I never thought it would happen today… The kids are finally sleeping… At the same time. Hallelujah! Tie for a mommy moment with a second cup of coffee for the day. After I get the eating thing under control again I should probably start decreasing my caffeine amount. Maybe…
2 fried eggs
Broccoli and zucchini (leftovers)
Coffee with almond milk
-leftover grilled chicken chopped
– red pepper, apple, tomatoes, walnuts, pecans, raisins, mayo
Watermelon with coconut milk and cashews
Coffee with almond milk
Cauliflower and carrot pilaf with raisins and almonds
Sweet potato frittata with almond milk and cashews
Today I am meeting my friend for lunch at chik fil a and I have become that person… I made my own dressing to bring. I know the chicken isn’t going to be perfectly paleo but I figured I would not add insult to injury by putting sugar filled dressing on top of the salad I am going to order as well. Look at me planning ahead… Now, a quick prayer for the perseverance to not deviate from the plan. I’ll finish this later with the results of eating out. 🙂
Leftover fish shredded and heated with ghee and bacon fat
2 fried eggs
Coffee with almond milk
Market fresh grilled chicken salad
Brought my own dressing…raspberry balsamic, olive oil, salt, garlic
Almond milk latte
savory sweet potato meatloaf from paleo mg
Day one… Today we went shopping when it was like 95 degrees during the kids’ nap time (and they weren’t sleeping) for things like curtain rods that I didn’t really want to spend money on… Oh and today was the day that we weren’t going to go through a drive thru coffee to make the process a bit more bearable… Whoopie! But i was determined not to crack, seeing as it took me three days anyways to get a day 1, So we struggled on, stopped two stores short of ourvgoal and went home. Now we are happier, and I didn’t eat anything not paleo. Yay hooray!
Coffee with almond milk
3 fried eggs
Applegate chicken hot dogs
Sweet potatoes ( roasted this morning, then sliced and reheated in ghee with salt and cinnamon)
A vanilla cloud drink
Grilled Mahi Mahi
Broccoli with garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil, and ghee
It has been about a month or so since my first whole30 and my failed second attempt. We are still eating paleo the vast majority of the time, but it is time to kick the latte addiction. It’s hard on the waistline and checkbook. I also have family pics scheduled in about a month… Nothing like a little motivation to get a little healthier aka… Loose weight.
So it is whole30 eve, and under full disclosure I will admit to the Dairy Queen cake leftovers waiting for me in kitchen. So good…. But I am excited this time for my whole30. I know so much more this time around. I know how to do a weekly cook up, and plan my meals flexibly. This time I’m going to figure out how to stay within a reasonable budget. My husband and I also agreed to using agave and honey in moderation, but not buy more during the whole30 when we run out. Yes, I know that breaks the rules, but I don’t care too much at this point.
Happy Fourth of July! This month I’m going to exercise my freedom to say no to certain foods and live as a healthier me.
Somehow it has to the point where my 2 year old is a picky eater… Sigh… However, if it looks like a pancake he will eat it. I have been making pancakes with banana, egg, and almond meal. But then I decided it was time to start sneaking in veggies. I went with a naturally sweet veggie to start with and it was a hit.
Here’s Isaiah scarfing down his pancakes. He was a big fan.
Sweet Potato Banana Pancakes
– 2 ripe bananas
– 1 mediumish sweet potato, cooked and peeled
– 4 eggs
– 1 cup almond meal
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
Heat in a pan some clarified butter and coconut oil.
I used a quarter measuring cup to plop out the batter. Then I sprinkled pecans on top for good measure when they were in the pan. Make sure they are pretty sturdy before trying to flip them… Often I’ll try to distract myself momentarily so I don’t get too impatient. If they get a little toasty, that’s ok… That’s just added caramelized banana flavor… Yum!
Enjoy your paleo pancakes! We sure did!
Chicken and broccoli… That’s what I had in my fridge for dinner. I hadn’t been to the store yet this week. Not going to lie… I was not terribly excited about dinner. So I just started throwing things together and it turned out pretty spectacular if I do say myself. As with all things I throw together the measurements are not exactly precise… But that’s just when you Know you’re really cooking. Ha!
So I know that said it tastes good…didn’t necessarily say it was pretty. This is actually a picture of dinner reheated later that night when my husband ate dinner. Food is always prettier fresh.
2 lbs chicken tenders
Marinate the chicken in:
– 1/3 c olive oil
– 1/4 c coconut aminos
– 1/2 – 1 tsp each: garlic, onion, ginger powders and salt
– 1 tbsp agave nectar
Let sit for about an hour. Get a sauté pan piping hot over med high heat. Cook chicken for 5-10 min per side. You don’t want to over cook them. You do want them to be done, so watch them.
Cut the florets of broccoli off, rinse them in a strainer, and throw them Ina sauté pan with a lid. After a few minutes add a generous amount of olive oil. I then sprinkled herbs de Provence, salt, white pepper, and a little bit of Cajun seasonings. It took me two rounds of seasoning to get it to taste good to me. Then I cooked it until it was a bit toasty and it was sooooo good.
And that is one way to switch up chicken and broccoli blahs to chicken and broccoli wows!
Sometimes when you are eating paleo, you get tired of water… Like real tired of water. Normally I’m okay with it all the time but sometimes you just want something creamy, yummy, and sweet. I tried this 8 dollar drink at whole foods… A bottled drink of yumminess. I know… I can’t believe I splurged for it as well, however, I did figure out that it was super tasty and recreatable. The recipe isn’t super specific and doesn’t even look super appealing in the picture but trust me, it is amazing.
Vanilla Cloud…my way
(Once again rough measurements )
3 parts unsweetened almond milk
1 part coconut milk
A couple shakes of cinnamon
One shake of nutmeg
A long squirt of agave or honey
About a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix and put over ice… If you are a latte lover you can switch out the coconut milk for strong coffee or espresso.
Enjoy! I bet you could blend it as well for a frozen one… Or even switch out the cinnamon and nutmeg for cocoa powder…
I have slowed down a bit on my posts only to reflect on what I have been posting. I realized that I kind of jumped into this blog world without really explaining myself. My husband and I have been married for almost 4 years. We have two beautiful children. Isaiah turned 2 in March. He is the cutest thing…most of the time… And then sometimes he decides to voice his opinions of dislike…by screaming… Oh for two year olds!
Yes I know it’s a little fuzzy… I need to start taking pics with my camera and not always my phone.
Veronica was born on Christmas Eve. So she is almost 6 months old. She is adorable pretty much all the time. She is definitely along for the ride with her older brother to chase.
I love dresses in the summer for her. So nice and cool in our super hot house.
In April, David and I started our paleo journey. We decided that we needed to do something different. I want to loose weight and seasonal allergies, and gain more energy. David wanted to do the same and clear up some digestive issues. We tried to follow basic paleo rules the majority of the time. But we would fail miserably on the weekends…it was like one step forward, two steps back. So we went all out whole30 and succeeded. We thought we could start another a few days later… Wrong. So now we are eating paleo with guilt free treats on birthdays and holidays… We will probably do another whole30 in September… We might be ready then. Until then I’ll post any good recipes I make… Not everything I eat.
Time for the next stage of our food journey… Self control
It’s been a few days since I have posted. They have been fairly successful, paleo wise. And as each day goes by we realize that we are really eating more intuitively paleo rather than strict whole30 like we did the first time around. And we are ok with that. We have eaten out twice in the last couple days, which is a lot for us. First my parents treated us to Culver’s. normally when I go there is get fried chicken strips and fried cheese curds….here’s what I had…. Bacon burger(no cheese, bun, sauce) and a side salad. I threw my “burger” on my salad after picking off the cheese and croutons and added a little Dijon mustard so it wasn’t completely dry…. What I learned, eating paleo at a at food place is just not very satisfying…but I wasn’t paying so I wasn’t complaining.
Then my husband and I took the kids to a seafood place. Looked at the coconut fried shrimp… Looked at fish and chips… Got the shrimp and spinach salad instead. Might have had two pieces of sushi …apparently my hubby forgot that rice was in sushi… “Forgot” but it’s not everyday we have sushi so we could live with that. Every other meal we complied and ate at home.
Tonight we are hosting potluck at our house. We are making pulled pork. We are making salsa to put on ours, but we will have BBQ sauce as well. I’ve been making it a habit to always bring more than one dish that we can eat since very rarely do other people bring paleo friendly dishes much less desserts. Saying no without making a big deal about it is the hardest part about eating paleo in social settings. The last thing I want to do is put out other people because of the way I choose to eat… I spent most of my life proud of not being a picky eater… Then I eliminate several food groups… Oh geez. Oh well, it works for us!
Day 3… Really starting to get some momentum now. I have decided that one of my success tips is that you need o have food ready to heat up and you need to use as little pans and dishes as possible. This morning my beautiful daughter and I got breakfast together.
As you can see, she was a huge help… More moral support than anything else. But I had leftover Italian beef and veggies with two fried eggs on top. I have started to consider it a rule that we have to eat what’s in the fridge before making new food…. Most of the time this is an easy rule to follow. Like with this meal:
Lunch was another one pan wonder. I’m sure all the food I make looks the same, as I just throw everything in a pan and warm it up. So this morning I had roasted some sweet potatoes for the week, so I cut up one and threw it in the pan with clarified butter. Then I cut up two chicken thighs that I baked a few days ago. Threw them in. Looking in my fridge I found the fruit salsa that we had on top of tuna yesterday, that went in too. After deciding that it was very tropical, I added cinnamon, ginger, coconut, and salt. Ta-da! Lunch!
After lunch, Isaiah and I made a fort while Veronica was napping. Here’s a cute pic of him peeking out a “window”
For dinner we had people over so I totally forgot to take a picture but it would have been the prettiest meal. We had twice fried plantains, green beans with bacon, and pan fried swaii and tuna steaks… So yummy! I would have to say day 3 was a success as well!