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15 Nov

Ok, after trying to figure out wordpress and missing my old blogger ease, I moved my blog over to blogger.  Please find my newest blog posts at my new address…

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Hope to find you following us over there!  Lots of new stuff is happening in the Pint Size Paleo Household!

Whole30 Eve

2 Sep

Normally I would love whole30 eve, yesterday, not so much.  We’ve been in the midst of a crazy home construction project so our house is a mess…literally.  Everything is turned upside down so it’s been hard for me to get in the kitchen (and motivated) to cook.  So unfortunately this week has had more anti-paleo food then normal.  We try to live by the rule of only eating non-paleo when it’s special or a meaningful treat meal.  This week in the midst of stress, heavy labor, and chaos, we’ve turned to “convenience food”.  And our bodies are paying for it!  Needless to say, I am SO happy to be starting a whole30 so I have no excuse to be lazy.  I’ve made a 30 day commitment and heaven help us, our project better be done by then!

My whole30 eve started out like this (I kid you not, this was our real life and conversations yesterday!)…

Fred  says when we wake up:  Since it’s your whole30 eve we need to go all out…how about donuts for breakfast?

Keep in mind we are donut loving people, but we are NOT go and get donuts for breakfast type of people.  I honestly can’t remember when the last time it was that we did that (years for sure!), so my instant response was laughing.

A few moments later I remembered there were 3 poopy cloth diapers in the garage waiting to be cleaned out (I’m telling you we’ve been so busy, even the diapers are nasty!).  So I jokingly (well mostly kidding) said to Fred “I’ll make you a deal, I’ll go make a donut run for breakfast and you can stay home and wash out the 3 poopy diapers and get Pebbles up and ready for the day”.  I NEVER thought he would agree to the 3 nasty diapers just for donuts, but he actually said yes!  Granted he is really good about doing his fair share with the cloth diapers, poop and all, but I thought he would have found my trade as ludicrous as I did!  I would have never made that deal, so I was stunned when he did.

Moments later I was in the car on my way to pick up donuts.  I high-tailed it out of the house before he changed his mind and had me washing out poop.

So breakfast (around 10:30am) consisted of 2 donuts for each of us.   We each had another one waiting for us…3 donuts in a day, that’s no problem right?!?!  (Guilty look on my face here).

We got to work on finishing up the carpet demo and starting to install the laminate flooring.  By 4pm I was STRUGGLING!  Big time!  All I had eaten so far was 3 donuts and the highs and lows of the sugar was really getting to my system.  By this point I was starving and super irritable.  In all honesty I haven’t had mood swings like that since starting my first whole30.  So instead of attributing my feistiness to my red hair, it’s probably more likely a result of improper nourishment.

Fred quickly realized it was time to get food in me so he lovingly offered to go pick something up for me, knowing it was my whole30 eve.  I actually didn’t want anything but my good old fashioned whole30 style food.  So I quickly threw together a HUGE skillet for the 2 of us, and we scarfed it down!  I could tell my body was desperate for veggies because I put a TON of veggies in my meal and everything tasted SOOOOOO good!  The skillet consisted of chicken apple sausage, butternut squash, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes (added fresh at the end).  Both Fred and I sat there eating and talking about how good all the veggies were in there!  My body was finally happy and I could get back to work.

We finished up work around 11pm and since it was whole30 eve I insisted on getting food out just because I could.  But what’s open at 11pm?  Not much.  So we packed Pebbles in the car and headed out to find something.  All I knew was I wanted ice cream and Dairy Queen was our best option for that at that hour.  And next to Dairy Queen is Taco Bell…so that was my last supper….Taco Bell (which wasn’t even good) and DQ (which was worth every bite!)

The thing that always fascinates us the most, is when we eat anti-paleo foods now, we ALWAYS say “this doesn’t taste as good as it used to, or how I used to remember it”.  Thanks to the paleo lifestyle, our tastebuds really have changed, for the better.

So with all the crap I ate yesterday on my whole30 eve, it came down to LOVING my paleo meal, and regretting my anti-paleo food choices.

Thank goodness it is day 1!  My body is soooooo happy to be back to normal.  Well, it’s truthfully going to take a few days to recover from the damage I’ve done to the last couple of days, but I’m on the right track.

 

Whole30 Day 1

2 Sep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously, I am SO happy to be back on a whole30…I’ve slacked off with stupid excuses (being lazy, eating out because of home construction, and emotional eating from stress).  So it’s nice to be back and know I will be eating perfectly for the next 30 days!

Today’s meal (only one because I was fasting for the first 2 meals of the day)…

Chicken Artichoke Bowls that I whipped up for dinner.

Followed by Fred and I sharing a bowl of raspberries and a peach.  Yum!

Oh and HUGE jar of water!  I was sooooo dehydrated after my whole30 eve stupidity!  As I’m typing this my bowl is empty, my belly is content, and my heart is happy!

One day down, 29 to go!  I’m looking forward to blogging about all my meals!

 

 

Chicken Artichoke Bowls

2 Sep

Today was fast Sunday in our house.  Once a month, on the first Sunday of each month, we fast for 24 hours.  We do this for religious reasons, but many people in society do it for health reasons as well.  Regardless, it was a perfect way to start a whole30 because I only had to worry about one meal today!

And that meal was….chicken artichoke bowls.  And oh man it was so good!  Here’s the recipe and directions…

Ingredients:  (Serves 2)

– Butternut squash (1 squash makes 2 bowls, you only use the bottom half where the seeds are.  I use the rest to cut up in small chunks to keep in the fridge for quick additions to a skillet)

– 1 organic chicken breast

– 1 whole30 approved sausage of choice (I use Aidell’s chicken apple found at Costco)

– 1 can of artichoke hearts

– 1/3 can of olives

– 2 jalapeños, seeds removed (optional)

– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Start out by cutting your butternut squash in half lengthwise.  I then cut it down width wise so I have 2 bowls.  Remove the seeds using a grapefruit spoon (or a normal spoon, but the grapefruit spoon makes it super easy).  If you slice off a small piece on the bottom of your “bowls” it will help them sit flat in your pan, and later on when you dish it up!

Place your squash “bowls” in a baking dish and add an inch or so of hot water to the pan (not in the bowls).  Cover with foil and bake at 450° until fork tender (about 45 minutes for me, but it depends on how big your squash is, so check it after about a half hour).

I wait until my squash is fully cooked before I move on to the next step because these come out piping hot and it’s nice to give them some time to cool a little bit before you put more hot food in them!

Once my bowls are cooling I heat up my skillet and add a about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  Once my pan is nice and hot I add my chicken cubes, and cubed up sausage.  Cook until chicken is mostly cooked through (about 3-5 minutes).   I also added my jalapeño peppers here to cook them down so they weren’t as hot.

Next add the artichoke hearts (quarter them lengthwise because it helps keep them together), and olives (halved lengthwise…because it makes them look prettier).

I always save my the juice from my artichoke hearts can as well as the olives can. I  keep in the fridge for no more than 5-7 days, but anytime I need to add a little liquid to a dish, I turn to these…they are already packed full of flavor, and I would have just thrown it out otherwise, so if I don’t wind up using it that week, I can throw it out then, but it’s nice to have it on hand and we always tend to use it!

Cook everything for another couple of minutes to make sure it’s all heated thoroughly.  I like my artichokes to get a little bit of that brownness from the pan drippings, so I wait until I hit that point before dishing it up.  Taste everything to make sure you have seasoned it appropriately.  Keep in mind the artichokes and olives are a little salty, so make sure to taste BEFORE you add salt!

Put your “bowls” into bowls.

And then dish your skillet mixture into your bowls.  See how pretty they look?  But even better then their looks…their TASTE!   Yum, this dinner was filling, satisfying, and made both Fred and I oh so happy!  Even Pebbles enjoyed eating baby sized chunks off our plates!

Gearing Up for a Whole30 – Tips and Tricks

31 Aug

This isn’t my first whole30 rodeo.  In fact it’s my third.  There was a “first-attempt” and a real first time for me.  My first-attempt didn’t go so well.  I wasn’t prepared, I hadn’t done my research, I was just half-heartedly going to do it.  I failed after about 3 days.  But I remember my REAL first, very vividly…it’s the one that changed my life.  I remember feeling very lost my first week and not sure how to do it.  But I stuck it out and once I got in my whole30 groove, things fell into place and it became mindless and easy.  So here’s my tips and tricks to making your first whole30 a success (and not a first ATTEMPT!)

–  Have the mindset that this is not a diet.  Embrace the 30 day journey as an amazing learning experience.  Focus on your relationship with food (and changing it if that’s what needs to be done…I needed to change mine for sure my first go around!).  And focus on doing this to be healthier and feel how your body SHOULD be working, how it was designed to work!  If all you’re doing is focusing on weight loss, it’s going to be harder to avoid the temptation of the scale, and harder to feel the true and amazing effects of your whole30.  And at some point, you will feel “it”, that amazing feeling of an efficiently running body.

– BE PREPARED!  I cannot say this enough.  My first “attempt” was a flop because I wasn’t prepared.  I didn’t have anything in my fridge so I spent the first day hungry all the time.  And when I finally went to the store and got stuff in my fridge, there wasn’t a game plan on what to do with it.   So do whatever it takes to be prepared ahead of time.  If that means making egg cups, do it.  If it means setting up a meal plan for the week, do that too.  The ways that I best prepare are to have some meals in mind when I grocery shop, and when I get home to prep some veggies ahead of time.  Ever since my first whole30 my fridge has been stocked with veggies that I have cut up and put into mason jars.  When it comes time for a quick meal (normally breakfast because I’m not in the mood to cut veggies when I first wake up), I just grab my mason jars and start dumping things into my skillet…onions, grated carrot, butternut squash, zucchini or “zoodles” (zucchini “noodles”), etc.  Toss them in a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil, then throw in 2-3 eggs and voila…breakfast is served!  And literally in about 5 minutes.  And my clean-up?  Because my veggies are already cut and stored in mason jars, the only dishes I have to do are my skillet and my bowl!  I love it.  So get prepared…you’ll be glad you did when you’re in a crunch.

– Meet your new BFF…your skillet.  We use 2 cast iron skillets for the majority of our cooking…one big and one small.  These skillets get used so much in our house that their permanent home is on the stove.  After they get washed and dried, they wind up right back on the stovetop.  Literally, not a day goes by that we don’t use them, and they are a paleo-girl’s best friend.  It becomes SOOOOO easy to whip together a quick skillet meal.  Especially if you have those prepped veggies in the fridge ready to go!  If you can’t think of what to make for a meal, just start chucking things into your skillet and 99% of the time you won’t be disappointed!  Get in tons of veg and add some protein (chicken, eggs, leftover crockpot meat, etc) and you’re on your way to a meal in just a few minutes.

– Meet your other best friend…spices.  You can take the same base for a meal (chicken, veggies, etc), add different spices, and feel like you have a whole new meal!  Spices are so great!  If you need inspiration just google things like “spices for mexican food” and you’ll find tons of lists of different spices that go well together.  And soon you’ll be so good at finding the right spice combinations, you’ll be a pro all on your own!

– HAVE SUPPORT!  Oh man, I can’t say this enough.  Hopefully you have someone else doing a whole30 with you because support is SOOOOO helpful.  I was SO grateful when Fred was willing to try out our first whole30.  In fact he only committed to doing it for a week, but I was grateful to have him try it with me just to help me get off on the right foot.  I agreed to cook all his meals for him just to try and convince him to do it with me.  But the greatest part was, after a week he was so happy with the results he was already getting, he agreed to finish out the 30 days with me!  You may be thinking that’s not that amazing, but you have to understand something about Fred, he is the lover of all things free and the whole30 was during his birthday month…and guess who’s signed up for literally every free birthday burger, ice cream creation, and junky food you can imagine?!?!  That guy…Fred!  So for him to willingly give that up…that was literally a HUGE deal.  And serious proof to me that this was starting to change our lives.

– Don’t be afraid of fat!  This was one I had to really just trust and accept in the beginning.  Society has brainwashed us into thinking we can’t eat too much fat or we’ll get fat.  So I really had to embrace the concept of eating a lot of healthy fats and just trust that it was going to work.  And thankfully I learned that it does!  So don’t be afraid of that coconut oil, and don’t skimp on it.  You’ll want it to help keep you full and satisfied longer.

– If you’re hungry, truly hungry, eat more at your meals!  The first week I had to find that fine balance between eating enough food at each of my 3 meals to truly tide me over without needing snacks.

– Focus that first week on not snacking.  Like I mentioned before, figure out how to eat enough at your 3 meals to be satisfied until the next meal.  Snacking is a hard pattern to break, so really pay attention to it.  You’ll notice that your snacking is probably more often stemmed from an emotion rather than a true need for food.  Fred really struggled with snacking (and still kind of does) because he eats when he’s bored and wanting a break from work.  In the beginning I would tell him to stop snacking, but then realized he needed to do it his way.  Which leads me to my next point…

– Find the way that works best for you.  And no this is NOT a justification to break the rule or just “kind of” cheat in anyway.  It simply means a whole30 will look a little bit different for every person that does it.  So get into your groove your way and if your support people do it slightly different, that’s fine.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer eggs or chicken for breakfast, do it your way.

– Read “It Starts with Food” – I suggest you own it…it will be like your whole30 Bible.  I didn’t start reading it until the end of my first whole30 and I really regretted not picking it up on day 1.  Actually before day 1 would have been really helpful.  But if you’re already in your whole30, start reading as soon as you can!

– Take before and after everything…measurements, weight, pictures.  I weighed myself in on day one but was too lazy to do measurements until day 10 and I know there was a big difference in my waist in those first 10 days so I kicked myself for not doing measurements earlier.  And I never did pics officially, but oh how I have a collection of “fat” pictures from the years before!  I really wish I had that official standing somewhat naked exposing all before and after picture.  I know it would have been remarkable.  And so rewarding to see.

– Don’t be preachy.  Uhhh, let’s just say I learned about this the hard way.  I was SO excited about how I was feeling and the progress and changes that I was making that Fred and I started telling preaching to anyone and everyone who had ears.  I quickly realized, people will question it, tell you need to eat grains, or that you’re eating too much fat, and they will judge.  So instead, lead by example.  People will notice the changes.  Not only your physical changes, but your well-being changes as well.  They will see the positive difference, and then they will ask YOU about it…then you can give them a brief description, and if they really want more, have them read “It Starts with Food”.

– Focus on your feelings.  Really, don’t focus on weight or measurements, just really pay attention to how you feel.  Think deeply every couple of days about how your energy levels are, how satisfied you are after a meal, how’s your snacking, your cravings, how does your body feel, your hair, your skin, your sleep patterns.  Pay attention to every little detail and watch the progress over the course of the month.  The more you can really focus and think about these aspects, the bigger the difference you will notice.

– Have ways to get around cravings or emotional eating.  Replace the eating with something that’s fun yet healthy; go for a walk, play at the park, spend time with your family, etc.

– Don’t attempt to recreate your favorite treats with paleo friendly foods.  The people at whole9life.com call these foods “sex with your pants on foods”.  Sure they might have all the ingredients that are whole30 approved, but don’t make paleo pancakes…you’re just trying to fool your body into thinking you are still eating the same crap you’ve eaten for years (or decades).  And the whole point of this is to start over…reset your body!  And in order to do that you have to reset your attitude and mindset too.  Oh and your habits and behaviors.

– Know the rules!  Don’t cheat, justify, make excuses, claim it’s too hard, or even give yourself the tiniest option to just have one little bite of that ice cream.  Read your labels, know what’s in EVERYTHING…you are putting in your body for pete’s sake and do you really want to put all those chemicals and crap you don’t understand in your body?  After you eat super clean for your 30 days, you’re going to see what those things are actually doing to you, and you will certainly think differently about those foods.  Forever!  So follow the rules and be UBER strict with yourself. And when in doubt…leave it out.

– And always remember one of the best quotes from “It Starts with Food”.  (I’m paraphrasing here)  This isn’t hard, beating cancer is hard, so put your big girl (or boy) panties on and quit complaining that it’s hard.

There you have it…my very lengthy set of tips and tricks.  I hope you make this a life changing experience.  You’ll be glad you did.

So what are your favorite tips and tricks?

Whole30 – Round 3

30 Aug

Life has been a little crazy around my house lately.  We are doing some home improvements and it’s kind of overtaken my life!  We are pulling up our sick and nasty carpet in the living room and all the halls because we cringe at the thought of Pebbles crawling around on it.  (Seriously, it’s SUPER bad!).  We are putting new laminate in that space, and since we had to pull the baseboards off anyway, we decided if we were ever going to paint, now was the time to do it.  I have always wanted that modern gray look, so that’s the direction we went.  Who knew it would be so hard to get the perfect gray paint?!!?!?!?!  I mean come on paint makers, gray is simply black and white!  Well, not in the paint world it’s not!  It’s black and white and green and blue and purple and maroon and yellow (need I say more!).  Anyhoo…ramblings are ending now.

Long story short, I’ve been so consumed with my home improvement projects that I’ve let 2 things go by the wayside…my blogging, and my eating.  Needless to say, it’s time to get back on track…so I’m jumping on the bandwagon again and joining a whole30 challenge with my friends (and many friends of friends).  This time I am blogging about it.  All 90 meals included.  

Oh crap, I just put it out there…now I really have to do it.  I hate when I do this to myself.  But it will be a good challenge for me!  So here goes nothing…welcome to my whole30 round 3!  I’m sure my results will be just as amazing as the last 2 times!

Name Change

30 Aug

Sometimes I question myself and the choices I make.  And I’ve been questioning my blog name…frugalflintstones.  While I love it, I just didn’t think it adequately described what I want this blog to be all about.  So after much thought (really back and forth anti-commital behavior), I’ve changed the name!  So welcome to Pint-Sized Paleo!!!  I hope you love it as much as me.  😉

 

Chicken-Sweet Potato Baby Food

22 Aug

 This made 9 jars for me, using 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, and one chicken breast.

We’re starting to try out some protein on Pebbles these days and this mixture was our first attempt and I’d say it went pretty well!  Pebbles seemed to like it anyway!

Start out by steaming sweet potato (I used 2 medium sized ones here)

I then boiled one organic chicken breast and after it was cool enough to handle I chopped it up into small chunks so it would be easier on my immersion blender.

I then used the immersion blender to puree the chicken.

Added the sweet potato and pureed it all together…I added some of the hot water from boiling the chicken to make it the right consistency I wanted.  Just add a tablespoon at a time until you get it just right for babies pallet.  I actually tried it out on Pebbles and went off of her reaction until it was the consistency she liked.  It was far to thick and pasty in the beginning, so she definitely needed about 4-5 T of water.

Then had a genius idea to use my large “muffin” scoop from Pampered Chef to scoop my mixture into my mason jars…it was the perfect size!  Man, I really am a genius!  (Please don’t burst my bubble on this one, I thought it was pretty cool…and super handy!)

And there you have it, delicious and healthy baby food – paleo style.

Chicken Fajita Salad

21 Aug

Serves 3 (or in our case, 2 for dinner and 1 leftover for Fred’s lunch for work)

Tonight’s dinner needed to be quick and easy since I was in the midst of grocery shopping, laundry, and all sort of miscellaneous stuff today.  So I opted for a super easy and delicious dinner…chicken fajita salad!   I knew I wanted to make this this week so I got all the ingredients at the grocery store.  Organic bell peppers are pretty expensive, so I don’t buy them very often, and heaven forbid I should let them go bad in my fridge, so I made sure to have a plan on what to do with the rest of them (I bought them in a 3 pack).  So also on the menu this week to make sure I use up those peppers, pastrami roll-ups, and butternut squash curry.  Yum all around!

Did I mention this recipe is super easy and super fast?  Here’s what you’ll need to have and do!

Ingredients:

– Red onion

– 1 bell pepper (I used part of a red and part of a yellow to make it look prettier!)

– Lettuce of choice (we used a romaine and spinach mix because that’s what was already in the fridge!)

– Organic chicken breast (1, cubed)

– Carrot, 1 large

– Cucumber, 1 small

– Cherry tomatoes

– Seasoning for chicken – 1 heaping teaspoon of jamaican jerk, and 1 heaping teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper, salt and pepper to taste.

– 2-4 T of oil of choice (I used coconut oil)

– Dressing of choice (I used the mayo recipe from “It Starts with Food” and then added parsley, smoked paprika, 2 cloves of garlic, and chipotle chili powder to give it a nice smoky mexican taste to the dressing…and it was GOOD!)

Directions:

– In a skillet add 1-2 T of oil, onion, and bell peppers.  Sauté until soft and the onions are starting to caramelize.

– In a separate skillet, add 1-2 T of oil, and chicken.  I didn’t add my seasoning until it was fully cooked because I pulled out a couple of pieces to chop up for Pebbles for part of her dinner.

– Wash and prep your lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber.

– Once the chicken and hot veggies are done assemble your salad and enjoy!  Like I said, SUPER easy and quick!

And I had enough leftover to make a to go salad for Fred’s lunch tomorrow.  I added all of the ingredients in a glass mason jar, and then put the lettuce in a separate jar so he can heat up the chicken/pepper mix and add it to his lettuce!  I tend to try and prep the lunches for the next day before we sit down to eat so Fred doesn’t wind up going back for more just because “it’s so good” it’s already done!

Pastrami Roll-Ups

21 Aug

This is a great prep ahead item for school lunches, your own lunch, or to just have in the fridge ready to go when you need a quick bite on the go!  I like to eat a few of these after I get home from a workout, so it’s nice to just have them handy.

Since I was making Chicken Fajita Salad for dinner tonight, I decided to just take a few extra minutes to make my Pastrami Roll-Ups.  Half the work was already done for me because it was most of the same ingredients I was using for dinner.  That’s one way to make sure and stretch your frugal bucks, when you’re buying ingredients for one recipe, make sure you have other recipes to use up those extra ingredients so nothing goes bad in the fridge before you use it!

Ingredients:

– Bell peppers, cut into matchsticks (I used a total of about 3/4 of a pepper, but half of that was yellow pepper and half of that was red pepper)

– Carrots, julienned

– Cucumbers, cut into matchsticks

– Red onion, cut into thin strips

– Pastrami, or lunch meat of choice.  I’ve been having a hard time finding paleo/whole30 friendly lunchmeat, but this pastrami from Trader Joe’s was compliant, so I was excited to try it!

– Dressing or mustard of choice on side for dipping

Instructions:

– Prep your veggies by cutting them accordingly.  (Julienned or matchsticks)

– I don’t like raw peppers and onions very well, so I tossed a tablespoon of coconut oil in my cast iron skillet and sauteed the peppers and onions for about 3-4 minutes until they were soft, but not fully cooked down.  Once cooked I put them on a plate and threw them in the fridge for a minute so they were easier to handle.

– I set out my stuff in an assembly item fashion and started working!

– On one piece of pastrami add your veggies making sure they all go the same direction.

– Roll up and hold together with a toothpick!

– Use a dressing or mustard of your choice to add on the side to dip them in if desired.  But really, they are so honkin’ good on their own, they really don’t need it!  Yes, I just said honkin’.  😉

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