Remember once upon a time when I talked about weekly dinners and my plans to share recipe details and photos of all the amazing dishes I was whipping up at home? Right. Well, between cooking with a toddler semi-attached to my hip and trying to get dinner ready at a reasonable time before we have to start our bedtime routine, I have not been able to document many of my recent kitchen creations.
But, I promise that I have been cooking- a lot!
I’ve been on a bit of a food journey lately, trying to make sure I am eating good, whole, real foods– and that I am feeding those same things to Lincoln! I had heard a lot about the Paleo diet, but didn’t give it too much thought. Then, I stumbled upon the Whole30 plan and felt really compelled to give it a try.
The Whole30 (in case you haven’t heard about it) is a 30 day program during which you eliminate several types of food from your diet. During the 30 days, you do not eat any dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes (peas, lentils, peanuts, etc.) or grains of any kind.
So, basically, you exclusively eat fruits, vegetables, and proteins – plus some healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, etc. for one month (which in reality, is what we should probably be eating all the time anyway, right?)
I followed the Whole30 plan for the entire month of May, and about another 15 days into June. It has really been a great change. I am eating more vegetables than I have, maybe ever in my life and I am making almost every meal at home, from scratch. I have more energy, I lost a few pounds and my skin looks really good.
I’ll admit, there is no way I can live the rest of my life without another bite of coconut milk ice cream or some dark chocolate, but this 30 day challenge has really changed the way that I approach food. Now, if I can just convince my husband to adopt some of these healthy eating habits…
Here are a few photos of some recent meals (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen them)…
Oh! And I have to share this recipe for “Paleo Pancakes” that I came across. They could technically work on the Whole30 plan, but it is not really recommended to eat a lot of paleo-ized baked goods while you are on the plan… The point is to break your sugar cravings and simply replacing a regular muffin with a “Paleo” muffin isn’t really helping… (Check out the book, “It Starts With Food” for all of the plan details)
Anyway, I can’t recall where I found this recipe, but I jotted it down and made it for breakfast yesterday. Easy, fast and super delicious!
(I don’t have any photos of the finished product, because Lincoln & I ate them all so quickly!)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients together.
Grease skillet with coconut oil.
Cook over medium heat.