Paleo and I are smack in the middle of an on-off relationship. We know we’ll be good together, but it’s SO hard to stay true to one another. Let’s be real. Sometimes I need a damn Oreo. Or six. Don’t judge.
Starting last week, I buckled down and started actually planning out Paleo or CleanEats meals and snacks… AND STUCK TO IT. Imagine that?! After a full week, I was so tickled with the noticeable difference in my tummy flatness and overall energy level that I’m doing it again this week.
So am I going back to following strict Paleo? Kinda. I’m looking at it more from the perspective that I’m tightening up what I eat, how much I eat and still saving a teeny bit of room to live a little. Two cool things that have happened recently?
1. I still haven’t weighed myself since I broke up with my bathroom scale. Yay, me! But I had a damn doctor’s appointment and was forced to stand, fully clothed, and watch for “the number”. But when I opened my clenched-shut eyes, I saw a not-so-scary number. To get some perspective for myself, I asked the PA what I weighed on my last visit. Turns out, I’ve actually lost 6 pounds since November! And since I started Crossfit in June of 2012, I’ve gained 9 pounds. Hooray for muscle!
2. When I went to New Jersey to visit my love, he remarked that my body is starting to look more like a gymnast’s. In my mind, that means strong shoulders, a lean but muscular waist and awesome legs and booty. I dig it! Especially since he certainly isn’t complaining. 😉
To give you an idea of how Paleo and I are getting along lately, here are some of my recent favorites.
Not to toot my own horn, but when I show up to a gathering with this guacamole, there are NEVER leftovers. It goes quickly and gets rave reviews. I cannot take credit. Nette is the genius behind this recipe.
1/2 red onion, diced small
Fresh or dried dill – 2-3 TBS
1/2tsp kosher salt
1 small jalapeño, minced (remove or leave seeds, depending on your desired heat factor)
Juice of 2 limes
Thai Curry Shrimp with Broccoli
Credit to skinnytaste.com for this recipe! It was amazing and it will definitely be made again soon.
1 tsp oil (I used coconut)
4 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 oz light coconut milk
2 tsp fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt to taste
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add scallion whites and red curry paste and sauté one minute. Add shrimp and garlic, season with salt and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and mix well. Simmer about 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through. Remove from heat, mix in scallion greens and cilantro. Serve over rice or your choice of veggies.
Almond-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
You’ve all heard of bacon-wrapped dates, but the magic twist is to put a whole almond inside of a pitted medjool date, then wrap each in 1/2 piece of nitrate-free organic bacon. Cook on 375 for 7-10 minutes on each side till bacon is crispy. What. SO GOOD.
Other Paleo Meals
Yesterday I made the world’s ugliest tuna cakes, but hey, when your fridge decides to NOT BE COLD and you lose all your food, you make do with what you have on hand.
1 can of tuna in water
2-3T coconut flour
2T Dijon Mustard
Onion powder, garlic powder, salt/pepper to taste
Pan-saute in 1T grass-fed butter.
Serve with grilled zucchini. Or whatever you didn’t lose to the gods of non-functioning refrigerators.
Breakfast this morning: Sweet potato hash with fried eggs! Yay for COLD FOOD in the fridge!!!
Sent this to Nette last weekend after my workout. Aren’t I seksay in my sweaty bandanna with my ginormous Dunkin Iced Black with Turbo Shot? 😀
What clean eats do you have cooking right now?
What’s your favorite coffee drink?
How do you like your guacamole? Chunky, smooth, spicy, mild?