A few of my Favorite Things

Woman shopping for Paleo diet 

Since adopting the Paleo lifestyle in April of 2012 I have discovered a whole new world of food! It’s a mind-blowing world full of flavor and health benefits (not just meat, contrary to popular misconception). It seems like second nature to me now, but I get asked a lot of questions about things I eat so I thought I would share some of my favorite staples with you. Though these recipes fit within the perimeter of a Paleo diet, everyone should enjoy them! Don’t get hung up on a label…unless you’re Vegan. Then the eggs are probably a deal breaker!

Home-made Mayo

Growing up, my dad made our lunches in the mornings. He must have thought I really loved mayo because he slathered it on every sandwich he made for me. As a result I developed a strong aversion to the store bought stuff and didn’t touch it for all of my adult life. Then I found out how EASY and DELICIOUS homemade mayo is to make. It’s nothing like it’s store bought counterpart in taste or ingredients. It’s a staple in my refrigerator now!

The easiest, yummiest version I’ve found is found here. 

I use my food processor and use the tiny little whole in the top insert to drizzle in the olive oil (patience is not my strong suit). This is definitely a must try!

 Home Made Mayo

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Chocolate Waffles

When I started Paleo I thought I would never get to enjoy any baked breakfast foods again without guilt (and some major digestive track issues). Then I discovered these chocolate waffles! OMG! To. Die. For. I must confess that they are very dense and very rich, so I actually eat them when I’m craving a treat or serving a fancy brunch (which happens like once a year). I triple the batch every time and put the extras in the freezer for a quick grab. The kids love these too. HINT: make sure your waffle iron is HOT before you start cooking, otherwise these bad boys will stick to the iron and you’ll be sad.

Find the incredible recipe here and book mark it: 

chocolate-waffles

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Home-made Almond Butter

You’ll find many recipes online for nut butters that involve adding oil, salt and measuring things (don’t love measuring things so this bothers me). One day I thought I would just add dry roasted almonds to my food processor and let her run. And boy did she! Yes, it’s takes 7-10 minutes. Yes, you better have a sturdy food processor. The result is delicious though, you don’t have to add anything to it, and it’s much much much cheaper than the jars you buy in the store.

Hints:
1. Use dry roasted or raw almonds so there are no hidden oils on the almonds that will mess with the flavor or your tummy.
2. Kick it up a notch and stir in cocoa powder and raw honey AFTER you’ve made the butter (otherwise it clots up).

Almonds
Sweet Potato Hash

If you haven’t tried sweet potatoes for breakfast, you must! Most days I just bake it in the microwave and top it with over easy eggs. If I’m feeling super refreshed and energetic, I go the extra mile and make a sweet potato hash in the skillet. It brings out the natural sugars in the sweet potato and is yummy any time of the day.

Here’s where I initially got the idea.

I rarely add all the spices she mentions, but it is yummy when you do. I put some coconut oil in the skillet and brown the shredded coconut in it with a little salt.

sweet potato hash

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Hope you enjoy these as much as I do! If you have a favorite, please share it in the comment section below!

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

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