10 Delicious Paleo Christmas Gift Ideas

This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.

The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.

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Paleo Steak Diane Sauce

One of my favourite meals when I dine out is a well cooked steak. Prior to going paleo, I would always choose that steak with Diane sauce. There was something about the flavour that I made me a big fan. I’m guessing it was the garlic (I love garlic). I’ll reassure you now though that this sauce isn’t overly garlicky, if you’re not a fan of garlic like me. Either way, the traditional sauce isn’t paleo and I soon had to make the choice to leave it out when choosing off a menu.

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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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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

Paleo Chicken Strips

Here’s a great new recipe for the kids, and the kids at heart. Previously, I have shared with you my grain-free chicken nugget recipe. Well, this recipe is a little take on that one, with a bit more flavour. If your looking for something that is going to please a crowd, then here it is.

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