Saturday, March 30, 2013

Paleo Pregnancy - My Favorite Pregnancy Resources!

This post doesn't have much to do with food, but it does have a lot to do with pregnancy so this one is for the mamas to be...and the someday mamas to be. :) I am more than halfway through my pregnancy now and from the beginning I have tried to soak up as much information as possible to learn how to care for my baby while it is growing in my belly, how to have a safe and healthy delivery and how to nurture my child after it is born (I can't wait to have this baby so I can stop calling it "it").

I have come across some awesome resources that I really want to share with other pregnant mamas out there. These have all been so helpful to me and provided me with knowledge and comfort throughout my pregnancy and prompted me to think about aspects of pregnancy and parenthood that I never would have thought of on my own. So here goes...




>Preggie Pals
Preggie Pals is a podcast that covers every aspect of pregnancy from fitness and nutrition to baby wearing, routine medical procedures performed during pregnancy and childbirth preparation methods. New episodes are posted weekly and I usually like to listen to them in my car while driving to work. They also have a blog where a group of contributors write about their pregnancies, parenthood and also post product reviews. Preggie Pals has two sister podcasts, as well. Parent Savers focuses on providing information to new parents and The Boob Group is all about breastfeeding. I haven't checked out Parent Savers or The Boob Group yet, but in just a couple months I have a feeling I will be adding these to my playlist.



>Lucie's List
I LOVE Lucie's List! Think of it as a survival guide for new moms. I signed up at the beginning of my pregnancy to receive the weekly newsletter so each week I receive an email newsletter covering a pregnancy topic relative to me during my current week of pregnancy. I have learned about car seat safety, gestational diabetes and essential (and not-so-essential) products for baby. She also has a registry cheat sheet, which really helped with my registry because we do not want a house full of baby swings and seats and chairs and whatever else the baby stores make you think you need for your child. She tells you which items are essential and which you can live without or even get used.




>CrossFit Mom
CrossFit Mom has been my go-to resource for CrossFit modification tips and what is safe and unsafe during pregnancy. There are tips for each trimester and even post-partum. There are even substitute exercises, such as wall push ups in place of push ups, when your belly gets too big to do the prescribed movements. They also post a WOD (Workout of the Day) each day that includes modifications for advanced, intermediate and beginner CrossFit mamas. Their Facebook page is great for connecting with other moms and getting help with any questions you have about CrossFit during and after pregnancy.


>Wellness Mama
Wellness Mama has all kinds of great posts about parenting, natural beauty and cleaning products, gardening and natural home remedies...all things that are important to me as we are preparing to bring a child into the world. Some of my favorites are the homemade lotions and scrubs and healthy recipes.




>Joyful Abode
Emily at Joyful Abode uses a lot of parenting techniques that I hope to use, as well. She documents her journey with breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing and more. She has some fun recipes and crafts, too!




>Offbeat Families
I read the Offbeat Bride book when I was planning my wedding so I was super excited when I found out they had a similar website for parenting. I love the openness, honesty and creativity of the blog posts and the acceptance that a family doesn't have to consist of a married man and woman with a baby and a house with a white picket fence.

>YouTube
I have found some of my favorite pregnancy workouts on YouTube. Here are just a few of them...

Prenatal Yoga
Heidi Klum Prenatal Workout from FitSugar
FitSugar Prenatal Arm Workout
FitSugar Prenatal Leg and Butt Workout
Prenatal Pilates

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Paleo Pen Pals March 2013 - Red Palm Oil African Curry and a recipe from my Paleo Pen Pal Wyatt



 My Paleo Pen Pal this month was Wyatt (P.S. – Wyatt doesn’t have a blog so scroll to the end of this post to see what he made with the mandarin oranges I sent him). He sent me a product I had never heard of and honestly had no idea what to do with.  He did warn me when he shipped it that he had seen very few recipes that call for it (one to be exact) so when I opened the package to find a jar of Red Palm Oil, I was stumped! I opened the jar to find that it really is red and the consistency of coconut oil. I had to turn to the trusty interwebs to find out exactly what people do with this stuff. The package listed a number of suggestions such as adding it to smoothies, hot cereals or in any recipe in place of butter, but I wanted to do something a bit more creative.



I learned that Red Palm Oil is made from the fruit of oil palm trees, is high in carotenes (hence the red color) and is used in many African, Southeast Asian and Brazilian dishes.  It is often used in curries and egg dishes. Kevin is the curry king (proclaimed by… me) so I let him in on my plan and told him to see what he could come up with. As he got to work on this traditional African curry, my taste buds got very excited! He made an aromatic spice mixture that I knew would be delicious with the coconut milk based curry. He added diced peppers, bite-size potatoes, onion and chicken and let it simmer until the scent filled the whole house and you could almost taste it.

If you don’t eat potatoes, you could easily sub in sweet potatoes or another vegetable, but this was a hearty meal that we both enjoyed and it made a TON so we’ll be enjoying it for the rest of the week at least. :)

Have you ever used Red Palm Oil? How do you like to use it?

Want to become a part of Paleo Pen Pals? It is a fun Paleo food swap for bloggers and non-bloggers alike! To learn more and sign up, click here.



Chicken Curry with Red Palm Oil
Serves: 8
Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients

>>Spice Mixture
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp allspice
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp curry powder
½ tsp Red pepper flakes (more if you prefer it to be spicier)

>> Remaining Ingredients
2 russet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tbsp Red Palm Oil
2 yellow onions, diced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
Pinch of saffron threads
Juice of ½ lemon
1, 14.5 oz can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes
2, 14 oz cans of coconut milk
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)



Directions
Heat a large pot of water over high heat until it boils. Add potatoes and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set potatoes aside.
In a large soup pot, heat palm oil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for one minute. Stir well.
Add spice mixture, ginger and saffron. Stir well to incorporate and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Stir in lemon juice and tomatoes.
Turn heat to medium-low, stir in coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add potatoes, bell pepper and chicken. Stir, and cover with lid. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove lid and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes. This should allow the mixture to thicken up a bit.


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My Paleo Pen Pal for the month of March was Tarah from What I Gather.  She sent me some Trader Joe's Mandarin Oranges.  Before moving to Houston, I lived in the Southern California area for a few years, and quickly fell in love with Trader Joe's.  Of course, most of those trips were spent buying grain-based junk food, so once I went Paleo, I got over the fact that we didn't have any Trader Joe's here in Houston. Then later I realized they sold some great stuff, and I missed them all over again.  We now have 2 locations in Houston, but neither one is particularly close to me.



Now what to do with the oranges?  I've had the urge lately to pull out my ice cream maker and make something, and this seemed the perfect opportunity....until I remembered about 2 seconds later that orange creamsicle is my wife's most detested flavor, ever, and that if I were ever to attempt to serve it to her, this would be grounds for divorce.  Obviously, this is still a traumatic memory for her, and I don't think her pregnancy hormones would make it any better.  So...I could have opted to forgo the coconut milk, and just make a sorbet...but on the off chance sorbet was still too close, I chose to make dinner instead.

Orange Beef, serves 2-3

Sauce:
2 lbs Trader Joes Mandarin Oranges, freshly squeezed (makes about 1 cup)
2 Tbsp tamari (or coconut aminos)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp granulated onion powder

Protein:
I used what I had on hand, which was 1.5 lbs of beef stew meat. If I could do it over again, I'd use thinly sliced sirloin.  But my wife and I both enjoyed the final result just the same.
2 Tbsp coconut oil
salt, pepper to taste

Garnish:
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
sesame seeds



Directions:
Juice all of the oranges into a small mixing bowl. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix together.

Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan on medium high heat.

If using stew meat, add it now and let the outsides brown.  Salt and pepper it to your liking.  (If using thinly sliced sirloin, add it later on in recipe)

Let stew meat brown for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. You're not trying to cook it all the way through here.

Add the sauce, and let it come to a slow boil.  Adjust heat as needed.  The goal here is to boil off most of the water in the sauce, leaving the tangy orangey goodness behind.  With enough sugar and heat, you should get a nice caramelized coating to the beef.  Most orange chicken recipes I've seen add more sugar beyond what's in the oranges to get a better caramelization (for paleo recipes, this additional sugar is usually in the form of honey), but I generally lean towards a lower carb paleo and didn't particularly want the extra sugar.  So, 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice is all I used.  This step took me about 15 minutes.

If using thinly sliced sirloin, add it towards the end of the sauce reduction, as the sauce starts to foam.  The meat shouldn't take too long to cook, and the sauce reduction should finish about the same time as the meat.

Remove the saucepan from heat, add the garnish, and mix well.


Serve immediately, over cauliflower rice.




We both really enjoyed the meal, and the chili flakes gave it just the right amount of kick.  The reduced sauce gave some needed flavor to the cauliflower rice as well.






Thursday, March 14, 2013

Paleo Pregnancy - Refusing the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test for Gestational Diabetes

Let me start off by saying that gestational diabetes is a condition that should be taken seriously. If there had not been a viable alternative, I would have sucked it up and drank that nasty, orange glucose drink for the sake of my health and my baby's. But the good news is there are alternatives and if you wouldn't usually willingly gulp down a large, sugary beverage and are worried about the effects a clean-eating diet could have on the test results, talk with your healthcare provider about your options (Read: I am not a doctor and only your healthcare provider can advise you on your risk and your options).

  • What is gestational diabetes? 
According to babycenter.com, gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that between 2 and 10 percent of expectant mothers develop during pregnancy. Because of the hormonal changes to your digestive system during pregnancy, it is possible for your cells to become less responsive to insulin. If your pancreas can't produce enough insulin to keep up with your body's demand, you can have too much glucose in your bloodstream and develop gestational diabetes.

There are certain factors that may put you at a higher risk for developing gestational diabetes, such as body mass index, a diagnosis of gestational diabetes in previous pregnancies, the presence of sugar in your urine or a family history of diabetes. Excessive first trimester weight gain has also been linked with a higher occurrence of gestational diabetes.

It is possible to develop gestational diabetes without the presence of any of these risk factors, which is why most practitioners screen all of their patients between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. With so many unknowns, I felt it was important to address the issue of gestational diabetes with my midwife, even if I wasn't on board with the traditional testing methods.

  • How does it affect your baby?
If you have gestational diabetes and your blood sugar levels are too high, your baby's blood sugar levels will be too high, as well, which will cause the baby's pancreas to produce more insulin. The additional glucose and insulin can cause your baby to gain too much weight in utero, to the point that the baby may be too large to fit through your birth canal or to become injured during delivery. On top of that, babies who are born with a higher than normal birthweight because of gestational diabetes often go on to be overweight in childhood and adulthood.

  • How can you manage gestational diabetes?
In most cases, gestational diabetes can be easily managed through diet and exercise. Eating a balanced, whole foods diet and avoiding processed foods like candy, cake, fast food and pretty much anything in a box, and getting some form of exercise most days of the week should keep gestational diabetes under control and decrease any potential risks to you or your baby. Medication may be prescribed if diet and exercise alone don't help to lower your glucose levels, but this is rare.

Sorry. No more donuts...

Let's see.......plenty of exercise, lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy protein and little or no processed foods. Sounds a lot like what I was already doing! Another reason I felt confident I was not at risk, but I still didn't want to leave my baby's health to chance.

I've got the exercise part down cold!

  • How do practitioners test for gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is typically tested using the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). When you arrive at your practitioner's office, you will be given a drink that contains 50 grams of glucose and told to consume it in five minutes. This is usually a standard beverage provided by a drug manufacturer, but some practitioners will allow you to drink a regular soda or even eat jelly beans.

It would have been hard to resist the test if I could have eaten these yummy jelly beans :)

What else is in this drink? I had a hard time finding an ingredient list, but a kind reader who had a bottle of the orange flavor (because she also refused the test and never drank it) shared the ingredients of this  artificially sweetened, artificially flavored drink with me:

Ingredients: purified water, 50g Dextrose (D-glucose derived from corn), Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate, 0.1%, FD&C Yellow #6. It also labeled as "Gluten Free & Dairy Free".

An hour after consuming 50 grams of glucose, your blood will be drawn. Typically, a blood glucose level of 140 mg/dl or above means further testing to more accurately diagnose gestational diabetes in the form of a three hour OGTT. You get to consume the fake, sugary beverage again and this time you get to sit around and have your blood drawn once an hour for three hours and you aren't allowed to eat or drink anything for the duration of the exam.

I had a couple of concerns as I learned more about the OGTT. 

First, how would my body react to ingesting such a high dose of sugar in one sitting? Would I get dizzy, throw up or maybe even pass out? It has been a long time since I have had that much sugar and on the few occasions where I have had too much sugar in the past year, it affected how I felt for the whole day.  

Second, would the results be accurate? Most days, my sugar consumption is limited to fresh fruit, dried fruit and maybe some natural sweeteners such as honey or molasses. I was concerned that this could affect my results and I would end up with a false positive. 


  • What's a pregnant mama to do?
At my twenty week appointment, my midwife brought up the topic of gestational diabetes and let me know that my test would be given at my next appointment at 24 weeks. I have been open with my her about my diet since the beginning of my pregnancy and let her in on my concerns. She did say it was possible that my diet could produce inaccurate results, which backed up the research I had done online of other pregnant women following a Paleo diet who failed the OGTT. I asked if there were any alternatives and, luckily, there was.

She told me that they could call in a prescription for diabetes testing supplies and I could keep a food diary and test my blood sugar after each meal for a two week period. This didn't exactly sound like my idea of a good time, but it did sound manageable. The results would be much more accurate and I could learn more about how my body processes certain foods.

This went everywhere with me for two weeks. Maybe they should make a cute purse to hold it.

I thought it over for a few days, but what finally clenched it was when I learned that my health insurance covers diabetic testing supplies and I would pay almost nothing ($10 to be exact) for the glucose monitor, lancets and test strips. I was in! My midwife called in the prescription and I proceeded to test my blood sugar four times a day for two weeks. I bought a little notebook to record my meals and glucose levels and named it "The Blood Sugar Diaries".  My first finger prick of the day came right after waking up, while my body was still in a state of fasting. I then tested my blood sugar level two hours after the start of each meal. I actually had to get Kevin to prick my finger the first time because I was too scared. Once I realized that it barely hurt at all, I took over for the rest of the two weeks. 

I was shocked, but it really didn't hurt. 
At first, it was kind of fun. I liked seeing that my levels were normal and my body seemed to be processing everything as it should. After the first week, when I was fairly well convinced that I did not have gestational diabetes, it got to be a little less fun and became more of a chore. But I kept at it because I knew it was the only way I could avoid that nasty drink. 

My next appointment was only a few days after I completed my testing so I prettied up my food diary and blood sugar results into a word document (my midwife was very impressed). She looked it over for a few minutes and said that my numbers looked great and no further testing was required. My fasting blood sugar was usually in the 80's or 90's and my average after meals was about 110 mg/dl. If you are super nerdy and into that sort of thing, you can see my full two week diary at the end of this post. Note: I only recorded my meals, not the many snacks that I eat in between meals.

In the end, I was relieved to learn that both myself and my baby were healthy and I was glad that I didn't just accept the standard test without further questioning. But, really, if I had failed the OGTT, the diet that would have been prescribed would be eerily similar to the diet that I already follow. That is the funny thing about it. The very diet that could cause my results to be inaccurate is the one that I would be told to follow if I had failed the test.  Things that make you go hmmmm....


This post is linked to Party Wave Wednesday at HolisticSquid.com!


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2/16/13
7:40am Fasting 83 mg/dl
10:50am Breakfast Eggs, sausage, pepper, onion
Smoothie with banana, coffee, cocoa, coconut milk
12:50pm 99 mg/dl
3:15pm Lunch Romaine, apples, dried cherries, carrots, oil and vinegar, pepitas
5:15pm 107 mg/dl
7:05pm Dinner Burger patty, mustard, pickle
9:05pm 89 mg/dl


2/17/13
7:45am Fasting 112 mg/dl
8:30am Breakfast Eggs, salsa, onion, cabbage, bacon, avocado
10:30am 94 mg/dl
1:30pm Lunch Grapes, nuts, raisins, turkey
3:30pm 83 mg/dl
7:00pm Dinner Chicken, spaghetti squash, olives, basil, onion, coconut milk
9:00pm 90 mg/dl


2/18/13
6:45am Fasting 82 mg/dl
7:15am Breakfast Sausage, brussels sprouts, onion, dried cherry, avocado, egg
Smoothie with banana, cocoa, coconut milk
9:15am 113 mg/dl
11:30am Lunch Chicken, spaghetti squash, olives, basil, onion, coconut milk
Dried apricots
1:30pm 115 mg/dl
7:30pm Dinner Tilapia, broccoli, cherries, walnuts, dark chocolate soufflé w/ raspberries
9:30pm 106 mg/dl

2/19/13
8:00am Fasting 93 mg/dl
7:30am Breakfast Sausage, pepper, onion, cabbage, egg
9:30am 86 mg/dl
12:30pm Lunch Sausage, pepper, onion, cabbage, egg, grapes
2:30pm 134 mg/dl
8:00pm Dinner Ground beef, onion, lettuce, apple, coconut
10:00pm 107 mg/dl

2/20/13
7:50am Fasting 92 mg/dl
8:15am Breakfast Eggs, salsa, onion, cabbage, bacon, avocado
10:15am 96 mg/dl
12:15pm Lunch Salad w/ blueberries, avocado, romaine, turkey, oil and vinegar, pepitas
2:15pm 88 mg/dl
6:15pm Dinner Roast beef, salad
8:15pm 82 mg/dl

2/21/13
7:30am Fasting 90 mg/dl
7:30am Breakfast Egg, pepper, bacon, avocado, onion, sweet potato
Smoothie with banana, coconut milk, cocoa, almond butter
9:30am 102 mg/dl
12:15pm Lunch Egg, pepper, bacon, avocado, onion, sweet potato
Apple, dried apricots
2:15pm 110 mg/dl
6:00pm Dinner Roast beef, salad
8:00pm 98 mg/dl

2/22/13
5:30am Fasting 86 mg/dl
7:45 am Breakfast Pepper, onion, egg, avocado, spinach, bacon
10:00am 93 mg/dl
1:00pm Lunch Qdoba salad and soup, dried apricots, dark chocolate
3:00pm 114 mg/dl
8:00pm Dinner Turkey, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, mustard, fruit
10:00pm 103 mg/dl

2/23/13
7:35am Fasting 88 mg/dl
10:30am Breakfast Sweet potato, onion, pork, eggs, salsa, avocado
Smoothie with banana, coconut milk, cocoa, strawberries
12:30am 85 mg/dl
8:30pm Dinner Turkey, bok choy, carrots, grain free muffin, banana
10:30pm 119 mg/dl

2/24/13
7:30am Fasting 82 mg/dl
8:00am Breakfast Sweet potato, onion, pork, eggs, salsa, avocado 
Smoothie
10:00am 99 mg/dl
12:45pm Lunch Grain free muffin, turkey burger
2:45pm 119 mg/dl
6:15pm Dinner Salad, pumpkin chili
8:15pm 90 mg/dl

2/25/13
7:15am Fasting 83 mg/dl
7:30am Breakfast Eggs, salsa, onion, cabbage, bacon, avocado
Smoothie with banana, pumpkin, coconut milk
9:30am 103 mg/dl
1:45pm Lunch Pumpkin chili, apple, dried apricots
3:45pm 109 mg/dl
8:00pm Dinner Tilapia, asparagus, grain free brownie, almond butter, blueberries
10:00pm 102 mg/dl

2/26/13
6:00am Fasting 90 mg/dl
7:30am Breakfast Brussels sprouts, onion, eggs, avocado, sausage 
Smoothie
9:30am 106 mg/dl
12:45pm Lunch Grain free muffin, turkey burger
2:45pm 119 mg/dl
6:15pm Dinner Salad, pumpkin chili
8:15pm 90 mg/dl

2/27/13
7:15am Fasting 83 mg/dl
7:30am Breakfast Eggs, salsa, onion, cabbage, bacon, avocado
Smoothie with banana, pumpkin, coconut milk
9:30am 103 mg/dl
1:45pm Lunch Pumpkin chili, apple, dried apricots
3:45pm 109 mg/dl
8:00pm Dinner Tilapia, asparagus, grain free brownie, almond butter, blueberries
10:00pm 102 mg/dl



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tuna Cakes with Mandarin Orange Salad

Wow! Pregnancy has totally drained my energy and, right along with it, my creativity. I have had almost no desire to experiment with new recipes for the blog. This is where eMeals has been such a HUGE help lately. They do all the work for you, and for less than $5 a month. We currently only have a Dinner Plan subscription, which provides us with seven dinner recipes each week and a corresponding grocery list, but this month they are running a 30% off special on their Breakfast Plan! All of the breakfasts are not Paleo approved, but check out this Free 1 Week PDF Download and you'll see that the egg dishes and the smoothie can easily be adapted to remove any grains or dairy. The Apple Pie Smoothie is definitely my favorite! Click here to sign up now!

Despite my current love for simple meals that involve little to no thought on my part, the urge to create did wash over me this week and I was certainly glad it did! Kevin's first comment after taking a bite was "Are you putting this on the blog?" and I told him that was specifically why I made it, to which he replied "Good. This is awesome!"

I've eaten so many tuna sandwiches in my day that I don't eat it often anymore, but I had some in the pantry and wanted to come up with a new way to use it. These tuna cakes were simple, but full of flavor thanks to the red peppers and dijon mustard. They paired perfectly with the salad of baby spring mix, mandarin oranges, red onions, avocado and a citrus dressing.

Aren't these mandarin oranges so cute!

Spring is just around the corner and this would make a perfect spring meal!



Tuna Cakes with Mandarin Orange Salad
Servings: 4
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

>For the salad:
4 cups baby spring mix
5 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 avocado, sliced

>For the dressing:
Juice of 1 mandarin orange
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp White Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste


>For the tuna cakes:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 5oz cans of tuna
2 eggs
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup coconut oil


Directions

>For the salad:
In a large bowl, combine spring mix, mandarin orange segments, red onion and avocado

>For the dressing:
In a small bowl, combine mandarin orange juice, olive oil, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. Using a fork, stir all ingredients until mixed well

>For the tuna cakes:
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Once oil is hot, add diced bell pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Place bell pepper in a large bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Add tuna, eggs, coconut flour, cayenne pepper, mustard, salt and pepper and use your hands to mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Form tuna mixture into 8 small patties.

Heat coconut oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot enough to sizzle, but not smoking, add tuna cakes to skillet. Cook for three minutes, flip and cook for three minutes on the other side. Tuna cakes should be golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Toss dressing with salad and divide between four plates. Place two tuna cakes on each plate and serve.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

February 2013 Paleo Pen Pals Roundup


Welcome to the Paleo Pen Pals Round-up for February! If you still haven't heard the buzz about Paleo Pen Pals, it is a network of like-minded paleo bloggers who swap ingredients each month, create a recipe and share their creations in the blogosphere. Check out our Facebook page to see what we are all about and to sign up. You can also read about Paleo Pen Pals on Three Diets One Dinner intro post or my intro post.

Co-Founder Brittanie, from Three Diets One Dinner, and I were so excited to see all of the tasty recipes that came through this month and I am happy to share them with you today. If you would like to become a part of Paleo Pen Pals and sign up for next month's food swap, click here to learn more.

Before we get to the recipes, I want to mention that Paleo Pen Pals is looking for sponsors. It takes a lot of effort and time to keep this running, and we have opened up an international network of Paleo bloggers, cooks and eaters. There are thousands of eyes on this network and they are all hungry for the caveman lifestyle. If you have a Paleo product that needs a voice, let's talk! Send us an email.

Read on for a roundup of February's recipes!!

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