Posts tagged paleo
Posts tagged paleo
This weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, so I thought I would share my article again from last summer about using organic coconut oil as sunscreen. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked like a charm! Check out the link above, and then read about my experiment from last summer below.
Forgive me, I can’t remember the tumblr that showed me this article, but if you write me, I’ll give you the proper credit. When I first read this linked article, I thought, “Coconut Oil as a sunscreen?! I’m gonna cook like a roasted chicken!” But I’m living proof over the last 3 weeks that it works, and works great! However, if you’re fair-skinned like me, you will have to re-apply often (maybe once an hour or even more frequently depending on how white you are). But your skin will be creamy and smooth! And the reapplication isn’t nearly as annoying as skin cancer.
Ever since I found out that sunscreens cause more harm than good due to all the chemicals you’re absorbing into your skin (paleo=chemical free), I’ve been on the search for an organic sunscreen. I did find one brand in Australia that was pretty much pure organic zinc-oxide, but it was thick and white, and not very practical for my summer beach days. And it felt like I was Meryl Street in Silkwood afterwards, trying desperately to scrub the thick substance off my body in the shower. I gave it away to a hippie mom with a newborn, and decided to just limit my exposure to the sun as much as possible until I developed a base tan, and then exposed myself more and more (like Fred Willard). But every now and then that method ended with a burn (kind of like using the withdrawal or rhythm method for birth control).
So when I read this article I tried using plain old organic coconut oil. No sunburn first week, minimal burn the next week (but didn’t reapply as much), no burn the third week! And my tan is darker than it’s been in years! If you get it in your eyes, it’s a little uncomfortable, so try to avoid your eyelashes from touching it.
You should definitely read the article, but in a nutshell, coconut oil’s high smoke point blocks the burning, and helps the UV rays give you the Vitamin D we all need. But you have to build up your sun exposure before jumping right in this, or as the article says, you must “season your skin” first before you can jump in the sun for several hours. The article suggests how.
I get a kick watching everyone at the beach wonder when my skin will turn crisp like a Thanksgiving turkey, only to be disappointed, again thwarted by the dreaded paleo lifestyle they all like to make so much fun of. And the kids at the beach get a kick out seeing me then unscrew the squirt bottle I put the organic coconut oil in, and then take a swig of sunscreen right from the bottle! They all line up with their mouth open for me to squirt sunscreen into their mouths, like some weird paleo communion. ”Eat this coconut oil, for it is my sunscreen.” And yes, I did warn them not to do that with other sunscreens, just caveman sunscreen.
EDIT: It’s now the end of the summer and I’ve had a deeper tan than I’ve had in 20 years! Probably since my college years on Spring Break. I get a comment almost every day from people mentioning how dark I look. I love not burning! And I have to admit, I love being tan. It’s like a crash diet, you look 10 pounds lighter for some reason, lol. And this is really just from one exposure a week in the summer sun, a 4 hour day of playing beach volleyball (badly) in Santa Monica. Organic coconut oil is my new go-to sunscreen!
NEW EDIT: I’ve already started going to beach, and this year I purchased a Misto on Amazon (see pic below). It makes it much easier to apply than the squirt bottle I used last year. One note, it’s got to be over 70 degrees or the the coconut oil will become solid and un-sprayable.
Grass-fed Chopped Steak, with mushrooms and onions (all ingredients, all organic, all the time). Just seasoned the meat with some black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Like a big ol’ hamburger, cooked to a perfect medium rare, with a mouth watering char on top and bottom from the cast iron skillet. Ugga-Bugga! Caveman like!
I’m trying out beef from a new farmers market, so I wanted to really taste it, so I prepared it without too much fuss. If you’re in Southern California, check out Novy Ranches. They are local, and sell completely grass-fed beef. The rancher told me that a lot of grass-fed ranchers are trying to get away with a new wrinkle in how to screw customers. There’s grass-fed, and then there’s grass-finished (meaning, some ranchers feed their cattle grains in the last few weeks of their life to fatten them up slightly), but now some are bypassing that warning label, by starting the cows on grass, then in the middle fatten them up on grain, and then finish with grass for a few weeks so they can still claim “grass-finished.” You gotta watch these people like hawks!
The only way around it is to ask questions! Go to the farmers market and ask about everything! Your meat, your eggs, your produce, etc! In my experience, if your farmer has nothing to hide, they LOVE to talk about their food, and they will volunteer full disclosure, and never tire of your questions. Those that brush you off, give you one word answers, don’t look you in the eye, or are vague with their answers, making you ask more and more until the truth comes out… they are the farmers not to be trusted, and you should move on. And don’t get hung up on the Certified Organic label. The government makes farmers jump through hoops to get that certification, and still makes allowances for some pesticides. It’s teh farmers that volunteer to grow food organically, without the certification that I usually wind up trusting the most. And the only way to gain that trust is to ask questions!
Anyway, this beef tasted pretty amazing, and local definitely makes a difference! Novy Ranches are gonna be one of my trusted farmers from now on.
So Go Raw caught wind of my reviews, and asked me to re-try their bars, and review a bunch of their other products too! Yesterday I received a giant box of paleo goodies from them! I really respect a company that sends me things to try despite knowing I might post a negative review of their products to 40,000 some odd readers. It shows they have nothing to hide. And from their list of ingredients in almost everything in the box, they’re pretty much the only ones out there selling pure paleo products (as far as my lofty standards go anyway). Everything is organic (my first rule of paleo), and only a few of them contain sea salt (which I consider a mini-cheat), and even fewer contain agave syrup (I feel only raw honey is an acceptable sugar, but once it’s in your body, sugar is sugar, so if you eat sweets, moderation is definitely key no matter how it’s sweetened, and this goes for fruit too).
I don’t anticipate my review of everything in the box is going to be positive, I might rip the cave-shit out of some items. However, this first review is definitely a RAVE!
Carrot Cake Super Cookies! Ugga-Yumma-Bugga! Really addictive! At this toddler stage of the paleo movement, more and more products are coming out calling themselves paleo, but this one really is (I find 99% of paleo products are not, they’re just marketed that way to the uneducated buyer). Go Raw even sprouts their seeds, which make them much healthier! These cookies are sweetened only by coconut and dates, so there’s not much sugar in them either. However, if you rarely eat sugar like me, these have the perfect amount of sweetness! I’m guessing someone who eats a traditional cookie wouldn’t find these sweet at all, but I really loved them! I was literally licking the crumbs out of the bag! Lol. I mean, if you eat cookies all the time (and if you do, why are you reading my blog?), then maybe these don’t taste so great. But if you’ve gone 3 years missing them, like me, then this satisfies every cookie craving you have. They’re crispy, like a ginger snap (which I also saw a version of in the box, and can’t wait to try). Next time maybe I’ll dunk them in my green tea! And if I crushed them up, they would make for a great crust for my paleo cheesecake!
It’s a good time to be paleo folks, it’s getting easier and easier. When I find I have to make from scratch every single meal and snack so I can control the ingredients, it is such a RELIEF that I can buy a bag of processed food and yet still eat clean. When I started the caveman diet, the word “convenience” left my vocabulary. But with emerging companies like Go Raw, it’s making a big comeback. To just rip open a bag of something and chomp on the couch in front of the TV, I thought those days were over for me. This proves that there’s still hope for the lazy bastards of the world yet!
P.S.- I’m not being paid a dime from Go Raw, they are just sending me products to try. They’re not even asking I review anything. I’m doing it to let fellow paleo’ers know what’s available to them and Caveman Approved.
made the cooking caveman’s mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!
my boyfriend all but freaked out when he saw how it was made. i think he told about 10 of his friends and even called his mom (who’s a health freak) to tell her about it because she loves ice cream.
SO GLAD it tastes so good! thank you tons, cooking caveman!!!
here’s a link to the recipe:
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Another satisfied customer! Glad it worked out for you! Check out the video to see how I make healthy ice cream from frozen bananas! CLICK HERE!
Paleo Thai Fried Rice! Super delicious, and not that long to make considering all the ingredients (which are all organic, all the time).
Ground Beef (you can use any meat, or none, this was the only kind I had in the house)
2 eggs (scrambled in at the end)
Coconut or Olive Oil
Coconut Aminos (a bit of a mini cheat due to the salt content, but nowhere near as bad a cheat as soy sauce)
I steam the cauliflower rice first, while I do my cutting, and stir frying. Put the items in first that need the most cooking, like the broccoli and carrots, and then keep adding in terms of items that need the shortest cooking time. Then, add in the “rice” and coconut aminos. Finally, scramble a couple of eggs into the middle, and then mix it all up.
You can make this with any combination of items, all you need is the cauliflower rice, and coconut aminos, and the rest can be up to you! Ugga-Bugga!
Shrimp and Broccoli in garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Made in a case iron skillet to get that nice char I love so much. With black pepper, onion powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. All ingredients, all organic, all the time.
Ugga-Bugga! Caveman like! Grass-fed brisket. Sometimes I go to great lengths to add flavor to my brisket, but this time I went so simple, and it still came out great!
I browned the brisket in a cast iron skillet, then while it was warm I liberally sprinkled black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder on both sides (all ingredients all organic, all the time), and then put it in a dutch oven over a bed of celery and carrots (I was out of onions). Cooked for 3 hours at 350F degrees. No onions, no sauce, no stock, no water. And the meat still came out super tender and juicy. No, it wasn’t as good as when I make it with my apricot sauce, or other preparations, but it was still amazing! Sometimes you don’t need to go through a whole production to cook great food. It’s the simplest things that make me the happiest. :-)
Interesting question. I buy whatever organic almond butter is the cheapest, and it changes from week to week at Whole Foods. I guess I could make my own, and save money, but I just don’t have the time or patience, even a Caveman has his limits to how much cooking he can do. Plus, I’m a lazy bastard.
I usually buy one of two brands depending on what’s on sale, the Whole Foods brand is creamier and the Artisana brand is more granular. The more granular brand makes for better bread, but the creamier brand makes for better almond butter to eat with fruit, or to add to my frozen banana ice cream.
But really, I buy whatever’s the cheapest every time (I’m also a cheap bastard). The loaf is already super expensive with all those pasture raised eggs I buy ($6 a dozen!), so if I can save a dollar or two a loaf, I don’t care what almond butter I use, as long as it’s organic!
By the way, you can’t see the back of this sandwich, because I devoured it before talking a photo. And the best part, I still have another day or two of leftovers!
Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy - Almond Butter Bread (by TheCookingCaveman)
For those who missed it earlier, my new video!
I definitely think I will have to try this very soon. And it’s Whole30 compliant. Woot!
Jeff, would this keep well in the freezer? I feel like I may fall in love with this and want to make a lot of it, and I love making extra to freeze for easy use later.
Yes Gab, the bread freezes GREAT! I make a loaf, use what I want, and freeze the rest for when I need it again. It only takes a few minutes to defrost! And sometimes I save the ends in the freezer for when I want to make my paleo stuffing!
I finally made something that looks like how it’s suppose too!! I did something right! ….might have left it in the oven 10 minutes too long….
Mad props to Cooking Caveman aka Jeff for doing the whole paleo world a huge solid and hooking us up with this recipe. http://cookingcaveman.tumblr.com/post/34301863677/new-video-cooking-caveman-with-jeff-nimoy
Can’t wait to try this with some tuna salad. Nom nom nom.
Nice going, Red! Here’s that tuna salad sandwich for you:
You may remember my review of Go Raw Bars from last June. This is a great company that makes pretty pure paleo ingredients. I’m not a fan of the bars, but I’m addicted to their Flax Snax!
Once you go paleo, one of the things you long for are snacky things like crackers or chips. Especially with guacamole, which I eat all year round (California rules!). Kale Chips just aren’t sturdy enough, and even though I love my chips made from root veggies like rutabaga and beets, it’s just takes so friggin’ long to make, and when you want to crunch on something, you want it now!
These flax crackers are 100% paleo, but the only drawback is they’re tiny. Still, I manage to scoop up some guac with them, and when their tininess gets too frustrating, I just throw some in a bowl with the guac and eat it all with a spoon.
I wrote the company and asked if they were planning on making bigger ones, and they wrote me back (always a sign of a quality food company with nothing to hide) explaining that they tried, but they would break while shipping. Bummer. Still, these are a quality paleo product (there aren’t that many out there), that provides really good crunch satisfaction.
They taste pretty plain, but I like that when dipping them into something, so I don’t mind. But my friend who turned me on to them claim the pizza flavored Flax Snax are outrageously good. I checked out their ingredients, and if you don’t mind some sea salt in your diet, it’s 100% paleo (you know me folks, it’s got to be 100% organic for me to consider it paleo, and this company really holds itself to my high standard), so those could be the go-to paleo snack for when I want something crunchy. I can’t wait to try them. They also make a sunflower flavor that has coconut amino, which also contains sea salt. I’m not big on salt, but if I eat it, it HAS to be sea salt, and a little in your diet won’t kill you.
Let me know if any other cavemen out there have tried it and what do you think!
The one on top is the end piece from my paleo almond butter bread (not toasted), with some arugula salad on top, and paleo chopped liver on top of that. Bottom piece is toasted, with the chopped liver on first, and then topped with arugula salad. Click the links to see recipes.
I fried the liver and onions in duck fat! So this is an ultra rich meal! It doesn’t take many of these to fill you up. And believe it or not, all that luxurious organic fat is REALLY good for you!
By the way, if you’ve ever had pate, or foie gras, but you say you hate chopped liver, that means you’ve never had chopped liver, because the taste is near identical. Don’t judge it by the name and look, this tastes AMAZING! Ugga-Bugga!
No trick, sometimes my bread splits, and sometimes it don’ts. Either way it tastes delicious!