The month of May I decided to challenge myself. I had heard about this diet called Paleo where you, basically, eat as the cavemen did. It’s a diet rich in animal and fish fats and proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a few seeds and nuts. No artificial sugar, no grains, no processed foods. I was a little weary to try it at first but then I stumbled across this amazing book and blog called Nom Nom Paleo, written by Paleo queen Michelle Fan. (Seriously, check out her book, it’s full of all kinds of yummy things!)
The more I read about Paleo, the more nervous I got because I realized that it wasn’t necessarily a diet as it was a lifestyle change. It was a commitment to eating whole, nutrient-rich foods and straight-up chucking all the delicious cheesy, carb-filled foods I loved to the curb. I am a creature of habit. I don’t like chucking things I love to the curb.
I quickly found making the switch to Paleo meant enjoying the same kinds of foods I loved but opting for more natural, whole-food substitutions for the more processed things I used to grab for. Typically, I would start my day with a delicious fruit smoothie–heavy on the milk and processed fruits–so I started my Paleo switch here.
This smoothie has quickly become a favorite in our home, and it’s secretly become the way I hide vegetables in Maisy’s meals. It’s super simple, and a yummy sweet treat. Throw a little bit of coconut rum in it and you’ve got a party drink your neighbors will devour at the block party.
This drink also uses Organic Aloe Vera water, which is seriously amazing. I found some at Publix. Aloe Vera has many natural properties and plants thrive in warm environments like ours.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Organic baby spinach
- Frozen pineapple
- Organic Aloe water
- Coconut Water
- Ice cubes
- Natural Sweetener (If desired)
In a large blender, combine half of the banana, two large handfuls of spinach, and one handful of pineapple. (Real exact science here)
Add about a cup and a half each of the Organic Aloe water and the Coconut water and a cup of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Sometimes. I get a craving for a big bowl of ice cream so I’ll add a little less liquid, a small spoonful of a natural non-calorie sweetener, like Stevia, and blend until it’s nice and thick. Then I serve it up as sorbet. Delish!
Stevia is definitely a “sometimes” treat when eating Paleo, but I’ve found that the best way to adapt to something is by taking baby steps. Find those substitutions and utilize them and bit by bit you’ll find you wont miss your old ways.
For instance, since May 1, I’m down 5 pounds. Considering my exercise has been minimal, I’m incredibly excited about those results!
Have a favorite Paleo recipe to share? I’d love to hear it!