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Is Paleo the New Crave these Days or what??

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Since I have joined Crossfit I have been into Paleo dishes a lot more.  I knew about the Paleo Plan before but never really followed it.  I can’t say I follow it now either but I do look for more recipes to try!

How does the Paleo Diet Work?

Paleo diets are based on a simple rule—if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.  Foods today are full of processed ingredients and are carbohydrate obsessed!  The “caveman” diet focuses on eating animal protein and plants like back in the paleolithic period over 10,000 years ago!

Dairy, cereal, grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.

So What Should We Be Eating?

  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Lean Meats
  • Seafood
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Healthy Fats:  Such as Avocado that I love!!

Benefits

Paleo Diet

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Check out this beginner’s guide to Paleo On Nerdfitness for some great info.  The pictures made me laugh!

Like I said I do not follow this completely- I still like my carbs such as Ezekial Bread, Brown Rice, Oats etc…They give me strength to make it through my hectic life!

I have tried Paleo bread- But It was just “okay”.

Paleo bread

I also love me some greek yogurt! YUM.

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I see so many recipes that use low carb flour’s like coconut flour an almond flour so I started buying them and making different foods with them too!  Here are some of the treats I have made:

Paleo English Muffin

Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies

And Yesterday I made these for breakfast.  These were so good I actually thought about making them again for lunch!

Paleo Protein Pancakes

fitcupcaker pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 scoop (or 2 tbsp) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 egg white
  • Splash of almond milk
  • 1 stevia packet (use this in moderation on the paleo diet)
  • Water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp almond flour

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Directions:

Heat griddle.  Mix all ingredients until batter forms.  Add water in slowly until desired consistency forms.  Pour onto hot griddle and cook on each side for about 3-5 minutes.

You may need to turn down the heat to make sure the middle cooks completely without burning the outside!

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I topped mine with strawberries, a scoop of natural almond butter and a little bit of syrup.  I used sugar free but feel free to use the real thing.  I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners, but today I gave in.   I am not perfect!

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They turned out so fluffy and they were probably the best batch I’ve ever made, not to toot my own horn or anything!

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Enjoy!

Do you follow the Paleo Diet strictly ?

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Good Morning! 

Peas and Crayons

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I couldn’t wait for breakfast to reheat my Berry Protein Loaf.  I added a scoop of almond butter and some extra blueberries! Yum!

7am: Breakfast

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10:45 Snack: Rocky Road UMP Shake and then some strawberries about a half hour later.

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1:30 Lunch

Randomness:  2 hard boiled eggs, carrots and celery with peanut butter, and the last of my Cheezy cauliflower mash.

Then a paleo sweet potato brownie! (Recipe that I promised is below…keep reading!)

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4:30 Snack:  Quest Protein Bar- Vanilla Almond

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After crossfit I had dinner but I was too tired to make anything and this morning I woke up late- and this is serious, I got up at 6 am and was in the car by 6:15, what a record!  So the crockpot tenderloin for dinner, well that didn’t happen!

Dinner: 7:45  Subway

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And a blueberry goodness!  What’s that you ask?!  Warm blueberries with a coconut butter drizzle!

The drizzle= 2 tbsp Nikki’s coconut butter + water + 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder.  Mix and microwave for about 30 seconds.

Drizzle on blueberries= Blueberry goodness!

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Can you tell blueberries are one of my favorite fruits!!

And last but not least……

I have a great recipe to share with you today! My crossfit coach was telling me that he found a recipe for paleo sweet potato brownies and I knew I had to make some asap!

I do not follow the Paleo diet completely but I do enjoy making paleo recipes sometimes.  Here is one that stands out for sure!

Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies

Adapted from PaleOMG

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Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp  raw honey
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

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Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
  • Cook Sweet potato in the microwave or the oven.  I cooked mine in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Once your sweet potato is soft and cooked through, peel off the skin and mash it up in a bowl.
  • Add your wet ingredients: coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and whisked eggs to the bowl and mix together.
  • Then add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips.
  • Mix well to incorporate everything together.

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  • Pour into an 8×8 glass baking dish.  I used a round dish because that’s all I had.

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  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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Don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting. I know it is tempting!

Have a good Hump Day!



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