Understanding Paleo & Why I Believe In It

Understanding PaleoMy husband and I have been Paleo for over a year now, and it is something we fully believe in. However, we also try not to take ourselves too seriously. When we go to an event, we are grateful to eat the food that is provided and usually don’t worry about whether or not it’s Paleo. These indulgences are occasional and help to remind us why we love living the way we do 90% of the time. Plus, we just don’t like making a big stink about getting a burger with no bun and no cheese at Aunt Betty’s retirement picnic and would much rather just oblige and eat the totally delicious food that is available! We don’t talk much about being Paleo, because it can be a sensitive subject and people tend to have mixed reactions. However, when I hear that someone is interested and wants to learn more, that makes me excited! This is why I thought I’d share with you today a little more about our personal experience with Paleo, and why we now believe in it so strongly.

Homemade Paleo Granola

Homemade Paleo GranolaI’m always thinking about what my next meal is going to be. You always have to be thinking ahead when you’re Paleo (or living any type of healthy lifestyle for that matter). So when it was time for my beach vacation I needed to figure out fast and easy meal options. I figured breakfast would be easy with eggs and sausage, but what about mornings where we just didn’t feel like cooking and wanted something fast?  When I came across the Paleo Grubs Sweet and Salty Paleo Granola recipe, I figured this was the ticket to a quick breakfast before heading out to the beach.

Paleo Coconut Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry ChickenThe air is crisp, leaves are falling, and pumpkins are harvested. Fall is such a beautiful time of year, and I’m loving it. The mild days with a light breeze flowing through the house followed by cool nights are my favorite. Now that fall has officially arrived, it seems only fitting to share a warm and comforting coconut curry recipe with you. This coconut curry chicken is surprisingly easy to throw together, and the final product is hearty and rich.

Homemade Bone Broth | Cheap Easy Healthy

Ingredients for bone brothI’ve been hearing a lot about bone broth lately. How cheap and easy it is to make and the endless health benefits of this nutrient rich food such as a strong immune system and healthy digestion. It also strengthens hair, skin, nails, brain, joints (the list goes on!) and reduces cellulite to boot. This is a perfect way to round out our nutrition allowing us to get important nutrients that we typically do not get such as gelatin, collagen, and the valuable amino acids proline and glycine. So when I found myself with bones from a leftover rotisserie chicken, I figured now was the time to give homemade bone broth a try for myself.

Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes_REV3I love me some mashed sweet potatoes! In my house, they’re usually being made for a Sunday night dinner paired with a rotisserie chicken we picked up while making our weekly grocery run. It makes for a quick, easy, and comforting meal.  I typically boil my sweet potatoes in order to speed up the process a bit, because at this point the aroma of the rotisserie chicken has filled up the house and we’re usually ready to pounce! But, if you have the time you could roast them in a 400° oven for about an hour. I tend to keep my recipes simple, but you could experiment by adding some different herbs like rosemary or thyme. These mashed sweet potatoes are so good it’s easy to overdo, so enjoy it but keep in mind moderation in all things!

Scrambled Eggs For a Crowd

Scrambled EggsMy nephew got baptized this past Sunday, and I volunteered to make the scrambled eggs for his Baptism brunch. The reason I initially chose scrambled eggs was because I cook them everyday, and they’re so easy to make. When I first volunteered, I didn’t really think through just how many eggs I would actually have to cook in order to feed everyone. So I got down to calculating… I figured 2-3 eggs per person for about 40 people… That’s somewhere between 80-120 eggs. Holy bajesus! I couldn’t image cracking that many eggs let alone standing at the stovetop while I scrambled them all. So I took the issue to Google. After viewing the first few results, I quickly realized that baking the eggs was the most popular way to efficiently prepare scrambled eggs for a crowd. Baking scrambled eggs sounded crazy to me, but it was a resounding result from Google so I figured I’d better give it a shot.

Paleo Coconut Chicken & Sweet Potato Fries

IMG_7477_REV2Paleo Coconut Chicken & Sweet Potato Fries is our go-to recipe on a Friday or Saturday evening. When we’re in the mood for some serious comfort food, which is usually on the weekend, we automatically turn to this recipe. The texture of the pan fried coconut chicken is reminiscent of my favorite childhood food, chicken tenders, and the oven baked sweet potato fries are a perfect alternative to typical grease-drenched french fries. By breading the chicken in almond flour and shredded coconut, you’re getting an extra dose of macronutrients including healthy carbohydrates, fat, & protein. The best part is, you won’t be feeling any guilt after this meal. So take the time to whip this recipe together, and you will not be sorry! The chicken recipe is below, and you can find the the oven baked sweet potato fries recipe here.

90 Second Paleo Milkshake

IMG_7448_revSometimes you just gotta have something sweet, ya know what I mean? Luckily, with my Paleo Milkshake recipe you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without having to down a sugar-laden dessert. And trust me, I know the sweet tooth can sometimes quickly turn into an emergency situation, but no worries because you can whip this Paleo Milkshake together in just 90 seconds. The frozen bananas here are key. They are the secret behind the sweet flavor as well as the creamy texture. The almond butter and cacao powder blend together so perfectly it will keep you coming back to this recipe time and time again.  A scoop of chocolate protein would be a good substitute for the cacao powder to make this the ultimate post-workout shake. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk is the ideal base, because it gives it a touch of vanilla flavor that takes it over the top. If you don’t have vanilla flavored almond milk, try adding a dash of pure vanilla extract. With only four ingredients, this Paleo Milkshake is something you have got to try. It’s so simple to make, and I promise this creamy, scrumptious Paleo treat will not disappoint your primal palate! 

Simple Kale Chips Recipe

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Kale chips are not only simple to make but so healthy too!  You only need kale, avocado oil, and salt. I usually make mine with the bagged kale from Trader Joe’s which makes the process even quicker. If you do this, make sure to pick through and take out any thick stems that are in there. If you use fresh kale, you’ll need to trim the leaves off the stem (discard the stems) and give the leaves a rough chop. Preheat your oven to 400°.  Lay the kale in a single layer on your baking sheet, drizzle with avocado oil, sprinkle with salt, and give it a toss to blend it all together. It’s very easy to over-oil and over-salt these, so go easy on it, because you don’t need a lot of either. Bake them in your preheated oven for 10 minutes and boom, you’re done! Enjoy as a side to grilled chicken or on it’s own as a snack.  It can’t get much easier than that!