This week I was thinking a lot about the food and the things we eat. Even if we are eating so-called “clean foods,” all the substitutes that are replacing unhealthy food… is it all really healthy?
I started eating paleo few years ago, after I found out, I am gluten sensitive. That was really clean eating. I ate all whole foods. I really ate healthy. No substitutes. If I ate sweets, I ate honey or coconut sugar, but not a lot because I also ate fruits. Then later I started to turn more and more to LCHF, or so-called keto way of eating.
The problem is, I started using zero calorie sugar substitute, such as erythritol and other polyols. Of course I develop recipes and I usually bake a lot and then also eat more. These alcohol sugars are not processed in intestines and are highly absorbent, causing all kind of digestive problems. I started to notice some digestive issues and that wasn’t a thing I wanted. I also noticed that if I eat too much fat, I feel sick and so I slowly started to turn back to paleo way of living—but with a lot less meat. I try to eat a lot of vegetables, followed by healthy fish and grass fed beef and organic chicken. But only once or twice a week. Eggs are on my menu almost daily. Of course I still eat healthy fats, but only in limited version. I eat mainly goat cheese, coconut yoghurt and also berries. All of the berries are my favorite fruit.
So what I wanted to say was… In searching of ideal food I started eating food that was not working for my body. Or shall I say with my body. Because once we eat certain food, we are our food. If the food doesn’t help our body and soul reach the best possible potential, we need to think about why we eat in the first place. As I already said a couple of times, food is our fuel. And just like we cannot put diesel in a car that drives on gasoline, we need to figure out the best fuel for us and try to avoid foods that are not helping us perform best.
I think honey is one of the world’s most fascinating and fantastic foods ever. The bees are giving us all that treasure from nature and it cannot hurt us, if…. Of course it’s always if. If we eat honey in small amounts, it will give our body and soul all we need. Of course honey is basically sugar, so we need to have limits.
I would say, I figured out my own way of eating, which is very similar to paleo, but it’s tailored to my body’s needs.
This week I wanted to go back to paleo sweetie roots, so I made Florentines my way. All natural and paleo.
And most importantly really easy to make.
Recipe for Paleo Florentines
- ½ cup of almond milk + 5 Tbsp of almond milk
- 7 dkg of grass-fed butter
- 10 dkg of almond flour
- 10 dkg of ground coconut
- 2 Tbsp of organic honey
- 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar
- Vanilla seeds
- A pinch of salt
- Almond flakes
- 3 pieces of 99% or 100% chocolate
- ½ Tbsp of raw cocoa
Bring to a boil the ½ cup of almond milk and 10 dkg of almond flour, ground coconut, honey, 2 Tbsp of coconut sugar, vanilla and salt and mix well. Put a tsp of mixture to a baking paper and flatten a bit. Sprinkle almond flakes on top and bake it on 180 degrees Celsius for about 10–15 minutes. When you get them out of the oven, they will still be soft for few minutes, so leave them to cool down.
In the meantime, mix cocoa, chocolate, 2 dkg of butter, 1 Tbsp of coconut sugar on a medium heat, until it becomes a paste.
Once the cookies are cold, smear them on the bottom with chocolate mixture and leave to cool down.
I looove these Florentines. The traditional ones have candied fruits as a main ingredient. You won’t believe how much the honey can do the trick and how amazing these cookies are. Try and let me know. ;
- no grains
- no sugar