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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)

This creamy chimichurri sauce takes minutes to make, and tastes amazing on everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

When people tell me that healthy eating is boring and has no variety, I ask, “Are you experimenting with differences sauces and spices?” The flavor of food can change dramatically depending on what seasoning or dressing you put on it, and you can make multiple dishes with the same base ingredients.

So recently, when I got a bit bored by the same marinade I put on my steak, I decided to switch it up a bit with this creamy chimichurri sauce, and dayuuum, it added SO MUCH flavor and I ended up putting the leftover sauce on everything for the next several days.

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

Yup, these are all ingredients that go into this creamy chimichurri sauce. So simple and healthy, right? I love a good creamy sauce, and the addition of an avocado makes it a perfect texture, not too thick and not too thin. Which is why you can seriously use this sauce for anything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

So far, I have used it as a dipping sauce for steak and veggies, a refreshing dressing on a salad, and even topped my gluten free smoked salmon toast with it for a burst of flavor. I just can’t get enough of it, and I highly recommend you try it out!

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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)
 
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Serves: About 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, raw and unfiltered
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, if needed
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add more olive oil if you want the sauce to be thinner.
  4. Enjoy as dressing, dip, or sauce over everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

Instant Pot Barbacoa

Quick and easy Instant Pot Barbacoa is so tender and delicious, and great for leftovers!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Barbacoa is always my first choice when we go out for tacos (that, and fish tacos). There’s something so amazing about how tender and spicy it is, and I just love it just melts in your mouth. If you don’t know what Barbacoa is, you should learn and try it because it’s just the best!

Barbacoa is slow roasted meat, usually beef, seasoned with various spices to give it a delicious chipotle flavor. BUT, if you have no patience for slow roasting anything like me, you can just throw everything in the Instant Pot and it’ll all be ready in an hour or so!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Beside some simple prep work, there’s not much you have to physically do for this Instant Pot Barbacoa. That’s what’s so magical about Instant Pots. They take a fraction of the time that a slow cooker requires, but you still have a delicious fall-off-the-bone meal at the end of it without stinking up the whole house!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

The versatility of this recipe makes it a great one to make for meal prepping at the beginning of the week. So far, we’ve had it in tacos, salads, taquitos, and eaten it just on its own. Next time, I think I’ll build a burrito bowl with them with cauliflower rice and veggies. Oh, the possibilities!

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Instant Pot Barbacoa
 
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  • 3-4 lb beef bottom round roast or chuck roast, cut into 3 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth or bone broth
  • ¼ cup raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté setting and heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil for 10 minutes.
  2. Add beef to the Instant Pot and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Work in batches if needed.
  3. Leave the beef in the Instant Pot and turn it off.
  4. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except cilantro, in a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat, close the lid, and cook for 60 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Release the pressure and open the lid. Take out the meat, shred it with 2 forks, and return it back into the Instant Pot.
  7. Stir, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve as taco meat, in a burrito bowl, or in any way you want to enjoy it!

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8 Awesome Benefits of Sea Salt

Learn the benefits of sea salt and why you should incorporate into your diet everyday!

Benefits of Sea Salt

You’ve probably heard of the common health warning, “Stick to a low-sodium diet for better heart health.” While there is some truth to salt causing hypertension, this only applies to refined white table salt that you’ll often see in salt shakers at restaurants. That’s because these salts have been stripped of their beneficial minerals and only have sodium and chloride, which create imbalances and disease in the body.

Real sea salt has been used for thousands of years by our ancestors and have been a precious commodity to season food and boost their health. I’m talking about unrefined, health-promoting salt like Celtic sea salt and Himalayan sea salt that are gray, black, or pink in color. These salts are actually very helpful in balancing the body and providing the body the nutrients it is lacking from our modern diet. And helloooo, it enhances the flavor our food!

So what are some of the amazing benefits of sea salt? You may be surprised that there are many but here are just some of the important ones:

1. Keeps you hydrated

Contrary to popular belief, sea salt is extremely beneficial in keeping us hydrated. The amount of nutrients in sea salt also satisfies our thirst for a longer period of time and keeps us holding on to the fluids for longer.

Table salt, on the other hand, dehydrates us and actually leeches essential minerals from the body. It also makes us crave it more (I used to be a salt addict!) because our bodies is in need of nutrients that it wants in natural sea salt that cannot be satisfied by processed table salt.

2. Reduces fluid retention

Some people think that salty food makes you bloat or retain water, and yes, this happens when you consume white table salt and refined salt used in processed foods. I remember the days I would wake up feeling groggy and bloated after a late night pizza binge with friends.

However, with real sea salt, the opposite happens because of its balanced ratio of minerals, especially potassium and sodium, which help release retained water. Eating real food and salting your own food with sea salt will help eliminate bloat and water retention.

2. A great source of minerals 

Did you know that high-quality sea salt has 84 trace minerals that nourish and strengthen our body? We used to be able to get enough minerals from the food we eat. However, with monocropping and improper farming methods, our soil has been depleted of these essential minerals and doesn’t provide the nutrients to our food like it used to.

However, we can supplement with sea salt and replenish our bodies with these easily absorbable minerals. I even put a pinch of sea salt in my water each day for that extra nutrient profile!

3. Balances electrolytes

Because of its amazing mineral content, sea salt is a great source of electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium. These electrolytes are vital for muscle, brain and heart health, because of its critical role in the nervous system. Instead of the typical sugar-filled electrolyte drinks you can find at the supermarket, try adding sea salt to water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

4. Prevents muscle cramps

When your electrolytes are low, you can experience muscle soreness, cramps, charley horse, and even restless leg syndrome. The lack of minerals keeps the muscles from relaxing and cause contractions that are out of your control. This is why epsom salt baths are recommended for any kind for muscle fatigue. The magnesium in epsom salt plays a huge role in loosening and calming the muscles and your entire body.

If you know you’ll be doing a strenuous activity, make sure to add sea salt to your water before and after to replenish your body with the minerals that it loses during the exercise.

Benefits of Sea Salt

5. Great for skin health

Because of its potent mineral content, sea salt has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for skin health. There are many beauty products that use sea salt, because it has the power to detoxify the skin, while exfoliating, increasing circulation, and providing the skin with nutrients. Sea salt has been shown to be especially beneficial for acne, psoriasis, eczema, and anti-aging.

6. Improves digestion

Sea salt is necessary in the role of digestion, and it starts in the mouth. The salivary amylase, an enzyme which helps break down carbohydrates in the saliva, is activated by the flavor of salt.

Also, salt plays a huge role in the making of hydrochloric acid, which is secreted in the stomach for the breakdown of food, especially protein. Most people are insufficient in hydrochloric acid, and this can cause numerous digestive issues like bloating, gas, heartburn, indigestion, and can eventually lead to leaky gut and chronic disease.

7. Nourishes the adrenal glands

Adrenal fatigue of varying degrees is extremely common today, resulting from stress and poor diet. With adrenal insufficiency, one of the main symptoms is salt cravings. This is because the body is craving the nutrients it needs from sea salt.

Among their numerous demanding functions, our adrenal glands release hormones that regulate sodium and potassium in the body. So in order to make this particular job easier, the adrenals need a balance of these minerals through high quality sea salt. This is especially important when they are already tired from the stress we put through them everyday.

8. Regulates blood pressure

Yes, high quality sea salt is greatly beneficial for regulating blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure is the result of inflammation in the body, which is primarily caused by a high sugar, processed food diet, which also includes white table salt that’s devoid of most nutrients.

Real sea salt actually reduces inflammation by bringing in the necessary minerals that the body uses to boost its immunity. By providing the body with enough water and potassium, it actually helps prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. ‘


To receive all the healing and health-boosting benefits of sea salt, make sure to purchase quality brand like this Celtic sea salt and this Himalayan sea salt. Always reach for salt that has color. It shouldn’t be white, because that means it has been refined and stripped of all its beneficial minerals.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate sea salt into your diet everyday, because it truly is a nourishing and healing superfood!

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8 Awesome Benefits of Sea Salt