Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Everybody gets sick, it is simply often unavoidable. But during cold and flu season it can’t hurt to take every opportunity to build up your body’s natural immune system, which is of course your best defense against illness! Taking care of yourself can come last in line when you are taking care of everybody else, or putting your all into work, but these easy Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System can go along way in warding off sickness whenever possible.


1. Get Outdoors

Spending time outdoors, where you can naturally absorb vitamin D from the sun, is an easy way to keep you from getting sick! If you live in seasonally colder regions of the country you may tend to stay indoors during the winter, which can result in low levels of vitamin D. Studies have shown that increasing your vitamin D uptake reduces your risk of catching the flu.

And despite the myth of “catching a cold” from the cold weather, cold and flu season is during the winter because most people are indoors and in close proximity to one another so spreading germs is easier. Escape those germs, get fresh air and catch some rays! Go for a walk with the dog, try winter sports like skiing or skating or bundle up the kids and take them out to the park!

Boost Your Immune System Naturally

2. Max Those Micronutrients

Ongoing research shows that deficiencies of iron, copper, folic acid, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, and E are linked to decreased immune response. But how do you know you’re consuming an adequate amount of micronutrients? The answer is variety.

Make your plate colorful: Different colors in fruits and vegetables mean they are yielding different nutrients. Change things up and add some different fruits or vegetables to your cart the next time you are at the grocery store.

If you really don’t love vegetables or having variety, this is when you should consider a multivitamin that will allow you to obtain an adequate amount of micronutrients. Keep in mind however that these are supplements, not substitutes. When choosing a multivitamin look for a USP verification, 100 percent of the daily value of most of its ingredients, has the right balance for your age and sex, and lastly has calcium, potassium and fiber.

3. Try Turmeric

Turmeric has the nutrient curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. There is extensive evidence that it can help prevent illness due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding it to a dish or sip on a warm golden turmeric milk latte before bed.

Check out these LCK turmeric recipes:

Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte With Espresso | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

4. Mix in Some Mushrooms!

Japanese mushrooms like shiitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are our body’s army against free radicals which are unstable molecules that naturally occur in your body that damage cells and cause disease (and aging). Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants help counteract the effect of free radicals and build your bodies defense. Mushrooms are easy to include in your diet through cooking or another option is to start your day with some mushroom coffee (link Four Sigmatic) containing lion’s mane, chaga, reishi and turkey tail powders.

Check out these mushroom recipes:

6. Namast’ay in Bed

A wide variety of studies have shown that stress and inadequate sleep has a negative affect on your body’s immune response. Everyone deals with stress in different ways so finding your personal mechanism to decrease your stress is key.

Here are some ideas to try to lower your stress level:

  • Meditation. Headspace is a great beginner app for a guided meditation option. Spotify and Youtube also have many guided meditation options.
  • Read a good book. LCK’s favorite books of 2018.
  • Do a face mask while taking a steamy hot bath. Try our all-time favorite detoxifying mask.
  • Go on a walk to clear your mind. Trails is an app that shows you trails, hiking areas, and bike paths around you.
  • Do some yoga. Find a yoga studio near you here.
  • Spend quality time with people that make you laugh.
  • Journal your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, gratitude. Write it all down.
  • Adequate sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Having trouble falling asleep? Try showering before bed, wash your sheets every two weeks, decrease screen time before bed, try using a noise maker or a fan, and/or limit caffeine consumption after 3:00 pm.

Here are some additional small ways to strengthen your immune system:

  • Daily probiotics: 80% of our immune system is in our digestive system. A healthy gut = strong immune system.
  • Seagreensproducts like chips, powders, and teas. Seagreens such as seaweed and algae are excellent sources of nutrients. Vital protein has a Spirulina Capsules. Spirulina is an amazing superfood sourced from blue-green algae.
  • Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is loaded with vitamins, minerals and beneficial probiotics.
  • Immune boosting shot: KOR’s is a great store-bought option. We love our Kick That Cold Juice!
  • Bone broth: from Bonafide Provisions or make it homemade. Don’t forget some Classic Chicken Soup.
  • Hot herbal tea: before bed with some lemon and honey.
  • Elderberry Syrup: store-bought or homemade.
  • Other natural cold remedies:
    • Lots and lots of Water
    • Oregano Oil
    • Echinacea Capsules and Zinc
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Hot Steamy Shower or Bath (Add Epsom Salts/Essential Oils to Your Bath)
    • Hot water with Lemon, Raw Honey, Turmeric, Apple Cider Vinegar and a Dash of Cayenne

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Natural Ways to Boost Immune System

My #1 Must-Have Face Product For Dry Skin

Winter dry skin here in Boston is NO joke. I’ve talked about dry skin before, and how to beat it, but I need to spotlight one product and how I use it that has changed my dry winter skin this year for the better. As soon as the temperatures drop and the air becomes less humid, it’s no secret that dry skin starts to appear, even those who normally don’t have a problem with it. I’ve had such issues with this in the past, but not this year! I’ve finally found the one product that has changed the game for me and today I’m excited to be sharing my #1 must-have face product for dry skin!

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

My #1 Must-Have Face Product For Dry Skin

Meet… the super popular Cleansing Balm! It’s an award-winning product and one of their most popular items, and admittedly, one that I waited way too long to try out. I’ve been using Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm for about a year now, but this winter I’ve been using it a little bit differently that has eliminated my typical dry and flaky winter skin and I’m so glad I discovered it.

What is the Cleansing Balm

This is the product that does it all– literally! The Cleansing Balm is:

  • A daily cleanser and makeup-removing balm: It doesn’t foam like a typical cleanser, but it definitely cleans your face really, really  well. You simply massage an almond-sized amount onto dry skin, applying gentle pressure to cheeks, forehead, and eyebrows for increased circulation. Gently wipe it off with a dampened cleansing cloth and thoroughly rinse skin
  • A replenishing overnight mask: Massage it into clean skin and rinse away in the morning when you wash your face.
  • AND the ultimate moisturizer: This has been the game-changer for me! How I use it as a moisturizer below.

How I Use the Cleansing Balm

Since winter has started I’ve been using the the cleansing balm as a thick moisturizer that has halted the dry, itchy skin I usually experience in colder months. It is so hydrating (made with raspberry and cranberry seed oils… think Vitamin C!) and my skin just soaks it up! I use it in the morning and at night before bed, and even before applying make-up!

Let me say, I have breakout prone skin, so I don’t take moisturizers lightly, since I can so easily breakout.  I use an almond-sized amount in the morning and at night, or any time my skin is feeling particularly dry after spending time outdoors. While on vacation I also used it after being in the sun and the beach (you know that tight skin feeling?) and my face was seriously grateful.

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm


Other Environmental Factors to Help Dry Skin

Last year we talked all about how to deal with enviromental factors that affect your skin, but I feel it’s important to recap here because I certainly focus on these as well when it comes to dry skin.

Here are some tips to help beat winter dry skin:

  1. Get a humidifier: Add moisture BACK into your skin at night while sleeping.
  2. Drink and eat more water: Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go to constantly remind yourself to hydrate and consume more nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, which in their natural forms typically have high hydration levels and electrolytes!
  3. Consume more healthy fats: If you don’t already eat a variety of healthy fats in your normal diet, now is a great time to add them in as healthy fats will contribute to your skin health and fats help keep moisture in.
  4. Have a good skin care routine for your face: Nourish your skin topically by establishing a good routine, and don’t forget these key things:
    1. As much as possible use skin care products without harmful chemicals (why I proudly support Beautycounter, a B-corp fighting to change the industry overall)
    2. Exfoliate at least 3x a week (I like this exfoliating scrub for a deeper scrub and the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel)
    3. Use facial oils (unsung hero for your skin — don’t be afraid of putting the right oils on your face) and serums for added moisture (#1 oil or #2 oil for normal skin/anti-aging and #3 oil for balancing for breakout prone skin)
  5. Have a good skin care routine for your body:
    1. Dry Brush before you shower to remove dead skin!
    2. Exfoliate in the shower with this body scrub (or make your own).
    3. Moisturize: I LOVE Primally Pure‘s body butter.  I always have it for myself and get it for my friends who are pregnant to use on their bellies!

Want to Try the Cleansing Balm?

There are two ways:

  • Full-Size Cleansing Balm $80: I know this is price is steep, but I promise, a little goes a long way. I’ve used my current one twice a day and I’ve been using this jar for 4 months now. It is worth it, truly!
  • Travel Size Cleansing Balm $45: This is a great way to try it, at a cheaper price, before committing to the full-size.

AMAZING RETURN POLICY: If you’re a first-time Beautycounter shopper, you should know that they have a 60-day return policy, no questions asked, with free return shipping. I trust you’ll love everything but I think that’s helpful to know since buying makeup and skincare online can be nerve-wracking! Want to see my other favorites? Click here for my personal routine.

P.S. I truly think it’s great for any skin type:

  • My mom uses it daily for anti-aging and loves it.
  • Nanny (who is 95) uses it and it soaks right into her skin for major hydration.
  • I am acne-prone and it’s been great for me, no issues whatsoever!
  • Mike, who has pretty normal skin, uses it on his nose when it gets dry/irritated.
  • Kelli swears by it for her skin and she even uses it for her children!

If you have dry or combination skin, I think it’s 100% worth a try. The only skin type I’d probably be cautious/avoid it with is super oily skin, as it is a thicker, super hydrating balm.


Here’s to safer skincare and better beauty! This post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. I would never share something I don’t 100% stand behind and personally use, and I hope you’ve grown to trust that from me over the years.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support of my Beautycounter business and all of my work. Please reach out with any questions, I am happy to help in any way that I can! And make sure to join my safer skincare email list for fun exclusives!

Your friend,

Lexi

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

Gluten Free Apple Pie

This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

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Gluten Free Apple Pie

If you must know how to make one pie out there, THIS IS THE ONE. We knew when we were planning our apple recipes for this month that we had to include a Gluten Free Apple Pie because it is such an iconic American dessert, and for good reason! Apple pie is a must-make during the fall season: at least once!

This recipe is definitely staying true to what we believe is a classic apple pie with juicy cinnamon and spice apples encased in a buttery pastry. We turned to our favorite pie dough that uses almond and tapioca flour and butter. If you are dairy free and are looking for a substitute for the butter in the crust, palm shortening or a non-dairy butter can work but it alters the flavor of the crust a bit. We also use tapioca flour in the filling to thicken the pie.

We use a combination of gala and granny smith apples in this pie, but if those aren’t available check out this apple guide to figure out which apples are best for baking.

almond flour pie crust with butter

TIPS to make pie baking easy peasy:

  1. Make the crust 1-2 days ahead of time.
  2. Roll the crust out ahead of time. Place the bottom crust in a tin and cover with plastic. Place the top crust on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap. This ensures it doesn’t dry out. You can do this a day ahead or a few hours ahead of time. It also makes it easier to work with the crust since it’s already cold. If you are choosing to weave a lattice do so on a piece of parchment paper. When ready to place on the top crust of the pie simply invert the lattice from the parchment on to the filled pie.
  3. When peeling and slicing the apples, squeeze apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  4. When placing the apples inside of the rolled out dough, make sure to pack them in tightly! This reduces the chance that the filling will shrink when baking and leave a gap between the apples and top crust.
  5. Make sure the crust is cold when rolling it out and working with it. If it’s getting too warm and melty, place it back in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Make the whole pie a day ahead of time! You can leave it at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours. Simply place in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes to warm up, if desired.

almond meal tart crust

We chose to weave a lattice to top our apple pie, to show it can be done with gluten-free crust, but it is totally not necessary. You can simply place a rolled out crust on top with a few slits for steam to escape, or you could roll out the crust and stamp a few decorative designs or apple cut outs on it. If you do want to do a lattice, it’s easier with this crust if you use bigger strips of pastry. And, I may sound like a broken record here but make sure your pastry is cold while you are working with it! We definitely had to place the pastry back in the refrigerator at least once between the rolling out the pastry and weaving the lattice. So when in doubt, chill the pastry for 10 minutes and you’ll have an easier time.

We used these kitchen tools in this recipe:

apple pie recipe

If you like this pie recipe, check out these others:

Gluten Free Apple Pie

Prep Time 00:40 Cook Time 01:00 Total Time 01:20 Serves 10

Ingredients

For Crust

For Filling

Directions

To Make Pie Crust:

  1. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  2. Add in eggs and honey and process until the dough comes together.
  3. Shape dough into two round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. 

To Prepare Crust and Filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Remove one dough disk from the refrigerator (leave the other chilling). Between two sheets of parchment, roll out dough to fit the size of a 9 inch pie tin, about a 12 inch circle. Removing one sheet of parchment and invert the pie dough into your tin.
  2. To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, coconut sugar, tapioca, vanilla, salt and spices and toss until combined. Spoon apple mixture inside pastry lined tin and place back in refrigerator while rolling out the top crust. (See note)
  3. Roll out the remaining dough disk to an 11" circle. If you are making a lattice, cut the dough into 8 or 10 strips (depending on your lattice ability!) and weave the lattice on a sheet of parchment.
  4. Remove chilling filled pie from refrigerator and either invert lattice on to the top of the pie, or place the whole rolled pastry on top. Seal the pastry pieces together, and crimp the crust, if desired. If covering the pie make sure to slice in a few holes to let the pie vent. If at any point during the process of making a lattice or placing on the pastry the pie crust gets too warm and is difficult to work with place in the refrigerator on sheet tray until cool enough to handle 10-15 minutes.

To Bake Pie:

  1. Brush crust with egg wash, and coarse sugar, if using and place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until apples are tender and filling is bubbly, about 1 hour. If crust is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
  2. Let cool at least 1 hour before serving, but best to wait at least 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

  1. We use a deep dish 9" pie plate to make our pies and fit about small to medium apples. If you pie pan isn't a deep dish, you may want to use 1-2 less apples.
  2. When placing the apple mixture inside, try to leave as little space as possible between apple slices by moving them around a bit to help them fit as tightly as possible. This makes sure you can pack in as much apple flavor in your pie, and so that your apple filling doesn't sink during baking.
  3. We recommend a mix of apples such as gala and granny smith.
  4. To make an egg wash mix together 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water until completely combined. An egg wash leaves the pie crust shiny. It can be omitted if desired.
  5. Once baked the pie can remain at room temperature, covered, for about 24 hours. Any longer than this and it should be stored in the refrigerator and briefly warmed up, if desired, before serving.
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Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Video)

This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

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My fabulous blogging girlfriends are here with me today bringing you healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast. I am in love with this month’s round up because I mean… check out these recipes! Gorgeous, delicious, and good-for-you! I call it a WIN. Your family and friends will thank you, too!

Maple Balsamic Dressing

You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately. 

Want other salad recipes?

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing pouring

How do you soften kale for a salad?

To prepare kale for a salad, massage the kale with oil and lemon for 1-3 minutes.

Can I use anything aside from kale?

Yes, use any leafy green that you love! 

Watch the video: 

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 0:50 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Salad

    Maple Balsamic Dressing

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Slice kabocha squash and toss with olive oil and spread across a lined baking sheet.
    3. Roast squash for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
    4. In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
    5. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, tossing halfway through, watch to avoid burning.
    6. Massage kale with olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
    7. Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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    Cauliflower Stuffing from The Healthy Maven

    This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.

    Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds from Eating Bird Food

    Add some green to your holiday table with this flavorful recipe for tender crisp green beans tossed with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

    5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Running to the Kitchen

    This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

    Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

    These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

    Balsamic Sea Salt Brussels Sprouts from Fit Foodie Finds

    Make these delicious Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts this holiday season for the most delicious vegan and paleo side that everyone will gobble up! 

    Clean Eating Recipes Perfect For Holiday Entertaining

    The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite lamb chops to simple edible gifts you can package for a friend, this is a great guide for when looking for Winter holiday inspiration!

    Clean Eating Holiday Entertaining Recipes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #holiday #glutenfree #paleo #cleaneating

    Appetizers


    How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie

    Crudité Platter [paleo-friendly option, low-carb, vegetarian, dairy-free option]

    Salad Roll-Up [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, no added sugar, very customizable!]

    Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing [Dairy-free, vegan-friendly]

    Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon  [paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free]

    Potato Latkes [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly]

    Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms [dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

    Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant]

    Easy Pumpkin Soup  [vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

    Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese [grain-free, gluten-free, vegetarian]

    Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Bites [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Thai Meatballs [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Side Dishes


    Honey Glazed Carrots [dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

    Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, vegetarian]

    Cranberry Walnut Roasted Acorn Squash [dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

    Cranberry Spiced Relish [paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian no refined sugar]

    Perfect Roasted Veggies [paleo-friendly, grain-free, vegetarian, gluten-free]

    Mediterranean Veggie Fritters [vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free]

    Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts [paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free]

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans [egg-free, vegetarian, gluten-free, grain-free]

    Healthier Green Bean Casserole [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Creamed Spinach Gratin with Cashew Milk [grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free if you use oil instead of butter, vegetarian]

    Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes [gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

    Healthier Creamed Spinach [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Mains


    Maple Glazed Ham  [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    How to Roast a Turkey  [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Shepherd’s Pie Two Ways [nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Holiday Meal in 1 Hour [egg-free, gluten-free, low carb, paleo-friendly]

    Chicken Pinchos Chermoula [gluten-free, egg-free]

    Creamy Pumpkin Casserole  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Gluten-Free Sausage and Pasta [gluten-free]

    One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    30-Minute Taco Soup  [grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

    Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad Over Garlicky Kale  [grain-free, dairy-free, whole30 compliant]

    Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese [gluten-free]

    Butternut Squash Pizza and Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Scallops and Bacon [grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Creamy Potato and Shrimp Chowder [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Coffee Rubbed Steak [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Treats & Desserts


    Cut Out Cookies [gluten-free, grain-free]

    Classic Chocolate Mousse  [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, no refined sugar]

    Chocolate Decadence Pie  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Sea Salt Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles [vegan, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Orange Zest and Sea Salt Bark [30 minutes or less, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Secret Ingredient Brownies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Pecan Pie Tarts  [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups [paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free]

    Roasted Grape Tart  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark [gluten-free, dairy-free if you use a dairy-free chocolate]

    Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    The Best Paleo Truffles  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Espresso Candied Pecans [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Edible Cookie Dough Dip [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Hasselback Pear Crumbles [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Carrot and Zucchini Bars [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream [gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly]

    Blueberry Crumb Bars  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Cranberry Orange Scones [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Paleo Apple Galette [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Cocktails


    Sparkling Citrus Punch  [no refined sugar, 30 minutes or less]

    Pumpkin Smash Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no-refined sugar]

    Caramel Apple Martini  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar, grain-free]

    Raspberry Gin Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar]

    Apple Cider Sangria  [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

    XO!

    Lexi

    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

    Happy Sunday from JAMAICA! Even though we’re away, that doesn’t mean that I can’t help you prep for success! This week’s dinner meal plan is filled with 30 minute or less meals to help you stay healthy and nourished without sacrificing time!

    If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with free printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

    Monday: Chicken Fajita Salad (30 minutes, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, Egg-free)

    Tuesday:  One-Pan Moroccan Fish (Under 30 Minutes, Egg-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

    Wednesday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Paleo-friendly, use ghee to make this Whole30 compliant, egg-free, and nut-free)

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: St.Paddy’s Day BRINNER (Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes) aka breakfast for dinner! (Under 30 Minutes, Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free) — Pair it with some nitrate-free bacon, too!

    Saturday: Out

    Sunday: Crock-Pot Asian Beef {Paleo Rice Bowls} (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly. Egg-free, and Nut-free)

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! This week we are loving the Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rice & Mango Salsa on page 168!  We are also excited to start St.Patty’s day off with the Island Blast Green Smoothie on page 272, we thought it would be the perfect compliment to our Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes!


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!