These days we will use any excuse to get together with friends and family, which usually revolves around the social aspect of eating and drinking. Under no circumstance am I perfect, and yes I allow myself to say "screw it" and enjoy some pizza and beer, but throughout the year those "screw its" can add up! Think about it, some of us have two to three large events each month including weddings, birthdays, engagement parties, bachelorette parties, graduations, football parties, or just getting together with friends, and we all know that alcohol triggers hunger, and it's usually not the healthiest of choices that sober you would normally make.
Have no fear, I have your solutions for this upcoming Superbowl Sunday, and I am giving you these tips so you can star planning and send out your group text ASAP that you're hosting this year! If you already have plans to go somewhere, no worries just make sure you offer to bring a few dishes for the group :)
Don't make Superbowl Sunday another excuse to eat whatever you want and "start Monday." Think about how many calories, unhealthy fats and processed foods we would avoid if we stopped using the excuse, "I'll start Monday," because thinking about it myself and how many times I have used that excuse in the past makes me cringe to think of much processed, chemical-induced substances and harmful toxins I've put into my body. Had I just eaten my normal routine and had just one or two treats at a festivity instead of indulging because I was going to "start Monday" is extremely eye opening.
Do you or have you ever used this excuse? If so, that's okay, we're all human, but you can turn those days around now by understanding that excuses never get us anywhere in life, to be strong and stay true to yourself, to not give into peer pressure and by trying these tips below for your upcoming festivities:
I don't know if you're going to believe it, but I have never enjoyed pie, but then again I haven't necessarily given them much of a shot. To me I just never believed in fruit being a part of dessert (that is quickly changing), and that slimy, thick, sugar-coated pie filling freaked me out! But I decided to venture out and make a pie for NATIONAL PIE DAY...and I fell in love! It was most likely because it was a paleo pie with light almond flour crust and a natural sugar filling (fructose from the apples) and glucose and fructose from the honey, but still it's a PIE!
Get creative this January 23rd and make yourself a delicious pie for your pie hole ;0 or feel free to give this recipe a shot and enjoy it as much as we did! Don't be overwhelmed by this recipe as I know it looks long and intimidating. It really doesn't take but more than an hour total to prep and bake. This was my first pie making experience and I'm 23 years old, so I understand the hesitation, but think about how much fun you would have with the kiddos tonight and heatin' things up in the kitchen with some dessert for your loved one ;
3 cups almond flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup grass-fed ghee (or palm oil, or your can use butter if you can tolerate dairy)
6 apples (I used granny smith from a 3# bag), peeled and diced
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract
Directions for a 9 inch pie pan: