Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Heyo Paleo

Hey everyone! Welcome toooooo.....

So I'm going to let you all in on a little secret.
Sometimes I call it Paleo like PA-LAY-OH and sometimes I call it Paleo like PAY-LEE-OH.
Depends on how I'm feeling.
In reality it's the second one because it's short for Paleolithic, which was a prehistoric period in human history.
BAM. I'm an educated son of a bitch.
Before I get into my recipe reviews I wanted to explain the Paleo diet in simple terms because I have gotten a lot of questions about it.
There are PLENTY of resources, and some of them are very contradicting. In the most simple terms while eating a Paleo diet you cut out
Dairy, Grains, Legumes, Sugar, and Processed Food.
It's similar to eating clean just a little more strict.
Here are some graphics that I found really helpful. 

 Here's another good one that showcases lots of veggie and fruit options

 I like this one a lot because it reminds me I can eat Kangaroo, I was really worried about giving that up....

It seems overwhelming and intense and pretty much like you can't eat anything, but just remember this
Build your plate around a source of protein then add a little fat, and then fill in veggies and colorful starch.

Example  of a quick meal plan
Breakfast- Omlet
Protein- Eggs
Fat-Bacon...yup thats right
Veggies- tomatos and spinach

Snack- Apple with Almond butter

Lunch- Taco Salad
Protein- Ground Turkey cooked in taco seasoning
Fat- Avacado
Veggies- Lettece, tomato, pico de gallo

Snack- Bell peppers or carrot sticks

Dinner- Marinaded Chicken with Veggies
Fat- Marinade
Veggies- Asparagus, and Sweet Potato


See it's not that crazy when you break it down.

Alright. Now lets get to the good stuff.

The first two recipes I tried was this Marinaded Chicken Salad, and this Pumpkin Fudge.


 The marinade for the chicken was amazing, and I'm lazy so I didn't make the salad dressing. Next time I will.

 For the marinade:
juice of 1/2 lime
1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients in large bowl, add in raw chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 min

 I took out the jalapeno and doubled the lime. I also used Cilantro paste, because...well. I wanted to.

I was the only one who ate this in my house, but I will be making it again because I am sure everyone will like it. I used it for meal prep and will be having it throughout the week. I even snacked on a few pieces because it's that yummy!

Verdict: KEEPER 

Now onto the sweet.

Pumpkin Fudge
1 cup pumpkin puree
5 medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cloves
pinch of salt

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

 In a food processor combine all the ingredients for the pumpkin layer other than the coconut oil. Blend until very smooth. With motor running, slowly add coconut oil. Process until combined.

 So a few things...
The original recipe calls for a chocolate layer, which looking back I should not have skipped.
I added more dates because.. again.. I wanted to. I also used unsalted butter instead of coconut oil. Unsalted butter is considered paleo, and I'm cheap. Sooo yeah.

Here is the picture of the original... next to a picture of mine.

It kinda speaks for itself.

It was okay but I am still used to super sweet fudge which this was NOT. It also did not have a fudge texture, more like a cold semi solidified baby food.

My kids would not eat it, my husband said it looked like diapers, and I wasn't going to choke it down.

Verdict: TOSS...for now.. maybe revisit!

Next Time on Heyo Paleo I will talking about a Coconut flour pancakes and Honey Meringues.


  1. You lost me at "no cheese". Can't do it, but more power to you!!!

  2. Keep up the amazing work girlfriend! So proud of you! Hey you inspired me to crawl out of bed at 4:15 this morning! That should speak for itself!

  3. I keep trying paleo but then I can't resist cheese, or bread, or quinoa, or rice, or cookies. Yep paleo failure

  4. I'd try this... except it eliminates three very important things from my diet which I like to call the three "Ps"... pasta, pizza & potatoes. But I do want too include more lean proteins, fruits & veggies into my diet. Best of luck to you on this!!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

  5. Love this post! I'm not sure about Paleo... I'm on the fence because I think it would be really hard, but it's interesting to see you trying out some recipes. Are you doing this for a certain period of time or thinking of going full time?

  6. That chicken salad looks amazing! I am going to have to try that one soon.