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The Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Well with such a boring picture I had to give this an interesting name! This is the ultimate Paleo sports performance drink!

When I first got back into running after having my first two kids I started to drink those awful sugary isotonic drinks, and well I started to learn that they were actually no good for performance and I would often burn out fairly fast. I deecided to switch back to regular water and up my salt intake. This did work well but not well enough. Fast forward 5 years and going strong on the Paleo diet I started to become more familiar with chia seeds and their benefits within sports performance. I also started to become more aware of the roles of carbohydrates, citrus and sea salts aiding in hydration and electrolyte/isotonic balance. That’s when I came up with this little number.

It is super quick to make and will help you blast out a good endurance run or hour and a half of intensive exercise.  This is best consumed about 30 minutes before you do exercise but you can also drink this first thing in the morning as it will hydrate you and help get those adrenals going!

This drink is also ideal for kids – my kids love this because it is nice and fizzy from the bicarbonate of soda! But this drink isn’t just for athletes and kiddies it is great for the elderly and anyone who is suffering from the flu or a stomach bug with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

So what is so great about all of the ingredients in this drink and what do they do?!

  • Carbohydrates from the raw honey will help to replenish your muscle glycogen whilst increasing the intestinal water absorption rate. It also contains fructose, glucose and maltose which all absorb into the bloodstream at different rates thus making it the ultimate energy source for sports performance.
  • The Himalayan pink salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements including the electrolytes sodium, magnesium, potassium & sulfate.
  • The bicarbonate of soda contains sodium chloride which again aids in topping up your electrolytes.
  • The lemon and lime juice is a great substitution for potassium citrate as it contains high levels of both potassium and citric acid. It also chelates calcium which basically means that it stays firmly attached for better absorption.
  • On to my favourite little power houses – chia seeds. Chia seeds are hydrophillic meaning that they love water, so much so in fact that they can hold up to 12 times their weight in water! This again extends your timeframe for hydration. Chia seeds are also hight in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. These beauties were used by the ancient aztecs and I have never turned back. They fuel you for a good hour or so of exercise.
  • Water… well yes I think we all know what water is good for!

But anyway now onto the actual recipe! Just to let you know these make excellent freeze pops too for the summer!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

400ml filtered cold water
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup for Vegan substitution)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp milled or whole chia seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pouring your water, lemon juice & lime juice into a large glass container and stir.
  2. Add in your raw honey and Himalayan pink salt and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in your bicarbonate of soda and chia seeds and leave to sit for another 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the water thoroughly.
  4. Alternatively you can place all of the ingredients except for the bicarbonate of soda into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes before leave to sit the 10 minutes. You can then stir in your bicarbonate of soda at the end before drinking otherwise the gases will build up and you will be likely to have a little explosion on your hands!!!

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Paleo Bagels

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So it was my protein fast today and I had a bit of a craving for bagels (probably because 1/4 of my blood is Israeli) … So I just went ahead and made some… like you do! I remembered that I had some potato starch that was given to me rather generously from the lovely Molly over at Perfectly Paleo who I have promised to make some gnocchi for (and I will sorry Molly) but I couldn’t help but give it a go in my dough. Potato starch is renowned for making bread nice and doughy.

This has to be my best bread dough that I have ever made – you don’t have to turn this dough into bagels if you don’t want to, you could make a braided bread loaf, and I’m pretty sure these could even be turned into doughnuts with a little bit of tweaking. But anyways, yes, bagels…

I sat there and contemplated over a few ways of making this dough and it was a big scientific experiment for me, I used xanthan gum to add to the chewiness and also vitamin C to aid with the rise.  This dough kneads like real dough, it also rises pretty much like real dough which is a first for me – I managed to squeeze double the rise which I think is pretty amazing for a Paleo bread! This recipe will require you to boil the bagels first and then to plunge them into a cold water bath before baking – but it’s all worth it just to get that awesome bagel flavour and chew that we all love!

So hell yeah! I bring you gluten-free, grain-free and bulls**t free bagels!!!

Enjoy!

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Makes: 6 medium bagels or 8-10 mini bagels

Preparation Time: 1 hour (plus 1-1.5 hr rise time)

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

For the yeast mix:

60 ml boiled water
3 tbsp coconut sugar
90ml almond (or any nut milk of your choice)
1 tbsp dry active yeast

For the bagel mix:

1 cup Sukrin Almond Flour
3/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp vitamin C
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 egg
1 tbsp coconut oil (plus 2 tbsp extra for kneading)
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

For the boiling mix:

Medium sized pan 2/3 filled with boiling water
1/4 cup raw honey
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Optional toppings:

2 tbsp poppy or sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Firstly prepare your yeast mix. In a measuring jug pour in your freshly boiled water and stir in the coconut sugar until dissolved. Add your almond milk and mix well. Finally stir in your active dried yeast until fully dissolved and leave for 10 minutes until it forms a very frothy head.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the bagel mix ingredients except for the egg, coconut oil, almond extract and apple cider vinegar. Stir the ingredients until everything is mixed thoroughly.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to its lowest setting (50C usually).
  4. Add in your egg, coconut oil, and almond extract. Stir your yeast mix and pour into the bagel mix. Now add your apple cider vinegar. Using a wooden spoon (or even a handheld whisk) mix until it forms a very tacky dough.
  5. Oil your hands using the 2 tbsp of coconut oil that are remaining. Break a small amount off and work into the dough. Knead your dough repeating the coconut oil process until you have no oil left. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a clean and lightly floured work surface. Knead for around 10 minutes until you have a nice smooth dough.
  6. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp towel or oiled cling film.
  7. Turn your oven off and place the mixing bowl onto the lowest shelf of the oven and shut the door. Leave the dough to rise for at least 1 hour. If you feel that the oven is losing heat then turn it back on and heat it back up to 50C and turn it off again. You want to let the dough rise until it has roughly doubled in size. If after one and a half hours it is no longer rising don’t leave it to rise any longer as it probably won’t. If you want a more authentic bagel dough you can leave it overnight to ferment and then cook in the morning if you wish.
  8. Once risen remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly dusted surface for 10-15 minutes until the dough is silky smooth. Divide the dough into 6 pieces.
  9.  Now it is time to place your pan of water, honey, bicarbonate of soda and salt onto the stove and bring to the boil.
  10. Whilst the water is coming to the boil roll your pieces of dough into balls and shape into circles that are about 1″ thick. With a well greased index finger, push it through the centre of your dough circle and begin to spin it around onto the work surface. Flip sides and do the same until you have something that resembles a doughnut. You want the hole to be fairly large and the dough expands upon boiling. Repeat the process until you have made all 6 bagels.
  11. Fill a large mixing bowl with very cold water. This is necessary to plunge the bagels into after boiling to help make them even chewier although you can skip this step if you wish.
  12. Pre-heat your oven to 180C.
  13. By now your water should be boiling. Lower 2 bagels into the pan as carefully as you can and set a timer for 3 minutes. Once your time is up flip the bagels using two chopsticks and boil for a further 3 minutes. Remove your bagels using the chopsticks and drop into your cold water bath. Repeat the process until all of your bagels are cooked.
  14. Line and lightly grease a baking tray and place on your bagels. If you wish to top your bagels you can do with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, or anything else that takes your fancy that is!
  15. Place your bagels into the oven and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown and the inner ring of the bagel is no longer tacky to the touch.
  16. Serve toasted with lashings of butter and some smoked salmon!

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Paleo Chocolate Ravioli filled with Salted Caramel and served with a chilled Orange Sauce

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Good lordy what a mouthful! But what a beautiful mouthful!!! This has to be the most creative and delicious dessert that I have made yet.  I love it!

So, this recipe came about when I contacted the wonderful Molly at Perfectly Paleo to see if they were interested in having a guest recipe for their site. Luckily for me they were!  They were looking for something pasta based so naturally I ended up being a little too creative and making a dessert pasta.  Who said pasta had to be savoury hey?!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe, although it looks difficult to make it’s actually quite simple!

Serves: 4 people (makes approx. 20 ravioli)

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the chocolate pasta:

3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
5 tbsp (just under 1/2 cup) almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
2 eggs
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp melted coconut oil

For the salted caramel:

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp almond butter
4 tbsp coconut milk
1 egg yolk (add at end and cook again)

For the orange sauce:

Remaining tin of coconut milk
Juice, pulp and zest 1 orange
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp orange essence
Thickening agent (2 tsp tapioca flour in 4 tsp water)

Method:

  1. Firstly prepare your pasta dough.  Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend for 5 minutes scraping down the sides frequently.
  2. Once the dough has formed a ball remove. The mix should be slightly tacky to the touch but not wet!
  3. Wrap the dough in cling film and put to one side.
  4. For the salted caramel combine all of the ingredients (except for the egg yolk) in a small heavy based pan on a low heat.
  5. Whisk the ingredients together until a smooth paste.
  6. Heat until the mixture begins to simmer, be sure to whisk frequently. Do this for 1 minute.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for 3 minutes.
  8. Add your egg yolk and whisk until smooth.
  9. Return to a low heat and bring back to a simmer, whisk frequently.
  10. Once the sauce begins to thicken remove from the heat. This will take probably another 1-2 minutes. Leave to cool in the fridge or freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  11. For the orange sauce combine all of your ingredients in a small heavy based pan on a low heat and bring to a simmer.  Whisk frequently.
  12. Add your ‘thickening agent’ mix and whisk.  The mix should start to thicken to the consistency of double cream.
  13. Remove from the heat, place in an airtight container and place in the fridge/freezer until fully chilled.
  14. Put your mix to one side and unwrap your pasta dough.
  15. Dust a flat clean surface with sieved tapioca flour. (Also sieve some onto your dough ball)
  16. Roll your dough until it is approx. 2mm thick, if you find that it is splitting then roll slightly thicker.
  17. Using a ravioli stamp or scone/biscuit cutter cut out the rounds.
  18. Fill with a teaspoon of the filling.
  19. Place another round on top, ensuring that you use the undusted side and gently tap around the edges (if it does not want to stick together then gently brush with water).
  20. Firmly press down working out any air around the filling.
  21. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook on a low boil for 5 minutes until al dente!
  22. Serve with your chilled orange sauce and drop into ooey gooey chocolate and caramel heaven!

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And if you want to see my guest recipe on the Perfectly Paleo website then click here!