Saturday, April 14, 2012

Days 4, 5 & 6

  The last three days have been tough!! Matt and I have been craving a lot of bad foods! There have been like a million pizza commercials and we have been really feeling like eating 25 pieces. But we haven't. We have stuck to the Paleo. SO..last time I left off it was Thursday.
Thursday Morning- 2 eggs
Lunch- Left over chicken spinach
Dinner- Dinner with out friends at Rosa Mexicana.

We had table-side Guacamole- AND we snuck in our own plantain chips so we could eat salsa and guacamole!
  And for dinner I had a steak/sausage kabob with salad instead of rice. Matt had the braised short ribs-which were also delicious. Then my wonderful friend Natalie made a delicious strawberry, papaya, blueberry fruit tray. 

Friday morning we woke up late so I had some more leftover chicken spinach (i made a lot!) and some nuts. Then I had some salsa and plantain chips as a snack. For dinner we were craving bad food so we got burgers- no cheese, no sauce, no bun, with sweet potato fries from a place called Tops. 
And today- Saturday- we made Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes from scratch. For this recipe you will have to look in Paleo Comfort Foods :) They were delicious. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Days 2 & 3

I am craving cookies! Haha- but I am still going strong. On day 2 I woke up and had 2 scrambles eggs and 2 links of chicken sausage for breakfast. For lunch I had leftover Paleo tacos, a few plantain chips and  a laughing giraffe almond snack. For dinner we planned on Paleo Burgers- but after CrossFit last night some of our friends invited us to Korean BBQ and we could not resist! It was delicious. 

Yes, that is an egg in the middle of vegetables, spicy pork and I got a side of beef. I really wanted a glass of wine- but I stuck to water.

Day 3- I had another laughing giraffe almond snack for breakfast and leftover Korean BBQ for lunch- along with another snack & plantain chips. Tonight I want to make the burgers or the Spinach Chicken that I already have planned. I have a lot of things to make today before the veggies and meat go bad! I will post some more pictures later of whatever I end up making after I get home :)

I am home! I cooked the turkey patties and made the Broccoli slaw. I will post a picture of the slaw tomorrow- or when we eat some. When I got home I was starving for some reason so I made an avocado/tomato salad with some lemon juice & a dash of salt and pepper.

I also had a a tiny handful of some nuts. I have been really exhausted today and have had a small headache. I think it is a lack of sugar and caffeine. Before we started the challenge we were eating WAY too much sugar and drinking WAY too much caffeine. So it makes sense I have a headache and have been absolutely exhausted. Hopefully, in a few days the headache and exhaustion will subside!! But until then I will suck it up. After I ate the salad and took an accidental nap I woke up and it was time to figure out dinner. So we decided on the Spinach Chicken.




For this Recipe you will need: 
1 rotisserie chicken 
1 onion 
1 bag of spinach 
garlic 
butter 
olive oil 
salt & pepper 


This is a very quick and easy recipe. I was too tired to make anything fancy. We grabbed a cooked chicken from a place called Zankou and threw this together in abut 15 minutes. I started by sauteing the onion and garlic in a pan- with olive oil and a little butter- until the onions became soft. While I was doing this Matt pulled apart the chicken.
Then I slowly added the spinach- handful by handful- until it cooked and finally added the chicken and its juices- stirred and finished it off with some salt and pepper. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 1


Day 1- The challenge has begun and I am having a laughing giraffe snack for breakfast with some water. 

This is my friend Amisha who usually tries to make me eat non-paleo
For lunch my class had a graduation party with burritos and CAKE! Chips and salsa are one of my favorite snacks- so today I had salsa with plantain chips and some salad. 

And I DID NOT eat any of that very delicious looking strawberry-vanilla cake.

 For dinner I made some Paleo Tacos. 

For this recipe you need: 
2 lbs turkey 
1/2 onion 
5 cloves garlic 
Pack of Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning 
Some fresh cilantro (optional) 
1 Jalepeno 
Olive Oil 
Lettuce 
1 pack of Trader Joe's Guacamole & Pico de gallo pack 
First I used a little olive oil and sauteed some garlic and onions- then I added the turkey & cilantro 

Next I added the Taco Seasoning pack and let it cook for a couple minutes. In the meantime I sliced up the jalepeno and washed the lettuce "shells".
 

Then I made the tacos. First I spread the guacamole, added the meat & topped it off with a jalepeno! 
 



Then we ate and enjoyed with some salsa and plantain chips!!


Note: I always make about 3 -4 servings and save the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Tomorrow (Monday) is the start of our 30 day challenge, and we have completed almost everything on our list to prepare. We went grocery shopping, we made a menu for the week, we cleaned out the fridge and pantry, we took before pictures and I thought about making Paleo Mayo. I also decided instead of making Paleo bars we are just going to eat the Laughing Giraffe snacks in their place. 
These are really tasty and although they are expensive (like $9 a bag) it is about the same price as buying all the nuts in order to make Paleo bars.

Speaking of expensive... a lot of people say the reason they won't do a Paleo challenge is because, "healthy food is so expensive." Well, if you shop at Whole Foods.. then yes! But if you shop at Trader Joe's or somewhere comparable- then it really is not that bad! We left Whole Foods today with ONE bag of groceries which contained...One spaghetti squash, one case of coconut water, one garlic head, two laughing giraffe snacks, some almond flour, sesame seeds and one jar of salad dressing and the grand total was....

$60!!! SIXTY BUCKS! I mean wow. That is a little ridiculous. We knew the beginning of this challenge would be a little pricy (the almond flour & coconut water) and we were prepared. But this stuff should last us almost the entire month (minus the garlic & spaghetti squash which were each cheap). So where do we shop for our everyday Paleo needs? Trader Joes! We left TJ's with three bags filled to the rim with groceries and almost a week's worth of food which included: cauliflower, broccoli, broccoli slaw, an avocado, a tomato, 2 onions, 5 apples, ketchup, tomato paste, taco seasoning, jalepenos, garlic, blueberries, plantain chips, salsa, ham, chicken sausage, turkey patties, ground turkey, cumin, hand soap, spinach, a lemon, butter and lettuce for..... 
$59 bucks! A dollar cheaper then Whole Foods and at least three times the amount of food. The moral of the story is you can buy healthy, fresh foods for a reasonable price if you know where to shop.

So what is the menu for the week? Here it is:

Monday- Paleo Tacos with Guacamole, Plantain chips and Salsa
Tuesday- Paleo Burgers with Avocado and Broccoli Slaw
Wednesday- Spinach Chicken with Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
Thursday- Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

We haven't decided what to make Friday but have a big list of meals we compiled to choose from. We did not mean to have Turkey two nights in a row- we meant to grab beef patties but grabbed turkey on accident.

Also- for Paleo its best to use grass fed beef, free range chicken and high quality meats. The butter I use is unsalted Kerry Gold which is from grass fed cows.

K one last rant then I will be done for the day. Since we have been eating Paleo for a while I have some essentials in my pantry that you may not have so here is a list of "must haves" when attempting a paleo challenge:

  1. Olive Oil 
  2. Coconut Oil 
  3. Coconut Flakes
  4. Maple Syrup 
  5. Almond Flour 
  6. Almond Meal 
  7. Coconut Flour 
  8. Eggs 
  9. Coconut Milk 
  10. NUTS! Almonds especially. 
Well tomorrow is the day! I plan on having some eggs or a giraffe snack for breakfast, packing an apple and some nuts for lunch and coming home and making some Paleo Tacos! I will post the recipe and picture of the process (its really easy tomorrow). Thanks for reading! 
Blog Design by Caked Designs