Recently I've been craving something sweet at nighttime. Cookies, froyo, and candy relentlessly force their way into my mind. Ideally I'd like to get rid of the idea of "dessert" altogether, but for the time being I'd rather have something Paleo ready for dessert than find myself reaching for the, for lack of a better term, crap. I have found the solution:
Fruit (sometimes with nuts) = Dessert!
Here's what kicked my craving last night:
a) Either halfway freeze some fresh strawberries or halfway defrost some frozen strawberries.
b) Dip in raw organic honey.
That's it! The partially frozen fruit tastes like strawberry frozen yogurt and the honey adds a sweet flavorful kick. This "fruit = dessert" rule works with some recipes I've already posted like the Cherry Balls and the apple/raisin/almond meal dish. There are literally a TON of Paleo dessert recipes on the internet if you are looking to indulge. I'm trying to steer clear of recipes designed to replace un-Paleo favorites (like cookies, cakes, breads, etc), but I have found some more reasonable recipes that I am dying to try on a special occasion like Berry Cocoa-Crisp, Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Crisp.
Another issue I always have is with water. I've never been a water fan, so it's hard to for me to get as much H20 as I need. My beverage cravings are typically gatorade, diet soda, or lemonade... all full of sugar/chemicals/sodium/etc. Sometimes squeezing lemon juice into water helps to add enough flavor to make it appetizing, other times it doesn't. I've found a nice carbonation fix for me: sparkling water. I've been drinking this kind from Whole Foods.
Unrelated to the theme of the post, but a couple days ago I baked the most delicious tasting spaghetti squash thus far. I don't know why this squash was so special (I wish I knew so I could pick it out again), but it had almost a natural buttery taste to it. This morning I decided to implement it into my breakfast:
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