Paleo Greenville Newsletter
Hello Paleo Eaters!
I wanted to check in and see how you are doing this holiday season. I have some tips and recipes to help get you through the office parties and family gatherings. I am also thrilled to announce our new Paleo Greenville Meetup. We have some fun events planned including Paleo Greenville Day at Bethel Trails farm and I hope you can make it!
Paleo Greenville Meetup
It has always been part of my plan to build our paleo group into a community that will be able to meet and share ideas and good food. We have had some successful potlucks, and I appreciate everyone’s support to do even more get togethers. The new Paleo Greenville Eating Paleo/Primal Meetup on Meetup.com will be the place where I post our paleo events. Please logon and sign up to get the latest meetup announcements today.
Paleo Greenville Day at Bethel Trails Farm
Saturday January 2, 10:00AM
2302 Friendship Church Rd, Gray Court, SC
Our friends at Bethel Trails Farm have graciously agreed to host a private farm tour and offer exclusive discounts for our Paleo Greenville Community.
We will meet at 10:00 AM and go on a short farm tour to see the pigs, chickens, ducks and more! Ask the farmer any questions you have about their feeding and care. This will be a great opportunity to learn about local, pastured meats.
We have two exciting deals for that Saturday, so come with a shopping list to take advantage of these discounts!
- 1 Free pack of ground pork with a $50 purchase. Limit one per family. I will have a recipe sheet handout with a few of my favorite kitchen-tested and family approved recipes featuring Bethel Trails ground pork so you can make some tasty paleo dishes.
- 5% discount on all Paleo Greenville member purchases.
The holidays can be a wonderful time to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. For those of us that are on specialized eating plans for our health and wellbeing there can be some added challenges navigating all the work parties, family dinners, and ubiquitous treats of the season.
When I am faced with the 4th plate of homemade cookies passed around the office or my grandmother’s red velvet cake I am certainly tempted to have a bite or more! There is plenty of information on willpower and forming good habits on the internet, if you want to dig into the evidence-based research. I am happy to share with you a few tips that help me stick to my paleo program.
Especially around the holidays I follow the plan of “treat don’t cheat.” I would much rather have an almond flour cookie made with vegan shortening or grass-fed butter and maple syrup than fall face first into a gluten-sugar-food coloring explosion just because it’s there in the breakroom.
At parties or family get-togethers I make a few paleo-friendly cookies and freezer fudge for our family to share in the celebrating.
If a group of friends is going out, I get involved with the planning to make sure we pick a restaurant that will have a few paleo-friendly items.
It gets easier and easier to pass on things when I have repeated evidence of how my body reacts to processed sugar, gluten, and dairy (it’s not pretty).
Paleo Holiday Recipe Ideas
There are many paleo recipe ideas out there. Here are a few of my top picks that I have made in my kitchen.
These “sugar” cookies from Against All Grain are delicious by themselves or with a sprinkle of natural colored sugar. The frosting recipe looked pretty, but had a distinct coconut taste which was not a hit with my family.
Recipe: Grain-Free Sugar Cookies
These gingerbread men are delicious and so fun to decorate. We use Enjoy Life mini-chips and dried cranberries.
Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies
Cranberry Hand Pies
These cranberry hand pies are a holiday favorite of the whole family! I was a little nervous to work with grain-free crust, but it rolled out easily and baked up just right.
Recipe: Cranberry Hand Pies
For those of you following the Autoimmune Protocol, no need to feel left out. This is a collection of AIP Holiday Recipes from some of my favorite people in the AIP blogging community.
Please let me know if you have any favorite paleo holiday recipes to share. I hope to see you at a Paleo Greenville Meetup soon!
I wish you and yours a happy, safe and healthy holiday season!