A Grain Free Lunch Box #2

Previously, I have shared with you what my kids like to eat, and even what they take to school in their lunch box. Their diet is probably best described as 80/20, with 80 percent being paleo and 20 percent being gluten-free. I’m trying harder and harder to make sure that that 80/20 becomes 90/10, but gluten-free is still something that’s easier to manage when they are out with friends.

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Paleo Lunch Box Rolls (Nut & Dairy Free)

Lunch boxes…they can be a bit of a nightmare some days. While I am always keen to make grain free alternatives for my children, they still have gluten-free rolls in their lunch box occasionally. There was only one type I would buy, and it became the only type my children would eat. It was full of seeds and looked like a multi-grain roll, but it had absolutely no flavour. It started as a convenience item, and is still just a convenience item (some days laziness).

I have wanted to find and create an alternative for a long time, but each recipe I tried or altered just didn’t cut the mustard. They were too egg’y, too dry, too soggy, had a weird taste and lets face it kids are all about taste and texture. Finally, I’ve found it though. A roll recipe to do away with the convenient gluten-free rolls I was spending a fortune on.

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Confused Over Food Labelling?

Food labelling can be very confusing for most of us, but it is an important tool that enables us to make an informed choice about the packaged food we purchase. Often food labels contain a lot of information, which is not always well understood. This information, if understood, can be the best way for you to make good food choices though. You need to know what ingredients are actually in the item and how to interpret the marketing spin of manufacturers.

Fresh foods such as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, lentils, beans and nuts are not required to carry nutrition information. Also, foods that offer few nutrients, like coffee, tea and spices don’t have to supply this information. However, some producers still will voluntarily. These fresh foods should always be your first option. If you are looking at packaged items though, you need to be able to know what ingredients are in the item and what you want to avoid. Continue reading

Paleo Cacao Mug Cake

We have knuckled down and been eating very clean paleo for the past week. Hubby and I both thought we needed to tidy up our eating and concentrate on portions, sweeteners, and making sure that we are getting enough carbohydrates, good fats and proteins. We have both up’d our efforts at the gym in the attempt to tone things up a bit more.

For me, I probably wasn’t getting enough fuel for the demands I have been putting on my body. For hubby, the balance probably wasn’t right and he found himself wanting to snack more. I don’t find these times too hard, but hubby can. He’s done very well so far, but last night he was struggling after ‘one of those days’. He admitted he really wanted some chocolate…the devil sugar monster was whispering in his head as it does for a lot of us. More often than not, we turn to food when we are stressed, emotional or tired. Am I right?

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Do The Best With What You Have.

I’m just a modern mum (with some old fashioned values) who is trying to cook meals for my family that meet the paleo guidelines. Lately I have heard a lot of talk of what’s paleo and what’s not. Now, I know that sweets and treats really aren’t technically paleo, BUT I’m pretty sure those cavewomen who came across a bee hive would have got stung a few times trying to get a little ‘treat’ of honeycomb for their babies. Its what us mums and dads like to do for our kids.

I think that each individual needs to make the paleo template work best for them. Each persons body will have different requirements to another. I will need to eat differently to my husband and children. Personally, I try to make sure that the ingredients in the meals or treats I’m preparing for my own children are made from real food ingredients, haven’t been highly processed, and don’t contain any hidden nasties. So yes, I will share meals that are aimed at the modern busy family, with ingredients that are paleo approved, but I’m under no illusion that my cavewoman ancestor didn’t whipped them up exactly the same.

Sometimes, I think that we can get caught up in trying to perfect this style of eating and forget why we chose to follow it in the first place. I’m not wanting to carry on about it here, I just want to remind you that its ok to make a dessert using paleo ingredients. Its ok to make a meal that looks like something common in a western diet with paleo ingredients….if that’s whats going to keep you on the path. We are faced with fast food and convenience food just about everywhere we go, and if you need to eat a paleo bar to get through that temptation then do it. If you need to bake a paleo cookie or cake so that your son or daughter doesn’t feel left out, then thats ok. After some time eating this way, you will find that you naturally don’t need those things as much or at all.

Our lifestyles will never let us live exactly like the cavemen did. We don’t have open plains that wide game roaming around that we can hunt. We have bills, work, school, houses, etc. You want to just try to follow the principals and a more real food approach. Try the best with what you have to follow the lifestyle choice you made, for whatever reason. If you can’t source an ingredient at the local farmers market, find someone that sells it from your country at least. If your child will only eat one thing this week, make it using real food ingredients. It doesn’t have to be hard and it shouldn’t be a chore. We want to come together and support everyone that is trying to make a positive change, no matter how small, rather than tell people they aren’t living ‘true paleo’.

I didn’t want to start a rant today. Actually, this just started spilling out in the middle of another post. I think it is important to remember though, that we have outside pressures constantly trying to undermine the choice we have made to eat and live this way. Don’t let them influence you. Don’t listen to the arguments, that if your not doing it 110% its not worth you having a go at all. Any positive change, no matter how small, is a change. Just do the best you can!

Brooke x