaced that with plantain chips and spices.

Bake the chicken until it’s golden brown and then serve it with a simple plum-horseradish sauce. This family favorite always shines at parties, too, because the chicken can be prepped ahead of time, frozen raw, and then baked straight from the freezer!

Serves 4-6

Sesame Chicken with Plum Sauce (Grain-Free)

If you'd like to prepare this dish ahead of time and freeze it, then add 5-10 additional minutes to the baking time.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken and buttermilk in a shallow baking dish and stir around a bit to coat all of the chicken with the buttermilk. Cover and place in the fridge and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Combine the arrowroot, ground plantain chips, onion powder, sea salt and sesame seeds in a pie plate. Place a piece of marinated chicken in the plantain mixture and press on both sides to coat the chicken. Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken. Combine the melted palm shortening and butter in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, carefully brush each piece of chicken with the butter mixture. Bake for 25 minutes, or until coating is turning golden brown.
  3. Stir the plum jam, horseradish and lemon juice until combined. Serve the plum sauce with the chicken.
  4. Note: I only test the recipes on my site with the listed ingredients and measurements. If you would like to try a substitution, you are welcome to share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Grain-Free) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/lemon-poppyseed-muffins-grain-free/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/lemon-poppyseed-muffins-grain-free/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:15:22 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117260 I can’t believe it took me over eight years of writing this blog to post a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! These easy-to-make muffins will please just about everyone at the breakfast table. As you know, I try to minimize the sugar in my recipes as much as possible. This time, I found the […]

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Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are easy-to-make muffins that will please just about everyone at the breakfast table.
I can’t believe it took me over eight years of writing this blog to post a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! These easy-to-make muffins will please just about everyone at the breakfast table.

As you know, I try to minimize the sugar in my recipes as much as possible. This time, I found the muffins actually need the full 1/2 cup of maple sugar to taste just right. I tested them with 1/3 cup of sugar and although the muffins tasted nice, we could barely detect the lemon. So, I recommend keeping the exact amounts listed if want the muffins to actually taste like lemon poppy seed.

Makes 12 muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Grain-Free)
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Line a muffin tin with unbleached muffin cups. Place butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and maple sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, gelatin, sea salt, baking powder, and lemon zest. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  2. Divide the muffin batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 23-25 minutes until just turning golden brown on top.
  3. Note: I only test the recipes on my site with the listed ingredients and measurements. If you would like to try a substitution, you are welcome to share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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