Shawn Paleo Challenge
Here is some good information from Shawn who has been eating Paleo Since 2011
I can see that many of you are very intimidated by the Paleo Challenge we are about to take on! Take a deep breath – we are all here to help and encourage one another :) I have been eating Paleo since March of 2011 and I will say it was the most intimidating thing (besides walking into a Crossfit box for the first time), that I have ever taken on. I remember having the same thoughts as all of you– “What do you mean I can’t have my english muffin or bagel for breakfast and my PB &J sandwich for lunch”… I thought ~ no way! Then I read the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and it changed my thought process about the way our bodies process food— it just made total sense! I decided to give this Paleo thing a try, and wow– I was amazed at what is in all that “food” we are consuming. I started reading labels and realized that any processed foods have things I never heard of, and HOLY sugar and salt! I started asking myself “Why is wheat and ingredient in everything”… the answer is simple, it is a filler. I think that if you are serious about this challenge the cook book “EveryDay Paleo” is a great reference and has great recipes that are easy. Sarah Fragoso, the author, is a mother/wife who created this book to make it easier. She has list with must haves for you pantry and fridge. If you don’t want the cook book her website is great too ~ www.everydaypaleo.com/ . A great website to get you started is http://robbwolf.com/- He is the expert on all of this!
I have compiled a few recipes to get you all started:
My Own Breakfast muffin recipe- great for pre or post WOD
3 mashed Bananas
2TBS Coconut oil
1/3 cup sifted coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla ( I use vanilla bean, but realize most people have liquid, make sure it is pure)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup blueberries (great antioxidants)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (great for omega 3′s) or nut of choice
You can substitute the above with your choice– raisins, raspberries, coconut flakes, etc.
I put it all in my mixer, blend it all together and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes. Be sure to use muffin papers
Lunch:: Tip– Make extra dinner and have leftovers! I sometimes even eat dinner leftovers for breakfast
Sun ~ Dried Tomato Chicken Slaw (One of my favorite lunches to have in the fridge- this recipe is not on her site)
2 Cups cooked Chicken – diced
1/2 cup Sun dried tomatoes – Julienne Sliced
1/2 apple, diced
4 cups purple cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 TBS dried oregano
black pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and serve
Dinner : Tip~ don’t be intimidated by this… just ditch the bread, pasta and rice! Make 2 veggie sides or a salad and a veggie
Dinner possibilities are endless, but I will give some of my favorites to get you started. Stock up your spice cabinet !
Plan ahead– make a menu for the week, buy what you need for those recipes~ so helpful and you will save money !!!
http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/jamaican-jerk-pork-chops-with-mango-salsa/ce810ef2-701d-4861-9c4e-739ebf3c50f3 (I omit the brown sugar and use cinnamon)
Sides and Snacks: Tip– We have found that all veggies are better roasted :) The sides are surprisingly the easy part ~ roast, steam or saute asparagus, brussell sprouts, broccoli, carrots, spinach…etc.
http://paleomg.com/ketchup-rosemary-sweet-potato-fries/ ( I often just slice the sweet potato and have “rounds ” instead of fries.
http://paleomg.com/superbowl-snacks-roasted-red-pepper-dip/ ( I add fresh Parsley to this and use it as a veggie dip )
My Favorite side is Cauliflower “rice”
1 head cauliflower– put pieces in food processor until rice like
1 TBS Coconut oil
1/2 red onion chopped
1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped (cilantro work well too)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium heat, saute onion. Add cauliflower, basil and S&P until desired tenderness –YUMMY!
I hope I have not overwhelmed you all! All of these recipes link to great websites and blogs so you can search for more great recipes. For those of you with a Pinterest account- find me and follow me because I have soooo many recipes on there.
Have fun with this, don’t stress, it is a learing experience and it could be life changing