Breakfast and snacks are a really important during the day. Often times I hear people tell me that they love eating paleo but breakfast and snacks seem to stump them. Well, I am here to save the day! Let's tackle breakfast first.
When eating paleo you can no longer think of breakfast as pancakes, oatmeal, cereal or any other super carby, super starchy mess. You must twist your thought process a little. Most of us grew up on a pop-tart (is that even food?) or sweet roll for breakfast... or cereal (which is the same thing as a sweet roll just in a different presentation). To accomplish the paleo breakfast shift, you should start thinking "protein" in the morning. It won't look like breakfast food most of the time and it might seem a little strange but your body will thank you. You will have more mental clarity and energy and you won't be starving two hours later from the insulin spike and subsequent drop after your nasty, hydrogenated pop tart.
Trade in your breakfast cereal for scrambled eggs, nitrate free bacon, nitrate free sausage, omelets with veggies, omelets with meat, left over dinner from the night before, fruit, a protein shake (egg protein), etc. Make a big pot of meatballs and have those! It doesn't have to resemble bread to be breakfast. Come on people! Think outside the box!
Did you know that most people eat the same 10 items over and over again. With that said, take five minutes and make a list of 10 things you can eat for breakfast. Now, rotate them into your week. It only takes a moment and if you are a little bit organized you can have a tasty breakfast before you leave the house. Do not leave the house with only a cup of coffee! You are contributing to a weak and sick body. Our goal in paleo eating is not only to be smokin' hot in our bikini... there's more? Yes, it's to be HEALTHY. And how healthy is it to just drink coffee.
Now let's talk about snacks. Snacks are important in the day. I usually eat two or three snacks. Take snacks with you. The last thing in the world you want is to be shopping at Costco and all of a sudden be overcome with hunger. If that happens you and your overwhelmingly huge shopping cart will make a B line to the pizza counter like it's being pulled into the "I want a huge ass with a side of heart disease" tractor beam. If you have a snack with you, you can whip it out and save your ass... literally.
So what's for snack? How about an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter and a little beef jerky. How about some nuts and a little dried fruit. We eat natural meat sticks from http://www.grasslandbeef.com/ and LOVE them. We also like celery with olive tampendade. You just need a little something to take the edge off. It's also good to make your snack easy and portable. Just think a couple of bites of protein and a little fat with a piece of fruit. There you have it. The picture above is my home made paleo kit. It has almonds, cashews (I know... some say you can't have those. I say ppphhhhtttt!), macadamia nuts, dried blueberries, and dried cranberries. My protein is in the form of the meat stick mentioned above and I eat this every day. No, I don't get tired of it, but thanks for asking.
And finally, hubby left for his sales meeting tonight. I will have six long and lonely days ahead of me. It's times like these that I realize how truly blessed I am. We operate like a well oiled machine always anticipating each other's needs. I shudder to think what would happen if we didn't. Well, for one the little lunatics would be running the asylum. Speaking of which, they turned two today. Our little babies... They gave me the present today, though. I walked in the house to find one twin pasted to the bay window like Spider Man trying to get a glimpse of a dump truck and the other standing in the middle of the kitchen table. I miss you already honey. Come home soon.