The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Homemade Smoked Ham http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-ham/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-ham/#respond Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669856 You might think that making your own Smoked Ham at home from scratch must be some sort of an impossible task, one that’s best left to the high-tech food laboratories of this world… Because let’s be honest, the art of smoking ham probably requires some kind of a degree in meat chemistry or something, right? WRONG! Just as […]

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You might think that making your own Smoked Ham at home from scratch must be some sort of an impossible task, one that’s best left to the high-tech food laboratories of this world…

Because let’s be honest, the art of smoking ham probably requires some kind of a degree in meat chemistry or something, right?

WRONG!

Just as is the case with bacon, the process of making Smoked Ham at home could not be easier.

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Granted, the whole process does require a little bit of time, but asks for so very little attention, it basically makes itself.

In short, this is pretty much how it goes.

  • Make brine (Can you bring water to a boil? You can make a brine!)
  • Let brine cool. (You be passive)
  • Submerge meat in brine, leave it for 14 days. (Again, you be passive)
  • Remove meat from brine, rinse well (WOO! ACTION!)
  • Plunge meat in hot water bath for 25 minutes (A bit of action, followed by more waiting)
  • Soak wood chips for 1 hour (A bit of action, followed by more waiting)
  • Make wood chip pouches (Yay! Real action this time! No origami skills required, I promise!)
  • Throw meat and wood chip pouches on outdoor grill (or smoker, if you have one)
  • Wait… change pouch, wait… change pouch, wait… repeat several times over the course of about 6 hours
  • Enjoy your very own Homemade Smoked Ham, made entirely from scratch! (DEFINITELY: ACTION!)

Let’s go, let’s make this together. You’ll see, it’s such an incredibly rewarding experience, you’ll probably never want to buy ready-made ham ever again…  continue reading

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Homemade All Natural Toasted Almond Butter http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-natural-toasted-almond-butter/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-natural-toasted-almond-butter/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:10 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669833 I can’t believe that I’ve never shared this recipe on here until now. Seriously. Of all the nut butters that I keep in my cupboards, this would be the one variety that I can NEVER be without. I’ll even often whip up a new batch before I actually run out. And that’s especially true now that I’ve discovered just […]

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I can’t believe that I’ve never shared this recipe on here until now. Seriously. Of all the nut butters that I keep in my cupboards, this would be the one variety that I can NEVER be without. I’ll even often whip up a new batch before I actually run out.

And that’s especially true now that I’ve discovered just how good this stuff goes with avocado.

For realz! Avocado!

Several times a week, at breakfast, I’ll split an avocado in half, remove the pit and fill the cavity with a tablespoon of creamy, dreamy, delicious Toasted Almond Butter.

It’s so insanely good, I can’t tell you how often I daydream about it. I’ve tried other nut butters, such as Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Roasted Cashew, but frankly, Toasted Almond is my fave so far!

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I’m now thinking that I need to come up with some kind of a keto recipe using avocado and toasted almond butter, but I just can’t seem to figure it out yet. For the time being, I’m so happy with the simple act of enjoying the two of them together with a fork, I can’t think of any other way that would give me more satisfaction… hopefully it’ll come to me someday!

Until then, I say we should probably get busy making some Almond Butter, that way you will already have it handy when I do come up with that recipe. If you don’t end up eating it all with plain avocado, that is…

Now, just as I do when I make Toasted Almond & Hazelnut Butter, I like to use a blend of toasted and raw nuts with this variety also, because I find it gives the nut butter a milder, sweeter taste as well as a bit of a thicker consistency. For me, the perfect ratio is half toasted almonds and half raw.

Of course, you could use all toasted or even all raw, if you wanted to. Or 75% / 25%… Feel free to play with the ratio until you find one that works well for you. continue reading

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Olive and Rosemary Faux’caccia http://thehealthyfoodie.com/olive-rosemary-fauxcaccia/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/olive-rosemary-fauxcaccia/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:31 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669808 This Olive and Rosemary Focaccia, or Faux’caccia as I like to call it, ranks pretty high on my list of “bestest” culinary successes. Quite frankly, when I took it out of the oven, I was genuinely impressed with the way it turned out. It looked so beautiful and perfectly golden, and fluffy and crispy… and the smell that was emanating from […]

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This Olive and Rosemary Focaccia, or Faux’caccia as I like to call it, ranks pretty high on my list of “bestest” culinary successes.

Quite frankly, when I took it out of the oven, I was genuinely impressed with the way it turned out. It looked so beautiful and perfectly golden, and fluffy and crispy… and the smell that was emanating from it: OH.MY.WORD. This flat bread was absolutely everything I’d hoped it to be when I envisioned it, and then some!

Just like any good bread should, it holds together super well. In fact, it has a consistency that’s very similar to that of the real thing. You can even put this baby in the toaster, and if you slice it in half horizontally, you can use it to make the prettiest little sandwiches.

It knows how to turn breakfast into a very pleasant gustatory experience, too! You need simply toast a slice, then cut it into strips and dip ‘em into your egg yolks! Oh joy…

Last but not least, it makes the most amazing croutons! Just you wait ’til I share my Keto Caesar Salad recipe, then you’ll know exactly what I mean! 

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As if all that wasn’t reason enough to fall madly in love with this Faux’caccia, it’s got another ace up its sleeve: it’s MUCH easier to make than the real thing!

There’s only this small little detail, though… it does call for cauliflower, which needs to be grated and cooked and then, you guessed it, squeezed dry! Yeah, that part sucks, but sadly, there’s no getting around it.

And you know what? The more I get to do it, the less I despise squeezing water out of things.

Especially when the end result is so very well worth it! continue reading

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The Keto Diet In Simple Words and Cheesecake Tarts with Blackberry Compote http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-cheesecake-tarts/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-cheesecake-tarts/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:00:11 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669775 Guest Post by Craig from Ruled.me It’s not often that I welcome guest bloggers on THF, but when Craig from Ruled.me recently contacted me and offered to write a little piece on the Keto diet to help my readers better understand what it’s all about AS WELL as share a delicious Keto dessert recipe with you all, I was over […]

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Guest Post by Craig from Ruled.me

It’s not often that I welcome guest bloggers on THF, but when Craig from Ruled.me recently contacted me and offered to write a little piece on the Keto diet to help my readers better understand what it’s all about AS WELL as share a delicious Keto dessert recipe with you all, I was over the moon with excitement! Of course, I said yes without a moment’s hesitation. 

You see, Craig’s blog has pretty much become my go-to source of information since I decided to go “full keto”. He’s got so many helpful guides and tools, tons of informative articles and loads of mouth watering recipes on there, I don’t doubt for even one second that it will become a highly valuable resource for you too, if it isn’t already. 

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Hey there, I’m Craig (nice to meet you too!), I’m 23 years old, and I’m a blogger just like Sonia. I run a website/blog called ruled.me which centers all around the ketogenic diet. I love teaching about new ways of eating and encouraging people to try something that’s counter-active to what they’ve been taught. Whether it’s for health, weight loss, or just plain fun, this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life – and I’m really happy to see so many people willing to give it a go.

For the last 5 years off and on (more on than off), I’ve been doing keto for the general health benefits and weight loss. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, and lost weight – but the final number is 70 pounds in total from my highest weight, which I’ve kept off for a long time now.

I’ve loved cooking for a long time. I’ve had tons of chef friends who just claim it’s not all cocked out to what people say, and dealing with that first hand lead me away from perusing it professionally. Food, for me, is something that I can’t help love. The tastes, textures, experimentation, failures, and of course the ever-rewarding successes that keep you coming back for more! Cooking is a passion of mine, and I have to be in the kitchen at least once a day whipping some fancy or weird creation up to satisfy my curiosity and picky taste buds.

All those heart happy things aside, I’m a bit of a nerd, too. Well…geek? Nerd? I don’t know what to call it anymore. I’ve grown up around computers and love technology, so much so that I started my own business in web design just 2 years ago. I spruced people’s websites up, helped older generations get more customers directed toward their business, pretty much whatever they needed. Being able to run, maintain, and own my own site is way better, though! I work on it daily, trying to optimize and efficiently serve content to visitors which is just as fun as cooking for me (Oh boy, my nerdy side is coming out, I’ll go ahead and stop there). continue reading

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Paleo Creamed Spinach http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-creamed-spinach/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-creamed-spinach/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669731 WOOHOO! I’m finally back at the box, you guys! Man does it feel good! After I’d been on break for 5 weeks, my knee wasn’t really showing signs of improvement, so I took it upon me to see a sports physiotherapist in order to get a specialist’s opinion and prognosis. Turns out I not only have a torn Meniscus but I also […]

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WOOHOO! I’m finally back at the box, you guys! Man does it feel good!

After I’d been on break for 5 weeks, my knee wasn’t really showing signs of improvement, so I took it upon me to see a sports physiotherapist in order to get a specialist’s opinion and prognosis. Turns out I not only have a torn Meniscus but I also suffered considerable damage to my Posterior Cruciate Ligament. Unfortunately, it looks like getting an operation will not be an option for me.

However, I was extremely relieved when he said that I could resume exercising *almost* normally while I wait for that operation. He only offered a few contra-indications, but nothing that I couldn’t live with.

I was so happy, I think I could’ve hugged and kissed him right then and there. 

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Still, I was kind of faced with a bit of an issue… Given that stupid knee injury, it felt like CrossFit may no longer be the optimal choice of physical activity for me. More often than not, WODs would still have to be adapted to fit my reality and I can’t have that anymore. No one wants to be “the crippled guy in the back” you know. Plus, I felt like I would impose some kind of a burden on my coach.

Soooooo… I thought maybe I could invest in a modest home gym and start lifting weights at home instead, as well as incorporate a few elements of CrossFit to my daily workouts. The thing is, if I was gonna do that, I was going to need some serious help and guidance. I went to my coach and asked if he would be willing to write me a program and coach me remotely, half expecting him to politely decline and say that as much as he would love to help me, there’s just no way he could fit me into his already overbooked schedule. Much to my surprise, however, his answer went something more like: absolutely and with great pleasure!

I was so excited, I think I could’ve hugged and French-kissed him right then and there. (What? The man happens to be very attractive…)

You know, for the longest time, I thought that I really didn’t like working out. I’m now realizing that nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do I now feel the need to be physically active every day, but I also enjoy it very much.

Especially now that I feel my energy coming back! Keto and I seem to be getting along a little better now: today’s workout was a lot easier, and I seem to be getting a little bit more inspired in the kitchen… starting with this amazing Paleo Creamed Spinach. continue reading

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Matcha and Coconut Fat Bombs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/matcha-coconut-fat-bombs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/matcha-coconut-fat-bombs/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:00:28 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669704 I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I embarked on this keto experiment. To be honest, I never thought that I would ever be able to sustain this diet for so long. But this time, seeing how I knew I wouldn’t be able to train for a while, I decided that I was going to […]

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I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I embarked on this keto experiment. To be honest, I never thought that I would ever be able to sustain this diet for so long. But this time, seeing how I knew I wouldn’t be able to train for a while, I decided that I was going to give it an honest shot and stick with it no matter what.

And that’s precisely what I did. 

I can’t say that the last 5 weeks have been a walk in the park and that I now think of keto as the biggest revelation ever. In fact, I’m still on the fence as to whether I like it or not. I definitely need more time to decide, so I intend to keep going for a minimum of 12 weeks total. No matter what!

Sure, I did lose a few pounds. Well, at least I think I did. Just as I was getting really discouraged about not having lost much weight at all despite all my efforts and putting up with all the crappy side effects, a girl I train with at the box, whom I hadn’t seen in all this time, walked up to me today and went: “Whoa! you’ve seriously trimmed down around the waist and hips, girl, and well, you know, all those places that are so hard for us ladies to lose…”  (yeah, I’m now back at the box, and that feels sooooo good… but more on that later!) 

Boy did it ever feel good to hear that. Because trust me, so far, this keto thing hasn’t been much fun for me.

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For starters, I feel hungry. A lot. Yes, still. But then again, that might be because I also put forth a no snacking/grazing rule for myself, cutting back on my daily calorie intake by the same token. So I probably can’t blame my hunger pangs entirely on keto. In case you’re interested, I now eat at a slight caloric deficit, keeping my intake at around 1950 calories per day and I try and stick as closely as possible to the following macros: 25g net carbs, 90g protein and 165g fat. 

Then, for a couple of weeks, I felt really tired, my brain was unbelievably foggy, I felt like I had no energy, no inspiration, no desire to eat or cook. Or maybe I just didn’t really know how anymore. I’m used to eating massive amounts of veggies at each meal and removing them from my diet was a very tough thing for me to do. That, and the fact that there’s only so many dishes one can create which contain loads of fat, a moderate amount of protein and very little veggies.

I needed to find a way to create dishes that would really call my name as well as satisfy my appetite.

And that’s precisely what I did! 

To begin with, I started experimenting with fat bombs. I immediately fell in love with them. They sure are a fun and tasty way to boost one’s daily fat intake, so I guess you can expect me to post quite a few variations on that same theme in the next few months.

I feel I should warn you, though: I don’t do “sweet” fat bombs. My body just doesn’t seem to have a good psychological or hormonal response to all things sweet, so the further away I stay from sugar and sweeteners, the better off I am.

So just like the Choconut Almond Butter Cup that I just recently shared, these Matcha and Coconut Fat Bombs haven’t been sweetened in the least.

That way, I can enjoy my fatty “treats” without affecting my brain or hormones, and I don’t have to feel an ounce of guilt when “indulging”. In fact, I now HAVE to include them in my diet. It’s either that, or paleo mayo by the spoonful… continue reading

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Keto Choconut Almond Butter Cups http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-choconut-almond-butter-cups/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-choconut-almond-butter-cups/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669676 Before you get overly excited and start drooling all over the place at the thought of enjoying a decadent sweet treat, I feel I must warn you right off the bat: these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Cups aren’t sweet at all. Not even one tiny bit. Hey, that doesn’t mean they’re not heavenly good, though. Only when […]

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Before you get overly excited and start drooling all over the place at the thought of enjoying a decadent sweet treat, I feel I must warn you right off the bat: these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Cups aren’t sweet at all.

Not even one tiny bit.

Hey, that doesn’t mean they’re not heavenly good, though. Only when you bite into one of these, you don’t get a crazy intense sugar rush that goes straight to your brain and hormones. Instead, you get to taste and REALLY appreciate the natural bitterness of the chocolate, the ever so subtle sweetness of the almond butter and the creamy, luscious richness of the coconut butter.

All that without even getting the slightest little buzz!

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I chose not to add any sugar to these because, since I’m currently following a keto diet, I needed a fun and tasty way to boost my fat intake without breaking my carb bank. And I don’t do artificial sweeteners such as Erythritol or Xylitol or any of that stuff that ends in OL. I’d rather keep my food clean, thank you very much!

Instead, what I chose to do is add a little bit of cinnamon and a few drops of pure almond extract to help create an illusion of sweetness… but the illusion is rather faint, take my word for it!

Needless to say these fat bombs really are for the trained palate and for the real dark chocolate lover. However, if you want to make them and feel you really must sweeten them, I suppose you could add as much as one tablespoon of raw honey per layer without affecting the final consistency too much. As well, you could use good quality 70% dark chocolate instead of chocolate paste. They still won’t be super sweet but at least they will have some kind of a hint of sweetness to them.

But if you too have been following a keto diet and are a bit tired of eating mayo by the spoonful, these babies might very well have your name on it! continue reading

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Homemade Smoked Bacon http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-bacon/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-bacon/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:00:11 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669649 From the moment I bought my first half hog, I knew for a fact that the day would come when I would be trying my hand at making my own bacon. Because let’s face it. Bacon tastes so GOOD, but bacon that’s actually good for you is kinda hard to come across. What better way to […]

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From the moment I bought my first half hog, I knew for a fact that the day would come when I would be trying my hand at making my own bacon. Because let’s face it. Bacon tastes so GOOD, but bacon that’s actually good for you is kinda hard to come across.

What better way to control what goes into it than by making your own at home? Plus, it’s such an incredibly rewarding experience.

And you know what? I thought for sure that it would be super complicated and require a degree in rocket science, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Honestly, making your own smoked bacon couldn’t be easier.

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Sure, it does require a little bit of time because first, the meat has to cure for an entire week, but it doesn’t require your attention at all during that time. Then it needs to smoke for about 4 hours, but again, you don’t have much to do while that’s happening either.

Then it needs to chill overnight. Again, it really doesn’t need your help for that.

In all fairness, making bacon is a fairly passive activity that will require only a few hours of your time and will reward you with heavenly goodness.

And rest assured. No science degree is required… continue reading

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Tex-Mex Loaded Meatloaf http://thehealthyfoodie.com/texmex-stuffed-meatloaf/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/texmex-stuffed-meatloaf/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:00:17 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669624 Seriously, guys, tell me… have you ever seen a meatloaf that looked so pretty? I honestly don’t think I have! On the account of its looks alone, I simply could never pass on a slice of this beauty. Something a parent could very well take great advantage of, if they were trying to say… get their kids […]

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Seriously, guys, tell me… have you ever seen a meatloaf that looked so pretty?

I honestly don’t think I have! On the account of its looks alone, I simply could never pass on a slice of this beauty.

Something a parent could very well take great advantage of, if they were trying to say… get their kids to eat something that they normally wouldn’t?

Because believe it or not, this meatloaf has way more to offer than just good looks: it’s actually a very yummy looking and tasting nutrient powerhouse, filled with the typical bold, spicy and explosive flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine.

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Its center hides all the obvious, the stuff that the eyes can easily see and taste buds can shamelessly enjoy, such as creamy avocado, salty olives, tangy onions, sweet tomatoes as well at the obligatory hot and spicy jalapeño peppers. But this beauty also conceals a great big secret: within that dense, chunky and beefy meat mixture lies hidden a healthy dose of… beef liver.

Honestly though, unless you actually know it’s in there, there’s no way you could ever tell. You can absolutely not feel nor taste it. Absolutely, positively not.

HA! Talk about a great way to sneak this superfood onto your kids, partner or even yourself! continue reading

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Make Your Own Preserved Lemons http://thehealthyfoodie.com/make-preserved-lemons/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/make-preserved-lemons/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:00:36 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669601 Ever tried Preserved Lemons? If you haven’t, you must! Commonly used in India and North Africa, they’re a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. They also are an absolute key ingredient in many Moroccan dishes, such as tajine, to which they add a very distinctive and tangy flavor. The pureed pulp makes a fantastic addition to stews and sauces, […]

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Ever tried Preserved Lemons? If you haven’t, you must!

Commonly used in India and North Africa, they’re a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. They also are an absolute key ingredient in many Moroccan dishes, such as tajine, to which they add a very distinctive and tangy flavor. The pureed pulp makes a fantastic addition to stews and sauces, but it’s the chopped peel and rind that gets the most attention with its slightly tart and explosive lemony flavor.

Personally, I find them especially fantastic when paired with green olives and tomatoes. And they certainly can bring meat dishes to the next level, too! You can be sure that next time I make my Lemon & Artichoke Slow Cooker Chicken, I’ll be using preserved lemons, now that I finally have some in the fridge.

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Sadly, this tasty condiment can be a little hard to come across in this part of the world, and when it does make an almost miraculous appearance on the shelf of some random store, it usually comes with a rather hefty price tag.

I really can’t even begin to understand why that is. They are so easy and so extremely cheap to make. Basically, all they require is a bunch of lemons, some salt, and maybe a droplet of water.

Oh, and a little bit of your time, too. But not much, I swear. continue reading

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