Paleo Chicken Scaloppini w/Sauteed Arugula

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This is a quick, fairly easy recipe you can make with ingredients most people have in their homes already. The chicken and arugula together took me a little under an hour to make. The meal together is 240 calories, 14 g fat, 6 g carbs, and 25 g protein. Add a sweet potato or some roasted veggies (pictured above) to round out the meal. Continue reading Paleo Chicken Scaloppini w/Sauteed Arugula

Simple Apple & Fig Butter

photo-2One question I get asked a lot is, “what should I eat before a workout?”. I’ve talked about the nutrients you need and a few pre-workout meal ideas in a blog post back in November, but to sum it up, you need carbohydrates and protein from low fat, low fiber foods. Overall, it’s just important that you eat something, and this tends to be hard for people who exercise early in the morning or run a tight schedule. If you need a quick burst of energy before a workout, try this simple and easy apple fig butter. I got the inspiration from the PaleOMG website, but wanted to make a version with no added sugar and fewer ingredients. Try 2-4 spoonfuls for a quick source of fuel before your next workout.

Ingredients

3 apples (I used Pink Lady apples) Continue reading Simple Apple & Fig Butter

Grain Free “Spaghetti” with Bison Meat Sauce and Arugula

I’m a big fan of grass-fed meat and an even bigger fan of bison, but last week I hit the jackpot! A friend hooked me up with some Vermont bison thanks to the guys at the Bison Project. And this is what I did with it.

Ingredients

1 lb ground bison

Pasta Sauce

1/2 vidalia onion, chopped

1 jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce

1 TB fresh parsley

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1 bag fresh arugula

1 spaghetti squash

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Paleo Stuffed Peppers

photo 1Why does getting back on track after the holidays seem so difficult sometimes? Motivation is high this time of year, but many find it tough to stick with that new diet. One of the best ways to help you stick with a new – or renewed – diet is to take the extra time to make some delicious food, instead of forcing yourself to eat something that tastes boring or plain bad because it’s “healthy”. These fairly easy stuffed peppers will make things a little easier. Continue reading Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Breakfast of Champions – Paleo Eggs and Greens

Quick, easy, Paleo breakfast for the morning.

Ingredients

2 tsp coconut oil, olive oil, or bacon grease

1 cup greens (collards, kale, spinach)

1 cup chopped onions and peppers

4 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

4 slices of bacon, fried or baked

1/2 avocado

Saute onions and peppers and greens in oil of choice 2-3 minutes or until soft.

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Happy Desk Lunch! Tuna Avocado Bowls

If you’re like many Americans, you probably have a desk job, at which you sit 7-9 hours per day, and/or eat your lunch at said desk most of the time.

And sadly, I do it too. And sometimes it can get challenging to pack good meals. You have to plan ahead or you end up eating junk. You have to bring stuff you like, because, when you’ve had a rough day, awesome food is just more appealing than boring food. However, the inspiration to write a blog post about it didn’t come until I stumbled upon this tumblr, called “sad desk lunch”. It is basically a running photo blog of the meals people eat at their desk. Some don’t look too bad, but most to me look pretty, well, sad.

But don’t worry, I’m here to save you from the boredom! Continue reading Happy Desk Lunch! Tuna Avocado Bowls

Healthy Holidays: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

It’s November! Which means the holidays are fast approaching. And often times it’s not just the individual occasion of Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve festivities to worry about, because everyone can afford a cheat day here and there. It’s the stuff leading up to the holiday, like work pot lucks, holiday parties, and cookie baking.

So, to help you get through the holidays with fewer cheats and keep you wearing your skinny jeans into New Year’s eve, I’m starting a recipe thread for “healthy holidays”. Each recipe will be either low calorie, lower carbohydrate, or made with all natural ingredients.

My first “Healthy Holidays” recipe is a turkey day and Christmas favorite at my parents house. Since a lot of holiday spreads feature casseroles, pies, breads, and starchy vegetables, this dish kept a nice, green option on the table. And, its super easy and quick to make, so it doesn’t add much extra effort to your holiday prep! Continue reading Healthy Holidays: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

Pumpkin Awesomeness

These days fall is almost synonymous with pumpkins, and October is National Pumpkin Month. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins… one New York Times writer has even argued that pumpkin is the new bacon.

Not only is it fun to carve pumpkins and a delicious addition to any meal or snack, pumpkins and their seeds also offer some health benefits.

Namely, pumpkins are

  • High in key vitamins like vitamin A, C, and B complex
  • Low in calories and fat but high in fiber and antioxidants
  • Rich in minerals the body needs like copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous
  • Seeds are a good source of heart healthy fats
  • Seeds are also high in zinc (important for wound healing and immune system strength) and iron.

Pumpkins are also, as I mentioned above, delicious. So try this awesome Paleo pumpkin soup. I ate mine with grilled fish.

Paleo Pumpkin Soup

So good it was almost gone before I remembered to take a picture!

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