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Dairy Free Coconut Egg Nog

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The Christmas season is filled with holiday traditions and excited anticipation of gift-giving, gift-opening, and food-chowing for all who celebrate. Arguably one of the best parts of the holiday season are the food, and the drinks! If you’re trying to keep an eye on the amount of sugar and “junk” you consume though, it can definitely be really difficult to keep things in check if you aren’t aware of how to create delicious and healthier substitutes for your holiday favorites.

Egg nog is one of those beverages that seems to only surface around the Christmas holiday, often enjoyed at Christmas parties, work parties, or with family. But traditional egg nog isn’t so healthy as it is usually made with heavy cream (from conventional, hormone filled, antibiotic and GMO cows,) and factory farmed eggs, and combined with a ton of GMO sugar. While there are Organic varieties of egg nog in stores, it certainly isn’t Paleo friendly.

Egg nog really is not that difficult to make! Or even that difficult to make Paleo-friendly. This recipe for Paleo Egg Nog is a cinch to whip up at home, and only takes a couple of minutes! It should serve 3-5 people. 


Dairy Free Coconut Egg Nog
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  1. 1 33.8 oz carton of Coconut Milk
  2. 8 organic, pastured egg yolks (yes, 8)
  3. 3/4 cup organic coconut sugar (or 1 cup if you prefer sweeter)
  4. 1 teaspoon nutmeg,
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,
  6. a pinch of pink sea salt
  1. Pour the carton of coconut milk in a food processor or blender (the Aroy D brand is perfect for this recipe because it is extremely thick, similar to a heavy cream. We cannot guarantee this recipe will work with other coconut milk brands).
  2. Add your egg yolks, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. Blend on high til everything is combined.
  4. Chill and serve! Top with SoDelicious Coconut Whipped Topping or make homemade coconut cream if you desire a whipped topping.

Ring In The New Year With A Paleo Chinese-Inspired Menu

Chinese food is most often synonymous with New Years Eve. It is undoubtedly one of the busiest nights of the year for Chinese food restaurants, and if you’re following a Paleo diet or you are trying to eat healthfully this holiday season, springing for Chinese takeout may not be the best option. There is good news though! Tons of Paleo bloggers have created delicious, Paleo friendly versions of Chinese food that you can whip up in a jiffy on New Years Eve so you’re not feeling so left out while your friends and family are chowing down on fried rice. 

We’ve compiled several of the yummiest looking Paleo Chinese food recipes on the web, and created a sample menu you can use for New Years planning. No Googling and scouring for recipes that look appetizing, and trying to figure out what you will serve with what, because we’ve done it all for you!


1.)  Paleo Sweet & Sour Chicken – The Domestic Man

paleo sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken is technically more of an American interpretation of Chinese food than an actual Chinese dish; it is nonetheless regarded as a Chinese dish in America and is also an extremely popular one at that. We chose The Domestic Man’s recipe because photos don’t lie, and that sweet and sour sauce looks sweet, sour, gooey, and sticky! (Which, we all know, is the best kind of sauce!) While he doesn’t add any veggies to his sweet and sour chicken, we encrouage you to load your plate with colorful veggies like red peppers and snap peas to compliment the sweet and sourness of the chicken. Head on over to The Domestic Man to grab his mouthwatering recipe!


2.) Paleo Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry – Wholesomelicious

paleo ginger beef and broccoli stir fry

It goes without saying that you can’t eat some New Years Chinese food and not have beef and broccoli. Beef and broccoli go together like..peanut butter and jelly. This easy recipe for Ginger Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry by Wholesomelicious takes only twenty minutes to prepare before you’re on your way to enjoying some serious deliciousness!


3.) Paleo Veggie Lo Mein Noodles – Raising Generation Nourished

paleo veggie lo mein noodles

Lo Mein noodles are one of those Chinese classics you just can’t forget on New Years. Noodles however, are definitely NOT Paleo! No worries though, because spiraled veggies serve as a fabulous substitute for noodles in this recipe for Paleo Veggie Lo Mein Noodles by Raising Generation Nourished. This recipe can also be thrown together in as little as 15 minutes, without sacrificing on taste. For a true Paleo Chinese food experience, visit Raising Generation Nourished to get the deets on this delectable recipe!


4.) Slow Cooker Chinese Spare Ribs – Slim Palate

paleo slow cooker chinese spare ribs

Chinese spare ribs are another classic, favorite dish among chinese food aficionados, but traditionally made Chinese spare ribs are usually doused with GMO soy sauce and a whole host of other non-Paleo friendly ingredients that are also loaded with MSG. This recipe for Paleo Chinese Slow Cooker Spare Ribs by Slim Palate is 100% Paleo compliant though, and uses a combination of Chinese 5 Spice, coconut amines, apple cider vinegar, dry white wine, honey and tomato paste to create that classic Chinese spare ribs flavor. The ribs are also browned first and then placed in the slow cooker all day to create a succulent and juicy meat that falls off the bone. This is a great recipe to start in the morning and let cook all day while you prepare the other dishes in this menu! The recipe would also work well served over cauli-rice like pictured, or served alongside the Paleo Fried Rice recipe below.


5.) Paleo Fried Rice – Jay’s Baking Me Crazy

paleo cauliflower fried rice - paleo cauli rice

This wouldn’t be a Chinese food roundup without a fried rice recipe included! This recipe for Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy won’t leave any room for disappointment either! It is a very simple, quick recipe you can whip up and then cover and set aside while you prepare the more involved main course. The taste and texture of this fried cauli-rice recipe is incredibly similar to traditional fried rice, but is chock full of healthy ingredients instead like cauliflower (duh), carrots, onions, and green onions. This recipe also tends to go heavier on the ginger, but feel free to adjust seasonings to your personal liking! Head on over to Jay’s Baking Me Crazy for this awesome recipe!


8.) Paleo Wontons – Life Made Full

paleo wontons

If you’ve stayed with us so far, you will surely not be disappointed! You probably didn’t think Wontons were ever going to be an option while eating Paleo, did you? Wrong. They totally are on your New Years menu this year! This recipe for Paleo Wontons by Life Made Full is nothing short of a miracle. The crispy dough is replicated by using tapioca flour, almond flour, egg whites, and coconut milk, which is then fried in palm shortening. While this image does depict the wontons filled with cream cheese (which is #NOTPaleo), you are free to fill your wontons with whatever you like! (If you want a Paleo-friendly version of cream cheese, we recommend using cashew cream cheese instead.) Head on over to Life Made Full for this mouthwatering recipe!


9.) Paleo Chinese Almond Cookies – Texanerin Baking

paleo chinese almond cookies

After all this Paleo friendly Chinese-inspired fried food, we had to culminate this roundup with a dessert recipe of course! These Paleo Chinese Almond Cookies by Texanerin Baking may not be 100% “Chinese,” but they are pretty darn close when it comes to Paleo baking. These cookies are chewy, delicious, and satisfying! Even if you are a cookie monster, you won’t feel guilty indulging in these cookies because they are full of healthy, filling ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and maple syrup. 


10.) Paleo Coconut Mango Pudding – Eat, Heal, Thrive

paleo coconut mango pudding

Mango pudding is a traditional Chinese dessert that will be sure to please everyone. This recipe for Paleo Coconut Mango Pudding by Eat, Heal, Thrive is a close and healthy representation of the dessert traditionally enjoyed in China. This recipe also happens to be AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) friendly as well! It is an extremely simple recipe made with only a few ingredients: gelatin, coconut milk, mango chunks and water (a little bit of honey is optional too!) so you really don’t have to worry about indulging in too much sugar at the end of your meal. Head over to Eat, Heal, Thrive to get the full recipe!

30 Eco-Chic Etsy Holiday Gifts Everyone Will Adore

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Every holiday season, most people clamor for the latest electronic trend: a brand new phone, a larger and “more hi-def” tv, the latest Google product release.

These gadgets certainly are exciting to give and to receive, but we challenge you to think on a smaller scale; get more personal. With more and more world-wide attention being focused on eco-friendly sources of energy, power, and other alternatives to our every day lives, the biggest changes usually have the smallest of beginnings. Whether you are already eco-conscious in most of your day to day choices, or you just dutifully recycle your water bottles, it doesn’t take as much effort to be green and on trend as you may initially think.

While technology has afforded us so many cool gadgets today that our parents and grandparents couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams, it has also afforded us the luxury of not even having to leave our own homes to shop. Online shopping provides not only convenience to our hectic, daily lives, but it can, on the flip side, also provide an earth-friendlier solution to inevitable commercialism madness.


Shopping online is eco-friendly in several ways:

  • It means you aren’t producing excess fossil fuel by rushing about in your car from store to store,
  • You avoid wasting plastic and paper shopping bags,
  • You do not have to purchase wrapping paper, unless you choose to have your gifts shipped to you for wrapping, which would result in more waste than if you have it shipped directly to your far-away friends and family.
  • You can find a much wider selection of eco-friendly presents online than you could by shopping in your local malls and stores, (ENTER: Etsy.)

Etsy is like the world’s market place of underground, eco-friendly, small business owners. Literally. The site is teeming with earth conscious creatives who want to share their passions with the world! Want to know just how simple it is to find eco-friendly goodies on Etsy? Simply type in “eco-friendly..” and a variety of search suggestions pop up, including ‘eco-friendly gifts,’ ‘eco-friendly jewelry,’ and eco-friendly engagement ring.’ (And isn’t it the perfect time of year for engagements?)

Since we at Primal Kidz Mag were absolutely gaga over the idea of not only supporting small business owners, but the environment as well,  our editors teamed up to find the best and coolest eco-friendly Etsy gifts this holiday season. These Primal Kidz curated Etsy products are perfect for nearly anyone on your list; they are affordable, trendy, and best of all, they are earth-friendly and made by real people who are just as conscious about their products and the environment as well!


For Babies & Toddlers:


1.) Vegan & Soy Free Personalized Name Crayons

 eco-friendly name crayons Etsy

These adorable crayons are made by The Little Tree Shop, an eco-conscious shop in California that specializes in cute crayon shapes, including these personalized name crayons! Most crayon companies, (including the few ‘green’ ones), use a combination  of GMO soy wax and paraffin, the latter of which is a byproduct of petroleum! Even many of the beeswax crayons on the market only use a small percentage of beeswax, while the rest is paraffin. Little Tree crayons, however, only use candelilla wax, and do not use soy, paraffin, or even beeswax, making these crayons eco-friendly and vegan! There are several other crayon designs, and multiple colors to choose from. All crayons come in a cute box or tin! Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ gets you 10% off!


2.) A Montessori Inspired Wooden Puzzle

montessori wooden leaf toy puzzle eco-friendly wooden toy

Montessori toys are wonderful because they encourage children’s natural play tendencies to explore and learn. They function on the idea that simplicity is best, and leave the blinking lights and obnoxious, loud sounds at the door. This Montessori-inspired wooden leaf toy is hand made by Tinocchio Toys in Israel, and can be shipped worldwide. It is made from pure wood and the paint that is used is lead free with a water-based coating!  The leaf puzzle can be assembled in a variety of ways, allowing for different levels of difficulty and related skill. Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ gets you 15% off at checkout!


3.) Organic Toddler Nap Mat

eco friendly organic toddler nap mat

Is your child in daycare or preschool? Nap mats used in most day care centers and preschools are made with yucky, plastic chemicals like PVC that are harmful to health and can cause a wide range of health concerns. Instead, spring for one of these organic nap mats by Organic Designs Co. They are handmade in the United States with 100% pure organic materials, both inside and out. The nap mat is perfect for children under 6 years old, and can be used for sleepovers too! This particular design is a limited edition one, and there are several other cute designs to choose from. Each nap mat comes with an attached organic fleece blanket and a detachable organic pillow! Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ gets you $10 off all organic nap mats if you order by December 31st! 


4.) Monkey Farts Whipped Body Butter


monkey farts organic body butter

Before you get all, ‘I don’t want my kid to smell like a monkey fart,’ this all natural body butter does NOT smell like actual monkey farts! In fact, Monkey Farts Body Butter by The Organic Body Boutique smells like a monkey’s tropical oasis, which we are assuming would include lots of ripe bananas, coconut, and other tropical fruits like oranges, kiwis, and grapefruit. You don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals coming into contact with your child’s skin either; this body butter is only made with shea butter, vitamin e, tapioca starch, and essential oils. If your child is prone to dry, cracked skin or deals with eczema and other skin conditions, this body butter will help to heal and soften their precious child skin!


5.) Monogrammed Organic Kid’s Bathrobe

monogrammed organic bath robe towel

Personalized gifts are always special to receive because they feel, well, more personal! Kids especially love to have things with their names on them! These cute bathrobe towels by Organic Towel are made out of 100% organic certified materials; the inside is made of terry and the outside is velour. There are several gorgeous colors to choose from, as well as tons of stylized fonts! These robes also ship super quick, they can be expedited in two days! 


6.) DIY Fairy Garden Set

doiy faery garden set

Get back to nature with this DIY Super-Sized Fairy Garden Kit by Moss House Miniatures. Big or small, your kids will absolutely love putting together their own Fairy garden with this all inclusive DIY kit that comes with everything you need to build a deluxe fairy garden. This is a gift that keeps on giving, because you get to spend time making the garden with your kids, and it can be reassembled again and again! Your kids will love placing the garden in different areas of the house, by windows, and even outside on your porch. Moss House Miniatures also has all kinds of miniatures available to make your faery gardens come alive! Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ gets you 10% off the Super-Sized Fairy Garden Kit!


7.) DIY Terrarium Set

diy terrarium set for kids

If fairy gardens won’t make your child leap for joy, this DIY terrarium set just might! Perfect for the active, outdoorsy and nature loving child, this Mod Moss Terrarium kit by the Terrarium Supply Co is a neat and inexpensive gift that will engage your child in building a deeper appreciation and love for nature. Plus, kids love to build things! This complete kit includes everything you need to build a Moss terrarium, and they have lots of other terrariums to choose from as well! Coupon code 20PRIMALKIDZ gets your 20% off at the Terrarium Supply Co!


For A Teen, Twenty-Something, Or Bestie:


8.) Henna Coffee Mug

ceramic henna coffee mug

Chances are,  you know someone who is a coffee lover and who also appreciates art, and this Hand Painted Henna Mug by Filomena Mehendi will be right up his or her ally. Made of pure ceramic stoneware, these coffee mugs come in several sizes and various designs, all of which are painted carefully by hand with henna, an eco-friendly dye. The earthy colors and hand painted henna designs will certainly appeal to hipsters, teens, and latte lovin’ young adults alike. These unique coffee mugs ship worldwide from Portugal.


9.) Organic Deep & Dope Tank

organic tank top deep and dope grunge organic tank

If your teen isn’t all peace, love, and henna, not to worry, because this gift guide isn’t just for the crunchy granola ones. This Organic Deep & Dope Tank by Organic Punk is proof that being eco-conscious doesn’t mean you have to conform to anyone’s perceived ideals on being a sustainable thought leader. Organic Punk is best described as a mind/body immersion of rock and skater punk with a vegan/crunchy fusion. This cotton polyester blend tank is made with eco-friendly, vegan ink and is handmade in California. 


10.) Organic Bee Venom Lip Boosters

organic bee venom lip plumper

For the ultra diva in your life, these Organic Bee Venom Lip Plump Boosters by Urban Eco Beauty are the secret, VIP organic version of Urban Decay, before Urban Decay was Urban Decay. These lip plumping glosses are completely filler free and Paleo friendly, and are all made with organic and natural, nourishing ingredients. Organic New Zealand bee venom is the active ingredient in these naturally plumping glosses. Bee venom is nature’s equivalent to botox! Manuka honey, bee pollen, and beeswax are also stimulating ingredients in these glosses, while organic oils and vitamins nourish your lips. Choose your color or buy all five! Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ10 gets you 10% off at Urban Eco Beauty!


12.) Rose Quartz Necklace 

eco friendly rose quartz necklace of protection and love

Rose quartz is a stone that goes back in ancient history as a stone of beautification, protection, and love. Rose quartz is known to govern the heart chakra, its pink color serving as a resemblance of the love and balance that the stone attracts. From self love, to platonic or romantic relationships, rose quartz has been known to protect against negative energy and to promote only love, manifested in all kinds of relationships. This Rose Quartz Necklace by Organic Olivia is a wonderful gift to give to fashion conscious teens or young women. Its  simple, pale pink gem pairs perfectly with many outfits and will be sure to bring positive, loving energy her way!


13.) Rose Gold Leather Bracelet


rose gold leather birthstone bracelet

Wrap leather bracelets are a trendy jewelry style for almost any age, but is especially popular among older teens and twenty-somethings. These customized leather wrap bracelets are plated with rose gold and contain a Swarovski birthstone crystal, of which you can specify for your personal order. The leather band can be customized to nearly any color you like as well. CozyDetailz make these bracelets by hand in Portugal and ships them world wide. 


14.) Natural Purple Clay Face Mask

natural purple clay face mask

Purple clay is not a clay you often see in the United States! This Natural Purple Clay Mask by Herbana Cosmetics will give your beauty guru bestie goosebumps when she sees her face smeared in neon purple clay. This mask is not artificially colored though; it’s sourced from Greece and uses natural violet clay and purple clay, along with aloe vera and natural essential oils, to purify and rejuvenate sensitive skin. Purple clays are rich in silica and magnesium, both of which are important ingredients in building collagen and firming skin. 


For Your Girlfriend Or Wife:


15.) Spank My Booty Scrub 


While your girl may love getting kitchen supplies or cute lingerie every Christmas, this holiday season get her something that’s solely for her! Spank My Booty Grapefruity Sugar Scrub by Dirty Girl Body Beauty is full of ingredients that will naturally brighten dull, winter skin. The scrub is handmade with organic cane sugar, almond oil, jojoba oils, essential oils and natural gel food color. Its sweet citrusy scent will invigorate and relax for a truly pleasurable spa-at-home experience. 


16.) Vegan Leather Bag

eco friendly vegan leather purse

If you can’t afford to take your woman to Europe this holiday season, buy her a bag from Europe! This Vegan Leather Bag is an extremely unique and extraordinary gift. It is a portable painting; hand-painted by designer Velibardo in Bulgaria. While it resembles something Pucci or Gucci might create, you will not believe how extremely affordable this bag is! Not to mention it is a one-of-a-kind European piece!


17.) Black Obsidian Bracelet

eco friendly black obsidian bracelet

This Black Obsidian Bracelet by Living Earth Jewelry is a natural, negative energy absorbing stone. Even if your girl doesn’t believe in the healing capabilities of stones or gems, the bracelet is a fashionable statement piece that will pair well with any outfit. It’s casual but elegant, simple yet high style. If it helps ward off a couple of arguments between two lovers or friends, then that’s just a bonus! Each order comes with personalized crystals picked out by intuition as a free gift!


18.) Square Pendant Necklace

eco friendly square pendant necklace

These Square Pendant Necklaces are truly an eco-friendly and sustainable gift for your special lady. Handmade in Pennsylvania, these necklaces are crafted out of tree branches from the designer’s backyard wood, and are then finished with a resin gloss. Custom orders are also welcomed at Starlight Woods jewelry. 


19.) Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

eco friendly diamond engagement ring

Old mine cut diamonds are extremely rare finds in the jewelry world. Old mine cut diamonds are also the closest you will probably get to a raw, untouched diamond; furthermore they are recycled diamonds, rather than newly mined ones, so they are considered eco-friendly. Altana Marie is an internet diamond store based out of California that specializes in sourcing eco-friendly, old mine cut diamonds. They can work with you on custom orders and help you find the perfect ring! Their prices are also extremely reasonable and comparable to any traditional diamond store, except with Altana Marie you get a much more personal, customizable, and eco-friendly experience!



For The Man (or Men) In Your Life:


20.) Organic Vanilla Beard Balm 

organic vanilla beard balm for men

Does your man rock a beard? If so, you know he is dead serious about his locks. This holiday season, do him a favor and help him eliminate harmful chemicals from at least one source in his life: his hair products. Organic Warm Vanilla Beard Balm by Nature’s Skin Nutrition is one of those really cool, rare finds that looks and smells like a brand name product, but sans the gross chemicals. Nature’s Skin Nutrition products are all made with organic and natural oils and essential oils that are healthy to skin, and not irritating like mainstream men’s products are. Nature’s Skin Nutrition also makes a ton of organic versions of popular mainstream brands like Polo, as well as a ton of original scents. Everything is handmade in Oregon and custom orders are available too! Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ saves you 15% through February 1, 2017!


22.) Obsidian Dice


Black obsidian is a stone that has been known to stimulate the release of negative energy. If your man is a lover of anything involving games or a casino, a little dose of luck might be the best thing he gets this Christmas! These two pure, Black Obsidian Dice by Organic Punk come in a black vegan leather pouch, and protection of negative energy invading your zone. 


23.) Apple Bourbon Candle

apple bourbon soy vegan candle

Even if your man isn’t big on bourbon (or drinking for that matter,) he will absolutely love the smell of this Apple & Bourbon Soy Candle. The sweetness of vanilla, apples, maple, and bourbon are a tantalizing aroma that appeals to almost everyone. Organic Punk also has a ton of scents that you can almost smell through your computer; but better yet, all her candles are vegan and made with non GMO soy wax and natural essential oils. 


24.) Onyx Exchange Solid Colognes – Pick 3 

onyx exchange organic solid cologne pick 3

The Onyx Exchange is changing the way men do cologne. This all natural, chemical free version of men’s cologne combines easy functioning with the desired result in a non toxic way: smelling like a boss. Hand made by two men in Indiana, The Onyx Exchange utilizes the simplest and most effective natural ingredients like beeswax, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and a variety of essential oils. This Pick 3 option is a perfect gift for any man. Can’t decide on your scents? Editor’s picks: Constantine, Sapphire (custom blend,) and Ember.


25.) Recycled Crown Royale Desk Clock

recycled clown royale desk clock

If you’re dating (or married to) a “man’s man” who loves his man cave, then look no further for a great, eco-friendly gift. This recycled Crown Royale Desk Clock is one of many clocks created by Etsy shop Ray Mel’s,  which were salvaged from empty hard liquor bottles and wine bottles and made anew into clocks! This clock is a really neat gift idea for the man who already has everything. If your man doesn’t like Crown Royal, no need to fret because there’s lots of vintage bottle clocks to choose from!


For Moms:


26.) Caprese Tomato & Basil Candle

caprese tomato and basil scented candle

Is your mama an Italian mama? Even if she doesn’t hail from the mother-land, it’s hard to resist the smell of vine-ripened tomatoes and sweet basil. Artificially scented candles can be bothersome to many, causing eye and nasal irritations because of the harsh chemicals utilized in traditional scented candles. This Caprese Tomato Leaf and Basil Candle by the Onyx Exchange is made of soy wax, is hand-poured,  and is naturally scented with essential oils.


27.) Organic Yoga Pants

organic yoga pants

With top name brands like LuLu Lemon and Lula Roe leggings leading the current Yoga-wear trend, why not give the mom in your life a trendy gift that is slightly more special and unique than the popular store bought ones that everyone else has? These Organic Yoga Leggings by Purusha People are 100% handmade in California out of 92% organic, US grown cotton and 8% spandex. These gorgeous organic yoga leggings are just one pair of the many mystical yoga leggings and yoga tops that Purusha People creates. Not only are their active wear hand sewn, but they are also hand dyed! Each pair is made with love, and they also do custom orders!


28.) Organic Spa Bath Gift Set

organic spa bath set

Every mom loves to be pampered, but most spas (even the pricey ones) use products that are filled with chemicals and toxic ingredients. If you’re not lucky enough to live near an organic, chemical free spa, why not give your mom this Organic Spa Gift Set by Deep Leaf Organics that she can enjoy from the comfort of her own home? This set is completely free of any and all chemicals, and is hand-made with organic, all natural and skin-loving, luxurious ingredients that will deliver a full spa experience. This set comes with a Flower bath tee with therapeutic bath salts, a cocoa butter and french pink clay bath bomb, a cocoa butter body moisturizer, and a soy hand-poured essential oil candle. If you purchase from the shop, mention Primal Kidz and get a coupon for your next purchase!


29.) Recycled Vodka & Wine Bottle Bangles

white vodka bottle bangles

For the mom who really enjoys her jewelry  these Recycled Vodka Bottle Bangles will delight her when she realizes how unique these bangles are. Dessin Creations specializes in making by hand bangles from recycled wine bottles, vodka bottles, and other glass alcoholic beverage bottles. Even if she is not over the moon about the idea of wearing used alcohol bottles, the gorgeous design and impeccable craftsmanship simply can’t be ignored. Dessin Creations also creates gorgeous bangles out of other kinds of bottles, including rare colors of glass that are reminiscent of sea glass. Coupon code PRIMALKIDZ15 gets you %15 off good through December, no minimum order!


30.) Pure Silk Hand Dyed Cochineal Scarf

pure silk scarf hand dyed and eco friendly

Truly a work of art, this Pure Silk Scarf was created by My Bird Song Designs with thoughtful precision and love over the course of a week. The scarf is imprinted with authentic botanical silhouettes harvested from the designer’s own backyard. The scarf is then hand dyed with eco-friendly dye that came from the Cochineal, an insect used for centuries as clothing and cosmetic dye.  My Bird Song Designs handcrafts other kinds of scarves as well, and each one is incredibly unique to the nature of hand dying.


 Want even more ideas for holiday gifts?

Check out Etsy’s Editor’s Picks Holiday Gift Guide for some serious gifting ideas!!

Primal Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Meghan Slocum of Whole Natural Life.

This recipe originated as a vegetarian kale and potato soup from the cookbook Laurel’s Kitchen.

When Jesse and I first started making it together (sometime in 2007ish, I would guess), we soon modified it to include a hearty helping of breakfast sausage. When I make soup, I want it to be filling enough to make up the entire meal, which this recipe certainly accomplishes when you include the sausage. More recently, I also started substituting chicken broth for the water or vegetable stock called for in the original recipe–a modification that makes this soup both more flavorful and more nutritious.

If you don’t think that you particularly like kale, I’d still urge you to give this recipe to try. I’m generally not a big fan of kale, but I absolutely love it in this soup. Steaming it separately mitigates that really strong kale flavor, and something about immersing it in broth makes the texture much appealing than I’ve ever found any kale side dish.


Primal Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup
A hearty, Primal soup made of real food ingredients.
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  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. Unrefined coconut oil or your favorite cooking oil
  3. 1 lb. pork breakfast sausage, ground (spice your own if you can't find any pre-spiced)
  4. 3 large organic potatoes, diced
  5. 1 bunch organic kale, ribs removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 5 cups organic, pastured chicken broth, or more to thin soup
  8. Pinch nutmeg, or more to taste
  9. Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Saute onions in coconut oil (or your other cooking oil of choice) in a Dutch oven or soup pot.
  2. When onions begin to turn translucent, add pork breakfast sausage. Cook breakfast sausage, breaking up meat into small clumps as it's cooking, until cooked through.
  3. Add minced garlic and cook for a couple minutes, until the garlic is just barely beginning to brown.
  4. Add broth and the diced potatoes. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are soft.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, steam your chopped kale in a separate pot. (While you can let the kale cook directly in the soup, steaming the kale separately ensures that the kale flavor doesn't overpower the other ingredients.)
  6. After the potatoes are fully cooked, gently mash about half of them with a fork or similar tool to thicken the soup. Add kale to your soup pot. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. If your soup no longer seems brothy enough (we like it thick, but still definitely liquid), add water or additional broth until you reach your desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!

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Meghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

Paleo Roasted Fall Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes


This recipe was provided courtesy of Meghan Slocum, of Whole Natural Life.

These cinnamon sweet potatoes are a nice change from typical vegetable side dishes, and are perfect for fall inspired meals. Our daughter, Keira LOVES these, probably because the cinnamon really brings out the sweet potatoes’ natural sweetness. I love that they’re quick to pull together and make great leftovers the next day.

If you decide to start making this recipe regularly, I highly recommend buying your cinnamon by the pound, rather than in the little spice jars. You save a lot of money by buying spices in bulk, and it’s definitely worth it if you go through a lot of cinnamon like we do.


Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
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  1. Two very large sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tablespoons organic, unrefined coconut oil
  3. 4 teaspoons ceylon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, then dice into cubes approximately 1.5 inches square. You want them all to be roughly the same size, but don't worry if you have a lot of variation.
  3. Transfer sweet potatoes into a 15" by 10" rectangular baking dish. Add coconut oil and cinnamon and toss to combine. (If your coconut oil is solid, you can put your baking dish in the oven for a few minutes to melt the oil before mixing it in.) Your sweet potatoes should be lightly coated with oil; if they seem too dry, feel free to add extra oil.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.

whole natural life blogMeghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Marinated Sweet Beets – A Primal Holiday Side Dish

This recipe has been provided courtesy of Meghan Slocum, of Whole Natural Life

Normally our family mostly enjoy beets roasted with carrots and onions, but lately I’ve also been loving them in this simple marinated side dish. I especially like this recipe because it makes a bunch of leftovers that keep well in the fridge and taste good eaten cold. We prepare virtually all of our own meals, but ideally I only like to cook for dinner so leftovers are a huge asset in our house.

My toddler is also a big fan of this recipe. The prunes make this dish taste fairly sweet, which I assume is what she enjoys about it. She doesn’t particularly care for beets on their own, so if I can entice her to eat beets by adding some fruit to them, I’m all for that.

If you have time, this dish tastes best when made at least a few hours in advance. Advance preparation gives time for the marinade to be absorbed by the beets and prunes.

Marinated Sweet and Tangy Beets
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  1. 3 large beets
  2. 8 prunes
  3. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, or to taste
  4. Salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Trim stems and ends from beets and scrub well. Place in a lidded baking dish and roast until beets are soft. I find that large beets take about 1.5 hours or so, but I'd start checking them after an hour.
  3. Once beets are done, allow them to cool until you can handle them comfortably, then remove the skins. Chop beets into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Chop prunes, then add to beets. Add apple cider vinegar and salt to taste. Mix all to combine.
  5. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

whole natural life blogMeghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.


4 Unique Adoption Stories From Real Women

These stories were contributed by real women, their stories are their own words and experiences.


November is Adoption Awareness Month, and approximately 135,000 children in the US are adopted every year. Adoption can be a controversial subject; it can be a difficult, heart-wrenching decision, it can give new life to the innocent, and it can present major obstacles and conflicting emotions for some as well. Each adoption story is unique; each adoption story has a different perspective, but regardless, it is still real to the people who live through the process of adoption. In honor of Adoption Awareness Month, we at Primal Kidz Mag decided to do a piece highlighting several diverse stories of real women who have either adopted children or were adopted themselves. 

On Adopting:

“As a parent of two adopted children I wanted to write about this subject purely because when I was going through the process I needed someone to tell me that the feelings I had were normal. I needed someone to turn to, and I needed advice from someone who had adopted a child themselves, but I didn’t know anyone. My life was full of well meaning family and friends all willing to give me the advice they thought I needed but it didn’t really skim the surface of how I was feeling throughout this long and arduous process. 
My background story is similar to thousands of other adoptive parents; I was straight out of years of failed fertility treatments. We were sitting on a beach in Egypt after just finding out that our final attempt at treatment had failed, and while we were discussing our future we decided the next natural step for us was adoption. Excited, we decided to make the call when we got back home. We spent the rest of the holiday talking non stop about our plans. On our return I called Social Services and was told someone would be in touch to pay us a visit.
I cleaned the house like someone possessed on the day the social worker arrived, and I tried my best to look like I had it all together. The social worker took down some details, and asked us some very personal questions regarding miscarriages, fertility treatments, and our relationship. She then told us the next step would be that we would need to go to a meeting for prospective adopters which would give us all the information we needed to know about the types of children needing loving homes and parents. Sadly for us she informed us that we were not able to attend this first meeting until we had “grieved” for the children we might have had through fertility treatment. Looking back they were right to give us that six months to recover but at the time the delay was torture for us.

Six months dragged by and we eventually walked like terrified kittens into the meeting, about twelve other nervous couples just like us were in the room too. We sat and listened as they spoke to us about the horrific lives these little children have had to endure in their ever so short lives; how many of these kids had been in foster care all of their lives and some of them would continue to be untill adulthood. I felt utterly utterly sad, I wanted to help them all and felt useless that I was unable to do so.
Next a really lovely adoptive couple came to tell us all about their experience as adoptive parents. They told us they had adopted a little girl then later a little boy, and I was mesmerized by their increadibly happy and heartwarming story and excited that this could be us in a few years time. We left the meeting knowing that we’d been put on this path for a reason and we understood for the first time why the fertility treatment hadn’t worked. I got in the car and cried, bucketfuls of tears. I’d never been more sure of anything in my life.”

– By Claire Louise Davison

On Being Adopted:

“Adoption! Most people think of adoption as a beautiful thing; moms and dads adding new babies and toddlers to their families, but most don’t envision older children being adopted. Well that is my story, how a nine year old learned that adoption is not always positive.

Parents may not always be prepared for the trauma, abuse, and mental barriers that a child may have experienced and may still be coping with. In my case I was taken from my birth family and placed into state care, where I grew a very strong bond with my foster family. I did not move around foster homes as much as some children do, as I was lucky to have an amazing foster family that was a perfect fit for me; a family that made me feel safe and taught me the love of Jesus Christ. My life was perfect! And then I was adopted.

This should have been great, because it was what I had always wanted. My adoption seemed to go smooth. I was able to meet the family several times and even spend the night on weekends. They were a great family with a daughter who became like a best friend to me. They were a family of Christian faith with a mom and a dad who loved and cared for each other, but above all else loved their daughter. This seemed like a perfect family for a child who had become accustomed to hearing the word of God everyday and praying every night; a child who fell in love with having a real family and even a sister!

Something didn’t seem right though. Many people felt uneasy about this adoption and said that we should wait a little longer before making it final, but the state gets what the state wants, so my adoption was finalized. My new family banned my foster family from coming around me.
Soon after, the truth started to come out and things began to change. It all started with their faith. They had lied saying they were Christians when in reality they were atheists. Now, I can see where you would say that they lied in fear that they would not be able to adopt, so I blame this part on the state. The system is broken. I can say that not everything was bad. For a few years my life was okay, as I got to cheerlead like I loved, and I did great in school, but I had to continue to battle for my faith.
Over the next few years the fighting in the family began and got worse and worse. I won’t get into that to much, but it was just a bad environment with a lot of fighting. I can remember a staircase railing being torn off the wall and thrown, and us children crying in our rooms listening to the fighting; parents in separate rooms and divorce papers on the table. Finally, they divorced and separated, settling with other people; but that didn’t stop the fighting.

I never had that “unbreakable bond” with my parents so they did not understand when I began to question my birth and who my birth family was. I lived with my dad for a while until the fighting was too much and I moved in with my mom. It was good for a while but of course it did not last and the fighting continued until one day the fighting was so bad I went and stayed with a friend to clear the air. I never thought that when trying to go back home the locks would be changed and the police would have to help get my stuff. I will not tell you I was a perfect child. I was your typical teenager who does not like to clean their room and always has to have the last word in an argument, but I do not believe I should have lost my family over it.
So for me, adoption was not a good experience and I will live the rest of my life learning to cope with my childhood and then my adoption. Although it wasn’t a good experience for me it has given me a passion for children and the hope to someday adopt a child; to give them the love that I wanted as a child.”

By Lela Jean Hopkins

“I have known for as long as I can remember that I was adopted. I actually don’t remember ever not knowing. My parents did such a great job at making me feel normal that they got a call from my kindergarten teacher asking if I was adopted. Apparently I went to school asking where everyone was adopted from. I refer to my parents who adopted me ad Mom and Dad. I have never seen them as any less than that and they have never treated me as less. I call my biological mother by her name, Dee.

My mother had undergone several IVF treatments and was fighting the heart wrenching battle of infertility. After several miscarriages, she was told she would never be able to bare children. My mom adopted my two older brothers as toddlers. Dee was great friends with my mother and she confided in her that she was pregnant but did not believe she would carry the baby to term. She was unstable financially, didn’t have a job, and having the baby would end her relationship. She was dependent on drugs and alcohol and knew the baby would likely suffer because of those things as well. My mother promised her that if she would continue her pregnancy to term, she would help her find a home for the baby. Dee’s only condition to the agreement was that my mother never told her family she had given a baby up for adoption. My mom made and kept this promise to her.

Eventually my mother and father agreed that it was God’s will foe them to take the baby. At the time they believed they would be adding a third boy to their family and they were prepared for accommodating special needs. They were preparing their hearts for a long stay in the NICU and for a long road ahead of them.

Two weeks past her due date, Dee gave birth to a perfectly healthy 9-pound baby girl. Everyone was shocked, but filled with joy! My parents took me home and gave me the best life imaginable. I was always curious about my biological family, mostly my sister. Just before my 18th birthday, my mother and I talked and agreed that it was time for me to meet them. My mom found my sister on social media. My sister had known about me for several years and was thrilled to hear that I wanted to meet her. She had lived in the same city as me for several years. We had lunch and learned about one another’s lives. We instantly became best friends. My sister took me to meet Dee. She was ecstatic to meet me and see that she had made the best decision. I went to a family reunion and met more relatives.

Later I found siblings from my biological father’s side of the family. My biological father had already passed away. None of the family on his side of the family knew I existed, but they were excited to learn about me. They were mostly shocked that he kept such a big secret.

I have become close to a few of my biological siblings and have talked to all of them at least once. Biologically there are eight, that I know of.

Since then my mother has adopted two of my second cousins. They each have their own unique stories.

My father passed away when I was 17. Since then my mother adopted 2 more children. Out of the four children she has adopted, she was not actively seeking adoption at the time. We were each placed into her life and in need. She opened her heart and her arms every time. It is difficult to think about how any of our lives may have turned out if she had not been so self-less. I see her in myself, daily. She has taught me so many things, but mostly she has taught me the beauty that can come from opening your heart to others in need.”

– This person wishes to remain anonymous.

On Giving Up A Child For Adoption:

“My life has always been surrounded by children. I started caring for kids in my parents basement, running summer camps and activities for the neighborhood kids. As I got older, I got into child care, and a little later I became a parent. I had two little girls of my own, and then I decided that the gift of a child was so wonderful and life changing that I wanted to help another family experience that gift. I applied, and became a surrogate for a couple in 2011. They seemed to be a religious couple who wanted their last child to complete their family. When I met them they were loving and compassionate and I thought we had a great match. In October 2011, I had a double embryo transfer, and one of them survived. I was pregnant!!

At 18 weeks, a routine ultrasound showed potential complications. We had a repeat scan a couple of weeks later, but the potential problems compounded with each ultrasound, and it wasn’t long before I found myself being prepped for an amniocentesis at the maternal fetal medicine office at my local hospital. At the last second, the intended parents changed their mind. They didn’t want more testing; they wanted to terminate the pregnancy and be done with it. They came to me with their request, and I was heartbroken. They wanted to give up. Always the optimist, I had thought during the process that eventually things would be ok, but it wasn’t going the way I’d hoped at all.

What they never counted on was the wild card, and that was me. Being a pro-life person, I could not bring myself to honor their request. The little life inside my belly was a constant reminder that I had been given a very special job to protect this child. Her biology wasn’t important to me, what was important was that she be given a chance, even if that chance meant that I would suffer through a potential fetal death later on. I was willing to risk that chance to follow my gut, which told me that she was strong and capable of overcoming whatever she was facing. After all, she’d only had a 20% chance of successfully implanting as a zygote, and she’d overcome that even amidst power failures and Snowstorm Alfred which had left me without the medications I was supposed to be taking to maintain the pregnancy for over a week. This child was a fighter, and I was convinced that I was supposed to protect her until she could make her entrance into the world.

Little did I know I would be fighting for so much more for her. With no biological tie to the child that I carried, it was a legal gamble if I would be able to have a say in what happened after she was born. I no longer trusted the intended parents, as their wishes had been disguised through communication with their lawyer and neither myself or my own lawyers could figure out what they were trying to do. It took a lot of courage, and a lot of faith in other people for me to continue on that pregnancy journey on my own. I had very little outside help, and so many voices in my head telling me I was wrong for fighting for this baby and her life. But the decision had been made, and now I had to figure out how to get through, and what would happen to her after she was born. I didn’t feel like anyone else was fighting FOR her, so that became my job. I took on the responsibility by naming the child in my uterus… I called her Stormie.

I knew that once Stormie was born there would be a lot of things to work through. My lawyer and I were determined to get her into the best possible situation, but it was proving to be difficult to figure out how to do that in my homestate. Eventually, I moved out of state to a location that would have a good hospital for Stormie’s care as well as laws that would protect me and her from the intended parents. There were still some legal uncertainties, but we were much more confident about being able to find the best possible outcome in a place where I was considered the child’s legal mother, and where I would be able to have a say in medical and other decisions after she was born. At the same time I started really thinking about the reality of having a special needs child.

My life has never been one of glamour or affluence. My reasons for doing surrogacy were not for the money, but I didn’t have much. When the intended parents had asked for termination of the pregnancy and I refused, they stopped paying my monthly expense payment. This meant that I was on the verge of being broke constantly. I had stopped working shortly after becoming pregnant, and when I moved I was living off of the charity of various friends and family who believed that I was making the right choice. But I knew that after the child was born, I would not have the financial resources to be able to keep her with me and make sure she was taken care of well. I was already a single mother with two children, but my kids’ father and I were patching things up and I knew he was not mentally or physically prepared to care for a special needs child. At the same time, we also struggled with the biological tie that the intended father had to Stormie. They had the potential to make things VERY difficult for me as I tried to get proper care for her, and in the court’s eyes the intended family would look much more financially stable than I was. I wrestled with the choice to keep her or not for months.

I did find someone though. In the very beginning of my troubles with this pregnancy, I had reached out to a local woman who had two adopted special needs babies. Rachel* (changed name) had been an amazing resource for me, and was truly one of the few people that I believed to be on my side. When I started thinking about adoption, she was the first person I talked to. She was gentle and firm; we have very similar outlooks on life and how to raise children, and I was in awe of her support and resources. Although I was still unsure, and very much wanted to keep Stormie for myself, I asked her if she would be interested in adopting if I went that route. She told me yes in a heartbeat, but also emphasized that even if I wasn’t giving Stormie up for adoption, she would be there to support me in this journey anyways.

The last month of my pregnancy was incredibly stressful and uncertain. The intended parents started playing legal games, acting interested in the child, but maintaining that they did not wish to take custody or have anything to do with the child I was carrying. Their actions left me worried about what could happen after the birth. The hospital social worker was very involved, and kept me apprised of several legal developments. In the best interests of everyone we decided to cut contact with the intended parents and enter the hospital system anonymously so that we could focus on getting Stormie earthside with as little stress and outside influence as possible. She was born on June 25, 2012. Rachel was there within hours of her birth.

I spent the next days terrified. Stormie was in the NICU, as we had expected, and we were all on edge about what would happen next with the intended family. I had panic attacks when the phone would ring. Rachel and I decided that she could never be left alone, as the intended family tried to exploit any avenue they could to find out information. I was so stressed out merely by their influence that I could only imagine what they would try to do if I attempted to maintain custody. It was the most difficult decision of my life, but 11 days after Stormie’s birth I appeared in the family court to sign away my rights and allow Rachel to take over as primary custodian.

I was numb, and I didn’t want to, but I knew that giving her up for adoption was the only way that she would be safe. I didn’t want to spend the next 18 years fighting with the intended parents to be sure that she got proper care, and potentially lose her to them because of my own financial situation. At least with Rachel I knew she would be well taken care of, and loved for as long as she is on this earth for.

Stormie is 4 now. She’s amazing and beautiful and nothing that any doctor ever expected. Her fighting spirit reminds me of what I’m capable of.. and how precious and unpredictable life is. I still miss her terribly, but I also know that she is in the most capable hands I could have provided and that gives me peace.”

-By Crystal Kelley


Primal Au Gratin Potatoes

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.


If you are not strict Paleo, you may enjoy a little high quality dairy once in awhile, which is considered perfectly fine if your body tolerates it well. If that’s the case, this recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes will be right up your alley! While this is not a strict Paleo recipe, it can be considered Primal because it does use real food ingredients, like organic potatoes and raw, grass-fed cheese. This is a wonderful side dish for holidays like Thanksgiving, will be be sure to impress and delight your guests!

Au Gratin Potatoes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 8 medium red potatoes sliced 3.5 mm thick with a mandolin
  2. 2 c raw, grass fed sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  3. 1 c full fat coconut milk
  4. 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  5. 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  7. 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  9. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  10. Bacon fat
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with bacon fat.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat then sauté onion for 4 minutes. Add garlic then sauté for 1 more minute.
  3. Add coconut milk and spices to the pan and stir to combine. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish, then half of the cheese and top with the rest of the potatoes. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the potatoes then spread the rest of the cheese on top.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. If you see the cheese getting too dark lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling with bacon and digging in.

donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Grain Free Maple Walnut Banana Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Eating a Paleo breakfast can sometimes be a challenge, especially with little ones who are picky. This recipe for Maple Walnut Banana Nutola is reminiscent of a traditional banana nut granola. Your kids will love munching on this for breakfast by itself, or with almond milk as a replacement cereal. It’s also good for snacking on the go!

Maple Walnut Banana Nutola
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 2 c walnuts - Soaked if possible
  2. 1 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes (again soaked nuts/seeds if possible)
  3. 1 c banana chips, chopped
  4. 1/4 c maple syrup
  5. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  6. 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except banana chips, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in banana chips then transfer to airtight container.

donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Paleo, Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Fall is a favorite season for the flavors of apple and cinnamon, and if you are a fan of the two, this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Nutola will be music to your mouth. It is grain free and Paleo-friendly, as it is full of real food ingredients like honey, and the aroma of it baking in the oven will leave your house smelling lovely.

Apple Cinnamon Nutola
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  1. 3 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes, soaked nuts/seeds if possible
  2. 1 c dried apples, chopped
  3. 1/4 c raw honey
  4. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  5. 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except dried apples, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in dried apples then transfer to airtight container.

donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Men Face Chemicals In Products Too

This article was contributed by Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester, in honor of Testicular Awareness Month.
Even though men typically use fewer personal care products than women, the same carcinogens such as endocrine system disruptors and other potentially harmful & irritating ingredients, are still found in soaps, lotions, shaving creams, aftershaves and other products for men. According to the American Cancer Society,
1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime with testicular cancer being the most common cancer in males between 15-35.”
When shopping for men’s personal care products avoid ingredients like fragrance or parfum because manufacturers are not required to disclose what’s in their fragrance or parfum to keep it proprietary. The ingredient(s) come from a list of over 3,000 chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens. Some other known and potential carcinogens to look for in men’s products are:
  • 1, 4 dioxane
  • BHA
  • Coal tar (FD&C Red #6)
  • Formaldehyde & formaldehyde releasers (broponol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl & imidazolidinyl urea & quaternium-15)
  • Petroleum (petrolatum/mineral oil)
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • Sodium laurel/laureth sulfate
  • Synthetic colors
  • Talc
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate/acetate, retinoic acid, & retinol)

Remember that what goes on his body is just as important as what goes in it!

donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she tried it. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident than she ever has in her life and is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. She loves not only what she’s doing for herself but also what she’s doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, she hopes they’ll thank her someday. They live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where Donna works and tries to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow Donna on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

5 Creative and Fun Activities For Cold Winter Days

This article was contributed courtesy of Leah McDermott, a natural child learning specialist.

It may be starting to get cold outside, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck inside! Children can benefit just as much from daily outdoor time in the winter as they can any other time of the year, so it’s just as important to find ways to get out there and enjoy all of the fantastic changes that take place in nature during the colder months.

Here are five of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s snowy, rainy, or super chilly:

Animal Track Hunt: 

animal tracks

This activity is best done the morning after a fresh snowfall, but anytime there is snow on the ground will do! Head outside (bonus if you’re near a wooded area) with a camera or blank notebook/pencil and search for animal tracks in the snow! When you find some, take pictures and/or have your child draw what they see in their notebook. Keep in mind that not all animals make paw prints! What might a snake or bug look like making its way through the snow? Ask your child which animal they think the tracks belong to, and jot ideas down. Once you’re back inside warming up, search through animal track books – Tracks, Scats and Signs by Leslie Dendy is a favorite of ours – or utilize the internet to help you accurately identify the tracks you found!


Frozen Bubbles frozen bubbles

Save this one for when the temps are super de-duper cold, as you need it to be well below freezing outside for the bubbles to freeze rapidly. This is about as easy as it gets – simply grab that container of bubble juice from the summer (or whip up your own), head outside, and start blowing! The bubbles should freeze before they hit the ground. This gives your child a rare opportunity to get a good look at a bubble, watch the crystals form on it, and to see what it looks like when it pops/breaks. Talk with your child about the differences between bubbles in the summer and bubbles in the winter.

Snowball Lanterns 

snowball lanterns

To prep for this activity, all you need is some glowsticks and fresh snow! Have your child make a bunch of snowballs. Place glowsticks standing up in the snow and carefully stack snowballs loosely around the glowstick to form a snowball lantern! This is an especially fun activity in the late afternoon (you know… when the kiddos are in that pre-bedtime meltdown mode), because the lanterns can be really enjoyed when the sun has gone down! You can really ramp up the excitement for this activity if you put the glowsticks outside on the ground when the snow begins to fall. This way, the snow will cover the sticks, creating a super fun and colorful “Northern Lights” effect in the yard!


Frozen Scavenger Hunt scavenger hunt

This activity will work whether you have snow on the ground or not. It takes a little prep, but will provide tons of fun! Gather an assortment of small toys and objects from around the house and freeze them in ice cubes. When ready, hide the frozen objects outdoors and have your child go on a hunt to find all of them. Extend this to a literacy activity by making a checklist for your child to read and check off as they search. Once you’ve gathered all of the objects (and maybe hid them again once or twice,) bring them inside and place all of the frozen cubes in the warm bath water with your child. Your child can watch the toys thaw out as they warm up too!

Indoor Winter 

indoor winter

Let’s face it – sometimes, it’s just too cold to be outside. But that doesn’t mean that you and your child can’t still enjoy the beautiful winter scene that nature provides! So, on one of those super cold days, bring the outdoors inside! Set up a tarp or plastic sheet on the floor and bring in some containers of snow and an assortment of outdoor winter nature objects – like icicles, pinecones, frozen sticks or rocks, etc. Give your child a variety of instruments to sort, scoop, create, and examine the nature with. Mix some food coloring in spray bottles of water and let them “paint” the snow. Watercolors work great on ice blocks. Experiment with ways to melt icicles fastest – use things like pickle juice, warm water, and salt. Have fun digging into wintery goodness while still staying warm inside!

BONUS: Tips for Dressing Appropriately for Outdoor Winter Fun

Though there are some areas where temps dip far too low to safely play outside regardless of winter gear, in general, the issues with being too cold to venture outdoors usually lie in the clothing choices and not the thermometer. Here are some of our best tips for ensuring you stay protected to best enjoy nature in the winter:

  • Cover Up! Your body will lose heat through any uninsulated area of your body. Put on a hat and a scarf; make sure as little skin is exposed as possible!
  • Cold Hands = Cold Essentials! If your hands are cold, that doesn’t just mean that you need gloves – it also means that your essential organs/core aren’t insulated well enough! Focus on covering the mid-section to help the warm blood flow to your extremities.
  • Layer Up! For best protection on your feet and hands, start with a silk liner, cover with wool, and then a waterproof shell or layer.
  • Check out some more tips HERE.

So, get bundled up and get out there and enjoy all of the beauty and wonder that Winter has to share with us! There’s so much to explore and learn during this time of the year!

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20 Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes For Fall

This article was written by Deanna Dorman and appeared in its original form on Paleo Hacks.

Every Paleo enthusiast really should respect the greatness of slow cookers.

Quick and easy crock pot recipes make it a snap to stay Paleo on busy work nights. Slow cooking can make even the toughest of meat (which are usually the cheapest!) moist and delicious. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to a hot, cooked meal with minimal effort.

Here are 20 Paleo Crock Pot recipes for you to enjoy!

1.) Pulled Chicken Wraps

Paleo Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You never thought Pulled Chicken Wraps could be pulled off in a slow cooker, did you? This Paleo dish has a subtle, spicy kick and can perfectly fill in crunchy lettuce wraps for a complete meal.


2.) Sweet Short Ribs with Star Anise and Ginger

Paleo slow cooker sweet short ribs

These Sweet Short Ribs are a perfect Paleo one-pot-wonder. The recipe is a hearty meal that works well for dinner for one or the whole family.


3.) Slow-Cooked Beef with Root Veggies & Kale

Paleo slow cooker beef with veggies and kale

Nothing says Fall like a meal of meat and veggies. This recipe for Paleo Slow-Cooked Beef with Root Veggies and Kale recipe is a cozy and comforting meal that will satisfy you after a busy day.


4.) Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Paleo slow cooker chicken chilli

A Paleo version of Tex Mex Chicken Chili, this recipe is ridiculously easy and delicious. It pairs well served over cauliflower rice, or in a lettuce leaf taco.


5.) Perfect Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

Paleo slow cooker whole chicken

A roasted chicken is a classic and simple meal. This recipe yields not only a gorgeous and comforting family dinner, it will leave a beautiful carcass leftover for broth, (see the recipe at the bottom of the post!)


6.) Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Paleo Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Italian while Paleo? Most certainly! Paleo Chicken Cacciatore has a short ingredients list and using a slow cooker is the perfect way to produce this Italian favorite meal in six to eight hours without standing over the kitchen stove.


7.) Crock Pot Beef Stew

Paleo Slow cooker beef stew

Beef Stew is synonymous with Fall. It is a rich and hearty slow cooker meal that is sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger!


8.) Moroccan Lamb Stew

Paleo moroccan lamb stew

Moroccan Lamb Stew is a spicy, delicious crockpot meal that will provide some variety in your standard meat and veggies dinner. Add a little ethnic flair with this flavorful Paleo lamb stew!


9.) Paleo Pulled Pork

Paleo crockpot pulled pork

Pulled pork is a great recipe for just yourself or even for a large get together. This recipe for Paleo pulled pork is super simple yet yields phenomenal results!


10.) Crock Pot Cabbage and Apples

paleo crockpot cabbage and apples

Crockpots aren’t just for cooking meat dishes. This hearty side dish goes perfectly with the pulled pork recipe above (It’s so good, you may just need to invest in two slow cookers!)


11.) Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls


A Paleo take on the famous Chipotle bowls, these crock-pot chicken taco bowls are the perfect meal to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters in your home.  


12.) Paleo Curry Pumpkin Soup

Paleo curried pumpkin soup in a crockpot

Take a break from the protein and bone up on some veggies! This recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Curry Soup uses just five ingredients! Despite the fact it lacks meat, this soup is still filling, while providing a bit of spice at the same time.


13.) Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma

Paleo Vegan slow cooker vegetable korma

Another vegetable packed meal, this slow cooker Korma screams comfort food in a Paleo/Vegan kind of way. This recipe is so packed with flavor, you won’t even notice there is no meat!


14.) Paleo Mississippi Roast

paleo crockpot mississippi roast

This recipe for a Mississippi Roast is great because the large cut of tougher meat will turn moist and will fall apart after being cooked for hours in your slow cooker.


15.) Paleo Pork Shoulder Ramen

Paleo pork shoulder ramen
Miss ramen noodles? You won’t anymore with this recipe for Pork Shoulder Ramen. It is much heartier than the cheap noodles you get for a dollar in the store. This Paleo recipe is full of much healthier ingredients like meat, mushrooms and zoodles.


16.) Applesauce Chicken

paleo slow cooker applesauce chicken

Just two simple ingredients in this Paleo recipe for Applesauce Chicken are infused together seamlessly with the aid of a slow cooker. Savory and sweet, this applesauce chicken recipe will soon become a family favorite, especially with your kids.


17.) Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Paleo slow cooker salsa chicken

Fall apart chicken is made spicier and more interesting with this recipe for Paleo Salsa Chicken.  This recipe is super simple to throw together in the crockpot, and makes for a great weeknight meal for hungry families!


18.) Rosemary Acorn Squash

paleo slow cooker rosemary acorn squash

Bet you didn’t think you could cook squash in the slow cooker. Well, you can! Make your side dishes a little more interesting with this recipe for Paleo Rosemary and Balsamic Acorn Squash.  It’s a recipe you can use to accompany your meal on a busy weeknight or a holiday side dish!


19.) Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

paleo slow cooker chicken tortilla-less soup

No need for tortilla chips with this soup! This recipe for Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup is a comforting recipe pairs wonderfully with fresh cilantro and homemade guacamole.


20.) Crock Pot Chicken Stock

paleo crock pot chicken stock

Packaged chicken stock is not the best option when making homemade soup with all the added ingredients usually present, so if possible, making the stock from scratch is healthier and always shines through in your soups! This recipe for homemade chicken stock is the easiest way to make a good chicken broth. You’ll probably never go back to store bought again!


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Why Schools Need To Mandate And Increase Recess Time

The typical amount of recess in America is just 15 minutes per day – if your child is lucky, he or she may get one other 15 minutes  before or after lunch. 

States establish mandatory minimum amounts of instructional minutes for schools. Recess does not count towards these minutes, but most schools recognize children (and teachers) need a break.


In this time of Common Core standards on the heels of No Child Left Behind, many schools have shortened or eliminated recess all together in order increase instructional time. Yet research finds that children NEED recess.

The New York Times reported:

“And many children are not getting that break. In the Pediatrics study, 30 percent were found to have little or no daily recess. Another report, from a children’s advocacy group, found that 40 percent of schools surveyed had cut back at least one daily recess period.

Also, teachers often punish children by taking away recess privileges. That strikes Dr. Barros as illogical. “Recess should be part of the curriculum,” she said. “You don’t punish a kid by having them miss math class, so kids shouldn’t be punished by not getting recess.”1)

One school is bucking the trend to reduce recess time.


Kindergarteners and first graders take two 15 minute breaks in the morning and two 15 minute breaks in the afternoon. Teachers and teachers are noticing results! Today shares:

“There was a part of me that was very nervous about it,” Donna McBride, a first-grade teacher at the school, told TODAY Parents.

“I was trying to wrap my head around my class going outside four times a day and still being able to teach those children all the things they needed to learn.”

Some five months into the experiment, McBride’s fears have been alleviated. Her students are less fidgety and more focused, she said. They listen more attentively, follow directions and try to solve problems on their own instead of coming to the teacher to fix everything. There are fewer discipline issues.

“We’re seeing really good results,” she noted.

Parents are seeing them, too. Amy Longspaugh noticed her 6-year-old daughter Maribel, who is in McBride’s class, has become more independent and writes with more detail and creativity. Maribel has also made more friends as the kids mingle outside. 2)

It’s such a simple way to increase productivity and reduce behavior issues. That being said, as a former teacher, I remember children often come in from recess arguing and upset. We got into the practice of mindfulness after recess for five to ten minutes to help children transition from free play to the classroom.

The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following position on The Crucial Roll of Recess in School:

“Recess is at the heart of a vigorous debate over the role of schools in promoting the optimal development of the whole child. A growing trend toward reallocating time in school to accentuate the more academic subjects has put this important facet of a child’s school day at risk. Recess serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom. But equally important is the fact that safe and well-supervised recess offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits that may not be fully appreciated when a decision is made to diminish it. Recess is unique from, and a complement to, physical education—not a substitute for it. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.”3)


The AAP does not recommend how much time a child should spend in recess, but I find the Japanese system quite interesting, especially considering most Japanese schools do not have adult supervision at recess time.

“Peer-reviewed research has examined the timing and type of activity during recess and chronicled the many benefits of recess for children, without establishing an optimal required duration.2,8,12,13,18,19,21 There is consensus about the need for regularly scheduled recess based on national guidelines, even though the length of the recess period has not been firmly established. In schools, the length specified for recess ranges widely, from 20 to 60 minutes per day.24,30 In other countries, such as Japan, primary school-aged children have a 10- to 15-minute break every hour, and this is thought to reflect the fact that attention spans begin to wane after 40 to 50 minutes of intense instruction.46 On the basis of this premise, to maximize cognitive benefits, recess should be scheduled at regular intervals, providing children sufficient time to regain their focus before instruction continues.”4)

Eagle Mountain Elementary is participating in a program called LiiNK, which is based on Finnish educational practices. Like children in Japan, Finnish children receive a 15-minute break for every instructional hour. 5) If schools in the US followed this model, young children would get approximately 1.5 hours a day of recess (the average primary instructional day is about six hours long).

After five months, Eagle Mountain Elementary saw results. Hopefully, more schools will follow this trend to increase recess time. It is developmentally appropriate, simple, and effective. Parents can take this information to school administrators and advocate for their children in order to persuade them to give their children more recess.

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10 Paleo Treats To Swap Out Your Kid’s Halloween Candy With

Whether you are eating a Paleo Diet or whole foods based diet or not, Halloween trick or treating presents the same problem to most parents: the motherload of candy. Even if you are game for your child eating a couple Snickers and Twix bars on Halloween, the mountain of candy that remains after trick-or-treating often troubles parents as we deal with what to do with the aftermath.

Trick Or Treating

Deciding to let your children eat candy is a personal choice, but what if there were healthier alternatives that taste just as good? If you are committed to being Paleo, and allowing your kids to eat conventional candy and chocolate is just out of the question, fortunately you are not without options! Many Paleo friendly brands have emerged over the past year or two, which means there is a more enticing selection of Paleo treats and Paleo snacks available that just wasn’t there a few years ago. Allowing your children to still partake in trick or treating, and then simply replacing their candy with these Paleo treats instead will leave your kids jubilant that they got to still dress up in costumes, go trick or treating with their friends, AND still indulge in some (healthier) treats.

If you do allow your kids to have a couple bites of the “forbidden fruit” on Halloween, you don’t have to assume the ‘mean parent’ role and just take away the rest of the candy and leave them with nothing. You can play a fun game of Switch Witch, and either replace the remaining candy with a special gift, or opt for some of the delicious and kid friendly Paleo treats instead! 

Swap It Out With…


1.) Plantain Stripsartisan tropic gluten free plantain strips with sea salt

2.) Organic Apple Chips

bare fruits organic gluten free baked apple chips


3.) Paleo & Organic Dark Chocolate Bars

nohmad snack co paleo organic dark chocolate bars


4.) The Paleo ‘Chex’ Mix Replacement

Bubbas Fine Foods Chipotle Honey BBQ snack mix


5.) Raw Paleo Vegan Cookie Bites

hail merry bites paleo vegan macaroon cookies

6.) Paleonola Grain Free Granola

paleonola organic grain free paleo granola

7.) Organic Pure Fruit Leathers

paleo pure organic fruit leathers


8.) Single Serving Paleo Macaroon Brownies

rickaroons paleo snacks


9.) Paleo Sweet Potato Chips

jacksons honest sweet potato chips


10.) Mini Paleo Cookies

WB Kitchen Ona cookie Paleo cookies