I’m not going to lie — this is a big one for me.

I was a soda drinker. Usually Coke and then it was Cherry Coke if I could get my hands on it. I occasionally strayed to other flavors, Orange Fanta if I didn’t want the caffeine, Sprite if my stomach was upset and various flavors of Mt. Dew for my migraines.

Now that I’m Paleo, I don’t really miss the soda…except sometimes. On a hot day, I will miss the Coke. If I’m having a burger or pizza, I miss the soda. And I only miss it for one reason.

I’m totally addicted to the carbonation.

Okay, not totally addicted. I go without more days than not. But there are times I have this thirst that jut won’t be quenched by water or coffee.

Enter Izze.

Izzes are just fruit juice and carbonated water. Yep, that’s it. They aren’t dry like some sparkling waters. They are just as soda as you can get, but they fit a Paleo diet.

So, if I want something light, like Fanta, I drink a Clementine Izze. Something tart? There’s Grapefruit Izze. If I’m really wanting a Coke, I’ll drink a Blackberry Izze.

They’re a little on the pricy side, but so worth it when you want to stay on plan. They come in a four-pack, but I have seen larger bottles (usually at Panda Express) and smaller cans. They’re absolutely perfect for that carbonation itch.

Chocolate Cake

I celebrated my last birthday with Kat (friend and adopted sister), Mom, and my two aunts in California. There was talk about what kind of cake Kat and I might want for our birthday, and Paleo didn’t really cross my  mind. I will have an occasion non-Paleo treat, but, for the most part, I try to to keep to plan. There are times, though, when it’s just not practical, and impromptu trips to California for birthday pedicures is one of those times…usually. Before we left on the trip, I found this cake recipe, and Mom tweaked it a tad. The recipe is from a site called My Heart Beets, and you can find the original recipe here. This cake is a very decadent, heavy cake in the European style, and rich, but so very good.

1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sifted coconut powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Chocolate Frosting
5 ounces (1/2 packages of dark chocolate chunks)
4 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon maple syrup, to taste

Cake directions
1.. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients (almond foul, cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda and salt)

2. Add the maple syrup, melted butter and mix well.

3. Add eggs and mix well

4. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Spoon into a 10″ pan greased with coconut oil

5. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate frosting
1. Melt chocolate in the microwave.

2. Mix in butter and maple syrup. Mix until smooth

3. Allow frosting to cool slightly, then pour over cake.

4. Enjoy.

Bolthouse Farms

When I first discovered Boathouse Farms, I was drinking their Mocha Cappuccino. It was several years ago, before I went Paleo and before I knew I was allergic to milk. Along the line, though, I started drinking these smoothies.

These are great. They’re perfectly Paleo and just handy. They start cold and stay cold, and you can find them in the produce department of most grocery stores. When I was homeless, I would walk into a Walmart, buy two hard-boiled eggs, and one of these bottles of smoothies, and it was all I needed for breakfast.

Berry Boost is probably my favorite, but there’s also a blueberry-based juice, strawberry banana, and mango. Their C-Boost is also excellent, and, since finding them, I’ve discovered I like drinking carrot juice.

I don’t have to worry about added sugars, additives, or any other nasty stir-ins. It’s just good, pure juice.