Day 12: lead us not into temptation

I’ve been pretty good at the whole not getting tempted by carbs and sugar thing, probably because this isn’t my first experience with paleo.  yesterday, though, I had my first encounter with food I really really really wanted to eat and had to resist because it wasn’t whole30 approved.  the object of my desire was…

Image …this.  a half-eaten leftover cookie someone had put out in my office (probably left over from a lunch meeting or something).  it doesn’t even look appetizing!  and someone had already broken off most of it!  what is wrong with me!

breakfast

  • blueberries and sliced almonds with coconut butter

    my spoons enjoy the camaraderie of getting to be in the dishwasher all at once–I’ve been eating that blueberry-almond-coconut butter stuff so often that I go through all my spoons really quickly :/

mid-morning (I need to get better at eating more for breakfast so I don’t get hungry at 9:30 am…)

  • two larabars
  • mixed nuts

lunch

  • grilled salmon salad

dinner

  • went with chip to a sushi place for happy hour and ate a ton of sashimi, including the BEST SALMON SASHIMI I’VE EVER HAD   😀

evening

  • strawberries and blueberries with sliced almonds and coconut butter
  • “hard boiled” egg baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (thank you pinterest for the suggestion)

    when I loaded up this egg in the muffin pan he thought he was about to ride on splash mountain. he was pretty disappointed to find out he was just going in the oven.

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Day 11: the paleo snack showdown

the amazing, protein-rich primal pac crushes the poor larabar!

Every since I started paleo-ing a few months ago I’ve been a huge fan of Larabars.  The Blueberry Muffin ones became my breakfast, Cashew Cookie became my main meals, and Coconut Cream Pie became my dessert.  I’ve found that as awesome as they are, they don’t make the greatest snack food because they contain a ton of sugar (by my new definition of “a ton”–as much as 20 grams?!).  Today after crossfit, I decided to pick up one of the Primal Pacs my gym sells in its mini snack bar area.  

This is pretty much the GREATEST THING EVER.

it contains:

  • beef jerky (grassfed, of course!)
  • dried mango
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds
  • cranberries

and best of all, the small Primal Pacs about the same mass as a larabar (so we can compare their nutrition facts) and contains ONLY 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR and an amazing 24 GRAMS OF PROTEIN!  

Today was also the first time I’ve ever had beef jerky (my first encounter with it was on the school bus in fifth grade.  other kids had it for bus snack, and the strange, inedible-looking preserved meat just never seemed appetizing enough to inspire me trade with them for some of the chocolate chip granola bars I’d have as snack).  It was pretty good!  I wouldn’t eat it in front of a vegetarian though…somehow the texture and toughness of beef jerky seems to really accentuate the fact that you’re biting off a piece of an animal.

breakfast

  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter!

midmorning

  • two larabars

lunch

  • lettuce and spinach salad with cauliflower and cucumbers
  • lamb burger

dinner

  • PRIMAL PAC right after crossfit!
  • larabar (I took it out of my pantry to look at the nutrition facts, and then couldn’t help but eat it)
  • brussels sprouts with garlic and olive oil cooked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter 😀

Day 9: It’s frittatas all the day long

Never be afraid to stand out from the crowd. Be unique and be yourself.

Yesterday I made 12 mini frittatas, and today I discovered that having them around means I don’t really have to worry about making food the whole day!

breakfast

  • frittatas
  • blueberries with almonds and coconut butter (which is quickly becoming my favorite breakfast ever!)

The first time I made blueberries with almonds and coconut butter I didn’t have any coconut butter so I used coconut oil instead, figuring the two couldn’t be that different…

left: coconut oil; right: coconut butter. they look pretty similar, right?

but when you put them in the microwave for 15 seconds…

…yeah.

lunch

  • frittatas
  • lettuce/spinach salad

mid-afternoon

  • frittatas

post-crossfit + dinner