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Monday, July 2

Paleo Lifestyle: Make Your Own

One of the easiest ways to eliminate added sugar {and other nasty preservatives} from your diet is to make your own sauces, dressings, spice mixes, and even nut butters. I find it easiest to make a big batch every so often, especially when it comes to seasonings. Added bonus is how lovely the filled mason jars look in my spice cabinet and fridge.


olive oil mayonnaise: something a bit more traditional
thai no-peanut sauce: one of my favorites for stir fry

taco and chili mix : I omit the cayenne pepper and go heavy on the oregano. Play around with the flavors, amount of heat, etc. until you find your perfect blend.
italian and poultry mix: Just make sure to avoid sugar in these recipes.

almond butter: so simple. You can also use sunflower seeds and make sunbutter.
pecan pie butter: so very tasty on sliced apples. I leave out the cranberries and chocolate to keep out the sugar!
walnut butter: While absolutely delicious, this recipe contains honey, and sugar is sugar, so I consider walnut butter a treat. 

It may seem overwhelming to think of making sauces from scratch, but it is well worth the effort. The flavors are fresh and there is no added sugar or food starch that are so commonly found in store-bought items.
Hope you enjoy these!

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Ann On and On... said...

Another one to add is the dressing from "the glory bowl"....
Glory Bowl Dressing:1/2 cup (125 mL) nutritional yeast flakes1/3 cup (75 mL) Tamari or soy sauce1/3 cup (75 mL) apple cider vinegar1/3 cup (75 mL) water2 tbsp (30 mL) tahini2 cloves garlic, crushed1-1/2 cups (375 mL) vegetable oil

I promise you'll love it!
Thanks for all the other recipes.

Meghan Splawn said...

Ohhh! I'm looking forward to trying out that Pecan Pie dip - thanks for the tip!

LLevine said...

what is food starch?

Ashley said...

Oooh, thanks for the recipe Ann!

LLevine, a lot of prepackaged foods contain modified food starch or corn starch in the ingredient list. These agents are used typically as thickening agents. The problem is that during manufacturing, modified food starch is often bleached or treated with acid, among other manipulations. Doesn't sound like something I'd like to consume, so I stick with arrowroot powder for thickening sauces, etc. Hope that helps!