07 Evil Ways (enjoy the tune by Santana) I think they’re gone…for the most part! Since mid January, cold turkey, we changed our evil addiction to carbs! Yep, gone from our lives…well, mostly! Once you adapt to this eating lifestyle, the cravings for sweet, and even salty foods start subsiding.
The most difficult part of the diet is the additional time for grocery shopping, and the extra time in the kitchen. Also, I must say it is much more costly to shop for fresh, and organic foods rather than processed foods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen coupons for fresh beets, or baby carrots, or even brussel sprouts! I mean seriously, how cheap is it to whip up a delicious pasta meal with fresh warm bread! That is something I haven’t allowed myself to enjoy since January! That is the hard part, because I love fettuccine, ciabatta, biscotti, all those things, but I’ve changed!
The nice part, is the big guy too has adopted this new lifestyle change. And although he doesn’t share in the task of cooking, he is 100% enjoying the new food line up too! It’s great to have someone diet and eat healthy along with you! So, Saturdays we stop at Fresh Market for organic eggs, hormone & antibiotic free chickens, beets, fresh pinneapple…etc.! (Of course the big guy is lined up with the kids for a free cookie, the only time the guy will get a treat because they are off the grocery list! Mike is not quite set free from goodies 01 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Enjoy the Tune by Vanilla Fudge!) These fresh chickens are now cooked in the crock pot for Mikes lunch, no more lunchmeat or processed foods!
And every dinner includes a huge salad, fruit and veggies. Sometimes salad is the dinner, other times perhaps, I also serve salmon, or crab cakes or chicken or some other lean protein! But always a salad and at least two vegetables are served with dinner!
Mike does have Special K in the morning, and a 100 Calorie bagel with his chicken at lunch, but I do not indulge in those simple pleasures! And no more granola bars, and pretzels, and animal crackers and cheez-its! Also gone are breads, crackers, processed foods and frozen lunch meals. I have allowed myself a few Way Better Snack chips from Fresh Market a couple of times on the weekend. These chips are blue corn chips made with flax, chia seed, quinoa, radish seed and other good stuff. But besides that, no special treats!
Saturdays are my baking day for the week! No more grocery store muffins! So baking now includes Almond flour. I’ve given up the processed white flour! I have found that Honeyville flour online is the tastiest and also priced the best. Still expensive, but bakes delicious dense muffins!
So, before I close, I will include another Paleo recipe that I modified to my liking. It is so yummy! You will find that baking with almond flour yields a very filling dense muffin! These are very satisfying! So, give almond flour a try! I think you will love these!
Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (18 muffins)
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 small can pumpkin
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond butter (this is not butter, it’s like peanut butter only almond butter)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp baking power
- 2 rounded tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 – 1 cup raisins
- Walnut Halves
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use muffin liners and line the muffin tin. Fill the liners a bit more than 3/4, almost filled, these type of muffins don’t rise as high as regular flour muffins. Add a walnuts half on the top. Bake 35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.
Hope you love them!
So, this week, I’ve got quite a few new things going on. I just bought a new Nikon D7000 to replace my old Nikon D70. (I can’t wait to blog about this!) I’m anxious to get out there and take pictures…the spring flowers can’t pop up fast enough! AND, it should take some awesome photos of my new jewelry ( LindaGeez jewelry) with my new macro lens! And, I have some new jewelry I’m finishing up, and new recipes to try and the list goes on!
But, the exciting news for you, my customers, is I have my customer appreciation sale going on! Check your email for your coupon codes for discounts! If you didn’t receive an email, or your address has changed, you can email me for the coupon codes, or comment with an email address and I will email you the discount!
So, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Enjoy eating and shopping and being with your family! And when you have some quiet time, please take a peek at my shop! I’m sure you will enjoy some of my new jewelry!
And, please in support of the Human Rights Campaign listen to Cyndi Laupers song…still beautiful! Enjoy the tune! 12 True Colors