Tag Archives: healthy eating

The “Gluten Free” Myth

24 Oct

When my family and I started eating paleo, I checked out the “gluten free” section of my fancy grocery store. While I knew that paleo is largely about eating natural, single ingredient whole foods, I figured that there must be some goodies tucked away in the “healthy” gluten free section of the grocery store. I was WRONG!

As I picked up a variety of gluten free products (breads, cookies, cereal, pastas, etc.), and read the ingredients, I quickly found out that wheat and gluten were just replaced with another type of filler ingredient. A processed food is a processed food — take out the wheat, and the food companies simply replace it with soy, rice, potato starch, or some other undesirable item.

The up side to my grocery store misfortune was unexpected. When I got home and told my wife what I discovered, we decided to start making our own high quality snacks and paleo-friendly recipes together. We now make large batches of paleo cookies, dinner recipes, nut bars, and other tasty treats using quality whole food ingredients. We make large batches and use our vacuum sealer to freeze things for later use. We get the kids involved too. My girls, ages 5 and 7, help to measure, stir, and add ingredients to our paleo concoctions. We have turned our healthy eating food prep into quality family time! Instead of taking the easy route and buying processed foods in a box, we are now all living healthier, and happier together!

EASY Paleo Honey Lemon Chicken

21 Oct

I find that eating healthy, whether it is Paleo or not, is always easier when preparing meals that are a) delicious, and b) made in bulk.

I tweaked a few recipes I found online to come up with the perfect combination of flavor and ease to make this delicious crock pot honey lemon chicken. I make a big batch with about a half dozen or more chicken breasts at a time, but you can make more or less depending on your needs.

Ingredients

4 skinned chicken breasts
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/4 of raw honey
1 tsp of minced garlic
Olive Oil

Directions

Cover the bottom of the crock pot in a layer of olive oil, mix the lemon juice, honey and garlic until combined. Placed breasts in the crock pot and drizzle them with the lemon and honey mixture. Cook on low heat for 3.5-5 hours.

To make sauce, remove cooked chicken from the pot and pour the remaining juice into a sauce pan. Over medium low heat, add 1 tblsp of arrowroot powder and stir regularly for 2-4 minutes. Let cool to thicken.

I usually make at least double this recipe. I find that freezing two breasts in a vacuum sealer and freezing them works great if you want to make a very large batch and have delicious healthy food ready for later!

Mayonaise… It’s good for you???

16 Oct

Don’t let the title trick you… mayo can be good for you… delicious, and healthy! This recipe is loaded with healthy fats from egg and olive oil, and it has none of the junk ingredients and fillers found in store bought mayo.

Doing paleo, sandwiches are out, but I make a delicious chicken salad using homemade mayo. The stuff in the store is just garbage. I checked out leading brands, and the best names and most expensive are loaded with bad ingredients. Cain’s “with Olive Oil” mayo for example has soybean oil as the first ingredient!

This recipe is awesome! Tastes just like the jar stuff, but it is healthy, and paleo friendly. Make sure you keep it in the fridge, no longer than 72 hours.

Ingredients:

1 egg
1 tblsp of apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a blender, blend well egg, apple cider vinegar and sea salt. SLOWLY add the olive oil in a thin stream while blending. Continue to blend on low/medium setting until it reaches the consistency of mayonnaise.