Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guest Post - How Do You Get Protein on a Vegetarian Diet?

Before we get into today's post, I want to introduce you to my wonderful friend, Brittani! 

Hi, Brittani!
Brittani and I met a couple years ago when we worked together at the same alternative medicine practice. We became fast friends and bonded over our shared love of healthy living. We've stayed in touch and I recently discovered that she started a blog, Broccoli Babbles. I checked it out and as soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted her to write something for my own blog. She is a very talented writer and cook and I knew she would bring a unique perspective because Brittani is a vegetarian. You may be thinking that vegetarians don't belong in the same room as those who follow a Paleo diet, but I beg to differ. I am of the opinion that there are many paths to health and happiness and we are each on our own path. 

Today, she is going to give you a little glimpse into her protein-packed vegetarian eats. Paleo or not, Brittani has some awesome recipes and healthy living info. over on her blog so you should definitely check her out. Click the links below to follow Broccoli Babbles:

With that being said, I'll turn it over to Brittani...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eating Paleo at Disney World...Again!

We spent the second half of our recent vacation at Disney World. If you want to catch up on the first leg of our trip and how we packed and ate for our road trip to the beach, you can click here. This is actually our second trip to Disney World since transitioning to a Paleo diet and I wrote all about our first trip here.

We chose Dumbo as Avery's first ride!
Our trip to Disney was just two nights. We checked in on a Wednesday and spent that afternoon at Downtown Disney just walking around and then had dinner with my family. We spent Thursday (our fourth wedding anniversary!) at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Avery is still so young that we didn't want to do a big Disney trip just yet and, honestly, one day was perfect. He had fun on all of the rides and we had fun experiencing everything again through his eyes. I am already asking Kevin when we can go back!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paleo Road Trip: Packing for Baby, What We Ate...and Wholegrain Mustard White Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Longest blog post title ever, right? Well there is going to be a lot of good information packed into this post...so much that I am actually breaking it up into two posts. My second post will be about healthy eating at Walt Disney World (with lots of cute pictures of Avery and Mickey, too)! Today, we are going to focus on:
  • What we packed for a road trip with a one year old
  • Paleo road trip eats
  • Tips for road-tripping with a one year old
  • What we ate at the beach
  • A recipe for Grainy Mustard Sweet Potato Salad

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coco-nutty Frozen Blueberries

I have a special treat for you today...a sneak peek at one of the brand new recipes I created for the upcoming The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book: The All-Natural, Nutritious Plan for a Healthy Pregnancy! I think it is so helpful, especially during pregnancy, to have healthier options for sweet treats available to you. Let's be honest, my sweet tooth is obviously never going to pack his bags and move along. I think he is here to stay and he was out in full force when I was pregnant. I was grateful that there were so many options out there for healthy substitutes of my favorites from my pre-Paleo days like ice cream and brownies. I even wrote a post during my pregnancy on healthy, Paleo cravings swaps.

Just heat, pour and refrigerate until it hardens!

Not only is this coconut and blueberry bark made with just a few simple ingredients instead of a bunch of refined sugar and other additives, it actually provides health benefits, too. Coconut is a good source of fatty acids, particularly the medium chain triglycerides (or MCTs for short). Coconut oil is high in a particular fatty acid called lauric acid that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Blueberries, like other berries, are packed with phytonutrients. One of these is anthocyanins, which give blueberries their deep blue color. Anthocyanins fight free radical damage and inflammation, and provide anti-viral benefits. Studies show that they may also promote healthy heart function and aid in cancer prevention. Sounds like a guilt-free treat to me!

Now for the fun part, breaking it up!

Pregnant or not, this coconut bark is quick and easy to make and you can store it in the refrigerator when you want to grab a quick snack. This recipe would also be great for sharing with friends, but once you taste it you may not want to share!

Coco-nutty Frozen Blueberries
Serves: 8
Time: 30 Minutes

1 cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium–low heat. Cook, stirring often, until it reaches a creamy consistency, 5 to 7 minutes.

Evenly spread coconut butter into a parchment paper-lined 8”x8” square pan. Press frozen blueberries into mixture and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator to cool for 15–20 minutes, until coconut butter hardens.

Break apart into bite size pieces and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Paleo Baby Avocado and Banana Smoothie

I've got another Paleo baby recipe for you today! Last week, I posted an update on how we are feeding Avery now that he is a year old and has been eating solids for a while and I included a recipe for Paleo Baby Popsicles.

One food I've been wanting to make for Avery for a long time has been smoothies. Smoothies are a GREAT way to get your baby lots of fruits and veggies, especially helpful if you have a picky eater. We are lucky (so far) that Avery loves most foods that we feed him, but we do get in the habit of feeding him the same snacks over and over again and I was ready to switch it up.
Umm...I don't think that is  quite right :)