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7 Tips for a Paleo 4th of July

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost here! If you friend and family group is like ours, most holiday celebrations center around FOOD. This can be a little tricky when you’re trying to eat a Paleo diet, but you can also view it as a great opportunity! Here are 10 tips for a festive, fun, and paleo Independence Day — with recipes!

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7 Tips for a Paleo 4th of July in Howell, Michigan

1. Dish it up!

Whether you’re hosting the party or heading to a potluck, be sure to bring along a dish that everyone else can enjoy. This guarantees there will be at least one thing that is 100 percent paleo at the party. You can take it a step further and write out a label for your dish, including its ingredients and name of the dish. Be sure to include “paleo” in the name. This is a great conversation starter!

Prepare yourself for questions like, “What is paleo?” and “Why do you eat that way?” and “How did you make this so delicious?”

2. Sweeten up your hosts.

It is always polite to bring a gift to the host or hostess. Why not bring along a paleo friendly dessert for the hosts, along with a thank you card? This is a great way to show your appreciation and to give everyone a sweet and delicious paleo treat to try!

3. BYOM.

Bring your own meat. Fourth of July parties are usually all about grilling out and a barbecue. If you bring along your own meat, you can guarantee it and its marinade is 100 percent paleo. You also help off-set some of the costs for the hosts!

Feel weird bringing along your own meat? Try bringing along your own kebabs instead. Just make plenty of skewers to share with the whole group. Win, win!

4. Skip the buns.

If the cookout is serving up hamburgers and hotdogs, skip the bun and wrap the meat in lettuce or eat it by itself. This is an easy way to stay paleo compliant, while not missing out on the main event.

5. Prep with protein.

How many of you have every “face planted” into a bag of M&Ms because you got hangry? Parties are prime places to fall into old habits and temptations. Before you head to the big shindig, be sure to eat plenty of clean, lean protein. This will help you avoid faceplanting into that bag of potato chips or chocolate, because you won’t be starving upon arrival!

6. Choose your booze.

Not all alcohol is created equally, and only certain types of alcohol are considered paleo friendly. Shoot for clear spirits over darker spirits if you choose to drink this holiday, and avoid beer all together (it’s definitely not paleo). Most wines are just fine – just check the labels! Drink responsibly.

7. Stay hydrated.

With the summer heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. If you’re dehydrated, you move slower, have less energy, and your skin even suffers. If you focus on drinking water a little bit at a time throughout the day, you will feel fuller, and your body will ultimately feel better.Bring you own water bottle with you wherever you go, so you have water easily accessible!

Paleo Recipes for 4th of July

Looking for the perfect paleo dish to bring to your Independence Day party? Look no further! Here are some of our favorite paleo recipes from PaleoOMG.com for the 4th of July!

1. Bacon Wrapped Smoked Salmon Stuffed Sweet Peppers

  • Ingredients
    • 5 strips of paleo approved bacon, cut in half lengthwise and widthwise
    • 10 sweet peppers, cut in half lengthwise
    • 3-5 oz of smoked salmon
    • pinch of salt
    • sprinkle of smoked paprika
  • Directions
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    • Cut bacon in half lengthwise and widthwise until you have 4 strips of bacon from each original 1 piece
    • Cut sweet peppers in half and remove excess seeds
    • Take small pieces of smoked salmon, roll it up, and push it inside the sweet pepper
    • Wrap a small piece of bacon around the sweet pepper you just stuffed with salmon, making sure to tuck the sides of the bacon under the sweet pepper to keep it in place as the pepper bakes
    • Place all bacon wrapped peppers on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
    • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (until the bacon is crispy)

2. Cinnamon Bacon Backyard Sweet Potatoes

  • Ingredients
    • 2 long, skinny sweet potatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/8 to 1/4 inch)
    • 4 pieces of paleo friendly bacon, diced
    • 1/2 to 1 tsp of cinnamon
    • sprinkle of salt
  • Directions
    • Light your grill
    • Lie out a large piece of aluminum foil
    • Sprinkle a couple pieces of bacon on the foil (this helps prevent the sweet potatoes from sticking)
    • Place sweet potatoes on top and spread out evenly
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt, add the rest of the bacon on top
    • Slightly curl up the sides of the foil, and place a smaller piece of foil on top. Lock in all the sides around the foil (it should look like a foil package)
    • Place on the top rack of your grill and cook for 25-30 minutes

Mint and Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

  • Ingredients
    • 1/2 melon (cantaloupe recommended), skin removed, sliced however you prefer
    • 4-5 ounces of thinly sliced prosciutto
    • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • Instructions
    • Cut melon in half. Place face down on the cutting board and then cut 1 inch pieces of cantaloupe
    • Place melon pieces on a plate and sprinkle with 1-2 small mint leaves
    • Wrap a piece of prosciutto around the mint and melon
    • Repeat until all melon slices are done in this manner

Lemon Fruit Tart

  • Ingredients (Crust)
    • 1 cup almond butter
    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 2/3 cup walnuts
    • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut cream concentrate
    • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
    • pinch of salt
  • Ingredients (Topping)
    • 5 eggs, whisked
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil
    • juice of 4 lemons
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • Directions
    • Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and mix until completely broken down
    • Add crust ingredients to an 8×8 glass baking dish and press down to form an even crust. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes
    • While the crust is hardening, make your lemon topping
    • Place a small saucepan over medium heat
    • Add the eggs, honey, coconut oil, and lemon juice to the sauce pan and whisk them together
    • Continue stirring together until the mixture starts to thicken
    • Once the lemon mixture has thickened, remove it from the heat, and place in a bowl to cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes
    • Once the topping has cooled, spread it over your crust and place your raspberries and blueberries in a fun flag or star pattern!

 

 

 

Date Night Restaurants Near Howell

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Every year on February 14, millions across the globe celebrate love with chocolates, flowers, candy, and gifts, all given in the name of St. Valentine.

As you’re starting to brainstorm your Valentine’s Day plans and gifts, Pure Chiropractic wanted to offer some ideas to make the planning process easier! Read on for the history of Valentine’s Day, local Valentine’s Day restaurant suggestions, and Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the whole family!

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History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was originally established as a religious holiday honoring the Christian martyr who lost his life during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II.

According to several historical accounts, Valentine, a holy priest in Rome, was persecuted for his Christian faith and eventually executed on February 14, 270 A.D. While accounts of his crimes vary from source to source, the common theme is that Valentine was secretly performing Christian marriage ceremonies during a time of war when Claudius had placed a ban on marriage — he believed it made men weak.

While imprisoned for his crimes, Valentine fell in love with the jail keeper’s daughter. Before his execution he wrote her a love letter and signed it, “from your Valentine,” a phrase many of us still use today!

Valentine became a symbol of love and compassion across the globe, and his legacy is celebrated each year on Valentine’s Day.

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We wanted to offer our readers some suggestions on great date night restaurants to visit on this special day of love! Read below for some of our favorite, local spots. We think you’ll really enjoy them!

 

Valentine’s Day Restaurant Ideas near Howell, MI

Diamonds Steak and Seafood– Located in the heart of downtown Howell, Diamonds serves amazing food made from scratch recipes! This family owned and operated restaurant is sure to impress your Valentine while filling you up with delicious cuisine.

  • 209 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843
  • (517) 548-7500

Buon Gusto Bistro– Buon Gusto Bistro serves amazing Italian cuisine right in the heart of downtown Brighton. Join them for a Valentine’s day meal you and yours will adore.

  • 501 W Main Street, Brighton, MI 48116
  • (810) 229-7770

Block Brewing Company– Block brewing company serves up craft beers and great food! They strive to use all local or Michigan based companies, making this a restaurant you can be proud to support this Valentine’s Day.

  • 1140 S Michigan Ave, Howell, MI 48843
  • (517) 540-0300

Firewood Grill– Firewood Grill has an intimate atmosphere that you and your Valentine will enjoy. Excellent service, tasty food, and great happy hour specials make this a must-try spot.

  • 1202 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI  48843
  • (517) 618-7204

Sushi Zen– Sushi Zen has some of the best sushi in town! Head on over for some delicious, casual dining.

La Vita Bistro– La Vita Bistro offers home-made, Italian cuisine. The beautiful atmosphere and yummy food will surely please your Valentine! The generous portions will also likely send you home with leftovers!

  • 102 S. Howell Street, Pinckney , Michigan 48169
  • (734) 878-1111

Uptown Coffee House– Start your Valentine’s Day off right with a cup of joe from Uptown Coffee house! Try their frittata of the day or a delicious pastry too!

  • 102 E. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843
  • (517) 546-1124

Brighton Bar and Grill– Brighton Bar and Grill is an American Bistro located in downtown Brighton. They serve high quality food, friendly service, and an atmosphere you will love!

  • 400 W. Main Street, Brighton, MI 48116
  • (810) 229-4115

Alexander’s Land & Sea Grille– Alexander’s is a premier seafood and steak restaurant located in Brighton. Their fresh and high-quality meats, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere will have you and yours coming back time and time again.

  • 10180 Grand River Rd, Brighton MI 48116
  • (810) 588-6170

Stillwater Grill– Stillwater Grill has been voted best restaurant in Livingston County for 17 years straight since inception. That should speak for its reputation!

  • 503 W. Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116
  • (888) 456-3463

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Not sure what to get your Valentine for the holiday this year? Looking for something a little different than flowers and chocolate? We can help! Check out our suggestions below for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the women, men, and kids in your life.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Women

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids

  • A set of tumbling tower building blocks from Amazon
  • A sweet tote stencil kit from Domino
  • A peaceful animal night light from Anthropologie
  • A pair of “design your own” headphones from Uncommon Goods
  • A “Why You’re So Awesome” journal from Amazon
  • A superhero lollipop craft kid from Oriental Trading
  • A set of monster hands temporary tattoos from Amazon
  • A Peter Rabbit library boxed set from Amazon
  • A dual heart iphone and micro USB charging cable from Kikkerland
  • A “Dear Valentine” Madlibs book from Amazon

At Pure Chiropractic, we care about our patients’ spines and beyond! We hope this list of restaurants and gift ideas makes your Valentine’s Day extra special and full of love.

Top 8 Things To Do In Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton This Fall

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There’s nothing better than autumn weather in Michigan. The falling leaves and the crisp air remind us of Lauren DeStefano’s quote, “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Here are the top 8 things to do in Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton this fall in order to make the most of nature’s grand finale.

  1.  Spooktacular

On October 16, head on over to the 5th annual Spooktacular in Pinckney! Activities in the square run from 6-8pm, and the Spooky Forest runs from 6:30-8:30pm. With Trunk or Treat, community businesses pledging support, and the free cost of admission, this is a must for some quality family fun!

  1. Howell’s Sunday Farmers Market

With only a few weeks left to stock up on the finest locally grown produce, plants, and homemade goods and crafts, head on over to the farmers market in downtown Howell. It runs each Sunday from 9am-2pm outside of the Livingston County Courthouse. There’s always great entertainment as you shop!

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Howell

Head to downtown Howell on Saturday, October 24 to experience the 13th annual Legend of Sleepy Howell! From 6-9pm there will be activities such as trick or treating, games, costume contests, live music, hayrides, campfires and s’mores, entertainers, a hay maze, inflatables for kids and teens, food vendors, the Headless Horseman 5K/10k & Monster Mile, a free showing of Hocus Pocus, and so much more!

  1. Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Take a stroll through Brighton and enjoy the crisp autumn air while viewing beautiful sculptures throughout the city. With 4 different public art trails to choose from, you can take in the city’s sights and gorgeous art work all at the same time.

  1. Lakelands Trail State Park

Load up the family and head over to Lakelands Trail State Park for some outdoor adventures! With over 26 miles of trails to choose from, mountain bikers, walkers, and even equestrians love this area. Take in the gorgeous scenery, changing colors of the leaves, and even stop in at local shops for lunch or ice cream!

  1. Mt. Brighton Hot Cocoa Classic

Gorgeous autumn scenery, a fun morning run, and hot chocolate? What could be better? On November 7, the Hot Cocoa Classic takes place on Mt. Brighton with fun for the whole family! The Classic 5K covers the scenic grounds of the Mt. Brighton Golf Course, while the Marshmallow Mountain Mile covers the grassy terrain of Mt. Brighton. When the races are finished, there’s a lovely fireside party for everyone to enjoy! Packet pickup starts at 7:30am.

  1. Holiday Glow

Head on over to Brighton on November 21 to have a blast at the annual Holiday Glow. With holiday music, local dance performances, hay rides, train rides, a petting zoo, holiday treats, and even Santa himself, this is a great way to bid farewell to fall and hello to the holidays!

  1. Fantasy of Lights

The Fantasy of Lights is a longstanding tradition in Howell, noted for its fun and for closing out the fall season. Many consider this fun event to be the start of the holidays! On Friday, November 27 come to the festival to see an amazing parade, holiday lights, and even Santa himself! The fun starts at 6pm with the Fantasy 5K run, with the parade following at 7pm.