Nourishment on the Road!

Summertime is travel-time for many people … and I was no exception this Summer.  My travels took me to Colorado to celebrate the 4th of July events in the Denver/Boulder area.  At first, I was quite concerned that it would be difficult to make healthy choices on the road – but (in fact) I am happy to report that “it was not difficult at all”!

Here is a quick look at what nourishment on the road looks like to me:

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Breakfasts:

  • Poached Eggs with veggies, avocado and fresh fruit (the Buff in Boulder, CO)
  • Bacon, Eggs and fresh berries (The JW Marriott, Boulder, CO)
  • Bacon, Eggs and fresh fruit (the Buff in Boulder, CO)

Lunches:

  • House Salad with 1/2 Turkey/Bacon/Avocado sandwich “deconstructed” (The Rock Ship Grill at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO)
  • Flatiron Steak Salad [no potato, no cheese, dressing on the side] with fresh avocado (the ModMarket, Longmont, CO)

Dinners:

  • Herb Crusted Wild Salmon with sage-cauliflower puree and roasted root medley (Blooming Beets Kitchen in Boulder, CO)
  • “Barker Burger” Grass Finished Bunless Burger with sage-cauliflower puree and Swiss Chard medley (Blooming Beets Kitchen in Boulder, CO)
  • The Elk Burger with Bacon and Avocado [no bun]  (Wapiti Restaurant & Pub in Estes Park, CO)

Snacks:

  • Raw macadamia nuts, pistachios and coconut flakes – a sort of trail mix that traveled with us everywhere we went (Sprouts Supermarket in Boulder, CO)
  • Water, water and more water!
  • Yes  … coffee, too!!!

See how easy that was?  whew!!!!

Refreshing Paleo Chicken Salad – a Lovely Lunch!

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Refreshing Paleo Chicken Salad – a Lovely Lunch!

The warm summer weather has had us yearning for refreshing foods … and this lunch (or dinner if you prefer) will definitely satisfy your cravings with all-out nourishment and full-flavor.  Start with a bed of your favorite organic greens.  We had an abundance of organic romaine lettuce, so that is what you see here along with a delicious tomato fresh from the garden and a sprinkle of fresh dill and sliced olives!  The chicken salad recipe is ….

  • 2 Organic Smart Chicken breasts ($9 from Strack and Van Til) – poached, grilled or baked – or leftover from last night!
  • 3 Cage-Free Organic Eggs, hard boiled and diced to 1/4″ pieces
  • 4 Stalks Organic Celery, diced to 1/4″ pieces
  • 3 Dill pickles, diced to 1/4″ pieces
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Paleo Mayo (made with Avocado Oil) thanks to Nom Nom Paleo
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh snipped dill
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for 30 minutes if you can.  This will allow the flavors to blend.  But, if you cannot wait – we understand!

Serve it up and enjoy!

Serves 3 or 4 for about $10 … about $3 per serving!!!

Yay for affordable paleo nutrition!

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast!

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast

Breakfast without bacon … just isn’t quite as satisfying.  That’s why I was so thrilled to find a great source for Sugar Free Bacon 🙂

I am happy to tell you that US Wellness Meats has three pages of Sugar Free Products – all minimally processed – my favorite so far is the Sugar Free Pork Bacon.  For me, it tastes just like Grandma’s bacon from her farm in Southern Illinois.  Yep – and here’s why:  the only ingredients are pork and sea salt.  No white sugar, brown sugar, honey powder, agave, turbinado sugar, MSG, nitrates or nitrites.

So … fry some up – and serve it with some organic eggs scrambled with a few handfuls of fresh organic spinach and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and delicious start to the day.

🙂

Enjoy!

 

Almost-Paleo Buffalo Chicken – Hot and Yummy!

Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo Chicken

Looking for a way to spice up your lunch hour?  This is a super-easy recipe – and it travels well!

I used the FRANK’s brand RedHot sauce for wings …. which means this recipe is not precisely paleo … but it is easy.  And it’s delicious.  And it spices up an ordinary day!

I used:

  • 1 lb package of Organic “Smart Chicken” Tenders ($10 from Meijer)
  • 2 Tablespoons Grass Fed GHEE
  • 3 Tablespoons FRANK’s RedHot Sauce

Saute the chicken in ghee over medium heat until the chicken shreds easily.  Season with Hot Sauce.  Serve on your favorite fresh, organic greens, with a side of organic celery sticks.

There you have it!  Simple!

Serves 3 or 4 hungry people for about $3 or $4 each – Not too bad?  eh?

Bye-Bye Non-Organic Bananas!

Organic Bananas

Organic Bananas

Going to the beach?  a Picnic or Camping?  or just looking for an easy delicious snack?  My latest find is ORGANIC BANANAS!

You might wonder …. why bother to buy organic bananas?  Especially if you’ve never heard anything about them being part of “the dirty dozen” – you know, the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues as determined by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) each year.

However, according to the Made in Nature company,

  1. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. … The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure.

  2. The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them.

  3. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher.

… and they make my new favorite snacking food!  Hooray for Organic Bananas in a Bag!!!!

Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

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Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

I was craving some asian flavor this week … and found a great new favorite!  The original recipe by Stupid Easy Paleo called for pork … but I had chicken (it worked just fine!).  I also omitted the fish sauce, because I did not have any.   I’m telling you.  This is a great go-to recipe that will make a great lunch, dinner or a fun little appetizer, too!

  • 1 lb. Free Range Ground Chicken ($8 from US Wellness Meats)
  • 2 Organic Green Onions, sliced thin ($1 from Meijer)
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Aminos (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil (<$1 from Meijer)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Amazon)

Combine chicken, onions, coconut aminos and sesame oil.  Mix until just combined.  Roll about 1 heaping Tablespoon into meatballs.  Brown meatballs in coconut oil over medium heat.  Transfer to covered baking dish and finish cooking in 350 F. oven for 10 minutes.

I sautéed fresh pea pods using the delicious pan drippings.  It made the perfect combination.

Serve with sesame seeds and hot chili oil or sweet chili dipping sauce if you like.  Mine were delicious just as is!

Serves 4 people at approx $3 per serving.