Posts Tagged ‘paleo’

Day 14 Squat Challenge

So yesterday I think I was over ambitious. I said I was feeling great… but I was trying to fool myself. I felt horrible in the morning.  I had cheated on my paleo eating and had gluten ( CAKE) and legumes (baked beans) and who knows what else.  And my body was telling me how much it appreciated it.  Not to mention that little miss Emelyn has passed on a sore throat. Basically yesterday morning I did my 130 squats uncomfortably. But I did them! and with that I made it to today!


135 squats today! Lets do it!

Good Luck!



Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

One of the harder things to live without when changing over to the paleo way of eating, is sauces. The mass produced, readily available sauces are full of nasty ingredients, and while they ” taste so good” they are not very good for you.  So a few months back, you might remember the post I made on preparing my own ketchup ( click here for the post). It was a big success in my house, I loved it, and my ketchup hating hubby also liked it!

So now I am going to attempt Jalapeno BBQ Sauce as seen on Paleo Pot.


  • 1 cup of tomato sauce. 
  • 1/2 cup of beef stock.
  • 3 jalapenos, chopped or slice. Remove seeds and stems to reduce the heat level. ( I only bought two as I have never bought… and i got scared and only used 1 1/3 of them)
  • 1 small red onion, diced.
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 small can of tomato paste, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
  • 1 tbsp of Spanish smoked paprika. ( i only have regular, so hopefully that works too!)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped. (I also substituted some garlic powder for this)


  1. Combine all of your ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well. 
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a very low simmer.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thicker sauce, reduce/simmer for longer.
  4. Blend your sauce in the pot using an immersion blender, or just use a regular food processor or blender.
  5. Enjoy!

So, I started making this. The hubby came home, and asked if I was still up for date night?! EEEEEKKKK! I forgot we were going out! But thats ok, I have enough time to whip up some bbq chicken ( with other bbq sauce) and some salad for dinner all while finishing up this bbq sauce. What this all means is that I will just have to BBQ again tomorrow! I will never complain about that!

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Save your fruit!!

Did you buy too many bananas? or too many strawberries? or really any fruit? Is it starting to turn and is about to spoil?

In this situation you have really only three choices…

1. Let it go bad and chuck it in the trash. ( least preferable)

2. Gobble it all up. ( not a horrible idea… lol)

3. Cut it up and freeze it for smoothies ( super awesome idea!)

Ever buy frozen fruit from the grocery store? a bag of strawberries is like 6 bucks. If strawberries are on sale, you can get way more for the same price. AND fresher!

So don’t toss out your fruit! Save it! Cut it up! Freeze it! And Blend it up later!



Paleo Ribs

Who doesn’t enjoy a good rack of ribs? exactly. I LOVE ribs, slathered in BBQ sauce, falling apart in my mouth… Mmm.
I spent a while online today trying to find a Paleo BBQ sauce that both looked delicious and I actually had the ingredients to make. No success. But that doesn’t mean that I cant have juicy delicious ribs.
Really its easy peasy, I have lots of spices in my cupboard. Lets make a dry rub!

So, to make my ribs just follow these steps.
1. preheat the oven to 250
2. in a bowl, combine the following spices:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper

3. Rubs the stuff all over the runs.. toss in the oven… wait about 2 and 3/4 hours and voila YUM!






Eating out and Paleo.

When following a paleo diet, I have been noticing that it is so much easier when I cook and prepare my meals at home.  Probably this is due to the fact that I am pretty aware of exactly what is going into my meals, and therefore into my body. 

When traveling, its so hard to know whats in their foods. Soy and wheat are in almost everything. Even a chicken breast for a salad often contains soy…why?!

Today, driving back from P.E.I. we were hungry and had to feed the baby, so we stopped to eat. the only decent place we could find was East Side Marios.  Let me tell you, Its hard to find something paleo in a pasta kitchen style restaurant. First i asked for the Gluten Free Menu. And then I Googled their allergen menu. With the paleo “restrictions” It seemed like we werent going to be able to find anything that full fit. Luckily, I talked to the waitress, who then talked to the kitchen, who then proceeded to talk to the manager and finally went back and talked to the kitchen. What did we talk about? The above mentioned chicken breast and the possibility of getting it without whatever soy marinade or seasoning they use… so I could have it on a salad. Im pleased that they were able to comply…


I think a lot of places are pretty willing to comply with dietary restrictions as long as you talk to them about it. Probably not somewhere like KFC or Taco Bell. But a sit down place, that potentially can serve you REAL FOOD.

Its good to know that I wont starve to death or always have to compromise when I am eating out.

Another night of fail… but at least I learned from it!

Failing has been a common occurrence the last few days.  With Fathers day celebration and our trip out to Prince Edward Island. In this post I just want to point out my failure and my realization.

On PEI, we went to a drive in theatre.  I haven’t been to one for at least 15 years… probably closer to 20.  I think the nostalgia got me to, because when i went up to the canteen for our two free small sodas ( which would also be a fail.. but a much smaller one) This is what I came back with….


Yes.. that is an Extra Large popcorn and some type of candy coated chocolate yumminess(resembling fat smarties, but not as good)

Now… For the first few bites these were very good.  So good in fact that i felt like stuffing it crazily in my face. I didn’t. But I did munch on a good 1/4 of the bag. And shortly I started to not feel very well.  So i did the wise thing. I stopped eating them. Regretting the fact that I even purchased it in the first place.  I had a bag of sliced apples in by bag and opted in eating those for the rest of the movie.  Even Darcy noticed that they didn’t make him feel too great and wished we just stuck to eating our fruit as a snack.

Once we got back to our cabin, I noticed that I had the fist really bad stomach ache I have had since starting my paleo eating.

So my big realization. I shouldn’t consume corn! Perhaps this has been my problem for the last few years?  And sure, popcorn, corn on the cob, and tostitos are so good. But just maybe, I shouldn’t eat something that 1. looks the same going in as it does going out. 2. has been majorly genetically modified. Nothing seems natural about that.

So I think that, even on my paleo cheat nights, I will avoid corn.  The pain and discomfort just isn’t worth it.  Not when I could be cheating with vodka or ice cream!


Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

I wanted wings a few days ago, but with life being busy I didn’t have time until today to make them. When i went online to find a recipe, I just couldn’t find one that suited me.  so i did the only logical thing…

I made it up as i went along.


I don’t have exact measurements, only estimations because i didn’t measure anything in the making of these wings.

Heat oven to 400

Place chicken wings on a wire rack over top a baking sheet to catch the drippings.

place in oven and cook for 15 minutes, turn and cook another ten minutes.

In the meantime, in a bowl mix the following – pepper, half a lemons worth of juice, some lemon zest just for kicks, and a few tablespoons of melted butter( or your alternative if you aren’t lacto paleo). Mix it all up!

brush it all over your mostly cooked wings and cook for another 5 minutes, turn and brush on the mixture to the other side of the wings and let cook for a few more minutes.

Your wings should be done!


Now if you read my other post, you would know that I feel pretty crappy today, so i only had a few of the wings. They were good. Darcy however ate most of them, and he just kept going on and on about how juicy and tasty they are. He kept asking me if I could make them again exactly the same. So I think i did a good job on these.  WooHoo!

So here is a picture of the wings, I didn’t take more, but really, who wants to look at pictures of raw chicken… the finished product is where its at!


Coconut oil

I am not… And have never been a fan of coconut. Sure, I like the body spray tropic scent…. Reminds me of summer time and vacations… But even I can only handle so much of that.

Since starting a more paleo style of eating, I keep seeing coconut in everything. So I went out and bought some coconut oil from balk barn. I tried to use it a few times, but the smell was overwhelming to me. So much so that I couldn’t… Perhaps just wouldn’t eat the food it was cooked with. I’m a fairly picky eater, and even if the food is fine, if I somehow get it in my head that something is wrong, or I might not like it… I just cannot eat it.

Yesterday I bought some different coconut oil. The thing that really sold me was that it claimed to be aroma free. I was definitely curious. How could it not have a smell? So tonight I used it! And it’s true to its word! I can’t smell a thing, no taste either. So, I think I jut found my olive oil replacement for cooking.


Banana Bread success or failure?

Ive been meaning for a few days to make some Paleo Banana Bread.  I have had the ingredients all ready, but life, as crazy as it is, i just hadnt the time until today.

I searched through recipes, and finally chose one based on the picture. HAHA, yes, very scientific.

The recipe is very easy to make, took like 2 minutes to toss it all together and into the oven. While it was cooking, the smell in the house was unbelievable. I was almost going crazy smelling it. I wanted to rip open the oven and devour its contents.

Finally I checked the bread with a toothpick and supposedly it was done.

The top was golden brown, the smell was tantalizing, I cut into it and the knife just slid through the bread.

I dished up some of the bread for both Darcy and myself. He really enjoyed his… i however had a bit of an issue. The texture was a bit too soggy.  I had cooked it enough, or so i assumed because I followed the directions on the recipe. in attempts to “dry” the bread out, I tossed it in a pan and fried it. it didn’t really work.

The flavor of this bread is really good. And this recipe is one that I think I could tweak and perhaps make better with a better consistency.

Anyhow, I guess here are some pictures from today’s preparations.

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First impressions… Not always right.

Today was a rainy depressing day. So to waste so,e time, Darcy and I drove into the city and wondered around the really crappy mall. We had a McPaleo lunch ( basically a burger patty, lettuce, tomato, and bacon and a side of sliced apples) …(also I should add hat Darcy takes credit for coining the term McPaleo lol. Anyhow, we were walking around walmart, and I passed by the pharmacy area. I looked over and I saw these….


So I bought two to try later… We barely left walmart and Darcy said, want to try it?! I was a bit hungry so I said yeah! We can share!

The first bite I took… I thought yuck…. These are not good.

But I took another bite, it was then I realized that they are actually quite good!

I think my mind was initially expecting something else when I bit into the bar. I was expecting sweet, maybe like a typical store bought granola bar. Once I got past that and really tasted the flavour of the bar, it’s was a delicious combination of cocao and nuts in my mouth.

I would definitely buy these again. As most energy bars that aren’t Quaker, Kellogg’s, nature valley etc, they are higher priced. But if you buy LARABAR or ELEVATE ME bars, then the price of 2.79$ each wont really bother you.

I don’t know if you can read the ingredients, but basically it’s pretty good stuff.