So after 30+ days of eating sweet potatoes and/or eggs, a girl gets kind of bored. I finally branched out a bit and, for health reasons only of course, visited Pinterest (insert ahhhhh here) for some paleo-ish recipes. There are a gazillion out there!! I also was given (thank you Gramma Choo Choo) a really amazing, and easy to read, paleo cookbook that I've used. I will try to link that up below. Here are two easy recipes that might just entice you to give this whole 30 thing a try.
The Pineapple Dream (the kids name) or Summer Crack (that would be my choice):
*credit for this recipe: I found this recipe on Pinterest. It can be found on my "pins I've done" board
1 can of pineapple with juice
1 can of coconut milk (I do recommend organic AND watch for hidden sugar!!!!!)
1 tsp of pure vanilla
*want to make a smoothie?? add either a handful of ice cubes OR (and I prefer this) a frozen banana
Throw everything in to a blender and voila!! Leftovers? Freeze them in molds and have a healthy treat for later.
Now if you checked out It All Starts with Food, I realize that the promotion of a smoothie is not included. This shouldn't replace a meal. You could have a small glass of this with a protein, and veggies. The coconut milk IS a good fat, so this would cover the good fat and fruit.
Side note: the one sticking point that I have with the whole 30 is not finding paleo "sweets". The authors of the Food book really push that you don't mask sugar cravings by finding a way to have a paleo dessert or yummy. I totally disagree!!!!! Why would you even do that? The above smoothie/popcicle is a legit way to have a snack/treat when the rest of the fam is having ice cream. While I did adhere to this strictly on my whole 30, I do not find that having a smoothie, pumpkin pancake (see recipe below), or paleo treat from the Coffee Hound messes me up.
*recipe taken from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilipopo
4 eggs 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c canned pumpkin 1 tsp cinnamon (I used more)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp of butter or coconut oil
1 ripe mashed ripe banana optional
mash banana. add and whisk together eggs, pumpkin, vanilla. sift in pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and baking soda.
melt the 2 tbsp of butter in the skillet. when melted add to mixture. **I used the remaining little bit of butter to grease my skillet**
I used a 1/4 measuring cup to dip my batter out of the bowl. I got about 10 smalish pancakes out of this recipe. I added pecans on top for a bit more good fat.
IT IS SUPER GOOD!!!!!!
Again, while I did follow each and every rule during the whole 30, I really do not see the harm (for me) in recreating foods that I love in a healthier way. The pancakes are so good and full of good things.
If you are interested in making a change, check out pinterest. I'm on there and thanks to good friends have found a lot of great, easy recipes that I've put on the following boards: good for you, paleo, gluten free.