Healthy Recipes

All the recipes you'll find on this page is made from nothing but real food ingredients... meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. That's it.
I fully credit the 2 books that got me started eating natural, otherwise I had no idea where to begin... let alone, how to prepare meals out of such few ingredients. These books {Paleoista and Everday Paleo Family Cookbook} are how I started my Paleo diet adventure. Paleo recipes are all so delicious!!! <---- That being said by a girl who never ate her vegetables... until now. :)


Beverages:

Berry-Banana Protein Smoothie
Fruity Spinach Smoothie
Cilantro Lemonade Smoothie

Sauces and Dips:

Peach Salsa
BBQ Sauce
Mayonnaise
Ranch
Homemade Almond Butter
Dairy-Free Maple Pecan Glaze
Curry Spread

Soups:

Homemade Chicken Stock
Chicken Tomato Basil Soup
Fiesta Soup

Main Dishes:

Salmon with Mango Salsa
Sloppy Joes on Portobello Mushrooms
Dill Chicken Patties
Breakfast Quiche
Curry Chicken Salad
Curry Burgers
Game Day Chicken Wings
No-Bean Chili
Breakfast Bars
Lemon Shrimp Scampi

Side Dishes:

Roasted Rosemary Veggies
Asparagus and Browned Sage
Sweet Potato Crisppies
Carrot French Fries

Salads:

Curry Chicken Salad
Chicken Waldorf Salad

Desserts and Treats:

Creamy Chocolate Walnut Freezer Fudge
Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Fried Banana Pudding
Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Coconut Flour
Breakfast Bars
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Almond Flour Banana Muffins
Paleo Double Chocolate Brownies
Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars
Almond Butter Freezer Fudge
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Frozen Banana Truffles
Almond Butter Banana Ice Cream

Tips:

Chocolate Chips {Paleo-Friendly}
Organic Maple Syrup
Beef/Chicken Broth Cubes
Is Buckwheat Paleo?
What Coconut Oil Is Best?
Should I Take a Multivitamin?
Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar


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My eating "paleo" story:

My husband was watching inspirational videos recently while on the treadmill. He found some of these crazy fit people that train differently than the usual bodybuilder-type workouts... it was CrossFit. While the CrossFit workouts seriously sparked his interest, he also watched a video of a guy taking a trip to the grocery store who follows the CrossFit dietary prescription. When Brandon told me about the vidoes he saw, I was super interested and VERY interested in the nutrition side of CrossFit. Brandon basically said, "Whatever those guys do... let's do it! But you look into the diet." Lol. The next day, I checked out crossfit.com and did a google search for paleolithic nutrition, like it suggests. It says this diet is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription. I also found that Dr. Oz did a show about the Paleo diet {watch it - doctoroz}, which made me want to start right away! I loved what I was learning. I went to the bookstore and bought two Paleo books to get us started. Our first day eating Paleo was Monday, July 29th, 2013 and we've been loving it so far! It's still very new to us and I will be very honest tho... there is pros and cons to eating natural... in my opinion...

Cons: 
  • It's expensive! Buying fruit and veggies are not cheap, and they are perishable, so they need to be eaten fast... which brings me to my next con...
  • You have to make about 2 trips to the grocery store every week. That's very hard for me with the large split family I have. I'm the type that waits until I'm out of everything before I'll go to the store again. 
  • I have spent hours and hours in the kitchen since I started Paleo... chopping, dicing, slicing, whisking, blending, steaming, boiling, frying, sauteing, baking - you name it... eating nothing but fresh food requires A LOT of time and work!
  • Only my husband and I are eating Paleo in our family, so our 6 kids are still eating what they are used to. I can't rid my house of crackers, bread, cereals and milk - which has been a challenge. And I have to make more side dishes with the meat I'm serving at dinner- one for me & Brandon, and one "non-paleo" side dish for the kids. BUT I do have the support of Brandon which is more than most people have. It helps a great deal to have him happy to eat whatever Paleo foods I serve him.
  • The first week, I had NO energy for my daily cardio workouts. The Paleoista book says to eat a yam before your workout if it's longer than a simple 30 minute cardio session {which I haven't tried the yam tip yet}. I've been training for my half-marathon, and after the 3rd mile, I'm pooped! 
  • I felt very fatigued and irritable throughout the day for the first couple of weeks.
  • I've had a few moments where I've wanted to give Paleo up... feeling overwhelmed because of all the reasons above, but I keep talking myself back into it because of the reasons below... ;0)

Pros:
  • Cooking with all these fresh herbs fills my house with amazing aromas that makes your mouth water before every meal!
  • I noticed early on that my taste buds are more sensitive than ever before. I've never been a fan of vegetables - they always seemed so bland. Now that I'm not overloaded with sweets and sugar, I can appreciate the "hidden" flavors of natural foods.
  • My skin is clearing up!!! I've always dealt with oily skin and had weird breakout problems, but those are disappearing.
  • I don't have nearly the sugar cravings I used to have. It's not that appealing to me anymore. I used to eat sugar and snack on sweets all day long, everyday. Now I have to stop myself from snacking on my kids crackers and treats out of habit, not because I'm craving it. That is a tough habit to break, but I'm doing it. Instead, I reach for the grapes and nuts.
  • My stomach feels so good from the inside out! It's hard to explain, but I just feel clean inside. After a meal I feel satisfied and light-weight, not like my meal was a gut-bomb I wish I could throw up.
  • I lost 8 pounds in 7 days!!! Yes, I wanted to lose 5 vanity pounds that have snuck up on me in the last year, and I easily lost that {plus more!} way faster than I expected. 
  • I'm happy to report, that on my 18th day of eating paleo, I went for a morning run {on an empty stomach - not recommended, I know} and felt great! I ran 10.5 miles and kept a strong pace the entire time. I can tell that what I eat for dinner the night before is crucial to my morning runs. I'm getting more into the groove of the diet and it's really helping my workouts lately... whether they are in the mornings, mid-day, or in the evenings. 
  • I'm starting to feel really good all the time without the highs and lows throughout the day. 
  • AND today {August 14th, day 18} I've lost 2.5 pounds more for a total of 10 1/2 pounds lost so far. The weight loss is slowing down to a healthier and more realistic rate now. If I don't lose anymore, that'd be fine by me, I'm very content with myself right now, but my ultimate goal with Paleo is the healthy lifestyle overhaul. If I stick with it, I shouldn't have any of the health problems that plague us these days as I age.
  • Not to mention that the recipes in the Paleo books are soooo super delicious... no kidding! I never would've guessed that eating a clean diet would taste so good, but it does. These recipes have been rockin my world! Haha.

I chose to list the pros last because I truly believe they outweigh the cons. When I've felt overwhelmed with it and like I can't do it anymore, I thought about what could I add back into my diet to relieve a little stress - to maybe make my diet a little more in line with my kids diet so things are a little easier to manage... should I add dairy? Should I add bread and grains? Should I add sugar? As I thought about that, I honestly don't want to add ANY of these things back. I can feel the difference that cutting each one of these has made in my body in a short period of time. I can't imagine how good I'll feel if I keep it going. I think time is the key here... in time I'll better learn how to prepare meals faster, easier, and cheaper as I go. I just need to be patient and hold on to a good thing and not give up too fast. I'm sure I won't have a "cons" list to talk about eventually. I know this "diet" is a keeper and like no other. It's not a yo-yo diet, it's life changing. I need to be humble and keep praying that God will make my weaknesses strong.



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