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.
The other day I was talking about what my kids eat. I mentioned that I do a lot of baking for their lunch boxes and almost always my baking goodies are Paleo. Though that can be hard. Most of Paleo baking uses nuts; nut flours/meals or nut spreads. With nuts not being allowed in schools, this limits what I can use in baking.
I shared with you a ‘Healthy Paleo Lunch Box’ challenge earlier this year, where I posted 5 snack recipe ideas that were all nut free. If you search for ‘lunch box’ in the right hand menu you will be able to see these suggestions. Even with these recipes, you can easily get stuck for snack ideas that fill up your little ones lunch box, that are healthy and tasty.
So today I came up with this recipe for Paleo Lemon Muffins. I have way too many lemons in my fruit bowl, so instead of letting them go to waste, I baked.
Lately I’ve been trying to eat a bit cleaner, even Paleo followers can consume a little too much sometimes. Tonight, however, I was craving something sweet. I’ve learnt that if this is the case, I am better to make something naturally sweet using Paleo ingredients, than to succumb to the craving and eat something ‘bad’.
This is usually where most of us fall off the wagon. Our cravings get the better of us and once we’ve broken it once, well we give in and tell ourselves its too hard. So I fed my craving with this pudding, using real food ingredients, and I enjoyed it.
Now, I know that many in the paleo community don’t count paleo sweets or baking as actually being paleo. Our hunter gather ancestors certainly didn’t find a cacao protein ball on a magical tree, but….my personal belief is that we have evolved a lot from those hunter gather days and so have our food requirements.
Many don’t have the same opportunities of growing and foraging for their ingredients while juggling a busy family, living in the suburbs, while working around a high demand career…and thats ok!
As I have mentioned before, breakfast can be one of the harder meals to add variety to when switching over to Paleo. Western diets have taught us to think of breakfast as cereal, toast, porridge and eggs on the weekend.
Shifting from that thought pattern is one of the hardest things I faced to begin with, but once I did, breakfast offered a whole lot more variety.