Monday, June 25, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

One thing I know I have been dying for are cookies.  I found an awesome recipe for Gluten Free Paleo friendly chocolate chip cookies that are really yummy.  Growing up, making cookies was a lot of fun and when you put this recipe together it may feel a little strange considering there are fewer steps.  Don't worry though, they are delicious and you will want to make them all the time...

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (I used a little less then 1/2 a cup and they were still YUMMY)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips  (the darker the better and feel free to add more if you are an oober chocolate lover)

Preheat oven to 375℉.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer, or wire whisk.
Pour wet ingredients slowly into dry ingredients and beat with mixer or fork until combined.
Add the melted coconut oil and continue to blend until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop Tablespoon size balls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day 48

Day 48!

And so my paleo journey continues and I am still enjoying every minute of it.  I don't have any regrets nor do I feel like I am missing out on anything when it comes to food.  I feel as though my relationship with food is finally starting to become healthy and clean.  I don't feel bad about what I eat and I never have any feelings of regret after I finish a meal.  There are no more tummy aches that last for hours and no more eating until I am about to burst (my full receptors are firing really well).

The body really is an amazing machine and when given the chance to work properly with the kind of nutrients it was designed to ingest, I feel as though there is no stopping me!

That's all for today.. Hopefully short and sweet is enough for now.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 41

Day 41

At dinner last night our waitress asked my husband and me if we were on some sort of special diet due to the fact we asked if there was sugar in some of the sauces as well as switched out the grains for steamed veggies.  Because she was open to an explanation we told her a little bit about Paleo and how it is a lifestyle choice for us and not really a diet.  Most people upon hearing that you are eating Paleo will look at you with some sort of cross eyed expression and usually let you know that they could NEVER give up bread, cheese, or beer.  In those instances I generally don't go any further with my explanation because I don't feel that I need to defend my choices but instead kindly refer them to my favorite paleo friendly website if they would like to look up some more information.

On another note:

I am still not bored with food which is AWESOME!  For the most part I know what I want to eat for each meal and have not been discouraged by any recipe.  Even though there are currently only two of us in the house I am ALWAYS making what I think will be WAY TO MUCH.  It never really is because either my husband comes home and eats like an animal or I use the leftovers in meals for the next day or two.  In the end it saves you time and if the meal turns out to be awesome then you won't mind eating it again for lunch the next day!

Apple Blueberry PALEO muffins!!  I make a bunch of these and keep them in the fridge for a quick snack or for when I am craving something desert like
Paleo Blueberry Apple Muffins

1 Really ripe Banana
2 1/4 cups Almond meal
4 eggs (or 3 XL eggs)
1 Apple diced (don't worry about getting them too small)
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon (HEAPING)
1/3 cup water (I don't always add this and they taste really great)
Preheat oven to 350

Smash banana in a bowl and mix in all other ingredients.  It is easiest to do it by hand.  After scooping batter into the muffin pan I poked the blueberries in to each muffin.  Make sure to push them down into the muffin batter however, otherwise they will fall off when you take them out after being baked.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poking them.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 37!

Day 37!

Coconut oil is something you will find everywhere when looking at paleo friendly foods and recipes.  It is an absolute must to have in the house and personally, I think it tastes pretty gosh darn good!  Coconut oil has some pretty significant health factors to it (in the good way of course).  It is really good for your Hair, Weight loss, Digestion, Immunity, Heart Disease, Healing and Infection, as well as a whole lot of other things.

Most people want to be afraid of coconut oil due to the saturated fat that is found in it.  People need to get over the fear of saturated fat.  The idea that saturated fat leads to heart disease was in fact a hypothesis formed by Ancel Keys PHD in 1953 when he published the paper, "Atherosclerosis, a Problem in Newer Public Health."  Keys wrote that while the death rate in the United States was declining, the number of deaths due to heart disease was steadily climbing.  And to explain why, he presented a comaprison of fat intake and heart disease mortality in six countries. The United States, Canada, Australia, England, Italy, and Japan.

I am sure that with this new little tidbit of information you are just dying to read more about coconut oil and saturated fats right?  Well here are two more sites that will give you a lot of food for thought.

Don't you just love how Paleo makes you question things you thought you knew so much about?  I am finding that I have to question a lot about what I have been taught in so far as health and health food.  It makes the whole experience a lot more fun for me and I hope it does for you too!

Pesto Scrambled eggs!
*I used leftover pesto that I had made the other night and put a spoon full into my veggie mix right before throwing in the eggs!  So Yummy!
Home Made Pesto:
2 packed cups fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts 
3 garlic cloves
1/3 cup olive oil
*Put Basil, Pine nuts, and Garlic into a food processer and pulse until totally chopped and looking like dry pesto sauce
*Right before you are ready to use blend in the olive oil.  You may use more or less olive oil depending on your own taste.
*Should last about 1 week if well covered in the fridge.

Two Apple Muffins
(recipe in Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragaso)

BLTA salad
-Balsamic vinegar

Small handful of macadamia nuts
1 small Fuji Apple

Paleo Hot Wings
Cauliflower rice
Ground Turkey saute