Enter to win TONS of fermented foods!

Enter to win TONS of fermented foods!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m so excited for this giveaway! If you’ve recently signed up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge, you’ll notice that many of the brands I mention in the eBook are offering amazing gift packs for winners. Here’s what is available:

BAO Food and Drink:

  • A $75 gift certificate for anything on their site – choose from fermented slaw and even things like fermented ketchup and BBQ sauce!
  • They are also offering a %15 off code to anyone who would like to use it – just enter code (Fermented For 14) at checkout!

Vital Choice:

  • Gift Basket full of non-perishable items (a $150 value!)
  • A $100 gift card for anything on their site (plenty of fermented foods to choose from!)

Fab Ferments:

  • A Fab Four Fun Pack – includes 2 raw cultured veggies and 2 beet kvass (a $56 value!)

The Brinery:

  • Assorted Food Pack – Aura Solanales (hot sauce), “Up North” kraut, Seasonal Pickle (a $28 value!)

Rejuvenative Foods:

  • Assorted Fermented Food Pack (a $50 value!)

Straus Family Creamery:

  • 15 Free Product Coupons

Maple Hill Creamery:

  • OG (Original Grassfed) T-Shirt (Mens or Womens)
  • 5 Free cup coupons
  • Cooler bag
  • Bumper sticker

Firefly Kitchens:

  • Fresh and Fermented Cookbook

Kelsey Marksteiner (that’s me!):

  • Lactobacillus plushie


All you have to do is sign up for the challenge and submit your information in the box below. When you enter, you are entered into a pool and I will pick one winner for each gift pack. Remember that you’ll need to be signed up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge in order to enter – you can sign up here! You can better your chance of winning by liking or following the brands on Facebook and Twitter as seen below. The giveaway runs until the challenge starts on August 24th – good luck!

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Sign up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge 2015!

Sign up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge 2015!

Are you ready to get your gut bugs in good shape?


Here’s the challenge: 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fermented foods every day for 14 days. 


Trust me, I know it can be hard to get in the habit of eating fermented foods. You might know that they’re great for you and that you should be eating them – but you just don’t do it. I think adding a fermented food a day is an easy change that could improve pretty much everyone’s health, but the fact is so many of us don’t do it on a regular basis (I’m guilty here, too!).

Our gut bacteria are the foundation of our health, and it’s our job to nourish them. From weight loss to eczema, fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue, fermented foods can help just about any health condition. It’s time to start eating them!  Join me in the Fermented for 14 Challenge to give those gut bugs some lovin’.

You can buy your fermented foods for the challenge or make your own (don’t worry, I’ve got recipes for you!). Or, buy some and make some – it all counts! What really matters is that your gut is getting fermented foods every day of the challenge.

When you sign up, you’ll get…

  • My Eat The Good Bugs eBook, complete with four easy fermented food recipes using simple ingredients from your local grocery store (lemon-ginger soda, pickles, yogurt, and kimchi – check out the picture above!) You’ll also get a list of my favorite brands you can buy at the store or online.
  • A weekly meal plan that includes 1 meal for each day of the challenge that incorporates one of the fermented foods from my eBook.
  • Daily emails with motivation, information about the microbiome, and more!
  • Access to the Fermented for 14 community on Facebook

Think you’re up for the challenge? Fill out the form below to register!

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P.S. Want to enter to win TONS of fermented foods? You can enter the giveaway below or check out the giveaway page here.
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The Paleo Foodie Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

photo-6If you’ve read my article What “Paleo” Means to Me, you’ll know that I see community as one of the biggest draws to eating a healthy diet. To make and share a meal with friends is truly one of the best pleasures in life. But if you have food sensitivities, this can be hard. You need to watch out for hidden grains or gluten, and the whole experience can become a lot more stressful. Well, Arsy Vartanian, the author of The Paleo Foodie Cookbook makes eating with a grain or gluten sensitivity a breeze. Better yet, she makes it a delight.

This cookbook is one that will be on your shelf for decades, with the pages worn and dog-eared, food splatters and all. That’s the sign of a good cookbook – one that looks like it’s been in the kitchen for your whole life.

The book starts with a brief introduction to a Paleo/Real Food diet from Amy Kubal, a wonderful Registered Dietitian who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. That means you can gift this book to someone who isn’t quite familiar with Paleo and they’ll still hear the why behind a real food diet.


Up next are the appetizers, a delicious array of foods perfect for a snack at home to bites you’d be proud to bring to any party. Some of my favorites include pancetta-wrapped figs with walnuts (YUM), sardine spread (nutrient-rich goodness), sweet potato salmon cakes (actually a wonderful breakfast!), and spicy sausage-and-walnut-stuffed mushrooms (is your mouth watering yet?).


Next come the entrees…ohhhh, the entrees. They are amazing. The Paleo Persian Kotlets offer an easy, delicious way to use ground beef, with the flavors of onions, cloves, turmeric (hello, anti-inflammatory herbs!), and sage. Arsy’s take on Osso Bucco is just amazing; perfect for a cold, winter day when you’re feeling decadent. If you’re a duck lover like me, you’ll die for the Macadamia-Crusted Duck Breast with Spicy “Soy” Ginger Sauce. Mmmmm…


Salads can get a little boring if you’re constantly eating the same ones over and over again. Luckily, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook offers a plethora of salads to choose from, from the Fig, Pear and Prosciutto Salad; to the Curried Cabbage Salad; all the way to the Roasted Bone Marrow with Arugula and Parsley Salad. You’ll never be bored of salad again.

Soups and Stews

Who doesn’t love soup? Not only is it such a comfort food, but it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can go for. Personally, I love creamy soups so the Curried Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup sounds like heaven. The Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Oxtail Soup looks amazing, and I’m always a sucker for something I can throw in the slow-cooker!

Side Dishes

I’m always on the lookout for new side dishes. Food variety is so important for a healthy diet, so I always encourage my clients to eat as many different foods as possible and not get stuck eating the same foods again and again. The side dishes in this book definitely inspired me! The chorizo cauliflower rice sounds like an amazing pop of flavor – I can’t wait to try it. I also love brussel sprouts and am always looking for new ways to cook it. Arsy’s Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta…I can’t even contain myself they look so good.

Sauces and Salsas

This section is awesome. I love learning how to make sauces from scratch because they can truly make or break a dish. I’m dying to make the Pistachio Pesto and the Four-Herb Spicy Chimichurri! I also have been using canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to make sweet potato chipotle soup, but now with Arsy’s recipe to make it myself I’m going to do just that!


This cookbook is definitely a keeper, which is why I’m so happy to give one copy away to a lucky reader! Enter below and good luck!

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Enter to Win a Copy of Gather – A Beautiful Cookbook for Paleo Entertaining

gather-the-art-of-paleo-ent-e1365619020304One of the best ways to get someone to start eating better is to make them realize how tasty healthy food can be. So many people have the idea that healthy food equals “cardboard”, which is absolutely not true! Looking at a book like Gather, you realize how absolutely dead wrong they are. Healthy food can be amazing, and this cookbook shows it.

If you want to amaze your friends with truly fantastic food (or just make really awesome food for yourself!) this book is for you. With stunning photos and absolutely delicious recipes, this book is not only a go-to cookbook for entertaining but a coffee table masterpiece as well.

I’m excited to be able to share this book with one lucky reader! All you have to do is enter through the app below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 4th.

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