Spring Desserts + Baby Carrots are soaked in WHAT!?!

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Before we get into the spring recipes, I have tell you what a friend recently told me what baby carrots are soaked in – it blew my mind! So what’s the secret ingredient in the above carrot recipe? CHLORINE! Yes, baby carrots are soaked in chlorine, you read that right!!

Wanting to know more I turned to Google, only to find out that that is a standard practice for ALL pre-cut produce, including packaged organic lettuce which I buy all the time – WHAT!?! But to be fair though, they are not soaked in pure chlorine, they are soaked in a chlorine rinse  (is that better?) – organic and non-organic – to prevent food poisoning. And the chlorine levels are regulated by the the EPA.

While that information made me feel a tiny (and I mean a tiny) bit better, I will no longer buy pre-cut produce. Even though it’s not pure chlorine and it’s regulated, I don’t want to be feeding my family any unnecessary chemicals. They say that the levels are similar to that of tap water, but I even filter our tap water to remove chlorine and other chemicals so why would I feed my family food that has been soaked in it? I think buying fresh produce – even if it is a little bit more work – is a much better and healthier option. What do you think? Will you buy pre-cut produce? Leave a comment to tell me what you think!

*Fresh Express (owned by Chiquita) uses a different rinse called FreshRinse

sources: 
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/01/07/truth-behind-baby-carrots/    
http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/12/11/the-truth-about-baby-carrots/
 http://blog.fooducate.com/2013/08/24/3-things-you-should-know-about-pre-washed-salad-mixes/

 

Now that THAT is out of the way, let’s talk spring recipes- shall we? 🙂

I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut. Not only have we been extremely busy just with life, but we’ve been having some problems with Lance at school and we are re-doing our kitchen cabinets! So needless to say, I’ve only been cooking the bare minimum. But Lance is doing better, we are almost finished with our kitchen, and now that it’s spring I’m excited to plant a garden this year and start cooking again!

Until I have time to get some of my new recipes up, here are some spring desserts to get you going 🙂

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Paleo Angel Food Cake – I made this last week when we had company and I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. It’s fairly simple and always a huge hit!

 

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Paleo Lemon Bars – I LOVE these!!

 

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Paleo Vanilla Pudding – This is one of my more popular recipes – easy and delicious 🙂

 

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Paleo Chocolate Pudding – This is my version of the avocado pudding craze! I used a combination of avocado and coconut cream for a fun twist 🙂

 

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Paleo No-Bake Cookies – these are my daughters favorite, she’s even learning to make them by herself!

 

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake – Perfectly cooked chocolate chip cookie in less than 5 minutes? Yes Please!

 

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Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins With Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting – A perfect summer treat!

 

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Paleo Poppyseed Muffins – A family favorite!

 

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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Bites – A perfect after school snack that doesn’t require the oven 🙂

 

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Mojito Smoothie – I drink these every day in the summer!

 

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Strawberry Pie – The perfect way to eat all those fresh strawberries 🙂

 

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Triple Berry Crisp – Move over dump cake, there’s a new crisp in town!

 

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup – A summer must-have!

 

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake – So stinkin’ good!!!

 

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites – Fast, Easy, and Delicious!

 

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Paleo Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake – Another Stinkin’ Good Cheesecake!

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