SCD Recipes

How To Properly Prepare Beans For Gut-Healthy Diets

If you’re following an ancestral or gut-healthy diet like SCD, AIP, GAPS, paleo, or a leaky gut diet, beans are one of the most confusing foods you’ll hear discussed.

On the one hand, you probably grew up believing beans to be a “healthy food.” They’re versatile, cheap, tasty, and filling… there’s a good reason they are a staple in diets around the world.

But on the other hand, if you’re interested in gut health, you may have heard some bad news about beans…

Like that beans contain anti-nutrients. Or that they damage your gut. That they are actually really bad for you.

So which is true? Are beans good or bad?

The truth is that (like just about any food) beans and legumes aren’t strictly good or bad.

Depending on the individual, beans may or may not be a good food for you right now.

But one thing is certain: to be a healthy food for anyone, beans must be properly prepared.

When prepared properly, beans are a nutrient-dense food that can nourish your body. In this article, I’ll briefly cover the bean controversy plus share how to safely prepare beans at home. [click to continue…]

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Banana bread was one of my favorite childhood comfort foods – I’d always be excited to see enough brown bananas amass in the fruit bowl for my mom to agree to bake a loaf.

These days I still love banana bread just as much – but now I use my own gut-friendly recipe. [click to continue…]

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Gut-Healthy BBQ

With Memorial Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of BBQ season. After all, nothing says “summertime” quite like a day spent outside with family and friends around the grill.

But a “Standard American Barbecue” is far from gut healthy…

  • Sauces and marinades full of sugar, gluten, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors
  • Inflammatory oils like canola and soybean
  • Low-quality meats like hot dogs and pre-made burgers

That doesn’t mean you need to spend your summer alone and inside. (We already know that following a leaky gut diet doesn’t mean you can’t be a Social Butterfly.)

Instead of the usual hot dogs, my favorite thing to grill are kabobs. I love how versatile they are – you can take any veggies, any type of meat, and combine them with fresh herbs and seasonings to make a really delicious, really simple meal.

One variation I make all the time are beef kabobs with chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri is a South American sauce made of parsley, garlic and olive oil. If you haven’t had it before, it is similar to pesto but with a very bright flavor. You can use it as a marinade or a sauce for meat, eggs, salad, etc.

This recipe is easy (just a few ingredients), fun (there’s nothing like food on a stick) and really flavorful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! [click to continue…]

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avocado-oil-roasted-brussels-sprouts

I love experiencing the flavors of every season: fresh asparagus in the spring, juicy peaches in the summer, and gorgeous dark greens in the winter.

And then of course, there’s fall, the time when “pumpkin spice” flavors take over EVERYTHING.

And while pumpkin is amazing, there is so much more to experience in fall than just cinnamon, nutmeg, and everyone’s favorite orange squash.

Today, I want to share one of my favorite fall recipes that is an explosion of forgotten autumn flavors: Brussels sprouts, orange, and pomegranate.

Not only does this recipe taste amazing and unexpectedly like fall, but it is packed full of nutrient-dense foods that help promote a healthy gut.  

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9-simple-gut-healing-recipes

When you eat, you have many choices. Do you opt for flavor? Do you opt for convenience? Or do you take a ‘food as medicine’ approach?

The third choice is definitely the wisest. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find flavorful and convenient recipes that also help you heal… especially when many of us are following dietary guidelines, like the Leaky Gut diet, or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

What Foods Fit Within a Leaky Gut Diet?

There are many Leaky Gut Diet-friendly foods that can satisfy your cravings, without leaving you feeling deprived. You can dine on vegetables, fruits, coconut products, grass-fed meats, seafood, poultry, bone broth, healthy fats, herbs, and many more choices.

While a wide variety of foods are permitted, there are some limitations on a Leaky Gut diet. You’ll want to avoid nuts, seeds, beans/legumes, grains, dried fruits, dairy, processed foods, alcohol, chocolate, eggs, and nightshades, at least until you know how you react to them. Keep in mind this is not an all-encompassing list. To learn more about what to eat and not eat on a Leaky Gut diet, check out this free webinar on Solving Leaky Gut. [click to continue…]

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