Happy New Year! Each year seems to fly by faster and faster as you get older am I right? The new year brings the hope of so many possibilities and a fresh start. Many of you probably have this topic on your new year’s resolution list already or plan on adding it and that is to “be more healthy” or “get in shape”. No matter the phrasing it can seem like an exciting yet intimidating challenge. Coming from someone who has played with the diet yo-yo for many years I can tell you this lifestyle is the easiest to apply. My sister, Caitlyn, introduced me to the Paleo lifestyle after she had been navigating some health opportunities. She expressed how much better she felt and how much energy she has. She now does a mixture of Paleo and Keto and some of these recipes may be described as keto as well. To help explain what these recipes entail let me give you a description of what Paleo and Keto mean.
Paleo: In general, eating Paleo means eating veggies, fruits, meats, fish, certain fats, nuts, and seeds. It means removing grains (breads, pastas, rice, etc), beans, soy, dairy, certain vegetable oils, and refined sugar from your diet. For more information about specific food items included in the paleo lifestyle, check out the Paleo Plan website here.
Keto: According to Healthline.com, The ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones. Find more information here.
Because I had been avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar off and on for about 2 years, I found it was easier for me to apply the Paleo diet to my life. If you don’t have any experience with this sort of change, I recommend easing into it. And just a disclaimer, I am not a trained medical doctor, these are just my personal opinions and suggestions.
Since being married and learning more about how much food can affect our hormone balance I have been challenging myself to eat Paleo meals. I didn’t want to stick with the same old processed and boring recipes (it’s difficult to do that with Paleo). So each night I aim to make a meal that suits my needs personally and Matt has been getting the benefits as well. He has experienced more energy as well as better sleep quality. There are so many benefits of this lifestyle, I encourage you to try it out at your own pace. To get you started I have included some of our favorite paleo recipes so far. I have made each one of these and they are delicious and healthy!
I try to do different styles of food different nights of the week. We have made this beef cabbage stir-fry by Budget Bites and we have really enjoyed it. I have been substituting the beef for lean ground turkey to cut back on price. I have also substituted Braggs Liquid Aminos for the soy sauce. It’s great for leftovers and easy to double if you have a larger family.
This recipe is so delicious and very filling. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute to normal pasta. And if you enjoy creamy meals this one is great! But Denae, I thought Paleo didn’t include dairy? It doesn’t, the cream is from Coconut Milk! A lot of people I have met are turned off by Paleo because it doesn’t taste like the real thing. I think that’s too funny because it’s more “real” than the processed alternatives they are referring to. You won’t know if you like it until you try! Check out some of Real Simple Good’s other recipes!
For those of you that love your crockpot like me, this is the one for you! It’s a set it and forget it type of recipe. I first had this recipe while living with my other sister and loved it! Though it does have a higher carb ratio it’s still a great option depending on the kind of sausage and chicken broth you use. I try to stick with organic/natural options when selecting my ingredients from the store. Check out Wholesomelicious‘ recipe blog here for easy recipes.
Random fact about me, I used to hate bacon! Real talk, I didn’t like the chewy fat or the overly burnt slices. But one day I found out that the right bacon in moderation is actually good for you. It’s all about those healthy fats! This recipe is super simple and easy to make as a side dish to your favorite entree. Matt and I enjoy making it with eggs on the side. It’s a nutritious and yummy breakfast alternative to those kolaches or muffins.
Matt and I love this one! We have even made it with Butternut squash. Another set it and forget it recipe here for ya! This is super filling thanks to the avocado and sweet potato and great for days you’re in a hurry. Each time we have made it we end up with extra chicken which is great for salads the next day or even a lettuce wrap.
Holy moly, talk about healthy fats! This recipe is loaded with them. Salmon is a bit on the pricier side but it is worth it every once in a while. We don’t have a grill yet so our option has been to cook both sides in a cast iron skillet. We love avocados as you can tell, and we include them with many of our recipes.
I did mention that I liked sweets earlier so I thought I’d finish off with a couple I have made so far!
This recipe was a fun one to make! If you haven’t seen my vlog about it, you can find it here. I added some Lily’s brand dark chocolate chips as well and it was phenomenal! This is a perfect recipe for those overripe bananas your husband doesn’t like or deems as no longer edible. You can find more at the Roasted Root Blog.
I am constantly looking for mug recipes I can make. They’re perfect for those of us still working on our portion control. And I normally find these by searching on Pinterest for one that includes ingredients I already have. Usually, because I crave something sweet while watching the Marvel movies. Find this recipe and more at Nourish every day.
I know I was thinking the same thing. How is that possible? I tried it and it is so good! I will say it’s not as thick as store-bought eggnog but you can make it year round if you like to, you know, celebrate Christmas in July! I made the silly mistake of using table syrup instead of maple syrup (as I mentioned in a previous post) so it was probably a bit sweeter but I’m sure the normal recipe is wonderful! See what else Living Well Mom has to offer!