Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Though a somewhat cliche holiday, I love taking part in the festivities in one way or another. Usually it’s with themed baked goodies or chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, but this year I’m on such a strict anti-candida diet that those activities are quite unfortunately a no-go. So for all you candida sufferers out there, consider this my Valentine’s gift to you.

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Instead, here’s the tasty treat that’s been keeping me sane. It’s made with chia seeds, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (“good fats”), fiber, calcium, and even protein. Mixed with coconut milk, it’s a creamy, delicious dish that’ll keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Even if you don’t make this for Valentine’s, it’s a great dessert to have on hand when cravings strike! Let it set in a small canning jar and you’ll have the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack. So tasty, so versatile — all you need is a spoon.

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Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs with Garlic Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Light and healthy meatballs meet a tangy garlicky dipping sauce with Thanksgiving flair… Actually, before I dive into this can we talk about the word garlicky real quick? At first you’re like, “hey, K, what are you doing in there?” And while it may seem gratuitous at first, you then realize garlicy would be decidedly less appetizing. But I digress…

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

The month of November marks the true start of the holiday season: Christmas displays in the store, holiday music on the radio, and Black Friday commercials out the wazoo. But with the craziness comes something else – holiday parties! I absolutely love parties, but unfortunately no one entertains like they used to (Mad Men, anyone?). I grew up with a mother who hosted Bunco, Pampered Chef parties, jewelry parties, fabulous themed birthday parties for me and my siblings, etc. Seriously, she went all out! Though my 4th story studio doesn’t quite afford me the opportunity to entertain, I am fortunate enough to have a dear friend with a lovely house who shares the same love of entertaining. This past weekend she hosted the first party of the season, so naturally I had to do my part and provide a yummy appetizer for the hors d’oeuvre potluck!

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

My mother (coming full circle here!) introduced me to this recipe from Fresh4Five last holiday season and we could not believe how delicious it was, so I just had to make it again! However, I’m never one to leave a recipe alone nor do I like to go out of my way (or budget) just to find certain ingredients, so I substituted some fresh sage I had on hand for some of the dried herbs, and I put my own Thanksgiving-themed twist on the on the molasses sauce. Really, I should have just called these “Thanksgiving on a stick” even though they really, really should be enjoyed year-round.

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

I doubled this recipe with much success for the party – and it’s a good thing I did, because there were only 6 meatballs left at the end of the night! And just today I made another double batch for a beloved co-worker’s surprise baby shower potluck – they disappeared quickly. Whether made for dinner, a snack, or an appetizer, I think this it’s safe to say this recipe is a keeper :)

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Refined sugar free
• Nut-free
• Paleo

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pecan Protein Granola

Granola is one of those “health foods” that’s usually really not all that healthy. Laden with unhealthy carbs and low-quality refined oil, the kind you find at the grocery store is probably better suited for the junk food aisle than your gym bag. So how do you satisfy a craving for the crunchy, convenient snack in a way that won’t backfire on your belt size? You clean it up!

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pecan Protein Granola // Naturally Lindsey

This version uses the addition of a clean, vegan plant-based protein powder to balance out the carbs, while spices intensify the flavor with minimal sugar. However, If you prefer your granola a little more sweet you can try adding in more honey. It’s also really easy to customize this recipe by swapping out different nuts and spices.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free

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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus

I love hummus. LOVE it. I use it as a dip for any kind of vegetable, spread it on rice cakes or gluten-free toast, and even use it in place of mayo in my tuna salad. Though I have to say, I’m somewhat ashamed. Not of my love of hummus, no, but because I’d never made hummus until now! It’s ridiculously easy – all it takes is a few ingredients and a few minutes in the food processor. This version is a little more complicated considering you have to roast the red bell pepper first, but it’s really quite easy. The roasted red bell pepper combined with the zesty flavor of the raw orange bell pepper give this hummus a unique sweet-and-spicy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your own combinations! For instance, I like garlic so I decided to use 3 cloves, but you can add just one if you please. It’s simple, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for?

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free
• Nut-free
• Vegan

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus // Naturally Lindsey

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Clean & Nutty Caramel Corn

It’s October! My absolute favorite month of my absolute favorite season. If you ask me, October is officially the start of the holiday season which means a whole bunch of events and, normally, a whole bunch of unhealthy eating. Fear not! It doesn’t have to be that way. By making your favorite sweet treats clean, there’s a whole lot less to feel guilty about.

Clean & Nutty Caramel Corn // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe reminds me of the popcorn balls that were very commonly passed out on Halloween when I was growing up. But instead of high fructose corn syrup and soy bean oil, this recipe uses unrefined sugar (aka sucanat and honey) to sweeten and stick, with the addition of nut butter and peanuts for extra flavor and an added crunch. Be sure to prep your ingredients and work quickly when making the caramel, as it becomes harder to work with as it cools. As a bonus, you can shape this recipe into popcorn balls if you want – after drizzling with caramel, let cool for two minutes then carefully roll the kernels together until you have a ball.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free

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