We are coming to a close on our Whole30 challenge. We’ve made it the whole month with only a few minor cheat days. The biggest take away I have thus far is that I don’t want to quit! I imagine we will be less strict with it but I feel better, enjoy eating more and find it much easier to shop and cook with a Paleo lifestyle. The kids have also been eating better and trying new things–can’t really beat that.
The hardest thing has been breakfast. While I love eggs and bacon, I don’t want to cook it every morning. I miss drinking my coffee while the kids got their cereal instead of trying to get a cup of coffee down while they fuss at me to cook for them. The easiest way to get around this is to have some easy things in the fridge for them to eat like yogurt, cheese, ham slices, mix up a fast smoothie with frozen fruit, nuts are a good starter, dates are amazing… Ah, now I can enjoy that cup of coffee in peace!
Here’s some things I’ve discovered cooking Paleo over the last few weeks:
Your blender is your friend. Use it. Daily.
You can put almost anything into a smoothie. And even the kids won’t know about all the delicious nutrition in there. (We’re talking spinach, apples, frozen fruit, almond butter, beets, squash… ) We lovingly call many of our smoothies “mud.” My children love to drink mud.
Smoothies are probably the fastest Paleo lunch or breakfast to throw together when you are out of ideas. Throw an entire salad and some nut butter in there and you have all the nutrition you possibly could need.
Almost any vegetable can be mixed with almost any meat and it will look and taste delicious–experiment with any combination. I dare you.
Miss things like tacos?
Make it into a salad.
You can sauté just about anything. Start with coconut oil, spices, garlic, peppers, etc..
Fry (this is canned tuna)
Serve with some sort of vegetable side and you have a super quick and scrumptious meal.
Basically anything that sounds delicious, is delicious. (This is sweet potatoes, apples and walnuts sautéed in coconut oil. Mmmm.)
Broil those veggies–it’s fast and delicious.
Kids actually do like vegetables! Who would have thought!