3 Mint CBD Tincture Recipes Packed with Superfoods

We love the opportunity to enhance the nutritional value of our recipes with CBD.  The three recipes are super easy totally delicious and do not require cooking or baking. This guarantees the integrity of the CBD to ensure you are getting all the benefits. We also included recipes that include other superfoods and also fit into dietary restrictions.


This is a great way to jump start your morning with the combination of superfoods and CBD!  All of the ingredients are Paleo, vegan and absolutely delicious.


1 cup organic brewed coffee

1 tsp – 1 tbl. Lairds Cacao Superfood creamer (according to taste)

1 dropper 500 mg. Sonder Grace Peppermint CBD

Nut Pods or other non-dairy unsweetened creamer to taste (optional)


Combine all ingredients together and mix until well incorporated, this provides 15mg of active CBD per serving.


CBD Chocolate Mint Truffles include Sonder Grace Peppermint flavored CBD tincture. Including CBD adds a superfood ingredient to your recipes. Sonder Grace certified no-THC, Organic CBD oil is an excellent source of nutrients. CBD Oil can be safely consumed by kids and adults as part of a daily diet and has so many benefits! 


The CBD Chocolate Mint truffle recipe was created by our nutritionist, Elaine.  First, they taste amazing and I am picky when it comes to “healthy” treats or desserts.  Secondly, the truffles are packed with superfoods and are low in carbohydrates.  Finally, they are so easy to make.  They only require chilling. No baking.  CBD Chocolate Mint Truffles Recipe 

Makes ~12 truffles, one inch truffles


1 c coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp honey, maple syrup or alternative sweetener equivalent

3 tsp monk fruit

1/4 c almond butter

1/2 c raw cacao powder

1tsp vanilla extract.

2 droppers Sonder Grace 250 mg Hemp Oil Tincture – Peppermint Flavor* (optional)

2 drops peppermint essential oil (optional) we use Doterra essential oil bc it is food grade.


Melt coconut oil and add all of the following to a vitamix or high speed blender: honey or sweetner, monk fruit , almond butter, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract.

Blend until smooth and poor into an 8×8 glass baking sheet and let cool in the fridge at least an hour.

When cool cut into 12 equal small squares and let sit on the counter to soften up (around 5 minutes) then roll each square into balls and dip in raw cacao nibs, cocoa powder, hemp seeds or coconut.  We like to make a variety of all 4.

*Note: if using CBD each truffle will have roughly 1-2 mg CBD based on this recipe


This CBD infused superfood smoothie completely rocks in both taste and nutritional benefit.  The ingredients used in this recipe are all exceptional superfoods.  You can read all about the benefits below.  Who doesn’t want a heart healthy, cancer fighting, joint soothing, mood balancing and wrinkle reducing smoothie that actually tastes delicious?!


1 pitted date, roughly chopped

½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

½ teaspoon maca powder

1 tablespoon collagen powder

2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1-2 droppers Sonder Grace 250 MG Hemp Oil – Peppermint Flavor

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

3 ice cubes

⅓ cup of mint leaves


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency.



Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Dates also provide a good source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorussodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc can be found in dates. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavinniacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.


Ginger is an ancient remedy to ease digestion, relieve nausea, treat cold and flu, reduce pain and inflammation and improve cardiac health.[2]  It is also a great source of fiber, iron, Vitamin C, potassium and protein. Not to mention it’s an excellent spicy addition when cooking (or making a morning smoothie).


Maca is a root and a closely related to the radish. The benefits are almost too many to list in my brief overview, but most notably, maca balances hormones, treats issues such as PMS and symptoms of menopause. It is also well regarded as a natural remedy to increase fertility.  (Note: Maca should NOT be consumed during pregnancy).  Maca is known for improving libido and sexual function especially in men.  It is a great source of minerals, sterols and essential fatty acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.[3]


Collagen powder is thought to help mend intestinal permeability (i.e. leaky gut), a condition linked to a host of auto immune diseases.  In an article I read by prevention magazine, a recent study performed with women who incorporated collagen powder into their diet for 4 weeks, showed that they experienced a 20% reduction in wrinkles around the eye area. Some women reported reduced osteoarthritis and joint pain.


Sunflower Seeds, used to make sun butter, are considered to be the best whole food source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes, brain cells, and lower the risk for chronic diseases.  Sunflower seeds reduce  “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and prevent hypertension.  Their nutritional make up of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals put them in the category of cancer prevention, reduces headaches and muscle cramps, and promotes detoxification, healthy skin, and more.


Cacao Nibs are a superfood that help our bodies boost energy and burn fat. Cacao contains unique phytonutrients that enhance alertness and mood.  Cacao is actually the source of original, natural chocolate though many products on the market today do not contain true cacao. Your hershey bar will not deliver the same benefits.  Cacao has more antioxidant benefits than goji berries, blueberries and green tea.  Flavonoids are abundant in Cacao, delivering powerful anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits to its consumers. [4]


CBD promotes homeostasis, reduces inflammation, decreases high blood pressure, and suppresses cancer cells by helping create an environment in which they can not thrive.  CBD has a plethora of psychological benefits.  Recent research [5] has revealed antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic and mood-balancing effects.  Read our post called How Does CBD Work?


Almond milk is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.  It is low calorie and has no cholesterol making it a great addition to your diet if you are trying to prevent cardiovascular disease.  It is high in vitamin E, making it a powerful antioxidant, which plays a role in fighting free radicals and aids in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

If the above was not convincing enough for you to try our superfood smoothie recipe, I can vouch that it is delicious.



Our recipe was adapted from this recipe by Goop.

Tahini Bikini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh, quarantine.  It has inspired me to write more, organize stuff and, of course, bake amazing treats. I saw a version these cookies on instagram from an influencer I like called @kalejunkie. She has great ideas and I have had luck with her recipes.  Recently, I found myself with an overabundance of tahini.  I am not quite sure what happened, but I think it is one of those things that happens when you have good intentions to tackle a recipe and your plans fall through and then you do it again and then maybe a third time.  This is a tip of the hat to the traditional chocolate chip cookie, but without the refined stuff or the dairy.  It is not Vegan because I used one egg and I have not tested it with an egg replacement.

Tahini Chocolate Chip Recipe

So here it is:


1 1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup tahini
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 heaping cup of mini gluten free dairy free chocolate chips
sea salt flakes for topping

  1. In a medium bowl mix together almond flour, tahini and maple syrup and mini chips.  Make sure its well mixed and thick. like similar to a wet cookie dough.  chill the dough for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.  The Kale Junkie made it a point to say not to skip this step so I din’t.
  2. While dough is chilling start preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with some parchment.
  3. Remove the dough from the fridge and add the remaining ingredients.  Mix well.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  One of her tips was to under bake them.  I think it is a good tip, however, it really is just the Goldie Locks rule.  Keep an eye on them and don’t over bake.
  4. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt!

* As an option you can add CBD the batter before chillin.  I would go with an unflavored CBD hemp oil tincture or a lemon.

Our Favorite Easy Travel Paleo Picks 

I love to travel.  In fact, I try to have something on my calendar at all times.  I also love to stay on a healthy regimen no matter where I go.  Though airports are getting so much better with healthy options, the actual airlines are a major struggle.  I found myself having to pack a small cooler bag just so I could transport certain snacks.  The pre-planning was really stressful.  That is when I went on a hunt for fully portable, security-friendly, vegan and paleo picks that taste great and get me from point A to point B and keep me from caving on the bag of cookies or pretzels on the plane. Our product picks can literally be thrown in the bag last minute and cover most bases whether you are vegan, vegetarian, paleo and/or keto.  

Here are some of our favorite easy travel paleo picks and why:

Lairds Superfood Creamer Unsweetened 

I am completely obsessed with this product in my coffee.  Lairds Superfood Creamer gives coffee a creamy, coconut flavor that feels more like a treat than a superfood boost.  It contains 4 kinds of MCT’s  to give your body the fuel it needs for extended energy and fat burning.  It also contains a patented multi-mineral complex sourced from marine algae for an additional health boost. With only 40 calories and 1 g of sugar per tablespoon, you can feel guilt free. Lairds makes me feel like I am spoiling myself everyday.   It checks all of the boxes for me, as its gluten free, soy free, dairy free, non GMO, vegan, paleo and keto friendly. 

Rhythm Veggie Chips + Lilly’s 2oz single serve hummus (shelf stable)  

Veggie Sticks

There is just something about hummus and chips that never gets old and this completely portable combo is filling, high in fiber and packed with protein. 

Rhythm Veggie Chips are that perfect balance of crispy, salty and a tad sweet.  Rhythm Veggie Chips are your perfect umami balance.  I used to not be a fan of shelf stable hummus, but brands are getting so much more innovative with packaging that the taste has come a long way.  Lilly’s is delicious and perfectly packaged for travel.

Bullet Proof Collagen Bars

The consistency of the Bullet Proof Collagen Bars can be a bit crumbly, but the taste is so worth it!  For those of you on a strict plant-based diet, this bar is definitely not vegan as it contains bovine collagen sourced from grass-fed cows.  These bars are my special treat when I’m want something sweet and need to curb my food cravings during flight. They come in a variety of flavors but my personal favorite is chocolate brownie and lemon shortbread. I always have the best intention of only eating half but they taste so good I can never help myself.  The Bullet Proof Collagen Bar is usually devoured in minutes!

Red Miso Soup with Brown Rice Ramen (my only not paleo pick!!)


Red Miso Soup with Brown Rice Ramen gets thrown in my bag with a reusable spoon. I simply ask for hot water on the plane.  It takes about 5 minutes until the rice noodles are perfectly soft.  The hearty veggie miso broth that is super filling and low in calories.  Though it does require a little more work (asking for a cup of hot water) it is a low maintenance way to have more of a meal than a snack.

Ultima Electrolyte Drink 



3 Day Bone Broth + CBD Detox Before the Retox

CBD and Bone Broth are my go-to’s when I want a quick way to cut the inflammation and get a jump start on feeling better.  As the holidays approach, I always feel better shedding a few pounds of water weight, upping my energy level and  feeling good in my party clothes.  With a super packed work and social calendar, I find that 3 days is the perfect amount of time for a quick detox before the retox!  You can do this before Thanksgiving or somewhere in mid December if you are feeling rundown and need a reset.

Why do we want to decrease inflammation?

As a CBD and supplement company we get asked all the time why CBD is promoted to be a cure all or like “snake oil.”  It is definitely not a cure all.  CBD is the best natural way to target inflammation in our bodies.*  Your daily CBD regime combined with eliminating the inflammatory foods below, is great way to increase immunity, decrease chronic pain and prevent long term illnesses.

This detox is a super easy way to incorporate the benefits of intermittent fasting while taking advantage of the healing and anti-inflammatory properties of bone broth and CBD oil.  Giving your body a few days to process through toxins before or during the holidays is a great way to:

  1. Decrease inflammation and feel better right before or during the holidays
  2. Create mindfulness around holiday eating.  Since you just detoxed, you may be more mindful about your intake at the Holiday party.
  3. Decrease water weight making everyone feel better in their own skin (and holiday attire)!

Are you ready to feel more energetic, curb cravings and jump start your metabolism…here is how easy it is:

CBD + Bone Broth Detox


Day 1 -3: What makes this detox so easy is that the duration is three days and there are no complicated instructions or recipes.  If you are looking for a complicated detox you should look for the 2020 detox Goop will be publishing shortly.  Seriously, we love Goop, but this detox is not the Goop detox.  It is quick and easy.

  • Eliminate all of the following in your diet: grains, gluten, dairy, soy, meat/seafood, eggs, coffee, alcohol.
  • Each morning upon rising: drink an 8oz. glass of room temperature water with lemon and take a dose of CBD (we recommend starting with 15 MG. or whatever your current dose is, please refer to our dosing guide for further info)
  • Throughout each day include:  six, 8oz cups of bone broth (or hearty mushroom veggie broth) +  ½  cup of steamed vegetables of your choosing up to 6x per day.

Suggestions for best results: vegetables should include all green vegetables, zucchini, yellow squash, seaweed, and carrots. We like to add ours into the broth for more of a soupy feel! The hardest thing for may people will be the elimination of coffee.  For a great coffee substitute during this detox use “Dandy Blend” and/or herbal tea.

Get creative, use zucchini or kelp noodles and be sure to steam the vegetables until cooked through. Be sure to drink plenty of fresh filtered water throughout the day. Eight, 8oz. glasses of water per day is a good goal, or to be more precise you can calculate it by following our steps below or using this formula.

  • Take your weight (in pounds) and divide that by 2.2.

  • Multiply that number depending on your age: If you’re younger than 30, multiply by 40. If you’re between 30-55, multiply by 35. If you’re older than 55, multiply by 30.

  • Divide that sum by 28.3.

  • Your total is how many ounces of water you should drink each day. Divide that number by 8 to see your result in cups.

  • Add lemon to your water as desired.

glass of water

Other note: Sea Salt is ok but stay away from table salt. 

Day 3 is the end of the 3 day bone broth + CBD detox! Be sure to complete the entire Day 3 as listed above for best results.  Cheers!

An egg is an egg is an egg. Definitely not.

Healthier eggs

This was just going to be an instagram post, but then I went down the rabbit hole of the internet.  My IG post became too overwhelming and it turned into a blog post. I was inspired by the photo above when I went to make eggs the other morning.  It is winter now.  The days are shorter and my backyard ladies are on a laying hiatus.  When I supplement our egg supply, I usually pay the extra few dollars to get pasture-raised eggs.  Sometimes they are not available, in which case, I always buy certified organic eggs. These eggs are from two separate cartons: eggs from a pasture-raised variety and eggs that are certified organic.

Keep reading to learn which egg is which.

Healthier eggs have always been at the top of my list when deciding to KNOW where the food I am eating and feeding my family comes from.  When it comes to meat, I let other people do the hunting.  However, backyard chickens and gardening was something I could dive into.

Yellow vs. orange egg yolks

Why are the eggs from pasture raised hens more orange?

Pasture-raised hens have access to outdoor pasture, with fresh clover or grass, and plenty of insects to supplement their diet. Chickens are omnivores and eat insects, such as worms, grubs, mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, ticks, and spiders.  This balanced diet gives them bright orange yolks.  The grain-fed hens lack in diet diversity giving their yolks a lack luster yellow that is typical of an egg from a commercially-raised hen or a hen with limited or no outdoor access.

Is an orange egg yolk really better?

I will write about health before humanity.

In 2010, Penn State conducted a study that compared the nutritional content of eggs from pasture-raised  hens to eggs from commercially-raised hens.  Lead investigator and associate professor of crop production ecology, Heather Karsten, referred to the results as  “striking.”

“Compared to eggs of the commercial hens, eggs from pastured hens had twice as much vitamin E and long-chain omega-3 fats, more than double the total omega-3 fatty acids, and less than half the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids,” she said. “Vitamin A concentration was 38 percent higher in the pastured hens’ eggs than in the commercial hens’ eggs, but total vitamin A per egg did not differ.”

Pasture-raised hens have access to outdoor pasture, with fresh clover or grass, and plenty of insects to supplement their diet. Chickens are omnivores and eat insects, such as worms, grubs, mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, ticks, and spiders.  This balanced diet gives them bright orange yolks.  The grain-fed hens lack in diet diversity giving their yolks a lack luster yellow.

Egg Buying Decisions

Standard Eggs

This is a typical mass produced egg operation.  There are multiple hens to a cage.  They cannot spread their wings or act like a chicken in its own environment would act. The hens eat and drink by slipping their heads through the bars of a cage.  Year-round, artificially lit warehouses keep egg production regular and constant.

Eggs from Cage Free Hens

Hens are not in a cage.  However, many of these producers let hens roam in overcrowded, constantly lit barns or warehouses.  I guess you could assume it is less stressful for the hens to not be in a cage, but I have not asked them.

Eggs from Free Range Hens

This only guarantees that poultry have the “opportunity” to go outdoors.  Most eggs labeled as “free-range” come from hens confined indoors on the floor rather than in open pasture.

Certified Organic Eggs

Hens are uncaged inside barns or houses, with outdoor access required. There are no hormones or antibiotics in the raising practice.  The hens’ diet is free from synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.  However, some producers that are certified loosely follow the standards or are inconsistent. For example,  some producers may not provide birds meaningful access to the outdoors.

Eggs from Pasture-Raised Hens

It is assumed that “pasture-raised” means the hens have primarily outdoor access where they are free to be a chicken and forage for insects, plants and grasses.  First, I always go for the local pasture-raised option. Secondly, I can recommend Vital Farms.  I have been on the site and always see a bright orange yolk come from their eggs from pasture-raised hens.  They are California-based and have are “certified humane.” They self-proclaimed as “bullsh*t free.”  I like their style and their commitment.

Look for these labels when buying your eggs.  It is not only a healthier, but also a more humane choice.

Certified Humane Symbol Certified Organic







I thought a copy of the FACT (Food and Animal Concerns Trust) Pocket Guide to Humane Food Labels would be useful to download.  After all, if you are reading this, you most likely care about where your food comes from.  Download Here.


Eat Your Sunscreen – Sunburn Protection Starts in the Kitchen

Have you ever spent the day at the beach swimming, running through the sand, and sunbathing, only end your day with a painful sunburn? You swore you put on sunscreen three or four times throughout the day but somehow you were still burnt. While sunburns can leave the skin blistered and red, the real damage goes skin deep. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are carcinogens, meaning they have the ability to turn into cancer. However, applying sunscreen isn’t the only way to prevent sunburns, we can eat it too.

Why do we get sunburn?

To begin, when we expose our bodies to harmful ultraviolet sun rays, the DNA of our skin cells becomes damaged.1 The proteins, prostaglandins and cytokines, synthesize differently due to this damage and cue the “dilation of the cutaneous blood vessels and recruitment of inflammatory cells.”2 This leads to the redness, pain, blisters, and swelling commonly experienced with sunburns.

You might be wondering why some people’s skin burns and some people’s tan. This is due to an individuals melanin level. Melanin is what gives skin its pigment and what protects us from sun.3 When we stay in the sun for too long and damage our skin, the body produces even more melanin to prevent further damage.4 People with darker skin produce more melanin, which is why they tan. People with lighter skin produce less melanin which is why their skin turns red and burns.5

Is sunscreen our only option?

So, what can we do to prevent sunburns? The answer that first comes to mind is typically to apply sunscreen. While there are natural, mineral-based sunscreens on the market, most sunscreens are chemical based.6 Oxybenzone, which is added to almost 65% of non-mineral sunscreens, can cause allergic skin reactions, the raising and lowering of testosterone, and the possibility to effect the length of pregnancy and the baby’s birth weight.7 

Many of the chemicals used in sunscreen, including Oxybenzone, have not recently been assessed for potential harm, due to The Food and Drug Administration grandfathering the ingredients in during the late 1970s.8 9 Are there other alternatives to using sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays?

A more holistic approach

As most people know, having a healthy diet and a diverse gut microbiome can build immunity and prevent many health issues, like cardiovascular disease and hypertension. But did you know that you can use your healthy diet to fight sunburns as well? While these foods will not completely protect you during extended hours in the sun, they will fight against sun exposure on a regular day basis.

  • Tomatoes, carrots, and watermelon: All three of these vibrant foods contain lycopene. Lycopene is categorized as a carotenoid. Carotenoids help eliminate free radicals from the skin using its antioxidant properties.10 10 Pairing your tomato and carrot intake with olive oil will help the body absorb the lycopene. 11 Simmering your tomatoes and carrots in olive oil to make a pasta sauce is an easy way to incorporate the antioxidant food into your diet. Watermelon can be eaten on its own or added to smoothies and salads.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: This healthy form of fat contains anti-inflammatory elements. Seeing as the symptoms of sunburn like pain and redness are caused by inflammation, eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid is a logical method of preventing sunburn.12 Foods that include omega-3 fatty acid are fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and soybeans.13
  • Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, a polyphenol antioxidant.14 This antioxidant has the ability to prevent your skin from UV light damage. 15
  • Green tea: Green tea contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that could possibly protect the skin from sunburns.16
  • Avocado: Avocados are packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that eliminates and protects against free radicals. Vitamin E also have anti-aging properties, not only protecting you form the sun but also from the wrinkles caused by the sun!17
  • Strawberries: Strawberries contain loads of vitamin C, with 84.7 mg of it per one cup of strawberries.18 According to a study from the Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture in India, “…vitamin C plays a ‘main role in fighting against free radical species that are the main cause of numerous negative skin changes.’”19

There is a common theme here: antioxidants. Antioxidants have the capability to prevent and possibly repair certain types of cell damage.20 While the foods listed above will certainly help protect your skin from sunburn, incorporating the following foods into your diet can further their effects.

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Purple, red, and blue grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut squash and acorn squash
  • Black beans, lentils, black-eyed peas, kidney beans
  • Nuts. 21

Using mineral-based sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and limiting your time in the sun are all adequate ways to prevent sunburn. However, if you want to get ahead, sunburn prevention should start in the kitchen, long before you head out for a day in the sun.

  1. What Is Sunburn? A Look at What Happens to Your Skin.” SkinReading: The Skin Care Blog. February 08, 2018.
  2. What Happens When You Get a Sunburn?” Scientific American. August 6, 2001.
  3. What Causes a Sunburn and Suntan?” Ringworm | American Academy of Dermatology. 2018.
  4. EWG. “EWG’s 2018 Guide to Safer Sunscreens.” EWG. 2018.
  5. Reisch, Marc S. “After More Than A Decade, FDA Still Won’t Allow New Sunscreens.” CEN RSS. 2018.
  6. The Anti-Sunburn Diet: How Eating the Right Foods Can Protect You From Cancer-Causing Rays.” The Hearty Soul. September 22, 2017.
  7. Raloff, Janet. “Dietary Protection against Sunburn (with Recipe).” Science News. October 28, 2014. 
  8. “The Anti-Sunburn Diet: How Eating the Right Foods Can Protect You From Cancer-Causing Rays.”
  9. 12 Foods That Are Very High in Omega-3.” Healthline.
  10. Buckingham, Cheyenne. “7 Foods to Eat to Prevent Sunburn.” Eat This Not That. May 10, 2018.
  11. Antioxidants.” MedlinePlus. March 01, 2018.
  12. Magee, Elaine. “10 Nutrient-Rich Super Foods.” WebMD. 2010. 

Paleo Eggplant Fries

These paleo eggplant fries are a good alternative to the fried potato version.  French fries are a basic human need.  Right?  Obviously, we can’t have them all the time, so we improvise. We love to make food improvisation an art form that tastes amazing and sometimes far exceeds the original.   These Paleo Eggplant Fries are a tasty, low carb and nutrient-rich option.  Frying them up in avocado oil is also a great choice due to its high smoke point of 520 degrees, which makes it very stable.  Avocado Oil’s heart health benefits help increase your HDL cholesterol (the good stuff) and decrease your LDL cholesterol  and triglycerides (the stuff you want to keep low).  Additionally, avocado oil includes Lutein, a nutrient that protects our eye health from things like macular degeneration and cataracts.  Lutein is a carotenoid, not naturally produced by food so including it in your diet is important.  The fact that it could be in your frying oil is a total bonus!

A couple of things to remember

Your oil needs to be just the right temperature. Like Goldilocks. Don’t let it get too hot and if it is not hot enough your eggplant will go soggy (insert sad face here).  The perfect temperature oil should sizzle just a bit when you place the fries in the pan.  The crack, snap, pop will let you know if the oil is too hot.


For Batter

1 ¼ C paleo baking flour (my favorite)

1 TSP smoked paprika

1 TSP garlic powder

½ TSP cayenne

½ TSP black pepper

1/2 TSP salt + more to taste

4 egg whites

I eggplannt sliced into fries

Avocado oil or olive oil for frying

For Sriracha Mayo

1 TBSP sriracha sauce

1/4 C of mayonnaise or vegannaise

1 TSP lemon juice


1. Combine all spices in one bowl and whisk together.
2. Gently whisk together egg whites in a shallow dish for coating your eggplant.
3.  Whisk together sriracha mayo ingredients
4. Heat oil in a dutch oven or deeper saute pan over medium-ish heat.
5. Coat eggplant fries with egg white thoroughly and place in the spiced paleo flower mixture to coat completely.
6. Place in oil for ~3 minutes and then flip to immerse the other side for another few minutes.
7. Let cool for just a few minutes before serving promptly.

Do you want to know the benefits of taking the time to create these fries at home rather than eating out.  Check out Eating at Home vs. Eating Out guide from our friends at Groom + Style.


10 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Packing a school lunch for your kids everyday is not always an easy task.  I want my kids to eat a healthy school lunch with foods that contain protein and vitamins but also taste yummy and have some variety.  It drives me nuts when they get home from school and empty out their lunch bag and there’s a half eaten sandwich or wrap and veggies and fruit that were hardly touched because they’re “sick of it”.  What a waste of good food!  I have looked online and collaborated with other parents that are wanting new variations of the “classic” school lunch, and these are some of my kids favorites:

Beans and Rice

Beans and Rice

Filled with protein, beans and rice can be made the night before with any kind of beans that you have in your pantry.  I switch it up and use kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, lentils (actually a legume but amazingly healthy), navy beans etc… I mix the beans together with the rice and put it in a thermos so its warm when lunchtime comes.  Sometimes I’ll put shredded cheese in a container so they can pour it over the beans and rice to add an additional tasty flavor to the mix.

Chicken Salad and gluten free crackers

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is another yummy protein packed lunch idea that you can make in a batch.  I make a big tupperware full in the beginning of the week and pack it in a container with a side of gluten free crackers.  If there are any leftovers the next day, I’ll put it in a Gluten Free wrap with some spinach, and some healthy chips on the side, and there is typically nothing left but crumbs after school!

Salami and String cheese

String Cheese and Salami

I know this may sound weird, but with a picky eater, this lunch idea makes it easier to get protein AND vitamins into her belly.  Cheese contains protein, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12, among others, and it sufficiently fills the belly. I wrap the salami (I only get deli meat that contains no nitrates and is from a company that raises their animals in a humane way) around the string cheese and hold it together with toothpicks.  This is a fun way for your kids to eat their lunch.

Hummus and cucumber wrap

Hummus and Cucumber Wrap

Just spread the hummus on a tortilla and cut up cucumbers and spread them around on top of the hummus.  I add a tiny bit of salt and wrap it up.  We eat A LOT of hummus in our house.  Hummus has a high content of essential minerals as well as vitamins C, B6, E, folate and protein too. Easy and nutritious and hummus is diverse and can be eaten for lunch in many different variations.

Yogurt, Fruit and Granola

Yogurt, Granola, and Fruit

Pack your kids favorite flavor of yogurt in a container. (Be sure to look at the amount of sugar in the yogurt that you buy and look for the organic varieties to avoid growth hormones and preservatives.) In a separate container pack some granola and in another dish, add cut up fresh fruit.  Then they can put everything together at lunch and enjoy a healthy parfait!

ground turkey paleo chili


My kids love chili so I make a big pot every so often with ground turkey (which has less saturated fat than ground beef) and an array of beans and veggies.  I put it in a thermos for their lunch and pack a side of shredded cheese for them to pour over it.  Sometimes I’ll add some tortilla chips in a separate container to be used as a fork!

almond Milk and Jelly on Gluten free Bread

Nut Butter and Jelly (or Honey)

Nut butters can be chock full of sugar and hydrogenated oils, so look for brands that have very few ingredients aside from the nuts. I spread the nut butter (almond or peanut in my house) on gluten-free bread and add a bit of organic strawberry jelly or raw honey, and it’s simple and straightforward. Nuts contain protein, fiber and, if your choice is almond butter, (healthier than peanut butter) it’s full of heart healthy fats. Nut butters are great in a small container in the lunch bag, along with sliced apples or celery and a plastic knife for spreading.

Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce Wraps

Simple and satisfying.  Romaine lettuce, a slice of cheese, and a slice or 2 of turkey.  I usually make a few to put in lunches because without the bread or tortilla, more turkey is needed to fill the belly. Adding carrot or pepper slices to the wrap adds some additional nutrients to the mix.

Hard Boiled Egg

Hard Boiled Eggs

Not much to explain here.  Eggs have potassium, iron, zinc, as well as close to 7 grams of protein in one egg.  Great fuel for a growing body.


Fruit and Coconut Yogurt Smoothie

This may seem like an odd choice for a lunch box, but my kids will ask for this if it has been too long since I have packed it.  Having a bullet blender makes it fast and easy to clean up.  This has three ingredients: Organic frozen berry medley, 1/2 of a banana, 1/2 a cup of unsweetened coconut yogurt topped off (just covering the top of the concoction) with almond milk, coconut milk or cow’s milk.  I put it in a small jelly ball jar.  The lids have not failed me yet.  I also include a fun straw to go with it,

Many parents struggle trying to find nutritious food choices that their kids will actually enjoy eating. There are so many wonderful foods that can be fun, tasty and healthful and that offer kids what they need nutritionally to get through a long day at school. School lunch doesn’t have to be boring or mundane. These suggestions can make packing your kids lunches easier and less stressful and it’s a great feeling to look at their lunch bag at the end of the day and find nothing but empty containers!

Lemon CBD Infused Curry Chicken Salad + Avocado and Toasted Black Sesame Seeds

When I was about 30, I fell in love with curry.  Yes, I was a late bloomer.  It is now in my top three spices (if I was forced to make a list).  This recipe was inspired by my mother-in-law, who has a version of Curry Chicken Salad in her cookbook, Suzy’s Recipes, that she gifted us one holiday.  It is a staple reference in my kitchen for which I am so grateful because though my own mother had many wonderful talents cooking was not one of them.

This recipe calls for our Sonder Grace 250 MG Hemp Oil Lemon Tincture. It is a perfect match with the Vegan Just Mayo that I had in the fridge. Just Mayo by Hampton Creek is vegan, soy free, egg-free and my absolute favorite “mayo.”   Since most mayo is made with lemon juice, our lemon CBD oil steps up the lemon flavor just slightly.  This chicken salad is totally addicting.  I had to remove myself from the kitchen to stop myself from going to the fridge with a fork in hand for just one more bite from the container where I stored the leftovers.

Serves 4


1 lb boneless skinless breasts of chicken diced
1/2 cup chicken stock
Quicker Option: Buy an organic rotisserie chicken: debone and shred 
2 1/2 TBSP mayonnaise or vegannaise
1 bunch green onions diced
1 TSP dijon mustard
2-3 droppers of Sonder Grace 250 MG Hemp Oil Lemon Tincture
1 clove fresh garlic minced
1/2 TSP of chili powder
1/4 TSP turmeric
1 1/2 TSP curry powder
1/4 TSP salt
1/3 almonds crushed (raw or roasted)
pepper to taste
1 avocado for topping
1 TSP black sesame seeds toasted for topping
Flakey sea salt for topping

Bed of greens (your choice) to top with chicken salad or go for some excellent bread and make it a sandwich.


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lay chicken in a pyrex casserole dish.  Salt and pepper both sides.  Pour stock over top of the chicken. Bake at 350 for ~25 minutes (or until 160 degrees) turning the breasts over 1/2 way through the time. The stock will help keep the breast from drying out.  Let chicken cool. Quicker option:  debone and shred your rotisserie chicken.  Toast the sesame seeds.
2.  While the chicken is cooling, whisk together the following in a medium bowl until smooth: mayo, dijon mustard, CBD oil, garlic, chili powder, turmeric, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste.  If you like more kick, step up the chili powder by a pinch.
3. Place almonds in brown paper bag or zip lock storage bag.  Use the flat side of meat tenderizer or a rolling pin to crush the almonds.  You should be left with some very small bits of almond.
4. Once the chicken is cool, dice it up to desired size.  Add chicken, green onions and almonds to the mayo mixture thoroughly mix with the intention of generously coating all it with the mayo mixture.
5. Once the chicken salad is mixed, top with avocado, flakey sea salt and toasted black sesame seeds. Serve on a bed of greens or pair with your favorite bread.



Got Camilk? You Heard Me! Camel Milk.

Nutrition fads.  They come and go, but we bit on this one and did some research. Want to boost your immune system for flu season? Try Camel Milk!   Yes you heard me – Camel milk.  I know. It sounds crazy, but you will be amazed at all of the benefits that camel milk has to offer. 

Aside from containing the same nutritive properties as colostrum, camel milk is also a good source of protein, essential fatty acids, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. The benefits don’t stop there. Camel milk differs from cow milk in several beneficial ways. It is easier to digest, contains immunoglobulin A (helps boost the immune system) and may be an option for those who are sensitive to other dairy products.   Studies have shown that the consumption of camel milk increases production of antioxidant enzymes in the body and thereby lowering oxidative stress.  Less oxidative stress means less inflammation which helps our bodies achieve a more healthful balance.  Camel milk also boosts the immune system because it contains the milk protein lactoferrin, which is present in large quantities in camel milk (ten times higher than in cow milk), and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as well.  Glutathione is one of our body’s most important and abundant antioxidants and camel milk was found to significantly enhance these levels, as well as provide high levels of magnesium and zinc. 

Can I consume camel milk if I’m sensitive to cow’s milk?

The answer is most likely, Yes!  Camel milk lacks A1 casein and lactoglobulin proteins, which are responsible for most allergies in humans.  Cow’s milk can aggravate autoimmune disorders, but camel milk has been reported to improve autoimmune conditions. Though studies vary in terms of how much camel milk to consume daily to see a therapeutic effect, 2-8 oz. per day is a suggested starting point.

How does it taste? 

I’m anxiously awaiting my camel milk delivery this week so I wish I could let you know from personal experience—I will be sure to update you!  Many camel milk aficionados say the flavor is slightly sweet and the milk is creamy.  We shall see…

Where can I find camel milk? 

A quick google search can help you find natural food stores or companies who will deliver right to your door.  Buyer beware—this stuff is expensive!  I went for the local, grass-fed, hand-milked camel and it ran me $89 which included the $17 in shipping.

Stay tuned for more info on camel milk coming soon!

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