Been missing your oats or porridge? Last week I was contacted by a mum that was making positive changes for her family and trying to eat more paleo meals. But…breakfast was still the one meal she was having trouble letting go of. Her family is a big lover of the humble porridge. Her reason for contacting me was to see if I could come up with a paleo alternative. I’ve thought about a similar recipe to this one for a while now, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to jump at the chance to come up with something that could help her family out.
There were a few stipulations I had to stick to though. Firstly, it had to be nut free. Secondly, the recipe had to be suitable to pop in the slow cooker over night. What a great idea! Pop breakfast in the slow cooker before heading to bed and then waking to breakfast ready to eat. Those few extra minutes of sleep or one less thing to do on a busy morning, that sounds perfect to me.
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.
Its summer here in the land of Oz (Australia) and the sun has been shining. Naturally our bodies crave fresh food with this weather, and for me its all about the seasonal fruit. Watermelon has to be one of my favourite summer fruits to munch into. I remember sitting on the front step, as a child, with a huge wedge of this delicious fruit, munching away until the juice was dripping down my chin. Thankfully my kids have inherited my taste for it (hubby isn’t a fan). On a hot day like today, I came up with this refreshing smoothie to cool the kids down after school and sports. I had to have a glass too of course.
The best part of blending this up in something like the Thermomix, is that you are getting the whole fruit, not just the juice. Fruit naturally contains two types of sugars; sucrose and fructose. The sucrose can be taken care of by the body and processed properly, but fructose goes undetected until it hits the intestines. Here it can be absorbed and do all the wrong things. Fruit comes with fibre, which is the bodies natural helper in eliminating that fructose from it. If you are just juicing your fruit, you are missing out on that fibre. The whole fruit is always the better option.
As many of you have enjoyed your bacon and eggs over the weekend (a daily occurrence in our house), I was trying to come up with a different recipe idea. I won’t ever get sick of bacon and eggs, but it has become my ‘normal’ weekday option. Often, breakfast can be the hardest meal to find alternative recipes for when making the switch to paleo.
Growing up like most other Australian kids I ate my Weetbix just about every morning. I didn’t like it much back then and I can barely look at them these days. Cereal or a slice of toast has become the ‘normal’ start to most peoples days. Its not the normal option, its the convenient one, that we thought was a healthful one. I always thought that the milk with my cereal was what left me feeling a little sick in the stomach, but I know better now.
If you just can’t do without your bowl of cereal to start your day, there are options. Why don’t you try my Toasted Cinnamon CADA recipe here. If you would like to give something different a go, then please try these Paleo Pear & Blueberry muffins. They are delicious and very easy to whip up.
I realised today that I haven’t shared a smoothie recipe with you…what was I thinking! I usually stick to my favourite protein smoothie recipe, but today I decided to try something a little different. If it worked, I was going to share it with you. If not, well there wouldn’t be this post.
I had something similar to this smoothie at a conference recently, and instantly wanted to make my own. This a usual occurrence when I eat something I like, I try to make my own version of it. I could instantly see the benefits this smoothie would have for filling you up with ‘good stuff’ or more commonly know as good fats.