Let’s talk about snacks, baby
Let’s talk about you & me
Let’s talk about all the good fats & the bad fats that may be
Let’s talk about SNACKS.
Let’s talk about SNACKS!
How on Earth are you doing this week?
This past week was a rough one for me. I was just coming off of a week with the flu and I have been exhausted. Grady has decided that sleep is WAY overrated. I wish I could agree with him.
I don’t know about you but when I’m tired, all I want to do is eat and I don’t want to have to think about what or how I’m going to eat. I want food and I want it NOW. I really struggled this week with wanting things that weren’t good for me. I almost poured myself a bowl of cereal no less than 857 times. While I was grocery shopping yesterday, I came thisclose to buying a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to scarf down.
Luckily, my resolve (and smaller pant size) won over and I did neither of those things.
I did, however; buy a bar of peppermint-infused dark chocolate and ate half of that one night. I felt SO much better.
When I first started eating Paleo, I really struggled with hunger. I was STARVING. In addition to changing how I eat, I am still breastfeeding the baby which is, in and of itself, exhausting. For the most part, I rarely need snacks to help me through the day anymore but when I want one, it is important to have something readily available to eat. That is why I have compiled a list of my favorite things to eat for snacks on the Paleo Diet.
I would like to venture to say that I do not withhold carbohydrates at this stage in my journey. Because I am still breastfeeding and because inflammation and pain were the #1 reasons that I started this journey, carbohydrates in the form of fruits and sweet potatoes are still present in my diet. If I were eating Paleo solely to lose weight, I would likely moderate those foods. Please keep that in mind when checking my snacks out.
- A handful of sliced almonds and a sprinkle of raisins with some coconut milk tastes like cereal to me and makes me feel less deprived of my ex-favorite snack.
- Grain-Free Granola Bars are a great snack to have on hand. I make these once/week and when I’m really feeling snacky, I’ll grab one and savor every bite.
- An apple or banana with some nut butter spread on each bite. I have made almond butter and pecash butter recently. They are both different, with very distinct flavors. To me, almond butter is like dessert so if you’re really craving something “naughty”, grab a tablespoon of that.
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hummus with raw, chopped veggies. I try to find time when Kyle is home to get in the kitchen and make a few things ahead. This hummus is one of them. It is SO, SO good and I promise you, you will not miss the Garbanzo Beans. Chop your veggies after you make this, and put them in ziploc baggies or tupperware containers so that when the snack-monster attacks, you don’t have to wrestle with a knife and a head of broccoli.
- Baba Ganoush with Endive. This is SO good. It’s like eating dip with chips, but endive is a vegetable, it’s raw, and it’s fantastic for you.
- Protein Balls. Who doesn’t love balls?! These are OH so good for on the go and extremely easy to make. Even if you’re not creative in the kitchen, you can find things to mix these up a bit or alter the ingredients to suit your tastes.
- BACON!!!!! Throw some in the microwave and crisp it up. Or broil it. Or HOWEVER you make bacon. Do it in the morning when you fix breakfast so that your whole house smells delicious. Bacon is even good room temp, so leave it lying around for the snack monster to find.
- Hard boiled egg, or Deviled Eggs. Eggs are high in protein and good fats and are a fantastic source of energy.
- Grain-Free Granola. The Paleo Parents have been teasing us with their up and coming book for a while now. It is due to come out some time in March and I HIGHLY recommend pre-ordering one for yourself and your kids. BONUS: You don’t pay until your books ships! They were kind enough to tease us with this recipe before the book comes out and it’s SO good. Grab a handful when you need an energy boost.
- Kale Chips. These are so good with some sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Even my picky kids will gobble a bowl of these up in no time. I find that LOW & SLOW is the way to go with these babies. I cook them at 300 for 15 minutes and then turn the stove off, leaving them in there for several hours until the oven cools off. It has been the only way that I’ve been able to get them dry and crispy so make sure you plan ahead when making Kale Chips.
I hope that this list of snacks will help you stay the course. It’s hard not having ready-packaged food at your disposal but with a little planning and forethought, healthy snacking CAN be a reality.
For those of you mamas who are breastfeeding and struggling with milk supply, eat ALL DAY. As long as you are eating the right things, you won’t gain weight, your milk supply WILL increase, and you will feel more energetic. I promise. Throw all conventional wisdom out the window that says you need to limit calories and EAT for goodness sake.
Don’t forget to drink water all day too. Water is the stuff of life. Literally. During the winter months, it is common to not feel thirsty when in reality, you are. Keep that water bottle full and sitting within reach so that you don’t get dehydrated.
Now for dinner. Want to know what we’re eating this week? Here’s our menu:
Dinner Menu RESOLUTION : Paleo Week 2
Saturday: Spinach Coconut Milk Soup with Curried Shrimp & salad
Sunday: Pork Chops, grilled with sauteed cabbage & grilled carrots
Monday: Turkey Meatloaf cupcakes (cook the meat loaf in cupcake tins) with sweet potato “icing” (make mashed sweet potatoes and spread the mash on top of the mini-meatloafs once cooked, to make cupcakes(!) and broccoli.
Tuesday: South of the Border Stuffed Acorn Squash from “Paleo Comfort Foods”
Wednesday: Fish Sticks with Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday: Slow Cooker Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken Drumsticks with salad. We have a meeting until 6:30PM so we needed something quick & easy today!
Friday: Chicken Nuggets (These are my kids’ FAVORITES) with roasted asparagus and steamed baby carrots
If you’re new here, check out RESOLUTION : Paleo week 1 for more information.
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