I was getting in a rut with dinners and received a great surprise from my friend Heather. She sent me a copy of Against All Grain Meals Made Simple Cookbook. I’m super picky about BBQ sauce. I like it sweet, but no too sweet with a little smokey flavor and this was right on target. I did add a tablespoon of molasses to give it a little extra sweetness and excluded the fish sauce (didn’t have any in the cupboard). It’s so good and nice to know I won’t be cheating when I eat BBQ sauce anymore. I made enough to freeze some for later too. My husband also made the Hawaiian Chicken Burgers tonight with sweet potato fries. I can’t wait to try the BBQ Short Ribs and the Cuban Pork Panini.
So I was going a little overboard with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips because they are amazing!!! I needed a new cookie recipe other than chocolate chip cookies. I tried these Paleo Ginger Cookies and they were so yummy! They didn’t last long in my house 🙂
It’s been a busy month between work, school starting and trying to enjoy the end of the summer as much as possible. Here are a few photos of some snacks and meals on the go. I love deviled eggs and bacon for a quick weekend snack when I need some protein. Another photo is a fabulous brunch of a chorizo spinach omelette from San Chez Cafe, an example of a daily lunch (with too many baggies – I was out of Tupperware), and some delicious glazed pecans with maple syrup, cinnamon, and coconut crystals. I’m going to try these with honey instead as they were definitely sweet and made my blood sugar spike.
As much as I adore Chipotle, today I wanted something other than a burrito bowl so I took a walk down to Cosi. They were very accommodating. I ordered the Cosi Club without the bread and a fruit cup. It was delicious. Some turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Yum! They are added to my list of places to eat out :).
Today I was reflecting on this journey I began last fall transitioning from lots of medicines and eating whatever I felt like eating to a more natural approach to health and diet. I never imagined myself diving into it and loving it this much. I used to think “Wow, the people who eat organically, grow food, make their own cleaners have so much more motivation and I don’t ever see myself being that motivated”. Now I realize why people are so passionate about sharing their journey eating healthy and choosing natural over processed. They want everyone to feel as good as they do and they know that many ailments can completely go away by making healthy food choices.
I’m still guilty of using chemicals around the house and I’m certainly not perfect, but I feel like if I can make this transition being a busy mom working full-time always trying to cut expenses in my budget, then anyone can do it. I am so thankful for all of the websites out their that make this transition easier (Paleo Grubs, Against All Grain, etc.).
Someone told me that I wouldn’t want bread anymore. I didn’t believe it. I was a carb-aholic. I recently stopped making my “paleo bread”. I found that I would rather have a pile of deli meat, lettuce, slice of tomato, red onion, and a dollop of mayo for lunch. It’s much tastier – not to say I won’t every have the “paleo bread” again.
I encourage anyone who is thinking of trying a lifestyle change to go for it. Change as quickly or slowly as you feel comfortable. Stay strong and know there will be times when you have cravings – then you’ll eat the junk and realize how crappy it makes you feel and you won’t want to eat it anymore. Find supportive people to talk to when you have those moments when you forget why you are changing your lifestyle. It will pay off!
This week we traveled to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Crystal Mountain Resort. I wanted to stay even longer as I love the water and nature. During the week I attended a conference. I’m always a little nervous about what food will be served when it’s out of my control.
I asked for gluten/dairy free meals since I find many are still unfamiliar with Paleo. Most meals were excellent. Each morning we had a breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, dairy-free scrambled eggs, and bacon. Lunch was a yummy chicken salad with a sliced hard boiled egg, avocado, and tomatoes. We had a picnic dinner where I had chicken from the grill and a salad.
I packed my favorite trail mix for snack time to resist all the yummy sweets and lemonade temptations. We ate at the Thistle Pub and Grille twice. It was really yummy. There were a lot of Paleo friendly options. I had BBQ chicken thighs, fresh fruit, salads, and a naked sandwich (no bun or cheese).
This weekend I wanted to have a fun day adventure with the kids while Andy was working all day. They love the Lego Movie so I decided to take them to the Lego Store which was about an hour drive from our house in a mall. I knew the mall would bring a challenge trying to find healthy foods to eat for lunch. Here is what I decided to pack for a day on the go:
- Beef Jerky
- Pecans and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
You could also throw in some boiled eggs (with an ice pack to keep them cold), celery sticks, cashew or almond butter, raisins, or other fruits.
This is my first summer since changing the way I eat. Winter was pretty easy as I didn’t travel much, but I knew summer being a busier time of year on the weekends could be more challenging. Here are some of the foods that I am packing for the weekend on the go:
- Pancake Mix – one container with dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients
- Paleo Bread for French Toast
- Raw Pecans mixed with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- Banana Bread (I will share the recipe soon, I use maple syrup for sweetener)
- Baby Carrots
- Hamburgers minus the bun (lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickles, yum!)
- Chicken Kabobs
- 100% Apple Juice
- Beef Jerky
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Celery Sticks
- Cashew Butter