Finally, some sun! We’ve been making the most of the good weather the last few weeks. Plenty of walks, hikes and bike rides to get some much needed vitamin D before the rain undoubtedly returns. A highlight of the weekend was just kicking back with a chilled smoothie after a ride along the Fleet canal. Luckily for us, the awesome folks at Detox Your World were kind enough to send us a few ingredients and a top recipe for a coconut cacao smoothie.
If you’re looking for a new smoothie recipe then you have to try this. It’s somewhat similar to an iced coffee with a hint of cacao sweetness and nuts. We used walnuts which were nice but I think hazelnuts would have worked even better with the coffee. From a health profile, macadamias and almonds are also excellent nuts but I … Read More »
We thought we would take a photo of each of our meals so you get an idea of what a week of paleo eating looks like for us. It was a busy week with work and studying for a gym instructor exam so nothing too fancy. We tried out Riverford plus we picked up some frozen wild salmon and jars of tuna from the supermarket. We also had some frozen veg left in the freezer so we used that up as well.
It was only the second time I’ve bought from Riverfords. All the fruit and veg looked good and lasted well. Meat was more hit than miss. Pork chops, lamb, chicken legs, gluten free sausages and beef mince were all nice, the steaks sucked though. Value wise I think I prefer Abel & Cole but not a huge amount of difference … Read More »
We fancied a curry night at the weekend and after skimming through one of Jamie Oliver’s books, we found we had all the right ingredients in the kitchen so went for this creamy paleo chicken korma. The original recipe used some yoghurt and few tsps of sugar which we replaced with coconut milk and no sugar to make it more paleo friendly. You could use a small tsp of some good honey if you want but we found it tasted fine without it.
Indian food can be a bit intimidating because of the number of ingredients, but once you master the essentials it’s a lot easier and it’s fun discovering your favourite recipes or variations. Jamie’s method requires you to make a fresh korma paste which you can then add to your curry dish. He has a few variations to popular … Read More »
Switching to paleo makes you think differently about the way you shop. Some things become easier – you only really need to shop in a few aisles and food choices are simple. But ditching cereals and bread means thinking a bit more about what you eat for breakfast and lunches. A typical day for us is meat and eggs in the morning, protein with either cooked vegetables or a salad for lunch and then finally some meat / fish with vegetables in the evening (plus some sweet potato / squash if it’s post-training).
To make sure we are good to go for the week I like to do a meal plan before we go shopping. That way I know roughly how much food I’m buying and we can cook up some work lunches in advance. The shopping list is roughly the … Read More »
We’ve had a hectic Easter, meeting up with family as well as celebrating a birthday and a Christening, which included a few meals away from home which can sometimes be difficult to manage. There was lots of of cakes and pastries on offer which we managed to avoid (mostly!) and we stuck to gluten free meals including a chicken curry and a tasty lamb roast. We find the no-gluten rule keeps us on track whether it’s a restaurant meal or a party. We were also given a large Thornton’s dark chocolate Easter egg which we made a start on this bank holiday Monday after a good hour long swim.
One meal we did make at home this weekend was a grilled beef and vegetable taco salad. It’s similar to a fajita style dish but we used a couple of char-grilled romaine lettuces rather than using them as wrap substitutes. … Read More »
It seems to be increasingly hard to figure out food marketing and labelling. We wanted to get some clarification as to which butters are 100% grass-fed so we emailed three companies that produce either grass-fed or organic butters: Kerrygold, Yeo Valley and Rachel’s Organic. Here are the responses we received:
The vast majority of an Irish cow’s diet is from rich, natural grass which grows abundantly in Ireland and we endeavour to work in harmony with nature in the care and feeding of our cows.
Ireland’s location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean gives it a temperate climate, not too hot and not too cold and with regular rainfall which is the perfect weather for growing grass.
Approximately 2/3 of the land in Ireland is used for farming and agriculture and 80% of this land is used to grow grass. This grass … Read More »
We had a great start to week with a day trip to Sussex and a much awaited visited to the Pure Taste Pop-Up Restaurant. The restaurant opens once a month and serves exclusively gourmet gluten-free and paleo dishes. It certainly lived up to expectations and we had a fantastic meal – certainly unique and a great experience. We took some photos, albeit a little grainy, but we hope they get across the concept.
Our first stop was to Lewes – a brilliant little market town with bags of history. Roman settlements and the English Civil War all went down here. The castle was worth braving the cold wind for and it offered some excellent views of the surrounding landscape. Since the area has been populated since prehistoric times there were some interesting artefacts in the adjoining museum like paleolithic axes and Roman weapons. If you’re thinking … Read More »
This weekend we made berry pancakes for breakfast adapted from the Primal Blueprint cookbook. With minimal ingredients, you can make an impressive looking dish which is very filling. It’s a different way of using eggs in a recipe too since they make a really soft soufflé base. The only thing I would add to the recipe next time is a small teaspoon of honey to the fruit as it can taste a little sharp. In the Primal Blueprint cookbook, it states that the recipes serves 4, but we were pretty hungry and thought that it was just right split in half. Also, as a quick note, the recipe does take a little longer than some other recipes as you have to mix the eggs separately so is a good one for the weekend when you’ve got a bit more time. It’s well worth the extra … Read More »
Something new for lunch today. Pizza was always one of my favourite pre-paleo things and it’s a tough one to find an alternative for. Our usual rule for treat meals is to keep it gluten-free which pretty much means no pizza. We’ve tried cauliflower bases but this dish is a great option. The frittata is obviously paleo friendly and the oregano & tomato give you some of that Italian flavour. We got the heads up on our Facebook page about Helen Browning’s organic sausages so we used those. It would be easy to miss them in the supermarket as the packaging has a pig cartoon on the front making it look a bit like a kids snack but they worked a treat. The sausages are some of the best I’ve seen ingredients wise – all organic, no filler.
I like Frittatas a lot … Read More »
I’ve listened to some interesting podcasts that really make you think about the amount of toxins in the environment that we are exposed to. It can make you go a bit crazy when you realise so many things that are part of your daily routine are having adverse affects on your body. The first thing that I changed was to start using a Bisphenol A (BPA) free water bottle. BPA is found in many plastic containers and can migrate into food which can interfere with hormones in the body. Not a nice thought. It’s also annoying that here in the UK, nearly all cans contain BPA. I’ve yet to see a major brand switch to BPA-free which is why we try to use glass bottles or tetra packs where we can.
I also take in a BPA-free Aladdin lunch box to work every day. … Read More »