Paleo On-The-Go: Quick Snacks to Take With You

applepie_larabarWake up around 5:30am.
Drink water.
Do some form of yoga.
Shower.
Blow dry hair.
Put makeup on.
Find something to wear.
Change multiple times only to put on the first outfit with satisfaction.
Gather laptop bag, purse and food bag.
Get Penny into her pouch.
Head to the kitchen to make breakfast.
Pack lunch and snacks while eggs cook.
Sit down and eat.
Kiss parents goodbye.
Grab everything and run out the door.

Interestingly enough, this only takes me 1-2 hours every day ūüėČ Haha! Taking my time and enjoying the morning is a favorite part of my day. I also like to be prepared for the day. With a 30 minute drive to work and about 45 on the way back, I spend a lot of time away from home and can’t be tempted by quick “food” options, like drive-thru’s and convenience stores. How do I stay prepared you ask? I just throw some of my favorite snacks in my food bag and I’m good to go for the day. If I’m hungry, I have something good to eat, and if not, I find comfort in knowing I have the option. You know, just in case I break down on the side of the road or get stranded, I wouldn’t want to starve.

Here’s a list of ¬†paleo snacks you can find at a normal store near you:

  • Larabars. Holy moley, I don’t know how I lived 22 years without them! My favorites: apple pie, coconut cream pie & key lime pie
  • Dark chocolate. (I mean real dark chocolate. Not Hersheys!) I like Green & Black’s 85%.
  • Portable fruit and veggies that are good at room temp. I love muchin’ on sugar snap peas!
  • Nuts. I like to pre-make little bags that are easy to grab and full of variety.
  • GUILTY Pleasure: Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups.
  • I also drink lots o’ hot tea, water and kombucha.

Remember, don’t rely on snack-age. You usually don’t need to hoard snacks if you’re eating a filling breakfast and lunch. Always plan ahead and you can remain satisfied with your little stock pile of paleo-yums hiding in your purse or desk drawer.

 

H

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You Don’t Eat Dairy? How Do You Get Calcium?!

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A lot of people seem confused when I tell them I don’t eat dairy. It’s really not a big deal. The way I see it is a baby cow only needs its’ moms milk until it’s grown enough to eat real food. The same goes for humans. There’s plenty of scientific and published proof to back me up if you want to check it out. Since doing two Whole30 challenges I’ve just not felt the need to bring dairy back into my life. Yeah, I’ve had cheese on a salad while out to dinner once or twice but I don’t drink milk anymore or add any dairy to my food like I used to.

So, the answer to your question, “Where do you get calcium?”, is simple. I eat a lot of foods that contain calcium.

Foods like dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, turnips, & collard greens), almonds,¬†oranges,¬†kelp,¬†broccoli,¬†sesame seeds,¬†celery and much more all contain calcium. Trust me, the amount of spinach, almonds and broccoli I eat more than makes up for any calcium I’ve “missed” from eliminating dairy from my lifestyle.

I don’t need calcium and I don’t need grains. Each to their own. This is the way I choose to nourish myself and I am very happy, sans dairy.

Have questions? Leave me a comment or connect with me on social media.

 

H

Juicing Once a Week

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Either I’ve become a little more insane or maybe this is just my next challenge. Whatever it is, I’ve decided to start juicing/”liquid’ing” (you know you like my terminology) once a week for an entire day. I’ve been eating a lot of meat lately and want to take a day to cleanse everything out of me.¬†This gives me a reason to get my juicer out and make use of the powerful machine I bought impulsively, like most things I buy.

I love my juicer but don’t use it as often as I’d like. It’s a pain to clean in the morning and I usually make fairly large messes when using it. Like this morning, I dropped my container full of juice all over the floor. I tried to clean it up but… I was in a hurry. I’m sure my mom is walking around with her feet sticking to the floor going crazy (Sorry mom!).

Today, I’m drinking fresh juice, Synergy kombucha, water and hot matcha green tea.

Juice recipe:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 lemons
  • 5 cups of spinach

This whole liquids-only thing isn’t hard. I even found myself sticking to my mind over matter mentality when in a brainstorming meeting for a client that’s a restaurant. Go me!

Each week I’ll be trying different juice recipes and sharing them. Let me know if you have a favorite and I’ll add it to my list to try.

Have a juicer? Join me once a week for a full day of liquids!

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Paleo Grain-Free Cereal

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Cereal is one of those “foods” that have won the hearts of Americans everywhere. It’s easy, convenient, cheap and the kids love it. There is an entire aisle designated to this stuff at the grocery store. So many options! The problem? The ingredients. The next time you’re at the store pick up a few boxes and read the ingredients. Whew, it’s exhausting. What is that stuff? It sure as hell isn’t FOOD. None of it came from a whole, nutritional source.

That brings me to this recipe. Sometimes you’ll miss foods from the past when switching to a paleo lifestyle. I had always been a cereal eater when I was younger. It was easy, cold and used to be filling in the morning… and at night. For some reason I really like cereal at night. Well, my journey has unveiled all of the not so great ingredients in my favorite breakfast options and helped me make the easy choice of tossing it all in the trash.

So now I’m an egg girl. 2-3 eggs every morning and I’m good to go. No weird ingredients and no weird feeling after I eat. I’m fueled, energized and ready to conquer the day.

But like anyone else, I don’t think I can eat eggs every day for the rest of my life. I have a few options that help me switch things up. I go for a veggie packed juice made directly from my juicer, a smoothie, paleo pancakes (my favorite) or this paleo grain-free cereal.

It’s super easy to make. Gather the ingredients you want to use. I used cashews, whole almonds, walnuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, almond meal, 2 green bananas, 1 egg, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. (I always buy raw, unsalted nuts. There is nothing on them. Just plain ole’ nuts. Trader Joe’s has plenty of options for great prices.)

Preheat your oven to 350 F.
In a food processor, grind 2 cups of nuts (the combination is up to you)
I did 1 1/4 cup walnuts, 1 1/4 cup cashews, 1/2 cup almonds
The size of your ground nuts is solely up to you as well. Grind them until they are the size you are comfortable eating.
Put your crushed nuts in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup almond meal, 1 cup of sliced almonds.

In a food processor, combine 1 egg, 2 bananas, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (or more for taste), 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (or more), 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.
Mix well then pour over nut mixture. Combine all ingredients and spread onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Throughout the cook time take a wooden spoon and break up the mixture into the desired size pieces that you like. Let cool, sprinkle more cinnamon over your cereal and store in the fridge for a week. Trust me, it won’t last that long.

When you’re ready to eat it scoop about 1/2 cup of your cereal into a bowl and drown in almond milk.

H

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Whole30 2.0 – Recap & Results

Today is day 30 of my second Whole30 challenge. I did my first one in September by myself. This time, Solomon joined me. It was so much fun having someone to eat with, talk to about the challenges and new recipes.

The past 30 days have been filled with many tests:

  • At the beginning of the month I volunteered at an event where I had to serve wine all night. If you know me, you know I LOVE wine. But I made it through the event successfully.
  • I went to an all day video shoot in Cincy and made sure to pack plenty of Whole30 options. I ate my homemade spaghetti while everyone else stuffed their faces with pizza. That one was a breeze.
  • Solomon turned 24 this month. Meaning, no birthday cake. Well… being the problem solver that I am, I made Solomon a fruit cake. Literally. A cake made of fresh fruit.
  • And… my best friend moved to NYC the next day. We all went to dinner the weekend before and I took my own chicken and Tessemae’s dressing so I could eat with everyone without compromising my Whole30. Strategic planning my friends. P.s. I miss you Shelb!

Some of my favorite meals this month were mulligatawny stew, spicy ginger-garlic chicken, chicken tortilla-less chicken soup, bora bora fireballs (OMG. AMAZING.) and faux pho. I also made bacon jalape√Īo deviled eggs and a killer spinach artichoke dip (sans cheese) for SuperBowl Sunday.

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I’m definitely expanding my knowledge about the foods I eat and how they affect my body. Not to mention, I’m becoming a pretty good cook. I do the Whole30 because it is challenging. Not because I’ve “self-diagnosed” myself with gluten intolerance or anything like that. The entire experience, like anything else in life, is mind over matter. I believe you can not grow if you don’t change.

Which leads me to my next point. Cutting my hair was an unplanned, spontaneous move and I am insanely happy with how I feel about it. I’ve had long hair my entire life. My hair has always been a part of me, my look and the way I feel about myself. Constantly challenging myself and making changes is helping me grow into the woman I believe God intends for me to be. I am still young, still learning and making mistakes but I know I’m heading in the right direction of complete self-approval and happiness.

I want to share something that I read the other day. Rachel is someone that I follow on Instagram. She is a wonderful, beautiful person and really hits it home with this post. She posted a picture of herself from the back, in her bikini. Please note, she is a yoga instructor and posts pictures of herelf doing yoga in her bikini. Apparently some people had some negative things to say about her picture. Here is her response:

“Ok. I literally just scrolled through my entire phone looking for a picture, any picture, that shows off my backside…. This was the only one I could find. And do you know why? Because I’ve never given it any thought! And I would never post a photo like this normally. It’s just my butt, and it’s nothing special. But if I would listen to what people comment here on Instagram? It’s small, ugly, non-existent, or what was it someone wrote today… Embarrassing? Gee, thanks! All I can say is wow. WOW. How can something that I use mainly for sitting be such a conversation starter? Well, apparently I should do less sitting and more…. Squatting? Hm. I squat, as in Malasana, to open my hips. I don’t squat as in “move up and down incessantly until your glutes burn” because that does not seem like something I would even remotely enjoy. Sitting, however, I like! Especially if I get to do it while drinking wine, talking, holding hands with someone I love. Squatting to change what I look like? Nah. My backside doesn’t define who I am, and neither does any part of my body. Nor a number on a scale, or the image in the mirror reflected back at me. Because that’s all we see: Reflections. What you see in others is a reflection of how you see yourself. Are you spewing out negative comments about my backside (or anything else that “bothers” you)? Chances are, you spend a whole lotta time worrying about your own. So settle down people. It’s just flesh. It’s just a body. It’s not who you are. I doubt my Caribbean-raised fianc√© is marrying me for my Sweden-sized ass as much as I doubt he is marrying me despite of it. Real connection happens way beyond all of this. I say, how about we spend a little more time worrying about the size of our hearts than we do the size of our jeans? I’m going back to my flat-assed evening. Sorry for the rant just felt the need to address all these comments! #love¬†#speakyourtruth #embracewhoyouare”

The 30 days have passed. I feel better, I feel happy and I have the Whole30, the Paleo community and my awesome support system to thank. If you have any questions about food or just want to talk please reach out to me. I’m no nutritional expert but my knowledge is growing daily and I’m very passionate about spreading the love and happiness of eating whole foods and living a fulfilled life.

 

H

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