So I’ve been doing this grain-free thing for a while now. And with the exception of a few slip ups, it’s been a pretty good experience, albeit a bit strict. And while eating grain free automatically ups your healthy fat intake, I’m finding that I haven’t gained any weight either. So I’m not arguing!
In fact, my cholesterol used to be high on the LDL (bad) and very low on the HDL (good). But since I’ve gone grain/dairy/legume free, those numbers have completely flipped! I have a huge supply of healthy cholesterol and the bad type is down considerably low. Can’t argue with that!
So while I may not continue with being as strict with following a Paleo plan, I can see myself enjoying recipes like the one here for many years to come without guilt and without worry.
Is going grain-free something everyone should do? No. In fact, while I understand the science behind going grain-free, I still stand firm in the fact that every person is different and every person’s body will need something slightly different. So it’s important to figure out what works for your own body and stick with that.
The hardest part about being in Ireland is learning to drive on the opposite side of the road and the opposite side of the car.
Thankfully, I haven’t had to do it myself, but my mom… God bless her. Thousands of years haven’t destroyed some of the walls built by the Vikings that run along the road here in Ireland, but my mother might just get it done.
I’ve been hanging on to the “oh s#!$ bar” for dear life (thank goodness the car has one!). In fact, the number of near misses we’ve had just in the first three days has been nothing short of a world record. How I’m still alive is beyond me. My mother seems to think it’s perfectly acceptable to ride with only her side of the car in the driving lane. The other half… well, that just scraps along the curbs, the walls, the lovely green grasses…. I’m just waiting to lose the side view mirror. It’s only a matter of time.
But life threatening driving skills aside, there were some beautiful sights between Avoca and Cobh. Here are a few…
Then there are always the endless number of sheep. This particular cutie scared the pants off Mini Chef and I when we walked past his trailer at the gas station. Apparently our presence there was not appreciated. We walked by and the beast grunted at us. Scared us half to death. In turn, our reaction set off the entire trailer of sheep into fits of baa’s and the scattering sounds of paws trying to back away from us as best they could in their confined quarters. Mini Chef and I had a good giggle over that one.
And then there was Cobh…
More on Cobh in my next post…
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This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 5/8/13.
- 12 oz. cashews
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
Blend in a food processor for approximately 3-5 minutes, then press into a pie tin.
You can freeze it like this to fill later, or fill and bake immediately. If freezing, be sure to freeze in the pie pan inside of a large ziplock bag or air-tight container.
NOTE: Not recommended as a top crust.