Project 10 | Paleo Snacks on the Go

This week I’m heading to the BlogHer conference and I know I will need some snacks to keep me going during my Paleo Shift.

I’ve stocked up on a few things that are easy to travel with:

  • Larabars – OMG the banana bread one is to die for!
  • almonds
  • bananas
  • apples
  • GoGo Squeez Applesauce packets (borrowed from my kids’ snack cabinet)
  • water bottles

These items will keep me going in between meals so I can focus on learning and networking. What snacks keep you going during the day?

Project 10 | Almond Crusted Turkey Stuffed Peppers Paleo Recipe

As a participant in Project 10, and the 30 Day Paleo Shift, I am always looking for healthy versions of my regular recipes. As my love affair with almonds continues to grow, I’ve decided to substitute them in place of cheese in some of my recipes. I know, there is zero connection between almonds and cheese except for the sprinkle on top factor, but that along with adding a yummy nutty taste is enough to make me try anything! I made these stuffed peppers recently and it was a huge hit with my kids and husband. It’s quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious!

Ingredients

- 16 oz package of organic grass fed ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 jar of no salt or sugar added organic tomatoe sauce
- seasoning of your choice( I used a palmful of Trader Joe’s Everyday seasoning)
- 2 organic green peppers cut in halves
- 4 or 5 fresh sweet basil leaves chopped
- palmful of unsalted almonds crushed or chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sauté the ground turkey in olive oil with spices and chopped basil until no longer pink. Add in half the jar of tomatoe sauce and simmer. While turkey is sautéing I place the peppers in a glass baking dish and microwave for 2-4 minutes until tender. Once the turkey has simmered for a few minutes fill the peppers with the turkey, remaining tomatoe sauce, and then top with crushed almonds. I used my garlic press to crush them and it worked great! Bake the dish for 15-20 minutes until the top is slightly golden and crispy. Serve and enjoy!

 

Project 10 | Paleo Simple Smoothie

OMG coconut milk, where have you been all my life?

I find myself getting hungry after dinner each night around 8pm. I decided to break open the new unsweetened coconut milk, (I have never tried before) and turn it into a smoothie. I found some frozen strawberries we picked a few weeks ago. Then I grabbed half a banana and some ice, threw everything in the blender and voila!

The smoothie was so delicious, I will DEFINITELY be making this again.  I put the other half banana in a ziplock freezer bag, so next time I will use frozen banana! It was quick, AND satisfying. Easy peasy.

Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup of frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • Blend until smooth and liquified, and enjoy!



Project 10 | Curveball!

So Mamas, I’ve been a little hush hush on the fabulous Project 10 for the last week or so.

Life has thrown me a curveball and we are expecting our third child in February, yay for babies! This means I will no longer be trying to lose weight as a participant in Project 10. I am however embarking on a lifestyle change known as the Paleo Lifestyle.

So what is Paleo? It’s the idea that our bodies weren’t made to process “processed” food like grains, wheat, chips, you get the idea. We should be eating like the cave men did because that is what our bodies were designed to digest – meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. I am choosing to participate in the Paleo Pioneer’s 30-day Shift because, frankly, I am addicted to sugar and processed crap. I am tired of feeling like a mouse running on the sweet and salty wheel. I am tired of feeling tired from processed foods that just aren’t good for me.

The Paleo Shift focuses on eating REAL FOOD, like not from a package. What a concept! I have been a sucker for “healthy pre-packaged convenience foods” like protein bars, granola bars, breakfast bars, energy bars. You name it, I’ve definitely bought it.

I am excited to jump in and begin the process of my Paleo Pregnancy by eating real and healthy food for me and my baby. Katie Simons, the Paleo Pioneer has made it super easy to make the gradual lifestyle change to Paleo with her brilliant 30-day Shift program. There will be weekly group meetings where we will share experiences and support one another, along with recipes and tips.

I will slowly be cutting out sugar, dairy and grains from my diet aside from the junk. This means I will be living on real organic meat, fish, vegetables , fruit and oil! Since I am pregnant I will add dairy and calcium back if I feel the need or crave it. I do believe that listening to my body is the best bet for mommy and baby.

I hope my Paleo journey inspires others to eliminate the foods that just aren’t good for any of us, and to help other women eat healthy and feel healthy with a Paleo Pregnancy. More to come!