Healthy chocolate truffles

I just tasted an AMAZING, decadent, rich, creamy chocolate truffle that I made for Father’s Day. Bonus=rich in quality fats, antioxidants, fiber, very low in sugar, AND dairy & gluten-free! What’s not to love?!

I’d been wanting to give this recipe from one of my favorite recipe blogs Nom Nom Paleo a try. So glad I did! They are truly awesome. 🙂

These truffles are dairy & gluten free.


  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate, I used almost 3 bars of my favorite dark chocolate, Divine 85%
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut and/or 1/2 cup raw cacoa powder (for rolling the truffles in)

I toasted the coconut in a pan on the stove on low heat and added a dash of sea salt to it. The sweet salty combo is, after all, fabulous.
Full recipe with lots of pictures available here.

Clam chowder, low-carb style!

As someone who is healthiest when they keep their carb intake low, I decided I’d try my hand at making a clam chowder that wasn’t loaded with potatoes.

I have many friends and clients who are “protein types”, like my husband and myself, so this recipe is for all of you too!


  • 2 slices bacon (I used beef bacon because I have a pork sensitivity, but I bet that would be even tastier)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 3 cans minced clams (6.5 oz)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium potato or sweet potato
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, rosemary, & garlic salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional: onion, corn

How to:

Chop up bacon, celery, carrot, and potato (and onion & corn if you choose) into bite-sized pieces. Toss bacon into a medium sized pot, medium heat, and cook for several minutes before tossing in the veggies and herbs. Cook for 3-5 mins, stirring occasionally, and then add clams and cream. Cover and let cook on low heat for 30 mins.

This soup was divine! Bacony and satisfying, this chowder isn’t thick, but it is satisfying and won’t send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. Enjoy!

Paleo apple-cinnamon cookies

My Sunday morning was spent trying out this paleo apple-cinnamon cookie recipe from one of my favorite recipe blogs Nom Nom Paleo. My 20 month old daughter and her 2 year old buddy made wonderful cooking assistants.

There is nothing unhealthy in these cookies, so we had no problem eating them shortly after breakfast. That’s my kind of cookie. 🙂 Those eating a gluten-free or dairy-free diet will appreciate them too!

Ingredients and full recipe with lots of pictures available here.

Disclaimer: These cookies were yummy, but definitely not very sweet–and I don’t eat sugar. I think they would make an awesome crust for a fruit pie, are wonderful dipped in whipped cream (or maybe homemade vanilla custard…mmm), and would probably be even yummier with a few raisins thrown into the dough.

Having said that, they were tasty, satisfying, nutritious, and the kids loved them. 🙂