daily eats: 11.9.11 {paleo-style}

My background in Nutrition always makes me very interested in all of the latest diets/food trends/etc  and I keep hearing about the paleo diet. A friend of mine kind of follows the diet, I’ve listened to a few pod casts and done a little researching on the internet. In my most basic definition, here is the paleo diet: heavy on protein (meat, fish, etc.), fats, and vegetables; no to dairy, grain, sugar. (Please correct me if I’m incorrect!)

One of the things I find interesting about the paleo diet and why I wanted to try a day of it is because I struggle with dairy (eat too much) and sugar (get addicted immediately). Grains I have no issue with and I could never imagine life without sprouted bread, oatmeal and my sprouted tortilla pizzas. But I can try for a day. :) I also wanted to keep track of the nutrients so I can look at the day as a whole and see where I am with protein, fat, etc. A day of vegan eats is coming soon and I’ll be doing the same.

6:30 am: start the day with coffee + coconut creamer

Continued working on unpacking and organizing our new place! We are making good process and will hopefully done today!

Breakfast: 2 eggs + 2 cups arugula dressed with vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil. This is where I would normally have a slice of sprouted toast but I was definitely ok with arugula. :)

Snack: handful of nuts and dried fruit while working outside. (I’m not really sure on how dried fruit fits into the paleo lifestyle…anyone?)

Lunch: Spaghetti squash + butter and herbs + deli meat + brussels sprouts.

And an apple for dessert.

A workout was on my afternoon schedule, but instead, I spent two hours on the phone trying to get the internet sooner than next week. I’m lost without the internet!!!! Because I was really crabby (seriously, maybe I have a dependence issue) I spent the last part of the conversation walking to Whole Foods and wandering around the aisles and it was just what I needed to relax. I was really craving some cheese and crackers but picked up some olives and salami to munch on with some wine. (No cheese on paleo plan!)

Dinner: Wild cod + tartar sauce + kale. (Again, I’m not sure if tartar sauce is ok for paleo, but I figured since it is egg based (mayo) it would be ok.)

Nutrients: 68.4 g protein, 91.3 g fat, 88 g carbohydrates, 23.7 g fiber, 43 g sugar, 1,650 calories

Thoughts on my day of paleo: I’d like to eat similarly to this on a regular basis as I do best with a diet comprised of mostly  proteins and fats. (And vegetables of course!)  I wouldn’t be able to completely give up grains, and I’d like the fiber to be higher, but I think I could increase that if I made an effort. There were a few times when I thought, oh, I’d like cheese or I’d like a bite of that ice cream the taster is eating, but I had some olives instead of the cheese and sugar cookie tea instead of the ice cream, which both worked as great replacements. It was the first day in a while that I didn’t have an upset stomach and I felt really good this morning. Maybe I should eat this way a little more often….

Have you heard of the paleo diet? Are you familiar with it? Thoughts? 

 

review: earth balance coconut spread

At a food show a few months ago, I tried- and loved - Earth Balance’s new Coconut Spread. It is now in stores, have you seen it?

I really enjoy coconut oil as a toast topping but this Coconut Spread is a great way to introduce coconut oil into your diet if you’ve been a little hesitant until now. It spreads just like butter and can be used in place of butter.

Like:

  • great coconut flavor
  • versitale: can use for baking, cooking, spreading and in place of butter
  • vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO
  • all of the recipe ideas on their website (Coconut Spread Recipe Ideas)
  • comes packaged like other butter alternatives

Wish:

  • I have no wishes…that is a first! The only thing that I’m unsure about is that I’m not sure there is a need to have both coconut oil and coconut spread…

 

 

slow cooker recipes

I’m on my way to Wisconsin this weekend with one pair of boots and a trench coat (everything else is still in the pod!) so I’m hoping for some mild weather…and thinking about lots of warm and cozy slow cooker meals! 

I’ve mentioned before that I used to have a snobby attitude about the slow cooker. My brother gave me a camouflaged crock pot one year for Christmas and I promptly returned it to K-Mart on December 27th. I believe I said something along the lines of “crock pots are for hicks.” I know, I know, so terrible! You know what they say, karma is a bi*#$!  Now I love them. But I will say that I much prefer my stainless steel to camouflage…

A lot of the recipes for slow cookers can be a bit old-school, or midwestern (meat and potatoes) but I keep seeing new, modern, healthy and delicious sounding crock-pot recipes. And I’m all over them.

(Real Simple)

Slow Cooker Recipes

White Bean Soup with Andouille and Collards – Real Simple

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna – Real Simple

Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas – Heather’s Dish

Brazilian Feijoada – Cooking Light

Vegetable and Chickpea Curry – Cooking Light

Chicken Curry – Martha Stewart

Spanish Meatballs – Martha Stewart 

Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken – Better Homes & Gardens

Drip Beef – The Pioneer Woman

Lentil Sweet Potato Soup – Eat Live Run 

 

What are you making in your slow cooker?

daily eats {11.1.11}

Wow, I can’t believe it is already November!

I surprisingly didn’t eat too much candy on Halloween, but did drink my share of wine and eat pizza, so I was a little slow-moving this morning. Nothing a little coffee, water and work can’t fix. Sometimes its best to just throw yourself into it!

Peet’s Coffee was completely decked out for the holidays – an overnight transformation complete with red & green sprinkled almond bark, holiday blend beans and holiday music. I’m ready for the holidays, but that seemed like a bit much!

 

I returned home (cousins home, we move into our place Thursday!!) and promptly made some breakfast. I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine once we get settled. My type-a personality is freaking out!

Breakfast: French Meadow Sprouted Cinnamon Bagel + pat of butter + hard boiled egg + strawberries.

Both strength and cardio were on my list today so I did a quick weight routine before we headed out to run a few errands in our new neighborhood!

Lunch: Being that it was World Vegan Day (pointed out to me by Pepperoni is not a Veg – thank you!) I really wanted to eat vegan all day, but because I don’t have my own fridge, usual food options, etc. I wasn’t able to make it the whole day. (Soon I’ll do a Vegan Day!) But, we did have an excellent vegan lunch at Veggie Grill. I’d been wanting to try Veggie Grill since I saw one of them and figured today was a perfect reason to try it out. I was starving and needed more than a salad so I tried the VG Cheeseburger, which the guy in line behind us said was amazing. I ordered it with the red cabbage slaw side and I gobbled it up in no time at all. 

Then it was time for some more work. I loooove being able to work outside. In November.

A 50 minute walk with Ruby (the dog) was “cardio” for the day. Not necessarily a great workout, but because I had a dog with me I wasn’t worried about a certain length of time or getting in so many miles, I just enjoyed the walk and the afternoon. It was really, really nice.

We made dinner tonight for my cousins and the Taster decided to make a Minnesota speciality, the Blucy. (Blue cheese stuffed hamburger) No shortage of burgers (both real and not) for me today!

Dinner: An amazingly delicious blucy sans bun + salad + sweet potato fries + sriracha mayo for dipping.

Dessert: I was gifted some unwanted halloween candy. :)

Now I’m sipping tea and getting ready for bed, lots to do today!