Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

These cinnamon sweet potatoes are a nice change from typical vegetable side dishes. Keira LOVES these, probably because the cinnamon really brings out the sweet potatoes’ natural sweetness. I love that they’re quick to pull together and make great leftovers the next day.

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes


Two very large sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, or oil of your choice

4 teaspoons ceylon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and peel sweet potatoes, then dice into cubes approximately 1.5 inches square. You want them all to be roughly the same size, but don’t worry if you have a lot of variation.

Transfer sweet potatoes into a 15″ by 10″ rectangular baking dish. Add coconut oil and cinnamon and toss to combine. (If your coconut oil is solid, you can put your baking dish in the oven for a few minutes to melt the oil before mixing it in.) Your sweet potatoes should be lightly coated with oil; if they seem too dry, feel free to add extra oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.

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Costco is one of my best tools for affording healthy food. I like to regularly blog about my Costco shopping adventures because Costco’s inventory is changing all the time. And particularly in the last few years, they’ve been making a BIG push to add more and more organic and natural products. When we first moved to California, Jesse was initially alarmed about the size of our Costco bills, but he eventually realized that it wasn’t that we were being extravagant, irresponsible shoppers; rather, our new Costco store was just carrying many things that we used to have to get from other places.…

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Gelatin recipes have been everywhere the last few years. While including gelatin in your diet can help improve your bone, joint, skin, and gut health (among other things), the main reason I like gelatin is that it’s an easy way to add extra protein to your diet. I ate a lot of these when I was trying to eat a high-protein diet during my pregnancy. I’ve also fed a lot of them to Keira, as they’re a great toddler-friendly, high-protein snack.

Most gummy gelatin snack recipes that I’ve seen tend to include a relatively small amount of gelatin. This recipe uses much more than normal because I like getting a lot of protein in each bite.…

Where to Buy Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream

The Best Place to Buy Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream

We go through a lot of coconut milk/cream in my house. While I started out buying canned coconut milk at Whole Foods or Sprouts, I eventually realized that that wasn’t the healthiest or most cost-effective option. If you’re new to incorporating coconut products into your diet, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about shopping for coconut milk over the last few years.

My Favorite Coconut Milk/Cream

Aroy-D is my favorite brand of coconut milk and cream. I like it because:

  • It has no preservatives, gums, or other potentially sketchy additives. Coconut is the only ingredient. This was a huge plus for me when I was on the GAPS diet.

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If you have time, this dish tastes best when made at least a few hours in advance. Advance preparation gives time for the marinade to be absorbed by the beets and prunes.…